Month: September 2012

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(This is yet another one of those visual rhetoric posts that’s born of this frighteningly imminent course.) You’ll recall that according to the first post, Van Patten made Will a sympathetic deserter and oath breaker; according to the second, Van Patten established the family dynamic through Bran’s perspective; according to the third, Bran remained the […]

Leftsplaining

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On September 28, 2012

I really loved reading this Rebecca Solnit article on “leftsplaining” after being attacked on Twitter all day yesterday from self-proclaimed lefties because I suggested that those who urge

Race, Not Abortion

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On September 28, 2012

I can’t recommend this Amanda Marcotte piece enough. Abortion has no negative net effect on the Democratic Party’s struggles with the white working-class over the past 40 years. Those prob

Deep Thoughts

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On September 28, 2012

How did we reach a point in American life where Bud Selig could be the least loathsome of the major sports league commissioners? This thought causes me nightmares. Share

Rounding Up the Torture Gang Again

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On September 28, 2012
A typically essential Charlie Savage piece on Romney’s defense policy team: In one of his first acts, President Obama issued an executive order restricting interrogators to a list of nonabusive tactics approved in the Army Field Manual. Even as he embraced a hawkish approach to other counterterrorism issues — like drone strikes, military commissions, indefinite […]
Since I’m guessing that Glenn’s tweet is directed at me, I should clarify what I mean in my previous post.    When I said that the issues Friedersdorf focuses on are “pet issues,” I am certainly not suggesting that they are not important.  I certainly don’t believe that.   What I am saying is that the […]

Purity of Essence

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On September 27, 2012

This post is going to sound like under-theorized musing not as some sort of rhetorical device, but because I’m sincerely puzzled by the following question (triggered, obviously, by the last seve

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