Saturday, June 10, 2006

The Neighborhood Watch Program Goes International

The governor of Texas, Rick Perry, has announced a $5 million plan to install hundreds of night-vision cameras on private land along the Mexican border and put the live feed on the internet so that anyone with a computer can aid the border patrol by calling a toll free hotline to report suspicious activity. The plan (which coincidentally was unveiled on the eve of the state GOP convention) would supply cameras and other related necessary hardware free of charge to willing landowners and placed along some of the most remote reaches of the border. This idea reminds me of the restaurant my friend used to live across the street from. Every night, the guy who closed for the evening would mop the floor starting at the counter, go across the dining area, and mop right out the front door. He then would walk around outside of the building and enter the kitchen from the rear so the floor would dry. So, every couple days my friend and I would call the store when he got about 2/3 of the dining area mopped, causing him to walk across his newly cleaned floor to answer the phone ... boy, that just never got old either. I've said it before and I'll say it again, everyone is looking too far into the problem ... the Chinese were right on track with this one ... just build a wall! Problem solved!


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