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January 23, 2019

Bejeezis Rejects Queries
Recently, I've hyped the imminent arrival of a new blogger on this site who goes by the moniker "Bejeezis". The blogger's intention is to launch a Q & A blog based on questions received from readers.

Last month, I solicited e-mail questions from website visitors then forwarded them to the anonymous Bejeezis in order to help (him/her) get the new blog started.

Last week Bejeezis returned one of those forwarded e-mails to me with an explanation that the message contained questions that might be better answered by me, since the questions were 'a little personal' and 'somewhat dickish'.

I've reproduced the e-mail message with the questions below:

From: xxxxx xxxxxxxxxx

Subject: Questions for Bejeezis

Date: June 16, 2010 12:35:22 AM EDT


Please forward the following questions to Bejeezis:

1. Why does Dee Bonner seem to want to divide the community with sophomoric humor that is designed to cut people down instead of proposing sincere, constructive alternatives that might actually bring people together and improve things?

2. If running the local government is so easy, why doesn't someone like Dee Bonner actually stick his own neck out and try running for one of the public offices he is so quick to belittle, instead of hiding behind the ineffectual comforts of the peanut gallery?

Thank you in advance.

-A concerned citizen who generally finds very little comfort in people who are quick to criticize and slow to attempt.


Dear: "Concerned citizen etc., etc., etc., ..."

First, thanks for your quick critical comments.

Second, thanks for visiting my website.

Third, here are my responses.

Response to Question #1

I hope you will accept my personal apology concerning the use of sophomoric humor. Let me assure you that you have no reason to feel inadequate when the humor zips right over your head with that all too familiar whooshing sound. Believe me, you are not the only reader who has difficulty understanding my sense of humor. So please, don't be troubled by your admitted failure to enjoy the cartoons on this site. Honestly, just between you and me? I don't always understand them either.

Regarding those propositions containing 'sincere, constructive alternatives'? Permit me to suggest that you try reading a few of the articles that are posted on the website instead of spending all of your time gazing at the bright, colorful pictures when you visit.

Response to Question #2

Let's begin with a definition: "protest" (noun) - "a statement or action expressing disapproval or objection to something". (For a better understanding of the word, please see the First Amendment, or perhaps you could re-read your own e-mail).

Thank God Almighty that Martin Luther criticized the Pope when he nailed his 95 theses to that church door way back in the 1500's. Otherwise, we might all be Romans today.*

And, thank goodness that the thirteen colonies declared independence from Great Britain way back in 1776. Otherwise, your flag pole might be flying a Union Jack instead of Old Glory beneath your big blue Colts banner.

Okay, enough of that. Let's talk about batteries.

Have you ever noticed that most common household batteries have two terminals? One terminal is marked (+), or positive, while the other is marked (-), or negative. When electrons travel from the negative terminal to the positive terminal, a reaction takes place and that's what makes the battery work.

Has it ever occurred to you that a democratic government is a lot like a battery in that it requires both positive and negative terminals in order to work properly. Otherwise, we'd all be living in your totalitarian state, wouldn't we?

Finally, shame on you. You know I don't belittle public offices. It's merely a few of the individuals who happen to occupy public offices that are fair game. In reality, I have a great deal of respect for most people who serve the public. By the way, if I ever decide to stick my neck out and seek a public office, is there any chance I could count on you for a sizable campaign donation?

Again, thanks for your comments. I'm certain you felt much better once you got that grumpy load off your chest.

I know I did!

*Footnote: None of the foregoing comments were intended to degrade the Catholic Church in any way whatsoever. Nor were they meant to 'belittle' the personal beliefs of any individual, either Christian or Non-Christian. Except for maybe one or two Old Testament prophets. Go in peace.

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Article comment by: Know the history of this Country PLEASE

Good Grief it seems all of you are in need of a history lesson. Remember that thing called “The Pledge of Allegiance?” I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands. America is a Republic not a Democracy. Here’s the definition of both.
A Democracy
The chief characteristic and distinguishing feature of a Democracy is: Rule by Omnipotent Majority. In a Democracy, The Individual, and any group of Individuals composing any Minority, have no protection against the unlimited power of The Majority. It is a case of Majority-over-Man.
This is true whether it be a Direct Democracy, or a Representative Democracy. In the direct type, applicable only to a small number of people as in the little city-states of ancient Greece, or in a New England town-meeting, all of the electorate assemble to debate and decide all government questions, and all decisions are reached by a majority vote (of at least half-plus-one). Decisions of The Majority in a New England town-meeting are, of course, subject to the Constitutions of the State and of the United States which protect The Individual’s rights so, in this case, The Majority is not omnipotent and such a town-meeting is, therefore, not an example of a true Direct Democracy. Under a Representative Democracy like Britain’s parliamentary form of government, the people elect representatives to the national legislature--the elective body there being the House of Commons--and it functions by a similar vote of at least half-plus-one in making all legislative decisions.
A Republic
A Republic, on the other hand, has a very different purpose and an entirely different form, or system, of government. Its purpose is to control The Majority strictly, as well as all others among the people, primarily to protect The Individual’s God-given, unalienable rights and therefore for the protection of the rights of The Minority, of all minorities, and the liberties of people in general. The definition of a Republic is: a constitutionally limited government of the representative type, created by a written Constitution--adopted by the people and changeable (from its original meaning) by them only by its amendment--with its powers divided between three separate Branches: Executive, Legislative and Judicial.

Before anyone runs for any office they had better know the difference.

Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Article comment by: Tickled To Death II

I for one would be "tickled to death" for Dee to run for public office. But that's his decision.

Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Article comment by: Wouldn't it be nice

Wouldn’t it be funny if Dee Bonner decides to “actually stick his own neck out and try running for one of the public offices” like mayor due to this Jack A**es letter?

That would then make this reader’s ineffectual comments effectual.

All for Dee Bonner to “stick his neck out” say “Aye”.

Posted: Monday, July 12, 2010
Article comment by: Promoting "alternatives"

The commentor said Dee should promote constructive alternatives. He does. But the Good Old Boys and Girls don't want constructive suggestions. They just want to make money.

Posted: Monday, July 12, 2010
Article comment by: Prostate Exam

First of all, Dee is doing a lot of the work that the newspaper quit doing years ago. The newspaper is now just a cheerleader for all of the wealthy big shots in town. I quit subscribing long ago. Second, did you see the article (on the paper's weak website) that Dan Theobald wrote about how wealthy we all are in Shelby County and how all of our factory workers are rich and drive expensive SUVs? If this doesn't provoke humor, I don't know what does. Dee just helps us to laugh about these things instead of cuss about these things. Third, Dee if you run for any office, you'll get my family's votes.

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