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POTUS Is Unhinged, Guilty, And Desperate

It’s been said that those who voted for Trump and continue to support him can’t be swayed to change their minds. It might be true; I don’t know. But I’d like to make one last attempt. If you have any dignity, any capability to reason, any sense of morality, or any respect for the office[…]

The Odd Yet Persistent Fear That Conscious A.I. Will Eradicate Humanity

Metal Man Seen in Austin, Texas. (Copyright © 2017 by Wil C. Fry.) Some of the greatest thinkers and innovators of our time have put a lot of energy into the question of whether robots or A.I. will someday achieve “consciousness” — and if they do, what outcomes will arise? Stephen Hawking noted wisely: “Success[…]

More Fear-mongering About DACA

I wasn’t going to blog today, but something came to my attention that I couldn’t ignore. Yes, I’m becoming one of those “something’s wrong on the internet!” kind of people — I feel I must correct it. It’s a tough inclination to ignore. The Heritage Foundation — an ultra-conservative “think tank” that pushes many of[…]

Once Again, Almost Everyone Is Missing The Point

It’s not surprising that Donald Trump is once again in the news for being a racist. What IS surprising, at least to me, is how often the news media — and the public — seems to be missing the point. When Trump used the phrase “shithole countries” to describe (apparently) Haiti, El Salvador, and several[…]

This Draft-Dodger Meme Dodges Truth And Common Sense

(I know it isn’t Saturday, but I don’t feel like changing the name of this series: “Silly Meme Saturday” for one entry.) Today’s Silly Meme I found this meme on Facebook, where the person who posted it was making fun of a Trump voter in her family. “You Elected A Draft Dodger!” is apparently meant[…]

How 2017 Politics Changed Me

It began in 2015. The earliest Republican primary debates embarrassed the U.S. in front of the entire world. At that time, I simply couldn’t fathom a large chunk of American voters being swayed by any of these people. Let The Sun Shine In An unedited self-portrait made with my phone’s camera. (Copyright © 2017 by[…]

Dear Alabama: You Have A White People Problem

Just look at the statistics from last night’s election in Alabama:   Election Results By Race/Sex In Alabama last night, black people — especially black women — made the right choice. White people? Not so much. Especially white men.   As I’ve mentioned before, Alabama gun-toter Roy Moore wasn’t the worst candidate purely because of[…]

Chuck The Nut vs. Bruce The Atheist

It’s been a while since I posted an installment of “Silly Meme Saturday”, mostly because I quit following people on social media who did nothing but post silly memes. But internet image files with pointless text typed on them are ubiquitous. It was certain that I would run across one eventually worth my effort. Chuck[…]

What If The Moore-Jones Election Was Reversed?

NPR’s story about the special election in Alabama got me to wondering: “What if the roles were reversed? What if it was the Democrat who was accused of philandering with teen girls, who had been removed from high government offices twice for violating court orders, who had a history of horrible policy and behavior? Would[…]

Why Is Trump So Obsessed With Elizabeth Warren?

He can’t stop talking about her, even when he refuses to say her name. Like a jilted lover or bitter divorcee who works “my ex” into every conversation, Donald Trump can’t stop talking about Senator Elizabeth Warren.   Trump v. Warren At left, President Donald Trump. At right, Senator Elizabeth Warren   Yesterday, at a[…]

The Gut Wants What It Wants

“Happiness is a choice” — I saw this on Twitter recently. Is it? I was under the impression that happiness is a chemical. Despite thousands of years of looking, no one has ever found a “soul” or “spirit” inside a human being. And we learned quite some time ago that the heart pumps blood rather[…]

Four Things

Several topics floated around recently, but nothing I really wanted to write on at length — on the off-chance anyone was wondering: “Why hasn’t Wil blogged lately?”

Stop Saying Robert E. Lee Was ‘Against Slavery’

Colonel Robert E. Lee This man both owned slaves and ordered them beaten. Additionally, he led armies of hundreds of thousands of men with the sole purpose of defending the institution of slavery. I use “colonel”, because that’s the highest rank he attained in the U.S. Army. Every single time Robert E. Lee is mentioned[…]

So Much Winning! (And By ‘Winning’, I Mean ‘Prison’)

Presidential Scandals This chart, from Daily Kos, compares the number of indictments, convictions, and prison sentences among presidential administrations back through Nixon. As the Robert Mueller investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign heated up late last week (resulting in arrests this morning), I started seeing a copy/paste comment around social media. The short form is:[…]

#ItWasMe And #MeToo

Categories: Feminism, Personal, Sexism
Comments: 5 Comments
Published on: 2017.10.16

I admit I was overwhelmed yesterday as I began to see a string of #MeToo posts on Facebook — from women I know, women I’m related to, and a few other women that I don’t know in real life but who have befriended me on social media. I was simultaneously proud of them for speaking[…]

NFL v. Kim Davis: The New False Equivalency

I haven’t done a Silly Meme Saturday entry in a while; perhaps because I now follow fewer people who post silly memes. But I still see them occasionally. Silly Meme This meme, while it was intended to poke fun at conservative hypocrisy, rests on a false equivalency between Kim Davis’ marriage license protests and the[…]

Selected Thoughts On Mass Shootings

Mandalay Bay This is the Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino, as seen from Las Vegas Blvd in early 2009 (Copyright © 2009 by Wil C. Fry.) Like you, I’m tired of talking about it. “Mass shootings”. “Lone Wolf”. “Gun Control”. All of it. More accurately, I’m tired of hearing the same old lines. From everyone.[…]

What Does ‘Black On Black’ Crime Have To Do With It?

• Question Why do conservatives insist on mentioning “black on black crime” in the context of discussions about police brutality and systemic racism?   • My Best Guess They heard/saw someone else say it, and neglected to examine whether it was a great argument. It fit their preexisting notion that black people are inherently more[…]

Population Matters

Crowded Stopped traffic on I-35 in Austin, Texas. (Copyright © 2015 by Wil C. Fry.) I’ve tried — and ultimately failed — to avoid the conclusion that humanity’s greatest threat is the increasing numbers of humans. The latest UN report says that global population growth is slowing, but will still approach 10 billion by 2050[…]

How Much Do You Know About DACA?

“Who in their right mind can be against DACA?” is my latest question for anyone remaining in my circles that still plans to vote Republican. Not that anyone from that side will answer. They’ve ignored my previous requests for explanations — for example when I asked about President Trump’s promotion of violence against the news[…]

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