The April edition of the Army Lawyer is online here. There’s not much of use to the military justice wonk, but there are a couple of items worth noting.
First, Regimental Historian Fred Borch continues to enliven the Army Lawyer‘s pages with interesting vignettes from the Army JAG Corps’ past. This edition features his two-page article on one Judge Advocate General of the Army who served in that capacity for a day, and his successor who served twice as long — for two days. Fred Borch, TJAG for a Day and TJAG for Two Days: Brigadier Generals Thomas F. Barr and John W. Clous, Army Law., April 2010, at 1.
The second thing worth noting is a grammatical error on the edition’s cover. Lynne Truss wrote a wonderful bestseller inspired by “redundant apostrophes.” Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves 1 (2003). She writes, “For any true stickler, you see, the sight of the plural word ‘Book’s’ with an apostrophe in it will trigger a ghastly private emotional process similar to the stages of bereavement, though greatly accelerated. First there is shock. Within seconds, shock gives way to disbelief, disbelief to pain, and pain to anger. Finally (and this is where the analogy breaks down), anger gives way to a righteous urge to perpetrate an act of criminal damage with the aid of a permanent marker.” Id. at 1-2.
If Ms. Truss will be visiting your home for tea, please be sure to remove your copy of the April 2010 Army Lawyer from your coffee table. For there on its cover is this article title: An Open Letter to Staff Judge Advocates, Area Claims Officers, Claims Attorneys’ and Claims Professionals. Please vandalize away, Ms. Truss. I’ll supply the Sharpies.