Posts From Old Blogs and dKos

I am going to be re-posting some of my old blogs from 2001 here, as well as my recent ones from dKos. As you may see, I stopped blogging soon after 9/11, starting… Continue reading

The Virtue of the Filibuster

In The Federalist No. 10, James Madison wrote: By a faction I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by… Continue reading

Oh, How We Have Fallen!

In Citizen Soldiers, his book on the US Army in Europe in 1944 and 1945, Stephen Ambrose wrote: The U.S. Army in its treatment of POWs compiled a record of decency and efficiency… Continue reading

Commission For Africa Report

From the Introduction to the report: Our starting point was the recognition that Africa must drive its own development. ┬áRich nations should support that… Right… and if Africa is ever going to stand… Continue reading

Surprise! Hypocrisy From "Focus on the Family"

Not a big one, but emblematic: Yesterday, during an interview with Mel Gibson, James Dobson referred scathingly to critics of Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ who spoke without having first seen the… Continue reading

"Gannon" on Counterbias

A number of things Guckert said in relation to Counterbias’s softball questions make comment almost too easy: What would liberal bloggers do next that they could have any influence on? Character assassination and… Continue reading

Bush: Getting Credit Where Credit May Not Be Due

Listening to so many who opposed the Iraq war, like NPR’s Daniel Schorr, now saying that Bush may have been right, that his invasion of Iraq may have opened the door to democracy… Continue reading

Why Be Honest?

This may be old hat to most of you, but it bears repeating: From Plato to Leo Strauss and his neo-con children, the idea of the ‘noble lie’ has had a terrible fascination… Continue reading

The Spirit giveth life (to the blogs)

There’s a Quaker statement from 1656 that, I think, says something important to us diarists and bloggers: “these things we do not lay upon you as a rule or form to walk by,… Continue reading

On Being Left Behind

Sometimes, the legacy of the New Critics gets the best of me, and I end up getting carried away with a close reading. ┬áThat’s happened today with “no child left behind” and the… Continue reading