Thursday, May 04, 2006

Nothing hidden here!

Hmmm. Am I just paranoid? April 28 I wrote a post a bit out of line with my normal fare, because I had read an article in the Economist, which got me thinking. Suddenly, my blog has received an inordinate amount of attention from someone at the Federal Aviation Administration! Now... it is of course possible, that someone there is honestly interested in my travails in finding an academic job. But somehow I doubt it.

Is this what America is coming to? That expressing an opinion (you know, protected First Amendment "free speech") that happens to be critical of the present administration raises red flags from spooks, who waste tax dollars surfing online, looking for hidden messages.

Look, visitor from the FAA: there ain't no hidden messages here. I'm a happily law-abiding citizen of the United States. I just think it's time for some political change in this country. Just read the posts! Come on, don't you have better things to do? If you need to talk to me, email me, and we can set up an interview. Trust me, you'll be bored with the outcome.

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Region Maryland
City Curtis Bay
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Javascript Enabled

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6 comments:

Prof. Me said...

This post actually made me laugh out loud, AD!

Note to FAA: Articulate Dad is NOT a terrorist! Really!

Prof. Me said...

Addendum:

Note to FAA: AD IS obsessed with StatCounter, however. But you already knew that.

ArticulateDad said...

Oh, great, Prof. Me... now you've added another keyword for the spooks to find. Come on, I mean, you are the parent of a preschooler: when was the last time that NOT actually registered in a sentence?

Just great! Maybe I'll have to take the gig in Beautiful Nowhere, just to lay low for a while. [SNICKER]

Ianqui said...

This is why you shouldn't let google index your page. The faithful readers aren't finding you by google, anyway. But the wackos are :)

Lilian said...

This was pretty interesting. I should go check my stats (i wrote about immigration the other day :)

Ahistoricality said...

Unless the FAA is cover for DHS, I wouldn't actually worry. You attracted the attention of someone thinking of giving up the thrills of air traffic control for the wild nights and angst-ridden days of academia: that's quite an accomplishment, actually.