Category Archives: rhetoric

Provocation

Palin sparks Twitter fight on mosque (Politico via Yahoo! News) Astute readers will have noted that over the past couple of years I really haven’t had much to say about Sarah Palin.  Sure, I make references to her now and then as various subjects she’s connected to are brought up, but I haven’t gone out of my way to skewer her in particular.  In part this is because she’s such an easy target, and there are already enough people out there doing such a good…

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Vuvuzelas Everywhere

By this point most Americans have once again stopped pretending to be interested in soccer, and those who are still pretending will likely stop doing so in the next couple of weeks when the World Cup is over once and for all.  For those who think that this, this could be the time that America finally embraces soccer, I have one word for you: Curling.  Most of you forgot about that a couple of weeks after the Winter Olympics, didn’t you?  There are certain things…

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A Wide Brush

You would think that President Obama giving the first Oval Office address of his presidency would be the rhetorical highlight of the week.  However, Republican tone-deafness on the oil spill and BP’s responsibility to pay for cleanup efforts and the loss of business and habitat for Gulf Coast residents has been, in a word, alarming.  Although Joe Barton’s “shakedown” comment and apology to BP was the apex of Republican missteps, similar sentiments were expressed by several conservative figureheads including Dick Armey, Michelle Bachman, Newt Gingrich, and…

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Roger Ebert Just Doesn’t Get It

Video Games Can Never Be Art (rogertebert.suntimes.com) The first comment Ebert got in response to this article pretty much says just that, and in a lot of ways that may be all that really needs to be said about it. However, I’ve had such a strong reaction to this piece over the past few days that I can’t let it go at just that. As an artist, and as someone who used to play video games a lot (not so much these days because of…

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A Step, but in Which Direction?

There are times when it is safe to say an event is of historical importance as it is happening. The attacks of 09.11 certainly count as one such instance. President Obama’s election two Novembers ago counts as well. I’m not so convinced that Obama signing the new health care bill into law counts. If it had created a public option, or a single-payer system, or even cut out the intermediaries and let fat-cat CEOs vote directly for our politicians, then sure, they could have brought…

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