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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Operation Thanks For Freedom Update

From Kat:

Another wonderful article has been written about Operation: Thanks for Freedom! This appeared in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Sending letters shows troops your support
James M. Foote of Buford wrote a poignant
letter to the editor on April 11. He called to task people who claim to support our troops, and presented a 12-point "prove-it" test so people can judge for themselves just how much they are really doing to support the troops.
Read the rest HERE.....

(In case the links above don't work, you can read it all on my blog, here:

I don't have an "exact" number to update everyone with of the cards collected so far - I'm still in the process of reading & counting them. My guesstimation is that I have slightly less than 400 towards the goal of 5,000 or more. My trip to the post office today again left me walking away empty-handed. However, I know there are folks all over the country working on this and along with the above article, word is getting out, and that will soon change! :) The first 3 weeks are always slow - things pick up exponentially after that. :)

Saturday, I had a booth at a local community festival, Grayson Days. In five hours, all the 300+ cards I'd brought with me were signed, and folks still asking for more! Awesome! Next weekend will be a long one -- I'll be appearing at the Snellville Days festival, which is a MAJOR, two-day event. I anticipate getting SEVERAL hundred cards each day (hopefully, they put our booth in a good spot - that will determine a lot!). Keep your fingers crossed and say a few prayers! --



GOTCHA COVERED — U.S. Army Pfc. Ryan Cole of Miami, Fla., a paratrooper with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, pulls security during the dedication ceremony for a renovated school in Al Beida, Adhamiyah District, Baghdad, April 21, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Pryor

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In Today's News - Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Quote of the Day
"If [America] forgets where she came from,
if the people lose sight of what brought them along,
if she listens to the deniers and mockers,
then will begin the rot and dissolution."

-- Carl Sandburg

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Report: Al Qaeda in Iraq Chief Killed
Sunni bloc weighs quitting Iraq government
Iraq camp chief held "devastating" material
Iraq probes reports of al-Masri's death

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan miners dream of fortune in emerald mountains

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Cape Cod Residents Stunned by Theft of Sept. 11 Memorial (Scumbags)
Jury Convicts Los Angeles Serial Killer for Murder of 10 Women, Including Fetus
Last of Venezuela's Private Oil Fields Taken Over by Government
Immigration March Across U.S. to Spur Congress to Pass Reform Bill
Olmert hangs on amid resignation calls
Rice: U.S. progressing in war on terror

Fallen Heroes
Airman Dies in Baby Shower Shooting

Worldwide Wackos
Castro a No-Show at May Day Parade VIDEO
Chavez Seizes Control of Private Oil Fields
Giuliani assails Venezuela's Chavez
U.S., Japan expect N.Korea to move on nuclear pact
Iran spurns pressure at meeting on ailing atom pact
Reports: Iran Released Missing FBI Agent
Iran says "evil approach" by U.S. prevents talks

Homegrown Moonbats
Rosie O'Donnell Already Has Offers From NBC and CBS

Politics / Government
A New Battle Begins - Bush, Dems set for Round 2 on war funding
Video: Bush Addresses Nation After His Veto
Biden: We'll Shove Bush Veto Down His Throat (So much for that "new era of cooperation" thing, huh?)
World Bank ethics chief disputes Wolfowitz claims
Democrat demands White House student loan records
Senators wary of Bush's wiretap proposal
Edwards dominates money race in South
Democrats remind about Bush Iraq speech

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Alabama Militia Accused of Planning Machine-Gun Attack on Mexicans
Immigrants March for Reform Bill - PHOTOS
Immigration rally turnout lower than '06

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Strawberry Quick-Flavored Meth
Kansas Prison Limits Inmates to 4 Rolls of Toilet Paper Per Month
Police: Kansas City Mall Shooter Disgruntled Over Denied Security Job License
Stolen Wallet Found 56 Years After Boston Theft
Miss America Sex Sting Confusion - VIDEO
Organization: Miss America Will Help Sex Sting 'Any Way She Can'
Stolen Wallet Found 56 Years After Theft
Magicians Sue Over Tricks Being Revealed
6 Men Injured in Jacksonville Shootings
Gunmen in cars trade shots in Florida city
JetBlue employees arrested for credit card fraud
British court to rule in OK! versus Hello! case

