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Friday, June 30, 2006

Yank 'em up by the bootstraps

This made me exceedingly happy. You see, I was one of the many vets, whose identities were compromised when some dipshit criminal stole that VA laptop.

I received a not so comforting letter from the VA, telling me that I was on the list, but not to worry. Yeah, why should I worry? It’s only my life they’re talking about… They advised that I monitor…well, everything for any unusual activity and even provided me with a handy phone number should I spot anything amiss. Wow, that made me sleep better at night.

They assured me the database wasn’t the primary target for the burglar and chances are he/she would never no what data was on the laptop. It was just another valuable to be sold with the other spoils of the theft. My first thought was how do they know that? What if some less than desirable was casing the VA worker and realized he was taking home sensitive data?

Alas, it was recovered and they are positive that the information was uncompromised. How can they be so sure? I’ll keep my fingers crossed just in case.

In other news, things will likely be quiet around here over the holiday weekend. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. So, if I don’t get a chance to say it again, have a happy and safe 4th of July weekend.

I’ll leave you with Niccolo Rasetti’s take on Freedom:

Freedom is often as elusive as it is idealistic; yet we all strive for more of it. All freedoms come at a price. Some we attain with little effort. Others we are granted at great expense. Yet in the end, we must all face the saddest of all truths; Freedom is an illusion. By its very nature, it is a permission given and anything that is given can be taken away; still we want more. We want, no, we demand as many freedoms as can be afforded to us. It is in our nature. It is the way of man and yes; it is the way of the vampire as well.

Hey, who wants to argue with the logic of a vampire? Am I right?

You crazy kids have fun…

17 Comments:

At 5:38 AM, Blogger lime said...

oh that theft and the ramifications were ghastly and just unimaginable in scope. i could rant for hours because i don't think our government does right by our vets and that whole debacle was insult to injury. the rancid icing on a shit cake. stop me now...

you and your wife and son have a WONDERFUL weekend!

 
At 5:38 AM, Blogger lime said...

oh yes, and you are way right...not gonna argue with the likes of niccolo ;)

 
At 5:45 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Oh, yeah...don't get me started on the other disservices to vets. I make several handsome donations a year to organizations that help vets in areas where the government falls short. It's just a travesty to see my brothers and sisters get shit on after giving so much for their country.

and yeah, Niccolo is not to be argued with. :D

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger lime said...

pity we can't send niccolo out to get a bit of justice going for the vets....

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Ohhhhh, you just gave me a shiver. :D

 
At 1:08 PM, Blogger M.E Ellis said...

Bugger! I think I'd poo myself!

:O)

 
At 1:14 PM, Blogger snavy said...

Have a great weekend & happy 4th!

 
At 5:46 AM, Blogger Bernita said...

Find that definition of freedom a totalitarian POV.
We are accustomed to a philosophy that everything is allowed except that which is verboten.
The totalitarian mind-set claims everything is restricted except that which is allowed.
Curious.

 
At 7:32 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

lol, M.E.

You yoo, Snavy.

Ah, yeah but Niccolo came from Italy at a time when that was very much the case, Bernita.

These are his views mind you, not mine. :D

 
At 7:49 AM, Blogger Bernita said...

Thought so, James.
Subtle and clever psychology.

 
At 10:03 AM, Blogger Dana Y. T. Lin said...

Hope you get in some good barbequing over the weekend!

 
At 10:19 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

:D *Tips hat to Bernita*

Thanks, Dana. Ditto for you. :D

 
At 6:11 AM, Blogger Leslie said...

Your cousin was a victim too. We got the letter in the mail a few months ago.

 
At 6:47 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

That sucks, I thought he might be, since we were in around the same time.

 
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