Monthly Archives: January 2010

Afternoon Pastime in the Past

Today was a day to go back. Back to a simpler time that was, in no way simple. Today, through internet enabled ability to visit grave sites and memoirs; dispatches and databases; I was able to discover some links in my past to events our nation sleepily has begun the sesquicentennial commemoration just [...]

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The First and Foremost

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Having found the Articles of Confederation lacking to the point of [...]

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Long Day’s Journey

I think too much about things I shouldn’t care about. Or care too much about things I shouldn’t think about. I’m not sure which is the more accurate formulation or perhaps, I’ve just entered a phase of my life where I have absolutely NOTHING GOING ON and this is how that gets manifested. [...]

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Suspension of belief

I was prepared to listen to the State of the Union speech last night expecting not to hear much with which I agreed. But, as was often in the campaign of 2008, I heard things I found myself shaking my head in agreement with.
Who could not agree we need to improve our education system? [...]

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Where our leaders come from

Richard Cohen, a political commentator whom I seldom agree, his positions on the issues trending more toward the left than my decidedly right leaning tendencies find comfort, has offered up analysis on the nature of celebrity culture in the rise of our current crop of leaders.
Within six years of being elected to the Senate and [...]

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Unflattering Image

Yesterday I was reading various opinion pieces on the blogs I frequent and the image shown here appeared:
It had the following caption:
President Barack Obama,
accompanied by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, speaks to the media
after a discussion with 6th grade students at Graham Road Elementary
School in Falls Church, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
I had saved [...]

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Oh really?

In the first and only year of his Presidency so far he has given 158 speeches and 411 interviews. That includes two speeches to Joint Sessions of Congress in addition to Tuesday’s planned State of The Union.

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Government Bid

We read the statistics about the poor state of the economy and, unless it has impacted you directly, it is hard to grasp what is meant by article titles such as “America’s Fading Military-Industrial Base”. Well yesterday I received, in concrete ways I had not before been able to quantify, just what it means [...]

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Health more than Health Care?

Amid all the discussion regarding Tuesday’s election result in Massachusetts consensus seems to be that the major issue driving the voter’s ire was the Health Care debate and specifically the bill(s) working their way through Congress. Andrew McCarthy suggests that it might have at least as much, if not more, to do with health [...]

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Still not getting it….

The White House has seen the results in Massachusetts and still doesn’t seem to get it. In a Washington Post article today in the aftermath of Tuesdays “Scott heard ’round the world” it is reported that:
…the early consensus inside the White House, they said, was to pursue a renewed effort to explain the difficult [...]

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