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Civic duty or haiku contest? Haiku contest it is!

August 22, 2007

Have you seen these men? 

UPDATE:  Well, the SPI has decided against holding the haiku contest now. 

The paper’s decision not to run photos of the two Seattle ferry passengers sought by the FBI didn’t take long yesterday to become part of a widespread debate that provoked readers around the country.

It also spread throughout the blogosphere. While most blogs pointed directly to the debate, some made some poignant comments about the topic of yesterday’s Daily Haiku contest, a topic that — considering the sensitivity of the issue — was probably not the best we could have come up with.

While the Big Blog mixes fun and news on a daily basis, in this case we undermined a serious issue and a serious debate, and made it seem as if we in the newsroom didn’t acknowledge its importance.

So thanks to all the bloggers who pointed this out. We agree it was a bad call and will learn from the experience.

P.S. — We’re not going to pick a winner.

Darn it all!  I was just getting ready to make my submission.

Fortunately, folks more conscious of their civic duty to do their part are coming forward and the FBI has been flooded with tips.

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H/T to Brennan at The American Pundit.

Now, let’s see.  The FBI ask for your assistance in finding to suspicious characters possibly planning a future terror strike.  What do you do?  Well, if you are the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, you have a haiku contest instead.  Why didn’t everyone else think of that?!

But, why didn’t the SPI run the photos?  Well, they gave an excuse.

The P-I elected not to publish the photos, citing civil liberties and privacy concerns, which editors felt outweighed the newsworthiness of the images. “We have no confirmation that these men’s behavior was anything but innocuous, and to forever taint them by associating them with terrorism under these circumstances is not consistent with our policy,” said David McCumber, P-I managing editor.

As Michelle Malkin points out, “There’s no taint if there’s no terrorism. Were their actions nefarious or misinterpreted? The men could clear that up in a split second by coming forward and saying so.”  Bill Hobbs at Newsbusters weighs in on this. 

Of course it would be easier to find out which is the case if the FBI could find the guys. And it would be easier to find the guys if the Seattle P-I would publish the photos, so that Seattle-area residents would know what the men look like whom the FBI has asked the public to help them find. As it stands now, in the name of being politically correct, the Seattle P-I has decided to alarm the people of Seattle and leave them looking suspiciously at just about anyone who fits the general description of male and looking like they might be from the Middle East.

Others posting on this topic:  Random Nuclear Strikes / Bookworm Room /

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Too good not to share

August 20, 2007

Some things are just too good not to share with others, like this video posted on Tammy Bruce‘s blog. 

Tammy’s right, when she says “it’s the gift that keeps on giving.” 

It may not be your birthday but, please, accept this video as my gift to brighten your day. 

I know it did mine! 

That’s one down.  I wonder how many more inept users they have for mortars to replace that one?

We would like Rep. Murtha’s response on Justin Sharratt…*CLICK*

August 13, 2007

via BootMurtha.com

Still no response from Rep. John Murtha on his rush to judgement of Justin Sharratt and the other Haditha Marines.  I knew we shouldn’t hold our breath waiting on him to step forward and admit the error of his ways acting as judge, jury and executioner. 

Bryan Preston with HotAir tried to get in touch with John Murtha to get his reaction to the dismissal of charges against Sharratt and his fellow Marines, only for Murtha’s office to hang up on him.  Listen to the call on HotAir.

Michelle Malkin is still looking for Murtha to show himself and offer an apology too.  My advice still stands: Don’t hold your breath.

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Others posting on this topic (good, bad or indifferent):  TMQ2 (here and here) / Bill’s Bites / Neocon News / Blue Start Chronicles / Bits Blog / Mover Mike / TIW Blog / Let Freedom Ring / California Conservative / Republican GOP News Source / Two Malcontents / Assaulting the Spire / Cop the Truth / Speaking the Truth / Cook Crumb Express / MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy / The Rogue Jew / Keith Milby / Wonkette / The Buzz Blog / Robert Steely / Inoperable Terran / Hennessy’s View / American Traditionalist / Texas Hold ‘Em /

Sharratt cleared. Murtha,…well,..silent, for once.

August 9, 2007

Much to Rep. John Murtha’s (D-PA) chagrin, I’m pretty sure, Lance Corporal Justin Sharratt has been cleared on the three (3) counts of unpremeditated murder for which he had been wrongly accussed two years ago.

