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Monday, November 30, 2009

Photo for the Day - November 30, 2009

* Photo for the Day * Children sit with their mother as she makes pastries in their home in Al Uruba, western Mosul November 24, 2009.
Photo by Spc. Ali Hargis, Joint Combat Camera Center-Iraq

DoD Announces Change-In-Status of Army Soldier

No. 934-09 November 30, 2009
DoD Announces Change-In-Status of Army Soldier


The Department of Defense today announced the death of a soldier supporting Operation Enduring Freedom who was previously listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown.

Sgt. Brandon T. Islip, 23, of Richmond, Va., had been listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown. His status was changed November 29th to having died in a non-combat related incident.
He was a member of the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. and went missing, November 4th, while involved in a resupply mission in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan.
For further information these soldiers, contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at (910) 432-0661 or (910) 432-0662.

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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

DoD Identifies Navy, Army Casualties

No. 933-09 November 30, 2009
DoD Identifies Navy Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Petty Officer 3rd Class David M. Mudge, 22, of Sutherlin, Ore., died November 28th, in a non-hostile accident aboard USS Rentz while in Port Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.
For further information regarding this sailor, please contact commander, Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs at (619) 437-2146 email or christopher.servello@navy.mil.


No. 932-09 November 30, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pfc. Michael A. Rogers, 23, of White Sulphur Springs, Mont., died November 27th, at Forward Operating Base Hammer, east of Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 210th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.
The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.
For more information media may contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at (315) 772-7267.

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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Tiger Woods Seriously Injured in One Car Accident

Tiger Woods Seriously Injured in One Car Accident
Friday
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File photo by Samantha L Quigley

Or NOT...?

.Golf great Tiger Woods was seriously injured in a car accident in Florida early Friday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol said... Woods, 33, is in the hospital in very serious condition after a single-car crash at 2:25 a.m. in which he hit a fire hydrant and then a tree, according to the FHP... The crash is under investigation and charges are pending, but the crash was not alcohol-related, the highway patrol said in its accident report. It wasn't known if he was wearing a seatbelt...
Read the rest at link below...
Tiger Woods Seriously Injured in Car Crash in Florida
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* FloridaToday.com reports it this way...
Tiger Woods was injured in a car accident early Friday when his car struck a tree near his mansion in a gated waterfront community, authorities said... The Florida Highway Patrol said the 33-year-old PGA star hit the hydrant and a tree after pulling out of his driveway in his 2009 Cadillac sports utility vehicle... The patrol reported Woods’ injuries as serious, though Woods spokesman Glenn Greenspan said the golfer was treated at a hospital and released in good condition... The patrol said alcohol was not involved...
Read the rest of this short report at link below...
Tiger Woods treated, released after crash
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Statement on Tiger Wood
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From Health Central Hospital and Tiger's Woods' office:
Tiger Woods was in a minor car accident outside his home last night.
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He was admitted, treated and released today in good condition.
We appreciate very much everyone's thoughts and well wishes.

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Statement from Tiger Woods
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As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I'm pretty sore.
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This situation is my fault, and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I'm human and I'm not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn't happen again.
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This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.
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The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false.
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This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received. But, I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be.
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tiger and family.
FAST Recovery, TIGER!!!
Don’t let the MSM get you down this weekend
with this ramped up rumor frenzy they all seem to be going on...
AubreyJ.........

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving from NASA - Atlantis Scheduled For Friday Morning Landing

Happy Thanksgiving from NASA


The 2009 NASA Thanksgiving Promo. Inspired by the NASA Television footage of the Astronauts enjoying meals together aboard the International Space Station...
This video posted on YouTube by NASAtelevision
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Crew Performs Flight Control System Checkout
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November 26, 2009
8:37am CST
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The Atlantis crew has performed the Flight Control System checkout and the Reaction Control System hot-fire test this Thanksgiving morning...
Landing is scheduled, (weather permitting,) for Friday morning at 8:44am CST at Kennedy Space Center.

