Feds On Lifeguard Duty

Monday - 9/5/2011, 2:01am EDT

Because it is close to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, lots of federal and military personnel who might normally be off are on duty today.

Since the attacks, the number of federal-military people filling slots on a 24/7 basis has increased dramatically. Chances are, especially if you live in the D.C. area, some of your friends and neighbors are at the "office" today. It may be a real, air-conditioned office or border patrol, doing customs duty and checking people and cargo at airports.

Because most Americans (if you can escape retail and restaurant work) are off today, it is difficult for them to believe or understand that thousands of so-called bureaucrats — many of them highly trained and armed — are on the job. If you doubt it check out the parking lots at the Pentagon or, (very carefully) at the CIA and National Security Agency. The Defense Intelligence Agency, State Department and other places are up and running too.

So as we always conclude. If you are off today enjoy it. Have fun. Be careful.

And if you are working, a special thanks. And be careful out there.


NEARLY USELESS FACTOID

By Jack Moore

Middle names did not become customary in the United States until the mid-1800s. Proof? Of the first 17 presidents, only three had middle names. John Quincy Adams was the first. By 1900 nearly every child born had a middle name.


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