January 2016

Why do People Ignore Facts? – Part 2

Courtesy Dan Piraro, Bizarro.com

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” – Mark Twain

In their 2010 report, When Corrections Fail: The Persistence of Political Misperceptions, Brendan Nyhan and Jason … Read More

Why do People Ignore Facts? – Part 1

Courtesy Dan Piraro, Bizarro.com

According to the most recent CNN/ORC poll, billionaire Donald J. Trump is leading the field of Republican candidates for president with 41 percent. Texas Senator Ted Cruz is a little more than 20 points behind. This, in spite of the fact, … Read More

Even Tennis?


Even the great sport of tennis has been affected by sports gambling (as if gambling were a sport).

The BBC reports (Jan. 18), “Over the last decade, 16 players who have ranked in the top 50 have been repeatedly flagged to the Tennis Integrity … Read More

Inconvenient Facts

Spoiler Alert: This commentary may just come as a shock to gun rights advocates… maybe. Regular readers already know that I’m a fussbudget about facts and statistics. They also know that I’ve spoken out against assault-style weapons, and the need to do more when it … Read More

Fact-Checking a Reader

Courtesy Dan Piraro, bizarro.com

(Note: This commentary was written and posted in January, 2016. It was based on then-candidate Trump’s statement calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is … Read More

How important is the truth?

13 Hours, a feature-length movie about the 2012 terrorist incident in Benghazi, Libya begins with a title card:

“This is the true story you were never told…”

Movies are different from documentaries. While a documentary aspires to offer the most accurate account possible of … Read More

The Shirt Off His Back

Last Friday, on a New York subway, a simple act of compassion was captured on a phone which has been viewed by millions. A young man is seen literally taking the shirt off his back and helping a shirtless and shivering homeless man.

Joey Resto … Read More