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Whipping up fervor with irony

BY JOE GENCO

–As our President whips up the anti-immigrant fervor, it’s important to remember there have been 28 deadly attacks in the United States since 9/11 but not one has been committed by a foreigner. http://www.vox.com/…/11/23/9765718/domestic-terrorism-threat

–6 journalists doing their job by covering the anti-Trump protests during the inauguration were arrested and charged with felony rioting. Thank goodness we now have a government to tell us what to report. It makes it easier. https://www.nytimes.com/…/journalists-arrested-trump-inaugu…

–“War is peace.” “Freedom is slavery.” “Ignorance is strength.” Embrace reality! We need alternatives, not facts. And sales of 1984 have so gone through the roof Signet has ordered a new printing. Is that a thinkspeak or a smoke detector? http://www.npr.org/…/classic-novel-1984-sales-are-up-in-the…

–Meanwhile in France, Marine Le Pen is running for President on the notion that if Britain can Brexit, and then US can Trump, France can take a turn to the far right as well, closing her borders and even fleeing the European Union. http://www.npr.org/…/frances-far-right-candidate-for-presid…

–And at Standing Rock, the protesters have number hundreds, not thousands, but they are unwavering in the desire to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. http://www.cbc.ca/…/standing-rock-after-trump-decision-1.39…

–Frank Max, leader of the alternative Democrats, has pleaded guilty to two Class A misdemeanors relating to campaign finance and disclosures. Alan Bedenko gleefully gloats. http://www.dailypublic.com/…/012520…/frank-max-pleads-guilty

–How is Basil Volkswagen still in business? Despite having months to find me a car that met my needs, they put no effort into. They also, despite knowing my TDI buyback appointment date and time, never called to see if I had found a new car or was interested in shopping while I was at the dealership to turn my car in.

–Butch Trucks has moved on to jam with Duane Allman in the great beyond. Oh and Mary Tyler Moore died. http://www.cnn.com/…/butch-trucks-allman-brother…/index.html

–A St. John’s pizza delivery driver had his car stolen while on the job. It was found the next night, almost where it had been taken, with a full tank of gas and a damaged suspension. Only in Newfoundland. http://www.cbc.ca/…/stolen-car-pizza-delivery-st-johns-spri…

–Boyd Curiosity: Where in Philly is the house is which Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence? Gone, replaced by a hamburger stand.

–This from John Messinger: “My uncle has 2 tickets for the 2017 SUPER BOWL, both box seats. He paid $2,500 for each ticket, but he didn’t realize last year when he bought them, it was going to be the same day of his wedding. If you are interested, he is looking for someone to take his place…It’s at United Methodist Church, Belleview @ 3pm. Her name is Connie, she is 5’6 about 120 lbs, Good cook too…She’ll be the one in the white dress.”

–Lindy Ruff’s Dallas Stars are struggling. They play the Sabres tonight. I find myself torn between “can the Sabres make the playoffs?” and “hmm, whom can they dump at the deadline for choices? Franson? Gionta? Moulson?” http://sports.yahoo.com/…/overtime-pays-sabres-not-stars-22…

–Sean McDermott ranks as the worst NFL coaching hire of this offseason. Anthony Lynn was the best choice. Such discussion is a lot like grading a draft the week after it happens. Utter nonsense but still interesting. Most of what is wrong with the Bills is abysmal drafting. http://www.nfl.com/…/ranking-nfl-coaching-hires-anthony-lyn…

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