I was hoping to get a new part up tonight, but unfortunately I realized that the next two parts will only work if they are read back-to-back as "mirror" chapters. Plus, I need to do clean-up on the second mirror. Apologies for the delay.
Also, I might have to start taking a day between updates, mostly because I'm having a difficult time keeping up with the schedule I've set myself. I'd rather slow it down a little than throw up crap. That's my anal retentive self speaking.
On another note: People who are downloading the MP3s, please, I beg you, do NOT click on the second option on the page before or after you complete your download. When you do that, no one else can get the file because you are essentially removing the song from the YouSendIt server. That means that I have to re-upload the song. I'll re-upload Quiet Mountain Town after 7 p.m. tonight so other people can get it, but please keep it in mind when you download.
Also, I added two new links today on this page. MetaFilter fans might like to try NerdFilter. It's in Beta right now, but it's billing itself as MetaFilter for the techie set who want to avoid the political links that MetaFilter gets.
Also, it turns out that Kevin Sites has a blog and it's an absolutely fascinating read. He is the embedded NBC reporter who filmed the Marine shooting the wounded Iraqi in the Falluja mosque. His first entry at the top of the page is about that incident where he explains, in detail, what happened and the thought process he went through before finally turning the tape over to NBC (he actually considered destroying it). He also stresses that he spoke to the commanding officers and showed them the tape first before turning it over to his employers.
From Kevin's blog:
So here, ultimately, is how it all plays out: when the Iraqi man in the mosque posed a threat, he was your enemy; when he was subdued he was your responsibility; when he was killed in front of my eyes and my camera -- the story of his death became my responsibility.
The burdens of war, as you so well know, are unforgiving for all of us.
Someone needs to email the quote Rumsfeld, STAT! Maybe we should CC GeeDubbya and Condi Ofgeorge (formerly Rice)...you know, on the off-chance they might actually understand what Sites is trying to say here...nah, never happen. Much easier to shoot the messenger instead.
It rather puts lie to the Freepers campaign suggesting that Sites is an anti-war activist (he points out that he's worked in warzones for 5 years, so that's a little bit impossible), traitor (he makes very clear that this was the action of one Marine and, going by the reaction of the Marine higher-ups, it is being swiftly dealt with), and should be fragged (Yeah, nice guys the Freepers).
Of course, we're not going to get into the broader Falluja situation since, really, I think history will show that this is the spot where the U.S. really fucked itself. Unh, actually, we fucked ourselves by marching into Iraq in the first place on the basis of lie, but Falluja is really the capper.