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Scandalizing our nation's children

Want to scandalize a seven-year-old schoolboy who's been raised with a respect for honesty and the knowledge that if he lies, he gets in so much trouble?

Tell him that you are mad at the US president, George W. Bush, because he lied to the whole country. Mention the last two US presidents with big lies -- Clinton, who lied about his girlfriend, and got in big trouble with his wife, and Nixon, who lied bigtime and got kicked out of being president for it.

Instant Scandalized Kid.
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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