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This story is bizarre even by Moonie Washington Times standards

Sgt. Corrigan volunteered to serve for a year in Iraq from 2005-2006...Among other duties, the sergeant would go out on patrol with the Iraqis, clear routes of IEDs...Sgt. Corrigan never fully recovered emotionally from the combat and continues to have vivid nightmares that gave him insomnia...He says that in his daily life now, he’s still looking for the “IED triggerman”...The Veterans’ Affairs (VA) hospital gave him medication...(H)e was tasked to prepare a mental health manual for his soldiers on mild traumatic brain injury and suicide prevention.

Someone with problems that prevented him from being re-deployed and puts him on medication for nearly four years was asked to work on a suicide prevention project? They really ARE short-handed!

On a pamphlet from VA hospital, he saw a link to a website VeteransCrisisLine.net. On it, he found a number for a counseling hotline, which turned out to be a suicide hotline...When he called it a little before midnight...The woman asked for his name, address, phone number, whether he was active duty, if he was using alcohol or drugs, and his unit. Then she asked if he had any firearms...He had recently moved...but had not registered them because he thought the process was too convoluted and risky.

Nonetheless, if it was required by law, he should have done it. Or did he not want to take the "risk" of losing his weapons due to his mental condition?

“I told her, ‘I don’t have the gun out.’ And she kept saying, ‘Put down the gun.’ She talked like I had the gun in one hand and my cell phone in the other...She insisted I repeat the words, ‘The guns are down,’” he said. “I finally got agitated and said, ‘I shouldn’t have called’ and hung up.” Then, Sgt. Corrigan took a prescribed sleeping pill and went to bed. (He was) jolted awake four hours later...

I once called 911 when I meant to dial 411. I explained my mistake, apologized, and hung up. They called me right back. You'd think that someone allegedly studying crisis intervention would know better than to hang up on a hotline like that at midnight. And if the hotline operator was so sure that he was suicidal, how come it took four hours for the cops to turn up? I know that the Washington DC area isn't used to major snowstorms, but don't their response vehicles have all-weather tires?

Part 2 of the story, meanwhile, reads like an episode of Reno 911. I'm not unsympathetic towards the guy, and I hope that all charges are eventually dropped. But this arrest didn't happen out of the blue -- there's enough blame to go all around.


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DING DING DING! Warren DeMontague, you're our grand prize winner!

But moral panic

and anti-sex prudishness

ARE issues in our society.

To me, pearl-clutching should have nothing do with gender, sexual orientation, or even wearing pearls -- it should be about outrage that is either fabricated (like Newt's) or misplaced (like Hyacinth's), then blown out of proportion.

Just last night, Gingrich clutched his pearls over Obama's apology for U.S.-led troops "accidentally" burning Korans in a prison. But was he REALLY outraged, or just grabbing an opportunity to bash Obama and advance his ambitions? Put another way, can you imagine Gingrich praising Obama for NOT apologizing? No, he'd probably point to it as proof that he has no control as commander-in-chief. Glenn Beck and and Sarah are fabricating pearl clutchers, too.

As for Hyacinth Bucket, she once told her husband that all she wants is to ensure that his life "flows in a placid stream." As long as she's controlling that stream, of course -- so much so that HER pearl clutching was turbo-charged. A cracked teacup, a newsboy scratching his ear, someone brushing against her walls or talking loudly in the street, her sister's mini-skirts, her brother-in-law's right to bare arms: the tiniest deviation of her world order had her grasping at her throat, then blindly counterattacking. We laughed at Hyacinth hardest when she found herself stranded in the debris of her laid-to-waste planning.

That's why I'm comfortable with the term "pearl clutching": it's not just for prudes anymore.


DING DING DING! Public Policy Polling's Tom Jensen, you're our grand prize winner!

“Republican voters aren’t ready to run through a wall for any of these candidates, in contrast to the way Democrats felt about Clinton and Obama in 2008...”

Yes, I remember it well -- here at DU, the "Obamatrons" and the "Hillbots" went at each other like rams during the rutting season.

It was painful -- so painful that I feared DU would see its first unsuccessful donation drives. But I would gladly re-live every second of it, because I realize now that we had candidates who were WORTH fighting over. And since no one was pre-selected and force-fed upon us, the landslide majority of the Hillbots were able to get behind Obama when the smoke cleared.

As for the tsunami of anti-Obama sentiment that the GOP is reduced to counting on, it might happen, but I don't think it will be big enough. Even if the GOP voters get their wish and end up with a Chris Christie or a Tim Pawlenty, the GOP primary season has soured too many moderates and independents for them to get within even a cheatproof margin.


I was going to watch the launch at home and get to work a little late

But once I learned it was 32 degrees in Florida, I left at my usual time because I didn't think for one second that they'd attempt to launch in such weather when they'd never done it before.

I arrived at work to find people gathered around the TV in a conference room. Though the temperature had skyrocketed to a scorching 36 degrees, my exact words were "They're STILL going through with it? They're CRAZY!" Nonetheless, I was still so confident that the launch would be called off that I went to my cubicle, turned on the radio and proceeded with my work day. It was the radio that told me what had happened, and I rushed back to the conference room where I saw the "replay."

