Citizenship Remembered

We chose to forget.

What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility … a patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
–Adlai Stevenson



I never owned anything like those beauties. My one long term relationship with a Dodge was a 1970 pickup. A rusty old Dodge D series, it started every day and ran. With very little maintenance, I drove it to work for 6 years, pulled a trailer full of Scout camping gear out on weekend trips every month, and gathered firewood to heat my home every fall. It looked a lot like this one, but wasn’t in as good a condition. It’s one interesting feature was that the guy who owned it before me had put a 360 in it. A sleeper, that’s what we used to call it.

I miss it.

It’s surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time.
–Barbara Kingsolver

It is not Swine Flu

According to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, it’s the “H1N1 virus.” Calling it Swine Flu might affect pork sales. Some want to call it the North American Flu, the Israelis are calling it the Mexican Flu.

It’s too late to contain it. The open border means that we had no chance to stop the spread. The government isn’t even checking people as they arrive at airports, and I assume that is because they know it won’t make any difference, whatever run this is going to have has already begun.

But remember, when you’re suffering with fever and chills in the next few weeks, it’s not swine flu, no matter how scientifically correct that name is.

If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five? No, four, calling a tail a leg don’t make it a leg.
–Abraham Lincoln

The Cost

According to the Air Force, as reported by, it cost $328,835 to fly that 747 and two F-16s to New York. No word yet on what the financial loss was in the city. It has been reported by CBS that the FAA knew it was likely to cause panic, but demanded that the city not inform the public. They went so far as to threaten federal sanctions if word leaked out.

Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this Presidency.
–Barack Obama

Your Tax Dollars at Work

Just what does it cost to run an F-16 by the hour? How about Air Force One? Where did they fly from? How long was the flight?

I looked a bit, but the answers I found for those expenses were all over the map. Whatever it cost, I hope they got some good pictures. Ya know, better than the thousands of pictures they already have.

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Three groups spend other people’s money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision.
–Dick Armey