Archive for August 26th, 2018

Portrait of a Patriot – John McCain

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The stabilizing voice of American politics – in the age of extreme partisanship – has suddenly fallen silent.  We all knew that it was coming . . . but not sooner than later.  He informed the world that he was stopping medical treatment for his brain cancer on Friday.  And, shockingly, he died on Saturday.

As the flaming lifelong Liberal that I am, I disagreed with Senator McCain on a great many issues.  Most notably on Defense spending, and the War in Iraq, and the broader “War on Terror”.  But, I truly admired how he reached across the aisle, to get things done.  Clearly, he was an old school conservative, but he wasn’t all about the money, as are far too many in politics these days.  The McCain-Feingold Act was a game changer in campaign finance reform, at least until the Citizens United decision came down in 2010.  He had the nerve and resolve to speak out against torture and “enhanced interrogation”.  He called waterboarding what it is . . . torture.   He thought we should close Guantanamo Bay, and transfer the prisoners to Fort Leavenworth to expedite their legal proceedings.  He stood up to the religious right and called them “agents of intolerance”, and  denounced their tactics as “division and slander”.  He stood up to President Trump on more than one occasion, most notably against a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act . . . without a replacement.

He did things, and voted, based on his conscience, and the belief that America should always set an example for the world.  He didn’t care if that meant rankling those in his own party.  He cared about his fellow Americans, and how the world perceives the United States of America.  He believed in that “shining city on the hill”, and that the US should always be a beacon unto the world.  As corny as it might sound, he had the old school values of the words to the intro of the  old television show “Superman”:  “Truth, Justice, and the American way!”

He often demonstrated that he had a fiery temper, but that just showed that he was a man of great passion.  He also had a great sense of humor, and he often used it to make fun of himself.  He refused to take the low road while campaigning, and was deferential and gracious in defeat.  Those traits made him more human than most politicians.  He was honest, and honorable, and noble.  He loved his country, and devoted his life in service of it. 

Proud:  son, Navy pilot, husband, father, and dedicated public servant.  He was all those things and more.  He was a true lion of the Senate, and he will be remembered as a legend of the legislature.  Our country is richer for having had his dedication to public service, but we’re now a little poorer for his passing.  He may have graduated near the bottom of his class at Annapolis, but he reached the pinnacle of respect among his peers and countrymen.

God speed, John McCain.


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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/26/18

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Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are driving cabs and cutting hair.”   —   George Burns

( . . . or writing dopey puzzle spoiler blogs!  Nee Nathan Birnbaum, in 1896!  Good ol’ Nate made it to 100 years of age, before kicking the bucket in 1996.  Not as impressive as Olivia de Havilland, but definitely right up there.  So sad to hear that we lost two great Americans within 24 hours of each other.  First, of course, John McCain.  And then Neil Simon.   We are all a little poorer for their passing.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 08/26/18

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Visual Description:  “One Million Years B.C.” sans Raquel.


Clue/Question:  The spear had just been invented, and it would be used – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (4-letters)  (4-letters)  (5-letters)  (2-letters)  

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(Excellent pun!  And a wonderful Sunday Jumble.  I tell you what.  If there were babes, like in the 1966 movie, during prehistoric times, I’d risk fighting Pterodactyls, and other dinosaurs . . . that didn’t exist during caveman times!   The big risk was saber-tooth tigers and those massive bears!  And, I suppose getting stepped on by a woolly mammoth, or mastodon, was right up there too.

We actually have a brand new clue word today, in “bookie”.  I kinda had the feeling that it was new.  I almost doubted that it was a real, acceptable word.  Well, our good friend, ralis95, will now have to update his world famous clue word database for it!  All of the jumbles, with the exception of “niftie”, are coming up as new.  The answer letter layout was an excellent jumble.  I don’t think that it gave a thing away.  I figured right away that the third word had to be POINT, but it took me a couple of looks before I came up with the entire answer.  Nicely done, guys.

The cartoon is hilarious!  Those are some rag-tag looking cave people.  The short guy kinda looks like Zach Galifianakis.  I guess this means he’ll be scratching my name off his Christmas card list!  Oh, well.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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