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1/5/16

Obama Gets Today's Whopper Award


By Grant Davies

I know it's not a revelation that politicians lie. Among others, Obama has told a ton of whoppers. But I just started this feature recently so let's just deal with the one that happened today. 

It was featured on my Face-Book feed under the title, "The biggest gun control lie Obama is selling" on the website RARE.

I'll let the article speak for itself instead of pretending I did a lot of background investigation myself. You can decide for yourself if it merits "The Whopper of the Day Award." 

But since I'm the editor of this huge blog, I declare it to be so. I will post only the beginning of the article in order to comply with the "fair use" provisions of the copy-write law.   You can read the rest of the short article at the link.




"Let’s break this down in all the many places this is totally wrong.

First and foremost, Obama’s suggestion that felons (violent or otherwise) can purchase a firearm is untrue. It is illegal for a felon to buy or own a gun. Full stop. Even more, there are legal consequences for anyone who sells or gives guns to a felon or any prohibited person.

You’d think the president and his cadre of policy makers would be aware of this most basic gun law, but somehow they’ve completely ignored it. We’re not off to a good start.

Next, buying a gun on the Internet is not like shopping at Amazon or Ebay. When you purchase a firearm from a dealer, it is not shipped to your door with a ribbon on top. Rather, you must ship it to a federally licensed dealer and go through the normal background check.

The gun, magazines, and any other accessories must be legal in your state. There is no loophole. It is a lie to say otherwise."

12/2/15

The Whopper of the Day

By Grant Davies

Recently I read an article on the Cato at Liberty blog. It was titled "Paris Whopper of the Day: The Sahara Is Expanding." 

The author, Patrick J Michaels, points out a huge lie that was told by some African leaders to the President of France at the conference in Paris.

It's not shocking that they lied. The idea that climate change alarmists will start to quote the lie until it becomes true in the minds of a gullible public is what's shocking.

You can read the short article at the link if you choose. But the real point for me was an idea for a feature on this blog called The Whopper of the Day. Maybe we should do a reader participation feature once in a while based on submissions from you folks when you see whoppers being told without the teller even blinking an eye.

John Kass of the Chicago Tribune writes regularly about the MOUTZA of the month. It's based on the suggestions of readers who nominate deserving people or ideas they find in the news. I'll let you read up on what a Moutza is if you feel inclined. But suffice it to say, it's not an honor.

It might be fun to expose some Whopper lies or even to discuss whether something actually is a lie. So decide if you want to submit them when you see them and I'll act as the final arbiter of the biggest whoppers.

We might even give an award to the best submission. Perhaps a hearty handclasp or a mention of your name so the huge audience of this blog can admire you.

Maybe we will use this image to honor those who submit the best examples of Whoppers.


I'd be lying if I told you this will become the next big thing on the net and go viral. In fact, that would be a Whopper.

11/28/15

Settled Science?

By Grant Davies

Can science be emotional? You bet it can. Can a dry scientific presentation hold our interest long enough to for us to be gut punched by the uncomfortable notion that we don't always know what we think we know?

As a type 2 diabetic and a person who believes in always questioning forgone conclusions, this one really hit home.

For those inclined to watch I suggest watching all the way to the end. It's worth it.

          

11/25/15

Being Thankful For Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams

Editor's note:
A guest post from our good friend Seth at the OUR DINNER TABLE blog. We have much to be thankful for but here are a few people Seth is thankful for. I wholeheartedly agree.

By Seth

From Thomas Sowell’s latest Random Thoughts column:

Some Americans will never appreciate America, until after they have helped destroy it, and have then begun to suffer the consequences.

Racism is not dead. But it is on life-support, kept alive mainly by the people who use it for an excuse or to keep minority communities fearful or resentful enough to turn out as a voting bloc on election day.

From Walter Williams column, Education Disaster:

Many of these poorly performing youngsters gain college admission. The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education reports, “Every year in the United States, nearly 60 percent of first-year college students discover that, despite being fully eligible to attend college, they are not ready for postsecondary studies.” That means colleges spend billions of dollars on remedial education. Many of the students who enroll in those classes never graduate from college. The fact that many students are not college-ready takes on even greater significance when we consider that many college courses have been dumbed down.

If their books and weekly columns are not a part of your reading list, they should be.

Entry-level college econ classes should be taught from Thomas Sowell’s book, Basic Economics.  It’s much cheaper than the Econ 101 course I took in college and worth more.

I’ve learned more economics from these two gentlemen than I did from my college econ professors and a lot about the world, too.

11/9/15

Trump Sucks....Us In

By Grant Davies

When I first began to write this short lead-in to the video below the word "gullible" was the first one that came to mind for a possible title. I even typed a few possibilities into that space.

I thought about the people who are having a political flirtation with Donald Trump and I thought about how gullible they are. That word is terribly insulting to them and unlikely to get them to change their minds. It also implies that I'm not gullible myself. Of course gullibility is always an unflattering trait found in other people, never ourselves.

So gullibility is out, kinda. The point is, all of us have the potential to be gullible if we are hearing what we want to hear or if someone is telling us something we already think and convincing us they are agreeing with us, instead of us agreeing with them.

Perhaps the word manipulation is a better choice. Yeah, that's it! We are being manipulated. It certainly is no revelation that politicians and the media are trying to manipulate us. Both do, and all the time. So what's the point of the video below? Just this: we are being manipulated by a guy who is exceedingly good at it. And he does so without giving any hint that he is clever enough to do so without us realizing it.

Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) sees it though. And he's going to explain it in this presentation. I learned a few things and I'll bet you will too. Could "The Donald" actually be nominated? I shudder at the notion.

 

One more thing. I haven't written anything for quite a long time. I haven't lost my passion for the freedom philosophy but my passion for sharing it by writing for blogs may have waned. I guess I still have something to say even if I have been confining it to my public Face Book page. Perhaps I'll begin to share it more formally again. If Trump and Obama are qualified to run the country maybe I'm qualified to write this stuff.