The Readers are still being placed in their bins across town but my column is already on their website. I don’t want to discourage anyone from picking up the newsprint so here’s the first paragraph:
“I had a friend who talked me into taking an NRA gun safety class with him. I don’t remember anything more important than what I had already known. Never point a gun at anybody.”
Damn it. I repeated the word “recent” in one of the sentences and another “sentence” seems to be a clause short of full sentence-hood. Ah, but I’m up to seven columns in my latest Reader run. That’s far short of the 100 I’d written in my first engagement but a nice start.
My eight loyal readers no doubt enjoyed my cheeky riposte to the School District’s attorneys as they attempted to silence me. One of my readers pointed out my blog post to the Reader Weekly which much to my surprise posted both the letter from attorney Torgerson to me and my reply to her.
The poor old School Board doesn’t have a microphone they can cut off before I post something critical about them. They do, however, have lawyers. My taxes help pay for them.
Gone with the Wind Published Aug. 1, 2008
“As a little kid growing up in Topeka, Kansas, my family would often troop down to the basement when civil defense sirens warned us that conditions were ripe for tornados. I always wanted to stay above ground to see a twister like the one that blew Dorothy Gale’s house onto the Wicked Witch of the East. . .”
A sneak peak at my Reader Weekly column for this week.
My column in the Duluth Reader today. It begins:
“None of our senior graduates in the Duluth area died stupidly this spring. At least, none that I know of. Praise the Lord!”
Tonight I just submitted my last column to the Reader Weekly. You can read it here.
Jason wrote back in defense of Ford Bell to say:
“Except it’s not a ‘cold heart’ (as you imply that Bell has) for calling for a Vietnam-style hasty retreat“ it’s cold reality. The civil war there is going to get only worse, our very presence there is making it worse, and even the most grateful Iraqis will inevitably grow weary of us.
You ask if it’s just American soldiers’ lives Bell wants to save. I’d reckon not, but those are the lives we CAN save.”
If, as you believe, the war will get worse the longer we stay then you are right that we should leave.
If, as I believe, our short-term presence might help prevent (and that’s the best I can hope for) a civil war then we should stay.
Perhaps it was unfair of me to say that Ford Bell has a cold heart. However, to suggest that the only lives that we can save at this point are American lives is. I hope you are wrong.
Just turned it in. Its about Unity08
“Can a purple America rise up out of the ashes of the Red and Blue States? That’s the desire of a group of influential folks who hope to nominate a centrist politician for President in 2008. They call their organization Unity08. . .”
I just figured out that my digital camera would take movies so I decided to record myself reading my recent Profile of Courage column. If you’d like to hear and watch a tiny image of me reading it here’s your chance. Like lots of first time efforts its kind of funny especially when I try to show you the picture at the end.Â I need some editing equipment and a cameraman.
Pat Robertson (the self describedÂ “Christian businessmen”) is selling his protein shakes by saying that he can leg press 2,000lbs.
I’ve never been a fan of Pat’s.
The Northland Reader won’t be coming out until next Thursday or Friday but with the submission deadline moved up three days I’m forced toÂ haveÂ my columnÂ ready for publication 5 days ahead of time. Take a look but don’t spoil the surprise for people who wait for the Reader.Â
The Million Dollar Man Published May 11, 2006 “Last November I had great fun writing about the dirty business which may have helped launch Jim Obertstar’s career as one of Washington DC’s preeminent pork chasers. My column casually mentioned, Don Boyd, a man who was endlessly described by the press during the scandal as the principal suspect behind the embezzlement of a million Federal dollars…”My latest Reader Column.
Thomas Lifson editor of “The American Thinker” writes this short piece on the anger of the Democratic Party’s “secularist fundamentalists.”
Over the weekend I met a former State GOP Poobah at my brother’s home. I told her husband that I had changed parties; that I had once been a bad Republican and was now a bad Democrat. Lifson’s article helps explain why I’ll be a bad Democrat.
