Yesterday’s Thoughts

Archive for March, 2006

March 26, 2006

Press Coverage from Iraq

This week both President Bush and Vice President Cheney have pointed fingers at the press for focusing on the bad news from Iraq. These attempts to salvage US public opinion in favor of Iraqi War and against President Bush follow on earlier effort by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to shape media coverage to favor […]

March 16, 2006

Who knew there were no WMD in Iraq?

Last week Andrew Sullivan was raising the issue of ex post facto claims that the speaker/writer knew Saddam did not have WMD. Examples here,here, here, and here. The central nugget: I’m now overwhelmed by how many people say they now opposed the war all along because they could see that the WMD issue was invalid. […]

March 15, 2006

W Has A Nickname

Our President is famous for the nicknames he bestows on those around him. Karl Rove is “Turd Blossum”, Condi Rice is “Guru”, Vladimir Putin is “Pootie-Poot.” I’m in favor of censuring the President for authorizing criminal acts, but even if I weren’t, I’d find these more than a little creepy. The scatalogical and homoerotic overtones […]

March 2, 2006

Communication usually fails, except by accident

My rule of thumb for analyzing an argument was anticipated by Wiio1 in the late 70’s. My argument: The likelihood of the conclusion of an argument being true is the product of the likelihoods of each statement used in reaching that conclusion being true. Wiio’s conclusion from an inspection of each statement takes this my […]