Bob Dunning: Of tomatoes, marshmallows and beans
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Bob Dunning: Of tomatoes, marshmallows and beans

TOMATO SOUP … my sweetheart decided at the start of summer that despite the lack of all-day sunshine in our backyard, she was going to prove that she could grow beautiful tomatoes … turns out she was wildly successful …

However, just as the tomatoes were becoming plump and starting to turn a deep shade of red, she noticed one morning that some sort of animal had taken several big bites out of one particularly low-hanging piece of fruit … the same thing the next morning and the next … consultations with experts proved fruitless …

Finally, she decided that whatever critter was the guilty party, it most likely would scatter at the sound of the human voice … so she planted a radio in the middle of the tomato patch, tuned it to KFBK and left it on all night … problem solved … not sure what would have happened had she tuned it to NPR …

CAMPFIRE TALES … my daughter Maev, who will be a UC Davis sophomore this fall, wants to know when she has her first outdoor class in a tent on campus if she should bring her own marshmallows …

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN … count me among those who will miss the Resler Brothers barber shop on G Street now that Skeet has followed his brother Roger into retirement …

There was never much they could do with my hair, but it was nice to catch up on the news of the day and the latest line on every NFL game …

FLAVOR OF THE MONTH … for my money, Tillamook Mudslide is the best new ice cream flavor to come along in the last 10 years …

It used to be the folks in remote Tillamook made the best cheddar cheese in the world … now they make the best ice cream, too …

LET THEM EAT BEANS … the CEO of Goya Foods claims the boycott against his company is “speech suppression.” … actually, sir, a boycott is a form of speech …

You had a right to say what you did and your customers have a right to not buy your product … case closed …

SPEAKING OF FREE SPEECH … our beloved president cites “free speech” as his reason for supporting those who wish to fly the Confederate flag, but he advocates stern jail sentences for those wishing to burn the American flag, which has been determined to be free speech as well, even by the late Antonin Scalia, one of the most conservative justices ever to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court …

I’ve never wanted to burn the American flag or fly the Confederate flag, but both are protected speech as long as it’s your flag you wish to fly or to burn …

EVEN MORE ANTONIN SCALIA … in discussing his vote as part of the 5-4 majority in the historic 1989 Texas v. Johnson decision that ruled flag burning was protected speech, Scalia noted, “If it were up to me, I would put in jail every sandal-wearing, scruffy-bearded weirdo who burns the American flag, but I am not king.” …

Hardly a ringing endorsement of behavior he abhorred, but a correct decision nonetheless …

— Reach Bob Dunning at [email protected].

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