Notes scribbled on the back of a Friz Freling for President (of Merrie Melodies) button . . .
Regardless of whether you are for Joe Biden or a’gin him, how is his comment on Parkland survivors being viewed as just another one of his gaffes?
Don’t know about you, but when Mr. and Mrs. Timmons raised their boy in a house off an Indiana gravel road, they were pretty adamant about stories that don’t have a shred of truth to them being called, let’s see, what was the word? Oh yeah! Lies.
It wasn’t a gaffe. No chance at remembering wrong. If I told a story with the level of details that Biden included, my posterior was in, shall we say, a world of hurt.
To review (Biden, not me), the former veep was speaking at a meeting on gun control. He was talking about the Parkland shooting and when the survivors came to Washington, D.C. He said, and I quote: “I met with them and then they went off up to the hill when I was vice president . . .”
He went on to describe reporters being there and on and on.
Only problem, as you have surely heard on other media by now, the tragedy in Parkland happened on Valentine’s Day in 2018. Biden and former President Barack Obama left office 13 months prior to that.
Maybe he meant the Sandy Hook survivors – because he did meet with them when he was the VP? Maybe he really did mean the Parkland survivors? He actually did meet with them, just not during his time in office?
Is he senile? Dishonest? Who knows? All I do know is that if I tried that nonsense a half a century or so ago it wouldn’t have gotten a very good reception at Mr. and Mrs. Timmons’ house.
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NUCOR held a big gala last week to celebrate 30 years in Crawfordsville. To sum it up in a word, it was impressive. Then again, Nucor has always been impressive. Ken Iverson knew a thing or two about steel, but more importantly knew more about people. The company he built is a testament to it after more than half a century from when he started.
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THE STATE of Indiana sent Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger to Nucor’s big event. Too bad the governor couldn’t make it. Then again, too bad the governor’s economic development folks couldn’t figure out a way to cement the deal when Nucor tried pretty hard to invest $1.4 billion in this county and state.
Instead, we lost it to Kentucky. Glad the Indiana High School All-Stars play better than that or we’d never win a game.
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WONDER WHAT the country would be like if everyone who ran for political office only talked about their thoughts and plans and goals – instead of ripping the other guy or gal?
When did it become OK to trash others?
I miss the old days. Anyone recall Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson or Nixon getting lowdown and personal with their opponents?
But the bigger question is, why do we keep electing those who do?
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AT THE START of this year, The Paper made one of the biggest moves in its 15 year history by going digital. I just wanted to say thank you to the thousands who are subscribing to our Online Edition now.
Not everyone was thrilled. Heck, I still would much rather hold a printed newspaper. But most of you have been more than kind. I’ve spoken with several who said that you weren’t crazy about the new Online Edition, but that you understand.
It’s much appreciated!
In an age where newspapers are folding and the entire industry is being rattled to its core, it’s more than a little comforting to know that a newspaper that got its start right here in Crawfordsville is still growing.
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NOTES SCRIBBLED where? Sometimes known as I. Freling, Friz was an animator for Warner Brothers who either created or helped develop some of their biggest stars – Bugs Bunny, Tweety, Sylvester, Porky Pig, Speedy Gonzales and Yosemite Sam . . . none of whom would be allowed to exist in today’s politically correct world. I can just imagine “The Squad” if they saw Speedy Gonzales. They might say some words that would make Yosemite Sam blush – although he’d certainly be labeled as a white nationalist terrorist.

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