can we call trump's tweeted temper tantrums "tweetrums"?

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RESPONDING TOQUESTION on Quora, I used my an­swer as the ba­sis for a short ar­ti­cle that I ti­tled, "Con­ser­v­a­tives Not Ex­actly En­thralled by Trump Are a Prob­lem." I was ad­dress­ing what I as­sumed was a con­ser­v­a­tive in­di­vid­ual who posted that some con­ser­v­a­tives "aren't ex­actly en­thralled" with Trumps' pres­i­dency.

The point of my piece was to take the ques­tioner to task CONTINUE READING

conservatives not exactly enthralled by trump are a problem

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THIS ONE ISDOOZY! The ques­tion on Quora was, “Would lib­er­als be sur­prised to learn that con­ser­v­a­tives aren't ex­actly en­thralled with Don­ald Trump ei­ther?" One must make some as­sump­tions when en­gag­ing other In­ter­ne­tally, so I as­sume that the per­son who posted this ques­tion is po­lit­i­cally con­ser­v­a­tive. I also as­sume that he as­sumes that ask­ing it dis­plays CONTINUE READING

the hydra of hate bubbling beneath america's surface

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I SKIPPED "MONSTER TALK" with Blake Smith as he pre­pared for Cryp­tid­Con in the lat­est Skep­tic newslet­ter. The ques­tion “What does sci­ence have to tell us about mon­sters” didn't at­tract my in­ter­est. Nor did com­mon mis­con­cep­tions about the ori­gins and de­vel­op­ment of iden­ti­cal and fra­ter­nal twins. But I did eye the key ar­ti­cle CONTINUE READING

george zimmerman and self-defense

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I RARELY PAY ATTENTION to the let­ters writ­ten in to the lo­cal news­pa­per. Too many let­ters are from mis­in­formed in­di­vid­u­als who al­most al­ways vote Rep*blican and ac­tu­ally be­lieve that Lim­baugh and Beck and O'Reilly are sources for ac­tual “news.”

I am as­tounded by the peo­ple will­ing to put their name in print and claim credit CONTINUE READING

an experiment that actually curbed hate speech on the internet

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I HATE BULLIES and I see inter­net trolls as bul­lies. So I hate in­ter­net trolls. But aside from Face­book, where I can keep them curbed by ex­clud­ing them from my com­ment thread, I have lit­tle in­ter­ac­tion on so­cial me­dia plat­forms on the in­ter­net. Con­se­quently, I have lit­tle in­ter­ac­tion with bul­lies and trolls on the in­ter­net.

Oh, I see them when CONTINUE READING

right-wing extremists inject hateful rhetoric

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ASHAVE MENTIONED over and over again, the preva­lence (that's a bit of un­der­state­ment there) and vir­u­lence of rightwingnuts on var­i­ous so­cial me­dia on the In­ter­net — how they in­ject hate and fear here, there, and every­where. I thought I'd let some­one with a big­ger pul­pit re­it­er­ate some of my points: in Oc­to­ber 2017, Right Wing Watch CONTINUE READING

I did not pay that woman with whom I did not have sexual relations to not talk about not having sexual relations with me!

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I DON'T GIVEHOOT what two con­sent­ing adults do in the pri­vacy of their bed­rooms, in their of­fices, in a ho­tel room, or in the White House. I don't care that Don­ald Trump may have had some sex­ual re­la­tions or any other kind of re­la­tions with Stormy Davis — al­though the Forbes mag­a­zine thing is CONTINUE READING

when my people are in control vs. when your people are in control

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A RECENT QUORA posed the ques­tion, “Why is there such an­i­mos­ity be­tween lib­er­als and con­ser­v­a­tives in the United States?” A Tom Wet­zel of­fered an in­tel­li­gent com­ment that opened with this state­ment: “It’s ironic in a cer­tain way. Both De­moc­rats and Re­pub­li­cans es­pouse forms of lib­eral ide­ol­ogy that are in­tensely pro-capitalist.”

This is, of course, true, CONTINUE READING

oliver stone and clint eastwood and all those silly conspiracy theories

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INRECENT POST on The Round Place In The Mid­dle ("If I Tweeted"), host Nondis­pos­able­johnny ad­dressed a va­ri­ety of is­sues with hy­po­thet­i­cal tweets, in­clud­ing sev­eral about the 1991 movie JFK by Oliver Stone. This led me to want to ad­dress all those silly con­spir­acy the­o­ries out there. These non-twittered tweets worked as a spring­board for CONTINUE READING