You know … in my zeal to stand up for the dignity and worth of the real victims of the Ft.Hood massacre I may have over reached. Apparently passion is not just a foil in young men. Old men can fall victim to it as well. Please, however, make no mistake. Putting the death of actual people at a lessor place of worth while putting an abstract post-modern construct in the preeminent position can be morally and intellectually wrong. Yet we do it all the time. We fight for freedom. In doing so we often say the cost of our life is less than the overall loss of said freedom. We go further and say that freedom is our greatest strength. The good General simply placed the word “diversity” where “freedom” is often found. So what is the essential difference? The point of contention is in the worth of the abstract. Many of us have hearts that swell when the word “freedom” is spoken. What about the word “diversity”? Many of us throw-up a little when we hear that word. Like Pavlov’s dogs we react in a negatively for that word and positively for the other. Therefore, your homework assignment is to adequately define “diversity” and decide for yourself what you think the General was attempting to communicate. In the meantime you can go to Soldiers Angels (among other places) if you would like to support our fallen at Ft.Hood. Godspeed ~Damon
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Hi ALCON, I thought you might like to know about something else going on behind the scenes here at DBS central. There’s a combat photographer named Jim Spiri who I’m trying to help send over to Iraq/A-stan by painting a version of one of his photographs. He took a pic of some Marines on a roof top that I thought was rather striking. So I’m do a 3ft by 4ft version of it in acrylic to raffle off for fund raising. Heres a shot from the painting where I’ve started in monochromatic blue in order to work out the light/dark details: bryanpainting1Yeah, that’s my arm you see on the right. My code diva has a few more pics. I’ll see if I can get her to put them up sometime soon so that you can see the progress as it occurs. As they say, “Stay tuned!”
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