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We have our annual physical checkups this week, so today we go in to have some blood drawn... To prepare for this we had to not eat after midnight last night, so this has been an un-caffeinated update... not something I would ever do by choice. I hope I don't fall asleep at the wheel driving to the doctor's office.

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61. Re: V for Vendetta Mar 20, 2006, 20:13 Halsy
Regarding V and the creator's original intent (which was a shot at Thatcher and Reagan regardless of who says what) all I have to say is that once again we see life imitating art imitating life.

The right-wing has always been uncomfortable with freedom and concepts like social responsibility and justice. Just a major fault in their hard-wiring.

The Rabbi Sherwin Wine said it best....

There are two visions of America. One precedes our founding fathers and finds its roots in the harshness of our puritan past. It is very suspicious of freedom, uncomfortable with diversity, hostile to science, unfriendly to reason, contemptuous of personal autonomy. It sees America as a religious nation. It views patriotism as allegiance to God. It secretly adores coercion and conformity. Despite our constitution, despite the legacy of the Enlightenment, it appeals to millions of Americans and threatens our freedom.

The other vision finds its roots in the spirit of our founding revolution and in the leaders of this nation who embraced the age of reason. It loves freedom, encourages diversity, embraces science and affirms the dignity and rights of every individual. It sees America as a moral nation, neither completely religious nor completely secular. It defines patriotism as love of country and of the people who make it strong. It defends all citizens against unjust coercion and irrational conformity.

This second vision is our vision. It is the vision of a free society. We must be bold enough to proclaim it and strong enough to defend it against all its enemies.

Oh yes, and I forgot to send out a happy level-up day to nin, so Happy Level-Up Day! Take a consitution boost!

"You gotta keep on keepin' on, brother!"
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