Memorial Day, Free Speech and the Gospel According to George Carlin

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It’s Memorial Day weekend – the official start of summer – so wherever you’re going and whatever you’re doing, travel safely and have fun.

On Monday, let’s not forget to pause to remember our military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. And let’s also tip our hats and say “thanks” to all those uniformed folks who continue to put themselves between us and those who would do us harm so we can be home with our families and friends in safety and enjoying the liberties we too often take for granted. Our military and their families are all owed a debt we can never hope to repay – but it shouldn’t stop us from trying. So get off your ass and thank a Soldier, Sailor, Marine, Airman or Coastie this weekend.

Speaking of things uniquely American – like free speech – let’s also honor the 40th anniversary of the late, great George Carlin’s “Seven Dirty Words You Can’t Say on TV” routine, which comes to us this Friday ShareDay courtesy of Erika Napoletano a.k.a. Redhead Writing. If you’ve read Erika’s stuff, you know she’s a George-lover (as am I), as well as well-versed in the proper usage of four-letter words (as am I).

To this day, I am stunned my Carlin’s mind-meld of comedy and social commentary. His genius was that he took on controversy and made you want to talk about important stuff, once you picked yourself up off the floor. I really miss him.

Happy Weekend!

What I’ll be doing this year on 9/11

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This weekend, Americans will pause to mark the 10 year anniversary of the September 11 attacks on our nation. As we pay our respects, I think we also need to remember how we felt on that day, and never let the emotion fade from our consciousness. My feelings about that day are crystal clear.

No matter where you were on September 11, 2001, you were a target. That’s right, the terrorists were after you that day, and still are.

Why you, personally? Because if you’re reading this, you have access to the diverse range of information and ideas the Internet makes available. Ideas liberate the mind and give wings to our spirit.

And that pisses off the terrorists like you couldn’t believe.

They don’t like free thinkers. They don’t like people who challenge them. They don’t like anyone’s rules but their own. So, my friend, you (and I) are still a target.

So I propose we targets work together against our common enemy.

I’m not calling for a war. We’ve got a couple on our hands already, and I’ll leave that fight to our brave men and women in the military. (Thank you to every rock star who wears or has ever worn our flag into battle. We’re looking forward to the day you can come home because we don’t need you out there anymore.)

The United States of America is the most innovative and ambitious nation on the planet. And together with like-minded friends from other nations, we’ve eradicated disease, stood up for human rights and made space travel nearly mundane.

In the same breath, we Americans (and our like-minded friends) can be some of the laziest, dumbest and foolish people around. We can wander through our days like sheep, head down, paying no attention to the opportunities around us.

When we choose to be the former, and reject the latter, we embrace our full potential and become the people we need to be. We change lives. We make the world a better place. We lift people up, and in the process, lift up ourselves.

And we beat the terrorists.

So this weekend, as we remember those people we lost in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, let’s honor their memories by being better ourselves. Make their legacy the world we want to leave to our children.

Been a Long Time…

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Apologies to you faithful readers for the lag in new content here on the blog; life has been both busy and complicated recently! But all’s ending up in a good place, so I’ll be back in the saddle again next week.

Meantime, I want to urge everyone to take a moment this Independence Day weekend to remember our men and women in uniform who are in harm’s way around the world. Thanks to you, we can sit around on the beach and grill burgers to our heart’s content. You guys and gals rock and we owe you bigtime.

And now for Friday ShareDay, which we haven’t done in a while!

Seems like foursquare just unveiled the “Ten Hundred” badge, which you get when you check in for the 1,000th or more time. Check it out – seems very easy to get. (I’m still working on the douchebag badge, personally.)

And just to make up for weeks of NOT posting on Friday ShareDay, here’s news from UberSocial, which makes my twitter mobile app of choice, on an upgrade and new requirements for direct messaging.

Thanks and Happy Weekend!