UNDERNEWS

Undernews is the online report of the Progressive Review, edited by Sam Smith, who has covered Washington during all or part of one quarter of America's presidencies and edited alternative journals since 1964. The Review has been on the web since 1995. See main page for full contents

May 21, 2009

READER COMMENTS

Excerpts from reader comments

THE NEW MILITARY PERVERSION: REMOTE WARFARE

This is a perfectly natural extension of our remote-control political systems. If we spent as much time and effort ensuring our representatives were as well-trained and prepared to follow our orders as our soldiers are, we wouldn't be embroiled in all these wars in the first place. Instead, we place control of an increasingly capable and competent military in the hands of amateur, inexperienced, self-serving, politicians.

GREAT MOMENTS IN DISCRETIONARY PROSECUTION

I'm thinking the mainstream media must have also comprised a significant portion of Palfrey's customers. Shows how careful you need to be when deciding whom to lie down with . . .

WHY WASHNGTON DOESN'T WORK

I worked for the Feds as a semi-grunt analyst for 32 years and that was enough. For putting up with a lot of BS, I received a decent Civil Service retirement and fairly good Blue Cross health insurance.

However, the first chance I got to leave the DC metro area, I grabbed it. Luckily, I unloaded a town home in Northern VA before the real estate bubble burst.

Now I'm living a quieter life in Delaware and the only things I miss about the DC area are the museums, the zoo, and the restaurants. The last time I was there for Xmas 2008 I broke out into a skin rash probably from freaking out with all that traffic. Needless to say I don't miss the morass. Anyhow, that was a great essay.

GPS SATELLITES COULD START TO FAIL NEXT YEAR

You mean I have to learn how to read a map again?

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