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2019-03-31
Lies My Newspaper Tells Me

The Guardian article, by Joe Parkin Daniels (in Bogotá, Columbia – one wonders why it wasn’t Joe Parkin Daniels in Caracas, Venezuela), is headlined, “Red Cross brokers Maduro-Guaidó deal to allow aid delivery,” already apparently siding with the 25% of the world that recognizes some legitimacy in Juan Guadó’s claim to leadership in Venezuela. But […]

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2019-03-25
It’s (Not) Mueller Time. It’s MT.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has found that neither Donald Trump nor any of his aides colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, according to letter delivered to Congress on today by the US Attorney General. … Despite the high-profile indictments of several key Trump associates, like former campaign manager Paul Manafort, former lawyer Michael Cohen […]

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2019-03-12
Russia-gator Will Bite You

While the Democrats are waiting for Jesus, or rather Robert Mueller, to save them from their failed election strategy of 2016, I’m having a lot of trouble taking the Russian Collusion storyline seriously. Let there be no mistake: I think Trump is a clear and present danger to the nation and its hallowed (if not […]

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2018-08-26
Leaving Facebook

On June 10, 2018, Facebook gave me a time-out. Ostensibly, this was for posting a link to an article about a nude fundraiser in Ireland – to raise funds for “cash-strapped parents of cancer-stricken children visiting [Dublin] for extended hospital stays.” There was nudity, granted. But nude protest, at least, has a venerable history – […]

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2018-04-29
Gun Rights vs. Women’s Rights

“I Dream One Day Women Will Have the Same Rights As Guns” says the sign held up at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017. Of course, it’s a ridiculous argument on its face, given that inanimate objects don’t have rights. Granting that the sentiment was inelegantly stated, does it have any merit? […]

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2018-04-11
Stupid Conservative Memes ...

I presume from the source (Fox News) that this is meant to demonstrate that guns are no worse than knives; that if you take away guns, the criminals will still kill, only with knives. The logic is flawed: you cannot kill 17 people in seven minutes with a knife; only a gun can do that. […]

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2018-04-05
Stupid Conservative Memes…

“Jewish Shoes” This meme, using a photograph of Jewish shoes piled up in the “luggage room” at the Auschwitz II–Birkenau concentration/extermination camp (museum), employs a particularly despicable argument against gun control, sometimes known by its portmanteau term: Reductio ad Hitlerum. It is an argument claiming that victims of the Holocaust could have resisted oppression under […]

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2018-04-02
Stupid Conservative Memes…

“They All Owned Weapons” This meme is a response to a response: It attempts to show that some of the founding fathers were pretty young (like the student activists who survived the Parkland school shooting in February 2018), but still knew what they were doing when they created the USA (like the student activists who […]

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2018-03-30
Stupid Conservative Memes…

“Not Above Criticism” So much butthurt in so few words! It seems that Charlie Kirk not only proves the point of the original meme in his “answer,” but can’t follow the line of reasoning in it, either. Allow me to explain— Nobody said the arguments of David Hogg (Emma González is also pictured) are “above […]

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2018-03-30
Stupid Conservative Memes…

“Private Gun Owners Won the Vietnam War” This meme is arguably about gun control. It seems to be saying that, were it not for private ownership of guns by Vietnamese civilians, North Vietnam would not have defeated the USA and our allies. Objectively speaking, North Vietnam won the Vietnam War: On 29 March 1973, the […]

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