Sharratt during Falluja deployment (Photo by Lucian Read)

A month ago, as Michelle Malkin reported, an eighteen page report recommended that charges against Sharratt be dropped.  And, now it is official, with the the written ruling of Lt. General James Mattis.

Murder charges against a US Marine accused of killing three Iraqi civilians during an alleged massacre in Haditha two years ago have been dropped, the military said on Thursday. A statement released by the Marines at their Camp Pendleton base in southern California revealed that three charges of unpremeditated murder against Lance Corporal Justin Sharratt had been withdrawn.The decision was announced in a written ruling from the commander Lieutenant General James Mattis and followed a recommendation from an investigator last month that the charges should be dropped.“An independent Article 32 investigating officer has considered all the facts and determined that the evidence does not support a referral to court-martial for Lance Corporal Sharratt,” Mattis wrote.“Based on my review of all the evidence in this case and considering the recommendation of the Article 32 officer, I have dismissed the charges.”

Sharratt was accused of shooting three Iraqi men execution-style in what prosecutors alleged was part of a rampage that left 24 civilians dead following the death of a Marine in a roadside bomb in November 2005.

Sharratt said the men were shot at close quarters as Marines cleared a house where insurgents were believed to be operating.

In a statement recommending the charges be dropped released last month, investigator Lieutenant Colonel Paul Ware said the prosecution charges were “unsupported by the independent evidence.”

“To believe the government version of facts is to disregard clear and convincing evidence to the contrary,” Ware added.

The Haditha killings are the most serious allegations of war crimes against US soldiers in Iraq.

Eight Marines were initially charged in connection with the case — four with murder and four officers with failing to properly investigate the incident.

Sharratt is the second Marine to have murder charges dropped after allegations against Sergeant Sanick DeLa Cruz were withdrawn in April.

Charges were dropped against Sgt. Sanick de la Cruz almost a month ago.

Crotchety Old Bastard has an only just sardonic response from Rep. Murtha. 

Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA)

I think it’s probably still too late for that apology from John Murtha and he should be censured.  Will it happen?  Hmmm?  I’m not holding my breath.

Black Five ruminates on how long it will take the congressman to eat crow and offer something that resembles an heartfelt apology.

Clear and convincing evidence to the contrary, eh? I wonder how that ties in with Murtha’s cold-blooded killers theory. I assume sweeping apologies will be forthcoming from the lummox.

I wouldn’t hold my breath too long waiting on that to be too forthcoming either, Jimbo, if ever.  But, if you want to prove me wrong Congressman, please feel free to make a speedy and full apology to these Marines that you wrongly helped try to convict in the court of public opinion.  We’re waiting and America is watching, hopefully including constituents in your district of PA.

Darryl, Theresa and Jaclyn Sharratt

Pundit Review Radio interviewed Sharratt’s father twice.  You can find those here and here.

Stop by Lance Corporal Sharratt’s website.

Jaclyn, Justin, Darryl & Theresa in happier times

Now, all this said and done, how do these Marines go about getting their lives and careers back, after being falsely accused and convicted by the Lefties, before the facts were in?  It is still a tragedy of sorts, just not as bad as it could have been.  Maybe the Left has some ideas to offer on how to right the wrongs against Sharratt and his fellow Marines?

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UPDATE:  Free Republic has a posted message from Darryl Sharratt. 

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UPDATE:  Murtha’s response to the Haditha Marines’ dismissal of charges for which the Congressman had already convicted them.

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Others posting on this topic:  Michelle MalkinNeocon News / Bill’s Bites / American Pundit / Bright & Early / Urban Grounds / Let Freedom Ring / Conservative Times / Wake Up America / TMQ2 (here and here) / Bill’s Bites / Neocon News / Blue Start Chronicles / Bits Blog / Mover Mike / TIW Blog / Let Freedom Ring / California Conservative / Republican GOP News Source / Two Malcontents / Assaulting the Spire / Cop the Truth / Speaking the Truth / Cook Crumb Express / MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy / The Rogue Jew / Keith Milby / Wonkette / The Buzz Blog / Robert Steely / Inoperable Terran / Hennessy’s View / American Traditionalist / Texas Hold ‘Em / Bryan Preston / Michelle Malkin /

Barack Obama, daft diplomat extraordinaire

August 6, 2007

 

UPDATE:   It seems that Mitt Romney decided to poke a little fun at the daft diplomat, Sen. Obama, during the Republican debate hosted by George Stephanopolous on This Week.  Via the Washington Post

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), in particular, was singled out for saying last week that he would act against terrorists in Pakistan without the support of its president. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney contrasted those comments with Obama’s remark during a recent debate that he would be willing to meet with all foreign leaders.

