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No Single Number Defines Our Economy

Anderson Connors beat me to it. I’ve been working on this entry for a couple of months, but Anderson posted yesterday: “The Dow Is NOT The Economy”, including this helpful summary: “1. The stock market is NOT the economy. 2. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is NOT the stock market.” Like me, he was referring[…]

Social Media Algorithms Need A LOT Of Work

Like you, I’ve heard a lot about the proprietary algorithms that social media companies use to determine which posts we see. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others regularly mention them in interviews and in their own posts. They’re pretty proud of them. They typically also mention their internal “metrics” — the systems in place that record[…]

Does Anybody Actually Want Oprah For President?

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Published on: 2018.01.12

Derpity Derp Found on my Facebook newsfeed yesterday. I’ve seen a few posts and memes from conservatives, poking fun at liberals for wanting Oprah Winfrey to be president. And I’ve seen plenty of posts from liberals and moderates clearly saying they DON’T want Winfrey to be president. What I haven’t actually seen is any rank-and-file[…]

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[…]

‘The Soul Of The GOP’ Is… What Exactly?

This is bordering on ridiculous. Granted, the word “soul” doesn’t appear in the story’s body, but the headline of this Washington Post story proclaims: “Mitch McConnell vs. Roy Moore Is Now A Battle For The Soul Of The GOP”. Battle For The Soul Screenshot of Nov. 13 headline in The Washington Post The story is[…]

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?”

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.[…]

If We’re Going To Elect Celebrities Anyway…

2020? Oprah Winfrey with Michelle Obama (Image is in the public domain.) Two days ago, media mogul Oprah Winfrey seemed to reconsider a presidential bid — despite saying just a few months ago that she would “never run for public office”. I don’t know what changed, but I can guess: her realization that her qualifications[…]

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[…]

One Of The Tamer Trump-Supporting Statements Is Still Garbage

There are some rabid Trump supporters out there. Much more insidious are the ones who make an show of reasonableness. “See?” they’ll say. “I’m a reasonable person and I still support this monster.” Those are the ones to watch out for. Not Rabid. Still Bad This Facebook post crossed my timeline late last night Take[…]

Thankfully, The Persecution Is Over

President + Bible = ? A photo of a reality TV star holding a book. If you don’t regularly hang around with evangelical Christians or fundamentalists, you might be unaware that they were regularly “persecuted” in the U.S. — so much so that they called it a War On Christianity. To ensure they continued to[…]

Conservative Friends: I’m Still Curious

Saturday morning, I posted a query to “my conservative Facebook contacts”, accompanied by a link to a Washington Post article called Trump Appears To Promote Violence Against CNN With Tweet: Washington Post Story A screenshot of the Washington Post article in question. If any of my conservative Facebook contacts haven’t yet “unfollowed” me, I’m curious[…]

Maher Should Have Known Better

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Published on: 2017.06.03

Lots of folks are dumping their two cents’ worth about Bill Maher recently. I don’t carry cash or coins anymore, but here are some of my thoughts on the recent “incident”. Background: Friday night (June 2), Real Time host Maher used the phrase “house nigger” — referring to himself — after guest Ben Sasse (a[…]

10 Bogus Explanations For Millennials’ Lack Of Religion

Christians — especially mistaken authors like “Doctor” Alex McFarland — are pretty worried about the Pew survey which shows younger U.S.ians are leaving religion in droves. Logically, for anyone concerned with the longevity of religion, there have to be two immediate goals: (1) find out what’s driving millennials away from the church, and (2) figure[…]

Wholly Unremarkable Observations On My Music Collection

Categories: Music, Personal
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Published on: 2017.04.30

Backstory: Now that we own a BlueTooth-enabled new car, I determined to curate my digital music collection, hoping to store on my phone just a “few” select songs that I don’t mind listening to anywhere, any time. So I went through every album on my hard drive over the past three days. Neverday Close-up photo[…]

Ivy Taylor Is Delusional To The Point Of Being Incompetent

Home Sweet Home A “house” on Oliver Street in Seminole, Oklahoma, that would more properly be called a “shack”. During my nine years in Seminole, I met multiple people who lived in homes just like this, because they couldn’t afford to fix them up and couldn’t afford to move elsewhere. They couldn’t even afford to[…]

One Woman Wrongly Sent 21,000 People To Prison

The next time someone is sentenced to prison for drug possession, and you’re tempted to think “they got what they deserved”, I urge you to remember Annie Dookhan. Because of her forged test results, more than 21,500 people were convicted of drug crimes. Those convictions have now been overturned en masse (sadly, it took four[…]

Mike Pence’s Apparent Marriage Eccentricities Are The Wrong Place To Attack

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Published on: 2017.03.31

There are enough things wrong with Mike Pence the politician that you’d think liberal-leaning media outlets could focus solely on those. Of course, I’m not against delving into politician’s personal affairs — after all, they suckle at the public teat and I want to know where all my money is going. And I’m certainly not[…]

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