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Monday, July 31, 2006

personalized baby blanket: Sister standoff: Sly fox vs. stubborn mule

Christopher Smith

Here's an old philosophical problem: What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?

With two girls about 18 months apart, we'll spend the next two decades finding out.

The Girl, even at 4, is a talker — a manipulative, flattering, tricksy bulldog of a talker. The Mommy predicts she'll become attorney general of the United States if she isn't convicted of a major felony first.

The Baby, only 2, is stubborn — a wall of will, unshakable by the pleading and ordering of peer or parent once she sets her mind on what she wants to do.

Conflict comes on the hour.

In the kitchen, we have a wooden platform/stepladder that the kids can climb on or into. Naturally, their favorite spot is inside, and there's room for only one. The ladies decided to play in it one day and raced to the kitchen. The Baby got there first, climbed into the box and began wrapping up her stuffed Puppy for "naptime."

"Sweetie!" The Girl whined when she came in the room. "That was for mine naptime place."

The Baby ignored her.

Whining didn't work. So she tried barking: "Get out, Sweetie! I'm using that place!"

"No," The Baby said.

The Girl walked around a bit, formulating a strategy, maybe letting some time pass before lowering the bait.

"Hey Sweetie, I have an idea!" The Girl said brightly.


"Get out."

"No," The Baby said.

I could have told her that wouldn't work, but apparently The Girl wasn't done.

"Here's mine idea," The Girl said. "You come out of there for we can sit on the steps and be sisters."

"No, I the sister," The Baby objected. "You the mommy." And there's the nibble.

"OK!" The Girl shouted like a cheerleader on a chocolate high. "I be the mommy and you be the sister for we can sit on the steps together!"

"OK!" The Baby climbed out, hook in mouth.

They sat on the steps together, chattering and hugging. It was kind of sad really: The Baby having such a good time — happy, laughing — in the midst of a terrible manipulation.

This went on for about three minutes before The Girl had another "idea."

"Let's play tent, and I'll make a tent with your Bunkie for you to sleep on it on the top."


The Girl took The Baby's blanket and wrapped it carefully around the rails at the top of the box, then draped it over her head. The Baby curled up with her puppy and pretended to snore.

The Girl stepped back and checked her handiwork. In a matter of five minutes, she'd tempted and teased her little sister from a hardened "No" into doing exactly what she wanted. The Girl crawled into the lower part of the box and curled up, wrapping her arms around her knees and looking out at me and The Mommy. She peeked out and up at her little sister with a look that said, as clearly and loudly as if spoken by a midway carny: "Sucker."

The Girl better enjoy it while it lasts. It won't take long before The Baby figures out her sister's best ideas are in her worst interest.

Christopher Smith is news editor of The Leaf-Chronicle and can be reached at (931) 245-0288 or at His book, "Tales from the Front Seat," is available at Borders in the mall, at Hodgepodge, 125 Franklin St., or on his Web site at

