The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


Trouble Brewing at Higher Ed Commission

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 26, 2006 - 12:43pm

Looks like the Administration wants to stay on message about the evils of US higher ed:


Good News Monday

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 26, 2006 - 12:31pm

Fox News' ratings slip and Ailes isn't happy: "Slackers at Fox News Channel, you’re on notice! Your boss is not pleased. Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes is on the warpath following his network’s recent ratings slump, and he won’t hesitate to clean house to turn things around. So far during the second quarter, the No. 1 cable news channel’s primetime schedule has dropped 22% in its core 25-54 demo and 8% in total viewers. The first quarter was even worse. More at:


Arbeit Macht Frei

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 24, 2006 - 9:32pm

Don Goldwater, a Republican candidate for Arizona governor, said he had a message for President Bush. "Build us that wall _ now!" Goldwater said, referring to a measure that would add 700 miles fences along the border. He promised that if elected, he would put illegal immigrants in a tent city on the border and use their labor to build the wall.


Wooly-Thinkers' Guide to Rhetoric

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 23, 2006 - 5:24pm

From Butterflies and Wheels:


Bloomberg for President?

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 23, 2006 - 11:53am

From today's NY Post: IF only we'd been a fly on the wall at Fresco Wednesday night, when Bill Clinton dined with supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis and his wife, Margot. The former president drew a loud ovation, which prompted one witness to exclaim, "The people still love that son of a gun." Clinton, who goes to Africa in two weeks as part of his mission to improve health care there, talked politics until closing time. Sources say he's worried Mayor Bloomberg will run for president as a third-party candidate, spending $300 million of his fortune, and draw enough votes away from presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to elect the Republican candidate. --I hadn't heard this Bloomberg rumor before. I've argued for a long time that the winning ticket in American politics would be someone socially liberal and economically conservative.


Cocaine Makes You Gay

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 22, 2006 - 3:35pm

Neither I nor the Blogora endorse this news story, really: and the original site:


New Legal Realism Project

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 22, 2006 - 2:40pm

This looks promising for rhetoricians with an empirical bent:


Iran Secrecy

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 22, 2006 - 2:24pm

I *still* think we're going to bomb, perhaps with bunker-busting nukes, well before November:


A Good Idea from NJ

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 22, 2006 - 2:20pm

Tour the state to show what the public universities and faculty are up to and good for:


Professorial Nightmares

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 22, 2006 - 2:16pm

From the NY Daily News: Getting slow out there? Fox News personality Sean Hannity booked his old NYU political science professor on Tuesday's "Hannity & Colmes" and harangued the poor man for giving him a C-plus. "You gave me an A-minus on the midterm ... because I regurgitated back every idiotic socialist thing you said," Hannity scolded Bertell Ollman. "And then I ended up getting a C-plus in the class ... because you punished me for arguing with you about Ronald Reagan." Ollman surrendered: "I'll go back and change the grade."