CLASSIFIED: not available to the general public

I’m furious.  There is no sense in beating around the bush about it, the WikiLeak release of pirated State Department classified documents to the media is infuriating.  The smugness of a commercial enterprise in hiding behind First Amendment rights in order to make a profit at the expense of human life is despicable.   There should […]

MIDDLE GROUND: like an option strategy in football?

I have to begin this posting with an acknowledgment that I am no football expert.  I watch football games (mostly NCAA/Big East) but I’m really not sophisticated in football knowledge, statistics, strategies, etc. However, I do know what it means for a quarterback to access an option mentality.  It means that he is open to […]

INCITE: to stir up, cause to happen

We usually hear the word incite used to describe the activity which brings about a riot.  Unfortunately it is not difficult to bring to mind pictures which have appeared on the front pages of newspapers or on the late news on television.  I don’t know if it was a less common occurrence when I was […]

OBFUSCATION: being intentional about concealing the truth

If I wanted to intentionally confuse a situation there are lots of methods to accomplish it.  The easiest way for me is to use lots of words, including lots of difficult or obscure words, to so mask the truth of something that it was unable to be detected.   This is the act of obfuscation. The […]

GLOBAL: having a world view that is expansive

Our Thanksgiving dinner was outstanding.   It was a shared preparation process with all of us doing what was needed to put together the ingredients of a traditional turkey dinner.   The food was outstanding.  After the pumpkin and apple pies had been invaded appropriately, we felt that familiar Thanksgiving sense of satisfaction that can only come […]

BACKYARD BRAWL: an excuse for beer, bad behavior and … football.

“Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go!” Isn’t that a great song to depict the activity of millions of people on Thanksgiving?   Travel isn’t quite the same as it was when the song was written, what with unbelievable gas prices, pat-downs and full-body scans, and long lines everywhere.   But there […]