Ike Skelton, Capitol Hill Genius
From the Washington Post comes a report of General Tommy Franks appearing before the House Armed Services Committee. Much verbiage is wasted on pointless sparring over whether resistance to U.S. occupation in Iraq qualifies as "guerrilla warfare" or does not yet. But just when you're ready to yawn and click to the next news link, along comes Rep.
The Premier WMD
I have read any number of news items that have almost induced me to write the last few weeks, but others were saying what I was thinking in a far better manner, so I read and learned and read some more.
Today, I caught a small AP newsblurb that just sort of hit some hidden button within, and while it seems small and insignificant in comparison to the enormity of present world events and dangers,...
On Personal DOI's
Joseph S. Bommarito
Strike the Root asked for Root Strikers to write their own Declarations of Independence (DOI's) to be published on STR on July 4th, also curiously known as Independence Day. Rob offered as an example 'A Personal Declaration of Independence' (APDOI) which was, as far as I can determine, anonymously authored by 'A Friend of Thomas Paine.' One Root Striker, Alfred A.
The Language Police Live Inside of My Head
Last year I was previewing a textbook that I was about to use in a Human Development course I was teaching. The book was the usual flamboyant montage of facts, grids, and pictures, but then I suddenly ran across a most unusual sentence. It read, 'As a folksinger once sang, how many roads must an individual walk down before you can call them an adult.' I was stupefied.
Clueless Army Wives
A recent article in the Guardian tells of the frustration of military families in Hinesville, "The Fastest Growing Town in South-Eastern Georgia," adjacent to the now-deserted Fort Stewart. Relatives of troops stationed in Iraq are understandably anxious for their loved ones, and are irritated that their deployment has stretched on months longer than expected, with no promised end in sight.
Federal Register Watch
What freedoms have you lost this week?
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The Forgotten and the Damned
Linda S. Heard
They've been labeled the dregs of humanity, monsters, and wild beasts, which would go for the jugular or gouge your eyes out given half a chance. They've been driven to the edges of insanity in windowless cellars, stifling in summer, freezing in winter, taken out from time to time so as to be beaten, kicked or subjected to deafening noise or blinding light.
Two have died as a result of...
Queer as Grass
It just occurred to me, I mean really occurred to me, that pot is illegal. For the first time since I was 16, when EVERYTHING was illegal, I smoked two puffs ('hits,' they called them in 1981, or 'tokes,' I think) and it helped me get to sleep. This is a good thing. I stopped smoking pot at 16 because it made me paranoid. I'm still paranoid. But at least now I can trace the source of my...
Big Government: Taxing the Gift of God
One of the most beautiful words in the English language, indeed in any language, is 'freedom.'
Yet the word and the concept it describes often mean different things to different men, and at different times in history. This is because freedom, and the enjoyment thereof, is a culturally hidebound idea and is sometimes confused with 'license.' The freedom exercised by a slaveholder in the...