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Celebrating Mothers

by Alan Caruba on Thursday, May 7th, 2015

This is article 45 of 45 in the topic US Holidays
 By Alan Caruba
As someone who had the great good fortune to have had a remarkable mother, a woman who embraced being my Mother by providing unconditional love and support for my various activities and decisions over the course of my life, I approach the subject of motherhood with the knowledge that this does not apply to everyone.
I have friends whose mothers were true horror stories. One wonders how they survived theirs. And, of course, I can only approach the topic from a son’s point of view. A mother’s relationship with a daughter may differ, but I cannot speak to it. Daughters, too, have benefitted or paid a price for their mothers.
What struck me as I contemplated the forthcoming Mother’s Day was the way my Mother, born in the early 1900’s both loved being a mother and, well before the woman’s movement that demanded equality, was in the adult school workplace teaching the art of gourmet cuisine for some three decades.
Rebecca acquired a great following and her classes were always sold old. Mother, who occasionally expressed regret she had not attended college, had an encyclopedic knowledge, not only of food, but of wines. Not only would she author two cookbooks, she would become the first woman board member of the Sommelier Society of America.
Need it be said that dinner was the highlight of our days together, Mother, my Father Robert, and myself. An older brother was largely gone out of our lives as the result of service in the Army and marriage shortly thereafter.
Mother brought to her classes the philosophy she lived at home. My Father adored her. Their marriage exceeded sixty years together. He delighted in her success. That was reflected in an atmosphere of love that imbued our lives together.
Mother lived to age 98, passing away in 2002. A day never passes without thoughts of her. I was truly blessed in the same way my Father, her friends, and countless students felt. She imparted a philosophy that saw life as a constant opportunity to learn about one’s passions and to pursue them.
The modern American holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. She had begun her campaign to have Mother’s Day become a recognized holiday in 1905, the year her mother passed away. As she put it, your mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” Several states officially recognized Mother’s Day and in 1914 President Wilson signed a proclamation creating Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May as a national holiday.
There have been men whose mother’s contributed in significant ways to the success they achieved. To call them Mama’s Boys is to realize that the relationship had both a good and not so good effect on them. Elvis Presley began his rise when he went to Sun Records in Memphis to record some songs as a birthday present for his mother, Gladys. He was her only child and had a very close, loving relationship. She was living with him at Graceland until she passed away in 1958.
Another Mama’s Boy was General Douglas MacArthur.

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Why Obama Hates Netanyahu

by Daniel Greenfield on Saturday, November 1st, 2014

This is article 1251 of 1262 in the topic International

Obama’s foreign policy was supposed to reboot America’s relationship with the rest of the world. Old allies would become people we occasionally talked to. Old enemies would become new allies. Goodbye Queen, hello Vladimir. Trade the Anglosphere for Latin America’s Marxist dictatorships. Replace allied governments in the Middle East with Islamists and call it a day for the Caliphate.

Very little of that went according to plan.

Obama is still stuck with Europe. The Middle East and Latin American leftists still hate America. The Arab Spring imploded. Japan, South Korea and India have conservative governments.

And then there’s Israel. The original plan was to sideline Israel by focusing on the Muslim world. Instead of directly hammering Israel, the administration would transform the region around it. The American-Israeli relationship would implode not through conflict, but because the Muslim Brotherhood countries would take its place.

That didn’t work out too well. Instead of gracefully pivoting away, Obama loudly snubbed Netanyahu. A photo of him poking his finger in Netanyahu’s chest captured the atmosphere. Netanyahu delivered a speech that Congress cheered. And Obama came to see him as a domestic political opponent.

The torrent of anti-Israel leaks from the administration is a treatment usually reserved for political opponents. The snide remarks by White House spokesmen and the anonymous personal attacks on Netanyahu in the media echo domestic hate campaigns out of the White House like Operation Rushbo.

Netanyahu wasn’t just the leader of a country that the left hated. He had become an honorary Republican.

