BLOVIATE : talk at length, especially in an inflated or empty way.


A number of commentators have said that Republican candidate Donald Trump is guilty of “blathering and bloviating.” Whether I agree or disagree is irrelevant at this point.  What I would rather do is take a closer look at the term bloviate and let you make up your own mind as to whether the term fits […]

BOURGEOIS [boo r-ZHWAH] : middle class?

If there is one term which dominated the recent presidential campaign it has to be middle class.   Democrats identified themselves as the heroes and protectors of the middle class and Republicans seemed willing to make the middle class pay a little bit more in taxes and other expenses of life.  In both cases there were […]

SECEDE [si-SEED]: to withdraw from or abandon

The State of Texas is just one of several states suggesting that they might consider seceding from the United States.  Sound familiar?  I think we heard this in the 19th century and it resulted in the bloodiest, most devastating civil war one could imagine. It seems that some people in Texas and other states find […]

ANGER: a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence

Who doesn’t get angry?  Anger is a natural response to the perception that something wrong has occurred.  It is, under most circumstances, an emotion which just happens.  You don’t have to sit around and say to yourself, “Well, I think I’ll get angry now.” Under many circumstances anger can be a positive force in your […]

DEFINITIVE: the standard, information upon which standards can be set

Those of you who know me well may remember that one of the most significant symbols in my thinking is that of the plumb line, which is pictured to the right.   It is used by carpenters and other builders to employ the force of gravity to establish a straight vertical line.  The plum bob is […]

THE SUPREME COURT: the issue that gets hidden beneath all the sexier ones

It is early in the 2012 elections calendar for people to have selected their candidate.  The issues are swirling around pretty fast and are dripping with rhetoric and hyperbole that is common in the primary season.   The candidates are sucking up to their bases and will say almost anything to get the smile they are […]