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2008-07-04 18:00:12

By JENNYMICHAEL By JENNYMICHAEL Early Thursday morning, five North Dakota National Guard soldiers took off for California. Disneyland, surfing and other Golden State amenities won't be on the agenda - the soldiers have taken a UH-60 Black Hawk to help fight California wildfires. Gov. John Hoeven on Thursday approved a request from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to send the National Guard helicopter to join other states in assisting with California's fire problems. "We want to...

2006-07-14 14:30:56

By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Guard Bureau chief on Friday dismissed suggestions the United States was militarizing its border with Mexico by sending thousands of soldiers and airmen to help secure the porous frontier. "We're not putting 6,000 armed national guardsmen on the border as a show of force," said U.S. Lt. Gen. Steven Blum. "This is not a military operation. We are in support of a homeland security operation or a customs and border protection...

2006-06-21 16:54:19

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army, aiming to make its recruiting goals amid the Iraq war, raised its maximum enlistment age by another two years on Wednesday, while the Army Reserve predicted it will miss its recruiting target for a second straight year. People can now volunteer to serve in the active-duty Army or the part-time Army Reserve and National Guard up to their 42nd birthday after the move aimed at increasing the number of people eligible to sign up,...

2006-03-02 16:58:09

By Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON (Reuters) - Four Massachusetts National Guard soldiers accused the U.S. Defense Department and state officials of selectively refusing to pay travel and hotel expenses in a new addition on Thursday to a suit over on-the-job reimbursements since the September 11 attacks. The lawsuit, initially filed in January, names Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and appears to be the first such suit in the U.S. Army National...

2006-03-02 09:59:26

By Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON (Reuters) - Four Massachusetts National Guard soldiers will accuse the U.S. Defense Department and state officials of selectively refusing to pay travel and hotel expenses in a new addition on Thursday to a suit over on-the-job reimbursements since the September 11 attacks. The lawsuit, initially filed in January, names Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and appears to be the first such suit in the U.S. Army National...

2006-01-19 18:49:59

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. state governors called on the Pentagon on Thursday not to make cuts in the National Guard, calling such a move "inconceivable" considering the role played by Guard troops in Iraq, disaster relief and homeland defense. "We need more Guard troops at this time, not less," the National Governors Association wrote to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in a letter signed by Govs. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Janet Napolitano of Arizona, Dirk...

2006-01-11 17:44:15

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - Four members of the Massachusetts National Guard filed a $73 million class-action lawsuit on Wednesday against Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other military officials in a dispute over on-the-job expenses since the September 11 attacks. The lawsuit, which also names Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, appears to be the first of its kind in the U.S. Army National Guard, which has faced heavy demands since September 11, 2001, lawyers involved in the...

2005-10-20 12:49:51

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. National Guard units are under-equipped and increasingly unready to help in domestic disaster relief because essential gear is left behind after service in Iraq and Afghanistan, a congressional report said on Thursday. Heavy demands on the Guard since September 11, 2001, have caused "declining readiness, weakening the Army National Guard's preparedness for future missions," the Government Accountability Office said. It said the Pentagon's...

2005-09-12 17:37:42

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army posted its best recruiting month in four years in August, but will still miss its first annual recruiting goal since 1999, officials said on Monday, as the Iraq war makes it difficult to attract new soldiers. August, the penultimate month of fiscal 2005, saw the regular Army send more recruits into boot camp than any month since July 2001. But the part-time Army National Guard and Army Reserve, both missed their monthly goals again and will fall...

2005-09-12 17:35:00

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Army posted its best recruiting month in four years in August, but will still miss its first annual recruiting goal since 1999, officials said on Monday, as the Iraq war makes it difficult to attract new soldiers. August, the penultimate month of fiscal 2005, saw the regular Army send more recruits into boot camp than any month since July 2001. But the part-time Army National Guard and Army Reserve, both missed their monthly goals again and will fall far short of their...


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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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