Shut up and serve: you troops should be grateful to *US*


That’s the gist of this nasty little anti-troop rant written by uber-lefty William Arkin in response to this NBC video that is circulating around the Internet in which some troops on the ground expressed frustration about how Americans are acting here at home as it relates to ‘supporting the mission’ (or not supporting it).

Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive is not amused and lets Arkin have it (some colorful language is used, so if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing …).

Hat tip: Hugh Hewitt


NJ schools will test students’ urine for weekend drinking


Via the AP:

PEQUANNOCK, N.J. — Teens who drink alcohol could be caught three days later under a high school’s new testing policy for students.

The test, which will be given randomly to students at Pequannock Township High School, can detect whether alcohol was consumed up to 80 hours earlier. The legal drinking age in the United States is 21.

Other districts already use the test. Middletown began using it last spring for students suspected of using drugs and alcohol. This month, the district expanded it to include a random pool of about 1,800 students.

Pequannock Superintendent Larrie Reynolds said the policy approved last week should be a deterrent to students who feel peer pressure to drink.

Under the program, students who test positive will not be kicked off teams or barred from extracurricular activities, Reynolds said. Instead, they will receive counseling — and their parents will be notified.

The ACLU of NJ isn’t too happy about this:

Critics have said the testing does not work and invades students’ privacy.

“Medical care and treatment are issues between parents and children,” said Deborah Jacobs, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey.

That line of thinking on the part of the ACLU-NJ apparently doesn’t extend to minors regarding abortion, though, natch.

(AP link via Best of the Web)

One more reason I’m proud to say I’m no longer a feminist


Because of morally bankrupt, exceptionally puerile ‘arguments’ like this one, which, as so much other radical feminista propaganda does, encourages women – especially those who are virgins – to lower their standards and have sex because “Sex is amazing, liberating and a power to be exerted over others”, among other things.

And here I thought the feminist movement was not supposed to be defined by our sex (and having sex) but instead who we were as human beings rather than sex objects …

Hat tip: Daniel Gelernter at Phi Beta Cons

Related: Here’s a must-read from Dawn Eden, who provides some very valuable insight on the ‘sexual revolution.’


Joe Biden announces presidential intentions, then shoots himself in the foot (WITH AUDIO)


My oh my oh my! I wonder if he’ll be issuing ‘apologies’ over what he said about Obama and black people for the next several years? ;)

More: Michelle Malkin asks a couple of good questions:

Question A: Who will press Joe Biden to name the names of the inarticulate and dim and dirty and unattractive African-Americans he was thinking about when he, um, complimented Barack Obama?

Question B: Will the Washington Post give this coverage equal to its Macacaphony over George Allen’s racial blundering?

We shall see …. or not.

Update: Brightcove has the audio.


Did Iranian operatives attack and kill US troops in Karbala earlier this month?


CNN is reporting that the Pentagon is investigating the possibility that Iranian operatives (or those trained by Iranians) attacked and killed US troops in Karbala back on January 20th:

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — The Pentagon is investigating whether a recent attack on a military compound in Karbala was carried out by Iranians or Iranian-trained operatives, two officials from separate U.S. government agencies said.

“People are looking at it seriously,” one of the officials said.

That official added the Iranian connection was a leading theory in the investigation into the January 20 attack that killed five soldiers.

The second official said: “We believe it’s possible the executors of the attack were Iranian or Iranian-trained.”

Five U.S. soldiers were abducted and killed in the sophisticated attack by men wearing U.S.-style uniforms, according to U.S. military reports. (Watch how attackers got into the compound )

Both officials stressed the Iranian-involvement theory is a preliminary view, and there is no final conclusion. They agreed this possibility is being looked at because of the sophistication of the attack and the level of coordination.

“This was beyond what we have seen militias or foreign fighters do,” the second official said.

The investigation has led some officials to conclude the attack was an “inside job” — that people inside the compound helped the attackers enter unstopped.

Bill Roggio, who is embedded with a Marine and Army transition team in Iraq, writes:

The United States had planned to detail Iran’s involvement in supporting the Shia death squads, as well as the Sunni insurgency, al-Qaeda in Iraq and Ansar al-Sunnah during a press briefing with Major General Bill Caldwell on Wednesday at 7:00 am Eastern. The briefing was purported to have detailed “specifics including shipping documents, serial numbers, maps and other evidence which officials say would irrefutably link Iran to weapons shipments to Iraq.”

The Bush administration has decided to put the briefing “on hold for several reasons, including concerns over the reaction from Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — as well as inevitable follow-up questions that would be raised over what the U.S. should do about it,” according to FOX News.

Stay tuned.

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