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Shooting my mouth off

I got a letter printed in today's paper, responding to a rather idiotic letter they printed yesterday:

Dangerous patriot games

Letter-writer Larry Weisenthal says nuclear weapons destroying American cities are a truly unprecedented threat.  He proves that we forget too easily.

We forget the decades when everybody believed a nuclear holocaust would come and destroy the world.  People built underground shelters and trained their children to hide under desks, believing the worst would happen.

We forget past corruption: Hoover's FBI spied on Martin Luther King Jr.; The House Un-American Activities Committee ruined the careers of filmmakers, scriptwriters and actors; the World War I-era Sedition Act was used to lock away dissidents.

Again and again, the government has used its power to terrorize its citizens.  If we are to have a happy and free future, we need to remember the unhappy and oppressed past, lest we fall into the same traps again.

Well, Grandma seems to like it, anyway.  (My comment to Grandpa was How the heck does Brent know so much????)

In other news, Summer of Code submissions have closed, meaning that some time in the next ten days I'll get a "yes" or "no".  My stomach is churning...


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Jun. 15th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC)
  1. Are we supposed to be dumb sheep, or think for ourselves? o/' They preach that I should save the world They pray that I won't do a better job of it o/'
  2. I didn't even know that google had such a program. Wishing I did, though pretty certain I don't have the skills yet. Might be something to look into for next year.
Jun. 15th, 2005 05:12 pm (UTC)
1. Coolness. *hugs the Brent-kun* And Code: Baaa, baaa....
2. Google did have such a program, but I only learned about it because Brent told me so. I'm not sure if they're going to have it next year, though judging by the vast amount of submissions they got for it, they just might. ^.^

Good luck, Brent. *hugs*
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