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Unidentified Iraqi Gets Around

Does anyone know if Stephen Glass enlisted recently? CNN points out that two statements released by the U.S. military about bombings in Iraq contained almost identical quotes by "one Iraqi man who preferred not to be identified," even though the releases were in response to two separate bombings, over a week apart. About the July 13 attack that killed several children, he was quoted thusly:


"'The terrorists are attacking the infrastructure, the children and all of Iraq,' said one Iraqi man who preferred not to be identified. 'They are enemies of humanity without religion or any sort of ethics. They have attacked my community today and I will now take the fight to the terrorists.'"
About Sunday's attack, which was against the Iraqi Security Forces, he said:
"'The terrorists are attacking the infrastructure, the ISF and all of Iraq. They are enemies of humanity without religion or any sort of ethics. They have attacked my community today and I will now take the fight to the terrorists,' said one Iraqi man who preferred not to be identified."
Well, sticking to talking points is an important component of "American-style democracy." Actually, if the Army made a mistake here, it's probably in thinking that this unidentified Iraqi was giving them a quote. These bombings are so common these days, what he said wasn't a comment, it was a standard greeting. You know, "Hello, how are you, they are enemies of humanity without religion or any sort of ethics and it's not the heat, it's the humidity."

'Enemies of humanity' quote raises Iraq PR questions

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It's Father's Day, which means it's time for Yr Dok Zoom and his son to go to brunch and check out the downtown Boise Father's Day Car Show so we can ooh and ah over the very same Corvettes 'n' Mustangs 'n' lovingly-restored classic cars that are there every year, and I will probably once again point at the '68 Beetle converted to run on electricity and say, "Oh look, a Voltswagen!" Traditions matter. (Kid Zoom is 22, so I may also/instead meet him for cocktails later like grown up human people.)

Don't worry about any deep thoughts on the Meaning of Fatherhood here -- we're just going to enjoy the goofy side of dadding, which as far as I'm concerned is the best thing I've done with my time. Especially since my role model for parenting was the unnamed Dad from "Calvin and Hobbes."

As any fool knows, ice rises to the top of liquids because it's cold, and just wants to be closer to the sun so it can warm up. It's all in the book you get when you become a father.

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