Words, words, words! Have lately encountered a bunch of them in the strangest configurations …

Freaking me out:

The Central Weather Bureau said that although the storm’s eyewallthe ring of towering thunderstorms surrounding the eye where the most severe weather occurs — could be damaged after hitting land, Sinlaku would maintain its structure and remain a serious threat.

Giving me pause:

Voters, Meek says, “like a fighting spirit.”

Stirring me silly:

In September 1960, Sen. John F. Kennedy, needing to allay anxieties about his religion in his quest to become the nation’s first Roman Catholic president, addressed a Protestant ministerial association in Texas. At the end of his speech, he declared that if he lost the election “on the real issues,” he would return to his seat in the Senate satisfied that he had been “judged fairly.” He also said, however, that if the outcome was determined by a religious bias that deprived 40 million Americans of the chance to become president on the day they were baptized, “then it is the whole nation that will be the loser … in the eyes of history, and in the eyes of our own people.”

The last bit of history was of course raised in relation to Barack Obama — just swap “racial” for “religious”, and “born” for “baptized”.

When it comes to words, let truth and tactfulness prevail, even though they may sometimes tug at opposing ends. And let truth win whenever it comes to that — why must we be slaves to the vile webs of deceit we weave to secure imaginary advantages?


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