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Is there a sound?

A question generally attributed to philosopher George Berkeley appeared in a June 1883 copy of the magazine The Chautauquan.

The question was, “If a tree were to fall on an island where there were no human beings would there be any sound?”

White House advisor Valerie Jarrett receives a full Secret Service detail but Libyan Ambassador Stevens received no security detail. Did the administration consider the danger to Jarrett from drug gangs in Chicago or right-wing kooks greater than the danger to our Ambassador from Islamic terrorists?

If no one hears, does it make a sound?

The Obama administration in addition to advising defense contractors to violate a requirement to give employees sixty-day notice of layoffs, now is offering to pay their legal fees from lawsuits derived thereof if they withhold layoff announcements to after the election.

If no one hears, does it make a sound?

To encourage better behavior or to make amends for the “deplorable” video that insulted Muslims, the Obama administration has asked Congress for an emergency cash infusion to Egypt of $450 million dollars. Will the Chinese extend the credit?

If no one hears, can voters notice?

Absentee ballot requests by military personnel have dropped significantly in most states since 2008, including drops of 70% in the swing states of Florida and Virginia. A defense inspector general’s report found that a 2009 congressional authorized program to set up voter assistance offices weren’t set up because of resistance from the Department of Defense.

If it isn’t reported, can voters notice?

Have a fulfilling and profitable day,

W C (Bill) Augustine,

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