No snap salute so crisp is worthy enough for a soldier who has lost his life. Six soldiers died in Iraq on January 6, 2005. Defying the Pentagon's orders, their mothers shared their grief in the light of a most dark day. Freedom's defense is fought at home as much as in foreign lands. The battle of freedom is won with a mother's heart as well as with her son's hands. May the courage of the living give comfort to the dead. The Heretik
art from AP photo/Bill Haber
Six National Guardsmen from Southeast Louisiana were killed by a
roadside explosive on 6 January 2005. Their remains, in flag-draped
coffins, arrived in Belle Chasse, near New Orleans, six days later.
The Pentagon told the Guard to keep out the media, but the families of
all six soldiers wanted to share the sad homecoming with the world.
Obeying the family's wishes instead of the Pentagon's, the Guard
allowed the press - including CBS News and the Associated Press - to
film and photograph the arrival ceremony.
The soldiers: * Sgt. Armand "Luke" Frickey * Sgt. 1st Class Kurt
Comeaux * Staff Sgt. Chritopher Babin * Sgt. Huey Fassbender III * Sgt.
Warren Murphy * Sgt. Bradley Bergeron
Bush on the Couch: Sooner or later, every president is the subject of a "psycho-history." These works usually claim to explain the policies, behavior and even mannerisms of the occupant of the Oval Office based on a pseudo-psychological examination dating back to his childhood. Now, it's George W. Bush's turn on the couch."
Click through to the next page for analysis by one sympathetic to all possessed by demons and other maladies of the mind: The Heretik.
The Hate is Pending, it's pending everywhere. The Heretik notes that Jesus' General's troublesome graphic that so rankles Cafe Press has a cross, not a swastika. This reminds us that even among those who espouse freedom and liberty, heresy #12 still holds in their hearts: All Opinions Permitted (so long as they are the same as ours.)
The Heretik has many laments, not the least of which is the Sorcery he was accused of in The Terrible Time of Long Ago. Many accusers in that Dark Time accused The Heretik of making a Mischief by putting words in people's mouths.
What words people speak should come from their own thoughts, not from the thoughts and wishes of others. The Heretik knows it true. He also wishes the White House didn't have such sorcery to make men speak the questions the White House wants.
The Heretik, though innocent of the charge, burned for such a charge of sorcery. What sort of fire burns in the White House that makes this Jeff Gannon ask such facile questions? A dark fire burns there that sheds no light on truth. What is revealed is a another level of deception, a forever unpeeling onion that stings the eyes.
What light did Jeff Gannon look into that made him ask such facile questions at White House press conferences as evidenced below?
When the press is a chained monkey, the people can never be truly free.
Q Scott, I frequently communicate with soldiers stationed in Iraq. And many of them ask me why only the bad news about Iraq is reported in the American media. More than one has told me how demoralizing it is to hear so much about the Abu Ghraib pictures, and so little about the murder and annihilation of American contractors and the beheading of Nicholas Berg. Can I get you to comment on the negative impact our reporting is having on morale of our troops?
MR. McCLELLAN: One, I always try to avoid being a media critic from this podium. I'm here to address your questions.
But let me point out that the President is solidly behind the outstanding jobs that our troops are doing in Iraq. Our troops are performing brilliantly as they work to provide for a secure, democratic and free Iraq for the Iraqi people. And they're doing an outstanding job, and we should always express our gratitude to those who are serving and sacrificing to make the world a better and safer place and to make America more secure.
Q Okay. But is it time to take the filter off again? Is it time to go around the filter? Because, you know -- because there are men and women that we have sent to defend our country that are hearing nothing but bad news in the press.
MR. McCLELLAN: Your point is well taken. There is important progress that is being made in Iraq. The President talked about some of that progress the other night in his remarks at the Army War College. There are also tough days and difficulties that remain.
The Heretik wishes to inform The Minions that Bad Tux shot straight through his heart to hit the bullseye on torture, that Most Odious Practice. Pity not the naive Heretik. He cannot be wounded, he is already among the departed, reporting from his desk at the mouth of hell.
Oh dear, naive Heretik! Look, Joe Bigot American doesn't care what's done to "those" people. You know, THOSE people. Suspiciously brown? Ain't good right-thinkin' Republicans like Joe Bigot? Belong to one of them funny religions that the preacher man sez is all goin' ta hell? Talk some funny gabble talk instead of, like, American, like REAL people? So of COURSE Joe Bigot American don't give a shit that as we speak people are being tortured on behest of the American government. If it ain't him or his own, he just don't give a damn.
The Heretik knows about torture. You don't burn at the stake and come away without an opinion about That Most Horrible Practice he wished ended in The Terrible Terrible Long Ago. By sad experience, The Heretik knows torture is bad for the victim, worse for the soul of the perpetrator, and worst by far for the society that allows it.
A society's moral decay rarely can grow in sunlight where all can see it. Knowing this, the servants of such decay seek out dark places far from view. We should all ask why.
A Bullseye to Bob Herbert of The New York Times for following this shameful process to its grim conclusions.
Extraordinary rendition is the name that's been given to the policy of seizing individuals without even the semblance of due process and sending them off to be interrogated by regimes known to practice torture. In terms of bad behavior, it stands side by side with contract killings.
Our henchmen in places like Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Uzbekistan and Jordan are torturing terror suspects at the behest of a nation - the United States - that just went through a national election in which the issue of moral values was supposed to have been decisive. How in the world did we become a country in which gays' getting married is considered an abomination, but torture is O.K.?