Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Say "Cheese"!

Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny
with the object of making men happy in the end

... but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death

only one tiny creature ...

And to found that edifice on its unavenged tears:

would you consent to be the architect on those conditions?

Tell me, and tell me the truth!

--The Brothers Karamazov
, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Ranger recently saw a USMC recruiting advertisement on t.v. It said, "We don't make compromises; We make Marines." Just then, an artillery strike hits the screen.

The message: Drop a strike on someone and you've solved a problem; you've become a Marine, a U.S. military man. You have not compromised. . .but what have you "not compromised"?

If only life were so simple.

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Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Ranger comment- i could not pass this photo - it says it all . COIN is a joke and this soldier summed it up perfectly.WAIT FOR THE FLASH.we could have called this one FLASHMAN but here you have it- our tax dollars hard at work alienating the Iraqis we so love. jim

Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 9:52:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Labrys said...

Ah, well, Fyodor was ahead of Leguin's "Those Who Walk Away From Omelas" wasn't he? And yes, the picture (which I got in email this past week) does say it all. Classic mind-fuck, isn't it, when rhetoric and reality refuse to match?

Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 10:34:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Terrible said...

I like the Fyodor Dostoevsky quotes this week! My favorite author.

Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 10:37:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Classic mind-fuck, isn't it, when rhetoric and reality refuse to match?
Come to think of it you've come up with a perfect definitioof COIN. jim

Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 10:44:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


I love him, too! No one like a Russian author to ponder matters of existence in a harsh world.

Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 11:09:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Rick98C said...

The entire Right-Wing philosphy is based on black/white, right/wrong, good/evil. Something a four-year old can fully grasp. Everything is simple...anyone who thinks otherwise is to be viewed with suspicion.

Also... my righty acquaintances, at least the male ones, think the FLASH pic is hilarious.

Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 11:12:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are correct, Jim...this one goes way beyond a mere MIND-fuck, but you know it STARTS in the head...(alas...in Cheney's most likely!)

Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 1:47:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

the older i get the more i realize that cute things like this photo are NOT in fact cute.It's really easy to pass this off as humor but it's deeply cynical and depraved.if a unit commander does not catch this point then COIN doesn't have a prayer.
I wonder if these people will think it cute when it's clear that we lost our asses on this Championship Poker Match? jim

Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 5:08:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Rick98C said...

In broad terms I think a person goes fown one of two paths as s/he ages: either they grow and expand with the years or they shrink and narrow. Pretty clear which path the fanatics of the world choose.

Friday, August 22, 2008 at 9:52:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Some people start out narrow and shrunken and get worse.They never consider another viewpoint which is the basic fault with our present day America.Both sides seem to shrink rather than expand. Some of our politicians claim otherwise but it's simply marketing. jim

Friday, August 22, 2008 at 2:13:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


It's quantum physics. First they will contract, and then, like the wafer-thin mint guy in Monty Python, they will explode in a blaze of glory!

Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 9:01:00 AM GMT-5  

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