Friday, February 17, 2006

Oath of loyalty

Letter from the 2/17/2006 LANL NewsBulletin:

Feb. 14, 2006


Just a thought. When I was hired by the University of California 22 years ago, I signed an oath of loyalty to the state of California. I thought that was strange since it would of course be more proper to sign one to the USA. Anyway, I think we should be released from that [oath], with a note signed by California's governor and UC President Dynes to that effect. California has not been loyal to me after all.

--Patrick Foy

Your memory is better than mine. Do you recall if your loyalty was predicated on reciprocal loyalty to you by California?
And you COULD have been smoking dope all these years! Whatawaste!
Hey the (do you mind my using your middle name?),

Fess up Dog. This is you, right?
On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog

Cartoon by Peter Steiner. The New Yorker, July 5, 1993 issue (Vol.69 (LXIX) no. 20) page 61

---Pat, THE Dog, is not just "A dog". (Or "any old" dog.)
Devils Advocate:

Our bunch of Gen W'ers and Gen X'ers asked that very question. The answer was no, this was just a formality for you to get your paycheck.. it did not mean the state of California owed you anything beyond that.

That's what this pre-baby-boomer thought. I also fail to see how California has been disloyal to us, even if there had been a reciprocal loyalty agreement in place. That doesn't mean I don't feel forsaken, but I don't think it's necessary to specify by whom.
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