Tuesday, December 7, 2010
It's the most magical time of the year! The air is cold and crisp, colorful Christmas lights twinkle in yards across America, and Walmart has video screens telling holiday shoppers to alert authorities if they spot an act of terror in the making.
Wait - what?!
As part of Janet Napolitano's campaign called "If You See Something, Say Something," 588 Walmart stores will be reminding shoppers that while most busy little elves are employed in Santa's workshop, there are at least a few (many of whom share a middle name with a certain president) who spend their time in Satan's workshop - cobbling together ugly surprises like exploding underwear, shoe bombs, suicide vests, and other weapons of terror. And if you see something suspicious, then tell someone.
Frankly, it's a good idea to remind people to be alert to wrongdoing, and to be unafraid to report what they see. Granted, this policy hasn't exactly been embraced by the Obama administration when it comes to the many individuals, bloggers, and newscasters who have spotted wrongdoing in Washington and reported it. In that case, the government's slogan is still "If You See Something, Then STFU."
Still, here at Hope n' Change we're trying our best to work up a little Christmas spirit. Even if we're feeling increasingly nostalgic about the days when "red" was simply the color of candy cane stripes, Santa's suit, and Rudolf's nose...instead of a terror threat level.