Originally published July 30, 2006

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

personalized baby blanket: NFL Training Camps Get Started

Friday, July 21, 2006

By Jim Wyatt
Over 25% of the league's teams will have someone new starting at the quarterback this season. The New Starters: Chargers (Philip Rivers), Dolphins (Daunte Culpepper), Jets (Patrick Ramsey or maybe Chad Pennington), Lions (Jon Kitna or Josh McCown), Raiders (Aaron Brooks), Ravens (Steve McNair), Saints (Drew Brees) and Titans (Billy Volek).
When you head out to the various practice facilities remember the essentials: You'll need sunscreen, lot of water, a cushion to make your seating comfy and a Sharpie in order to have your favorite player sign the football you brought.
Fans wait with baited breath for
To see if Reggie Bush can shine in the NFL as he did in college.
To see what the fan reaction will be for Randy Moss as he returns home to Minnesota in the preseason's first Monday night game.
To see if a number of big name players can return after recovering from injuries - especially Big Ben, Drew Brees, Chad Pennington, Carson Palmer, Daunte Culpepper, Takeo Spikes, DeShaun Foster and Roman Oben. The Seattle Seahawks had 14 players that were unable to participate in the final mini-camp due to injuries or recovering from off-season surgeries.
Embarrassing Revelations From Past Training Camps:
Arizona Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin was asked who he thought was the laziest player on their team: "Fitz (Larry Fitzgerald) has to be the laziest. You don't ever see Fitz. He's always late to meetings, sleeping in meetings. Late to workouts. He brought a golf cart with him last year. It broke down every day. He ended up shipping it home after the first week."
Atlanta Falcons RB Warrick Dunn was asked about the most disgusting thing he'd ever seen in training camp. "T.J. Duckett threw up so much last year on the first day that he lost something like 15 lbs. His mouth was like a faucet. Worst hygiene? Nobody can top Warren Sapp, at least that's how it was when I played with him. He wanted to go out there and be as funky as possible so nobody would want to touch him."
Baltimore Ravens OLB Bart Scott: Worst roommate experience? Terrell Suggs. He is young and doesn't go to sleep. He stays up all night, either playing PlayStation, talking on the phone or watching old movies. Laziest player? Terrell Suggs. Let me repeat that. Terrell Suggs. He only gives what he has to give. There are no coverages, just blitzes."
Buffalo Bills LB Mario Haggan: "Worst hygiene? Angelo Crowell's feet. About two weeks into camp, you catch Angelo with a lot of foot spray because the skin on his feet starts peeling. One year we had to put up a sign marked 'Hazardous' around his locker."
Cincinnati Bengals DT John Thornton: "Strangest thing a player has brought to camp? Bryan Robinson brought this hyperbaric chamber. To watch him and his wife carry it from their van to our room…it looked like a big coffin. All the guys wanted to get in after about a week."
Cleveland Browns CB Daylon McCutcheon: "Worst hygiene? Brodney Pool has the nickname Dirty Pool. They say he doesn't take a lot of showers."
Houston Texans CB Dunta Robinson: "Most disgusting thing I've seen? I've seen a guy wear the same underwear every day."
Indianapolis Colts WR Aaron Moorehead: "Strangest thing brought to camp? It's (Dwight) Feeney getting steaks made for him every single day for every meal."
Jacksonville Jaguars MLB Mike Peterson: "Strangest thing brought to camp? One guy (who was married) brought his girlfriend to camp, let her stay in his room and even let her watch practice on the field."
Kansas City Chiefs RE Jared Allen: "Strangest thing brought to camp? I bring my blanket. I still have my personalized baby blanket from when I was little. You've got to be comfortable when you go to camp."
Miami Dolphins WLB Channing Crowder: "Most disgusting thing I've seen? Some guys pee down their leg out there practicing. Hell, I do it."
Minnesota Vikings CB Antoine Winfield: "Most memorable rookie hazing? We got a little carried away with shaving someone's head one day, and we got his eyebrows. You don't see many people walking around with no eyebrows."
New England Patriots Punter Josh Miller: "Most disgusting thing I've seen? I had a guy's tooth fall out when he asked me for an autograph. Just fell right out on the paper. He picked it up and said: 'Happens all the time.' I'm thinking, 'Not to me it doesn't'"
New Orleans Saints CB Fred Thomas: "Worst roommate experience? Waking up every morning and all you hear when you wake up out of your sleep are sounds from a porno. Loud, so everybody could hear it. Down the hall, some of the guys would say, 'Turn it down!'"
New York Giants G Rich Seubert: "Most disgusting thing I've seen? Worms under my pillow. Somebody thought that was a good prank."
New York Jets LG Pete Kendall: "Worst hygiene? I'll go days wearing the same shirt and shorts, four or five days in a row."
Oakland Raiders OLB Sam Williams: "Worst roommate experience? One time I woke up at 3 or 4 in the morning because I felt someone standing over me. I jumped up and was ready to fight when I discovered it was my roommate sleepwalking. He was getting ready to jump in my bed because he thought he was at home and his girlfriend was in bed. That was bizarre."
San Diego Chargers LT Roman Oben: "Strangest thing brought to camp? I brought a cat one year. I got it from my girlfriend; she was going to be out of town the first week of camp. They'd come and clean the rooms in the dorm, and I had to put up a sign that said, 'Do not let the cat out.'"
Seattle Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander: "Strangest thing brought to camp? Some guys bring stuff their girlfriends give them, like a stuffed animal and they try to hide them. I can't tell you names. It's a safety thing…my safety."
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Chris Simms: "Laziest player? Joey Galloway. But it's different for a guy like that. He's a cheetah, and you can't run a cheetah like you would a long-distance horse every day, so they give him his time off."
Tennessee Titans TE Erron Kinney: "Most disgusting thing? We had a trainer one time that had a friendly bet with another trainer that he could drink a bottle of Gatorade (concentrate) and hold it down. It all came out. All of it. The only good thing about it is it smelled like Gatorade instead of puke."
Washington Redskins TE Chris Cooley: "Most disgusting thing I've seen? After every practice, we have a bug trough that's filled with cold water and ice. That gets pretty disgusting after five or six offensive lineman have been sitting in it."

