Tuesday, January 26, 2010

In God's Crosshairs

But no crusade or anything.

Army to investigate Mich. contractor

“This situation is not unlike the situation with US currency,’’ said the spokesman, Air Force Major John Redfield. “Are we going to stop using money because the bills have ‘In God We Trust’ on them? As long as the sights meet the combat needs of troops, they’ll continue to be used.’’

That settles that.

"Firm to remove Bible verses from gun sights" by Associated Press | January 22, 2010

WASHINGTON - A Michigan defense contractor will voluntarily stop stamping references to Bible verses on combat rifle sights made for the US military, a major buyer of the company’s gear.

In a statement released yesterday, Trijicon of Wixom, Mich., says it is also providing to the armed forces free of charge modification kits to remove the Scripture citations from the telescoping sights already in use. Through multimillion dollar contracts, the Marine Corps and Army have more than 300,000 Trijicon sights.

WTF was it doing on there in the first place?

The references to Bible passages raised concerns that the citations break a government rule that bars proselytizing by American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, which are predominantly Muslim countries.

Proselytizing by killing? Not going to increase the flock any.

A spokesman for US Central Command initially said the Trijicon sights did not violate the ban and compared the citations on the sights to the “In God We Trust’’ inscription printed on US currency. Yesterday, however, Army General David Petraeus, Central Command’s top officer, called the practice “disturbing.’’ “This is a serious concern to me and the other commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan,’’ Petraeus told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

New Zealand announced yesterday that it would remove the citations from the sights they have, and Australia, which also uses the sights, is assessing what to do.

Oh, so it is a WESTERN INVADER THING, huh?


WASHINGTON - The wife of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had a message yesterday for those trying to prevent military suicides: Don’t forget the spouses.

Deborah Mullen said Army leaders told her that they lack the ability to track suicide attempts by family members of Army personnel. “I was stunned when I was told there are too many to track,’’ Mullen said, speaking onstage at a military suicide prevention conference next to her husband, Admiral Mike Mullen. She urged the military to get a better handle on the problem and implement prevention measures with spouses in mind. “There’s another side to this and that’s family members who commit suicide,’’ Mullen said. “It’s our responsibility. These are our family members.’’


Military-wide, she said, it is not clear exactly how many military family members killed themselves last year. Some military spouses, Mullen said, are reluctant to seek mental health help because it still carries a stigma. “Spouses tell me all the time that they want to get mental health assistance,’’ she said.


They don't know the extent of the problems, huh?

Rising military suicides More U.S. military personnel have taken their own lives so far in 2009 than have been killed in either the Afghanistan or Iraq wars this year, according to a Congressional Quarterly compilation of the latest statistics from the armed services. As of Tuesday, at least 334 members of the military services have committed suicide in 2009, compared with 297 killed in Afghanistan and 144 who died in Iraq, the figures show.

Yeah, it's never easy being a Nazi tool of Empire.

See: How to Honor a Suicider

Besides, I wouldn't worry too much.

Plenty of soldiers to choose from out there:

PLYMOUTH - Though he’d always considered military service, Patrick Logan firmly believed a bachelor’s degree was his ticket to middle-class success. A friend enlisted in the Army after high school, Logan said, “because he felt like he didn’t have anything else to do.’’ Logan was determined to create a better choice for himself.

Then the economy collapsed in 2008, just months after Logan got his degree in criminal justice from Westfield State College. “I applied for probably a couple hundred jobs with only about two or three interviews,’’ said Logan, 23. “At first I thought I must be applying for the wrong jobs. But then I was applying for minimum-wage jobs and not even getting interviews. That kind of brought me back to the Army.’’

Kind of flies in the face of all the Boston Globe's business BS lo these many months, huh?

Logan, who enlisted in November, is part of a growing trend of college-educated young men and women signing up for military service to jump-start their careers, serve their country - and avoid the unemployment line, even if there is a good chance they will end up in a war zone....

Yeah, ALMOST as if -- cui bono -- it was done ON PURPOSE, huh, America?


“I call it a banner year for recruiting,’’ said Dr. Curtis Gilroy, the Pentagon’s director of recruiting policy. Analysts point to several factors for the increase, including the US military’s diminished role in Iraq that has resulted in fewer casualties there and a rise in positive attitudes toward public service. But most agree that the economy is perhaps the biggest reason for the bumper crop of recruits with college diplomas.

Beth Asch, a military analyst at the RAND Corporation, a nonpartisan policy center based in Washington, said the military tends to benefit from a bad economy and rising unemployment....

You now the QUESTION to be ASKED, don't you, American?

Nicole Feeney, 19, an aspiring medical technician from Wilmington who graduated from Middlesex Community College with an associate’s degree in 2008, said she knows several young people - including her boyfriend, an electrician - who have decided to serve their country rather than hold out hope for a quick economic turnaround.

Oh, is that who they are serving? Silly me!!

“It’s scary to think you could have a job one day and the next day you’re looking for more work because you’re not getting enough money or your business is closing, which actually happened to me when I was working at The Chocolate Factory at the Burlington Mall,’’ Feeney said. “A lot of people are getting scared right now, and I think that the military is something to fall back on.’’

