"John Marshall has made his decision. Now let him enforce it."
The Senate Commerce Committee, splitting 11 to 11 and therefore rejecting compromise language, set the stage for a carrier-controlled Internet. If the bill passes the Senate and is signed by the President, you can kiss the Net you know "goodbye." Farewell, open networks and open standards. Soon every packet will be subject to inspection and surcharges based on what it carries and who sent it or where it is going.
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- An odd thing seems to have happened to the mighty right-wing talking head media juggernaut. They are still talking, but fewer people seem to be listening---at least on the Internet.
Alexa.com, which is owned and operated by Amazon.com, tracks online usage for all web sites, large and small. At Alexa.com you can check a site's activity up to the minute, or follow its trail back for many years.
As President Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress continue to hit sour notes in published polls, I wondered how their back up singers in the right-wing media might be faring with the same public. Not well, it turns out.
During the past 3 months, for instance, rushlimbaugh.com traffic ranking has declined 18%. He still huffs and puffs away daily on radio, but advertisers might want to double check the size of his audience. If the bottom has dropped out on him online, it likely has had a similar trend line with his radio show.
Even Fox News, that gold standard of right-wing media, is down 13%. Here are the numbers, see: http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details?q=&url=www.foxnews.com
Ann Coulter is coining money by attacking widows and orphans---a new game for her since she's run out of Democrats, living and dead, to defame and verbally pillage. You would think all of the attention the promotion of her new book has given her would raise visitor numbers at her web site, anncoulter.com. Nope. Traffic there is down 10%.
The audience chart reversal seems to be common across the entire right-wing side of the Internet viewing board. Billoreilly.com has dropped 40% in the past 3 months. Townhall.com, that once popular center for right-wing news and commentary, has fallen by 24%. WashingtonTimes.com is down by 27%. And how about Matt Drudge, once the hottest right-wing name in Internet sites? Alexa.com says drudgereport.com is down 21%.
Could it be that Internet users are getting tired of political sites in general? Maybe so. But Moveon.org is up 13% in the same period.
Here's he is, an impotent, thrice divorced, ex-drug addict, conservative, parolee who went on a sex tour in the Caribbean and found himself rudely embarrassed for carrying recreational prescription drugs in his doctor's name. Who can't relate to that?
Sen. Barack Obama chastised fellow Democrats on Wednesday for failing to "acknowledge the power of faith in the lives of the American people," and said the party must compete for the support of evangelicals and other churchgoing Americans.Dear Mr. Obama. Are you still a member of the "Democratic Party" of which you criticize? Can you please cite for me the party officials, leaders, or even members in good standing who have publically and with any influence suggested that we should not "acknowledge the power of faith in the lives of the American people"?
It's totally true. You can't swing a dead cat in this country without hitting a generic secularist who's all like 'Stop praying, weirdo', before handing out a Democratic voter registration card.No wonder Democrats keep losing.
Thank you, Obama, for taking on this critical yet vulnerable stereotype, and reinforcing it with moral security measures.
It's still not really clear what Bush's signing statements amount to. Are they just a bunch of harmless boilerplate inserted into the Federal Register, as the White House is increasingly arguing -- or are they a sign of a massive encroachment on the separation of powers, as critics increasingly fear?Froomkin highlights a classic example of the vacuum left by the media. Through corporatization, layoffs and a bottom-line mentality, journalists simply don't do the kind of reporting that is necessary to maintain a democracy.
I've put together a pretty extensive review of what we know -- and more significantly, what we don't know and should know -- about signing statements over at my other Web site, NiemanWatchdog.org.
Yesterday's Judiciary Committee hearing on the subject -- a wee glimmer of oversight from an otherwise submissive Congress -- shed a tiny bit of light on the topic.
But for all of Bush's talk of government transparency, the White House is keeping this issue intentionally murky.
That, and the media's coverage of the actual workings of the executive branch pretty much stinks. So much attention is focused on the White House and its nonstop media events and nonanswers -- or on the occasional executive-branch crisis -- that the actual mechanisms of government, and the effect that Bush's tenure has had on them, has gone dramatically undercovered.
Consider, for instance, how little you've read about the effect on the federal government of incompetent political appointees. See Princeton University Professor David Lewis on NiemanWatchdog.
