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Saturday, March 10, 2007

My Sister's Getting Married!

Congrats to my little sister and her fiance -

who by this afternoon will be Mr. and Mrs.!

All the best to both of them.


RIYAHD PATROL — U.S. Army Pfc. Charles Garrison provides security during a patrol of Riyahd, Iraq, led by the Iraqi police, March 6, 2007. Garrison is assigned to 4th Platoon, Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway

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In Today's News - Saturday, March 10, 2007

Quote of the Day
"[The prosperity of the United States] is not the result of accident. It has a philosophic cause. Without the Constitution and the Union, we could not have attained the result; but even these are not the primary cause of our great prosperity. There is something back of these, entwining itself more closely about the human heart. That something, is the principle of 'Liberty to all' -- the principle that clears the path for all -- gives hope to all -- and, by consequence, enterprise and industry to all."
-- Abraham Lincoln

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Al Qaeda Bust in Iraq
Fast Facts: Abu Omar al-Baghdadi
Top Republican says this is Iraq's last chance
Iraq Buildup Growing in Scope
U.S., Syria, Iran officials to meet in Baghdad

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Tape of Padilla interrogation is missing

Other Military News
Navy Changes Deployment Policy Blog: Return of the Brown Water Navy

Worldwide Wackos
PHOTOS- Hugo Chavez Leads Anti-Bush Rally
China balks at proposed financial bans on Iran
U.S., Iran have history of contact since cutting ties

Politics / Government
'Beltway Madam' Pleads Not Guilty - Threatens to reveal tell-all 'little black book'
VIDEO: D.C. Call-Girl Scandal
Bush OKs Biofuels Pact With Brazil
Bush, Brazil's Lula upbeat on global trade deal - Video
PHOTOS- Bush Protesters Police, Clash
Bush: U.S. isn't ignoring Latin America
Mayan site to be "cleansed" after Bush visit
Rev. Jerry Falwell Praises Gingrich
McCain Says Personal Lives Shouldn't Be Campaign Issue
Ethanol-driven feed costs cut US meat output-USDA
New York wonders as Giuliani gains support
Democrats link pet causes to troop plan
Firefighters union assails Giuliani
Democrats Split Over Iraq Legislation
Podcast: Grading the New Congress

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Immigration agents raid Ariz. company

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Mueller: 'I Am the Person Responsible' For FBI Privacy Lapses
Mom: Michigan Teen Shooter Stopped Taking Medication Before Killing
Illinois Judge Changes Mind, Won't Let Alleged Sex Offender Go to Disney World
Stolen Diamond Found in Prison Shower Drain
Court Strikes Down D.C. Handgun Ban

U.N. News
Sudan dashes hope for quick U.N. deployment
Serb-Albanian talks on Kosovo start U.N. endgame

Science / Medicine / Technology
Daylight-Saving Time May Baffle Computers
Want a better memory? Stop and smell the roses
Low-dose "Pill" reduces ovarian cancer risk
Cell phones safe to use in hospitals: U.S. study
Sony dropping PlayStation 3 chip
NASA: Dinged-up fuel tank can be fixed
Climate change pushes diseases north: expert
FDA issues new warnings on anemia drugs

Mother Nature
EU challenges world with climate change plan - Video

Marriage Spells Death to the Lady's Libido
Michigan Woman Allegedly Lived With Dead Roommate for Up to 3 Weeks
Cops: Woman Lived With Dead Roommate
2 Men Attempt Suicide by Sawing Arms Off
German man chainsaws house in two in divorce split - Video
Invasion of the body-snatchers - Video
Mo. man shares golf cart with bobcat

Other News of Note
Ohio Team Bus Crash Claims 7th Life - VIDEO
L.A. hospital confirms women poisoned by thallium
Woman believed 128 dies in El Salvador

Fox News
Give Back That Bonus Check!
Jobless Figures Better Than Expected
Brad Delp, Lead Singer of Boston, Dead at 55
No More S.I. Swimsuit Issue for Schoolkids
Springfields Compete for 'Simpsons' Debut
Music Bigs to College Kids: Fork Over $3,000
Reality Check: Secret Confessions on 'American Idol'
Pop Tarts: Britney Behaving Badly
4 Killed, 3 Critically Injured in Hawaii Tour Helicopter Crash
Anna Nicole Smith Autopsy Report Delayed

Reuters: Top News
Magazines go green with global warming issues
Paisley tops N.Irish vote, Blair urges power share - Video
Mexico's Calderon pushes criminal law overhaul
Salt merchants learn to survive Ethiopian desert
U.S. struggles to build green homes
Salma Hayek engaged, pregnant: spokeswoman
"Idol" contestant says racy photos were "personal"
Stocks to track mortgage woes and CPI
Vonage shares plunge after patent verdict
Stocks mixed on job growth, mortgage fears
New Century stock falls
Gold closes lower on dollar rally after jobs data
Citigroup must show cost cuts work
A year later, organic just mild, not hot
New Century stock falls
Chrysler recalls SUVs after dozens of reported fires
Countrywide ends no down-payment lending
Caremark: FTC request shows Express bid may fail
Adam Smith gets O'Rourke alternative
Soaring executive pay meets reforms

AP World News
Fats Domino close to moving back to N.O.
Mom accused of driving son to fight boy
Bonds hits 1st home run of the spring
Ousted NJ 'Idol' singer: too trustful
Texas AG office didn't pursue abuse case
Top-ranked Buckeyes moving on in Big Ten
Winslet awarded damages over diet story
Stocks end mixed on economic data
Unemployment rate dips to 4.5 percent
NHL suspends Isles' Simon indefinitely
RIAA tells students: Pay up for downloads
Updating the MGIB for the 21st Century
Op-ed: Budget Gone Wild
Play Military Trivia and Win an iPod
Locate Your Old Military Buddies
Battle Rattle

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

Ambassador: Iraqi Government Makes Progress - Story
Iraqis Help Troops Find Weapons, Bombs Caches - Story
Iraqi Forces Control Most Troops in North
Transcript: Mixon Briefs from Iraq
Independent Review Group Seeks Comments - Story
Army Notes Walter Reed Leadership Changes - Story

More Headline News
STRATCOM Refines, Fields New Capabilities
Renuart: NORTHCOM Position ‘Sacred Honor’
Nominee Cites U.S. Pacific Command Priorities
Gates: China Not Strategic Adversary of U.S

Military News
Army Guard Leader Visits Troops in Afghanistan
Commander Wants to End One-Year Tours
Multi-service Crew Fights War on Terror in Afghanistan

War on Terror
Communications Thwart Taliban - Story
U.S. Troops Nab Al Qaeda Killer
Unit Weathers Dust Storm
33 Detained in Iraq

America Supports You
Groups Donate Gift Certificates - Story
Wounded Tackle Snowboarding
Colo. Town Welcomes Troops
American Legion Honors TV Show
Families Stand United in Support

Marines Finish Corporals Course
Cadets Conducting Research
Navy to Commission Transport
F-35 Production Inches Closer

Face of Defense
Son Motivates Marine's Success - Story
Reunion After 20 Years
Brothers Share Childhood Dream
Troop Keeps Soldiering

U.S. Navy’s First Riverine Squadron Deploys - Story
Chaplain, Religious Leaders Discuss Outreach - Story
Soldiers, Iraqis Discuss Reconstruction Goals - Story
Soldiers Put Knowledge, Skills to the Test - Story

Radio, Television Network Hits Iraq Airwaves
Class Helps Soldiers Care for Combat Casualties
More than 60 Sign Up for Iraqi Police Force

Soldiers Deliver Supplies for Women's Day Event
Afghan Workers Keep Vehicles in Prime Condition

Army Engineers Plan Well for People of Assama


Renewal In Iraq
Iraq: Security, Stability
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Weekly Reconstruction Report (PDF)
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

