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Sunday, April 06, 2008

CHINOOK FLY OVER - A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook flies over a pick up sight on Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, for a re-supply mission for Combat Outpost Summers, March 22, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tiffany Dusterhoft

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In Today's News - Sunday, April 6, 2008

Quote of the Day
Political correctness is tyranny with a happy face.
-- Charlton Heston (1924 - 2008)

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Police: 5 Killed, 17 Wounded in Sadr City Clashes
Iraq students freed after mass kidnapping - Video
U.S. Official Says Iraqis Link Corruption, Terrorism

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan forces arrest Taliban commander

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Explosion in Sri Lanka's Capital Kills Minister

Religion of Peace??
Yemeni Shi'ite rebels destroy rabbi's house

Worldwide Wackos
Iran to Produce Film in Response to Anti-Koran Film (Oh, this ought to be a hoot)

Politics / Government
ELECTION HQ: Hillary: Count Florida, Michigan Primaries - McCain Calls for Respectful Campaign
Vietnam vets admire McCain, may not vote for him
Clinton on defensive amid Colombia trade flap
Colombia ends contract after flap with Clinton aide
Bush and Putin fail to resolve missile differences - Video

In the Courts / Crime Punishment / Law and Order
Sect Leaders Confront Authorities - Officials prepare 'for the worst' at compound

U.N. News
In Saudi Arabia, UN Humanitarian Chief Begins Tour of Persian Gulf Region

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Absolut-ly Incorrect

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
South Korea reports new suspected bird flu case

Mother Nature
Kansas City Cleanup Crews Find Body; Police Find Two More
Rescuer: Victim fell from helicopter
Another Factory Farm 'Perk' - 10,000 Pigs Perish in Canada and Indiana Fires

Other News of Note
Charlton Heston Dies at Beverly Hills Home - PHOTO ESSAY (Damn. RIP, Mr. Heston)
Dalai Lama: Protests Show Tibet's 'Anguish'
Party Boss Warns of Sabotage in Torch Run Region
FINAL FOUR: KU, Memphis Head to Title Game
Memphis to play Kansas for NCAA title
Muslim graves vandalized in French WW1 cemetery

Fox News
President Mugabe's Party Demands Recount of Results
2 Killed in Colorado Sky Diving Accident

Zimbabwe court postpones MDC vote hearing - Video
More than 50 percent chance of U.S. recession: Greenspan
Government says Kenya cabinet to be announced
Taiwan vice president-elect may meet China's Hu
Digital music firms pay heavy price for labels' support
Actor Farrell sickened by visit to Srebrenica
In Egypt, long queues for bread that's almost free
Regional comedy set to break French film record
Europe to press G7 on market faultlines, FX flux
Leaders call for urgent financial reforms
Several Gulf states set on currency deadline
Swiss bank regulator hopes worst behind UBS: report - Video
European unions protest over pay
Woodside $1.5 bln Angel gas platform installed
Price controls are counterproductive, experts say
Earnings key test as recession looms
MBIA's bond insurer unit loses top rating from Fitch
Fed rate cut ideas up on weak jobs
Market largely flat as bank fears cool optimism - Video
Solar stocks soar on outlook for U.S. subsidies
Washington Mutual sinks on mortgage loss worries
Oil gains over 2 percent as dollar slips
Dollar falls as U.S. economy posts job decline
Gold rally intact, despite sell-off

AP World News
Arrests mar London's Olympic torch relay
Mugabe's party demands recount
Communist boss: Tibet ready for torch
Kansas dismantles North Carolina 84-66

News Blaze
There is Great News, Good News, More Good News and Then?
PHOTOS: Florida Native Patrols Kadhamiyah in Iraqi Capital
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

Iraqi troops contain violence in Hillah
Water facility reopens, clean water flows
Medical programs top priority for Zabul women’s affairs director
Troops save Iraqi teen injured by bomb

USJFCOM opens new Joint Intelligence Laboratory
More about the Joint Intelligence Laboratory
Joint fires team assists Army training center
More about JFIIT
Industry symposium to raise awareness of 21st century capabilities
Workshop looks at strengthening capabilities in the urban environment - podcast

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Informant’s Tip Leads to Multiple Enemy Weapons, Munitions
Iraqi, Coalition Engineers Join to Rebuild Combat Outpost
Humanitarian Aid Continues in Wasit
Iraqi, Military Police Set Up Operation Post
One terrorist killed, three detained in Coalition operations
Iraqi Army humanitarian mission attacked in Sadr City
IP detains 2 launching Iranian-made rockets (Baghdad)
Coalition forces conduct airstrike in Basra, one criminal killed
Joint pediatric clinic for Iraqi Police SWAT families

Bush Lauds Progress of Young Democracies
Gates Says U.S. May Send More Troops to Afghanistan
Gates Leaves NATO Summit Pleased With Outcomes
Special Report: NATO Summit
Photos: NATO Summit in Bucharest
Asia-Pacific Leaders Focus on Security Asia-Pacific Leaders Focus on Security

