Points of Order

Here are a few bullet points from a notepad in my car…

  • Radio ad: “Tell congress to do its job and pass the new wiretapping bill to keep us all safe.” After hearing this ad in favor of continuing to allow warrantless electronic eavesdropping on American citizens, and thinking how much it sounded like the doublethink and newsspeak from George Orwell’s 1984, congress passed the bill.
  • Thought: the reason most people don’t care about losing their civil liberties is that most people don’t have anything unpopular to say.
  • Catching a few minutes of an episode of A&Es series Intervention about a suicidal bulimic teenager who was ruining her family’s lives, I found myself wanting to put a bullet in her head. I get the same feeling about the suspects when I watch the show Cops, which is why I shouldn’t watch. Or be a cop.
  • When a new version of something is issued in the computer software world, it is usually given a version number, and usually it’s something like Version 2.0 (pronounced two-point-oh.) I have news for a nation of lazy, illiterate hicks: it’s not an “oh,” it’s a zero, and if there is a zero at the end of a number to the right of the decimal, you don’t say it.
  • Tobacco vs porn: both equally evil in every way (except porn doesn’t kill 400,000 people a year in the U. S.), yet one of them receives an $18,000,000 subsidy each year. (Or if you like, an eighteen-point-oh million dollar subsidy.) Guess which one.