Monday, May 19, 2008

500 Iraqi children held prisoner

The U.S. military is holding about 500 juveniles suspected of being "unlawful enemy combatants" in detention centers in Iraq.
A total of 2,500 youths under the age of 18 have been detained for periods of up to a year or more since President Bush's anti-terrorism campaign began in 2002. Almost all those who have been detained are in Iraq. About 10 are currently being held in Afghanistan.

The above is from AP's "US: 500 youths detained in Iraq; 10 in Afghanistan" and staying with AP, this is from their "Nappannee soldier dies 4 months after bomb attack in Iraq:"

A soldier from Nappannee has died of injuries suffered in a January roadside bomb explosion in Baghdad. The soldier's family and a funeral home say that 48-year-old Staff Sgt. James P. Snyder died May 10 at Fort Benning, Ga., where he was recovering from his injuries.

Snyder, who was on third tour of Iraq when he was wounded, isn't included in the official count the DoD keeps because he died after he left Iraq. Doesn't matter that the physical wounds were received there (doesn't matter to the DoD), he's not included in the count.

At Babylon & Beyond (Los Angeles Times), Tina Susman attempts to correct blow hard Keith Olbermann -- a lost cause, but a noble one (lost due to the fact that others in Panhandle Media have followed Olbermann's lead).

Marcus notes Howard Wolfson's "HUBdate: Getting Out The Vote" (

Today, Hillary hosts "Get Out The Vote" rallies in Bowling Green, KY and Mayfield, KY. On Monday, Hillary hosts "Get Out The Vote" rallies in Maysville, Lexington, and Louisville.Economic Plan For Kentucky: Yesterday, "at a rally in Frankfort, Kentucky, Hillary Clinton outline[d] her plan to create good jobs for Kentucky workers and cut taxes for middle class families. Hillary also criticize[d] Senator McCain for embracing George Bush’s economic vision." Hillary said: "Senator McCain's economic policy boils down to this: don't just continue driving our nation in the wrong direction, put your foot on the accelerator and gun it -- that's exactly what he's proposing. It's hard to imagine but Senator McCain and President Bush are like two sides of the same coin and it doesn't amount to a whole lot of change…My top priority is making this economy work for middle class and hardworking families again." Read more.
Caring for Kentucky: As Hillary begins her final push before Tuesday's Kentucky primary, enthusiastic supporters continue cheering her on: "'She's the one that can get us out of this mess,' [Amanda] Keith said ahead of Clinton's campaign stop at Maker's Mark distillery that drew hundreds of supporters…‘She's showed she cares about this state,’ said Angela Markum, who drove an hour from Louisville to attend the event.'" Read more.
Making Her Mark in Loretto: "Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., dipped a bottle of Maker's Mark in its signature red wax and then urged a crowd of close to 1,000 to vote in Kentucky's presidential primary Tuesday. 'I am hoping that Kentucky will send a big message to the Democratic Party and to the country,’ Clinton said as the crowd cheered, 'that we know what kind of president we need and we know who will defeat John McCain in the fall.'" Read more.
In Case You Missed It: Watch Hillary's new ads currently airing in Oregon and Kentucky. View "Right Track," "Partner," and "What's Right" here.

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