One may redirect and attempt to redefine and relabel, and I honor those who labor at that approach.
Just not my style all the time. I tend more towards ridicule.
Recently, after verifying that customers' electronic payments are approved I say to them, "And it appears our cybernetic masters find you worthy. Please sign here," (indicating bottom of transaction slip while offering them a stylus), "with the assault pen."
"Really," asked one surprise customer, "does it really have more than ten rounds in it?"
"It can keep signing and signing and signing, almost without limit. No way the First Amendment, drafted in the days of quill pens and movable type, intended to include ball-point pens and video cameras."
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