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April 17, 2006

Happy Tinker Day!

From my inbox:

We invite you to observe the first annual “Tinker Day,” an annual event named in honor of Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Cmty. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503 (1969). In Tinker, the Supreme Court upheld the First Amendment right of students to wear black armbands as an expression of mourning the deaths caused by the Vietnam War.

This year “Tax Day” falls on Monday, April 17, 2006. On that day we ask all conscientious taxpayers to wear black armbands in recognition that our tax dollars will be used to send and equip American soldiers to a hostile Iraq and Afghanistan where they will face death, psychological suffering, physical injury and inflict the same on fellow human beings, innocent and guilty alike.

Please understand that “Tinker Day” is not a protest; it is simply a peaceful expression of mindful tax-paying and an affirmation of human interconnectedness.

Seems like a great idea.

Posted April 17, 2006 10:15 AM | general politics

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I was one of the marines the tax dollars equipped. They still equip me to this day. They allow me to fight against an enemy that wants to come here and kill all Americans indiscriminantly. Have you not listened to Bin Laden, Zarqawi, Ahmadinejad, and Moussaui? Their calls for death to the west fall on deaf ears and when we finally listen it may be too late. I am proud to me a marine and I am proud to go into harms way and kill terrorists before they try to come to the US and commit another 911 type of attack.

Wear your black arm bands all you want. In fact, wear two. You'll make yourself look like a buffoon and you'll let the terrorists know who their friends are.

Posted by: J. Morgan at April 17, 2006 10:41 PM

Good for you. I'm proud to be a mindful taxpayer who's a bit shocked you'd go so far as to call me a friend to terrorists simply because I'd like my fellow citizens and our leaders to think more carefully about where, when, and how we spend our tax dollars. Isn't that sort of free expression and thoughtful participation in society exactly what you're so proud of fighting for?

Posted by: ambimb at April 18, 2006 11:19 AM

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