Pardon!

June 16, 2017

Pardon!

Lots and lots of words, written and spoken about Mueller, Rosenstein, Russia, and Trump. Most of what we read and hear focuses on who can fire whom, and whether when the firings will happen. In and amongst the noise, though, we get plenty of “there’s no evidence” and “firing Mueller will destroy Trump.”

Bad frames. People, the Watergate break-in happened on June 17, 1972, 45 years ago, to the day. We live in a different world. To the “no evidence” crowd, evidence exists—or not—and we find out about it through investigations. They take time! Reading tweets, watching the news, and knowing the basics does not qualify you to say evidence does or does not exist to support a …

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The Stupidest Public Man … Ever? Donald Trump!

June 1, 2017

The Stupidest Public Man … Ever? Donald Trump!

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Many words came to mind this afternoon, as President Donald Trump excised the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. Stupid is the only one I came up with, to describe our POTUS, which gets me past Facebook censors.

I’m taking a pass on the merits of staying in or getting out. Frankly, there’s no intelligent discussion to be had. All of the credible evidence demonstrates the existence of a problem, a problem created by humankind, and a problem for which our country bears a grossly disproportionate share of the responsibility. And a problem whcih threatens the existence we know! (Don’t believe me? Comment below, or send me a

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Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

March 1, 2017

Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

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Among many logical fallacies, consider Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc. Roughly, the words mean, “after this, because of this.” It’s a common fallacy, and one which comes easily to those with tunnel vision. (For those whose comfort zone involves English, correlation does not imply causation may seem more familiar.)

Certainly, we all want to avoid the fallacy associated with attributing an outcome to an event, just because the former follows the latter. That said, although correlation does not imply causation, events do cause outcomes. And sometimes we need to look with clear eyes at what we’re facing.

So about the threats against Jewish Community Centers. Threats against JCCs or other Jewish institutions did not

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Amateur Hour at the White House

February 2, 2017

Amateur Hour at the White House.

To say that it is amateur hour at the White House is to slander amateurs. The recent executive orders were drafted and signed without any normal agency review or even semicoherent legal advice, filled with elemental errors that any nursery school student would have caught.

–David Brooks, from his January 31 piece for the New York Times, The Republican Fausts.

Sadly, while David Brooks tries to separate President Trump from the Republican Party, they are of a piece, completely. The other day on Facebook I wrote: “The incompetence transcends the malevolence.” Obviously, some Rs are competent (and there are incompetent Democrats, too.) However, Ronald Reagan told us 36 years ago, in his first

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The Refugee Policy Stinks!

January 29, 2017

The Refugee Policy Stinks!

I’ve been quiet here for more than three weeks, if you ignore recycled posts from my childhood and six years ago. Lots of life, for better and not so much, and I’ve been wrestling hard with finding my voice. Socia l media abounds with sound and fury. Before I added to the mix, I wanted to be sure I could be significant.

Whither, the refugee policy aka travel ban aka a solution in search of a problem. Contrary to candidate Donald Trump’s lies, we don’t have a terror problem in the United States. We don’t! Here’s a fact sheet from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. (Between 1995 and 2014

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