Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
A couple of miles away I passed through Fere-en-Tardenois. Great minds
Which led me to a new sad thought.
Of course all these men had stories that they never got to finish. Every one of them had a goal, a plan. Start a business. Go back to the mill and work up to foreman. Teach at the school. Build up the family farm. Take a correspondence course. Marry the girl. Play catch with the boy. Go fishing with the Old Man or eat Mother's peach cobbler. Shoot craps with the fellows on the corner. Sit under a tree on a hot day and chew on a blade of grass.
Not one of those dreams happened.
Every one of these men started a telegram, and with it a new batch of stories. Every one of those telegrams had one of these names on it.
Where did they get Charley and Giovanni and Asa? The same way we get our Jamal and Chip.
Every one of those names was chosen carefully by proud parents for their perfect little son, their hope.
Let's use uncle's name. Daniel is fine, a brave Prophet. Alright, we'll call him after YOUR father. Jövünk Magyarországról, de mi hívjuk George Washington elnök után. You're my best pal, will you stand up at the christening?
And all those mothers and fathers saw all those names on all those telegrams.
Everyone who votes for a war, everyone who cheerleads for one, should have to do it from a place like this.
Oh, and one more thing. We were there for an hour and a half.
Had the place to ourselves.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Comme vous êtes maintenant donc une fois c'était moi.
Comme je suis en train de vous le seront bientôt,
Préparer chaque jour pour me suivre.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Thursday, April 04, 2013
So the news tells us that coward Jay Hileman has been frightened away from prosecuting a case.
Every day we ask victims and ordinary citizens to come to court and testify. The criminals know who the witnesses against them are and where they live. They don't have special protection. Many live in violent slums, gang ridden housing projects or out in the country far from help.
We expect out Police Officers to go out day after day on predictable patrol routes, wearing uniforms.
For a prosecutor to give in to the fear from which victims, witnesses, and Police Officers CANNOT "withdraw" is shameful.
" Security concerns"? Every old lady in every bad neighbourhood in the country has "security concerns" you cannot imagine, Mr. $100, 000 man in a suit.
This is almost worse than Nifong.