How does the saying go? There are lies, damned lies and statistics. Usually, none of these lies are criminal. But there are also lies about military service and that is criminal, according to the Stolen Valor Act of 2006.
Lying about military service strikes me as a perverse form of cowardice: You don't have the guts to be at the sharp end, so you have to make it up. But I am at a loss to understand why such low falsehoods among many lies should be singled out to be a crime.
To me the absurdity is written into the name of the legislation. Valor can't be stolen from someone else.
As a Post-Gazette story this morning says, the Supreme Court will take up the case Wednesday. I hope they give the law its marching orders. What say you?
I see bitter dissension has broken out among the Reg-ulators again. Mzwang has apparently quit the blog, which is a regret to me, and Tourist, whom I thought had quit earlier, seems much agitated, also a sorrow. Rocky, whom I know to be a good person, also seems perpetually angry.
Worse than several good contributors unhappy, I haven't a clue what this is about. Someone said it was something Little Minx wrote two days ago. Is that right? With dozens of new comments every day, I find it impossible to follow and once more I am depressed about how things are going and pessimistic about the chances of good humor and civility breaking out.
At least one of you blames me for this state of affairs and for all I know that may be right.