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Was once a republican. long long ago, in a far, far away place. I apologize.

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TEXAS FIREBOMBING: Suspect in Davis attack was once a teacher who "mentally snapped"

Suspect in TEXAS Senator Davis(D) attack was once a teacher who "mentally snapped"

By Deanna Boyd

dboyd@star-telegram.com

The homeless man accused of tossing a bag of Molotov cocktails at state Sen. Wendy Davis' office door is a college graduate and one-time middle school teacher who "snapped" some 15 years ago, his older brother said Wednesday.

"All the way through college, we used to be like best friends," said Curtis Steele III of his brother Cedric, 40, who was in custody Wednesday facing a charge of arson of a building.

"Then he just mentally snapped and just wasn't mentally there. ... Unfortunately it's gotten worse. His whole reality is different."

Davis was not at the Fort Worth office during the attack Tuesday afternoon, and no one was injured.

Curtis Steele, 42, of Grand Blanc, Mich., said his brother believes that he develops weapons for the Pentagon, writes children's books and is, at times, a preacher.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/03/21/3826147/brother-suspect-in-davis-attack.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy

Unique problem

The issue of "Rush on Armed Forces Radio" is a problem that I have a unique perspective on. You see, I served for four years working for Armed Forces Radio, and served a 21 year military career that included multiple assignments dealing in public affairs in some capacity, both as an enlisted soldier, and as an officer.

What to do about Rush is a major problem from a number of angles. First of all, all programming is, and always has been, strictly independent of any political influence. The Armed Forces Network has always prided itself on it's being independent of political direction, and instead, strove by regulation to be representative of all sides of the American political spectrum. Yes, Rush is aired, and was put on after members of it's military audience specifically asked for it to be added to the line up. Others of different political tilts also appear.

The best and easiest way to end Rush is NOT for political pressure to be forced from outside, but rather for those within the military to tell the network that they would prefer Rush no longer be on. I understand some of that is now going on.

Outside political interference is the LAST thing you want to do- because if they took Rush off because of the President or Senator Levin's specific request, then what happens if and when the other side gains political power?

No, outside political influence is the worst answer to the problem. The best is to have men and women in uniform express their views to AFN directly, and then let AFN management decide how best to resolve the situation.

It's been almost a decade since I worked for them, but I can tell you that the AFN leadership most likely is looking for a way to end Rush's broadcast without a lot of fanfare. It's not an easy task.
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