INTELLIGENCE: aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc., AND….


There is often a “drum roll, crash!” when someone from the government mentions that we have a very sophisticated intelligence system in this country.   Of course, the pundit is referring to the use of the word which would mean that we have a smart, clever, highly-sophisticated educational system which produces really, smart people.   ( I […]

SCANDAL: the flurry of interest in an offense caused by a fault or misdeed.


This has been a week for scandals.  In just a matter of days the media  was bombarded with stories of IRS shenanigans involving Tea Party and other conservative applications for tax-free status, new allegations regarding the Benghazi tragedy, and the report that the Federal Government has allegedly peeked into private communications involving reporters from the […]

GONE VIRAL: when an item appears on the Internet and it then is picked up worldwide almost immediately

                  When former Governor Romney was caught on tape during his recent Republican fundraiser he said some things about the 47% of Americans who don’t pay taxes.  It turns out that what he said is not something he would want known by the general public.  But it […]

SHABBILY: run-down, seedy, dillapitated

There was a day after the Great Depression when men and women who had been devastated by the economic disaster were wanderers, seeking a place to be warm, fed, and safe.   They were called hobos in those days.   They were depicted in cartoons and movies as dangerous, desperate people.   But that isn’t my take on […]

CONSTITUTIONAL: more than a healthy walk around the block

Whenever the late President, Harry S Truman, went out for a walk around the streets surrounding the White House, his walk was called his “daily constitutional.” I suppose it was meant to suggest that he was “re-constituting” himself by breathing fresh air and exercising his body.  Isn’t it amazing that he could do that in […]

HEARTBROKEN: devastated beyond the norm

The details of the shooting of U. S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson yesterday have been so widely reported that there is little to add to the details.  And the fact is that new details, reworked details, and revised details will be forthcoming rapidly over the next hours and days. But there is room for […]