The Bell Tower

"If government were a toaster, I'd demand a refund"
Sep
06

Happy Labor Day!

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Awesome. “Teamsters Union 988 is holding the grand opening this weekend for its new union hall, which is expected to feature Teamsters President James P. Hoffa. But it has become a sour moment for other labor leaders because the Teamsters didn’t use union construction workers. They were told by the Teamsters that union contractors cost too much.” Lets us pause on this gorgeous la... [More]


Sep
05

Policy Skepticism

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Exactly “Mead, who says that he is a skeptic about climate policy rather than climate science…” This is the best articulation of the position that most of the reasonable skeptics have been trying to articulate since global warming became an issue. It’s not the science that most of us object to, it’s the policy derived from and driving the conclusions to that science.


Sep
01

And Another Thing

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Considering the previous post, there’s another point that should be made. The birther thing and the Muslim thing – as kooky as they are – are conceivable. They could happen in the real world. Sure it’s a stretch to imagine a sitting president successfully hiding this information from the entire world given the vast array of people who would like nothing better than to se... [More]


YAWN Yet it’s one thing not to encourage a rumor and quite another actively to defend Obama. So far, no Republican has offered a full-throated defense of Obama against the Muslim rumors. Republican leaders simply see no political advantage in an issue that may be helping them to undermine Obama and the Democrats ahead of a crucial election. That’s especially the case now, when a signif... [More]


This Newsweek segment is so extraordinarily absurd, it’s going to take two posts to sort through it. Let’s start with Iraq though – since Newsweek’s amnesia seems to be particularly acute on this subject: “…many Americans also remain convinced that Saddam had WMDs, even though inspectors haven’t found any in the seven years since the invasion. Still, as o... [More]


Aug
23

Conservative My Arse

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Loathsome “Ultimately, as a matter of principle, it would not make sense for us to have Ann speak to a conference about ‘taking America back’ when she clearly does not recognize that the ideals to be espoused there simply do not include the radical and very ‘unconservative’ agenda represented by GOProud.” Wrong. I can’t stand these guys. These are people t... [More]


Aug
12

The Daily Gross

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Utilitarianism at its finest. “Given that they are such a small minority in this nation, it is odd that so many of our fellow citizens see them as such a threat. Yes, the 9/11 attacks were horrific, but they were more about optics than actual harm. The economy was already taking a hit before the Twin Towers fell. The reaction of the nation to seeing two major buildings in New York fall on T... [More]


Aug
02

Villains!

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Another study “The researchers, led by Dr Amanda Cross of the National Cancer Institute, also found that the biggest carnivores among us were more likely to be non-Hispanic white, current smokers, to have a higher BMI, and to consume more beverages and total energy daily.” Also they don’t wear seat belts, support the Arizona law, watch Fox news, vote Republican, hate kittens and ... [More]


Blaming the President “When asked by Judge Napolitano why he should not be held responsible for potential deaths caused by the leak, Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, answered that he contacted the White House about the leaks before they were released and asked them to review them. … Someone in this administration has blood on their hands, and Congress must demand a full disclo... [More]


Weiner When Republicans get worked up, it’s frightening and dangerous. When Democrats do it, it’s fiery and colorful. Dykes gives a fairly level headed account but Greg Sargent’s far left position is pretty much the unofficial mainstream media narrative: Democrats are bumbling and ineffective, Republicans are diabolical. When the Democrats were stonewalling everything George W... [More]