Just a reminder, amid all the bullshit, of the real world, in which American soldiers are facing down barbarians. This is from a blog entry written by Army Specialist Stephen Fortunato, who was killed earlier this week in Afghanistan. The whole entry can be found here.

I am a proud American. i believe that my country allows me to live my life more or less however i want to, and believe me, i have seen what the alternative of that looks like. i also believe that our big scary government does way more than it has to to help complete [expletive deleted]-ups get back on their feet, a stark comparison to places where leaders just line their own pockets with gold while allowing the people who gave them their power and privilage to starve. I have chosen my corner. I back my country, and am proud to defend it against aggressors.

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