“I mean, in one week he went from saying he’s going to sit down, you know, for tea, with our enemies, but then he’s going to bomb our allies,” Romney said. “He’s gone from Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove in one week.”    read more… 

Ouch!  That had to sting.  Well, I guess it did… 

Bill Burton, an Obama mouthpiece responded,…

“the fact that the same Republican candidates who want to keep 160,000 American troops in the middle of a civil war couldn’t agree that we should take out Osama bin Laden if we had him in our sights, proves why Americans want to turn the page on the last seven years of Bush-Cheney foreign policy.”

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via Yahoo! News

Via Yahoo! News: Pakistani protesters burn a U.S. flag to condemn U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s remarks, Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, in Karachi, Pakistan. Pakistan criticized Obama for saying that, if elected, he might order unilateral military strikes inside this Islamic nation to root out terrorists.

Way to go, Barack!  Flex that diplomatic muscle with the “Macho, Macho Manrhetoric, Senator.  Geez!

Gateway Pundit brings us more images of what Obama’s rhetoric has wrought in Pakistan.

Hmmm?  Do you think this is what Obama had in mind, when he opened his mouth and inserted his foot?

via Yahoo! News

Pakistani tribal protesters gather to condemn the U.S. presidential hopeful candidate Barack Obama’s remarks, Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, in Miran Shah, capital of Pakistan’s tribal area of north Waziristan along the Afghanistan border. Pakistan criticized Obama for saying that, if elected, he might order unilateral military strikes inside this Islamic nation to root out terrorists. Speakers told protesters that they will fight back in case of U.S. strikes. (AP Photo/Abdullah Noor)

Now, the Secretary of State is busy trying to smooth things over in the Middle East from Obama’s ill-bred oratory a week ago.

Meanwhile, as Michelle Malkin notes, Sen. Obama is moving on to do his stint on The Daily Show.

In a world of scripted politics, “The Daily Show” offers candidates a chance to show irreverence and a sense of humor. But it also brings a risk if they bomb. 

Oh my!  Did they say “bomb”.  Hasn’t Barack given enough insinuation of bombing for a while? 

And, this man wants to be President of the United States of America?  He looks just like what we need…, if we want to antagonize Al Qaeda into trying even harder to attack us on our own soil.  Quite the uniter, huh?

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Right Voices / Neocon News / Riehl World View / American Pundit / Bill’s Bites / BitsBlog / Ann Althouse / We the Free /

Scott Thomas Beauchamp, the saga continues.

July 30, 2007

This post is an update from my original one on “Scott Thomas”, now discovered to be Scott Thomas Beauchamp. 

Michelle Malkin has an update on the “Scott Thomas” Beauchamp story as it continues to unfold.   

John Tabin has the lowdown on Private Beauchamp at The American Spectator, including an apparent demotion in rank and insight from the First Sergeant of Beuchamp’s company about some “issues”.

Lynn Davidson at NewsBusters picks apart the scathing review by the Columbia Journalism Review of military bloggers responses to The New Republic‘s.

The Columbia Journalism Review hit a new low with Paul McLeary’s latest article when apparently claimed milbloggers didn’t serve in the military. Outraged that milbloggers and the right dared to question the veracity of Scott Beauchamp’s fantastical writings which claimed US soldiers in Iraq played with the skulls of Iraqi children, McCleary asked “Why do conservatives hate the troops” and pretended to take the side of those beleaguered “troops.” In response to the legitimate discussion of Beauchamp’s liberal activism in college, McLeary cattily huffed (bold mine throughout):

How dare a college grad and engaged citizen volunteer to join the Army to fight for his country! (Which is something that most of the brave souls who inhabit the milblog community prefers to leave to others.)

Baldilocks takes issue with the Columbia Journalism Review too.

Apparently McLeary’s Ivy-honed intellect didn’t help him to deduce that milbloggers=military bloggers. Nor did that “superior intellect” lead him to discover that all military officers have an undergraduate degree, at minimum, and that half of enlisted men/women have obtained the same.

