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Charles Sanders Peirce on His Craze for Trichotomies

"I fully admit that there is a not uncommon craze for trichotomies. I do not know but the psychiatrists have provided a name for it. If not, they should. "Trichimania," [?] unfortunately, happens to be preƫmpted for a totally different passion; but it might be called triadomany. I am not so afflicted; but I find myself obliged, for truth's sake, to make such a large number of trichotomies that I could not [but] wonder if my readers, especially those of them who are in the way of knowing how common the malady is, should suspect, or even opine, that I am a victim of it." ('On trichotomies', CP 1.568, 1910)

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President Obama's Prudent Distinction Between Lobbyist Experts and Special Interests

PolitiFact Rates the President as Having Broken His Campaign Promise on Limiting the Power of Lobbyists, but it Ignores the Big Picture. Anyone Can See It
PolitiFact | Tougher rules against revolving door for lobbyists and former officials - Obama promise No. 240:: "Obama was very clear with his promise. He said no lobbyists would 'work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years.' No means none. Promise Broken."
There it is, the verdict on what PolitiFact rates the most controversial of its verdicts. Why so?
Because there were reasons behind the President's admittedly confusing reliance on former lobbyists to help achieve some of his agenda.
Lobbyists are not all special interests. Some have vital savvy on issues that are really about the people's business.
Here are some complementary elements of this story that are generally ignored.
Ethics Update | The White House: "Because the rules are so stringent,…

Obama Has Been the Most Open President Within Memory

The Media Has Been Lavish in Noting the Few Times when the President Has Been Less Transparent, but the Bulk of His Actions Have Been More Transparent Than Those of His Predecessors
Federal News Radio 1500 AM: Obama memo calls for openness and transparency: 
"Q: What are the details of the Obama administration's transparency and openness initiative? A: There are a number of parts to this. One important part is that they are asking everybody for ideas about openness. The White House has launched a new Web site, and from there, you can offer your ideas about what information and data should be made available, but also how that information should be made available. The administration also has unveiled another Web site,, where existing data is being made available to the public."
If you think the President has gone back on his word, spend some time at the site that he set up almost on day one. I bet few journalists even know it exists.
Open G…

President will create a smaller military footprint over time

President will create A smaller military footprint over time And we will be the stronger for itBarack Obama President phased out The F-22 that wasn't even used in recent years
Barack Obama Commander in Chief Cut Reagan's missile defense extravaganza And saved a billion plus
Barack Obama Commander stopped planning missile systems in Poland and the Czech Republic and opted to build smaller better systems
The President knows a large foot gets mired in deathly stasis He makes smaller feet than can move lithely
He knows that the battlefield of the future is cyber and prepares
The President has made and will make more and more progress In the area of nuclear disarmament
No weakness is perceived in any of these acts
We will move to a smaller and more mobile foot We will not try to force nations to accept our ideology We will defend only
We will economize enough to enable needed expenses at home because national security is threatened by the polarization of our society by irresponsible bearer…

Forgive the wrongs that we have done is my parsing of Forgive us our trespasses

Forgive the wrongs that we have done is my parsing of  Forgive us our trespasses or Forgive us our debts  These archaic sentences  do not have the contemporary meaning of  wrongs we've done  Many never think daily confession of wrongs  has much to do with anything  But on Abba's way such a confession  is the foundation of an overcoming existence 
Because we are powerful people  We occupy space  We violate others  We get exuberant and it ends up in wrongdoing We know the drill  Once we do wrong it either gets forgiven  or it mounts up until all the power we have  begins to shrivel and our potential starts to tank 
Note that when we say this  we are not talking about me but we  We make a corporate confession  We are confessing social as well as individual wrong  The Lord's prayer is a we prayer 
Be aware that we are asking Abba for forgiveness  Abba us within us  We are asking to be realigned  with the best within ourselves  and with the values that make for minimizing wrong -  tolerance helpfulness d…