A couple of quick reactions to a couple of things we experienced:
- There were several folks outside of the Museum of Natural History speaking through a bullhorn or its equivalent. They were spouting religious dogma and blasting the Darwin exhibition at the Museum. I didn't hear that much of what they were saying, but they were contending that we were all wrong, that Darwin didn't invent evolution. This seemed like a strange thing to say since few would claim that he invented it, but rather came up with an explanation for evolution.
- They were probably cheesed by some of the exhibits saying such stuff like "evolution is a fact.
- I was most amused by a quote engraved into the World War II memorial:
"We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle, our flag will be recognized throoughout the world as a symbol of freedom on the one hand and of overwhelming force on the other." George C. MarshallWhat a wonderfully emblematic quote from the Army: overwhelming force!! Only now are we realizing that less can be more, at least when it comes to counter-insurgency, but Marshall's quote here does suggest that the Army would have a hard time absorbing this.
Overall, an educational day on the Mall.