Just LOOK OUT for that 6-FOOT DEEP HOLE we call a GRAVE, 'kay?

Colin Fitzpatrick, a 2008 graduate of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., said he always considered himself a good match for military service. A former college hockey player who played semi-pro after college, Fitzpatrick admired the military’s camraderie, its patriotism, and its dedication to national service, but his move to the Army was accelerated when he applied for law enforcement jobs and found himself on long waiting lists....

Wow, they have really sold you the militaristic propaganda but good, AmeriKa.

And, like Feeney and Logan, Fitzpatrick wasn’t deterred by the likelihood he will spend time in a combat zone. “One of my best friends, Kevin, was saying, ‘Colin, you’re going to go to war.’ I said, ‘I know that,’ ’’ Fitzpatrick said. “I don’t look at it as, I may get hurt. I don’t look at it like that. I look at it as my job.’’

Yeah, that's a nice way of looking at it.

Just never mind all that blood you are swimming in.


Of course, killings and suicides happen here, too:

5 living in home shot to death in rural Texas

The 20-year-old man being held for questioning was arrested after trying to break into a nearby car and house about 3 a.m. Sunday, after the slayings, Faircloth said. The man was held at gunpoint by a neighbor until authorities arrived, Faircloth said. The victims and the man in custody were living together, but the relationship between them hasn’t been determined, Faircloth said.

Why no name? And why no follow-up, Glob?

Boy, 9, found hanged in school bathroom

A 9-year-old boy was found hanged in the bathroom of a Dallas-area elementary school in an apparent suicide, police said yesterday. Neighbors were stunned by the news. “It’s terrible,’’ said Roy Adams, sitting on the front porch of his daughter’s house across the street from the school. “People just don’t believe it, a young kid like that.’’

They don't believe it here, either:

Teen’s suicide prompts a look at bullying

The untouchable Mean Girls

"Bullying legislation gains new urgency; Death of student spurs joint panel to address problem" by James Vaznis, Globe Staff | January 26, 2010

It is believed that Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old freshman at South Hadley High School, endured a barrage of ridicule from a clique of girls who were irate that she had dated a football player.

But no actual violence?

Related: Assault charges dropped for Dracut man

Much of the taunting took place through cellphone text messages and on Facebook, and it apparently continued after Prince, a recent Irish immigrant, died....

Bad taste is not a crime, either.



The legislation would address, among other things, so-called cyberbullying, or harassment of peers on the Internet. The problem has been growing rapidly over the years, and advocates for students and school administrators have said that such bullying tends to be much nastier and more rampant than face-to-face encounters....

And IMAGINE a LEADER of a COUNTRY with an ENTIRE PRESS APPARATUS at his disposal, huh?

Derrek Shulman - director of the Anti-Defamation League New England, which has built a broad coalition in support of one of the bullying-prevention bills - said Prince’s death “redoubles our passion to have antibullying policies in place across the Commonwealth.’’

These are the same guys that defend Israel, right?

Related: ADL - America's Most Powerful Hate Group

ADL - World's Largest Hate Group

The ADL's hate crimes legislation

The ADL Hates Our Freedoms

And here they are again!


Related: Brockton residents march to denounce recent violence




And about those bullies....


"For islanders, this was The Game; With contest canceled, Vineyard, Nantucket mourn a lost rite" by James Sullivan, Globe Correspondent | November 21, 2009

OAK BLUFFS - Amid school budget cuts and declining student interest in football, the fabled Whalers-Vineyarders showdown was canceled for the first time in nearly half a century....

You are NOT JUST SAYING THAT to make me FEEL GOOD, are you?



With both schools facing financial woes, they say they no longer can afford to fly players and coaches between islands, as they have done for years in the absence of regular interisland ferry service, which ends after the summer. Doubts were also raised about chartered “fan ferries’’ funded by each side’s booster clubs.

Yeah, TOO BAD the STATE has NO MONEY, huh?

You guys would have been BETTER OFF KEEPING YOUR TAX DOLLARS yourself!!!!

A communication breakdown between incoming athletic directors, the retirement of a legendary Nantucket coach, and the changing culture of school sports appeared to contribute to the cancellation. Now, the good-natured taunting between the rivals has been replaced by a war of words over which island is to blame....

Yeah, and WHO GIVES a s***, really?



"Beacon Hill has been paying for the Big Dig, education overhaul, and other measures “on the backs of cities and towns"

That's PRETTY OBVIOUS by now, no?


"Support swells for anti-bully legislation; Bills call for schools to respond aggressively" by James Vaznis, Globe Staff | November 15, 2009

After years of delays, the Legislature appears poised to crack down on bullying among schoolchildren, with hearings beginning this week on nearly a dozen bills that would force local schools to respond more aggressively to instances of cruelty among students.

But it's OKAY during the FOOTBALL RALLIES!!!

Similar bills have, in the past, failed repeatedly - even as the number of states with bullying-prevention statutes has grown to 37. But now a broad group of supporters, led by the Anti-Defamation League, are giving the effort the momentum it may need to finally push a measure through to passage....

Oh, HERE COMES a HATE BILL for Massachusetts!

