Wrong is wrong

This article is a little late, I wrote it last week, and apparently never got around to publishing it. Still I think it is interesting to think about, and I’m still appalled by the Trump administration and what they did and are doing at the border.

I think the issue of borders and immigration is a tricky thing. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. Whether open borders are good or bad is tough for me to say. I don’t have hard numbers in front of me, and although I typically like to think that I am a rational enough thinker on many things, the last several days have been an emotional roller coaster. Continue reading “Wrong is wrong”

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Facts, Feelings, and Their Denial

Facts, Feelings, and Their Denial

It seems like all the smart conservatives are fleeing from the party. Yesterday, I saw news of several prominent republican intellectuals denounce their party. I guess throwing Mexican children in a cage was finally going too far.

Thanks to Washington Post reporter Max Boot for giving me the heads up on this. Continue reading “Facts, Feelings, and Their Denial”

Indefensible: Children in Cages

Indefensible: Children in Cages

I’ve done a lot in conversation, and on this site to defend Trump supporters. I don’t defend him, I never have, I’ve pretty much thought he was a turd from the beginning. His supporters though, I tried my best to give the benefit of the doubt. They’re not bad people,  there were real tangible reasons to possibly vote for the orange goofball.

We don’t all see the world from the same point of view, and despite me thinking Trump supporters are hopelessly naive. I wasn’t willing to end friendships over political differences, and attempted to see things from more than one point of view.

Whenever I try to argue for Trump supporters my brother always leaves me with this bit of wisdom.

“Not every person who voted for Trump is a racist, but all racists voted for Trump.” Continue reading “Indefensible: Children in Cages”

A Conversation with Myself: Fox News

A Conversation with Myself: Fox News

I’ve long maintained the idea that Fox News is a poor excuse for a news agency. That at times seems to lack self-awareness, or if it is self-aware decides to shamelessly exploit the fears of its viewers.

It tries to bill itself outside the mainstream, but historically, has been the most watched news agency in the country. Which of course makes it anything but.

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the Socratic Method, and my inability at times to use it. Mainly, I sometimes struggle to articulate a point, and if I do I act as a bulldozer hitting people over the head with facts, figures, and a total lack of empathy for someone else’s position.

This got me thinking about an article. How about instead of me just callously saying Fox News is #FakeNews, or belittle the people who watch it, I figure out why I think those things.

I want to examine my own feelings about the network, and find out of if I’m justified in my beliefs . Can I apply the Socratic Method to determine whether Fox News is actually as bad as I believe it is?

My goal, is to minimize my own confirmation bias. Although, I consider myself “liberal enough,” I want to make sure those leanings aren’t unfairly shaping my opinion of the network. Continue reading “A Conversation with Myself: Fox News”

Thanks Donald: North and South Korea

Thanks Donald: North and South Korea

Somehow President Donald Trump seems to be knocking it out of the park in regards to North Korea. I have to admit, I was a bit terrified a few months ago when our president was calling Kim Jong-un a little rocket man.

I wasn’t old enough to remember when Kim Il-sung was alive, so I can’t speak to his own sanity, but the two leaders after Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un have always seemed terrifying.

How events have been playing out is really fascinating to see, and when the announcement came out that peace talks were starting between the North and South, I jokingly tweeted that Trump would look to take credit. Continue reading “Thanks Donald: North and South Korea”

Bad Idea: Oliver North Named President of NRA

Bad Idea: Oliver North Named President of NRA

Let’s not pretend that the nomination of Oliver North as president of the NRA was a good idea. It is anything but that, and as an organization there is only one reason why they would have hired this guy. To troll liberals.

Despite anything he might have done that was noble in the past, his history will forever be tainted by the role he played in the Iran-Contra Affair. A true life conspiracy committed by the U.S. government that is well documented to be true.

The NRA as an organization at times tries to portray itself as apolitical, merely representing the rights of the people who enjoy firearms. There is nothing inherently wrong with that, but as history would show, and if you follow the money they are anything but . Continue reading “Bad Idea: Oliver North Named President of NRA”

Mark Zuckerberg: Hung Out to Dry

Mark Zuckerberg: Hung Out to Dry

Today I am reading about Mark Zuckerberg and his current legal troubles. To summarize, he is testifying in front of Congress about information that was obtained from user profiles by a company called Cambridge Analytica.

Reading through The Washington Posts article on the matter makes the whole thing sound farcical. Perhaps, I don’t understand the full extent of what he is being accused of, but it would appear Zuckerberg is being burned at the stake for Donald Trump being elected president. Continue reading “Mark Zuckerberg: Hung Out to Dry”