September 28th, 2007

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Is "Just Following Orders" no longer a Legal Defense In The Military????

I was pleased that the NYT was trumpetting the headline U.S. Soldier Acquitted of Murder in Iraq, but then readd:
Specialist Sandoval, 22, from First Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, Fourth Brigade (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Ala., was convicted of planting a coil of copper wire on the body of the man he killed near Iskandariya, a hostile Sunni Arab region south of Baghdad, on April 27 during an operation to locate and destroy an insurgent mortar team.
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Specialist Sandoval has admitted killing the man after his team leader, Staff Sgt. Michael A. Hensley, ordered him to fire. The man, who was cutting grass in a field using a scythe when Specialist Sandoval killed him, had been considered by the sniper team’s leaders to be an insurgent attempting to disguise himself as a farmer after battling Iraqi Army soldiers minutes earlier.

Army prosecutors argued the killing was illegal because the man, aside from the rusty scythe, was unarmed at the time and was not demonstrating hostile intent or a hostile act when Specialist Sandoval killed him with one shot.
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Sergeant Hensley’s court martial, on murder charges related to those two killings and that of a third man on April 14, is scheduled to begin here in about three weeks.

[ cf U.S. Soldier Acquitted of Murder in Iraq ]
Hum...

Now I am not as convinced that military.about.com is a patriotic organization??? But some folks may want to look at Military Orders: To Obey or Not to Obey? for the fun of the fact set that asserts that the lawful ordering of troops into a suicide mission remains acceptable in american law.

So Hum... Where is the great defense that congress was suppose to be providing the troops that would put them on par with the BlackWater Army, so that all an American Welfare Queen would have to do, was say that they either had an actual order they were following, or they believed they had a order, or they had the belief that someone had a belief that there should have been an order, OR that they knew someone who had a friend who had been near to someone who had known of an order or had at least imagined that an order might have been given, or that an order would have been given in an alternative reality space....

I mean, gosh, golly, gee whiz!!! We indemnify the BlackWater Army and send them out to kill the indigenous population, but not the American Welfare Queens....

Could it be that the BlackWater Army Command Structure has a far better negotiating team???
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Green House Gases.... They Are A Problem???

WOW!!! Who would have thunk that the GrandPoohBahOfEcoTerrorism, the TreeHuggerInChiefHisSelf, would consider a need to deal with the problems of Green House Gases:
Seeking to dispel the widespread impression that his administration is isolated on the issue of global warming, President Bush said today that the world’s biggest polluters can limit damage to the atmosphere while still promoting prosperity.

“Our guiding principle is clear,” the president said at a conference on climate change and energy security. “We must lead the world to produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and we must do it in a way that does not undermine economic growth or prevent nations from delivering greater prosperity for their people.”

[ cf Bush Outlines Proposal on Climate Change }
On TO VICTORY!!!!

Can there be any doubt that the President will lead the Holy Crusaders to Total Victory Over China!!!

Clearly ALL True Patriots Support Our Most Holy Of Holy Warriors as they defeat the Chinese Polluters who are the clearly evilist of evil doing evil doers, EVER!!!!

Clearly ONLY be defeating the Chinese Polluters will american children be safe from the Gay HomoZeXual Pirate Zombie Canadianists!!!!

Are YOU doing your part to support the Presidents Desire to Privatize Zombie Hunting to win the Totalist Success Of Victory against the Unbelievers!!!
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Illegal Alien Armed Combatants ARE your friend...

I am still trying to understand why it is that MoJo has gone totally BatWonky Over van.mojo: The Gun Whores of Main Street - I mean, what is the problem????

We can either have american citizens doing their jobs in america, or for 9 or 10 times the price, we can have the BlackWater Army marching the streets of america, and we expect that they will have negotiated the same deal with the Coalition Provisional Authority here CONUS as they got in Iraq, namely, that the BlackWater Army is indemnified, hence if the body is DEAD, of course it was a Zombie!!! If they are merely Maimed or Wounded, well clearly that is A Miracle And Proof Of God's Love that this person should go and sin no more...