When Obama met with him, Netanyahu firmly but politely challenged him on policy. He has kept on doing so ever since, including during his most recent visit. At a time when most leaders had gotten the message about shunning Romney, Netanyahu was happy to give him a favorable reception. Netanyahu clearly wanted Romney to win and Obama clearly wished he could pull a Clinton and replace Netanyahu. But Netanyahu’s economic policies were working in exactly the same way that Obama’s weren’t.

The two men hate each other not only on a personal level, but also on a political level.

Netanyahu had successfully pushed through a modernization and privatization agenda that on this side of the ocean is associated with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper or Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. It’s likely what Romney would have done which is one more reason the two men got along so well. Obama’s visible loathing for Romney is of a piece with his hatred for Netanyahu.

He doesn’t just hate them. He hates what they stand for. That’s why Harper and Netanyahu get along so well. It’s part of why Obama and Netanyahu get along so badly.

But the bigger part of the conflict is neither personal nor political. Obama wanted to sideline Israel; instead he’s stuck dealing with it. Hillary’s lack of foreign policy ambition allowed the Jewish State to come through fairly well in Obama’s first term. For Hillary, being Secretary of State was just a stepping stone to the White House by making her rerun candidacy seem fresh. Her relationship with Israel was bad, but her first job was not to make any waves.

John Kerry ambitiously jumped into multiple foreign policy arenas. His bid for a deal between Israel and the PLO was a predictable disaster.

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Women More Likely to Commit Domestic Violence, Studies Show

by Selwyn Duke on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

This is article 339 of 341 in the topic Criminal Activity

Angry BusinesswomanFootball player Ray Rice’s video-captured February attack on his then-fiancée has once again brought domestic violence into the public’s consciousness.

Or has it?

Critics would say that while it has placed a spotlight on violence against women, that isn’t at all synonymous with “domestic violence.”

Because studies show that most domestic violence may actually be violence against men.

This has just been brought to light by Guardian columnist Glen Poole, who recently asked why British actress Kelly Brook has “got away with punching two men”? Complaining that there “is little room for the female perpetrator or the male victim in mainstream modern discourse around violence and [sex],” he goes on to point out:

Women are committing violence against men and boys on a daily basis…. International research suggests that as much as half of domestic violence is committed against men, but in the UK, fewer that [sic] 7% of convicted perpetrators are female. So what can we learn from Brook’s refusal to take responsibility for her own celebrity violence? She is clearly no ordinary women [sic], but the gender script she is performing is predictably ordinary.

Yet not only is this information about sex and violence nothing new, some would say Poole is understating the case. For example, Sophie Goodchild reported in a 2000 Guardian piece on a study showing that women were actually more likely to initiate violence in relationships, writing:

The study … is based on an analysis of 34,000 men and women by a British academic. Women lash out more frequently than their husbands or boyfriends, concludes John Archer, professor of psychology at the University of Central Lancashire and president of the International Society for Research on Aggression.

… Professor Archer analysed data from 82 US and UK studies on relationship violence, dating back to 1972. He also looked at 17 studies based on victim reports from 1,140 men and women…. [H]e said that female aggression was greater in westernised women because they were “economically emancipated” and therefore not afraid of ending a relationship.

This is likely only a small part of why women have become more violent, however. Other observers point out that some women will take advantage of domestic-violence laws and procedures, knowing that if a man they assault retaliates, calling the police will generally result in the onus being placed on him. In addition, increased female domestic assault is part and parcel of a decades-long rise in female violence in general. As Meda Chesney-Lind wrote in a 2001 edition of Criminal Justice magazine:

Girls in the juvenile justice system were once dubbed the “forgotten few.” That concept has rapidly faded as the increase in the number of girls arrested has dramatically outstripped that of boys for most of the last decade. Girls now account for one out of four arrests, and statistics show the greatest increase in arrests is for violent offenses. This shift highlights both the need to better understand the dynamics of female delinquency and the need to tailor the criminal justice system’s response.

… Between 1989 and 1998 … arrests of girls for serious violent offenses increased by 64.3 percent and arrests of girls for “other assaults” increased an astonishing 125.4 percent.

