Are Any of Them Honest?

May 9th, 2015 → 5:42 am

“To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.” – Hamlet

As the number of contenders in the U.S. presidential race grows by the day, and I listen to them say stupid things on television, I wonder, are any of them honest?  It is a rare trait, according to Shakespeare, as well as my own experience.  Indeed, right now I’m dealing with someone in my personal life who is turning out to be disarmingly dishonest.  How did I not see it earlier?  But if Shakespeare is right and honesty is as rare as one in ten thousand, now I am wondering, how would I categorize myself???

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April 17th, 2015 → 5:39 am

“Virtue finds no friends.” – Henry VIII

It depresses me every time I read another story about another whistleblower that, instead of being lauded, get punished for trying to improve things.  It took ten years, but at least this latest whistleblower at the FBI was eventually vindicated.

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Presidential Announcements

April 14th, 2015 → 5:58 am

“I am giddy; expectation whirls me round.” – Troilus and Cressida

First Hillary, then Rubio – all these announcements to run for U.S. president!  I’m giddy!  NOT.

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47 G.O.P. Senators

March 11th, 2015 → 5:18 am

“A nest of traitors!” – Winter’s Tale

Let me just state the obvious:  if a group of Democratic senators had gone around a Republican president and sent a foreign leader a letter in an effort to undermine said Republican president, the conservative Right would have called those Democratic senators traitors.  And I would have sympathized.  As it happens, it was the other way around this week.  And I’ll call it what it is – treason.

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Miss Lebanon & Miss Israel

January 23rd, 2015 → 5:57 am

“Ye have angels’ faces, but heaven knows your hearts.” – Henry VIII

A photo from the Miss Universe pageant has apparently caused a political stir – because it has BOTH Miss Lebanon and Miss Israel in it.  For god’s sake.  Who cares?  The uproar has caused Miss Lebanon to disown the photo, and blame Miss Israel for taking it without permission.  Miss Lebanon may have a pretty face, but she has zero backbone; one can only hope that there is goodness in her heart at least.

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Charlie Hebdo

January 9th, 2015 → 5:43 am

“Make death proud to take us.” – Antony and Cleopatra

Stephane Charbonnier, the editor of Charlie Hebdo, once said, “I’d rather die standing than live on my knees.”  And so you did.  You can be proud.  We are proud of you.  Death is proud to have you.  Your life meant something and your death stands for even more.  One of the most important things:  Free Speech!

Je suis Charlie.

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Kindness and Empathy

December 3rd, 2014 → 5:49 am

“If ever you have looked on better days,
If ever been where bells have knolled to church,
If ever sat at any good man’s feast,
If ever from your eyelids wiped a tear
And know what ’tis to pity and be pitied,
Let gentleness my strong enforcement be.”  – As You Like It

The world could really use more kindness, understanding, and empathy right now…

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The Jury Reaches a Decision

November 25th, 2014 → 6:44 am

“‘Twas a rough night.” – Macbeth

We live about half a mile from the courthouse in Clayton, MO where the grand jury announcement was made on the Michael Brown case last night.  I came home early from work to avoid the roads, ordered my husband to do the same, but then we had to listen to all the helicopters swarming overhead all night.  My four year old son had trouble going to sleep because of all the commotion we could hear outside.  It was an awful, nerve-wrecking evening.

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Frumpy U.S. Journalists

November 23rd, 2014 → 6:59 am

“Sleek o’er your rugged looks.” – Macbeth

Apparently the U.S. press corps was told they have to dress better than they do when they cover the U.S. president, if they want to be around the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their visit next month.  Ha ha ha ha ha.

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Control of the U.S. Senate

November 6th, 2014 → 5:59 am

“This common body
Like to a vagabond flag upon the stream,
Goes to, and back, lackeying the varying tide,
To rot itself with motion.”  – Antony and Cleopatra

First Democrats were in control, now Republicans are in control… who holds the power in Congress seems to sway with every election.  It’s exhausting.

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