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

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar


Today in History
241BC - Battle of Aegusa: Roman fleet sinks 50 Carthagean ships
0418 - Jews are excluded from public office in the Roman Empire
0483 - St Simplicius ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1624 - England declares war on Spain
1629 - King Charles I dissolved Parliament; he called it back 11 years later
1661 - French King Louis XIV ends office of premier
1681 - English Quaker William Penn receives charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of colonial American territory Pennsylvania
1734 - Spanish army under Don Carlos (III) draws into Naples
1791 - John Stone, Concord MA, patents a pile driver
1847 - 1st money minted in Hawaii
1849 - Abraham Lincoln applies for a patent; only US President to do so
1862 - Great Britain & France recognizes independence of Zanzibar; US issues 1st paper money ($5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 & $1000)
1864 - Grant is named commander of the Union armies; Red River campaign, Louisiana
1865 - Battle of Monroe's Crossroads, North Carolina
1876 - 1st telephone call made (Alexander Graham Bell to Thomas Watson)
1880 - General Wolseley opens new legislative council in Pretoria
1893 - Ivory Coast becomes a French colony; New Mexico State University cancels its 1st graduation ceremony, its only graduate Sam Steele was robbed & killed the night before
1896 - After Bob Fitzsimmons KOs much larger Jim Corbett to win world HW championship he says, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall"
1903 - Harry Gammeter, Cleveland, patents multigraph duplicating machine
1905 - Japanese Army captures Mukden (Shenyang)
1906 - Coal dust explosion kills 1,060 at Courrieres France
1910 - China ends slavery
1915 - British expedition Army in Belgium captures Neuve Chapelle
1922 - State of siege proclaimed during mine strike Johannesburg South Africa
1925 - Walter Mittelholzer is 1st to flies over Demawend mountain, Iran
1927 - Albania mobilize by threat of Serbian, Croatian & Slovenes; Bavaria lifts ban on Hitler's speeches
1931 - British Labour party removes fascist sir Oswald Mosley
1933 - Major earthquake in Long Beach, CA; Nevada becomes 1st US state to regulate narcotics
1939 - 17 villages damaged by hailstones in Hyderabad, India
1945 - Germany blows-up Wessel Bridge on Rhine; Japan declares Vietnam Independence; Patton's 3rd Army makes contact with Hodge's 1st Army; Tokyo on fire after night time B-29 bombing; US troops lands on Mindanao
1946 - Train derailment kills 185 near Aracaju Brazil
1948 - 1st civilian to exceed speed of sound-Herb H Hoover, Edwards AFB California
1951 - FBI director J Edgar Hoover declines post of baseball commissioner
1952 - Military coup by General Fulgencio Batista in Cuba
1956 - Peter Twiss sets new world air record 1,132 mph (1,823 kph)
1957 - Thousands of soccer fans riot in Italy
1959 - Uprising against Chinese occupation force in Lhasa Tibet
1960 - USSR agrees to stop nuclear testing
1964 - US reconnaissance plane shot down over East Germany
1966 - North Vietnamese capture US Green Beret Camp at Ashau Valley
1968 - Ferry boat sinks in harbor of Wellington, New Zealand (200 killed)
1969 - James Earl Ray pleads guilty in murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.
1971 - Senate approves amendment lowering voting age to 18
1972 - 1st Black US political convention opens (Gary, IN); General Lon Nol becomes President & prince Sirik Matak premier of Cambodia
1973 - Morocco adopts constitution
1974 - Christian Democrats win Belgium parliamentary election
1977 - Rings of Uranus discovered during occultation of SAO
1978 - Soyuz 28 returns to Earth
1982 - President Reagan proclaims economic sanctions against Libya; Sygyzy: all 9 planets aligned on same side of Sun
1985 - French socialists lose election (National Front 9%)
1987 - Vatican formal opposition to test-tube fertilization & embryo transfer
1988 - Avalanche at Swiss Ski resort "Klosters" nearly kills Prince Charles
1990 - Lieutenant General Avril resigns as President of Haiti
1995 - Car bomb explodes in Karachi at shiite mosque, 17+ killed
1996 - NYC Mayor Guiliani visits Israel

