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Please No Cabdriver Journalism - Shadowproof

Please No Cabdriver Journalism - Shadowproof

I like Londonstani’s Pakistan dispatches for Abu Muqawama very much. And I find the point made in very interesting. But professionally I have to cringe when I read this:The Sufi tradition has very deep roots in Pakistan. The country is dotted with shrines that are visited by thousands of people daily from across Pakistan’s ossified class structure. Londonstani’s taxi driver of choice is a fairly typical adherent.Chacha (uncle) supports eight children on about £7.40 a day, which takes him 12 hours of driving to earn. His family is from Murree, a hilly area about 2-1/2 hours drive from...

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When There's Nothing On The Horizon, You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

When There's Nothing On The Horizon, You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 411-10May 19, 2010DOD Identifies Marine CasualtyThe Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.Staff Sgt. Adam L. Perkins, 27, of Antelope, Calif. died May 17 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, IMarine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the 1st Marine Logistics Grouppublic affairs office...

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When There's Nothing On The Horizon, You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

When There's Nothing On The Horizon, You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 375-10May 10, 2010DOD Identifies Marine CasualtyThe Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Davis, 19, of Perry, Iowa, died May 7 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the II Marine Division public affairs office at...

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I've Got Kitty Pryde And Nightcrawler Too - Shadowproof

I've Got Kitty Pryde And Nightcrawler Too - Shadowproof

Robert Downey Jr., you truly can do no wrong in my eyes after . Via :You know what? Fuck DC comics. That’s all I have to say and that’s where I’m really coming from.Goddamn right. That’s where I’m coming from too. RDJr’s totally wrong about The Dark Knight, but still. Make Mine . I’m feeling all this stuff.Shadowproof is a financially independent news organization. All of our funding comes from small donations made by readers like you.We use your donations to hire freelance writers and cover our operating costs. Monthly membership subscriptions give us the stability we need to make plans...

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When There's Nothing On The Horizon, You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

When There's Nothing On The Horizon, You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 366-10May 06, 2010DOD Identifies Marine CasualtyThe Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.1st Lt. Brandon A. Barrett, 27, of Marion, Ind., died May 5 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the II Marine Division public affairs office at...

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H To The Izzo - Shadowproof

H To The Izzo - Shadowproof

Friends and I happened to be comparing Paul Krugman to Jay-Z — apropos of — when suddenly the Pentagon sent me an from Army Chief of Staff George Casey about a new general-officer assignment: Maj. Gen. Paul S. Izzo, deputy for acquisition and systems management, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (acquisition, logistics and technology), Washington, D.C., to commanding general, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.  This means, officially, that Izzo will be herbin’ ’em in the home of the Terrapins. But what with the of much materiel...

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Oct 14
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Up On The Hill - Shadowproof

Up On The Hill - Shadowproof

Today? Today I’m swamped also. Chris Hill’s nomination to be ambassador to Iraq is before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in half an hour. I’ll be blogging it for the and will post highlights here when I get a minute. This is your Possible Light Blogging notice. In the meantime, there’s the scene-setter post I just wrote for the Windy:In this corner: , the Obama administration’s choice to become ambassador to Iraq; Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; (R-Ind.), the ranking GOPer; .In that corner: a small band of GOP senators not on the Senate...

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Mar 25
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Help Haiti On MLK Day - Shadowproof

Help Haiti On MLK Day - Shadowproof

Talking with some friends the other day, it suddenly occurred to me in a visceral way that most people don’t grow up in urban megalopolises, where people from all manner of backgrounds intermingle. Obviously this ought to be no great revelation, but meeting people who through no fault of their own lived in more homogenous areas brought it home. In Flatbush in the 1980s, homogeneity didn’t last more than a few blocks. When my father moved to Bay Ridge in the early 1990s I remember being surprised at how uniform it was, and even Bay Ridge’s heavily Italian character had a significant Puerto...

