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US likely to send teams of Green Berets to Iraq

Posted by rbnprov on June 19, 2014 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)


WASHINGTON — A U.S. official says the Obama administration is poised to announce it will send about 100 Army special forces members, divided into teams of about a dozen each, to advise and assist the Iraq forces.

There are already a handful of the special forces in Iraq that have been there as part of the Office of Security Cooperation in Baghdad. They would likely be the first to be sent out as part of this plan, said the official who was not authorized to speak publicly and thus talked on condition of anonymity. The other Green Berets would be brought in from around the region.

The commandos would not be fighting in direct combat, but could provide intelligence and greater insight into what the Iraqi units need.

Heart forever links former BYU, Utah athletes

Posted by rbnprov on June 16, 2014 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

 

SALT LAKE CITY — Caroline Longshore is no stranger to tragedy.

 

The wife of a former BYU offensive lineman, Longshore remembers her 6- foot-5, nearly 300-pound husband’s big smile.

 

“Every time that he worked really hard, you knew, you could tell when he was proud of himself, was from that smile,” she said.

 

Nick Longshore’s smile graced their wedding day, and the day Caroline first became pregnant. But the lines filling that happy face soon faded.

 

On Nov. 13, 2012, their baby boy was stillborn.

 

“You feel extremely guilty when you lose a child,” Longshore said. “I felt like I had taken something from Nick that he was entitled to. His son was gone.”

 

But that wasn’t the end for Longshore.

 

“Losing a son and now my husband doesn’t seem real,” she said. “It’s not a coincidence that Nick’s accident was on the one year anniversary of our son. Everything is for a reason.”

 

Nick Longshore passed away due to injuries from an ATV crash.

 

Across old college rivalry lines, former University of Utah basketball star Kenny Gardner remembered what it was like playing back in 1969, especially against the Cougars.

 

“I wanted to beat them hard every time I played them,” Gardner said. “We had no sympathy. They were our bitter rivals.”

 

Gardner’s heart led his team to victory on the court, but 45 years later, he could tell it was getting weaker.

 

It's not a coincidence that Nick's accident was on the one year anniversary of our son. Everything is for a reason.

–Caroline Longshore

“They said, you’re our patient, you’re our candidate. You have bad heart failure. You need a new heart,” Gardner said.

 

Not only were there more than 50 people on the transplant list ahead of Gardner, but the blood type had to match, and the heart needed to be big.

 

“I can’t get a five-foot, one-inch, 105-pound woman’s heart,” Gardner said. “It just won’t work because I’m 6-foot-5. It’s got to get all the way from there to there, has to be big.”

 

Only 3 percent of the population have Kenny Gardner’s frame, meaning the wait alone could be the end.

 

But on Nov. 22, 2013, Kenny Gardner received a phone call and a chance at a new life.

 

“The phone rings, they say it’s a go,” Gardner said.

 

Gardner knew his transplant was a success. What he didn’t know was who it once belonged to.

 

“I knew (Nick) was a donor,” Longshore said. “I didn’t want it to go to somebody who wasn’t grateful in the first place, who just didn’t care, didn’t understand what they had.”

 

It’s common for the family of a donor to never find out who was a recipient. But in a strange twist of events, both families managed to figure things out.

 

There was no question Longshore and Gardner had to meet. They’ll never forget their experience.

 

“He said, ‘Feel that beat right there.’ It was surreal,” Longshore said. She could feel her husband’s heart “pounding.”

 

“She looks up at me and says, ‘That was just like I was hugging Nick,’ ” Gardner said.

 

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Ken Gardner holds baby Hannah, the child of Nick and Caroline Longshore. Ken Gardner was the recipient of Nick Longshore's heart after he passed away.

Credit: Ravell Call, Deseret News

Longshore’s 2-month-old baby girl will never know the feeling of being held in her father’s arms, but she will always have the chance to be close to his heart.

 

“Holding close to me, listening to her father’s heart beat in my chest, it’s amazing,” Gardner said. “It was amazing.”

 

“I want Hannah to see what Nick gave somebody,” Longshore said. “I want her to know what it means to give somebody something special like that.”

 

In hopes of giving back, Gardner founded the Hearts 4 Hearts Foundation to raise awareness for organ donation and encourage more people to become donors.

 

The foundation also created a college scholarship fund for the surviving family of organ donors in hopes of giving baby Hannah and others like her a higher education.