Info, Video taken from NASA websites

Memories of Past Thanksgivings - November 2009

NOTE: This Post near top Wed-Thur-Fri – Scroll below this post for latest Posting
Memories of Past Thanksgivings
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I did this short story a few years back to bring back memories in my family of those good old days when we were all so young and the family was everything. Today I wish to share this story with you and those overseas doing this country so proud. Hope it helps bring back in you some of those good OLD memories about some of your past Thanksgivings with your loved ones...
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God bless and Happy Thanksgiving to all of you...
AubreyJ.........

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Photo of my Grandparents house – Now owned by Aunt Martha Ree
Photo taken in 2001 by Aunt Louise
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And so my story begins... from the eyes of an older country boy... ME!!!
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In this short story, I tried to bring back those good old days at Thanksgiving time. All that good cooking and eating that went on.... It's like them days had happened just yesterday!!!
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I can remember dad driving up to the Big House and all of us kids jumping out of the car and making a dash for the porch. Just to be pulled back to help unload the car of all the food offerings that we had brought for the Thanksgiving feast.
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As we walk into the house, we're greeted by hugs and kisses from the Aunts and warm hellos from the Uncles. Smile at Papaw as we walk by and on to the kitchen and out to the back porch we go. After unloading all the food on the tables outside, it's time to go and get a big hug and kiss from Mamaw. Naturally we would always get the yes ma'am... no ma'am drill from her and after that all of us kids would take off in our own directions.
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Now as for me- I usually ran for Uncle Buddy and would jump up into his arms. We'd have a short man to man chat... and then it was off to Papaw. Oh yeah... That short dash, backward flip to a tail slide across the arm of the chair topped off with a good 10 point landing- down between the side of Papaw and the arm of the chair. Such perfection- I'd even managed to miss that big old cigar that was always in Papaw's mouth.
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"Hey Papaw.... Got you any wolves this week!!!" I sure did love getting up in that chair with Papaw. All the small talk that went on between us that only Papaws and their grandchildren can have and the smell of Papaw's cigar- Now how can any of us forget that!!!
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After a short visit with Papaw, I would run through the house to see what all the cousins were up to. Shoot- It always seemed that by the time we could all get together and get some kind of game started, all through the house you would hear Mamaw calling... "Everyone come to the table- it's time to eat." Now you would think that all us kids would come a running!!! Well some of us would, yet some of us would not...
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Yes sir, some of us kids were a little hard headed. Figure that!!! We would give ourselves them excuses like- "If we hurry up- we can finish this game and then go eat." This never did work out, no matter what we were playing... A few minutes would pass by, then someone would come for us bringing major threats from our parents. Hard headed are not, we knew for our own self preservation it would be best to make a dash for the tables about this time...
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Now... Where you got to sit down and eat was all up to how old you was. When you came of age, you got to eat at the big tables. If not of age yet, you had to eat in the kitchen or on the back porch. (I thought on this for a little bit and came to this conclusion... If we were to have a family reunion this Thanksgiving... and everyone showed up, I'd still end up on the back porch or at best in the kitchen. Some things never change... Oh well...)
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After everyone got settled down in their chairs it would start to get real quit. That's because before we could all start eating we had to have prayer. There was always some praying going on but it was more on the lines of: "Lord, please don't let Aunt Alice say the prayer this year." Mother would have the food cold by the time she got done with the Thanksgiving Blessings. Yes sir... That woman could sure do some praying at the table!!!
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Anyway- after a good 5 minutes of quit time, we finally got to eat. A-Men!!! There's no need in going over the list of food again because we had it all and then some... I'd eat so much that there was no way in the world I was going anywhere near that dessert table. Well not for an hour or two...
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After the feast, all us kids would take off to play and the adults would clean up and then head for the living room to visit and watch football. Uncle J.P. and Dad would go outside and have them a smoke while Uncle Jack and Uncle R.V. headed for the back bedrooms for a short nap. After a while dad and Uncle J.P. would catch up with the men and us kids knew to play very quietly around this time. If we had awakened any of the men we would have all been dead meat!!!
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I could go on and on with this story but I think I'll end it here. Besides, I have so many fond memories about this time of the year that I'd have to write a small book to cover them all...
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Anyway, I truly hope that this short story has sparked a few fond memories in all of you and I'll end with this wish... May you and yours have a wonderful and memorable Thanksgiving and for god’s sake… don't burn the rolls up this year!!!
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Story by: AubreyJ.........
Aubrey J. Fawcett
Written back on November 15, 2002

