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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Greetings of the Day...

Peter Cottontail

Here comes Peter Cottontail,
Hoppin' down the bunny trail,
Hippity, hoppity,
Easter's on its way.

Bringin' every girl and boy Baskets full of Easter joy,
Things to make your Easter bright and gay.
He's got jelly beans for Tommy,
Colored eggs for sister Sue,
There's an orchid for your Mommy
And an Easter bonnet, too.

Oh! here comes Peter Cottontail,
Hoppin' down the bunny trail,
Hippity hoppity,
Happy Easter day.

Here comes Peter Cottontail,
Hoppin' down the bunny trail,
Look at him stop,
and listen to him say:
"Try to do the things you should."
Maybe if you're extra good,
He'll roll lots of Easter eggs your way.

You'll wake up on Easter morning
And you'll know that he was there
When you find those choc'late bunnies
That he's hiding ev'rywhere.

Oh! here comes Peter Cottontail,
Hoppin' down the bunny trail,
Hippity hoppity,
Happy Easter day.

-- Beatrix Potter

To all our Heroes and their families, near and far, a very Happy Easter.

And a very Happy Passover, too!

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A Spring Prayer

Spring, a time of new birth
In the flowers which seem to have remained dormant
For ages not just for months
In the budding and filling out of trees
In the grass mown for the first time
In the songs of the birds
Returned from a winters’ journey.

Spring is also the time of faith
The celebration of the Passover
And the blood of a lamb
Would save the young.
The celebration of Easter
And the blood of a man
Would save the world.

Each and every religion
Has their special beliefs
And each has the faithful few devote believers
Who hold true to their beliefs
Regardless of the opinions of others.
A man in a yarmulke,
A woman’s veiled face,
A man with dreadlocks,
A lady with a third eye,
All can draw a second glance
By those who are different
From the wearer;
The faithful.

It is in the differences
That we become more alike.
It is a willingness to stand up for our beliefs
To let others see our devotion
To a calling
Something more than
The face looking back at us
From the mirror.

It is a faith in mankind
That must be your calling
To wake each morning
Some days having slept in the same clothes
For what seems like ages
To face an enemy,
Not based upon their difference
But driven by hatred
A hatred that runs deep and cold
In the souls of the angry
Vile, wicked, blind men.
Men who can not see,
Men who can not hear,
Men who can not think for themselves.

You fight an enemy that has no borders
That hides in homes
Drives a car like you and me
An enemy that has cleaver disguises
An innocent child
An old, crippled woman,
Or the face of a friend,
All in the name of evil.

An evil that has no spring,
No hope for rebirth.
An evil that teaches hate
Even for yourself.
An evil that consumes all hope
Consumes all joy
That feeds on death and destruction
Not a religion
Not a government
But a cult
Brainwashed by propaganda
That everyone is an enemy
That even your own life is disposable.
An all consuming evil
Which was not destroyed
In a Berlin Bunker
With the single shot to his head.

Your enemy did not die
In the hanging of a single man
For just like the hatred from years ago
This evil, though orchestrated
By one man,
He did not act alone.
Hitler never once turned on the gas,
Light the furnaces,
Shot a bullet in a firing squad,
Or first hand participated in other hellish acts
That killed my Grandmother’s family.
Nor has that evil and hatred
In Iraq come from the acts of just one man.
In the hearts and minds
Of dark and evil men
That hatred has spread
To infest the land
Killing men,

You have a belief,
A deep and unshakeable belief
That led you to the military.
A belief that mankind is worth saving.
The mankind with all its differences
All its beliefs and religions
Has a right to life;
A life without hatred
A life without evil
A life without fear
A life with a future
A life with hope.

I can not begin to know
The hell you have seen.
The vile, sickness of hatred.
The harm one man can inflict upon another.
The vicious cancer that man possesses.
Yet you still can believe
That mankind is worth saving.
That deep inside the worst insurgent
Is a minuscule bit of hope.
It is that belief
That keeps you going
Through 24 hour plus days
Placing you in harms way.
Keeping you from those you love
Those who give you strength,
Joy, and happiness.
You, the American soldier,
Sailor, airman, and woman
You are in the cold winter’s journey
Disguised in the hot,
Parched desert
Of Iraq
The mountains
of Afghanistan,
The many oceans, seas, and bays,
In the cloudless skies;
Wherever hatred raises it ugly head,
You are the faithful of this world
The devote, religious men and woman
Not afraid to wear the colors;
The red
for blood,
The blue for justice,
And white for peace
Throughout the world.