Similarly, how the agencies actually execute -- or fail to execute -- the laws passed by Congress is a bit of a mystery these days.
Is Bush using signing statements simply to record his reservations about the constitutionality of certain provisions -- while enforcing them, nonetheless? Or is he in fact using them to unilaterally ignore laws he doesn't like?
This is discoverable -- through reporting.
But the only attempt I've seen thus far, by Brian Friel in the National Journal, was inconclusive.
Patriot, Joyce Green of Oklahoma writes me:This, not from the WaPo or NY Times or even the Wall Street Journal, but from Joyce Green of Oklahoma. And given the megaphone of Eric Alterman, I suspect that bloggers will now be combing the information for clues.
I have been reading media and legal materials (including your piece, “Think Again: Signing the Constitution Away,” at the Center for American Progress), here, about the unitary executive and the Bush administration’s use of presidential signing statements. I think this is an important topic.
Therefore, I have collected all presidential signing statements from January 19, 2001, through June 12, 2006, and posted a temporary webpage that provides full text of all the bill signing statements issued by President George W. Bush. By setting out the full text of the signing statements, this Web page should remedy complaints that the statements are difficult to find. To help readers verify text, the Web site also provides links to the full text of the same documents at the White House and Government Printing Office (GPO) Web sites.
The Web site also provides links to the full text of the laws that are the subject of signing statements.
I am contacting law schools, scholars, attorneys, and commentators, hoping to find a permanent home for this Web page. Please feel free to pass the URLs to others who may be interested in either: (1) giving this information a permanent home on the Web, or (2) using the information (including stealing and distributing it).
The main URLS are:
* Full Annotated Text of all PSSs
* Full Unannotated Text of All PSSs
* Index to PSSs
I hope that the Web site will: (1) help scholars and commentators write intelligently and authoritatively about presidential signing statements and the unitary executive, and (2) save attorneys a great deal of time rooting these statements (and the laws to which they apply) out of the GPO and White House websites.
The site is not pretty, but it is useful.
In sum, I want to give this information to someone else. My offer is free to any taker.
Thank you for your time. I enjoyed your article and have linked to it on my site. I appreciate your writing well on such an important topic.
TUESDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- A nasal spray containing a "love hormone" may actually help defuse marital squabbles, scientists reported Tuesday.I can remember any number of marital therapy sessions where a good misting of both clients would have been quite helpful.
The hormone, oxytocin, which has been linked with the ability to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships and healthy psychological boundaries with other people, appears to cut stress during tense social situations or conflict, the researchers told a news conference.
In a new report, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service says the U.S. military is now spending about $9.7 billion a month on Iraq and Afghanistan -- about $2 billion a month more than in 2005 and about $4 billion a month more than in 2004. As the National Journal's subscription-only Congress Daily reports, the CRS analysts are "a bit mystified" as to why the costs are increasing so dramatically; operating and maintenance costs, higher gas prices, more body armor and training expenses are all factors, but the analysts say they're not enough to explain the size of the increases they're seeing.
Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-NY) re-election campaign has hired Peter Daou, "one of the most prominent political bloggers in the nation, to help disseminate her message in a forum that has not always been that hospitable to her," the New York Times reports. "The move underscores the degree to which bloggers... have begun to transform American politics."Peter Daou is a fine writer and blogger and will be quite an addition to the Hillary team. But Hillary needs to realize that entering the blogosphere doesn't mean acceptance. She is widely disliked by many prominent liberal bloggers because of her Republican lite stands on many issues, particularly the Iraq war. The deeper issue is her long standing ties to the DLC and it's "centrists" (Republican lites). The battle within the Democratic party is in full swing with brush fires periodically breaking out (witness the recent dustup between Kos and The New Republic).
A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds President Bush's approval rating at 37%, dipping slighly from two weeks ago. However, the percentage of Americans who say the president has "a clear plan for handling the situation in Iraq" has dropped to 31%, a new low.I don't know this for sure, but I'd be willing to bet that all the numbers cited above are within the margin of error since the previous poll. If so, nothing has really changed in the public perception. But it is summer, and the news flunkies have to try and find something. What they really need is a good "missing white woman story" to spice up the summer for the interns left covering the news desks.
Meanwhile, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows Bush's approval rating at 38%. "But the survey offered some hopeful signs for Bush and the Republicans as they prepare for the midterm elections. The big advantage that Democrats held on virtually every major issue has narrowed or reversed."
