Obama’s Character Profile: Mind, Courage, Heart

The portrayal of Dorothy’s friends in “The Wizard of Oz” is a fairly accurate picture of basic human nature. Most people with a normal dose of self-awareness recognize their strengths and weaknesses summed up in the needs of Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. Even though these characters represent only three general headings, each one is critical, with a breakdown representing many if not all personality traits covering our behavior including perhaps unconscious motivations as well. Not many people are lacking in every category.

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ISIS and Progressives: First Cousins

Crazy people (ISIS et al.) and diabolical atheists (Progressives) defy total understanding except for those who know that the cosmic battle between good and evil is really being played out. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between the two, that is, crazy people and atheists. There are many parallels between the two that raises suspicion about which is worse. They may not be kissin’ cousins, but they are definitely related.

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Uptalking?

I noticed this phenomenon a few years before retirement and thought at the time how strange it sounded. Since then, and it’s been a number of years, the style, if you want to call it that, has spread all over into many areas of conversation. I thought at first that it was, for whatever reason, related to the education field since that was the only place I heard it, but not so.

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My, My, Children Will Be Children

President Obama, the great communicator is regressing back into childhood.  Like a spoiled child who does not get his way, the thumb goes in the mouth as a pacifier to provide some comfort from that mean old world.  He is not used to being treated like a normal person.

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It All Looks So Different

Pat and I were raised in the same city for half our lives, and return occasionally to visit relatives and doctors.  At those times we always seem to be pressed for time and just go to the same places pretty much.

Well, this time was different.  We traveled to watch a grandson play in his last state baseball tournament before heading off to college in the fall to, well, play more baseball.  Finding us with some time to kill before heading to the ball field, we were trying to eat up some time by thinking of places to go.  We ended up on the far side of the city deciding to drive down the old main street through the middle of downtown which, when we were young, was the main highway, route 66.  To cover the whole trip from one end to the other would probably take 45 minutes.

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