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Just can’t think about what to say

I can usually figure out what I want to say pretty early in the week, but this week I just couldn’t get excited about any particular topic.

It’s not that there wasn’t any news worth discussing or topics worth pontificating on. It’s that sometimes I wonder if we’ve lost the ability to have a good, honest discussion. You know that “honest conversation” this country is always wanting to have about race or poverty or abortion? Is that even possible?

This time out, my thoughts on not having a topic.

Mentioned links:

None of You Idiots Is Spartacus

Sen. Kamala Harris Condemned for Leading Kavanaugh Smear with Deceptively Edited Video

Hillary Clinton repeats anti-Kavanaugh talking point debunked by fact checkers

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Too soft on Russia?

It looks like that the Left will be requiring your voter registration card before they will serve you anymore. Before, it was the Red Hen restaurant, today it’s Uber.

What do you think about the idea of Universal Basic Income? I’ll give you my initial impressions, and 2 examples of cities that are going to try it out.

And Trump’s press conference with Putin in Helsinki was an embarrassment. But was it as bad as treason, as the Left has been saying? Or is this yet more over-the-top reaction? Let’s do some comparisons.

Mentioned links:

YOUNG REPUBLICANS DUMPED AT A ‘RANDOM’ GAS STATION BY ANTI-TRUMP UBER DRIVER SPEAK OUT

CHICAGO MAY BECOME LARGEST CITY IN U.S. TO TRY UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME

Trump backs down, says he misspoke on Russia meddling

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The sky isn’t falling, you’re just laying an egg

When Sarah Huckabee-Sanders was kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant, that act plus the reactions to it from the Left demonstrated their inconsistent principles. And no, this is not similar to the Masterpiece Cakeshop situation. I’ll explain.

An internal memo from the ACLU shows that defending the constitutional right to free speech will be subject to what they think of the speech. That’s their prerogative, but it may be time for a name change.

And the Supreme Court ruled against coerced speech, saying that the state of California doesn’t have the right to force crisis pregnancy centers to advertise free abortion services elsewhere. If this is a harbinger of things to come, Jack Phillips must be smiling.

Mentioned links:

The owner of the Red Hen explains why she asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave

The ACLU Abandons Its Free-Speech Absolutism

Leaked Internal Memo Reveals the ACLU Is Wavering on Free Speech

US Supreme Court strikes down law forcing pregnancy centers to promote abortion

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Challenging Opinions with William Campbell

You’ve heard the arguments many times; pro- and anti-gun, or pro- and anti-immigration. You’ve seen the analogies and heard all the various statistics bandied about.

But have you noticed that both sides tend to play a bit fast and loose with what arguments and statistics are used or emphasized? William Campbell of one of my favorite podcasts, Challenging Opinions, laid out the case that both sides do it, and how it is done. When I heard it, I just had to include it here. I don’t entire agree with some of his individual points, but the commentary in general really hit me, so I thought that you, too, would like to consider this.

Mentioned links:

Challenging Opinions podcast

Challenging Opinions episode 67, Warren Farrell on Why Boys are Struggling

Challenging Opinions episode 25, Doug Payton on the Electoral College [not related  to this episode, but in case you were interested in the first interview I ever did]

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It’s episode 200!

It’s here; episode 200! And what an extravaganza it is.

I have an interview with D. J. McGuire. He’s a co-host of The More Perfect Union podcast, one of my favorites. I wanted to speak with D. J. because he has moved from being a conservative Republican to a conservative Democrat. Contradiction in terms, you say? It didn’t used to be. When I moved to Georgia, Sam Nunn was one such animal. In today’s political climate, however, it’s certainly an endangered specie. I talked with him about his conservative bona fides, why he switched, whether his views have changed, and what would cause him to switch back. It’s a fascinating discussion.

And I have feedback from 5 listeners, including a voice mail. (See, it really does work!) I’ll be answering their questions as part of this episode.

So thanks for joining me for the longest episode ever (over 56 minutes!) of one of the shortest political podcasts out there. I hope it gets you to consider this.

Mentioned links:

The Conservative Zone

Black Lives Matter: 28% of Abortions Done on Black Babies But Blacks Just 12% of Population

Birthright citizenship in the United States [Wikipedia]

Podcasts mentioned:

The More Perfect Union Podcast

The Ben Shapiro Show

Challenging Opinions

GetReligion

Observations

The Ricochet Podcast

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (including “Let My People Think”)

BreakPoint

Radio Free Acton

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Has someone taken Pat’s place?

Pat Robertson has suggested that some natural disasters are God’s wrath for various sins. Well, with the arrival of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, he’s making those pronouncements again.

Or is he? Listen and see if you recognize who it is.

James Comey exonerated Hillary Clinton of any prosecution over her private email server.  But was the fix in months before the press conference when he officially announced that? Yup.

