Category: political rhetoric

  • China and Freedoms

    Here is an amazing 90 minute panel about China and Internet freedoms in anticipation of Clinton’s speech.  Video streaming and mp3 download. Hilary Clinton gave a groundbreaking speech on Internet censorship a few days ago.  Well worth reading in its entirety. A data point: Now, these examples of progress can be replicated in the lives…

  • Surgical Strikes are not surgical and are not precise

    Matt Duss scolds the New York Times for this bellicose editorial advocating Iranian bombing. He notes this passage: Incentives and sanctions will not work, but air strikes could degrade and deter Iran’s bomb program at relatively little cost or risk, and therefore are worth a try. They should be precision attacks, aimed only at nuclear…

  • Should we care about Sarah Palin’s autobiography?

    Literary critic Stanley Fish finds Sarah Palin’s autobiography to be authentic in its own way: Do I believe any of this? It doesn’t matter. What matters is that she does, and that her readers feel they are hearing an authentic voice. I find the voice undeniably authentic (yes, I know the book was written “with…

  • Sexy Propaganda

    P.S. If you go to the Youtube site to watch the video, watch it in HD; you won’t regret it! See also: the babe theory of political movements . I never thought this theory was to be taken seriously, but it explains a lot. (Of course, female beauty is easily manipulated by commercial interests. I’m…

  • Key Characteristics of Bogusness

    Lori Robertson on the signs of an inaccurate/misleading email: The author is anonymous. Practically all e-mails we see fall into this category, and anytime an author is unnamed, the public should be skeptical. If the story were true, why would the author not put his or her name on it? The author is supposedly a…

  • Ragging on Right-wingers

    On why Republicans oppose mass transit: Right wingers are always opposed to trains. Whether they are a good idea or might benefit the region is irrelevant. Trains, you see, are too European, too communal, too communistic. Light rail, passenger rail, it doesn’t matter. It is a waste of tax money because it is a train.…

  • You make a mistake when you when say, “make no mistake”

    TX Blogger Robert Nagle dissects the strange cliches which US presidents use.

  • Denialism, Denialist Blog and Health Care

    I am way behind on blogging. Facebook microblogging has taken a lot of wind out of my blogging sails. Joe Romm on denialism. This is one of the fiercest denunciations of denialism I have seen. Skeptics can be convinced by the facts, but not the deniers and delayers. Skeptics (and real scientists) do not continue…

  • Anti-abortionism is easy; why not have a opinion requiring real moral courage?

    About 15 years ago I was active in my Catholic church on social issues. I served on AIDS care teams, a homeless shelter and issue advocacy.  One thing I did was to start a petition drive at my church to support universal health care.  It was an issue where  Catholic views of charity coincided with…

  • Deconstructing Satire

    Tom Tomorrow notes that in the satirical Obama cover for this week’s  New Yorker,  the NYT coverage of the scandal interviewed several TV hosts but no political cartoonists. Here’s his great lesson on how to deconstruct (and degut) a piece of satire . Here’s a good interview with Obama by Farreed Zacharia. I wish someone…

  • "Cut his nuts off" wins Jesse Jackson extra google juice, NYT and Jay Leno

    Jesse Jackson has remained a pretty marginal figure (even though he is an honorable and honest man). Wow, yesterday he learned an important lesson: to get coverage by the major media, all he has to do is to accidentally mutter an off color phrase in a semi-public forum. The American public loves a laughingstock they…

  • Fighting the Enemy via Google Ads

    Simon Owens is a respected blogger about new media, with a slight bias toward the liberal side. He’s not a political blogger per se, but politics comes up fairly often. See his anatomy of a Michelle Malkin post, the ambiguity of a Youtube video and a collection of his best links from the years. Yesterday…

  • Non Sequitur (Again)

    Have you ever loved a blog to death and then completely forgotten about it? Then, months (or even years) later, you pick it up again and say to yourself, “Dumbass, why did you ever stop reading this blog?” I feel that way with Non Sequitur, a blog by two  philosophy profs (mainly John Casey)  about…

  • Health Care Fallacies & Tom Tomorrow Complains

    Tom Tomorrow on health care fallacies Here’s 16 years of  This Modern World cartoons on the health care industry.  He comments, Read at your own risk; it’s particularly depressing to see how relevant sixteen-year-old cartoons on the topic remain.” Tomorrow’s cartoon will be about S-Chip (I can’t wait).  Here’s his thoughts about reality outpacing his…

  • Idiocracy which determines our fate

    I know you; you’re one those swing voters: you’re clueless, apathetic and every 4 years you determine the fate of the free world. Standup economic comic, Yoram Bauman. (Watch video). These past few months I’ve been busy with  many  things, but occasionally I feel pangs of guilt about not blogging enough about politics.  I’ve been…

  • Petraeus Betray Us?

    I’m inclined to agree that the Moveon.org ad about General Petraeus was a bit unfair to the man (although the criticisms in the ad were valid enough). But ever since I heard the ad headline, “Did General Petraeus Betray Us?” every time I hear a politician or journalist use the general’s name on TV, I…