I’ve lived in the United States for 10 years now — and would like to stay if it will have me. But even in this nation of immigrants I’ve come to see that I’ll always feel like a foreigner. I feel especially foreign during presidential election campaigns. Unfortunately, that means all the time.
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There is an eerie Orwellian cost to the Obama administration’s refusal to use the term “War on Terror” to describe its … war on terror. In his briefing after the White House’s admission that two hostages — one American, one Italian — were killed in a U.S. “operation,” press secretary Josh Earnest struggled mightily to avoid the word “war” to describe exactly what the U.S.is up to. Finally he gave in and stated that under the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists, the nation is “at war” with al-Qaida.
“…that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain…” — Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address.
Dave Granlund cartoon about President Obama and the Everglades.
The American people are a good and just people of good conscience. Their convictions are not hollow offerings made only for social pretension. We enjoy a standard of living that allows us time to contemplate and enjoy all the cultural niceties and, by law, we cannot be persecuted for worshiping the way we like, but such privilege does come without responsibility. Our salient decadence is bound to elicit deep resentment and jealousy in less prosperous nations. Historically most of the major wars in human history were catalyzed by simple petty emotions. Discontented nations can be easily mobilized to make war on prosperous nations.
The Herald Democrat deserves the profound gratitude of our entire community and country for publishing the two articles under the heading “New housing crisis.”
Generally speaking, I think many of the common populist saws about politics are untrue or, at the very least, mostly wrong.
Interview With Jonah
I grew up in Brinker, Texas, U.S.A., the Hub of the Universe, east of Sulphur Springs in Hopkins County, a community that had more characters per square mile than any other place in the world. Practical jokes abounded, and my dad’s stories of his growing up in Brinker kept us in tears of laughter. It was only after I was grown that I realized he was probably chief among the characters when he was at his prime. This is the story of one of his best pranks.
It has been reported that tens of thousands of students will not graduate from high school this year because of the failure to pass an end-of-course test, including many cases in which a student has completed all other required coursework. A high school diploma makes it much easier for a student to attend college, join the military, and qualify for jobs.