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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Things that Make You Go 'Hmmm....'

Ya think this dude might have had some issues? I'm surprised though - it looks like making certain weapons illegal doesn't keep criminals from having them (odd, isn't it?)

From MSNBC (emphasis mine):

NORCO, Calif. - A man whose ammunition and weapons stockpiles were discovered when authorities responded to a fire at his home has been arrested, authorities said Saturday. Video
Thomas McKiernan, 62, was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center Friday afternoon on charges of possession of assault weapons, possession of illegal ammunition and possession of explosives, Riverside County Sheriff's Investigator Jerry Franchville said.

Deputies first stumbled onto the cache late Thursday afternoon after responding to a request for help from Norco firefighters trying to contain an attic fire at the residence, Franchville said.

Authorities seized more than 1 million rounds of ammunition, about 60 guns and rifles and about 75 pounds of black ammunition powder following an extensive search of the property in the 1800 block of Pali Drive, the investigator said.

In addition to the guns and ammo, Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Juan Zamora said there were barrels containing water, rice, and cooking oil under the house...

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Of course, if he started the stockpile right after Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House, maybe he's just making sure he's prepared...

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Soldiers Conduct Foot Patrol in Khalis

Soldiers from Delta Company, 1st Cavalry Division, 12th Infantry Regiment, prepare for a foot patrol in Khalis, Iraq, on Feb. 21, 2007 U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway

Staff Sgt. Ron Hienz with Delta Company, 1st Cavalry Division, 12th Infantry Regiment, looks on as a local walks past him during a foot patrol in Khalis, Iraq, on Feb. 21. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway

Soldiers with Delta Company, 1st Cavalry Division, 12th Infantry Regiment, conduct a foot patrol in Khalis, Iraq, on Feb. 21. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway

Spc. Jonathan Castillo with Delta Company, 1st Cavalry Division, 12th Infantry Regiment, searches a house during a foot patrol in Khalis, Iraq, on Feb. 21. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway

Soldiers with Delta Company, 1st Cavalry Division, 12th Infantry Regiment, perform a foot patrol in Khalis, Iraq, on Feb. 21. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway

Soldiers with Delta Company, 1st Cavalry Division, 12th Infantry Regiment, speak to a farmer while performing a foot patrol in Khalis, Iraq, on Feb. 21.U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway

Soldiers with Delta Company, 1st Cavalry Division, 12th Infantry Regiment, speak to a farmer while performing a foot patrol in Khalis, Iraq, on Feb. 21. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway

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U.S. Army soldiers from 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, conduct a foot patrol in Rashad village near Patrol Base Doria, Iraq, Feb. 27, 2007. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway

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In Today's News - Sunday, March 4, 2007

Quote of the Day
"Non sibi sed patriae" (Not self but country)
-- unofficial US Navy motto

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Group Posts Execution Video of Iraqi Troops - Iraqi PM to Reshuffle Cabinet Soon
Air strikes target insurgents in Iraq
Iran war weapons fuel Iraq insurgency

Operation Enduring Freedom
Pakistan: No entry for coalition troops

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Israel could remove dozens of settlements: Peres
UK legislators blast government over terrorism curbs

Worldwide Wackos
Major powers fail to settle differences on Iran
Venezuela says U.S. drug accord not needed: report
Ahmadinejad, Saudi king reject sectarian strife - Video
Iranian, Saudi leaders hold key talks

Politics / Government
Edwards Cashes in on Coulter Slur
Howard Dean Demands GOP Candidates Denounce Ann Coulter for Referring to John Edwards as a 'Faggot'
Mitt Romney Wins Conservative Straw Poll
Alleged D.C. Madame May Sell Client List
U.S. political dynasties self-perpetuating: study
Giuliani up 25 points over McCain: poll
House Speaker Pelosi vows ethanol, farm aid
Voter turnout among the young still lags
Gingrich ranks high, but isn't in race

Immigration / Border Control
67 Illegals Found in 1-Story House

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Murder and Manhunt - Cops find body parts of missing mom, hunt dad
Video: Suspect's Lawyer Thinks Grant Has Killed Himself
Timeline: Chronology of Tara Grant's Disappearance
Nagin: We 'Piled It on' in Engineers Suit
Cops: Man Left Sex Tapes of Ex-Girlfriend on Car Windshields in Bid for Revenge

