"By capturing rainwater, some homeowners are breaking the law. This has put
city and state governments in an awkward position-smack in the middle of
competing water users and advocates, often from within their own agencies,
of conserving water to protect supplies."
Some say rainwater should follow its natural course instead of being
diverted by homeowners so that the homeowner's betters can allocate the
water based on need - or political pressure - to those more, um, worthy of
It's for the children.
A construction company dug a foundation somewhere and
when it rained, the excavation was filled with water.
The Feds stepped in and forbade the construction firm
from pumping out the water because it had now become
a wetland and had to be protected. I may have to look
it up on Snopes but that's about how I remember the
news story. People with lots of guns can do all sorts
of asinine things to you.
I agree that "noble cause" or the "white man's burden" is sometimes hard to
But as for soldiers dying, don't give it a thought.
Our soldiers volunteered, knowing the risk of death or injury, for the
chance to kill people and blow things up. Seeking that thrill is no
different from other frightful hobbies: mountain climbing, sky-diving,
tightrope walking, or adultry.
Our warrior class needs a war every decade or so, not only to keep the tip
of the spear sharp, but to garner new recruits. Who would ever want to be a
fireman if there were never any fires?
No, our warriors want to be there, they trained to be there, they need to be
there. And they're willing to take casualties for the privilege.
I know what it was like - I was once an active warrior. I'll forever praise
Lyndon Johnson for giving me an opportunity and I'll be the last to deny our
current crop of yougsters their dream.
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