Monthly Archives: January 2007

Rod Hart on Bush State of the Union

“The word ‘democratic’ has such positive emotional valence … so they politicize it to use it as a term to describe a group of political rivals.”

“Democrat Party” is not common usage in Texas, Hart said, noting that the only people he had heard use it were “sitting Republican legislators.”

– Dr. Rod Hart, Communication Studies Professor and Dean, University of Texas, Austin,
in an LA Times article on Bush’s gaffe in the State of the Union

More on Hillary’s Campaign

Commondreams.org trashes Hillary for skipping town on the day of the big anti-war protest in order to launch her presidential campaign in Iowa. They suggest she would make a terrible president because she is behind the times and too centrist. And, most critically for Hillary Clinton, a desperate yearning on the part of Americans of all political stripes not for…

Gratitudes

Gratitudes: Under the Rocks and Stones

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

1. The heater in my car (brrr)
2. Louisiana School’s SEF system, which they use to inform the parents about their child’s progress. The kid didn’t turn in a lab this week (bad girl!)
3. The clothes I bought at the beginning of the semester. I really needed them. They were a good investment.

Obama – Move Over, Boomers

Barack Obama might be running on a “move-over Boomers” campaign. He’s pitching himself as the next generation of politicians. While it’s a move that I love, being a Gen Xer myself, it’s a political mistake. Look at what happened to music when the Boomers moved over. Britney Spears! We jumped from the culture of the Boomers to the culture of…

LiberalslikeChrist.org

LiberalsLikeChrist.org. This website offers a nice, if scary, treatise on what Christian Conservatives believe. Ironically, Catholics support the agenda of the Christian Coalition and the Christian Right, since most fundamentalist Christians believe that Catholicism is a cult. The article reminded me of when I was in school at the University of Texas (before I got saved and temporarily joined the…