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Re: “The national emergency

Mr. Duffet's ignorance is only exceeded by his arrogance, and his vanity is only exceeded by his vulgarity.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 01/14/2019 at 12:36 AM

Re: “Light Lairs: Painting by Jhonn Pachak

The headline reads, "Light Liars" but the poster image reads "Light Lairs"

Posted by Mr. K-- on 01/08/2019 at 1:25 PM

Re: “The midterms are over. It's time for all us to get busy fighting for change.

"As Merriam-Webster will tell you,.."

Excuse me, Odin, but I will need better evidence than this, like a real citation from Merriam-Webster. I do not believe they will tell anyone, "they do not document technical definitions, they document popular usage." My experience has been that they document every valid definition of a word, including technical definitions. For example, under "democracy" they list six separate definitions, and under "republic" they list seven.

Which highlights the flaw in your "petunia" analogy. If enough people, for some bizarre reason, decide "to call an adjustable open-end wrench a 'petunia,'..." such that the editors at Merriam-Webster feel they need to take note of it, they will not erase the current definition and replace it with this new definition. They will add the new definition to the entry for "petunia" and the word will then have two definitions instead of just one. In that case, if you were to ask, "Is a petunia a flower or a wrench?" the only correct answers would be "both" or "it depends."

Posted by Mr. K-- on 11/28/2018 at 4:05 PM

Re: “The midterms are over. It's time for all us to get busy fighting for change.

"I know a lot of people have been told that a representative democracy and a republic are the same thing, but that is incorrect."

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, "One of the most commonly encountered questions about the word democracy has nothing to do with its spelling or pronunciation, and isn't even directly related to the meaning of the word itself. That question is 'is the United States a democracy or a republic?' The answer to this, as with so many other questions about meaning, may be phrased as some form of 'it depends.'

"Some people believe that a country calling itself a democracy must be engaged in direct (or pure) democracy, in which the people of a state or region vote directly for policies, rather than elect representatives who make choices on their behalf. People who follow this line of reasoning hold that the United States is more properly described as a republic, using the following definition of that word: 'a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law.'

"However, both democracy and republic have more than a single meaning, and one of the definitions we provide for democracy closely resembles the definition of republic given above: 'a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.'

"So if someone asks you if the United States is a democracy or a republic, you may safely answer the question with either 'both' or 'it depends.'"

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 11/27/2018 at 6:56 PM

Re: “The midterms are over. It's time for all us to get busy fighting for change.

"A democracy is mob rule ..." No, a democracy is majority rule.

Merriam-Webster defines a mob as "a large and disorderly crowd of people, especially, one bent on riotous or destructive action." Mob rule occurs when a disorderly minority uses violence to intimidate the majority.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 11/23/2018 at 8:40 PM

Re: “No more thoughts and prayers

Mr. Olmstead, your theory as to why some people hate Jews is simple, but not true. History demonstrates that when Jews integrate into the larger community, the hatred of Judeophobes increases; it does not decrease. When the Nazis persecuted Jews, they went through church records methodically looking for Jewish converts to Christianity, and added them and their children to those they persecuted.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 11/10/2018 at 5:40 PM

Re: “A nation mourns Tree of Life victims while Trump continues to spread hate

Mr. Shirley, you missed the whole point of the column, which is that the president does not care about the victims, even though he did make a show of going to Pittsburgh.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 11/09/2018 at 11:10 PM

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