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

DoD Identifies Army Casualties

No. 926-09 November 24, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Spc. Jason A. McLeod, 22, of Crystal Lake, Ill., died November 23rd, west of Pashmul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with mortar fire. He was assigned to the 704th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.
For more information media may contact the Fort Carson public affairs office at (719) 526-7525; after hours (719) 526-5500.


No. 925-09 November 24, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Pucino, 34, of Cockeysville, Md., died November 23rd in Pashay Kala, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group of the Maryland Army National Guard in Glen Arm, Md.
For more information media may contact the U.S. Army Special Operations Command public affairs office at (910) 432-6005; after hours (910) 689-6187, or visit
http://news.soc.mil/
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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Biggest Conspiracy of the 21st Century - Global Warming

Conspiracy of the Century? Hackers Expose Climate Change
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About this News Video: Hackers have tried to prove global warming researchers are massaging the figures - after stealing sensitive emails from one of the UK's leading climate research centres. The documents were then made available to the public from a Russian server.
This Video posted on YouTube by RussiaToday
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Alex Jones on ClimateGate --
Hoax of all time a global Ponzi scheme



About this News Video: Police in the UK have begun an investigation into the theft and publication on Russian internet servers of private emails, which are thought to prove that global warming theory was fabricated. Alex Jones, the renowned filmmaker and radio host, dubs this scandal as one of the biggest hoaxes and financial frauds in the history of mankind. He says that it appears to be a global 'Ponzi scheme' which allowed bankers to profit from bogus carbon taxes for years.
This video also posted on YouTube by RussiaToday
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* PrisonPlanet.com has the following report up on their website with MUST-SEE Videos and more. Their report starts off like this... Lord Monckton, who challenged Al Gore on man-made climate change and was rebuffed by a gaggle of peevish Democrats, wants the climate “scientists” caught red-handed fiddling with climate stats prosecuted... “They are not merely bad scientists - they are crooks. And crooks who have perpetrated their crimes at the expense of British and U.S. taxpayers,” writes Monckton...
Click out the rest of this great post at link below...
Lord Monckton: Prosecute the Climate Change Criminals
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Photo for the Day - November 23, 2009

* Photo for the Day *

U.S. Army Sgt. Edward Edra, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, pulls security as joint forces conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony for a recently-completed water network project in the Mahkmur District of Iraq, Nov. 19th.
Photo by Spc. Ali Hargis, Joint Combat Camera Center-Iraq

DoD Identifies Marine, Army Casualties

No. 923-09 November 24, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualty


The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Sgt. Briand T. Williams, 25, of Sparks, Ga., died November 22nd, in Numaniyah, Iraq, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Ga.
For more information the media may contact the Fort Benning public affairs office at (706) 545-3512; after hours, call (706) 545-2218.



No. 922-09 November 23, 2009
DoD Identifies Marine Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Lance Cpl. Nicholas J. Hand, 20, of Kansas City, Mo., died November 22nd while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
For additional background information on this Marine, media representatives may contact the II Marine Expeditionary Force public affairs office at (910) 451-7200.


