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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The wheels on the plane go round and round
Staff Sgt. Joshua Banner replaces retaining rings on an F-16 Fighting Falcon's main landing gear wheel at Balad Air Base, Iraq. The 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron provides combat-ready aircraft and munitions to the air component commander in support of coalition forces throughout Iraq. Sergeant Banner is a 332nd EMXS crew chief deployed from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

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And People Wonder Why I Think Jimmy Carter's a Tool

Oh, I dunno - maybe it's because of things like this:

Former President Jimmy Carter is reportedly preparing an unprecedented meeting with the leader of Hamas, an organization that the U.S. government considers one of the leading terrorist threats in the world.
The Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat reported Tuesday that Carter was planning a trip to Syria for mid-April, during which he would meet with Khaled Meshal, the exiled head of the Palestinian terror group Hamas, on April 18.
Deanna Congileo, Carter’s press secretary, confirmed in an e-mail to that Carter will be in the Mideast in April. Pressed for comment, Congileo did not deny that the former president is considering visiting Meshal.
Carter's not just the battiest Moonbat there is, he's also the most pathetic excuse for a president this country's ever seen - and the way I see it, a traitor to boot.

Here's hoping he buys a one-way plane ticket when he heads over to talk with his terrorist buddies.

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MEDAL OF HONOR - George and Sally Monsoor speak with President George W. Bush during a Medal of Honor presentation ceremony at the White House, April 8, 2008, in honor of their son U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Aho

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In Today's News - Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Quote of the Day
"Dad, I left my heart up there."
-- Francis Gary Powers,
CIA U-2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union,
describing his first flight at age 14

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Dems: Iraqis Should Pay to Rebuild
Petraeus: Iraq Too Fragile for Further Troop Pullout
Blasts Heard From Baghdad's Green Zone
Bush to press case against cutting Iraq force - Video
7 killed in blast in Baghdad's Sadr City
Iraqi Army Keeps Peace in Mahmudiyah, Deters Criminals
Village of Hope Gives Iraqis New Perspective
ISF Find Large EFP Cache
Detainee Information Leads to Cache

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghanistan's presidential poll set for late 2009
US Hopes to Pledge More for Afghans
Militants Kill 17 Afghan Road Workers
Kabul Hotel Tax Raid Sparks Cash Exodus

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
U.S. Navy lawyer to defend alleged 9/11 mastermind
Palestinians say Bush will meet Abbas in Egypt

Fallen Heroes
Navy SEAL Awarded Medal of Honor - PHOTOS
DoD Identifies Army Casualty (Baghdad)

Religion of Peace??
Indonesia blocks access to YouTube over anti-Koran film

Worldwide Wackos
No breakthrough in North Korea talks, U.S. says

Homegrown Moonbats
General Betray Us All Over Again? Today's Briefing to the Senate Arms Committee

Politics / Government
McCain to Accept Public Financing
Bill, Hillary Clinton Disagree on Colombia Trade Deal
Obama Delegate Out Over Remark to Kids
Congress to Introduce Bill to Protect Blind People From Hybrid Cars
Ex-Senate Aide Chosen to Face Rival for DeLay's Seat
Obama gaining on Clinton in Pennsylvania: poll - Video
Presidential candidates posture over Iraq - Video
Traders bet Obama will win Democratic nomination
GAO: Millions wasted on gov't cards
Colombia trade deal splits Clintons
Senate, House to push housing measures
'Other Woman' shadows Chelsea Clinton

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Man Accused of Opening Fire at Birthday Party, Killing Woman, Granddaughter
Teen Girls Killed in Wreck After Attempting to Rob Cab Driver by Slashing His Face
Polygamists Forced Girls to Marry at Puberty - PHOTOS
'Sex Teach' Lafave to Be Released Early - PHOTOS(No way would this be happening if she were male...or ugly)
Cops: Woman Raped in Wal-Mart Parking Lot With Baby in Car
Cops Hunt Wal-Mart Parking Lot Rapist
Teens Killed After Slashing Cab Driver With Box Cutter
Toddler Beaten to Death With Video Game Controller
8 Teens Charged in YouTube Attack - VIDEO
SoCal beef worker wants charges dropped
Attorneys go after pathologist's license
Woman stops alleged burglar with scraper (Bravo!)

