Denial, some psychologists say, is an evolutionary survival strategy. As humans and consciousness evolved, an understanding of the inevitability and finality of death followed. Those who could not get past the disheartening reality of looming death were selected out, because, one presumes, never leaving your cave because — “What’s the…

Who doubts that Fox has the power to drive swarms of AR-15-carrying Trumpers to “reclaim” ‘Merica if they called for it.

When one media outlet has the power to incite violence, we need to reconsider its place in our society.

Fox News is currently tiptoeing the line between supporting the onslaught of lies from the President and outright exaggerating and exacerbating them.

Lou Dobbs is particularly dangerous in this regard. He…

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On multiple occasions I’ve tried to discuss Trump issues with his supporters only to be interrupted every 3.45 seconds with shouts of “Fake News!”

It stuns me every time.

How do you engage with folks who believe tens of thousands of professionally trained journalists from around the world are somehow…

photo attribution: By Jiří Sedláček — Frettie — Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Trump supporter: Why do you hate him so much? You guys have Trump Derangement Syndrome!

We didn’t “start” hating him when he became president — we’ve been dubious about him since he came onto the scene in the 1980s. He’s got a looooooong history of cheating, hurting the little guy…

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The fact that Trump supporters believe Trump is doing a great job in the face of liberal certainty that we are crackling in a dumpster fire continues to fascinate me.

Can we really put all the blame on Fox News propaganda and right-wing media cheerleading? …

How using conservative sources to set the record straight may help

Fox News and some Republicans are now claiming that a “fake, phony dossier” started the entire Muller investigation.

That’s not even remotely true.

The infamous Steele dossier — a series of notes by a former British spy — was…

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Amidst the back-and-forth over the behavior of the Covington Catholic School boys at last week’s march, I blame the grown-ups. Twenty adults accompanied 240 boys from Kentucky to Washington to participate in a potentially highly-charged political event. They should have been on high alert. So where the hell where they?

Still from the 2015 movie, Cooties.

The conservative reaction to the Gillette ad on masculinity has been fascinating. TV personality Piers Morgan accused the Gillette commercial of suggesting that all men are “evil.” …

I explained exactly why a wall won’t work, using conservative sources to prove it

A man walks past a section of the U.S.-Mexico border barrier on January 8, 2019 in Tijuana, Mexico. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

A conservative challenged liberal Facebook friends to “make a case, not based on emotion” against Trump’s wall. Conservative buddies flooded his post with snide remarks about how this would be impossible for “deluded libs.”

“Okay, I’ll play,” I responded. To avoid being accused of bias, I explained that I would…

A white neighbor called the cops on black teens at a pool party, which ended with an officer drawing a gun on children. A white teacher called the police on a brown Muslim student who brought a clock to school. …

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Author of historical fiction set in the ancient world as well as books on mythology and history for kids.

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