Would this be a bad time to mention that the www-benning.army.mil first came up as an unverifiable domain, and that yes, we all LOVE the idea of Holy Warriors For Christ!!!! Since clearly when we can have True Crusaders who will kill for jesus for the religious experience of being able to bath in the Blood For Christ, we can get past the failed FreeMarketeering of the BlackWater Army, and chant with the true believers as we go burning out the Sinners!!! since we Must Love Them, but that does not prevent us from slaying and slaughtering them, in an Old Testament Way, because of Course All True Believer Truly Believe the biblical inerrancy!!!

Are you doing YOUR part to slay and slew and slaughter in a Biblically Literalist Way? Or are you in League with satan trying to destroy our White Christian America!!!
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Radical Left Wing Extremists Stab Our Trooops In The Back!!!!

Were YOU as SHOCKED as I was when Left Wing, God Hating America Bashing, Bolshiviki Zionist Banking Konspirator Allan Sloan, as a Part of the God HATING AMERICA BASHING KLIQUE, posted the following piece of radical left wing extremist anti-american propoganda in the Totally Communist Dominated Anti-American Rag, Fortune Magazine:
One of the core principles of the U.S. medical profession is the Hippocratic oath, the most famous part of which is "Do no harm." It's too bad that the governors of the Federal Reserve Board don't have to take such a pledge when they assume office, because their recent interest rate cut has done a lot of harm to those of us who've managed our finances prudently.

Even though the Fed's stated reason for cutting short-term interest rates by half a point was to help keep the economy from falling into recession, anyone who's been paying attention knows that a major motivation - if not the major motivation - was to try to calm the turbulence that has been roiling the markets since August.

The players in the biggest trouble, of course, were the ones who'd taken the biggest fliers in junk mortgages, ultra-risky leveraged buyouts, and other financial esoterica that proved to be malignant.
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But if we taxpayers are going to bail out the likes of Countrywide Financial (Charts, Fortune 500), even indirectly, I'd like us to get a market return on our money. That would reward us for the risk we're taking and seriously penalize companies that so overindulge that they need Dr. Ben's Magical Money Elixir.

Let's get the Treasury to negotiate deals like Bank of America's (Charts, Fortune 500) with Countrywide in August, when the bank put up $2 billion and got a high current coupon and a below-market conversion option.

[ cf Investors to Fed: Thanks for nothing:The reckless are getting relief from Bernanke while the prudent are paying the price, argues Fortune's Allan Sloan. ]
HOW SHOCKING!!!!!

I am just disgusted that these Sorts of Dope Smoking Hippies are allowed to Impugn the Work Of TRUE HOLY WARRIORS!!! and by doing so, they impugn the work of all true holy Warriors!!!

Don't these God Haters understand that the MOST Important Thing in a Time of War is Tax Cuts and the direct transfer from the Fed To the Players who have been played!!!! Why if anyone actually believed in the Imaginary Foot Of The Marketplace, that doesn't mean that they should be penalized for their brief flights of Fantasy!!!!

Don't these God Haters Understand that the nation is in a time of transferrring the tax liability unto the unborn, and anything less would be like holding that the mere law of man was greater than the Divine Will!!!!!

I AM JUST SHOCKED!!!!!

Clearly we need a vote in the Senate To Condemn These Unamericans who do not understand the Moral Purity of The Pure Holy Warriors!!!
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Must See TV....

Ah yes, if only we could get the funding together for
Pimp My Lead Engineer
who knows, we might be able to move along for a whole series of them:
Pimp My Vice President Of Engineering
and the Ever Popular
Pimp My CTO
yeah, that's the ticket, get some Stuff For THE GEEEK Culture....