No. 920-09 November 23, 2009
DoD Identifies Army Casualties


The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
They died November 19th in Zabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when a suicide car-bomber attacked their unit. They were assigned to the 782d Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Killed were:
Staff Sgt. John J. Cleaver, 36, of Marysville, Wash
Sgt. Daniel A. Frazier, 25, of Saint Joseph, Mo

For more information the media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at (910) 432-0661.




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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Watch Final Spacewalk Monday Morning Live... On NASA TV

Watch Third and Final Scheduled Spacewalk

Monday Morning Live on NASA TV

Show starts at 7:18am

Spacewalkers "Camping Out" to Prepare for Final Excursion

Originally posted at 6:07pm CST

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STS-129 Mission Specialists Randy Bresnik and Robert Satcher Jr., set to perform the third and final spacewalk of the mission Monday, are spending the night in the Quest airlock as part of the overnight “campout” procedure that helps purge nitrogen from their bloodstreams, preventing decompression sickness once they move out into the vacuum of space.

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The International Space Station crew began its sleep shift at 5:58 p.m. EST, and the shuttle crew headed to bed a half hour later. Both crews are set to wake up Monday at 2:28 a.m.


The spacewalk is slated to begin at 7:18am
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Astronauts Performing Final STS-129 Spacewalk
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Mission Specialists Randy Bresnik and Robert Satcher Jr. began their mission's final spacewalk at 8:24 a.m. EST. They will transfer an oxygen filled High Pressure Gas Tank (HPGT) from the EXPRESS Logistics Carrier 2, or ELC2, located on the starboard truss, to a spot on the outside of the Quest Airlock. The tank will be used to replenish atmosphere lost when spacewalkers enter and exit the station.
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While Satcher is relocating the HPGT, Bresnik will install the seventh Materials International Space Station Experiment, or MISSE 7. This is the most advanced of the MISSE payloads to date and will be the first to receive power directly from the station and use the station’s communication system to send commands and downlink real-time data.
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On Sunday, Bresnik told the flight controllers his new daughter, Abigail Mae Bresnik, had been born in Houston at 11:04 p.m. CST Saturday. He said his wife Rebecca and new daughter, 6 pounds, 13 ounces and 20 inches long, were doing well. Bresnik got the news by private phone patch through mission control shortly after the crew was awakened.
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Third STS-129 Spacewalk Complete


The third and final spacewalk of the STS-129 mission was completed Monday at 2:06pm EST...

(Another job well done, Randy and Robert!!!)

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With all the STS-129 Spacewalks now complete... Keep up with the latest mission info at links below...


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Read Latest News and Updates
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Watch Spacewalk/Mission LIVE
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ENJOY!!!
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STS-129: Interactive Mission Timeline

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GOD SPEED to the Crew of STS-129 Atlantis...
AubreyJ.........

All above info/images taken from the NASA.gov website

IT’S A GIRL!!! Abigail Mae Bresnik is Born

IT’S A GIRL!!!
Abigail Mae Bresnik is Born
Sunday, November 22, 2009
7:21am
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Read more at link below...

Preflight Interview: Randy and Rebecca Bresnik

Photo Credit: NASA
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Space Shuttle Atlantis Mission Specialist Randy Bresnik is a new father.
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At 5:14 a.m. CST, Bresnik called Mission Control and announced the birth of his daughter. Abigail Mae Bresnik arrived at 11:04 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 in Houston, TX. He reported his wife, Rebecca, and baby are doing well. He also thanked the flight control team and flight surgeon for their support and assistance.
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This is the second time a baby has been born to an American astronaut during his spaceflight. Mike Fincke’s daughter was born in June 2004 while he was aboard the International Space Station.
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Congratulations go out to Rebecca and Randy... Grandparents too!!!
AubreyJ.........

