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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Haynesville Shale - August 31, 2008

Haynesville Shale
Sunday, August 31, 2008
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Image courtesy of Chesapeake Energy

Well it’s that time of the week again and as always... I hope everyone had a great past week and weekend.
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To my fellow Louisianians... I hope you have made all the necessary preparations for yourself and family in advance of Hurricane Gustav. Good luck to all those in and near harms way and our prayers go out to you all...
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With that said... I remind you that I will again be posting another new and lengthy Update Post on the Haynesville Shale tomorrow, Monday, September 01, 2008....

.* But for now... You can find my latest updated posts on this huge NATURAL GAS FIND... HERE
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Enjoy what’s left of the Weekend and please pray for those in way of Hurricane Gustav this week.
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Check back tomorrow...
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Monday Update...
I’ve been concentrating on Gustav today and with it heading our way... I think I’ll wait a few days until I start to work on the Haynesville Shale Post.

Sorry...
AubreyJ.........

Friday, August 29, 2008

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is VP Pick for John McCain

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
is VP Pick for John McCain
Friday, August 29, 2008
Post last updated at 12:30pm CDT

Governor Palin Official Portrait - Photo credit: Jeff Schultz of Anchorage, AK
All of those in the know of the MSM are reporting that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has been confirmed by a Senator McCain Campaign Official as the VP pick.

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I send out my congratulations to Sarah Palin as the official VP pick of Senator John McCain.
Congratulations Sarah!!!
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My Friends,

I am honored to announce that I have chosen Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska as my choice for the Republican nominee for Vice President. As a father with three daughters, I can't express how proud I am to choose the first female Republican Vice-Presidential nominee.

Sarah Palin is a trailblazer and a reformer. As the first female governor of Alaska, she challenged a corrupt system and has been a tireless advocate for reform - passing a landmark bill on ethics reform. She has taken on the old politics in Alaska and reformed the state's energy industry. She rejects wasteful pork barrel spending. She's fearless - exactly the type of leader I want at my side and the type of leadership we will bring to Washington.

My friends, together Sarah Palin and I make the strongest presidential ticket and I know that she joins me in asking for your support as we head into our Convention week in Minnesota. We're shaking things up in this campaign - and Governor Palin and I are ready to bring real reform to Washington.

The polls indicate this will be a tight race as we head into the fall campaign against Senators Obama and Biden. I expect the polls to remain close all the way up to Election Day and that is why
any help you can give today will go a long way to make history on November 4th.

You may already know that I have decided to accept federal matching funds for the final months of this campaign- keeping a campaign promise I made. But that means that August 31st marks the last day I can accept your primary contribution.
Will you make an immediate donation of whatever you can give- whether it's $50 or $500 to ensure Governor Palin and I win in November?

You can be assured that as President and Vice President, Governor Palin and I will always put country before all else. We are ready to lead and I ask that you join our campaign today. Your support is deeply appreciated.

Sincerely,
John McCain


Taken from an email to me by Senator John McCain

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Just a short thought:
All this past week the Dems have been trying to paint Senator McCain as being nothing more than another GW Bush. Well... they are going to have hell trying to paint Governor Sarah Pulin as a Dick Chaney!!!

You just KNOW the Dems are freaking out over McCain’s VP pick!

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Read up on our new VP pick at link below...

Governor Palin’s Biography
Palin Family, 2007 - Photo from Alaska official website
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More to come...
AubreyJ.........

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 729-08 August 29, 2008
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Michael L. Gonzalez, 20
, of Spotswood, N.J., died August 28th in Baghdad, of wounds suffered by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 340th Military Police Company, Fort Totten, N.Y.
For more information media may contact the Fort Monmouth public affairs office at (732) 532-1258; after hours (732) 371-2901.

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 728-08 August 29, 2008
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. David K. Cooper, 25, of Williamsburg, Ky., died August 27th in Baghdad, of wounds suffered in Qadasiyah, Iraq, when his dismounted patrol came under small arms fire. He was assigned to Forward Support Company, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
For more information media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993; after hours (254) 291-2591.

Photo for the Day - August 29, 2008

* Photo for the Day * Lollipop Lane
Three Iraqi children enjoy lollipops given them by U.S. Soldiers during a patrol, Aug. 19, 2008, in the Abu T'shir community of southern Baghdad's Rashid District.
Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelvin Surgener, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Barack Obama hits out at McCain, President Bush and the Republican Party

Well it is finally over and now it’s our turn. I can’t wait until next week!