However, in the generic congressional ballot, Democrats continue to hold an advantage with 52% saying they'll vote for a Democratic congressional candidate and 39% saying they'll vote Republican.
Researchers have known for years that a man's likelihood of being gay rises with the number of older biological brothers. But the new study found that the so-called "fraternal birth order effect" persists even if gay men were raised away from their biological families.Wonder how many times these boys need to take showers with their manly man daddy's to change that wiring?
Study author Anthony F. Bogaert said the findings add to a growing body of evidence that links homosexuality to nature, not nurture.
"The research suggests that the development of sexual orientation is influenced before birth," said Bogaert, a professor of community health sciences at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued its first license for a major commercial nuclear facility in 30 years Friday, allowing an international consortium to build what would be the nation's first private fuel source for commercial nuclear power plants.
Uncertainties over waste disposal costs are irrelevant? How about a tad more truth: uncertainties over waste disposal are irrelevant since the people who live in the area are irrelevant. The costs don't matter when the fact remains that this waste is not safe anywhere.
Critics argued that disposal costs could leave New Mexico stuck with the project's nuclear waste. But the board ruled May 31 that uncertainties over waste disposal costs are irrelevant; the agreement with New Mexico calls for hundreds of millions of dollars to be set aside for waste disposal.
The plant would generate a form of waste that no U.S. disposal site can handle, and no U.S. processing facility exists that can convert the waste into lower-level radioactive material. The plant could run at full capacity for eight to 10 years before running out of onsite space for the material. LES has an agreement with a French company to build such a plant in this country, but no site has been selected and no license has been issued.
How about if we bury it in Crawford, Texas?
The article also underscores for me the death of education and opportunity here. We have not invested in technology ("The plant would generate a form of waste that no U.S. disposal site can handle....") and rely on foreigners to provide answers for us. How long before foreign interests have such a hold on our infrastructure and services that they will have the power to insert their own interests into our national policies? I suspect that time is already here, given the fact that oil corporations have established our national energy policy. Today it is American corporations calling the shots and setting the course of our lives. Tomorrow it will be corporate interests in China or India or Saudi Arabia.
CNN has now picked up today's Times's story saying that the top commander of forces in Iraq projects troop drawdowns through 2007 -- in stark contrast to the GOP's stay-the-course position. And guess what? In the CNN story there is no mention whatsoever of the fact that the primary message of the Republican Party over the past week, delivered by party leaders and elected officials alike in every media forum imaginable, was that anyone calling for a timetable for withdrawal was embracing "retreat" and "surrender" . . . It will be striking if the media plays along with this one and fails to aggressively remind readers and viewers of just how relentlessly the GOP smeared anyone calling for a withdrawal timetable. Well, CNN has now reported on the story and not seen fit to mention it at all.
The American Prospect
The Horse's Mouth
June 25, 2006
The speech had been proceeding for perhaps twenty minutes when a messenger hurried on to the platform and a scrap of paper was slipped into the speaker's hand. He unrolled and read it without pausing in his speech. Nothing altered in his voice or manner, or in the content of what he was saying, but suddenly the names were different. Without words said, a wave of understanding rippled through the crowd. Oceania was at war with Eastasia! . . . The thing that impressed Winston in looking back was that the speaker had switched from one line to the other actually in midsentence, not only without a pause, but without even breaking the syntax.
"Proportionately," The LAT says of its death toll estimate, "it is equivalent to 570,000 Americans being killed nationwide in the last three years." The paper arrived at the 50,000 figure by obtaining data from Iraq's national health ministry and the Baghdad morgue, and "checking those numbers against a sampling of local health departments for possible undercounts." If anything, the story suggests, its estimate is probably low, because few records were kept in the anarchic first year after the invasion, and many deaths continue to go unreported in the more lawless provinces. The pace of killing also seems to be quickening—1,154 Iraqis were killed last month, triple the death toll in May 2004.Please allow me to remind you of a post I put up some time back about the Lancet study (done in 2003) which showed that Iraqi civilian deaths had exceeded 100,000 (as of then). This study was carefully done, peer reviewed, ..... and ignored by the media.
