The Story Behind The POW/MIA Flag

When you are in a calm and thoughtful mood, give this a read:

You know that flag? The one that supposedly honors history but actually spreads a pernicious myth? And is useful only to venal right-wing politicians who wish to exploit hatred by calling it heritage? It’s past time to pull it down.Oh, wait. You thought I was referring to the Confederate flag. Actually, I’m talking about this.

Source: The Story Behind The POW/MIA Flag

Rick Perlstein is the national correspondent of The Washington Spectator, on whose site this article first appeared. This piece was updated by the Spectator on August 13 to remove the word “racist” from the headline, and has been similarly adjusted here. An apology from the author and a response from Spectator editor Lou Dubose were also appended to the original article and have been replicated here at the bottom of the piece.

Make it Stop…

Today is mid-term Election Day and we have been inundated with ads here in Colorado. Supposedly more ‘outside money’ has been spent here than anywhere else in the country. I’m tired of it, sick and tired of being bombarded with ads.

I turned in my ballot almost two weeks ago and most of the political snail mail stopped but not TV ads and certainly not the carpet bombing of political emails.

We are not even turning on the tv tonight. Somehow, I think we will be hearing about the results. For weeks.

Labor Day

Thank you Workers!

Catching up on Frontline from last May. The two-parter about the NSA warrantless wiretapping. I still fail to understand why the bulk of the Bush administration and, frankly, some significant sectors of the Obama administration, have not been indicted and sentenced to some serious prison time. And I’m not even referring to the banking crisis (you know, 2008?)

I think I know why Mitt Romney is so hesitant to release more of his tax returns

I’ve lived and worked around ‘card carrying’ members of the Mormon church — those with the temple recommend — for over 30 years. The only thing that I can suppose why those returns have not been released — IMNSHO — is that the LDS church would find out the Romney has not been fully tithing (contributing 10% of his income) to his church. *That* would be the only thing I can come up with that might cause him to behave this way. Again, In My Not So Humble Opinion. Otherwise why would he not just say, again, that “I paid *all* the taxes I was legally required to pay and not a penny more.”


Why I No Longer Read Newspapers

… and haven’t for a long time. I got disenchanted several years ago when the editorial pages of the local paper, The Las Vegas Review-Journal became infested with knee-jerk Tea-Bagger rhetoric. I’m in Denver with Ian at my in-laws house for a wedding and they get the Denver Post every morning. I had forgotten how “red state” newspaper journalism is in Colorado. Of course, the Post is a MediaNews Group newspaper. Not so divergent from the Ganett Group that the R-J is part of. Perhaps it is that way everywhere. Whew.

Yes, I’m keeping my opinions to myself! Family harmony and all that.

Yet Another Quiz…

So I tried it once:

Quiz: What Kind of Liberal Are You?

My Liberal Identity

You are a Social Justice Crusader, also known as a rights activist. You believe in equality, fairness, and preventing neo-Confederate conservative troglodytes from rolling back fifty years of civil rights gains.

Take the quiz at Political Humor

Then I tried it again with slightly different answers — a couple were less flippant — and got this result:

Quiz: What Kind of Liberal Are You?

My Liberal Identity

You are a Reality-Based Intellectualist, also known as the liberal elite. You are a proud member of what’s known as the reality-based community, where science, reason, and non-Jesus-based thought reign supreme.

Take the quiz at Political Humor

Your mileage may vary…

Honor them with peace, not war

I originally posted this nine years ago.

Honor them with peace, not war.

It has been a year since the tragedy of 11 September. Today we personally remember in whatever manner we deem fitting. Nationally, we will be flooded with messages from many corners telling us how we should feel and act. Today, my thoughts, compassions, and prayers go to all who lost husbands, wives, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, friends and relatives of every kind, co-workers, casual acquaintances, and complete strangers.

I don’t know what else to say except that I hope that we, individually and collectively, can begin to piece our lives and our world back together. Perhaps we will then begin to quit starting at shadows and whispers. Perhaps then we can rebuild our society of freedom, openness, and trust we have left behind.

This will doubtless include bringing more to answer for the murders of so many. This is right action. Many other things that are contemplated are not right action as they are motivated by personal, political, and, I fear, corporate gain. This is not right action.

When we have returned to our lives we can truly say we are honoring the innocents slain a year ago. Of course, this is my opinion. You may have a differing one. That is part of being free.

Except for what is above, blivet will have no postings today.

Mid-Terms 2010

Harry Reid wins (NV Sen), Berkley wins (NV CD01), Titus (NV CD03) still uncalled but doesn’t look good for Titus, Reid the Younger (NV GOV) loses, and we shed a tear for Russ Feingold and Alan Grayson.

Without a doubt, this was a rather nasty campaign. I remain an unapologetic Progressive. Leftist. Democratic Socialist. Whatever label they stick on me.

Update: Titus just conceded. Nuts.