Dubois, IN – The Indiana National Guard says two soldiers exposed to a deadly chemical in Iraq now have cancer. The Guard is trying to contact more than 600 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry who may have been exposed to sodium dichromate.
“The Battalion Cdr (commander) was diagnosed with cancer last summer and there is another soldier who came home on leave from this deployment who has been diagnosed with rectal cancer,” LTC Deedra Thombleson wrote in an email to Channel 13.
A third soldier, Sergeant First Class David Moore, died in 2008 from a mysterious illness after returning from Iraq.
Moore’s daughter, 10-year-old Rylee Weisheit, squeezes a teddy bear on the front porch of a home in Dubois, Indiana. The bear has a t-shirt with her dad’s picture. When she squeezes the arm, the voice of her father can be heard.
“Hi, my little sweetheart. I love you. Sleep tight and have sweet dreams. Daddy misses and loves you very much.”
Ed Blacke claims KBR knew sodium dichromate was at the plant.
“They knew about this in May,” says Blacke. “Everything seemed to be focused on we made a commitment, we’re going to get this done, we’re going to get it done in this time frame, hell or high water, we’re gonna get it done,” added Blacke. “They (KBR) just had an attitude – they were focused on that finish line and they didn’t care how they got there.”
I read that when Jules sent it to me, then I readthis:
The Senate is a collegial place, largely because any one Senator can go to great lengths to hold up virtually any piece of legislation and thus no Senator wants to get on the bad side of another Senator for want of not having their own bills obstructed. It is likely a result of this fundamental aspect of the chamber that just a small handful of Democratic Senators have gone on the record in opposing Lieberman’s bid to maintain control over the Senate’s oversight panel. But as the vote on his chairmanship will be secret, and thus Lieberman will not know for certain who voted against him, Lieberman’s ability to retaliate against individual Senators will be greatly curtailed.
Because, okay. I get it. We’re all nice friends here and it’s very warm and fuzzy. JOE LIEBERMAN HELPED BUSH DO THIS. And he wanted to help John McCain make it worse. Forget all the palace intrigue and coffeehouse crap. Forget all the Agincourt language about betrayal and loyalty and whatnot.
What Joe did that’s objectionable isn’t that he said mean things about Barack Obama (President Badass can take it, I think) or Hillary Clinton or anybody. What Joe did was to perpetuate a fraud against the American people that led to a lot of them gettingdead in increasingly horrific ways, and to this day, unlike many of his colleagues, he has yet to regret a second of it, and he’s shown himself willing to do just about anything to continue being wrong. Including act like a very public asshole. Or a wingnut blogger.
Forget the RNC and every Sunday show on which he stroked his junk and talked about how only he alone among Democrats was brave enough to stand up for the above. His monumental ego and his shaky sense of party loyalty isn’t my problem. Forget all that. Joe is as responsible as anyone who cozied up to Bush in 2003 for the horrors now coming home with our troops, and that’s the real issue here.