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15 May 2008
Stanton, Torture, and Military Prisons — Setting the Precedent
by Al Benson, Jr.
By now we should all have heard of Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi prison where American soldiers practiced various forms of torture, both emotional and physical, on various Iraqi prisoners–all a part of George Bush’s “experiment” in democracy in Iraq. People were shocked when they read about Abu Ghraib. How, they thought, could Americans do such things? They wondered how decent and upright American soldiers could partake of such behaviour–surely this had to have been the first time for this sort of thing, right? Well, no, actually that’s not quite right. Americans have been partaking of torture of one sort or another since the advent of the Lincoln administration. Lincoln and his associates seem to have had a paranoid fear of disloyalty to the federal government, to the point where thousands upon thousands of Northern civilians were arrested and hauled off to prisons on the basis of nothing more than vague suspicion or some neighbour’s hearsay accusation.
By Selwyn Duke
May 13, 2008
The May 9 edition of the New York Post carries a short article by an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis student named Keith John Sampson. He tells a story of being charged with “racial harassment” simply because he was “caught” reading an anti-Ku Klux Klan book. I’m not kidding. Sampson tells his story:
The book was Todd Tucker’s ‘Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan’; I was reading it on break from my campus job as a janitor. The same book is in the university library . . . .
But that didn’t stop the Affirmative Action Office of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis from branding me as a detestable Klansman.
They didn’t want to hear the truth. The office ruled that my ‘repeatedly reading the book . . . constitutes racial harassment in that you demonstrated disdain and insensitivity to your co-workers.’
The affirmative-action officer – who draws a salary of $106, 000 a year to perform her crucial role and is obviously a woman of inestimable intellect – neither examined the book nor spoke with Sampson. He wasn’t guilty before proven innocent. He was just guilty.
By Frosty Wooldridge
May 15, 2008
In the 21st century, old paradigms fail us in our new technological age. You’re invited to stop reading and watch a five-minute video on YouTube.
“Did You Know; Shift Happens” Globalization; Information Age
Karl Fisch created the video and Scott McLeod modified it. As you watch the video, take notes. You may find that you want to watch the video a second time to complete your notes.
As with each section of this four-part series, you may jot down the ingredients of your personal plans. Part-1 covers your personal long-range and near-term planning.
As a country, our military posture, guided by political decisions in the U S Congress, shifts from so-called “Imperialistic Attacks” overseas to focus upon the active defense of the 50-states. Nellis Air Force Base, next-door to Las Vegas, Nevada features our best-and-brightest in the first-line fighter aircraft. Here’s what the Global Security website teaches us.
By Coach Dave Daubenmire
May 15, 2008
Leadership is intimidated by passion.
I see it over and over. The one thing that most leaders want to avoid is a crowd of people who really believe something. It is so much easier to be in charge when the natives aren’t restless.
That is especially true in our churches. Lord knows we could use a little passion in the place but “wildfire” is the last thing the pulpit wants to deal with today.
Screwing Private Ryan
Strategy Page ^ | May 16, 2008 | James Dunnigan
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 08:22:48 by radar101
Once again, the U.S. Army shot itself in the foot by doing the right thing, then screwing it up.
In this case, a soldier, one of three brothers, was released early from his enlistment because of the 60 year old “sole survivor” rule. This regulation allows for the sole survivor of a group of siblings to be released from service. In this case Specialist Jason Hubbard had two other brothers killed (one by a roadside bomb, the other in a helicopter crash), and he decided to take advantage of the sole survivor rule.
Office worker awarded £5,000 after boss constantly broke wind in her direction
dailymail.co.uk ^ | 05/15/08 | NEIL SEARS
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 06:52:58 by TornadoAlley3
A bullied office worker has been awarded £5,000 after her boss raised his right buttock from his chair and broke wind in her direction.
Humiliated mother-of-three Theresa Bailey, 43, was the only woman on a sales team where “laddish” behaviour made her life a misery, and continued despite complains to senior managers.
Giant pythons capable of swallowing a dog and even an alligator are rapidly making south Florida their home, potentially threatening other southeastern states, a study said.”Pythons are likely to colonize anywhere alligators live, including north Florida, Georgia and Louisiana,” said Frank Mazzotti, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences professor, in his two-year study.
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Ants swarm over Houston area, fouling electronics
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DALLAS (AP) — In what sounds like a really low-budget horror film, voracious swarming ants that apparently arrived in Texas aboard a cargo ship are invading homes and yards across the Houston area, shorting out electrical boxes and messing up computers.
The hairy, reddish-brown creatures are known as “crazy rasberry ants” — crazy, because they wander erratically instead of marching in regimented lines, and “rasberry” after Tom Rasberry, an exterminator who did battle against them early on.
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And you thought PC had about run its course in the military–in a pig’s @$$ it has!
May 16, 2008
West Point May Alter Songs’ Lyrics
WEST POINT, N.Y. — The head of the U.S. Military Academy thinks it is time to replace the “men” and “sons” in West Point’s two most beloved songs with more gender-neutral lyrics.