Friday, October 08, 2010
Friday's Odds and Ends
Talk about absurd.
Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys took the team out to dinner at an upscale restaurant recently, and the players ordered everything on the menu. They also took home expensive bottles of wine. The dinner check? Are you sitting down? $54,896. An editorial writer for The Dallas Morning News made this comment, "Look, we're used to athletes making millions, but they don't need to rub their fans' noses in it."
A note to Texas voters.
The Green Party is now on the ballot for the November elections, but there is some question about who paid the $532,000 cost of a professional peitition gathering company. Apparently the Green Party was having a hard time coming up with enough signed petitions until this unknown benefactor stepped forward. There is some indication that the Republican party supported this effort, but nobody is talking, including the Green Party.
Transparency, people, transparency.
Our tax dollars at work.
The Military planned to buy all 10,000 copies of the memoir written by Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer because it allegedly disclosed military secrets. Shaffer said Operation Dark Heart did not contain any information that threatened national security, but Pentagon officials said it did. According to a report in The Excavator, "They read the manuscript with the eyes of "guardians of the knowledge". Their censorship is reflective of the discredited attitude that National Security concerns are more important than exposing the truth and holding government officials accountable."
So, our government considered spending $259,900 to keep us in the dark?
Some time after the original release date was canceled, Shaffer, St. Martin's and the Pentagon reached an agreement to revise the manuscript according to changes required by the government.