Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Knight Templar

The threat to men of great dignity, privilege and pretense

is not from the radicals they revile;
it is from accepting their own myth.

Exposure to reality remains the nemesis of the great

-- a little understood thing

--John Kenneth Galbraith

Miniver loved the days of old
When swords were bright and steeds were prancing

The vision of a warrior bold

Would send him dancing
--Miniver Cheevy, Edward Arlington Robinson

John Kenneth Galbraith said the above following the country's slide into the Great Depression.

Ranger, simple person that he is, has given a lot of thought to George W. Bush's statement last Thursday to troops in Afghanistan that the goat screw they are mired in is "in some ways romantic." And for once, Ranger totally agrees with Mr. Bush.

It is romantic, and Ranger learned this from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.


  • Having no basis in fact; imaginary
  • Impractical in conception or plan
  • Marked by the imaginative or emotional appeal of what is heroic, adventurous, remote, mysterious, or idealized
This definition is totally in sync with Ranger's view of the whole balagan. Now, President Bush is on board.

The last definition is, "
constituting the part of the hero especially in a light comedy." The problem is, George's most excellent adventure is neither a comedy nor a romance for those playing the parts in real life.

While availing ourselves of the dictionary, we also checked
Walter Mitty: "An ordinary, often ineffectual person who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs."

The office of President is not a job for a Mitty or a Cheevy
. Not in real life.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most Excellent

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 10:23:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


An old romantic like me couldn't pass this one up.

Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 7:46:00 PM GMT-5  

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