It's ballsy and it's "bold," but what would you expect from a party that is looking at losing its majority in the fall? Of course they are going to try to run on some faux, patriotic, don't "cut n run" crapola. What else have they got? It's their tried and true playbook and the best they can hope for is to trash talk the Democrats into cowering into the corner.Right out of Karl Rove's playbook. If it looks like your biggest weakness is the war, come out strong attacking the anti-war folks, which in this case includes 70% of the country. It's worked in the past simply because the meta-message of being ballsy is so enticing to Amurikans. It's why so many people continue to vote against their best interests. It's also exactly why Dems must come out strong .... very strongly anti-war ... pugilistically anti-war. In fact, it's time to attack the neo-cons as want to kill our young men for profit. Personally I like to call the Republican Congress the "meat grinders".
But just because they are running their game again that doesn't mean that Democrats need to run theirs and get all flustered trying to find a way to appear to support whatever the Republicans say without actually supporting them so they don'tlook soft --- and end up looking soft. That is losing politics and never more than now when we have these bastards on the run for the first time in decades.
As U.S. Grant famously said "it's time to stop worrying about what Bobby Lee is going to do to us and start thinking about what we are going to do to him."
"We have reached an important point when the end begins to come into view. The enemy's hopes are bankrupt."
Lt. Gen. William Westmoreland
Commander, U.S. forces in Vietnam
November 21, 1967
Money, of course, does not just buy favors -- it makes sure that the concept of corruption is only presented to the public by political leaders as anecdotes about a few bad apples, not a narrative about a broken system. Why? Because an indictment of the pay-to-play system that produced the bad apples could mean structural campaign finance reforms that challenge the power of the Big Money interests that underwrite our politicians. Thus, in the aftermath of recent congressional scandals, all we get is a pathetical discussion about weak lobbying "reform" proposals and even weaker sanctions against individual lawmakers.
What happened in 2000? Bush moved in to the White House and along with him came the cadre of NeoCons bent on raiding everything they could while dismantling the government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Note the sentence "In the previous five years, they rose over 6%." That was under Bill Clinton. That was also during a period of time when the administration balanced the budget and started to pay down the deficit.
But after 2000 something changed. The pace of productivity growth has been rising again, but now it seems to be lifting fewer boats. After you adjust for inflation, the wages of the typical American worker—the one at the very middle of the income distribution—have risen less than 1% since 2000. In the previous five years, they rose over 6%. If you take into account the value of employee benefits, such as health care, the contrast is a little less stark. But, whatever the measure, it seems clear that only the most skilled workers have seen their pay packets swell much in the current economic expansion. The fruits of productivity gains have been skewed towards the highest earners, and towards companies, whose profits have reached record levels as a share of GDP.
During the 1950s and 1960s, the halcyon days for America's middle class, productivity boomed and its benefits were broadly shared. The gap between the lowest and highest earners narrowed. After the 1973 oil shocks, productivity growth suddenly slowed. A few years later, at the start of the 1980s, the gap between rich and poor began to widen.
Media ownership in America is already pretty concentrated. Did you know that since 1995, the number of companies owning commercial TV stations has declined by 40 percent?2 Did you know that Viacom owns CBS, General Electric owns NBC, Disney owns ABC and News Corp. owns Fox Broadcasting, which in turn runs Fox News Channel? News Corp. also owns the New York Post, the publisher HarperCollins, and the film production company Twentieth Century Fox. How much power and influence does that pack, and how much more of our major media should we allow any one corporation to control?Even though the Internet has increased our ability to access diverse sources of news, major corporations - including AOL/Time Warner, the New York Times, CNN and USA Today (owned by Gannett) - dominate the top Internet news sites. To get an idea of how big these media companies already are, visit the Columbia School of Journalism's Who Owns What search tool.
After dinner with his cabinet at Camp David on Monday night, President George W. Bush said he was tired and wanted to read.Wooowsers. Bush was able to sneak out of Camp David to Iraq!
Instead, he sneaked off the heavily guarded grounds, boarded a nondescript helicopter for Andrews Air Force Base and then a secrecy-cloaked flight to Baghdad.
Bush had slipped away, pleading exhaustion by saying, "I'm losing altitude," and later seemed jubilant to have pulled off his presidential disappearing act.
