Category Archives: Patriotism

Our Fireworks

“One question in my mind, which I hardly dare mention in public, is whether patriotism has, overall, been a force for good or evil in the world. Patriotism is rampant in war and there are some good things about it. … Continue reading

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To the Logical Conclusion

Some things just had to happen, as the folks at Fox News and any number of Republican politicians just found out. Take up the Reagan mantra that big government is always the problem and never the solution, because the private … Continue reading

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Correlations with Patriotism

Post hoc ergo propter hoc – correlation does not imply causation. A correlation between two variables does not necessarily imply that one causes the other – two things just happened at the same time. That your team wins every time you wear that funky … Continue reading

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Big News from Denver and Bigger News Elsewhere

Monday, August 25, 2008, and the Democratic National Convention opened. Yes, pre-packaged hurrah-for-our-side silliness, but the first day had its moments.   The last Kennedy left standing, of the four brothers – coming off surgery to remove what they could … Continue reading

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Letting the Genie Out of the Bottle Always Leads to Trouble

It had to happen. On Thursday, July 31, the day after John McCain’s new “celebrity” campaign ad hit the airwaves – that television spot featuring Britney Spears and Paris Hilton in an implicit comparison with Obama, the one that upset … Continue reading

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On Patriotism

The big political news story of Thursday, July 3 – the day before the Fourth of July holiday – was this:     Democrat Barack Obama struggled Thursday to explain how his upcoming trip to Iraq might refine, but not basically … Continue reading

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