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When’s the last time you heard (or better yet, sung) the lyrics to George M. Cohan’s marvelous tribute to the country he loved? The song “You’re a Grand Old Flag” has a fascinating history.
The United States provides hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign aid to the very countries it borrows billions of dollars from, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service. The report, which focuses only on countries to which the U.S. owes $10 billion or more, provides data for fiscal year 2010 and includes a chart where “countries are ordered by the value of their treasury security holdings, with the highest value holder, China, listed first.”
I am old enough to have a vague memory of clothes so white they were called bright. This happened despite the absence of additives — the ridiculous varieties of sprays, bottles and packets that fill our cabinets today and that we throw into the wash to try to boost the cleaning power of our pathetic machines and increasingly useless laundry soap.
Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) recently said that, among the voices clamoring for her to run in 2012, one stands out: God’s. In an interview with Iowa Public Television, Bachmann was asked if she, unlike recent GOP race bow-out Mike Huckabee, had received a divine calling to run for President.
In his memoir released early in 2011, Donald Rumsfeld takes the reader on a 50-year ride through government. After his three-and-a-half-year stint in the U.S. Navy was up, Rumsfeld — Princeton graduate, married, the father of an infant and with his wife suffering from hepatitis — set his sights on entering the private sector and beginning his career.
As the killer was led from the courtroom last week, there was no epic roar of outrage from the gallery. As he shuffled down the hallway, only a few reporters made halfhearted attempts to glean some insight. As he stumbled (hindered by the back brace he wears), there were shrieks of neither comfort nor condemnation.
A spider web is a work of art. If you doubt this, gaze upon the freshly made web of a garden spider covered with early morning dew. Each strand is placed purposefully, and its design is almost perfectly symmetrical. Not so the webs of intrigue that infest government at all levels.
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday slammed President Barack Obama for his handling of the nation’s military strategy in Libya. During an appearance on FOX News Sunday, McCain said that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi would have already been removed from power if the United States had remained in control of the operation.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin recently embarked on a national bus tour, which has reignited speculation that the Tea Party favorite is readying for a Presidential campaign.