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Does a rogue, low-level email archiving company have backups of ‘lost’ IRS emails?

by Doug Powers on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

This is article 298 of 308 in the topic Taxation/IRS

This story failed the “smell test” quite a while ago, and now it just outright reeks.

From the Daily Caller via Instapundit:

The IRS signed a contract with Sonasoft, an email-archiving company based in San Jose, California, each year from 2005 to 2010. The company, which partners with Microsoft and counts The New York Times among its clients, claims in its company slogans that it provides “Email Archiving Done Right” and “Point-Click Recovery.” Sonasoft in 2009 tweeted, “If the IRS uses Sonasoft products to backup their servers why wouldn’t you choose them to protect your severs?”

Sonasoft was providing “automatic data processing” services for the IRS throughout the January 2009 to April 2011 period in which Lerner sent her missing emails.

But Sonasoft’s six-year business relationship with the IRS came to an abrupt end at the close of fiscal year 2011, as congressional investigators began looking into the IRS conservative targeting scandal and IRS employees’ computers started crashing left and right.

The IRS is still on Sonasoft’s client list. Hopefully the company’s hard drives haven’t been “recycled” by the time the subpoena arrives.

Disclaimer: There’s “not a smidgen of corruption” here and even if there is it’s Fox News’ fault:

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Friday Afternoon Roundup – The Voices They Hear

by Daniel Greenfield on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014


Progressives Summarized


There is no Obama administration. There is an Obama campaign. And that campaign is part of an organization built around a single figure; Obama Inc.

Obama Inc. has more in common with the type of organization built around a celebrity like Beyonce than a conventional political organization. It can handle everything from fundraising, branding to viral marketing, but like the inner circles of top celebrities, the most influential person in the organization is the one who can soothe, pamper and cater to the celebrity’s mercurial personality.

Valerie Jarrett’s role as CEO of Obama Inc. confuses those who expect a more conventional arrangement. Jarrett is less Dick Cheney and more Colonel Parker or Helen Kushnick; a powerful enigmatic figure ruthlessly dedicated to her star whose power comes from his dependency.

Valerie Jarrett, the CEO of Obama Inc.

Muslims: Halal Lunches in School are a Constitutional Right


Car salesmen get to stay on the lot. Obama has become a door-to-door insurance salesman. His appearance on “Between Two Ferns” was humiliating not because the leader of the free world was taking part in a lame comedy routine, but because Obama was doing it to sell a product. Presidents have gone on Leno, Letterman and Saturday Night Live, but they have never sat awkwardly cracking jokes in the hopes that a few young people would stop by their website and bail them out by buying some of what they’re selling.

The Insurance Salesman-in-Chief

“F___ you, Mr. President, you piece of s___t used-car salesman.  From my heart and soul, f___ you.”

ObamaCare Defender Forced to Try ObamaCare.


Only 1% want her because she would be “good for the common people”. 2% fantasize that she’ll help with the economy.  1% hope she’ll “end the wars”.

Only 5% of Americans Want Hillary as the “Best Choice” for President

New York Times on Mitt Romney: “Just Plain Bossy”

American Power Under Obama in 1 Photo

Minneapolis Lesbian Police Chief Dons Hijab for “Hijab Day”


Phelps did more than anyone to make opposition to homosexuality seem as toxic as possible by picketing the funerals of soldiers with anti-gay slogans. There probably wasn’t a more inspired way to make anti-gay sentiments seem as unacceptable as possible.

If the Phelps clan had deliberately set out to implement gay marriage in America, they could not have chosen a better method and who is to say that they didn’t.

Fred Phelps: The Unsung Hero of the Gay Rights Movement

Ukraine Asks for Military Aid, Obama Offers MREs


Last spring, Oberlin College canceled classes after claims that someone dressed in a KKK robe was seen walking outside. It apparently turned out to be a woman in a blanket.

Oberlin College has published an official document on triggers, advising faculty members to “be aware of racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, cissexism, ableism, and other issues of privilege and oppression,”

But Oberlin, which is affiliated with CAIR, does overlook some far more serious threats when they come from Muslims.

