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Coincidences for the Nuns are None

Posted by Michael Dolan on July 31, 2012 in Uncategorized |

With the national assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious coming up Aug 7-11 in St Louis, it is time to look at the name of the people the gathering there.  Catholic bishops earlier this year censured the organization, the largest and most important group of American sisters, for discussing (not advocating) women priests […]

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It’s real now

Posted by Michael Dolan on July 28, 2012 in Uncategorized |

  “Job Creators.”  Sound familiar?  It’s a key concept for those of both major parties who want to yet again lower the taxes of the richest Americans.  The economic theory is that rich people invest their excess wealth in companies that hire the little people.  So the little people need to support lowering taxes on […]

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Who Are You? Exactly.

Posted by Michael Dolan on July 25, 2012 in Uncategorized |

To describe people accurately and consistently is impossible.  Words cannot stretch to cover all we want to say over the years.  So says Charles C. Mann, whose recent history 1493 traces the mash up of peoples around the globe once Christopher Columbus set foot on the gateway to China in the Caribbean. We are familiar […]

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Plain Language, Part 3,287

Posted by Michael Dolan on July 21, 2012 in Uncategorized |

  In a review of the year-old federal Plain Writing Act this week, the independent Center for Plain Language says federal agencies have experienced a variety of experiences, good or bad. The story is familiar.  The “Plain Language” movement has been pushing ideas on people for at least 100 years, with serious studies being published […]

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Really Successful People Are Pro-Retroactive

Posted by Michael Dolan on July 18, 2012 in Uncategorized |

Retroactive retirement.  That’s how presidential candidate Mitt Romney explains signing key investment documents for Bain Capital in 2002 even though he said he left the company in 1999.  We’ve covered this before.  If it’s a term you have not heard before, be suspicious. No matter how you approach it, the phrase means nothing.  Its credibility […]

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A Good One

Posted by Michael Dolan on July 17, 2012 in Uncategorized |

  Look: “low information voter.”  Not bad.  Seems a fair and objective description. The phrase has recently been turning on the usual talk shows.  It no doubt has its roots to about the 1980s when sensitivity reached middle management at newspapers.  Instead of constantly censuring their readers for not following city hall like obsessives, editors […]

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Life Sentence in a Word

Posted by Michael Dolan on July 14, 2012 in Uncategorized |

When old sports writers paste a label on young athletes, it tends to stick for the rest of their public lives, says Frank Deford in his latest memoir, Over Time. “In any event, fair or not, seldom do we change our opinions about sports stars.  They are categorized throughout their lives as lovable or dopey […]

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Structure Becomes Message

Posted by Michael Dolan on July 8, 2012 in Uncategorized |

In order to maintain Content Overload, hacks must rely on easily recognized cliches.  George Orwell would approve: <iframe width=”640″ height=”360″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/aHun58mz3vI?feature=player_embedded” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

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Multitudinous Pulchritudinous is Hip

Posted by Michael Dolan on July 7, 2012 in Uncategorized |

In order to be a hipster, reports one hip website, you can’t just shop at Goodwill and expect to be taken ironically.  You have to adopt the whole program including the right lingo: While there will be many variations and part of the reality of hipster culture is that things change constantly, there are some […]

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None Finer

Posted by Michael Dolan on July 4, 2012 in Uncategorized |

The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America           “When, in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature […]

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