Iran: On Ground Updates - November 22, 2009

Iran: On Ground Updates
Iran Begins Five-Day, Large-Scale, Air Defense, War Games Aimed At Protecting Its Nuclear Sites
Sunday, November 22, 2009
6:45 am CST
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* JPost.com brings us the following report and it goes in part like this... Gen. Ahmad Mighani, head of an air force unit that deals with threats to Iran's air space, said Saturday the war games would cover regions where Iran's nuclear facilities are located, reflecting the country's concern that Israel could make good on threats to strike militarily... The drill, involving Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard, comes as a top clerical official in Teheran renewed his threat to target "the heart of Tel Aviv" should Israel attack Iran...
Read the full report at link below...
Iran begins nationwide air defense drill
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* AFP
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'Iran will strike Tel Aviv if attacked'
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AubreyJ.........

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Let The Debate Begin

Health Care Measure Passes Key Senate Hurdle
Saturday evening – 11/21/09

About this News Video: Sweeping health care legislation has cleared its first hurdle with a 60-39 vote in the Senate. The measure is designed to extend coverage to roughly 31 million who lack it...
This video posted on YouTube by AssociatedPress

Watch Second of Three Scheduled Spacewalks Live on NASA TV

Watch Second of Three Scheduled Spacewalks

Live on NASA TV

Show starts at 8:18am CST

STS-129 Spacewalkers "Camping Out" in Airlock

Friday, November 20, 2009

Originally posted at 5:24pm CST

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STS-129 Mission Specialists Mike Foreman and Randy Bresnik, set to perform the second spacewalk of the mission Saturday, are spending the night in the Quest airlock as part of the overnight “campout” procedure that helps purge nitrogen from their bloodstreams, preventing decompression sickness once they move out into the vacuum of space.
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The International Space Station crew is scheduled to go to sleep at 6:58 p.m. EST, and the shuttle crew heads to bed a half hour later. Both crews are set to wake up Saturday at 3:28 a.m.

The spacewalk is slated to begin at 8:18am CST

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Second STS-129 Spacewalk Complete
Originally posted at 2:43pm CST
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Spacewalkers Mike Foreman and Randy Bresnik completed a six hour, eight minute spacewalk at 3:39 p.m. EST.
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The spacewalking pair finished all their assigned work way ahead of schedule and completed several “get ahead” tasks. They deployed the last two of the Payload Attach Systems that remained on the outside of the International Space Station.
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This was the second of three STS-129 spacewalks, the 229th conducted by U.S. astronauts, the fifth for Foreman and the first for Bresnik. It was the 135th in support of International Space Station assembly and maintenance, totaling 843 hours, 36 minutes. It was the 107th spacewalk out of the space station, totaling 656 hours, 21 minutes.
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Astronauts Complete Second Spacewalk
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STS-129 Mission Specialists Mike Foreman and Randy Bresnik wrapped up a successful six-hour, eight-minute spacewalk after completing their scheduled tasks ahead of schedule. Official end of the spacewalk was at 3:39 p.m. EST. It was the second of the three scheduled during Atlantis’ visit to the International Space Station.
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The start was a little later than planned, about 9:30 a.m., because a false depressurization alarm had sounded on the station at 9:53 p.m. Friday, interrupting the crews’ sleep and the spacewalkers’ campout in the Quest airlock. The spacewalkers completed the process of reducing the nitrogen in their blood by exercising while breathing oxygen.
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Foreman and Bresnik installed an antenna assembly on a Columbus module handrail, relocated the station’s floating potential measurement unit to the Port 1 truss and deployed a second Payload Attachment System (PAS) on the upper part of the Starboard 3 (S3) truss.
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After completing the installation of a wireless video system on S3 an hour ahead of schedule, the spacewalkers had time to perform a get-ahead task. Foreman and Bresnik deployed a third PAS, this one on the Earth-facing side of S3. This task, originally schedule for the mission’s third spacewalk, was accomplished smoothly and quickly.
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Just before the beginning of the Saturday spacewalk, Express Logistics Carrier 2 was installed on S3 by the station’s robotic arm, operated by Mission Specialists Leland Melvin and Nicole Stott. It holds almost 10,000 pounds of large spares for the station, including an attitude-control gyroscope, a high-pressure oxygen tank and a pump module.
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A sister cargo carrier, ELC 1, also came to the station on Atlantis and was installed Thursday.
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Watch Spacewalks/Mission LIVE
Its On right NOW!
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STS-129: Interactive Mission Timeline


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GOD SPEED to the Crew of STS-129 Atlantis...
AubreyJ..........


