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James Quinn is a senior director of strategic planning for a major university. James has held financial positions with a retailer, homebuilder and university in his 25-year career. Those positions included treasurer, controller, and head of strategic planning. He is married with three boys and... More
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  • OUTRAGE OF THE DAY 13 comments
    Aug 13, 2009 12:09 PM

    My son, who is going into his Junior year of Catholic HS, just received his packet of information for the coming year. I was flabbergasted to find a letter to the parents that reads as follows:

    Dear Parents,

    "The "No Child Left Behind" Law passed several years ago by the United States Congress requires our school to provide a list of all Juniors and Seniors to the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corp. This list includes the names, telephone numbers, and addresses of each student."

    Parents must request in writing that their children's names be removed from the list. Not only that, next year I must request in writing that it be removed again.

    WTF!!!!! Why the hell does a law that is supposed to set up standardized testing and standards for PUBLIC school children automatically provide high school personal information from public and PRIVATE high schools to the US Military?  

    It is clearly done in a way to access the maximum amount of names and personal information by requiring parents to opt out of the list twice. This is another example of insidious government access and control over our lives. You can bet this is a prelude to a draft.

    Am I overreacting or is this an outrage?

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  • aa44aa
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    I totally understood your outrage, but Seeking Alpha is a finanical web site, it is not set up for peronal venting. James, you are totally losing it.
    13 Aug 2009, 12:34 PM Reply Like
  • claremont
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    So I guess you are not reconsidering the decision to USE ALL CAPS TITLES?

     

    I am disgusted by this and entirely agree that things like this (which have become disturbingly commonplace) are examples of insidious government access and control over our lives, but this is clearly personal blog content, not seeking alpha content.

     

    If you keep posting content like this, it is fairly obvious that the editors of the site will likely resist, which will be followed by you throwing a temper tantrum. Get a hold of yourself and keep things together.
    13 Aug 2009, 12:49 PM Reply Like
  • James Quinn
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    Author’s reply » Don't read my instablog. Problem solved.

     

    On Aug 13 12:34 PM aa44aa wrote:

     

    > I totally understood your outrage, but Seeking Alpha is a finanical
    > web site, it is not set up for peronal venting. James, you are totally
    > losing it.
    13 Aug 2009, 02:46 PM Reply Like
  • James Quinn
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    Author’s reply » I repost my posts from my website. I talk about anything I feel like. You are free to not read it. I find the outrage amusing. Do you truly believe that the financial markets, government intervention in every aspect of our lives, and our horrific educational system are not interconnected? I think people on SA who are outraged by my "non-financial" writings need to expand their extremely narrow view of the world.

     

    Again. If you are offended by my choice of subjects, don't read my stuff.

     

    On Aug 13 12:49 PM claremont wrote:

     

    > So I guess you are not reconsidering the decision to USE ALL CAPS
    > TITLES?
    >
    > I am disgusted by this and entirely agree that things like this (which
    > have become disturbingly commonplace) are examples of insidious government
    > access and control over our lives, but this is clearly personal blog
    > content, not seeking alpha content.
    >
    > If you keep posting content like this, it is fairly obvious that
    > the editors of the site will likely resist, which will be followed
    > by you throwing a temper tantrum. Get a hold of yourself and keep
    > things together.
    13 Aug 2009, 02:52 PM Reply Like
  • Econpro
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    James,

     

    Post whatever you feel is interesting or outrageous...I find it interesting... financial or whatever and you' re right if people don' t want to read your instablog then they can stop following you...simple. That said, being a member of the military (Navy), I wouldn' t put too much into your situation, it is annoying and absolutely misrepresented under the "No child left behind" Law, but I am almost certain it is just another way to try and recruit people who cannot afford to go to college without gov. assistance. Not that I am agreeing with the process....but FYI.
    13 Aug 2009, 03:10 PM Reply Like
  • Donald Ingram
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    James - Your moral outrage is commendable.
    This reprehensible procedure, using education as their tool, is nothing more than a potential list of cannon fodder.
    "No child left behind". The complete sentence should read;
    No child left behind from the front line!
    Welcome to the new and improved fascism. The American people will suffer greatly.
    13 Aug 2009, 04:13 PM Reply Like
  • claremont
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    You are missing the point. I do read your blog and your website, I enjoy doing so and find it informative. I generally agree with your perspective and largely agree with you.

