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Thomas Jefferson’s pledge of unending hostility against all restrictions on the freethinking minds of the people is among my favorite historical quotations, but I can never remember it verbatim. (Usually I use Kevin Daneher’s powerful paraphrasing from Hijacking Catastrophe, in which Daneher).

“On the altar of God, I pledge undying hostility to any government restriction on the free minds of the people.”

As it turns out, about the only part of the above that’s word-for-word accurate is “altar of God.” So I did a search for “ ‘altar of God’ AND ‘Jefferson Memorial’ ” and found the original quote:

“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against all forms of tyranny over the mind of man.” (more…)

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Let’s be clear about something: putting a flag on your pickup truck is LITERALLY the LEAST you can do to show that you “support our troops.”

The most effective use of propaganda during American wars is to slander those who oppose the war by calling them “unpatriotic.” For the first few years of the U.S. military adventure in Iraq, most Americans were afraid to express any sentiment other than blind support for the war efforts, as opposing the war in those early days was assumed to mean one did not “support our troops.” (more…)

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I was warned not to see the movie “Babel”. My friend saw it before me and said it was “one of those movies where the message is that ‘guns are bad, border patrol is mean and scary, and corrupt Americans are to blame.'”

Although I understand how one might arrive at this conclusion, I believe the film’s title gives us a better clue as to its message. (more…)

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