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Monday, June 02, 2008

ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 28, 2008) Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) conduct a refueling at sea with a stranded British sailboat in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Intelligence Specialist Kenneth Anderson

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Moonbats on Parade: Climate Change

U.K. Bishop Compares Those Who Ignore Climate Change to Austrian 'Horror Dad'

June 2, 2008

A senior bishop in the Church of England has compared people who ignore climate change to Josef Fritzl, the Austrian who kept his daughter locked in a cellar for 24 years, repeatedly raping her and fathering seven of her children.

The Bishop of Stafford, the Right Rev. Gordon Mursell, made the comparison in a parish "pastoral" newsletter and said that people who fail to act to prevent global warming are “as guilty as” Fritzl and “destroying the future of our children,” the Times of London reported Monday.

The bishop denied Monday that he was accusing those who ignore climate change of being child abusers, but said Fritzl was “the most extreme form” of a common selfish streak in humankind.

The rest is here.

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A U.S. soldier takes cover after a mortar attack during a search for weapons caches in northwest Shulla, Iraq, May 16, 2008. The soldier is assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Bravo Troop, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Charles W. Gill

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Medal of Honor winner matured to 'natural' soldier

Saturday, May 31, 2008

By DAN NEPHIN, Associated Press Writer

SHIPPENVILLE, Pa. — Growing up in a small rural town, Ross McGinnis was more apt to get in trouble than on the honor roll. So he enlisted in the Army, and in just under a year found his soul mate, a brotherhood, and even himself.

"I just cannot wait for the day when I can connect all 3 lives into one," McGinnis wrote on his MySpace page. "But that day will not be for a long time."

The 19-year-old private first class never got that chance.

He was in the gunner's hatch of a Humvee on Dec. 4, 2006, when a grenade sailed past him and into the vehicle where four other soldiers sat. He shouted a warning, then jumped back-first onto the grenade, which blew up and killed him.

On Monday, he will be posthumously presented the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor.

"Ross was a hero, I mean, he was honestly the type of soldier that was trustworthy, that was reliable, that was dependable before combat. He loved doing what he was doing," said Ian Newland, one of the soldiers McGinnis saved.

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U.S. Navy aviators assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 9 fly F/A 18E and F/A 18F Super Hornets over the beaches near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 16, 2008. U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Ian C. Anderson

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In Today's News - Monday, June 2, 2008

Quote of the Day
"Courage doesn't always roar.
Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day
that says... I'll try again tomorrow."

-- Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey

News of Note
Homeland Security / War on Terror / Hamas-Hezbollah Happenings
Suicide blast kills six at Danish mission in Pakistan
Report: U.S. Holding Terror Suspects On 'Prison Ships'
Resolve Tensions That Feed Terrorism: Kashmir CM

Worldwide Wackos
Syria to Allow IAEA Probe of Nuclear Allegations
Iran Shutters Semi-Official News Agency for Report
Iran's Ahmadinejad says Israel will "disappear"

Politics / Government
Sen. Kennedy to Undergo Surgery at 9 a.m. ET for His Brain Tumor
Democrats Seek Unity as Primary Battle Nears End
Clinton Wins Big in Puerto Rico
Clinton Mounts Effort to Win Over Obama Superdelegates
Church Resignation a Gauge of Obama's Integrity
Howard Dean and Jim Roosevelt Discuss Rules and Bylaws Committee Meeting on ABC's This Week
Federal Court Upholds Constitutionality of The Voting Rights Act
At primaries' end, American Indians in rare focus
Obama breaks with controversial church - Video
Ending dollar peg won't solve Gulf inflation: Paulson

In the Courts / Crime and Punishment / Law and Order
Polygamists Ready for Round Two
Family of Missing Ariz. Teen Fears for Girl's Safety
Tatum O'Neal arrested on drug charge: report

Media in the Media / Bloggers in the News / Watching the Web
Fatigued? Could Be Too Much News

Science / Medicine and Health / Technology
FOXBusiness: Apple Expected to Unveil 3G iPhone June 9
Phoenix Lander's Robotic Arm Leaves Footprints on Mars' Surface
China experts warn of expanding space arms race
Nvidia rolls out Tegra chips aimed at tiny PCs
Small PCs big news as economy slows
Bangladesh to cut off unregistered mobile phones
Hutchison Telecom in deal with Apple on iPhone
Dell eyes two-thirds of sales from outside U.S. in 5 years
Video: Japan robot scales Grand Canyon

