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President's Day

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February 20, 2006

It's President's Day, and I don't have the day off. But it doesn't bother me. It helps when you enjoy your job, as I do, and also that President's Day doesn't feel like a "real" holiday to me. My Mom has the day off (she's a high school teacher), and my sister Mary Beth has the day off from school, so lucky them.

I give a major thumbs-up to the Drudge Report for pointing out a very disturbing story out of Houston. According to the story, Houston's police chief is pushing for police cameras to be put not only in public places... but also at private homes, and at all new apartment complexes.

There's a major problem with law enforcement officers also being allowed to push for more police intrusion into the lives of private citizens. Of course they're not going to push for fewer laws, by and large, since that would make them less powerful.

More and more, it seems that America is moving toward the society portrayed in George Orwell's 1984. Government spy cameras in your homes, tons of rules and regulations, no privacy. This is the land of the free, right? Let's not let it turn into a police state.


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