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Ho hum. Government screws up. Again.

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Nothing shocks me anymore.

When Edward Snowden came forward with “news” that the U.S. government has been monitoring phone calls and emails to astonishing degrees, the nation reacted with the to-be-expected, exactly appropriate levels of outrage. “Our civil liberties are being violated!,” cried every overly-made-up anchor from his/her respective national news pulpit. “Injustice!,” decried protesters. “Big Brother is watching you!”

Well of course He is.

And how is this news? In an era when private companies can, for a fee, access your personal Tweets to better target your business, how is anyone, anywhere shocked that our government – one of the most powerful entities in the world – also has access to (and uses!) geospatial social media mapping?

Ho-hum.

If you wanna impress me, you’re gonna hafta do better than that, Snowden. Give me something I can use, buddy. Because the feds monitoring my gmail? Not raising my eyebrows.

Here in Fulton County, Atlanta, our school system cheating scandal has made nationwide news. In neighboring DeKalb, the County CEO Burrell Ellis has been indicted on 15 counts, including extortion, theft, and fraud for threatening to withhold government contracts from those companies that refused to contribute funds to his political campaign. Ellis, of course, maintains his innocence.

In South Carolina, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister to Comedy Central phenom Stephen Colbert, lost her congressional election to the state’s scandal-stained former governor, Mark Sanford.  (Stephen can rally the nation to slap his name on a bridge in Hungary, but I guess when it comes to familial congressional campaigns the Brother Colbert gets a Wag of the Finger.)

And did I mention that Anthony Weiner is running for office again?

So yeah…

It’s not the first time we’ve caught the government, pants down, with its foot in its mouth and its hand in the cookie jar.

You want to surprise me?

Show me the opposite.



 

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Anonymous (not verified)
on Jul 10, 2013

Unfortunately there is no news in people in govt. who actually do their jobs effectively. Also you forgot, Elliot Spitzer (NY's Love Gov) is following the Clinton playbook and running for State Controller now too

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jul 11, 2013

Did you turn on your water faucet or flush your toilet this morning? Did you drive down roads that were, mostly, in pretty good shape and cross bridges that didn't collapse under you? Are the cops, firefighters, EMTs, teachers, VA hospitals, libraries and parks available to meet your needs? And there are so many more I could name. I guess maybe government does work, if you're willing to look at the reality of the folks that show up every day to do their jobs, instead of the freaks that make the news and make everyone look bad.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Jul 16, 2013

The point was the moronic public re-electing known criminals and scum. Most government workers work hard and do their jobs well. The egotists and elitists are the criminal class who waste tax-payer money and conduct their immoral acts, get caught, get convicted, and then get re-elected... remember Marion Berry? What can we learn from this? Crime pays, especially mayors, congress, executive cabinet officials, etc.

on May 10, 2014

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