I am Thankful for fools…
Hope the holiday is going as well as you could dream. At this very second, I could not be in any more danger if I was sitting in a lion’s den wearing a meat necklace. My family are life long-die hard Arkansas Razorback fans. I am not. When I was younger, I was highly encouraged to leave the house when the Razorbacks were playing any sport. At this very second, the pigs are trailing #7 ranked LSU, 10-0.
Today, I am looking certain death in the eye. Unafraid I am doing my best impression of a chair that is sitting in a corner. I am not engaging in any discussions or making any comments in support of LSU. In fact I support only two teams, the Arkansas State Red Wolves and anyone who plays Arkansas. And, yes I will be in trouble when my mom reads this.
On to less important thoughts. I am thankful for many things this year. One of them is this idiotic woman.
For those of you who don’t know her story. This woman is named Lindsey Stone. She is an employee of Living Independently Forever, Inc. (LIFE), a non-profit organization in Hyannis, Mass., that assists adults with disabilities. As far as I can tell, she and her friend who took the photo were on a paid visit to Arlington National Cemetery. They took this photo in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Solider and put it on facebook for the world to see.
As a Veteran, I am offended and less than impressed by this woman and her attempts at humor. As an American, I am proud that she has the right to be stupid.
I wonder if the people in Mecca would only demand that she lose her job if she took the same picture in front of The Prophet’s Mohammad’s Tomb? Would they enjoy her humor?
What about in front of a Muslim prayer assembly? Would they celebrate religious diversity?
What about in front of Lenin’s Tomb in Red Square? Would she trust her life to their leaders considering their history of freedom of speech?
What about in the Terracotta Tomb of the Emperor’s Soldiers in China. Would they practice tolerance and love?
We live in a wonderful country and I celebrate Ms. Stone for giving us another opportunity to practice restraint. What should happen to her? I say nothing. It is not against the law to be a fool. And this lady and her friend are major league fools.
And I am a fool because I opened my big mouth at halftime. The lions are attacking from all directions. I think my 18 month old nephew just told me to shut up. Wish me luck for the second half.