I read today that thousands of peace acivists are protesting a potential war with Iraq... http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/01/18/sproject.irq.us.protests/index.html Over the years, I have seen many protests against this war or that. I have seen protests by supporters of PETA, Greenpeace, anti Vieques bombing, Elian Gonzales, Gary Graham, the Million Man March, tree huggers, ad nauseum... And I wonder...do these people have real jobs? Or are they just professional protestors who protest anything that is in the news at the moment? Do they even know what they are protesting or why? Reminds me of the Vietnam war protests when I was in junior high. Most of the kids who got kicked out of school didn't know why they wore black arm bands or peace symbols... they did it because their friends did. Heck, most didn't even know what the war was about... couldn't find Vietnam on a map... and didn't even know anyone (or KNOW OF anyone) in the armed services. And, reminds me of my high school in 1974. The school's basketball coach was being fired. One day, 1500 of the 2000+ students walked out at precisely 10:00 am in protest. I doubt that most students gave a shit about high school basketball, or even knew the coach's name. But an unknown group of students decided that we must have a walkout... so 1500 mindless sheep followed their lead.