Political Campaign Stretches On And On;
Must Falsehoods Increase As A Result?

The longer the 2012 political campaign goes on, the greater the falsehood content.

President Obama, for one example, continues to preach that Republicans are proposing to cut taxes for the wealthy.  This is nonsense, and Obama and his supporters know it.

Former president Bill Clinton has picked up this lie in his belated entry into the pro-Obama campaign.

And the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention shouted out perhaps the biggest lie of all:  Republicans “want to dismantle the middleclass.”

First lady Michelle Obama got into the act in her speech to the Democratic convention.  It was supposed to be a touching story of her husband being raised in modest circumstances by his mother’s parents.  (His mother turned Obama over to his grandparents, who were living in retirement in Honolulu.  Obama attended a private prep school for several years.)

Michelle said that the hard-working grandmother was held back by sexual discrimination as she tried to advance up the company ranks in a job in Honolulu.

But the official Obama biography released by the White House describes the grandmother’s employment experience in these words:  “…worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management at a bank.”

In his too-long speech, Vice President Joe Biden made at least two remarks challengeable on the basis of accuracy and twice shouted something to the effect that America’s military special force units “are the greatest fighting men in the history of the world.”  Biden didn’t explain how he knows that.

What next?  It pains me to point out that there are seven more weeks to go before Election Day.

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‘Coach’ Watches From Press Box,
Comes Down And Shoots The Wounded

As a Cornhusker football fan for some 79 years (I saw my first game in 1933, a 22-0 win for the Cornhuskers over Oregon State), I am planning, of course, to make some comment this week on the Huskers surprising 30-36 loss to UCLA last Saturday night.

I’ll get around to that later today, but I decided to focus attention first on what I believe to be perhaps the most caustic and critical review of a Husker game—or any football game, for that matter—that I have encountered in some three-quarters of a century of following post-game commentary.

The column I refer to was written by Sam McKewon who, in the stable of World-Herald sports page commentators, seems to have the assignment of writing “the big picture;” i.e., the overall story of a Husker game.  He also writes pieces from time to time that carry the label “In My Opinion.”

The story in Monday’s World-Herald, however, carried the label “Husker Rewind,” whatever that was supposed to mean.

What it turned out to mean was more than 20 paragraphs of press box “coaching” opinions ranging from insulting to more temperate.

Comments about players were generally temperate especially when the players were named.  There was some praise and press-box-coaching questions as to why certain players aren’t getting more playing time.

But the general tone was bitterly critical including comments like this:

“I’m not absolving the defense of its flaws.”  Or:  “Hideous third-down offense and defense.”

There were very specific coaching suggestions as in these questions involving passer protection and pass patterns:  “But where were the protection adjustments?  Where was that diamond wheel route?  A quick tunnel or bubble screen?”

A good many readers, of course, wouldn’t have the slightest idea of the specifics Coach McKewon was talking about.

Then this cynical view of better days ahead:  “The defense will get better, if only because the opposing offenses get worse.  The Big Ten stinks as of Sunday morning.”

All of which puts me in mind of the old comparison of newspaper commentators being something like the riflemen who watch a battle from the safety of the nearby hills, then come down and shoot the wounded when the fighting is over.

Earlier on, I said I would add my appraisal of Saturday’s proceedings in the Rose Bowl.

Marian laughed and said she thought the following was a realistic yet optimistic view of last Saturday’s Husker performance and what it might mean for the Huskers the rest of the season:

I had told her we should play better the rest of the year because we used up a season-size bundle of mistakes last Saturday.

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Dems Convene As Debt Hits 16 Trillion
Used To Be Motherhood.  It’s Now ‘Momhood’

Today’s smorgasbord.  Help yourself.

–Whatever happened to motherhood?

An increasingly popular way of describing mothers is as “moms.”

It has reached the point where one of the female speakers at the Democratic National Convention proudly proclaimed that she is “a mom.”

Except within the family or with friends of the family, isn’t “mother” still the more appropriate description?

–Marian called to my attention a coincidental—but highly significant, in my opinion—blending of two significant pieces of news:

The national debt reached $16 trillion dollars on the same day that the Democratic National Convention began the process of nominating Barack Obama for a second term in the White House.

Appropriate coincidental timing in view of the fact that the Obama administration has been most responsible for the deficit spending which has pushed the national debt to $16 trillion—and still rising—as we issue more IOUs in the form of government bonds.

–In addition to listening to First Lady Michelle Obama talk for nearly twice as long as would have been appropriate in the early hours of the Democratic National Convention, viewers were subsequently exposed to the fact that her fashionable dress had cost less than $500.  TV viewers learned also that the First Lady’s fingernails had been tinted with a color compatible with the color of her gown.

–A reader criticizes me for my expressions of satisfaction when Tiger Woods doesn’t win another golf tournament.  The reader considers it bad sportsmanship.  He asked whether I based it on the fact that “he was unfaithful to his wife and family.”  He is correct in that judgment.

But I’m willing to adopt the reader’s suggestion that instead of rooting against Tiger, I root for someone who is competing against him.  So now I don’t hope Tiger loses.  I just hope somebody else wins.

–I thought the University of Nebraska paid a moving and entirely justified 150th anniversary tribute to the Morrill Act and its visionary sponsor, Justin Smith Morrill.

Morrill never went to college himself but he conceived the idea that a law giving federal land grants could be of tremendous help in development of so-called land-grant universities (like the University of Nebraska) which became a basic part of the network of higher education institutions serving the people of the United States in so many ways.

The Morrill Act was introduced by then-Congressman Justin Smith Morrill of Vermont in and signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862.

The University of Nebraska paid appropriate tribute to Morrill and the Morrill Act in a four-page section published in The World-Herald last week.

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Play ‘Find The Third Dog’ With Us

For today’s upbeat ending, a time-tested formula, spotlighting Marian and the world’s greatest cocker spaniels.  (You note I sneak into the picture this time, too.)

The picture—which might be entitled “Find the Third Dog”—is one of our favorites.  That’s Charlotte on my lap, the late Sarah in the middle and atop the almost hidden Claire.


(click photo to enlarge)

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