ERROL CASTENS: Codgertations: This, that and t’other

By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal

It’s about to be summer, so let’s add a few things to our vehicle emergency kits. Being stuck on a roadside after a fender bender calls for a hat, some sleeves, sunscreen, bug repellent and extra bottled water.
• I’m a Constitution-supporting, 10th-Amendment-asserting, balanced-budget-advocating, gun-owning American who shares many of the concerns that Ted Nugent outlined to the National Rifle Association about government officials who despise the Constitution they swore to uphold, but I unreservedly repudiate his “dead or in jail” statement. Constitutionalists, of all people, should know that words matter.
• You and I can think of legitimate reasons why a person might need to drive to a free food ministry in a late-model Cadillac or Lincoln. Hope no one drives such a car there more than once.
• All the young men I saw at a food ministry who stood back while much older – some actually old – volunteers loaded their groceries for them have either physical disabilities that don’t show or moral disabilities that do. In either case, they are to be pitied.
• Stand-your-ground law or no, the claim of self-defense is rightly judged on whether a reasonable person in the same situation with the same information would believe himself in imminent danger of being killed or seriously injured by the other person.
Serious but not somber
• Some of the best gardening is a cherry tomato vine planted just outside an oft-used door for frequent grazing.
• Every garden, whether it’s primarily floral or primarily vegetable, benefits from some of the other. And a seat for the gardener to rest from his labors and enjoy the visual fruits of them is always a good thing.
• Got gunk? This Saturday is the second of Three Rivers’ Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Days. It’ll be at Oxford’s National Guard Armory parking lot – Ed Perry Boulevard off Sisk Avenue, off Highway 7 North. Bring your old batteries, appliances, paints, oils, fuels, pesticides, etc., from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Come early and take the Green Buildings Tour. It showcases several buildings constructed to save materials, energy or both. The tours run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but you can bow out between destinations if your time is constrained. Show up at the Insight Park Administration Building on the University of Mississippi campus – take Highway 6 to Coliseum Drive, then right to the four-way stop, then left to the roundabout and left again to the parking lot. It’s free, and it’s part of Green Week at Ole Miss and Oxford.
And clearly facetious
• Otto bought a shotgun. Watch for clay pigeons soon to be on the endangered species list.
Errol Castens is the Oxford bureau reporter for the Daily Journal. Contact him at