Ok, so they all ran off to go shopping for tomorrow's lovefest in SF, and I am here left all alone, in the dark, with the development network....
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More Brutal Disgusting Stab Our Troops In The Back!!!

I am JUST SHOCKED that the radical left wing liberal extremists are EVERYWHEREE!!!!!
For President George W. Bush, climate change is one of those pesky issues that he would love to see just go away. International diplomats say that when the topic of global warming comes up, Bush appears annoyed and has expressed exasperation that the issue still garners so much attention. After all, the White House position has been consistent from the very start of Bush's tenure: The U.S. will not require mandatory reductions in emissions of the so-called greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, that scientists say are warming the Earth. Bush, the self-proclaimed decider, has decided.
[ cf Bush's Climate Meeting: Talk, But No Action: The President's summit shows a willingness to take global warming seriously. But don't expect much more than that. ]
THE HORROR!!!!

THE HORROR!!!!!

Another Dope Smoking God Hating America Bashing Left Wing Extremist from Business Week brutally and viciously STABING our Valiant fighting forces in the back By BRUTALLY DOUBTING GREAT LEADER!!!!!!
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Rush Limbaugh Stabbing Our Troops In The Back???

Who Would Have THUNK IT? A DOPE USING DRAFT DODGING MORAL REPROBATE, and he hates america and the american military too??? WOW!!!
If you’re just joining us, Media Matters reported yesterday that far-right radio host Rush Limbaugh dismissed U.S. troops who support a withdrawal policy in Iraq as “phony soldiers.” Veterans’ groups and sevearl leading Democrats, including the DNC and the DCCC, blasted Limbaugh for the comment, and urged Republicans to repudiate it.

A variety of conservatives have apparently come up with a defense — Limbaugh shouldn’t have said those exact words, but it doesn’t matter because he was taken out of context.
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So, is there anything to this? I don’t think so. Let’s go to the tape and consider the context in more detail.

Limbaugh had just finished arguing with a caller from Chicago who said he is an anti-war Republican who served in the military. Limbaugh said that was impossible — Republicans aren’t genuine unless they support Bush’s Iraq policy. As for the caller’s claim about military service, Limbaugh said, “Right. Right. Right, I know. And I, by the way, used to walk on the moon!” Limbaugh’s argument wasn’t subtle — the caller couldn’t have worn the uniform because he supports withdrawal.

[ cf Right starts pushing back against Limbaugh’s ‘phony soldiers’ flap ]
Hum....

Clearly we should not pick on Rush, et al, they want to be patriotic, but, uh, the government keeps giving all of the good combat billets to the minorities....

Besides Rush is a personal friend of Jesus, and a true christianist who would be more Christian than any other, were it not for all of the liberals who prevent him from bathing in the blood.....
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Three Cheers For Dr. Shay!!!!

When Boston psychiatrist Jonathan Shay wanted to understand the psychological toll of the Vietnam War on the veterans he treated, he turned to the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey."

The classical Greek epics perfectly encapsulate the mental damage of combat, said Shay, who works for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Boston.

He wrote two books that draw on the similarities between the Vietnam-era trauma of his patients and the stress of combat that Homer portrayed in poems that may be as old as 2,800 years.

Today, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will announce that Shay, 65, has been selected as a 2007 MacArthur fellow "for his work in using literary parallels from Homer's 'Iliad' and 'Odyssey' to treat combat trauma suffered by Vietnam veterans."

"His work is important for delivering healthcare to all those who put their lives on the line in the service of our country," said Mark D. Fitzsimmons, associate director of the MacArthur Fellows Program. "It's fair to describe it as pertinent."

[ cf Psychiatrist treated veterans using Homer
Work made him MacArthur fellow</a> ]
AND YES YOU NEED TO READ HIS WORKS!!!!

IF You have not yet read his works, that is ok, I am sure that Satan Still Loves YOU!!!!

h/t to HTH for making sure the word got out!!!