Archive for October 10, 2010

From “The Australian”

A British aid worker kidnapped by militants in Afghanistan has died during a rescue attempt by US special forces.

Linda Norgrove, described by colleagues as an “inspiration”, was killed during a firefight between elite troops and her captors on Friday night, after one of her kidnappers detonated a suicide bomb

Major Patrick Sieber, a US Army spokesman, indicated yesterday the device had been set off deliberately. “The outcome was entirely because of the hostage-takers – he killed himself and her,” he said.

Helicopter-borne US troops discovered Ms Norgrove mortally wounded after fighting through small-arms fire as they stormed a family compound in Korengal, a remote and mountainous “no man’s land” in Kunar province, northeast Afghanistan.

A British official confirmed: “All the information we have suggests she was killed by an explosion, most likely due to a suicide vest.”

If he doesn’t win the governor’s race in Mexifornia, this should qualify him for Obamacare’s “Life Panels”.

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Teacher at McGavock High School in Nashville loses control when provoked by punks. (Probably for the eleventyfifth time.)

Eleventyfifth. def – some unknown or unknowable extremely high number.

I remember my absolute favorite public school teacher. He taught eighth grade at Linden Elementary (in Tennessee), was also the Principal, as well as a Deacon in my church, and farmed (RIP Mr. Luke Webb). No one wanted to be introduced to the paddle he kept in the Principal’s office. My high school was private and the contract was not linked to your continued presence. If you were expelled (in my day the primary reason was alcohol on campus, we were pretty well behaved) your parents were still obligated for the entire year’s tuition.

In pack animals (and humans most certainly are) threats must be real and backed by the threatened, judicious use of controlled violence “pour l’encouragement des autres.” Ask any Drill Sergeant or gang leader.

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