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#212Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken. (Yogi Berra)
Begging the Question
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#211The future ain't what it used to be. (Yogi Berra)
Begging the Question
Futurama Fry

#210You can observe a lot by watching. (Yogi Berra)
Begging the Question
Mr. Bean

#199If we keep letting mosques get built, before you know it there will be more mosques than churches.
Slippery Slope
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#196Illicit drugs cannot be legalized. They are illegal.
Begging the Question
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#195Most people approve of putting you in jail for what you've done. So I'll have to take you in.
Appeal to Popularity
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#194If you stop the supply of drugs, then that should solve the drug problem.
Ignoring a Common Cause
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#192He might not have harmed anyone, but he did break the law, so he deserves to go to jail.
Two Wrongs Make a Right
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#191Please understand officer, I didn't even inhale.
Special Pleading
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#190Why would you want to legalize marijuana and give it to children? That's a terrible idea.
Straw Man
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#189Drug prohibition is too oppressive, but legalization would be too free. So decriminalization must be the right choice.
Middle Ground
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#188It is fine to incarcerate people solely for what they put into their own bodies. It is very common for governments to do this.
Appeal to Common Practice
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#187Marijuana cannot be a medicine. The government classifies it as a Schedule I drug, which means: 1) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. 2) The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. 3) There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
Appeal to Authority
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#186But if you end marijuana prohibition, everyone will use it, and nobody will get any work done.
Slippery Slope
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#185But ending drug prohibition would be too dangerous!
Appeal to Fear
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#184You only want to end marijuana prohibition because you smoke pot.
Circumstantial Ad Hominem
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#183The war on drugs must be working out great. After all, we've been waging it for so many decades.
Appeal to Tradition
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#177Oh you want to relax the anti-terrorism laws just like the terrorists want us to do. Are you saying you support terrorism?
Guilt by Association
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#176A study into the health risks of mobile phone involved mobile phone companies. Therefore, the study cannot be trusted.
Circumstantial Ad Hominem
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#175Anyone that says we should build the Ground Zero Mosque is an American-hating liberal.
Ad Hominem
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#174Sure - the conditions in this prison are cruel and dehumanizing. But these inmates are criminals!
Two Wrongs Make a Right
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#173Since the election of the President, more people than ever are unemployed. Therefore the President has damaged the economy.
Post Hoc
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#172We had the 60s sexual revolution, and now people are dying of AIDS.
Ignoring a Common Cause
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#171Teenagers in gangs listen to rap music with violent themes. Rap music inspires violence in teenagers.
Confusing Cause and Effect
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#170Stripping privacy rights only matters to those with something to hide. You must have something to hide if you oppose privacy protection.
Begging the Question
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#169If we legalize marijuana, more people will start using crack and heroin.
Slippery Slope
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#168The Senator doesn't need to account for irregularities in his expenses. After all, there are other senators who have done far worse things.
Red Herring
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#167We're going to have to cut the education budget or go deeper into debt. We can't afford to go deeper into debt. So we'll have to cut the education budget.
False Dilemma
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#166Our website poll found that 90% of internet users oppose online piracy laws.
Biased Generalization
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#164I rear ended your car but I don't think I should pay for the damage. You think I should pay for all the damage. A fair compromise would be to split the bill in half.
Middle Ground
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#163I just got cut off by the woman driver in front of me. Women can't drive.
Hasty Generalization
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#162Recent terrorist attacks have been carried out by radical Islamic groups. Therefore all terrorists are Muslims.
Fallacy of Composition
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#160The President wouldn't lie. He's our leader and a good American.
Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
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#159Don't you just hate how those rich liberal Hollywood actors go on TV to promote their agendas?
Appeal to Spite
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#158The former dictator is an old, dying man. It's wrong to make him stand trial for these alleged offenses.
Appeal to Pity
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#157Intelligent and sophisticated readers will of course recognize a fallacy like this when they read one.
Appeal to Flattery
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#155That can't be the Senator on that sex-tape. If it were, he'd be lying about not knowing her. And he's not the kind of man who would lie.
Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
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#154Marriage has always been the union between a man and a woman. Therefore gay marriage is wrong.
Appeal to Tradition
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#153Most people say that milk is good for your bones.
Appeal to Popularity
