When a lie isn't a lie
Democrats love to cite alleged counts of how many times President Donald Trump has lied during his term in office. But we're not sure he ever did what Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden did recently in an interview with rapper Cardi B in Elle magazine.
Biden, according to the article, said he'd "never" broken his word.
"Just check me out," he said. "I've never broken my word. Never in my life."
We don't know whether this is Biden being Biden, mental decline or if he really believes he's never broken his word.
The examples could fill a book, but fact-checkers could remind him — just about his academic record — of his claim during his first run for president that he "graduated with three degrees" (which he later admitted was false), his claim that he went to "law school on a full academic scholarship" (false) or that he "ended up in the top half of my class" (false).
Biden's life as a senator, vice president and candidate offer numerous other examples, so the claim is verifiable false, and even Biden seemed to — sort of — admit that in a 1987 interview with The New York Times.
"I exaggerate when I'm angry, but I've never gone around telling people things that aren't true about me," he said, having confessed about the academic lies.
Not in my 'hood
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto became at least the third city chief executive to praise the protest movement in their cities — until it — literally — came a little too close to home.
About 300 protesters showed up outside his house last week, some staying into mid-morning the next day. A siren blared during the mayhem, and those present banged drums, blew horns and used a megaphone to say the mayor should resign after the arrest of a 25-year-old man over the weekend, who was taken away in an unmarked van by plainclothes officers.
After the fact, the mayor again praised the protests "to demand much-needed reforms to policing in our cities," but he said it was wrong to disturb neighbors even if the protesters are "feeling fear, pain and anger."
"What I cannot defend," he said in a statement, "is any neighborhood in our city — and their residents and families — being disturbed through the night and morning, and a peaceful protest devolving into unacceptable conduct in which residents are being harassed and threatened. This crosses a line that cannot be allowed to continue."
Iowa State English professor Chloe Clark made it clear to students there would be censorship in her 200-level English class this fall, no matter what they thought.
Her syllabus said students could not use their papers to argue against left-wing causes and included a "Giant Warning" that anyone not adhering could be removed from class.
"The same goes for any papers/projects: you cannot choose any topic that takes at its base that one side doesn't deserve the same basic human rights as you do (i.e.: no arguments against gay marriage, abortion, Black Lives Matter, etc.)," the syllabus noted.
"Any instances of othering ... are grounds for dismissal from the classroom," it said.
Students — we hope — reported Clark. Nevertheless, the syllabus was changed, and she was given information on the school's First Amendment guidelines.
"The university does not take disciplinary action against students based on the content or viewpoint expressed in their speech," a spokesperson for Iowa State said.
"[Clark] is not out of the ordinary," Ryan Hurley, president of the school's Young Republicans, said. "Many professors do these sorts of things and have these heavy left biases. I am also certain that if [articles about the syllabus] hadn't come out and gotten attention, [Clark] would not have faced any university pushback."
Can't let your opinion stand
Intolerant thugs couldn't stand that a group of Lubbock, Texas, high school students pooled their resources and painted their adjoining parking spaces to spell out "Trump 2020," so they recently marred them by spray-painting the words "BLM" (Black Lives Matter), "I can't breath [sic]" and "save the famalies [sic]."
"My son and several of his friends spent over $750 painting their parking spots," a parent of one of the students told KCBD. "They spent eight hours creating this. Their spaces have been completely vandalized, and all boys have been threatened."
School officials told KCBD that the district will move to prosecute anyone responsible for destroying or defacing school property.
"We have students and staff with differing political beliefs," Sadie Alderson, director of public information for the school district, told the station in a statement, "and we expect those beliefs to be respected and valued. As United States citizens, we have the freedom to disagree with one another, but it is completely unacceptable (and illegal) to vandalize property in disagreement. As a public school district, we have an obligation to protect not only our students, but their rights."