Author Archives: Ben

A semi-analytic rant about DADT …

So, the senate, in a gesture of grand backwardness, has blocked legislation that would have overturned “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Despite a general consensus among high military officials and the Obama administration that it’s a needless, anachronistic policy worth ceremoniously … Continue reading

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Dashing through the discord in a one-horse open sleigh …

To start, here’s a nice strawman argument for you all: Anyhow, first real snowfall here in Oxford, OH. That puts me in a good mood – sugarplums and holiday cheer and all that. I sound cynical, don’t I? Really, though, … Continue reading

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Film as Intersection between Forensic and Deliberative Rhetoric

Legally or not, I’m embedding a couple YouTube videos of scenes taken from the 2005 movie Good Night, and Good Luck, directed by George Clooney, and featuring David Strathairn as Ed Murrow, the CBS newsman largely responsible for bringing down … Continue reading

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Obama and Carnival Rhetoric

Since has Chanon already brought up the Obama campaign, I thought I’d jump on that bandwagon (again – I did it once already in 2008) and write something about our president’s rhetoric. But let me backtrack a little first. I … Continue reading

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