“Was Sherman’s March ….” – And – “Do YOU think AOC is…” ????

Sherman's March
BobLee
February09/ 2020

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Feb 10, 2020

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“Was Sherman’s March ….”? and … “Do You Think AOC is …”?

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PREFACE:  Folks ask me a lot… BobLee, should I get involved in social media – Twitter and/or Facebook?  I answer with this story about one-time Baseball Phenom Josh Hamilton.

In his first season of professional baseball… A Ball… Josh went with a teammate to get a tattoo.  Josh, with a strong aversion to needles, just went along with his buddy.  His buddy insisted Josh get a small tatt on his bicep.  The tattoo guy gave Josh “something to minimize the needle pain”.  That “something” was a hit of “meth”.Josh

THAT sent Josh Hamilton down a very dark road that almost ruined his life… and – despite a few outstanding MLB years – kept Josh from “being Mike Trout before there was a Mike Trout”… and will keep Josh The Phenom out of Cooperstown.

Social Media lurks on the “addiction” scale between “meth and glue-sniffing”.

Ergo… If I suggest you “get involved with social media” I could be keeping YOU out of Cooperstown.  So… NODo NOT get involved with social media…

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I AM active on both Twitter and Facebook.   My involvement is akin to Doctors Without Borders going into 3rd-4th World Hellholes “because somebody has to”.  It puts me in touch with sub-species of humanity that would cause Charles Darwin to give up on Evolution in favor of lawn bowling.

I will say there ARE around two dozen “kinda sorta normal” kindred souls wandering the Twitter/Facebook Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland.  I am privileged to be connected to all two dozen of them; in addition to all the Abby-normals.

I make this sacrifice to alert you to Stay Away.  This past week, I posed a question on Facebook … it went something like this…

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As a Military Strategy and based on available weaponry …

Was there really any difference between Sherman’s March To The Sea and Dropping The Bomb on Hiroshima / Nagasaki?

Both were, admittedly, Drastic measures designed to bring a quicker end to what would otherwise be prolonging many more years of awful wars.  

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Posing “Make’em Think” / What Ifs on Facebook is a complete waste of time at best … and “askin’ for trouble” at worst.  One goes to Facebook to either…

(1)  Find folks who think exactly like you do… and then pretend you and them represent EVERYBODY IN AMERICA.  Or

(2)  You go to throw verbal rocks at angry pit bulls (i.e. – people with different opinions than yours) …  hoping the pit bulls’ choke chain is about 3′ shorter than ever how far you are from the jaws of the pit bull you are pissin’ off.

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I have around 3,000 Friends/Followers on Facebook.  Not counting the two Croatian hookers – Sasha and Inga – pretending to be sorority sisters at Bob Jones University.  I have another 800 or so Followers on Twitter.  I do absolutely nothing to “attract Followers” except post a lot of incredibly entertaining stuff… kinda like this.

So, back to Sherman’s March VS Bombing Hiroshima.  Of my 3,000+ Facebook “Friends” NOT ONE is in Japan or of Japanese origin that I know of.   Uh Oh!

Most of my Facebook “Friends” are – like me – Southern Good Ol’ Boys (GOBs) and Good Ol’ Girls (GOGs).   I knew that going in, but figured “what the heck”…

My favorite (!) response was from Pete in Peachtree City.  Pete claimed Sherman’s March was MUCH WORSE…  ’cause that sumbitch killed Americans… and lots of innocent wimmen and kids…”.

Ignoring the “killed Americans” part, I noted that “a lot of innocent wimmen and children – i.e. non-combatants – were vaporized by The Bomb”. …   I think Pete muttered Harrumph but didn’t post it. … Pete might be related to Johnny Carson’s Floyd R. Turbo.  I didn’t ask.

Another poster noted There is a damn good reason that…  Nothing in Atlanta and/or Georgia is named “Sherman”.  FWIW, there is nothing in Georgia named “Saban” or “Dabo” either.

I googled Hiroshima / Nagasaki looking for a Harry S Truman Expressway or a “Give’em Hell Harry” Sports Bar… nope… nada.

I had Absolutely No Agenda with my question.  The comparison just came to me a few weeks ago. … sigh.

If YOU have an Opinion on The Question please post a comment.

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NOTE:  I guess I should tell you what happened when I asked My Facebook Followers … “Do you think AOC is pretty?” … THAT one went over like a pregnant pole vaulter too.

With my FBook bunch… thats like asking State fans if they Think John Swofford Will Go to Heaven.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez went from being totally anonymous 18 months ago to a media-created Force of Nature whose EVERY uttered syllable creates STOP THE PRESSES gridlock across all of Obama’s 57 states.

Every time I see a Today AOC said …. I think of the Peter Sellers character “Chauncey (the) Gardner” in the movie classic Being There.  “Chauncey” was Forest Gump before there was Forest Gump… a simpleton who The Media treats as a Deep Intellectual Thinker.  Of course, compared to many in The Media – AOC IS.

Every AOC said… creates 10 of 1,000s of social media knee-jerks … “She’s dumber than a fence post” … “She’s a human spork” … “She oughta go back where she came from” (The Bronx ?) etc etc etc.   That last one is when she is confused with that really angry Muslim gal with the bee hive on her head.