All above info/images taken from the NASA.gov website

Friday, November 20, 2009

Photo for the Day - November 20, 2009

* Photo for the Day* American and Iraqi soldiers exit a helicopter during partnered air assault training, between Iraqi commandos and scouts of 1st Iraqi army division and paratroopers, of 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (Advise and Assist Brigade), at Camp Ramadi, Iraq, on November 15, 2009. The goal of the training is to familiarize the soldiers with the aircraft and to work on standard procedures for any possible future operations.
DoD photo by Spc Michael J MacLeod, U.S. Army

DoD Identifies Navy Casualty

No. 913-09 November 20, 2009
DoD Identifies Navy Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian M. Patton, 37, of Freeport, Ill., died November 19th in Kuwait in a non-combat accident.
For further information related to this release, contact commander, Navy Reserve Forces Public Affairs (757) 322-5652 or
Doug.Gabos@navy.mil
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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)

Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu Wooed With $100 Million In Federal Aid Just Before Senate Health Care Vote

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Friday, November 20, 2009.
Bloomberg.com has this report posted on their website early, EARLY this Friday morning and being I’m from Louisiana... this really Chaps My BUTT!!!!!
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Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, one of three lawmakers being wooed by Senate Democratic leaders to back health-care legislation, won the inclusion of an extra $100 million in federal aid for low-income people in her state...
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National Review reports it this way...
And you thought the Pelican State had seen it all. Nearly five years ago, then–Louisiana congressman William Jefferson, a Democrat, hid $90,000 cash in his freezer. Following an FBI bribery sting, he was finally sentenced to 13 years in prison last week. Turns out he was a cheap date...

Read the rest at link below...
McCain on Landrieu’s $100 Million

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Well... How many Millions would/will the other two get for selling out...?
It's not so much that she might get the money for our state... It's the way she got it!

AubreyJ.........

Start CALLING people!!!

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Call Senator Landrieu at (202) 224-5824. Can’t get through D.C Office... Light up her District offices phone lines below...

Shreveport (318) 676-3085 -- New Orleans (504) 589-2427 -- Lake Charles (337) 436-6650 -- Baton Rouge (225) 389-0395

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Leave a comment on her website HERE

Thanks to Senator McCain for above phone numbers

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Senator David Vitter sent this e-mail to me this afternoon...

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Dear Friend,

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This week the U.S. Senate begins debate on a newly introduced a 2,074 page health care bill. I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know I have provided a copy of the bill for you to read at all of my eight office locations.

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Acadiana Office - 800 Lafayette Street, Suite 1200, Lafayette

Southwest Office - Ryan Street, Suite E, Lake Charles

Baton Rouge/River Parishes Office - 858 Convention Street, Baton Rouge

Southeast Office – 2800 Veterans Boulevard, Suite 201, Metairie

Central Louisiana Office -2230 South MacArthur Drive, Suite 4, Alexandria

Northwest Louisiana Office - 920 Pierremont Road, Suite 113, Shreveport

Northeast Louisiana Office - 1217 North 19th Street, Monroe

Washington, DC Office - 516 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC

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You may also access the health care bill and continuous updates to the bill and the debates on my website.

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This is a critical point in America’s future, and I believe everyone should have access to the proposed bills. This access allows the public to be well informed during this debate and understand how this legislation will affect them.

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Again, do not hesitate to contact one of my eight offices or feel free to check my website, Senator David Vitter, for up-to-date information on health care reform.

