Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Sorry Saga of Ben Nelson, or, “Psst – Wanna Buy A Vote?”

So me and the guys were hunched over our coffee mugs at the local Squat-and-Chat the other morning and someone passed a little gas – which of course reminded us immediately of Earl Benjamin Nelson; you remember Ben, of Cornhusker … Continue reading

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I’m OK with moderation – as long as there’s not too much of it

One of the relatively sparse advantages of being of … ahem … advanced age is it affords one ample opportunity to read, snooze, reflect, snooze, meditate, snooze, and generally not contribute substantially to the GDP, the GNP or any other … Continue reading

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One of these things is soooooo like the other

The Street Sweeper, over on the Leavenworth Street blog, used to periodically feature a funsy which he/she called “SAB” – an acronym denoting “Separated At Birth” – in which two wildly disparate people who happened to look alike (sometimes more, … Continue reading

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Obamacare: Hobson’s Choice, Morton’s Fork, Dilemma, Or …?

Allow me to present, for the edification of those interested in lexical analysis and/or etymology, a mini-symposium on the appropriate philosophical nomenclature applicable to our President’s “signature legislation.” For your consideration, my Dictionary of Esoteric Philosophic Expressions (or, as it … Continue reading

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Obamacare

It’s a sin to tell a lie … period. Unless, of course, you are the President of the United States – then blatant purposeful repeated lying becomes an acceptable, even admirable, tactic. I used to think that Bill Clinton represented … Continue reading

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Dear Senator …

A few weeks ago, in medium dudgeon over what I perceived as a too-too cavalier attitude towards stomping the guts out of Obamacare on the part of our senior senator, I fired off an email to that notable. My missive … Continue reading

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Obama Told Me “Ya Gotta Shop Around” (with apologies to Smokey Robinson and the Miracles)

First, a little history – With regard to health care, we got to where we are today (i.e., in one helluva mess) essentially through the following sequence of misguided governmental interventions: 1. During World War II, the FDR administration imposed … Continue reading

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