Apologies if this has been posted already. I looked and couldn't find it. Anyway, I'm interested to read what other DUers make of it:
Its Clear Our Military Is No Longer The Nation's Only Standing Army When It Comes To Killing Power
Over the past 2 weeks, everyone from the mainstream media to bloggers and conspiracy theorists have questioned the government's mass purchasing of ammunition for federal agencies like the National Weather Service and even the Social Security Administration. Combined, both agencies ordered over 210,000 rounds. This ammunition is mostly made up of "hollow point" bullets, which are designed strictly for maximum damage to the human body and have been outlawed for use in warfare since 1969.
On the surface, these purchases alone are scary enough and raise questions as to why these unlikely agencies need any amounts of ammo, especially bullets that have been outlawed. The National Weather Service claims they have 63 officers who "enforce the nation's ocean and fishing laws to ensure a level playing field for fishermen and to protect marine species like whales, dolphins and turtles." If you divide 46,000 rounds by the 63 agents they employ, that's 730 bullets per agent, or, in other words, 63 crack shots and a lot of dead fisherman.
Governments Strategy To Crush Any Tea Party Insurgency (Warfare)
How seriously does the government consider a Tea Party rebellion? Kevin Benson, a retired U.S. Army colonel, who now teaches modern warfare to soldiers at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, has co-written an article with Civil War expert, Jennifer Weber, detailing how to crush a Tea Party insurgency. That report, by itself, has ignited a firestorm among those increasingly concerned about what they feel is a distinct anti-civilian tone that has infected much of the military and Homeland Security personnel since 2009.
Just caught the tail end of a Nickelodeon sitcom. I think it's called "Yes, Dear." Just as I tuned in, a young dad was with his little boy at an outdoor school lunch area. The dad counseled his son not to sit with the girl eating lunch by herself. The dad told him the she was "smart, pretty, and self-confident" and that he should leave her alone. The dad then put his hands on his son's shoulders, turned him to face a table where six girls were eating lunch and advised him to flirt with them by encouraging him to go for "six chicken nuggets" instead of just one.
The only redeeming thing about it was that the little boy ignored his dad's advice and sat with the little girl who was eating alone. But this kind of stuff, even though it's supposedly comedy, bugs me. It sends the wrong message and reinforces the objectification of people, in general, and girls, in particular.