Blame Canada

Little Green Footballs, and Webloggin, note the ever-present theme of apologists for Islamic Extremists — it somehow must be our fault. Meanwhile over at Reason’s hit and run blog, they seem to have lost touch with reason on the subject if you read the comments. They are so awash with mewling sarcasm and illogic that poor Alisa Rosenbaum must be rolling in her grave.

IF

IF —

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

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Down to the sea in ships

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

Psalms, 107:23-27, KJV

One of my greatest addictions is historical fiction, and one of the finest authors I’ve found for the British Naval experience during the Napoleonic period is Patrick O’Brian. I’ve read his entire Aubrey/Maturin series three times now, and the series has grown in popularity immensely since the movie “Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World” was released. The movie and the books succeed so well because they are highly authentic in their portrayal of the period.

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