Videos Worth Viewing and Sharing

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH The following are videos of the candlelight vigil at the University of Virginia campus: https://youtu.be/cITuxcGlAr8 https://youtu.be/mm7B4U6745k https://youtu.be/oYjshqCuyTw https://youtu.be/KDuqCpOCqEM https://youtu.be/extOrNa42h4 This next video is from Vice and documents the White Nationalist rally in Charlottesville; It highlights the travesty of Trump’s false equivalency: https://youtu.be/P54sP0Nlngg. This final video is from Disney Studios. Made 1947,…

Wordplay III: Politics Edition

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH   In this series, I have highlighted headlines that are cleverly expressed, making use of puns, irony, figurative language, or unexpected word choices to grab a reader’s attention. Not surprisingly, the Trump administration has so unabashedly flouted all sorts of political conventions that headline writers have felt freer to write headlines…

Quotation of the Day

BY MARTIN KICH In an interview published in the Wall Street Journal, President Trump seems very clearly to be telling rural voters in the “Rust Belt” that his solution to the economic decline of their communities is to abandon them for the closest metro areas. Based on this quotation from the interview, I am guessing…

Exhibit A in My Impending Trial

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH   Writing for the Intercept, Glen Greenwald reports: The criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech in the West. In France, activists have been arrested and prosecuted for wearing T-shirts advocating a boycott of Israel. The U.K. has enacted a series of measures designed to outlaw such activism. In the…

A Fracas, a Ruckus, or a Rumpus?

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH   At first glance, I thought that this might be a video of a lively discussion at this year’s annual meeting: As the video captioning makes clear, a debate about a massive infrastructure bill in the Taiwanese legislature degenerated into a partisan melee. I have checked several sources, and I have…

Slogans and Stunts Won’t Overwhelm Facts Forever

BY MARTIN KICH The Trump Administration’s “Made in America Week” is a cruel con on the working-class Americans who voted for him—and not just because almost all Trump, Inc., products continue to be produced by cheap foreign labor. It is an insult to the intelligence working-class Americans because it ignores the very obvious reality that…