By Mike Headrick~ksl.com

ISIS CLAIMS MASS EXECUTIONS IN IRAQ

Posted by rbnprov on June 16, 2014 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Radical Sunni militants who have been capturing cities in northwest Iraq claimed on Twitter that they executed 1,700 Iraqi soldiers. The radicals posted graphic photographs, which were posted on the Twitter account associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL), came with captions that described their alleged massacre.

June 16th

Posted by rbnprov on June 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)


363 – Emperor Julian marches back up the Tigris and burns his fleet of supply ships. During the withdrawal Roman forces suffering several attacks from the Persians.

632 – Yazdegerd III ascends to the throne as king (shah) of the Persian Empire. He becomes the last ruler of the Sasanian dynasty (modern Iran).

1407 – Ming–Hồ War: Retired King Hồ Quý Ly and his son King Hồ Hán Thương of Hồ dynasty are captured by the Ming armies.

1487 – Battle of Stoke Field, the final engagement of the Wars of the Roses.

1586 – Mary, Queen of Scots, recognizes Philip II of Spain as her heir and successor.

1745 – British troops take Cape Breton Island, which is now part of Nova Scotia, Canada.

1745 – War of the Austrian Succession: New England colonial troops under the command of William Pepperrell capture the French Fortress of Louisbourg in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia (Old Style).

1746 – War of Austrian Succession: Austria and Sardinia defeat a Franco-Spanish army at the Battle of Piacenza.

1755 – French and Indian War: the French surrender Fort Beauséjour to the British, leading to the expulsion of the Acadians.

1774 – Foundation of Harrodsburg, Kentucky.

1779 – Spain declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain, and the Great Siege of Gibraltar begins.

1795 – First Battle of Groix otherwise known as "Cornwallis' Retreat".

1815 – Battle of Ligny and Battle of Quatre Bras, two days before the Battle of Waterloo.

1816 – Lord Byron reads Fantasmagoriana to his four house guests at the Villa Diodati, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and John Polidori, and inspires his challenge that each guest write a ghost story, which culminated in Mary Shelley writing the novel Frankenstein, John Polidori writing the short story The Vampyre, and Byron writing the poem Darkness.

1836 – The formation of the London Working Men's Association gives rise to the Chartist Movement.

1846 – The Papal conclave of 1846 concludes. Pope Pius IX is elected Pope beginning the longest reign in the history of the papacy.

1858 – Abraham Lincoln delivers his House Divided speech in Springfield, Illinois.

1858 – The Battle of Morar takes place during the Indian Mutiny.

1871 – The University Tests Act allows students to enter the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Durham without religious tests (except for those intending to study theology).

1883 – The Victoria Hall theatre panic in Sunderland, England kills 183 children.

1884 – The first purpose-built roller coaster, LaMarcus Adna Thompson's "Switchback Railway", opens in New York's Coney Island amusement park.

1891 – John Abbott becomes Canada's third Prime Minister.

1897 – A treaty annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the United States is signed; the Republic would not be dissolved until a year later.

1903 – The Ford Motor Company is incorporated.

1903 – Roald Amundsen commences the first east-west navigation of the Northwest Passage, leaving Oslo, Norway.

1904 – Eugen Schauman assassinates Nikolai Bobrikov, Governor-General of Finland.

1904 – Irish author James Joyce begins a relationship with Nora Barnacle and subsequently uses the date to set the actions for his novel Ulysses; this date is now traditionally called "Bloomsday".

1911 – IBM founded as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company in Endicott, New York.

1911 – A 772 gram stony meteorite strikes the earth near Kilbourn, Wisconsin damaging a barn.

1915 – Foundation of the British Women's Institute.

1922 – General election in the Irish Free State: the pro-Treaty Sinn Féin win a large majority.

1924 – The Whampoa Military Academy is founded.

1925 – The most famous Young Pioneer camp of the Soviet Union, Artek, is established.

1930 – Sovnarkom establishes decree time in the USSR.

1933 – The National Industrial Recovery Act is passed.

1940 – World War II: Marshal Henri Philippe Pétain becomes Chief of State of Vichy France (Chef de l'État Français).

1940 – A Communist government is installed in Lithuania.

1944 – At age 14, George Junius Stinney, Jr. becomes the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century.

1948 – Members of the Malayan Communist Party kill three British plantation managers in Sungai Siput; in response, British Malaya declares a state of emergency.

1955 – In a futile effort to topple President Juan Perón, rogue aircraft pilots of the Argentine Navy drop several bombs upon an unarmed crowd demonstrating in favor of Perón in Buenos Aires, killing 364 and injuring at least 800. At the same time on the ground, some forces soldiers attempt to stage a coup but are suppressed by loyal forces.

