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Words, Sept. 4

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He won't get far without better transportation:

“ ‘Jerome Corsi is a discredited liar who is pedaling another piece of garbage to continue the Bush-Cheney politics he helped perpetuate four years ago,' said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor.”

 

“Steven Gaffney, an honesty and communications expert, has helped thousands of people save their relationships, strengthen their marriages, and reshape their lives. Gaffney weighs in on John Edwards, and offers an explanation or two on why men lie.”

I'd never heard of an honesty and communications expert before. Does one earn a degree in this field? Are honesty and communications experts licensed by the state? Well, I suppose there's a need for honesty and communications experts – especially if men have begun telling lies, as this item suggests. I sure didn't see that coming. Maybe it's related to global warming.

 

Roxanne Thompson overheard an irregular call for bipartisanship: “We need to work across both aisles.”

“Generally, there are two sides, but only one aisle in American politics,” she writes. Yes, and it's the aisle in a legislative chamber that members of one party sit on one side of, and members of the opposing party sit on the other. In states like Arkansas, where the minority party has only a handful of members, nobody talks about crossing the aisle.

 

Tim Jones wonders about the origin of shale play, as in “Tuff and Studleigh Energy Group of Youngstown, Ohio, announced Tuesday that it had acquired 30,000 acres in the Fayetteville Shale Play.”

“OK, they are referring to a geological formation or phenomenon that has the potential to produce natural gas,” Jones writes. “That much I get. [That's more than some.] But why play? Is drilling holes a half mile into the ground really that much fun?”

My guess is that drilling the holes isn't a lot of fun, but making jillions of dollars off the holes is. But I've been unable to discover how play came to be used this way. Suggestions are welcome.

 

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