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UPDATE: The author of the post discussed below, Stephen D Foster Jr., has taken exception to my claim that his piece has been revised. In a comment below, signed 'sdf' and from an email address linked to him, Foster says
Also, you say the first paragraph was edited to omit the word 'facts' but this is not true at all. The word was not in the piece. It always ended with 'following'.

Unfortunately for Stephen, the internet says "No, that's just not true."

I found his article when a friend of mine linked to it on Facebook. Facebook, as most of us realize, automatically publishes an excerpt from the article along with the link. At the time my friend linked the article, it did indeed say what I said it did and in the interests of good will, transparency, and demonstrating what the facts truly are, I present the following image of my friend's Facebook post.

Why is it that some folks feel the need to lie in order to make themselves look better? And over such a trivial thing? He edited his article, or the folks at the website did, because the claim that he was presenting facts was ridiculous. That's no big deal, but by trying to hide it, he casts doubts on any claim to journalistic standards he may have had.

Found this link on Facebook about facts to use to irritate Republicans. It's listed as humor, but just seems mean spirited and hateful to me.

The sadder part is the author, Stephen D. Foster Jr, apparently believes that all of these things are in fact the truth. The first version of the article read:
Conservatives are so easy to anger these days. Even the most insignificant statement can set off their tempers. If you want to enrage a conservative, I suggest you tell them one of these facts.

After somebody pointed out that some of the 100 statements were really matters of opinion, he revised the blurb to read:
Conservatives are so easy to anger these days. Even the most insignificant statement can set off their tempers. If you want to enrage a conservative, I suggest saying the following:

Sorry, Steve, but it takes more than typical progressive lies, slander, and insults to enrage me. And it also takes more than a list of tired, worn out liberal cliches to qualify as humor.

On the other hand, I did find some amusement in going through the list and finding the obvious cases of Progressive Derangement. For example: (My comments in bold; I let some stand without comment because, well, they debunk themselves.)

2. Jesus healed the sick and helped the poor, for free. And he didn't need a government subsidy or a tax on the rich to do so.
6. The Founding Fathers were liberals. Given that they are considered conservative today, what does that say about the massive ideological shift this country has taken over the last two decades?
7. Fascism is a right-wing trait. Nope, it is an authoritarian trait evidenced by people who believe they know how you should live your life better than you do. Sound familiar?
12. Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency. Really, you want to claim Nixon? OK, you can have him!
14. Global warming is real. Have you been reading the papers over the last couple of years? It's Anthropogenic Climate Change, and it is getting less credence all the time as faked data, distorted models, and failed prediction continue to pile up.
20. The Republican Party began as a liberal party. See Item 6. What is to the left of liberal? Is it Communist?
23. President Obama saved the American auto industry, while Republicans wanted to destroy it. Yep, those Chevy Volts are just flying out of the showrooms. Back to Detroit for yet another recall.
24. Hate is not a Christian virtue. Neither is arrogance, pride or smug contempt.
25. Jesus was a liberal. So you now support faith based ministries? Good to know.
26. Republicans spend MORE money than Democrats. Math is not your strong suit is it? The current Democratic Administration has spent more in three years than any administration in history.
28. Public schools educate all children; private schools are for indoctrinating children. MMM MMM MMM Barack Hussein Obama. Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm.
29. The Constitution is the law, NOT the Bible. So now you support the Constitution. Cool. Tell me, have you ever actually read it? Or are the words unimportant?
36. Women control their own bodies. If only they would.
41. Health care is a right, not a product. And doctors, nurses, health care workers manufacturers of medical devices, drugs, and treatments are all slaves working for the benefit of others, and given wages determined not by the value of their work, but by government decree. And I thought you guys liked Lincoln!
42. Roe v. Wade was a bipartisan ruling made by a conservative leaning Supreme Court. Try reading the actual decision sometimes. Just about all of the original, conservative language has been stripped from the law by liberal, activist judges.
48. Republicans invaded Iraq for oil, so Iraq should be allowed to invade Texas to get it back. My money is on Texas.
49. Separation of church and state is in the Constitution, it’s called the First Amendment. The freedom to exercise religion is also part of the First Amendment. Funny how you keep leaving that part out.
53. America is a nation of immigrants, therefore we are all anchor babies. Immigration is not the problem; illegal immigration is. Learn the difference.
55. God is a particle. Say that to His face. Don't worry; you will get the chance.
58. The Founding Fathers did not free the slaves. Neither did Abraham Lincoln.
61. Federal law trumps state law. Not according to the 10th Amendment. Remember, that Constitution thing you were talking about earlier?
63. Corporations care more about profits than they do about people. And they give those profits to people called shareholders, so what you are actually saying is that people do not care about people. So how is your 401k?
72. Labor unions built this country. And they did it for free, with no investment capital needed, no bankers, and no professional services or management either. Just by the sweat of their brow and determination.
76. Inside every Republican is a Klansman or a Nazi waiting to bloom.
78. Republicans are hypocrites, they’re just too stupid to know it.
80. I think therefore I am NOT a Republican.
81. Republicans that oppose gay marriage are most likely in the closet themselves.
82. Churches should stay out of politics, or be taxed. Politicians should stay out of churches, or be damned.
85. Republicans hate education because they couldn’t hack it in school.
86. Greed is one of the seven deadly sins and Republicans wallow in it.
87. A little socialism on the Left is better than a little fascism on the Right.
94. Democrats will be working hard to bring jobs to Americans, while the Republicans tea bag each other in the middle of the aisles.
95. Voter disenfranchisement is immoral and un-American, that’s why Republicans do it. Voter fraud is the best way to win elections (It's the Chicago way) and that's why Democrats do it.
96. Republicans would let your house burn down unless you pay them to put it out. Nope; that's libertarians. Please try to keep your insults straight.
100. Republicans are idiots and arguing with them is a waste of time!