The language used by Luskin strongly suggests that Rove got immunity in exchange for his cooperation (it is probably the same deal I have been suggesting was offered to Novak way back when. . . ) Otherwise he never would have testified in the Grand Jury to begin with.I'd take Cheney over Rove.
“Does not anticipate seeking charges” means that if Rove testifies at Libby’s trial as expected, and as his agreement no doubt provides for him to testify, (lawyers call it providing “ongoing cooperation”), then all will be well for him. But if he “goes sideways” on Fitz and testifies differently from what is now expected, he could be charged–w/perjury certainly, and his deal to avoid criminal liability in the larger conspiracy could be “off” as he could face charges in that as well.
All told, a very standard deal and not unexpected. The more interesting issue and the reason for optimism now is that he couldn’t have gotten such a deal without having something important to offer Fitz. The “no prosecution” letter pretty much guarantees that he that he made a good deal. Either he offered up Cheney himself, or he offered up Libby to guarantee a conviction so Fitz can roll up Libby to Cheney. Either way, for me, I see Cheney going down and that’s something I can live with!
Another [Iranian official] joked that there was no need for the US to invade Iran. He said that the US had invaded Afghanistan and established an Islamic republic there. Then it had done the same thing in Iraq. Since Iran has had an Islamic republic for 27 years, he said, there really isn't a point in a US invasion.
Even before the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the experts and insiders I regularly talk to were describing an al Qaeda network and organization on the ropes and in control of nothing, with unaffiliated "home grown" terrorism as the next wave.Arkin goes on to outline how terrorists organizations have been using Iraq as a training ground and recruiting poster for a very widespread terrorist effort.
But over the weekend, I read Ahmed Rashid's sobering account -- "Afghanistan: On the Brink" in the New York Review of Books -- of the resurgence of al Qaeda in south Asia.
Similarly, Anthony Shadid writes from Lebanon in The Washington Post today about the spread of a common movement from Iraq to the Mediterranean.
So now it seems from Nigeria and Somalia to the Lebanon to the Persian Gulf to Pakistan and Bangladesh to Indonesia and the Philippines, even all the way to Toronto and Atlanta, Islamic foot soldiers unite under an Osama bin Laden banner.
Pronouncement's of the death of al Qaeda -- "the base" -- now strikes me as the worst of Washington wishful thinking and a flawed intellectual approach.
I know it's fashionable to think that the Democratic party has been losing steadily for the last 35 years because they have been too liberal and the GOP has therefore been able to portray them as soft in all the manly virtues. I would suggest that the Democrats have been losing for the last 35 years because they have failed to beat the shit out of the Republicans when they pull this crap. The GOP smells weakness and the public loses their respect for us. We're long past the "fool me twice" phase.Pardoning Nixon was a huge mistakes. All those who learned at Nixon's knee thought that you could become an elected dictator and get away with it. All the arguments for not impeaching Bush pale in comparison to another generation of young Republicans learning at these guys knees.
The interesting thing about Lay and Skilling is they weren't trying to evade the rules, they were rigging the rules in their favor. The fix was in -- much of it law passed by former Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas, whose wife, Wendy, served on the board of Enron.
Where does that sense of entitlement come from? What makes a Ken Lay think he can call the governor of Texas and ask him to soften up Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania on electricity deregulation? Not that being governor of Texas has ever been an office of much majesty, but a corporate robber wouldn't think of doing that if it were Brian Schweitzer of Montana or Bill Richardson of New Mexico.
The extent to which not just state legislatures but the Congress of the United States are now run by large corporate special interests is beyond mere recognition as fact. The takeover is complete. Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay put in place a system in which it's not a question of letting the head of the camel into the tent -- the camels run the place.
I've believed for quite some time that the concept of nations is becoming an idea as 'quaint' as the Geneva Conventions. Corporations run the world and governments are there to (1.) enforce the corporate dictates and (2.) placate the people into believing they have a voice. Unfortunately most Americans are still oblivious to the massive changes underway. They are content to sit in front of their American Idols and soak in the *soma.
*soma is a reference to the drug in Brave New World, a substance that everyone took to keep them happy and compliant. If you haven't read Brave New World, you should. It is increasingly relevent today.
"The secret to this game is you always want to be thinking politically, but you don't want to look political. This looks like desperation politics."-- GOP strategist Ed Rollins, on CNN, discussing President Bush's proposal to ban gay marriage with a constitutional amendment.
