Archive for September, 2006

Q: Give a good example of a reaction formation. A: Republican Congressman Mark Foley

September 30, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Q: Give a good example of a reaction formation.       A: Republican Congressman Mark Foley

Here’s the definition of “reaction formation” from Wikipedia: In Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, reaction formation is a defense mechanism in which anxiety-producing or unacceptable emotions are replaced by their direct opposites. This mechanism is often characteristic of obsessional neuroses. Here’s the example given on Wikipedia: A man who is overly aroused by pornographic material who utilizes reaction […]

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The “war on terror” is a bad metaphor

September 30, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
The “war on terror” is a bad metaphor

According to this post by George Soros on Huffpo, four factors ensure that the alleged “war on terror” cannot be won. Calling the problem a “war” Invites killing innocent victims; It prevents the U.S. from differentiating among organizations that should be treated differently.  It overemphasizes the need for military action and It invites us to […]

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The night of headless horrors

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The night of headless horrors

It was after dark.  I was walking to my hotel in a big intimidating city, Chicago.  Then I turned a corner and I saw them.  I was so horrified I almost retched.   I kept my composure, though, and called the police. While I waited, I forced myself to glance again.  All of those poor people […]

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Why are Americans proud to be Americans?

September 29, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Why are Americans proud to be Americans?

Ask most Americans, and they will say they are proud to be Americans.  They might not be proud of its current government, but they will say they are proud to be Americans. But what, exactly, does this mean? Pride is usually something that is earned by accomplishing a goal:  I’m sure we can all think […]

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6 out of 10 Iraqis approve of attacks on U.S. troops

September 29, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
6 out of 10 Iraqis approve of attacks on U.S. troops

In past months, President Bush has repeatedly touted the “good news” whenever the Iraqi people displayed their purple fingers with big smiles and exercised their right to vote.  Bush argued that we should trust in the voice of the Iraqi people. As far as I know, Mr. Bush hasn’t acknowledged this recent unofficial vote by the […]

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The Gardener of Eden

September 29, 2006 | By | 3 Replies More
The Gardener of Eden

I know who Mrs. Cain was.  We don’t talk about her or her family much, but things just wouldn’t have been paradise without her or them. She was one of the many illegal immigrants in Paradise that did the actual work of tending the Garden of Eden–you know, the hoeing, planting, weeding, landscaping.  And later, […]

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Just On The Chance We May Be Wrong…

September 29, 2006 | By | 3 Replies More
Just On The Chance We May Be Wrong…

The Bill passed by congress on the detainee and interrogation issue is one of the more frustrating examples of Democratic cowardice and political expedience.  It does not substantively change anything.  Personally, I feel the only utility in having a law in the first place is to use as a cudgel in case certain parties get […]

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Moon Landing Hoax Rears its Head, Again

September 28, 2006 | By | 4 Replies More
Moon Landing Hoax Rears its Head, Again

I was reading the back page of the October Smithsonian, and I was inspired to do some further reading about the Moon Landing Hoax. One can guess my position, as a son of an astrophysicist who worked summers for NASA. Here are a bunch of simple and clear rebuttals to a couple of dozen Hoax […]

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For Iraq veterans: our gratitude is a poor substitute for taking the time to understand

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For Iraq veterans: our gratitude is a poor substitute for taking the time to understand

Charles Anderson served in Iraq, but he doesn’t want to be thanked. I did nothing in Iraq I consider honorable. I was a scared kid riding into a battle I didn’t understand. Our convoys streamed past thousands of starving children and people needing medical attention. Our tanks fired into villages and we battled among civilian […]

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