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Those Pesky Facts: The #MuslimBan Edition (UPDATED)

While President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order on immigration isn’t technically a “Muslim Ban”, it does bar entry into the U.S. for citizens of Muslim-majority nations. Specifically: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The ban is 90 days, except for “indefinitely” in the case of Syria. Trump’s stated purpose in this order[…]

The Most Important Freedom, At Least For Now

I would someday be interested in an informed discussion on whether some of our constitutionally-protected rights are more important than others, or should be. For example, if you had to give up one enumerated freedom, which would you choose? (If we’re going with the original Constitution and Bill of Rights, I would give up the[…]

Inauguration: Just The High Notes

Instead of dissecting the new President’s inauguration speech for undertones of fascism and demagoguery — as some have been wont to do — I will point out a few positives that I took away from the event. First note that I didn’t intend to watch, but changed my mind at the last minute when I[…]

We Need To Stop Disagreeing On Facts And Start Arguing Solutions

Oddly, too many arguments between the left and right in our country have shifted into arguments about whether facts are true. Evolution is real! — No it’s not! Climate change is real! — No it’s not! Racial bias in policing! — Doesn’t exist! Guns are dangerous! — Second Amendment! Tax the wealthy! — Taxation is[…]

All Politicians Lie. But Why?

Donald J. Trump, 2015 “All politicians lie”, it is said. It’s a political extension of “everyone lies”. While it might not be entirely true, the cliché exists because the behavior is common. And most of the time, it’s easy to see why they lie. Not so with Donald Trump.

‘Failure’ Depends On Your Goals

Original source appears to be this tweet I’m not sure which logical fallacy this falls under. But it certainly seems to be a poor analogy. (And it has an extraneous comma in the middle.) The meme (based on a real tweet) says: “I hope Donald Trump is a good president. Wanting him to fail, is[…]

When Trump Voters Deny The Racism

Killeen, Texas: a local business flies the Trump-Pence flag just underneath the U.S. flag, including the slogan “Make American Great Again” (Copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry.) Several times in the past few week, I’ve watched as conservatives denied the inherent racism in Donald Trump’s campaign. Here are two examples, copied and pasted from[…]

By The Numbers (2016 Election)

As I noted four years ago, I’m fascinated by numbers, so despite how my emotional reaction differs from 2012, I still enjoyed looking at the tallies after 2016’s presidential election.   County-by-county results map from 2016 election (Screenshot from The New York Times.)  

I Have Never Been So Sad To Be So Right

I called it in 2012: “I will now be the first person to project the winner of the 2016 Presidential election. I hereby project* that the Republican candidate will win in 2016.” And I doubled down nine months ago: “To summarize, I think it’s next-to-certain that the Democratic nominee this year will be Hillary Clinton,[…]

Why I ‘Friended’ You

(Note: I really wish I had finished this entry before this weekend’s Trump revelations. I don’t want anyone to think this is about that. I’ve been working on this entry for months.) Using my only superpower: Overthinking (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) I’ve wanted to write about “why I unfriended you” for so[…]

VP Debate: Far Better Than Last Week’s Embarrassment

As expected, last night’s VP debate (Tim Kaine and Mike Pence — again excluding all but the two most prosperous parties) was calmer, more measured, and much more like a traditional political debate than was the debacle of the week before. We knew this going in because both Kaine and Pence are known for being[…]

Enter The Spin Doctors

The New York Times home page this morning, a rare example of relatively unbiased headlines (Click image to see it full-size) Privately, I predicted to myself that the most interesting thing about last night’s presidential “debate” (Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump) would be the next-morning spin from various news outlets. And I was correct. If[…]

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[…]

My Genetic Fallacy On The Brexit Vote

Photo of Boris Johnson holding a brick, with EU and UK flags overlaid Click here to see a larger version (Image combination by Wil C. Fry) It was clear to me the moment I began seriously considering the “Brexit” vote (read more on Wikipedia) that I was engaging in what’s called genetic fallacy (see also[…]

The Deal-Breakers At The GOP Debate

It’s rare these days that I choose a candidate based on “her values match mine” or “that’s exactly what I would do”. Instead, I find myself listing all the deal-breakers each candidate has, and trying to find the one with the least amount of deal-breakers. Because they all seem to have them. You know the[…]

Human Correctness Over Aversion To Political Correctness

As previously noted, Republican candidates in Thursday’s debates seemed to compete to see who could take the wrongest stance on each issue. While a few (Paul, Fiorina, Kasich) struck me as more level-headed, Donald Trump went the other way, winning the wrongest stance contest. When Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly asked him about his previous[…]

How Depressing Were Those First Debates?

I am so embarrassed for my country right now. Last night’s first debates of the 2016 presidential campaign weren’t as hilarious as they could have been, nor were they as haywire as they could have been. Instead, they were just sad. Both of them. Depressing even. I hang my head in sorrow. The positions taken[…]

They Were Asking For It, Said The Victim-Blamers

If I was in charge of ISIL*, I don’t think I would be claiming responsibility for the failed attack in Garland, Texas. I don’t know what the news looks like over in Islamaland, but here in the U.S., it looks like two dingdongs bought a bunch of gear they didn’t know how to use and[…]

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