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The Presidency is not merely an administrative office.  That’s the least of it.  It is more than an engineering job, efficient or inefficient.  It is pre-eminently a place of moral leadership.  All our great Presidents were leaders of thought at times when certain historic ideas in the life of the nation had to be clarified.
  —  Franklin D. Roosevelt
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On This Day In:
2019 Be Brave
2018 What Else Matters?
2017 Slow Go
2016 A Tiny Ripple Of Hope
2015 Liberating Books
2014 Discover God
2013 Without Witness
2012 Nutritarian

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Aryam Guerrero, who lost her brother Juan Ramon at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando in 2016, told my colleague Melissa Chan this week that she has become numb to the constant threat.  “I just live my life as if I could die in the next 30 minutes,” Guerrero said.  “You have no choice but to live with it.”
We do have a choice as a society.  Not a perfect choice.  Or a guaranteed solution.  But doing nothing in the face of repeated mass murder in our society is indefensible.
More than 250 mass shootings in the first 220 days of 2019 alone, it’s hard to believe that this doesn’t go without saying.
Enough.
  —  Edward Felsenthal
From his editorial:  “We have a choice
Appearing in Time Magazine, dtd:  19 August 2019
The editorial also appears online at:  https://time.com/5646854/time-cover-enough-shootings/
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On This Day In:
2019 Fill It Up
2018 Can We Talk About Me?
2017 About Change
Gordian
2016 Are Your Prayers Functioning?
2015 Expressing Love
2014 Cyclical Attitudes
2013 Footprints
2012 Broken Resolutions
Bin It

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Our development assistance to other countries is not a bargaining chip, it is an investment in our long-term security.  Showing leadership and working with other countries is a measure of strength, not a sign of weakness.
We all want our borders to be secure and our laws to be upheld, but it is not true that we face a choice between security and our humanity: between sealing our country off and turning our back to the world on the one hand, or having open borders on the other.  The best way of protecting our security is by upholding our values and addressing the roots of this crisis.  We can be fearless, generous and open-minded in seeking solutions.
  —  Angelina Jolie
From her Editorial / Essay:  “The border crisis needs humanity, not fear
Appearing in: Time Magazine, dtd: 26 August 2019
The essay can also be found at Time’s site:  https://time.com/5640012/angelina-jolie-border-crisis/
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On This Day In:
2019 I Prefer A Neat Single Malt
2018 Seeking Finer Fruits
2017 Something That Is Absolute
2016 Animate And Encourage
Out Of Time
2015 In Time
2014 Robust Interconnectivity
2013 What Have We Here?
2012 Tributaries And Eddies
An Honest Politician
2011 Penultimate

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The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scales.
   ―  Aesop
[As an American, I would like to believe my President when he says we killed a foreign general (Iranian General Qasem Soleimani) who was in the process of ordering / organizing terrorist attacks on Americans in the middle east.  Unfortunately, my President (and his administration) is a known and shameless public liar.  He has lied so frequently and about so many things – both trivial and important – I simply cannot believe anything he says without independently verified, concrete, public proof.
While I have no evidence of it, my opinion is it is far more likely President Trump ordered the drone strike to provoke Iran into taking escalating “tit-for-tat” action which might distract the American public from the up-coming Senate impeachment trial.
While we currently have the most powerful military in the world, incompetent leadership has resulted in the loss of more than one (otherwise) superior force in world history.  I pray his (Trump’s) failure in leadership will not result in any losses (injury or lives) for our brave men and women who will have to pay the real price for his ill-considered decisions and orders.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2019 Patient Understanding
2018 I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Form
2017 Fashionista
2016 A Faulty Model Of God
2015 Non Sequitur
2014 No Flags League
I Ain’t Who Am
2013 Spoiling For Fame?
2012 How Many?
2011 Too Tired To Chat Much
2010 I Must Be Crazy!!

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Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.
  —  Thomas J. Watson
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On This Day In:
2018 Every Time I Think I’m Falling
2017 Still Testing The Hypothesis
2016 Excessive Weakness In January
2015 That Burns
2014 Hey, I Resemble That Remark… (4!)
2013 Sit, Put, Until…
2012 Lessons For My Son
2011 Reaching The Right Audience
2010 Christmas Trees and Profession of Faith

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Many Forms

Leaders come in many forms, with many styles and diverse qualities.  There are quiet leaders and leaders one can hear in the next county.  Some find strength in eloquence, some in judgment, some in courage.
   –  John W. Gardner
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On This Day In:
2018 Serenity Prayer
2017 But The Clock Says It’s Already Two Minutes 30 Seconds to Midnight
2016 Towards No Regret
2015 109 And Beyond
2014 Are You Waiting?
2013 Traditional Human Sacrifice
2012 A Division Of Men
2011 Miles, Legends and Superwoman
Got Tragedy?
2010 My Company For A Prince!!
On The Shoulders Of Titans

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One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.
  —  Arnold H. Glasow
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On This Day In:
2018 Second Chances – Rice, Now Trees
And Then You Have To Start Training Again
2017 Small Hands, Small Grasp
2016 Two Murrow’s
Election + 1 Week
2015 Not Mine, Anyway
2015 South By South East
2013 Don’tcha
2012 I Hear A Distant Thunder
2011 A Poison Tree

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