Last Colorado Air Guard MIA Laid to Rest in Arlington Cemetery
Central Command Official Buoyed by Iraqi Leadership in Basra

Coalition Forces Provide Primary Care to Villagers
Advisory Team Assists in Building Combat Force
Coalition Troops Kill Two Terrorists, Detain 16 Suspects

Troops Get Griffin's Comic Relief - Photos

Soldiers Remember Medal of Honor Recipient
Brothers Reunite in Iraq

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
0648 BC - Earliest total solar eclipse; chronicled by Greeks
0402 - Battle at Pollentia - Roman army under Stilicho beats Visigoten
0610 - Lailat-ul Qadar, the night the Koran descended to Earth
1106 - Fire in Venice
1652 - Cape Colony, the 1st European settlement in South Africa, established by John of Riebeeck
1663 - King Charles II signs Carolina Charter
1664 - France & Saksen sign alliance
1672 - France declares war on Netherlands
1712 - Slave revolt in New York
1722 - Peter the Great ends tax on men with beards
1724 - Duke of Newcastle becomes English minister of Foreign Affairs
1727 - Denmark signs Covenant of Hannover
1757 - English king George II fires minister William Pitt Sr
1789 - 1st US Congress begins regular sessions, Federal Hall, New York NY
1815 - English militia shoots prisoners, 100's killed
1830 - Joseph Smith & 5 others organize Mormon church in Seneca County, New York
1848 - Jews of Prussia granted equality
1859 - US recognizes Liberal government in México's War of the Reform
1862 - Battle of Shiloh, Union defeats Confederacy in SW Tennessee
1865 - Battle of Sayler's Creek, 1/3rd of Lee's army cut off
1866 - G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) is established
1868 - Brigham Young marries his 27th & final wife
1869 - 1st plastic, Celluloid, patented
1886 - Declaration of Berlin neutralizes Tonga
1889 - George Eastman places Kodak Camera on sale for 1st time
1890 - French troops under Captain Archinard occupy Segu, West-Sudan
1893 - Mormon temple in Salt Lake City dedicated
1896 - 1st modern Olympic games begin in Athens Greece; American, James Connolly, wins 1st Olympic gold medal in modern history
1906 - 1st animated cartoon copyrighted
1909 - 1st credit union established in US; North Pole reached by Americans Robert Peary & Matthew Henson
1912 - Electric starter 1st appeared in cars
1916 - German parliament OKs unrestricted submarine warfare
1917 - US declares war on Germany, enters World War I
1920 - French troop attacks Main/Darmstadt/Hanau
1924 - 4 planes leave Seattle on 1st successful around-the-world flight; Italian fascists receive 65% of vote of parliament; Völkische Block (Nazi's) receives 17.8% of vote in Bayern
1925 - 1st film shown on an airplane (British Air)
1930 - 1st transcontinental glider tow completed; Hostess Twinkies invented by bakery executive James Dewar
1936 - Tornado kills 203 & injures 1,800 in Gainesville GA
1938 - Teflon invented by Roy J Plunkett
1939 - US & UK agree on joint control of Canton & Enderbury Islands (Pacific); Great Britain & Poland sign military pact
1941 - Italian-held Addis Ababa capitulates to British & Ethiopian forces; Beginning of 3 day bombardment of Belgrade (17,000 die); British General Gambier-Parry caught in North Africa; German bombardment on Piraeus (munitions ship explodes)
1943 - British & US offensive at Wadi Akarit, South-Tunisia; Lou Jansen, leader of illegal Dutch political party (CPN) arrested
1944 - Jewish nursery at Izieu-Ain France overrun by Nazis
1945 - Coevorden freed from Nazis; Japanese giant battleship Yamato heads to Okinawa; Massive kamikaze-attack on US battle fleet near Okinawa; US Marines explore Tsugen Shima near Okinawa
1950 - John F Dulles becomes advisor to US Secretary of State Dean Acheson
1954 - TV Dinner is 1st put on sale by Swanson & Sons
1955 - Yemen failed coup by Abdullah Seif el-Islam
1956 - Polish communist Gomulka freed from prison
1957 - NYC ends trolley car service
1964 - Egypt & Belgium restore diplomatic relations
1965 - Intelsat 1 ("Early Bird") 1st commercial geosynchronous communications satellite
1967 - Premier Pompidou forms new French government
1968 - 94.5% of East German voters approve new socialist constitution; Gunpowder stock at a sporting-goods store explodes, killing 43 (Virginia)
1972 - Egypt drops diplomatic relations with Jordan
1973 - Indies troops invade Sikkim; US launches Pioneer 11 to Jupiter & Saturn
1981 - Yugoslav government sends troops to Kosovo
1984 - 11th Space Shuttle Mission (41-C)- Challenger 5 is launched; 1st time 11 people in space
1985 - Sudan suspends constitution after coup under General Swarreddahab
1988 - North pole explorer Matthew Henson buried next to Robert Peary in Arlington
1992 - Microsoft announced Windows 3.1, upgrading Windows 3.0; Serbian troops begin siege of Sarajevo; US Supreme Court rules a Nebraska farmer was entrapped by postal agents into buying mail-order child pornography
1993 - 1st test flight of Ilyushin IL-96M (Moscow)
1994 - Liberal Supreme Court Justice Blackmun (Roe vs Wade) resigns; Palestinian suicide bomber kills 7 Israelis & himself
1997 - Progress M-34 Launch (Russia)

