Quote of the Day
"I think of a hero as someone who understands
"I think of a hero as someone who understands
the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom."
-- Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman)
News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Police Chief in Southern Iraqi City Killed in Bomb Blast
U.S. Holds About 500 'Enemy Combatant' Youths in Iraq
Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan student firefighters hone skills
Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Bin Laden to Muslims: Fight Israel-Led Gaza Closure
Taliban claim responsibility for Pakistan bombing
High-Ranking Female FARC Leader Surrenders to Colombian Forces
Gore Compares Global Warming Fight to WWII Fascism (Are you kidding me?!?)
Politics / Government
And the Crowd Grows Wild
Record 80,000 attend Obama rally in Portland
Clinton Confident in Kentucky, Obama Sees Finish Line
California Dems Add More Superdelegates
BRIEFING BOOK: Kentucky and Oregon (pdf)
Kennedy Recovering After Seizures - PHOTOS - BIO
McCain campaign advisor quits over lobbying ties - Video
Obama eyes general election while Clinton hangs on - Video
McCain vows to fight U.S. farm subsidies, tariffs
New Watergate book says John Dean ordered break-in
In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Polygamist Sect's Custody Hearings to Begin Today
Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Facebook stresses independence amid Microsoft talk
Now Britons can quiz PM on YouTube
Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Cell Phones May Put Unborn at Risk
British PM Backs Animal-Human Embryo Bill
Quietly, wind farms spread footprint in U.S
Strong prospects in software to spy on bank staff
Sirens, Horns Wail Across China as Nation Mourns Earthquake Victims - PHOTOS
Chinese Companies Suffer Nearly $10 Billion in Damage
Quake hurts farmers' hopes
Taiwan rescuer vows not to give up
Marine Scientists Discover Millions of Starfish Inhabiting Undersea Volcano
Study: Hurricane Spike Not Caused by Global Warming
Dozens of Wildfires in Fla. Scorch Nearly 40,000 Acres
U.N. Tours Burma Cyclone Zone; 134,000 Dead, Missing
ASEAN to coordinate Myanmar aid effort - Video
G8 climate talks to discuss targets, rift remains
Australia brews beer for man's best friend
Forecast Is Good News, Bad News
FOXBusiness: Futures Fall as MSFT Revives YHOO Bid
'Crystal Skull': It's a Hit!
Malaysia's PM in danger as Mahathir quits party
Zimbabwe opposition says army plots to kill leader
Asia stocks at 4-month high
Gold tops $900 on spec buying
Protest turns to praise for foreign firms
As homes foreclose in U.S., squatters move in
Chesney gets top country award but criticizes vote
Turkey's AK Party expects to be closed: sources
Strike stalls April auto production
Energy:Oil & the environment
NBER's Feldstein sees U.S. downturn since Dec-Jan
Lehman, Goldman, Morgan Stanley outlooks cut at Citi
New News Corp ad network to court financial sites
Market correction ongoing, significant: ECB's Trichet
UAW urges adoption of cost-cutting Axle deal
BCE buyout in trouble as banks seek new terms: NYT
Manitowoc trumps rival with $2.1 billion Enodis bid
Egypt's Sawiris in talks with U.S. firms on Weather
Green Living: Kids spur supermodel Cindy Crawford to go green
Africa's "Miami" boasts Art Deco trove
Pierce leads Boston to thrilling win over Cleveland
Penguins reach Stanley Cup final with crushing win
Arizona's Johnson blanks Detroit for win number 288
Gay and Campbell-Brown shine in Carson
Nadal gains revenge over Federer in Hamburg
Workers clean up La. derailment, acid spill
'Indiana Jones' debut survives Cannes critics
PHOTOS: ISF take control of OMS building, maintain presence near Shulla
PHOTOS:: Soldier Awarded AAM for Hard Work, Initiative
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos
General: Iran aiding terrorists in Iraq
New bridge links Busayefi to Hawr Rajab
Iraqis refurbish school in al-Buaytha
