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Hypocrisy Watch category archive

Mandate Man 0

Red-hatted man holds up two documents and says,

Image via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.


It Was All about the Benjamins 0

Dartmouth professor Randall Balmer tells the story of the rise of the “religious right.” It’s not what you might think, and certainly not the stories they tell themselves. A nugget:

What really happened? According to Paul Weyrich, conservative activist and architect of the religious right, the movement started in the 1970s in response to attempts on the part of the Internal Revenue Service to rescind the tax-exempt status of whites-only segregation academies (many of them church sponsored) and Bob Jones University because of its segregationist policies.

Follow the link for the rest.


Many years ago, I visited Bob Jones U. while researching a paper I was working on for some class I forget which one but most likely a sociology class my senior year.

It was one of the spookiest places I have ever seen.


Facebook Frolics 0

Anti-Vaxx frolics.


Courting Disaster 0

At Above the Law, Elizabeth Dye minces no words.


History Bluff 0

At the Idaho State Journal, Jesse Robison comments on America’s stubborn refusal to face its own history. A snippet:

I do love my country, but I am not a blind patriot. Too many years of learning the truth behind our national government’s ofttimes catastrophic actions have caused me to be wary about accepting our leaders’ representations on blind faith.

Many Americans are stretched thin, and people aren’t doing their homework in the United States when it comes to analyzing and understanding issues. Numerous political jurisdictions in America are also trying to control and/or revise the direction of our history through legislation.

Read the rest.


The History Buff 0

Frame One:  MAGA-hatted man hugging statue of Robert E. Lee:  Don't erase our history!  Frame Two:  MAGA-hatted man erasing

Elsewhere, coincidental but relevant, Betsy Biesenbach reflects on what I can only call “selective historiography,” and Tony Norman delivers a case study.

Image via Juanita Jean.


If One Standard Is Good, Two Must Be Better 0

Republican Elephant dressed in police uniform labeled

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All the News that Fits, War and Mongers of War Dept. 0

Sam and his crew marvel at how much noncombatants seem to love themselves some combat (which, natch, they will view from afar).


Then and Now 0

Title:  Ironies of Afghanistan.  Frame One, captioned

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Vaccine Nation 0

Foxy shady.


Have Cake, Eat It Too 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, David Kyle Johnson explores the hypocrisy and fallacy of anti-vaxxers “my body, my choice” sloganeering. A snippet (emphasis added):

What’s ironic is that, by hijacking the “my body, my choice” mantra in an effort to catch the pro-choice crowd in a contradiction, the anti-vax crowd has instead caught itself in one. If it is moral to put others in harm’s way to avoid the minor inconvenience and non-existent risk of vaccination, it is undoubtedly moral to do so to avoid the major inconvenience and actual risks of pregnancy. If you are for a person’s right to choose to refuse the vaccine, you must be for a woman’s right to refuse pregnancy. Since such a large portion of the anti-vax crowd is not only staunchly on the right, but has spent years arguing against abortion, all they have done is expose their own hypocrisy.


Freedom of Screech 0

Elizabeth Dye points out that someone’s having been a Harvard Law School Professor doesn’t necessarily mean that he understands the law.


Vaccine Nation, “Words Mean What I Want Them To Mean” Dept. 0

The writer of a letter to the editor of the Las Vegas Sun highlights the hypocrisy.


Facebook Frolics 0

Says the frolicker: My posts “do not reflect who I am today, what I stand for or how I will conduct myself as St. Petersburg’s next mayor.”

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The Snaring Economy 0

The EFF explains how Doordash dashed its “independent contractors’ wage slaves’ hopes of equitable remuneration by keeping them from knowing what their tips would be. A nugget:

Dashers aren’t stupid – nor are they technologically unsophisticated. Dashers made heavy use of Para, an app that inspected Doordash’s dispatch orders and let drivers preview the tips on offer before they took the job. Para allowed Dashers to act as truly independent agents who were entitled to the same information as the giant corporation that relied on their labor.

But what’s good for Dashers wasn’t good for Doordash: the company wants to fulfill orders, even if doing so means that a driver spends more on gas than they make in commissions. Hiding tip amounts from drivers allowed the company to keep drivers in the dark about which runs they should make and which ones they should decline.

That’s why Doordash changed its data-model to prevent Para from showing drivers tips. And rather than come clean about its goal of keeping drivers from knowing how much they would be paid, it made deceptive “privacy and data security” claims.

Follow the link for an explanation as to how Doordash’s claims earned the label, deceptive.

(Broken link fixed.)


Who Funds the Voter Fraud Fraudsters? 0

Corporations who profess to protest the voter fraud fraud, among others.


Diagnosis 0

Man on psychiatrist's couch says,

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The Whitewashing of American History 0

I’m a Southern boy.

I lived through my own whitewashing in my segregated school, where what I was taught about Virginia’s history was, shall we say, less than objective. Then I trained to be an historian . . . .

Hell, I was taught that 1619 was the “red letter year,” because it saw the arrival of a significant number of English women to satisfy the lust of the colonists (lust was not addressed in the third grade) (that part seems questionable, but that’s what I was taught when I was eight years old), the creation of the first representative organ of government in the English colony, and the first arrival of African slaves.

Yes, I was taught that the establishment of slavery was a good thing, a red letter thing.

I guess you can call that “uncritical race theory,” the sort of “race theory” that the Republican Party now advocates.

The Republican Party has become the party of racism.


Get Me Rewrite! 0

Picture of book with the following on the cover:  American History Textbook.  Warning:  Contains Failure To Meet Ideals.  If Offended, Ask State Legislature To Ban It.

Via Job’s Anger.


Facebook Frolics 0

iPhone Phrolics.