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.

links for 2009-01-27

  • "I'm sorry, but if we don't have an inquest into what happened during the Bush years – and nearly everyone has taken Mr. Obama's remarks to mean that we won't – this means that those who hold power are indeed above the law because they don't face any consequences if they abuse their power. Let's be clear what we're talking about here. It's not just torture and illegal wiretapping, whose perpetrators claim, however implausibly, that they were patriots acting to defend the nation's security. The fact is that the Bush administration's abuses extended from environmental policy to voting rights. And most of the abuses involved using the power of government to reward political friends and punish political enemies (…)
    [I]f we whitewash the abuses of the past eight years, we'll guarantee that they will happen again."

links for 2009-01-24

  • "Are you a fan of "Firefly" or "Serenity"? Of course you are! That's why you're here. I bet you're also a fan of doing whatever you can to support your preferred charities. Well, so are we! Proceeds from every sale at Whedon Wares: The Browncoat Store will support our championed charities. Every quarter, we choose a charitable organization and send them a donation with the proceeds of the sales from our store.
    Keep an eye on our product line-up, too, because we're always on the lookout for awesome goodies for our favorite flandom.
    Austin Browncoats is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity."

links for 2009-01-23

links for 2009-01-21

  • "The government of the United States is in no sense founded on the Christian Religion." ~ George Washington / "I do not find in Christianity one redeeming feature." ~ Thomas Jefferson / "The Bible is not my book, nor Christianity my religion." ~ Abraham Lincoln / "A just government has no need for the clergy or the church." ~ James Madison / "I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end… where every man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choice." ~ John F. Kennedy / "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and nonbelievers." ~ Barack Obama [via Doug]

links for 2009-01-12

  • “A team of scientists exploring Springs Preserve with remote-sensing gear [Ground Penetrating Radar –ed.] has found what appears to be a prehistoric village of pit houses where as many as 30 Anasazi people lived about 1,300 years ago, the preserve’s archaeologist said Friday.” This is the full version of the ‘breaking news’ version I just posted.
    This is the project I was the archaeologist for from 2000 – 2005. We dug the pit house that yielded the radiocarbon dates.
  • "A team of scientists exploring Springs Preserve with remote-sensing gear have found what is believed to be a prehistoric village of pit houses where as many as 30 Anasazi lived about 1,300 years ago, the preserve's archaeologist said Friday."
    I was the archaeologist at the Springs from 2000 – 2005. We dug the partially excavated pit house they reference in 2003.