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.
Two years ago, I worked as a lawyer in one of the high buildings in this city. Today, my clothes carry a first lieutenant's bar and say U.S. Army on them. I wear the American flag on my shoulder, under which festers a smallpox vaccination pustule, with anthrax in the other arm. In less than a month I will be in Kuwait, thence to Iraq. My life these days is inexhaustibly surreal.
I am not an Army lawyer, but a platoon leader in an artillery battery. So the same friends I used to debate the 2000 election results with are now harangued with the principles of fire support and counterfire missions. I tell them about Army life and I console them with my claim that I may very well spend most of my tour safe in the confines of the base, which may or may not be the case. And when we are done with the Army talk, and my perfunctory questions about how things are going back here in the city, I find there is not much else I have the interest or energy to discuss.
Is it overly dramatic to say that this city seems frivolous to me now? Well, it does.
Kind of a theme emerging today--maybe it's due to the Dem's nasty biz concluded today in the House--but the same note is in the Sun and the Harper's pieces linked here @ Maggie's, as well as the Chicago Boyz and Classical Values pieces linked @ instapundit:
That was a really good piece. I feel better about our country after reading it, thinking of all the people there still are with such values. His fiance is a lucky woman. Another fellow over there to add to my special prayers. Although how can one pray for any one of them more than all of them? Guess it's just easier to pray for a specific character, one can imagine going about his or her daily activities, than a crowd.
BL, you are kind, but most people just
consider me eccentric, bordering on wacko.Am amusing myself[after a long week at a job, not at all an adventure] before our couples Bible study collecting articles and quotes for a class comparing Egyptian and other fertile crescent sources for the book of Proverbs. Plus a dash of Jewish mysticism. Husband would rather I just cleaned the @?*# house.if rather go to Iraq too, but too old.
The Lt. will do well I think. He seems too have learned a majority of the important lesson's. I am actually somewhat surprised at that. A couple of things he mentioned are/were normally learned on the battlefield. Quickly and at times remorsefully. We are fortunate to still have men and women such as he.
Yes, we are lucky. There are more of them than we might think, out there. They just don't usually make the news - nor do they want to. Have to give this guy credit for writing the piece. He can write, too.