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Of the female soldiers I knew in my time in the Army...
One got pregnant to skip deployment.
One got pregnant during deployment and got sent back to the states.
A couple officers started toying around with enlisted dudes, against Army regulations.
One began an affair with her boss and got promoted ahead of her peers.
One fucked a lot of dudes, but maybe I'm just jealous.
The rest are shining examples of the Army Ethos, competent soldiers and I would go to war with them again. But the bad juju from the rest made me sick.
Posted by OOF POOF on January 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 2
Ergj!! Love the Francoisiuersch Jen! just wish you'd have spelt it Fryday. Oh well, that's me living another day with big issues on my mind. I first heard of I think pamplemoouse a few years ago- bandname for annoying band.
Posted by dnt trust me on January 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 3
Eighth-century people wouldn't even know how to use superpowers.
Posted by MacCrocodile on January 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM · Report this
Backyard Bombardier 4
@1: And of course, during your time in the Army there were no male soldiers who engaged in any sort of "bad juju" that made you sick, right?
Posted by Backyard Bombardier on January 25, 2013 at 9:27 AM · Report this
ScienceNerd 5
@1: As a female Army vet, FU. Clearly no men were involved in those cases.
Posted by ScienceNerd on January 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM · Report this
Michael of the Green 6
Aw, I'm going to miss the 520 ramps to nowhere. Canoeing beneath them brought to mind the ancient architecture of cthulhu.
Posted by Michael of the Green on January 25, 2013 at 9:49 AM · Report this
@ 1 So what you are saying is that of the male solders you knew in your time in the army...

1 got a fellow solder pregnant so she could skip deployment,
1 got a fellow solder pregnant on deployment,
a bunch of enlisted dudes toyed around with officers against Army regulations
1 had an affair with a lower ranked person, and then played favorites.
A lot of dudes fucked the same person.

so male make you sick solders is what you are saying?
Posted by it takes two on January 25, 2013 at 9:52 AM · Report this
lark 8
Wow, that story of the 20 y/o toddler was just extraordinary. Syndrome X reminds me of another genetically predisposed condition, progeria where children age rapidly. How strange. Good on the parents and the child.

BTW, the most annoying sports story of the year concerns Manti Te'o, the Notre Dame defensive football player and his "imaginary girlfriend. Anyone out there think that he might just be a closeted gay man? This story just gets weirder & weirder. Found out last night on Sportscenter that the voice of the imaginary girlfriend was a man! Apparently, he the other man is also Samoan. Not sure if he's a Mormon as Te'o is.
Bizarre! Sigh.
Posted by lark on January 25, 2013 at 9:54 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 9
@1 why do I, who spent years training, serving with, and in active field operations with women soldiers in Canada not believe you?

People leave the Army for lots of reasons, but I left to have a kid. You don't see guys being called "quitters" for wanting to do that, instead you blame women soldiers FOR DOING THE SAME THING. It's just more obvious when they do it, though.
Posted by Will in Seattle on January 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM · Report this
Ello...I'm vrrry French you see: Makes me appreciate that having a kid, even one with a slight bad streak but who is physically healthy, is less a burden than what those parents have to deal with.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on January 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM · Report this

Manti T'eo. It really does have to make one pause and think -- here's a varsity football player from the (formerly) #1 ranked college team and the best he can come up with is an invisible friend for a date? And he goes to a Catholic school...with Catholic schoolgirl coeds...he should be swimming in it! What hope does the rest of mankind have...

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on January 25, 2013 at 10:33 AM · Report this
Viva Hollande!

(Effing gaytards FINALLY getting on board, I see....)

And now, for the real news:

The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth

I despise Fox, better known as FoxFiction, for the very same reason I despise PBS and the Frontline show which appears on it; they both are nothing more than propaganda vehicles.

I’ve ranted enough over the years about Rupert Murdoch and his criminal propaganda operations, but for the concise lowdown on his “legalization” of news fictionalization, please read Kristina Borjesson’s outstanding book, Into the Buzzsaw (a fantastic achievement by Ms. Borjesson).

The other day, Frontline broadcasted a show on their take on why none of the guilty parties have gone to jail for all the financial fraud --- and law breaking and violation --- involved in the financial meltdown that we hear and read about on an almost daily basis.

