|Sunday, September 06, 2015||ISSUE #843|
Renaming mountains, hills, counties and cars
Ohio folks, especially Republicans, are upset at President Obama for renaming a mountain in Alaska. For more than a hundred years the name of the highest mountain in North America has honored William McKinley, the 25th president who was born in Niles. But hundreds of years earlier, Alaska natives had named it Denali.
Rather than Ohio complaining, they should find another mountain to name. Only problem is the tallest “mountain” in Ohio is Campbell Hill, at 1550 feet. Changing it might annoy the Campbell family, and would be an embarrassment to McKinley.
China sent a fleet of warships to the Alaska coast while our president was visiting there. Obama tried to concentrate on his favorite threat, global warming, despite the military threat, “I can see Chinese warships from the top of Denali.” He didn’t really say that. But he could have.
Other former presidents appear to be safe from renaming. Instead of removing Andrew Jackson from the twenty-dollar bill, Obama decided to delete Alexander Hamilton from the ten. I doubt he would change Hoover Dam back to Boulder Dam. If the drought continues a few more years, there won’t be enough water behind it to fill a Las Vegas swimming pool.
On a local level can you imagine the anguish if he went to Oklahoma and renamed Rogers County to its original geographic name, Cooweescoowee? It’s a good Cherokee name, but who wants to spell Cooweescoowee?
To balance out the president, maybe General Motors can rename one of their luxury vehicles. Call it the GMC Yukon McKinley.
Meanwhile in the 2016 Presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton claimed “I was not thinking a lot when I got in” before setting up her own email server as Secretary of State. Actually, it was the opposite. The State Dept. already had a secure email system; she had to stop and think quite a bit to make a deliberate decision not to use it. She is pleading ignorance concerning classified documents. But in all her years in the White House and Senate (serving on the Armed Services committee) she should have learned how to recognize classified, top secret messages. Donald Trump admitted he does not know the names of the leaders of the Islamic terror groups, but insisted they would know him once he’s elected. “And if they don’t surrender within a week after I take office, they’ll be killed.” He didn’t really say that. But he could have.
Historic quotes by Will Rogers:
“Tomorrow is Labor Day, I suppose by an act of Congress. Everything we do nowadays is either by or against acts of Congress. How Congress knew anything about labor is beyond us.” DT #967, Sept. 1, 1929
“In a Lockheed Electra we scaled Mount McKinley… Bright sunny day and the most beautiful sight I ever saw.” DT #2816, Aug. 14, 1935
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