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Armed suspect nabbed in New York for alleged threats against Bush 43

by Jim Kouri on Monday, February 3rd, 2014

This is article 308 of 341 in the topic Criminal Activity

A man characterized as being an emotionally disturbed person (EDP), who wished to harm a former U.S. president, was nabbed sitting in an automobile with a fully-loaded rifle, a machete and a metal can filled with gasoline. The man, identified as Benjamin Smith, was charged Friday with threatening to kill former President George W. Bush.

The 44-year-old Smith, of Pittsford township in upstate New York, was arrested in Manhattan by the U.S. Secret Service, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan. Federal prosecutors claim Smith said he wished to have a relationship with Bush’s oldest daughter, Barbara.

“Bush will get his,” Smith screamed as he was taken into custody by U.S. Secret Service agents, according to the criminal complaint. Smith also claimed he was divorced from his wife and wished to begin a romantic relationship with Barbara Bush.

It is a federal crime to threaten a current or former president and former presidents still receive Secret Service protection.

The criminal complaint states that a woman claiming to be Smith mother called police on Thursday to inform them that she discovered a note in her home and that a rifle was missing from that home which she said she shares with her son.

“I’m going to work for George W. Bush and the Pentagon,” the note said, according to news stories. “I have to slay a dragon and then Barbara Bush is mine.”

Secret Service were successful in tracking Smith to Manhattan through his cell phone’s GPS (global positioning system) and they arrested him.

Smith’s criminal defense attorney, Peggy Goldenberg, argued during the preliminary hearing that the note and Smith’s ravings do not equal a “true threat.”

The judge also conceded it was “unclear” a jury would find Smith guilty. “Admittedly, there is some inconsistency in the notion that the way to win Barbara Bush’s affections is to kill her father,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman said.

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BREAKING! The Mark Now Implemented!

by Rev. Austin Miles on Friday, December 27th, 2013

This is article 225 of 246 in the topic Religion

“No one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” Revelation 13:17-18. This prophecy was made before anyone had any idea of what electronic technology would be able to do in the future. Which makes this breaking story downright eerie.

SILICONE VALLEY, Ca. The headline story received little attention even though the contents are explosive. Like everything else, people are sleeping through it.

The East County Times (Contra Costa Times) front page story, Saturday December 21, 2013, was deceptively headlined, “Human 2.0.” There is a brief mention of a “chip implanted in the hand,” under a skeletal image of a hand along with another throw away sentence, about ‘taking us to a new threshold.”. But the headline hid the true meaning of the contents.

The story by Steve Johnson ( tells of a computerized person named Amal Graafstra. He doesn’t need a key or password to get into his car, home or computer. He is programmed to unlock them all at the mere wave of his hands which are implanted with radio frequency identification tags.

This implemented technology which has already been fitted to 500 people is engineered by a company called, Dangerous Things.

The idea behind this Bay Area company is to outfit people with electronic devices that can be swallowed, implanted in their bodies or attached to their skin via “smart tattoos.” This technical advance, the story details, “could revolutionize health care and change the way people interact with devices and one another.

The brains of this company echo what has been proclaimed through the halls of the White House (regarding sharing the wealth and nationalized health care) which, they say, regarding the implants, “Will make life better for everybody.”

According to the story, these ‘chips’ will “be for the throat—with a built-in microphone, battery and wireless transceiver—that would let someone operate other devices via voice commands.”

Google CEO, Larry Page (of Mountain View, California) said; “Eventually you’ll have an implant where if you THINK about a fact, it will just tell you the answer,” like a Google Search engine.

Another feature (of what will become human robots) is implanting people’s brains with thousands of tiny sensors they call, ‘neural dust’ “

Many rightly fear that the implants might become mandatory for health insurance or jobs since all health and work information is stored in the chip. Next, re-read the prophecy above. Buying and selling by this required Mark of the Beast will naturally be next.

