Defending Democrats

Since there appears to be some confusion over this morning’s post, let me clarify something.

The incumbent mayor of Bloomington is a Democrat. The city employee who mistakenly posted a political message supporting him to city government’s official Facebook page is a Democrat. I was defending Democrats. I was saying some of the criticism of Democrats was over the top. A post defending Democrats is obviously not an example of me being a partisan Republican, and it has absolutely nothing to do with Donald Trump.

Come on people. Use your brain for once.

Let’s not get overly excited over an innocent mistake

The lead headline in Thursday’s Herald-Times was about a mistaken post on Facebook that was deleted after a few hours, along with a discussion of possible criminal penalties for the mistaken post. (A city employee shared a post from the incumbent mayor’s campaign page to city government’s official Facebook page.) In addition to the observation that it must have been a slow news day, we need to get some perspective.

I manage three pages on Facebook. It is relatively easy to “share” something to the wrong page, or to a page instead of a personal profile, especially when using a smartphone instead of a desktop PC. That does not excuse sharing things to an inappropriate location, and it is important to be careful when managing an official government page, but it is easy to see how a mistake like that gets made.

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Jussie Smollett is 100% pure evil

We need to be perfectly clear when discussing the Jussie Smollett story. He is an evil man. He is 100% pure evil. He fabricated a “hate crime” that, if he had not gotten caught, could have led to innocent men going to prison for a crime they did not commit. He openly said he wanted his “attackers” caught for the sake of “justice.” In a just world, Jussie Smollett would be in prison for the rest of his life. At the very least, he tried to inflame racial tensions in a way that could easily lead to more violence in order to raise his own profile and earn praise and adoration from the media, other celebrities and various politicians.

I called this on January 31 on Twitter, saying that the “hate crime” is “a hoax, a fraud, and a fabrication.” And here is the thing: The story was so outrageous from the very beginning that everyone knew this was a hoax. Two MAGA hat wearing rednecks recognized an actor and decided to attack him. (Of course they recognized him. Such is his inflated ego.) They also poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck. Of course rednecks would be randomly prowling one of the most heavily Democratic cities in the country in the middle of the night during a polar vortex armed with bleach and a noose looking for black people to attack.

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Fabricating “misrepresentations” that never happened

Since I was falsely accused of presenting “misrepresentations” about Planned Parenthood, I figure I should finally respond. The author failed to identify a single “misrepresentation” in my letter.

Yes, abortion is “legal.” I never said it was not. There was no misrepresentation.

Abortion rates have dropped nationally and statewide. Not only did I not deny that, I explicitly mentioned in my letter that abortion had declined significantly statewide, as a way to draw a contrast to the numbers in Monroe County.

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Nano is a good dog

I did some obedience testing with Nano last night. I mixed some peanut butter in with his food, put it down and told him to follow me.

He did. He followed me to the other side of the house, laid down, and only went to eat when I said “free.” He is very food oriented in his old age, too. He is a very good boy. Granted, we have been obedience training since August 2004. But he is a very good boy.

Local elections should be decided locally

A Democrat candidate for countywide office in 2016 was recently arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. He did not win the primary, but if he had won he almost certainly would have won the general election. This is someone who already had a criminal record, but most of the 30,000 people who voted for the Democratic nominee in 2016 would have voted for him had he been the nominee. Imagine the mess we would be in now had he won. It is not as if the Democrats are strangers to electing corrupt officials: A former Democrat county auditor was criminally charged for stealing from the county by using her credit card for personal expenses.

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Video Game Memories: The Lost Vikings

Back in 1993, a fun little game was released for the Super NES and Sega Genesis called The Lost Vikings. I played that game quite a bit back in the day. Here are some of my memories of that game.

It was not unusual back then to have a choice of characters with different abilities to make it through a level, but this was unusual in that you always controlled three characters and had to get all three to the exit. If you lost one of them, you failed the level. Sometimes you would get stuck with no way to move, especially since two of the three characters could not jump. There was no way to kill the stuck character, but you could quit the level.

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Fighting sexual abuse in the church

Sexual abuse is a real problem in the church – all denominations – because the church is made up of hopeless sinners who deserve eternal damnation in Hell Fire. That is why the church exists in the first place – for people freed from the bondage of sin and death to worship the God who sacrificed Himself for our sins. Any place that has a lot of sinners (meaning any place on planet Earth) will have serious sin. The church needs to recognize this danger and stop being fools. Our children are depending on us to protect them.

Matt Walsh took a tremendous amount of heat on Twitter for pointing out the enormity of the sexual abuse scandal in Southern Baptist churches. Most incredibly, Walsh was falsely accused of trying to distract from the sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, despite his incredibly strong damnation of the sexual predators in the church and those who covered for them.

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The Fake News media is the enemy of the people

Printed in the Herald-Times, February 19, 2019.

To the Editor:

It is ironic that outgoing Herald-Times editor Bob Zaltsberg would editorialize that the news media is not “the enemy of the people” in the shadow of the scandal surrounding the Fake News media’s smears of Covington High School, which was forced to close due to bomb threats. Innocent teenagers had their private information exposed and their lives and families threatened based on lies and fabrications.

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