Politics: Using Sign Language

Though K. T. McFarland is poised to jump into the New York Senate race, she says she's not ready yet to discuss the issues or the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton. She doesn't have to: the naval relics on her kitchen wall--displayed last week on the front page of The New York Times--do the talking for her, artfully signaling to pro-military voters that she's one of them. And challenging Clinton's defense resume is exactly how Republicans hope to sap her presidential candidacy. A decoding of the signs:

Naval officer's sword that belonged to McFarland's father-in-law, Alan McFarland. Souvenir photograph of Alan McFarland with FDR and Churchill at their 1941 secret summit at sea. Flag from the destroyer McFarland commanded during World War II. Citation for McFarland's Bronze Star.