We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I don't want to take anything away from our Veterans, and Bruce's earlier posts, particularly regarding the link between St. Martin's Day and the end of WWI, were enlightening and enjoyable. Certainly, I am proud of my family's veterans (a picture of my stepfather receiving a drink from an Italian police officer is posted, sorry for the quality), and I have nothing but good things to say about those who serve.
But, for those of you willing to take a moment to chuckle, I would like to point out that 11/11/11 is "Nigel Tufnel Day".
Nigel, if you're old enough to remember or young enough to appreciate or even care, is the extremely talented lead guitarist for Spinal Tap. Nigel put everything he had into each performance. Even his amps took it to the next level - 11.
So, today is the day, among all others, on which we all should "go to 11."
Probably the best Rob Reiner movie ever made. Also some of the greatest movie quotes ever - right up there with "Blazing Saddles".
"Certainly, in the topsy-turvy world of heavy rock, having a good solid piece of wood in your hand is often useful."
[Nigel playing a tune on the piano]
Marty DiBergi: It's very pretty.
Nigel Tufnel: Yeah, I've been fooling around with it for a few months.
Marty DiBergi: It's a bit of a departure from what you normally play.
Nigel Tufnel: It's part of a trilogy, a musical trilogy I'm working on in D minor which is the saddest of all keys, I find. People weep instantly when they hear it, and I don't know why.
Marty DiBergi: It's very nice.
Nigel Tufnel: You know, just simple lines intertwining, you know, very much like - I'm really influenced by Mozart and Bach, and it's sort of in between those, really. It's like a Mach piece, really. It's sort of...
Marty DiBergi: What do you call this?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, this piece is called "Lick My Love Pump".
"As long as there's, you know, sex and drugs, I can do without the rock and roll."
"I believe virtually everything I read, and I think that is what makes me more of a selective human than someone who doesn't believe anything."
The WWII pic --the background scene of a well-built civilized project called a 'city' that has been disordered and broken and made bereft of people and purpose, and the American soldier from across the Atlantic there to fight a do-or-die armed struggle, that's what you call yer 'epic fail of politics'.