Invest in Reality

Thursday, September 1, 2011 — This morning’s email included the following message from Consortiumnews.com‘s Robert Parry: “I know there are many worthy projects deserving of your financial support. But it’s hard to envision how the United States (and the world) can get out of today’s troubles without a reality-based understanding of how we got into them. So, please consider a tax-deductible donation to Consortiumnews.com.” Please do.

Gunny Advances in Another Direction

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 — For nearly a quarter of a century R. Lee Ermey has been the unannointed poet laureate of the vernacular branch of America’s military language. (The bureaucratic branch, appropriately, has no face). Breathtakingly obscene, surrealistically violent, and apparently inexhaustible, Ermey’s portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, in Full Metal Jacket, threw moviegoers unaquainted with military manners right back in their seats. For those with military experience, particularly of the period being portrayed, Ermey’s performance carried an additional levels of richness and meaning. The role of drill instructor in the U.S. military may always have held an element of self-parody. In Ermey’s performance, …

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Rare Fowle Declaration Being Auctioned Today

Sunday, November 14, 2010 — Today the Boston auction house of Skinner, Inc. will sell to the highest bidder an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, printed in Exeter, New Hampshire in 1776 by Robert Luist Fowle. The public sale of a copy of the Declaration from one of the fourteen original printings is an exceedingly rare event. Of the 100 or so that have survived, nearly all are in libraries, museums, or other institutions.* According to Skinner’s catalog, this copy “[d]escended in a New Hampshire family, whose relative, a judge, likely received this document in his official capacity. The water stain occurred in …

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