Monthly Archives: November 2007

the good we’re doing

There’s a forward going around right now with the following story about a man named John Gebhart, who is serving in Iraq:

John Gebhardt’s wife, Mindy, said that this little girl’s entire family was executed. The insurgents intended to execute the little girl also, and shot her in the head…but they failed to kill her. She was cared for in John’s hospital and is healing up, but continues to cry and moan. The nurses said John is the only one who seems to calm her down, so John has spent the last four nights holding her while they both slept in that chair. The girl is coming along with her healing.

He is a real Star of the war, and represents what America is trying to do.

This, my friends, is worth sharing with the WORLD! Go for it!!

You’ll never see things like this in the news. Please keep this going. Nothing will happen if you don’t, but the American public needs to see pictures like this and needs to realize that what we’re doing over there is making a difference. Even if it is just one little girl at a time.

James Gates U. S. Navy

And, you know, it’s a nice little story, complete with a picture of Gebhart asleep in a chair, the wounded little girl in his arms, during one of his nighttime vigils. But, for heaven’s sake, this little girl wouldn’t be recovering from a bullet wound to the skull were there not insurgents in Iraq. And there would not be insurgents in Iraq if we weren’t there.

You’re not supposed to say you’re frustrated with soldiers. You’re never supposed to say you’re frustrated with soldiers.  But, fuck it. I am frustrated to fuck with the soldier who can write about something like this and use it as an example of how “what we’re doing over there is making a difference.”

It sure as fuck is. But it’s not the difference he thinks it is.


“generous bazoongas”

Apparently, the use of this phrase is enough to get a book banned from Elizabeth Elementary in Kindersley, Sask.

Holy Bazoongas, Batman!

I mean, seriously. Bazoongas? Can a book really be banned for something that isn’t even a real word? And in such an inoffensive context?

It hurts.

the short of it

The Decemberists just cancelled the rest of the “long of it/short of it” tour…

The interweb seems to think Colin Meloy’s the sick band member in question, and, while that is exactly what one would expect the interweb to be purporting, the prospect makes me very, very sad. It’s silly, but I love his songs so much that I almost feel like I know him.