Now... what did I think of Barack’s speech tonight? I’d have to say -- ‘Just Words... Just Speeches!’

I’ve heard so many people say it was a Historic Speech Obama gave tonight... but I didn’t think so. Then again... we will have to leave that one to the eyes of the beholder.

Barack Obama did come out tonight swinging against McCain, President Bush and the Republican Party. But all I saw on stage was a man that speaks well... promises everything... yet does so in an empty suite.

The way I see it... Barack Obama isn’t a new man of Hope, but a new man who’s just plain dangerous.

Yes... I truly do believe that one Barack Obama is a danger to this country and cannot be allowed to step into the White House as President. NEVER.........


AubreyJ.........

The Obama, Ayers Connection - The Video They Don’t Want you to See

* Obama - Ayers *
Obama’s Camp Doesn’t Want You To See This One!

Video posted on YouTube by citizensunited07
Thanks go out to ZZ Bachman at the zardozz.com website for turning us on to this video.
Click out his great write-up HERE
Thanks again, Z...
AubreyJ.........

Biden's Exaggerations

Thursday, August 28, 2008
Here’s a great read I found today on Karl Rove’s website. It starts off like this... The Democratic National Convention exposed the central defect of Senator Barack Obama's candidacy: the absence of compelling evidence he is up to the job of president. The exposé comes courtesy of a bad habit of his running mate, Senator Joe Biden. When in doubt, Mr. Biden exaggerates. And in the past week, he did a lot...
Be sure to click this one out at link below...
Biden's Exaggerations - Inflating Obama's record will not resolve doubts

Bio photo by Karl Rove's website

AubreyJ’s Energy Update Report - Thursday, August 28, 2008

AubreyJ’s Energy Update Report
ALG to MIA Senate Republicans: Join the Filibuster and Support Energy Exploration

Thursday, August 28, 2008
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File Photo by DoE

August 28th, 2008, Fairfax, VA- Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today called upon eleven Republican Senators to join with their GOP colleagues and support efforts to block a renewal of the moratorium on offshore drilling, oil shale and natural gas exploration.

The current ban on off-shore drilling, natural gas and oil shale exploration off the Outer Continental Shelf is scheduled to expire on October 1st.

In order to ensure that Democrats will not reauthorize the ban on much needed energy exploration, Senate Republicans need to acquire 41 votes to filibuster, and only have 38 on the record in favor...

Senators Collins (R-ME), Corker (R-TN), Dole (R-NC), Hagel (R-NE), Kyl (R-AZ), McCain (R-AZ), McConnell (R-KY), Smith (R-OR), Snowe (R-ME), Specter (R-PA), and Thune (R-SD) have yet to pledge their support for the filibuster...

“These eleven GOP Senators are all that is standing in the way of the will of the American people,” said Wilson in a statement. “We urge them to do the right thing.”

“The American people have made their voices heard time and time again. Offshore drilling and increased energy exploration is something the citizens of this country are demanding and it is time these Republicans wake up and realize this,” he added.

A couple of Republican Senators who did not initially sign on to the filibuster have come around and decided to listen to the people. Senators Coleman (R-MN) and Chambliss (R-GA) have recently pledged their support for increasing offshore energy exploration.

Wilson praised the two Senators, saying, “Coleman and Chambliss have done what they were elected to do: listen to the people and serve the greater need of the country. It is reassuring to know that there are still leaders in Washington who are steadfast in their willingness to do what is best for our nation.”

Congress is set to reconvene after the August recess where it is expected that the Democrat-controlled House and Senate will attempt to reauthorize the current bans on energy exploration and recovery.

“We simply cannot let Congress continue to restrict Americans from accessing their own energy resources,” Wilson remarked. “Americans have had enough of paying such high prices at the pump and they have also had enough of negligent politicians ignoring their wishes.”

Wilson stated, “It is time for Republicans to show solidarity on this matter and provide some much-needed leadership. There is obviously a vacuum of competent leadership on Capitol Hill and it is time these remaining Republicans join with their colleagues and help fill that void.”

“If they stand united, they will achieve a crucial victory for hard-working Americans nationwide,” he added.
From a News Release by Americans for Limited Government - President Bill Wilson

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After Congress comes back from August Recess, I’ll be making a few phone calls to these eleven GOP Senators in hopes of getting them to come on board with their GOP colleagues and support their efforts to block the renewal of the moratorium on offshore drilling, oil shale and natural gas exploration.

