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How “not” to respond to a “gotcha” question, Trump-Putin Summit Edition

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 5:00pm 7/18/2018 at 5:00pm
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When I was studying interpersonal communication and how to track an argument or any other verbal exchange, one thing that was very much emphasized was the difference between content and process.

Content is just what it sounds like: the subject matter about which two people (let’s say, a married couple) are talking....

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Remember the detainment of ethnic Germans in the U. S. during WWI and WWII?

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Posted by    Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 12:00pm 6/30/2018 at 12:00pm

Most people are well aware of the U. S. internment of ethnic Japanese, but it’s apparently a little-known fact that some ethnic Germans residing in the U. S. were detained in camps in this country during both world wars:
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SCOTUS NIFLA v. Becerra decision is a win for free speech

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 7:30pm 6/26/2018 at 7:30pm

In another of today’s SCOTUS decisions, the Court ruled in NIFLA v. Becerra that a California law requiring crisis pregnancy centers (pregnancy counseling clinics usually run by pro-life Christians) to post notices that “California has public programs that provide immediate free or low-cost access to comprehensive family planning services (including all...

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Brazil faces an ethical and cultural dilemma in dealing with Amazon tribes

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 7:00pm 6/12/2018 at 7:00pm
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“”Should Brazil keep its Amazon tribes from taking the lives of their children?” is the subtitle of a recent article in Foreign Policy. It describes traditional but still-existent customs of many Amazon tribes in Brazil that dictate kill...

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Robert De Niro’s Tony Performance Cursing Trump Speaks to Hollywood’s Diminishing Moral Character

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Posted by    Monday, June 11, 2018 at 5:00pm 6/11/2018 at 5:00pm
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You may have heard about actor Robert De Niro’s standing O performance at last night’s Tony awards. It was bleeped from the broadcast but is readily available:

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The demonization of Alan Dershowitz

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Posted by    Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 6:00pm 6/3/2018 at 6:00pm

One of the things that struck me about this article excoriating Alan Dershowitz for his recent defense (not support, but defense) of Trump is that author Elie Mystal doesn’t actually engage in any detail with the substance of Dershowitz’s arguments.

Mystal’s attack on Dershowitz (and Trump, for that matter) is ad hominem....

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The Economist thinks the NY Times hasn’t been hard enough on Israel

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 9:00am 5/30/2018 at 9:00am
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Only thing is—the Economist thinks the Times hasn’t been hard enough on Israel.

Actually, the article in question from the Economist is about language, in particular, the “weasel voice” of evasion (it’s part of a continuing “Johnson” series about words/grammar in journalism, named after Samuel Johnson).
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Collusiongate: Watergate II?

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Posted by    Monday, May 21, 2018 at 11:00am 5/21/2018 at 11:00am

Unlike Watergate, the current crisis in government/spying/politics doesn’t have a memorable name. But for those of us who lived through Watergate, it has a certain resonance with that event as well as major differences, imparting a strange sense of familiarity, dislocation, and increasing alarm.
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The Conviction of Bill Cosby

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Posted by    Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 2:00pm 4/28/2018 at 2:00pm
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On Thursday Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand for acts committed in 2004.

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The British war on knives is a fool’s errand

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Posted by    Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:00am 4/10/2018 at 7:00am

When you do away with guns, you apparently get more knives. It stands to reason.
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Why Does Retired Justice Stevens think repealing the 2nd Amendment is a good idea?

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Posted by    Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 11:00am 3/28/2018 at 11:00am
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Retired SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stevens (who is now 97 years old) has written a NY Times op-ed piece calling for the elimination of the Second Amendment. The reason he gives is this:

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Joe Biden vs. Donald Trump, Rap Music, and Inuit Song Duels

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Posted by    Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 10:00am 3/24/2018 at 10:00am

What do these three things have in common: the recent Biden vs. Trump war of threatening words, the Dozens, and Inuit song duels? They’re all ways that people threaten each other in an almost-comical way, in which the real competition is about who is being the wittiest and boldest in speech....

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VIDEO: How the MSM parrots Palestinian propaganda

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Posted by    Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 12:10pm 3/11/2018 at 12:10pm
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Richard Landes is a brilliant man who has worked tirelessly for close to two decades to expose the biases and distortions present in worldwide media coverage of the Israel/Palestine conflict. I also count him as a friend.

I’ve written about Landes and his work many times before. Among o...

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Has there been an increase in suicides and murders by young people?

http://nypost.com/2017/10/06/teen-beat-down-stranger-for-being-white-cops/
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Posted by    Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 2:00pm 3/10/2018 at 2:00pm
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Reading reports of so many high-profile murders by teenagers, it’s not unusual for people to assume that there’s been a big increase in killings by young people, both murder and suicide. But statistics tell a much more complex story.

To the question of whether there been a rise in teen suicide, the...

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The Parkland shooting and The Red Badge of Courage

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Posted by    Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 9:30am 2/24/2018 at 9:30am
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Democrats did themselves no favors with their SOTU responses

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 4:00pm 1/31/2018 at 4:00pm

It’s highly likely that the Democrats had prepared a unified strategy in advance for reacting to the SOTU. It probably went something like this:

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S***hole S***storm distracts from valid questions on immigration policy

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Posted by    Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 11:00am 1/13/2018 at 11:00am

The latest furor is over certain remarks that Trump is alleged to have uttered during a meeting about immigration with Dick Durbin, Lindsay Graham, and “other government officials.” His alleged remarks (some of which he has disputed) were criticized variously for both form and content:...

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