The Bell Tower

"If government were a toaster, I'd demand a refund"
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]


Oct
04

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]


Sep
25

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.


Sep
23

Envy

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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]


In politics, there are generally two dominant sides of the political equation: left vs. right. In order to better understand these opposing factions, it would be instructive to define some of the objectives for each side.  We can accomplish this by dividing the goals each group envisions for America into two separate lists: LEFT: A financially more equal America A politically more democratic A... [More]


Sep
17

The War on Wealth

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“I think that there are a whole host of Republicans, and certainly independents, who have lost trust in their government, who don’t believe anybody is listening to them, who are staggering under rising costs of health care, college education, don’t believe what politicians say. And we can draw those independents and some Republicans into a working coalition, a working majority fo... [More]


“‘But how can you control matter?’ he burst out. ‘You don’t even control the climate or the law of gravity. And there are disease, pain, death -’ O’Brien silenced him by a movement of his hand. ‘We control matter because we control the mind. Reality is inside the skull. You will learn by degrees, Winston. There is nothing that we could not do. In... [More]