FAIR: free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice


I’ve just finished listening to the President nominate Judge Merrick Garland for the empty seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.  His choice is a good one, which appears to be based entirely upon Judge Garland’s credentials and temperament. That is what the Constitution asks for, and President Obama has used great discretion in making this […]

BULLY (v.): to use an unfair advantage to pressure a person into undesired compliance


The very idea that the Senate will not allow the President of the United States to name a new member of the U.S. Supreme Court is, to me, a form of bullying. The claim is that it is inappropriate to make such an appointment in a political year.  That’s a pile of crap.  It has […]

INCREDIBLE: so extraordinary as to seem impossible:

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 […]

EXTEMPORANEOUS [ik-stem-puh-REY-nee-uh s]: done, spoken, performed, etc., without special advance preparation*

One of the episodes of my college freshman year course in Public Speaking that I really enjoyed was when the professor would ask (read: direct) one of us to come to the front of the class.   He would then give us a word upon which we were to take the next 5-10 minutes to expound […]

REJOINDER: a sharp response to a comment


There are other definitions for this word, rejoinder.  They mostly have legal meanings, as in contracts and depositions.  But the most common use of the word is the one I have chosen, which has to do with conversations which are on the verge of becoming arguments. A rejoinder is a sharp or critical comment which […]

WAR: my lengthy commentary on a controversial subject by Jed Waverly

It seems like a no-brainer to me today as I think about it carefully.  In fact, it makes me feel like a real idiot that I haven’t been clearer about it in the past.   But today I am taking a break from my work and just thinking.    I read both newspapers in the morning and […]