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Why We Still Need Feminism : Mansplainer Version

Note: This is a very long entry, with many dozens of examples and source links. While I would LOVE it if readers made it all the way through, I understand why they might not. If you want a short, summarized version, click here. In 2009, SCOTUS was composed of eight men and one woman. Ruth[…]

‘Don’t Like It? Then Leave!’ — A Lot Of Derp In Five Words

This week’s Silly Meme This meme, or at least its general idea, has been around for a long time. I first heard the theme as a youngster, when one adult made a formal complaint to another adult about the way a church was being run. A third party commented: “If you don’t like it so[…]

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[…]

No To Minimum Wage, Because: Soldiers

An actual letter to the editor Click image to see larger Click here to see source This one isn’t actually a “meme”, per se, but it is being shared as one on social media, so I’ll have a go at it in this edition of Silly Meme Saturday. (Click the image at right to see[…]

Why I’ve Been Using The Word ‘Regressive’

You might have noticed a recent change in word choice on my part. I’m not sure when, but a few months ago I began using “regressive” in places where I had formerly used the word “conservative”. This was an intentional choice. As always, I attempt to select the most accurate, precise words, both in my[…]

Oh, Those Silly Political Comments

See it larger or read the block quote on this page I won’t defend Hillary Clinton against every random social media post that’s negative about her (because I’m not a huge fan of hers anyway), but I need to respond to one that was left early this morning.

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[…]

The Silly Newsletter I Just Received From Jon Cobb

The Texas Conservative Journal, which I received in the mail yesterday   How I get on these people’s mailing lists, I’ll never know, but I’ll take some satisfaction in knowing that this one was paid for by voluntary donors instead of taxpayer money. The latest edition of “silly mass mailings I receive from Republicans” was[…]

No, Ben Carson Is Not An Idiot

There is no shortage of people willing to call Dr. Ben Carson an idiot, despite clear evidence that he’s quite intelligent. This isn’t helpful to the national political conversation, in the same way it’s not helpful to call Senator Bernie Sanders a “commie” (something I’ve also seen quite frequently). Neither is true; both are personal[…]

Solving Moral / Ethical Dilemmas

A house in rural Oklahoma (Copyright © 2007 by Wil C. Fry.) Many people are uncomfortable with hypothetical ethical dilemmas (some examples). I’ve run into a few people who haven’t heard the term, and others who were first made aware of the idea in high school. I first heard of them in fifth grade, when[…]

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[…]

Qualifications To Be U.S. President

Categories: Elections, Fact Check, Politics
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Published on: 2015.08.07

This morning, Richard Dawkins complained that there should be more “relevant” qualifications for being president than being 35 years of age or older and being born in the U.S. (He did admit that his own country has a more bizarre way of choosing a head of state.) But he missed something very important, I think.

The Pope: A Sea Change For Global Warming?

Industry on the sea, Corpus Christi, Texas (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)   Pardon the pun in the headline — because sea levels are rising measurably — but I was encouraged to read about Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s (formally known as Pope Francis) recent 188-page encyclical on the environment. Read it[…]

Money Buys Influence, Not Elections

They forgot the “per” on the second word (Copyright © 2008 by Wil C. Fry.) There is a popular misconception that money buys elections. Most Americans want to limit the effect of money in politics, including supporting a constitutional amendment to do so. Unfortunately, they’re misguided, thinking the reason is that money wins elections. Don’t[…]

Dissecting False Dichotomies

Left or Right (Copyright © 2010 by Wil C. Fry.) It recently struck me that we live in a world of false dichotomies. I don’t pretend to know how it began, or why, but so many questions have been distilled into two opposite answers. Good and evil. Republican and Democrat. Cheap or Expensive. Worthwhile or[…]

Why Are ‘Nones’ On The Rise In The U.S.?

Empty church pews (Copyright © 2011 by Wil C. Fry.) Results of a new major study from Pew have been much-reported lately. The massive-in-scope survey shows that Christianity is on the decline in the U.S., while the unaffiliated (“nones”) have grown by leaps and bounds. Some publications tried to interpret the findings, some lamenting the[…]

Hillary And Me

I mentioned recently that “I’ve never been a fan” of Hillary Rodham Clinton, and so I set out to examine why. I’ll also probably vote for her, despite disagreeing in several places — because no one else with a chance of getting elected even comes close. When I first heard of her (early 1990s), I[…]

Democrats Aren’t Always Fond Of Science, Either

Not long ago, I sought to call Rand Paul’s baloney when he said Republicans weren’t at war with science. He’s still wrong. But I want to be fair. People in the other major party do it too, but perhaps less obviously.

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