Our president is going to spend a zillion dollars to protect us from the pandemic of avian flu, which has killed 60 folks — in Asia — since 2002.
Scientists have just announced a major breakthrough toward a cure for cervical cancer. Several groups are marching to oppose this. That’s because not only might it cure cervical cancer, it might also prevent pregnancy. Supposedly this would encourage young girls to have sex — as if God-given hormones aren’t already doing that.
Our government has just announced billions more to update our national hurricane warning system, which consistently gives at least one week’s notice to all targets even remotely in jeopardy. It’s not the warning; it’s the rescue, stupid.
Locally, our community colleges are being given millions to construct “tornado rooms.” If there is a tornado that can hurt these fortresses, the rest of us are surely doomed.
The only thing that has made sense in recent days is President Bush’s nomination of the rightest of all right-wingers to the Supreme Court. He undoubtedly hopes this will distract us from Scooter Libby, Iraq, torture, etc.
Welcome to the Ministry of Truth, 1984.
Joseph H. Moore