Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Price

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
Thomas Jefferson

17 comments:

Island Bob said...

What is it? It looks like an Enigma but not quite.

Groundhog said...

It's a good quote. It's just not complete. I've been discovering over the years that the price of freedom is so much more. Unfortunately, it seems to be a price more and more are not willing or even interested in paying.

Lois Evensen said...

Amen.

Hat Trick said...

So true.

Island Bob - That was my exact reaction to the photo too. Brigid, what is it?

Brigid said...

Island Bob - it's a genuine Enigma which I got to see recently.

john bord said...

Neat looking old word processor in the pic.... Underwood?

The price of freedom also carries a responsibility and too many have not taken their responsibility and shouldered their burden of freedom.

Instead the nanny has taken the responsibility many have shirked.

There are verbal battles raging in the war.

Tango Juliet said...

Got to smash up some KL-47's while I was in crypto school waaaayyyy back when.

The 47's were the "new and improved" version of the Enigma.

mdknighthawk said...

When in doubt empty the magazine.
Enjoy your blog, take care
Richard

Tango Juliet said...

Far too many in our society do not value freedom.

They don't realize that we have experience here in the US for over 200 years is an abnormal condition in the human experience.

Joshkie said...

"I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent."
-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Francis Hopkinson, March 13, 1789

Borepatch said...

Oooh, Enigma!

If I ever get rich, I am SO buying one of these.

Brigid said...

Roscoe - that would be an affirmative.

immagikman said...

I've seen the Enigma Machines before :) Back in my Secret Squirrel days :D Living at Ft. Meade.

Old NFO said...

That IS an Enigma... used but real.

Mike said...

Brigid,

An Enigma!! Awesome! That the Allies had one early in WW II was one of the best kept secrets of the war. We knew what the Germans were saying for a long time and they never knew.

This is one classy piece of hardware!

SWModel66

Jefiner said...

I was amazed that the powers that be let us peons play with the Enigma machine at the museum at NSA. The director told me the things are amazingly tough: "the best of German engineering". A technician comes in once a year to lubricate and tune the machine, and that there are a few Enigmas that they occasionally cannibalize for parts "but rarely. These machines never break."

I recommend the museum tour. It is well worth your time to see the danger that our "shadow warriors" contend with, 24/7/365.

Brigid said...

Onkel - thanks for catching the typo. It was a long week with a LOT of miles.