The Dumbbell's Dictionary
Saladin, n. Arab vegetable who bested the Crusaders in the Holy Land. Not that those
Crusaders didn’t need besting, with the history of their indiscriminate slaughter of Jews,
Turks, and Byzantines on their way to the Holy Land.
Salary, n. Not to be confused with celery, which is of course a vegetable. Our word
„salary’ does have, however, an interesting derivation/etymology. Thus, the Latin word
for salt was salus. The Roman legionnaires of the Republic were paid in salt, a very
valuable commodity that could be exchanged for any number of things. It was a natural
progression from being paid in salt to being paid, in modern times, a salary for productive
work we do.
Sally forth, v. Not to be confused with Sally Fifth, as it was the command given to the
English cavalry to engage the enemy.
Bruno Sammartino, n. The world’s greatest heavy-weight wrestler of the twentieth
century, with the current possible exception of Bill Goldberg. Sammartino, at 5’ 10’’ and
265 pounds, was perhaps the world’s strongest man at the time. I’ve seen him wrestle at
Madison Square Garden and other venues, and have also seen him do curls with 150 lb
dumbbells. I would have loved to seen him wrestle Goldberg, who are both good guys
(At three years my senior, Bruno is still alive, but now too old to get back into the ring).
Goldberg, at 6’ 4’’ and 292 lbs, would surely have given Bruno the fight of his life. And
by the way, Bruno was indeed from Abruzzi, Italy. And yes, nowadays it’s all for show,
but it wasn’t that way in Madison Square Garden in 1965, believe me.
San Francisco, n. Beautiful city, no question. That said, I didn’t leave my heart there.
Rather, I left my pancreas in San Luis Obispo.
The Sanctity of Human Life, n. On all too many occasions, Obama pleads for some sort
of „common ground’ in regard to contentious moral issues. (This from the former Illinois
Senator who voted against a bill that would have authorized heroic treatment to save the
life of a baby who had survived a botched abortion.) This is indeed a sophomoric way to
treat moral reality.
Thus: „Those who speak out against stem cell research may be rooted in an admirable
conviction about the sacredness of life, but so are the parents of a child with juvenile
diabetes, who are convinced that their son’s or daughter’s hardships can be relieved.’
This false moral equivalence is absolutely typical of the left.
Sure, go ahead and destroy an embryo that could grow into a human, just for the sake of
research, when science has repeatedly shown that any human cells, not just stem cells
from embryos, can be harvested for cures. I would only add that our desire to extend and
enhance human life cannot come at the cost of another human life, embryo or not, period.
Santa Claus, n. What liberal Democrats would have us believe in. Whatever happened to
Barry Goldwater, with his prescriptions of Santa Claus dreams or rolled-up sleeves?
Sausage, n. It shares these attributes with legislation: Although you may enjoy the final
product, you do not want to see how it was made.
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., n. Noted liberal historian, had this to say in his 1992 book,
„Disuniting America,’ for which he was of course ostracized by the majority of his liberal