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From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
The daily (t)witterings

  • 14:30 I suppose the Americans and the press wd have denied that Guy Fawkes acted from religious motives. #majhasan #fthood #forthood #

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sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: November 7th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Just Sayin'...

Fort Hood is a very strange place. Pagans there demanded -- and got -- religious recognition and the right to have "Wiccan" stamped on their dogtags.

The Army dyes gasoline pink so people won't steal it and use it in their personal vehicles.

Give a guy a bad evaluation, and instead of sticking him in a dark corner where he can work out his obligation in obscurity, ship him to a redneck reservation where he is harassed for his religion, then put him on orders for a place where he is guaranteed to be killed by his comrades, and then be surprised when he snaps.

Ray Charles could have seen this one coming.
fpb From: fpb Date: November 7th, 2009 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Just Sayin'...

Sure. And all those who do it without bad evaluations? Be serious. You are quite right that only a blind person would think that the fault is the army's, which bent over backward not to see any danger signals from a guy who praised suicide bombers on jihadi websites.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: November 7th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

For Garryowen in Glory...

I served for 13 years in the US Army, and I did some time at Fort Hood, so I know whereof I speak. People who get good evaluations just don't do that stuff.

Bad evaluations and their repercussions are a fairly common trigger. And if, as is likely, the Army bent over backwards not to read the signals, that's just stupid. I was once sent for evaluation for doing Lady MacBeth (by way of Siobhan MacKenna: "Who would have thought the old man could have had so much blood in him?") while slicing cold cuts for a company picnic. And this guy was posting on jihadist websites? Care to hazard a guess as to how long it would take the Army to have his butt on the street if he'd been posting on gay websites?
fpb From: fpb Date: November 7th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: For Garryowen in Glory...

Yes, you are saying that every time someone gets a bad evaluation someone dies. Oh, not just someone - thirteen people. Coldly planned to be where they were most helpless - that does sound like he just snapped, does it? Sudden, immediate, on the spur of the moment? And screaming Allahu Akbar is also typical of people who got a bad assessment? If you were willing to pay attention to anything except your own prejudices, you would not be making a fool of yourself like this. The facts speak by themselves.

But never mind. I am familiar with the kind of person who will NEVER admit that a certain religion has any connection with terrorism, and that it is only The Man who is ever guilty of anything. To try and talk sense in this context is a waste of time.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: November 7th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: For Garryowen in Glory...

Well, no. I've gotten bad evals and not killed anyone. And I've experienced harassment because of my religion, and I'm Roman Catholic.

Of course it was premeditated. Of course there were signs. What I'm saying is that the Army has standard operating procedures in place to deal with this sort of thing, and they should have been implemented.

Edited at 2009-11-07 04:43 pm (UTC)
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