The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


Why Mommy Is a Democrat

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 6, 2006 - 10:39pm

This is cute: I wonder what the Republican, Libertarian, and Trotskyist equivalents would look like.


Driving the Jews Out of Town

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 6, 2006 - 9:32pm

Hard to believe, well, not really. . .if you've ever been in small-town Texas:


The DEA Discovers Rhetoric, Sort of

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 6, 2006 - 9:25pm (click on the Got Meth button if the main page comes up)


In Case You're Keeping Score at Home

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 6, 2006 - 3:56pm

American Military Deaths in Iraq Total Since war began: 2538 In Combat since war began: 2051 Since 5/1/2003: 2401 Official Total Wounded: 18490 Estimated Total Wounded: 20000-48100 from's daily tally


Sometimes Football Is Just Football

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 6, 2006 - 2:31pm

Michael Ledeen, one of the prime architects of current debacle in Iraq, has this commentary on the Italy-Germany World Cup match on National Review Online: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 Makes You Wonder [Michael Ledeen] In today's "reportage" of the World Cup semifinal between Italy and Germany, the (lefty) Washington Post reported that the game-winning goal was scored on a left-footed kick, while the (righty) Washington Times reported it was scored on a right-footed kick. The Post account was correct, but don't you find it mysteriously symbolic of something or other? Also, for those, like Dr. Kissinger, who insist on seeing national character reflected in the style of play by national soccer teams, I am reminded that Italy always beats Germany in the World Cup, and they do it by demonstrating those qualities that are invariably (and mistakenly, I think) ascribed to Germans: discipline, patience, courage, tenacity, stamina. And, lest we forget—and we always do—the Italians have fought bravely, tenaciously and patiently in Iraq, taking many losses and pressing forward nonetheless. I frankly haven't noticed brave Germans out there, but no doubt it's an oversight on my part.


Rhetoric's Ghost

Submitted by Adria on July 6, 2006 - 1:13pm

Dr. Gunn alerted us to the following opportunity for students, and I thought it wise to pass the word: Psychodynamic Practice 2006 Essay Competition - For Students and for New Writers Psychodynamic Practice is introducing a second section in its annual Essay Competition. As well as prizes for students who are undertaking, or have recently completed, a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic course, there will be a section for new writers who have not previously published in this field. Submitted essays/articles may be on any subject that falls within the scope of the journal, including: clinical practice; the application of psychodynamic ideas to a social or cultural issue, a book, film, painting or play or a significant life experience; organisational and group processes; professional and occupational issues. The prizes for the Student Section and New Writers Section are first prize: £150 worth of books for both winners and second prize £100 worth of books for both winners. The books will be chosen from the very large selection published by Routledge: Please submit your essay/article, indicating which section of the competition you are entering, together with details of your name, address and place of study/work to: or by post to: Paul Terry, Lecturer in Counselling, FCE, Birkbeck College, 26 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DQ. The closing date is 1st December 2006. The essay should be between 2,500 and 5,000 words and not published or under consideration for publication elsewhere. The essay awarded first prize will be published in the journal. Other entries may be published subject to recommendations from the editors. The judges reserve the right not to award the prizes if the entries are of insufficiently high quality. For further information on Psychodynamic Practice please visit:


On Class

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 5, 2006 - 3:00pm

Makes me wonder what a rhetorical/communicative conception of "class" might look like:


L is for. . .

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 5, 2006 - 1:04pm

L lacanthropy, n. The transformation, under the influence of the full moon, of a dubious psychological theory into a dubious social theory via a dubious linguistic theory. (I'd never seen Daniel Dennett's Philosophical Lexicon before today; some of it's amusing, in that arch analytic style one can take for a few minutes) More here:


W. ,(revisionist) Historian

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 5, 2006 - 12:49pm

"I've reminded the prime minister—the American people, Mr. Prime Minister, over the past months that it was not always a given that the United States and America would have a close relationship."—George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., June 29, 2006 From Slate's Bushisms:


Take the Hitler/Coulter Quiz

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 5, 2006 - 11:56am