Protecting Ourselves and Our Freedoms: Actual Militias

Posted by Michael Dolan on December 23, 2012 in Uncategorized |

The way out of our gun mess lies not in restricting our Rights but in understanding them and applying them properly.  The issue we are all debating expands way beyond guns because a threat to one Right is a threat to all.                 If you are an American, you currently have the Right to walk […]

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Enhanced Lying

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

A popular new movie reminds us of a major principle of dishonest public discourse. Zero Dark Thirty brings us back to the Bush-era “enhanced interrogation” used to extract information (or at least words) from suspected enemies.  The term for this practice previously was “torture.” People who use the newer term are trying to say, “When […]


Everything is a Big Deal to Them

Posted by Michael Dolan on December 11, 2012 in Uncategorized |

It’s not a particularly new idea that it is easy to say something to a child that causes pain now and into the future.  But one mother offers an interesting personal account of how she responds.  Most parents do OK, says Janice White. “However, I think as parents we underestimate the impact of what we […]



Words Like Loaded Pistols

Posted by Michael Dolan on December 5, 2012 in Uncategorized |

That’s the great title of new book by Sam Leith, English newspaper editor.  It’s a disappointment then to find the book is a standard rhetoric manual.  It covers the Greeks and other ancients in a familiar story. Other than reviewing a couple of speeches, the book is not very practical.  For example, you won’t learn […]

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Free Speech Starts and ENDS Here

Posted by Michael Dolan on December 3, 2012 in Uncategorized |

We’re sounding the alarm.  And we are going to keep on this one. You are required to speak well of the hockey coaches at the State University at New York (SUNY) Oswego. Student Alexander Myers found this out recently when, as part of a class assignment, he surveyed people about the college’s hockey coach Ed […]

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