I suppose that not many folks know that there are two meanings for “internet.” One of them simply means any “interconnected network” and in that sense, “internet” is not capitalized. The particular interconnected network where this blog lives is called the “Internet” and is properly capitalized.
I make this distinction because the birthers appear to refer to some other interconnected network than the Internet and some other web site named “google” (lower case) than the one I frequent when they say news coverage of Terry Lakin’s trial is censored and google hides access to the information. Here are some excerpts from the Internet:
- Ignorance is no defense, Washington Observer-Reporter, December 23. “One would have thought that an intelligent, highly educated person such as Lakin would have been above the birther nonsense, but his case just goes to show that politically motivated idiocy knows no bounds.”
- ‘Birther’ Dismissed from Army for Refusing Deployment, Sentenced to Six Months in Prison, ABC News, December 16, 2010. “”If they find him [Lakin] guilty, then he will become a martyr, a political dissident who asked something very simple,” Taitz, who attended the first two days of the hearing, told ABC News. “There’s going to be an outcry.””
- Usurper in Chief?, New York Times, December 14, 2010. “So now the Birthers consider the court-martial part of the dastardly conspiracy.”
- Lakin serving time at Fort Leavenworth, Sonoran News, December 22, 2010. “Dismissal from the military as an officer is equivalent to a dishonorable discharge and essentially eliminates Lakin’s right to all benefits incident to his military service.”
- Lt. Col. Terry Lakin fell victim to the sin of certainty, as do many prophets and pundits, mLive.com, December 20, 2010, “Some people, however, are unwilling to put up with the ongoing battle to make decisions. A brain that can’t stand uncertainty, Lehrer writes, ‘often tricks itself into thinking the wrong thing.'”
- ‘Birther’ sentenced to six months in prison, kicked out of Army, Stars and Stripes, “’I don’t want [my career] to end this way,’ a tearful Lakin said to military jurors during the sentencing phase of his trial Wednesday afternoon”.