Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
While waiting at the bus stop last week, Amee shot this image of a derelict house. It came out almost monochromatic in the shadow, but with the sun creeping down the hillside the sky was blown out. The cropped shot is better, I think, but the whole image is interesting as well.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
1. Do you think we need to "Stay the Course" OR "Cut and Run?"
2. Do you think we need a change of strategy OR tough it out?
3. If someone says, "I misspoke," is that better than saying, "I lied?"
4. Is a pair of pants one or two?
Monday, October 23, 2006
With a costume party coming up this Friday, I thought I'd post a few of my previous costumes. Usually I pick something no one knows, so I have to explain it. If you have any guesses as to who I'm supposed to be, leave a comment. And Dale, I know my costumes are pathetic, so cut me a break :)
Friday, October 20, 2006
If you stare at this image, and cross your eyes slightly, you will see a third image show up in the middle. If you can get your eyes to pull it into focus, you'll see it in 3-D. It's a bit like those "Magic Eye" posters. Give it a shot. You can do it.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
The passage of the Espionage Act made it a crime to "willfully obstruct the recruiting or enlistment service" of the U.S. and to "utter, print, write, or publish any disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language about the form of government of the United States, or the military or naval forces of the United States, or the flag." It also made it a crime to teach, suggest, defend, or advocate any criticism of the government and gave the Postmaster the right to refuse delivery of any periodical he deemed unpatriotic or critical of the administration.
Republican Senator Robert La Follette voted against Wilson's declaration of war, prompting one warhawk Senator to call him a "pusillanimous, degenerate coward" for not supporting the President (Toby Keith would've written a song about it). La Follette delivered a strong defense of free speech, even during wartime, prompting the Senate to launch an investigation of possible treasonable conduct, which after the war was dismissed.
And this was the era where Wilson's Committee on Public Information, headed by publicist George Creel, encouraged people to spy on one another and report disloyal "pro-German" sentiment. Oh, and they started calling sauerkraut "victory cabbage." (Freedom fries?)
Using war as an excuse to silence opposition is nothing new, after all. It doesn't make it right, and in hindsight, usually is looked upon as a blot on our nation's history.
In the words of Mark Twain, "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
He goes on to write about the Federalist press, which were whipping up war fever against France, trying to silence the Jeffersonian Republican press:
...many Federalist newspapers demanded that "traitors must be silent." [The] Gazette of the United States [a Federalist paper] came up with a slogan: "He that is not with us, is against us." [The Gazette] additionally decreed: "It is patriotism to write in favor of government--it is sedition to write against it."
The Federalists in control of Congress passed the Sedition act, essentially making it a federal crime to criticize the government. Ferling writes that Jefferson felt the Federalists had "ground the Bill of Rights under their heel..." and that Jefferson noted "...their [the Federalists] plan was to foment and maintain a crisis atmosphere, for the people were more manipulable in the supercharged air of heightened tension."
It seems very similar to the partisan media bickering that goes on today. Go figure.