NUCLEAR OPTION: legislation in the U.S. Senate to return the required number of votes to a simple majority

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Nuclear Option is a derogatory term employed by Republicans to describe the action taken in the U.S. Senate this week to remove the 60 vote requirement for affirmation of presidential nominees to lower court (Not Supreme Court) positions and other positions in the administration.    Republicans, who have enjoyed the filibuster capability and the requirement of a […]

VICTORY: that which is ascribed to a winner, not a loser


This morning is a morning of victory…for the American people.   The entire Congress (meaning both houses) and the President have signed the legislation to re-open the government and to issue a temporary relief in the debt ceiling debate.  It’s not ideal, but it’s a victory, nonetheless. It is not a victory for the President…yet.   The […]

ANTITHESIS [an-TITH-uh-sis]: the direct opposite

To begin with, a thesis is an idea or concept which is promoted as being the outcome of research.   To have a thesis about something means that you have come to a conclusion which you believe to be a fact.   In today’s world, for instance, the concept that global warming is occuring primarily because of […]

PREPOSTEROUS [pri-POS-ter-uhs]: absurd; senseless; utterly foolish


I wrote a blog posting recently in which I cautioned against the flippant use of superlatives.   I think it was good advice.   But every now and then there is an appropriate use of a superlative, and this may be one.  What I am going to write  about is not just bad, or even […]

MALICIOUS MISCHIEF: willful destruction of personal property motivated by ill will or resentment


So yesterday I talked with you about mischief, the innocent kind that kids do to have fun, and (hopefully) not at the expense of others.   But I mentioned that there is another kind of mischief  referred to as malicious mischief.   It, too, can be undertaken by kids, and sometimes ends up looking like vandalism, […]

MODERATE (adj.): not extreme, excessive, or intense


There was a day when there were three categories of political expression, the great bulk of which were called moderates.  It was that factor that drew me to register with a political party.  At first I was a registered Republican, drawing my enthusiasm from the political positioning of Nelson Rockefeller, then Governor of the State […]