Got some great links from a friend of mine. First off, that your tax dollars are supporting Homeland Security by targetting toy stores. I loved this. My favorite line:
One of the things that our agency’s responsible for doing is protecting the integrity of the economy and our nation’s financial systems and obviously trademark infringement does have significant economic implications.
For everyone who told me I was too cynical in my “follow the money” stance on EVERYTHING, I feel vindicated.
This LiveJournal post is really the meat of what I want to rant about today. Someone said some “inflamatory things” about the president in his Live Journal, and the Secret Service showed up at his door to cause some trouble. Nazi Germany, everyone?
The post above is supposed to be some sort of warning, I guess – that Big Brother is watching you, and that you should really be careful with what you say. Fuck that shit, says I. Countless thousands of men and women bled and died in this country so that we as a people can make our voices heard. I might think John Ashcroft, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Bill O’Reilley, Donald Rumsfeld, Ronald Reagan, Paul Wolfowitz, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Rupert Murdoch, Arnold Schwartzenegger and both George Bush-es are assholes, but someone else can say both Clintons, John Stewart, the Press, John Kerry, Al Sharpton, Barak Obama and John Edwards are liberal pricks and I would defend their right to say it. I might come after what they’ve said, of course, but that’s OK. It’s called “dialogue.”
Anyway, to save the FBI and Secret Service some time ( Hi guys! ) I’m going to write down my confessions here so they don’t have to go to all the trouble of continuing to tap my phones.
I’ve smoked pot. I’ve looked at pornography on the InterWeb. I had a girlfriend who had an abortion. I’m planning on voting for Kerry tomorrow. I hate the war in Iraq, and don’t support it. I was pulled over for speeding once when I was 17 and implicated in a grand theft ring at Herman’s sporting goods for which I had no part. I’ve never been arrested. I shoplifted some gum when I was 9. When I was 13 I was with a friend of mine when he shoplifted a bunch of Spelljammer role playing books from Walden books, and I didn’t tell anyone about it. I’ve paid money for merchandise that was probably stolen. I drink and smoke cigars. I take joy in reading books on the banned books list, but feel censorship should start and stay in the home. I support the Open Source movement. I’ve played pirated video games.
My wife is a director at a union. My parents were involved in a teacher’s strike in the late 60s. I have a strike-breaker uncle, but we don’t talk about him much. I knew of kids who used and sold heroin, crack, and cocaine and I didn’t notify the authorities. I don’t own a handgun. I hate the Homeland Securities act. I cried when I watched Fareinheit 9/11. I think we as a society are headed in a self-destructive direction, and I wish we could reverse it. I think Ken Lay is guilty. I like Eliot Spitzer. I think gay people should be allowed to get married. I support stem cell research. I’m still unsure of how I feel about gun control. I think Budweiser is a terrible beer. I don’t like cops, but appreciate they’re just doing an underpaid job. I’m an agnostic. I wish for a better future and I feel that people are probably going to have to fight and die to get it.
That’s pretty much it for me. I can send you a picture, if you like. You have my email address and my physical address – drop by any time.
[Name Redacted], 29 years old
Caucasian Male, Heterosexual, Catholic
Married 6 years, No children