"You know the usual argument: if you haven't enlisted in the services, you are a wimp and should shut up on all things military," writes Derek Brigham of Freedom Dogs, who designed the new insignia of the "101st Fighting Keyboardists," AKA Chickenhawks. We urge our readers to follow your conscience and sign up at Captain Ed's if you are so inclined.
"We shall fight them on the op-ed pages, we shall fight in the worldwide web, we shall fight in the internet and in the blogs, we shall fight in the Democratic Underground; we shall never surrender!" writes Dr. Sanity, announcing her decision to join the "101st Fighting Keyboardists," whose logo (above) boldly proclaims "We Eat Chickens for Lunch." Captain Ed explains:
Our friends on the port side of the blogosphere have had quite a time tossing around funny little nicknames for those of us who support the war on terror and use our blogs to express our convictions about it . . . the term "chickenhawk" has appeared more than once, and others in the blogosphere have assigned us to a unit called the 101st Fighting Keyboardists . . .
The men and women of the military do the real fighting, and we salute them and support them by supporting their mission [but] there is honor in engaging in public debate for policies which we believe are in our nation's best interest as well. For many of us, we know that without presenting our arguments in the national forum, many in the media and the public will quickly overpower the debate.
We're heading over to sign up as soon as we finish this post. The Captain & Company have chosen the estimable Red-tailed Hawk -- one of several native species colloquially know as Chickenhawks -- as heraldic bird:
Sound-wave images of the idiotarian's worst nightmare, the "raspy, scraping, screamed "kree-eee-ar" of the Chickenhawk circling in for the kill.
"A raspy, scraping, screamed 'kree-eee-ar'," the cry of the Red-tailed Hawk -- AKA Chickenhawk -- "is used in movies to represent any eagle or hawk anywhere in the world," according to the totally awesome website of Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds":
The most common and widespread
bloggerhawk in North America, the ChickenhawkRed-tailed Hawk is a polemicistbird of informed and thoughtful opinionopen country. It is frequently seen sitting at a computer keyboardon utility poles where it watches for idiotariansrodents in the arena of elite opiniongrass along the roadside.
We are Chickenhawks, hear us scream!