Category Archives: Politics

Trump’s Wall: What’s In A Word

Trump’s Wall Donald Trump has said if we don’t think a wall will work we should ask the Israelis. Well, the Israelis don’t like to call their wall a wall, so they are probably not the best people to ask … Continue reading

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President Trump’s False Claim

Words Matter. Donald Trump Stokes Fear Of Immigrants. By Gene Griessman President Trump used the Oval Office to create the false belief that “illegal immigrants” cause violent crime to increase. In point of fact, immigrants do NOT commit more violent … Continue reading

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Unusual Quotation:The Genius Of Compromise   “Zhou Enlai combined utter fluidity with absolute resilience, like water, which espouses instantaneously the shape of whatever container it happens to fill, and never surrenders one atom of its own nature—-in the end, it … Continue reading

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How To Change The Subject

How To Change The Subject           By Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Terri Gross,  host of NPR’s “Fresh Air” offers this advice if you’re being interviewed for a job or if you’re on radio or TV and it’s … Continue reading

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Unusual Quotations:What is the Future?

Unusual Quotations: “The future does not exist.  It is created by the combination of a thousand causes, some necessary, some accidental, plus human will.  History knocks simultaneously on a thousand gates.”  Alexander Herzen    THE Lincoln Quotation Book Don’t get embarrassed … Continue reading

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Unusual Quotations:Lincoln on Focus

Unusual Quotations   ”I will hold McClellan’s horse if he will only bring us success.” Abraham Lincoln to an associate after the President had been treated discourteously by his General-in-Chief THE Lincoln Quotation Book Don’t get embarrassed using a spurious Lincoln quote.  Here’s … Continue reading

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Thieves in Politics and Business

“Steal a little and you’re a thief. Steal a lot and you’re a chief.” —-Brazilian expression THE Lincoln Quotation Book Don’t get embarrassed using a spurious Lincoln quote. Here’s a quotation book you can trust: The Words Lincoln Lived By … Continue reading

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Philip Roth on Donald Trump

A Frightening Truth The famed novelist Philip Roth died in May of this year at the age of 85. Not long before his death Roth wrote an email in which he described his fear of Donald Trump: “What is most … Continue reading

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Verbal Diplomacy:How To Leave Yourself Wiggle Room

What You Say… …if you’re inclined to agree with someone.  You’re not absolutely sure about the facts and want to indicate how you’re leaning but want to leave yourself wiggle room, say: “I haven’t formed a final thought on that … Continue reading

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Bad Advice: If you can’t say something good about somebody, say nothing at all.”

NEVER SAY…By Gene Griessman  “If you can’t say something good about somebody, say nothing at all.” This actually should be Seldom say instead of Never say because it is good advice for inhabitants of little villages where everyone knows everything … Continue reading

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