The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


"Vietnam" as Shorthand

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 5, 2011 - 7:27am

The CFP below is from the No Caption Needed blog, and it looks great. However, the conference title irritates me because it participates in the American shorthand that bugs me no end:

When we say "Vietnam," we shorthand reference a war that lasted no more than a generation instead of a nation or a cultural tradition that is older than these United States. We do this with Vietname and Korea -- do we do it with any other wars?


The Forgotten

Submitted by Jim Aune on March 19, 2009 - 10:55am

Today is the 6th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. TPM's photo gallery here. Someone really ought to be in jail for this, or sentenced to life as an orderly in a VA hospital.



Submitted by Jim Brown on January 5, 2009 - 9:41am

MLA is now over, and I have been away from the Blogora for too long.

Unfortunately, what brings me back this morning is the impossible situation in Middle East. Rockets and bombs cross in the sky, and no peace seems to be within sight. Hamas continues to fire rockets and flex muscles, and Israel aims to "change the equation."


Remembering Paul Wellstone

Submitted by Jim Aune on October 25, 2008 - 12:33pm

Paul and Sheila died 4 years ago this week. How I miss them, still. His Senate speech against the Iraq war:


Brad DeLong on 9/11

Submitted by Jim Aune on September 11, 2008 - 12:23pm

Some simple eloquence:

If somebody had told me on September 11, 2001 that seven years later Osama bin Laden would still be alive, and that the principal accomplishment of the U.S. military over the past seven years had been to install some theocratic Iranian allies in power in Baghdad, and had done so at the cost of 4,500 American and between a quarter of a million and a million Iraqi lives, I would have simply refused to believe them.


9/11 Kitsch

Submitted by Jim Aune on September 11, 2008 - 11:04am

Milan Kundera, in The Unbearable Lightness of Being:


More on Georgia

Submitted by Jim Brown on August 11, 2008 - 9:32am

Ronald D. Asmus and Richard Holbrooke at WaPo offer a "told you so" on Georgia and also a plan of action (apparently for the next administration):


Cold War Rhetorics

Submitted by Jim Brown on August 10, 2008 - 9:36am

What does the Blogora make of (failed?) attempts to frame the Russia/Georgia conflict with Cold War rhetoric?

Alexander Lomaya, secretary of Georgia’s National Security Council, said conflict arose because Russia sought to “thwart its neighbors’ movement toward Western society and Western values” and framed the stakes in expansive terms that were reminiscent of the cold war.


Stop-Loss is Backdoor draft - been there, done that

Submitted by Cynthia on May 18, 2008 - 7:22am

Along the lines of the 'where were you when..' thread, check out an NPR piece today about the Catonsville Nine (including Father Berrigan), who broke into a Selective Service office to gather records for drafting soldiers and then burn them on May 17, 1968. This is nothing less than a backdoor draft, and recent reports bear this out.


Listening Rhetoric

Submitted by Anonymous on January 10, 2008 - 5:34pm

... in memory of Army Maj. Andrew J. Olmsted:

All Things Considered, January 10, 2008

"Major Andrew Olmsted blogged about his death, long before it happened...."

Andy: May you find yourself -- and those you hold dear --
"in the place where no shadows fall."