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We have to let them do it

No matter how angry this gets us…

A member of the bizarre Kansas church that protests U.S. soldiers’ funerals has been arrested in Nebraska because her young son stomped on an American flag.

Don’t get me wrong. I hate the folks who do this as much as the next person, particularly these crazies who think it’s o.k. to protest funerals of any type, but they still should be allowed to trash an American flag.

Why?

Well, no one can make a law that abridges free speech, we all know that.  Folks can only make laws to ban actions.  So if we decided to ban burning the flag, we would have to arrest everyone who burned a flag, regardless of why.   That would be a real blow for all those Veterans who ritually burn old flags at VFW locations all across the country.  We would have to arrest every one of them.  I know that sounds harsh, but the law is the law.

Now, I’m not really in favor of arresting these Veterans, so the only solution is to grit our teeth, and let people burn, or stomp, or do whatever to the flag.  I know it’s not easy, but we don’t have the right to live our whole lives without being offended.

Freedom isn’t free, and it isn’t always fun, but it’s a whole lot better than the alternatives.

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“Come on Down!” Bob Barker’s retiring

Today is Bob Barker‘s last day…

For the fans who traveled across the country and slept on the sidewalk outside CBS Television City, this was their day – the day of Bob Barker’s last “Price is Right.”

The silver-haired icon, who has hosted the game show for 35 years, plans to officially begin his retirement Thursday.

Philip Barrett, 24, of Tampa, Fla. had camped outside the studios since Saturday to see Barker tape his last show on Wednesday afternoon.

I grew up watching “The Price is Right“, especially on summer days when I had nothing better to do.   I really loved it when his announcer, the late Rod Roddy yelled “A Brand New Car!!!”  My only wish was to win one of those Pintos, or K-Cars.   My favorite games were Cliff Hanger and, of course, Plinko.  And who didn’t want to make it to the Showcase Showdown so they could spin the money wheel.

I will admit that as I got older, I lost interest in “The Price is Right”.  That is until I heard about sly old Bob and his model, and his excellent cameo in “Happy Gilmore“.

So today I congratulate Bob Barker on his retirement, and as he always used to say “remember to spay and neuter your pets”.  Thanks for the memories.

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I take no joy when people die

This guy is an exception…

The getaway driver for the white supremacist group who murdered liberal Denver radio talk show host Alan Berg died in a Terre Haute, Indiana federal prison Monday.

As a person who worked, not only in Denver radio, but at KOA, I have always felt close to the Alan Berg murder. One of my ex-bosses was the board op for Berg the night he was killed. He told me stories of saying good night, then having to run live coverage of his murder the rest of the night. Other hosts had memories of the kindness of a man I would never meet, but felt I had known for years. People who knew him mourned him for years. Alan Berg’s murder was ingrained in every person who ever worked at KOA.

And why was he killed?

Because of his words. And because he was Jewish. Berg wasn’t the type of talk show host to back down from an argument. He would tell you exactly what he thought of you and your argument if he disagreed.

Lane and his cronies called lots. I’ve heard the tapes. Berg would always put them in their place, mocking them, making them look stupid, and they knew it. They couldn’t argue their case, or their cause, so they silenced the man could argue his, the only way they knew how. They gunned him down in his driveway.

A champion murdered by cowards .

I won’t celebrate Lane’s death. I never celebrate anyone’s demise, but I’ll certainly smile just a little as I think about someone getting their just desserts.

Good riddance. Today the world has become a better place.

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Going too far to protect us

Time to get a grip people

GREELEY – Brittany Bethel says she is in the midst of a personal battle. “It is the hardest thing in my life,” she said.

Now she says she is battling a public embarrassment as well and blames a feature on the University of Northern Colorado Web site.

“I was hurt and embarrassed and very upset when I actually saw my picture on the Web site,” said Bethel.

Bethel is on UNC’s banned student list. The list of names and pictures were posted on the site this week. The school says it is a response to the shootings at Virginia Tech University, but it admits not everyone on the list is a potential danger.

Why is she on the “banned” list? Big trouble right? That’s what I thought, until…..

Bethel says she was working at the UNC recreation center in September when she collapsed from complications from an eating disorder. She says she was then diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa.

As a result, she says she was suspended from the university because she was considered a threat to herself which breaks the school’s honor code of conduct.

It states that a violation includes, “Conduct which threatens or endangers the health, safety, or welfare of any person or university property.”

