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  1. Attempts to shift attention away from an important issue by introducing an issue that has no logical connection to the discussion at hand.

    Example: "My opponent talks about the poor quality of military intelligence, but this is a time for decisiveness, not for weakness. We must stick together and present a common front as the other nations look on. If we do not, we could jeopardize our position as a global leader."
  2. Telling part of the truth, while deliberately hiding the entire truth; typically, this is similar to lying by omission.

    Example: There is a Pink Panther movie in which Inspector Clouseau enters a quaint European hotel and, upon spying a cute little dog, asks the owner, "Does your dog bite?" The manager responds, "No," and Clouseau attempts to the dog, which growls and bites him. "You told me that your dog does not bite!" exclaims Clouseau. "That's not my dog," responds the owner.
  3. An illogical, misleading comparison between two things.

    Example: Why should we invade that country? Let me explain it to you like this. What if you looked out the window and saw a 20-dollar bill in the street? Wouldn't you go outside and take it?

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  1. DogmatismDoes not allow for discussion because the speaker presumes that his or her beliefs are beyond question; essentially, the "logic" runs thusly: I'm correct because I'm correct.

    Example: We are members of the Wombat Party and, as such, know that we are right when we assert that Wombats are the best

          

  2. Straw Man ArgumentAttempts to shift attention away from an important issue by introducing an issue that has no logical connection to the discussion at hand.

    Example: "My opponent talks about the poor quality of military intelligence, but this is a time for decisiveness, not for weakness. We must stick together and present a common front as the other nations look on. If we do not, we could jeopardize our position as a global leader."

          

  3. Bandwagon AppealsCommonly used tactic attempts to appeal to the hearts of readers (or, of course, listeners) so that they forget to use their minds.

    Example: "The assignment that I gave you last night was much too long, but just think how pleased your parents and I will be when you score a 5 on the AP exam. Think about the pride you'll feel when tears of joy stream down your faces!"