Friendly Fire

Scott Shuger discusses the Pentagon's record on friendly fire. I was reminded of this article upon hearing the news that United States F-16s dropped at least one (maybe two) bombs on Canadian troops during a training exercize. This is big news here, because the “incident, [...] involving troops who had begun their Afghan deployment in January, caused the first Canadian deaths in an offensive combat operation since the 1950-53 Korean War.” [quote from the news story]

25 to 1 and No Nookie

Lisa Gabriele : “Each woman on The Bachelor was asked at one point, 'Why are you doing this?' One contestant said she'd tried bars and the Internet, then she saw the Bachelor show ad. Why not? What do I have to lose? she said, as though dignity was a self-replenishing resource. As though there was no other choice.”

Sturdy Fence

Ehud Barak: “"If Israel does not find the way to disengage from the Palestinians, its future might resemble the experience of Belfast or Bosnia -- two communities bleeding each other to death for generations. Alternatively, if we do not disengage from the Palestinians, Israel might drift toward an apartheid state. Obviously it is better to reach disengagement by consent through an agreement.

Real Girl Power

Patricia Pearson: “What interests White [...] is how 'key' the character of the slut is to girls' sexual coming of age. The dynamic is played out between girls, with boys as peripheral characters in the drama. 'Girls,' White argues, 'manifest a verbal and physical hostility toward the slut that is remarkable in its focused intensity.

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