Crazy? Don’t insult the real Tin Hats, please!

May 17, 2008

Okay, we can’t say we’re “Fisking” stuff anymore, since Fisk turned out to be mostly right. And now, we may have to retire all of our clever epithets about tinfoil hats. It’s pretty close to “Tin Hats,” and that tends to especially insult Tin Hats, and especially-especially insult the Memorable Order of the Tin Hats (MOTH).

It’s appropriate, so close to Armed Forces Day (May 17), to do something to help out MOTH, as it is an organization dedicated to preserving the fraternité developed by soldiers. One British soldier, craving to keep hold of that camraderie born of desperation and peril, founded MOTH in Africa in the 1930s.

So, henceforth, we’ll make sure there’s a clear distinction between Tin Hats and the wearers of hats of tinfoil.

How came they to be called Tin Hats? Those helmets, you know — like tin!

WWI Doughboy, Montrose NY sculpture garden

Photo: Sculpture of a World War I soldier in a tin hat, from the Montrose, New York, sculpture garden.

Popular idea: Honor the soldiers, sailors and airmen

May 17, 2008

Interesting. The hottest post on this blog today is the one I wrote about honoring Armed Forces Day — last year! The post for Armed Forces Day this year is up there, too.

One of the lessons of Vietnam is that we need to honor our soldiers who go to defend the nation, even when the wars may be of dubious origin. The dubious origins of war cannot be blamed on the soldiers, sailors and airmen who go to do their duty, and they are the ones who can redeem the nation from a disastrous foreign policy, if anyone can.

Love the serviceman, hate the war. Honor the soldier, work on the politicians to change the policy. It’s a workable arrangement that honors good people for doing noble service.

Remember: Memorial Day honors those who died in service to the country; Veterans Day honors the veterans who came back, having served. Armed Forces Day honors those who serve today.

Fly your flag today.

DDT for bedbugs: Waste of mental space

May 17, 2008

Lifecycle of bed bugs, Cimex lectularius. Texas A&M

Lifecycle of bed bugs, Cimex lectularius. Texas A&M

DDT doesn’t work on bedbugs.  Here are the facts, at NY vs Bed Bugs.


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