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  • Cheers and Jeers

  • Cheers...to Michelle Bachmann’s wise decision.

    Jeers...to flying your flag disrespectfully.
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  • Cheers...to Michelle Bachmann’s wise decision
    In case you missed the headlines on Wednesday, firebrand, polarizing Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann has announced, via a video, that she won’t seek another term in 2014.
    If only this cheer could simply be left at that. But with Bachmann, nothing is ever that simple. She says that she’d previously set a personal four-term limit in Congress and that’s what’s driving her decision. That explanation rings particularly hollow, however, because rare is the politician who sticks to a vow, personal or public, to limit the amount of time he or she spents in elected office. Rarer, still, is the politician who tells the truth when faced with the challenge of making him or herself appear in as positive a light as possible.
    Which is why you don’t hear Bachmann saying that she’s just not up for the extreme challenge she’ll face in the upcoming election from the Democratic Party, which may be targeting her more than any other Republican office-holder in the nation. It’s also why you don’t hear Bachmann saying that the stress of the FBI investigation into her campaign practices during her ill-fated pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination in the 2012 election is playing any role in her decision, either. Both are contributing to her decision, no doubt, but she’ll be the last person to admit that.
    Don’t feel sorry for Bachmann, however. She’ll find work as a well-paid lobbyist, or pundit on Fox News. She might even dictate a book about her life to a ghost-writer.
    – Mike Christopherson
    Jeers...to flying your flag disrespectfully
    Even with the recent passing of another Memorial Day, many American Flags continue to fly, day and night. Showing patriotism and remembrance toward those who have served our country is certainly a fine thing to do, but there comes a point when one has to ask if said flags are being properly honored
    It may come as a surprise to the younger flag-flying generation, but according to the U.S. flag code, your stars and stripes are supposed to be lit when flown at night. No, your flag isn't afraid of the dark. This is considered a sign of respect toward the flag and all that it stands for.
    Have you noticed your flag looks a little worse for wear? A bedraggled banner is also considered taboo. Please do the right thing by replacing your tattered American flag and properly disposing of the old one by burning it in a respectful manner or contacting a patriotic service organization for more information on the collection of faded, torn or otherwise unfit flags.
    Page 2 of 2 - Please continue to show your patriotic spirit by flying Old Glory, but do so with the utmost R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
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