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Monday, September 24, 2007

Liberals Unchained - Evil Abetted

Y'know, I love the Dilbert cartoons. I really do.

But I can't say I'm all that fond of some of the other "creative" works to come out of Scott Adams' mind.

This little gem, for instance.

To compare Ahmedinejad's insane rants to the freedom of speech that our Heroes fight for, and to imply that he is entitled to the rights of this country, is plain offensive.

One has to wonder how Liberals can justify a warm welcome for a man who today said that Iran "doesn't have" homosexuals. Well, not for long, anyway, since Iran executes them.

And how, exactly, do the former champions of "free love" justify execution for adultery? Oh, wait, but that's only for women. Hmmmm....weren't these the champions of womens' rights, too?

Sometimes, wrong is just wrong. And more often than not, when you find "wrong," you'll find the liberals championing the cause.

Ahmedinejad is a lunatic, an anti-semite, a condoner of terrorism, and a murderer of our troops. Possibly, he's also one of the embassy hostage takers (denied by authorities, but some of the former hostages are pretty sure).

To invite him to speak is - gasp, yes, I'm going to say it - unpatriotic.

Scratch that - it's traitorous.

The only guest speaking this lunatic should be doing is to the rats in some festering cell.

Or better yet, to the other inhabitants of the 9th circle of Hell, where he belongs.

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The American Soldier, 1847

Photo by U.S. Army Center of Military History

September 02, 2007

The horseman in the foreground of this painting is a dragoon. The yellow band on his forage cap, in contradiction to regulations, was worn by many of the cavalrymen. His distinctive dark blue fatigue jacket laced with yellow is the same as that adopted in 1833. Beside the dragoon is a first lieutenant of infantry in the dark blue frock coat worn by most officers. The lieutenant is wearing the regulation dark blue, waterproof, cloth forage cap, and his rank is indicated by the single silver bar on his shoulderstrap to distinguish him from the second lieutenants, who wore no insignia on their shoulderstraps at this time. The light blue trousers with a white stripe down the side and the silver buttons on his coat proclaim his arm. In the background is a column of infantrymen in light blue fatigue jackets and trousers. These, with the dark blue forage cap, were the universal dress of the regular enlisted infantryman in this war. (From: The American Soldier, Set No. 1)

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Marines deploy for 'Noble Midas'

Sept. 24, 2007
Story ID#: 2007924171857

By Lance Cpl. Meghan J. McNabb, 2nd Marine Logistics Group

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Sept. 24, 2007) -- The last group of more than 50 Marines deployed Sept. 22 to Croatia in support of Operation Noble Midas.

The purpose of the operation is to exercise Maritime Preposition Force operations and to certify the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Response Force.

“It’s through exercises like this that we practice and support the actual preparation, offloading, tracking and back loading of equipment so that we can be proficient in a real operation,” said Lt. Col. Terry Harwood, operations officer for Noble Midas.

Harwood also said that there is training every year on MPF missions. Last year’s training took place by planning a mission on paper. The last actual off-load mission was in 2002 with Operation Dynamic Mix in Roda, Spain.

“MPF operations are one way to insert forces into the fight,” Harwood said. “There’s a large amount of practice that goes into ensuring that equipment arrives safely and works properly. It’s not enough to plan a mission on paper, you have to practice.”

According to Harwood, MPF operations are a great way to increase the speed in which the forces can get into the fight.

“We can float forces into theater quickly,” Harwood explained. “It’s easy to fly people and equipment, but it also takes time if the plane can’t take as much equipment as a ship.”

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PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2007) - Water vapor flows over the wings of two F/A-18E Super Hornets, assigned to the "Royal Maces" of Strike Fighter Squadron 27, as they perform a flyby during an air power demonstration for friends and family of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Kitty Hawk brought more than 2,200 guests aboard for a daylong Friends and Family Day cruise. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jimmy C. Pan

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‘Grey Wolf’ continues pursuit of al-Qaeda in Diyala Province

RELEASE No. 20070920-13
September 20, 2007

Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

DIYALA, Iraq – Iraqi Security and Coalition Forces aggressively targeted and pursued al-Qaeda elements in Diyala province, in support of 25th Infantry Division’s Operation Lightning Hammer II, a division-wide operation to deny terrorist elements the ability to harm the population.

