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A Column Built Around Guilt

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Texas Rangers American League Baseball team is "honoring" a fan with a statue. One who died in war? A heroic policeman? No, a guy who died the seventh of July after falling from the stands at Rangers Ballpark. Shannon Stone, 39, and his son Cooper, 6, were sharing a father-son night when Stone fell over the railing in left field while trying to catch a ball thrown toward him from outfielder Josh Hamilton. Stone dropped some 20 feet and died while en route to an area hospital. They are raising the height of their railings, even though they now exceed code

Is it in poor taste to mention that this statue is a stupid idea? The deceased died doing a really dumb thing -- nothing heroic about it. Maybe the statue will assuage the Rangers guilt. Next statue? Could it be of a drunken woman who died after eating 32 ballpark franks?

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President Obama should not feel guilty about being, and staying, on vacation during the fall of Libya. I have said it before -- Presidents, Governors and CEO's are never away from their work, regardless of where they are. Maybe in the old days, but not with today's communication. Heck, you can't even get away from your kids, or they from you.

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The President should feel guilty about using tax dollars to purchase and "Barak's Black Bismarckian Behemoth," the armored bus built for campaign purposes. The Secret Service purchased two identical coaches built by Prevost, a motor coach manufacturer based in Quebec, Canada (tricked out in Tennessee), one for use by the Republican nominee. Oh, yeah, that makes it right?! No, No! Obama started using his in August but there will not be a Republican nominee for a year!

Not right on several counts. This is not an appropriate use of tax dollars and black is the wrong color. Although black is the color of authority and power, it also implies submission. Priests wear black to signify submission to God. Black outfits can make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Villains, such as outlaws and Dracula, often wear black.

The Republican nominee should refuse to use their bus. After all, it might be a Trojan Horse! "Trojan Horse" has come to mean any trick or strategy that causes a target to invite a foe into a secure space. But, if Palin, Pataki, Harold Stassen or (you insert name_) does decide to ride the bus they should demand a red/white/blue paint job. The colors of our flag, white for purity and innocence, red represents valor and hardiness, and blue signifies justice, perseverance, and vigilance. That will win over black.

I realize security, communication and safety are a prime concern, but my gosh, will we soon have to keep the president hidden at all times? Not in my country. The Black Behemoth conjures up memories of the Bismarck, the ominously dark, nearly unsinkable, German battleship which took three years of building only to be sunk a few months later.

How much campaigning by bus is done in a general election, anyway? Not much.

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Recently I told of our "Phantom of the Shed" cat. This week I am pleased to report a happy ending, something most strays never enjoy. We shut the other cats out of our shed over night and live-trapped the intruder, who turned out to be a well mannered two month old part Siamese kitten. Since our neighbors were not missing a kitten, we assume that some nasty person dropped him off on the road.

I took the little guy to our local Animal Rescue (with a check) expecting to hear, "Oh, no! Not another one!" Instead, I was pleased to hear the lady say, "Oh, I have a home waiting for this one."

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I recently awarded my profiles in courage NOT award to the Plymouth County Supervisors. The (real) Profile in Courage Award is a private award given to recognize displays of courage similar to those John F. Kennedy described in his book Profiles in Courage . It is given to individuals (often elected officials) who, by acting in accord with their conscience , risked their careers or lives by pursuing a larger vision of the national, state or local interest in opposition to popular opinion or pressure from constituents or other local interests.

The winners of the award are selected by a bi-partisan committee named by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation , Winners have one thing in common; conservatives wouldn't recognize the majority of the winners; 2009, Edward M. Kennedy , Brooksley Born , Sheila Bair , Leymah Gbowee . 2010, Karen Bass , Dave Cogdill , Darrell Steinberg , and Michael Villines .

Don Paulin, 2carpenterdon@gmail.com, 7557 30th Av, Norwalk, IA 50211 - 515-201-7236

By Don Paulin
Been There, Done That