Category Archives: rhetoric

Different Playbooks

I suppose I should count my blessings that my long vacation from teaching coincides with the congressional recesses, as it means that I can give myself a bit of a break from politics at the same time as I take a break from my primary employment. However, as has been made clear from today’s developments at town hall meetings across the nation, politics isn’t exactly taking a total holiday this month. (After all, August is the month without any holidays, at least by most Americans’…

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Satan Enters Through Your Loins

Ohio Christian school tells student to skip prom (AP via Yahoo! News) Just when I thought this part of the country couldn’t get more bad press after dealing with "Joe the Plumber" for the past six months, something like this has to pop up. In all seriousness, this is a news story I would expect to see in a newspaper from forty or fifty years ago, not in 2009. I’m not trying to be disrespectful of religious beliefs here, but at the same time, there…

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That blasted HuffPo rhetoric

Giuliani’s "Kucinich-Size" Crowds Disappoint In New Hampshire (NBC News via The Huffington Post, as usual, chose their own headline for the story, and much like the Drudge Report before them, they picked a headline that targeted the HuffPo base and framed the meat of the story in the best terms possible for their goals, mainly to assist the mainstream Democratic candidates towards next year’s Presidential elections. (Also note the unflattering photo of Giuliani they use in the story; as much as I dislike Giuliani,…

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