Mother Nature
Burma Reopens Schools; 130,000 Dead, Lost in Storm
"Confident" China rules out post-quake epidemics - Video
Biofuel land demand puts peasants at risk: report
Rising ocean acidity threatens low-lying islands
Satellite images reveal Papua forest destruction

News from My Neck of the Woods
Study: Kids' cancer rates highest in Northeast

Other News of Note
More Than 80 Nuns Detained After Peaceful Protests Continue in Kham

Fox News
Neil Young Wants to Mass Produce Electric Powered Car

Thai army chief rules out coup as shares slide
Clear winner in Macedonia vote, guns still in play - Video
Looking southward - Video
Dollar gains vs Aussie and sterling
Bond sell-off in focus
Gold hovers around $885
Video: Protesters demand rethink
Inflation crashes euro zone birthday party
Trichet rules as the ECB turns 10
EU pushes new "flexicurity" approach
G8 climate draft shows U.S. blocking mid-term targets
Paulson committed to dollar as reserve currency
Oil falls more than $1 as dollar firms
Not punching the clock
Office betting bad for your health: study
China telcos in mega-deals, Unicom to buy Netcom
Texas Pacific wades in to rescue Britain's B&B
Bear's Schwartz may not join JPMorgan: report
"We're not for sale," says Harris Corp CEO
Nvidia sees no slowdown, eyes boom in ultra-small PCs
Inflation crashes party as euro ministers meet
GE, Santander in deal over GE Money, Interbanca
Aegon to sell assets, diversify to boost growth
Bosch to buy Ersol, galvanizing solar sector
Two tribes differ on approach to energy riches
Red Wings and Penguins taking nothing for granted
Cubs turn back Rockies for seventh consecutive win
Busch wins fourth NASCAR race of season
Stanley Cup captains poised for milestones
Merciless Nadal flattens Verdasco

Associated Press
Water pressure blamed for Universal Studios damage
First-place Rays, Angels walk off with wins again
Senate to take up climate bill
Church, Beltran homer to help Santana to 100th win

News Blaze
CAB 1ID: Full service FARP
3-1 Air Assault Nets 29
Soldiers' Angels and Patriot Guard
Iraq News
Read about Operations in Iraq
FOB Warhorse Memorial Photos

Business owners display wares at expo
Iraq violence at 4-year low
Seabess break ground on well in Kenya
Conference brings key Iraqi energy leaders together
Civilian reports disrupt Kunar attacks

Exercise ensures readiness, displays coordination of the USJFCOM joint enabling capabilities USJFCOM, Microsoft Corp. extend agreement for one year - podcast
Task Force Ramadi helps free enterprise take hold in Iraq
Command unveils new command and control vision - podcast

Multi-National Force - Iraq
Iraqi Army, Gimlets Work to Provide Aid
Iraqi Army Recruiting in Basra
Brigade Stabilizes Iraqi Province, Moves Into Support Role
Bridge Linking Baghdad Districts Reopens
MND-B Soldiers capture key criminal (Tarmiyah)
Iraqi National Police discover munitions cache (Baghdad)
Iraqi Security Forces lead Operation Charge of the Knights in Abu Al Khasib
Iraqi Army, Coalition forces conduct clearing operation (Zaganiyah)
Iraqi Security Forces detain 49 suspects in Hit
Four wanted men captured, ten other al-Qaeda suspects detained

Gates Affirms Democratic Principles During Bangkok Visit
Chairman Views Interagency Success In Fight Against Philippine Insurgency
Mullen Visits U.S. Special Ops Forces Helping Philippines Fight Insurgents
Defense Secretary, Joint Chiefs Chairman Expound on Far-Ranging Defense Issues
Gates: Navy Ships Could Leave Burma Coast ‘Within Days’
Gates Seeks More Afghanistan Support at Asia Security Summit
Defense Secretary Cites Importance Of Getting 'End Game' Right in Iraq

Army Stresses Suicide Prevention
Mental Health Treatment Options Emerge

Geren Tells Cadets to Take Care of Soldiers
Bush Seeks Action on War Funds, Expanded GI Bill
Army Wife First Spouse Naturalized Overseas

Iraqis Reopen Bridge Linking Baghdad Districts
Troops Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons Caches

