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Sunday, May 11, 2008

In Honor of Moms Everywhere

To all our Mothers,
Wherever you are,
Right here at home,
Or in lands afar,

We owe you thanks,
For every way,
You touch our lives--

Happy Mother's Day

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REPLENISHMENT FOR BURMA - U.S. Marines prepare to assist victims of Cyclone Nargis, which devastated Burma on May 2. As part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, the Marines remove cargo nets from pallets of food, water and emergency supplies delivered to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex off the Gulf of Thailand, May 9, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Didier

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In Today's News - Sunday, May 11, 2008

Quote of the Day
"Above all, we must realize that no arsenal,
or no weapon in the arsenals of the world,
is so formidable as the will and moral courage
of free men and women.
It is a weapon our adversaries
in today's world do not have."

-- Ronald Reagan

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

'Caveman and the Hottie': U.S. Soldier to Tie Knot With Iraqi Translator
U.S.-Backed Forces Launch Al Qaeda Offensive in Mosul
Iraqi factions agree to end Baghdad fighting
Soldiers Prepare for Euphrates Patrols

Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Hezbollah Heeds Lebanese Army's Calls for End to Violence - PHOTOS
Hezbollah gunmen start withdrawl from Beirut - Video
Embattled Olmert vows to lead peace drive - Video
Sudan says rebel attack on Khartoum defeated
U.S. urges restraint after Sudan violence
Clashes with Darfur rebels reported near Sudan's capital

Other Military News
Navy Christens Destroyer Stockdale After Vietnam POW
U.S. looks set to offer Israel powerful new radar

Homegrown Moonbats
Sharpton's Baggage: Nearly $1.5M in Unpaid Taxes, Penalties
New Carter book tells life of 'remarkable mother'

Politics / Government
Can Clinton 'Brand Name' Survive?
Obama Pulls Ahead in Superdelegate Count
GOP Convention Leader Quits Over Myanmar Ties
Obama Gives Clues to McCain Strategy
Jenna Bush Says 'I Do' - PHOTOS
Jenna Picks 'You are So Beautiful' for Dance With Dad
Obama eager to campaign with McCain - Video
McCain and blogger trade barbs over his 2000 vote
White House leaves door open on housing rescue
Video: Obama turns focus on McCain
Primaries in West Virginia, Nebraska
Israeli PM scandal clouds Bush visit
Democratic senator calls for GOP to alter energy policy
Obama rises from political obscurity to verge of history
Obama overtakes lead in superdelegates for first time

Illegal Immigration / Border Control
Minutemen Protest Removal of Its Calif. Highway Sign

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Houston Cops Probe Grisly Find
Man Gets 30 Days in Prison for Sharing Snack With Friend
SpongeBob SquarePants Image Painted on Historic Colorado Cabin
Camera on Stolen Laptop Helps Owner Catch Thieves
Man Busted for Getting Meth from Lost-and-Found
'Your Honor' or 'Your Highness'? Judge Rules Like Queen
Baby's Body Found in Dryer at Texas Rehab Center
Missing Calif. Couple's Boat Washes Up in Mexico
Sex Offender Banned from Son's Graduation
DMX arrested for drugs and animal cruelty
R. Kelly on trial for child pornography charges - Video
Brazil struggles to get a grip on crime
School districts start to face sanctions under landmark law
Nursery programs allow imprisoned moms, newborns to bond
Top policeman killed in northern Mexico
Lawyer says young Philly jet-setter nearing plea in ID case
Nick Bollea, 17-Year-Old Son Of Hulk Hogan, Sentenced To 8 Months In Jail

Adventures in Political Correctness
Three Minnesota Junior High Students Suspended for Not Standing During Pledge (If you're a candidate for President, this sort of thing is fine. But as a student...)

U.N. News
UN Peacebuilding Commission Delegation Kicks Off Visit to Burundi
UN-Backed Network Linking Global Developing Countries' Fisheries

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
News Corp unexpectedly drops bid for Newsday
Networks unveil prime-time shows
Gadgets threaten Internet's future
Media: New media gets press makeover

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
Data Recovered From Space Shuttle Columbia Hard Drive
Chile volcanic eruption seen at critical stage - Video
Kick the oil habit and make your own ethanol - Video
Japan set to open up defense use of space
Ivory Coast seeks $1 mln for three-headed coconut tree
Dutch study unlocks key to firm tomatoes
Video games don't create killers, new book says - Video
FBI probes counterfeit China computer parts
Dutch want banks help to fight illegal Web casinos
Kick the oil habit and make your own ethanol - Video
"Pirates" maker to turn "BioShock" game into film
Free software versus Microsoft Office

