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Posted: Friday, September 15, 2017 9:35 am

The national media simply cannot help marginalize themselves anytime and every time they cover something President Trump does. It is both comical and pathetic.

If you actually took some time and listened to the speech the President gave on the 16th anniversary of “9-11” the Islamic terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, you heard the President speak about America’s leadership at the time, you heard him praise the first responders, New York City policemen and firemen, Mayor Guiliani and the pride he has as a fellow New Yorker.

You heard him pay tribute to those innocent Americans who lost their lives in the Twin Towers, at the Pentagon and in a farm field in Pennsylvania. You heard him speak about America’s eyes being opened to the evil we face in the form of Islamic terrorism.

So what were the headlines in the USA section of the Des Moines Register on Tuesday? “Trump eschews political jabs in 9/11 tribute.” What? The story was mostly about the fact that he didn’t use the occasion for political gain, didn’t call out anybody like he had when addressing the Boy Scout Jamboree and wasn’t mean to President Bush.

The writer was clearly disappointed at what he had hoped (and perhaps thought) the President would say, but didn’t. As a career newspaper writer, editor and publisher, it makes me shake my head in shame. It is simply despicable journalism, using the somber occasion of 9-11 to continue to promote the Mainstream media’s narrative of an unhinged Donald Trump.

Alas, I tuned into Fox News Monday night hoping for just a bit of news on Hurricane Irma and maybe the hope of some of the hurricane’s rain coming our way. Instead there was a fellow standing in about six inches of water (quickly receding) in the Tampa area. He was reporting that although there were power lines and a few trees down, the storm really didn’t wreck the city as most thought it would. He thought people would be heading back to their homes soon and finding mostly positive outcomes, their roofs intact and azalea bushes still in bloom (I really don’t know about azaleas, I made that up).

Anyway the New York based anchor couldn’t accept such positive news. “Well,” he huffed. “Isn’t it true that people can step in the water (remember his reporter on the ground is standing in water) and immediately die from electrocution? Isn’t it! Isn’t!”

So the guy on the ground then completely forgets that Tampa has been largely spared from the hurricane’s wrath and begins to riff on the dangers of downed power lines and, yes, hundreds…dozens…er…maybe one guy with really bad luck, will die from stepping in water that is electrified.

I remember covering the second tornado that raked Monroe County a couple of years ago, a rare November twister. I stood outside a farmstead talking to a young couple. “We’re really lucky,” they said, standing hip deep in the rubble that was once their home. “Nobody was hurt.”

And that’s what I reported, that the couple’s house and outbuildings were pretty much wrecked, but they had a positive attitude about the whole thing. I’m fortunate that I’m not forced to create news 24 hours a day. I think the system makes you stupid.

Speaking of stupid, I’m considering starting a new column that would cover post University of Iowa football games as heard on Sound Off. This week Hawkeye fans were universally happy about the victory over Iowa State, but a few weak-minded and drunken Hawk fans had to call in driving back on I-80 to report that Iowa coaches couldn’t call offensive plays and that the defense was lousy.

I’m going to call the column, “Stupid Is as Stupid Calls into WHO Radio.”

My son-in-law and I are nearing the completion of our first vertical deer stand. It’s one of those projects that didn’t exactly come with blueprints. I bought about $400 worth of treated lumber, 4x4 posts, plywood and 2x4s and we started to create. I thought I had asked for four 16-foot 4x4s for the legs of the tree stand, but discovered I arrived home with 14-footers. I looked at my ticket and it turns out that’s what I paid for.

I apologized to my son-in-law for maybe not having a tall enough tree stand. That is until we used my tractor to tip the structure upright. Turns out it is plenty high enough. The one thing we didn’t do with the stand on the ground was put the roof on it (we also did not attach the pop machine, popcorn popper and TV dish).

I was standing with my yellow lab staring at the upright, pretty high platform and walls when my wife came home and joined in the staring.

“Pretty high,” she said.

“Yep.”

“Does it have a roof.”

“Yes,” I said pointing to two final pieces of 4x8 plywood.

“Any idea how you’re going to lift them 14 feet into the air?”

“Not yet.”

I’VE BEEN THINKING a lot lately about the struggle our football team finds themselves in. And in the ever era of hero worship, I was reminded of my WWII veteran dad, Jay.

Jay’s first cousin, Fred, his boyhood best friend went into the Army and Jay to the Navy after graduating from Montour High School in 1943. Fred was with the greatly outnumbered 394th Infantry when he was captured by the Germans in December of 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge. When the war in Europe ended in April of 1945 he was liberated and came home, only to die from his wounds and disease. Jay was on a minesweeper with Admiral Nimitz’s 7th Fleet, beating the hell out of the Japanese. He stood in the rubble of Nagasaki after Japan surrendered.

But as an overwhelming victor, he never felt his service measured up to Fred’s (whose unit was crushed by the Germans). He felt Fred was the hero. He was just doing his duty. The point is, according to my dad, it’s easy to be a winner when you own an overwhelming edge. Heroes are made when facing overwhelming odds.

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