13.2.09

BESET ON ALL SIDES. A Brezhnev-era joke told of the Soviet soldier who drew a tenner for calling his general an idiot. The straight man asks if that's an unusually harsh sentence. No, the sentence is thirty days for insubordination and ten years for revealing a state secret.

There's certainly reason for the powers that be at Southern Illinois to not want state secrets of that sort revealed. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has honored the Salukis for the Speech Code of the Month, prompting a university functionary to reveal his secret desire to be able to exile dissidents to Siberia, or perhaps to Wasilla.

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