Science / Medicine / Technology
NASA Captures New Images of Jupiter
FDA Issues Online Counterfeit Drug Warning
Heart attack guidelines boost patient survival: study
Prognosis worse with childhood bipolar disorder
Middle East peace a reality in new computer game
Gene makes racing dogs fast, study finds
David Bowie, eBay join winners of Webby awards
Doctors: Pot Triggers Psychotic Symptoms
Study: Heart attack death rate declines

Mother Nature
Atlanta zoo breeds endangered turtle
USDA: Tree beetle may spread across U.S.

News from My Neck of the Woods
Maine Authorities Still Searching for 3-Year-Old Girl After She Disappears From Home

California Student Suspended for Urinating in Bottle During Class; Teacher Transferred
Legoland Employee Dies After Being Hit by Roller Coaster
Natural Viagra: Spider Bite Causes Erection
Confused by your neighbors? Then Ask a Mexican!
Beer-loving Aussies are turning to a softer brew

Other News of Note
Trapeze Artist Dies During Performance Without Net in California
FDA pet food probe checks 4,000 pet deaths
Workers of the world unite for May Day rallies

Fox News
Murdoch's Dow Jones Bid to Be Rejected
Pop Tarts: Bruce Willis Whines About Pantyless Party Girls

Reuters: Top News
News Corp. makes $5 billion bid for Dow Jones
Turkey's Erdogan seeks early polls to end standoff
France's Sarkozy, Royal face off in election debate
Yankee, friend blamed for crash into NY building
Disney unveils social networking for preteens
Spears concert rumors sweep southern California
Oil falls 2 percent ahead of U.S. data
Dow notches fresh record on mergers
Airline shares tumble after downgrade
Circuit City shares sink as downgrades pour in
Dollar hits two-month high vs yen
Market may thwart aluminum squeeze
Mortgage fallout survivors see bottom
BP's Browne quits over gay affair with Canadian
Venezuela seizes operations from oil majors
IBM to cut 1,315 jobs in U.S.
Drugmakers face $140 bln patent loss: report
Disney unveils social networking for preteens
Virgin Mobile files with U.S. regulators for IPO

AP World News
Fellow astronaut suspected Nowak affair
Guide touts Latin American Diet Pyramid
'Newhart' sidekick Tom Poston dies at 85
Rangers hold off Sabres to tie series
Baseball hits Ice Age in April
Ga. schools cautious on Bible classes
Hancock had accident days before death
Smith's ex-beau in Kentucky with baby
R. Kelly writes new song for Va. Tech
Video adds heft, hurdles to resumes
Crosby among 3 finalists for Hart Trophy
Federer, Nadal to play exhibition match
WF: Act of Honor
New Must-Have Benefits Guide
Op-ed: Declaring Defeat
SpouseBUZZ Live! San Diego Bound
Slideshow: Pacific Aces
Def Tech: Massage Time in DC
Send your love home!

CENTCOM: News Releases

USJFCOM to assist as DoD and DEA partner up to support personnel recovery - podcast
Learn more about JPRA
Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution Capability rolls out enhanced Joint Knowledge Online - podcast
Noble Resolve 07 enhancing homeland defense - podcast
Liveblogging: Noble Resolve 2007
Learn more about Noble Resolve

Bush: Coalition Stands Strong in Face of Terror - Story
Gates: Officials Expected Rise in Violence - Story
U.S., Republic of Montenegro Sign Agreement - Story
Month of May Dedicated to Appreciating Troops - Story
U.S., Japanese Leaders Reaffirm Commitment - Story

More Headline News
Civilian Leaders Impressed With Troops Overseas
Official: Operation Arrowhead Strike 9 Succeeds
Poor Living Conditions Create Terrorist Threat
Exercise Tests Hurricane-Response Plans

