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[…]
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[…]
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 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,[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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.
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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.
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]