And ye shall be remembered, with, I dunno, some teddy bears ‘n’ stuff, and a big card, and a poster, all destined to be turned to mush the first time it rains, which was last night. I am moved to say what I always say at times like these:
Makeshift Memorial would be a really cool name for a band.
Random bloggage: An eye-popping anecdote at the end of Jack Lessenberry’s column in Detroit’s Metro Times this week:
Anyone who knows any history can see that we are making the same mistakes in Iraq as we did in Vietnam, or worse … except that so few of us know any history. Once recently, I asked some swaggering “we’re-gonna-win-in-Eyerak” guy why he thought it was different from Vietnam.
“What we did in Vietnam was run away before we were there long enough for our military to have a chance to win,” he said.
He doesn’t mention how old this person is. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume…oh, 16 or so. Too young to know our involvement in Vietnam spanned, what? Twelve years? Yes. Three times the length of our WWII campaigns. Amazing. If I were a taxpayer in his school system, I’d want my money back.