“Through Operations Arrowhead Ripper, Lightning Hammer and most recently, Lightning Hammer II, the Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces have made it clear that al-Qaida has no home in Diyala and will be persistently targeted,” said Col. David W. Sutherland, commander, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

The operations, which began Sept. 4 in Diyala and focused on Baqouba, Muqdadiya and Balad Ruz, resulted in 34 terrorists killed, 28 suspected terrorists detained, 17 weapons caches discovered, three vehicle-borne and six house-borne improvised explosive devices discovered and destroyed, and 44 IEDs reduced.

“Al-Qaeda is on the run and is attempting to conduct attacks as a systemic response to our offensive operations,” Sutherland said. “Ultimately, they will fail and be brought to justice,” he continued.

Soldiers from the 5th Iraqi Army Division, partnered with Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, conducted simultaneous, continuous operations across Diyala to deny al-Qaeda freedom of movement and remove their support bases.
Operation Saber Hammer II, an ongoing operation which began Sept. 17 in the Muqdadiya region, played a large role in the overall operation throughout the province.

Through a very thorough and detailed search in villages, such as Baloor and Hy al Askry, Soldiers from 6-9 Armored Reconnaissance Squadron and 3rd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division, have successfully disrupted al-Qaeda in the area by killing 10 terrorists and detaining 14.

Also, Operation Woodshed II, conducted Sept. 19 by Soldiers from 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, targeted enemy south of Balad Ruz, resulting in 12 terrorists killed.

“As operations north, east and west of Baqouba continue, our goal is to provide a stable and secure environment to the people in those regions, thus setting the conditions to allow the government to focus on restoring essential services,” said Sutherland. “Al-Qaeda will not hinder the progress we are seeing in Diyala.”


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TRAINING IN RAWAH — A U.S. Army Soldier from U.S. Special Forces conducts training in Rawah, Iraq, Sept.7, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eli J. Medellin

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In Today's News - Monday, September 24, 2007

Quote of the Day
"It is better to die on your feet
than to live on your knees."

-- Delores Ibarruri

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Bomber Kills 12 at Iraq Sunni-Shiite Reconciliation Meeting
Rice sees no U.S.-Iran talks on Iraq soon
Court hears Saddam's cousin ordered 200 executions
Violent incidents down; Al Qaeda ‘off balance’ in Iraq, spokesman says

Operation Enduring Freedom
Kidnapped Italian agents freed in Afghanistan
Forces Earn Public’s Trust

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Bush tries to revive Mideast peace talks

Worldwide Wackos
Ahmadinejad Schooled - Iranian leader scolded by Columbia president
Iran: U.S. Troops in Iraq, Afghanistan Within Firing Range
Ahmadinejad: Iran, U.S. Not Headed for War
Ahmadinejad questions 9/11, Holocaust
Iran's Ahmadinejad: No attack on Israel (How can anyone believe anything this psycho says? Doublespeak upon doublespeak)
U.S.: Iran Sneaks Missiles Into Iraq to Attack GIs
Ahmadinejad Appearance Prompts Criticism of Columbia University Public-Speaking Decisions
Iran starts talks with IAEA on nuclear program - Video
Rice on Iran

Homegrown Moonbats
Joni Mitchell Attacks Catholic Church

Politics / Government
'Acting White' Comment is No Political Time Bomb for Jackson
Bush: Hillary Clinton Will Be Democratic Nominee
White House Warns Tough Decisions Await Social Security
Bush Blasts Congress for Dragging Feet on Budget
Pakistan opposition arrests "troubling"
100,000 turn out for Myanmar protest
Bush Admin. urges Social Security fix
Rice: U.S. to push for action on Myanmar
Myanmar anti-junta protests biggest in 20 years - Video
World energy revolution needed for climate: U.S.
Israeli police to investigate Olmert house purchase
Putin boosts finance minister Kudrin in reshuffle
Britain's Brown stirs election fever in party ranks

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
'Iron Mike' in Hot Water
Campus Shooting Suspect Nabbed
Indian Police Arrest 3 for Drugging, Raping Japanese Tourists
FBI: Violent Crimes in U.S. Approaching 5-Year Peak
Britney Spears' Ex-Bodyguard Talks Drug Claim on TV
Alleged Attack Against 13-Year-Old Boy Caught on Tape
56 Labs Raided in Huge Steroid Probe, DEA Says
Texas Inmates in Custody After Deadly Escape
Judge issue appealed in Katrina shooting
Woman wants share of James Brown estate

Adventures in Political Correctness
Senior Citizens Protest Denial of Doughnuts at Senior Center
College Editor Defiant After F-Bomb Attack on Bush

U.N. News
Call for quick action on climate change at UN - Video
Special Report: United Nations