Here is how Revelation 13: 16-17 describes that Mark:“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

This will replace all credit cards. Bank accounts will be no more. Every transaction will take place via the chip. Without it, one can do nothing or even function. One could no longer worship God and function in life.

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Part 3 – CONCLUSION- Tchaikovsky

by Rev. Austin Miles on Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Past 2 covered the desperate fight Tchaikovsky had against his sexual orientation. We now cover the one woman that the composer deeply loved and might have well caused him to change.

Part 3. Tchaikovsky The Conflicted Genius


The most meaningful relationship Tchaikovsky ever had with a woman was with his patroness, Madam Nadezhda von Meck.  There are varying accounts of her in my research material. While the various books about this relationship states they were platonic and never even met each other personally for a conversation (which would seem odd), a movie produced by HBO in 1986 shows a romantic connection.

That movie, Tchaikovsky, starring Richard Chamberlain as the composer, shows a distressed young man, obviously a homosexual lover, confronting Tchaikovsky about their relationship when Madam von Meck walks in.

Her eyes revealed her reaction of shock, then, she began to laugh almost hysterically. This is the only source that shows him in a defined relationship with another man. Whether this is fact or fiction we do not know. However it would seem logical that eventually somebody would see what really was going on.

And Tchaikovsky did write a symphony for Madam von Meck, The Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, which he referred to as “our symphony.”  Here is the program guide to this work in the composer’s own words to Madam von Meck: “The introduction is the kernel, the chief thought of the whole symphony.” he wrote. “This is Destiny, the fatal power which prevents an impetus toward happiness from reaching its goal, which jealously watches that peace and comfort be not full and cloudless.  This might is overpowering and invincible. There is nothing to do but to resign to fatal brooding.”

The symphony opens with the main theme which grows in passion and torment. Then Tchaikovsky’s interpretation follows: “It is better to turn from the realities and to lull ones self in dreams. Oh joy! What a sweet and tender dream. Some benevolent, radiant human image floats by and beckons to me. The importunate first theme of the allegro is now heard far off and now the soul is wholly en-wrapped with dreams. All that is gloomy and cheerless is forgotten. Happiness! Happiness! Happiness! No, they are only dreams, and fate dispels them. There is no port. Sail this ocean until it absorbs you and swallows you in its depth.”

The second movement which, with only a slight touch of brightness in the midst of sadness, brought these words from Tchaikovsky: “One regrets the past and there is no desire to begin life anew.”

The third movement paints a bland intoxication that is neither joyous or sad. The finale builds with a tempestuous theme, returns to the opening stormy subject which allows a full orchestra to come in to try and generate some optimism.

Madam von Meck discontinued her financial support after 13 years, stating that she had financial reversal, which was not true. Tchaikovsky was crushed, especially when he learned that she had not told him the truth. One resource thinks it was because that she learned of his homosexuality and another states that she was dying of tuberculosis and did not want him to know.

Whatever the cause, it still is evident that there must have been some kind of physical relationship between them.

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Mandela Lied but Communism Never Died

by Cliff Kincaid on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

This is article 46 of 70 in the topic Communism

Bill Keller of The New York Times admits Nelson Mandela was a communist, but suggests it doesn’t really matter because communism collapsed. But communism never died in South Africa. Mandela lied about his party membership, for the obvious purpose of confusing and deceiving people about what is really going on in South Africa. This deception makes it easier to force U.S. taxpayers to contribute approximately $500 million a year to help the communists in South Africa consolidate and expand their power.

South Africa is called a multiparty democracy, but the ruling African National Congress, which won 65.9% of the vote in the 2009 elections, is a front for the South African Communist Party (SACP). South Africa today is effectively a one-party state run by communists.

Officially, the SACP describes itself as a “partner” in the Tripartite Alliance consisting of the African National Congress and the Congress of South African Trade Unions.

This formulation masks the fact that the current president, Comrade Jacob Zuma, is a “former” SACP high-ranking member who continues to work openly with communists. He is the figure who announced Mandela’s death.

Zuma’s “missing years” have received some attention. Journalist David Beresford noted that although Zuma has been a life-long communist, he “seems to have been anxious not to have this detail widely known,” since his SACP membership was omitted from his government and ANC biographies.

