: David Weinberger just sent me to the most amazing story of Cpl. Jason Dunham, a Marine who saved the lives of his fellow soldiers by throwing his helmet and body on a grenade.
Thanks for the pointer to that story. Tragic. Heroic. We owe these kids so much. And so much more than we are delivering to them.
May he rest in peace, with flights of angels to sing him to his rest.
Jeff, I am sitting here in tears after reading that one….
A stark reminder of Memorial Day, and what it is about.
The article on Dunham is a “Must Read”, guaranteed to make you cry, but more guaranteed to make you focus on helping sift out the noise that clouds American political discussionsso he won’t have died in vain.
I’m in the midst of a draft of a post-Memorial Day editorial on that subject:
“Called a “documentary”, Michael Moore’s ‘Farenheit 911’ is no such thing. In it, “facts” are re-ordered into fiction. Fiction ought to be available, but not presented as true. If you want a fitting memorial for those who have died for liberty, learn to recognize the difference and act to label it appropriately.
“Diversify what you read and look at. Develop trusted sources of review. Cross-check. Double-check. If one of your sources recommends something you know to be bogus, point it out. If it doesn’t change, reduce your level of trust in that source.
“Hone your own skills of rhetoric. Take up your responsibility to recognize and label what you see. If the weblogs you visit propagate bad links, point our why they are poor. In your own writing, recognize and respond positively to appropriate, positive criticism. Be willing to consider the possibility there might be a better way.
“If there is a battle on the ground, and a battle for hearts and minds, there is a bigger battle to thoughtfully communicate. …”
I had read this very moving and powerful story in the WSJ earlier in the week, and am glad that it’s getting more attention. I wish that it would get even more attention.
In Memoriam, The War in Iraq by G.B. Trudeau
Faces of the Fallen: U.S. Fatalities in Iraq
And let’s not forget any of our troops fighting in Afghanistan or on duty in Africa, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Kosovo, Bosnia, Korea, or anywhere.
Do well. Come home soon.
Jesus, anne-elk, your ostentatious pseudo-solicitation is sickening.
Make that pseudo-solicitousness.
God bless Cpl. Jason Dunham and his family.
As for Anne’s faux mawkishness, two years ago, my brother was killed by a drunken driver, as are 17,000 Americans every year. I wonder when Gary Trudeau will publish a list with his name in it. God, how I wish his death had some larger meaning than having given some loser his jollies swilling cheap vodka while driving down the freeway at high speed.
On Michael Moore, this page is must reading to see how he manipulates audio and video to push his twisted point of view. One thing to look for is when he cuts from a speaker to another scene, then back to the speaker again. That’s your cue to know that some big chunk of what the speaker is saying has been edited out. Here is a prime example of how it is done, with Charlton Heston’s over 600 word speech at the Denver NRA meeting being chopped down to less than 100 words, utterly robbed of its original meaning and given an entirely different thrust. Heston even changes suits in the middle of his speech as a scene from an entirely different place and time is spliced in, all artfully masked by a diversionary scene. Incredible.
I don’t know why people feel it necessary to mock anne.elk’s comment; it’s maybe a bit uninformed (I don’t think we have any troops in Israel, Egpyt, or Palestine), but I have friends who’ve served in Bosnia and Kossovo, and I have friends who are currently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. I know that I certainly hope they do good work and come home safe and sound.
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