“The actions portrayed are not consistent with our core values and are not indicative of the character of the Marines in our Corps. This matter will be fully investigated.”—A statement from the Marine Corps Headquarters • Angrily criticizing a video, posted on YouTube, that appears to show Marines urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters. However the video, which has floated around YouTube for the past day, has not been verified. The Pentagon, however, said there is no indication that the video isn’t authentic. The video has drawn a number of angry responses from officials as varied as Sen. John McCain, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the Council on Islamic-American Relations. In Karzai’s case, he called the video “completely inhumane.” If the video is accurate, he’ll find us agreeing with him. source (via • follow)
How dare they? Doesn’t anyone know how to kill with respect anymore??
mbimotmog says: Not really sure how this “crosses a line”…did the Union Leader create new ad space just for the purpose of allowing Obama to advertise or did the Obama campaign simply buy the biggest placement that the UL offered?
» SFB says: Apologies for disagreement on this issue. The first album had its moments. But it became clear that they went too far in a proggy direction, and (even as rumored Geddy Lee diehards) we just couldn’t get behind that. — Ernie @ SFB
Today we met a couple from Canada that had just finished the hike to Waimoku falls after taking the last picture their camera battery would allow. Christen and I offered to take their picture with our camera and tonight I emailed it to them.
Soon after taking the picture, we crossed back over the creek and one of Christen’s flip-flops was pulled off by the current in the creek and we watched it quickly float on it’s way to the Pacific Ocean. After making sure it was truly gone, we began the trek back to the car, Christen half barefoot.
As we walked the path back down the hill, through the mud and over the rocks, I kept looking to the creek, sure we’d find the bright purple sandal stuck on a rock or washed up on the side of the creek. No luck.
After walking about a quarter of a mile, we heard a man yell, “Stop!” We turned around to see a man walk up to us and say, “It didn’t get as far as you thought.” He handed Christen her sandal, we gave him an extremely relieved thank-you and headed down the mountain.
The common decency of humanity, that’s what I’m thankful for.