Carronade The Yankee Sailor Carronade

The Sea is a choosy mistress. She takes the men that come to her and weighs them and measures them. The ones she adores, she keeps; the ones she hates, she destroys. The rest she casts back to land. I count myself among the adored, for I am Her willing Captive.

I've relocated to a new Yankee Sailor.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Daily Read Board - 26JUN05

United States

Curtain to fall on Supreme session - The Supreme Court ends its work tomorrow with the highest of drama: an anticipated retirement, a ruling on the constitutionality of government Ten Commandments displays and decisions in other major cases.

Afghan ready for historic training at West Point - WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Like other new cadets reporting to West Point this summer, Shoaib Yosoufzai is bracing for the ice-water shock of a military education -- the marching, the drilling, the cramming, the shouting.


US 'in talks with Iraq with Iraq rebels' - AT a summer villa near Balad in the hills 40 miles north of Baghdad, a group of Iraqis and their American visitors recently sat down to tea. It looked like a pleasant social encounter far removed from the stresses of war, but the heavy US military presence around the isolated property signalled that an unusual meeting was taking place.

Suicide Bombings Kill at Least 33 in Iraq - MOSUL, Iraq (AP) - A suicide bomber with explosives hidden beneath watermelons in a pickup truck slammed into a police station near a market Sunday in Mosul, the first of three bombings that killed at least 33 people and wounded 19 in the northwestern city.

Rumsfeld: Iraqis Must Defeat Insurgency - WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Sunday it may take as long as 12 years to defeat Iraqi insurgents and that Iraqi security forces, not U.S. and foreign troops, will finish the job.

Chinese dragon awakens - Part I: China is building its military forces faster than U.S. intelligence and military analysts expected, prompting fears that Beijing will attack Taiwan in the next two years, according to Pentagon officials.

Iran's new leader takes hard line - Iran's president-elect spoke yesterday of making the country a "modern, advanced, powerful and Islamic" model for the world, borrowing the style of the hard-line ruling clerics that backed him in his landslide victory.

U.S. to Israel: Stop Expanding Settlements - JERUSALEM (AP) - The United States has turned up the pressure on Israel to stop expanding West Bank settlements, Israeli officials said Sunday. In the Gaza Strip, military bulldozers began flattening former resort homes to prevent pullout opponents from occupying them.

Syria Denies U.S. Allegations Over Troops - DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - An official Syrian newspaper on Saturday dismissed as "lies" American allegations that Damascus still maintained troops or intelligence officials in Lebanon.