He denigrates the military bloggers then has the nerve to quote Andrew Sullivan approvingly in the next sentence. :::shakes head:::

I hope that he came to my blog, saw that “101st Fighting Keyboarders” link on the top right and got fooled. What a clown.

That is quite a turn on McLeary’s apart, after taking time to find Matt Burden of BlackFive, a military blogger, and interview him last year.

McCleary finally tries to offer an apology, of sorts, for his supposed slip-of-the-tongue.

I really walked into this one.

I actually spend a lot of time on milblogs. I was careless in my
choice of wording when I wrote the piece. What I meant was the
whole community of blogs that have sprung up in the same universe
as milblogs — Hugh Hewitt, etc., who act tough about the war, but
have never served, and have never left the comforts of their
air-conditioned offices to see what might be going on in Iraq or
Afghanistan.

I’ve written a lot about milblogs, actually: Interviewed Matthew
Currier Burden
for CJR, as well as a couple soldiers who were
blogging for the New York Times. I’ve also spoken to, and exchanged
emails with Yon and Bill Roggio and such, and I blogged the whole
time I was in Iraq back in ’06, which doesn’t make me a milblogger,
but hey, it’s something, I guess.

Like I said, I really stepped in it because I didn’t take the time
to clearly define what I was talking about.

Baldilocks also points out some inconsistencies in McCleary’s rants about non-military bloggers, like Michelle Malkin, Bryan Preston, etc.

McLeary may also want to note that Michelle Malkin–the main target of his original ire–and Bryan Preston have both “left the comforts of their
air-conditioned offices to see what might be going on in Iraq,” as have many conservative/moderate civilian bloggers like Bill INDC and Michael Totten. Michael is there right now.

Bryan Preston points out why the Scott Thomas Beauchamp story is important to folks in the military.

How important, in the grand scheme of the war, is the Scott Thomas Beauchamp story? By itself, it’s not all that important. But contrary to the opinions of those who can’t be bothered to care about it but nonetheless opine on it for whatever reason, and then mainly to downplay its importance, Beauchamp hasn’t happened all by itself and to those of us who served, its context and trajectory make it very important.  more…

On a more entertaining side of this story, Villainous Company has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged readers to submit their own fictional works, like “Scott Thomas”.  But, Villainous Company sets out some guidelines to keep things “clean and not engage in anything that brings discredit on us.” 

You might start by getting an idea from this cool spoof of the formerly-anonymous TNR writer.  Stretch your fingers and give it a try.  There may a budding TNR writer out there.

Previous posts on Scott Thomas Beauchamp: Volunteer Opinion Journal (here and here), Michelle Malkin (here and here)

Others posting on this now: Bill’s Bites

Suspicious luggage prompts evacuation of Long Beach Airport

July 26, 2007

This just in at NewsMax.

A suspicious piece of luggage prompted the evacuation of a Long Beach Airport terminal Thursday, authorities said.

The luggage was discovered by federal Transportation Security Administration workers at about 9:30 a.m., city police spokeswoman Kathy Parsons said. She had no further information.

Several hundred people were ordered to evacuate, and firefighters, police and a bomb squad were called to the airport, about 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.

Is it just me or are these things happening more frequently now?  There is sure to be more developments in this story.

Of course, catching this sort of stuff is better than news like the recent TSA bunglings or like Sky Harbor Airport.

Fred, what are you thinking?! Spencer Abraham?! Let’s talk…

July 26, 2007

UPDATE:  It would appear that Freedom Folks is not too happy with the changes in the Thompson camp either. 

Apparently, it “gives…pause” to The Astute Bloggers too.

Wes Thorp questions the Thompson move to Abraham too.

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UPDATE:  Really, it’s just another random thought on my part… 

 via RightWingStuff.com

Do you think CafePress.com will have to get rid of this product line?

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UPDATE: Just more of a question on my part, really.  I wonder how Newt Gingrich will take the news of Spencer Abraham joining the Thompson camp.  Newt has been pretty of an FDT campaign in ’08. 

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UPDATE: A protester was removed from a Fred Thompson event in Houston, TX by police, after calling the candidate’s conservative credentials into question. (Hat tip to MM reader)

 

The woman questioned Thompson as he talked to reporters. She asked him why he was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and noted that the organization supported the North American Union with Canada and Mexico.

