The house is nearing completion, the work is going like gangbusters with an IG inspection looming, I’m applying for a couple of higher positions, one of which would be virtualized and work at home about 75% of the time, Mother’s Day and the son’s birthday are looming, the son is graduating from high school in about two weeks, and the daughter is getting ready to go to Europe to spend summer with her Aunt who lives there. Between all of those expenses, I expect to feast on Ramen a lot in the next six weeks.
I haven’t been posting much so here’s a quick round up of things that interest me. The Manning case is going to have a closed door hearing (requested by the Defense) tomorrow to work out details of exhibiting classified information during the trial. The Trial Counsel objected to the motion for the hearing to be closed, but the Judge agreed with Defense Counsel and overruled.
The SCOTUS will hold a conference some time this month I believe in petition for certoriari in Behenna v U.S. 1LT Michael Behenna stands convicted at General Court-Martial of unpremeditated murder, among other charges in the death of a detainee. The opinion of the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) is here. (PDF) It also has a brief backgrounder on the case as it was presented to CAAF. Since CAAF reviewed the case, the SCOTUS has appellate jurisdiction. The issue is: Whether a servicemember in a combat zone categorically forfeits the right to self-defense as a matter of law by pointing a firearm without authorization at a suspected enemy. (When such enemy was naked, unarmed, and cornered, and the servicemember in question went off-mission to torture and threaten the suspected enemy who had already been cleared by Military Intelligence, and later attempted to convince his subordinate to lie to their superiors.) Italics mine.
Charles Johnson over at LGF highlights the true motivation for the ongoing Benghazi silliness–the probability that the most popular Democratic politician in the country will run for President in 2016.
And in the “words fail even me” department, the USAF Officer in charge of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office for that service has been arrested for Sexual Battery.