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Different stories are emerging about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist who is alleged to have killed 13 people and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood, Texas, on Thursday.

Hasan's former imam recalled him as "a reserved guy with a nice personality." Fort Hood's Muslim chaplain "found him to be very pleasant."

But others recollect Hasan -- whose specialty was treating traumatized and distressed military -- as a poorly performing soldier who was increasingly emotional and critical about U.S. action in Afghanistan and Iraq. And he recently received orders to deploy overseas.

Hasan's aunt told The Washington Post he had been harassed about being Muslim in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks.

Harassed? Really? It should be noted that, months ago, Hasan set off law enforcement's radar because of Internet postings about suicide bombings, "including posts that equated suicide bombers to soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the lives of their comrades," the Associated Press said.

Hasan lives in the most religiously tolerant country on Earth. But if he was on the 'Net, degrading America and holding suicide bombers up for praise, he should expect to get bombarded with scorn.

But for sheer callousness, it would be hard to top President Obama in the wake of the deadliest killings at a U.S. military installation. A chief executive with any presence of mind about the gravity of the situation would have offered heartfelt, respectful and reassuring words to a shaken people.

But what did he do Thursday? He sandwiched in a couple minutes' worth of comments about the slayings among remarks he was giving at a conference hosted by the Interior Department's Bureau of Indian Affairs.

These are his uniformed people who were killed, but he seemed more emotionally engaged in thanking the organizers of this obscure conference than in showing genuine remorse for the fallen. The president either is detached from reality, or he simply doesn't care. What a cold fish.

Justice has yet to play out to determine the level of Hasan's guilt or innocence. But the pieces of the puzzle coming together are forming a portrait of a man who might have been helped -- or thwarted -- if those pieces were assembled and scrutinized sooner by the people around him.

Hasan gave every indication to superiors that he was a ticking time bomb leaning toward domestic jihad. That kind of anti-Americanism -- regardless of what race, religion or creed you are -- cannot be tolerated in the U.S. military. And if it's detected, it needs to be weeded out immediately.

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happychimer
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happychimer 11/08/09 - 11:17 am
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carcraft the laws about mixed

carcraft the laws about mixed marriages was on the books for over 200 yrs, but sometimes not enforced. Look at the Georgia Virtual Vault site and search names. There is one in the "W' that shows a letter to the governor of GA about a man whose mother was a 'half breed". Those are the words used to describe this man's half Indian mother. The man was taken from his mother when he was a baby,by his white father. The letter turned my stomach.

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1941 11/08/09 - 12:26 pm
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To the people that think the

To the people that think the president is a Muslim, I can understand, why you are so scared!!! Just think, if he could let thousands of them in the country, to get to people just like you, this would be a better country!!! Stay scared!! I am laughing at your silly words!!!

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carcraft 11/08/09 - 12:31 pm
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happychimer on Sun Nov 8,

happychimer on Sun Nov 8, 2009 11:17 AM Did you read the link? In South Carolina mixed race marriage was legal, I don't really care what you suppose or think you read! In Augusta there were many, as I stated interracial marriages that produced promanant offspring!

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carcraft 11/08/09 - 01:02 pm
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happychimer on Sun Nov 8,

happychimer on Sun Nov 8, 2009 11:17 AM Please read Dr Cashin's book"General Sherman's Girl Friend and Other Stories About Augusta" Pages 96 to 105. Dr George Newton, a Dean of the Medical college of Georgia married Fanny Tailor a mixed race women who her self was the daughter of a white man and "free women of color".

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happychimer 11/08/09 - 04:26 pm
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carcraft read my 1st sentence

carcraft read my 1st sentence at 11:17

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DEVGRU 11/08/09 - 04:42 pm
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Oh yes, Hasan was a very

Oh yes, Hasan was a very pleasant individual, as he opened fired on his fellow soldiers. All he needs is one bullet to the head to ease his problem.

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carcraft 11/08/09 - 05:47 pm
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Happychimer, I was answering

Happychimer, I was answering your 8:22 post and mixed marriages were legal in South Caroline and happened in Georgia! Children of slaves by slave owners was far from hush hush as you discribed it. I told you of Jefferson having two very known examples in his family!!

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happychimer 11/08/09 - 06:48 pm
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carcraft Indian relationships

carcraft Indian relationships with whites were hush hush.There was a law making marriages between whites and any other race illegal in GA from 1754-1966 or '67. Even though the law was not enforced all the time, Indians were afraid to announce that they had a child with a white. I had the law saved but can't find it today.Indians were considered lower class than black slaves.

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KSL 11/08/09 - 08:09 pm
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Wonder how much bitterness is

Wonder how much bitterness is replenished by dwelling in past improprieties? Looking back and getting upset with things that happened in the past can be every bit as problematic as RCR claims about the last election. Geeze. Some of my ancestors came here to escape religious persecution. Am I going to weep over what they went through? No. I don't happen to think they would want me to.

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ispy4u 11/09/09 - 06:24 am
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Southernguy, I will give you

Southernguy, I will give you an "A" for effort. I refer to Obama as " OUR PRESIDENT" because ignoramuses like yourself constantly state that "he is not my President". I state " Our"because regardless of what you say he is " OUR PRESIDENT" and it is not a code word for closet Muslims. Good attempt Southernguy but not good enough.

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