Monday, August 15, 2005

NYT: Byrnes disobeyed order to end affair

Okay, now this is making a little more sense:

Via the New York Times, General Disobeyed Orders to End Affair, Officials Say:

A major reason the general, Kevin P. Byrnes, was dismissed as head of the Army Training and Doctrine Command was that the inspector general found that he had violated the direct order from the Army chief of staff, Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is still being adjudicated.

Army officials disclosed the details of the inspector general's inquiry to explain the unusual decision to relieve a four-star officer with a distinguished record.
While adultery is a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, most people are scratching their heads wondering why it would merit relief of a four-star command. Disobeying a direct order from the chief of staff, on the other hand, is a better fit for demotion.

Anyhow, on to other more hilarious matters, the Ferret Olympics have been forced to change their name after the United States Olympic Committee threatened a lawsuit. Apparently, the olympians are worried that... what? That the "Ferret Olympics" will steal their thunder?

Whatever the reason, the competition's new name is the "Ferret Agility Trials," which aside from having the acronym "FAT" is also an incredibly funny term in its own right. There must be a lot of people who actually spend their time training their domestic weasel to escape from a paper bag (yes, that really is an event).

Now, you may be asking, "Bro, what do these stories have in common?" Well, that's a very good question, and I'll let anyone who has an answer to that address it in the comments section, because I have no idea.


UPDATE: The Centrist at JAG Central is following this issue closely. Check out his latest treatment here while I send a trackback ping.
UPDATE: Open Post at Mudville. Thanks, Greyhawks!