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The nuclear "comb over"


Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

We've all seen them. You try not to look, but it's inevitable with the worst ones. You know what I'm talking about, the "comb over". Yes, we all have seen the individual who either combs the hair from one side of his head over his entire head or even worse has a couple of hairs that are two miles long that he coils around and around and then plasters them on top of his head.

Vanity? Maybe, we all have a desire to look good and in that desire we can sometimes think somehow we are fooling the rest of the world. The individual's perception is that as long as there's something covering their bald head that it's really not bald. Everyone else just knows they're bald. Now, on a personal level, it is harmless to ignore other people's perceptions as long as you feel you "look good".

However, on the international political level it is extremely dangerous to be blind to other nation's perceptions and not understand that in politics the proverbial "comb over" is considered hypocrisy. Diplomacy on the international level is very sensitive and each action and word are dissected to make sure any "messages" are not missed.

Let me give you an example. Recently, as you all know, the U.S. has been very concerned with Iran's nuclear ambitions. The U.S. is concerned that Iran has refused to abide by international rules and submit themselves to inspections to make sure they aren't really making nuclear bombs.

Legitimate concerns, however it's how the U.S. expresses those concerns that makes us look hypocritical.

Not that long ago President Bush gave a long speech about Iran and how they needed to give up their nuclear ambitions. So far so good. Standing next to him that day was the Prime Minister of the Jewish State of Israel, Ehud Olmert. Of all the world leaders that could stand next to him while he chided Iran, Ehud Olmert was the best "comb over". Every country in the world is aware that Israel possesses nuclear weapons but refuses to do any of the things that President Bush was demanding Iran do. Israel has consistently denied having nuclear weapons. They have refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and ignored well over a hundred U.N. resolutions as well.

Does Israel have nuclear weapons? Of course! In 1986 a former Israeli nuclear technician gave details of the Israeli program to a British newspaper. He subsequently was kidnaped and returned to Israel where he spent 18 years in prison, 11 of them in sol .....
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Lying is lying

Fri, Jul 6th, 2007
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June 21, 2007, less than two weeks ago, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the sentencing of Victor Rita. Mr. Rita is a 25 year veteran of the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam and Gulf I. He has received 35 medals during his service. He ..... 
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The rest of the story Rushford Village council speaks out about police service

Fri, Jun 29th, 2007
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There has been a lot of commentary in the local press recently concerning police services for the City of Rushford Village and the City of Rushford canceling the "Agreement of Understanding" to provide certain police services to the Village as a bac ..... 
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"The Graduate" revisited

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
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"Benjamin...I just want to say one word to you...just one word...are you listening......switchgrass. There's a great future in switchgrass...think about it. Will you think about it?" Imagine if Mr. McGuire had uttered "switchgrass" into Benjamin Bra ..... 
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We're all mad here

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
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Alice: But, I don't want to go among mad people.

Cheshire Cat: Oh, you can't help that. We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.

Alice: How do you know I am mad?

Cheshire Cat: You must be. Or you wouldn't have come here. ..... 
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Truth, consequences, and responsibility

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
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So, Paris Hilton doesn't like being in jail. Who would? She obviously broke the law and was incarcerated. Then, by some strange means she is released. Then, due to a public outcry of preferential treatment, she is sent back to the slammer, s ..... 
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It's not and never will be free

Fri, Jun 1st, 2007
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There are in excess of 47 million uninsured and 12 million under-insured under age 65 in the U. S. One in three non-elderly will go without insurance in the next two years. Half of all bankruptcy is due to medical bills. Most people in bankruptcy ha ..... 
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This was one field trip well worth attending

Fri, May 25th, 2007
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On Tuesday, May 22, 270 fourth graders from seven schools in Houston and Fillmore counties converged on the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds in Mabel for a Farm Safety Day Camp. The seven schools participating in the event included Caledonia, Chatfield, H ..... 
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The class of 1968

Fri, May 25th, 2007
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When I graduated from high school in early June 1968, Lyndon Baines Johnson was president. The awkward Texan had completed John F. Kennedy's unfinished term and was elected president over Barry Goldwater in 1964, with the highest margin of victory i ..... 
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