A recent speech by John Ashcroft had even his audience holding their collective nose. Ashcroft told the nation's largest association of law enforcement executives that the Bush administration had made this nation more secure from terrorist attacks and violent crimes. Apparently, the association didn't agree with such an assessment. The next day the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) said that cuts by the administraion in federal aid to local police agencies have left the nation more vulnerable to public safety threats. IACP President Joseph Polisar pointed out that hundreds of police officer jobs have been lost across the nation in the past four years and, with a proposed one billion dollar budget cut in federal aid for 2005, hundreds more look to be eliminated. It's rather disquieting knowing that even when Johnny is out of the loop, he's still out of the loop.