The Bell Tower

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


May
02

Ha, ha

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Giggle! “However, Obama surprised the crowd by joking about his birth certificate–a popular topic among “birthers” who wrongly believe he was born in Kenya–and Arizona’s controversial new immigration law.” It’s good to see the President has a sense of humor but can the journalists covering it be any more sappy? They’re like a crowd of 12 year ... [More]


May
02

Partisanship

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“The ruling President, acting for what he supposed to be the best interests of the country, by one of his last acts of power, deliberately intended to perpetuate the principles of his administration, placed at the head of the judiciary, for life, a man as obnoxious to Jefferson as the bitterest New England Calvinist could have been; for he belonged to that class of conservative Virginians wh... [More]


May
01

Opinionism

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Another candidate “Greene made hundreds of millions of dollars betting against the subprime real estate market, which means he became a billionaire off the economic collapse that has devastated Florida.” Thanks for the editorial comments. Good to see the Miami Herald reporters know how to stick to the facts. Look, I’ve got no use for this Greene guy. He’s an opportunist,... [More]