U.N. News
Girls at U.N. meeting urge global action

Science / Medicine / Technology
FDA examines safety of cough, cold drugs for kids
FDA drops plan for prescription drug watch list
Stargazers watch total lunar eclipse
Museum IDs new species of dinosaur

Mother Nature
Shine Your Light on Me - PHOTO ESSAY (Lunar eclipse)
Bush Visits High School Hit By Tornado
Winter Storm Blamed for 15 Deaths
Study: Orange Tomatoes Healthier Than Red
Alabama students recall deadly tornado

Body Accidentally Delivered to Michigan Home
Caught on Tape: Uncle Teaches Kid to Smoke
Geico Cavemen Will Be Focus of New ABC Sitcom

Other News of Note
Cherokee Nation Expels Slaves' Descendants
Mega Millions Hits Record $340 Million
Anti-U.S. sentiment dwindles in southern Philippines
Survivors detail Ga. college bus crash

Fox News
Stolen Rockwell Painting Found in Steven Spielberg's Collection

Reuters: Top News
UK tourists held by Eritreans: Ethiopian official - Video
Spring-breakers party on amid Acapulco drug war
Danish police round up foreigners, violence down
Russian protesters block main road in Putin hometown
Gay pop star's "coming out" causes stir in Mexico
FDA set to approve controversial cow drug: report
Judge rules for Microsoft in Alcatel-Lucent suit
Sanyo to share battery recall cost with Lenovo
"Potter" puts model trains back on track
Varsity rivals face off in age-old contest
Angelina Jolie applies to adopt Vietnamese orphan
Jobs data, Asian marts to call stocks' tune - Video
Gold, silver sink on fund sales
Palm speculation builds as its share price rises
Noven shares fall 14 percent
AIG shares rise as quarterly net exceeds year ago earnings
"Piggyback" loans may hit housing
Subprime mortgage rap tars economy
Bernanke says globalization may boost U.S. inflation
Market moves don't reflect strong economy: Paulson
Citigroup to sell Nikko principal finance arm: report
Ford talks to Prodrive on Aston Martin sale: paper
U.S. welcomes agreement with EU to open air market
Business Books: The driven culture of UPS

AP World News
Redstone wants to mend ties with Cruise
Mavs win franchise-record 15th straight
No. 1 Buckeyes extend win streak to 14
Owners sell aging Sahara casino in Vegas
Bucs trade for Plummer, sign Garcia
Washington holds on to stun No. 2 UCLA
Heart recipient conquers Andes climb
Anna Nicole Smith legal fight lives on
Ho Chi Minh Trail area safe for wildlife
Taylor lifts Wisconsin in final seconds
Federer ties 4th-longest Open-era streak
Disgraced Greek sprinter jeered at meet
Poll: Is Astro-nut a Murderer?
Def Tech: Dissing DoD
Op-ed: Another One Bites the Dust
Sgt. Shaft: Vet Social Security Boost
The Web's Best Military Equipment Guide
Ace the ASVAB With Killer Prep

CENTCOM: Press Releases

NATO military committee visits USJFCOM
More about USJFCOM and Allied Command Transformation
JIOC-X continues to improve intelligence support for joint warfighter - podcast
New data technology makes aerial reconnaissance video available to users in the field - podcast
Congressman calls command modeling and simulation hub - podcast

Army Secretary Resigns in Wake of Walter Reed - Story
Bush Forms Commission to Review Troops' Care - Story
Craddock: Progress Must Continue in Afghanistan - Story
General Discusses Africa, European Commands - Story
Iraqi Forces Take Control of Baghdad Security - Story
Transcript: Anderson Briefs from Iraq

More Headline News
Budget Requests Support Current, Future Needs
Commission Reports on Strengthening Defenses
Medical Review Group Holds First Meeting
Walter Reed Chief Relieved of Command

Military News
Leaders Call on Congress to Fund IED Research
Pentagon Channel Showcases Military Women
Pace Discusses Force Levels, Military Challenges

America Supports You
New Yorkers Get Taste of Home - Story
Texas Teen Supports Troops
Bush Inspires Support Groups
Group Sends Care to Troops

War on Terror
Afghan Forces Build Capacity - Story
Coalition Forces Kill Terrorists
Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq
Rebuilding Shifts to Self-Sustaining
Rebuilding Could End in 18 Months

Marines Test New Antenna - Story
National Trauma Institute Forms
Squadron Tests Sniper Pod
Denmark Joins Joint Strike Team

Face of Defense
Woman Gunner Protects Unit
Soldier Tackles Numerous Duties
Father, Son Serve in Afghanistan

