C-R-O-A-T-O-A-N Spells Treachery

Remember the lost colony? English settlers were left on Roanoke Island (modern-day home of Manteo in Dare County) to settle the New World and when their successors arrived they found only the word "CROATOAN" carved into a fort post. Where they went is a mystery good enough to fuel an open-air drama for centuries.

It turns out that the colonists' disappearance may have been the successful result of a criminal plot orchestrated by people in powerful places in order to get a leg up in the race to own America.

Military madness 3/19/06

The disastrous consequences of George Bush's War on Iraq span virtually every aspect of modern life. A trillion dollar price tag. The destruction of America's moral standing in the world. And a professional military that is divided, demoralized and disgusted. While it is difficult to get good data about the opinions of active duty men and women - they are forbidden by law and discouraged in practice to criticize US policy - it is easy to see that there is growing disaffection among the ranks.


Myrtle beach online is reporting that protests in Fayetteville marking the Iraq war anniversary were more whimper than bang. This is probably as it should be. Protesters should be able to march in their own towns, but if at all possible they should avoid the appearance of blaming troops for our Government's war. And that might mean not protesting in Fayetteville, a town symbolic of the military in North Carolina.

Protesting foreign policy on the Army's doorstep is a lot like trying to get your Letter to the Editor published by giving it to the paperboy.

Sunday News Roundup

From The Washington Post: Lobbyists in Washington are already planning ways around new rules. Members of Congress running unopposed still spending large. French take to the streets to protest job descrimination. Haven't they heard of blogs? I just don't trust Rummy on his opinion of the war, do you?

From The New York Times: Torture of detainees by U.S. forces more widespread than first believed. Republicans in Congress add private pension plans to their growing pile of fuck ups.
Illinois primary elections are on Tuesday. Is it liberals or women the extremists don't want on the Supreme Court?

More news below the fold...

A Skunk By Any Other Name

Did you hear? The National Association of Scholars is asking the US Department of Education to strip the American Bar Association of its law school accrediting role. George Leef has this whole big thing about it up over at the Pope Center website. The beef is over diversity, which is a sticky wicket I'll avoid for now. I'll just add to the discussion something that George conveniently left out: the National Association of Scholars is a right-wing organization.

I know, the big puffy name "National Association of Scholars" sounds very reputable, and there are some very bright folks on their board of advisors, but they are nearly all far to the right of anything like the mainstream. It's a special-interest group.


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