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Global web privacy rules needed in 5 years: Google
New service eavesdrops on Internet calls (This is really scary)

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Gamers Line Up Nationwide for 'Halo 3' Release
Lack of sleep may be deadly, research shows
Cancer deaths to hit 17 million in 2030: researcher
Arctic science outpost a refuge from the world
China to build fourth space launch site
Apple says unlocking software can damage iPhone
Germs taken to space come back deadlier
New nuke reactor application is expected
Study: Acupuncture works for back pain

Mother Nature
Tropical Storm Jerry Forms in Atlantic
Boy Scouts Found in North Carolina Mountains
Boy Scouts 'Hunkered Down' After Getting Lost in N.C.
Scientists discover rare albino ratfish

So give up caviar: it's not brain sturgery!
"Hey beautiful...the back door's open"
Man Accused of Ripping Head Off Live Duck in Hotel Lobby
Resort charges $14,500 for dessert

Fox News
GM Workers Walk Off the Job After Missed Deadline
Chicago Sales Rep Sends Text, Vanishes VIDEO
Pop Tarts: Brad Pitt Sick of Media Attention; Angelina Bump or Lump?

Reuters: Top News
Fresh fighting endangers eastern Congo ceasefire
Rich hit as cost of lavish living soars
Consumers cutting back on restaurants: survey
Dave Brubeck says will play jazz till the end
Bahamas to hold inquest in death of Daniel Smith
Credit worries, GM strike weigh on Wall Street - Video
Dollar dips to new low vs euro
ValueClick jumps on takeover talk
Oil falls below $81 as US Gulf production recovers
Apple stock hits new high after Citigroup ups target
Deutsche faces huge debt hit
Crisis in Credit: An in-depth look
Soaring gold drives miners to highs
FTSE up as miners, M&S lift; Northern Rock falls

AP World News
Garner says daughter is `pretty awesome'
UAW says strike about saving jobs
Blue Jays stall Yankees' playoff push
Hudson directs 'Cutlass' short film
Wall Street pulls back after early rise
Bradley is thrown to ground by manager

CENTCOM: News Releases

USJFCOM, partners complete Bold Quest 07, begin data analysis
Command profiles modeling and simulation usage at MODSIM World Conference and Expo 2007
President nominates Marine general as new commander

Multi-National Force-Iraq
Joint efforts putting BIAP back on radar
Basrah Railroad Station provides transportation services
329th Chemical Company executes cleanup missions
Brigade assists in delivery of soil-testing kits
Task Force Lightning Soldiers attacked
Provincial leaders and Coalition forces attacked in Diyala
Lion's Paw releases 75 detainees
Detained terrorist identified
Coalition airpower support Coalition ground forces

Iraqi Troops Securing Own Neighborhoods
Pentagon Sets Record CFC Contribution Goal
More Police Officers Key to Securing Iraq
Defense Department Will Not Relent in MIA Efforts

Pentagon Channel to Showcase ‘Grill Sergeants’
Keating Reaffirms Commitment to Pacific Region
Troops, Stars Come Out for USO World Gala
Service Heroes Receive Awards at USO Gala

Troops Nab 15 in Raids Around Iraq
Violence Down; Al Qaeda 'Off Balance' in Iraq
Coalition, Iraqis Kill 19 Terrorists, Detain 80
Violence Drops as Police Ranks Swell

New Playbook Aims to Help Reconstruction
Coalition Forces Seize Score of Insurgents

Farewell to the Chairman
Special Report

Chiefs Earn Anchors
Soldiers Train to Defeat Insurgents' Evolving Tactics
New Books Aid Local Doctors
Marines Fly Safely in Al Qaim
Iraqi Police Improve Skills

De-Mining Efforts Continue
Police Force Ranks Grow
Troops Learn Helicopter Support
Airmen Celebrate Birthday

Veterinarian Visits Birthplace
Army Leads to Computer Career
Husband, Wife Serve in Iraq
Sailor Visits Her Birthplace
Air Force Officer Combines Love for Stamp Collecting, Aviation

Troops' Families Enjoy a Treat
Nonprofit's Work Gets Four Stars
USO Night Drives Home Support
NCO Shares His View on Service - Story - Special

BLOGGERS' ROUNDTABLE with U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarek
More Police Key to Securing Iraq - Story

Forces Kill 40 Taliban Fighters - Story

New Chief Petty Officers Earn Anchors - Story
Soldiers Create Combat Logistics Patrol School - Story

