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Chains & Shack(les)

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006 1:21 AM

Given that the costs of our little adventure in Iraq have ballooned far beyond what was originally envisioned as a few months' effort, it comes as no surprise that folks like Hyim Jacob Ross are conducting unusual protests.

In this case, Ross, who teaches music at a Bay Area school as well as ethics, spirituality, and interpersonal communication classes at two local synagogues, has chained himself to a park bench for one week in protest of the Iraq War.

Ross would have staged his protest in a more meaningful forum, such as the Oakland Federal Building, but discovered he would be liable for fines and imprisonment under the USA PATRIOT Act.

Is it just me or is there an incongruity in making peaceful protest in front of a government building illegal under this nation's pre-eminent antiterrorism law? Wouldn't existing laws against illegal assembly already apply?

And who needs to worry about fraudulent entries on Wikipedia?

In the case of David Edmonson, President and CEO of RadioShack Corporation, it's his resume that has proven to be factually incorrect.

Edmonson's resume lists degrees in theology and psychology from Pacific Coast Baptist College in California (as of 1998, relocated to Oklahoma and renamed the Heartland Baptist Bible College). Unfortunately, the school has no record of the former, and never offered the latter.

Radio Shack was going to investigate further, but now says that is unnecessary in light of Edmonson's resignation. Apparently, 'academic verification' was not part of the company's background checks in 1994 - though Edmonson has only been CEO since May of 2005.

Edmonson's severance package will still sit nicely in the wallet; Leonard Roberts, Edmonson's predecessor, says it will be a cash payout less than one million dollars. So, Edmonson basically lied to you, the company's profits tanked 62 percent in the fourth-quarter, your stock prices have also tumbled to a three-year low ... and he's going to get what sounds like a six-figure farewell?

Simply amazing.

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