Tony Ortega Blog: An Obsession with Celebrity

Tony Ortega has been a known suck-up within the film & television industry for a while now. Ever since his comically brief gig as a talking head in Alex Gibney’s hit-piece ‘documentary’ on Scientology, he has been chasing the lingering thrill of his minor brush with celebrity.

It is no secret that

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Radical Intolerance

There’s a fascinating phenomenon which routinely occurs in public conversation around the country any time anyone begins to denigrate a people group or religious community. Whenever bigoted hate speech rears its ugly head there is immediate push-back against those who would attempt to ‘hate-shame’. It’s as if we as a society have at some deep

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Tony Ortega: Compulsive Liar Driven by Fear

No two compulsive liars are the same but you may be surprised to learn they often share a lot of the same qualities and characteristics, making them easy to spot if you know what to look for.

If you want to dig into what drives compulsive liars, you have to first take a look at

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Fake News: A Checklist

A couple of years ago, way back when the phrase fake news was finding its footing in this country, the fact-checking website Politifact offered up the following definition of “fake news” as “made-up stuff, masterfully manipulated to look like credible journalistic reports that are easily spread online to large audiences willing to believe the fictions

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All Things Arielle

We here at the blog have had numerous requests for more information about Tony Ortega’s mysterious wife, Arielle Silverstein (aka Bozuri, aka Arielle Sarai). As the pants-wearing bread-winner of the household, in many ways Silverstein remains the driving economical force behind Ortega’s cottage industry hate farm.

Because of the sheer volume

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It Can Happen Again

Sometime during the late night hours between the 9th and 10th of November, 1938, shards of broken glass littered the streets after the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues were destroyed by Nazis in a pogrom against Jews throughout. It was a night that was to become known as Kristallnacht, or Night of Broken

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The Hater’s Whipping Boy

A whipping boy or girl was, supposedly, a child educated alongside a prince (or boy monarch) in early modern Europe, who received corporal punishment for the prince’s transgressions in his presence. Instead of the prince being punished, the beating was reserved for one appointed to receive the blows instead.

In more modern times the phrase

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Is Hate Speech Free Speech?

The negative impacts of hate speech often get overlooked by a flurry of well-intentioned voices who trot out their lofty ideals of First Amendment rights buoyed by vague, noble-sounding notions of freedom of the press.

While, in theory, Americans have long held notions of the importance of free speech, this seemingly ‘enlightened’ position too often

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Crimes Against Humanity

 

Crimes against humanity are certain acts that are deliberately committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack or individual attack directed against any civilian or an identifiable part of a civilian population.

Good definitions are valuable assets. They allow us to assess situations better, make more meaningful statements and arrive at

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Tony Ortega: Wannabe

In her book on adolescent bullying, “Queen Bees and Wannabes”, author Rosalind Wiseman makes the following observation:

People fight over technology in ways they never would face-to-face because they can say their version of events without getting immediate feedback that might challenge it. It allows people to throw more intense self-righteous temper tantrums.

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