Stay strong my brothers and sisters
Though your winter lingers
And the hope for new birth
Seems farther away than it was a week ago!
Look deep inside yourself
See the deep faith you have
That mankind is good,
The mankind is decent,
That mankind is special,
In each of our different and unique beliefs,
We all cherish peace
And we truly support you
For making so many sacrifices
To see that it is peace, hope, joy, and love
That reign supreme.

Your spring will come in time
Stand strong in your faith
Hold your head high and know
That you have our prayers,
Our support,
Our encouragement,
God’s love,
And my undying thanks
And gratitude.


By Amy Lou Peterson 4/7/07


Soldiers Celebrate Easter at Sunrise Service

SR# 040807-0X
April 08, 2007

By Pfc. Ben Fox
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division

Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, sing hymns during a sunrise Easter service at Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Baqubah, Iraq, April 8. The service was led by Chaplain (Capt.) InSoon Hoagland and included a trumpet player who led the assembly with music. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ben Fox, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

Sgt. Andrew Campbell, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, says a prayer during the sunrise Easter service at Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Baqubah, Iraq, April 8. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ben Fox, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

Bowing his head, Spc. Daniel Speers, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, receives a benediction after a sunrise Easter service at Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Baqubah, Iraq, April 8. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ben Fox, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

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Force commander visits Diyala

SR# 040607-01
April 6, 2007

Col. David Sutherland (right), commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and Gen. Dave Petraeus, commander of Multi-National Forces - Iraq, exit their Stryker vehicles to attend a meeting about Diyala province at Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Baqubah, Iraq, April 6. During his visit to Diyala, Patreaus traveled to an Iraqi Army patrol base in Tahrir to meet Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ben Fox, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

After traveling to visit a patrol base in Tahrir, Iraq, Gen. Dave Petraeus (right), commander of Multi-National Forces - Iraq, meets with Col. David Sutherland, commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, at Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Baqubah, Iraq, April 6. The two discussed the problems Diyala province currently faces and the solutions to those problems. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ben Fox, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs)

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U.S. Air Force C-17s like these provided intra-theater heavy airlift support, helping to sustain operations throughout Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)


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In Today's News - Sunday, April 8, 2007

Quote of the Day
"Americans, indeed all freemen,
remember that in the final choice,
a soldier's pack is not so heavy a burden
as a prisoner's chains."

-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

News of Note
Happy Easter
Pope Ushers in Easter With Candlelit Service
Pope starts Easter, says love trumps evil, death

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Iraq Car Bomb Kills 15
Senior Al Qaeda leader arrested in Baghdad
U.S., Iraqi Forces Battle With Shiite Mahdi Army
Iraqi Prime Minister Barred From Iranian Airspace
Insurgents Transform U.S. Military Jails Into 'Terror Training Camps'
U.S. air strike hits volatile Iraqi city - Video
Man Facing Death in Iraq Seeks Review
Iran wait to see U.S.-held Iranians in Iraq: agency

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Top U.S. diplomat visits Somalia to urge truce
NY court unblocks Palestinian bank authority funds
Rep.: Israel said no Syria attack plan
New DNA technology helps ID 9/11 victims

Other Military News
VIDEO: Padres Ink Marine Who Fought in Iraq
Japan's wartime deeds not easily forgotten in China
Officials head to Korea for GI remains
13,000 Guard troops prepare for Iraq

Worldwide Wackos
Recently Freed Iranian Diplomat Says He Was Tortured by CIA
North Korea, Myanmar mull resuming ties: report
Iranian: U.K. can help mend relations

Politics / Government
Bush Slams Democrats Over War Bill
Hoyer Meets Muslim Brotherhood Official

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Police Find 80 Immigrants in Phoenix Home; 2 Suspected Smugglers Arrested
Thousands in LA demand immigrant rights

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
3 College Football Players Accused of Sexually Assaulting 18-Year-Old Girl
Man Who Abused Puppy Gets Jail Time
Police: 9-Month-Old Baby Ejected From Car During High Speed Chase in Texas, Killing Her
Judge Rules Sex Offenders Can Live Under Bridge
Police: Woman Arrested in California Hate Crime Stabbings
'Girls Gone Wild' Founder Defies Federal Judge, Refuses to Surrender to U.S. Marshals
3 Missouri Kids Allegedly Snatched by Dad Are Found in Honduras; U.S. Seeking Extradition
Inmate Waives Trial, Begs for Death Penalty
Harvard re-examines Dred Scott decision
'Onion Field' killer dead at 76

