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Friday, Jan. 20, 2017
Ross Rambles : Republicans bungle email issue
Obama legacy is tainted (01/20/17)
While conservative media (FOX News, talk radio, various conservative blogs) continue the attacks they began agains Barack Obama more than eight years ago (mostly unimaginative knee-jerk Republican talking points), most other media exalt Obama as someone who will be regarded by history as a great president...
Beware of viral gullibility (01/13/17)
As Margaret Sullivan of the Washington Post has pointed out, the recently coined term "fake news" had a specific meaning that has already been misappropriated. It originally referred to deliberately created falsehoods spread on social media such as the report that Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump or the report that Hillary Clinton operated a child sex slave business out of the basement of a pizza parlor...
Is the truth a valid basis for a choice? (01/06/17)
Because some Hillary Clinton supporters are poor losers and some Donald Trump supporters (at least Trump himself) are poor winners, a question that should be regarded as an exercise in trivia seems destined to be a source of rancor between different political factions far into the future...
A photographer’s tragedy (12/30/16)
Taking pictures is an important part of my job, but I consider myself more of a writer than a photographer. I consistently produce acceptable images for the newspaper, although nothing exceptional. There are many things that can go wrong in the process of putting a picture in the newspaper, starting with taking the picture, through processing the digital image, ending with the actual printing of the newspaper...
Rebel electors raise constitutional issue (12/23/16)
The term commonly used is “faithless elector,” a term with such a negative connotation that articles sometimes use quotation marks around the term throughout the article. I’ll use the term “rebel elector,” a less emotionally charged term, for electoral college electors who vote for someone who did not win the general election in their state. I’ll drop the quotation marks in subsequent references...