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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.

Mentioned links:

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.

Mentioned links:

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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Is *every* Republican a Nazi? Really?

I’m back to 3 topics this episode, and all, in some way, semi-sorta-related to the recent, peaceful transfer of power in the United States. I talk about the Left running out of adjectives for Donald Trump, given how they’ve misused those adjectives over the decades. I talk about how the outgoing President Obama commuted the sentence of someone who gave Wikileaks a huge treasure trove. And I talk about the closing of a prominent charity, and why it might be closing.

And don’t forget, I want to hear you talk about what you think. Comment here, or look at the sidebar for other ways to get in touch.

Mentioned links:

Attacked by Trump, Lewis acknowledges he boycotted Bush inauguration, too

Episode 160: Relief and Concern Over President-Elect Trump

Tapper Notes How White House Used to Be ‘Angry’ and Outraged’ by Manning Crimes

Silence From Networks as Clinton Global Initiative Shuts Down

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Does it have to be this way?

Does it have to be this way?

It’s a question I’ve heard before; would a change of political parties in our cities and states really make that big a difference? It’s a fair question. As I’ve noted here on previous episodes, Democrats have had a lock on many local elections, and our big cities are in decline where that happens. But would it be any different with a Republican at the helm?

I’ll talk about this, with a few examples, even one involving another game of Name That Quote!

Mentioned links:

The tweet used for Name That Quote

Five Years Later, Scott Walker’s Reforms Have Saved Taxpayers Billions

New evidence suggests that Seattle’s ‘radical experiment’ might be a model for the rest of the nation not to follow

Seattle City Council [Wikipedia]

Homicides in Chicago this year double same period last year

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The Blame Game is on tap

The Blame Game is on tap

When the problem with the Flint, Michigan drinking water was discovered, the blame game got started. It is fair to just blame on person for all of this, or are there others who need to be held accountable? And isn’t it interesting that political party seems to play a role in deciding who to blame?

Caitlyn Jenner is getting a lot of “flak” for coming out, but coming out as what and getting flak from whom might surprise you. I come to Jenner’s defense in this episode.

Mentioned links:

Flint Is Not a Republican Scandal

List of mayors of Flint, Michigan

Darnell Earley

Flint City Council Members

Flint, Michigan City, Elects 2 Felons To City Council, Including A Convicted Murderer

Caitlyn Jenner: I get more ‘flak’ for being a Republican than being a transgender woman

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