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The Bin Laden No-Shave Jihad!

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[Your 15m]
After the September 11 terrorist attacks, Gary Weddle followed the news so closely he forgot to shave. After a week he decided not to shave until Osama bin Laden was caught or killed.

Nor has Weddle, 46, who expected the al Qaeda leader to be caught within a month or so, trimmed his facial hair in the succeeding five years as he went from substitute teacher to science instructor at Ephrata Middle School.

At the start of each school year he gives students a brief explanation of his goofy beard and a lesson in irony, futility and politics.

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Invasion of Iraq Has Now Claimed More Lives Than 9/11

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[Terroir-ism]
While President Bush can't seem to make up his mind how to spin the Iraq invasion in the face of the 9/11 attacks, one thing seems ominously poignant: More Americans have now died in Iraq than died on 9/11. R.J. Eskow writes, "Iraq didn't attack us on that day, and our misguided policy there has now taken more American lives than Al Qaeda.

Here are the numbers: 3,015 Americans have died in Iraq as of September 9. 2,666 of these were military deaths and 349 were civilians. Who knows how many innocent Iraqis have been killed. The government doesn't seem to care enough to keep accurate numbers."

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Congress Raises Minimum Age of Soldiers to 42

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How to address the growing problem: not enough people are signing up for the armed forces to keep waging this war in Iraq. Bonuses don't seem to be helping, and they've turned to keeping soldiers for extra tours of duty because they can't replace them. (Be All that You Can Be...for two or three times as long as you signed up for.)

But now Congress has solved the problem! Yes, it's raised the maximum age to serve in the U.S. Army yet again, this time to 42. For the first time, we can actually have a multi-generational army! Think of the morale boost of fathers and sons serving side-by-side on the battlefield! (And let's not forget those moms...the age raise applies to women soldiers, too! That's one way to avoid future Cindy Sheehans.)

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Military Researches Bizarre Chemical Bombs

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[Faulty Products]
The US military investigated building a "gay bomb", which would make enemy soldiers "sexually irresistible" to each other, government papers say.

Other weapons that never saw the light of day include one to make soldiers obvious by their bad breath.

The US defense department considered various non-lethal chemicals meant to disrupt enemy discipline and morale.

The 1994 plans were for a six-year project costing $7.5m, but they were never pursued.

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Support Our Troops--Lose Their Info

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Let's say that you're one of the brave soldiers who have served your country honorably, earning yourself the right to a few veteran's benefits for your service. What's one way your Veteran's Administration can thank you?

Why, lose the personal information of as many as 26.5 million of you, of course. Names, birth dates, social security numbers...exactly what you'd need to steal the identity of a hardworking veteran with decent credit. Hey, who wants to open a credit card on Private Johnson's account?

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United Airlines Running Government Propaganda In Flight

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[Viral Marketing]
United Airlines has begun showing an in-flight video about military glamor jobs that was produced and funded by the Department of Defense--a fact passengers do not learn from watching it.

Sandwiched between NBC sitcoms and Discovery Channel previews, "Today's Military," as the 13-minute program is called, highlights five jobs that few members of the armed forces could point to as their own.

It shows only one soldier beyond U.S. borders, who's "doing humanitarian work in Thailand" -- a remarkable focus at a time of war. The Defense Department paid United $36,000 to run the video for one month.

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Troop-Supporting Steakhouse Losing Its Lease

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For all of the empty words and useless posturing that most people mean when they say they "support the troops," Fran O'Brien's Stadium Steakhouse in DC, located in the basement of the Capital Hilton, gives free weekly steak dinners (with open bar, no less) to recovering veteran patients at Walter Reed Medical Center. It organizes the dinners, issues the invitations, and provides transportation and help negotiating the not-very-amputee-friendly location. The restaurant and its volunteers also provide a friendly face and ear during the other six days of the week for any veteran who needs them.

At least, they did until the Hilton, who owns the space occupied for years by O'Brien's, decided to evict the restaurant (with all of two week's notice) for "business reasons." Could it be that all of those limbless soldiers limping in once a week were putting a slight crimp on the hotel's business?

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It's An Honor To Honor You (and your money)

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[Get-Rich-Quick]
The Louisiana Technology Council writes, "The City has had a long-standing tradition of saluting military members in the local area in the form of an Armed Forces Day Luncheon (dating back to 1946). The luncheon was not on the schedule this year. However, the Greater New Orleans Council of Navy League has elected to host this year's luncheon not only to keep that tradition alive, but more importantly to honor those who have done so much over the course of the past year for our fair city and our great nation... We simply can't let that heroism and dedication go without taking time to say thanks to these wonderful servicemen and women for a job well done."

