Curtis Dahlgren
How long go ye limping between two opinions?
By Curtis Dahlgren
December 6, 2017

"God isn't running a half-way house." – Billy Sunday

RIDDLE: What did the mama squirrel say to the baby squirrel? A: "Make sure you run both ways when you cross the road." The "middle of the road" is for dead squirrels and skunks. Someone said, "The difference between a lawyer and a dead skunk in the middle of the road is the skunk has skid marks in front of it." Just a joke. Have we at last no humor left?

In the news, the good news is that the Free Love movement of the sixties is being outed for what it was. Clue: It wasn't "free." The bad news is our focus has been distracted from issues such as North Korea's ability to reach the U.S. with missiles. BTW, I don't think God would have allowed all that if it weren't for all our Free Love. Sometimes "Free Love MAKES war"!

It's good news that sex predators are finally being called predators; someone said he missed the olden days when what was so was so and what was not was not. But the bad news is that normal social interactions are being all messed up. Under the new "rules," a boy almost cant smile at a girl unless she smiles first. Innocent kidding around is now verboten (even hate speech, depending on the girl's world view).

In earlier times, girls would want a boy to ask for a date two or three times before she said yes, just to see how sincere he was; now that's called stalking. And "dating" has been replaced with hooking up (the 21st century version of any Free Love remaining). As for safe work places, that's obviously the ideal, but if an employer has to choose between a man and a woman for one job opening, he may have legal liabilities in the back of his mind, especially if the woman shows up for the interview in yoga pants and a low-cut top.

Can you finally see why many people in the world see our pop culture as the world's Satan? Shortly after we deposed Saddam, an Iraqi theater owner began showing American porn movies. Human nature goes from one extreme ditch into the other. The lane to be in is right of the center line. Better to be right than dead.

I don't own a TV, but whenever I see one, I'm embarrassed for the ad agencies that produce the commercials. Far be it from me to be a fashion expert but, to a bachelor, teasingly suggestive fashions are height of cruelty. Spare me. Do not try to take control of MY eyes. And what do you mean, "Don't look"?

P.S. The word "prude" originally meant, literally, "A fine thing of a woman."

PPS: More to come.

© Curtis Dahlgren


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Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)


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