Jan 28, 2012

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Geopolitics, Education, and History

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We packed the program this weekend with informative interviews, with a focus on geopolitics for the first part of the program.

Although China is hailed as an economic powerhouse, it has serious monetary and population problems, which will affect its approach to the approaching geopolitical storms. Ken Timmerman (www.kentimmerman.com) and John discuss the proposal that the U.S. drop its support of Taiwan in exchange for a debt write-off. The Chinese may not be able to do that.

Then we’ll jump to the Middle East for a summary report by correspondent Dave Dolan (www.ddolan.com), author of a new book entitled, “Millennium, the Lord Reigns.”

During his State of the Union address this week, President Barack Obama said states should require mandatory school attendance until age 18. But kids drop out because they are unchallenged in bad public schools due to a failed curriculum, which never comes up in the conversation. William Estrada from Home School Legal Defense (www.hslda.org) tells why this will cause more problems than it solves.

This week marked the 67th anniversary of the liberation of inmates from Auschwitz Concentration Camp. The appalling lack of historical knowledge among young people threatens freedom in the future. Ray Comfort (www.180movie.com) joins us to discuss his new movie, “180.”

John’s boralogue focuses on the chasm between what Republican debate media hosts think are important issues versus the real crises America is about to face. It’s like night and day.

 

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Jan 26, 2012

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Fallacy of the Week – Special Pleading

Special Pleading _the error of using a double standard.

Example:

“Law enforcement should be exempt from some of the laws they enforce. After all, laws are made to protect us from criminals“.

This tactic has been used over and over again to bend the rules or change who the rules apply to. Elites often try to sway the game in their favor by changing the definitions.

Another way they get this accomplished is by using an emotional appeal to make an exception to the rule for a “special” case. You see this constantly in the media. For every single confessed standard, there is an unconfessed double standard at work.

 

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Go to the first Fallcy of the Week:

Fallacy of the Week – Ad Hominem

 

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Jan 21, 2012

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Shifting Attitudes Away from Gun Control

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It’s time we see whether or not Americans’ attitudes towards gun control have shifted over the last decade. There were two pivotal events which seem to have galvanized the case for self defense. Alan Gottlieb from the Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is author of the book, “Shooting Blanks, Facts Don’t Matter to the Gun Ban Crowd.”

Then Michael Paul joins us to continue the thread we have been pursuing ongoing asking the question, “Will the real Islam please stand up?” Paul grew up as an Iraqi Muslim and later became a Christian. We have candid conversation about his life, Iraq, Iran, Islam and Christian persecution.

The entire concept of land-for-peace swapping in the Middle East peace process will suffer a fatal wound if Egypt reneges on its treaty with Israel and the United States fails to enforce it, since the U.S. was a principle guarantor of the treaty. John’s boralogue examines this most critical issue.

 

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Jan 20, 2012

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Fallacy of the Week – Slippery Slope Fallacy

Slippery Slope Fallacy _ the claim that a particular action will trigger a negative chain of events, when in reality many surrounding factors would prevent the result.

Example:

“We can’t allow people to bring beverages into the conference room. If we do, soon they’ll be bringing in snacks and then meals. Pretty soon we’ll have a full-blown restaurant in here! I’d have to hire wait staff and a chef! We could get shut down for a health code violation! Somebody could even choke and die! Do you want that on your conscience?”

The power of this fallacy comes from the “domino effect” of linking one hypothetical scenario to another, and so on, to an undesirable end. That end result is then used as a powerful emotional reason to prevent the so-called “cause”.

There are valid cause and effect relationships to everyday scenarios and by using logic and information, we can extrapolate those results with accuracy. However, in the Slippery Slope fallacy, the normal safeguards between the steps which would prevent the progression are intentionally left out.

The fallacy is identified by an increasing number of vaguely defined steps between cause and effect to draw out an emotional response.

It’s also important to note that the Slippery Slope fallacy is not incrementalism. Progressives have an agenda to move people from one paradigm to another slowly, without much notice or resistance. In this case, the safeguards are removed by stealth and deception. The progress to the desired outcome is carefully controlled and monitored.

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Fallacy of the Week – Special Pleading

 

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