Oinker of the Day

There’s a pink pig with purple spots in the middle of the table, slurping food off plates, grunting and farting in our faces, but we all ignore it. We wait until the noises settle down and we discuss the weather or something that’s ever so polite. We all see, hear and smell the thing but we refuse to acknowledge its existence.

Life isn’t always pretty, but ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. Many times ignoring something just makes the matter worse. Ever see pigs going after the guys with the feed bucket? They’re determined little porkers, and there isn’t any way he’d get away with ignoring them.

The Oinker of the Day is a question related to one of those things we simply don’t discuss, and this is your opportunity to sound off. Controversial, passionate or constructive comments make the exchange more interesting; indulge the urge to get personal or go off topic, and you’re not likely to see your comments posted.

The Boston Tea Party is celebrated as an assertion of independence — in modern parlance, it was nothing more than an act of civil disobedience. So why is breaking a law to make a point now considered unpatriotic? Is civil disobedience an effective tactic for bringing attention to an issue, or is it just self-serving for people desperate for public attention?

Now, talk amongst yourselves …

— Margo Pierce

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5 Comments on “Oinker of the Day”


  1. In Sinincincinnati we don’t call it an elephant, we call it an oinker?
    Okay. I’m jiggy.
    I’m a peaceful anarchist yet I, excuse me Thoreau, disapprove of civil disobedience.
    The Boston Tea Party was a publicity stunt of a tea smuggler, one John Hancock… He of the bigass signature.
    The doofuses in southern Lebanon responsible for causing Israel to blow Lebanon to smithereens were of the same mentality as John Hancock.
    It’s a good thing jolly old England was not right next door to Boston back in 1773.
    Granted we live in an imperfect world, but we should strive to use calm, impartial, rational persuasion to make our case. Unfortunately, those with vested interests along with the nutcases are always the first to step up and speak truth to power… but the shortcut is bad news.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Margo, are you saying Greg is self-serving and starved for attention 🙂

    Civil disobedience is one of the greatest things about America. Sometimes you gotta break the rules to change the rules. Where would this country be without it?

  3. Brian Ciesko Says:

    To label someone “unpatriotic” has simply become a short-hand judgement by those whose positions are threatened when anyone else questions the status quo state of the US today.

    Blind allegiance to the administration’s wrongheaded platforms and policies are what gave birth to the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the greater threat of terrorism we fact today, thousands of Iraqi civilian deaths and maimed US soldiers. Yet think how Halliburton and Brown and Root are wallowing in the profits they’ve reaped from services provided to the occupation. Tell me again what’s been accomplished?

    Those of us who disagree with any of this afterbirth are constitutionally guaranteed the freedom to redress our government for grievances, which is all Greg and his fellow protesters were trying to do at Chabot’s office. Trespassing is not exactly a huge criminal offense but without doing it, would any of this have seen the light of day?

    Writing about an issue one feels deserves attention was an effective method once, but perhaps not to the same degree in today’s media clogged world. As always, actions speak louder than mere words are able, which are all that I can offer here.

  4. Margo Says:

    Anonymous,

    Greg gets my kudos, as do all the other protesters. They have more courage than I can claim.

    I was invited to join the group but decided to opt out. It would have been easy to say that I had an interview scheduled (which I did) and a deadline looming (also true) as reasons for not participating. While I could rationalize that it makes me a responsible journalist – respecting the time of my sources and meeting my commitments – the truth is I prefer to make my points in writing.

    Maybe some day I’ll be the one leading a group in “We Will Rock You” (not likely to hear me sing “Kumbaya”) while I’m hauled away. But for now I’m going to admire those with the strength of their convictions from my keyboard.

    My opinion: sometimes making a point has to include attention-getting tactics – long live protestors!


  5. […] In that spirit, I’ve begun asking an Oinker of the Day question about things we won’t or don’t want to discuss. […]


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