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The Royal Tush and Overpaid Officials

Monday, August 27, 2012

The NFL and the officials union are at an impasse, and substitutes may ref this season. 85 to 90 percent of the regular officials work at 'full-time' jobs unrelated to football. They work 16 regular season and four pre-season games, and those chosen for playoff games are paid extra.

The League made a seven-year proposal offering increases of between 5 percent and 11 percent in wages per year. First-year officials made an average of $78,000 in 2011- they would earn more than $165,000 by the end of the new agreement. A 10-year veteran who made $139,000 would bump up to more than $200,000 in 2018. Medical insurance and retirement benefits would also increase.

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Last week the un-common one known as Prince Harry partied hearty, and played strip-pool at the Five Star Wynn Encore Hotel in Las Vegas. Butt, to be fair, he wasn't totally nude -- he kept his Rolex on.

Prince Harry is Britain's coolest royal, but then hip readers of GQ magazine, like you, already knew that. That American monthly magazine calls Harry the king of cool, with the 'full package' (he apparently doesn't mind showing it). Robert Pattinson (model, actor, musician), Reggie Love, Dizzee Rascal (English rapper), and Jason Schwartzman (32 year old American actor), round out the top five.

Formally known as Prince Henry Charles Albert David, of Wales, Harry will be 28 on the 15th of September. Preceded by his father and elder brother, Harry is third in the line of succession to the thrones of sixteen independent sovereign states, and to the governorship of the Church of England.

My curiosity stirs -- we know where he is from, but do these folks have last names? Why doesn't he live in Wales? And, will he be demoted from #3 to #4?

Actually, I guess they do have a last name but my mind became (even more) blurrier reading about it. You could look it up.

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Reggie Love, 30, played basketball and football at Duke University and in 2006, he joined Obama's Senate office as a personal aide (called 'bodyman'). He has stayed by the president's side ever since, but will leave his position by year's end, to enroll in the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. Love may discover that upon graduating, government will not build him a business.

Many prominent businessmen, including Mort Zuckerman, Leonard Lauder, Jay Penske and William Wrigley are grads of Wharton. Warren Buffet attended but transferred to Nebraska.

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Where do we find these guys?! Are they hatched from beneath separate rocks strewn around the country by glaciers, or is there one big boulder the shape of a nut in Missouri? I mean those of the far-out statements/theories, like Congressman Todd Akins, Bachmann, Paul, Sorenson, Alons, etc. (Dem's have their share, too.)

I'm achin' for Missouri Republican Senate candidate Akins to drop out. His use of the term, "legitimate rape," and suggesting that women can shut down a pregnancy at will, are embarrassing, not only to him but to all Americans.

Opposing abortion is a reasonable and moral stance, in my opinion, but in cases of rape and incest it is not reasonable to require the victim to carry the unborn if she does not want to. That seems like doubly punishing the woman. An abortion to save the life of the mother falls into the same category.

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Le Mars is fortunate that Al and Delores Maser have maintained their home in Le Mars. Some who have prospered in Iowa move 'South,' but the Maser's have been major supporters of the Museum, and many other projects. Their plans to renovate the former First National Bank drive through and turn it into a historic depot-themed visitor center should result in a fine addition to the downtown.

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Forty-two percent of likely U.S. Voters say Paul Ryan is more qualified to be President, while a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey says 40% think Joe Biden is a better fit for the job.

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Attendance was up nearly 15 percent at this year's 10-day Illinois State Fair, but their total of 844,000 doesn't compare to Iowa's 1,097,142.

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

By Don Paulin
Been There, Done That


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