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Jan 18
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Obama's Afghanistan Policy: The Four Questions - Shadowproof

Obama's Afghanistan Policy: The Four Questions - Shadowproof

To gaze in one’s own navel: I said I’d be listening to Obama’s Af-Pak speech for answers to four questions, like this was Passover or something. So what about those answers?1. Will Obama give an exit strategy, an endpoint — if not necessarily a date — for when the mission is accomplished?Answer: No. Saying you’ll "" al-Qaeda is about the furthest thing from an endpoint as could be. What does it mean?2. Will Obama say how we’ll know if his strategy is working or failing, and if so, how will he report it to Congress?Answer: There was a lot of talk of benchmarks for Af-Pak strategy in the...

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Mar 27
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All The Beating Drums, The Celebration Guns - Shadowproof

All The Beating Drums, The Celebration Guns - Shadowproof

Another Anbar Province casualty…IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 975-08 November 21, 2008DoD Identifies Marine CasualtyThe Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.Gunnery Sgt. Marcelo R. Velasco, 40, of Miami, died Nov. 19 from injuries sustained in a non-hostile incident in Anbar province, Iraq.He was assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, I MEF, Camp Pendleton, Calif. The incident is currently under investigation.For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the Marine...

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When There's Nothing On The Horizon, You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

When There's Nothing On The Horizon, You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 997-09December 22, 2009DOD Identifies Army CasualtyThe Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.Sgt. Albert D. Ware, 27, of Chicago, Ill., died Dec. 18 in Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 782nd Combat Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.For more information the media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public affairs office at...

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More Than A Gangster, I'm An AIG - Shadowproof

More Than A Gangster, I'm An AIG - Shadowproof

Dennis Blair said to the House intelligence committee this morning:We cannot rule out that al-Qa’ida’s interest in damaging the US economy might lead the group to opt for more modest, even “low-tech,” but still high-impact, attacks affecting key economic sectors.Not that I want any American to die at the hands of al-Qaeda — or anyone, really — but I wonder after the how such an attack might actually be greeted by the American people…Shadowproof is a financially independent news organization. All of our funding comes from small donations made by readers like you.We use your donations to hire...

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When There's Nothing On The Horizon, You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

When There's Nothing On The Horizon, You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 292-10April 13, 2010DOD Identifies Army CasualtyThe Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.Spc. Joseph T. Caron, 21, of Tacoma, Wash., died April 11 in Char Bagh, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.For more information related to this release, the media may contact the 82nd Airborne Division public...

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When There's Nothing On The Horizon, You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

When There's Nothing On The Horizon, You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1039-10November 10, 2010DOD Identifies Marine CasualtyThe Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.Lance Cpl. Dakota R. Huse, 19, of Greenwood, La., died Nov. 9 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.For additional background information on this Marine, news media representatives may contact the 2nd Marine Division public affairs office at 910-449-9925...

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When There's Nothing On The Horizon, You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

When There's Nothing On The Horizon, You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 789-10August 31, 2010DOD Identifies Army CasualtiesThe Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Aug. 28 in Babur, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.Killed were:Sgt. Patrick K. Durham, 24, of Chattanooga, Tenn.Spc. Andrew J. Castro, 20, of Westlake Village, Calif.Durham was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell,...

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Demand-Side Security In Somalia - Shadowproof

Demand-Side Security In Somalia - Shadowproof

Jeff Gettleman has a about the decline in popularity of al-Shebab now that Somalis get a taste of the viciousness of that organization. I am not going to presume to have any idea how representative the sample of Jeff’s piece is, as he’s in Mogadishu and I’m not. But I note that in 2006, the Islamic Courts Union — which, to be extremely oversimplified, spawned the Shebab after the U.S.-backed Ethiopian overthrow of the ICU — . So, not to give into wishful thinking, I’ll just point out that this is the right metric to evaluate the staying power of the Shebab: the demand for it. That’s...

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Mar 24
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All The Beating Drums, The Celebration Guns - Shadowproof

All The Beating Drums, The Celebration Guns - Shadowproof

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 661-08 August 05, 2008 DoD Identifies Army CasualtyThe Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.Sgt. Brian K. Miller, 37, of Pendleton, Ind., died Aug. 2 in Abd Allah, Iraq, of injuries suffered in a vehicle accident. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 293rd Infantry Regiment, 76th Brigade Combat Team, Indiana Army National Guard, Fort Wayne, Ind.The incident is under investigation.For more information media may contact the Indiana National Guard public affairs office at (317) 247-3222.Shadowproof is a...