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Talk-Radio Host Don Imus Apologizes for On-Air Racial Slurs Against Rutgers Women's Basketball Team
YouTube seeks to end ban in Thailand
Sharpton, critics demand Imus ouster

Science / Medicine / Technology
Rocket Carrying U.S. Billionaire Blasts Off
Child recovering from vaccine infection

Mother Nature
Weather Hampers Masters Action - PICS
Mountaineers testify to warming's effect
Scientists get last say in climate study
India steps up protection for rare Asiatic lions
Cold weather chills spring rituals
Experts open dolphin 'chat line' in Fla.

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch
Pranksters Glue Doors Shut at California High School
Dad Wants Insurance Company to Foot the Bill for Daughter's Wayward Behavior
Pilot Has Obscenity-Riddled Lavatory Outburst
'Church for Men' Opens to Combat Boredom
School district investigates porn bill

Other News of Note
Off to the Races (The America's Cup)
Father's Complaint Prompts U.S. Military to Change How it Brings Fallen Soldiers Home

Fox News
Captain Charged After Greek Ship Sinks
Britney Spears Locked Into Deal With Manager She 'Hates'
Actress Kate Beckinsale Says She Can't Aspire to Ideal Hollywood Look

Reuters: Top News
Occidental CEO got more than $400 million in 2006
Woods and Appleby eyeing green in Augusta
Rampaging gunman kills 10 in southern Philippines
Majority in British poll say Brown unfit to lead
Philippine schools offer hard lesson in life
Google tests directory assistance for phones
Cheap Masters tickets provide priceless memories
Campaign revives France's lost love: politics
"Blades" outpaces disappointing "Grindhouse" - Video
Dollar advances on strong jobs data
Wall Street rises with bid for Chrysler
Nikkei ends flat before U.S. job data
Oil falls after Iran releases Britons
WD-40 shares rise 4.4 pct after results
Caution could stall economic growth
AOL launches search ad service with Google
AFL-CIO to target Verizon over CEO pay
Firms poised to end Sainsbury bid: source
Vonage wins temporary reprieve in Verizon case
Electronic Arts to buy stake in The9: report
AFP, Google News settle lawsuit over Google News

AP World News
102-year-old Calif. woman hits hole-in-1
Tough day leaves Tiger 1 shot off lead
Man ends 9-week, 3,272-mile Amazon swim
Kevin Spacey takes on Eugene O'Neill
Retailers explore movie download options
The New Warfighter's Forum
Use Your GI Bill Right
The Battlestar Galactica Story

CENTCOM: News Releases

USJFCOM supports intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance conference - podcast
USJFCOM seeks to pass Joint Force Projection ACTD's final exam - podcast
More about the Joint Force Projection ACTD
More about ACTDs
USJFCOM gears up for Noble Resolve - podcast

Bush: Troops Need Resources to do Their Jobs - Story
Guardsmen to Receive Alert for Iraq Deployment - Story
Partnership Proves Potent For Insurgents - Story
Soldiers Receive Purple Hearts at Walter Reed - Story
Wounded Warrior Earns Purple Heart, Heads Home
Clinic Pushes Wounded Troops to New Heights - Story

More Headline News
Web Links Guard, Reserve to Employer Support
Gates, Pace Discuss Iraq and Afghanistan
DoD Works to Improve Acquisition Process
USS Cleveland Hosts Naturalization Ceremony

Military News
Officials Stress Zero Tolerance of Sexual Assault
USS Nimitz Deploys to Persian Gulf
Troops Embark on ‘Why We Serve’ Mission

War on Terror
Paratroopers Take Down Terrorists - Story
Forces Kill Five Taliban Fighters
Two U.S. Soldiers, One Terrorist Killed

America Supports You
Ohio Group Supports Marines - Story
Military Families Enjoy Circus
Elmo Helps Military Kids Deal With Parents' Deployments

Program Connects Troops to Public
Walter Reed Using 3-D
Soldiers Test New Vehicles

Face of Defense
Hard Work, Dedication Pays off - Story
Captain Relates Experience
Engineer's Idea Saves Money

Iraqi Forces' Efforts Improve Security in Baghdad, Official Says - Story
Bloggers' Roundtable Web Site