Solid Training Aids Afghanistan Forces as Decisive Battle Looms - Story - Bio
Bloggers' Roundtable Transcript
Bloggers' Roundtable Web Site

Coalition Forces Kill Terrorists - Story
For Top News Visit DefenseLink

Golden Dragons Discover Six Weapons Caches - Story
Bosnian EOD Unit Takes Action in Iraq - Story
Troopers Come to Aid of Iraqi Toddler - Story
Reconstruction Projects Provide Improvements - Story

Reconstruction, Security Go Hand-In-Hand
Construction Continues on Children’s Hospital
Communicators Keep 1st Cavalry Connected
Army Engineers Help Deliver School Supplies
Training Mission Hones Skills of Pararescuemen
Iraqi Police Unit Bounces Back After Attack
Signal Company Keeps Brigade Talking
Maintenance Troops Supporting The Fight
Iraqi Business Restoration Progressing
Troops, Locals Celebrate Reopening of Market

Air Defense ‘Family’ Returns to Afghanistan
Donation ‘From The Heart’ Saves Wounded Ally
Spartans Turn Over Afghan Provinces
Afghan Doctors Learn New Medical Techniques
Father, Son Paratroopers Serve in Afghanistan

DefendAmerica Week in Review
Sunday - Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday - Saturday

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Ansbach Aschaffenburg Berlin Berlin-Tempelhof Berlin/Schonefeld Bremerhaven
Darmstadt Frankfurt Frankfurt/Main Freiburg/Breisgau Garmisch
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Geilenkirchen Gelnhausen Giessen Kitzingen
Hanau Am Main Heidelberg Mainz Mannheim Nurnberg Stuttgart Trier
Wiesbaden Wurzburg


Agana Agana Heights Agat Andersen AFB Asan Barrigada

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Kadena Air Base Okinawa Tokyo Yokohama

Baler Radar Site Catanduanes Radar Site Manila

South Korea
Cheju Upper/Radar Chonju Chunchon Inch'on Kunsan Masan Mokp'o
Osan Pusan Seoul Suwon Taegu Taejon Tonghae Radar Site Ulsan Yosu