Adventures in Political Correctness
DC's Metro pulls bobblehead Pope video

U.N. News
Head of Inquiry Into Hariri Assassination Asks Council for Time Extension
Peacekeeping Force in DR Congo Stretched to The Limit - Latest UN Report
Haiti Faces 'Exceptional Opportunity' But Progress Fragile - UN Envoy

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Village Voice Editor Apologizes for Using N-word

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
67 Bodies Secretly Exhumed From New Mexico Grave
Cavity-fighting candy helped cut tooth decay: study
World food shortages to stay, riots a risk: FAO - Video
China toughens smoking ban in schools before Games
Japan develops brain and eye pills for gaming fans
Global space spending up 11 percent to $251 billion
Stem cells from skin treat brain disease in rats
Seven or more eggs a week raises risk of death
Estrogen linked to benign breast lumps

Mother Nature
Drilling proposed for whale habitat
Spokane slogs through snowy winter
Federal restrictions hit Minn. livestock

Woman Who Weighed 27 Pounds Finally Gaining Weight
Baby Girl Born With Two Faces Worshipped as Reincarnated God
Tiny Teenager Stands Tall Despite Her Height of 23 Inches
Naomi Campbell banned from British Airways?
Robots seen doing work of 3.5 million in Japan
Two Russia cult members "died underground"

Other News of Note
Security Heightened in San Francisco as Officials Prepare for Olympic Torch Run - PHOTOS
No plan to cut torch relay as protesters mass - Video
Aggressive Torch Guardians are Chinese Paramilitaries
Buddhist monks: End Dalai Lama's exile
Nepal gears up for historic election
Nepal Police Open Fire On Protesters; 1 Dead
Eight killed in violence ahead of Nepal polls - Video
FOXBusiness: AA Cancels Flights for Plane Inspections
Free speech center makes annual "muzzle" awards

Fox News
'Valkyrie': Cruise's Valentine's Massacre?

Poor get poorer as recession threat looms: report
S.Korea conservatives win parliament majority: report
South Africa steps up pressure for Zimbabwe result - Video
Japan beef ban leaves Hirst's cow art in a pickle
Silent language of clothes speaks volumes: author
Gere cites "insane courage" in India kissing row - Video
"Idol" fans see Archuleta winning: E-Poll/Reuters
Citigroup near sale of $12 billion loans: sources
China planning to buy stake in BHP Billiton: report
Fed looking at how to beef up lending power: report
Legg Mason ready to back Yahoo if offer lowered: report
Delta talks with pilots may aid merger with Northwest: report
Funds stalk capital-starved Chinese developers
Mining firms hope for Zimbabwe gold rush
WaMu gets $7 bln infusion, cuts jobs, sees loss
Financial woes, earning worries dominate
Oil edges up to $109 ahead of stocks data
Futures point to lower open, earnings fears weigh - Video
China shares tumble 5.5 percent, large caps sold off
Dollar slips on Fed minutes; c.banks, G7 awaited
Gold drifts from high, focus on meeting
Toyota recalls 630,000 mini-vans in Japan
UPS shares fall on lower earnings view
Iomega shares up on EMC takeover bid
Are bond bears waking up?
On hold in China, India

AP World News
Parker breaks off engagement, AP told
Parker leads Lady Vols to another title
A-Rod whiffs 4 times as Royals top Yanks
Complaint filed against Diana's butler
Toni Braxton hospitalized for chest pain
Red Sox get rings, then drop Tigs to 0-7

News Blaze
Atlantic Diving Supply is Mission Ready for The Pentagon
TF XII Apache Maintainers Crank Up Maintenance to Keep Up
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

Joint team provides medical aid in Africa
Afghan school gets new library, science lab
Engineer Infrastructure Battalion graduates in Taji
15 caches, IED factory discovered in northern Iraq
Iraqi troops contain violence in Hillah

Joint Interoperability Division helps training take flight - podcast
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

Multi-National Force - Iraq
IED weapons making facility destroyed in Diyala
IED attacks wound 17 Iraqi citizens in Tuz
UAV kills 2 criminals (Baghdad)
MND-B Soldier dies of non-combat related cause
Iraqi Army soldiers discover hundreds of mortar rounds (Rushdi Mullah)

Bush Honors Fallen SEAL With Highest Award - Photos - Video
Moonsoor Profile
Iraq Security Situation Improved, But Remains Fragile
U.S. Troops Devoted to Iraq Mission Despite Strain, Petraeus Says
Crocker - Foreign Relations Committee
Iran Threatens Stability in Iraq, Officials Say
Petraeus Recommends Pause in Troop Reductions
Petraeus Report to Congress
Petraeus Report - Charts
Crocker - Armed Services Committee