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#152Awesome! The latest version of this operating system is going to make my computer faster and better.
Appeal to Novelty
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#151This bank has some problems with corruption. But there's nothing going on here that doesn't go on in all the other banks.
Appeal to Common Practice
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#150Thousands of scientists reject the theory of anthropogenic global warming.
Appeal to Authority
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#149Thousands of scientists endorse the theory of anthropogenic global warming.
Appeal to Authority
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#148Scientists say that it takes 7 years to digest chewing gum.
Appeal to Authority
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#147If you don't like the way it is, you can just leave.
False Dilemma
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#132"Evidence" is worthless in the real world.
Relativist Fallacy
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#129I was sick, a took a treatment, and now I am better, therefore the treatment made me better.
Post Hoc
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#128If we don't spy on you, the terrorists win.
Appeal to Fear
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#127Yes, but you can't prove manbearpig doesn't exist!
Burden of Proof
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#126The word of Zorbo the Great is flawless and perfect. We know this because it says so in The Great and Infallible Book of Zorbo's Best and Most Truest Things that are Definitely True and Should Not Ever Be Questioned.
Begging the Question
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#125Whilst rallying support for his plan to fundamentally undermine citizens' rights, the Supreme Leader told the people they were either on his side, or they were on the side of the enemy.
False Dilemma
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#124Accused on the 6 o'clock news of corruption and taking bribes, the senator said that we should all be very wary of the things we hear in the media, because we all know how very unreliable the media can be.
Genetic Fallacy
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#122Red had come up six times in a row on the roulette wheel, so Greg knew that it was close to certain that black would be next up.
Gambler's Fallacy
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#121Bertrand declares that a teapot is, at this very moment, in orbit around the Sun between the Earth and Mars, and that because no one can prove him wrong, his claim is therefore a valid one.
Burden of Proof
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#120After Sally presents an eloquent and compelling case for a more equitable taxation system, Sam asks the audience whether we should believe anything from a woman who isn't married, was once arrested, and smells a bit weird.
Ad Hominem
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#119Luke didn't want to eat his sheep's brains with chopped liver and brussel sprouts, but his father told him to think about the poor, starving children in a third world country who weren't fortunate enough to have any food at all.
Appeal to Emotion
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#118Point to a fancy chart, Roger shows how temperatures have been rising over the past few centuries, whilst at the same time the numbers of pirates have been decreasing; thus pirates cool the world.
Confusing Cause and Effect
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#117After Will said that we should put more money into health and education, Warren responded by saying that he was surprised that Will hates our country so much that he wants to leave it defenseless by cutting military spending.
Straw Man
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#114Steroid testing for high school sports eligibility is unfair. It's just another invasion of privacy. They say they are testing for steroids, but they will really look for anything they can find - drugs, alcohol, nicotine. Next it will be caffeine, then they will start cutting people because their cholesterol is too high - The Big Mac Attack. Then people with allergies, asthma, and athlete’s foot will get the ax. They'll keep it up until only the privileged, 'perfect people' will be left!
Slippery Slope
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#113We know the ancient Egyptians had very primitive technology five thousand years ago during the great age of pyramids. They didn't even have the wheel when the pyramids at Giza were built. Furthermore, the ancient Egyptians were meticulous recorders of details. But in spite of this, there is not a single record of how they built the Great Pyramid. So either the Egyptians had help from some super-science from the survivors of the destruction of Atlantis, or a group of extraterrestrials with anti-gravity machines helped lift those 2-ton stones into place.
False Dilemma
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#112We have sold over 200,000 of these starter planter packages in the last month alone, so don't be the last one in your neighborhood to order one. Call the toll-free number at the bottom of your screen and join the Green Revolution today. Fifty million gardeners can't be wrong!
Appeal to Popularity
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#111Nobel Prize winning chemist Linus Pauling believed that large doses of Vitamin C would cure colds and possibly many other illnesses. If he were alive today, we know he would endorse Mega-Sea Plus as the supplement of choice. Visit your natural foods store today and pick up a bottle!
Appeal to Authority
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#106One day late in December…Charles Dickens announced that he couldn't travel by train anymore that year, "on the grounds that the average annual quota of railroad accidents in Britain had not been filled and therefore further disasters were obviously imminent."
Gambler's Fallacy
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#80Surely a man as smart as you can see this is a brilliant proposal.
Appeal to Flattery
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#79Human beings are made of atoms, and human beings are conscious, so atoms must be conscious.
Fallacy of Division
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#78A car makes less pollution than a bus. Therefore, cars are less of a pollution problem than buses.
Fallacy of Composition
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#77The sun goes down because we've turned on the street lights.
Confusing Cause and Effect
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#76"The clinching proof of my reasoning is that I will cut anyone who argues further into dogmeat." -- Attributed to Sir Geoffery de Tourneville, ca 1350 A.D.
