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Daily Rhetricks: October 3, 2018

October 3, 2018

FALSE EQUIVALENCY

Take a careful look at Colleen Long’s Associated Press piece, “US unprepared for ‘zero tolerance’ immigration,” published yesterday. In the title, the lead, and the photograph caption, the phrase “zero tolerance” is put in scare quotes. Yet in the body, the phrase is used without quotes. Does it matter? Yes, it matters. Presence of … Read more

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Daily Rhetrick: October 2, 2018

October 2, 2018

EMPTY PROMISE

“Your privacy is important to us.” Recently this sentence has appeared on many websites, such as Bessette Art, Insurewithease.com., KIDD Conveyancing Services, Refinery29, and Tampa Bay Times (this is just a random pick). In part the mantra responds to the General Data Protection Regulation that the European Parliament and Council of the European Union implemented … Read more

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Daily Rhetricks: September 29, 2018

September 29, 2018

COVERING UP THE MAIN MOTIVE

Most Republican Senators want to get their nominee, whoever that might be, seated on the Supreme Court before mid-term elections in November. So their top priority, by far, is not nominee qualification but timeliness. Rarely do they say this outright. Saturday, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch sent a memo to Christopher Wray, Director … Read more

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Daily Rhetrick: September 28, 2018, #2

September 27, 2018

GENDERING OF RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION

Don Lazere

Jeffrey Toobin shrewdly observed on MSNBC, “The Women Always Lose.”

Kavanaugh and Lindsay Graham copied Clarence Thomas’s playbook and went ballistic in righteous indignation, and the Democrats were too chickenshit to respond in kind and decry Kavanaugh’s behavior as disqualifying for the Supreme Court.

It would seem that it is still … Read more

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Daily Rhetrick: September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018

ERASURE OF PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

This morning, before the final vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Jeff Flake, Senator from Arizona, defended his decision to vote in support of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court: “Our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence. That is what binds us to the … Read more