-- Sarah Palin, in Dallas, screeching at Gov Rick Perry for dissing the troops, Link
As you know, I really really love this Rove vs Teabagger civil war the GOP has going on.
Now if we could just get crazy Palin and nutty Perry to open a second war theater...
We need them to turn on each other and fight like the animals we know they are
for about three years, then let them come together in the summer of 2016 just in time
for Hillary to kick Rubio's sorry teabagger ass.
They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens.
But the troops that launch the drone strikes and direct the cyberattacks that can kill or disable an enemy may never set foot in the combat zone. Now, defense officials say, their battlefield contributions may be recognized.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce Wednesday that for the first time the Pentagon is creating a medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, but do it from afar.
The Associated Press has learned that the new blue, red andwhite-ribboned Distinguished Warfare Medal will be awarded to individuals for "extraordinary achievement" related to a military operation that occurred after Sept. 11, 2001. But unlike other combat medals, it does not require the recipient risk his or her life to get it.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made.
What I'm taking from this is that drones are now the new normal. Drone warfare is not some "we'll do it just this once, because 9/11" sort of thing, It's what we do. Drone strikes are a terrible strategy on so many levels and a testament to the lazy inefficiency of modern warfare. We could fight in ways that would minimize loss of life — especially innocent, civilian life — but this is so much easier and cheaper, so fuck it.
Push a button, win a medal.
Gallup recaps their findings:
Overall, 40% of Americans nationwide were classified as very religious in 2012 -- based on saying religion is an important part of their daily life and that they attend religious services every week or almost every week. Thirty-one percent of Americans were nonreligious, saying religion is not an important part of their daily life and that they seldom or never attend religious services. The remaining 29% of Americans were moderately religious, saying religion is important in their lives but that they do not attend services regularly, or that religion is not important but that they still attend services.The Friendly Atheist observes: "Incidentally (and also according to Gallup), Mississippi ranked at the top or near the top of the list of states when it came to obesity, inability to afford food, and least livable place. When people don't have a lot going for them, it's understandable they would turn to religion. If only they would realize God isn't helping their situation."
The Wisconsin Supreme Court justice who was allegedly grabbed around the neck in her chambers by a fellow justice has broken her public silence.