Appeal to Fear
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#75Buy this now, it's NEW!
Appeal to Novelty
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#74The defendant in a murder trial must be found guilty, because otherwise husbands will be encouraged to murder their wives.
Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
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#73We can either stop using cars or destroy the earth.
False Dilemma
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#72George Bush is a good communicator because he speaks effectively.
Begging the Question
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#71The Volkswagen Beetle is an evil car because it was originally designed by Hitler's army.
Genetic Fallacy
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#70I drank bottled water and now I am sick, so the water must have made me sick.
Post Hoc
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#69Even though it's only the first day, I can tell this is going to be a boring course.
Hasty Generalization
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#68If we ban Hummers because they are bad for the environment eventually the government will ban all cars, so we should not ban Hummers.
Slippery Slope
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#67If I let one student interrupt my lecture with a question, then I'll have to let others and, before long, there won't be any time left for my lecture.
Slippery Slope
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#66A mandatory seat belt law could never be enforced. You can't issue citations to dead people.
Straw Man
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#65Professor Windplenty's test was extremely unfair. Just ask anyone who took it.
Appeal to Popularity
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#64All I can say is that if living together is immoral, then I have plenty of company.
Appeal to Popularity
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#63Why do I make wine this way? Because my father made wine this way, and his father made wine this way.
Appeal to Tradition
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#62Of course we have to play "pomp and circumstance" at graduation, because that's always been the song that is played.
Appeal to Tradition
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#61Laws against marijuana are plain silly. Why, Thomas Jefferson is known to have raised hemp on his own plantation.
Appeal to Authority
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#60Abortion is murder, since killing a baby is an act of murder.
Begging the Question
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#59Gee, Mom and Dad, how can you tell me not to do drugs when you both smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol?
Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
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#58Either you favor a strong national defense, or you favor allowing other nations to dictate our foreign policy.
False Dilemma
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#57All of those movie stars are really rude. I asked Kevin Costner for his autograph in a restaurant in Westwood the other evening, and he told me to get lost.
Hasty Generalization
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#56The introduction of sex education courses at the high school level has resulted in increased promiscuity among teens. A recent study revealed that the number of reported cases of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) was significantly higher for high schools that offered courses in sex education than for high schools that did not.
Post Hoc
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#55A black cat crossed Babbs' path yesterday and, sure enough, she was involved in an automobile accident later that same afternoon.
Post Hoc
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#54Caldwell Hall is in bad shape. Either we tear it down and put up a new building, or we continue to risk students' safety. Obviously we shouldn't risk anyone's safety, so we must tear the building down.
False Dilemma
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#53Grading this exam on a curve would be the most fair thing to do. After all, classes go more smoothly when the students and the professor are getting along well.
Red Herring
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#52People have been trying for years to prove that God does not exist. But no one has yet been able to prove it. Therefore, God exists.
Burden of Proof
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#51People have been trying for centuries to prove that God exists. But no one has yet been able to prove it. Therefore, God does not exist.
Begging the Question
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#50I know the exam is graded based on performance, but you should give me an A. My cat has been sick, my car broke down, and I've had a cold, so it was really hard for me to study!
Appeal to Pity
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#48Gay marriages are just immoral. 70% of Americans think so!
Appeal to Popularity
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#47We should abolish drugs. Many respected people, such as actor Guy Handsome, have publicly stated their opposition to it.
Appeal to Authority
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#46If I fail English 101, I won't be able to graduate. If I don't graduate, I probably won't be able to get a good job, and I may very well end up doing temp work or flipping burgers for the next year.
Slippery Slope
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#45President Jones raised taxes, and then the rate of violent crime went up. Jones is responsible for the rise in crime.
Post Hoc
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#44My roommate said her philosophy class was hard, and the one I'm in is hard, too. All philosophy classes must be hard!
Hasty Generalization
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#43It's true that Lance Armstrong was using performance-enhancing drugs, but almost all professional cyclists use them, so I don't have a problem with him using them.
Appeal to Common Practice
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#42If we allow gay people to get married, what's next? Allowing people to marry their dogs?
Slippery Slope
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#41Don’t listen to Eddie's arguments on education, he's an idiot.
Ad Hominem
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#40Lots of people bought this album, so it must be good.
Appeal to Popularity
Brian Williams

