Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Price

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
Thomas Jefferson


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

  2. 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.

  3. So true.

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. "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

  10. Oooh, Enigma!

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

  11. Roscoe - that would be an affirmative.

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

  13. That IS an Enigma... used but real.

  14. 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!


  15. 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.

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


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