     

    BUT PERHAPS IT MAKES YOUR MESSAGE LOOK STUPIDER IF YOUR TYPE IN ALL CAPS?

     

    Two serious questions: do you not see how this is outside of the topics that seekingalpha was created to cover?

     

    Do you think you are being censored for your political views?

     

    On Aug 13 02:52 PM James Quinn wrote:

     

    > I repost my posts from my website. I talk about anything I feel like.
    > You are free to not read it. I find the outrage amusing. Do you truly
    > believe that the financial markets, government intervention in every
    > aspect of our lives, and our horrific educational system are not
    > interconnected? I think people on SA who are outraged by my "non-financial"
    > writings need to expand their extremely narrow view of the world.
    >
    >
    > Again. If you are offended by my choice of subjects, don't read my
    > stuff.
    13 Aug 2009, 11:26 PM Reply Like
  • James Quinn
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    Author’s reply » I don't see it as outside the topics that Seeking Alpha should cover.

     

    I don't think I'm being censored for my political views. Most of my articles have been published. I think a broader view of the world would be useful to SA readers. They publish 250 articles per day. I don't think publishing an article from me that isn't directly about investments is going to damage the site. People can choose to read it or not.

     

    On Aug 13 11:26 PM claremont wrote:

     

    > You are missing the point. I do read your blog and your website,
    > I enjoy doing so and find it informative. I generally agree with
    > your perspective and largely agree with you.
    >
    > BUT PERHAPS IT MAKES YOUR MESSAGE LOOK STUPIDER IF YOUR TYPE IN ALL
    > CAPS?
    >
    > Two serious questions: do you not see how this is outside of the
    > topics that seekingalpha was created to cover?
    >
    > Do you think you are being censored for your political views?
    14 Aug 2009, 08:13 AM Reply Like
  • James Quinn
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    Author’s reply » Financial Sense, Market Oracle, and Casey Research all published the articles and they are also financial sites.

     

    On Aug 13 11:26 PM claremont wrote:

     

    > You are missing the point. I do read your blog and your website,
    > I enjoy doing so and find it informative. I generally agree with
    > your perspective and largely agree with you.
    >
    > BUT PERHAPS IT MAKES YOUR MESSAGE LOOK STUPIDER IF YOUR TYPE IN ALL
    > CAPS?
    >
    > Two serious questions: do you not see how this is outside of the
    > topics that seekingalpha was created to cover?
    >
    > Do you think you are being censored for your political views?
    14 Aug 2009, 08:14 AM Reply Like
  • tom007
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    We have a national religion and it is the Military, and the Industrial - Political Complex the lurks behind it.

     

    This is exactly what Ike tried to warn us about.
    14 Aug 2009, 08:24 AM Reply Like
  • Sonic
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    Hi James, While I agree that all caps is a bit silly, your articles are interesting. I never have to wonder at your opinion. Quick question: are you familiar with DownsizeDC.org? I would think that they would be up your alley if not. I think that their approach is likely to be effective.
    15 Aug 2009, 12:49 AM Reply Like
  • James Quinn
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    Author’s reply » I haven't heard of DownsizeDC.org. I'll be chaecking it out now. Thanks for the tip. Thirtythousand.org is also a good site.

     

    On Aug 15 12:49 AM Sonic wrote:

     

    > Hi James, While I agree that all caps is a bit silly, your articles
    > are interesting. I never have to wonder at your opinion. Quick question:
    > are you familiar with DownsizeDC.org? I would think that they would
    > be up your alley if not. I think that their approach is likely to
    > be effective.
    15 Aug 2009, 05:32 PM Reply Like
  • Sonic
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    Very interesting...I get the point, but I'm missing the action plan. I would be curious to know how they plan to get their goal of more intimate and constitutional representation passed. (and as an AV designer, I want the sound system in the new congressional meeting hall for 40K+...lol)
    16 Aug 2009, 03:58 PM Reply Like
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