Sunday, June 12, 2016

Funny? Maybe not!

A Harley Biker is riding by the zoo in Washington, DC when he sees  a little girl leaning into the lion's cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs the child by her jacket collar and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, all under the eyes of her screaming parents.

The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch.

Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back letting go of the girl, and the biker returns the little girl to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly. A reporter has watched the whole event.

The reporter addressing the Harley rider says, "Sir, this was the most gallant and bravest thing I've seen a man do in my whole life."

The Harley rider replies, "Why, it was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger, and acted as I felt right."

The reporter says, 'Well, I'll make sure this won't go unnoticed. I'm a journalist, you know, and tomorrow's paper will have this story on the front page. So, what do you do for a living, and what political affiliation do you have?"

The biker replies "I'm a U.S. Marine, and a Republican".

The journalist leaves.

The following morning the biker buys the paper to see if it indeed brings news of his actions, and reads, the front page headline:


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Draft, continued

Coincidentally, I was thinking recently about some politician's idea of drafting women when yesterday a friend sent me the article below. I was well aware of it years ago, but had not thought about the episode the article discusses for a long time. It is about Objectivism, Objectivists, Richard Nixon . . . and others. And how the draft was ended and our all-volunteer army was born.

The Persuasion of Nixon: How a handful of Ayn Rand's friends worked to end the military draft