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Something to remember on Memorial Day

This is from the Facebook page of Mike Nelson. I can’t see it, but C^2 sent it along to me: “…that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.” 1863 “Remember the Maine” 1898 “Making the world safe for democracy” 1917 “…an unprovoked and dastardly attack” 1941 “Our purpose is peace. We have no military, political or territorial ambitions in the area.” 1964 “…babies in incubators” 1990 “They hate us for our freedom” 2001 “…weapons of mass destruction” 2003 This Memorial Day, let’s remember the LIES that led us to sacrifice…


Friday links

Entering the home stretch on deadlines and having lunch at my place for friends today. Getting more sane by the minute … but will it last? Is there anybody left that Obama, the Pentagon, and the CIA don’t claim the right to kill at random? Oliver nails it: never trust the cloud. “How social media are both enabling and undermining trust is a really important thing for us to understand.” (H/T jed.) Concealed Carry Clothiers. For a non-tactical (e.g. non-obvious) look in vests and belts. (From NTIsurvivor in recent comments.) House passes CISPA. On to the Senate. Special jail wings…


Monday miscellany

Here’s an aspect of the dreadful FATCA that hasn’t gotten much coverage. From jed in comments: homeless by choice (and on principle). “How to Be Creative.” I don’t buy the claim that there’s no such thing as “creative types” (OMG, there are indeed creative types). But the rest is surely true. Creativity isn’t just for artists, writers, and inventors. Neat idea: an urban food forest. Not quite sure, though, how “free” it can be. A U.S. government soldier decides to freelance. (ADDED: The story that it was one “lone nut” “going rogue” probably isn’t going to hold up.) “Gaining Respect…


Thursday links

Did you know there’s an organization called Dogs Against Romney? And that one of its members just got stopped by a cop for doing (in effigy) what Romney once did to his family dog? A courageous colonel busts hierarchy to tell truths about Afghanistan. (Tip o’ hat to M.) “Take that, Hobbes!” “Less lethal.” Yeah. In other words — more likely to be casually fired at people who irritate the cops. Help wanted at the TSA. 🙂 Oh, what to think? It’s a crime and a shame when innocent owners have their assets seized. But can they be called “innocent”…


So many days of infamy

(A rant.) Yesterday were were all supposed to pause and “remember” the bombing of Pearl Harbor, even though most of us weren’t alive then and therefore can’t actually remember it. Of course we should be aware of important historic events. But why is it always a matter of dates and photos and survivor accounts without context? And why must we genuflect only to certain dates? December 7, September 11, July 4? We perform our obeisances to the horrors and tragedies of December 7, 1941, then go about our business. How many of us ever even learned that the very next…