Up & Coming Weekly

January 14, 2020

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

Issue link: http://www.epageflip.net/i/1200399

Contents of this Issue


Page 6 of 32

6 UCW JANUARY 15-21, 2020 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM OPINION A Pyrrhic victory would smell as sweet by PITT DICKEY Look, up into the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! Nope. It's a Reaper Drone. Iranian General Soleimani prob- ably wished it was Superman instead. But as the Roll- ing Stones once pointed out in song, "You can't always get what you want/But if you try some time/You just might find you get what you need." Soleimani got what he needed, which was a sudden exit into the land of 70 virgins, courtesy of the United States. Without question, he was a really bad guy, re- sponsible for the deaths of many Americans, Iranians and Iraqis. But as someone once said, just because you can do something, doesn't mean that you should do it. Personally, I could fly to Vegas to gamble away all of my earthly treasures in a short time. However, just because I can do it, doesn't mean that I should do it. Let's get in Mr. Peabody's Way Back machine and visit with our old friend the Greek King Pyrrhus. Pyrrhus was born about 319 B.C.E. His daddy was king of Epirus. Unfortunately for child Pyrrhus, there was a squabble for the throne. His dad lost his job to the King of Macedon. Once Pyrrhus grew up, he got involved in a fight for the remains of Alexander the Great's empire. By 297, Pyrrhus had taken over his old homeplace and surrounding territories. In 280 B.C.E., Pyrrhus got into a battle with the new kids on the block, the Romans. e Romans were feeling their oats, and Macedon looked like a pretty nice place to hang their helmets. Pyrrhus wasn't about to give up his throne without a fight. He took 20 war elephants and about 3,000 troops for a showdown with the Romans. Back then, war elephants were the technological equivalent of drones. A major ruckus ensued between the Greeks and the Romans. Much to the Romans' surprise, Pyr- rhus whipped them at the battle of Asculum. Although Pyrrhus won the battle, he lost most of his generals, officers and foot soldiers. e Romans lost more men than Pyrrhus, but they had the advantage that replacement soldiers were anxious to join the Roman legions. Unfortunately for Pyrrhus, the well was dry for replacement soldiers for the Greeks. One of Pyrrhus' surviving officers congratulated Pyrrhus on winning the battle. Pyrrhus, knowing that his army was mostly kaput, famously replied according to leg- end: "If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined." is gave history the colorful term "Pyrrhic victory." According to the wizards at Wikipedia, a Pyrrhic vic- tory leaves "such a devastating toll on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat. Someone who wins a Pyrrhic victory has taken a heavy toll that negates any true sense of achievement or damages long-term progress." What does Pyrrhus have to do with Soleimani's sud- den and gooey death? Maybe nothing, is column is written 10 days before it appears to stain world literature yet again. Maybe the Iranians quietly took it on the chin, which seems unlikely. Or maybe the Iranians have done all sorts of terrible things and we have a brand-new 20-year shooting war now with the Iranians. We sent Soleimani to his well-deserved reward, but at what cost in American lives? Living in Fayetteville, war is not some abstraction. Our friends and neigh- bors are sent into harm's way when the nation calls. We take war very seriously because we understand its real cost. If it can be avoided, it should be. I get the feeling that our own Dear Leader is the first Zen President. He lives only in the present. e past is of no interest to him. e future doesn't exist. e only thing that exists is the immediate now. Soleimani is dead. What happens next is not a factor. Pyrrhus would understand and not be pleased with celebrat- ing Soleimani's death as such a victory. To quote many football coaches, "When you score a touchdown, don't showboat, act like you have been there before." However, not to leave on a sour note, let us consider what is happening to pigeons in Las Vegas. According to e Washington Post, someone is gluing brightly colored miniature cowboy hats on pigeons. e local pigeon rescue group, an excellent bunch called Lofty Hopes, is trying to help unhat the pigeons. Mariah Hillman, the group's founder, has been passing out business cards telling people to feed the pigeons and give Mariah a call to come catch the pigeons so she can get their tiny hats off. Unsurprisingly, the hat glue is not good for the pigeons. So far, Mariah has caught and rehabbed two pigeons, Chuck Norris who is wear- ing a red cowboy hat and Coolamity James wearing a pink lady-like cowboy hat. Suspicion for hatting the pi- geons has pointed to someone attending the National Finals Rodeo. e Rodeo has denied any involvement in hatting the pigeons. Gluing a hat to a pigeon is something that a human can do. Which takes us back to the original thesis of this column. Just because you can do something, doesn't mean that you should do it. For the 82ndAirborne Division, as Sgt. Phil Ester- haus used to say on Hill Street Blues: "Let's be careful out there." Come home safely. We love you. PITT DICKEY, Columnist. