Saturday, December 17, 2005

Another Quote of the Day: "We make it our business to know everything about everyone!"

While that may sound like something coming out of the NSA these days (thanks to President Bush), it actually was a line from one of the great musical films of all time, The Sound of Music.

Following the Anschluss in Austria in 1938 and the marriage of Captain von Trapp and Maria, daughter Liesl von Trapp's erstwhile beau Rolf, now a member of the Nazi youth, asks Liesl to deliver an urgent message to her father.

When Liesl reminds Rolf that her father is on his honeymoon, Rolf responds, "I know."

"You do?" inquires Liesl.

"We make it our business to know everything about everyone," intones Rolf.

I happened to be watching the last hour or so of the movie this evening, and that line really struck me, given what we've learned recently about our own government's intelligence gathering policies of the moment.

What's that they say about not remembering the past? Let's not be so quick to forget it.

Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Every morning you greet me
Small and white, clean and bright
You look happy to meet me

Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever

Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever


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