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An Opinion to Annoy Everyone

President Obama said a Cambridge police officer acted “stupidly” when arresting Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates. The media has begun its feeding frenzy on the President’s remark. The President has admitted he could have “calculated those words differently.”

Sherpion: Get over it. The President did not say anyone was stupid. He said someone acted stupidly, a totally different thing. Who among us has not acted stupidly from time to time? It’s part of what makes us human. As far as Professor Gates conducting himself with a bit less decorum than expected by arresting officer James Crowley, everyone including Crowley, should get over that as well. Gates had proven to the police that he was in his own home. The matter should have ended once he had done so. I can assure you that if someone, police or otherwise, comes into my private home and challenges my dominion of my own private residence, Gates’ behavior will seem mild and subdued in comparison to mine. When the sanctity of your sole worldly refuge is invaded, you have the right, if not the obligation, to get damned pissed off.

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There’s a Fly in the Ointment

Let’s talk flies. May as well. It appears we have nothing better to do in the Capital, across the country, in the blogosphere, or through the media. Certainly swatting flies is more exciting than listening to 19 senators asking the same questions, duplicating matching diatribes, or harping on inconsequential matters in the confirmation hearing for Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Smoke and mirrors with the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain would likely sum up a process that was essentially nonexistent until 1955. Perhaps it should have stayed that way. Watching paint dry would be more stimulating and less time consuming. I certainly would not want to be a fly on that wall.

Or apparently any wall in the vicinity of our President. I can appreciate President Obama’s irritation with the annoying fly in question as he sat through a lengthy CNBC interview while the pest buzzed around his head. For PETA to take him to task for what it termed the execution of the “smallest and least sympathetic animals” was almost as entertaining as watching Vice President Dick Cheney defend the former administration’s policy on torture and terror. I know that administration terrified me. And it was torture listening to Mr. Cheney talk out of both sides of his mouth.

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