Engineer Reaches 10,000 Air Hours

U.S., Chile Agree to Share Technology Information
Admiral Cites Strength of Micronesia's Partnership

Army Vets Treat Donkeys to Help Factory Thrive
Soldiers Patrol Sadr City in Wake of Intense Fighting
Aircrews Kill Attackers, Destroy Motar Launching Site

Afghan Police Open Civil Order Training Center
Afghanistan Operations Net Five Suspected Extremists

Military Kids Get Special Recognition at Reception - Photos

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
0715 - Constantine ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1241 - Battle of Liegnitz - Mongol armies defeat Poles & Germans
1388 - Battle of Näfels; Glarius Swiss defeat Habsburg (Austrian) army
1454 - Milan/Venice signs peace of Lodi
1474 - Breisach land guardian Peter von Hagenbach throws out Walloon/Italians
1483 - Edward I (12) succeeds Edward IV as king of England
1538 - Danish king Christian III enters Schmalkaldische Union
1555 - Marcello Cervini elected Pope Marcellus II
1609 - Spain & Netherlands sign 12 Year Resistant Pact
1621 - Spain & Netherlands 12 Year Resistant Pact ends
1682 - Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France
1691 - French troops occupy Mons
1770 - Captain James Cook discovers Botany Bay (Australia)
1783 - Tippu Sahib drives out English from Bednore India
1808 - Mayor Wolters offers French king Louis Napoleon townhall as a palace
1814 - Elias Canneman (L) resigns as minister of Finance
1829 - Danzig (Gdansk) dike break flood kills 1,200
1831 - Robert Jenkins loses an ear, starts war between Britain & Spain
1833 - 1st tax-supported public library (Peterborough NH)
1864 - Battle of Pleasant Hill LA, 2870 casualities
1865 - Federals capture Fort Blakely, AL; Robert E. Lee & 26,765 troops surrender to US Grant at Appomattox
1866 - Civil Rights Bill passes over President Andrew Johnson's veto
1869 - Hudson Bay Company cedes its territory to Canada
1872 - Samuel R. Percy patents dried milk
1912 - Titanic leaves Queenstown Ireland for New York
1914 - 1st full color film shown "The World, The Flesh & the Devil" (London); Tampico incident - US ship crew arrested in México
1917 - Battle of Arras begins; Vimy Ridge France stormed by Canadian troops
1918 - Latvia proclaims independence from Russia
1927 - Italy & US anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti given death sentences
1928 - Turkey passes separation of church & state
1940 - German cruiser Blücher torpedoed/capsizes in Oslofjord, 1,000 die; Germany invades Norway & Denmark during WWII (Denmark surrenders)
1942 - Battle of Bataan-US-Filipino forces overwhelmed by Japanese at Bataan
1945 - Liberty ship at Bari Italy carrying aerial bombs explodes, kills 360; Battleship Admiral Scheer sinks British aircraft carrier
1947 - Atomic Energy Commission is formed; Tornadoes striking West Texas & Oklahoma kill 169, injuring 1,300
1949 - UN International Court of Justice held Albania responsible for incidents in Corfu Channel & awards Britain damages
1952 - Popular uprising in Bolivia
1957 - Suez Canal cleared for all shipping
1959 - NASA names 1st 7 astronauts for Project Mercury
1960 - South African premier Verwoerd wounded in battle
1963 - Sir Winston Churchill proclaimed honorary U.S. citizen in White House ceremony
1967 - 1st Boeing 737 rolls out; Shortwave broadcaster Radio New York Worldwide's transmitter burns down
1968 - German Democratic Republic adopts constitution; Martin Luther King Jr, buried in Atlanta GA
1969 - 1st flight of Concorde 002 (Filton-Bristol)
1972 - USSR & Iraq sign friendship treaty
1973 - Otto Kerner, former Governor of Illinois, convicted for his role in an illegal racetrack scheme; Netherlands recognizes North Vietnam
1976 - US & Russia agree on the size of nuclear tests for peaceful use
1977 - Communist party legally allowed in Spain after 40 years
1980 - Soyuz 35 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6; Belgium's Marten's government resigns
1981 - US sub George Washington rams Japanese freighter Nisso Maru
1983 - 6th Space Shuttle Mission-Challenger 1 returns to Earth
1988 - US imposes economic sanctions on Panamá
1989 - Washington DC march supporting 1973 Roe vs Wade decision (allow abortions)
1991 - Georgia SSR votes to secede from the USSR; Release of Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0
1992 - John Major, (Conservative Party) elected Prime Minister of England; Noriega convicted on 8 of 10 drug & racketeering charges
1994 - STS-59 (Endeavour) launches into orbit

