Yesterday’s Thoughts

Archive for January, 2007

January 29, 2007

How Decent?

Gina Cobb believes that the President is gracious and decent. In his prepared speeches, he makes a conscious choice to speak as kindly of his rivals as is humanly possible. His graciousness is more noticeable when the vitriol from his rivals reaches its apex — or at a time when his approval rating seems to […]

January 23, 2007

Presidential Oath of Office

The oath the president takes when assuming the office is prescribed in the United States Constitution, Article II, Section I I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the […]

January 18, 2007

The Authoritarians

Bob Altemeyer is releasing his book, The Authoritarians in installments on his web site, a new chapter every week. This seems like an important book. I didn’t pay too much attention to John Dean’s book, Conservatives Without Conscience when it appeared last year, and still haven’t, but apparently Dean based in book on Altemeyer’s work […]

January 16, 2007

An Improbable Sentence

Merlin Mann pens a statistically improbable sentence, “I suspect that children will eventually support some kind of thin-client email-to-affection gateway.”

January 16, 2007

Depression, Parenting and Protection

One of the perks that I receive by virtue of being the President of the parent’s organization at my children’s school is that I occasionally get to attend presentations on education and parenting that I might not otherwise. A couple of months ago, I heard a woman named Madeline Levine speak about her book about […]

January 12, 2007

How can we have democracy in Iraq

If we can’t have democracy in the US? Charles D. Stimson, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs is complaining about the law firms that are representing, or attempting to represent Guantánamo detainees. According to the New York Times, Mr. Stimson appeared on Federal News Radio earlier this week questioning the role of […]

January 6, 2007

Gerald Ford – Failed Healer

Gerald Ford’s policy of healing and moving on, whether it was the right thing to do, or the wrong thing to do, was a failure. Rather than allowing honest conflict of opinion to flourish and consensus to form, Ford attempted to shut down debate and paper over conflict. The debate addresses whether Ford was right […]