PRESIDENTIAL GOLF: and the problem is?????

obama golf

The critics of President Obama (there seem to be lots of them) fall into a variety of categories. There are legitimate critics who focus upon his economic, foreign policy, political, or domestic issues. There are racists, who are critical of him simply because he is an “uppety Black man” in their minds. There are political […]

SISYPHEAN [sis-uh-FEE-uhn]: an endless task

sisyphus

The ancient Greek myth about Sisyphus, tells us about a man who was sentenced to roll a huge boulder up a mountain until it could lodge at the peak.  He spent the rest of his life pushing the heavy rock up the mountain, but whenever he tired the rock would roll back to the bottom.   […]

A LINE IN THE SAND: to establish a boundary that cannot be crossed without retailiation

A line in the sand

A Line in the Sand is a  phrase that is so common that it takes very little explanation.    It stems from the practice of creating a demarcation limit.   Quite simply, a line is drawn in the sand and the opposition is told that they are free to take whatever actions they require on the other […]

MUFTI: wearing civilian clothes

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I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve heard someone say that “she went mufti.“  It’s not a mystery word.  I’ve always known that it meant that someone was “dressed down.”   But I’ve never taken the time to do any research to discover where the word comes from and what it really means […]

ARTICULATE [adj., n. ahr-TIK-yuh-lit; v. ahr-TIK-yuh-leyt]: expressed, formulated, or presented with clarity and effectiveness

ineluctable

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) has to have been one of the most articulate public speakers in our nation’s history.   His ability behind a microphone or on the back end of a campaign train was incomparable.  FDR’s ability to make a difficult point in words that could be understood by people with many levels of […]

VICTOR: a person who has overcome or defeated an adversary

The words “to the victor belong the spoils” races through my mind as I begin this posting.   It is usually employed to indicate that the winner of an event garners all kinds of wonderful prizes for having won.   I suppose there are situations where that applies, and … to some extent … there are prizes […]