Friday, September 30, 2011


It’s always a good thing when the spiders’ silk has time to build up in the lanyard that keeps Old Glory held high. Unfortunately, the emails keep coming, and I keep walking to the flag pole, and inevitably evict some poor arachnid as I lower the flag to half staff for yet another fallen hero.
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FFF-55 Vol. XXIV. Write a story with exactly 55 words. Go see G-Man.

Dedicated to Specialist Chazray Clark, age 24, a Michigan soldier killed in Afganistan. His loss is no more or less tragic than any of the dozens of others for which I've faithfully lowered the flag they fought under, the symbol of the reason all the rest of us can selfishly watch our TV shows and complain about our jobs instead of put our own lives on the line for the sake of others. No matter how you feel about our president, or the wars US troops are involved in, you can not deny the truth of the privileges you enjoy thanks to their sacrifice.

If you want on the Governor's mailing list so you, too, can honor Michigan's fallen, go here.


  1. RIP Young Man...
    Linc, great post...
    Most Excellent 55....Again!
    Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

  2. I hope the time comes soon when you can leave the spiders undisturbed. We hear the same news here--every week another two or three from my state are taken. Not one of them should ever be forgotten.

  3. Sad we have to send out young to fight in a strange land. I feel for those he left behind and for the future he will never see.

  4. The past month has been particularly bad for our state. It's so sad.

  5. I can tell you an easy way to stop American servicemen from being killed overseas, but you'd say I was "against you."

  6. lovely reminder, bless those brave men who serve.

  7. Doctor FTSE, I believe you overestimate my capacity for zealotry. Part of why I write what I do is because I, too, have a few very simple solutions. Nevertheless, I appreciate the comment.