3. Washington Post examples

Exercises on argument/ non-argument identification.

These passages were all pulled from The Washington Post (Dec 12, 2011). Are they arguments or something else?

  1. This being Washington, Adams’ tattoo removal practice draws aspiring CIA and FBI agents, along with other law enforcement operatives. If they go undercover, they can’t risk being identified by their tattoos.   WP  12-12-11 (C9)

2. Tattoo removal is becoming common as laser technology improves, and as some come to regret those signs of faded love, past triumph or plain foolishness.  Ibid. (C1)

 

3. While the nation’s overall unemployment rate declined from 9.0 to 8.6 last month, the unemployment rate for black women increased from 12.6 to 12.9, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Ibid (B1)

4.  It’s hard to escape the conclusion that Obama simply isn’t much engaged by the fight for freedom in the Middle East or sees it as a distraction from his own priorities… Why does this matter? Because for the first time in a generation, the US needs to reforge its strategic relations with countries such as Egypt –and it can no longer do it by writing checks or supplying tanks.  Ibid (A 21)

 

5.  Arabs need to hear and see that American leaders support their democratic aspirations. The administration is slowly moving in that direction: Secretary of State Clinton, for example, has recently prodded both Egypt’s Islamists and the military about sticking to democratic principles. Ibid.

6.  It was gratifying to hear a despotic leader (Vladimir Putin) blame the US for the rise of a democratic protest movement against his regime this week. Ibid.

 

7.  The first week of December was an extraordinary time for Clinton. Not only did she declare that the Russian elections were “neither free nor fair” and criticize governments that “fail to prosecute those who attack people for exercising their rights or exposing abuses.” She also gave what will be seen as a historic speech to a United Nations group in Switzerland describing gays and lesbians as “the invisible minority.”  Ibid

 

8.  The Fed’s website contains voluminous information on the amount of lending and the collateral offered in return for loans. True, the names of the borrowers were not disclosed. But there was a good reason: In a financial panic, disclosing the identity of borrowing banks might further undermine confidence in them. This practice has been standard for decades in the US and elsewhere.  Ibid

9.  Fearing they’d lose credit, businesses dramatically cut spending.  Ibid

 

10.  This (the Peterson-Kahn Super Lightweight match) being the District’s first major championship fight in nearly twenty years, not many medical professionals beyond the ring doctor were present at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center afterward.   Ibid (D1)

11. The effects of such a reconsideration could be far-reaching. If workers can benefit from contracts without paying even what it costs the unions to secure those contracts, those unions would suffer revenue declines that could render them toothless.  (1-22-2014)

12. Such a reconsideration could be of even greater consequence if Alito & Co go further and rule that no member of a public-employee union should be required to pay the dues that go to securing his or her contract. (1-22-2014)

 

Answers

Exercises on argument/ non-argument identification.  These passages were all pulled from The Washington Post (Dec 12, 2011)

1. This being Washington, Adams’ tattoo removal practice draws aspiring CIA and FBI agents, along with other law enforcement operatives. If they go undercover, they can’t risk being identified by their tattoos.   WP  12-12-11 (C9)                                Explanation.

2. Tattoo removal is becoming common as laser technology improves, and as some come to regret those signs of faded love, past triumph or plain foolishness.  Ibid. (C1)        Explanation

 

3. While the nation’s overall unemployment rate declined from 9.0 to 8.6 last month, the unemployment rate for black women increased from 12.6 to 12.9, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Ibid (B1)                 Report

4.  It’s hard to escape the conclusion that Obama simply isn’t much engaged by the fight for freedom in the Middle East or sees it as a distraction from his own priorities… Why does this matter? Because for the first time in a generation, the US needs to reforge its strategic relations with countries such as Egypt –and it can no longer do it by writing checks or supplying tanks.  Ibid (A 21)

 

5.  Arabs need to hear and see that American leaders support their democratic aspirations. The administration is slowly moving in that direction: Secretary of State Clinton, for example, has recently prodded both Egypt’s Islamists and the military about sticking to democratic principles. Ibid.                       Illustration

6.  It was gratifying to hear a despotic leader (Vladimir Putin) blame the US for the rise of a democratic protest movement against his regime this week. Ibid.   Opinion

 

7.  The first week of December was an extraordinary time for Clinton. Not only did she declare that the Russian elections were “neither free nor fair” and criticize governments that “fail to prosecute those who attack people for exercising their rights or exposing abuses.” She also gave what will be seen as a historic speech to a United Nations group in Switzerland describing gays and lesbians as “the invisible minority.”  Ibid  Illustration.  Or the opening statement can be a conclusion supported by the three examples.

 

8.  The Fed’s website contains voluminous information on the amount of lending and the collateral offered in return for loans. True, the names of the borrowers were not disclosed. But there was a good reason: In a financial panic, disclosing the identity of borrowing banks might further undermine confidence in them. This practice has been standard for decades in the US and elsewhere.  Ibid                        Explanation

9.  Fearing they’d lose credit, businesses dramatically cut spending.  Ibid                        Explanation

 

10.  This (the Peterson-Kahn Super Lightweight match) being the District’s first major championship fight in nearly twenty years, not many medical professionals beyond the ring doctor were present at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center afterward.   Ibid (D1)                    Explanation

11. The effects of such a reconsideration could be far-reaching. If workers can benefit from contracts without paying even what it costs the unions to secure those contracts, those unions would suffer revenue declines that could render them toothless.  (1-22-2014)

Illustration. The conditional statement illustrates or provides an example of the far-reaching implications.

12. Such a reconsideration could be of even greater consequence if Alito & Co go further and rule that no member of a public-employee union should be required to pay the dues that go to securing his or her contract. (1-22-2014)

Conditional statement

 

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