I ask you to do the same...
AubreyJ.........

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Democrats Officially Nominate Senator Barack Obama

Democrats Officially Nominate Senator Barack Obama
as their 2008 Presidential Candidate
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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File photo by Obama Campaign website
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WashingtonPost.com has this report up on their website this evening and it starts off like this... With the weight of history hanging over them, Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Democratic Party formally chose Sen. Barack Obama as the nominee for the White House, elevating the first African American to that exalted post and putting a black man a step from the presidency...
Read the story at link below...

In Historic Vote, Obama Officially Claims Democratic Nomination
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I for one have a problem with it when the MSM keeps reporting that Senator Barack Obama is the first African American ever nominated by a Major Party as their Presidential Candidate.

He is not...

He is part African American... part Caucasian...
who has a white mother, black father and is married to a black women.

To be correct... one would have to say that he is the first ‘Multiracial’ American ever nominated by a Major Party as their Presidential Candidate.


AubreyJ.........

AubreyJ’s Energy Update Report - Wednesday, August 27, 2008

AubreyJ’s Energy Update Report
NEW TV AD: Too Hot For NBC
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008.

[T. Boone Pickens] has four new ads which are either on the air, or ready to go on the air. The ads have been “cleared” by every network… except for NBC which has refused to clear a 15 second ad about Iran.

In the ad Boone talks about how the Iranians are moving quickly to vehicles powered by natural gas so they can free up their $120 a barrel oil to sell to us. Boone says: “Get this one. Iran is changing its cars to run on natural gas and we’re not doing a thing here…”

The problem? NBC wants us to PROVE that “we’re not doing a thing here.”

Sometimes you just have to wonder.

You can see the offending 15 second ad below, and then make sure to use the Share button and show it to your friend
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Find more videos like this on PickensPlan
Above info, photo and video taken from the PickensPlan website
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Great work Mr. Pickens!!!
And again I say... Thank You.
AubreyJ.........

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

#17- Haynesville Shale Updates - Post Date, Tuesday, August 26, 2008

This Post Last Updated: Wednesday, August 27, 2008
12:35pm CDT

Haynesville Shale
Large Natural Gas Deposit, Northwest Louisiana
UPDATES:

August, 2008

Note: This post will be updated over next few days so check back
(Scroll below for latest updates within this post)

Image courtesy of Chesapeake Energy

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

* Let’s get caught up with the Haynesville Shale News by starting off with this news article I found early Monday morning at the 2TheAdvocate.com website. It starts off like this... The discovery of the Haynesville Shale - a huge natural gas cache in north Louisiana - pumped nearly $100 million into state coffers this month... More money is expected in September when state government takes bids on the lease of 11,000 acres of land within the shale’s 16-parish zone...The state is raking in millions. More revenue is expected from tax collections and royalties. And northern Louisiana lawmakers are brainstorming about how to keep at least some of the dollars in what is one of the poorest areas of the state...
Read the full report at link below...
State’s share of shale soaring - Gas discovery means millions
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* DailyWorld.com had the following report up on their website Sunday and it starts off like this...
Producing natural gas from the Haynesville Shale is not as simple as drilling a hole in the ground, says Don Briggs, head of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association... Unlike most places, the gas is not trapped in reservoirs. It's in small vertical fissures in the horizontal bands of shale that have to be fractured by intense water pressure pumped 12,000 feet underground...
Read the rest at link below...
Retrieving Haynesville Shale gas presents challenges
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* Just in case you missed the first reports out a few weeks back... the following link at the 123Jump.com website has a summary of the second quarter fiscal 2008 earnings call conducted by Chesapeake Energy Corp. on August 1, 2008. It’s a very lengthy... informative read and it goes in part like this...

On average every square mile of Core and Tier 1 Haynesville Shale contains an average of 180 BCF gas in place.

This is based on an average formation thickness of 220 feet across this 3 million acres, original formation pressure of almost 10,000 pounds per square inch, and porosity, permeability, and water saturation measurements. From that gas in place Chesapeake will recover about a 52 BCF per square mile through the drilling of eight wells per square mile. This would result in per well average recoveries of about 29% of the gas in place, which is consistent with expected Barnett recoveries although Barnett drilling is 50% more dense than planned Haynesville drilling. This is a smaller recovery factor than expected from the Woodford and Fayetteville.

