In a Time of Universal Deceit, Telling the Truth is Revolutionary.
Monday, July 22, 2024

Where, and when, did we go wrong?

At what point did this country lose its way? America used to stand for law, freedom, decency and human rights. When, exactly, did we stop believing on those basic concepts?

We used to be admired around the world. Now we are despised and feared in some quarters and considered a laughingstock in others.

The Senate confirms, as Attorney General, a man who says he doesn’t know if waterboarding is torture. Doesn’t know? What alternative universe spawned this misguided sub-species?

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Hillary’s cough

For Hillary Rodham Clinton, one woman’s cough is another’s good omen.

For the past two days, the Democratic presidential hopeful has been losing her voice and coughing spells have interrupted her speeches as she campaigns in New Hampshire.

Speaking at Kennett High School on Thursday morning, Clinton told the audience that she has been fighting a cold but was looking on the bright side. The New York senator described a conversation she had with her husband, former President Clinton, in which she told him she had lost her voice.

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Rudy’s ‘Bernie’ problem

If anything can expose a chink in Rudy Giuliani’s armor, criminal charges against his one-time police commissioner might do it.

Giuliani, the former New York mayor, has hung on as the front-runner in the Republican presidential race, defying predictions that his moderate record and three marriages would repel conservative primary voters.

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Some little-known Veteran’s Day tidbits

With Veterans Day approaching Sunday, it’s an opportunity to look back at a part of U.S. history that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

During World War II, German U-boats attacked U.S. and Allied commercial ships along our Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf of Mexico with alarming regularity. The sacrifices made and the lessons learned should be a significant part of history classes in all of our schools.

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Appearance of impropriety

The term “appearance of impropriety” became a standard measurement in assessing conflicts of interest during the Supreme Court confirmation battles of the Nixon administration. It first came to prominence when the Senate rejected Judge Clement Haynsworth’s nomination because of his ownership of a small amount of stock in a company that came before his court, even though a favorable ruling he handed down did not impact that stock in any appreciable way.

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Hillary Clinton’s sisterhood

The big question in next year’s presidential election is whether women will stream to the polls to elect Hillary Rodham Clinton to be the first female U.S. president.

Eight out of 10 Americans recently told Gallup pollsters that they expect women voters will be the major factor that elects Clinton president a year from now.

But actual polling data shows more uncertainty. Seventy-seven percent of women have not yet made up their minds. Thirty-five million women eligible to vote did not go to the polls in 2004.

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Consumer confidence plunges

Consumer confidence plunged in early November to the lowest level since Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and sent oil prices soaring in 2005.

The RBC Cash Index showed consumer confidence fell to a reading of 64 this month, down sharply from an early October reading of 80.6, when consumer sentiment was on the upswing as the stock market stabilized temporarily following a turbulent August.

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