1634 - Albertine Agnes, princess of Orange-Nassau
1649 - James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, bastard son of English king Charles II
1785 - Sibrand Acker Stratingh, Dutch physician/chemist (electric car 1835)
1806 - Isambard Kingdom Brunel, designer of 1st transatlantic steamer; Louis count of Barrthyányi, premier of Hungary
1812 - Randolph Barnes Marcy, Union Brevet Major General
1826 - Thomas Hewson Neill, Union Brevet Major General
1830 - Eadweard Muybridge England, pioneered study of motion, photography
1835 - Leopold II King of Belgians (1865-1909)
1865 - Charles Proteus Steinmetz, German experimenter with AC electricity; Erich Ludendorff, German General
1872 - Léon Blum, French premier (People's front government)
1905 - J. William Fulbright (Senator-AR)
1906 - Todd Naylor "Hugh" Gaitskell, MP (Labour Party)
1910 - Abraham A Ribicoff (Senator-CT)
1919 - John Presper Eckert, co-inventor (1st electronic computer-ENIAC)
1926 - Lord Fitt, MP (Belfast Ireland); Harris Wofford (Senator-Republican-PA)
1928 - Floyd D. Spence (Representative-SC)
1932 - Paul Krassner, comic strip cartoonist (MAD Magazine)/founder (Yippies); Vladimir Aleksandrovich Degtyaryov, cosmonaut
1936 - Michael Somare, British foreign affairs minister (Paupa & New Guinea)
1940 - Vasily Dmiotriyevich Shcheglov, Russian cosmonaut
1942 - Earl F. Hillard (Representative-AL)

0715 - Constantine I, Greek/Syrian Pope (708-15)
1024 - Benedict VIII [Theophylactus van Tusculum], Pope (1012-24)
1483 - Edward IV, King of England (1461-70, 71-83) dies at 38
1765 - Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel, princess of Orange-Nassau, dies at 77
1806 - Willem V Batavus, prince of Orange-Nassau, dies at 58
1862 - George W. Johnson, US planter/Confederate (Governor-KY), dies at about 50
1865 - Thomas Alfred Smyth, Irish/US Union General-Major, dies at 32
1904 - Isabella II Queen of Spain (1833-68), dies at 73
1945 - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologist/antifascist, hanged; Hans Oster, German Major-General/spy, "July 20th plot", hanged; Wilhelm Canaris Admiral/headed Germany Abwehr, hanged
1948 - Jorge Elecier Gaitán, Colombian politician, murdered
1961 - Zog I [Ahmed Zogu], King of Albania (1925-39), dies at 65
1966 - Sutan Sjahrir, Premier of Indonesia (1945-47), dies at 57
1976 - Phil Ochs, singer (Draft Dodger Rag), commits suicide at 35
1991 - Maurice Binder, title designer (James Bond Movies), dies at 73
1992 - Gale McGee, Senator (Wyoming, 1959-77), dies at 77
1993 - Wouter Perquin, journalist/Dutch MP (KVP), dies at 74
1994 - Cornelis N. "Cor" van Dis, Jr., Dutch MP (1971-94), dies at 71; Raouf Khayrat Egyptian General-Major, murdered

Reported Missing in Action
Fegan, Ronald J., USN (NY); F4B crashed at sea after combat (RIO, w/Murphy); Killed, BNR

Murphy, Terence M., USN (NY); F4B crashed at sea after combat (pilot, w/Fegan); Killed, BNR

Schworer, Ronald P., US Army (NV); Killed, BNR

Lawson, Karl W., US Army SF (IN); Killed, BNR

The following USN personnel reported MIA when their E2A caught fire and crashed at sea while attempting to return to the USS Coral Sea; all Killed, BNR:
Bushnell, Brian L. (OR); technician

Horchar, Andrew A. (PA); technician

Knight, Larry C. (OK); co-pilot

Pfaffmann, Charles B. (CT); pilot

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