Center for Strategic Communication

Rant day at 15 years, 2 days

[set in stone by Lynn C. Rees] The Internet told me Ahmed Shah Masood was dead. I was annoyed. I hated the Taliban. They were the enemy of all mankind. My hate didn’t single them out just for Third World thuggishness, seventh century fanboy oppression, or giving aid...

The age of panic

Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt; Five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his shirt; Then while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip, Defiance flashed in Casey’s eye, a sneer curled Casey’s lip. And now the...

The Politics of Politics

I don’t remember why I took Debate 101 my sophomore year of high school. I’m not an enthusiastic public speaker nor was I inclined to become one. Perhaps I was interested in learning advanced debating techniques. Then I’d be ever triumphant in the important debates of...

Fourteen years and two days on

[anniversaried by Lynn C. Rees] The Internet told me Ahmed Shah Masood was dead. I was annoyed. I hated the Taliban: they were the enemy of all mankind. My hate didn’t single them out just for general Third World thuggishness, seventh century flavored oppression, or...