July 18th, 2002


The power of terroristic journalism...

It's interesting how when something is couched in 'ratings glamour' it garners much more attention than when it's not.

This link: http://www.citizencorps.gov/tips.html
posted Monday was relatively ignored. I didn't leave the comments feature on for fear of having a huge international debate stuck in the comments section.

This link: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/0714-06.htm
with the headline US Planning to Recruit One in 24 Americans as Citizen Spies however, has sparked some serious fire in some people's pants.

The two articles contain the same GENERAL information, one from the actual source, so it's couched in 'this is going to be great' and one from a very opinionated source which is couched in "Welcome to Nazi Germany."

Why does it take the fire of someone else's negative opinion on something to get us riled up about it? Can't we, as a people, read for ourselves? Oh, right, I forget that we're lazy Americans and have to have everything spoon fed to us.

Just be careful whose spoon you eat from.

Pensively awaiting my neighbors to turn me in for something.
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How do you fix something that is unwilling to admit it's broken?

Okay, since it seems to be a day for political rants:

I think one of our biggest problems is that people become career politicians. Because of that, the decisions they make are automatically the decisions that are best for their CAREER, not the best for the people they represent.

Holding political office is a duty, not a job. You're serving your country, not yourself. I suggest that we do away with the entire political 'pension' system. This way, politicians would be forced to maintain some sort of 'other' career outside of their political duties. It would be simple to institute job protection laws for them, much as we have them for maternity leave and such. But it should, in the long run, hopefully make holding political office something that people do out of a sense of responsibility to the nation, not out of a longing for political power.

Granted, in our society, this would never work. The current political elite would never relinquish their position. But just think about how much money we'd be saving the country if we weren't paying people for holding office until they died.

Presidential Pension: $168,300 a year in 2001
And if you were a senator or governor first? You get to add that to those other pensions, too.

Al Gore? Don't feel bad for him. America pays him $94,800 a year to sit around, get fat and grow a beard.

That's almost as good as winning the lottery.

If my closet wasn't so filled with bones, I'd run...
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