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With his book The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Robert Heinlein popularized the adage, "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch."  There's also no such thing as free beaches and fresh air, free suburbs and soccer fields, free public education or free speech.  For the last two and a half centuries, men far greater than I have stood firmly in harm's way, sacrificing themselves so we can live in freedom.  Freedom for children to play baseball in the park.  Freedom for women to drive badly.  Freedom for men to grunt and own power tools and guns.  Freedom to criticize and encourage.  Freedom to eat and exercise.  Freedom to blog.  Freedom to be free.

Let's enjoy the freedom they've given us.  Let's barbecue and swim and eat pounds of watermelon.  But let's not forget to honor their memories.

3 Responses to “tanstaafl”

  1. # Anonymous Bekah

    Good post.  

  2. # Anonymous Doc

    Again, another good Memorial Day post. Took me a while to get the tanstaafl...  

  3. # Anonymous r.fuel


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