Boys behaving badly

April 11, 2007 by barbara

by barbara

Just in case you missed it, there's no immediate danger of bringing home the troops. The Pentagon announced this afternoon that the tours of all 145,000 active-duty Army soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are being extended from 12 to 15 months. According to an AP story on HuffPost:

Some units' tours in Iraq had already been extended beyond 12 months by varying amounts. The new policy will make deployments more equitable and more predictable for soldiers and for their families, (Robert) Gates said. Unfortunately, there's more.

"I think it is fair to all soldiers that all share the burden equally," he said.

You know, it warms my heart to know that Gates is all about fairness and making the window of opportunity for families to lose their loved ones to death, dismemberment or madness more predictable.

In an unrelated matter, I have just read on Capitol Hill Blue, which is probably as reliable as ersatz journalists, a snippet that included the following:

GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the (Patriot) act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

"I don't give a goddamn," Bush retorted. "I'm the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way."

"Mr. President," one aide in the meeting said. "There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution."

"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face," Bush screamed back. "It's just a goddamned piece of paper!"

I've heard from two White House sources who claim they heard from others present in the meeting that the President of the United States called the Constitution "a goddamned piece of paper."

Well, isn't that special? If true, Junior proclaimed the document he swore on a Bible to uphold and defend "just a goddamned piece of paper," and in so doing, broke Commandment III whilst pissing off Charlton Heston (assuming he is still alive, but maybe it doesn't matter) in the process.

Just sayin'.

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Poet (not verified) | April 12, 2007 - 4:48am

This just seemed to fit for some reason

A Day in the Life
John Lennon

I read the news today oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph
He blew his mind out in a car
He didn’t notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They’d seen his face before
Nobody was really sure
If he was from the House of Lords.

I saw a film today oh boy
The English Army had just won the war
A crowd of people turned away
But I just had to look
Having read the book.
I’d love to turn you on

Woke up, got out of bed,
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup,
And looking up I noticed I was late.
Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
Found my way upstairs and had a smoke,
And somebody spoke and I went into a dream

I heard the news today oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Not they know how many holes it takes
To fill the Albert Hall.
I’d love to turn you on.

"They" all want us to blank out--Make their day by not doing it!


leftymn (not verified) | April 13, 2007 - 1:08pm

I believe a read a blog post somewhere that essentially explains that the extension of the tour of duty to 15 months proves that the "surge" has overextended the army , as it proves they do not have the additional 21, 000 soldiers, but extending the tours of the 150,000 already there to 15 months mathematically accomplishes the same thing without actually adding more troops? Am I making sense?


Barbara replies (not verified) | April 14, 2007 - 5:12pm

Same kind of math I do when I want to bake something for fewer or more minutes than called for. So I multiply the degree setting by the number of minutes in the original setting, then divide by the new degree setting to figure out how many minutes. Or something like that. Rarely does it work well, by the way. Just so you know.