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Saturday night I was e-mail jousting with TheBobKennel.  Don’t ask… it was every bit as – Oh For Heavens’ Sakes – as you can imagine.   The UNC / Duke game was on.  With 4:30 to go I noted to TBK … it looks like Ol’ Roy is gonna win the Two “He Better Win” games … like Mack did.  Oops, not so fast my friend…

Within 30 minutes of the OMG WE LOST ANOTHER ONE… roving gangs of angry LowerLevel TruBlues were scouring Franklin Street looking for either Larry Brown or George Karl. Some things ain’t ever going to change over there.

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After “Electrical”… “Plumbing” is my least handyman proficiency.  The bathroom sink has been draining slow and slower… obviously clogged somehow.   Google told me to… Pour several tea kettles full of boiling water down the drain.

I did so three times.  It was still clogged but after the 3rd time… the bathroom drain admitted it was a witch !!!

The 4th time did the trick.  Fueled with confidence, I may go for “replacing the toilet seat” next.

Tim:  You can explain the “…admitted it was a witch” joke to Prince Albert.  Say Good Night Gracie.

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BobLeeSays has been a continually  functioning website since 1999… with over 2100 commentaries.  Many of which are Incredibly Insightful.   BobLee  is a BabyBoomer who ponders the HowComes of Life.

BobLee is NOT  –  “an Intellectual” … nor  “a Journalist”.   But he has been recognized as “an Internet Legend” … and … as The 2nd Smartest Guy on the Internet.  Alas, Everyone Else on the Planet is tied for THE Smartest. 

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Larry Stophanes
Larry Stophanes
7 months ago

To begin with AOC is pretty hot, really dumb and into politics…which makes her the perfect woman to a political science major trolling for babes. Just saying. . Secondly the comparison shouldn’t be Sherman’s actions vs nuking Japan, the comparison should be between Silent Sam and Sherman’s statue in NYC. THAT comparison has political relevance TODAY! . Here’s the thing, how can one justify taking down a statue honoring war dead, killed in an unjust war admittedly, yet keep a statue of a self-described war criminal who instituted a policy of terror against TWO civilian populations a decade apart, one… Read more »

Larry Stophanes
Larry Stophanes
7 months ago
Reply to  BobLee

If you think AOC doesn’t meet the requirements for a ‘good time Saturday night’ then the years have caught up with you Bob. Sorry to say but it sounds to me like you’re gonna be in Joe Biden territory pretty soon, e.g. “Hey Blondie, jump in the Corvair and let’s hit Pharo’s for a Big-Boy”. As to the Sherman/Nagasaki thing, I’ll leave that discussion for another day. Oh, condolences for your loss. I’m reminded of the line in one of the Indiana Jones movies: “We’ve reached the age where life no longer gives us things but takes them away”… and… Read more »

Fred
Fred
8 months ago

Lots of great lines in this column. Charles Darwin giving up on evolution might be a top 10…

The events you cite are seemingly not atypical at the ends of wars. Consider Dresden and Berlin 1945.

Fred
Fred
8 months ago
Reply to  BobLee

Lawn bowling indeed. BL instant classic

DM Carpenter
DM Carpenter
8 months ago

Sherman’s March to the Sea, as well as Sheridan’s 1864 Shenandoah Campaign are more in line with the various “Ethnic Cleansing” actions in the former Yugoslavia, than Hiroshima/Nagasaki.
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With reference to the Saturday basketball game, at my church, there are a few True Blues, who can be counted on to wear an Empty Pew disguise to church, after a Carolina loss.

Doug Grimes
Doug Grimes
8 months ago

April 12, 1861 & December 7,1941 are my answers. Those Sandlappers and Emperor Hirohito shouldn’t have outta made those choices. Too late to bitch about either. Butch said if you start something, you better be ready to finish it and don’t complain about it if you can’t. Pardon me but I had a Butch flashback when I heard the Joaquin Phoenix Oscar speech today. No insult to Butch intended. . Some UNC fans aren’t handling the Duke loss as well as they could have. Maybe CNR can comment on how today’s game has bigger, faster, stronger players, but can’t shoot… Read more »

UNC.64
UNC.64
8 months ago

I don’t know how many in the Thursday Lunch Bunch read your column BL. But all of us who do “got” that last line about “Tim, explain the joke to Prince Albert. LOLOLOLOL.
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And – Yes – I DO see the obvious parallels between Sherman’s March and Hiroshima.

Deacon
Deacon
8 months ago

” Nothing in Atlanta and/or Georgia is named “Sherman”. FWIW, there is nothing in Georgia named “Saban” or “Dabo” either.”
A total gagger…
I give up…can’t read BobLeeSays while sipping the red wine anymore…
I will be cleaning the carpet till after midnight!

Michael.B
Michael.B
8 months ago

I was touring the Biltmore House a few weeks ago and thought about the movie Being There. I was living in Asheville when it was being filmed. I went to an open cast party that was held at the Hilton at the end of filming. Jack Warden was there. Peter was not. I doubt mane people remember or saw the movie.

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