What you can expected at this year's British Open at Hoylake
First of all don't go looking for a lake, there isn't any. Scores are certain to be mighty low. How low? Try record lows. The last time the Open Championship was held at the Royal Liverpool in 1967, there were 12 players that finished under par. That was the year Argentine Roberto De Vicenzo beat Jack Nicklaus by two shots. Locals are predicting the players will have to break par just to make the cut as this old time course meets up with the players of today hitting with all the advancements in equipment. Although Hoylake would appear formidable by the numbers - 7,258 yards (course length), it has quite a few doglegs which can be cut and the fairways are so hard balls in the fairway will get a lot more roll. In other words, if you are a straight hitter, you should be hitting most greens in two.
Humor in Sports
Reid Spencer: "On the Beatles' home golf course (Royal Liverpool), the gallery will oooh and aaah on great shots and Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da on the lipped-out putts."

Sunday, July 23, 2006

personalized baby blanket: Baby Blanket Business Is Getting Much More Personal

One company has made it their personal mission to make buying thoughtful baby gifts fun and easy.

Dallas, TX, July 20, 2006 --(PR.COM)-- Sonya Bebeblankee, a unique and spunky baby blanket company, is raising the bar when it comes to personalization. The new “Personalization Plus” campaign aims to ultimately increase the uniqueness of an already unique baby gift: a Miss Sonya.

Personalization Plus offers customers up to 200 characters embroidered along the satin edges of 100% woven cotton blankets. Most other high-end retailers allow no more than 20 characters. But, more than that, the site allows users to customize their one-of-a-kind blankie fast and easy to become the ultimate gift-giver. It’s more than just a monogram or birthdate; this allows customers to weave their warmest wishes into a high-quality blankie.

“It’s all smiles here at Sonya Bebeblankee. We can each say that we truly love what we do here,” says owner, Todd Lilly. “I originally thought we were starting a baby blanket business. A year later we realized we were way more than that. And now, I’m more convinced than ever that we’re truly in the smile business. The personalization around the blankets is just the byproduct of what we do best – help our customers create lasting impressions.”

Lilly continues, “We’re so pumped about being able to offer something that’s just not available anywhere else -- at a very reasonable price and in a very short amount of time.” Lilly started the company two years ago and is a unique business owner with what can only be described as a wacky personality. He says there are two things you have to have to quit a perfectly-good career to sell baby blankets: a bit of an unbalanced personality and a sincere belief in your product.