1958 – Imre Nagy, Pál Maléter and other leaders of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising are executed.

1961 – Rudolf Nureyev defects from the Soviet Union.

1963 – Soviet Space Program: Vostok 6 Mission – Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space.

1967 – The Monterey Pop Festival begins

1972 – The largest single-site hydroelectric power project in Canada is inaugurated at Churchill Falls Generating Station.

1976 – Soweto uprising: a non-violent march by 15,000 students in Soweto, South Africa turns into days of rioting when police open fire on the crowd.

1977 – Oracle Corporation is incorporated in Redwood Shores, California, as Software Development Laboratories (SDL) by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates.

1981 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan awards the Congressional Gold Medal to Ken Taylor, Canada's former ambassador to Iran, for helping six Americans escape from Iran during the hostage crisis of 1979-81; he is the first foreign citizen bestowed the honor.

1989 – Revolutions of 1989: Imre Nagy, the former Hungarian Prime Minister, is reburied in Budapest following the collapse of Communism in Hungary.

2000 – Israel complies with United Nations Security Council Resolution 425 22 years after its issuance, which calls on Israel to completely withdraw from Lebanon. Israel does so, except the disputed Shebaa farms.

2010 – Bhutan becomes the first country to institute a total ban on tobacco.

2012 – China successfully launches its Shenzhou 9 spacecraft, carrying three astronauts – including the first female Chinese astronaut, Liu Yang – to the Tiangong-1 orbital module.

2012 – The United States Air Force's robotic Boeing X-37B spaceplane returns to Earth after a classified 469-day orbital mission.

Chuck Noll dies

Posted by Flatulatingmarmoset on June 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/hall-fame-coach-chuck-noll-040720511--nfl.html


I was a huge Steelers fan when I was little. He was my favorite coach.

National Loving Day

Posted by rbnprov on June 12, 2014 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)


In 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in the case of Loving v. Virginia. In its unanimous ruling, the court decided that a Virginia statute criminalizing both white and black persons for intermarrying – and also mandating the same punishment for violators of either race – does in fact constitute a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. By this decision, the justices effectively struck down all anti-miscegenation laws passed by the states (not just Virginia). Such laws, the court ruled, were in fact thinly-disguised and unconstitutional attempts to promote racial discrimination and white supremacy. Today is Donald Ducks Bday!

Donald Duck first appeared in the 1934 cartoon The Wise Little Hen which was part of the Silly Symphonies series of theatrical cartoon shorts. The film's release date of June 9 is officially recognized by the Walt Disney Company as Donald's birthday.

Harold Ramis dies

Posted by Flatulatingmarmoset on February 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/bill-murray-pays-tribute-harold-ramis-article-1.1701244

 

www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/harold-ramis-mini-memorial-ghostbusters-firehouse-article-1.1701193

 


I came home from work around 230 am and my wife had me play a guessing game on a familiar celebrity that had died. When I figured out that it was Harold Ramis, I was really bummed out. When we were getting my son ready for school this morning, the three of us watched Charlie Rose's tribute on CBS, and it kind of hit me hard. I am not ashamed to say that I cried. Harold Ramis was one of the Ghostbusters. He was another of my childhood heroes. I was a huge fan. Stripes was another of my favorites. Ramis' taunting John Candy with the Hare Krishna song was one of my favorite scenes, as was the Doe, ray, Egon scene in GHostbusters II. I kind of had the suspicion that Harold Ramis wasn't doing well in recent years, as far back as the mid 1990s when I saw him on Later on NBC and he had gained a lot of weight. He did make it almost another 20 years, so I guess it wasn't diagnosed back then. I am depressed over this and haven't been this sad at a celebrity passing since...maybe John Ritter. Ritter's death was more of a shock, as was Davy Jones, but John Denver, Danny Kaye, Madeline Kahn, and Harold Ramis' kind of stung the most. So much for Ghostbusters III.

 

 

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Country music legend Ray Price dies

Posted by Flatulatingmarmoset on December 18, 2013 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I honestly thought that he had died a few years back, confusing him with someone else, I suppose. Still, his music was timeless. He is another legend that the youth of today will not have taken notice or care about. That is a shame. One wonders if his funeral would draw as much attention as that of the late George Jones. It will probably not. Nonetheless, another legend is gone. Sadly, in 50 years the word "legend" in the country music industry will include names lake "Miley Cyrus" and "Kellie Pickler". That is a shame. Rest in peace, Mr. Price.

 

www.cnn.com/2013/12/16/showbiz/obit-ray-price/

 

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