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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Thursday, May 29, 2008

This and That

Why do so many people dislike cops? Here's one reason:
A few years ago one of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio's finest was charged with domestic violence, a felony. The charge was reduced to a misdemeanor through a plea bargain, but he was fired. The Fraternal Order of Police came out from behind the Blue Wall long enough to file an appeal. He was restored to his job with back pay.
Recently he beat up his own kids, a felony. Through plea bargaining the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor. He was fired again so the Fraternal Order of Thugs and Bullies is filing another appeal. Great, he's just the kind of creep we want walking around with a badge and gun. For one reason or another, cops in this town are frequently in the news for unlawful acts. This one may top them all.
Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan's book on the Bush administration is embargoed until next Monday but already ranks No. 1 in sales on Amazon. Every TV news reporter seems to have a review copy and not one of them is observing the embargo. Within a couple of weeks the book will be atop the New York Times bestseller list.
So far Pat Buchanan's book claiming Winston Churchill was responsible for Hitler's extermination of Jews, Gypsies and homosexuals has not attained that lofty status. It may in time, considering Pat's bizarre theory.
Our cup of luck runneth over. Two days in a row we have gotten behind a woman who piled the checkout counter high with merchandise, then decided she wanted to do a bit more shopping. That meant no one else could be checked out, of course. The first time was at a supermarket, the second at a Kohl's department store. Self-centeredness seems to be peaking out.
Jackie bought a new iron. After arriving home and opening the package, she came down the hall to find me. "Do you want to see my new iron?"
"That should be a thrill," I replied.
She didn't care for my response, but what could be higher praise than saying something should be a thrill? Was I being sarcastic? Who, me?
After reading yesterday's blog about paying $4 for a gallon of gas, Peter Puhl wrote from Germany to call me a "lucky guy." He's paying more than $10. Compared to what people throughout Western Europe are paying, Americans truly are lucky guys. Maybe the complaining should end; Americans are starting to sound like crybabies to folks in many other places.


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