So to honor our military, the LTC and the Navy League has elected to hit them up for $28/head if you're in uniform, to attend a luncheon in your honor. Way to go! I can't wait to be honored myself... I hope I can afford it!

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Army Bans Soldier/Family/Private-Purchased Body Armor

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Soldiers will no longer be allowed to wear body armor other than the protective gear issued by the military, Army officials said Thursday, the latest twist in a running battle over the equipment the Pentagon gives its troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The army claims that they don't want non-military-approved body armor on their troops, but common sense dictates that if a troop is asking his family to send him body armor, it's likely because he doesn't have any in the first place!

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"Recent Surge of Violence" Discovered in Iraq!

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[News Media]
The current administration recently reported that due to a "recent surge of violence", troop levels in Iraq will not be reduced any time soon. Democratic Underground began examining things more deeply and discovered that the "recent surge of violence" is much more than a recurring theme in the media.

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Marines Caught Selling Body Armor on EBay

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[Get-Rich-Quick]
A civilian and several Marines have been convicted on charges connected to an operation that stole ballistic vests and other gear from Camp Pendleton and sold it on the Internet, authorities said.

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Cheney Shoots Trial Lawyer

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[Terroir-ism]
Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas, spraying the fellow hunter in the face and chest with shotgun pellets.

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Cindy Sheehan Arrested for Her T-Shirt

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As some of you may have heard, before last night's State of the Union address, invited guest Cindy Sheehan was arrested and detained. Her crime? Wearing a T-shirt that said "2245 Dead -- How many more?" Apparently "free speech" is not protected within the House of Representatives. "Demonstrating" in the House gallery is prohibited--though I have to wonder how wearing a shirt with letters on it is "demonstrating."

Although news reports say that Ms. Sheehan ignored instructions to close her jacket and quiet down, she tells the story a bit differently. Oh, if only there had been a few news cameras at the event to catch it all on tape!

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Halliburton Serves Tainted Water to Troops; Doesn't Tell 'Em

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Troops and civilians at a U.S. military base in Iraq were exposed to contaminated water last year and employees for the responsible contractor, Halliburton, couldn't get their company to inform camp residents, according to interviews and internal company documents.

Halliburton, the company formerly headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, disputes the allegations about water problems at Camp Junction City, in Ramadi, even though they were made by its own employees and documented in company e-mails. Unfortunately the person discovering the contaminated water was actually the company's water treatment and testing expert, and not the company's minister of information. Everyone obviously knows by now, the public relations department are the only ones who know the real truth, right?

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U.S. Government Goes After Vietnam Dodgers, 36 Years Later

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In two separate situations, the current administration seems to be trying to send a message by arresting two men more than 30 years after the fact, for objecting to participating in the Vietnam war. Ernest Johnson and Jerry Texiero, both in their 50s or 60s are now being hunted and prosecuted by the government for sins of conscience they committed more than three decades ago. Score one for justice! Huh?

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Evidence Surfaces That U.S. Used Chemical Weapons In Iraq

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While American media railed against the horrors of Saddam Hussein using chemical weapons against Iran as justification for Iraq's invasion, the little known fact that the Unites States executed similarly henious acts is now starting to surface.

Powerful new evidence emerged yesterday that the United States dropped massive quantities of white phosphorus on the Iraqi city of Fallujah during the attack on the city in November 2004, killing insurgents and civilians with the appalling burns that are the signature of this weapon.

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Military Recruitment Ads Target Parents

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In an effort to deal with continually-declining enlistment rates, the military is changing its strategy. It's latest ad campaign features a proud father who is impressed his son, returning from service, looks him in the eye and shakes his hand. A sharp contrast from traditional PSA's directed at parents that encourage them to protect their children from harm like drugs, alcohol and sex, the army's newest campaign promotes military service as some kind of "attitude adjustment system" in order to motivate parents to encourage their children to enlist.

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'Marine of the Year' Arrested After Firing Into Nightclub Crowd

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Decorated marine and Iraq war veteran, Daniel B. Cotnoir, who last month stood beside congressmen in Washington, D.C., to accept the national Marine of the Year award, opened fire at around 2:50 a.m. after someone filing out of a nearby nightclub and restaurant hurled an empty mango juice bottle through his bedroom window. Minutes earlier, Cotnoir had called police to complain about noise and, as he waited for officers to arrive, he paced behind the window and aimed his 12-gauge pump shotgun at the group, witnesses and police said.