With about 3 million acres in the Blob, there’s roughly 4,700 square miles in the Haynesville.

At 52 BCF of recoverable gas per square mile, that equals about 2.45 BCF of recoverable gas in the Haynesville, exactly consistent with what Chesapeake had predicted from the beginning. So rather than this number being hype, it is instead an entirely reasonable number based on thorough scientific examination reinforced by actual drilling results to date. These are reasonable early estimates of the total resource that Chesapeake and others plan to produce over time...
Read the full report at link below...
Chesapeake Energy Earnings Call, Second Quarter 2008

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Post Update:
Wednesday, August 27, 2008

* The Independent Weekly has this news article posted on their website this morning and it starts off like this... Due to the explosion of activity in the Haynesville Shale, the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association has hired one of Gov. Bobby Jindal's former policy advisers, Jodee Niswanger, to serve as its north Louisiana director. She's heading the trade organization's new office in Shreveport , which opens Sept. 1 to address issues related to what many believe may be the largest natural gas shale play in the country... LOGA President Don Briggs says the talk of the town throughout the northwest Louisiana region is money, with rumors of $25,000 lease bonuses and quarter royalties. His office receives calls every day from residents in the shale region wanting to know when drilling will begin in their areas, and some residents have been forming coalitions that are considering filing suit against natural gas and exploration companies that paid lower bonuses in the early stages of the project. Briggs hopes the local office can educate people about the process, including the fact that lease values are mainly based on speculation -- and that someone who only got $150 an acre may end up in a sweet spot and receive millions in well revenue... "Although lease values seem to be escalating with no end in sight," says Briggs, "it would take just one dry hole to condemn a large area, and lease values in that vicinity could drop like a stone."...
Read this article in full at link below...
LOGA Opens Haynesville Shale Office

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Post Update:
Thursday
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* KTAL had the following news/video report posted on their website yesterday evening...
Vitter Meets With Residents To Discuss Energy And Louisiana
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* NWLANews.com posted this short article on their website... The Northwest Louisiana Economic Development Foundation is scheduled to hold an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. September 4th at the Minden Civic Center to discuss the Haynesville Shale Project...
Local meeting to address Haynesville Shale
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* ActiveRain.com
website had this short write-up...

It's a Modern Day Gold Rush...the Haynesville Shale
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* MoneyMorning.com has this good read up on their website today and it starts off like this... After declining for 15 years, U.S. natural gas production is finally on the rise, thanks to new technological developments that make it possible to draw large amounts of gas from deposits previously thought to be unreachable. An increase in natural gas production of the magnitude many industry insiders predict could do wonders for business, the environment and even U.S. energy independence... U.S. gas production is up 9% this year - a rate of increase not seen since 1984 - with most of that gain coming from natural-gas shale, particularly the Barnett Shale, a deposit that now produces 7% of the country’s gas supply. Indeed, there could be as much as 842 trillion cubic feet of retrievable gas in shale deposits throughout the United States alone, according to Navigant Consulting. That would support the current level of U.S. consumption for about 40 years...
Read the rest at link below...
New Natural Gas Discoveries are a Boon for the U.S. Energy Sector
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* LandAndFarm.com...
80 Ac. Haynesville Shale

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* Links of Interest *

* City of Shreveport website...
Shreveport Shale
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* KSLA.com...
Oil & gas companies drilling in the Haynesville Shale
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* KTBS.com...
(Has lots of informative links and News Videos)

Haynesville Shale
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* Cherokee Horn Production LP
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> At the following TwinCitiesDev.com link, you can click on various parts of the rig (indicated by numbers) and read or listen to part descriptions...
Parts of a Drilling Rig described
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> At the following TwinCitiesDev.com link, you can you can learn how the Fracing Process makes it possible to release gas from deep below the surface...
Fracing Process
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Click HERE for Free QuickTime Player Download
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> At the following TwinCitiesDev.com link, you can watch how horizontal drilling increases production rates while reducing the impact to the surface...
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* Gas Leases - You’re sitting on a Gas MineThis link is full of info you need to know before signing an Oil/Gas Lease Contract
Click it out at link below...
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Past Post:
> Sunday, May 4, 2008...
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> Sunday, May 11, 2008...
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> Thursday, May 15, 2008...
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> Wednesday, May 21, 2008...
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> Thursday, May 29, 2008...
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> Thursday, June 5, 2008...