After the woman interrupted Thompson by questioning his conservative credentials, the likely candidate said, “Don’t fuss at me. You asked me a question. Let me answer it.” He told the woman, “I try to learn as much as I can from all viewpoints.”

Later, she shouted at Thompson as the news conference ended. Police officers took her outside a fenced area near the hangar, and stood with her until the former Tennessee senator departed.

Spencer Abraham certainly won’t do anything to bolster the questioned credentials for conservatives.

What is it with Thompson?  He is picking up John McCain’s leftovers.  Now, he is bringing in Spencer Abraham, an open borders advocate.  Geez!

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Spencer Abraham 

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin on posting on this. 

It seems that Fred Thompson has brought former-Senator Spencer Abraham onboard his “testing the waters” staff as his acting campaign manager.

Thompson spokeswoman Linda Rozett said acting campaign manager Tom Collamore, former vice president of food and tobacco giant Altria, still will advise the campaign. Collamore has helped organize the campaign for Thompson, who has not officially jumped into the race…

Replacing Collamore will be Randy Enright, who has served as Florida regional political director for the Republican National Committee, and Spencer Abraham, the former senator who lost his bid for re-election in 2000 to Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

Enright also was executive director of the Republican Party of Iowa and the Republican Party of Florida.

Rozett said Enright and Abraham both would be in charge of Thompson’s campaign. Enright is heading the political operation and Abraham doesn’t yet have a title, Rozett said.

Michelle reminds us of the following:

In my 2002 book Invasion (p. 71, 76), I noted the open-borders obstructionism of former Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-Michigan), who fought to block the implementation of two different tracking databases–one for foreign student visa holders and the other for all temporary visitors (which was mandated by Section 110 of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act). Abraham led efforts to starve the first database of funding and crusaded several times to kill Section 110 altogether. On September 11, 2001, neither of those databases was in place. To this day, they remain incomplete.

Debbie Schlussel provides more insight on “Jihad Spence: Fred Thompson’s Pan-Islamist Campaign Manager“, as she puts it.   

I know Spencer Abraham. He wrote one of my recommendations for law school. And the Spencer Abraham that I and all of America have since experienced is bad news for everyone except CAIR, ADC, MPAC, ISNA, and all Islamists who want to endanger America.

In 2003, I wrote the definitive column on Spencer Abraham a/k/a Spence a/k/a Edward Spencer Abraham (which was quoted in The Washington Post), and I re-publish it below, with several additions I’ve made, updating it. At the time Spence was still Energy Secretary, but he left to become a lobbyist for Islamist countries.  (Read more…)

Fred!  This is not what we would call good strategy.  Spencer Abraham is a severe liability for you with conservatives with whom you want to connect, including me – especially me! 

What gives?  I thought you were a conservative of the Reagan-mold? 

Good night!  Now, who can I vote for in ’08?! 

Others posting on this topic: Hot Air, Buttle’s World, Weblogs

“Scott Thomas”, come on down!

July 26, 2007

UPDATE: And, I get the fruitcakes here at VOJ that support Scott Thomas Beauchamp.  Just check out wagonjak’s comment to me from 8/1/07:

On Scott Beauchamp-all of you pathetic chickenhawks cannot hold a candle to a real American Hero. Better take off the knee pads before you go over the cliff backwards with our Heroic Leader!

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UPDATE:  One of Michelle Malkin’s readers e-mailed the following…

I’m active Army & an Iraq vet.

I just pulled up “Scott Thomas Beauchamp” on the secure “Army Knowledge Online” website. It lists his current rank as “PV2″. (That data is kept accurate via pay records on that website.)

In his Sep 06 blog post he listed his rank as “Private First Class”. That indicates that without a doubt he was busted at least one rank as part of Article 15 proceedings under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and he likely has a strong ax to grind with his chain of command. 

Indeed. 

