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I had the fortune to be born during the administration of one of the great American Presidents of the twentieth century, Harry Truman.  He serves as the inspiration for this site’s title and some of its content.  What the reader can expect when they visit this web site is, at a minimum, a daily posting on a topic of political importance based on the truth and, almost without exception, a progressive viewpoint.     Continue reading

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Where Was The Black Hat?

There is a Texas expression, “All hat, no cattle.”  I’m originally a New York boy, but I think it translates to an expression we used when Mom wasn’t listening that had to do with the excrement of the male of that species.  When Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry had his mug shot taken Saturday he didn’t have the hat and there wasn’t a head of cattle in sight.  Continue reading

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A Case Study In (Bad) Communication

The beauty of blogging is that generally you write and immediately post.  I guess you could say I write ugly since I generally write well ahead of my publishing time.  Today’s posting is another example.  I am writing this on Monday afternoon for publishing at 1am Wednesday morning.  That is a problem when the events you are dealing with are very fluid and nothing in America is more fluid than the situation in Ferguson, Missouri.  That being said, I’m exploring one of the roots of the problem which is unfortunately already established.  The communication has been dreadful on several levels.  Continue reading

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Dr. Krugman, You Neglected A Factor

My Monday morning started out the way most do. Very early in my routine I anxiously read Paul Krugman’s op-ed in the New York Times, entitled, Why We Fight Wars.  Don’t let the title of this posting mislead you; I thought it was so good I immediately e-mailed a link to my two oldest granddaughters who are both outstanding students.  It is actually one of Krugman’s axioms which led me to the “criticism” I am about to levy.  Note the quotation marks: you cannot cover every factor of a complicated subject in 800 odd words – I know that from almost daily personal experience.       Continue reading

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A Third Conference

I have admitted to stealing the original idea from Chris Matthews back in 2012.  Matthews likened the 2012 Republican Presidential primary contest to the NBA playoffs; two conferences playing down to where their respective bracket winners faced off for the championship –  in this case the Party’s Presidential nomination.  Up until last Friday it looked like 2016 was going to be a carbon copy with an establishment and a Tea Party conference.  Suddenly it looks like a third conference is emerging: the criminal conference.  Continue reading

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Everyday Pawns

Predictions in general entail a bit of risk; when they relate to the Middle East they are downright perilous.  I’m going to go out on a limb that may well be sawn off by the time you read this and say that I think a medium range truce is near in the Gaza/Israel region.  Continue reading

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Apathy Antidote

Wednesday I was in a hospital waiting room reading the Washington Post on my Kindle when I ran across Matea Gold’s article entitled, “In North Carolina, Sen. Kay Hagan seeks to ride backlash against GOP leaders”.  I audibly exclaimed, “They are finally practicing what I have been preaching for years.” Continue reading

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How To Commit Suicide In The Court Of Public Opinion

I witnessed a suicide on international television Wednesday night.  The perpetrator/victim was the Ferguson Missouri Police Department.  Channel surfing among networks with three different national origins, the dominant story was identical: the arrests of reporters Ryan Reiley of the Huffington Post and Wesley Lowery of the Washington PostContinue reading

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Truckin’

News reports tell us that a convoy of approximately 300 trucks is headed to eastern Ukraine from Russia.  That would sound like a reason to yawn until we look at the current situation in the region.  Continue reading

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Breaking Away

The crisis in the Iraq/Syria region is front and center in American news.  Predictably Republicans are criticizing President Obama’s actions in the region.  The news media – always looking for something to attract viewers or readers – is making a huge deal out of a few Democrats somewhat breaking with the President, foremost among them Hillary Clinton.  Continue reading

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Putin And Polish Apples

What can Polish apples teach us about Vladimir Putin?  The answer is plenty. Continue reading

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