happy birthday, america!
fireworks always got to me. even when it was a kid, for some reason a bunch of colorful shit blowing up in the sky was a moment of unreserved meditation on what a great place i live in. i, like so many, take what we have here for granted, but it's nice to have a few moments of peace to just sit back, let all the criticism and negative thoughts about this imperfect nation go and just love it. it's an institiution of man, therefore not infallable, but far and beyond the closest man has ever gotten; we spend so much time arguing over the negative stuff and the flaws that it can be overwhelming. a moment to sit back and focus on the many positives and beautiful ideals and unrepentant, agressive drive for freedom can leave a powerful feeling. love, i guess, is the word for it.

anywho, enough soapboxing for me. if you're sad the fireworks are over and want more, check out this. just click on the skyline. found it at drumwaster.


howdy, thanks for stopping by. what you're looking at is the intermittent ramblings of an iraqi vet, college student, goth-poseur, comic book reading, cheesy horror loving, punk listening, right-leaning, tech-obsessed, poorly typing, proudly self-proclaimed geek. occasionally, probably due to these odd combinations, i like to think i have some interesting things to say; this is where they wind up.

"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us...We need the books that affect us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside of us.

ace o spades hq
bargain-basement allahpundit
a small victory
army of mom
babalu blog
beautiful atrocities
being american in t o
belmont club
blame bush!
castle argghhh!
citizen smash
the command post
common sense runs wild
curmudgeonly & skeptical, r
curmudgeonly & skeptical, pg-13
dean's world
drill sergeant rob
exit zero
enjoy every sandwich
feisty repartee
fistful of fortnights
free will
four right wing wacos
ghost of a flea
half the sins of mankind
the hatemonger's quarterly
hog on ice
house of plum
id's cage
ilyka damen
incoherant ramblings
in dc journal
the jawa report
knowledge is power
lileks bleat
the llama butchers
memento moron
the mudville gazette
naked villainy
nerf-coated world
those damned pajama people
professor chaos
professor shade
the protocols of the yuppies of zion
protein wisdom
the queen of all evil
seven inches of sense
shinobi, who is a f'n numbers ninja, yo
tall dark and mathteriouth
the nose on your face
the thearapist
this is class warfare
texas best grok
tim worstall
way off bass

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