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Posted on 06/11/2006 7:39:20 AM PDT by Mo1
Ya killed the thread, ya big lug....
Explore. Let us know.
I do not need to be doing too much exploring where food is served. Could be detrimental to my waistline...such as it is. I do, however, allow myself the occasional sampling of bread pudding, ice cream, cherry cobbler or chocolate.
This is hilarious. Not real, of course. (I don't think..lol) heh heh heh
Keep your eye on the back ground.;)
Watch the rear of the vehicle to the left.
Ya mean to say Crusher ain't no Tree-Hugger ? :)
Pets are so funny. My sister has two dogs who take turns being "Alpha" doggie. LOL The female totally dominates at mealtime. She guards her dish and the male's, too. She refuses to let him get near his bowl until she has finished eating. LOL. He, OTH, thinks ALL, every last of, of the toys are his. He runs all around the yard or house, collecting them and growling if she comes near them. Most of the time she is cool with that but on occasion, she makes a mad dash, grabs up one then runs in circles around him. Its a hoot.
If it's not real, it could be.
I have missed having a cat since I lost Nermal, although the birds and squirrels have provided hours of entertainment. After I get settled, I expect I will be looking for a new kitty.
Marine may call Murtha as witnessLINK to Full Story
By Rowan Scarborough, The Washington Times, June 15, 2006
A criminal defense attorney for a Marine under investigation in the Haditha killings says he will call a senior Democratic congressman as a trial witness, if his client is charged, to find out who told the lawmaker that U.S. troops are guilty of cold-blooded murder.
Attorney Neal A. Puckett told The Washington Times that Gen. Michael Hagee, the Marine commandant, briefed Rep. John P. Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat, on the Nov. 19 killings of 24 Iraqis in the town north of Baghdad. Mr. Murtha later told reporters that the Marines were guilty of killing the civilians in "cold blood." Mr. Murtha said he based his statement on Marine commanders, whom he did not identify.
Mr. Puckett said such public comments from a congressman via senior Marines amount to "unlawful command influence." He said potential Marine jurors could be biased by the knowledge that their commandant, the Corps' top officer, thinks the Haditha Marines are guilty.
"Congressman Murtha will be one of the first witnesses I call to the witness stand," Mr. Puckett said yesterday.
Mr. Puckett represents Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, an eight-year Marine who was a key participant in the Haditha operations that resulted in the 24 civilian deaths.
The attorney said Sgt. Wuterich, 26, the married father of two daughters, led the squad of Kilo Company that mounted the four major combat actions on Nov. 19 that resulted in 23 deaths at a traffic stop and in three houses. The 24th Iraqi was killed while fleeing a home by a rooftop-stationed Marine or Marines, Mr. Puckett said.
The attorney said his client strongly rejects accusations in the press from Haditha residents that Marines lined up some of the civilians and executed them. Mr. Puckett said Sgt. Wuterich maintains that such an incident never occurred, and that Marines followed proper procedures in clearing the three houses.
"What's being reported out there, it seems an awful lot of it is inaccurate," Mr. Puckett said. He said his client, stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., has been promoted to platoon leader and is not under confinement.
"How would you feel to be falsely accused of killing innocent people," the attorney said. "He was angered and hurt by it because he doesn't understand how the public could think he and his Marines could do such a thing."
Col. Dave Lapan, a spokesman at Marine Corps headquarters at the Pentagon, said Mr. Murtha was one of eight senior House members and senators briefed by Gen. Hagee in May on the investigation. "I don't know what he told them," Col. Lapan said.
A spokesman for Mr. Murtha did not return a message yesterday seeking comment.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is expected to finish its probe by August, at which time Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, who commands the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Pendleton, will decide whether to bring charges that could include murder.
Bush trip leaves Democrats in disarrayLink Yahoo News
by Stephanie Griffith, Wed Jun 14
President George W. Bush's surprise visit to Iraq exposed divisions in the opposition Democratic party on US policy in the wartorn country, and how best to capitalize on administration missteps.
Bush returned on Wednesday to mixed commentaries about his five-hour visit to meet with Iraq's new Prime Minister Nuri Maliki.
The visit and other successes such as the formation of a new Iraqi government and the death of Al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi are likely to figure prominently in a House of Representatives debate Thursday on Iraq and the "war on terror."
The Senate on Thursday was to vote on emergency military funding for US forces in Iraq after the House passed a measure which includes 66 billion dollars for Iraq and Afghanistan operations.
Democrats -- who have disagreed about the war since the 2003 invasion -- are riven by internal dissent, particularly on the critical question of an exit strategy from Iraq.
One of the party's most prominent figures, Senator John Kerry, is expected to introduce a resolution this week calling for a pullout of American forces by the end of the year.
"No matter how brave our soldiers are, no matter how valiant, no matter what their caring ... our soldiers cannot bring democracy to Iraq at the barrel of a gun," Kerry said Tuesday at a gathering of progressive Democrats.
"The Iraqis themselves must build democracy. And it will never be done if Iraqis' leaders are unwilling to make the compromises necessary that that requires," the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate told activists at a convention entitled "Campaign for America's Future: Take Back America."
But at the same forum, another top Democrat, Senator Hillary Clinton, insisted that it would not be a "smart strategy" to create a timeline to leave Iraq.
Kerry and Clinton are leading contenders to be the Democratic contender in 2008 presidential election, in which Iraq should figure prominently.
The divisions over Iraq also come with Democrats fighting to reclaim the House and Senate from Republicans in midterm elections in November.
Kerry, whom Bush defeated in the 2004 presidential election, said at Tuesday's rally that the president's presence in Iraq did not change his view that the US military venture there is counter-productive.
The Massachusetts Democrat derided the president's "quick, and now not-so-secret trip to Iraq," saying the military role there increasingly resembles the US military debacle in Vietnam.
"For a long time, we've been told that Iraq and Vietnam were different. But in telling and very tragic ways now, they are converging," he said.
He added: "We need a deadline now for the Iraqis to understand they must stand up and fight for their own country."
Clinton made a plea for party unity, urging Democrats to coalesce around their opposition to the Bush administration, rather than being fractured over Iraq and other internal party disagreements.
"If we're going to win in November then we have to be smarter, tougher and better prepared than our opponents," she said.
"One thing they do know how to do is win and we have to reach out to people who may not be able to agree with us."
Some Democrats, like Senator Charles Schumer, conceded that the adminstration has had a relatively good few days in Iraq, but said, without calling for a specific withdrawal timetable, that the successes are not enough to warrant a prolonged stay for troops.
"The president today went to Iraq, I'm glad he went to Iraq. He got a first hand look. Maybe he'll come out finally with a plan that will show us a way out of this quagmire," Schumer told a news conference."
Dontcha love that program? They're so adorable and sooooo entertaining.
*meow* *meow* *meow*
How're you, Nully? I have been out making new enemies today. Comes with the job, I'm afraid. That's one of the drawbacks to investigations. They're never happy to see you.
I have to go and finish up some paperwork at the old office tomorrow, then, apart from getting the rest of my stuff out of the office and going back for a few court hearings, I will be done over there. I hear that they're sending in a clean-up team (translation: they're bringing in workers from other counties temporarily to assist with caseloads). They're about to be down to one worker soon. Only problem is that it's kinda like spraying air freshener in an outhouse. If you don't get rid of the source of the odor, it's still gonna stink and breed germs.
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