Partnership Curbs Violence in Iraq - Story
For Top News Visit DefenseLink

Air Force Captain Teaches Classes, Experiences - Story
Troops Help Repair, Secure Baghdad Roadways - Story
Airmen Help Djiboutians Learn English - Story
Barriers Expected to Strengthen Checkpoints - Story
Transition Team Celebrates Iraqi Graduation - Story

Inspection Team Reduces Truck Breakdowns
Civilian Carpenters Lend Soldiers a Helping Hand
Security, Reconstruction Efforts Improving
General Petraeus Visits Revitalized Dora Market
Two-Man Team Helps Troops Communicate

Female Medics Take Forward Mission to Heart
Afghan Government, Coalition Aid Flood Victims
U.S., Coalition Servicemembers Climb 'The Ghar'
Female Aviators Pilot into Strong Career

Soldiers Keep Promise, Check on Injured Girl
Postal Specialists Deal With Limited Space
Security Company Stands Watch in Djibouti

Bost/Laskar Ghurian Herat Kabul Qandahar

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

Today in History
1195 - Alexius III Angelus drives out brother Isaäk II as Byzantine emperor
1341 - Francesco Petrarca crowned in Rome
1378 - Bartolomeo Prignano elected as Pope Urban VI
1455 - Alfonso de Borgia elected as Pope Callistus III
1500 - Battle at Novara - King Louis XII beats duke Ludovico Sforza
1716 - Duke Karel Leopold of Mecklenburg-Schwerin signs covenant with Russia & marries Czar Peter the Great's niece
1759 - British troops chase French out of Masulipatam India
1783 - Catharina II of Russia annexes the Krim
1789 - House of Representives 1st meeting
1801 - Soldiers riot in Bucharest, kill 128 Jews
1832 - Charles Darwin begins trip through Rio de Janeiro
1848 - 1st battle at Gioto Sardinia-Piemonte beats Austrians; Battle at Xaquixaguana, Peru Pedro de la Gasca beats Gonzalo Pizarro
1861 - US mint at Dahlonega GA seized by confederacy
1862 - John D. Lynde, patents aerosol dispenser
1864 - of Mansfield, Federals routed by General Richard Taylor
1865 - General Robert E. Lee surrenders at Appomattox Court House in Virginia
1869 - American Museum of Natural History opens (New York, NY)
1879 - Khedive Ismael of Egypt fires French/British ministers; Milk is sold in glass bottles for 1st time
1893 - The Critic reports that the ice cream soda is our national drink
1898 - Battle of Atbara River, Anglo-Egyptian forces crush 6,000 Sudanese
1904 - Great Britain & France sign Cordial Entente concerning colonial matter
1908 - Lord Herbert Henry Asquith succeeds Henry Campbell-Bannerman as British Prime Minister
1912 - Steamers collide in the Nile, drowning 200
1913 - 17th amendment, requiring direct election of senators, ratified; Opening of China's 1st parliament takes place in Peking (now Beijing)
1914 - US & Colombia sign a treaty concerning the Panamá Canal Zone
1916 - Norway approves active & passive female suffrage
1933 - Manchester Guardian warns of unknown Nazi terror
1935 - Works Progress Administration approved by Congress
1939 - King Zog I of Albania, flees
1940 - Germany battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
1945 - Nazi occupiers executed, Nazi General Christiansen flees Netherlands
1946 - League of Nations assembles for last time
1947 - Largest recorded sunspot (7,000) observed
1952 - President Harry Truman seizes the steel mills to prevent a strike
1953 - Dag Hammarskjöld chosen as Secretary-General of UN
1956 - 6 marine recruits drown during exercise at Paradise Island SC; M Bandaranaike's People's front wins election in Ceylon
1960 - Netherlands & Germany sign accord concerning war casualties
1961 - British liner "Dara" explodes in Persian Gulf, kills 236
1962 - Accords of Evian (Algeria) accepted by referendum in France
1964 - Unmanned Gemini 1 launched
1966 - OAO 1, the 1st orbiting astronomical observatory, is launched; Leonid Brezhnev elected Secretary-General of communist party
1968 - New socialist constitution of East Germany takes effect; Czechoslovakia Cernik government forms
1970 - Senate rejects Nixon's nomination of Carswell to Supreme Court
1977 - Israel premier Yitzhak Rabin resigns
1979 - People's Republic of China joins IOC
1985 - Amdahl releases UTS/V, 1st mainframe Unix
1986 - Clint Eastwood elected mayor of Carmel, CA
1988 - Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, 52, was defrocked by the Assemblies of God following the disclosure of his involvement with a prostitute. (Swaggart was ordered to stay off TV for a year, but returned after only three months.)
1990 - King Birendra of Nepal lifts 30-year ban on political parties; Norwegian Scandinavian Star catches fire; about 170 die
1993 - STS-56 (Discovery) launches into orbit
1994 - Japan's premier Morihiro Hosokawa resigns; Smoking banned in Pentagon & all US military bases
1997 - STS 83 (Columbia 22), lands

