That’s the number of Arabic linguists who have been discharged from the Army for being gay. Fifty-five. (We missed this fact when we blogged about the latest dismissal—interview here—but it’s so shocking we felt we had to bring it up now.) If the military were serious about winning Iraqis’ hearts and minds, it would find a way to keep most of these linguists in the service.
Even though the U.S. and five other countries have offered Iran a series of rewards for giving up its nuclear program, Bush and Cheney have given the world ample reason to be skeptical that the White House has any intention of settling this issue diplomatically. (And we’re not alone in this sentiment.)
The 20-year-old set out to damage computer networks and send massive amounts of spam. Any computer user who has ever been the victim of a virus, worm or Trojan horse shall be excused the schadenfreude he or she feels at the news of this lengthy prison sentence.