Stodghill Says So

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At the age of 18 I was a 4th Infantry Division rifleman in the invasion of Normandy, then later was called back for the Korean War. Put in a couple of years as a Pinkerton detective. Much of my life was spent as a newspaper reporter, sports writer and daily columnist. Published three books on high school sports in Ohio and Indiana. I write mystery fiction for Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and others. Three books, Normandy 1944 - A Young Rifleman's War, The Hoosier Hot Shots, and From Devout Catholic to Communist Agitator are now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers. So are four collections of short mysteries: Jack Eddy Stories Volumes 1 and 2, Midland Murders, and The Rough Old Stuff From Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Filth By the Barrelful

From the beginning of time there have been gossips and filth mongers, but it seems to have become a national pastime in recent years. Those on the far right of the political spectrum seem to enjoy it and indulge in it more than those with a less fanatical outlook. This is puzzling as they are the very ones who present themselves as being wiser and cleaner and more wholesome than the rest of the population.
This came to mind after someone sent an e-mail to me that consisted of a scurrilous attack on an entire nation. At the end it referred those who read it to a site called NewsMax. I called it up expecting the worse and was not disappointed. NewsMax features such scandal mongers and twisters-of-the-truth as Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter.
At the bottom of the home page was a large ad by Gov-Records, an outfit that for a price will let you snoop around various sources of information. As it spends money advertising on NewsMax it obviously feels the visitors to that site are just the kind of people who would find the following message appealing:
Just think of all the dirt & secrets you could get on your friends, family, co-workers, and even your neighbors with Gov-Records by joining right now...
Plus, Do It All Legally and Without Anyone Ever Finding Out!

Ah, yes - without anyone ever finding out. So when stuff smearing your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors shows up in various places they will never guess you were responsible. Not only can you be a gossip and filth monger, you can be a cowardly gossip and filth monger.
I'll never understand or respect the sort of person who would do something like that any more than I can respect the man or woman who writes something critical but lacks the courage to sign their name at the end. Even Limbaugh, O'Reilly and Coulter don't stoop to that level.


Blogger Los Gatos said...

Yes very nice well writen .

6:03 PM  
Blogger shelagh said...

Well Dick, Whenever I write something critical, I sign my name to it... and don't you know it?! One thing you can rely on, I will always respect you, even when I disagree with you.


10:17 AM  
Blogger Dick Stodghill said...

I know you do, Shelagh, and I respect you for it.

3:26 PM  

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