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Friday, August 25, 2006

Lynch having baby...update on the other girl

--posted by Tony Garcia on 8/25/2006

Remember PoW Jessica Lynch? All the stories. All the hype.

And it continues. Guess what? She's pregnant.
THE American soldier who became a national icon after she was captured in Iraq revealed yesterday that she is expecting her first child.

Jessica Lynch once worried that the injuries she suffered were so severe they might stop her from having a baby.

Ms Lynch, 23, who has rarely spoken publicly since her return home to West Virginia, let the news slip in an e-mail to the television interviewer Diane Sawyer. “Learning to walk again and coping with the internal injuries that I still deal with pale in comparison to the tremendous joy of carrying this child,” she wrote. The father is her boyfriend, Wes Robinson, 25.
Now, does anyone remember the OTHER PoW, whose injuries in the same event were worse? She is black. Remember her yet? Doubt it, mostly because the media, for some reason (racism?) would not cover both women close to equally...and still don't.

The other PoW is Shoshana Johnson.
Shoshana Nyree Johnson (born 1971) was the first black female prisoner of war in the military history of the United States. She was held hostage in Iraq for 22 days after being captured with four other members of the U.S. Army 507th Maintenance Company, 5/52 ADA BN, 11th ADA Brigade. Johnson was a Specialist at the time and suffered bullet wounds to both of her ankles. She survived the ordeal as a result of a successful rescue mission conducted by U.S. Marines on April 13, 2003.
Aside from announcing that Johnson signed a book deal (years after Lynch signed one...and for less? Don't know, can't find details on the amount), and aside from a CNN Where are they Now type of deal (and a couple of similar interviews in the same 'you used to be known' vein) last year there has been nothing said about her.

Watch the releases and coverage over the next few weeks. Lynch is pregnant, Johnson gets a book deal. Somehow I have a feeling if you see one you will not see the other. I have a hunch that the one you will see on the news reports is Lynch, and maybe a quick sentence about Johnson, just to keep it fair.

So, while the media continues acting as if they have some kind of moral high ground over everyone, and that they are better than everyone else you can keep in mind that they are no better than the average person. Worse even, because to be racist is to be worse than the average person.

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10 Comments:

Blogger bobby_b said...

This is entirely off the point of your post, but I just had to tell you:

Maybe it's my monitor, but the new color scheme makes the normal typeface (as opposed to the "quotes" typeface) darn near unreadable. Too indistinct against the background.

Okay, I'm done bitchin'. We now return you to your regularly-scheduled comments . . .

August 25, 2006  
Blogger Marty said...

Such are the dangers of the Forest Booby B

Either get used to it or be slaughtered by giant rats and Englishmen in tights.

August 25, 2006  
Blogger Tony said...

Look out for the R.O.U.S. roaming!

August 26, 2006  
Blogger gbradley said...

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August 26, 2006  
Blogger gbradley said...

Bobby b
I just comented on that on the forum.
That was befor I noticed your post.
gbradley
The link works in the preview, but not on final post ???

August 26, 2006  
Blogger bobby_b said...

"Either get used to it or be slaughtered by giant rats and Englishmen in tights."

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There's not enough beer in the world . . .

August 26, 2006  
Blogger gbradley said...

Inconceivable!

August 27, 2006  
Blogger Tony said...

I'm wondering if it is your monitor's "Brightness" or "Contrast" settings. On all of the monitors/monitors I have tried the color contrast seems to be fine (a total of seven so far).

That said, as I said before, I will try to tweak the brown & green a bit when I get the chance.

August 29, 2006  
Blogger bobby_b said...

Thanks. These eyes aren't getting younger.

I did go around to several other offices here. All were the same as mine. All were the same brand and model, too, though, so maybe it's a brand difference.

August 30, 2006  
Blogger gbradley said...

It's getting better.

September 01, 2006  

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