Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Friday, July 10, 2009

No 24-Hour TV Coverage, No Obituaries in News Magazines

No 24-Hour TV Coverage, No Obituaries in News Magazines . . .

I found out today via Irons in the fire that Darrell "Shifty" Powers passed away on June 17 of this year.

Who is Shifty Powers, you ask? (Well, some of you, I'm sure.) Perhaps this will jog your memory:

That's Shifty on the left, as played by Peter Youngblood Hills in the 2001 HBO mini-series "Band of Brothers." A pretty good job of casting, as here's what Shifty looked like back in WWII:

And here's what he looked like just a couple of years ago:

Quite simply, Darrell "Shifty" Powers was considered to be the best shot in all of Easy Company with his M1 Garand.

Firehand found out by email, and I suggest you read the whole thing, but here's the part that I want to emphasize:
Shifty died on June 17 after fighting cancer.

There was no parade.

No big event in Staples Center.

No wall to wall back to back 24x7 news coverage.

No weeping fans on television.

And that's not right.

Let's give Shifty his own Memorial Service, online, in our own quiet way. Please forward this email to everyone you know. Especially to the veterans.

Rest in peace, Shifty.
One other thing: In March of 2006 a very dedicated man did a very nice thing for Shifty. You might want to read that, too:

A Rifle for Shifty

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