#12 Haynesville Shale Updates - Tuesday, July 28, 2008
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> Tuesday, August 05, 2008...
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Photo for the Day - August 26, 2008

* Photo for the Day * About photo: Iraqi army soldiers brace themselves against the rotor-wash of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter during “Operation Bessemer” near Bayji, Iraq. Iraqi soldiers, along with their counterparts in the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st BCT, 101st Airborne Division conducted “Operation Bessemer” to clear a rural area of extremist fighters and weapons caches.
Read the story at link below...
A Soldier’s History of the Air Assault: Screaming Eagles Attack From Above
Image Credit: Sgt. Richard Rzepka, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs - Taken August 21st, 2008

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 720-08 August 26, 2008
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Brian E. Studer, 28, of Roseau, Minn., died August 22nd in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the improvised explosive device he was attempting to deactivate detonated. He was assigned to the 720th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 28th Transportation Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, Mannheim, Germany.
For more information media may contact the 21st Theater Sustainment Command public affairs
office at 011-49-631-413-8184, or by email, DL21TSCPAOUsers@eur.army.mil

Iraq: On Ground Updates - August 26, 2008

Following Post From:
Multi-National Security Transition Command - IraqPublic Affairs Office, Phoenix Base
Release No. 080823-01


Iraqi Air Force bids farewell to Iowa Guardsmen
Tuesday
, August 26, 2008

Soon a group of Iowa National Guardsmen will be leaving Iraq and leaving behind a legacy of training and friendship with their Iraqi Air Force partners.

“This day I would like to say goodbye to our dear friends who gave serious assistance and backup for our air force,” said Lt. Gen. Kamal, IqAF commander. “They did a major job to build our new Air Force.”

“We would like to thank their families, said Kamal. “Because they were so patient waiting for them to do their duties here. Our salute to their families to wish them all the best happiness and joy.”

Six months ago the six volunteer Soldiers from Det. 1 of 1/134 sustainment and support unit came from Waterloo, Iowa, and surrounding areas. They brought a fleet of U.S. Army OH-58C “Kiowa” helicopters and the know-how to keep them flying. These Soldiers and aircraft formed the training base for much of IqAF’s expansion this year.

The OH-58C has an airframe similar to the Bell Jet Ranger helicopters that are also used by the Iraqi Air Force as training aids for new pilots. Iraqi mechanics learned to maintain the OH-58C, and Iraqi pilots learned the basic flying skills they need to fly the Russian-designed Mi-17 that is IqAF’s main combat helicopter.

“This is my office,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Marshall Lantz, one of the Iowa Guardsmen as he pointed to an OH-58C.

“I spent six months here. Five months with the actual aircraft. It was pretty rough duty. It was starting at eight in the morning until noon to do dailies and fix what the pilots broke. Go back take power naps, be back on the flight line at six and go to eleven, twelve, one two o’clock in the morning for night flights. That went on six days a week for four months. That was our routine.”

Lantz has been working with the OH-58 for 32 of the 36 years he’s been in the Army. Before that he was a combat engineer. He didn’t work on the Kiowa during the Vietnam War, but recalls, “they flew over my head.”

As if to signal the completion and success of the Guardsmens’ mission, an Iraqi pilot made his first solo flight in the OH-58C with an Iraqi trainer. This was the first time an all-Iraqi crew flew the American helicopter.

Monday, August 25, 2008

"I Invented The Internet, Episode 1: The Audacity" - Life of Barack Hussein Obama, Jeremiah Wright...

"I Invented The Internet, Episode 1: The Audacity"
(Note: I’ll be reposting this video, from time to time, up until the elections are over.)
I rate this video as Mature: Some VERY Graphic Images within

About Video: "I Invented The Internet, Episode 1: The Audacity." Lorne Baxter explores the life of Barack Hussein Obama, Jeremiah Wright and the theology behind it. Video is just over 13 minutes long.

