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November 28, 2005

Random Rounds.

After all the pictures of guns n' stuff the last coupla days, let's delve into some other stuff while I'm home for lunch.

1. While it's sad to see his decline and fall - the Republicans don't need a politician who sells his office. Well, no party does, actually. Too bad you failed the test, Duke.

2. Don Surber has this week's RINO Sightings posted.

3. The Christian Science Monitor covers the frustration of some returned Marines about how the war is portrayed in the media, though the writer Mark Sappenfield clearly struggles to maintain his worldview...

Like many soldiers and marines returning from Iraq, Mayer looks at the bleak portrayal of the war at home with perplexity - if not annoyance. It is a perception gap that has put the military and media at odds, as troops complain that the media care only about death tolls, while the media counter that their job is to look at the broader picture, not through the soda straw of troops' individual experiences.

Yet as perceptions about Iraq have neared a tipping point in Congress, some soldiers and marines worry that their own stories are being lost in the cacophony of terror and fear. They acknowledge that their experience is just that - one person's experience in one corner of a war-torn country. Yet amid the terrible scenes of reckless hate and lives lost, many members of one of the hardest-hit units insist that they saw at least the spark of progress.

You can read the whole thing here.

4. Surely by now you've heard of the foofa-raw over this year's USPS Christmas Stamps. Jay over at Stop The ACLU was all over it, as was "Spotty the Wonder Teen" (Real Teen at Right on Right) - and the Left went after them. I didn't touch this story, because when I looked at the USPS website, the stamps that were chosen for this year - and the fact that there were unsold Madonna and Child stamps from last year, I just didn't see it the way Althouse, et. al, did. But it was funny to watch the Left devolve almost immediately to calling Real Teen a Hitler Youth. I call Godwin's Law on the subject (though the author did mount a defense of same) - and the Left loses - though the Right jumped without looking, the great bane of blogs. Oh, heck, they both lose. For jumping without looking, and for being too cliche'-ridden.

5. The reasons behind the recently slowed, and slightly reversed slide of the Canadian Forces becomes more clear. Arrant Moonbattery at the top. H/t to too many to mention who sent that along.

6. Another story Real Teen is covering is that of the soldiers in Afghanistan who burned the bodies. The officers who made the decision to do the burning are getting slapped around for being insensitive to cultural issues, and the two NCOs who did the taunting are facing Art. 15 proceedings. While I understand the differences in disciplinary actions - if the NCOs did that with those officer's knowledge, I hope the officers are getting an equivalent spank.

7. Lastly, from the "Flaw on the Kaw" (Kansas University), we bring you... inverted Christmas Holiday trees!

8. Update: For an interesting perspective (and one I hadn't really thought about, not being a Limbaugh fan) on the prevalence of the use of Nazi in finger-pointing discourse, see Sanger Magee's post at the Grand Retort.

Personally - my recollection is that the Left has been using Nazi to describe the right since the 60's, and I think Sanger lets his annoyance with Limbaugh overpower his point - but he *does* have a point.

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