Ana Marie Cox, aka “Wonkette”, was at last weekend’s MilBlog Conference and assured us all that she “got” the military and then asked if reporting positive things ignored by Legacy Media wasn’t “politicizing” the issue. That didn’t make a whole lot of sense to Murdoc at the time for a number of reasons, but then we get this about the Ft. Dix story:
Ok. So, the plot was: six dudes from New Jersey buy some guns and storm Fort Dix. The Fort Dix that is full of lots and lots of Army reservists with way, way more guns. And, like, extensive military training and shit. Yes, thank god these terrorists have been caught and locked up before they could be killed within minutes of deciding to carry out the dumbest fucking terrorist plot we’ve ever heard of.
Seems to Murdoc that A) she might be trying to make a wee bit of a political point here, and B) she obviously doesn’t “get” it when it comes to the usual situation on military bases.
It’s not like everyone is walking around in body armor with loaded M16s and air support a radio call away. C’mon. Weapons are usually secured (as in locked up) and ammunition generally isn’t issued. As far as I can tell, this is the standard procedure at Dix.
No, these bastards wouldn’t have been able to “take over” the base, and when the response arrived they would have been toast. But they would have probably been able to cause a fair number of casualties in the meantime.
Not terribly impressive commentary.
UPDATE: Pick of Cox at the MilBlog Conference via Pinch’s collection.
Scrolling through Wonkette (which Murdoc doesn’t frequent, to say the least) reveals that my conception of what a ‘big time’ professional blogger does is way off base…
UPDATE 3: Actually, I can’t tell for sure if this post was written by Cox or not. She’s moved on from Wonkette, only posting occasionally if I understand correctly. There’s no byline on post.
UPDATE 2: I read The terrorists next door? Fort Dix plot suspects lived quietly in N.J. suburb this morning on MSNBC.com.
This bit made me wonder:
The Dukas were living in America illegally, having entered two decades ago on now-expired visas. In almost every way, they were products of typical U.S. suburban life. Shain, 26, and Eljvir, 24, attended Cherry Hill West High School and often played soccer in their front yard.
I wondered A) Why did they rush right past the illegal bit and go right into explaining how they seemed like regular folks, and B) Where had they entered the US?
The answer to ‘B’ is:
The brothers entered the United States near Brownsville, Texas, in 1984, the source said, which would put their ages at 1 to 6 when they crossed the border.
The source said there is no record of them entering by way of a regular border crossing, so they are investigating whether they were smuggled into the country.
At least MSNBC.com decided to include this:
They were also no strangers to the police. Tatar and the Dukas were habitual offenders, stopped dozens of times a year for speeding, illegal passing and driving without a license. Dritan Duka pleaded guilty in 2000 to possession of drug paraphernalia and Shain Duka to possession of marijuana — low-level charges that at the time did not trigger immigration background checks.
Only one brother had a driver’s license, and only briefly. But they drove anyway and were ticketed regularly by Cherry Hill police — including four citations in one five-week period for Dritan Duka. The three had their driving privileges suspended — meaning they could not even apply for a license — 54 times in less than a decade.
William Kushina, a Cherry Hill Police Department spokesman, said the department could do nothing about serial unlicensed driving except continue to issue tickets and suspend privileges. “You can’t physically restrain a person from driving,” he said.
“You can’t physically restrain a person from driving“?!? WTF?
If only there were some place we could put such persons. You know. A place that had locked doors. Bars on the windows. That sort of thing.