I’ve always narrowed my eyes and looked with suspicion on usism and fringe politics. (of course that was before moderates and centrists were pushed to the fringe of American politics) Here’s an old column of mine which tries to get that point across: “Limbaugh’s Bastard Child.”
As America was winding down in Vietman and “peace” activists demanded we withdraw I was very troubled about what would happen toÂ ourÂ South Vietnamese allies who remained. I don’t recall any of the peace activists ever expressing remorse for the consequences of our departure so eager were they to “give peace a chance.”
I can say the same thing now about the peace activists whoÂ demand our withdrawl from Iraq. Oh yes, as in the case of Vietnam the peace activists were quick to point out how the war had done terrible things to the Iraqies just as the former war did terrible things to the Vietnamese. My recollection is that almost three million Vietmanese died in the war while we were engaged there. I can only conclude that today’s peace activists are so eager to have peace at any price that they have simply written off the Iraqies.
Anyone who thinks that we should abandon Iraq should read thisÂ article whichÂ is as horrible as the preceeding one about the Congo.
Even before George Bush did a switch and bait on Iraq from finding WMD’s to saving benighted Iraqies from Saddam I would have agreed that saving them was a worthy cause. In fact I was making the same argument before George’s bait and switch. Saddly we started something we were not prepared to deal with Iraq in the way that might have assured the Iraqies peace.
Last year I wrote a column about an ancient local political scandal involvingÂ Jim Oberstar’s questionable funding sources for his 1974 campaign. I mentioned Don Boyd,Â a fellowÂ who was accused of, but never found guilty of,Â embezzling a million dollars from the government. A few daysÂ afterÂ my column hit the standsÂ I got an emailÂ fromÂ Don suggesting that we meet over a cup of coffee. He’d written a book. He did spend time in prison but not for stealing a million bucks. (There’s always something a fellow can be found guiltyÂ if you’ve gotÂ the help of a willing perjurer)
Sitting in prison and having hisÂ family’s honorÂ tarred gave Don a lot to reflect on. If Don was innocent, as I rather suspect he was there could be a good book in it.
Unfortunately,Â Don hasn’t written it. HisÂ head is too full of details and at six or seven hundred pagesÂ no one but a crank like meÂ would everÂ read or publish it.Â So I’ve decided to give him a hand. I’ll have more to say about this in my next Northland Reader column. Let the chips fall where they may.
My Reader column for this week begins:
“In 1990 I was ecstatic when the popular Republican, State Auditor, Arne Carlson replaced the opportunistic, “pro-life,” political hack who had defeated him in the gubernatorial primary with the help of naive religious conservatives. When John Grunseth was outed for having chased his daughter’s friend around the family pool in a drunken attempt to rip off her bikini top he became instant poison. The pro-life Republicans had no face-saving choice other than to relinquish their death grip on the nomination in favor of Carlson. It would not be the last time that a false friend of religious conservatives would betray them. . .”
Reading the Story of El Salvador’s draconian pro-life idealÂ spurred me to get this off my chest.
This is a post I attempted to send yesterday as it the next. When the battery died on the flight to texas so did the post.I’ve emailed principals, trustees, school board members and PTA leaders. Now while I’m in San Antonio I’ll wait for replies and hopefully some reservation requests. One principal emailed back promising to make substitute teachers available for any of his teachers who want to attend. Cool.
I gave Michele Wallerstein, our President, an option to suggest changes but got nervous and sent my column in to the editor/publisher before she replied. Being a diplomat she changed my dyspeptic references to “greedy” legislators covering their “fiscal mismanagement.” It did her no good as I had already sent it in. I told her our legislators were all Democrats and unlikely to take offense since they’d just blame Republics who controlled 2/3rds of the state government.
I didn’t switch political parties after 35 years of being a Republican just because I think our Commander-and-Chief is the least competent president since Warren Harding or the most disastrous president since Andrew Johnson botched Reconstruction. Read the rest at Snowbizz