Lies People Tell Children

Ann Althouse has fun with a recent back-to-school speech delivered by President Obama: President Obama’s back to school speech contained blatant lies…and if there were any students not bright enough to notice that they were hearing lies, the lies, in

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Mr. President, Not Even Close to Good Enough

Mr. President, Last night you gave an address using the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as an opportunity to pontificate about many subjects. I am afraid that far from convincing me you are leading the federal government well

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Red vs. Blue Families

It’s fairly common for advocates of more liberal social policies to point out that “red states” tend to have higher rates of divorce, teen pregnancy, etc than “blue states”. This is taken to suggest that, however much conservatives may go

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Res et Explicatio for AD 2-4-2010

[Update at the bottom of this post] Salvete TAC readers! Here are my Top Picks in the Internet from the world of the Catholic Church and secular culture: 1. The USCCB scandal continues as the U.S. bishops continue to issue

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Res et Explicatio for AD 2-3-2010

Salvete TAC readers! Here are my Top Picks in the Internet from the world of the Catholic Church and secular culture: 1. On ABC’s “This Week” this past Sunday Arianna Huffington, of the Huffington Post accused Glenn Beck of “inciting

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Carter Tries to Deny He Said Obama Critics Driven By Race

Former President Jimmy Carter was interviewed by CNN’s Candy Crowley who questioned him on why he accused “an overwhelming portion” of tea party protesters and others that oppose current President Obama as racists.  Jimmy Carter responded by denying he ever

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Non-Binary Thinking on Healthcare Please

There’s a conversational dynamic which I’m already getting tired of, though I’m sure that we’ll see a lot more of it in the coming weeks and months, and it goes basically like this: A: “I see the following problems with

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Rhetoric, Abortion and Abraham Lincoln

Regular readers of this blog know that I am a big fan of Father Z at What Does The Prayer Really Say.  Today he has a post on calls to tone down the rhetoric of those who oppose abortion.  He eloquently

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Sotomayor, No Content Of Character Here

Imagine a white male conservative making the same comments that Judge Sonia Sotomayor made: A wise White man with his experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a Latina female,” The mainstream media (old media) would

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The Unattractive Truth About "Heart-wrenching Decisions"

A guest post at the League or Ordinary Gentlemen provides an interesting critique of pro-choice rhetoric from a doctor who is himself pro-choice: [quoting a pro-choice advocate covering Obama’s Notre Dame address] Good, I thought. It will be from the

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Partisanship and Empty Rhetoric

It seems in recent week that an ever-increasing focus has fallen on Rush Limbaugh and his radio show.  Not only have the usual suspects worked themselves into a frenzy over him, but we’ve even had President Obama command Congressional Republicans

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Did the U.S. Commit "Terrorism" in Syria?

Michael Iafrate of Vox Nova condemns the United States for a brutal act of “terrorism” in conducting a strike into Syria against an al Qaeda facilitator. In typical fashion, Michael likewise insinuates that Sarah Palin approves abortion bombings and alleges

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Measured Rhetoric Is More Effective

A good part of what I was trying to say in my Socialist post the other day concerned the relationship between precision in political rhetoric and its ability to persuade; in short, I think that “toned-down” rhetoric is more likely

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