Surgeon Gets Medical Books for Iraqi Doctors
Army Engineers Help Iraqis Rebuild Country
New Generator Brings Electricity to 300 Homes
Iraqi Police Improve Skills, Conduct Ops
Marines Keep Skies Above Al Qaim Running
Security Forces Take Root in Isolated Village
Air Force School Replaces Symbol of Tyranny
Iraqi Boy Leads Soldiers to Weapons Caches

New Multi-Ethnic Afghan Police Force Grows
Troops Learn to Factor Helicopters into Battle
Airmen Celebrate Six Decades of Air Power

National Guard Leader Visits Well Drilling Sites
New Marine Unit Assumes Security Operations
Air Force Officers Play Soccer with Local Boys

Fallon Visits Southwest Asia, Talks with Airmen

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

National Hurricane Center

Today in History
1493 - Columbus starts his second expedition to the New World.
1625 - The Dutch attack San Juan, Puerto Rico.
1683 - Jews are expelled from all French possessions in America.
1742 - Faneuil Hall (Boston) opens to the public.
1789 - Congress' first Judiciary Act creates the office of Attorney General, and the Supreme Court.
1852 - The dirigible is first demonstrated.
1853 - Cornelius Vanderbilt makes the first round-the-world trip by yacht.
1862 - The Confederate Congress adopts the confederacy's seal.
1869 - Black Friday - there is panic on Wall Street as Gould & Fisk attempt to corner the gold market.
1929 - Lt. James H. Doolittle, in a Consolidated N-Y-2 Biplane, makes the first all-instrument flight.
1941 - Allied govts pledge adherence to the Atlantic Charter.
1948 - Mildred Gillars (Axis Sally) pleads innocent in Washington, DC.
1950 - Jews in Yemen are moved to Israel in "Operation Magic Carpet."
1954 - The "Tonight Show" premiers on NBC.
1955 - President Eisenhower suffers a heart attack while on vacation in Denver.
1957 - President Eisenhower orders U.S. troops to desegregate schools in Little Rock, AK.
1960 - The USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is launched.
1963 - The Senate ratifies a treaty with Britain and the U.S.S.R., limit nuclear testing.
1964 - "The Munsters" premiers on TV.
1968 - "60 Minutes" premiers on TV.
1969 - The trial of the "Chicago 8" (protesters at Democratic National Convention) begins.
1970 - Luna-16 makes the first Automated return of a lunar sample.
1972 - An antique F86 Sabrejet fails to takeoff at an air show, killing 22.
1973 - Portuguese Guinea (Guinea-Bissau) declares independence.
1976 - Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst is sentenced to 7 years for her part in a 1974 bank robbery (She is set free by President Carter after 22 months).
1982 - U.S., Italian, and French peacekeeping troops begin arriving in Lebanon.
1990 - South African president F.W. de Klerk meets with President George H.W. Bush in Washington, DC; the Supreme Soviet gives approval to switch to a free market.

1755 - John Marshall, 4th Supreme Court Chief Justice (1801-35)
1870 - Georges Claude, inventor (neon light)
1896 - F. Scott Fitzgerald, author (Great Gatsby)
1898 - Baron Florey, pathologist (purified penicillin), Nobel Prize winner (1945)
1921 - Jim McKay, sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports)
1924 - Walter Fufido, Iwo Jima casualty (WW II)
1930 - John W. Young, astronaut (Gem 3 10, Apol 10 16, STS 1 9)
1936 - Jim Henson, muppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show)
1939 - Manfred Wörner, Secretary General of NATO
1962 - Joseph Kennedy II (Rep-Mass)
1969 - Lisa Matthews, Playboy playmate (Apr, 1990)

1180 - Manuel I Comnenus, Byzantine emperor (1143-80)
1815 - John Sevier, indian fighter
1991 - Theodore Geisel (Dr Seuss)

Reported Missing in Action
Flynn, George Edward III, USAF (LA); A1E shot down (pilot), remains recovered June, 1974

Osborn, Geoffrey H., USN (FL); F8E shot down, Killed, body not recovered

Whittle, Junior L., US Army (IN); drowned while swimming in the South China Sea, Killed, body not recovered

Breiner, Stephen E., USMC (IN); drowned crossing river, Killed, body not recovered

Drabic, Peter E., US Army (MD); released by PRG March, 1973 - alive as of 1998

McConnell, Jerry, US Army (NY); drowned in Cua Viet River

Borah, Daniel V., Jr., US Navy (IL); A7B shot down, remains ID'd April, 1997 - account disputed

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