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Peeves To Pet, Axes To Grind

    My mom used the expression s a lot, which meant the things we kids did to annoy her – and dad, the dog etc. She commented that way once or twice and we’d get the message.           Ax to Grind is another one, implying something on one’s chest, troubling, burdensome, needing to be aired out. Dealt with. In truth, one only sharpens an ax for two reasons: work &...

Pillory Hillary

At the risk of repeating myself, who the hell does Hillary Clinton think she is? Way bigger than a mere Secretary of State, obviously. Bigger than a president? Acts like it. Bigger than her critics and antagonists? Treats them dismissively, with contempt and absolute hubris, so evidently so. But the real problem, the kick in the face that begs for payback, his her utter and callous disregard for the feelings and needs of the...

End Times

Since the time of FDR, maybe before, America has tried to develop a social contract to encourage the flow of resources back to the people. The idea was to develop an array of safety nets for those who were unable to fend for themselves, or who fell through the cracks of the free enterprise, capitalistic system. Prof Walter Russell Meade of Bard College writes at length on the subject, saying in part . . . the institutions,...

Pol*Crastinating

We’ve just learned the republicans caved again, granting Obama a 3-4mo reprieve before using the Debt Ceiling to shut down his government. I use the word reprieve advisedly opposed to delay, extend, dilly-dally, hoping they really mean to do it. Ever the optimists, we conservatives! Reprieve connotes guilty as charged, with temporary hold on punishment pending a last-minute reassessment of the situation. Look for...

Ziggurats

HIGH POTOMAC EMBANKMENTS, ROTUNDA TOPS PENNSYLVANIA ZIGGURAT First came the Fiscal Cliff along the Potomac, with talks stymied until the last minute. Republicans caved on almost every issue, eking out one meager concession: taxes would be hiked only on those making $400K+, not $250K. Obama dug in, called their bluff, threatened to make the country believe it was all their fault if we went off the cliff. He had been...