Pen-pricks

Yuma Sun - - OPINION - BY AR­GUS HAMIL­TON GRE­GORY GARD­NER

• The Los An­ge­les Times warned that Cal­i­for­nia may lack real es­tate avail­able for ceme­ter­ies by the time Baby Boomers be­gin dy­ing off. No prob­lem here. When I die, I just ask that my ashes be scat­tered over the Cot­ton Bowl in Dal­las, so that when Texas beats Ok­la­homa, it is over my dead body.

• Coun­try mu­sic su­per­star Tay­lor Swift an­nounced last week­end she’ll sup­port the Demo­cratic can­di­date for the U.S. Se­nate seat in Ten­nessee, Phil Bre­desen. No one thinks this will last. The sad part is that just be­fore the elec­tion Tay­lor will change her mind and re­lease an al­bum about their split.

Ar­gus Hamil­ton is the host co­me­dian at The Com­edy Store in Hol­ly­wood and a speaker. His email ad­dress is ar­gus@ar­gushamil­ton.com.

It is amaz­ing how quickly (planned in ad­vance) a mob can be mo­bi­lized (so­cial me­dia) on call and with printed signs and shirts. Some­one must’ve had a suit­case(s) full of cash (dark money) to pay off the so called pro­test­ers — bonus if he/she gets on tele­vi­sion.

There must also have been many, many buses for all to ar­rive at the same time.

I must re­ply to the let­ter writ­ten by Wil­liam E. Mowczko of Yuma.

Mr. Mowczko’s took is­sue with Pres­i­dent Trump’s po­lit­i­cal rally in Mis­sis­sippi. He said the pres­i­dent mocked Dr. Ford’s tes­ti­mony lay­ing out de­tails, or lack thereof, about the night she be­lieves some­one sex­u­ally as­saulted her. Yes, Trump’s speech de­lighted and in­spired his po­lit­i­cal base, and yes, some laughed and cheered. I ask you, was what the pres­i­dent said false? I don’t think so. Were his re­marks and his po­lit­i­cal base’s re­ac­tion cruel? Per­haps.

Mr. Mowczko pointed out that the Pres­i­dent’s be­hav­ior re­minds him of bul­lies. Dr. Ford ad­mit­ted to the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee that her great­est long-term an­guish and pain af­ter the al­leged as­sault, was the laugh­ter. That was about all that she could re­mem­ber, at least all she re­mem­bers that could be cor­rob­o­rated by wit­nesses. Dr. Ford re­mem­bered she had one beer. She couldn’t re­mem­ber where the party was, how she got there, how she got home but she darn sure re­mem­bers hav­ing one beer. Mr. Mowczko de­fines the pres­i­dent’s ac­tions as bul­ly­ing. He of­fers a clin­i­cal def­i­ni­tion of bul­ly­ing as “con­duct that can­not be ob­jec­tively jus­ti­fied by a rea­son­able code of con­duct, and whose likely ef­fect is to threaten, un­der­mine, hu­mil­i­ate or harm an­other per­son or their rep­u­ta­tion, self-es­teem or self-con­fi­dence.”

Would you then la­bel as bul­ly­ing the abuse that Sen­a­tor Fe­in­stein in­flicted upon Dr. Ford by not pro­tect­ing her anonymity? It was Fe­in­stein who re­ceived and sat on Dr. Ford’s let­ter and then some­one leaked it to the me­dia. Also, what about quot­ing once again “con­duct that can­not be ob­jec­tively jus­ti­fied by a rea­son­able code of con­duct, and whose likely ef­fect is to threaten, un­der­mine, hu­mil­i­ate or harm an­other per­son or their rep­u­ta­tion, self-es­teem or self­con­fi­dence”. Would you agree that Judge Brett Ka­vanaugh was bul­lied as well?

Here is the mes­sage that must be sent, in Amer­ica, ev­ery­one is in­no­cent un­til proven guilty.

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