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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Two 3x Thursdays

This Week's Questions:

I grant you 3 personal wishes (these wishes are for you and not anybody else!)! What are they? Explain in detail.

Fuck. I hate these kinds of questions.

1) I wish we had all of our debt paid off. I think this one is self-explanatory.
2) I wish I had the ability to cure those I loved. I don't want to explain this one except to say even though this would be helping others it would still be for me. I selfishly like my loved ones to be whole and healthy because that means their chances of being around longer are improved.
3) I wish I had every DC 100 Page Super Spectacular ever published in either NM or VF condition.

Bonus Question for Comments: Okay, one world wish. "The world would get this wish: ______." To make people realize that their small choices have much larger consequences. To give them the ability to empathize with people who aren't like them. To make them see that we are one world and we're in this thing together or we're not going to survive.

Last Week's Questions:

1. Does your company celebrate MLK Day? Meaning, do you get to take off work? If not, does it bother you (other than the fact that everyone gets to stay home but you!)? Why/why not?

Being a stay-at-home mom, "my company" can celebrate any day I want. Mike's company, however, doesn't give employees MLK Day off.

2. What do you think about all of these politicans getting busted and narking on each other? Is it a sign that perhaps positive change is on the horizon, or is it just more of the same? Explain your answer.

It's interesting to me to watch events like these unfold. People act like they're shocked politicians are out for themselves, choosing to believe they went into politics to "be a force for change" or "commit themselves to public service." I'm not saying there aren't people who go into politics for these very reasons but I wouldn't doubt if their high principles were shoved to the wayside as the lure of power got to them. Humans are the same everywhere and have been so throughout history. Self-interest eventually trumps the common good. I guess this means I think it's more of the same.

3. What's your opinion on all this business about the justification of spying on people without a warrant? Do you think it's correct? Do you think it's needed? Is there a solution?

The Bush administration can squawk all it likes about protecting us from terrorist threats but what they're really after is to expand the power of the Executive branch and destroy our government's system of checks and balances. I find it ironic that a party who campaigns on the idea of smaller government has created a power grabbing, chock full of cronyism behemoth that is destroying what little was left of our country's faith in its leaders and the very concept of a free republic.

Spying without a warrant isn't necessary. It's been shown that the courts we have set up solely for the purpose of granting such warrants don't slow the process down. I also don't believe the solution is anywhere in the Department of Homeland Security. Am I the only one who has always hated that name? "Homeland" in any title makes me think of jack-booted fascists marching in the name of national unity.

What's the solution? Damned if I know. I just want Americans to realize they'll never be safer if they continue to give away their freedom.

Bonus Question for Comments: Do you think the US is on a downward spiral, or is there hope for us yet? Some days I think we're heading into an age of unenlightenment where people live in ignorance and fear and are happy about it. Other days I think there's hope for us. It's slow coming but I think it's there. We'll see.

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