0563BC - Gautama Buddha (as celebrated in Japan-Kambutsue)
1460 - Ponce de León San Tervas de Campos, Spanish conqueror/explorer, searched for fountain of youth, found Florida
1605 - Philip IV, King of Spain & Portugal (1621-65)
1642 - Gerard Callenbach, Dutch Admiral
1655 - Louis Willem I Margrave (Baden-Baden)
1726 - Lewis Morris, US farmer (signed Declaration of Independence)
1775 - Adam A. earl von Neipperg, Austrian General/Napoleon's wife Marie lover
1818 - Christaan IX, King of Denmark (1863-1906)
1828 - George Baird Hodge, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
1832 - Alfred von Waldersee, Prussian fieldmarshal
1875 - Albert I von Saksen-Coburg, King of Belgium (1909-34)
1898 - Achiel H. Acker, Belgian Premier (1945-46, 1954-58)
1904 - John R. Hicks, British economist (Nobel 1972)
1905 - Helen B. M. Fennell Joseph, anti-apartheid writer (Side by Side); Pierre Wigny, Belgian minister of Foreign affairs (1958-61) [or 4/18]
1908 - Neil Lawson, British high court judge
1909 - William James Millar Mackenzie, political scientist
1911 - Melvin Calvin, US chemist (photosynthesis, Nobel 1961)
1912 - Josef Gabcík, Czechoslovakian resistance fighter (attacked Heydrich)
1919 - [Douglas] Ian Smith, Premier of Rhodesia
1921 - Betty [Bloomer] Ford, First Lady (1975-76)/namesake for Betty Ford Clinic
1935 - Albert G. Bustamante (Representative-TX)
1937 - Seymour Hersh, award winning investigative reporter (New York Times)
1943 - Tony Banks English politician (Labour Party)
1944 - Anthony Farrar, Hockley military historian
1945 - Ian White, Member of European Parliament for Bristol
1947 - Thomas D. Delay (Representative-TX)

0217 - Caracalla [Marcus Aurelius Antoniius], Roman emperor (198-217), murdered at 29
1143 - John II Comnenus, Emperor of Byzantium (1118-43), dies in an accident
1364 - Jan II the Good, King of France (1350-64), dies at 44
1492 - Lorenzo I de' Medici "il Magnifico," ruler of Florence (1469-92)
1498 - Charles VIII, King of France (1483-98), beheaded at 27
1697 - Niels Juel, Danish Admiral (Oland, Moen, Kjögebocht), dies at 67
1861 - Elisha G. Otis, US elevator builder (Otis), dies at 50
1897 - Heinrich von Stephan, UK politician
1902 - Sipyagain, Russian minister of interior/headed Secret Service, assassinated
1919 - Roland baron Eötvös, Hungarian physicist, dies at 70
1943 - Paul Colin, Belgian journalist/collaborator, executed
1947 - Henry Ford, US industrialist (Ford cars)
1969 - Denton Cooley, got 1st fully artificial heart, dies at 48
1981 - Omar Bradley, last US 5-star General, (Normandy) dies in New York at 88
1987 - Francis C. Denebrink, US Naval officer (WWI, WWII, Korea) dies at 90
1990 - Ryan White, hemophiliac AIDS sufferer, dies at 18 - The Ryan White Foundation was founded later in 1991 by Jeanne White and Phil Donahue

Reported Missing in Action
Groom, George E., US Army SF (MO); released May, 1962

Gabriel, James, Jr., US Army SF (HI); remains recovered April, 1962

Marchand, Wayne Ellsworth, US Army SF (NE); remains recovered April, 1968

Quinn, Francis, US Army (NY); released May, 1962

Bellendorf, Dieter, Civilian - NBC (Germany); (sp Ballendorf?)

Gensluckner, Georg, Civilian (Austria)

Yieng, Ung Ling, Civilian (Cambodia);

Ray, Johnnie L., US Army (OK); released by PRG February, 1973

Wanat, George K., Jr., US Army (CN); released by PRG February, 1973

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