The Bell Tower

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The sky is literally falling. “Jones and his colleagues proposed that a group involving the world’s space agencies be established to pool resources to prevent such an asteroid’s impact and to better inform the public of the possible threat.” You mean better scare the public so we can shake them down for even more money they don’t have. What good is averting an astero... [More]

Wall Street Reform Architect? Yeah, that’s one way to describe him. There are plenty of others. Check out the lead: “Representative Barney Frank, the outspoken, witty Democrat closely tied to the 2008 U.S. bank bailout, faces a tough re-election battle after 15 terms in office at a time when incumbency itself is a liability.” To put this in perspective, I could describe George ... [More]

No drilling “Sink, a longtime opponent of offshore drilling, contends this summer’s Deepwater Horizon disaster should put an end to the effort to drill anywhere near Florida’s beaches. She was especially critical of last year’s last-minute push by incoming House Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, and incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Melbourne, to slide a bill ... [More]

Juan More Time In her defense of NPR’s decision to fire Juan Williams, NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard said this: “I can only imagine how Williams, who has chronicled and championed the Civil Rights movement, would have reacted if another prominent journalist had said: ‘But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see an African American male in Dashiki with a big Afro, I ge... [More]

Juan Williams Did NPR really just fire Juan Williams? There can be no doubt that the comments he was fired for were incidental to the decision. In other words, the decision had clearly been in the works for some time. They were just looking for an excuse. Listen to what Juan himself says about the cell phone dismissal with Ellen Weiss: “There’s nothing you can say that will change... [More]


The Daddy State

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Great article… “The compact fluorescents are harder to manufacture — something about all of those twisty tubes — and if something is hard to make, it ends up getting made in China, which is where all of our light bulbs will come from by 2014.” What’s amazing to me is when American businesses move jobs overseas to maintain profits, they are villainized as robber barons and e... [More]


The Fringe

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OK, so my last post dealt with arguably the most competent new figure in the Republican party. Let’s move to the opposite end of the spectrum: “Evolution is a myth.” “Have you ever looked at a monkey?” This is like watching two blind five year olds battle to the death with Nerf nunchucks. Both O’Donnell and Maher are trying to reference credible cerebral argu... [More]

Get this man in the White House. Pronto.



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A great article: Victor Davis Hanson “We are all getting poorer in hopes that a few won’t get richer.” That’s about as clear as it can be stated. To many (including the president), it seems to be a higher priority to limit the wealth of the rich than to increase the wealth of the middle class and poor. As Hanson points out, the underlying assumption is that there is only so mu... [More]

Garbage Picking “The chips will allow city workers to monitor how often residents roll carts to the curb for collection. If a chip show(s) a recyclable cart hasn’t been brought to the curb in weeks, a trash supervisor will sort through the trash for recyclables.” This is what happens with unlimited government. It’s not good for the poor or beneficial to the environment ev... [More]