Another Day, Another Roll

Just once, in a movie or TV show about a dark vigilante hero, I’d like to hear the following bit of dialogue:

Villain: “Who are you?”

DVH (cheerfully): “I’m your bestest nightmare ever!”

For the record, I’m going to try to add at least one new post daily, even if it’s just random silliness like this.

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Rolling on the Random Slogan Table

Progressives: Our ideas are so compelling, we’ll use the coercive power of the state to compel you to live under them!

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A New Twist on War Stories

For those of us who have spent time in or around the military, there’s a common joke.

The only difference between a fairy tale, a sea story and a war story is how they begin:

    A fairy tale begins with “Once upon a time…”
    A sea story begins with “Now, this is no lie…”
    A war story begins with “No $#!+, there I was…”

It turns out that they all end the same way:

“I’m Brian Williams, NBC News.”

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My Tentative Epitaph

I have no reason to expect this tentative epitaph to be needed any time soon. However, having thought of it, I thought it wise to record it before it escaped me:

“What does not kill me, makes me stronger.” – F. Nietzsche

“I finally suffered a catastrophic failure to strengthen.” – J. Groth

If I come up with a better epitaph, I’ll post it in comments on this post.

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Three Simple Words

As I reflect upon the 13th anniversary of the first major attack on CONUS soil by a foreign entity since the War of 1812 (I don’t include Japanese fire balloons during World War II as “major”), I affirm that the three words that formed my first thought upon learning that the World Trade Center was actually attacked still frame my idea of what should shape the American Republic’s policy toward both those who would directly attack our Republic and those who would finance or support attacks upon our Republic:

Oderint dum metuant.

Understanding the efficacy of this principle was one of the sanest thoughts of the often-reviled Roman emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (a.k.a. “Caligula”).

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30 Years Ago Today

22 February 1984 was the last morning I ever woke up as a civilian. By the end of that day, I was legally a US Army Soldier, albeit one entirely lacking in the training required to refine my civilian ore into Soldier metal. I still take pride in the fact that, since I entered service at the lofty pay grade of E2 (due to college credits), I was appointed by the St. Louis MEPS cadre to be in charge of my fellow recruits as we rode a bus from the St. Louis MEPS to Fort Leonard Wood.

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A Riddle for Today

Q: How is a quarterback who trips himself while dropping back in the pocket like the suspect in this shooting?

A: In both cases, a self-inflicted “sack” is involved.

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