And, that’s what the most loyal of Sonya’s customers have said: that a Miss Sonya is so unique, so fun to make, and so easy to order, that the mere 5 days they wait in anticipation for the blankie is completely worth it. But now, with Personalization Plus, there’s more to write, more styles to choose from, and more smiles to go around.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

personalized baby blanket: Dear Abby : If you need it, keep blanky

Dear Abby
By Jeanne Phillips Universal Press Syndicate
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 07.18.2006

advertisement● DEAR ABBY: I am a 24-year-old woman who has been married for four months to an amazing man. We are looking forward to growing old together. However, I have a slight problem:
I have a personalized baby blanket I have slept with since before I could walk. When I turned 16, I told myself I'd get rid of it. Sixteen turned to 18, 18 turned into getting rid of it when I graduated from college, which turned into getting rid of it when I married.

But I now have no intention of getting rid of it. I guess I've held onto it because it's familiar. (We moved far from home after our wedding.) My husband says he doesn't mind, and I'm sure he's not lying, but it's a little embarrassing. I can't fall asleep without it. I even watch TV with it in my lap or read with it behind my head.

Do you think it's ridiculous for me to have a baby blanket at 24 with a new, wonderful husband, or should I just keep it and not worry? — K.T., in Kentucky
DEAR K.T.: Your "problem" may be unusual, but it's not unheard of. Your "blanky" is familiar and soothing, and since your husband doesn't mind, I see no reason why you should be concerned about keeping it. Enjoy!

● DEAR ABBY: I have finally been reunited with my 30-year- old son, who was in the Marines as a sergeant in Iraq. He decided he wanted to get in touch with his dad after 15 years. I welcomed him with open arms.
He is married, and I have just met his wife. She's a great person. I told them both that I love them, always have and always will, and it wasn't my choice that we were separated. I don't ever want us to be separated again.

He told me, "Dad, I love you, too," but he's not too keen about hugging me. It was OK the first couple of visits. I just want him to know I really love him. Do you think my son is too old to be hugged? — Demonstrative dad in Pennsylvania
DEAR DEMONSTRATIVE DAD: No, I do not. Hugging is a common expression of affection in many families. However, you must remember that you have been separated from your son for half his life. And for hugging to be OK, it needs to be mutual. So before you do it again, talk to your son about it and be sure the gesture is welcomed. And if it makes him uncomfortable, respect his feelings.

● Write Dear Abby at www. or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

personalized baby blanket: Obit writers find that death becomes us

Jul. 10, 2006. 01:47 PM

Jim Sheeler is a slight, unassuming young man in pressed blue jeans who looks 23, which is 15 years younger than he really is. He is at the front of the cramped conference room because he is our star, a winner this year of a Pulitzer Prize.

It is for "The Final Salute," his story in the Rocky Mountain News about what happens after "the knock at the door" — when the square-jawed, clear-eyed Marine, straight of back and splendid in full military regalia, tells the trembling, dark-haired woman now slumped against it, one hand over her stomach to protect her unborn child, that her man is not coming home from Iraq. At least not upright.

"I'm looking for scenes of life," Sheeler tells us, eyes earnest behind his glasses. "Tidbits of lives. The dog-eared pages in a book."

So after a time, that woman — Katherine — let Sheeler hold the baby blanket she had knit, soft and green, the one her husband Jim had slept in his last night at home because he wanted his baby to know how he smelled. And that's what Sheeler wrote about.

Some of us are crying because his prose is so damn good, because Sheeler himself is so damn good — and sensitive and decent — and because he is one of us, an obit writer, who made good.

This is the Eighth Great Obituary Writers' Conference, and this is also Las Vegas, New Mexico, not Nevada, on a recent hot Saturday afternoon. We — the death writers and this baking, shrivelled, silent town — seem made for one another. Other writers have noted this, reported it, dipped it in irony, sprinkled it with a little scorn, and maybe the scribe from USA Today or one of the two film crews currently covering us, crowding us, might make something of it as well.

If they do, they're not getting it. Or us.

The slouching, skinny Scot with the shiny complexion in the huge, black cowboy hat is obit editor of The Daily Telegraph of London, the acknowledged world leader in the genre. He loves telling about the time his paper inadvertently and prematurely killed off Mrs. Tex Ritter. The paper was told by the nursing home that she had moved on, and she had — to another floor.

