Category Archives: rhetoric

Losing the Story

A few weeks ago, when Rachel Maddow released two pages of one of the president’s old tax returns, many people criticized her for waiting until the second segment of her show to get to the actual release; even Stephen Colbert did a full-on parody of Maddow’s on-air style on his CBS show. For those of us who watch Maddow’s show regularly, though — I don’t always agree with her, but she does have the best prime time news show out there right now (which may be…

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Albatross!

Stabenow, Peters slam GOP Senate for dropping Flint aid (Grand Haven Tribune) When will millennials start liking Hillary Clinton? (USA Today) During the 2004 election, and to a lesser extent the 2000 election, Democrats expended a lot of time and energy trying to silence Ralph Nader and David Cobb, their presidential campaigns and their supporters. Democrats lost both of those elections. In 2008, and again in 2012, there really wasn’t that same push, at least by the Democratic Party establishment, to obstruct and silence the presidential…

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Packing (Dildoes) on Campus

Dildos descend on UT Austin in ‘Cocks Not Glocks’ protest of guns on campus (mysanantonio.com) In honour of the release of my first book, 50 Critical Thinking Exercises for Humanities Classes (and yes, I’m gonna self-promote the everloving crap out of it, so get used to lots of gratuitous links and mentions), I thought I’d explore a news story from this past week that ties in directly to one of the exercises in my book: The promised protest of open carry laws on Texas college campuses this past…

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Debating the Debates

Libertarian Gary Johnson Keeps Fighting to Join the Presidential Debates (truthdig.com) Can Gary Johnson And Jill Stein Crash The Debates? (huffingtonpost.com) Fact check: Trump misfires on debate claim (USA Today) Although the first televised presidential debate in American history in 1960 is famed for how it shaped voters’ perceptions of Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy, it’s important to remember that it wasn’t followed by another televised debate in 1964, or 1968, or even 1972. The second presidential election to feature a televised debate didn’t…

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No Such Thing as a Stupid Question

Is Green Party Candidate Jill Stein ‘Anti-Vaccine’? (snopes.com) One of the more troubling aspects of recent federal budget negotiations has been congressional Republicans’ insistence on prolonging a ban on using federal funds for research into the effects of gun violence. I’m very strongly opposed to this ban, but my opposition has nothing to do with guns and everything to do with research. It wouldn’t matter what was being targeted by the research funding ban; I believe that banning funding into any kind of research is counterproductive…

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