Basra security situation improves
Command unveils new command and control vision - podcast
Joint fires team helps Army improves force protection training
SOCJFCOM completes in-residence JSOTF training course - podcast
USJFCOM helps define new conditions for individual augmentee training
Multi-National Force - Iraq
Democracy Takes Root in Arab Jabour
Marne Soldiers Prepare Iraqi Army for Battle
Salvadoran Dignitaries Visit Cuscatlan Battalion
Al-Nassir School Refurbished by Iraqis
Three suspected al-Qaeda terrorists detained in Baghdad, Mosul
Conviction and Sentencing of the Kidnapper of Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho US-EMB
Iraqi residents turn in munitions to Iraqi Army soldiers; MND-B Soldiers eliminate threat (Baghdad)
Water treatment facility on way to recovery (Taji)
Iraqis, servicemembers connect through tennis (Bagdad)
MND-N Soldiers attacked by IED (Salah ad-Din)
Bush Promises Afghans Support
Indy Motor Speedway Salutes Recruits
Mullen to Troops: 'Your Service Matters'
Military Members Receive Service Award
U.S. Sends Relief Supplies to China
More Relief Flights Arrive in Burma
Air Show Celebrates Berlin Airlift Anniversary
Airlift Dispensed Food, Blow to Communism
‘Candy Bomber’ Sweetened Life for Berlin Kids
More than 300 Former 'Sons' Become Police Grads
Coalition Troops in Iraq Kill Terrorist, Detain 19
New York Guardsmen Train Afghan Security Forces
Forces Detain Eight Taliban Suspects in Raid
FACE OF DEFENSE
Soldier Shares Knowledge, Experience with Actors
AMERICA SUPPORTS YOU
Sinise Rocks Pentagon, Supports Troops With Song - Photos
Groups at Pentagon Event Show America’s Support
Chrysler Initiatives an ‘Investment in Freedom’
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
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
1568 - Queen Elizabeth I of England arrests Scottish queen Mary.
1585 - Spain confiscates English ships.
1588 - The Spanish Armada sets sail for Lisbon, bound for England.
1635 - France declares war on Spain
1643 - The French destroy the Spanish army at the Battle of Rocroi / Allersheim; Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor form the United Colonies of New England.
1848 - Mexico gives Texas to the U.S., ending the war.
1862 - The Homestead Act goes into effect, providing cheap land for settlement of the West.
1864 - Battle of Port Walthall Junction, VA; last engagement in the Spotsylvania series of battles.
1884 - The Ringling Brothers circus premieres.
1898 - The Post Office authorizes the use of postcards.
1913 - In California, the Webb Alien Land-Holding Bill passes, prohibiting the Japanese from owning land.
1923 - Communists revolt in German Ruhr cities occupied by the Allies.
1926 - The French air force bombs Damascus, Syria.
1929 - China’s General Feng Yu-Xiang of China declares war on Chiang Kai-Shek’s government.
1930 - White women win voting rights in South Africa.
1931 - The Ironclad cruiser Germany is launched in Kiel.
1939 - Churchill signs the British-Russian anti-Nazi pact.
1941 - German occupiers in Holland forbid bicycle taxis; the Nazi battleship Bismarck leaves Gdynia, Poland.
1943 - Berlin is declared free of Jews - "Judenrien"; Churchill pledges England's full support to the U.S. against Japan.
1944 - More than 200 gypsies are transported to Auschwitz from the Netherlands; the German defense line in Italy collapses.
1951 - The U.N. begins a counter-offensive in Korea.
1954 - Postmaster General Summerfield approves the CIA’s mail-opening project.
1958 - The U.S. and Canada form the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
1960 - USAF Major Robert M. White takes the X-15 to 33,222 mph.
1964 - U.S. diplomats find at least 40 secret microphones in the Moscow embassy.
1965 - Patricia R. Harris is named the first American black female ambassador – to Luxembourg.
1967 - The U.S. bombs Hanoi; the U.S.S.R. ratifies a treaty with England and the U.S. banning nuclear weapons in space.
