Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller for January 15, 2010

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    Superfrog  about 13 years ago

    We all need a drain surgeon sometime.

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    ejcapulet  about 13 years ago

    And what’s wrong with idolizing someone who’s really good at his job?

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    fredbuhl  about 13 years ago

    Plumbing is not for whimps. I appreciate that the statue has overalls, to take care of… you know that problem that plumbers oft times subject us poor on-lookers to.

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    Ooops! Premium Member about 13 years ago

    maybe being able to keep his plumber problem under control is what made him a hero

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    Desultourist  about 13 years ago

    Remember how the ‘Great Clog-Up Cascade’ of 1972 almost brought down our nation? It was EPIC!

    Heh. I’ll take that over a stupid warmonger on his horse any day.

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    vexatron1984  about 13 years ago

    Anyone who can keep my plumbing working is a hero to me!

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    alan.gurka  about 13 years ago

    Maybe the pigeons selected him as their hero–he makes the perfect perch, and look what he has in his left hand–a prefabricated nest! Just perfect for the birds. He must be their hero.

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    wicky  about 13 years ago

    Those “war mongers” have kept your sorry butt free for all these many years,

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    Desultourist  about 13 years ago

    Those who really kept our butts free didn’t get statues.

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    conean  about 13 years ago

    Yoda made one of the all-time classic statements in “Star Wars”: War does not make one great. Power to the plumbers…especially when my water pipes burst.

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    gjsjr41  about 13 years ago

    Desultourist, are you referring to the servicemen and women who gave their lives for our freedom?

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    shanek  about 13 years ago

    If a plumber comes in and stops a family’s home from being ruined by water damage from leaky pipes, then in my opinion he is MUCH more of a hero than any athlete or celebrity that people consider heroes.

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    ottod Premium Member about 13 years ago

    My hero is the guy who pumps septic tanks.

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    mjlew01  about 13 years ago

    desultourist. The point is, the word “HERO” has taken a beating the last 10 years, when the mainstream media start refering to cowards and warmongers like W bush, 5 deferments dick cheney and scooter libby as “heroic” the word has lost it’s meaning.

    Another word that has lost it’s meaning is “great”.

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    KEA  about 13 years ago

    I’m with Desultourist.

    Let’s have more statues to heroes who make our lives better, and less to hired killers trying to impose American policy on the rest of the world.

    Note to Richard - it’s the courts that protect my freedoms and yours, not the MIC.

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    Nighthawks Premium Member about 13 years ago

    nice statue, though–has a built in bird bath

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    MatureCanadian  about 13 years ago

    This is not a political forum as Wiley has constantly stated. Therefore it ain’t Joe the Plumber the politico, just your average working stiff. I agree with the sentiment. More heros that are real.

    I’ve needed a real plumber for months but can’t afford one, so have a semi-working toilet. The manufacturer’s have stopped making the part I need. It would only cost $1.50, but now I will have to replace the toilet and I certainly don’t have the bucks to do that. Aargh!

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    Nighthawks Premium Member about 13 years ago

    incidentally, peoplesmushroom, I must agree , …(as I do with most of your comments)… during foot ball games– how many times is the word ‘great’ said when what is meant is ‘good’……

    ps….but being from Indy, I can’t quite agree with you on EVERYthing!

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    Justice22  about 13 years ago

    A hero is someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty. Too many times people who are just doing what is expected of them in their jobs or are unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place are labeled “Heroes”.

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    Justice22  about 13 years ago

    By the way, “Joe” was never a plumber, nor will he ever be. He does not have the drive to complete an apprenticeship program.

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    treered  about 13 years ago

    “Superfrog said, about 11 hours ago We all need a drain surgeon sometime.”

    and right then he may look like the cavalry arriving in the nick of time…

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    lazygrazer  about 13 years ago

    Plumbers never quit….they always plunge a head!

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    steverinoCT  about 13 years ago

    grazer, I heard of a general that killed himself in the men’s room. That’s the Army for you; an Admiral would have shot himself in the head!

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    aliceg  about 13 years ago

    What is wrong with a hard-working man for a hero? I take offense to this cartoon. Are sports figures and Wall Street Execs your heroes?

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    WyattMute  about 13 years ago

    Think about the people going into Haiti to provide aid…..

    Then think about the guy who unclogged sh*t from your toilet…

    Which seems more heroic to you? To be fair, that was a mighty big sh*t.

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    Mikey8  about 13 years ago

    They’re going to need a LOT of plumbers in Haiti…

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    biemmezeta  about 13 years ago

    you just need to be in the right place at the right time.

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    CatComixzStudios  about 13 years ago

    Next week, their going to put up a statue for Bill Watterson.

    Eh, who am I kidding, that’ll never happen… sob

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    reynard61  about 13 years ago

    This is probably a flame-starter (forgive me Wiley!), but I have to ask:

    Who’s more heroic? A rescue-worker trying to extricate a man/woman/child from a collapsed building in Haiti?* Or a UAV operator in some trailer on some airbase supporting an anti-terrorist operation in Afghanistan or Iraq by shooting a missile into a possible terrorist lair?

    (Personally, I think that both are heroic. I just think that the term needs to be given a bit more flexibility on a case-by-case basis than perhaps most people are willing to.)

    *And if the effort fails, does it make the attempt any less heroic?

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    NoBrandName  about 13 years ago

    And I don’t watch awards shows either.

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    Justice22  about 13 years ago

    Reynard, my answer is neither, unless the building is collapsing around the worker as he works or the drone operator is working in a burning trailer and knows it is Osama bin Laden he has targeted.

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    napaeric  about 13 years ago

    This is not drain surgery people! Lighten up a little.

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    lindz.coop Premium Member about 13 years ago

    Plumbers just display their “crack” to make sure there are no onlookers.

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    James Lindley Premium Member about 13 years ago

    I know what my plumber costs and I also know that the few times I’ve had to call, they’ve earned their money. As for those who criticize “warmongers”, keep in mind that not everyone who is in the military wants to start wars. I’m not going to get into an argument with you about whether we should be in the wars we’re in, but I will say you don’t have to worry about GW and Cheney having statues of them on horseback. Back down, take a deep breath, and quit lashing out at everyone whom you should be thanking.

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    Jiblet_VT  about 13 years ago

    And for those who just need to know, those long-tail tees are still sold by their originator, Duluth Trading Co. I love’em!

    “http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/duluth-ingenuity/longtail-ts-longtail-shirts/longtail-ts-longtail-shirts.aspx”

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