The Shrub Contest:
Recently, some members of the Shrub staff have become quite
interested in the recent bill proposed to the Senate that would make it a
federal offence to desecrate the US flag in any way.
Our view on this is that the flag is merely a SYMBOL of our nation, and it
is our right as free citizens to burn it, sleep in it, draw on it, or sew
it into a cute little halter top. Doing so, we feel, does not say to the
government that we HATE our country. Even if we do hate it, isn't it our
right to hate it?
No one here at The Shrubbery actually feels the need to desecrate
the flag. Angry Dan points out in his recent
column, "I'm not likely to burn a flag. Nor are about 95% of the people
I know. But
I do like the security of knowing that option is there for me should I ever
get a wild hare. Quite frankly, I find the opposite situation a bit
frightening; I always find it frightening when a form of expression is
outlawed, either in this country or elsewhere."
Dan did his part as a concerned citizen and voter, and wrote a letter to
Ohio Senator George Voinovich voicing his opinion and asking Mr. Voinovich
why he chose to vote for an amendment that is basically taking away some of
our Constitutional rights.
The Shrubbery would like to see more of this action taken. That is
why we're making July's contest -- "Independence Month" -- a letter-writing
1. Write a letter to one of your state's senators and voice your opinion on
the flag-desecration issue. If you do not know who your state's senators
are, or how to contact them, you can find out by going to www.senate.gov and doing a search.
2. Forward a copy of your well-thought-out, non-abusive letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Most
senators don't have an email address right on their page, but a form.
Cut-and-paste your letter into an email for The Shrubbery.
3. You do not have to agree with Angry Dan or the rest of The Shrub
staff. You can be for the amendment as well. Whichever the case, contact
your senator and tell him or her how you feel about the subject!
4. Only one (1) entry per person.
One (1) winner will be selected from all entries to recieve one (1) compact
disc from up to a
value of $20 (including shipping). The CD may be any of the user's choice.
1. Inappropriate letters will be disqualified.
2. The winner may browse through the CDnow site to choose his/her CD, but
it will be ordered by one of the Shrubbery staff and sent directly
to the winner.
3. The winner will have to supply his or her home or work address to The
Shrubbery, but it will nor be published or given to any other source.
3. Upon entering the contest, your email address will be placed on our
subscription list, where you will recieve one email a month announcing the
arrival of the latest issue, as well as upadtes from time to time. You are
always eligible to unsubscribe from this list. Your email address will
never be given to anyone by The Shrubbery.
Read Angry Dan's first column on
Read Angry Dan's letter to Senator Voinovich in this