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. We sent Soleimani to his well-deserved reward, but at what cost in American lives? GIFT CARD: $100 Visa Gift Card fulfilled by Protect Your Home through third-party provider, Mpell, upon installation of a security system and execution of monitoring contract. $4.95 shipping and handling fee, gift cards can take up to 8 weeks to arrive after following the Mpell redemption process. BASIC SYSTEM: $99 Parts and Install. 36-Month Monitoring Agreement required at $27.99 per month ($1,007.64). 24-Month Monitoring Agreement required at $27.99 per month ($671.76) for California. Offer applies to homeowners only. Basic system requires landline phone. Offer valid for new ADT Authorized Premier Provider customers only and not on purchases from ADT LLC. Cannot be combined with any other offer. The $27.99 Offer does not include Quality Service Plan (QSP), ADT's Extended Limited Warranty. ADT Pulse: ADT Pulse Interactive Solutions Services ("ADT Pulse"), which help you manage your home environment and family lifestyle, require the purchase and/or activation of an ADT alarm system with monitored burglary service and a compatible computer, cell phone or PDA with Internet and email access. These ADT Pulse services do not cover the operation or maintenance of any household equipment/systems that are connected to the ADT Pulse equipment. All ADT Pulse services are not available with the various levels of ADT Pulse. All ADT Pulse services may not be available in all geographic areas. You may be required to pay additional charges to purchase equipment required to utilize the ADT Pulse features you desire. ADT PULSE + VIDEO: ADT Pulse Video installation is an additional $299. 36-month monitoring contract required from ADT Pulse + Video: $58.99 per month, ($2,123.64), including Quality Service Plan (QSP). GENERAL: For all offers, the form of payment must be by credit card or electronic charge to your checking or savings account, satisfactory credit history is required and termination fee applies. Local permit fees may be required. Certain restrictions may apply. Additional monitoring fees required for some services. For example, Burglary, Fire, Carbon Monoxide and Emergency Alert monitoring requires purchase and/or activation of an ADT security system with monitored Burglary, Fire, Carbon Monoxide and Emergency Alert devices and are an additional charge. Additional equipment may be purchased for an additional charge. Additional charges may apply in areas that require guard response service for municipal alarm verification. Prices subject to change. Prices may vary by market. Some insurance companies offer discounts on Homeowner's Insurance. Please consult your insurance company. Photos are for illustrative purposes only and may not reflect the exact product/service actually provided. Licenses: AL-19-001104, AR-CMPY.0001725 AZ-ROC217517, CA-ACO6320, CT-ELC.0193944-L5, DC-EMS902653, DC-602516000016, DE-07-212, FL-EC13003427, EC13003401, GA-LVA205395, IA-AS-0206, ID-ELE-SJ-39131, IL-127.001042, IN-C.P.D. Reg. No. – 19-08088, City of Indianapolis: LAC-000156, KY-City of Louisville: 483, LA-F1914, LA-F1915, LA-F1082, MA-1355C, MD-107-1626, ME-LM50017382, MI-3601205773, MN-TS01807, MO-City of St. Louis: CC#354, St. Louis County: 95091, MS-15007958, MT-PSP-ELS-LIC-247, NC-25310-SP-FA/LV, NC-1622-CSA, NE-14451, NJ Burglar Alarm Lic. # -NJ-34BF00021800, NM-353366, NV-0068518, City of Las Vegas: 3000008296, NY-Licensed by the N.Y.S. Department of State UID#12000317691, NYS #12000286451, OH-53891446, City of Cincinnati: AC86, OK-AC1048, OR-170997, Pennsylvania Home Improvement Contractor Registration Number: PA022999, RI-3582, RI-7508, SC-BAC5630, SD- 1025-7001-ET, TN-1520, TX-B13734, ACR-3492, UT-6422596-6501, VA-115120, VT-ES-2382(7C), WA-602588694/ECPROTEYH934RS, WI-City of Milwaukee: PAS-0002790, WV-WV042433, WY-LV-G-21499. 3750 Priority Way South Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46240 ©2017 DEFENDERS, Inc. dba Protect Your Home DF-CD-NP-Q419 Save Now On Home Security Monitored by ADT ® the #1 home security company in the U.S. ADT ® 24/7 Monitored Home Security 24/7 monitoring provides peace of mind Yard sign and window decals help deter crime Quickly connect to fire and emergency response May qualify for a homeowners insurance discount HOME SECURITY SYSTEM FREE SECURITY SYSTEM New customers only. Early termination fee applies. Installation starts at $99 with 36 month monitoring agreement. See details below. $ 850 VA LU E WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL —$139 Value DIGITAL CAMERA When you upgrade to ADT Pulse® + Video —$299 VALUE! FREE FREE VISA ® GIFT CARD From Protect Your Home —$100 Value 7 WIRELESS DOOR/ WINDOW SENSORS —$695 VALUE! FREE FREE See all offer details below. FREE LIMITED TIME OFFER—CALL TODAY! 1-877-566-7410 Ask about same-day installation! Offer Expires January 15, 2020 P E R M O N T H MONITORING GREAT LOW PRICE

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Up & Coming Weekly - January 14, 2020