Palin: Searching for the Right Metaphor


As Aristotle noted a couple of millennia ago, the metaphor is the most effective figure of speech in a writer’s or speaker’s toolkit. Since 2008, a lot of speakers and writer have been looking for the right metaphor to describe Alaska’s Shame. WC offers this as the best metaphor (well, meta-metaphor) to date: Sarah Palin…

The Real Death Panels


Alaska’s Shame achieved a smattering of notoriety for characterizing a part of the health care reform package as “Obama’s Death Panels.” They weren’t, but that’s an old story and speaks more to her glibness and willingness to lie and distort than anything else. Well, anything but the public’s gullibility in falling for the lies, perhaps. PolitiFact.com,…