Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Who’s the Chosen One, again?

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

I don’t Twitter, so I’m sort of live-blogging John McCain’s speech tonight. There’s been quite a bit of hoopla from the right suggesting that Barack Obama is the anti-Christ. McCain himself even ran an ad lampooning the idea that Obama is the “Chosen One.” So I can’t help but notice the language in McCain’s biographical […]

Who wants to be a Republican?

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

After watching Rudy Giuliani’s and Sarah Palin’s speeches last night, I have to wonder. I didn’t hear substantive arguments or positive plans; I heard negative, mocking speeches from both of them. Now, I didn’t watch or read Joe Biden’s speech at the Democrats’ convention, so maybe he took on the attack dog role that both […]

Making a Mom

Monday, July 7th, 2008

As I’ve mentioned before, I read BabyCenter discussions pretty regularly these days. They’re often interesting, but I’m increasingly noticing that I’m out of the mainstream of the discussion. Recent discussions have posed questions like, “Would you, for $100k, defer to your husband on all decisions for a year?”and “Do you think that every mother should […]

The prescience of Dan

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

When I mentioned to Dan yesterday, with a snort, that Hillary Clinton had adopted the Rocky theme song as a campaign theme song for herself (in a blatant attempt to pander to Philadelphians, I might add), his immediate response was, “Didn’t Rocky lose, though?” Turns out he’s not the only one to have noticed that […]

On Obama

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I was so moved by Alice Walker’s piece on Obama in the Root today: “When I have supported white people, men and women, it was because I thought them the best possible people to do whatever the job required. Nothing else would have occurred to me. If Obama were in any sense mediocre, he would […]


Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Slate‘s advertising journalist, Seth Stevenson, is currently chronicling his five-day trip to Disney World from a marketing perspective, and I’m enjoying reading his dissection of Disney’s presentation of its image through the parks. For one thing, I think he expresses very neatly my dissatisfaction with Epcot (which Dan rated the best of the parks after […]

Supermodels and the mortgage crisis

Monday, March 10th, 2008

As Dan and I have taken to watching the Nightly News, we’ve seen quite a lot lately about the rising rate of foreclosures and the mortgage crisis. Even after such prolonged exposure to the trauma that families are facing, no longer able to afford their homes, I remain hardhearted to any kind of bailout. I […]

Flippin’ the O

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Trying to get to Einstein Bros. for lunch today, we saw some Clinton supporters at the corner of Hawthorne and Montrose. They were vigorously holding up signs and shouting out “Hillary!” at the passing cars, and they were getting a few honks. The first time we passed them (entering the parking lot), I simply shook […]

Framing the debate

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Tomorrow in class, I’ll be talking to my students about framing the debate — how to control your reader’s reaction by selecting words, choosing which pieces of evidence to present, etc. I was looking this evening at the website for the Greater Houston Partnership, which is sponsoring presidential debates before the Texas primaries on March […]

Activism, for real

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

I caught part of Bill Bradley’s interview on Forum today, and I was intrigued. He was talking about his new book (and new project) The New American Story, and I have to say, he successfully overcame my skepticism. I haven’t been so inspired by politics or really even by thinking about the future of the […]