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Sincerely,

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David Vitter

U.S. Senator

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About photo: Official Mary Landrieu Potrait
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Earlier today... Landrieu announced on the Senate Floor that she would vote to begin debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Read more... Watch Videos at her Website HERE
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bomb - Bomb - Bomb ---- Bomb Iran...

* The Washington Times has this interesting read up on their website this evening and it starts off like this... Representatives from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia are scheduled to meet today in Brussels to discuss future steps to dissuade Iran from developing the capacity to build nuclear weapons. Our message to the world leaders: If you want peace, prepare for war... President Obama said yesterday that the international community intends to send a "clear message" to Iran. Unfortunately, Iran has clearly gotten the message already: It has nothing to fear. The United States has shown no desire to take serious steps to confront Tehran on the nuclear issue. It's doubtful that anything will come out of Brussels to change the substance of that message...
Read the rest at link below...

Get ready to bomb Iran - It's the last best chance for peace

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AubreyJ.........

Photo for the Day - November 18 -19, 2009

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* Photo for the Day * About above Image: Backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space, a partial view of space shuttle Atlantis' payload bay, vertical stabilizer, orbital maneuvering system pods and docking mechanism are featured in this image photographed by an STS-129 crew member from an aft flight deck window.
Image credit: NASA

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UPDATE: Thursday Morning....
9:00am CST
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Watch LIVE on NASA TV
The 1st of 3 scheduled Spacewalks
during this mission of Atlantis STS -129...
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Read latest updates on this Mission HERE
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Note:
First STS-129 Spacewalk Now Complete
3:07pm CST
Spacewalkers Mike Foreman and Robert Satcher completed a 6-hour, 37-minute spacewalk at 3:01pm CST..
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Foreman and Satcher Performing First STS-129 Spacewalk
Thursday, November 19, 2009
8:25am CST

About above image: STS-129 spacewalkers Mike Foreman (top) and Robert Satcher exit the International Space Station's Quest airlock, beginning the first spacewalk of the mission.
Photo credit: NASA TV

At 9:24 a.m. EST, STS-129 spacewalkers Mike Foreman and Robert L. Satcher, Jr. switched their suits to battery power, signifying the start of today’s 6.5-hour excursion. Atlantis Mission Specialist Randy Bresnik will be inside the International Space Station, choreographing the activities and coordinating communications between the spacewalkers and Mission Control in Houston.
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This is the 228th spacewalk conducted by U.S. astronauts, the 134th in support of space station assembly and maintenance, the fourth for Foreman and the first for Satcher. Foreman is the lead spacewalker and wears a suit with solid red stripes. His helmet cam displays number 16. Satcher is wearing an all-white spacesuit and his helmet cam displays number 18.
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Once they get outside, Foreman and Satcher will install a spare S-band antenna structural assembly to the Z1 segment of the station’s truss, or backbone. To get there, Satcher will ride the station’s robotic arm, driven by Atlantis crew mates Charles Hobaugh, Leland Melvin and Barry Wilmore.
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Foreman and Satcher also will install a set of cables for a future space-to-ground antenna on the Destiny laboratory. They will replace a handrail on the Unity node with a new bracket used to route an ammonia cable that will be needed for the Tranquility node when it is delivered next year. The two spacewalkers also will reposition a cable connector on Unity, troubleshoot S0 truss cable connections, and lubricate latching snares on the Kibo robotic arm and the station’s mobile base system.
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While the spacewalk is underway, station Commander Frank De Winne and Flight Engineer Jeff Williams will work inside the station to prepare for the arrival of Tranquility, rewiring data, power and cooling lines and air flow connections at the port hatch of Harmony, where Tranquility will connect.
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Meanwhile, Nicole Stott is celebrating her 47th birthday in space.

Above info and images taken from the NASA.gov website.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NICOLE!!!
AubreyJ.........
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Note: Next Spacewalk is scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 21st. So... be sure to click back that morning early and watch the show at over 200 miles above us.
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