To donate to hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief, click here to find out how to donate to the Salvation Army disaster services, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Mentioned links:

Jennifer Lawrence: ‘Mother Nature’s Rage’ Directed at U.S. Because of Trump

Comey Decided He Wasn’t Going to Refer Hillary For Prosecution Long Before FBI Investigation Was Over

It Wasn’t Comey’s Decision to Exonerate Hillary – It Was Obama’s

Episode 147: The Law Is Dead. Long Live The King.

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Episode 193: What Are You Thinking, Really?

Covert racism

I’ve been noticing a particular debate tactic lately that, once used, allows the user to claim victory based on nothing other than their claim.

A friend of mine insists that racism hasn’t gotten any better than it was decades ago. The fact that a black man was President of the United States for 2 terms doesn’t change that. The fact that Jim Crow laws don’t exist anymore doesn’t change that. What he insists is true is that most racism these days is hidden or covert, as opposed to seen, obvious, and overt.

If you express doubt as to whether this is true, he will tell you that you are part of the problem since you obviously don’t truly see or understand the problem. So either you believe that there is covert racism, or you harbor covert racism, even if you don’t realize you harbor it. You either recognize the problem, or you are the problem. But here’s the thing; his position is unfalsifiable. You can’t prove him wrong. No matter what you say, you reinforce his belief.

This is a logical fallacy, and I explore other examples of this.

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Logical Fallacies

Politico’s tone-deaf, unhelpful cartoon about conservatives being rescued from Harvey by the government

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Uninvited, deplatformed, and shunned

Berkeley, the home of the Free Speech movement in the 1960s, has been censoring conservative voices of late. But their latest “deplatforming” is someone who you’d never think in a million years would be the target of their ire.

Richard Dawkins. Yes, that Richard Dawkins.

But the thing is, while they might agree with him on that vast majority of the positions he takes — both spiritually and politically — there’s one particular position that was apparently a bridge too far.

What that position is, and how it exposes their other hypocrisies, is in this episode.

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Anti-Free Speech Left Cancels Another Speaker at Berkeley…But This One May Surprise You

Bernie Sanders Makes Rare Appeal to Evangelicals at Liberty University

Atheist Richard Dawkins’ ‘abusive’ Islam statements lead Berkeley radio station to cancel his event

Uproar over Trump-themed ‘Julius Caesar,’ but none for Obama version at Guthrie 5 years ago

The Many Differences Between ‘Obama-Caesar’ and ‘Trump-Caesar’

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The podcast has it’s 5th birthday!

On June 14th, this podcast passed its 5th birthday! (Just a coincidence that it was Trump’s birthday, too.)

So again, I ignored the time limit and decided to get more in-depth into a topic. The more general topic is how the political rules keep changing. More specifically, I’ll discuss changes like what’s acceptable for mocking a President, and how some decide who to blame when a tragedy happens.

Much has changed…and changed back.  It’s amazing what a difference a change in political party makes.

Mentioned links:

Missouri fair bans rodeo clown wearing Obama mask

Rodeo clown banned for wearing Obama mask speaks out

“He broke me”: Kathy Griffin blames “bully” President Trump, “white men” for decapitation video backlash

Theater refuses to buckle after ‘Caesar’ Trump criticism

15 Times Celebrities Envisioned Violence Against Trump and the GOP

Virginia Shooting Suspect Was Distraught Over Trump’s Election, Brother Says

Sen. Sanders Sends Out Fundraising Email Citing Arizona Tragedy

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#Resist?

The Left have been protesting pretty much the entire time since Trump was elected. But this is different. What used to be considered racist the past 8 years is now suddenly patriotic. Of course, prior to those 8 years, it was patriotic, too! Odd how that seems to change every so often. I wonder what it is that changes. Hmmm…

And did you hear about the executive order that shuts the door on refugees? No, not Trump’s temporary ban. I’m talking about a permanent ban. If you haven’t heard about it, you’ll hear it here.

[Note: If you wonder why your podcast app downloaded this twice, it’s because I didn’t edit out some of my recording mistakes. I was notified of that and I released a corrected version. My apologies for the bad version.]

Mentioned links:

Nets Spend 18x More Coverage on White House ‘Crisis’ vs Intelligence Leaks

America’s spies anonymously took down Michael Flynn. That is deeply worrying.

Schumer: Refugee pause may be necessary

57 Times More Coverage of Trump’s Temporary Ban Than Obama Ending Cuban Refugee Program [Note: The math is wrong. Their original article, which they link to, note that is was 86 seconds of coverage of the Cuban refugee program, not 68 seconds.  Thus, coverage of Trump’s order go only 45 times the coverage.]

Wet feet, dry feet policy [Wikipedia]

FLASHBACK: Media Hated Partisan Obstruction to Obama in 2009

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