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No Excuse For Older Republican Brother To Not Enlist Now

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[Employment]
In an interesting turn of events, the Pentagon has quietly asked Congress to up the maximum age for military recruitment to 42. Yes, if you're over 40, you're not over the hill -- Uncle Sam wants you!

This is excellent news for all the baby boomers who have been asking themselves if there was anything else they could do besides put down liberals and slap a ribbon on the back of their SUV.

And there's even more good news. The Army wants to introduce their own affiliate program where you can get $1000-$2500 to convince someone else to join and get through basic training! No word yet regarding any free iPods though.

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Soldier Leonard Clark Arrested In Iraq

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A major voice in blogspace from the war front in Iraq has been self-proclaimed liberal soldier Leonard Clark, who maintained a blog of his activities and views while on patrol. He's now been arrested. There's lots of speculation over what the military's intent is on this issue. Some feel they're trying to stifle any public voice of dissent or disapproval from their ranks. The military claims that Clark was involved in illegal campaign activities which are a violation of some of their rules.

It's worth debating whether: a) There really is any national security at risk here, and if so, is the nature of what constitutes a "national security risk" overly broad and restrictive of free speech rights? b) Is ones' credibility damaged if they appear to be critical of current events while at the same time looking to enter politics? The problem I had with Clark's blog was that it was hard to give his criticisms as much legitimacy when it seemed he was using his embedded position to promote a potential political career.

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Operation Yellow Elephant: Republicans Put Up Or Shut Up

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In response to the seemingly never-ending diatribes on the part of republicans over "supporting our troops" and the merciless criticisms they levy against "filthy liberals" who they claim are "against the war" Operation Yellow Elephant has been launched.

Opponents of the war are basically sick and tired of the hypocrisy of the right wingers and are now demanding that they sign up and truly support the troops, or shut their trap.

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President Exploits Troops; Shills For Gimmick Merchandiser

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[Viral Marketing]
In a national address, the President took advantage of the holiday and directed people towards a new web site, AmericaSupportsYou.mil - touted as a way to show support for the troops. Apparently one of those ways is to purchase yet another crappy ribbon lapel pin from a Pennsylvania marketing association (whose claim to fame is making a toaster that burns the Target logo on bread, and a stilletto heel that doubles as a beverage holder). Are any of these products actually made in America? Does any of the revenue generated go towards supporting our troops? Are you kidding me?

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Karl Rove Outed As Treasonous Exposer of CIA Agent?

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In another Friday-news-dump-to-keep-it-from-going big, Time Magazine is turning over documents supposedly exposing Bush's brain and PR mastermind, Karl Rove as the person who leaked the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame to reporters Robert Novak, Judith Miller and Matt Cooper.

It will be interesting to see if Karl Rove is punished for this overtly illegal and treasonous activity.

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US Bombs Area Where Special Ops Team Disappeared

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[Terroir-ism]
American warplanes bombed a suspected Taliban compound in an area where an elite U.S. military team has been missing for five days in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said Saturday.

Francis Ford Coppola unavailable for comment.

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Your Friendly Public School Army Recruiter

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Did you know that the "No Child Left Behind" Act has a sneaky section requiring high schools to turn over student information to military recruiters? What exactly are we not leaving our children behind from, a tour of duty in Iraq? That's fine if that's what you want, but what if you want your kids to follow the example of the president's kids and the congress's kids, and stay out of the military?

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Now Hiring: Civilians to Protect U.S. Army

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[Employment]
Are you a looking for extra money and new opportunities? Well you can work for a fat cat private contractor in Iraq protecting and supporting the US Military. Get paid more than $60,000 while the noble servicemen earn $23,000. Plus, free life insurance! And people wonder why enlistment figures are lagging?

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Army Reservist Reports On Iraq

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[Terroir-ism]
He was a family man, a really courteous guy, a devout Christian. I was stunned and said to him: "You shot an unarmed man behind barbed wire for throwing a stone." He said, "Well, I knelt down. I said a prayer, stood up and gunned them all down."

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Uncensored Pictures From Iraq

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A new site has begun compiling photos from soldiers and others in Iraq, all in their uncensored and potentially gory glory. If you want to see the side of Iraq and the military occupation the media won't show you, check this out.

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Gulf War pilots tortured by Iraqis fight the Bush administration

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The latest chapter in the legal history of torture is being written by American pilots who were beaten and abused by Iraqis during the 1991 Persian Gulf War. And it has taken a strange twist.

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