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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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The Only Certainty Is Uncertainty

While political pundits have been making predictions about control of the Senate I have steadfastly remained uncommitted.  I conceded the obvious that the Republicans had the advantage.  They are defending fewer seats, (15 vs. 21), and many of the Democratic seats are in red states that President Obama lost in 2012 and remains unpopular in.  2014 is a midterm election which traditionally means a lower turnout.  Low turnout elections tend to favor Republicans, which is why voter suppression is such a huge part of their electoral strategy.  Election Day is two weeks from today with early voting having already commenced in some states.  The only thing that is certain at this point is that we will not know which Party will control the 114th Senate on Election Night.      Continue reading

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America’s Ebola Insanity

I have never been shy about criticizing American media.  Left, right and center it has two major faults.  Foremost, they beat a story to death; if they latch onto what they consider to be something hot it gets almost exclusive coverage.  Secondly, they cover ridiculously trivial portions of the story as if they truly were breaking news.  I am among the minority of Americans who will turn to foreign news to get a better perspective.  Saturday night I experienced one of those moments. Continue reading

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Gun Courage

I have never been a big follower of high profile criminal cases.  I lived in suburban Buffalo when the O. J. Simpson trial was going on and hardly paid attention to it.  Trust me, in football crazy Bills’ country it was huge news!  Friday a verdict came down in the Michael Dunn trial that resonated with me and hopefully will have a positive impact on American society.    Continue reading

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Solve Not Campaign And CYA

Thursday I watched bits and pieces of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations’ hearing into the Ebola situation.  It was a shameful waste of time and money among other resources.     Continue reading

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A Tale Of Two Debates

One of the things political junkies love about campaign season is the plethora of political debates.  I’ve watched several and have even attended a few.  In a word they have been disappointing.  Most debates have been a replay of commercials and a regurgitation of focus group tested answers.  Two debates this week actually offered moments that were at least amusing, if not reassuring about the candidates involved. Continue reading

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OK, I’ll Say It

Wednesday Americans awoke to the news that a second health care worker in Dallas had contracted Ebola.  The fear of an epidemic grew.  “News sources” wishing to sensationalize, and bash President Obama in the process, are fanning the flames of a fire that shouldn’t be igniting.  Yet the way the disease could spread in an extremely difficult manner to control hasn’t been talked about; until here and now that is. Continue reading

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SPECIAL NOTICE – New Book Review

I have just added Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty to the Book Review section.  Please click on the title in that section for a brief review.

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The Key Is Not Turning

The more I listen to credible experts on the Middle East the more I have become convinced that Turkey is the key to defeating ISIS.  Looking at the events of the past few days it appears that the “key” is not unlocking the door to the desired outcome.  Continue reading

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Accountability Not Accusations

Sunday night I was enjoying watching one of my granddaughters playing softball when my BlackBerry vibrated with the news that Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, had tied the lack of an Ebola vaccine to decreased funding for health care research in America.  Continue reading

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You Might Just Get It

There is an old saw that says, “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.”  Well here is some of what you’ll get if you elect Republicans this fall. Continue reading

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