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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Hero Memorial

(Fox News) - Some parents in Littleton, Colorado are protesting plans to erect a memorial to a fallen hero. This statue will honor Danny Dietz — a local man who was in a team of U.S. Navy SEALs caught in an ambush almost two years ago in Afghanistan. Dietz fought for 45 minutes while severely wounded — and enabled one of his comrades to escape.

But the protesting parents say the statue glorifies violence because Dietz is depicted with his rifle. They say the gun conjures up memories of the nearby Columbine shootings and is too close to areas where children play.

Dietz's window says comparing the guns at Columbine with her husband's rifle is like comparing a criminal's knife with a surgeon's scalpel. Patsy Dietz says, "one is used to take lives, and the other is used to save them."


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