Posted on EyeBlast.TV by Illuminati Pictures
Produced by Illuminati Pictures (www.illuminati.tv) - Music by Intelligentzia

Tropical Depression Seven - August 25, 2008

* Tropical Depression Seven *
SATELLITE DATA & SURFACE OBSERVATIONS INDICATE THAT THE LOW PRESSURE AREA IN THE CARIBBEAN HAS BECOME BETTER ORGANIZED AND IS NOW A TROPICAL DEPRESSION
Monday, August 25, 2008

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AS OF 11:00am EDT, TROPICAL DEPRESSION SEVEN HAD MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR 35 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS. STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AND THE DEPRESSION COULD BECOME A TROPICAL STORM LATER TODAY.
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Latest Minimum Central Pressure reported is
1006MB - 29.71 INCHES...
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UPDATE: 5:00pm CDT
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* Tropical Storm Gustav Forms *
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Tropical Depression Seven has strengthened over the last few hours and is now an official Tropical Storm that has winds near 60MPH with higher gust. The name of this new Tropical Storm is “Gustav”.
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* Keep up with the latest Updates and Public Advisories on this Storm at NOAA’s Official Website -
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* Latest Satellite Imagery at links below...
- Atlantic Floater Imagery Visible Loop
- Atlantic Floater Imagery Color Infrared Loop
Info/Map & Satellite Imagery by NWS TPC/National Hurricane Center, Miami FL/SSD

Photo for the Day - August 25. 2008

* Photo for the Day *About Photo: Members of the successful Sons of Iraq security program begin the transition from neighborhood guardians to full fledged members of the Iraqi Security Forces at Forward Operating Base War Eagle.
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In this picture, a proud Iraqi finishes with the transition process to the national police, August 22nd. The screening process consisted of the applicants taking a test to determine suitability, a physically fitness test, identification verification and medical screening.
Read the story at link below...
Members of Successful Security Program Take Steps to Join Police
Photo by Sgt. Philip Klein

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Haynesville Shale - August 24, 2008

Haynesville Shale
Sunday
, August 24, 2008
... Image courtesy of Chesapeake Energy
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. Well it’s that time of the week again and as always... I hope you all have had a great past week and weekend.
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With that said... I remind you that I will again be posting another new and lengthy Update Post on the Haynesville Shale tomorrow, Monday, August 25, 2008...
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* But for now... You can find my latest updated posts on this huge NATURAL GAS FIND... HERE
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Enjoy what’s left of the Weekend!!!
And be sure to check back tomorrow...
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AubreyJ.........
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Post update: Monday evening
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Hello everyone...
I haven’t found but a couple new news articles on the Haynesville Shale to report on this Monday evening, so if you don’t get too mad at me... I have pushed posting the new post up to Tuesday.
Until then...
AubreyJ.........

Iraq: On Ground Updates - August 24, 2008

Iraq: On Ground Updates
Iraqi Government Launches Campaign to Disband Sons of Iraq, a U.S.-Funded Force of Sunni Muslim Fighters that’s been Key to Peace in Iraq
Sunday
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About photo: A Tribal Sheik from Tuz, Iraq, points out that better communication between Sons of Iraq members and Iraq security forces needs to be addressed in their District during the SoI conference held in the Kirkuk province of northeastern Iraq, August 14, 2008.
Read the story at link below...
‘Unity and Cooperation’ Resonates During Sons of Iraq Conference in Kirkuk, Iraq
Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Margaret Nelson - 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs

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* AP.Google.com has the following report posted this morning and it goes in part like this... The groups, known as Awakening Councils, Sons of Iraq and Popular Committees, have helped rout al-Qaida in some parts of Iraq. But Shiite leaders fear the Sunnis' switch of allegiance is just a tactic, and that they could one day turn their weapons against the Shiite majority...
Read the full report at link below...
Iraqi prime minister: No arms in hands of militias..
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* BlueRidgeNow.com website had this take on the story... The Shiite-dominated government in Iraq is driving out many leaders of Sunni citizen patrols, the groups of former insurgents who joined the American payroll and have been a major pillar in the decline in violence around the nation... In restive Diyala Province, United States and Iraqi military officials say there were orders to arrest hundreds of members of what is known as the Awakening movement as part of large security operations by the Iraqi military. At least five senior members have been arrested there in recent weeks, leaders of the groups say... West of Baghdad, former insurgent leaders contend that the Iraqi military is going after 650 Awakening Members, many of whom have fled the once-violent area they had kept safe. While the crackdown appears to be focused on a relatively small number of leaders whom the Iraqi government considers the most dangerous, there are influential voices to dismantle the American backed movement entirely... “The state cannot accept the Awakening,” said Sheik Jalaladeen al-Sagheer, a leading Shiite Member of Parliament. “Their days are numbered.”... The government’s rising hostility toward the Awakening Councils amounts to a bet that its military, feeling increasingly strong, can provide security in former guerrilla strongholds without the support of these former Sunni fighters who once waged devastating attacks on United States and Iraqi targets. It also is occurring as Awakening members are eager to translate their influence and organization on the ground into political power...
Read this report in full at link below...
Iraq Takes Aim at Leaders of U.S.-Tied Sunni Groups
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* The DallasNews.com website reported the story this way...
U.S.-funded Sons of Iraq fighters being arrested by Shiite-led government

Also in the news...

