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In case you are wondering why there was no blog yesterday, the answer is simple: I had computer problems in the very early morning. After much failure, I had to give up trying to fix it and make my way to the airport to return from New York City to D.C. (Yes, before I left New York City, I felt like throwing the computer against the wall... or out the window.) I intended to write the blog upon my arrival in D.C., but my flight was delayed (weather problems) and by the time I did get back to D.C. it seemed too late.

Last night I had the night off. If I had not taken the night off, "On the Record" would have been live beginning at midnight. Because of the State of the Union, all our prime-time shows were pushed off from their regular times. "Hannity & Colmes" aired from 11 p.m. to midnight ET and thus we would have started at midnight. We have loyal viewers, but asking you to stay up to watch until 1 a.m. seemed like too much to ask. The bigger problem is getting guests at that hour. On the rare occasion that we have done the show at midnight ET, you may notice that we try to book people who live in California or other Pacific Zone states. Most people have to get up early and don't want to be on TV until 1 a.m., get home at 2 a.m., and to bed even later. Of course if there were breaking news, we would eagerly do a show and guests would have been eager to help.

Tonight we are back on at our regular time.

Please check out the pictures posted today. They were taken by my FOX News colleague, Shayla Bezdrob, while she was in Massachusetts covering the investigation of the murders of Rachel Entwistle and her child. If you follow the story closely, you know that today is the funeral.

I am curious what you think about the arrest of Cindy Sheehan. I am NOT asking whether you agree with her views, or whether you like her. I am asking whether you think she should have been arrested on Tuesday night.

Now for some e-mails:

E-mail No. 1

Hi Greta,
You mentioned in your blog that you wished there was a way to honor all of the soldiers who've been wounded or killed in the war in Iraq. About a year ago I got so tired of hearing the growing numbers of dead and wounded in Iraq and feeling helpless that I did some research and found a Web site that I've worked with ever since. It helps the soldiers that are over there every day risking their lives; many of whom don't get any mail because they have no one to write them or send anything or simply can't afford to be able to send anything. The Web site is called (you may already know about it) and basically it has lists of soldiers names and addresses all over the world and they post a listing of what they want or need, how many of their fellow soldiers they represent, etc.
For $8.10 you can mail a flat rate priority box to Iraq or Afghanistan no matter how much it weighs. The empty flat rate boxes can be gotten free at the Post Office or from the Postal Service Web site. Most want things that you and I take for granted every day: Little Debbie Snack Cakes, dental floss, books or magazines and even laundry detergent. Some would be happy just to get a card or letter to let them know that they're in our thoughts.
From all accounts getting mail is a real morale booster for them. I've probably sent more that 40 boxes to different people in the past year and they almost always write a short letter or e-mail their appreciation and I figure if they can do what they do for our country I can afford a goodie box here and there. It has been a very rewarding experience for me personally. Just an FYI in case you'd never heard about
Liz Blair
Nashville, TN

E-mail No. 2

Best wishes to Woodruff and Vogt, however they knew the risks, accepted them and went. Our soldiers know the risks, accept them and MUST go. Big difference. Also, while the injuries of the journalists made news and alerts all over the world, these things happen daily to our soldiers who are there also on the job and it gets reported mundanely by the media. There are no hourly updates on their progress etc. I for one am embarrassed that the media doesn't realize how self-centered this type of coverage makes them look. As to your comment re: so we can know (i.e. the news), come on — is it news we MUST know or news we 'want' to know? The journalists go over there, do w/o their lattes for a few weeks, get their little adrenaline rush, get some ratings and can leave. Our soldiers have to exist on MREs endlessly, live in constant fear of IEDs and cannot leave when the whim hits them. My advice to journalists would be: Sure, go cover the story and we'll watch or don't and we won't. But do not expect any more attention than the people actually doing the grunt work of fighting for just doing your job. That's what a paycheck is for.

ANSWER: I don't know Bob Woodruff or his photographer, but I must admit I felt enormous relief to have them back on U.S. soil. This is not to say that medical care elsewhere is not top notch but when someone is hurt in war, I just want them back here — regardless if soldier or other.

E-mail No. 3

Greta, I was shocked, when the staff from the Royal Caribbean ship that the Smiths were on. Made this statement that they found Jennifer Smith asleep on the floor in a hall. Passed out intoxicated. Remember? Why did they not take this passenger — Jennifer Smith — to the ship's hospital for an evaluation. She could of died from alcohol poisoning or any other medical conditions. People should listen. You are not safe or well looked after on these cruises. Scares me. Wish you would address this gross negligence with your experts.

