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Leaping to condemnation

by Greg Krehbiel on 11 May 2017

When are we going to learn to wait for the facts to come out before we get all hot and bothered at the latest outrage?

Just recently we discovered that the horrible story about immigrants raping a girl in the bathroom wasn’t what it appeared.

Now this. St. Olaf: Report of racist note on black student’s windshield was ‘fabricated’

It happens over and over again. Somebody posts a racist note, but … then it turns out to have been a hoax. Or somebody is threatened with rape, and … then it turns out they threatened themselves to get attention.

Obviously that doesn’t happen all the time, or even most of the time, but it happens often enough that people should be willing to wait to get the facts.

2017-05-11  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 10

  1. William
    13 May 2017 @ 6:32 pm

    Despite clear evidence to the contrary, Trump promulgated the “birther” rumor for years. How ironic he now finds himself and associates as the target of persisting accusations and condemnation about possible collusion with Russia (often reinforced by his own actions). Proverbs 1:31.

  2. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    14 May 2017 @ 2:55 pm

    He definitely contributed to the current, poisonous culture.

  3. William
    15 May 2017 @ 6:30 pm

    It seems there is some new condemnation of our POTUS on a weekly basis, these days. Of course, this needs to be verified, but if it turns out to be true…it just adds another brick in the wall Trump is building himself.

  4. smitemouth
    15 May 2017 @ 11:35 pm

    I am becoming numb to it now. It’s something new every day. Whatever happens, Trump was right when he said that he could kill someone on 5th Avenue in broad daylight and his supporters would not care. They don’t. They don’t care if Russia supported him over Hillary. If the Dem candidate had 3 wives, brags about cheating on his wife, and brags about assaulting women, the Repugs would be having a cow. But, they supported their guy.

    I just shake my head. He really is a piece of shit, right? For Mother’s Day he went golfing. You watch all the other presidents, and they help their wives on the stairs of Air Force One. Not this POS. It’s even visible in the stupid little crap like getting an extra scoop of ice cream. A normal good host tries to pass of the extra scoop to one of his guests. He is a 6 year old in a 70 year old’s body. He tries to pass himself as the pinnacle of class, but he has no class at all.

  5. William
    16 May 2017 @ 1:07 am

    QUOTE: Trump was right when he said that he could kill someone on 5th Avenue in broad daylight and his supporters would not care. They don’t.

    I thought the same as I reflected on all the stuff that has come out recently. Trump and Republican leadership openly criticized the previous POTUS for considering bombing Syria. Yet, when Trump did the total opposite of what he decried, he was seen as strong. Trump admitted to asking FBI Director Comey if he was under investigation and there’s little public reaction. Yet, Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch met on a plane (with the contents of their conversation unconfirmed) but that was considered highly inappropriate and a great hue and cry ensued. Trump praised Comey for his actions during the Clinton email investigation, then tried to use those very actions as justification for his termination and his supporters accepted that as reasonable. Trump has written numerous executive orders to further his agenda and it’s considered leading. Yet, his predecessor wrote numerous executive orders and there were incessant accusations about him being a dictator and even calls for initiating impeachment proceedings. Trump has lied consistently (and been caught) but not been called on it by his supporters. Yet, these very individuals were quick to call out the previous administration when they lied about things that didn’t materialize with Obamacare. That’s just the tip of the iceberg….there’s more. The double standard is absolutely stunning! The most remarkable (and frightening) thing is that those who recognize this bizarre behavior for what it is are becoming numb (due to its frequency) and it’s starting to be the new normal.

  6. Robin R.
    16 May 2017 @ 5:08 am

    I have become numb, but not yet comfortably numb.

  7. Robin R.
    16 May 2017 @ 6:08 am

    He is the Big FU to progressives. That’s why his base will never desert him.

  8. smitemouth
    16 May 2017 @ 8:14 am

    Greg, you left off the Duke frat boys. I feel sorry for any kid that gets unjustly accused of rape on a campus. He will be a household name to the world and he will undoubtedly not receive anything resembling justice from the school administration.

  9. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    16 May 2017 @ 8:29 am

    @SM, right. Being accused of a sex crime can really ruin your life.

  10. William
    18 May 2017 @ 1:52 pm

    Concerning the student rape case, if it had not been for technology (video/cell phone texts), I wonder if the charges would have been dropped. Of course, rape is a very serious crime and should be prosecuted to the full extend of the law when proven. Yet, I wonder how frequently have men been accused and convicted based on false accusations. Without proof (such as technology), how do they defend themselves when it’s his word against hers? Are men guilty until proven innocent?