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Posts from ‘October, 2008’

Who Is a Socialist?

I’m less than amused (but not surprised) that Sarah Palin is accusing Barack Obama of being a socialist. Here is a direct quote from the esteemed Governor, as recorded by Philip Gourevitch, of The New Yorker magazine: “We’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we […]

The Rockridge Institute

Update, October 9, 2010: The Rockridge Institute archives are no longer available from the links in this post. They are now available from the website of the Cognitive Policy Works, a think tank formed by former fellows of the Rockridge Institute. Thank you, Zack Lym, for contacting me and letting me know about this so […]

If Fascism Comes …..

The following piece deserves to be read and disseminated by anyone with a bent for liberalism or Christian social justice. It was written by Tim Wise and is posted on his blog at the Red Room. I do not agree with all that Mr. Wise writes, and I deplore the stereotypes and condescension that he […]

The Stuck Pig Squeals

I found this piece in the National Review Online today and it is extraordinarily funny to me. If you were to substitute “Republican” or “Bush” for every reference to “Democrat” or “Obama” would you not be describing America six years ago? I have a suggestion for Mr. Levin: read Agamemnon, by Aeschylus, or any other […]

Let’s Party!!

Zydeco and Obama? Great combination!!

The Four Horsemen of Calumny

On June 1, 1950, Sen. Margaret Chase Smith (R- Maine) delivered the famous Declaration of Conscience speech on the floor of the Senate. In it, she declared that she didn’t want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny — Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry and Smear. I think it […]

Hatred in America

While doing some followup research on Bill Ayers, the subject of the previous post, I found his blog and read some of the posts. What I found most fascinating were the comments. Many were rational and sane and many more were borderline psychopathic. I admire Bill Ayers’ courage in allowing those hateful comments to stand, […]

Bill Ayers

I’m a little late with this commentary, but there are so many issues that have been brought forth with the nomination of Sarah Palin as the vice presidential candidate of John McCain that perhaps you will excuse me. As McCain’s campaign has descended into the pit of divisiveness, hate-mongering, and lies, I find myself fascinated […]

The Racial Issue, Again

Some time ago, I posted a short piece about the issue of racism in the campaign for president between John McCain and Barack Obama. Since that time, the issue has become more prominent and a teacher in Florida has been suspended from his job for writing CHANGE on the whiteboard and then detailing what that […]

George Lakoff on Moral Politics

George Lakoff is a linguist and has worked with the idea of metaphors for a number of years. When I was in college, I took a course in linguistics and found it to be very interesting, but the course I took dealt with the structure of language and the concept of metaphors was not covered. […]