You never know what you’ll find on YouTube… though I never thought I’d see this.
A 10-minute video of photographs taken of a barracks at Fort Bragg, which shows – among other things – what appears to be a building that is falling apart around the soldiers who live there. The bathroom is the worst part. In one shot, a soldier is standing in a sink, to avoid the inches of sewage that have apparently overflowed onto the bathroom floor.
Commanders at the base say there were repairs that needed to be done, but the soldiers came home from Afghanistan earlier than expected. Early or not, this is deplorable. No one should have to live like this, and it shouldn’t take an outraged father turning to YouTube to have these issues addressed.
DISCLAIMER: The following story is beyond disturbing.
When I saw this story on my BlackBerry this morning, I couldn’t believe what I was reading. When I got to work, I went looking for more information and was astounded.
The short version: a man in Austria is accused of fathering seven children with his daughter while holding her hostage for 24 years and repeatedly raping her. It started when she was 18 – he allegedly drugged her, handcuffed her and locked her in the basement. He told his wife their daughter had run away.
Six of the seven children this man fathered with is own daughter survived – three were raised by him and his wife, the other three lived in the basement dungeon with their mother. Those three – ages 19, 18 and five – had never seen the light of day, a detail that reminded me of the eerie books my sister and I read in the 80’s, the VC Andrews “Flowers in the Attic” series. But this isn’t fiction, and I hate to say it, the truth likely is stranger and, frankly much more firghtenng than anything we could imagine in this case.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who will receive a tax rebate, will it help? I was passing by the TV today when I heard a talking head say there should be some money left over after “you do your patriotic duty” and spend a little. I was appalled. Yes, it’s great to help the economy, but wouldn’t that money be better spent paying off bills, going into your savings or buying groceries and gas, which just keep going up? Since when is spending a “patriotic duty”?
Even if it everyone went out and spent their tax rebate, it doesn’t mean the economy would necessarily perk up.
I swear, I’m not trying to be Debbie Downer on a (rainy in NY) Monday, so here’s one uplifting tidbit to leave you with: a little more info on our good friend Pierre the penguin from The Shot the other night.
Filed under: Erica Hill
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