Today in History
1152 - Frederik I Barbarossa elected Roman-German king
1461 - Battle at Towton: Duke Edward of York beats English queen Margaretha Edward IV recognized as king of England
1570 - King Philip II bans foreign Dutch students
1590 - Mauritius of Nassau's ship reaches Breda
1621 - Jacarta, Java renamed Batavia
1665 - English King Charles II declares war on Netherlands
1681 - King Charles II grants William Penn royal charter for Pennsylvania
1699 - Jews are expelled from Lubeck, Germany
1741 - English fleet under Admiral Ogle reaches Cartagena
1774 - 1st sighting of Orion nebula (William Herschel)
1789 - 1st Congress declares Constitution in effect (9 senators, 13 representatives)
1791 - 1st Jewish member of US Congress, Israel Jacobs (Pennsylvania), takes office; President Washington calls the US Senate into its 1st special session; Vermont admitted as 14th state (1st addition to the 13 colonies)
1792 - Oranges introduced to Hawaii
1793 - French troops conquer Geertruidenberg, Netherlands; President Washington's 2nd inauguration, shortest speech (133 words)
1797 - John Adams inaugurated as 2nd President of US
1801 - 1st President inaugurated in Washington, DC (Thomas Jefferson)
1809 - Madison becomes 1st President inaugurated in American-made clothes
1825 - John Quincy Adams inaugrated as 6th President
1826 - 1st US RR chartered, Granite Railway in Quincy, MA
1829 - Andrew Jackson inaugurated as 7th President (my great-great-etc. uncle!); Unruly crowd mobs White House during President Jackson inaugural ball
1835 - HMS Beagle moves into Bay of Concepción
1837 - City of Chicago incorporates; Martin Van Buren inaugrated as 8th President
1841 - Longest inauguration speech (8,443 words), William Henry Harrison
1845 - James K. Polk inaugrated as 11th President
1848 - Sardinia-Piemonte gets new Constitution
1849 - US had no President, Polk's term ends on a Sunday, Taylor couldn't be sworn-in, Senator David Atchison (pres pro tem) term ended March 3rd
1853 - William Rufus de Vane King (D) sworn in as 13th US Vice President
1861 - Confederate States adopt "Stars & Bars" flag; Lincoln inaugurated as 16th President; 1st time US has 5 former Presidents living; President Lincoln opens Government Printing Office
1863 - Battle of Thompson's Station, Tennessee; Territory of Idaho established
1865 - Confederate congress approves final design of "official flag"; President Lincoln inaugurated for his 2nd term as President
1869 - Ulysses Grant inaugurated as 18th President
1873 - "New York Daily Graphic," 1st illustrated daily newspaper in US, published
1876 - US Congress decides to impeach Minister of War Belknap
1881 - California becomes 1st state to pass plant quarantine legislation; James A. Garfield inaugurated as 20th President; South African President Kruger accepts ceasefire
1885 - Grover Cleveland inaugrated as 1st Democratic President since Civil War
1889 - Benjamin Harrison inaugurated as 23rd President
1893 - Francis Dhanis' army attacksthe Lualaba, occupies Nyangwe; Grover Cleveland (D) inaugrated as 24th US President (2nd term)
1894 - Great fire in Shanghai; over 1,000 buildings destroyed
1897 - William McKinley inaugurated as 25th President of US
1901 - 1st advanced copy of inaugural speech ("Jefferson-National Intelligencer"); President William McKinley inaugurated for 2nd term as President; Term of George H. White, last of post-Reconstruction congressmen, ends
1902 - American Automobile Association (AAA) founded in Chicago
1908 - Collingwood, OH primary school catches fire; 180 die
1909 - President Taft inaugrated as 27th President during 10" snowstorm; US prohibits interstate transportation of game birds
1911 - Victor Berger (Wisconsin) becomes 1st socialist congressman in US
1913 - 1st US law regulating the shooting of migratory birds passed; Department of Commerce & Labor split into separate departments; New York Yankees are 1st to train outside US (Bermuda); Woodrow Wilson inaugurated as 28th President
1917 - Jeannette Rankin (Representative-Republican-MT) becomes 1st female member of Congress
1918 - Terek Autonomous Republic established in RSFSR (until 1921)
1921 - Hot Springs National Park created in Arkansas
1923 - Lenin's last article in "Pravda" (about Red bureaucracy)
1924 - "Happy Birthday To You" published by Claydon Sunny
1925 - President Coolidge's inauguration broadcast live on 21 radio stations; Swain's Island (near American Samoa) annexed by US
1926 - De Geer government in Netherlands takes office
1928 - "Bunion Run" race from Los Angeles CA to NYC begins; It is won by Andy Payne
1929 - Charles Curtis (R-Kansas) becomes 1st Native American Vice President; Herbert Hoover inaugurated as 31st President
1930 - Coolidge Dam in Arizona dedicated
1933 - Chancellor Dollfuss dissolves Austrian parliament; FDR inaugrated as 32nd President, pledges to pull US out of Depression & says "We have nothing to fear but fear itself"; Frances Perkins becomes Secretary of Labor, 1st US woman cabinet member
1936 - 1st flight of airship Hindenburg, Germany
1941 - 18 Geuzen resistance fighters sentenced to death in The Hague; Serbian Prince Paul visits Hitler
1943 - Transport NR 50 departs with French Jews to Maidanek/Sobibor
1944 - 1st US bombing of Berlin; Anti-Germany strikes in North Italy
1945 - Finland declares war on Nazi-Germany
1949 - Andrei Vishinsky succeeds Molotov as Soviet Foreign minister; Security Council of UN recommends membership for Israel
1954 - J.E. Wilkins, appointed 1st Black US sub-cabinet member
1955 - 1st radio facsimile transmission sent across the continent
1959 - US Pioneer IV misses Moon & becomes 2nd (US 1st) artificial planet
1960 - French freighter La Coubre explodes in Havana Cuba, killing 100
1961 - Paul-Henri Spaak resigns as Secretary-General of NATO
1962 - AEC announces 1st atomic power plant in Antarctica in operation
1964 - Jimmy Hoffa convicted of jury tampering
1966 - Canadian Pacific airliner explodes on landing in Tokyo, 64 die
1968 - Martin Luther King, Jr., announces plans for Poor People's Campaign; Orbiting Geophysical Observatory 5 launched
1970 - French submarine Eurydice explodes
1971 - "City Command" kidnaps 4 US military men at Ankara, Turkey
1972 - Libya & USSR signs cooperation treaty
1974 - Harold Wilson replaces resigning Ed Heath as British premier
1977 - 1st CRAY 1 supercomputer shipped, to Los Alamos Laboratories, New Mexico; Earthquake in Romania, kills 1,541
1978 - "Chicago Daily News," founded in 1875, publishes last issue
1979 - 200th episode of "All in the Family"; US Voyager I photo reveals Jupiter's rings
1982 - NASA launches Intelsat V
1984 - Pee Wee Reese & Rick Ferrell elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
1985 - STS 51-E vehicle rolls back to Vandenberg AFB; mission cancelled; Virtual ban on leaded gas ordered by EPA; War veterans returnd to the "Bridge over the River Kwai"
1990 - US 65th manned space mission STS 36 (Atlantis 6) returns from space
1991 - Iraq releases 6 US, 3 British & 1 Italian POW
1994 - 4 Arab terrorist founded guilty of bombing the World Trade Center; Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16), launches into orbit
1995 - Blind teenage boy receives a 'Bionic Eye' at a Washington Hospital
1997 - Brazil Senate allows women to wear slacks; Comet Hale-Bopp directly above the Sun (1.04 AU); President Clinton bans federally funded human cloning research; Zeya Start-1 launched (Russia)

