Political hay makers, seeing the sun shining, start making hay


"Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects." - Lester B. Pearson, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former prime minister of Canada An adage has been validated, over the past ten days or so, that politics is a bloodsport, somewhere between boxing and dagger throwing. Vulnerabilities exposed are vulnerabilities exploited, sometimes with a direct hit,… Continue reading Political hay makers, seeing the sun shining, start making hay

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Administration Benghazi story consistent with intelligence docs


News reports appeared, Friday night, that it was not al-Qaeda that was involved in the terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last month, but a local militia group that launched the assault after watching the violence in Egypt on television, earlier that day. "The attackers launched their assault opportunistically after they learned… Continue reading Administration Benghazi story consistent with intelligence docs

Truth slightly distorted – the Republicans’ latest cobbled frame


"The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted." -G.C. Lichtenberg, 18th Century scientist and satirist Word has come, from a piece in New York Magazine, that former President George W. Bush has begun to paint, "making portraits of dogs and arid Texas landscapes" to occupy his time in retirement. It's a good hobby for a… Continue reading Truth slightly distorted – the Republicans’ latest cobbled frame

Peace withers when religion tramples the vine


Faith requires so little - only the willingness to abandon what one knows to be true in family and society, in favor of something less certain, outside one's usual life experience. That is where a prophet of faith begins his (or her) personal journey. It is not until after others have also stepped forward, into… Continue reading Peace withers when religion tramples the vine

Clinton: ‘A positive direction’ ahead for relations with the Muslim world


U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary R. Clinton, hosted an Eid ul-Fitr celebration, Thursday night, at the State Department, marking the end of the Muslim Ramadan month of fasting. After acknowledging the lateness of the event, since Ramadan ended a few weeks ago, Sec. Clinton took the opportunity to address the violence against U.S. diplomatic missions… Continue reading Clinton: ‘A positive direction’ ahead for relations with the Muslim world