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Traumatic brain injury affects 45-90K troops

Posted by Charles II on March 8, 2009

Some of the symptoms are relatively mild– headaches or vision problems. Others are as severe as coma. It is Traumatic Brain Injury, and up to 90,000 young Americans who served in the military may have it.

Kelly Kennedy, Army Times:

Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, said between 10 percent and 20 percent of soldiers and Marines – about 180,000 people – have screened positive for TBI.

Yet military doctors still fight a culture in which some troops believe they can head right back into the fight after being exposed to a blast – even though high school football players know better than to play again for a few days – and commanders may decide to risk sending someone outside the wire after an injury because there aren’t enough people to make up a patrol team.

Experts at the U.S. Military Academy have said it’s important for someone who has suffered even mild TBI to avoid the risk of re-injuring the brain – especially the not-yet-fully-grown brain of someone younger than 24 – because a second injury can lead to permanent damage or even death.

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Birdbrainstrike: Reality impacts engines of ‘winger conspiracy

Posted by Charles II on March 8, 2009

The latest right-wing idiocy is claiming that negotiating with “the Taliban” amounts to surrender and that Obama is therefore a traitor.

One problem.

Bush announced this shift of policy last October. Obama is just following up:

The US is willing to hold direct talks with elements of the Taliban in an effort to quell unrest in Afghanistan, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing unidentified Bush administration officials.

The Washington Post reported that Taliban leader Mullah Omar had shown openness to the idea of repudiating Al Qaeda, which encouraged the Bush administration to explore the possibility of holding direct talks with the militia.

Jane’s Defence Weekly reported that the Taliban had conveyed this message to representatives of the Afghan government during a meeting in Saudi Arabia last month.

These people are completely and utterly without conscience, to attack Obama for what they would never have dared to attack Bush for.

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The Catholic Church’s Leaders Must Really Want The Evangelicals To Keep Cleaning Their Clocks In Latin America

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 8, 2009

That’s about the only way to explain why they’re excommunicating the mother of a nine-year-old Brazilian child who had been raped by her stepfather and made pregnant with twins, because she rightly preferred to save her daughter’s life by aborting the rapist’s seed. They’re even excommunicating the doctors and nurses involved in saving the 80-pound little girl’s life. (They would have excommunicated the little girl too, but cut her some slack because of her age.)

Oh, and in case you’re wondering: The rapist won’t be excommunicated. From Earth Times:

When asked why he did not excommunicate the stepfather who sexually abused the girl, Gomes Sobrinho said: “He committed an extremely serious crime. But that crime, according to canon law, is not punished with automatic excommunication.”

He said, “Abortion is even more serious. The church and the whole world condemn the Holocaust that killed 6 million Jews. What is happening (with abortion) is a silent Holocaust.”

Got that? It’s OK to let an 80-pound girl die an agonizingly slow and painful death as the growing twin fetuses rip her apart from the inside, but NOT OK to prevent that death. Oh, and may I invoke Godwin’s Law here? (Especially as Pius XII was oh-so-quick to excommunicate Italian Communists, but never Mussolini or Hitler.)

Posted in abortion, children, eedjits, evil, wrong way to go about it, WTF? | 9 Comments »

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