Military News
U.S. Soldiers, Community Remember Wereth 11
Wounded Servicemembers Ride Bicycles 110 Miles
Child Becomes Pilot for a Day at Charleston

America Supports You
Golfers Tee Off for Fisher House - Story
Musicians to Honor Veterans
NASCAR Honors Troops
Group Working to Win Hearts
NFL, eKnowledge Tackle College Entrance Exams

War on Terror
Coalition Kills Seven, Nabs 21 - Story
136 Taliban Fighters Killed
Taliban’s Influence Waning
Five U.S. Servicemembers Killed
Nearly 100 Detained in Iraq

New Concept Ensures Latest Technologies Reach Warfighters - Story
Technology Leaves No Place to Hide
Edwards Readies for Testing
Test Mission Helping Shape Future

Face of Defense
Soldier Beats Injury, Runs Marathon
Marine Helps Rebuild Iraq
Cousins Reunite at Speicher PX

Coalition Kills Seven, Nabs 21 - Story

Troop Commander Delivers Aid, Mentorship - Story
Iraqi Soldiers Hustle Through Basic Training - Story
Seabees Help Marines Spearhead Effort - Story
Fallujah Engineers Rebuild City’s Electric Grid - Story

Cavalry Soldiers ‘Live the Legend’ in Iraq
Platoon Keeps Streets Safe in Salman Pak
Operation Commando Dive Nets Suspects, Guns
Support Center Combines Personnel Services
Army Mechanics Turn Ideas Into Reality in Iraq

Marines Collect Sandals for Residents in Africa
Country Desk Officers Play Vital Role in Africa
Military Celebrates Primary School Dedication

Unmanned Aircraft Boosts Surveillance Efforts
Army Division Returns from ‘Operation Achilles’


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

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
0305 - Emperor Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus Jovius of Rome resigns
1006 - Supernova observed by Chinese & Egyptians in constellation Lupus
1048 - Bishop Bernold flees St Pieterskerk for Utrecht Netherlands
1394 - Ekiho, exorcised the Zen temple & its surroundings from an old badger
1523 - Danish king Christian III arrives in Veere
1528 - Pánfilo the Narvaéz begins exploration to with 350 men to Florida
1544 - Turkish troops occupy Hungary
1551 - Council of Trente resumes
1598 - Jacob van Necks merchant fleet departs for Java
1625 - Portuguese & Spanish expedition recaptures Salvador (Bahia); Prince Frederik Henry appointed viceroy of Holland
1682 - Louis XIV & his court inaugurate Paris Observatory
1703 - Battle at Rultusk: Swedish army beats Russians
1704 - Boston Newsletter publishes 1st newspaper ad
1707 - England, Wales & Scotland form UK of Great Britain
1711 - Arch duke Karel of Austria/Hungarian rebellion sign Peace of Szatmar
1715 - Prussia declares war on Sweden
1725 - Spain & Austria sign trade treaty
1757 - Austria & France divide Prussia
1759 - British fleet occupies Guadeloupe, West-Indies
1776 - Adam Weishaupt founds the secret society of Illuminati
1781 - Emperor Jozef II decrees protection of population
1822 - John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston
1834 - Belgian parliament accept railway laws
1840 - 1st adhesive postage stamps ("Penny Blacks" from England) issued
1841 - 1st emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, MO for California
1844 - Samuel Morse sends 1st telegraphic message; Whig convention nominates Henry Clay as presidential candidate
1846 - Ida Pfeiffer (48) begins trip around world
1850 - John Geary becomes 1st San Fransisco mayor
1853 - Argentina adopts its constitution
1854 - Amsterdam begins transferring drinking water out of the dunes
1857 - William Walker, conqueror of Nicaragua, surrenders to US Navy
1861 - Lee orders Confederate troops under T.J. Jackson to Harper's Ferry
1862 - Union captain David Farragut conquers New Orleans
1863 - Battle of Chancellorsville VA (29,000 injured or killed); Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi; Confederate "National Flag" replaces "Stars & Bars"; Confederate congress passed resolution to kill Black Soldiers
1864 - Atlanta campaign, Georgia; Battle at Alexandria, LA (Red River Campaign); Wilderness campaign
1866 - American Equal Rights Association forms
1867 - Reconstruction of South begins, black voter registration
1869 - A colt is reported killed by a meteorite near New Concord, OH
1873 - 1st US postal card issued; Emperor Franz Jozef opens 5th World's Fair in Wien (Vienna)
1875 - 238 members of "Whiskey Ring" accused of anti-US activities
1883 - "Buffalo Bill" Cody put on his 1st Wild West Show
1883 - Amsterdam World's Fair opens
1884 - Construction begins on Chicago's 1st skyscraper (10 stories); Moses Walker became 1st Black player in the major league
1885 - Maria "Goeie Mie" Swanenburg sentence to life for killing 27 in Netherlands
1886 - US general strike for 8 hour day, begins
1889 - 1st International Workers Day, according to the 2nd International; Bayer introduces aspirin in powder form (Germany)
1892 - US Quarantine Station opens on Angel Island, San Fransisco Bay
1898 - George Dewey commands, "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" as US route Spanish fleet at Manila
1900 - Premature blast collapses mine tunnel killing 200 at Scofield, UT
1907 - Belgian Government of De Trooz forms
1909 - Netherlands begins unity with Belgium
1914 - China's 1st president Yuan Shikai wins dictatorial qualification
1915 - British Lusitania leaves New York, for Liverpool; German submarine sinks US ship Gulflight
1919 - Mount Kelud (Indonesia) erupts, boiling crater lake which broke through crater wall killing 5,000 people in 104 small villages
1921 - Drusian sultan Pasja al-Atrasj elected Governor of Suwayda
1924 - Admiral Paul Koundouriótis becomes President of Greece
1925 - Cyprus becomes a British Crown Colony
1926 - British coal-miners go on strike; Satchel Paige makes pitching debut in Negro Southern League
1927 - 1st British airliner to serve cooked meals (Imperial Airways)
1928 - 6 children die & 10 injured by hailstones in Klausenburg, Romania; Drunken fascist Erich Wichman attacks VARA-radio transmitter; Lei Day begun (a Hawaiian celebration)
1929 - Farm workers strike begins in East-Groningen; Police kill 19 Mayday demonstrators in Berlin
1931 - Empire State Building opens in New York, NY; Norway claims Peter I Island
1932 - 1st Suriname union congress at Paramaribo
1934 - Austria signs pact with Vatican; Philippine legislature accepts US proposal for independence
1935 - Boulder Dam completed; Canada's 1st silver dollar is circulated
1936 - Emperor Haile Selassie leaves Ethiopia as Italian invades; FBI's J. Edgar Hoover arrests Alvin Karpis
1937 - FDR signs act of neutrality
1939 - Batman Comics hit the street
1940 - 140 Palestinian Jews die as German planes bomb their ship; the 1940 Olympics are cancelled
1941 - General Mills introduces Cheerios; German assault on Tobruk
1942 - Radio Orange calls to defy order to wear "Jewish star"
1943 - 1st edition of illegal "The Free Artist" appears in Amsterdam; Food rationing begins in US; German plane sinks boat loaded with Palestinian Jews bound for Malta; German Wehrmacht deployed in order to break Dutch strikes
1944 - Messerschmitt Me-262 Sturmvogel, first operational jet aircraft (twin-jet fighter), makes 1st flight; Surprise attack on Weteringschans Amsterdam, fails
1945 - 900 occupiers of Demmin Vorpommeren commit suicide; Admiral Karl Doenitz forms German government; Australian & Dutch troop lands on Tarakan; General Belgian Labor Union (ABVV) party forms; Radio Budapest, Hungary re-enters shortwave broadcasting after WWII; Seys-Inquart flees to Flensburg; Soviet army reach Rostock
1946 - Fieldmarshal Montgomery appointed British supreme commander
1947 - Lieutenant General Hoyt S Vandenberg, USA, ends term as 2nd head of CIA; Radar for commercial & private planes 1st demonstrated; Rear Admiral Roscoe H Hillenkoetter, USN, becomes 3th director of the CIA
1948 - Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator, arrested in Birmingham AL for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes"; North Korea proclaims itself People's Democratic Republic of Korea
1949 - Gerard Kuiper discovers Nereid, (2nd satellite of Neptune)
1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks, is 1st Black awarded a Pulitzer Prize (poetry); Mayor of Brussels reluctantly bans May Day parade; New marriage laws enforced in People's Republic China
1951 - 600,000 march for peace & freedom in Germany
1951 - Mickey Mantle's 1st homerun; Minnie Minoso becomes the 1st Black to play for the White Sox
1952 - Marines take part in an atomic explosion training in Nevada; Mr Potato Head, introduced; TWA introduces tourist class
1957 - Larry King's 1st radio broadcast; US give Poland credit of $95 million; Vanguard TV-1 booster test reaches 195 km
1958 - Ambonese rebellion bombed Ambon/conquer Morotai; Arturo Frondizi sworn in as President of Argentina
1959 - West Germany introduces 5 day work week
1960 - India's Bombay state split into Gujarat & Maharashtra states; Russia shoots down Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane over Sverdlovsk
1961 - 1st US airplane hijacked to Cuba; Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba
1961 - Tanganyika granted full internal self-government by Britain
1962 - JFK authorizes Area Redevelopment Act (ARA)
1963 - 1st American (James Whittaker) conquers Mount Everest
1964 - 1st BASIC program runs on a computer (Dartmouth)
1965 - USSR launches Luna 5; later impacts on Moon
1966 - US troops shooting targets in Cambodia
1967 - Anastasio Somoza Debayle becomes President of Nicaragua
1971 - Amtrak railroad begins operation
1972 - North Vietnamese troops occupy Quang Tri Activities Committee
1978 - 1st black mayor of New Orleans (Ernest Morial) inaugurated; Naomi Uemura became 1st to reach North Pole overland alone
1979 - Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel; Home rule introduced to Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland); Marshall Islands (in the Pacific) become self-governing
1981 - Harrison Williams (Senator-D-NJ) convicted on FBI Abscam charges; Radio Shack releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3
1982 - World's Fair in Knoxville, TN opens
1985 - "Communist" bomb attack kills 2 firemen in Brussels; US President Reagan ends embargo against Nicaragua
1986 - Tass reports Chernobyl nuclear power plant mishap; Will Stegers expedition reaches North Pole
1987 - Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish born nun
1988 - IRA attack in Roermond, kills 3
1989 - 135 acre Disney's MGM studio officially opens to the public
1989 - US Supreme Court rules employers have legal burden to prove non-discriminatory reasons for not hiring or promoting
1991 - Angola's civil war ends; Skin-Spit-Skin featuring lesbian, homosexual & heterosexual nude couples caressing, is seen by 5,000 in NYC
1992 - Eric Houston kills 4 in a California HS where he failed history 4 years prior; Los Angeles Dodgers postpone 3 games due to racial riots due to Rodney King
1993 - Bomb attack on Sri Lankan President (26 die)
1994 - Charles Kuralt retires as CBS newsman (On the Road); Tornado & hail storms hit Jiangxi China, 95 killed
1997 - Toni Blair elected PM of UK

