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Archive for June, 2011


Summary: Few Americans took notice as yet another incident in an unending cascade of violence marred post-Saddam Iraq. The blast outside the Diwaniya governor’s house killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 30. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 20, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that suicide bombers in a crowded Baghdad commercial district and in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit killed at least 33 people as insurgents tried to turn a monthslong deadlock over forming a new Iraqi government to their advantage.


Jun 19th, 2011

Summary: Father’s Day weekend camping/fishing trip to Father Hennepin State Park, Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 19, 2010, Aubrey Immelman provided a photo chronicle of a Father’s Day weekend camping/fishing trip to Father Hennepin State Park, Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota.



Summary: Eight service members have been killed in a single day in Afghanistan — four in an insurgent attack and four in a vehicle accident, bringing the NATO death toll for June to 38, and 244 killed thus far in 2011. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 18, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that Rep. Michele Bachmann attacked President Barack Obama’s proposal for BP to arrange a $20 billion escrow account to pay for damages from the Gulf of Mexico oil gusher and aid spill victims — calling it a “redistribution-of-wealth fund,” warning BP’s chairman not to be an Obama “chump,” and predicting $9-a-gallon gasoline.


Jun 17th, 2011

Summary: Weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, compiled from U.S. Department of Defense news releases and iCasualties.org. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 16, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that the complex nature of the June 13, 2010 attack on Iraq’s central bank suggested that al-Qaida in Iraq’s new leadership was taking cues from the Taliban’s success with similar operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.



Summary: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s reluctance to go toe-to-toe with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the CNN-hosted GOP presidential debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., on June 13, 2011 is consistent with his personality profile. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 16, 2010, Aubrey Immelman chronicled the rise of right-wing extremism in America following the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States in November 2008, reporting that the growing fear among some citizens of losing their rights and freedoms had created a political backlash toward the U.S. government that was manifesting itself in violent rhetoric and anti-government groups who want to “take their country back.”



Summary: Ayman al-Zawahiri has been named to succeed Osama bin Laden as leader of the al-Qaida terrorist organization. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 15, 2010, Aubrey Immelman provided his weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.


Jun 14th, 2011

Summary: May 2011 was the deadliest month for Afghan civilians since the war began shortly after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, with 368 civilians killed and 593 wounded, according to a U.N. midyear civilian casualty report. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 14, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that in 1916 President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation establishing June 14 as Flag Day, and that President Harry Truman made it official in 1949 when he signed legislation designating June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.



Summary: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, third-term Republican congresswoman from Minnesota, announced on June 13, 2011 at the GOP presidential debate in Manchester, N.H., that she had filed papers to seek the office of President of the United States. With the filing, Bachmann suspended her congressional campaign and is no longer actively seeking re-election as U.S. Representative in Minnesota‚Äôs 6th Congressional District. … Psychological profile: Michele Bachmann has a “congenial competitor” (happy warrior) personality type, with a mixed Dominant /controlling and Outgoing /congenial primary personality pattern and secondary features of the Ambitious /confident personality style. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 13, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that a paper by Harvard University fellow Matt Waldman, published by the London School of Economics, asserted that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) not only funds and trains Taliban fighters in Afghanistan but is officially represented on the movement’s leadership council, giving it significant influence over operations.


Jun 12th, 2011

Summary: Mille Lacs Lake fishing reports and photos of Tim and Matt Immelman fishing Mille Lacs Lake out of Father Hennepin State Park in Isle, Minnesota. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 12, 2010, Aubrey Immelman observed that about 50 Afghan schoolgirls had became ill and were taken to a hospital after a suspected gas poisoning in their school in Ghazni, southwestern Afghanistan — the latest in a spate of similar incidents, some of which Immelman contends have the hallmarks of mass hysteria.


Jun 11th, 2011

Summary: On the eve of the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary debate, there are five key reasons to take Michele Bachmann seriously. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 11, 2010, Aubrey Immelman excerpted and annotated a mildly critical, though occasionally admiring, Washington Post profile of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, published June 4, 2010.