Zuma spoke to a 2010 meeting of the Young Communist League National Congress after he had returned from communist Cuba, where he received the top honor, the Order of Jose Marti. “Our relations with Cuba were cemented by the blood of heroic Cuban soldiers who died in combat in Africa, especially in Angola, who paid the supreme sacrifice for their belief in freedom, justice and anti-imperialism,” he said. This was a reference to the support given by the Soviet Union and its client, Cuba, to communist takeovers in Africa.

But none dare call this “imperialism.”

Interestingly, this speech appears on the website of the ANC, but not on the website of Zuma’s presidential office.

In the speech, he told the young communists that “the lessons we have learnt in Cuba confirm the correctness of our policy positions in making education and health some of our key priorities as government, the ruling party and the ruling alliance.” He also praised the “Cuban Five,” Castro’s spies imprisoned in the U.S.

Lauding the Cuban Communist Party dictatorship and one-party state, he told the young communists: “One of the major lessons we must glean from Cuba is the depth of their internationalism and patriotism, and how they successfully balanced these two to produce good citizens for their country and the world. The Cuban value system is based on patriotism, national pride and a very deep sense of national history, culture and is based on an ethic of hard work. As Young Communist League members you must engage with these issues and devise ways and means of how you can instill the same kind of values, and a deep sense of patriotism in our country.”

“Work begins today in earnest to improve the quality of life of all our people and to build Cuban-style patriotism and internationalism within our ranks,” he concluded.

Is communism dead in South Africa? It doesn’t appear so.

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Love Your Government

by Daniel Greenfield on Friday, November 8th, 2013

This is article 72 of 83 in the topic Redistribution of wealth/socialism

Love is in the air. There are plush teddy bears in the Capitol Hill gift shop and romantic songs playing on Air Force One. Listening tours are planned and every begging email asking for another five, ten or forty bucks to stop the Republican onslaught is addressed personally to you. To you.

Love makes the world go round, or so singers have crooned for the last hundred years. And what other emotion could it be but that which makes the iron wheels of the state turn.

With everything at stake, voters keep picking the candidates they think love them the most. The exit polls keep showing that voters choose unqualified radicals like Barack Obama or Bill de Blasio because they’re “likable”, “share their values” and “care about them.”

Experience came in dead last in the New York election, both literally in Lhota’s case, and in the exit polls, which showed voters ranking experience somewhere between a dead zebra and a mugger on the C train. 34 percent wanted someone who shared their values. 30 percent wanted change. And an unspecified number of right-wing lunatics wanted experience.

Voting is starting to look a lot like dating. A big chunk of the electorate doesn’t just want someone to manage a government. They want someone who will make them feel special, share their values and love them back.

Government is becoming more personal, even as it’s becoming more impersonal. Newly hatched ducks development an attachment to their wire mothers. Children neglected by their parents fixate on their nannies. And what of a generation of broken families?

What else is there for all the Julias to do but turn to the man whom Indian chiefs used to call the Great White Father in Washington. And what is there for all the Chads to do but look for love from the bureaucratic wire mother of the Nanny State?

The great ambition of the social reformers was to replace the unscientific and selfish family with the progressive programs of the state. And their dream has been realized.

Within a few generations of government growth, a nation once noted for its strong nuclear family has replaced it with a cradle-to-grave state that abstractly pats all the Julias and Chads on the head, telling them they can be anything they want and then sending them the bill for its services.

Is it any wonder that Chad and Julia just want a government that loves them and are a bit fuzzy about the differences between a politician, their father and their significant other?

Past generations wanted to be inspired by leaders, but the definitions of inspiration and leadership have changed. In the past it meant urging others to rise to new challenges. Today it means making Chad and Julia feel good about themselves by telling them that they have great potential so that they feel like someone out there understands and cares about them without having to actually do anything.

The reelection of Bush Sr. was sunk in part because the World War II veteran was unable to field a question about how the National Debt had affected him personally.

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