UNDERDOG: a person or group in a competition, usually in sports and creative works, who is popularly expected to lose


Be careful how you respond to the public announcements about who is the anticipated victor and who is the underdog. Thomas Dewey, Governor of New York, was the leading Republican candidate for President of the United States in 1948.  He had lots of notoriety, money, and prestige.  Right up until the last minute is was […]

PRIVACY: the state of being free from intrusion or disturbance in one’s personal life or affairs:

I’ve been listening to the debate over the information being available regarding the illness of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  It’s amazing to me how reporters and TV pundits believe that they have a right to know more about what’s happening in the private life of Secretary Clinton. We have been told for several weeks […]

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 […]