1483 - Raphael [Raffaello Sanzio] Urbino, painter/master builder (Madonna Sistina)
1806 - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet (Sonnets from the Portuguese)/Mrs Robert Browning
1823 - Joseph Medill, newspaper editor (Chicago Tribune)
1828 - Charles William Field, Confederate Major General
1866 - Butch Cassidy [Robert Parker], US desperado (Wild Bunch Passage)
1890 - Anthony Herman Gerard Fokker, aircraft pioneer (Spider)
1892 - Donald Wills Douglas, aircraft pioneer (McConnell Douglas)
1903 - Harold Edgerton, foremost high-speed photographer
1910 - Desmond Dreyer, British Admiral
1925 - John Knox, British supreme court justice; Marcus Worsley Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire
1926 - Ian Paisley, clergyman/MP
1928 - James Dewey Watson, chemist (co-discovered structure of DNA)
1929 - "Crazy" Joe Gallo, mobster
1940 - Anne Campbell, MP
1946 - Paul Beresford, MP
1947 - Jan Kees Wiebenga, Dutch MP (VVD)
1950 - Dennis E Eckart (Representative-OH)

1199 - Richard I the Lion-hearted, King of England (1189-99), dies at 41
1362 - Jacques de Bourbon, Count of Marche, killed in battle
1489 - Hans Waldmann, Swiss military/mayor (Zurich), beheaded
1490 - Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary
1590 - Francis Walsingham English Secretary of State, dies at about 57
1593 - Henry Barrow English puritian/Congressionalist, hanged; John Greenwood English Congressionalist, hanged
1838 - José B de Andrada e Silva, Premier of Brazil (1822-23), dies at 74
1854 - William Strickland, US architect
1862 - Adley Hogan Gladden, Confederate Brigadier-General, dies in battle at 51; Albert Sidney Johnston Confederate General, dies in battle at 59
1865 - John Austin Wharton, Confederate General-Major, dies at 36; Reuben B. Boston, Confederate cavalry Colonel, dies in battle
1926 - Giovanni Amendola, antifascist/editor-in-chief (Il Mondo), dies at 43
1945 - Benjamin M. Telders, president (Dutch Liberal States Party), dies at 42
1961 - Jules J. B. V. Bordet, Belgian bacteriologist (Nobel 1919), dies at 90
1968 - Bobby Hutton, US Black Panther leader, shot to death
1972 - Heinrich Lübke West German President (1959-69), dies at 77
1983 - Ana Maria Salvador guerilla leader, murdered
1990 - Ronald E. Evans, astronaut (Apollo 17), dies of a heart attack at 57
1993 - Hedi Amira Nouira, PM of Tunisia (1970-80)
1994 - Agatha Uwilingiyimana, Rwanda/1st female PM in Africa, assassinated; Cyprian Niayamira, President of Burundi (1993-94), assassinated; Juvénal Habayarimana President of Rwanda (1973), assassinated
1995 - Vieno J. Sukselainen, PM of Finland (1959-61)

Reported Missing in Action
Cook, Dennis P., USN (CA); A4E crashed in water shortly after launch, Killed, BNR

Gates, James W., US Army (LA); OV1A shot down, (pilot, w/Lafayette)

Lafayette, John W.,US Army (VT); OV1A shot down (observer, w/Gates)

Hegdahl, Douglas B., USN (SD); washed overboard in Tonkin Gulf, released August, 1969 - alive and well as of 1998 ** brought back a list of over 200 POWs names which he memorized to the tune of "Old McDonald Had a Farm". **

Kustigan, Michael T., USN (MA)

Pepper, Anthony John, USMC (VA); KIA / BNR

Trimble, James M., USMC (CA); KIA / BNR

The following Civilian journalists all reported missing, believed abducted:
Arpin, Claude, (France)

Flynn, Sean L., ; British TV crew found remains May, 1991

Stone, Dana, ; British TV crew found remains May, 1991

Takagi, Yujiro, (Japan)

Klingner, Michael Lee, USAF (NE); F100D shot down, KIA / BNR

Brassfield, Andrew T., US Army SF (OH); KIA / BNR

The following USAF pesonnel reported MIA when their HH53C was shot down:
Alley, James H. (FL); remains ID'd September, 1997

Avery, Allen J. (MA); remains returned October, 1997

Call, James Henry III; remains returned October, 1997

Chapman, Peter H., (OH); remains returned October, 1997

Pearson, William R. (NH); remains returend October, 1997

Prater, Roy Dewitt (OH); remains returned October, 1997

Also reported MIA this day in 1972:
Dunlop, Thomas E., USN (FL); A7E shot down

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