One report on Monday said that the ammonium nitrate had only been ordered but never delivered, as the security agencies had substituted it with some harmless material. The fact that the swoop spread over two years [and] was a sting operation is being underplayed or not even mentioned by the Canadian and American press and electronic media. There is no evidence that the 17 people arrested, five of them minors, had any link with Al Qaeda. Pen portraits appearing in the Canadian press show some of the young men to have become overly religious in the last couple of years. It is also now known that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and probably some other US agencies were also involved in the sting operation.So this is a two year sting of mostly very young religious zealots with no apparent contact to al Qaeda? I'm not saying this isn't a story or even an important find for law enforcement. But listening to the media, I had the impression that officials had busted a cell group not unlike the 911 hijackers. These folks sound more like radicalized (thank you George Bush) young people engaging in the new chic' activity, becoming a terrorist. It also sounds like they were not too swift at it, allowing law enforcement folks into their midst over a two year period.
Recent data showing weak growth and high prices has triggered fears that the US could now be suffering from "stagflation" - low growth coupled with high inflation.
Nuclear war, which is probably the greatest threat to human survival and a serious and imminent one, and environmental disaster, which is the other major threat literally to survival—in both cases our government is accelerating the danger. And that's a good characteristic of a failed state or a rogue state: It acts in ways that show its concern for the welfare of its own population is a pretty low priority.
I got a note from a friend today. An American who works in Baghdad and does not want his identity revealed. He says women are being kidnapped and killed for the clothes they wear. He says women are being hunted. The country is in chaos.
People are mourning the loss of Saddam Hussein, convinced things were better before.
It's an awful thing to think, that things might have been better under a murderous dictator. But it seems to be accepted wisdom among the diplomats.
Jessica Holzer writes for Forbes that Paulson, with his $700 million equity stake in Goldman Sachs, will "have the chance to diversify a good chunk of those holdings without paying a dime to the Internal Revenue Service.Having 700 million eggs in one basket is not a very good investing strategy. Paulson can now thoroughly divest and reallocate his money with no tax consequence. Given Paulson tax bracket, that's a very, very heavy incentive to take some shit from Bush, at least long enough to get reallocated. Then again, perhaps a few hundred million here or there doesn't matter to him.
"By accepting the Treasury post, Paulson is poised to take advantage of a tax loophole that allows government officials to defer capital gains taxes on assets they have to sell to avoid a conflict of interest, as long as the proceeds are reinvested in government securities or a broad array of mutual funds approved by the government within 60 days. . . .
"The tax break was designed to ensure that the wealthy are not deterred from taking posts in government because they fear a big tax hit. But it amounts to a significant perk of public office."
An inability to protect its citizens. The belief that it is above the law. A lack of democracy. Three defining characteristics of the 'failed state'. And that, says Noam Chomsky, is exactly what the US is becoming. In an exclusive extract from his devastating new book, America's leading thinker explains how his country lost its way
President Bush is the worst president in the last 61 years, according to a new national Quinnipiac poll. Bush is named by 34%, followed by Richard Nixon at 17% and Bill Clinton at 16%.Ok, so the guy is most well known just now. But I suspect these results just might hold up through time.
Meanwhile, Bush's approval rate is at 35%, with 58% disapproving of his job performance. Even in red states, where Bush's margin was more than 5% in 2004, voters disapprove 52% to 39%.
Said pollster Maurice Carroll: "Bush's job approval numbers remain in the cellar. But he might finally have hit bottom."
Showing my troops the tape [of an ethical dilemma], and then discussing with them the same situations, was among the most educational things I had ever done. What I learned was that my men, a perfect mélange of middle Americana, (and absent their sergeants and lieutenants) were more than willing to use violence in completely inappropriate ways in order to accomplish what they saw as “the mission.” In short, what they told me they would do was (were they to actually do any of these things) a collection of violations of the laws of land warfare. It was a direct confirmation of something which I’d only suspected before, and something which drove me to spend a vast amount of time on these topics with the sergeants and lieutenants later.Be sure and read the entire entry. It's very instructive as to the state of the military and the state of our young people. Is this attitude reflective on anything in our larger culture?
I'm a very lucky person with every allergy known to man but still happy to be enjoying a wonderful life living in the best place in the world!