E-mail No. 4

I am wondering why the news services are making such a big story of the two ABC TV newsman and cameraman being wounded in Iraq. I am sorry to see anyone injured but we have the fine young people of our military getting killed and wounded every day and all that the news departments give is another body count. You news people go to Iraq to earn your stripes as war correspondents at 10 to 100 times the pay of our fine young military people. They have to go out on patrols but you news people can pick and choose. Why not give the same coverage to each young military person that is wounded, that sign that says news reporter is not respected by the enemy, they just use it as a target and it is not a flack vest. So please give your news members the same coverage as the fine young troops. Stop being hypocrites.
Mr. Marion M. May

Here are some articles that caught my attention:

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — If Brett Favre had to decide on his future today, he says he'd likely retire.

But his interview aired yesterday on ESPN didn't set off any alarm bells for new Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

McCarthy says Favre's comments, the quarterback's first since the end of his only losing season with the Packers, are a natural reaction for a veteran player coming off a frustrating year.

He says the comments weren't drastically different from what McCarthy heard when they met at Favre's home in Kiln, Mississippi, this past weekend.

Favre told ESPN he hasn't reached a decision on retirement, but added, that if he had to make an immediate decision, he would retire.

Favre still thinks he can play, but isn't sure he wants to. The 36-year-old Favre threw a career-high 29 interceptions this season, and the Packers finished 4-of-12 — their first losing season since he joined the team in 1992.

Favre's family has been through a string of difficulties in recent years, from his father's death to his wife's bout with breast cancer to his family members' displacement by Hurricane Katrina.

• Kline upset with doctored photo on Rowley campaign Web site

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Kline angrily demanded an apology from Democratic challenger Coleen Rowley on Monday for a doctored photo on her campaign Web site that depicted Kline as the Nazi soldier Col. Klink from the TV series "Hogan's Heroes."

"Your attempts to smear my good name and 25 years of honorable service in the United States Marine Corps by equating me to a Nazi shows a lack of perspective, a lack of seriousness, and a lack of good judgment," wrote Kline, R-Minn. "You should be ashamed of yourself."

A volunteer inserted the picture, labeled as altered, into a campaign blog entry, and it was up for about 24 hours until campaign officials learned about it Monday and removed the picture, said Rowley's campaign manager, Joe Elcock.

Rowley was trying to phone Kline to personally apologize Monday night, but hadn't been able to reach him, Elcock said.

Kline spokeswoman Brooke Dorobiala confirmed that Rowley had left a message on Kline's office voicemail, but she said the congressman was in meetings and unreachable all evening.

Rowley is a former FBI agent who was named one of Time Magazine's persons of the year in 2002 for blowing the whistle on intelligence failures before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. She's running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Kline, a retired Marine colonel who was elected in 2002 to represent the 2nd District, which includes suburbs and rural areas south and west of the Twin Cities.

In his letter to Rowley, Kline called the photo an "outrageous and disgusting insult to me, my family, and every man and woman who has ever worn a military uniform in defense of our country."

Kline demanded that Rowley personally apologize to him and to every veteran.

"It wasn't the intention of the campaign to make John Kline look like a Nazi," Elcock said. He said the photo was made and posted by "young volunteers who maintain our Web site who didn't understand the ramifications of putting that picture up...."

"Nonetheless it should not have been up on the Web site and Coleen takes responsibility for it and apologizes," Elcock said.

The photo of Kline as Col. Wilhelm Klink — a monocled, bumbling German prison camp commandant in the TV comedy that ran from 1965-71 — was inserted into a blog posting already up on Rowley's site that criticized Kline for supporting the replacement of President Grant's portrait on $50 bills with a likeness of President Reagan.

At the top of the blog, titled "Colonel Kline vs. General Grant," Rowley posted a note that said, "I support this excellent blog written by one of our best volunteers!"

The Rowley campaign will probably get someone to professionally maintain the campaign's blog, Elcock said. "We don't want something like this happening again," he said.

• Muscatine Community College drops Indian mascot

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Muscatine Community College has abandoned its "Indians" nickname amid efforts from the NCAA to eliminate Native American mascots.

The college is not under NCAA jurisdiction, but school administrators decided to drop the name in case the issue is ever addressed in junior college athletics.

The school has not decided on a new mascot but officials plan to have one ready when the softball and baseball teams begin practice this fall.

Students and faculty are submitting ideas for a new nickname and school officials are inviting suggestions from the public.

A mascot committee will meet Thursday to review the suggestions. Some early entries include Cardinals, River Hawks, The Fire, Falcons, River Bandits, Mavericks and Rebels.

Baseball coach Rob Allison said he supports the decision, but said a new mascot will take some adjustment.

"I can't tell you what new mascot would be appropriate for us at this point," he said. "For the past seven years, I have been an Indian and that's ingrained in me."

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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