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Do you think “Scott Thomas” would come out, if Bob Barker called him?  Maybe, if the price is right or he gets offered a position as an author

 ill return to america an author

bavarian stories in some sort of rounded metaphysical order…personality death stories intersecting with poesy home memory reflections. You begin with a place and an action and let it carry in every direction till the words are vibrating on the page, dripping in thick robust delapidated barnhouses of adjectives and pronouns…no time for the subtle gray faced calculations of a PERFORMED intimacy…go…but remember what Kerouac forgot: revision is spontaneous also.
a brief coming back to america introduction, stories about soldiers, prositutes, innocent students rendered featherless by dark rivets of experience and the decadence of human pursuits in every vein…and then there’s the veins…follow ’em.
Cut your wrist let it bleed onto the paper in unique soulpatterns of mindthoughts. after the coming back to america introduction theres sgt. Leclaire with his dick blown off and the house 12 working girl with her stuff blown out in the other direction and both lost darkeyes brooding on prisonfleshes of human animal bodies the bridge across being only that connection spark instant also lost as quickly. a revery of mothertalk and love looks back in the soft american night. the awol in bamberg lying to make himself into someone who can actually touch another persons lips to his heart to feel. a grandma memeory of cracked heavy crystal balls and smoke serpitine around stacks of tarot cards. the smell of the antiseptic physical therapy room filled with limbless veterans, some missing half a face, and one wearing a god bless america t-shirt…of course this was all before the war, but the war is closer here and an everlengthening shadow over my half closed eyes…but this is all in our time, here and coming back to america…

Well, being an author may be out of the question.  He had better hope for money.  But, then again, liberal publications don’t seem to have very high standards.

Maybe he has a shot at being a poet

Every morning I get up and feel retarded for joining the army.
Every morning I get up and feel proud for serving my country.
Every morning I get up and dont want to get up.
Every morning I get up and wish that I was back in college.
Every morning I get up and appreciate everything that I’m learning here.
Every morning I get up and wish my roomate wasnt such a big fan of Disturbed…
Every morning I get up and I’m a little more liberal than the day before
Every morning I get up and try to recite a fact from something I read last night.
Every morning I get up and wish I was as free as the people that I’m “fighting for”
Every morning I get up and think I’m a tool for global corporations
Every morning I get up and miss my mother
Every morning I get up and shave
Every morning I get up and realize how much I love my comrades
Every morning I get up and say I’m Scott Beauchamp, in the army, living in Germany, and this is my life, and I’m going to be treated like shit today and do landscaping and janitorial work and practice killing people and there could be no other way to appreciate what I had or what I’m going to have once I get out other than enduring this now when all I really want to do is teach history and lay around and read and hustle around and repair the world (tikkun olam) and sift through knowledge and improve culture and learn how to sail and work in soup kitchens and start a family and really, I mean REALLY study the best the western civilization has to offer and facilitiate the mystery and power through everything I do, but I cant do it without getting through this army experience first, which will add a legitimacy to EVERYTHING i do afterwards, and totally bolster my opinions on defense, etc, and of course its making me a lot less lazy, just because im not use to being lazy any more, etc.
Every morning I get up

Nah!  If he’s a poet, we still don’t know it from his own writings. 

According to The New Republic, “Scott Thomas” is Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp.   

My Diarist, “Shock Troops,” and the two other pieces I wrote for the New Republic have stirred more controversy than I could ever have anticipated. They were written under a pseudonym, because I wanted to write honestly about my experiences, without fear of reprisal. Unfortunately, my pseudonym has caused confusion. And there seems to be one major way in which I can clarify the debate over my pieces: I’m willing to stand by the entirety of my articles for the New Republic using my real name.

Hmmmm?  Anyone, besides me, still questioning things with “Scott Thomas”? 

Others posting on “Scott Thomas”:  Michelle Malkin, Hot Air, Gubatron, Small Wars Journal, Blue Crab Boulevard, A Blog For All, The American Pundit, Tammi’s World, Villainous Company (here and here), Florida Masochist, Op For, Black Five, Mudville Gazette

Prior posts on “Scott Thomas”: Volunteer Opinion Journal, Michelle Malkin, Hang Right Politics, Blue Star Chronicles, Void Where Prohibited, BitsBlog

Muslim world waking up to atrocities of suicide bombing?

July 26, 2007

According to the Pew Research Center global opinion study, the number of people who believe who see suicide bombings as a justifiable practice is dropping across the Muslim world. 

Anchor Rising has another interesting bit of information on the study…

The number of people in Venezuela who believe that “most people are better off in a free market economy, even though some people are rich and some people are poor” stands at 72% — higher than any other Latin American country listed! That’s a very noteworthy stat in a country whose President’s motto is “Fatherland, Socialism, or Death”.

Others posting on the PRC global study: Instapundit, HotAir