September 10, 2003
Independent: Pentagon targets Latinos and Mexicans to man the front lines in war on terror

By Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles

With the casualty rate in Iraq growing by the day and President George Bush's worldwide "war on terrorism" showing no signs of abating, a stretched United States military is turning increasingly to Latinos - including tens of thousands of non-citizen immigrants - to do the fighting and dying on its behalf.

Senior Pentagon officials have identified Latinos as by far the most promising ethnic group for recruitment, because their numbers are growing rapidly in the US and they include a plentiful supply of low-income men of military age with few other job or educational prospects.

Recruitment efforts have also extended to non-citizens, who have been told by the Bush administration that they can apply for citizenship the day they join up, rather than waiting the standard five years after receiving their green card. More than 37,000 non-citizens, almost all Latino, are currently enlisted. Recruiters have even crossed the border into Mexico - to the fury of the Mexican authorities - to look for school-leavers who may have US residency papers.

The aim, according to Pentagon officials, is to boost the Latino numbers in the military from roughly 10 per cent to as much as 22 per cent. That was the figure cited recently by John McLaurin, a deputy assistant secretary of the army, as the size of the "Hispanic ... recruiting market", and it has also been bandied about in the pages of the Army Times.

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El apokalypsis según el santo Juan el divino

the fealty of the matador ridículo
the importunate ranch aficionado
enter El Jefe, of huge lute

his balls with leather gowns and silk boots
asked to sacrifice the fidelity of megaphones
something akin to Tenochtitlán opera on prozac
the muscle of the ugly breath made for rotten lunches

I dreamt of spiders unsewing the sky to pieces
vapor and all things trail like
spun and heavy needles falling
in stitches stitched in Asia

Posted by: Ernan Cortez on October 7, 2003 02:16 AM

I’m interested in this article for reason of it bringing to my mind a piece I wrote about Gwenneth Paltrow’s breasts in her oscar gaining shakespierrean performance and how the shape of the oscar was perhaps sexier, but I believe her head in an actual oven would be self-deflating.

You’re Gambling with what You’ve Left

A Serra, an art gallery built around some metal works in Bilbao
the surety of being similar and more understood by yourself
something that one reads as if the time left to the right
A decision of an obeisance of rule for the tendency towards the right
enjoying to sit on young soft leather and cigar smoke that ballyhooed to pantyhose
and the way the chicken smelled while you burned it
the gas oven was still and unaffraid

Posted by: Ted E. Huges on October 27, 2003 12:45 AM

Yep. This is ultimate hypocracy. I've never seen liberals against increasing Latino ethinc representation in the armed forces before. Proves that both rabid liberals and rabid conservatives are non-thinking sheep.

Posted by: MrNerdHair on November 19, 2003 09:51 PM

I like your style

Posted by: Dave on November 29, 2003 07:53 AM

tremendous work

Posted by: online videopoker on January 2, 2004 01:20 AM

When Batman went home at the end of a night spent fighting crime, he put on a suit and tie and became Bruce Wayne. When Clark Kent saw a news story getting too hot, a phone booth hid his change into Superman. When you're programming, all the variables you juggle around are doing similar tricks as they present one face to you and a totally different one to the machine.

Posted by: Petronella on January 19, 2004 02:32 AM

Note the new asterisks whenever we reference favoriteNumber, except for that new line right before the return.

Posted by: Eleanor on January 19, 2004 02:33 AM

When the machine compiles your code, however, it does a little bit of translation. At run time, the computer sees nothing but 1s and 0s, which is all the computer ever sees: a continuous string of binary numbers that it can interpret in various ways.

Posted by: Catherine on January 19, 2004 02:33 AM

Note first that favoriteNumbers type changed. Instead of our familiar int, we're now using int*. The asterisk here is an operator, which is often called the "star operator". You will remember that we also use an asterisk as a sign for multiplication. The positioning of the asterisk changes its meaning. This operator effectively means "this is a pointer". Here it says that favoriteNumber will be not an int but a pointer to an int. And instead of simply going on to say what we're putting in that int, we have to take an extra step and create the space, which is what does. This function takes an argument that specifies how much space you need and then returns a pointer to that space. We've passed it the result of another function, , which we pass int, a type. In reality, is a macro, but for now we don't have to care: all we need to know is that it tells us the size of whatever we gave it, in this case an int. So when is done, it gives us an address in the heap where we can put an integer. It is important to remember that the data is stored in the heap, while the address of that data is stored in a pointer on the stack.

Posted by: Susanna on January 19, 2004 02:34 AM

Our next line looks familiar, except it starts with an asterisk. Again, we're using the star operator, and noting that this variable we're working with is a pointer. If we didn't, the computer would try to put the results of the right hand side of this statement (which evaluates to 6) into the pointer, overriding the value we need in the pointer, which is an address. This way, the computer knows to put the data not in the pointer, but into the place the pointer points to, which is in the Heap. So after this line, our int is living happily in the Heap, storing a value of 6, and our pointer tells us where that data is living.

Posted by: Harry on January 19, 2004 02:34 AM