Category Archives: Political Rhetoric

A Matter of Debate

Before there was Facebook, and Twitter and Instagram, and blogs (the now increasingly rare personal ones) and fairly easy access to criminal records, college admission folks used to look at high school kids’ “activities” – sports and clubs and, sometimes, … Continue reading

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News and Nonsense

There are slow news days, where there are no new big issues, and no sudden reversals in old issues, when the news folks try to deepen their coverage of what’s going on in the nation, and lose audience. Everyone has … Continue reading

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Just Say Anything

When an old friend, and a former student of all things, talks about running for office, well, it’s hard to know what to say. Public service is wonderful and all that, and helping shape the nation’s future is quite impressive. … Continue reading

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The Actual Value of Careful Lying

It’s the question every husband dreads. Do these jeans make my butt look fat? The wife asks the question because she knows they do. And the diplomatic answer is that those jeans make her look good. That’s what she wanted … Continue reading

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Seeking an Operational Definition of Decency

Okay, it was the week that Obama got all presidential and in that Tucson speech told everyone to calm down, to dial it back a notch – as folks had been saying stupid and hateful things that weren’t making things … Continue reading

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What We’re Talking About

We’ve all been in long arguments when both parties suddenly discover that they’re talking about entirely different things – your angry wife suddenly realizes you’re talking about Emma Goldman, not her mother. Use too many pronouns and that can happen … Continue reading

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Calling the Professional Organization of English Majors

Garrison Keillor likes to poke gentle and oddly generous fun at all sorts of things – dour Lutherans and film noir detectives, in the Adventures of Guy Noir – as he has a fondness for useless and clueless but good … Continue reading

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