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Tilting at Windmills

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June 22, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

ANTHRAX....While I was tooling around on Rep. John Campbell's website yesterday, I noticed that his home page had a link to a "Problem Solver Wizard," a grandiose name for an FAQ in the form of a dropdown box. Pick a question, and a bunch of advice pops up.

Now, most of the questions were the ones you'd expect: How do I apply for Social Security? How do I get a passport? Where can I get IRS tax forms? Etc. But the fifth choice was "I have questions about Anthrax." Really? Questions about anthrax are so common that congress members now put it in their FAQs? Wow.

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Yeah, what's really weird is that people would ask their congressperson for musical criticism of late 80's early 90's thrash metal.

Posted by: IMU on June 22, 2007 at 12:03 PM | PERMALINK

I want to see a Congressman's website that has a random t-shirt generator.

Posted by: steve duncan on June 22, 2007 at 12:09 PM | PERMALINK

Hell yeah! Campbell rocks! Lets start a mosh pit...

Posted by: elmo on June 22, 2007 at 12:14 PM | PERMALINK

Steve Duncan wins the "funniest Friday comment" award. Thanks.

Posted by: KevinB on June 22, 2007 at 12:16 PM | PERMALINK

But the fifth choice was "I have questions about Anthrax." Really? Questions about anthrax are so common that congress members now put it in their FAQs? Wow. —Kevin Drum

My, we all have such short political memories. I'm sure it was added to his web page in 2002 when sending anthrax through the mail was the latest fad.If you poke around you'll probably find information on duct tape and visqueen.

Posted by: JeffII on June 22, 2007 at 12:39 PM | PERMALINK

I have questions about anthrax too...but none of them seem to have been answered by the content of that FAQ. Strange. Oh well. I guess I'll just go back to hanging on every terror alert warning from the Department of Homeland Security...

Posted by: parrot on June 22, 2007 at 2:17 PM | PERMALINK

JeffII: Personally, I prefer Visqueen to Anthrax.

Posted by: rod on June 22, 2007 at 3:18 PM | PERMALINK

Congressmen get many many questions about anthrax from military members. Military personnel are probably more likely than the average civilian to contact their representative for assistance.

Posted by: Rory Hester on June 22, 2007 at 6:08 PM | PERMALINK

JeffII: Personally, I prefer Visqueen to Anthrax.
Posted by: rod

Seconded! Unfortunately, I don't think they'll ever make the "big time."

Posted by: JeffII on June 22, 2007 at 8:24 PM | PERMALINK

Oooh. It is a lonely life: bathing, dressing, undressing, knitting exciting underwear.
Posted by: ogmb

Touche! ogmb. This thread is done. Stick a fork in it.

Posted by: JeffII on June 22, 2007 at 8:52 PM | PERMALINK

I dunno ogmb - peril is vastly underrated.
JeffII just gives up too easily in the face of peril.

Huh. I just had a thought(rare, I know, and given where it showed up, well, who's to say whether it's safe to open, but nonetheless.)
I wonder - is that what the Seige Perilous is really all about?
Small wonder most candidates purportedly disappeared.

Posted by: kenga on June 23, 2007 at 9:47 PM | PERMALINK

How come we never found out who was behind those anthrax attacks?

Posted by: Neil B. on June 25, 2007 at 12:07 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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