Monthly Archives: March 2014
Experience is the oracle of truth: and where its responses are unequivocal, they ought to be conclusive and sacred.
James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 20, December 11, 1787.
A-10’s are stationed at the ANG base in Metro Detroit. It’s a bit creepy the first time you’re out on your motorcycle cruising around and spot them tracking you before you realize you’re a mile off from the flight line in to the base.
When something scandalous involving sex hits the news, the media follows up with discussions on it and a certain phrase is always uttered.
That phrase is “We’re surrounded by sex in our everyday lives, it’s something everyone deals with, so why is it so taboo a topic”. Somehow sex being an everyday thing means it shouldn’t come with any stipulations or notions of being inappropriate in certain situations.
Yes, sex is everywhere in our culture, and yes everyone becomes aware of it at some point in their life. But what does that have to do with it being something that people should talk about publicly as if it’s no different a subject than the weather? I’m no prude, but I have as much desire to listen to strangers conversations about sex as I do of seeing them in assless chaps.
A good rule for people who don’t understand this is, if you don’t want me watching you do it, don’t talk about it in places where people can hear you. It’s the same thing.
Sex is as much a part of life as eating, combing your hair, tying your shoes, and a million other little activities. But we don’t talk about those because they’re irrelevant and minor. Stop claiming that we shouldn’t hide from sex, we’re not, we’re simply asking you to have a little tact when you choose your topics and behavior around other people.
The enlightened liberal mind may think it would be really cool if us prudish Americans treated public society like a whorehouse but there’s a good reason why we don’t.
It is much to be wished that slavery may be abolished. The honour of the States, as well as justice and humanity, in my opinion, loudly call upon them to emancipate these unhappy people. To contend for our own liberty, and to deny that blessing to others, involves an inconsistency not to be excused.
John Jay, letter to R. Lushington, March 15, 1786.
Andy Mcnab if you don’t know is the other of the Gulf War biography, Bravo Two-Zero, which was made into a film starring Sean Bean.
Sometimes you work hard, you get a lucky break and the impossible occurs. And sometimes you work hard, get a lucky break and end up with nothing. Life happens, work hard anyway.