Mother Nature
Deadly Twisters Tear Across Southern Plains
Myanmar Junta Turns International Aid Into Form of Propaganda (What a surprise. This is why NO U.S. AID should go to countries like this.)
Swimmer Gets 25 Stitches in Face After Hit by Pelican
Company Accused of Violation in Texas Sinkhole Case
Fire managers predict bad year for blazes
Afghan northwest hit by plague of locusts
Japan eyes new emissions cut goal for 2050: reports
Pesticide DDT shows up in Antarctic penguins
Russia may hold on to emission rights: expert
Video: Oil spill at Peru's Paracas reserve
"Unimaginable tragedy" if Myanmar delays aid - Video
World's most dangerous beaches
Pollution brings end to mining town in Oklahoma

News from My Neck of the Woods
Connecticut Man Says Cops Broke Into His Home and Ripped Out His Catheter

Florida Key Underwater Cemetery Lures Curious Divers
Kids, Mom Lived With 90-Year-Old's Corpse for Weeks in Wisconsin
Chef wants to outlaw out-of-season vegetables
"Self-important and irritating"
Book lifts lid on star of eerie first Dracula film
Royal jewels, rare watches to test auction market
Video: Mango eating competition
Cuban rolls cigar said to be world's longest
Britain's most haunted places
Slideshow: Strange and unusual

Other News of Note
U.S. Postal Service to Raise Price of Stamps Monday
Child safety seats should be centered in back seat

Fox News
FOXBusiness: ANB Financial Bank of Arkansas Closed
W.Va. Church Hosted 1st Mother's Day 100 Years Ago
Pope Condemns Contraception, Warns Sex Can Be 'Drug'
Pilot Injured During California Air Show Crash
Eva Mendes Topless, Sucking Own Toe in Italian Vogue
Dad of 'Idol' Favorite David Archuleta Banned From Rehearsal
Happy Mother's Day: Woman Pregnant With 18th Child

Paper passe for tech-savvy Koreans
"BioShock" game turned into film
Reuters news quiz
What's Next: Earnings at a glance
Recreation takes another hit
Global Finance: Inflate in haste, repent at leisure
Bankruptcies now come pre-packaged
China forms company to make regional and jumbo jets
Citigroup aims to shed $400 billion of assets Video
Yahoo investor ire not seen triggering proxy fight
India magazine industry thriving as big players moving in
Countrywide falls on worry over B of A merger
EA has up to $1 billion loan commitment for Take-Two bid
JVC, Kenwood to form holding company: sources
Sibling rivalry
More in travel: 48 hours in Kyoto
Myanmar holds poll despite post-cyclone chaos - Video
Knicks to hire D'Antoni as head coach: report
Stocks stuck in range, with oil over $126
Latin rocker Juanes projects political voice in U.S. - Video
Zimbabwe's MDC to fight run-off against Mugabe
UK's Goldfrapp ambivalent about hip-hop, Madonna
Lindsay Lohan walks away from Manson movie
Ashton Kutcher is world's "happiliest" married man
Mom's job is worth over a hundred grand: survey
Moms, supermodels want break on Mother's Day
Ashton Kutcher is world's "happiliest" married man
Canadian baby boomers feeling neglected: survey
Pistons nip Magic for commanding series lead
Knicks to hire D'Antoni as head coach: report
Red Wings beat Stars to take 2-0 lead in Western Finals
Mets batter Reds to give Santana first win at Shea
Paul Goydos edges ahead at Sawgrass

AP World News
'Honeyboy' Edwards, Delta bluesman, outlasts them all
James, Cavs shoot down Celtics to trim series deficit to 2-1
Red Wings beat Stars 2-1 for 2-0 lead in conference finals
D'Antoni accepts Knicks' offer; deal reportedly worth $24M
Mother's Day celebration reaches 100th anniversary
Ganassi's gamble pays off with Scott Dixon on Indy 500 pole
AP Source: Ramirez close to long-term deal with Marlins
Analysis: Good economic news something of a mirage
Cavs' Wallace in lineup for Game 3 despite ear infection
Roddick, Stepanek withdraw from semifinals at Rome Masters

News Blaze
Ironhorse Tracker radio newscast available
MND-B Soldiers Detain 15 Suspects, Seize Bomb-Making Materials
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Read about Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

Market opening spurs return of prosperity in Basra
Iraqi women’s committee reps meet in Mahmudiyah
'Sisters' are doing it for themselves
Karada Vocational Training Center provides new start

