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.
My Christmas gift to you is to tell you about, or remind you of, one of John Donne's love poems that is a favorite of mine. He was an angler, you know, a fly fisherman no less, and a friend of Izaak Walton, he of Compleat Angler fame.
The poem is The Bait. It is all over the Net. The last two verses read:
Let coarse bold hands from slimy nest
The bedded fish in banks out-wrest;
Or curious traitors, sleeve-silk flies,
Bewitch poor fishes' wand'ring eyes.
For thee, thou need'st no such deceit,
For thou thyself art thine own bait:
That fish, that is not catch'd thereby,
Alas, is wiser far than I.
Merry Christmas to you and yours, Bird Dog, and tight lines.
We can no longer have heroes because it isn't "fair" to celebrate anybody or anything greater than ourselves. We have to debase the extraordinary to the ordinary because no one person can stand above the rest unless sanctified and blessed by those who are self appointed guardians of "truth".
If one were to examine the narratives of most MOH winners, some level of detail would be exaggerated, embellished or "misremembered". That does not devalue Sergeant Meyer's heroism or courage. It is the fog of war.
This is WAY off topic, but the recent posts of the Traveling Wilburys has started something for me. I looked at several other TW videos and found they were nice but not as good as when Roy Orbison was with them. Then last night I received my "This is True" news letter (free at http://www.thisistrue.com in case you want to try it). My favorite part of the newsletter is the Honorary Unsubscribe where somebody you probably had never heard of (but had a large impact on the world) died. This week's Honorary Unsubscribe was Barbara Orbison! Here is the link: http://www.honoraryunsubscribe.com/barbara_orbison.html.
There is a reason a lot of performers called Orbison "The Voice". Even as he aged, he kept that pure clear sound. When he did the first Willburys album, you could tell when he was part of the ensemble - he just had that quality.
From the first Willburys album - Orbison at his best.
Here is an account of what happened and what Sergeant Meyer's did for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Amazing if only half of it is true: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/18/60minutes/main20107640.shtml?tag=contentMain;contentBody