Yesterday evening, NPR's All Things considered ran a superb profile of two of the US Marshals who enforced the desegregation orders that followed in the wake of the Supreme Court's Brown v Board of Education decision 50 years ago. The segment stirred my admiration for these two sons of the South who upheld true Southern -- indeed, American -- values of law, honor, courage and family. I was especially moved when one of the two said they considered the young black girls in their charge as one of their own daughters, and stated matter-of-factly that he would have laid down his life before seeing her come to harm.
Their honor, courage and discipline in the face of stark provocation -- and imminent danger, including radom gunfire during the siege at Ole Miss -- stands in stark contrast to the execrable conduct of guards and interrogators at Iraq's Abu Greib prison.
It's been very busy at work. A couple of tech writers have gone off the project, for various reasons, so we're shorthanded with a month to go before the deadline and much work left to do. (The good news is, although I'm busy, it's for a good and productive reason, and I believe they're happy with my work.) As a result, when I get home, I'm quite tired. So I'm going to skip posting for today, and try to pick up over the weekend. My apologies, and thanks for your patience.
Jaquandor follows up on an earlier post by linking to an amazing gallery of frozen salt-water spray collecting on a Coast Guard ship on a rescue mission to locate a fishing vessel believed to have been lost after capsizing due to frozen salt spray collecting topside.
My review of the superbly chilling Japanese thriller Cure is now up at Destroy All Monsters. Having trimmed down my to-review pile at last, I'm about to embark on a special series of reviews and articles.