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Shamelessly lifted from Maggie’s Farm.

 

 

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Shropshire Lads

Posted by lex, on June 14th, 2011

  1. E. Houseman’s book “A Shropshire Lad” was one of the first books given me by my father, certainly my first book of verse. It revealed a nostalgic time not so very long gone of rural innocence coupled with untimely mortality.

Houseman had not seen the county before writing most of his poems.

I wonder what he’d think of it now:

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Void ab Initio

By lex, on June 14th, 2011

The Wisconsin supreme court has overturned the decision of a lower court judge who had struck down legislation restricting public sector union collective bargaining privileges:

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Misplaced Priorities

Posted by lex, on June 14th, 2011

Pakistan’s ISI has finally gotten around to capturing the true miscreants responsible the revealed presence of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad:

Pakistan’s top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the Central Intelligence Agency in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to American officials.

Pakistan’s detention of five C.I.A. informants, including a Pakistani Army major who officials said copied the license plates of cars visiting Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in the weeks before the raid, is the latest evidence of the fractured relationship between the United States and Pakistan. It comes at a time when the Obama administration is seeking Pakistan’s support in brokering an endgame in the war in neighboring Afghanistan.

It’s good to learn that, with near daily explosions in the schools and marketplaces of Pakistan’s urban warrens, the intelligence service has kept its eye on the prize.

Pakistani Judge: You have been charged with providing information leading to the death of the world’s most wanted terrorist. How do you plead?

Defendant: Is this a trick question?

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Where are they now?

Posted by Lex, on August 13, 2008

 

Google “European anti-war protests” and you will see that the status of the sovereign, democratic state of Georgia is conspicuous by its absence from the list of protest-worthy causes. Organizing the stilt puppeteers and kettle drummers, these things take time, it seems. Patience is called for.

Millions marched in San Francisco, Rome, Barcelona and London when a US-led coalition of democracies prepared to depose a murderous tyrant – where are they now, when a tyrant seeks to depose a democratically elected government?

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Sometimes You Get Lucky

Posted by lex, on June 15th, 2011

The killing of Osama bin Laden took years of focused intelligence work, exhaustive training and practice, and bold physical courage.

The killing of Ilyas Kashmiri took focused intelligence work, a little bit of luck and a Hellfire missile.

The killing Fazul Abdullah Mohammed?

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Carry Me Back

Posted by lex, on June 16th, 2011

To ol’ Virginny.

Leaving this AM early-aye oh for Richmond, Virginia via a long, torturous route. Gone to see our only niece get hitched, like, and kids these days, I knew her when.

Back east where everyone talks genteel, and coffee is served with every meal, where dinnertime comes at noon, and supper comes with two kinds of meat, or you dare not call it supper. Where the gentlemen are all capital fellows, and the ladies wear white gloves, are there are no other sort of people. Where you call the waitress “ma’am” and everyone knows your family, boy, and don’t think you’ll get away with anything.

At least that’s the way I remember it.

I’ll be well off the grid for purt near the whole time, but intend to be back in battery again next Tuesday, the Good Lord willing and the crick don’t rise.

The keys are in it, talk amongst yourselves.

CarryMeBack

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