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April 3, 2010
"I did'nt serve 22 years for socialism"By Greyhawk
Or: "Heres You're Sign"
I don't care who you are, that's funny:
It's from the hawtest new flickr page on teh innernets - Teabonics:
Get it? It's like "Ebonics," except it's Teabonics. It's super witty, get it? Get it?
Well, like it or not, credit whoever came up with the idea (or stole it - 99% of the images were on Daily Kos last September) because with the thousands upon thousands of protesters takin' it to the streets with their unprofessional, non-union shop hand-drawn signs over the past year the law of averages says there will be plenty of "typos" and grammatical errors to keep the viewers entertained for quite some time.
And unlike that first example, many of the pictures in the album are of Americans protesting with their quickly-drawn, homemade signs - and most have gotten multiple comments regarding the bearers and their message. While a few of those comments reflect violent tendencies ("I want to have a fight with this man," says one commenter. "A physical fight. What a vile prick") most are just examples of sneering superiority from the kids who worked harder to win the spelling bee than you .
Teabonics fans aren't just smart fellers who can spell smart, they're so sharp they don't even need people in the pictures to picture the people who aren't there:
If you're having trouble finding the error in the sign, it's "a" used where "an" should have been. But what's amazing beyond the eye for detail is the ability to determine that by the grace of Medicare an elderly man must be the recipient of this scooter (and maybe some Viagra?) and creator of that sign - even though a quick scan through the entire album will reveal the majority of its subjects are women too young for that government benefit.
But not this guy - he (like me) is a veteran and proud of it.
If I had to guess, I'd guess that photo is from around the time the Department of Homeland Security report warning America about right wing extremist veterans came out - and this vet didn't appreciate it (I didn't either). But his misspelling of extremist earned him these jeers:
Harsh - perhaps extreme, even, but this sign really set the crowd to raging hate mode:
The "kiddie pornography" comment was so original and witty it appeared elsewhere (maybe it will spread like those "Buck Fush" bumper stickers, hats, and t-shirts all the lefties were sporting at the anti war rallies a few years ago...)
The sign appears by itself on the Teabonics page - the bearer has been cropped out. But once again our human spellcheckers can picture exactly the sort of person who would hold it.
Well, not all... in fact, if the "Teabonics" folks hadn't cropped that image you'd see the guy holding the sign.
Dayum. They don't allow black veterans on their site? The military has been desegregated for over 60 years now, but my brother vet (I served 24 years) got cropped out? Like he ain't fit to be seen on their little white web page 'cause he's black? 'Sup wit dat?
Posted by Greyhawk / April 3, 2010 1:08 PM | Permalink
November 26, 2010
I think anyone who's ever pondered the "comment" option - once only available on blogs and bulletin boards, now ubiquitous on almost any web site - will appreciate this:
The so-called faculty of writing is not so much a faculty of writing as it is a faculty of thinking. When a man says, "I have an idea but I can't express it"; that man hasn't an idea but merely a vague feeling. If a man has a feeling of that kind, and will sit down for a half an hour and persistently try to put into writing what he feels, the probabilities are at least 90 percent that he will either be able to record it, or else realize that he has no idea at all. In either case, he will do himself a benefit.
That's wisdom from the past, captured for posterity at the US Naval Institute, shared via the web on the institute's 137th anniversary.
From their about page:
"The Naval Institute has three core activities," among them, History and Preservation:
The Naval Institute also has recently introduced Americans at War, a living history of Americans at war in their own words and from their own experiences. These 90-second vignettes convey powerful stories of inspiration, pride, and patriotism.
Take a look at the collection, and you'll see it's not limited to accounts from those who served on ships at sea, members of the other branches are well-represented.
I'm fortunate to have met USNI's Mary Ripley, she's responsible for the institute's oral history program (and she's the daughter of the late John Ripley, whose story is told here). She also deserves much credit for their blog. ("We're not the Navy nor any government agency. Blog and comment freely.") We met at a milblog conference - Mary knew (and I would come to realize) that milbloggers are the 21st-century version of exactly what the US Naval Institute is all about. Once that light bulb came on in my head, I mentioned a vague idea for a project to her - milblogs as the 21st century oral history that they are.
"Put that in writing," she said (of course - see first paragraph above!) - and here's part of the result.
Shortly after the first tent was pitched by the American military in Iraq a wire was connected to a computer therein, and the internet was available to a generation of Americans at war - many of whom had grown up online. From that point on, at any given moment, somewhere in Iraq a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine was at a keyboard sharing the events of his or her day with the folks back home. While most would simply fire off an email, others took advantage of the (then) relatively new online blogging platforms to post their thoughts and experiences for the entire world to see. The milblog was born - and from that moment to this stories detailing everything from the most mundane aspects of camp life to intense combat action (often described within hours of the event) have been available on the web...
And et cetera - but since you're reading this on a milblog, you probably knew that. And you know that milblogs aren't just blogs written by troops at war, that many friends, family members, and supporters likewise documented their story of America at war online in near-real time, as those stories developed.
The diversity in membership of that group is broad, the one thing we all have in common is the impulse to make sense of the seemingly senseless, and communicate the tale - for each of us that impulse was strong enough to overcome whatever barriers prevent the vast majority of people from doing the same. Everyone at some point has some vague idea they believe should be shared - we were the people who, from some combination of internal and external urging, found and spent those many half hours persistently trying to write it down.
But where will all that be in another 137 years? Or five or ten, for that matter. That's something I've asked myself since at least 2004 - when I wrote this:
Membership in the ghost battalion has grown in the years since, and an ever growing majority of those abandoned-but-still-standing sites are vanishing. Have you checked out Lt Smash's site lately? How about Sgt Hook's? If you're a long-time milblog reader you know the first widely-read milblog from Operation Iraq Freedom and the first widely-read milblog from Afghanistan are both gone from the web. If you're a relative newcomer to this world you may never even have heard of them - or the dozens upon dozens of others who carried forth the standard they set down.
If you have a vague notion that something should be done about that, (a notion I've heard expressed more than once...) then you and I and the good folks at the US Naval Institute are in agreement. Preserving the history documented by the milbloggers is just one of the goals of the milblog project, the once-vague idea that we're now making real.
And it's a big idea, if I say so myself - too big to explain in one simple blog post, so stand by for more. Likewise, it's too big a task to be accomplished by just one person. So if you're a milblogger (and exactly what is a milblogger? is a topic for much further discussion on its own) I'm asking for your help. All I'll really need is just a little bit (maybe just one or two of those half hours...) of your time, and your willingness to tell the tale.
We've already made history, it's time to save it.
(More to follow...)
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