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As Long as We Remember...

April 2, 2019

Day of Silly Semantics

Harry M. Covert

It is the day after. The explanation at this very moment is: there are only a few leftovers from April Fool’s Day. And the jokes and pranks seemed to take a back seat this year. Old hat for certain.


Actually, semantics are in public vogue. Disagree with some person and the label “liar” is bandied about recklessly. Everybody is offended in some way.


For example, many scribes, and purveyors to the public consciousness, love to call the president’s embellishments as prevarications. At the same time, his opponents exhibit similar comments en masse.


It is noticeable on Monday’s fool day that all was quiet. I fully expected some rousing emanations to float into conversations that many would accept as truth and nothing but.


Among the treasures of April and springtime are the Masters Golf Tournament, baseball and religious events.


The latest poke at the president in a national publication reports he takes mulligans, cheats in his golfing rounds. What the heck? He is commander-in-chief, golf course owner, and his caddy knows how to locate the little white balls which might be hooked or shanked or landed in some water. After all, he’s a busy man. Who’s keeping score? His golf handicap is what he says. Richard Nixon said: “when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal."


Note-taking is very important.


We are in the day of silly semantics where word play has reached epic proportions. Yes, fun to hear.


I didn’t fall for several Lirpa Loof put ons. One was that the Trump Family was buying CNN with Wolf Blitzer being named ambassador to the Palestine Liberation Organization. Second, the rabid New York congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez was being named secretary of education. That DJT is a card.


From Frederick County, Maryland, the real story broke that after a few years, the Church of Scientology has been given permission to develop a drug rehab center on 40 acres of historic Catoctin Mountain land near the Navy’s Camp David.


The real Monday make believe was that a West Virginia snake-handling church wanted to intervene in the growing opioid crisis. They were exercising their guaranteed religious practices. A practical joker added that the choices were difficult.


Now some sports enthusiasts were rejoicing that the Orioles of Camden Yards and the half-street tenants – Washington Nationals – are cashing big checks and hoping for baseball wins.


Several fans were heard reciting “Casey at the Bat” which begins:


“The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day...” Maybe better days are in store for O’s, Nats and the Frederick Keys.


How about the religious celebrations Passover and Easter. Makes no difference what public schools purport, these holidays are sacrosanct. Enjoy matzas and colorful eggs.


April represents a new beginning, also diamond month, meaning baseball.


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