Newsmaker Profile: Director of Joint Concept Development and Experimentation Rear Adm. Dan Davenport - podcast
Druid's Dance exercise yields major training milestone
USJFCOM signs agreement with Old Dominion University Research Foundation
Learn more about CRADAs - podcast
Joint Knowledge Online earns prestigious award for distance learning
Learn more about Joint Knowledge Online
Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Markets, Schools Demonstrate Peace, Prosperity in Basra
‘Gunfighter’ Searches the Bunkers
Brigade Leaves Iraq Region Safe, Secure
Coalition forces target AQI foreign terrorist network (Mosul)
MND-B kill criminals, seize, destroy weapons (Baghdad)
ISOF detains three suspected Special Groups criminals in al-Amarah
SoI turn over weapons caches during medical engagement (Abu Osage)
1st BSTB connects local village with provincial capitol (Al Habush)
Mortar attack kills 4 civilians, wounds 5 in New Baghdad

One U.S. C-130 Allowed to Help Burma
Gates Sees Combat Systems Progress
Afghanistan Mission Requires More International Support, General Says
Marines to Leave Afghanistan as Scheduled

Center Achieves ‘Little Miracles’ in Treating Soldiers With Combat Stress
Navy Commander Stresses Partnerships
Secretary Marks Military Appreciation Month

Brigade Reduces Violence, Revitalizes Region
U.S., Iraqi Engineers Discuss Future of Surveying
Coalition Kills Six Enemy Fighters, Captures Caches

Afghanistan Clash Proves Fatal for Attackers


America Supports You: Group’s Quilts Get Cameo on ‘Army Wives’

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
1267 - Vienna's church orders all Jews to wear distinctive garb.
1278 - Jews in England are imprisoned on charges of coining.
1291 - Scottish nobles recognize English King Edward I as sovereign.
1427 - Jews are expelled from Berne Switzerland.
1497 - Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci sets sail on his first voyage to the New World.
1503 - Columbus discovers the Cayman Islands.
1655 - Jamaica captured by English.
1676 - Frontiersmen begin Bacon's Rebellion, against the government of Virginia.
1752 - Benjamin Franklins tests the lightning rod for the first time.
1774 - Louis XVI ascends to throne of France.
1775 - 2nd Continental Congress convenes in Pennsylvania, issuing paper currency for the first time, and naming George Washington as supreme commander.
- Ethan Allen's Green Mountain Boys capture Fort Ticonderoga, NY.
1796 - Napoleon defeats Austria in the Battle of Lodi Bridge.
1797 - The first Navy ship, the "United States" is launched.
1823 - The first steamboat to navigate the Mississippi River arrives at Fort Snelling.
1861 - Union troops march on the state militia in St. Louis, MO.
1864 - Battle at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia
1865 - Confederate President Jefferson Davis is captured by Union Cavalry in Irwinsville, GA; Major General 'Sam' Jones (CSA) surrenders to Union Brigadier General Edward M. McCook.
1869 - A golden spike is driven to mark the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
1872 - Victoria Woodhull becomes the first American woman to be nominated for president.
1915 - A German Zeppelin drops hundred of bombs on Southend-on-Sea.
1917 - Atlantic ships are given destroyer escorts to stop German attacks.
1918 - The HMS Vindictive is scuttled to block the entrance of Ostend Harbor.
1924 - J. Edgar Hoover appointed head of the FBI.
1933 - Nazis stage public book burnings in Germany
1940 - Nazi armies invade the Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg.
- Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister.
1941 - Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland.
- German bombs destroy England's House of Commons and the Holborn Theater.
1944 - Chinese launch an offensive in West-Yunnan.
1945 - The Allies capture Rangoon from the Japanese .
- Russian troops occupy Prague
1956 - French Government sends 50,000 reservists to Algeria
1959 - Soviet forces arrive in Afghanistan.
1960 - USS Triton (atomic sub) completes the first underswater circumnavigation of the globe.
1968 - Peace talks between the U.S. and North Vietnam begin in Paris.
1969 - Apollo 10 transmits the first color pictures of Earth from space.
- U.S. troops begin their attack on Hill 937 (Hamburger Hill).
1984 - The International Court of Justice rules on the U.S. blockade of Nicaragua.
1989 - General Manuel Noriega's government nullifies the country's elections, in which the opposition had won by a margin of 3-1.
1994 - Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's first black president.
- Silvio Berlusconi forms the Italian Government with 5 neo-fascists.
1995 - Britain lifts a 23-year ban on talks with Sinn Fein.
1996 - 2 US Marine helicopters collided during joint U.S. and British war games.

