❝I’m loyal to nothing, General,… except the Dream.❞
— Captain America in Daredevil #233
Last night after the internet came back up, I watched the last episode of Agent Carter. Hopefully it will be picked up next year.
Stars above, I love a strong woman character. And Peggy Carter is one of the best.
Watching her in the first Captain America movie was a real joy. That movie had one of the best bits of writing with the flagpole scene.
And that reminded me of the bit in the second movie where Steve Rogers is talking to Sam Wilson after their run. That was another piece of fine writing. I knew when I saw that scene that every serviceman who’s ever slept in the field would be a fan.
And why not?
For all the problems, for all the political nonsense, our military is mostly honorable people who want to do the right thing.
The fact that the Imperious Leader is not honorable is not their fault. The fact that the military has been horribly misused by it’s political masters for more than a century is not their fault.
What a soldier wants to do and what they are ordered to do aren’t the same thing.
When politicos have too much tax money, they spend it.
When politicos have too many soldiers, they spend those too.
The issue is not the military or it’s honor.
It turns out that someone cut the line and knocked out internet and long distance for two thirds of Arizona yesterday. Yes, that meant no long distance for cell phones and land lines.
One line. Six hour outage.
What kind of design is that?
Yes, it’s a one man shop, just me putting together the content. But in a real way, this blog celebrates the free market. First there’s McFiach, the MacBook Air I put this together with. Then there’s RapidWeaver. My domain registrar is Network Solutions, and my hosting company is MacHighway. Then add my ISP and the local electric company. And since I’m sipping a red cream soda that I didn’t finish with lunch, you have to add the company that made my fridge, Barq’s for making my soda, and my grocery store for providing the sandwich fixings.
I haven’t even covered the furniture yet.
All so I can sit down and say what I think and post it so you can read it. Although my ISP has been down for the last half hour, I don’t know when this will get up.
I’ve called the internet the last, best hope for humankind.
Yes, I caged the line from Babylon 5. It’s still true though.
There has never been anything like the internet in human history. I can find out nearly anything I want. I can stream movies. I can catch the latest videos from a hundred different countries. I can exchange emails with someone in Boston while I am messaging someone in Croatia. I can listen to Pentatonix while looking at webcams in Chicago. I can read a right wing website and a leftwing Twitter string at the same time. I can order depleted uranium or bid on a vintage motorcycle. I can pay my bills online while looking a ladies in very brief swimsuits that would probably disintegrate if they actually got wet.
And the amazing thing about this is that almost everyone on the planet with a internet connection can do the same thing and more.
Tommorrow the FCC is going to release the new internet regulations.
Don’t believe what they say. This is an administration that lies and lies some more.
Every unemployment number that the Obama administration has issued has had to be “revised” later. So have almost all the financial figures.
Remember you can keep your doctor and your insurance rates will go down?
Then there’s the bit about how the Feds wouldn’t prosecute marijuana crimes in states where medical marijuana had been made legal.
Or how the administration was going to make gay rights and especially gay marriage a priority.
Or how the troops were going to get pulled out of Afghanistan.
Or how racism was going to end in America.
This is an administration that lies and lies some more.
It’s not about net neutrality. It’s about control. There’s a secret plan you see.
I may have to license this website after tomorrow. I may have to submit articles in advance. I may be given topics that I am required to feature.
The internet is the last best, hope we have. But only if it stays free.