Thursday, November 11, 2010

Armistice Day/Veterans Day, 2010: a Couple of Words for the American Military, and Something Lincoln Said

I've written about Armistice Day - it's been called Veterans Day lately, here in America - before. This year, I've got two words for the folks in the United States armed forces, past and present:

Thank you.

Finally, some ideas from Abraham Lincoln that I've quoted before:
"Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared to the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good."
Abraham Lincoln, Response to a serenade, November 10, 1864.
(See "Armistice Day" (Apathetic Lemming of the North (November 11, 2007))
Related posts:What happened to the 2009 Armistice/Veteran's Day post? I was a little distracted at the time:

5 comments:

Brigid said...

I'm looking forward to next year's.

11/11/11 11:11 *grin*

Fowl Ideas said...

There is an overwhelming emphasis on the dangers of terrorism in the American media. Given the facts explained in my blog, I'm not certain why I should be any more concerned with terrorism than I am with traffic accidents, cancer, or muggers.

Perhaps you could help.

Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...

Brigid,

Yeah! I hope I come up with something clever. Coherent, anyway. ;)

Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...

Fowl Ideas,

I've long since stopped trying to dissuade folks from particular patterns of thought.

Your focus of interest is - yours.

For what it's worth, the news I read is rife with tales murder in New York (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6AB2Y920101112), deplorable animal shelters (http://www.examiner.com/environmental-news-in-charleston/boone-county-animal-shelter-labeled-a-crime-scene), and murdered children (http://www.wcnc.com/news/Source-Remains-are-that-of-Zahra-Baker-107480738.html).

There's news about terrorism, too: as well as reports on the latest sports.

About the "overwhelming" emphasis? Seriously: perhaps it would be best to turn immediately to the Local section of the news.

Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...

Everybody else,

About terrorism and the news: There's been an interesting evolution in news coverage over the last few years, in my opinion:

"Doctors, Terrorists, and the Proletariat: What's a Person to Think?"
(July 3, 2007)

I haven't seen as much astonishment expressed, that some terrorists don't fit the 'poor, victimized, and oppressed' model that was supposed to explain terrorism. And, for that matter, crime.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.