Stodghill Says So

An opinionated posting on a variety of subjects by a former newspaper reporter and columnist whose daily column was named best in Indiana by UPI. The Blog title is that used in his high school sports predictions for the Muncie Evening Press.

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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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Monday, April 28, 2008

How long can anything go on?

Will it ever end? Wars end, plagues end, old soldiers fade away, empires rise, prosper for awhile and then die, even the illness that laid me low for more than a month may be nearing its end. The same can't be said for this political campaign that appears destined to drag on into eternity. It seems that it began back around 1936 so every time politics are mentioned on the news I check to see how FDR is faring against his challenger, Alf Landon.
As often as not political campaigns don't determine the best person for a job but merely show which among the candidates is the most unscrupulous liar. Just as often as that a campaign proves how adept the Democrats are at turning the tower of victory into the ashes of defeat. Without fail they also show there is no level of despicable behavior so low that Republicans will not wallow in it like pigs in a mud hole. And then there's Ralph Nader.
Now, after endless months (or has it been years or decades?) of campaigning and voting, the Democrats are considering changing the rules. Imagine waiting until the NCAA national championship basketball game is halfway through the fourth quarter and then, with one team trailing by seven points, announcing that for the rest of the way a basket will count only a single point and there will be no more three-point shots. Or stopping the Super Bowl with five minutes to play and the favorite holding a six point lead and saying from now on a touchdown is worth only three points, there will be no extra point attempts and field goals count for naught.
There would be rioting in the streets, of course. How about going into the bottom of the ninth inning of the final game of the World Series with the home team trailing by a run and announcing that now all hits will be singles, even those that travel over the fence, there will be no bases on balls and the batter is out on just two strikes.
And yet the Democrats are considering doing just that. How many people will care? Will angry mobs take to the streets? Not likely. After all this is merely about who may be running the country during perilous times, not something important like the Super Bowl or the World Series.
Doesn't a nation of roughly three million people deserve better? No, I don't think so.
This the 250th Stodghill Says So blog. I was determined to hit that number during April because it marks the blog's second anniversary. In mid-March it seemed like a sure thing, then every illness I've had in the past twenty years returned at the same time, although I did not have a second heart attack. So it turned out a little like Scott Dixon running out of gas in the final Indy Car race last year when the finish line and the national championship were in sight. Unlike Dixon, though, I made it to the end. You just never know.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see you back. Hope you are doing better.

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see you back Dick. I was worried about you.
I enjoy your blogs that filled with common sense and wisdom. You have the ability to say things that need to be said in a special way.
Stay healthy and keep posting.

1:09 PM  

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