Friday, January 04, 2008

Huckabee came in 4th in Iowa

Total Democratic Party Vote: 239,000
Total Republican Party Vote: 115,000

Obama 90820 (38% of 239,000)
Edwards 71700 (30% of 239,000)
Clinton 71700 (30% of 239,000)
Huckabee 39,814
Romney 29,405
Thompson 15,521
McCain 15,248
Paul 11,598
Giuliani 4,013
Hunter 515

Note: Romney PLUS Huckabee is still less than either Obama, Edwards or Clinton

Pentagon to replace Jesus with Thor, Zeus

Washington, DC - The Department of Defense is experimenting with replacing Jesus as an element of basic training in favor of more warlike deities, such as Thor and Zeus.

"We have nothing against the Prince of Peace," said the religious consultant in charge of the program (speaking on condition of anonymity), "But Christianity's emphasis on honesty and non-aggression is incompatible with our invasion of Iraq and plans to bomb Iran."

Consultants initially recommended replacing Jesus with Aphrodite, after an extended personnel interview with the goddess Herself. "Regrettably," said the consultant "While Aphrodite gave a rigorous training ritual, all the male troops feel asleep afterwards."

Testing is now underway comparing the Norse and Roman pantheons. Replacing in the Lord of Peace with a God of War is due to be implemented in FY2009.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Lawyers for Warriors

"Lawyers for Warriors" is a program for meeting the burgeoning legal needs of our troops, veterans and their families.

Today's wars, regardless of the wisdom or legality of their origin, have given rise to an unprecedented number of legal problems. For example, imagine the impact on families, landlords and employers of repeated callups of Reserve and Guard.

In response, the legal community is producing materials that, while aimed at educating lawyers, may be of interest to all citizens. If you don't know about the law that may help you, that law might as well not exist.

A couple of videos of the "Lawyers for Warriors" I produced at the end of 2007 are now online:

* In The Civil Justice System : SCRA, USERRA, Family Law, etc:

* What Officialdom Can and Can't Do: VA, State and Local efforts, JAG:

* Handouts for the above, along with links to those videos and other information, are here:

Most of the content is federal in nature (e.g. USERRA, SCRA) and thus would apply, in a general way, to any members of the military community that you know, employ or may be; the part that is specific to Washington State might be interesting to other jurisdictions (they've come up with some smart stuff to copy.)

While this is in "talking heads" format (no explosions, no music or animation) it's informative and free.

* More "Lawyers for Warriors" to come...