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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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Friday, July 18, 2008

I'm sick of it

I would like to see all politicians who use the word flipflop drawn and quartered. It implies - no, it outright contends - that changing your mind to adapt to changing conditions is a bad thing. It sounds like something a not-too-bright 10-year-old might say.
Hasn't eight years of having a man who seems incapable of adapting to change piloting the ship of state been enough?
Anyone with the ability to tie their own shoes can say, "This is the way I feel and nothing can change my mind." That doesn't make him a wise man.
When you announce that the dam won't break, but then find yourself neck deep in water, isn't changing your mind and seeking higher ground a good idea?
If you plan a picnic and then find it has been raining since daybreak wouldn't cancelling be a wise move? No, scream the politicians, you're a flipflopper if you do.
It's ridiculous to hear one of them announce that an opponent said something or voted for something in 2002 and now has changed his mind - flipflopped. If conditions have changed since 2002, doesn't an intelligent man adjust his thinking to accommodate those changes?
The captain of the Titanic could never be accused of flipflopping. He wanted to break the speed record for crossing the Atlantic so the hell with reports of icebergs ahead.
I don't want some stubborn fool incapable of changing his mind at the helm. Most sensible people feel the same way. We don't yearn for another voyage on the Titanic, we've already had eight years of it, so let's once and for all sink any politician who uses the word flipflop.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Peter said...

"Flip-flops are preferable to cement shoes, especially in summertime." Hendrik Hertzberg wrote in "The New Yorker".
http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2008/07/21/080721taco_talk_hertzberg

7:38 AM  
Blogger STAG said...

As a viewer from outside your great nation, I do have to wonder if there is a Republican candidate actually running....there seems to be no evidence of it in the media. The photo op in Berlin is more than a little over the top.

On the other hand, it is a little gratifying to see that Mr. Obama has chosen to modify his campaign platform a little now that there is a real danger that he might actually have to follow through with some of those campaign promises.

10:40 AM  
Blogger STAG said...

I put up a couple of pictures from the war diaries of the Calgary Highlanders on my blog, and Louis La Vache put some pics of the bridge wings which were removed from the USS San Fransisco upon its refit, they mounted them on "Lands End" in San Fransico. He put those pics on his "daily bay photo" blog. (26 July 08 entry) That must have been QUITE the fight!
Did you ever get that link I sent you working?

Bill

7:30 PM  

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