I recall that the launch had already been delayed at least once. News reports suggested that NASA was under political pressure to produce results, and no doubt Morton Thiokol wanted to protect their reputation (not to mention collect their fees). Now it turns out that frozen O-rings had been a potential danger since they got off the drawing board; that the engineers had been overruled by corporate management; that another engineer was branded a whistleblower for telling the truth; that Boisjoly couldn't bring himself to watch the launch; and that NASA juggled safety and political expediency routinely.

So it turns out that I had been right: they WERE crazy.

Roger Boisjoly's career was hijacked because he did the right thing. Postponing the launch until the weather improved would have been the right thing. Doing the right thing isn't always fun or comfortable or easy or convenient -- but it IS always right.

There's no need to hope that Roger Boisjoly will rest in peace -- he's already taken care of that. So I'll call just him a great American hero and patriot, and thank him for his service.


Throat slashed, woman reads Bible to her attacker

SHELBY, NC — Police say...Lindsay Wood and her son came home from church around 8:30 p.m. The son pulled a trash can from the front yard of their one-story white house on Royster Avenue. Wood's son told police a man he didn’t know rushed past him.

He saw the man run toward the back of the house. His mother was unlocking the rear door at the same time. Wood's son told police he heard his mother talking to the man but couldn’t understand their conversation...(T)he man pulled out a knife. He swung the blade and sliced into the right side of Wood's neck.

Wood started speaking to the man about Bible verses and church, Stafford said. (She) didn’t call 911 until 10:24 p.m., after the attacker left...

According to this followup story, Wood ended up with close to two dozen stitches. I don't know what I find more unlikely -- that for an hour, the mother was able to talk while bleeding, or that for an hour, the son did absolutely nothing.

I hope this isn't a actually a case of her being attacked by a punk kid who was tired of living the religious life, and her trying to cover it up in the name of "forgiveness."


It's called "living in the moment" -- and it's the cornerstone of the Rethug pyschosis.

(link) Combine interpersonal exploitation ("tak(ing) advantage of others to achieve (one's) own ends") with a sense of entitlement ("unreasonable expectations of...favorable treatment or automatic compliance") and arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes, and you get people who are so egotistical it doesn't occur to them to contemplate the possible consequences of their actions. Rethugs are TOTALLY INCAPABLE of this kind of thinking:

"If I take a cookie without asking, Mommy will get mad."
"If I'm not home by midnight, my folks will ground me for a decade."
"I'll have to study all night if I have any hope of passing the exam."
"If I don't hand in this report before the deadline, I'll get fired."
"If I cheat on my partner, s/he will break up with me."

Remember when Tom Delay went on trial, and he got a judge removed from the case because he was a Democratic contributor? To his total surprise, the prosecutor struck back by having the replacement judge removed for being a Republican contributor! Rethugs are so morally tunnel-visioned on achieving their ends, they don't see anything else -- such as the fact that Penn State, which is under criminal investigation due to the Jerry Sandusky case, also qualifies for their new policy!


Here's something I posted about four years ago:

...(T)hough we're fighting over who the Dem candidate will be, at least they're WORTH fighting over. The poor GOP voters can't figure out whether McCain or Huckabee is the best of the worst, and their leadership hates them for not lockstepping along with Romney...

And here's something DU-er Lame54 posted about four years ago:

The 2008 GOP primary season and Obama's cheatproof margin of victory should have told the GOP leadership that they were stampeding toward a cliff -- and they should have noticed that their voters weren't following them. But instead of giving themselves a strategic makeover, they've tried to fob off the same flabby candidates with the same flabby talking points. Five years ago, one could understand the GOP believing that being defeated by a woman or an African-American was the stuff that dreams are made of. But what's their excuse now -- Fox News? Don't make me laugh.

Whether or not you agree that "Fox News has moved in and essentially replaced the RNC as the driving electoral force in Republican politics today," it isn't Roger Ailes's fault that Perry made Bush Jr. seem lucid, that Cain made Bachmann seem lucid, that Romney is as appealing as a cactus, or that Gingrich called Obama a "food stamp President."

While Fox News should rightfully be considered a branch of Republican party, their role is that of a pipeline to the public. Ailes can only work with what the GOP shovels into Fox News's front end. Suggesting that Ailes is a loose cannon recklessly spewing "relentless paranoia" and "slash and burn tactics" simply enables the Republican crime family values of deflecting blame and avoiding accountability. The blame and accountability lie squarely with "the private face" of the GOP leadership for being too ideologically tone-deaf at best -- and too rich at worst -- to display any kind of genuine attention toward the voters.

I agree that it is now "too late" for the GOP, but it would be unfair not to point out that they have also been the victims of bad timing. Even if they do succeed at force-feeding us Romney at their convention, the Occupy/99 Percent movement has turned him into the ultimate one percenter. That is to say, Mitt Romney is the wrong candidate at the wrong time -- once again.


