T Is For Tip O’Neill
Apr23

T Is For Tip O’Neill

Although I do not agree with much of what he stood for politically, I do find Thomas “Tip” O’Neill to be one of the best sources for good political stories and analogies. He is of course famous for adopting the mantra ‘all politics is local’ But for me a story he used to tell about his first campaign is telling to all candidates in 2014 (as well as the rest of us). When he first ran for the local town council (while still in college...

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S Is For Suo Gan
Apr22

S Is For Suo Gan

I first heard this Welsh lullaby in the film Empire Of The Sun (a brilliant film if you’ve not seen it before). But the song itself is hauntingly beautiful. Sleep my baby, at my breast, ‘Tis a mother’s arms round you. Make yourself a snug, warm nest. Feel my love forever new. Harm will not meet you in sleep, Hurt will always pass you by. Child beloved, always you’ll keep, In sleep gentle, mother’s breast...

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R Is For Responsibile Campaigning
Apr21

R Is For Responsibile Campaigning

As we move further in to a political campaign it is only a matter of time before the ad makers go to the same slime infested well they use every two years. Attack ads are of course part of any political campaign and on some level they probably do serve a purpose in bringing an issue before the voters. But these ads inevitably go too far and we start to see the comparisons to Hitler, Stalin, Ho Chi Minh and so on creep to the surface....

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Q Is For….. Q
Apr19

Q Is For….. Q

As you might imagine I had to do a little pondering in figuring out what to do for “Q” day. In the end I decided to follow my inner Star Trek nerd and go with “Q is for Q”. For those not familiar, Q is a character from Star Trek The Next Generation. Played by John DeLancie he is an omnipotent being of virtually unlimited power. During the series he would show up to torment, tease and otherwise frustrate the...

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P Is For Pragmatism
Apr18

P Is For Pragmatism

Today I chose to focus on pragmatism, something increasingly lacking in politics today. While I concede there are problems in both parties I am choosing to focus on the GOP by presenting a modified version of a previous post about the ideological hard line in that party today. It seems every week we see th ongoing debate in the Republican party over which direction it should take in the future. Hard liners in the party have stated...

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