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Why Are Our Leaders Preaching Fear?

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 3:45 AM

From an op-ed by John Brennan, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security:

Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda. Terrorists are not 100-feet tall. Nor do they deserve the abject fear they seek to instill. They will, however, be dismantled and destroyed, by our military, our intelligence services and our law enforcement community. And the notion that America's counterterrorism professionals and America's system of justice are unable to handle these murderous miscreants is absurd.

I've only been carping about this for most of a decade (online for the past four years or so).

The Huffington Post is launching its 'Eat In Challenge' the week of February 22. The concept is to not indulge in eating out, whether that be the convenience of fast food or restaurants. (I wonder if 'eating out' includes that stop at Starbucks ...)

However, it strikes me as being somewhat off the mark, a trendy experiment for those with disposable income, rather than harkening back to the days where both parents worked, yet Mom somehow managed to shop for and cook dinner every night.

And there are plenty of Americans for whom 'eating out' is simply not an option in the first place. If you want a true challenge, try the $4-a-day Hunger Challenge.

The real challenge, perhaps, is to rediscover our ability to cook simple and nourishing food at home, as opposed to the lie served up by corporate America - that our lives are so chock full of Stuff To Do that we can only cook if we rely on instant, prepackaged, convenience foods.

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