It's the Ninth Annual Rocktivity DU/LBN "You Call This NEWS?" Awards!

Thank you, and welcome to our first awards ceremony from our new DU3 digs!

The last time we held a ceremony against the backdrop of a presidential primary season, both parties had begun the hard slog toward ending up with best nominee. This time around, only the Republicans are in the limelight, and I, for one, am enjoying it immensely!

Just in time, President Obama heard our warnings that he was destabilizing his base. He's pushed back on the payroll tax, issued signing statements against NDAA, started talking tougher and made a recess appointment that gives American consumers a voice in his administration. All of which has the Republicans rocked back on their heels and swinging so wildly, they're starting to destabilize their OWN base.

Case in point: even the mainstream media is having trouble covering for the Republicans and transferring the blame to liberals. Words like "toilet fishing" and "midget mud wrestling" and "clown car" are popping up like weeds while the Republican debates have become a carousel of lie after hyprocrisy after gaffe after delusion after excuse after pure lunacy. Here's hoping the Republicans will "stay the course" as we gather once again to honor those DU posters and responders who have caught the media trying to sneak by stories that are too redundant, outdated, or just plain dumb to be considered news.


2003 - Bush's Ancestor's Bank Seized (Grandad - Germany/Nazi)
2004 - Cheney May Help or Hinder Bush's Chances


2005 - U.S. Army Report: Military Lost Dominance In Iraq After Invasion
2006 - Iraq On Brink Of Becoming A Failed State
2007 - Iraqis Blame U.S. Invasion For Discord
2008 - Bush sees no recession coming
2009 - Bottled water sales dry up - Industry Asks 'Why?'
2010 - Former Head of FEMA says Bush Administration Downplayed Severity of Hurricane Katrina



Uranus takes a pounding more frequently than thought
Media Source: Dvice.com/Syfy
Posted by: N2doc
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "Mind your own business." -- Rug


Newt Gingrich takes his fourth 'no-adultery' pledge
Media Source: Washington Post/ABC News
Posted by: Oberliner
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "Newt's been breaking marriages pledges that he made before I was even born. And I was born in 1964!" -- JoePhilly


New study: You can't live on minimum wage
Media Source: Detroit Free Press (PDF)
Posted by: Bozita
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "Wait -- aren't Republicans and the media trying to convince people that it's hard to live on nearly 19 times ($250,000) minimum wage?" -- ProSense


George Bush angry at Obama's Ground Zero 'victory lap'
Media Source: Daily Mail/New York Daily News
Posted by: Botany
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "I believe Bush will end up being one of Bin Laden's 72 virgins." -- Uncle Joe


Savings Rate Is Dropping - Experts Are Puzzled
Media Source: New York Times
Posted by: ShockediSay
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "I don't get it...When I crack wind, I'm not 'puzzled' by the smell." -- SteveM


Colin Powell was 'manipulated' by Cheney into justifying Iraq war
Media Source: Raw Story
Posted by: Kpete
Best Post (Other Than Mine): "Trying to unsell a soul is damned hard work." -- Aquart


Wal-Mart: Our shoppers are 'running out of money'
Media Source: CNN
Posted by: Newsjock

Best Posts (Other Than Mine):
"First, kill manufacturing jobs in the US...so those people who lost their jobs are too broke to buy your shit. THEN take over small towns so that all the local small businesses go under, so THOSE people now are too broke to buy your shit. Then pay people who work for you next to nothing...so THEY can't afford to buy your shit...(T)hen you wonder why people aren't buying your shit?" -- Dixiegrrrrl
"To Walmart, I can only say: DUH." -- RKP5637

Yes, it's our first tie, and -- oh, no she didn't! -- Dixiegrrrrl has won two in a row! I couldn't pick one post over the other because they both identify and deconstruct the evils of corporate personhood and income inequality so artfully (just with a different number of words). With all due respect to the Occupy movement, we DU-ers (as usual) have once again been WAY ahead of the curve. And with the Republicans determined to dig an even deeper hole than they did four years ago, there's reason to be a lot more optimistic (but NOT complacent) about this coming Election Day.

Well, thanks for coming, keep up the good work, and the Coalition for the Homeless has asked me to thank you for the unclaimed clothing you've been leaving behind after our post-awards parties. Until next our tenth anniversary edition next year!

The White House Correspondents' Dinner: his "most awkward" moment? Seriously?

...But easily the most awkward moment in Colbert’s career, and also in many ways a defining one, was his appearance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2006. Mark Smith, an A.P. reporter who...was responsible for booking the talent, admitted later that he wasn’t all that familiar with the show, which was only three months old...

Colbert...addressed the president...“I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things. He stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a powerful message: that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound — with the most powerfully staged photo-ops in the world...”

Male cattle droppings.

Mark Smith knew EXACTLY what he was getting -- if anything, his ulterior motive was for Colbert to say all the things to the Bush regime that he couldn't. And may I remind the Times that they didn't mention Colbert's appearance AT ALL the next day? Was that their way of being "kind" to him, as if he'd peed on floor?

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