You write what you know, unless you are a former navy seal. Then according to the Pentagon, you do not write at all. Mark Bissonnette’s, penname Mark Owen, accounts what went down in the raid that ended the reign of Osama Bin Laden is causing an uproar. No Easy Day reveals the planning, training, and executing of the famous and covert Pakistan raid. The Pentagon does not like the book one bit and are threatening the former soldier and Penguin Publishing. This book is already a best seller and is due out in September. The Pentagon wants to blacken some lines out. Go figure. Makes for some good book buzz.
Should former soldiers seek permission from the military to write books?
Harvard students caught cheating on mass scale. This would be a surprising story if it were not college kids, a government course, and/or a take home exam. Half of the 279 students cheated in Government 1310: Introduction to Congress on their final. These students will be the same pool of contestants who will run for Congress. In the 2010 Congress, Harvard University had the most graduates in Congress. The future of Congress looks as trustworthy as it is today. This was the question that had our #1 academic institution’s students collaborating: Do interest groups make Congress more or less representative as an institution?” Duh!
Did you ever cheat on an exam? Were you caught?
Should the city pay for the funeral of Officer Walker? This is a tough one to decide. He was off duty when the attack took place and a common citizen. The slain policeman’s funeral cost $75,000 and the FOP said the city should cough up the money. There has been 3 other cops killed off-duty this year and the city paid for only Brian Lorenzo, who was still wearing a uniform. Walker was not wearing a uniform but he did use his gun in defense. It was the violence of the streets and the city’s gun culture that killed a good citizen; it was not his job. The cost tag of $75,000 dollars is excessive. In a city that wastes lots of money, I wish I never heard of this argument. Maybe the FOP, the family, and city can split the costs.
Should the city taxes be paying for any funerals?