The interpretation of “any person” includes being a danger to one’s self.

Are they kidding? Really?

Look, Virginia Tech screwed lots of folks up. Just like Columbine. Just like Jonesboro. Just like Dunblane. Just like OKC. Just like 9-11.

But that doesn’t mean we all gotta go crazy trying to save each other. These events are rare. Much more rare than someone, say, dying of Anorexia Nervosa. UNC needed to help this girl. Instead they banned her.

Well, I have some news that might shock y’all but here it goes.

The majority of people in this country are adults. Adults who have the freedom to do lots of things. Lots of things that are bad for us. Whether it be eating donuts like me, or starving ourselves for eating that donut. It may be having sex too young, or meeting the partner that’s all wrong for us. It may mean owning guns and being responsible with them, or leaving a toddler near an upper story window.

The point is this. Mass killings won’t go away. Not if we ban guns, ban knives, ban pills, ban cars, or ban people. The only way we can keep them rare is to interact and communicate with each other.

In good faith.

Think what would have happened at Columbine if a few of the “white hats” had said good morning to Klebold and Harris instead of teasing them, or if Terry Nichols had told Tim McVeigh that having all this fertilizer might not be a good idea.

It might not have stopped it, but then again in might have. So let’s stop this talk about banning things.

Why?

The more choices a person has, the more alternatives to killing people the person has, and I think we all can agree that less killing is always a good thing.

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A terrible day.

There’s nothing to say about the tragedy at Virginia Tech except that my thoughts are with the whole Virginia Tech family.  I got the flag from Instapundit and copied it.  I’m pretty sure he won’t mind.

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Aloha Don Ho, We’ll miss you

From AP….

Legendary crooner Don Ho, known for his raspberry-tinted sunglasses and catchy signature tune “Tiny Bubbles,” has died, his publicist said Saturday. He was 76.

I love lounge and Don Ho was the original lounge lizard. Plus his Korbel commercial is one of my all time favorites. I’ll have to by some of my own wine with “tiny bubbles” in it tonight and toast the King of Hawaii.

Rest in peace Don.

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A note on the First Amendment

Here’s what it says

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

What it doesn’t say is that you can’t get fired for an offensive statement.  It doesn’t say people can’t use their First Amendment rights to tell you what they think of your offensive statement.  And it certainly doesn’t say that people have to respect you at all for making your offensive statement. In fact, the only thing the First Amendment says is that you can’t get tossed in prison for making a offensive statement.

People interested in keeping their jobs, friends, and credibility really should remember that.

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To change or not to change…a city’s name

Should Commerce City change its name?

Voters in Commerce City headed to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to change the name of the city in which they live.

I think it’s interesting that Commerce City wants to change their name because of the image of the city, but their image really has nothing to do with the name.

Maybe they should work on that first.

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Happy Pi day

Yes, apparently today is “Happy Pi Day”.  To mark that occasion here in our Cow Town….

Q: What do you get when you take a bovine and divide its circumference by its diameter?

A: Cow pi.

You know you laughed…

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So, where have I been?

I know some people have been wondering “what the heck happened to Darren?”

Well, I’ve been busy.  Really busy.  Really, really busy.

Just to recap.  I am taking two grad school classes to try and finish my masters in Public Relations sometime this decade.  I also am the boys and girls varsity soccer coach at a high school here in Denver.  I also was roped into becoming the newspaper teacher/advisor/publisher at the high school.  And I’m also starting a new P.R. business.  We signed the lease this week and have been working on business plans, operating agreements, getting EINs and bank accounts.  Everything except P.R.

Needless to say it’s been a little crazy.  But I still read everyday.  I follow Dave and his American Idol recaps.  I still tune into Stacy to catch up on the latest news about hedgehog porn.

But I am making some changes to streamline my day.  I won’t be reading Ann Coulter anymore now that she’s taken up high diving off the deep end.  I won’t be covering too many sports anymore (unless they beg me to cover Broncos…and I mean down on their knees begging).  I’ll only be taking one grad school class a term cause more than one sucks.  And I plan on trying to post at least once a day.

It’s not a promise, but I promise to try.  Besides, I still post more than Mr. Mom who, of course, posts today for the first time in years.

I do have a big soccer game tonight up in Broomfield at 7:00p.  We’ll see what my girls can do.

Think of this as my Christmas letter…except more of a St. Patrick’s Day letter.

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