Friday, October 20, 2006
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October 20, 2006
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DoD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the death of four soldiers who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Oct. 18 in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle. The soldiers were assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Killed were:

2nd Lt. Christopher E. Loudon, 23, of Brockport, Pa.

Cpl. David M. Unger, 21, of Leavenworth, Kan.

Cpl. Russell G. Culbertson III, 22, of Amity, Pa.

Spc. Joseph C. Dumas Jr., 25, of New Orleans.

For further information related to this release the media can contact the Fort Hood public affairs office at (254) 287-9993.
--Spencer Ackerman

Is that a STARS reference? Specifically to the song "He Lied About Death" from their awesome album "Set Yourself on Fire"?
Blogger parabasis | 2:06 PM

Parabasis, yes indeed. Love that song, love that record.
Blogger Spencer Ackerman | 2:09 PM

The message behind this series is important, but it also makes reading the blog kind of hard. When I make the rounds of the blogs I read, I load the page & quickly scan to see if anything's new, and if not, I move on. The repetitious press releases make it very hard to do that. (Yeah, I should get with the program and get an XML aggregator, but I haven't & I assume lots of other people haven't either.)

A couple ideas to consider:

1) adopt a shorter form. I take it that endless repetition is the point, but repeating the full language of every press release isn't necessary to achieve the effect. E.g.: "Four soldiers, dead of injuries from an IED: 2nd Lt. Christopher E. Loudon, 23, Brockport, Pa.; Cpl. David M. Unger, 21, Leavenworth, Kan.; Cpl. Russell G. Culbertson III, 22, Amity, Pa.; Spc. Joseph C. Dumas Jr., 25, New Orleans."

2) If that's out of the question, number the series. E.g. "What gives you the right to fuck with our lives #27". At least that way a regular reader can get a sense of when there are new posts and when there aren't.

Other than that, hot hot hot.
Blogger anacoluthons | 3:22 PM

anacoluthons, I'll number them from now on. Thanks for the tip -- I'm still new to blogger.
Blogger Spencer Ackerman | 3:32 PM