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Memorial Day

From Blackfive:
[quote]Of course, Memorial Day is about remembering the sacrifices that our military men and women have made over the last 229 years. We are still a young nation, but one that has made many sacrifices to remain free. We should also take time to remember the families who have lost loved ones.


Enjoying your freedom and understanding it's value is the best way to honor the sacrifices of my friends.

That's the way they'd want you to spend Memorial Day.[/quote]
Everyone have a good holiday weekend. I've got duty in the barracks, 0200 to 0800 on Sunday, but other than that I'm free until Monday evening. Everybody else, pretty much, is taking off, so it should be pretty quiet.


Wisdom prevails... in Congress?

Stranger things have happened. From IntelDump:
[quote]The Los Angeles Times reports that Congressional Republicans have scuttled the section of this year's National Defense Authorization Act which would have (or might have) put limits on the ability of women to serve their country in combat. Not suprisingly, the plan ran into massive resistance from both Democrats and Republicans. That resistance owed partly to the GOP's sneaky legislative tactics -- proposing the amendment with barely any notice, no hearings, and no deliberation -- and partly to the fact that every military department and official opposed the legislation.[/quote]

Full article is worth a read.


Phoneless in San Angelo

Command summary: Sig has no phone. 3-day weekends suck when you have no car. TX heat sucks.

Bud Light, a canoe, and helpful police officers

Canoe rental: $3/hour

18-pack of Bud Light: Free (the only way I'll drink it)

Police boat towing two wet soldiers, 14 empty beer cans, a frisbee, a cooler, and a half-submerged canoe back to shore: Also free.

Not spilling my beer before, during, or after rolling the canoe: Priceless.


"Roving engines of chaos"

In which Sig reaffirms that the knack for a vivid turn of phrase can occasionally be a liability.

Morning PT

In which Sig gets up early. And is well-hydrated.

Holocaust voices

We had the opportunity today to cut class short and go to hear some Holocaust survivors speak about their experiences. It lasted two hours, but it went by very quickly. One was an 11-year-old girl in Austria when Kristallnacht occurred. Through the benevolence of strangers, she escaped and spent the war in a refugee home in Sweden. Another was a Greek jew who spent the war in prison camps; he was in one of the death camps when the Americans arrived.

Nothing I could write here could really do the presentation justice. They have both spoken about their experiences many times, primarily as a guard against the people who would claim the Holocaust never happened. I've been to Dachau--I know better.

Something the Austrian woman said was really rather striking, however. Toward the end of the presentation, in answer to an asinine question from an Air Force captain, she made the statement that freedom in the world depends on American soldiers, and that if anyone is going to stand up to evil, it will have to be us.

I really can't recall that I've ever heard anyone say something like that without the slightest hint of irony or exaggeration. She utterly believes this.

I wish I could put that much faith into our leadership.


The Christian as Citizen

In which Sig seeks (yet does not find) an old book on a topic dear to his heart.

10 Weeks

The site has been up at this location hosted on NearlyFreeSpeech.Net for 10 weeks now.

So far, it has cost me $2.80, plus domain registration.


Meaningful discussion on the Intarweb

In which Sig ruminates a bit about the many failings of Internet communication and discussion systems, and points to some possible hopes for the future.

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