June 26th, 2002


smoke, God, and the lack of corporate ethics

Once again the scent of smoke permeates the air. A major brush fire broke out in the Cajon Pass stopping traffic on the I-15, the major thoroughfare from L.A. to Las Vegas. The winds have carried the smoke this way and even without the swamp cooler blowing the air into the apartment the breeze brings it in. Too many fires this year.

On another note: "A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools is an unconstitutional "endorsement of religion" because of the addition of the phrase "under God" in 1954 by Congress."

For those of you who find this ruling appalling don't worry. I'll guarantee you it'll be overturned in a higher court. On a personal level I can't tell you how long I've waiting for some court to rule this way. I've always hated, yes hated saying the pledge because of the words "under God" but I was forced to say it. Too bad my belief is in the minority. I guess it's ok to violate the right to be an atheist and having no right to free speech in this country. *shrugs*

Confidence in Corporate America hit new lows Wednesday as President Bush, Congress and other federal regulators vowed to investigate WorldCom while securities analysts forecast bankruptcy for the latest firm to fool investors with inflated profits.

For all the outcry about WorldCom or Enron or Arthur Anderson what's really going to be done about the way megacorporations handle themselves? Nothing of course. I mean really, hardly anyone will be going to jail and even then they will probably be going to a "country club" prison instead. Why shouldn't the big wigs cook the books if they'll only end up with a slap on the wrist? So what the solution? Dunno exactly, but I do know more of these type of cases should be prosecuted rather than be ignored and more importantly sentences should be at least doubled to what they are now. I'd suggest Congress do something but why would they bite the hand that feeds them?
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