I know I've been a little hot and heavy with the political, and also the pro-military, stuff. I've had one or two unsubscriptions from dispatch lately, presumably as a result. I confess these give me pause (and, okay, sting a little, too) though of course A) I have no expectation that people will always read my stuff, and B) if I weren't annoying anyone, I probably wouldn't be saying anything very interesting, and C) I definitely recognise that I have some positions that many will regard as extreme.
As a matter of fact, I'm a little concerned that I not spiral away into an echo-chamber of self-reinforcing right-wing opinion so I'm trying to read some lefty blogs, to keep a bit of balance. (Years ago, a very smart conservative guy told me I should read the New York Times to balance my reading of the Washington Post. That was way back when the Times was conservative, and the Post was liberal! And so was I!) I've started with the The Daily Kos. If anyone has any other suggestions, they are gratefully received in the comments section or via e-mail.
Meantime, I'm at least going to try to lighten up for awhile. Here's some right-wing pro-military stuff but very funny, tongue-in-cheek right-wing pro-military stuff! And after this partly in response to the semi-anonymous Jessica's request for stuff that makes you "laugh so much you end up crying and can't breathe" I'll just post some fun stuff. Promise.
"Know Any Insurgents?" This video, while looking a little stagey, does rather illustrate how good things have gotten how quickly in Iraq. Also, darned funny.
Military Motivators These are some of my very favourites from Military Motivators. Update: Sadly, the site has disappeared. Even more sadly, and stupidly, I'd linked directly to the images rather than saving them. Subsequently, I've recovered which ones I could from around the web. If you know where there are more, please write me to let me know.