Sunday, August 30, 2009

my stop-lossed cuzzin Tyler

Bill McClellan is prolly one of my top-five favorite St. Louisans and Tyler Harris is definitely numero uno. If anyone's ever seen Donnybrook on the stl pbs station, Bill is the decent person with the mustache.

Two weeks before Christmas, after being inactive for two years, buying a house with his wife and getting cozy in an awesome job, Tyler received a packet in the mail for soldiers returning to active duty. About three months later he was back in the cradle of civilization where he currently resides, undoubtedly making everyone around him realize for the first that they are morons, his awesomeness routinely illuminating their banality.

Tyler's story in his own words:

and the article Bill wrote

oh yeah, and politely tell people this is bullshit if you're so inclined

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Female Officers Put in Charge of Policing Climate Camp

In the wake of the death of Ian Tomlinson, the subsequent coverup, and the general brutality of the G-20 protest crackdown, female officers are set to head up peace-keeping at Climate Camp. I'm interested to know what anybody thinks about this ( especially if you have examples in your own experience of dealing with male and female officers ).

Thursday, August 13, 2009

positive and negative cnn stuff on Mexico

prosecuted for leaving water for illegal immigrants. Tsk, tsk. Judges having some serious Limbaugh moments, dudes. Shameful shit.
bad news first

fairly enlightened oped on the continental american drug war and it's potential evolution. Kind of a sensational lead though, not sure I care for it.

good newsey stuff second

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hillary visits Congo

washington post

"The Congolese military has launched an offensive to take back eastern Congo from Rwandan rebels who have lived in the region for years. The operation has won support from the United States and United Nations. But human-rights groups say it has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes and has driven up the rate of rape, with soldiers often involved."

yahoo news

"U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Monday for Congolese youth to lead nationwide protests against massive corruption and rampant sexual violence in the country's violence-torn east.

Clinton said she would press officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo to address the issues. But she stressed that domestic outrage at graft and sexual assaults against women and girls was needed to help prod the government into action."