May 06, 2008
Staff Sergeant Brandon King (Ryan Phillippe) thinks Tikrit will be the last stop on his tour of duty in Iraq. It’s a bad finish: he leads his men into an ambush. He loses three of them and another winds up blind and crippled. When Brandon and his childhood friend Steve Shriver (Channing Tatum) return to their Texas hometown, they’re proclaimed war heroes. Brandon can’t wait to put the war behind him. Then he learns that he’s been “stop-lossed”—that is, his service has been extended beyond the normal time period because of the military’s need for troops.
Johnny Cash and the Great American Contradiction: Christianity and the Battle for the Soul of a Nation
Golden Rules: Playwright George Bernard Shaw detected a flaw in the Golden Rule: "Do not do unto others as you would have them do unto you," he said; "their tastes may be different." The late Richard Graham had his own take: "You shouldn't do unto others what you wouldn't want done to you" (Washington Monthly, January/February/March).