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Are the Racists Right? Is Minneapolis More Violent Since Somali Immigrants Arrived? The Answer Rhymes With “Fell, Snow.”

The blog “Stuff Black People Don’t Like” has made an incendiary accusation about Somali immigrants to Minneapolis, Minnesota:

“None of these Somalis in any city of the United States should be in the country, if the government was actually concerned with creating a strong future for the nation’s actual citizens. It is not. Minneapolis once […]

Did Somali Immigrants Really Plunge Lewiston, Maine into Crime? (2013 Fact Check Says…)

Since I moved to Maine, I’ve learned that Mainers think of some parts of their state as better than others. “Real Maine” includes the mill town of Millinocket, for example, but that term apparently doesn’t encompass the pastry, coffee and theater row of Hallowell. Someone needs to tell the thousands of people living in Hallowell […]

Never Take Anything For Granted, Including This Quote

“Never Take Anything For Granted.”

That’s what this image I came across tells me, and who am I to disobey an image? Always obey images, that’s my motto. So I am somewhat disappointed to tell you that there is a reliable source confirming that Benjamin Disraeli did indeed utter those words. How wonderful would […]

“Psychic” Vicki Monroe’s Predictions for 2013 — And Reality Bites

In December of 2012, the Lewiston Sun Journal featured “psychic” Vicki Monroe and her predictions for 2013. This is the same Vicki Monroe who tells the world “the spirits” tell her the future. Vicki Monroe’s website (search “Maine psychic Vicki Monroe” if you really must see it) features photoshopped glistening false stars orbiting her head, […]

Fact Checking Hi and Lois on those Golden Gas Pumping Days of Yore

When I opened the paper on October 18, Chance Brown’s Hi and Lois comic strip struck me soundly. Poor Hi, we’re meant to conclude. But are the circumstances related in the strip accurate? I did a bit of fact checking:

Correction 1: Gas hasn’t had a price of $3.99 per gallon in the United […]

Fact Check Update: is Lewiston, Maine Crime-Ridden since the 2001 arrival of Somali Immigrants?

Since I’ve moved to Maine, I’ve encountered a lot of friendly people, but I’ve also heard many derogatory comments about the supposed criminality of Somali immigrants who began arriving in Lewiston, Maine in the year 2001. Last year, I decided to check the claim that Somalis had brought crime to Lewiston against the observed crime […]

Fact Check: Is LA Rep. Lenar Whitley Right or Wrong about Global Warming?

Raw Story notes Louisiana State Representative Lenar Whitley has posted a video titled “Global Warming is a Hoax” in her campaign for a seat in the U.S. Congress:

Among Rep. Whitley’s many claims of a secret “conspiracy” to fool humanity into thinking that global warming exists, she declares that all it takes to disprove […]

Americans for Prosperity Anti-Worker Rally Fizzles with 0.08% Turnout Rate in Pennsylvania

At 12:30 pm today, the billionaire-funded political corporation calling itself “Americans for Prosperity” held a “Paycheck Protection Rally” in the state capitol building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The theme of the day: workers should stop organizing for better pay and give corporations a break.

If we are to believe what Americans for Properity says about itself, […]

Fact Check: Malcolm Gladwell’s Mythic South

As I’ve been reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers over the last few days, I’ve been accumulating a sense of hokum as Gladwell tells stories and spins out anecdotes. My B.S. detector finally hit the limit with this claim (p. 169):

The triumph of a culture of honor helps to explain why the pattern of criminality […]

What is the Matthew 4 Protocol, and Can it Cure Cancer? (Fact Check)

Editor’s Note: for an update on these cancer claims, see the March 9 2014 article, “What Connects the Matthew 4 Protocol to Dr. Mark Stengler?”

What is the Matthew 4 Cancer Protocol — and can it really cure cancer?

If you’ve found this web page, it’s likely because someone has sent you a link […]

George Washington Was Wrong (Religiosity, Felicity and Prosperity)

The following declaration issues forth from the Baptist church in South Somerville, Maine:

George Washington never actually said these exact words in 1789 or at any other time. What Washington actually said, in his 1789 Inaugural Address, was this:

“I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my Country […]