1394 - Prince Henry the Navigator, sponsors Portuguese voyages of discovery
1651 - John Baron Somers (Whig), William III's chief minister (1696-1700)
1747 - Casimir Pulaski, Count/American Revolutionary War general
1754 - Benjamin Waterhouse, physician (smallpox vaccine pioneer)
1789 - Pavel P. Gagarin, Russian monarch
1798 - John Joseph Abercrombie, Union Brigadier General
1826 - John Buford, Union Major General (Union volunteers)
1828 - Elisha Franklin "Bull" Paxton, Confederate Brigadier General
1835 - Giovanni Schiaparelli, Italian astronomer (discovered canals of Mars)
1862 - Robert Emden, Swiss geologist/astro-physicist (Emden-polytroop)
1875 - Enrique Larreta [E R Maza], Argentine diplomat (Gloria de Don Ramiro)
1875 - Suze Groeneweg, 1st Dutch female parliament member (SDAP, 1918-37)
1885 - Willem H. Winkel, Dutch physician/founder (Red Cross of Curaçao)
1888 - Knute Rockne, Norwegian/US football player/coach (Notre Dame)
1909 - Harry B. Helmsley, billionaire builder (Empire State Building)
1915 - Petrus de Jong, Dutch premier (KVP, 1967-71)
1932 - Hessel Rienks economist/Dutch 2nd chamber member (PvdA)
1937 - Yuri Aleksandrovich Senkevich, Russian cosmonaut
1953 - Christopher H. Smith (Representative-NJ)
1955 - Benny Alexander, Secretary-General (South African Pan-Africanist Movement)

1172 - Stephan III King of Hungary (1162-72)
1484 - Kazimierz the Saint, Polish ruler/saint, dies at 25
1794 - Henri D. Count de Larochejacquelin, French Royalist Army leader, dies at 21
1877 - Hendrik E. van Rijgersma Dutch Governor (St Maarten), dies at 42
1883 - Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President Confederate States, dies at 71
1943 - Nikolaos "Sokrates" Politis, Greek foreign minister, dies at 71
1962 - Cairine R. Wilson, 1st Canadian female senator (appointed), dies at 77
1992 - Christian K. Nelson, inventor (Eskimo Pie), dies at 98
1994 - John Candy, actor (SCTV, Uncle Buck), dies from a heart attack at 43

Reported Missing in Action
Jacobson, Ellwood L.; remains recovered

Makel, Janie A.; remains recovered March, 1963

Andrews, Stuard M., USAF (CT); O1E shot down (w/Conlon)

Conlon, John F., USAF (PA) ; O1E shot down (w/Andrews)

Carlock, Ralph L., USAF (IL) ; F105D shot down

Guffey, Jerry, US Army ; escaped same day

Parker, John J., USN (FL); crashed in water immediately after takeoff, Killed, body not recovered

The following US Army personnel reported MIA when their JU21A disappeared while on mission, SAR Negative - status later changed to KIA, body not recovered:
Algaard, Harold L. (MN); co-pilot

Hentz, Richard J. (WI) ; crewman

Marker, Michael W. (TX) ; pilot

Osborne, Rodney D. (WA) ; technical observer

Strawn, John T. (OR); crewman

Also reported MIA this day in 1971:
Allwine, David R., US Army (AZ); released by PRG March, 1973 - retired as a Master Sergeant - alive and well as of 1998

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