The Bell Tower

"If government were a toaster, I'd demand a refund"
Who Wants to be a Millionaire? “Barton is the biggest recipient of oil and gas industry campaign contributions in the House of Representatives, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Its data showed that Barton has collected $1,447,880 from political action committees and individuals connected with the oil and gas industry since 1989.” Oh, well that dismisses any... [More]


Jun
09

Unforgivable

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So let me get this straight.  North Korea torpedoes and sinks a South Korean ship in cold blood – an act of war by almost any conceivable measure.  The world stands idly by.  Other than some vapid grandstanding from Hillary Clinton, the United States has done nothing to counter this naked and reckless act of tyranny against our close ally. Meanwhile, Turkish “peace activists” ref... [More]


He’s Furious! “I would love to just spend a lot of my time venting and yelling at people,” the president said, “but that’s not the job I was hired to do. My job is to solve this problem.” No it’s not. Your job is to manage public expectations, not react to public opinion. This is the difference between the successful modern presidents (Clinton, Reagan) and the... [More]


Jun
01

Mass Hysteria

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Carla Salazar “Daisy’s parents are fearful of U.S. anti-immigrant sentiment, which for many Latin Americans is epitomized by an Arizona law taking effect in July that gives police the right to demand ID papers of anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.” No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. As our president loves to repeat,... [More]


May
28

Ironing

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How many delicious ironies can we find in the reaction to this oil spill?  Let’s count! A president insisting on an oil drilling moratorium as he gasses up Air Force One to fly down to Louisiana and order the cleanup crews to drive their boats faster. Speaking of boats, let’s add the environmentalist community lamenting this disaster as the result of our greedy pursuit of oil while they ... [More]


May
26

Hulk Smash!!!

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May
21

Pipe Down

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Dude. Shut up. Daniel Pipes, who publishes a right-leaning blog on Middle Eastern affairs, pointed to a “surprising frequency of Muslims winning beauty pageants.” While allowing that “they are all attractive” — Pipes, a former board member of the U.S. Institute for Peace, posted pictures of several — he said that their victories “make me suspect an odd form of affirm... [More]


As an astute friend recently pointed out. If this is true, “And with iPods and iPads; and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — (laughter) — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it’s p... [More]


May
10

Professor Jaffe Joffer

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Oh, snap! “It says a lot about the state of American political discourse, that some of these folks want to have a serious debate about whether a former dean of the Harvard Law School who enjoys almost universal respect from colleagues of all philosophies and seems to have done an excellent job as Solicitor General is qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.” Really? So that’s it... [More]


Bill Maher thinks the entire Brazilian economy runs on sugar cane ethanol. Seriously. He said: “I believe they in the ’70s, they had a program to use sugar cane ethanol. And I believe that is what fuels their country.” If he had said: “I believe the planet Earth orbits around a jar of tomatoes known as The Ernest Borgnine.” he would have been only slightly less corr... [More]