Category Archives: politics

Bad Memes

There is an infectious agent (I forget whether it’s a virus or a bacterium) that causes ants to crawl out to the tips of grass leaves. This change in the ant’s behavior is of no value to the ant — … Continue reading

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Reframing the Debate

Today’s lightning bolt is an interview with George Lakoff in Salon. I hope you’ll read it, but I hope you’ll continue reading what I’m about to say before you jet off to Salon. The short version: The festering pile of … Continue reading

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Turn Left at Stop Sign

Some things are more important than selling books. I’ve been thinking out loud on this blog for some years now. Long-time readers (of whom there may be three or four) will have noticed that last year I repurposed the blog, … Continue reading

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

Taking a little break here from blogging about writing — the election this week has kind of thrown me for a loop, emotionally. Being a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-take-care-of-business kind of guy, I asked myself, “What can I actually do to maybe improve … Continue reading

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Shrill and Over the Hill

Okay, here’s a considered response to the Paglia interview in Salon. I agree with her assessment of Bernie Sanders, which is tucked away at the end of the piece. Other than that, it’s pretty much a farrago of nonsense by … Continue reading

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Cognitive Defects

In yet another of those annoying, pointless Facebook wrangles, I found myself stating that conservatives don’t know how to think. This concept requires a bit more explication than Facebook’s slim user interface can conveniently handle, so here we are. I … Continue reading

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The Rot Starts at the Top

According to a Huffington Post story this morning, President Obama’s response to yesterday’s widespread protest marches was this: “President Barack Obama also weighed in, saying one of the chief issues at stake is ‘making sure that people have confidence that … Continue reading

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