"She was very good about it, really," Andrew McKie said, as deadpan as many of the unsigned obits published in his paper.

The attractive, dimpled woman who brought her mother along is the author of The Dead Beat: Lost Souls Lucky Stiffs and the Perverse Pleasure of Obits, a cockeyed, lilting and lovely book that's eliciting raves (two in The New York Times alone) and selling madly (30,000 copies so far).

"I love the obits conference. My ambition, in 30 or 40 or 50 years, is to go as a ghost," Marilyn Johnson has said. A former editor at Esquire, she once wrote celebrity obits for People and Life magazines. She thinks obit pages are better than sports pages because obit fans don't foam at the mouth as much as sports fans.

And there are obit fans here: Alexis Chubrich is young and hip and hyperventilating.

"I have found what I want to do," she says. "I love this. I want to get home to Tempe (Arizona) right now and get on to the computer."

The tall, blond Brit who sounds just a little bit like Bertie Wooster is a Mensa member and respected stringer for The Times of London, a talented writer who penned obits for all the victims of last summer's London bus bombings.

Tim Bullamore is also about to sign on for a program leading to a PhD degree to do with obituaries at the university in Bath.

Conference regular Alana Baranick of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, won a special citation from the American Society of Newspaper Editors last year for "A Life Story," her obituaries on so-called ordinary people or, as she put it, "people I wish I had known."

And conference first-timer Betty Abah is a Nigerian journalist who wants to use obituaries "as a tool for accountability" in her country. When she says this, there is an intake of breath.

We are accustomed to our own world of obituaries, the ones heralding those with a zest for life, who put up a brave fight against a disease, lived for their families, never met a stranger, left the world a better place, and we are even getting used to the obit-writing blogs and website pages such as, the Blog of Death, Find a Grave, Last Writes.

We know, too, that readers love our obituaries. They phone us; they write us; they tell us they buy the paper because of us.

The first anthology of obituaries published by The Daily Telegraph several years ago shot to the top of the bestseller list. Its latest (and 17th) is Chin Up Girls!, a collection of women's obituaries.

Hoping to capitalize on all this is a slick magazine called Obit, coming next year. Editor Krishna Andavolu is under 30, enthusiastic and nonplussed when Joan Harvey from The Oregonian circulates a list of actual quotes from obits submitted by family and funeral homes: "Cause of death: retired to Rockway"; "He was an adamant fisherman"; "Hobbies: Music, Collecting hate, Football."

Then there's Steve Miller, the obit writer from The New York Sun, who escaped from his office at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and decided to quit his job working in IT for a Japanese bank to do what he has always wanted: this.

Two years ago, he and Amelia Rosner, a New York ad copywriter who runs an online list called alt.obits and keeps tabs on its dead pool, came tearing into the conference during its last session hollering, "Stop the presses." ("I had always wanted to say that," Miller later fessed up.)

Ronald Reagan had just died, and the conference room emptied in a shot as, journalistic pulses racing, everyone tried to phone the office. Later, several of them wrote about being at an obit writers' conference when news came of the dead ex-president. Even later, Adam Bernstein of The Washington Post was spotted strolling back from the town drugstore, dipping into a commemorative bag of jellybeans he'd just bought in Reagan's memory.

This year, there were no dead presidents, but something else was brewing. Always lively, this time the conference was positively giddy. There was talk among the 50 in attendance of meeting in Toronto next year — no more small-town dust bowls.

There was more talk of professional-action committees, establishing awards, and of a new study from the Northwestern University Readership Institute showing that obits grow newspaper readership.

It was clear that obit writers were feeling that their time had come.

Carolyn Gilbert is our doyenne. She started the conference, as well as the International Association of Obituarists, in 1999. Its website ( followed a couple of years later when she began collecting membership fees.

She tells the story in her long Texan drawl at the beginning of every conference, how she was having drinks and talking about obits with some friends back in '98 in a North Dallas bar, how "the idea was hatched in a cool, dark place."

