The Daily Demarche
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Today's Special: Traditional blogging- corrected.
I had a hard time deciding what to write about today and could not pick a single topic, so I decided to do some more "traditional" blogging. Here are a few of the more interesting things I came across today and a brief comment on each:

Medal of Honor Memorial defaced.
One panel had a hole in it, while glass in a second panel was chipped. Each panel weighs about 200 pounds with glass that is one inch thick.
In addition, walls around the memorial were spray-painted with obscenities aimed at Gov. Mitch Daniels and President Bush, peace symbols and a plea to "legalize ganja," a reference to marijuana.
Melvin E. Biddle, of Anderson, also expressed disappointment over the attack on the memorial. His name is one of those listed on the glass panels, a tribute to his actions during the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.
"It's just a shame we have people like that," Biddle said.

Melvin, you have hit it on the head. When they catch the scumbags who did this I will gladly pay for one way tickets for them to move to any hell hole you care to name, sir. (Thanks to Double Canister at 10 Yards for the tip)

Lessons (corrected)
In rural Bangladesh a madrassah teacher is on the run.
Maulana Nazmul Haq has been accused of raping nine of the students at the school and forcing several to have abortions.
Initially, when the first student complained to the police in Hatibandha on March 21st, the man put off his arrest by promising to marry the complainant, described in the story as "a hapless orphan." However, a total of nine girls have now lodged complaints. Interestingly, the police have concluded that only four of them were raped.

Wretchard is hosting a new blog by Dymphna called I Could Scream-Examining the plight of Islamic women. This will be a new must read (thanks to Oroculations for the tip). Thanks to Wretchard too, for pointing me in the right direction to give credit where due.

The Aid Swindle
The international community has sought to deliver quick success in rebuilding war-torn Afghanistan. But the country has become an El Dorado for international consultants and professional aid workers who ply the streets in Land Cruisers. Their methods have also fostered an atmosphere of corruption and sloppines that has left many Afghans feeling disappointed and cheated.

Hmmm. I seem to remember the Dipomad having something to say about the extravagances of the NGO set. I really miss those guys sometimes.

Nuke the Holy Land--For World Peace
"Rest assured that the American-Israeli Harpoons are nuclear, and the Zionists have every intention of using them on Tehran and Damascus if they think they can get away with it. Dangerous people do dangerous things in dangerous times, and there is nothing more dangerous that a pack of religious fanatics with their backs to the Mediterranean," added Vialls.

This is an interest piece about Israel, nuclear weapons and Harpoon missiles. Of course, I don't think this author and I have same "pack of religious fanatics" in mind when we discuss the Middle East. For even more odd writing click the last link in that paragraph. I really don't think this is a man I would cite.

The Iraq Culture Smart Card
SYNOPSIS: The Iraq Culture Smart Card is a Guide for Communication and Cultural Awareness. The 16-panel, folded card includes information on religion, religious holidays, clothes and gestures, ethnic groups, cultural groups, customs, and history, social structure, and understanding Arabic names. Also included are “Do This” and “Don't Do This”, commands, numbers, questions, and helpful words and phrases. The 15” x 11” card folds to 3 ¾” x 5 ½” and is printed on waterproof, tear resistant synthetic paper.

I found this through Der Spiegel online who pithily ended their blurb with: "They are meant for the 19- or 20-year-old soldier, moving door to door in a hostile environment," said Marine Col. Keith Lawless to the New York Times about the cards. "This will help him stay out of trouble." You know, kind of like the card the Germans issued their troops in WWII. Of course theirs was simpler "If it looks Jewish, kill it."

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