Daily Archives: December 1, 2009

Quote of the Day – Alec Baldwin Wants To Give Up Acting…

“I consider my entire movie career a complete failure. The goal of movie-making is to star in a film where your performance drives the film, and the film is either a soaring critical or commercial success, and I never had that.


“And now, the movies I’ve been in, I never give them a moment’s thought. Every movie I’ve ever been in, I just avoid.”

– Alec Baldwin

…and apparently he’s planning on going into politics.

Rising military suicides outpaces combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan…

This article from Congress.org caught my attention. I find it especially interesting since we are about to increase troops in Afghanistan.


Here’s a clip… but go to the site and read the whole thing:

clipped from www.congress.org
More U.S. military personnel have taken their own lives so far in 2009 than have been killed in either the Afghanistan or Iraq wars this year, according to a Congressional Quarterly compilation of the latest statistics from the armed services.
As of Tuesday, at least 334 members of the military services have committed suicide in 2009, compared with 297 killed in Afghanistan and 144 who died in Iraq, the figures show.
Lawmakers in recent years have been increasingly concerned about the growing problem of military suicides, especially in the Army.
But even those who have been most intensely focused on the issue said they found the new numbers alarming. So far in 2009, the Army has had 211 of the 334 suicides, while the Navy had 47, the Air Force had 34 and the Marine Corps (active duty only) had 42.
The rising number of suicides has coincided with U.S. military forces redeploying frequently to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Army leaders say they are unable to conclude that the deployments are the main cause of the suicide increase — one-third of the active-duty soldiers who killed themselves in 2009 have no deployment history, according to Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli.

But many senior members of Congress say they believe there is a connection.

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