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Eschewing Obfuscation

Well, AT&T has stepped back from it’s bid for T-Mobile, amid tremendous pressure from the executive branch of the US government – specifically, the Department of Justice and the FCC.  Presumably, according to the DOJ, it would have lead to “higher prices and reduced innovation”. Would it, though?  Specifically – what about the regional or [...]

After the Western GOP Debate on October 18th (part 1, 2, 3, and 4), hosted by CNN and moderated by Anderson Cooper, Mr. Cooper decided to do a “Keeping them Honest” segment on his show the next day (below). Amongst other items fact-checked, he zeroed in on a statement that Rick Perry made to Mitt Romney, [...]

Occupy Wall Street.  Oh, sorry – #occupywallstreet.  We’ll try to keep this one short and sweet.  Relatively-speaking, anyway. “What the movement is about” is perhaps up to some debate – many of the protestors have numerous different signs, messages, et al – we’ll come back to that.  However, let’s focus on the rough genesis of [...]

GOP Candidate Rick Perry caused a relative firestorm in recent weeks by referring to Social Security as a Ponzi Scheme.  This has caused a number of rebuttals – one I’m particularly fond of – being a visual person – is this one at MotherJones.  While that graphic makes a number of good points – and [...]

Let’s clear up some sloppy logic real quick. Alan Grayson, former Florida congressman, wrote an article over at Common Dreams: “Job Creators”: Luntz Strikes Again (cross-posted to the Huffington Post).  In it, he outlines a number of “key-words” or “code-words” or “propaganda” that Frank Luntz, a political consultant & pollster, has come up with as “desireable” [...]