Betcha can't organize a conference for that, one friend taunted. Betcha I cay-an, she countered.

Gilbert is a former teacher, policy adviser, workshop leader and trainer who reads the obit sections in seven daily newspapers and believes they are the highest form of newspaper writing, requiring a newspaper's top talent. She is very popular here.

Friday, July 07, 2006

personalized baby blanket: New Baby Guide

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! You're having a new baby! Now, on to the serious stuff. You're going to get yourself prepared for your new baby, mentally, physically and you will need to adjust your h...

by Dakota Caudilla

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! You're having a new baby! Now, on to the serious stuff. You're going to get yourself prepared for your new baby, mentally, physically and you will need to adjust your house and car for the new baby too!

Mentally preparing for the new baby

Remember this, women adjust to having a new baby faster than men; so, don't expect husbands to start being all fatherly after the pregnancy is announced. They're not like that. Women adjust better to the new baby, mentally, because they experience physical, emotional and psychological changes. These changes help them adjust to the new baby quicker. However, men start feeling the new baby when they see the bump or feel the flicker of baby movement over mommy's belly.

Physically preparing for the new baby

There's nothing much a new father can do to prepare to the new baby. What needs to be done by a father needs to be done BEFORE the new baby is conceived. However, the new father can try quitting smoking, quitting drinking and other vices once the new baby is conceived. Needless to say, the new mother needs to do the same too.

Planning for the new baby: the house and car

With the new baby, depending on whether you're planning to co-sleep with the baby or whether you're planning to plonk the baby in a separate room affects the changes to your home. Either way, we recommend having a separate room for your new baby, even if the new baby is going to be sleeping with the new parents for the first couple of months. A baby crib, some toys, a place to put all the baby's clothes, shelves to convenient grab lotions, creams, diaper wipes, diapers, etc. off near the changing table is a MUST.

You'll also need to think about getting a baby chair too; baby chair for the house (at the right height for the dining table) and also a baby chair for the car (for traveling). Some baby chairs can be adjusted to fit the adult dining chair AND fit into the car at the same time. They are a little bit more expensive than the conventional baby chairs, but the multi-function is extremely convenient PLUS it's downright comfortable for your new baby.

Other essential stuff for your new baby

Frankly speaking, the essentials depend wholly on your own preference, budget and lifestyle. You can live without some of these things if you think you'd rather not waste the money.

If you've had previous babies before, you probably don't need too many new baby clothes. New babies outgrow their clothes terribly fast and it'd be a waste of money to splurge on new clothes. You can get hand-me-downs from nieces and nephews too, if you want. What you should probably get are blankets, sweaters, coats, and clothes for going out. At home, your new baby's not going to mind old clothes. In fact, it's a fact that your new baby is probably going to like wearing the old clothes better than the new clothes. Don't forget the feeding utensils like baby bowls, breast pump (if you're planning to pump breast milk for your new baby at work), baby bottles, cloth nappies, diapers, baby wipes, lotions, shampoo, bath gels, towels, baby blankets, baby bedding, bibs, stroller, etc.

And don't worry, you'll do fine. The best thing to do is to get unbiased referrals from friends and family.

About The Author

Dakota Caudilla, journalist, and website builder Dakota Caudilla lives in Texas. He is the owner and co-editor of on which you will find a longer, more detailed version of this article.

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Monday, July 03, 2006

personalized baby blanket: Graves Eyed for Evidence Against Saddam

By KIM GAMEL Associated Press Writer
© 2006 The Associated Press

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Forensics experts unearthing the skeletons of Saddam Hussein's alleged victims have found an unexpected wealth of identification cards in mass graves, investigators said Monday.

As the ousted leader's first trial winds down, the investigators say the discovery of the ID cards has been a pivotal development in a new case against Saddam _ the 1980s military campaign that killed an estimated 100,000 Kurds.

The IDs showed that the bodies are those of Kurds and gave the investigators other crucial information such as the alleged victims' hometowns, where follow-up interviews could be conducted with survivors, they said.

