Get ready to get ready . . . and make some bucks

If you believe you’re in pretty good shape and can outrun a nuclear blast, here are some instructions from the folks at, the new public relations campaign spearheaded by Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, whom Maureen Dowd doesn’t feel very secure about.

I wouldn’t feel very secure about the folks in the Bush administration either, especially when it seems that either policy choices are influenced by campaign donations or homeland security is really just another opportunity to leave unfunded directives. Did you know that, according to Al Kamen in The Washington Post, that the people who make 46 percent of all duct tape have recently increased production by 40 percent? Given that Tom Ridge seems to have become a spokesperson for the virtues of duct tape, I guess it isn’t surprising that the GOP received more than $100,000 in the 2000 election cycle from the fine duct tape folks. Actually, I just checked the numbers at the Center for Responsive Politics, looking up all political contributions from employees of of Manco Inc. (the duct tape people), and found that they contributed $136,723 during the 2000 and 2002 election cycles. A good investment, indeed.

Let’s get ready to make money!