Monthly Archives: May 2012

“The necessary 60″

I’m noticing many people seem to believe that 60 votes are required to pass a bill in the Senate. This is not the case—only 51 votes, or a simple majority, are needed to pass a bill—so why would they think … Continue reading

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Actions, words, and “manning up” on marriage equality

Does the President need to “man up” on gay marriage? And if so, what would that look like? Are his personal beliefs about marriage equality more valuable and important than his administration’s concrete actions to expand the rights of LGBT people? … Continue reading

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Conservatives….or vampires?

In its current meme form, the word conservative distracts attention from the recent history of the Republican Party while obscuring an extremist takeover of the party. Once upon a time, not so long ago, the Republican Party was made up … Continue reading

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Meme as worker bee

Memes are a kind of shorthand. Memes are symbols that telegraph (or tweet) a body of values, a worldview, a belief system, a “frame.” We might think of memes as the worker bees of language’s power to direct attention toward … Continue reading

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