1971 - The U.S.S.R. launches Mars 2, the first spacecraft to crash land on Mars.
1976 - The Senate establishes a permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
1983 - NASA launches Intelsat V.
1992 - The 27th Amendment is ratified, prohibiting Congress from raising its salary.
1808 - Confederate Brigadier General Samuel Jameson Gholson
1812 - Confederate Brigadier General Felix Kirk
1815 - Union Brevet Major General John Gross Barnard
1828 - Union Brevet Major General Adin Ballou
1890 - Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese leader
1915 - Pol Pot, dictator / mass murderer
1925 - Malcolm X (Little), black muslim leader
1935 - David Hartman, TV personality (Good Morning America)
1938 - James H. Bilbray (Representative-NV)
1939 - Francis R. Scobee, USAF / astronaut (STS 41C, 51L-Chal disaster)
1941 - Jimmy Hoffa, Jr., son of Jimmy Hoffa / Teamster union leader
1948 - Jean-Pierre Haignere, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17)
1536 - Anne Boleyn Queen of England / wife of Henry VIII, beheaded; Lord Rochford English, brother of Anna Boleyn, beheaded
1795 - Josiah Bartlett, physician / judge, signer of Declaration of Independence
1864 - Nathaniel Hawthorne, writer (Scarlet Letter)
1935 - Thomas E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), motorcycle crash
1966 - Tortoise reportedly given to Tonga's king by Captain Cook in 1773
1994 - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former First Lady
1997 - Millie, dog of President Bush
Reported Missing in Action:
Donovan, Leroy M., US Army (CO); O1F overdue (observer, w/Harper) - presumed Killed / BNR
Harper, Richard K. , US Army (MA); OIF overdue (pilot, w/Donovan) - presumed Killed / BNR
Anderson, Gareth L., US Navy (MA); F4B shot down (RIO, w/Plumb), released by DRV March, 1973, died in a military training flight in 1974
Griffin, James Lloyd, US Navy (TN); RA5C shot down (w/Walters), DIC - remains returned March 1974
Hellbach, Harold J., USMC (LA); F8E shot down - remains returned 1997, ID'd May, 1998
Knight, Roy A., Jr., USAF (TX); A1E shot down
McDaniel, Eugene B., USN (NC); A6A shot down (backseater, w/Patterson), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Captain - alive and well 1998 - founder of the American Defense Institute
Metzger, William J., USN (WI); F8C shot down (Russell shot down a short distance away), released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Captain - alive and well as of 1998
Patterson, James K., USN (CA); A6A shot down (pilot, w/McDaniel), probably captured with broken leg
Plumb, Joseph C., USN (KS); F4B shot down (pilot, w/Anderson), released by DRV February, 1973 - alive and well 1998
Rich, Richard, USN (CT); F4B shot down (pilot, w/Stark)
Russell, Kay, USN (TX); F8E shot down (Metzger shot down a short distance away), released by DRV March, 1973 - deceased, 1995
Stark, William R., USN (CA); F4B shot down (w/Rich), released by DRV March, 1973 - received 2 Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit with Combat V, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with Combat V, DMSM, 2 Air Medals, Navy Commendation with Combat V (2nd Award) and 2 Purple Hearts - retired as a Captain - alive and well as of 1998
Walters, Jack, Jr., USN (NC); RA5C shot down (w/Griffin), DIC - remains returned March, 1974
Davies, Joseph E., USAF (VA); F4D shot down (w/McCubbin)
McCubbin, Glenn D., USAF (KS); F4D shot down (w/Davies)
Mott, David P. , USAF (ND); OV10A shot down (w/Thomas), released by PRG March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive and well as of 1998
Nichols, Aubrey A., USN (TX); A7B shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Commnander - alive and well as of 1998
Thomas, William E., USMC (PA); OV10A shot down (w/Mott), released by PRG March, 1973 - retired as a CWO-4 - alive and well as of 1998