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The first part of this article could be outdated within hours, but the lesson for the moment is still valid. One thing that people just love to do is believe that they know (or pretend that they know) something when they do not have enough facts for an accurate judgment. Too often, these stem from an emotional basis or bias.
From the information that I have right now, Anthony Weiner is accused of using his Twitter account to send a picture of his covered but distinct naughty bits to a woman. I have heard some interesting comments that Weiner is a scumbag weasel, and must be lying. Well, maybe he is a dreadful person, but so what? Yes, he acts like a liar covering up when asked simple yes or no questions. Yes, he got hostile. Yes, he gets rude. What do you know? Nothing has been proven. "Everyone knows" that he is guilty, but that is based on circumstantial evidence and emotion, not on actual facts, Frankie. Addendum: He admitted some of this, but the point is still valid: Nobody had actual knowledge, just surmise.
I've mentioned Neil in the past, and the huge multi-million-dollar soulless corporation that employs him. They are prone to hire "managers" that are, bluntly, poor thinkers. Not only are they hired to manage areas or departments when they have little or no knowledge of the processes involved, but some "managers" in a different city and state (corporate headquarters) have Neil all figured out — based on rumor and hearsay, not on having met or even spoken with him. That is no way to act in supervisory and management positions! Get the facts, Felicity.
Some time in the 1990s, my curiosity got overwhelming and I had the opportunity to attend a Ku Klux Klan rally in Michigan. I think they wanted to try to set up a local office there, I do not remember now. What I do remember is that they were articulate, soft-spoken and gracious. They were well within their rights, and did not say anything directly hateful, nor did they incite violence.
However, the crowd was unruly, loud, obscene and obnoxious, shouting down the speakers. (I did not get too close, I stayed near the police on horseback and learned some things from them.) When the KKK passed out their literature, people snatched it away, destroyed it, attempted to eat it and acted like jerks. Now be honest. If you were there and did not know anything about the KKK, would you have felt that they were persecuted victims? You would not have been able to make an informed decision about the KKK until you had the facts, Ferdinand.