amari_z: (daily)
I am teeth-constantly-clenched stressed and busy right now, but as I was eating my dinner at my desk, I came across this in The NYTimes, which reminded me why, in addition to being scaryevilfascists, our government is also, on top of everything else, just plain stupid (which makes its increasingly successful quest for absolute power even more scary).

You need to be registered to read the article, but in short, surprise, surprise, Homeland Security has no idea what the crap it's doing. The Inspector General of Homeland Security has issued a report that the National Asset Database (which is used to calculate how much money each state gets to fund security) is basically smoking crack. (Okay, the report used different words, but that was the idea.)

According to the database, Indiana is the state with the most potential terrorist targets (50 percent more than NY and more than twice as many as California). And Wisconsin is second. Don't get me wrong, I like cows and cheese as much as the next non-lactose intolerant person, but wtf?

Among the potential "assets" needing protection listed in the database are places like the Sweetwater Flea Market in Kentucky and the Amish Country Popcorn in Indiana (which, by the owner's own admission, is in the middle of nowhere and employs five people).

Other assets that are likely to draw the terrorists' eyes included Old MacDonald’s Petting Zoo, the Mule Day Parade, “Beach at End of a Street,” “Nix’s Check Cashing,” “Mall at Sears,” “Ice Cream Parlor,” “Tackle Shop,” “Donut Shop,” “Anti-Cruelty Society” and “Bean Fest.”

I don't know about you, but I’m feeling reassured. Can people this incompetent actually manage to rig an election? Oh, wait, I forgot that they farmed that project out to the private sector.

amari_z: (calvin)
Because I apparently don't have enough guilt in my life over tasks I fail to do, I decided to manufacture some more. I've put in a claim at [livejournal.com profile] fanfic100. For all those people who've called me crazy over the years, here's Exhibit 1. A hundred fics? Yeah, no problem, especially considering that I've only just started writing again after several years of not finishing a single damn thing. I'm almost hoping that it's rejected. But not really.

This may or may not have been precipitated by further (or really, ongoing) family stupidity. The same stupidity I have already complained about (see here for previous vague rantings, but really, don't bother). I love that I get dragged into these messes for no other reason than the fact that I'm related to these people (and they upset my poor parents). It's rather like punishment for being born, isn't it? Someday, I'm going to be the one that causes all the trouble and hurt, really I am. And I too am going to claim complete and utter righteousness, cause really, it's just everyone else's fault and let's all take sides.

Um, not.

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