Diary of A Mad County

Monday, Jan. 31
On a day that begins uneasily with the salutation "Okay, honey, enjoy the Museum of Tolerance" to my daughter, the Knight Foundation publishes a survey of more than 110,000 American students that finds one-third of them believe the First Amendment goes "too far" in the rights it guarantees. What's more, fewer—32 percent of them—think the press has too much freedom, and 17 percent believe people should not be allowed to express unpopular opinions. For those of you who are shocked by this, let me just remind you that these kids have come of age in I's United States, the U.S. of John Ashcroft, where freedom is conditional and disagreement is disloyalty. It reminds me of something some crazy guy said, the kind of thing you find in a history book under the heading "And Then a Bunch of Completely Crazy Shit Goes Down in Germany," and it goes like this: "When an opponent declares, 'I will not come over to your side,' I calmly say, 'Your child belongs to us already.'" Do you know who said that? You don't want to know who said that.

Tuesday, Feb. 1
George W. Bush says he wants to increase the amount of money given to families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sounds like I is planning on more planting this spring.

SLOWERY@OCWEEKLY.COM

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