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December 29, 2005


Gina- Really good! You have a great posting here.

We do this all the time in sports -- a coach is given only a mediocre handful of seasons to win, or he's ousted. A high-priced player is benched or discarded if he doesn't bring in a championship win in his first two seasons... we encourage this behavior of unrealistic expectations in our recreational lifes, our social lives, our work lives -- and are chastised when we want to make decisions based on facts, trends, and real analysis.

Those people who wave banners like this are fully aware of how shallow their cries are -- they are banking on their ability to use these cheap ploys to incite mob rule upon an otherwise defensible person or group -- and throw suspicion and threat away from whatever they feel the need to protect.

So long as these methods are allowable by our social standards, the real priorities of safety and self-governance will be obscured from view -- just as successfully as they are today.

It's going to be a long time for any amount of peer pressure to overcome this gleeful misuse of our citizen-sheep frailties.

Thank you for so clearly pointing out what has become a pattern of shame for our media, our politics, our social structure, and our schools.

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