Marines Launch New Attack in Helmand Province

Battlefield Promotion Lifts NCO to Staff Sergeant

Children of Fallen Warriors Get Remembrance Medals

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
0455 - Gaiseric & the Vandals sack Rome
0575 - Benedict I begins his reign as Catholic Pope
0657 - St Eugene I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1797 - 1st ascent of "Great Mountain" (4,622') in Adirondack NY (C Broadhead)
1834 - 5th National Black Convention meets (NYC)
1835 - P.T. Barnum & his circus begin 1st tour of US
1851 - 1st US alcohol prohibition law enacted (Maine)
1857 - James Gibbs, Va., patents chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine
1858 - Donati Comet 1st seen named after it's discoverer
1862 - General Robert E. Lee takes command of the Confederate armies of E VA & NC
1864 - Battle of Cold Harbour, Day 2
1865 - At Galveston, Kirby-Smith surrenders the Trans-Mississippi Dept
1866 - Renegade Irish Fenians surrender to US forces
1883 - Chicago's "El" opens to traffic
1886 - Grover Cleveland is 1st to wed during presidency (Frances Folsom)
1899 - Black Americans observed day of fasting to protest lynchings
1910 - Pygmies discovered in Dutch New Guinea
1913 - 1st strike settlement mediated by US Dep't of Labor-RR clerks
1914 - Glenn Curtiss flies his Langley Aerodrome
1924 - US citizenship granted to all American Indians
1930 - 1st baby born on a vessel passing through Panama Canal
1936 - General Anastasio Somoza takes over as dictator of Nicaragua
1943 - 99th Pursuit Squadron flies 1st combat mission (over Italy)
1946 - Italian plebiscite chooses republic over monarchy (National Day)
1949 - Transjordan renamed Jordan
1953 - Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey
1965 - 2nd of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 (Ganges R India)
1966 - US Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum; 1st lunar soft-landing
1967 - Race riots in Roxbury section of Boston
1969 - Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne slices US destroyer Frank E. Evans in half, killing 74. (South Vietnam)
1977 - NJ allows casino gambling in Atlantic City
1979 - NASA launches space vehicle S-198
1983 - Toilet catches fire on Air Canada's DC-9, 23 die at Cincinatti
1984 - B.A. Skiff discovers asteroid #3617
1986 - Regular TV coverage of US Senate sessions begins
1989 - 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing

1491 - Henry VIII King of England (1509-47)
1740 - Marquis de Sade 1st known sadist, writer (Justine)
1821 - Ion Bratianu (Lib), Premier of Romania (1876-88)
1835 - St Pius X, 257th Roman Catholic pope (1903-14)
1930 - Charles Pete Conrad, Jr., USN/astronaut (Gem 5 11, Ap 12, Skylab 2)
1940 - Constantine II, deposed King of Greece (-1967)

1882 - Guiseppi Garibaldi, Italian rebel leader, dies at 74
1941 - Lou Gehrig, Yankee great, dies at 37 of ALS
1943 - Leslie Howard, actor, killed when Nazis shot down his plane
1990 - Robert Noyce, co-inventor (semi-conductor)/founded Intel

Reported Missing in Action
The following USN personnel lost when their EA1F was shot down:
Amspacher, William H., USNR (CA); remains returned July, 1988

McMican, M.D., USNR (WA); remains returned April, 1988

Plants, Thomas L. (OH); remains ID'd April, 1991

Romano, Gerald M., USNR (NY); remains returned July, 1988 - ID'd November, 1988

Also reported MIA this day in 1965:
Christian, David M., USN (KS); A4E shot down (subject of the EA1F search) - remains returned April, 1986 (ID questionsed)

McKamey, John B., USN (IN); A4E shot down (in the same area as the others above), released by DRV February, 1973 - retired as a Captain - alive and well as of 1998

Rosato, Joseph Frank, USAF (OH); F4C shot down, KIA / BNR

Carrier, Daniel L., USAF (CA); F4C shot down (w/Rockett), remains returned, ID'd November, 1989

Rockett, Alton C., Jr., USAF (AL); F4C shot down (w/Carrier)

Smith, Dewey Lee, USAF (KY); F105D shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - retired as a Colonel - alive as of 1998

Wood, Rex S., USN (IA); F8C crashed, Killed / BNR

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