1730 - George Ross, U.S. judge / signer of Declaration of Independence
1810 - James Shields, Union Brigadier General
1824 - Charles Henry Van Wyck, Union Brigadier General
1837 - Pinckney B.S. Pinchback, Lt. Governor (Louisiana)
1838 - John Wilkes Booth, assassin of Abraham Lincoln
1878 - Gustav Stresemann, German chancellor
1908 - Carl Albert (D), speaker of the House
1919 - Ella Grasso, Governor (CT)
1943 - James Earl Chaney, U.S. civil rights activist
1951 - Steve Gunderson (Representative-WI)
1958 - Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D / Astronaut (STS 56, 66)
1958 - Rick Santorum (Representative-PA)
1963 - Lisa M. Nowak, Lt. Commander, USN / astronaut

0238 - Gaius Julius Verus Maximinus the Thracian, Roman Emperor, murdered
1774 - Louis XV, King of France (1715-74), dies at 64
1794 - Elisabeth, Princess of France, beheaded at 30
1798 - George Vancouver, British explorer, (Voyage of Discovery), dies at 40
1818 - Paul Revere, American patriot
1863 - Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, Confederate General (Civil War), dies from wounds received at Chancellorsville
1864 - James Clay Rice, lawyer/Union Brigadier-General, dies in battle at 34; Thomas Greeley Stevenson, Union Brigadier-General, dies at about 27
1904 - Henry M. Stanley [John Rowlands], British explorer
1910 - William Huggins, discoverer of stellar nature of Andromeda, dies
1915 - Albert Weisgerber, German painter/graphic artist, dies in battle
1920 - John Wesley Hyatt, inventor/plastics pioneer, dies
1923 - Vaslav Vorovsky, Russian delegate, assassinated
1943 - André Bertulot, Arnaud/Armand Fraiteur, Maurice-Albert Raskin Belgian resistance fighters, hanged
1965 - Hubertus J. van Mook, Dutch minister of Colonization (1942-45), dies at 70

Reported Missing in Action

Bailey, John Edward, USAF (MN); F105D crashed - remains ID'd March, 1999

Eckes, Walter W., USMC (NY); escaped June, 1966 - alive and well as of 1998

Ahlmeyer, Heinz, Jr., USMC (NY); KIA/BNR

Miller, Malcom T., USN (FL); KIA/BNR

Netherland, Roger M., USN (PA); A4C shot down - remains ID'd June, 2000

Sharp, Samuel A., Jr., USMC (CA); KIA/BNR

Tycz, James N., USMC (WI); KIA/BNR

The following USMC personnel reported MIA following heavy action at FOB Ngok Tavak. (despite heavy casualties, the defenders stopped the main assault and killed their attackers):
Blackman, Thomas J. (WI); KIA/BNR

Czerwonka, Paul S. (MA); KIA/BNR

Cook, Joseph F. (MA); KIA/BNR

Fleming, Horace H. III (FL); fell from a CH46A

Fritsch, Thomas W. (CT); KIA/BNR

Hempel, Barry L. (CA); KIA/BNR

Heyne, Raymond T. (WI); KIA/BNR

King, Gerald E. (TN); KIA/BNR

Lopez, Robert C. (NM); KIA/BNR

McGonigle, William D. (KS); KIA/BNR

Mitchell, Donald W. (KY); KIA/BNR

Sargent, James R. (WV); KIA/BNR

The following US Army SF personnel also reported MIA at Ngok Tavak:
Miller, Glenn E. (CA); KIA/BNR

Perry, Thomas H. (CT); medic

Walters, William, US Army (PA); Killed when construction crane he was working on fell into the water, BNR

Bingham, Klaus Y., US Army SF (HI)

Luttrell, James M., US Army SF (NC)

Walton, Lewis C., US Army SF (RI)

Blackburn, Harry L., Jr., USN (VA); F4J shot down (pilot, w/Rudloff) - remains returned April, 1986

Harris, Jeffrey L., USAF (MD); F4E shot down (w/Wilkinson) - remains returned May, 1997

Lodge, Robert A., USAF (NY); F4D shot down - remains returned by SRV Sepetember, 1977

Rudloff, Stephen A., USN (NY); F4J shot down (w/Blackburn) - released by DRV March, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Wilkinson, Dennis E., USAF (FL); F4E shot down (w/Harris) - remains returned August, 1978

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