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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[…]

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:[…]

Bigly Disappointment

My lack of impassioned political blogging over the past (particular time period) should not be mistaken for an indication that my passion is fading. It is perhaps an indication that I just don’t know what to write about it anymore. I do know that I’m disappointed in a few contacts on social media who have[…]

Is Obama Planning Another Pearl Harbor?

In light of recent shocking revelations that Barack Obama is the “founder of ISIS” (source: Trump) and that “successful radical Islamic terrorist attacks in the United States… all started when Clinton and Obama got into office” (source: Giuliani*), there are more “facts” to recognize. Hawaii was admitted to the union in ’59. Barack Obama was[…]

Choosing The Wrong Thing To Get Angry About: Denali Edition

Denali National Park, Alaska (Copyright © 2009 by A.Z. Fry.) I suppose I really wasn’t surprised that some folks got angry over the “renaming” of Mount McKinley to Denali. Despite the mountain having been called Denali for thousands of years, a prospector renamed it “McKinley” in 1896, after a man who wasn’t even president yet.[…]

War On Christianity? (UPDATED)

Fox News has claimed (more often on-air) that the U.S. government — specifically Barack Obama — has declared “War on Christianity”. While I enjoyed Jon Stewart’s sarcastic response, I wanted to fact check the original claim — as much as a nebulous claim can be fact-checked. The op-ed I cited above lists several specific factual[…]

Violence Is (Sometimes) The Answer

Military weapons on display, Ft. Hood, Texas (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry.) I am at heart a non-violent person, a pacifist if you will, and this has been my bent since I was a child. I suspect it’s partly due to observing my father’s behavior — always willing to talk before acting, to[…]

Some Observations After Non-Indictment In Ferguson (UPDATED)

➤ No one was surprised by the Grand Jury’s decision. Are you not sick of being unsurprised? asks one writer. Statistics site 538 points out that it’s rare for police officers to be charged for any allegations of misconduct. Grand juries almost always return an indictment, yet almost never when it’s a police officer. The[…]

Since You Asked, My Opinion On Last Night’s Speech

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Published on: 2014.11.21

Actually, only one person asked. And to be truthful, they only asked if I watched the speech, not what I thought about it. The answer was no, I didn’t watch it. I waited until morning and read the transcribed version, which took under two minutes, rather than the 15 minutes it took for him to[…]

My Take On ‘Income Inequality’

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Published on: 2014.11.19

The phrase “income inequality” has risen to prominence in the past few years, including President Barack Obama labeling it “the defining challenge of our time” and Pope Francis questioning: “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock[…]

In Defense Of Obama?

Oct. 2014 Rolling Stone cover (Photo by Wil C. Fry.) As I pondered yet another article about President Barack Obama’s record on prosecuting whistleblowers under the Espionage Act (more than any other President), and how his is the “the most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered” (source), I was standing in line at the supermarket[…]

Poll: Obama Is Worst Since WW2

Categories: History, InTheNews, Politics
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Published on: 2014.07.03

ABC News has reported on a Quinnipiac University poll (see more here) which says President Barack Obama is the “worst” U.S. president since the second World War. (Note: I generally don’t use Roman Numerals for things, even Super Bowls or World Wars, since I’m not Roman and don’t speak or write or read Latin very[…]

This One Actually Is Obama’s Fault

Categories: Internet, Politics
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Published on: 2014.06.07

Something that happened more than a year ago but seemed like boring news at the time has now come back to haunt us. On May 1, 2013, Obama named Tom Wheeler as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. As it turns out, Wheeler was a big lobbyist for the very companies he’s now[…]

Catch-All: Foxghazi, Obammigration, Snowdensation, Etc. (UPDATED)

Just because I don’t blog about something doesn’t mean I don’t have an opinion about it. I’ve missed a lot of topics over the past few months that I really wanted to mention here. I wanted to fact-check some fairly idiotic stuff said by the people who run our country. I wanted to document more[…]

Book Review: The Audacity Of Hope (Barack Obama, 2006)

Categories: Book Reviews, Politics
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Published on: 2013.11.13

Title: The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream Author: Barack Obama Year: 2006 Publisher: Crown Publishers ISBN 978-0-307-23769-9 View it on Amazon View it on Google Books Wikipedia article Before this, I think I’ve only read two other books by Presidents of the United States, one by John F. Kennedy (Profiles in[…]

Have We Been “Fundamentally Transformed”?

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Published on: 2013.11.02

Just over five years ago (October 2008), almost-President Barack Obama said at a a campaign rally in Missouri: “After decades of broken politics in Washington, and eight years of failed policies from George W. Bush … we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” (source, emphasis mine) His critics keep[…]

Day 13: Obama Could Have Phrased This Better

As Congress continues to drag its feet, ignoring the easy solution, I still can’t help but blame Republicans for the shutdown — since they planned it in advance. However, one phrase from the left has been bugging me a bit during this nationally embarrassing debacle. That’s the notion of “settled law”.

NSA Updates: They Did Break The Rules

Categories: Government, InTheNews
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Published on: 2013.08.17

In my recent entries, Obama Frustration and Existence, Not Transparence, Is The Issue, and in the comments underneath each entry, I expressed my frustration with the Obama administration’s unwillingness to do anything meaningful about the NSA’s domestic spying program. Since then, more information has come out: NSA Often Broke Rules on Privacy, Audit Shows (New[…]

Existence, Not Transparence, Is The Issue

Categories: Government, InTheNews
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Published on: 2013.08.11

I like the way the New York Times phrased this: “It is the existence of these programs that is the problem, not whether they are modestly transparent.” (A Weak Agenda On Spying Reform, New York Times, Aug. 9, 2013, referring to President Obama’s recent attempt to charade us into feeling better about the NSA’s “abusive”[…]

Obama Frustration

Categories: Government, Politics
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Published on: 2013.08.10

I made no secret of my support for Barack Obama leading up to the 2012 Presidential Election, and I stand by everything I’ve said on this blog. Note two things though: (1) I was supporting Obama against Mitt Romney, and (2) I criticized Obama before the election as well. I still think Obama is a[…]

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