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I'll begin by announcing that this post isn't to pick on the Boca Raton News. It's a tiny newspaper on a shoe-string budget. I have nothing against it. But for the first time, I stumbled upon the on-line editorials in that newspaper and found them incredibly entertaining. You know, in the same way an Ed Wood movie is entertaining. They are so incredibly bad they're good. It's not so much the ideas -- it's that you can't decipher the writing to know what the hell exactly the idea is. I'm not going to offer any more commentary, just give you a few examples below, in exactly the way they appear in the News, to look over (actually "reading" them, I'm afraid, is quite impossible). Enjoy:

-- "Some critics say that Congressman Mark Foley's former "let's- protect-the-children" public rhetoric, versus a private behavior displaying the opposite, is typical of the hypocritical behavior (can you say Jimmy Swaggart) of anti-tax/anti-government conservatives who offer themselves as the morality police. The liberals add that while painted as compassionate conservatives, Foley and his morality police pals ignore that there are millions of children without health insurance, many millions more of latchkey children, and that Foley, et al, offer a set of "family values" that ignores whole segments of society.

Excuse us, but isn't the real hypocrisy being glued to the TV so as not to miss one salacious detail, rather than doing something, anything, to help children in your own city?

If the liberals want some apples-to-apples criticism, perhaps it would be that all of the media frenzy about Foley's sexual

misadventures gives a-close-to-an election-free-ride to a pre-emptive war that has injured 25,000 and killed nearly 3000 of not much more than children."

-- "Baseball icon Mickey Mantle, and rock and roll legend, Jerry Garcia died within two weeks of one another. And while the death certificates said cancer and heart attack, both men killed themselves with alcohol, in Mantle's case, and drugs for Garcia.- Hardly something to eulogize or emulate.- Why do we do this?- Why do we make heroes of irresponsible persons?- Is it because we know of our own vulnerabilities, and that, but for one or two bumps in the road, many of us would be as self destructive?- The death of any human is sad; more so, when those persons are gifted and those gifts silenced prematurely.- And just as we should always remember and tell our children of their exploits, it would be purely to retain our own veneer of invincibility if we also fail to tell our children that they also died too young, and by their own hand."

-- "Those seeking term limits for state and federally elected officials say that government by, of, and for the people began its declines roughly with the beginning of the so-called "Great Society" programs of 1965.- It was then that state legislatures began -- and because of all the rules and regulations which came with the federal money -- to become full-time, rather than part-time governing bodies.- This resulted in full-time politicians, always running for re-election, rather than part-time public servants.- However, those seeking term limits perhaps are missing the obvious.- Political power -- as does water in nature -- seeks its own level.- Which is to say that with term limits the unelected and completely unaccountable federal and state bureaucracies will then be in possession of even more power. The question then becomes: do we want invisible bureaucrats running the nation, or politicians who are subject to — albeit imperfect -- voter scrutiny. The latter seems to make much more sense."

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Journalist Bob Norman has been raking the muck of South Florida for the past 25 years. His work has led to criminal cases against corrupt politicians, the ouster of bad judges from the bench, and has garnered dozens of state, regional, and national awards.
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