I'm glad I'll never set foot in a school again.

If bullying goes unaddressed, advocates say it can foster a sense of loneliness, depression, and anxiety in victims as well as instill thoughts of suicide - causing students to skip school, fall behind in class, or inflict harm upon themselves.

Well, THAT EXPLAINS the PALESTINIAN SITUATION -- among other things (except for the suicide s***; I no longer believe that Zionist rubbish).

The harassment sometimes leads victims to lash out violently at others; some school shootings across the nation over the last decade were at the hands of students who had been allegedly bullied....

Yup, it is ALWAYS ABOUT the AGENDA -- even when they are allegedly caring so much about you!!!!!!!

The legislation gaining momentum at the State House would require the state to develop a model policy for local schools, which would be required to address both traditional bullying and cyberbullying - cruelty by computer. Local schools also would have to document all cases of harassment, discrimination, intimidation, and bullying, and report on the resulting discipline. All incidents would then be reported to state education regulators, who would compile an annual report for the Legislature and periodically review each school’s policies and level of enforcement.

Yup, let's add ANTHER LAYER of STATE BUREAUCRACY and TYRANNY over the whole thing!!!

You can START with the FOOTBALL GAMES, 'kay?!!!!

The stringent reporting requirements are raising concerns among some educators, because they say there is sometimes a fine line between bullying and innocuous teasing....





I'll bet I KNOW WHO MATTERS MOST, readers!!!!

Often the point of teasing is to be humorous,

Have YOU EVER FOUND BEING TEASED to be FUNNY, shithead?!!!

Who wrote this piece of shit, anyway?

while bullying is an ongoing problem in which the intent is to hurt or have power over someone, said Elizabeth Englander, director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State College, which trains school staff on bullying-prevention tactics.

Then THAT DESCRIBES USrael to the LETTER!!!!!!!!

The legislation would require annual training of school employees.


I'm sure the employees are going to LOVE ANOTHER REQUIREMENT to their job -- for something that has been going on forever!!!!

Even Englander, however, is concerned that the reporting requirement could prompt some schools not to properly classify incidents as bullying to dodge the requirement and any negative attention it could bring.

Noooooooo! Authorities NEVER COVER THINGS UP, do they?

Children, she said, could suffer the ultimate consequence: not getting the help they need.

Soon after Emily Dale started her eighth-grade year at Swampscott Middle School, a boy in her class began calling her a four-eye freak. Emily tried ignoring the name-calling, but the boy kept it up, eventually turning to outright discrimination, making fun of her for being Jewish and lobbing derogatory sexual comments at her.


At the BOTTOM of EVERY ISSUE is a god-damned ***!!!!!!!!!!

When Emily finally worked up the courage to report the incidents to school administrators, the bullying grew worse. Although the school disciplined the boy with a one-day suspension and barred him from a field trip, his friends rushed to his defense, berating Emily at school and online. “I felt like I was being punished,’’ Emily said. “I got messages on my Facebook page, saying I was a terrible person for telling on a boy so well liked.’’

The situation grew so bad that Emily, who is now a 10th-grader, eventually enrolled at a private school....

Awwww, the poor dear!


Yup, while the STATE IS BANKRUPT the Legislature is DOING THIS?

"Students urge lawmakers to act on bullying; 11 bills currently under review" by Brian R. Ballou, Globe Staff | November 18, 2009

Students, teachers, and specialists on aggressive behavior filled a State House hearing room yesterday with personal stories about bullying at school and in cyberspace and offered opinions on several antibullying bills under consideration by lawmakers.....

Antibullying bills have come before the Legislature before but have been defeated. Now, a broad group of supporters, led by the Anti-Defamation League, are giving the effort the momentum it may need to push a measure to passage. There are 11 bills under consideration....

On this one topic?

Related: What is Your State Legislature Doing Today?

Yeah, THAT is what they are doing when they aren't stealing your tax dollars, Bay-Staters!

Sirdeaner Walker testified that her 11-year-old son, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, a Springfield charter school student, hanged himself in his bedroom last April, after being bullied. Walker said students called her son gay and ridiculed his attire.

“What could make a child his age despair so much that he would take his own life? That question haunts me today,’’ she said. “Those kids called him those names because they knew they were the most hurtful things they could say to him, and they hit their mark.’’

Sort of like the Predator missiles the U.S. is throwing around all over the place, huh?

Look, I am NOT FOR MINIMIZING a KID'S DEATH, but WHEN are people going to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for THEMSELVES?! I'm told to DO IT ALL the TIME!

And WHAT DOES IT SAY about AmeriKa that we have this type of culture, huh?

Northeastern University professor Jack Levin, a criminologist, testified before the committee that bullying, when left unchecked, can have tragic and violent consequences.


Bullying should be a red flag,’’ he said. “The Virginia Tech killer [Seung-Hui Cho] was bullied and harassed, and no one offered a helping hand. The origins of the Virginia Tech massacre can be seen in the killer’s life, long before he got to college.’’

First stop, the FOOTBALL GAMES!!!!!!!


Update: Northeastern ends its football program

Thank you!

Update: Northeastern's decision stuns players