Friday, June 03, 2011


No time for blogging about it, but read this. CNN commits an act of journalism. Too bad that's the exception and not the rule.

-- Badtux the Busy Penguin


  1. So WTF did this cop/soldier/killer do to wind up in jail in Jaw-juh? I got to the end of the first "chapter" of the article and it still hadn't gotten to the central fact, so I said "uck fit." I understand the suspense factor of keeping his crime on the QT for a while as the scene is set, but damned if I'm going to plough through three web pages of text in the hopes of finding a nugget. It might be journalism, but it's not PERFECT journalism.

    BTW, this guy's trajectory -- being a policeman who's sent to become a killer, and then comes back broken and (maybe?) bloodthirsty -- is what I've been predicting for the U.S. for a while now. How many po-leece, prison guards, even rent-a-cops are going to be walking with the streets with a lowered threshold to doing ultra-violence against heir fellow Americans? Time to come up with a new monicker to replace "baby killer," something that would describe a "hero" with a hair-trigger. I feel sorry for them that they were used up and wasted by W's wicked war, but that doesn't make them any less scary.

  2. I've made it through page 1, and I needed a breather (it's still open in a tab) before I go on to page 2. I can't imagine the pain of having eight people -- that I hang out with, joke with, have whatever fun we can find in Hell with -- snuffed out so quickly and easily. And the horror of not knowing whether I was shooting at combatants or at their human shields, and how many I might have killed...

    Why, oh why, can't we declare victory and get the hell out?

  3. For many war is not hell. Living afterwards is.

  4. Badtux, thanks for posting that story. PTSD takes many lives, not only soldiers but others who have lived through life-changing trauma and have not been able to make peace with it. War is like that. My Dad had been a great guy before WW2. He drank to keep the "wolves of the night" away. May we find that space for the world where war is obsolete.


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