It was so thoroughly contrived and such nonsense that any self-aware human had to be nauseated by it!

Some years back, an editor at the Seattle Times explained to me how they falsified the news (this was during a heated and argumentative discussion, when I accosted them about some highly misleading stories in their rag): the newsy interviews the disinformation specialist --- usually a corporate lobbyist --- who spews forth their lies, therefore the reporter/journalist/editor bears no legal culpability whatsoever --- since the interviewee was spouting the lies and fiction.

Of course, the newsy never bothers to ever verify, or fact check, anymore!

Frontline did this most effectively, although they still were culpable in repeating the Wall Street and US Chamber of Commerce talking point nonsense.

The mortgage foreclosures, a relatively small percentage at the beginning, had really nothing to do with the economic meltdown, it was almost superfluous (although it would figure among the global insurance swindles, it was really only one of a host of factors).

It was the never-ending ultra-leveraging of the debt, over and over and over again.

Securitization, or the transforming of debt into securities, the selling of financial instruments based upon the ongoing and future promise of payment of said debt, then selling more financial instruments based upon those financial instruments, then selling even more financial instruments based upon those, etc., etc., etc.

That’s ultra-leveraging, but again, only part of it --- they also re-securitized the original securitization, and re-re-securitized again, then re-re-re-re-securitized again, etc.
Layer upon layer upon endless layer of debt/financial instruments: why there are so many multi-billionaires and so many people struggling today.

Add to that still other components: something they call rehypothecation, or using other collateral as your own (really a form of fraudulent borrowing, ostensibly illegal in the USA, but legal in the UK (but it never stopped them here in America, now did it?) by the banksters, speculators and derivatives dealers.

Now add to that all the insider speculation, wash trades (the trading back and forth by speculators to drive up, or down, commodity and stock values), and LIBOR rate manipulation (please remember, that LIBOR manipulation affected an estimated potential of $800 trillion worth of contracts --- that’s TRILLION, or 1,000 billion times 800 --- super-sized numbers which derived from all that ultra-leveraging --- so they manipulated their manipulations . . ).

So when Frontline is too damned lazy to consult some law books and relies on the DOJ’s Lanny Breuer to spout nonsense (a guy who made his big bucks defending the people he’s supposed to now be investigating when he worked at Covington & Burling with Attorney General Holder) and they repeat the Wall Street mantra about the so-called underlying causes of their meltdown (“nobody could have foreseen it” / “unexpected consequences” school of fiction), they, Frontline and PBS, are nothing more than the standard propaganda conduit, just like Rupert Murdoch’s FoxFiction.

[Where that mortgage foreclosure, or fraudclosure, enters the picture is how it was used by various parties --- John Paulson and his hedge fund, Goldman Sachs, AIG, Magnetar Capital, Ambac, MBIA, etc., etc., etc., to rig credit derivative deals (CDOs and their variants) to enact the largest insurance swindles in human history --- thereby stealing billions upon billions in the process, but it also involved many other types of loans and debt --- remember, they securitized just about EVERYTHING!]

Posted by sgt_doom on January 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM · Report this
Let me attempt to skate by deployment with my uterus... Wait!
Posted by OOF POOF on January 25, 2013 at 10:47 AM · Report this
Backyard Bombardier 14
@13: Doubling down on the bullshit, I see.
Posted by Backyard Bombardier on January 25, 2013 at 10:54 AM · Report this
McGee 15
Yes #8. An uncountable number of people think Te'o is a closeted gay man.
Posted by McGee on January 25, 2013 at 12:06 PM · Report this
Sandiai 16
Te'o's not gay. No, he's "far from it."…
Posted by Sandiai on January 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 17
@16 Far from admitting it, he means.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM · Report this
Sandiai 18
No, meaning he's Super Straight. Like, if gay is right here, he's on-the-other-side-of-the-planet-straight. Which, as I'm sure you know, is better than "nearly gay" or even just plain old "straight."

(I think his parents might have something to do with his homophobia. Poor dumb Dear).
Posted by Sandiai on January 25, 2013 at 3:43 PM · Report this
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