In a Time of Universal Deceit, Telling the Truth is Revolutionary.
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

It it real or is it Memorex?

President Bush’s replacement of his chief of staff may, some feel, signal that he is willing to listen to those who say he must change if his party wants to survive the mid-term elections this fall and the Presidential elections in 1988.

Other feel the changes will be few and only cosmetic and that Bush will always be Bush.

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Is deception the best way to serve one’s country?

In 1982, in a restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, former Texas governor John Connally told me he thought the Warren Commission report on President John F. Kennedy’s death was a whitewash.  But he never spoke out publicly about his doubts and believed that helping preserve the public deception was the best way to serve his country.

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Which side of history?

What does it mean to say someone is on the wrong side of history? Something like this, as best I can tell: History is moving discernibly and inevitably in a uniform, progressive, good direction, and if you hold to ideas or purposes contrary to that direction, you will find yourself more or less discarded, left by the wayside, a fossil of an era that was happily wiped out.

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Blood in the water

President Bush finally gave panicked Republicans their ritual sacrifice. Worried about the president’s and their own slump in the polls and a White House repeatedly blindsided by events, they had been demanding a high-level shakeup of Bush advisers.

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College isn’t always the answer

High school seniors across America are anxiously awaiting word from college admissions offices in the next few weeks. Most would probably be surprised to learn that less than one third of college students in the U.S. graduate in 4-6 years. The other two-thirds drop out for various reasons. So the odds are that two out of three high school students now worrying about getting into college might be headed in the wrong direction.

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How Washington really works

Washington works by way of a unique, gravity-defying gravitas. The city is run by room-tilters and bobblehead-makers — power auras that have little to do with official titles such as Senate leader or White House chief of staff.

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An ineffective weapon against an unwinnable war

A striking feature of Anglo-American property law is that one can acquire good title to land by trespassing on it for long enough. In seeking to explain this doctrine of “adverse possession” — which goes back to the 13th century _ Oliver Wendell Holmes made an acute point about the relationship between legal rules and human psychology.

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So much for border security

Undercover federal investigators say they were able to drive into the United States from Canada and Mexico last year with enough radioactive material in the trunks of their rented cars to build two “dirty bombs.”

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