#39Hitler was a vegetarian, therefore, I don’t trust vegetarians.
Guilt by Association
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#38Either you agree with the theory of man-made climate change, or you don't care about the environment.
False Dilemma
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#36Either you're for my future, or you're against it.
False Dilemma
Kid Sitting Outside

#35Let us remember that we can do this things not just because of wealth or power but because of who we are - one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
Appeal to Belief, Appeal to Emotion, Appeal to Flattery
Obama Laghing

#34The cause of securing our country is not complete, but tonight...
Appeal to Fear
Obama Speech

#33Yet today's achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people.
Appeal to Emotion, Appeal to Novelty
Obama Laghing

#32And tonight let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11.
Appeal to Popularity
Obama Pop Up

#31We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country and they are part of a generation that has borne the heaviest share of the burden since that September day.
Appeal to Emotion, Appeal to Novelty, Appeal to Popularity
Obama Pop Up

#30We will be true to the values that make us who we are. And on nights like this one we can say...
Appeal to Emotion, Appeal to Tradition
Obama Laghing

#29...nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies.
Appeal to Fear, Appeal to Spite, Two Wrongs Make a Right
Obama Pop Up

#28Yet as a country we will never tolerate our security being threatened...
Special Pleading
Obama Pop Up

#27These efforts weigh on me every time I, as commander in chief, I have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one or look into the eyes of a service member who has been gravely wounded.
Appeal to Pity
Obama Laghing

#26...and going forward it is essential that Pakistan continue to join us in the fight against Al Qaeda and its affiliates.
Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
Obama Pop Up

#25Tonight, I called President Zardari and my team has also spoken with their Pakistani counterparts. They agree that this is a good and historic day for both of our nations...
Appeal to Authority
Obama Laghing

#24Indeed, Bin Laden had declared war against Pakistan as well and ordered attacks against the Pakistani people.
Appeal to Fear, Burden of Proof
Obama Pop Up

#23So his demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.
Appeal to Emotion
Obama Laghing

#22I have made clear just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11 that our war is not against Islam because bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims. Indeed, Al Qaeda has slaughtered scores of muslims in many countries including our own.
Appeal to Tradition, Two Wrongs Make a Right
Obama Speech

#21Yet Osama Bin Laden avoided capture and escaped across the Afghan border into Pakistan. Meanwhile Al Qaeda continued to operate from along that border and operate through its affiliates across the world.
Burden of Proof, Spotlight
Obama Pop Up

#20Over the last ten years, thanks to the tireless and heroic work of our military and our counter-terrorism professionals we've made great strides in that effort. We've disrupted terrorist attacks and strengthened our homeland defense.
Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief, Appeal to Emotion, Appeal to Fear, Biased Generalization
Obama Laghing

#19...which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe. And so we went to war against Al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends and our allies.
Appeal to Fear, False Dilemma
Obama Speech

#18We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by Al Qaeda, an organization headed by Osama Bin Laden...
Appeal to Belief, Burden of Proof
Obama Pop Up

#16It was nearly ten years ago that a bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people in our history.
Misleading Vividness
Obama Pop Up

#15Being gay is unnatural. Everything unnatural is an affront to God. Except silicone boobs.
Appeal to Belief, Special Pleading
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#14I agree with my opponent that the biggest threat facing this country is weapons of mass destruction in the hands of a terrorist network.
Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief, Appeal to Fear
Bush Looks Left

#13Diana was still alive hours before she died.
Begging the Question
Brian Williams

#12It is clear our nation is reliant upon big foreign oil. More and more of our imports come from overseas.
Begging the Question
Bush Looks Left

#11Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.
False Dilemma
Bush Looks Left

#10I vow to bring change by making things different.
Begging the Question
Bushbama

#9If evolution were true, then we would be no better than monkeys. Therefore, it must be false.
Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
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#8Concerned Parents Demand Removal Of Arsenic From Periodic Table Of Elements
Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
French News Anchor

#7The lack of evidence proves that the conspiracy is working.
Burden of Proof
Colin Powell Anthrax

#6Capital punishment may seem harsh, but if a person has killed somebody else, it is only fair to kill them.
Two Wrongs Make a Right
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#5Our civilizations have always survived because we have had governments. We need governments to organize society.
Appeal to Tradition, Confusing Cause and Effect
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#4You said that people should avoid buying products made in foreign sweatshops, but you wear Nike shoes.
Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
Old Time Industrialist Smoking

#3Read my lips. No new taxes.
Appeal to Authority
George H W Bush 1988

#2It happens not to be the area where weapons of mass destruction were dispersed. We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.
Begging the Question, Biased Generalization
Donald Rumsfeld

#1That can't be right, you are a conspiracy theorist.
Circumstantial Ad Hominem
Katie Couric






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