Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Excerpts from our conversation on the ride to school this morning:
TWC: What are your teachers saying about what's going on in Egypt?
The House Blond: What do you mean?
The Boy: Nothing. What's going on in Egypt?
Can you imagine? The revolution underway in Egypt doesn't merit even a single sentence in a middle class junior high or high school located in a school district that is considered to be high performing, academically. That is a powerful indictment.
So, they got the TWC's twenty minute synopsis of Egyptian history from the Six Day War with Israel to the thuggery visited upon the Egyptian protesters by the Mubarek regime this week. The lecture also included a new revelation about their father, something I rarely to never talk about.
In the days of his vagrant yoot, TWC signed on as a mercenary when the Yom Kippur war broke out. Some guys wearing Raybans and suits came to Hangar 296 with some heavily accented, swarthy looking guys. The offer was a good one. Your obligation with This Man's Marine Corps will be cancelled, you get a free plane ride to Tel Aviv, and your tax-free pay goes to Switzerland.
I could see The House Blond getting big eyed in the rear-view and her question was a simple one: could you have been killed?
Well, yes, but not me. Someone else perhaps. Twenty-something men are adventurous and the vestiges of invincibility have yet to erode into good sense. I was and still am a staunch supporter of Israel. The money? Well let's say it was unfathomably sweet.
But, nothing came of it because the Israelis didn't need help. As my grandfather used to say, it was a two-hit fight. I hit you and you hit the floor. Three weeks later the Israelis had won and the war was over.
Fast forward to a few days ago.....
We've witnessed a live sneak preview of what happens when the government controls the internet.
Aside from the obvious, that a free people don't need permission from the government to log onto the internet or for the government to decide when internet service should be available, why does the government want these powers?
In case any of you hippies or tea partiers decide to make life interesting, that's why. We should take our cue from Nancy and Just Say No.
tip of the glass to my friend Islam Hussein for the image