Archive for January, 2011

Semtexting

January 28th, 2011

When people send text messages to each other via their mobile phones it is called “texting”. When people send each other sexually charged messages via their mobile phones it is called “sexting”.

Semtexting: (n) When terrorists use a mobile phone to detonate a bomb and trigger the detonator by sending a text message to the phone.

Sometimes semtexting works out very nicely indeed.

Fly, child of mine! Be free!

A true American hero has passed

January 11th, 2011

“We saved your asses in World War Two!”

On many occasions, I have seen that same comment from young American men on blogs and web forums, directed at Europeans. It makes me laugh, because the closest those (likely overweight) keyboard jockeys ever came to saving somebody’s ass in a war was playing “Medal of Honour” on their XBox.

They also use that phrase as a poor attempt to cajole Europeans into accepting the policies of modern American governments out of gratitude for the actions and sacrifices of their grandparents and great-grandparents. For example, we should (apparently) have supported the illegal Iraq war because young Americans died fighting the Nazis.

Yet Europe does owe a debt of gratitude to a whole generation of Americans, one of whom has just passed.

Major Richard Winters, highly decorated veteran of the War in Europe, died on January 2nd. He was a great American and a European hero, that is a hero in Europe and to Europe.

Major Winters’s words on liberating the labour camp at Landsberg-am-Lech (from Citizen Soldiers, by Stephen E. Ambrose, page 464):

Major Winters was the first to appear at Landsberg, “The memory of starved, dazed men,” he related, “who dropped their eyes and heads when we looked at them through the chain-linked fence, in the same manner that a beaten, mistreated dog would cringe, leaves feelings that cannot be described and will never be forgotten. The impact of seeing those people behind that fence left me saying, only to myself, ‘Now I know why I am here!'”

Episode 9 (Why We Fight) from the TV series Band of Brothers is about the liberation of the concentration camp at Landsberg-am-Lech.

Stephen E. Ambrose (Citizen Soldiers, by Stephen E. Ambrose, page 473):

“At the core, the American citizen soldiers knew the difference between right and wrong, and they didn’t want to live in a world in which wrong prevailed. So they fought, and won, and we all of us, living and yet to be born, must be forever profoundly grateful.”

If you want to know what Major Winters and his generation of Americans did for Europe, read Citizen Soldiers and watch Band of Brothers.