Archive for August, 2009

Lengua y Patria: The Official English Movement in America

Posted in Vicente with tags on August 30, 2009 by Vicente Peláyez

The United States government has officially recognized a national motto (“In God We Trust”), a national anthem, a national flag, and a national bird, among other things. It has not officially recognized a national language, a national condiment, or a national sport, although there are obvious unofficial contenders for each of these(1). Continue reading

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Rules and Practices

Posted in Vicente with tags , on August 9, 2009 by Vicente Peláyez

When you open up a board game or look online for the explanation of a card game, you are liable to find a rulebook. Nevertheless, games and similar activities cannot be defined entirely by their rules. There’s a lot more to them than that. Continue reading

Mugwumps, Half-Breeds, Stalwarts, Blue Dogs, and More

Posted in Vicente with tags on August 2, 2009 by Vicente Peláyez

News coverage of political struggles over health care, the environment, and bailouts in Obama-era America has often focused on the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiftysome conservative House Democrats. As the conservative wing of the liberal governing party, and with the opposition party both marginalized and monolithic, the Blue Dogs have become a crucial swing group courted by left and right. What precedents in American history can we find for such a party-within-a-party situation? Continue reading

Creationist Claims Examined

Posted in Vicente with tags , on August 1, 2009 by Vicente Peláyez

It is accepted among well-educated Americans that our country’s staggeringly high rate of disbelief in evolution is a national shame. But how many of us have really examined the specious claims of creationism? Continue reading