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In Hope - Shadowproof

In Hope - Shadowproof

It gets kind of stupid at the "brain" part, but look at how MoveOn has an featuring Tara from BtVS. Looks like not only is , it’s also soft on lesbian witchcraft.Shadowproof is a financially independent news organization. All of our funding comes from small donations made by readers like you.We use your donations to hire freelance writers and cover our operating costs. Monthly membership subscriptions give us the stability we need to make plans while ensuring our organization does not depend on grants or major funders. If you like what you read, support our writers with a donation today.

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Mushmouth - Shadowproof

Mushmouth - Shadowproof

I fooled you! All of this time you thought I was here blogging I was at the dentist getting a cavity filled for the first time since I was in elementary school. And let me tell you something that you probably already know: your numb lips, chin and dead-fish-like tongue feel fascinatingly alien. Stroking my beard feels like petting a small woodland creature.I don’t know how long this is going to last, but for practice faking my way through verbal exchange before the anesthetic wears off I tried singing along to “Redefinition” on the drive home. That was quite the rapid-fire fail.Shadowproof...

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Deicide - Shadowproof

Deicide - Shadowproof

Deicide is a funny thing. Let’s say your entire religion is predicated on the persecution and murder of a certain figure. Nothing in the deliverance of said figure’s message is compelling without his passion-play. Would you be inclined to turn to the cohort that allegedly killed this figure and say a) "I shalt now persecute you across the edges of the earth for two thousand years, including intensifying digressions into genocidal rage, which in turn accellerate the need to give you a plot of land of your own on which to oppress others in the name of cosmic irony and human nature" or b) "You...

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When There's Nothing On The Horizon You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

When There's Nothing On The Horizon You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 643-09August 23, 2009DoD Identifies Army CasualtyThe Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.Sgt. Matthew L. Ingram, 25, of Pearl, Miss., died Aug. 21 in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle, and his unit came under small arms fire from enemy forces. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.For more information media may contact the Fort Carson...

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When There's Nothing On The Horizon, You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

When There's Nothing On The Horizon, You've Got Nothing Left To Prove - Shadowproof

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 162-10March 02, 2010DOD Identifies Army CasualtiesThe Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died March 1 in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, when insurgents attacked their unit using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires. The soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.Killed were:Spc. Josiah D. Crumpler, 27, of Hillsborough, N.C.Spc. Matthew D. Huston, 24, of Athens, Ga.For more...

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The Enemy Is EVERYWHERE - Shadowproof

The Enemy Is EVERYWHERE - Shadowproof

Is it too cynical to wonder if part of the reason are so to Campbell Brown’s CNN resignation speech is because ?Shadowproof is a financially independent news organization. All of our funding comes from small donations made by readers like you.We use your donations to hire freelance writers and cover our operating costs. Monthly membership subscriptions give us the stability we need to make plans while ensuring our organization does not depend on grants or major funders. If you like what you read, support our writers with a donation today.

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And I'll Probably Feel A Whole Lot Better When You're Gone - Shadowproof

And I'll Probably Feel A Whole Lot Better When You're Gone - Shadowproof

, and have truly excellent posts cataloging the McCain-Palin campaign’s descent into outright bigotry and Nixonlandia. Earlier this week I suggested that the progressive counteroffensive should . After an evening discussing this with friends over beers, I’m wondering about the logistics of such a campaign.Remember in 2000 when McCain refused to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse? It was a blatant play to the ugliest aspects of American politics, an unsubtly coded attempt to identify himself with white resentment. But what was even more...

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Revenge - Shadowproof

Revenge - Shadowproof

Deep in is this bit of bitterness at Secretary Clinton’s attempts to broker a compromise between President Asif Ali Zardari and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif:By calling Sharif last weekend, a senior Pakistani official close to Zardari said, Clinton further weakened the government.The administration’s intervention, the official said, "has lasting implications for how much the Zardari government is going to go out on a limb for the U.S., for how much we will trust them."This is more significant for what it reveals about Zardari than anything else. For three weeks, Zardari was on the...

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