Happy Memorial Day:
"He did not understand the war --
"He understood the blistering injustice of it; the stroke-like fear in the faraway sight of the raped as they blamed him for not being there; the accusing eyes of the children that leered from atop distended bellies even as they starved; the seeping lines of grief lacerated into the faces of fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives who had lost all they loved; the tortured and the maimed becoming in part or in whole separate from who they once were; and the Dali-draped carcasses of the dead.
The evil of the war bored into his heart, twisted with agony until he learned to ignore it --
That is, until he could ignore it no longer." - from the Forgotten War by K.O.
"(He’d) seen a lot of death in his life but it hadn’t inured him to the pain of it, the tragedy, the loss, the suffering. On the contrary, it had a cumulative effect; on darker days this effect swamped him in a Tsunami of emotion and after all the smaller waves passed a big one threatened, and he would watch it nearing shore with a rising dread…" - from Chandlers Bar (a work in progress) by K.O.
Sometimes you can’t repay people for an act of kindness, loyalty, or charity, but you can try --
Sometimes life is in the effort.
Please give to the Wounded Warrior Project/ P.O. Box 758517/ Topeka, Kansas/ 855-448-3997
A good police officer makes The Job noble.
An increased and fair minimum wage should be a moral and ethical reality more than one of the bottom line.
The American eagle needs its right and left wings to fly but its heart is in the middle.
The marketplace of ideas and ideals is exclusionary only in a society of suicides: in a healthy and dynamic society any human being’s ideas have both intrinsic and free market value; the former is of immense worth, sanctified within a culture of liberty, freedom, and equality, and the latter is of viable and active worth, each supportive of the other. While the first goes to the soul of a nation the other is a driving force of pragmatic and creative survival.
The U.S. Constitution is a shepherd unto its flock and the wolves are circling.
Please give to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals/ 205 West 700 South/ Salt Lake City, Utah/ 84101/ 801-214-7400
He never looked down on anyone from his social position two hundred feet beneath a fair playing field: when Freddie Gray died he finally achieved his civil and Constitutional rights.
Footnotes of hysterical un-history:
Erin, the wife of a real rocket scientist, Verner von Braun, opened a Chicago Irish bar called Erin Go Braun to support Verner because he couldn’t make any money designing rocket ships, at first, because his name was Verner. It was at this point that he invented Braunsweiger, a deli pseudo-meat. With that money he went on to design the Saturn rocket system, and with Ms. von Braun they invented Erinyerflat, a canned fix-a-flat chemical that has changed motoring in the American Southwest.
Please support the NAACP Portland Branch, 510 Cumberland Avenue/ Portland, Maine, 04101/ 207-553-5851
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