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American politics


Affirmative Action in Texas

Submitted by syntaxfactory on July 16, 2014 - 12:42pm


Win for Affirmative Action

July 15, 2014
Scott Jaschik
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the University of Texas at Austin's consideration of race in admissions.


"Recognizing" or "limiting"?

Submitted by syntaxfactory on July 3, 2012 - 10:13am

In Minnesota, same-sex marriage will be on the ballot.

The text of the resolution reads: "Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?"

Democratic attempts to halt the referendum have failed; now, the Democratic Secretary of State has proposed the following heading for the resolution: "Limiting the status of marriage to opposite sex couples."



Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 3, 2012 - 10:50pm

Open thread: Comments about Iowa caucus?


"politics is more about the kind of killer you elect"

Submitted by syntaxfactory on August 16, 2011 - 7:57am

Rosewater Chronicles knocks it outta the park:

"In our time, when politics is not just art, it’s now everything, most especially consumption. Perry is marketing himself as a middle-way flavor. If there’s any hope for Obama (who I will vote for as the lesser of two evils), it has to be about soldiers, not the economy. Good hair sovereigns of fashion are death machines in phallic clothing. Somehow we need to convince others that politics is not taking your own canvas bags to the grocery store or where you buy your latte; politics is more about the kind of killer you elect."


Contest: Rhetoric and Thomas Jefferson

Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 31, 2011 - 10:00pm

The Blogora announces its first ever contest.


Erasing a Clinton

Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 10, 2011 - 6:30pm

Here, a Clinton:

Here, not:

Here, a set of explanations with implications for cross-cultural implications for visual rhetoric, gender and intellectual property.


Added to my Email

Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 29, 2011 - 6:00am

Added to my university email signature:

"This correspondence is not private and may be solicited by anyone via the Freedom of Information Act, as I am a public employee. Matters of a personal or political nature should be sent to my gmail account:"

Maybe you should consider the same?

See: "Because We Are All Bill Cronon: An Open Letter To Our Colleague In Madison"



Wisconsin and Political Slogans

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 16, 2010 - 9:44pm

Slightly NSFW.


English Only? In my Minnesota?

Submitted by syntaxfactory on July 27, 2010 - 11:16am

When I moved to Minnesota, I thought I was escaping politics like this local English-only initiative.

Compositionists issued an important statement on issues like this 35 years ago: