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Carthage adventures

Have you heard of a college called Carthage? It has beards, bona fides and breakable baggage.

Carthage adventures

Have you heard of a college called Carthage? It has beards, bona fides and breakable baggage.

Rhetoric of war

Here’s a quotation from the president’s speech on Wednesday, September 10, broadcast from the White House:

Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not ‘Islamic.’ No religion condones the killing of innocents. And the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.  And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and…

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Why do we even encounter anti-Zionism when we look for alternate explanations of 9/11?

Why do we even encounter anti-Zionism when we look for alternate explanations of 9/11?

Okay, let me try to write about the question of anti-semitism again. I have to plunge into this subject, or I will find myself off on some detour or digression. When you turn off the main path, you don’t know if you’ll ever get back.

The first question is, why does anti-semitism even exist anymore? I know we’ll always have enmity among religious and ethnic groups. That’s not the kind of animosity…

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Sep 5

What is rhetoric?

What is rhetoric?

Rhetoric studies the motion of interplanetary bodies in the cryosphere.

You’re funnin’ me, ain’t ya Tom?

Surely I am, Huck. Surely I am.

What is rhetoric, then?

The study of rhetoric aims to clarify how people use language to persuade. As such, it encompasses – or touches on – logic, evidence, emotion, argumentation, propaganda, analysis, motivation, reason and unreason: all…

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"Lee died in the service of his country."

“Lee died in the service of his country.”

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. ~ Maya Angelou

That goes for institutions as well as people. When a person or an institution reveals something that makes you think, “That can’t possibly be true,” don’t think that if you overlook it, the truth will go away. It won’t.

I’d like to apply this insight to the way our government treated Lee Oswald. Lee’s mother,…

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Don’t try to wish war away

Don’t try to wish war away

Russia invaded Ukraine yesterday. What was the headline in Reuters? Ukrainian prime minister Poroshenko accuses Russia of invading Ukraine. The US and EU still do not want to acknowledge what has been true since Russia invaded Crimea: Ukraine and Russia are at war. We still talk about separatists and Russian troop movements, but we can’t speak about the truth: Russia wants at least eastern…

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Like for like

If someone shoots a tear gas canister at you, throw it back. Use the state’s own weapons against it.

When did it become alright in our country to use gas to disperse non-violent protesters? Who will demonstrate that this kind of police behavior is not okay? Edward Crawford shows us what we need to do. Turn the state’s own power back on itself, and exploit its weaknesses. That is how we citizens…

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Can I?

Brother, can you spare a laparoscopic power morcellator?

Brother, can you spare a laparoscopic power morcellator?

Here are some thoughts related to Johnson & Johnson’s decision to stop selling its power morcellator, long after the FDA approved it to remove fibroid tissue inside a woman’s uterus, because evidence indicated it could spread cancer in women.

Laparascopic power morcellator.

Power morcellator, closeup.

We recognize a general tradeoff between innovation and regulation. That is, we are usually…

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May I have a permission slip?

We have a fairly new phrase to add to our political vocabulary. In addition to the surveillance state, we also have the permission state.

May I have a permission slip?

We have a fairly new phrase to add to our political vocabulary. In addition to the surveillance state, we also have the permission state.