Wednesday, May 31, 2006

More interesting reading

In a week-long series, Ottaway News Service is exploring how the Seven Deadly Sins are reflected in Albany's culture of political and moral corruption. Monday’ sin was Lust; Tuesday’s was Sloth. Today, reporter John Milgram writes about Wrath here:
Politics can get personal in Albany. And when it gets personal, there's payback. There's wrath, described as inappropriate anger and the desire for revenge.

David Rossie, associate editor of the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, and one of the finest columnists writing today, offers some advice to Mexican immigrants here:
. . . you are heading in the wrong direction, literally. About face. Forward march, to any of the banana republics south of your own border and join the army or local constabulary.

I know this sounds like a round-about way to get into the United States, but bear with me.
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So head for similar democratic outposts such as Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador, get into uniform and waste no time demonstrating enthusiasm for your new job. Your superiors will notice, and if you're lucky you will be assigned to a death squad, where you get to deal with activist nuns and priests who think they can get away with all that communist-inspired liberation theology.

Work hard and with a little bit of luck you may get to attend the U.S. Army's School of the Americas, where you'll learn a lot of new ways to help your countrymen and women to see the light. They've changed the name of the school to Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, but don't worry, the drill's the same. You'll return home a new man.