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Word of the Week – October 24, 2020

Veridical

Adjective

Latin, 17th century

1. Truthful

2. Coinciding with reality

Example: In my relentless search for veridical information, I avoid anything involving politics.

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Video of the Week – October 24, 2020

Just after the October 22 presidential debate concluded, First Lady Melania Trump and Dr. Jill Biden joined their respective spouses on stage for the traditional photo op.  While Dr. Biden immediately hugged her husband, it quickly became obvious there was tension with the First Couple.

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Tweets of the Week – October 24, 2020

Pavlovitz was responding to this Tweet by Newsmax TV host John Cardillo:

From Rep. Clay Higgins (R-Louisiana):

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Insult of the Week – October 24, 2020

“Four or five months ago when we started this whole thing before the plague came in, I had made it, I wasn’t coming to Erie.  I mean, I have to be honest.  There’s no way I was coming.  I didn’t have to.  I would have called you and said, ‘Hey Erie, you know if you have a chance get out and vote’.  We had this thing won.”

Donald Trump, at a campaign stop in Erie, Pennsylvania

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Stupidest Quotes of the Week – October 24, 2020

“He’ll listen to the scientists.  If I listened totally to the scientists, we would right now have a country that would be in a massive depression instead – we’re like a rocket ship.  Take a look at the numbers.”

President Donald Trump, at a rally in Carson City, Nevada, on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s pending response to the COVID-19 pandemic

“Who do these people think they are? Debate commission will mute the mics? Can you imagine if they’d-a told Abraham Lincoln we’re gonna mute the microphone if you don’t shut up, sir?

“Abe Lincoln would say, why do you think people are gonna be there? To watch you hit the mute button? Who do these people think they are?

“You know, if I didn’t know better, I would swear that the debate commission is trying to get Trump to pull out of this. I think they’re goading Trump. I think they’re trying to provoke him into pulling out of this thing by announcing they’re going to mute microphones.

“Look, I understand when these people — and these are tiny people compared to Donald Trump, folks. Whoever’s on this debate commission, they are tiny people. Now, they think that they are the country’s elite — and, hell, they may be.

“I mean, given the definition of elite and who these people that think they run the country are. But they are tiny people compared to the giant that is Donald Trump.

“Donald Trump is a giant of achievement, a giant of personality, a giant of appetite, a giant of energy. There isn’t a single person in American politics that can hold a candle to Donald Trump.

“There’s not a person that can keep up with him energy-wise. There isn’t a person with his drive. There isn’t anybody close to his ambition at his age.

That’s who they are. So they come along and they threaten to mute his microphone. I don’t think these people want Biden taking a risk of looking like a deer in the headlights when confronted with his treason.

“The treason that involves these deals between his son Hunter and Hunter’s buddies and Biden’s family members that resulted in the massive enrichment of the Biden family.

“Donald Trump, however he has earned his money, he has not done it via corruption of the United States government. Donald Trump has not enriched himself by sticking his hand into the U.S. Treasury like all of these other government players do.”

Rush Limbaugh, on his radio show, criticizing microphone muting rules for the October 22 presidential debate

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Worst Quote of the Week – October 24, 2020

“You turn on CNN, that’s all they talk about: COVID, COVID, pandemic, COVID, COVID, COVID.  People are tired of COVID. People are saying, ‘Whatever. Just leave us alone.’ They’re tired of it.”

President Donald Trump, lamenting ongoing coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, at a campaign rally in Las Vegas

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Best Quotes of the Week – October 24, 2020

“Trump is his own worst enemy.  He is basically helping Biden make his case about his response to the pandemic.  Dr. Fauci is one of the most popular figures in America, even if Trump’s base doesn’t like him.”

Cornell Belcher, Democratic pollster, on Donald Trump’s relentless criticism of Dr. Anthony Fauci

“I can’t imagine what purpose is served by going after a man trusted by 68% of Americans on the most important issue facing the country.”

Whit Ayres, Republican pollster, on Trump’s ongoing verbal attacks on Fauci

“Homosexuals have a right to be part of the family,” the pontiff said in. “They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.”

Pope Francis, startling the Catholic faithful with his sudden support of same-sex unions, in “Francesco,” a documentary about his life

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Word of the Week – October 17, 2020

Organon

Noun

Greek, late 16th century

1. A tool or instrument used to gain knowledge

2. A set of guiding principles for a particular science, philosophy, or discipline

An organon is something (such as a textbook) used to help someone acquire knowledge.  The “Organon” is a collection of six books by Greek philosopher Aristotle dealing with logic, all combining to create a definitive lecture still referenced today.

Example: During the Senate confirmation hearings, I kept reaching for my spiritual organon; hoping I could make sense of the relentless balderdash.

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Tweets of the Week – October 17, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci throws first pitch of 2020 baseball season.

Mercedes Schlapp

Trump Adviser Mercedes Schlapp Defends Biden ‘Mr Rogers’ comment.

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Most Hypocritical Quote of the Week – October 17, 2020

“We’ll go to the floor on Friday the 23rd and stay on it until we finished.  We have the votes.”

Sen. Mitch McConnell, on the Senate voting to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court

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