Did My Heroes Take A Little Dramatic License?

The clip below is from the “Who Speaks For The Earth” finale to the original Cosmos: A Personal Voyage series (and was later restated, essentially unchanged, by Neil DeGrasse Tyson in the “Unafraid of the Dark” finale for the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey series). For reasons to numerous and personal to go into, I’ve always thought of it as being among the most profound statements I’ve ever heard. Well, leave it to my son, the ancient history nut, to point out a few “errors” in that segment…

What Would A Patriot Do?

With her Patriotism is more than a lapel pin (video) post, fellow blogger Pied Type inspired a lively discussion about the meaning of, and the abuses inspired by, this thing we call patriotism. Frankly, I wish I’d been able to contribute more to the conversation. But the truth is that my feelings on the subject are a bit “nebulous” to say the least, and even that quote from the Declaration of Independence – which used to seem so definitive to me – now just seems to inspire more questions than it provides answers. I do, however, encourage all my readers to go take a look at Pied Type’s post.

Adding to my own confusion on the matter was the following video posted on The “Great” One’s Blog the day before Pied Type published her post, and seeing it posted again this morning on the Always Question Authority blog is what inspired me to do a post of my own…

September 2nd…

It’s past midnight as I write this, so I know it’s a day late. But, after thinking about it all day, I STILL think reprinting this from the most recent Galt’s Gulch newsletter is worth doing…

Friends For Easter…

Via Why Is There An Easter Bunny? @ Scotteriology Source Unknown Via Well Someone Said It #130327 @ BatDoc Via ANTI-BIGOTRY: “Imagine a World Without Hate” / Anti-Defamation League@ Always Question Authority Via Well Someone Said It #130329 @ BatDoc Via Print @ Fragments I want ice water. See more of my Random Ravings

With Friends Like These…

Another one from my friend Rosie’s hilarious forwarded emails: If you were around in 1919 and came upon the following poster: I mean, Seriously, Wouldn’t you just keep drinking? I’m thinking the cure came off as being worse than the disease! 😆 I want ice water. More from the E-Mail Funnies volume

Charlie Chaplin – Let Us All Unite!

This is just so cool! Via Melodysheep: Remixes for the Soul mp3: http://melodysheep.bandcamp.com/album/remixes-for-the-soul Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 anti-fascist speech from The Great Dictator, as a song. Subscribe for more like this! Official Machinima Interactive Film Festival Selection: machinimainteractivefilmfestival.com Sources used: The Great Dictator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH3zh2XHGVE&hd=1 WWII in HD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqMlo51U_KQ The Greatest Speech Ever Made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WibmcsEGLKo Reblogged from…

Thoughtful Thursday

I ran across the videos in this post several days ago, and have held onto them while trying to decide on the best way to present them for your consideration. But then it occurred to me that they need about as much introduction as you need instruction on how to think for yourselves. So I’ve…

Rodney King – Dead At Age 47

Rodney King’s historic statement, and the tragic events that preceded them, were one of the central inspirations for the most popular post I’ve ever written for this blog: Black On The Right Side. They were also present, in my mind, all during the writing of Tolerance… Not! Race, where I recounted many of my own…