Don’t tell a Jew what to do

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President Trump says that it’s “disloyal” for a Jew to vote for a Democrat. The Jews I know think before they vote. That’s not disloyalty, it’s democracy. Here’s how the New York Times reported his public remarks. “Where has the Democratic Party gone?” Mr. Trump said at the tail end of freewheeling comments during a … Continued

Making Greenland Great Again

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News reports suggest that President Trump is interested in purchasing the island of Greenland which is currently a possession of Denmark. We join the President at his first campaign rally in Nuuk Stadium, capacity 2,000, a football stadium in Greenland’s largest city. Wow. What a warm welcome! Not an empty seat in the house. Seems … Continued

Cloudflare deplatforms 8chan. Have we figured out where to draw the line?

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The unmoderated site 8chan has hosted some horrifying things, including a hate-filled manifesto that appears to be from the shooter in the El Paso massacre. After 8chan’s cloud network and security provider Cloudflare dumped it, I began to wonder if we’d finally figured out the boundaries of the legitimate internet. The question of what content … Continued

Fall 2020: The smoldering crater in the publishing schedule

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Lord help you if you are planning a nonfiction book launch in the fall of 2020. Normally, agents would be pitching such books to publishers around now. I’m betting those are some bizarre conversations. A successful book launch depends on media and word of mouth. You find writers, bloggers, and podcasters who would be interested … Continued

In God we trust?

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Every school in South Dakota must now display the motto “In God We Trust” in a prominent location. I have two problems with this: a God problem and a trust problem. South Dakota’s legislature passed the law, joining other states with similar rules including Kentucky. Now every student will be confronted with a statement about … Continued

Netflix vs. Straight Pride: Don’t troll the trolls

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Netflix and the organizers of the Boston “Straight Pride” parade are having a food fight. Netflix’s lawyers’ got snarky, which seems like fun, but is actually counterproductive. Let’s tell this story in context. The Boston “Straight Pride Parade” is, of course, a reaction to Boston’s Pride, a celebration of gay pride and other LGBTQ attitudes. … Continued

The Trump Twitter ruling affirms the right to troll public figures

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An appeals court affirmed a ruling that Donald Trump’s Twitter account can’t block people. Let’s take a look at what that means. First question: is Trump’s account a part of the public record of government or an activity undertaken by a private citizen? It’s clear from what he posts that it’s intended to public activity. … Continued

Race, flags, and “The Little Mermaid”

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Let’s review a few facts about race and its portrayal onscreen, okay? George Washington and Abe Lincoln are white. Donald Trump is white. Joe Biden is white. Mark Zuckerberg is white, too. Barack Obama is black. So is Kamala Harris. So is Nelson Mandela. So is Malcom X. If you wish to portray these people … Continued