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."

Amen, amen.

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.


Helen Ginger said...

Don't know that I'm in favor of spending $259,900 to buy up a book, but if it revealed things that could put our troops in danger, then I'm okay with it.

I am all in favor of transparency in politics!

Maryann Miller said...

Helen, in reading about the book issue, it appeared that the concerns were not about troop safety but more about the inner workings of the Pentagon and government.

The Words Crafter said...

I saw something about this book somewhere earlier....very interesting...

Maryann Miller said...

The government's reaction actually makes me want to read the book.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Nothing makes a book more enticing than the knowledge someone wants to suppress its contents.

Maryann Miller said...

So true, Patricia. Maybe we need to figure a suppression angle for our books. LOL

Nick Thomas said...

There you go, the secret to becoming a successful author: write a book about military secrets and have the feds buy up every copy.

Maryann Miller said...

Nick, I was thinking the same thing. Trying to figure out how to get those military secrets into the mystery I'm writing. LOL