Accountants against Terrorism

Last night I went to a Continued Professional Education class put on by the California CPA society of Orange County over at the Irvine Marriott. Basically, it’s a ball-room filled with old accountants and tax guys who are taking these classes in order to keep their CPA license active. One of the topics of that evening was “CPAs and Homeland Security” given by Orange County Sheriff, Michael Carona. Essentially, his speech was something along the lines that Orange County is a hot target for the terrorists however with proper foresight and planning we’re all much safer. Sheriff Carona also mentioned that as CPAs, we’re supposed to do our part and look for terrorist threats to our financial institutions. No word on what we’re supposed to look for, or what precautions we can take. Just an ambiguous and ominous caveat.

All this sounded like he was just regurgitation conservatisms republican rhetoric. “They hate freedom.” “We’re much safer than we were.” “Of course, the U.N. was invited.” Sadly, in this Orange County ball-room filled with old white accountants, the audience was eating it up. At some point, I thought someone was going to stand up and say “mission accomplished”. Anyways, at least there are good snacks at those classes.

5 Comments so far

  1. Joel Sax (unregistered) on October 7th, 2004 @ 1:10 pm

    I might have suggested that you stood up and told the sheriff a word or two, but then I remember this is Orange County where certain forms of state and personal terrorism are allowed. I can see them calling you names and, perhaps, the sheriff taking down your license plates for later harassment.

    The thing about the War on Terrorism that makes it so hard to expose as an exagerration is that it makes people like old white accountants who have nothing to do but show up for talks to keep their CPA license feel important. There’s considerable guilt in being the guys who stay at home and do nothing but post the numbers. They want to say “I’m being shot at, too” and not really risk dying.

  2. Paul Ark (unregistered) on October 13th, 2004 @ 1:37 am

    I’m suddenly getting flashbacks of the little featurette before “Monty Python’s Meaning of Life” about the buccaneer accountants.

  3. Justin (unregistered) on October 13th, 2004 @ 11:11 am

    The Crimson Permanent Assurance!

    How bizarre. Would the terrorists destabilise the accounting profession by filing incorrect tax returns, or what? They’ll clearly stop at nothing.

  4. Terry Chen (unregistered) on October 15th, 2004 @ 11:52 am

    I guess you’re not REALLY american unless you file your taxes correctly.

  5. randy (unregistered) on May 21st, 2005 @ 6:01 am

    People understandlby need to feel like they

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