Rob’s right; or, you say “deserter” like it’s a bad thing.

Rob is absolutely correct: anyone who lays down arms and refuses to kill on command is a hero. I don’t give a rat’s arse which “side” they’re on.
Rob’s also right in that you won’t hear much about this in the “mainstream” media, and whatever you do hear will be propaganda — which is why I’m pointing to his entry.
I know, I know — politics is bad for me, not least because if I blog this there are quite literally a thousand other stories I should blog. But I’m not going to fall into that trap; I just wanted to say “Rob’s right”, because this particular story resonated with me. We now return to our usual semi-silence.

Happy Birthday!

Jeanne of Body and Soul turns, um, 21-ish today. If you don’t read her regularly, do yourself a favour and start. She’s smart and funny and a committed progressive with a keen eye for the really important issues. If you’re at all like me, you want to be politically well-informed but you simply don’t have the time to do the requisite reading. The answer is filters/trusted agents/whatever they are being called now, and Jeanne is one of mine. I rely on a small number of bloggers for my world and national political news, and seldom even glance at mainstream media outlets any more; Jeanne is a must-read for this purpose. I’d pick out posts to whet your appetite, but really, they’re all good. Go read.
Happy birthday, Jeanne!

Ah, I needed that.

rg.jpg js.jpgrgjs.jpgI’ve got a dozen posts in the pipeline, none of which will probably ever be finished because I just don’t have the heart for it. Das Welt tut mir weh.
So here, in case you too are feeling overwhelmed: go see what real humanity looks like:

Sixty-one years ago, Joanna Zalucka hid a young Jewish girl in her bedroom for eight months, keeping the child from the Nazis in their native Poland during the Holocaust.
The girl survived, rejoined her parents and moved to Brooklyn in 1953. On Friday, Ruth Gruener, now 72, was reunited with her Polish friend at Kennedy International Airport.

Via Julia; modern picture from ABCNews, childhood pictures of Ruth (right) and Joanna from The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous.

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Happy (belated; I suck; but you knew that) birthday to Brad, whom I regard with great affection and respect even though I never write and whom I consider a friend even though we have yet to meet in person.
I believe he’s, um, 25. Again.

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