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On quizzes

Submitted by Jim Brown on February 7, 2008 - 5:13pm

Bitch Ph.D. has some thoughts on voter quizzes, and everyone knows the Blogora (especially Jim A.) loves quizzes. Jim, which Gilmore Girls character were you again? :)

From Bitch Ph.D.:

But the thing is, our opinions on the issues, and the things we want to be informed about, *aren't* entirely rational. And I kind of think that that's perfectly okay. And that even if it weren't, it would be unavoidable.


How Barack Obama is Different.

Submitted by Jim Brown on February 5, 2008 - 10:40am

Take twenty minutes to watch Lawrence Lessig's explanation of the important differences between Obama and Clinton. This video offers some answers to those who think that Obama is (in Lanham's words) all fluff and no stuff...or, to those who say that Obama and Clinton are the same:


On negative campaigning

Submitted by Jim Brown on January 29, 2008 - 9:01pm

Lawrence Lessig posts this statement by a former president of NOW-Chicago about Hillary's negative campaigning techniques:


Kucinich quits

Submitted by ddd on January 24, 2008 - 8:27pm

It's not that i thought he had a prayer of winning, but i'm bummed that Dennis is out. Fred Anctzac told me years ago, in Kucinich's first presidential bid, that he could never ever win: he's too short. And I'm sure Fred was right--Fred's usually right. But pardon me while i whine that this guy's votes always seem, at the very least in hindsight, to be correct, and I'm not just talking about the war. Check this guy's record.


"horserace"? "horse race"??

Submitted by Anonymous on January 4, 2008 - 4:22pm

both Edwards and Huckabee -- first time I've typed THAT word -- called themselves "Seabiscuit" today.
opinion is divided on whether the horse's name is one word or two.
kathleen...?!! rod??!
we need an expert.


The Next Scandal

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 6, 2007 - 6:18pm

I sort of hate to give this rumor more circulation than it's already getting, but it's both an interesting example of how the 'Net allows uncorroborated stories to develop a life of their own and a potential rhetorical exigence for Hillary Clinton. Had any of you readers heard this yet? It's also interesting to trace the networks via which we get information.


Yahoo: Moral pygmies

Submitted by Jim Brown on November 6, 2007 - 4:41pm

Yahoo executives took a bit of a tongue lashing from Congress today for their role in the jailing of a Chinese journalist:

"While technologically and financially you are giants, morally you are pygmies," House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos, D-Calif., said angrily after hearing from the two Yahoo executives.

I can't help but think that Yahoo is standing in as a scapegoat for the real problem which seems to



Submitted by ddd on November 1, 2007 - 5:55am

Salon's Joan Walsh has linked Current TV's waterboarding demonstration on Salon's site. It's pretty intense--i had to turn it off. So is this torture or simply a "coercive technique"?

Either way, it spotlights the intimate connection between speech and violence, which is one that rhetoricians frequently efface with a rose colored opposition: speech OR violence.


Country Music Challenges Al-Qaeda

Submitted by Jim Brown on October 26, 2007 - 12:32pm

The Onion News Network: Country Music Stars Challenge Al-Qaeda With Patriotic New Song ‘Bomb New York.’ Link via Bill Wolff's Composing Spaces.

Country Music Stars Challenge Al-Qaeda With Patriotic New Song ‘Bomb New York’



Submitted by Jim Aune on October 18, 2007 - 2:11pm

Stupid Conservatives Hate Ill People.