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Year in Review – Part II
On a positive note, the stories from this site that stood out for me include… Fifty Years Ago… recalled the first time I watched and listened to President Kennedy’s Inaugural Address in which he reminded Americans “…of individual responsibility… ‘In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course.’ “… a call...
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December 31, 2011
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To Tell the Truth
“What… is your name, please?” “I am Cheetah D. Chimp.” “I am Cheetah D. Chimp.” “I am Cheetah D. Chimp!” Among the notable death’s this past year, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX announced the stunning news that “Cheetah,” 1930’s animal superstar (far left in photo), and faithful chimp companion to legendary king of the jungle,  » Read more about: To Tell the Truth  »...
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December 30, 2011
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End of the Year Round-Up
Hold on to your cynicism, kiddies, it’s my end of the year wrap-up of the highs and lows. Here’s just part of the past year’s craziness summarized in words: “The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal-consolidation plan that Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short.” – Standard and Poor’s, in a statement regarding the downgrade in the U.S....
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December 28, 2011
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A Christmas Prayer
If this year could be summarized in one word, it would have to be “shouting”; a lot of shouting. From Egypt to Greece, Russia to India they shout. Then there’s the Occupy movement which has grown from Wall Street to the main streets of Wisconsin, California, Florida and Pennsylvania. Everyone’s shouting. However, the shouts of demonstrators around the world are, for the most part,...
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December 23, 2011
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And the Winner is…
Here’s an early Christmas gift. In what has become an annual event,, the Pulitzer Prize winning fact-check organization, has revealed itsLie of the Year for 2011. And the winner is… “Republicans voted to end Medicare.” “Republicans muscled a budget through the House of Representatives in April, that they said would take an important step toward reducing the federal deficit,”...
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December 21, 2011
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How to Improve the World
Tenzin Gyatso is the fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet. He is both head of state (in exile) and the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He is admired and esteemed worldwide as a man who has championed policies of nonviolence. His consistent compassionate nonviolence, even in the face of great aggression, led to his receiving the Nobel Prize for Peacein 1989....
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December 19, 2011
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The Decision
On August 6, 1945, at 8:15 a.m., U.S. forces destroyed the city of Hiroshima, Japan with the first atomic bomb used in warfare directly killing an estimated 80,000 people. Injury and radiation increased that total to 90,000 to 140,000. Three days later, a second A-bomb was used to destroy Nagasaki directly killing another 60,000 to 80,000 men, women and children....
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December 16, 2011
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This is not a good year to be a member of Congress. In its annual measure of Ethics and Honesty in Professionssurvey, the Gallup organization, not surprisingly, found that 64% of Americans rate Congress at “Low” or “Very Low,” which tied a record low score with Lobbyists in 2008. Telemarketers, stockbrokers, bankers, real estate agents, and lawyers all beat out Congress...
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December 14, 2011
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EO 9066
In the hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan, Franklin Roosevelt had to make a number of critical decisions for the country; not the least of which was standing before Congress and the American people to clearly explain what had happened and what America’s response would be. While Roosevelt was responsible for a number of significant decisions in...
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December 12, 2011
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19th century American writer, artist and philosopher, Elbert Hubbard, wrote that “Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes of every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.” That’s certainly one limit that I strive to achieve. However, true wisdom comes slow to most of us. For me, it’s comes at the crossroads of knowledge, experience,...
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December 9, 2011