While our country focuses on the war abroad, many of our soldiers fight personal battles here at home—or more accurately, can’t fight. They are losing their families and getting little help from an administration that claims to “support the troops” while doing nothing to protect the parental rights of the fathers it sent into combat.
All the services are facing a severe drop in recruitment, and additional recruiters, stepped-up advertising, and bigger bonuses have not reversed the trend. The media points to the war itself, but the shortfall also coincides with a dramatic rise in military divorces, which the Army reports have nearly doubled since 2001. “We’ve seen nothing like this before,” says Col. Glen Bloomstrom, a chaplain who oversees family-support programs. “It indicates the amount of stress on couples, on families, as the Army conducts the global war on terrorism.”
It indicates much more than stress. “There most certainly is a relationship between current recruiting problems and an increase in military divorces,” says Capt. Gene Thomas Gomulka, a retired Navy chaplain and writer on military marriage.
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This site is a quick and dirty solution to a question that I often lay awake at night worrying about. Do I have my username registered across every site that I should? What if the next internet humiliation meme just happens to share the username I've been using for years, and suddenly people are emailing me asking "hey, is this you ???". The site is simple. I have a stack of web app urls, the application pings the site using the username you want to check, if it returns a "no user name" error we return that.
Fantagraphics Books has been a leading proponent of comics as a legitimate form of art and literature since it began publishing the critical trade magazine The Comics Journal in 1976. By the early 1980s, Fantagraphics found itself at the forefront of the burgeoning movement to establish comics as a medium as eloquent and expressive as the more established popular arts of film, literature, poetry, et al.
In 2008, a Belgian couple traversed the Congo in a Toyota Land Cruiser, a drive few have attempted in decades. This is their story of adventure, corruption, and crumbling infrastructure in the world's second poorest country.
provides the words, in various languages, used to describe the sounds that animals make. bees do more than buzz....
"Paramedics detected the still-buzzing panties on arrival and disabled them"
This is still not as embarrassing as having a bottle surgically removed from your rectum.
Not that i would know.. of course, But i do have the internet.
This guy makes fun of kids drawings. He's a real ....
If you are a web designer and have a client who requires maps in 3-D, or are just curious as to how to make accurate, informative maps, this link is for you.
One North Nashville resident said, ?I?d bring my five year-old son out here. As we are getting out, a man approaches, steps up beside my car, pulls his pants down and starts masturbating.?
I have NEVER in my life seen a flasher ANYWHERE and I've lived in quite a few places,,,obviously they are out there, my S.O. and her friend saw some dude doing this in a casino in Vegas of all damn places but it seems quite astounding to me for them to arrest 12 of them in one park in one day!
Bamboo is a quickly renewable resource that makes beautiful and durable products. Bambu is a designer that sells through several retailers. Take a look at their products and find out where you can buy eco-concious wood products.
While other villages in China find reason to rebel, Huaxi village shows another possible future for China - rising standards of living within a communal Communist framework:
Twenty years ago, most were farmers living in small, one-storey houses, who struggled to save the money to buy a bicycle. Now, they are shareholders with an average living space of more than 450 square metres and at least one family car.
Such impressive statistics mean Huaxi is now held up as a model in a nationwide re-education campaign for Communist party cadres. It is also attracting growing numbers of foreign visitors seeking clues about the direction of Chinese society.
..."We take the kids around our village and show them how wealthy we have become. We tell them that it is thanks to our hardworking village chief," said Wu Jie. "We want them to grow up to be good communists."
Read the article for some of the blemishes on this new rose ... One problem I see is that it seems too dependent on the continued guidance and honesty of one strong family. Unrest in other parts of China comes from concentration of local power in corrupt hands.
[ via Salon
We hope you enjoy J-Track 3-D. It should appear in its own window and begin loading a database of over 500 satellites.
What you will see (assuming your system supports this JAVA applet) is a plot in 3-dimensions showing the position of these satellites. Be sure to try the "Satellite" pull-down menu to choose which satellite you wish to view.
People who think of themselves as being intuitive make worse lie detectors than those who do not trust in a "gut instinct", according to new research.
'Weapons of Mass Destruction' have turned up, thanks to Xzibit.
That's the title of X-to-the-Z's forthcoming album, on which the Los Angeles MC rants about the president and the war in Iraq, among other things. "I have always been aware of my surroundings," Xzibit said. "So not putting that in the forefront of my creativity would be a travesty. I had to put it out there."
On the track "State of the Union," X takes direct aim at George W. Bush by turning the president's own words on him and comparing him with the violent terrorists he often rails against. X also comments on the war in Iraq via the sociopolitical track "Cold World," produced by Jelly Roll.