1238 - Magnus VI Lagabuter, King of Norway (1263-80)
1245 - Philippe III, King of France (1270-85)
1493 - Phillippus Paracelsus, physician/alchemist
1735 - John H. van Kinsbergen, Dutch Lieutenant-Admiral/founder of Dutch Marines Corps
1769 - Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, British PM (C) (1828-30)
1800 - Ret Thomas Aloysius Dornin, Commander (Union Navy)
1807 - John Bankhead "Prince John" Magruder, Major General (Confederate Army)
1819 - William Steele, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
1830 - Mary Harris Jones [Mother Jones], hell-raiser
1835 - Alfred Napoleon Alexander "Natti" Duffie, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)
1839 - Chardonnet, inventor (rayon)
1852 - Calamity [Martha] Jane [Burke], frontier adventurer/Indian fighter
1887 - Alan Gordon Cunningham, Irish/British general/director of Palestine (1945-48)
1898 - Eugene R. Black, President of World Bank (1953-62)
1905 - Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet PM (1980-85)
1916 - Jack Parr, TV host (Jack Paar Show)
1924 - Patricia Roberts Harris, 1st US Black woman cabinet member
1925 - Malcolm Scott Carpenter, astronaut (Mercury 7-Aurora 7)
1927 - Harry [Harold George, Jr] Belafonte, calypso singer (The Banana Boat Song)
1957 - Dick Swett (Representative-D-NH); Paul D. Ronney, ScD/astronaut (STS 83 alternate)

