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The Dumbbell's Dictionary

On Society, n. It does not exist. People exist, whether encountered singly or in groups.
Society is a construct, which handily allows the responsibility for a negative outcome of
social policies to be to be diverted from an actual person or group of persons to a
nonexistent , amorphous whole. When everyone is responsible, no one is responsible.
One World Government, n. Under either the United Nations, or one of its bound to occur
epigones? I don’t think so. As Will Durant reminds us at the close of his „The Age of
Napoleon:’ „No superstate will solve the problem (of war), for some of our greatest wars
have been civil.’ Try telling that, however, to the denigrators of American government
and military might (which is, of course, the ultimate arbiter of international
disagreements), those who, including the Clintons and Obama would have American
military power never exercised but under the aegis of the United Nations, blue berets and
all. Heaven forbid that we should act unilaterally, except for fiascos such as the current
attacks on Libya.
Ontogeny, n. Does not recapitulate phylogeny.
Onomatapoeia, n. We discover that we cannot imitate the sounds of nature, but we try.
Oregon, n. What in the world is the matter with my state? Roughly seventy thousand
Oregonians attended Obama’s summer 2008 speech at Portland’s Waterfront Park. I can’t
help wondering just now how many of those people have since changed their minds.
„Hope and Change’ indeed. Hope for the best, but change for the worst.
Organ, n. That by which the little girl grabbed the little boy after having chased him
around the church.
Organelle, n. Smaller version of that depicted above.
Orgasm, n. The one pleasurable experience that must come to a halt at some point.
Origami, n. Area immediately south of Washingtami.
Original Intent, n. Let us understand each other. As Thomas Sowell so admirably
demonstrates, we cannot go back in time and read the minds of the founders of the
Constitution. We can, however, read the words that they spoke and wrote, in the context
of their time. If we, in our supposed ultimate wisdom, choose to disregard their printed
words, then God help us.
Jose Ortega Y Gasset, n. Spanish philosopher. Author of the 1930’s classic „The Revolt
of the Masses.’ The following is a gem from that book. „Civilization is not self-
supporting – it is artificial and requires the artist or the artisan. If you want to make use of
the advantages of civilization but are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding
of civilization – you are done.’
George Orwell, n. Reminds us that there are indeed bad men doing bad things in our
behalf around the world in order that we may sleep safely in our beds at night. He also
tells us that if we would see the future, we should imagine a boot stomping on a human
face – forever. Had either Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia ultimately been victorious, that
is exactly what we would have seen.
Osama bin Laden, n. Over two decades, Al Qaeda’s leader and symbol. We had been
hunting him since 9/11 and found, much to our dismay, that Bill Clinton had, in the years
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