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Entries from June 2004

Baptist Split

June 15th, 2004 · No Comments

You may have heard the news today that the Southern Baptists have pulled out of the World Alliance. We think we know why… Unspun™ — Changing the World…One Alliance at a Time.

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Tags: Religion

Facts are Stubborn Things

June 15th, 2004 · 38 Comments

At the 1988 Republican National Convention, Ronald Reagan said, “Facts are stupid things.” This was one of the few times he flubbed his script. He was intending to quote President John Adams, who said, “Facts are stubborn things.” For the purposes of this article, let’s go with the words of Adams and not Reagan, and […]

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Tags: Politics-In-General

New Dog on the Blog

June 15th, 2004 · No Comments

Sometime today, I’ll be announcing a new columnist joining our ranks. This individual is our first columnist to have experience in the world of news, having worked as a reporter in Joooooh-ja (that’s “Georgia” for you unschooled).

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Tags: Uncategorized

The Winds of Spin

June 14th, 2004 · 3 Comments

It was 12 noon, Pacific Daylight Savings Time. I was riding my motorcycle through the Mojave Desert. The gods of weather had smiled down upon me: it was in the mid 80’s as opposed to the seasonal 100 plus degrees. I had a 360 degree view of the stark beauty that is the desert in […]

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Tags: Politics-In-General

Social Malpractice

June 14th, 2004 · 2 Comments

I ran across an interesting quote the other day. I thought at the time that it fit perfectly with all the “noise” in politics these days. However, it’s particularly fitting for the topic of the current blog article. Today’s article is about how the great supporters of the idea that the market can take care […]

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Tags: Social Issues

Dealing with Partisan Writing: Some Practical Suggestions

June 13th, 2004 · No Comments

Last week, in “Partisanship vs. Advocacy: A Meta-Discussion on Blogging Politics,” I wrote about “meta-issues” and the ways in which they can warp understanding and communication. In particular, I was concerned about the deliberate impact of meta-issues upon blogging about politics. I ended that article with a promise to write a follow-up article on how […]

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Tags: Blogs & Blogging

Final Farewell

June 11th, 2004 · 5 Comments

You did not have to be a great admirer of Ronald Wilson Reagan to mourn his passing. You did not have to have great respect for him as a President. You didn’t even have to be an American.

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Tags: Obituary

A Sad Day for America

June 5th, 2004 · 10 Comments

One doesn’t have to have been an admirer of Ronald Reagan — and yet, in some ways, I was — to agree with President Bush that his death is “a sad day for America.” I have not conferred with Bob on this, but I’ve no doubt he would join with me in saying the condolences […]

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Tags: Obituary

Partisanship vs. Advocacy: A Meta-Discussion on Blogging Politics

June 5th, 2004 · 4 Comments

There’s been occasional — some might say more than occasional — talk on this blog about the onerous aspects of the Bush Administration, particularly as concerns Iraq, al Queda, Homeland Security, terrorism and other aspects of living in a free, democratically-driven society located in a sometimes dangerous world, but also as concerns domestic issues such […]

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Tags: Blogs & Blogging

Lawyers, Pit Bulls & Mediation

June 4th, 2004 · 5 Comments

Today is the first of several Fridays I begin something new and interesting. Lawyers perform various types of services, some of which include representing people in disagreeable civil actions and criminal proceedings, both of which can be adversarial. Many people, when they think of using lawyers, think “I’m going to get the meanest pit-bull-of-an-attorney I […]

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Tags: Law and Legal Issues