* AFP.Google.com brings us the following report. It starts off like this... For some Iraqis voting is a way to avenge the killing of their loved ones, others hope the ballot will enact change, bring justice and maybe even reverse their fortunes... Nearly 100,000 voters in central Iraq's Samarra -- a city with a violent past and links to Al-Qaeda insurgents -- are flocking to register to vote ahead of the delayed ballot, which was originally scheduled for October 1... "This time we will vote. There is no doubt. We have to assert our rights," said Ahmed Hakim al-Samarraie, a 28-year-old biology lecturer in the Samarra College of Science... It's a dramatic turnaround in attitudes from four years ago when Samarra residents who had pledged to vote were cowed by Al-Qaeda bullying, threats and wholesale murder...
Read the rest at link below...
Iraq's bombed mosque city pins hopes on vote

DoD Identifies Army Casualty

No. 715-08 August 24, 2008
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Staff Sgt. David L. Paquet, 26, of Rising Sun, Md., died August 20th at Combat Outpost Vegas, Afghanistan, of undetermined causes while conducting a patrol. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. The incident is under investigation.
For further information media may contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993; after hours (254) 291-2591.

Photo for the Day - August 24, 2008

* Photo for the Day * Arms Full
Iraqi Brig. Gen. Ali Ibraheem Dabown, commander of 8th Brigade, 2nd National Police Division, holds a child as he hands her a bag of humanitarian aid items in eastern Baghdad, August 15, 2008.
Photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Meadows, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division Public Affairs

Friday, August 22, 2008

Waiting For Obama’s VP Pick - Friday, August 22, 2008

* THE BIG WAIT *
Waiting For Obama’s VP Pick
Friday, August 22, 2008
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> As of 8:15pm CDT, Barack Obama’s readied announcement, that will be sent to all his supporters by text message as to exactly who his VP choice will be, has yet to be sent...
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Still waiting...

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UPDATE:
Saturday, 1:05am CDT


Barack Obama’s readied announcement has not yet been sent... However...


The word is out and that word is...

JOE!!!
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As of 1:05 am CDT, early this Saturday morning, all of those in the MSM are now saying that their sources say...
Barack Obama has picked Senator Joe Biden to be his running mate.

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Dem Official: Obama Picks Biden As Running Mate


About News Video: The Associated Press has learned that Senator Joe Biden of Delaware is Barack Obama's pick as vice presidential running mate. (Aug. 23)
News Video posted on YouTube by
AssociatedPress

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(I’ll send out my congratulations when the news is official.)

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From Obama’s Official Website:
Saturday, 2:15am CDT

Barack has chosen Joe Biden to be his running mate.

Joe Biden brings extensive foreign policy experience, an impressive record of collaborating across party lines, and a direct approach to getting the job done.
We have our team, but we also have our work cut out for us.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden are the leaders who will bring the change our country needs. But they can't do it alone...

Image from Obama Campaign

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NOTE: Barack Obama’s readied announcement has just gone out to all his supporters by text message...

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* The following is from an email I got this morning from Barack Obama. It goes in part as follows:

Friend --
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I have some important news that I want to make official.
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I've chosen Joe Biden to be my running mate.
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Joe and I will appear for the first time as running mates this afternoon in Springfield, Illinois -- the same place this campaign began more than 19 months ago.
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I'm excited about hitting the campaign trail with Joe, but the two of us can't do this alone. We need your help to keep building this movement for change.
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Please let Joe know that you're glad he's part of our team. Share your personal welcome note and we'll make sure he gets it:

http://my.barackobama.com/welcomejoe"

Thanks for your support,
Barack

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P.S. -- Make sure to turn on your TV at 2:00 p.m. Central Time to join us or watch online at http://www.BarackObama.com.

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My congratulations now go out to Joe Biden for being Obama’s official VP pick...
Congratulations JOE!!!


AubreyJ.........