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WARNING: THIS SITE FEATURES ORIGINAL THINKING...Jim Croce once sang Don't tug on Superman's cape..., which seems like reasonable advice should we not wish to anger the supreme powers. We do have this duality in our culture: the Superman that is the state collective, the leftist call to a politics of meaning managed by the state, the deification of "we're from the government and we'll take care of you" - versus the Superman that celebrates individual freedom, private property, freedom of conscience, free enterprise, and limited government. We humbly take on the latter's mantle and, eschewing the feeble tug, we dare to PULL, in hope of seeing freedom's rescue from the encroaching nanny state. We invite you, dear reader, to come and pull as well... Additionally, if you assume that means that we are unflinching, unquestioning GOP zombies, that would be incorrect. We reject statism in any form and call on individuals in our country to return to the original, classical liberalism of our founders. (We're also passionate about art, photography, cooking, technology, Judeo/Christian values, and satire as unique, individual pursuits of happiness to celebrate.)

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Filed in: Current Affairs, The Armadillo Conceptual Series

Jeff is just too humble to say - but the little spinmeister just got back from his second tour in Iraq today - for which he has been awarded the Silver Star.


Until now, no one has known about this but Jeff and his family.

What role did he play?

You've heard about the structural weakness in some of the armor for the military Hummers? Well, Jeff's little guy volunteered to be a portable bona armatura - meaning he spread his body plate out on the vehicle that he was assigned to protect - and he always presented himself on the most vulnerable part of the vehicle as it carried out its missions.

He was always in the most dangerous of circumstances - he was assigned each day to the most risky missions. He took several direct hits from rocket propelled grenades and saved the occupants inside the vehicle on those occasions (most people know that you can crush a 'dillo by running over them on the road - most don't know that you can't blow a 'dillo up with anything). On two occasions, he personally blew up insurgent positions by accurately flipping grenades into their bunkers with his powerful tail - all the while clinging to the side of the vehicle and protecting its occupants.

Donald Rumsfeld himself pinned on the medal today and said "This army needs more species like you. You were an animal during your tour! Congratulations!"

The little fella took this all in stride like all true heroes do (It hurt to get that medal pinned on his chest you know - since he wasn't wearing a shirt!).

And you'll never hear him - or Jeff - ever say anything about it.


Some people think that you must serve to comprehend and must serve therefore to have the right to make an offering of your understanding to the rest of the world.

Others, like Jeff and his little friend, can look at the bleeding feet at Valley Forge, at the brothers in embrace at Manassas, at the frozen men on the Maginot, at the grim faces on Iwo Jima, the battered bodies on the beaches of Normandy, and all that followed each step even to the sand and cities in Iraq. They hear their voices. They read their words. It is those that have firmly planted freedom's tree that teach them. And they listen, they listen very closely and hear them all say (in a seargent's voice): "Pass the word. Never forget."  And they must speak.

They must speak - if they did not the very rocks across this land would cry out: "The price of freedom is incalculable! All who went before gladly paid the price - and they did so that you might not have to. And they - all of them - are physically or spiritually your brothers and cousins and fathers and mothers and grandfathers and grandmothers and their blood and their very souls demand that you speak! Because we do not know what the cost may be, we can only be committed to pay it. All we can do is pay the price. Those that argue with the price are already lost. It is left to those who hear our voices to pay its wondrous and terrible cost."

And pay it we must.


It has been rumored that, because of certain actions the little guy took - that involved spinning at some furious rate and other amazing feats  - which saved the lives of a British patrol and took out a band of insurgents - that he is going to be knighted. But that's another story for another day. For now I can say:

Sir Armadillo, I salute you!

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