INCREDIBLE: so extraordinary as to seem impossible:

netanyahu

Forgive my passion about this, but I find what happened in the United States Congress this morning to be incredible.  Yes, I believe it was “so extraordinary as to seem impossible.”   The political leader of a foreign country (yes, an ally) stood before the Joint Congress of the United States of America and derided the […]

KICK THE CAN: a game from childhood; a phrase used in politics

kick the can

As a kid in a small, middle class community it was our responsibility to create entertainment.   Sometimes we just sat in the park in the middle of the village and watched the cars go by.  We invented a game about identifying the make, model and year of the car before it was right in front […]

INDEPENDENT: to be unconstrained by affiliations

Independent

Standing atop the magnificent State House of the State of Rhode Island is a statue created by artist George T. Brewster, and placed in this highly-conspicuous place in 1899.   Originally it was thought that a statue of the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, should dominate the State House cupulo. But further  conversation led to […]

DUPLICITOUS [doo-PLIS-i-tuhs]: speaking or acting in two different ways to different people concerning the same matter

duplicitous

 Duplicitous is a devastating accusation aimed a person who is believed to have acted in a two-faced manner.  It is the intention of the speaker to present (himself) as agreeing with different people, even though those people are diametrically  opposed to each other in opinion. For instance, if a Member of Congress wants to gain […]

DEFAULT [dih-FAWLT]: absence or lack of

default

Well, this is one that I went to because I was confused.   I was pretty sure I knew what it meant to default on a loan, a promise,or another form of obligation.   Default means that you just didn’t keep up your end of the bargain. We have heard the term used in government circles a […]

LIVID: enraged; furiously angry

Livid

There are lots of ways to say angry.  Some of the words, like incensed, or irritated, indicate a mild increase in agitation.   Everyone gets those emotions from time to time, such as when you drop an eggshell into the mixing bowl, or run over a pothole.   It’s no big deal.  The emotion comes and goes, […]