1171 - Dermot MacMurrough, last Irish king of Leinster
1277 - Stefanus IV Uros I de Great, King of Serbia (1243-76)
1308 - Albrecht I van Habsburg, German King (1298-1308), murdered
1447 - Louis VII, Duke of Baveria (1413-43)
1456 - Hugues de Lannoy Flemish viceroy of Holland/Zealand
1555 - Marcellus II [Marcello Cervini], Italian Pope (1555), at 53
1572 - Pius V [Antonio Ghislieri], great-inquisiteur/Pope (1566-72)
1703 - Kiva Yoshinaka Japanese monarch, murdered
1863 - Edward Dorr Tracy, US Confederate Brigadier-General, dies in battle at 29
1869 - ? colt reported killed by a meteorite near New Concord OH
1870 - Francisco Solano López, fieldmarshal/President of Paraguay
1896 - Naser ed-Din shah of Persia (1848-96), murdered at 65
1932 - Paul Doumer, President of France (1931-32), assassinated by Russia's Paul Gargalov
1945 - Paul Josef Goebbels, Nazi minister on propoganda, commits suicide
1947 - Sanner leader of Norger blood bath, executed
1948 - Christos Ladas, Greek minister of Justice, murdered
1959 - Oscar Torp, Norwegian premier
1989 - David Webster, South African white anti-apartheids activist, murdered
1993 - Pierre Bérégovoy, PM of France (1992-93), commits suicide at 67; Ranasinghe Premadasa, President (Sri Lanka, 1989-93), assassinated at 68
1997 - Bebe, AKA Flipper, dolphin, at 40

Reported Missing in Action
The following USMC personnel Killed when the CH46A they were being evacuated in was shot down; all KIA/BNR:
Bailey, John Howard (AL); passenger

Corfield, Stan L. (NM); passenger

Gaughan, Roger Conrad (MA); crew

Guajardo, Hilario H. (TX); passenger

Smith, Carl Arthur (NY); passenger

Soulier, Duwayne (WI); passenger

The following US Army personnel reported Missing when their UH6A crashed while on a reconnaissance mission (possibly shot down):
Gervais, Donald P., (TN)

Martin, Richard D., (HI)

Whitmire, Warren T., Jr., (VA)

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Another Early Morning...

Posts will be up later this afternoon.

In the meantime, here's this morning's big news out of Iraq:
Report: Qaeda Boss Killed - Military has $5M bounty on terror leader's head

Not confirmed by the U.S. military yet.

Other news out of Iraq:
Gunmen Kill 14 Travelers in Highway Ambush Near Baghdad
Green Zone ID Cards Found in Sunni Terror Stronghold

And I know this is going to come as a shock:
Iran Tops State Terror Sponsors List

Some other stops to make in your Internet travels today:

Michael Yon - Desires of the Human Heart: Part I - Part II

The Thunder Run: "Our Nation is not at War, Our Military is at War, America is at the Mall."

Tanker Brothers: Marines in Iraq Speak

A Winter Soldier's Story: Why We Really Are Fighting In Iraq and In Defense of George W. Bush and America