"When we first started, we didn't think we'd find any IDs," said Michael "Sonny" Trimble, a 53-year-old forensic archaeologist from Missouri who is the director of the Iraqi Mass Graves Team.

"The focus changed. It was dramatic," he said during a tour for reporters that offered the first glimpse of the forensic analysis facility on the outskirts of Baghdad.

"We went from let's do the clothes and forensic analysis to let's do the clothes, the bones can wait," Trimble said.

Trimble and his team work at a laboratory in nine large tents, piecing together the stories of the people buried in mass graves around the country to provide evidence for future trials.

The defense is preparing to sum up its case next month in the trial against Saddam and seven co-defendants in the deaths of 148 people during a crackdown on a Shiite village.

Iraq's High Tribunal also is preparing for a second trial charging Saddam with genocide in a 1980s military campaign against the Kurds. An estimated 100,000 people were killed in the campaign, known as "Anfal."

Saddam has remained defiant, and chief defense lawyer Khalil al-Dulaimi indicated his client believes he can bargain his way out of trials that could result in the death penalty.

Al-Dulaimi told The Associated Press on Sunday that the former leader is the key to stability in Iraq and that Saddam believes the United States will have to seek his help to quell the insurgency.

"He's their last resort. They're going to knock at his door eventually," al-Dulaimi said. Saddam is "the only person who can stop the resistance against the U.S. troops."

There is no indication American officials have considered seeking Saddam' help. While Sunni Arabs are the backbone of the insurgency, the Shiite Muslim majority and Kurds repressed by Saddam's regime would be enraged if he were allowed to re-enter public life.

Michael Flowers of the U.S. Regime Crimes Liaison Office said there are 180-222 grave sites around Iraq and that estimates of the number of people killed under Saddam range from 100,000 to 300,000. "It's impossible to get to them all," he said.

Flowers and Trimble said forensics experts have to limit the number of remains recovered because of security concerns and the need to concentrate on gathering evidence that can be used in court.

"It's more a matter of can we link this location to a specific event," Flowers said. "A lot of these sites have been disturbed."

However, the investigators stressed the sites are marked for future humanitarian recovery.

"Anyone can look at a map later on and go and recover them for the families," Trimble said. "That's not my mission."

When asked how many people were buried in mass graves, he said, "You won't know that real answer until 25 years from now when human rights groups go out."

David Hines, who compiles reports on the mass graves, noted that there is a site in southern Iraq where 114 people _ mostly women and children _ were found shot to death. Their remains, he said, make them posthumous witnesses.

"We take great pains not to lose sight that these are all people, these all have a story," Hines said. "What we have is 114 cases of murder."

The site, dubbed Muthanna 2, is at the center of the Anfal case, in which Kurds were told they were being relocated to the south but then were gathered into ravines and raked with gunfire.

Several of the women were pregnant and others collapsed while holding children. The skeletal hand of one woman was found in a personalized baby blanket that also contained the remains of a baby.

Ariana Fernandes, a 31-year-old forensic anthropologist from Costa Rica who runs the tent where clothing and other items are processed, said many victims wore multiple layers of clothes and carried household goods.

The team, which includes archaeologists, pathologists, bone experts and photographers, has excavated six major graves in Iraq in nearly two years.

Trimble said about 12 percent of the individuals found so far had IDs, despite witness claims that Saddam's forces had demanded the documents. He said some women hid them in secret pockets or sewed them inside several layers of clothing.

"So from a criminal case standpoint i think we have a lot of very good data that the Iraq criminal justice system will use later on to present in court," he said.

The chief investigative judge in Saddam Hussein's trial, Raid Juhi, said the IDs were key to allowing investigators to go to the area where they were issued and collect witness accounts. "It gave us more evidence," he said.

The latest dig is under way in the desert sands of southwestern Iraq, where at least two graves have been found containing victims from the suppression of a 1991 Shiite uprising after the Gulf War.