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Thomas was as good as they come
I join Ben Sheroan in his praise of Babe Thomas and his service to Hardin County. I only mention a correction to your statement that “no elected Republicans held local office in those days” to further emphasize the magnitude of Judge Thomas’ character.
Both Dr. Bob Taylor and I were elected and served terms as Republican magistrates during Judge Thomas’ tenure. Early in my term, I surmised that the Republican party need never run an opposing candidate against Judge Thomas as he was as conservative as anyone would reasonably want.
I have always thought Hardin County could not have had a better person serving as judge-executive, be he Democrat or Republican.
Saying that Babe was intelligent, frugal, fair, honest and dedicated would not be enough. He was the epitome of what an elected official should be. I was saddened when Babe retired, and now again at his passing.
Thank you, Mr. Sheroan, for your commentary on Babe Thomas. It was right on the money And thanks to Babe Thomas for all he did for Hardin County.
Who are the real clowns?
It seems at this year’s Missouri State Fair, Tuffy Gessling, a professional cowboy clown, ran afoul of the amateurs when he donned a President Barack Obama mask and mocked the Marxist’s messiah in the bull ring.
From their reaction, you can see this was not viewed as an attempt at political satire but rather a blatant case of blasphemy. The Missouri State Fair Board banned him for life (excommunication?).
The bigoted blowhards of the Missouri NAACP demanded this be investigated by the Secret Service and Department of Justice. With the exception of one or two writers from sources such as Salon.com, the mainstream media jumped on this as racism and printed carefully selected quotes to support their view. I am still waiting for the National Democratic Party to issue its official Fatwah on this.
In the meantime, I have a few serious questions for those squealing with outrage over this. First, how many of you ever have bothered to crack open a book on American political history and read it? Presidents from George Washington on were lampooned and lambasted in the news media and local shows without the type of hissy fit now being thrown.
Next, where were you when Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks was being shunned by her fan base? I can remember all too well her remarks and those much worse against President George W. Bush were defended under freedom of speech. Isn’t it hard now trying to talk out of both sides of your Marxist mouths?
Finally, is it too deep of thought for any of you to fathom that to silence Tuffy Gessling opens the door to silence you?