the delay in our funding will means this for our military:
* Unless Congress acts, the Defense Department will soon be required to begin giving layoff notices to about 100,000 civilian employees.
* Unless Congress acts, the military task force developing ways to better detect and protect our troops from roadside bombs will run out of money by early next year.
* Unless Congress acts, the Army will run out of operations and maintenance money in February.
* Unless Congress acts, the Marine Corps will run out of similar funds in March.
"Our country for the first time in my life time has abandoned the basic principle of human rights," Carter said. "We've said that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to those people in Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo, and we've said we can torture prisoners and deprive them of an accusation of a crime to which they are accused."
Desperate times call for desperate measures, however, which makes this a perfect moment for a strong statement in support of free speech.
Our bold text is in response to another strong statement, one from the editorial board of the Rocky Mountain Collegian, the student newspaper at Colorado State University. Their statement was written in response to the Sept. 17 Tasing of Andrew Meyer, a student at the University of Florida, during a question-and-answer session with Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry.
On Christmas night in 1951, in a small grove near Mims, Florida a bomb placed under the bed ended Harry Moore's life.book jacket
At the time of his death, due in large part to his leadership of the Progressive Voters League, 31 percent of all blacks were registered to vote, a rate that was 50% higher than any other southern state. Which was one reason why he was killed. The 100,000 black voters he registered were enough to effect the outcome of every statewide political race. If his murder was intended to send a message to potential black voters, it worked. In Brevard County, for example, black voter registration plummeted after his death from 51 percent in 1950 to only 33 percent in 1956. It would climb above 50 percent again only one time (in 1964) until the 1970s.ibid, page 252