1452 - Ferdinand II the Catholic, King of Aragon/Sicily (expelled Jews)
1503 - Ferdinand I German emperor (1558-64)
1538 - Thomas Howard Duke of Norfolk; executed by Queen Elizabeth (1572)
1656 - Adolf H. van Rechteren Dutch diplomat/politician
1809 - William David Porter, Union Navy Commander
1812 - Victor Tesch, Belgian lawyer/minister of Justice
1818 - George Wythe Randolph, Confederate Secretary of War
1824 - Major General Thomas J. Churchill, Confederate Army/Fought at Wilson's Creek, Red River
1832 - William Henry Penrose, Union Brigadier General
1845 - Alexander III [Romanov], Russian tsar (1881-94)
1908 - Carl Albert, US Speaker of the House (1971-77)
1925 - M J J A [Sef], Imkamp Dutch politician (D66)
1928 - James Earl Ray, assassin (Martin Luther King Jr)
1947 - Avril "Kim" Campbell Canada's 1st female Prime Minister/19th Prime Minister (June 25, 1993-November 4, 1993)
1952 - Oupa J. Gqozo, South African warden/army commandant (Ciskei)
1961 - Laurel B. Clark, Lieutenant Commander USN/astronaut

0037 - Tiberius Claudius Nero, Roman emperor (14-37), dies at 78
0483 - Simplicius, Italian Pope (468-83), dies
1546 - Thomas Elyot, dies at 46
1735 - Dirk T. van Cloon Dutch lawyer/Governor-General of E. Indies, dies at about 46
1792 - John Stuart, 3rd earl of Bute/English premier (1760-63), dies at 78
1826 - Johan VI M L J King of Portugal (1816-26), dies at 56
1864 - Maximilian II Jozef, King of Bayern (1848-64), dies at 52
1865 - William Henry "Little Billy" Chase Whiting, Confederate General-Major, dies at 48
1872 - Giuseppe Mazzini, Italian revolutionary (Giovane Italy), dies at 66
1892 - Otto van Raised, Governor-General of Netherland Indies (1884-88), dies at 69
1910 - Karl Lueger Austrian anti-semite/mayor of Vienna, dies at 65
1913 - Harriet Tubman, abolitionist, conductor on Underground RR, dies in New York
1944 - David Vogel, Ukrainian author, dies in Auschwitz at 52
1948 - Jan Masaryk, Czechoslovakian Foreign minister, commits suicide or is murdered
1953 - Charles Gordon Curtis, inventor of (Curtis-steam turbine), dies at 92
1966 - Frederik "Frits" Zernike, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1953), dies at 77
1973 - Sir Richard Sharples Governor of Bermuda, assassinated
1977 - Willem Schermerhorn, Dutch premier (1945-46), dies at 82
1980 - Scarsdale diet doctor Herman Tarnower, killed by Jean Harris
1985 - Konstantin Chernenko, Communist party leader/President of USSR (1984-85), dies at 73
1990 - Michael Stewart, UK Secretary of State (1965-66, 68-70)
1996 - Lucius E. Burch, Jr., US civil rights leader, dies at 84

Reported Missing in Action
Taylor, James L., US Army SF (WV); KIA, body not recovered

Xavier, Augusto Maria, USMC (CA); A4C shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Luna, Jose D., USAF (CA); F105F shot down - released by DRV March, 1973 - alive as of 1999

Luna, Carter P., USAF (MS); F4D shot down, KIA, body not recovered

Smoot, Curtis R., US Army (LA); OH6A shot down

Smith, Linda; escaped to Saigon March, 1975

Smith, Michelle L.; escaped to Saigon March, 1975

Struharik, Paul A.; released from Hanoi October, 1975

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