Folks, this is what some liberals read, and apparently believe.

Does this represent a vocal minority or a majority? I don't know. I don't even have enough data to hazard a guess.

But for a supposedly funny bit, there's a lot of anger and hatred.
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#28 ...

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<blockquote>Jones College Prep -- a Chicago Public Schools "selective enrollment" school -- recently held "Social Justice Week" in March, a collection of events geared towards turning students into activist

According to a flyer on the school's website:

"Social Justice Week was created to promote community advancement through dialogue and community service based activism. Moreover, we hope to unify the voice of various JCP and community organizations in which to facilitate collaboration for the betterment of the community at large and promote a unified human rights advancement initiative."

The school is, according to U.S. News & World Report, a Top 100 high school in the country. It's one of the best of the best -- the cream of the crop.</blockquote>
Posted by LissaKay  on  04/27  at  10:39 AM

It appears the author has done his job by irritating you enough to write this blog response. Also, you say the first paragraph was edited to omit the word 'facts' but this is not true at all. The word was not in the piece. It always ended with 'following'. Sorry to burst your bubble there. Seriously though, if it doesn't irritate you, why write about it at all?
Posted by SDF  on  05/01  at  01:33 AM

SDF ... that would be Stephen D. Foster, right? Google tells me the email is a match.

He writes about it to point out the idiocy in that "humor" piece, and that it is thinly veiled hate and anger. Trust me, there is no irritation. That would be like getting irritated at a 3 year old insisting that mommy is a big, fat meanie because she won't give him a cookie.

Oh, and the last line ... it's:

To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.

Fixed it for you.
Posted by LissaKay  on  05/01  at  02:38 AM

Hi Stephen. Sorry, but irritation was not a factor in my post. My purpose was two-fold. First, I wanted to highlight the hate coming from the supposed bastion of tolerance that is modern Progressivism, and second, demonstrate the warped world view common to you and your fellow travelers.

By the way, notice that in my comment, I claim my post, rather than pretend to be somebody else. Referring to yourself in the third person is a little outdated, don't you think?

I want to address your claim of inaccuracy on my part.

An intelligent person would have realized that, when I quoted verbatim the original opening of your piece, that I probably had some sort of documentation to back it up. Acting on that realization, they would not have accused me of getting it wrong, or making things up, but would have instead remained silent on the point, lest I present my proof.

You chose to speak out.

You see, when a Facebook user links to a post, Facebook automatically copies an excerpt and publishes it along with the link. When my friend linked to your post, it captured the original text. I will post the screen cap so you can see for yourself.

Why do you have to lie to make your point?
Posted by rich  on  05/03  at  09:56 AM

First off, I wasn't lying. I wrote the piece months ago and honestly believed I hadn't written it quite that way. I'll admit that I was apparently mistaken and apologize for the error. Second, I did not edit my article to say something else. My editor apparently did that so I wasn't trying to hide anything. Sometimes editing is necessary to improve upon things and sometimes I'm not informed when something is changed. I don't exactly re-read everything I write to make sure it's the original wording. Thirdly, I'm not trying to be combative, just pointing out that if you truly were not irritated by it, you would not have devoted an entire segment about it on your blog. Lastly, even though we clearly disagree on a great many things, I appreciate you not being mean spirited in this conversation.
Posted by SDF  on  05/08  at  01:58 AM

Oh Stephen ... you're so funny! So what you are saying is you originally wrote "I suggest saying the following" right? And before the piece was published, you or someone changed it to "I suggest you tell them one of these facts" and that's why is excerpted on Facebook that way, but then, you or someone edited it AGAIN back to "I suggest saying the following" ... have I got that right???

My dear, we are not irritated at all. Only amused. But following your line of reasoning, how irritated must you be to make up all those things about conservatives and Republicans and write that article in the first place? I suppose it is annoying that you cannot refute what conservatives actually think and believe, so you have to make stuff up. And THAT is funny right there.

You know how they say, "We aren't laughing AT you, we're laughing WITH you?" ... well, we are laughing AT you.
Posted by LissaKay  on  05/08  at  06:10 PM

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