Hear what a “real” soldier has to say

September 29, 2007

I was reading the Huffington Post, and one of the best features is that there are so many guest bloggers. One guest is John Soltz, he is the chair of VoteVets.org and in an Iraq and Kosovo veteran. He is from Pittsburgh, and attended the University of Pittsburgh for grad school. He is considered one of the major voices on veteran and military issues. He has written a post in response to Rush Limbaugh’s disrespectful and uneducated statements. Limbaugh referred to the men and women of the armed forces that denounce the war in Iraq after they return from service the “phony soldiers”.

Jon Soltz’s Response to Rush Limbaugh

If you want to hear crazy Rush’s “phony soldiers” bit, here it is. limbaugh-20070926-soldiers.mp3

For some reason the video i had about it just won’t work. So this is old school mp3, but I think it should work.

Intense Photography

September 19, 2007

This is a long entry, but it is about something I really think everyone should see. One of my favorite parts of Newsweek are the photo essays. The clarity and the conscience of the pictures always amaze me. It’s like the photographers actually tell you something in each picture. And the subjects often speak for themselves. Newsweek does its part by providing helpful captions and additional information. Sometimes the photo essays accompany entire articles, one in particular stood out for me: How AIDS changed America. The article was interesting and well written, next to the article there is a link to the slide show as well.

Msnbc hosts a ton of Newsweek photo essays on their site. Newsweek Photos. Unfortunately I cannot link directly to them, you have to pick the one to look at from the list. I think they are all worth checking out. But specifically the following ones are excellent (its not my fault it distorted the icons, I blame wordpress):

Here is one picture from the “Smallest Slaves” essay, since I don’t have enough blog memory to post my favorites from each: