A variety of worthwhile reading

Too much happening in real life to keep up with to post much of substance or sense. So here’s some recent material worth checking out and at least one general editorial comment:

  • The uproar about the photo of the caskets of returning service men and women accompanying this story and the fallout are getting plenty of press. Josh Marshall has a nice piece on it. The ultimate fact to me, though, is that if you can look at that picture or almost any of the numerous others obtained by The Memory Hole without a tear reflex kicking in, you really don’t care. (The Memory Hole photos are mirrored at
  • Pictures of coffins aren’t the only things the military is suppressing. ABC News reports that the military has issued a gag order to Capt. James Yee. You may recall Yee was the Army chaplain wnet from being charged as an al Queda “spy” to being charged with adultery to all charges being dropped. (Via Behind the Homefront).
  • The press is still AWOL on the evader-in-chief’s military record. (Via TalkLeft).
  • Why is it that an excellent analysis of how Bush’s re-election will further strengthen the religious right in our society has to appear in a British newspaper, The Guardian?
  • A much harsher view of “George the Lesser” as a Crusader serving God is expressed by Manuel Valenzuela at Axis of Logic.
  • And The Guardian reports a clear sign of just how bad things are getting in Iraq. The BBC has dramatically scaled back its staff there because of “deteriorating security.”
  • Finally, I have not had the time to listen to the oral arguments before the US Supreme Court this week in the first Guantanamo case. I am, though, bothered by the fact Solicitor General Theodore Olson evidently opened his argument telling the Court, “The United States is at war.” To my knowledge, there has been no declaration of war by Congress in connection with Afghanistan, Iraq or anyplace or anyone else after 9-11. I hope he was challenged on that comment.

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