The Bell Tower

"If government were a toaster, I'd demand a refund"
Roger Cohen “Community — a stable job, shared national experience, extended family, labor unions — has vanished or eroded. In its place have come a frenzied individualism, solipsistic screen-gazing, the disembodied pleasures of social networking and the à-la-carte life as defined by 600 TV channels and a gazillion blogs. Feelings of anxiety and inadequacy grow in the lonely chamber of self-a... [More]


Why? “Tiger has to take ownership of what he has done. He must get his personal life in order. I think that’s what he’s trying to do. And when he comes back he has to show some humility to the public,” Tom Watson said before the Dubai Desert Classic earlier this month. “I would come out and I would do an interview with somebody and say, ‘You know what? I screwe... [More]


Feb
15

Material Girl

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Give me your land or I will bench press your village! “‘If you visited the land prior to this allocation, you would have found that there were at the most one or two small huts’ on the land, he said. ‘The people who were on the land now have an equivalent plot of agricultural land where they can continue their farming. . . . The community will be enhanced by this.’... [More]


Feb
14

Abort This!

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Contempt “‘To use racist arguments to try to bait black people to get them to be anti-abortion is just disgusting,’ said Guy-Sheftall, who teaches women’s history and feminist thought at the historically black women’s college. ‘These one-issue approaches that are not about saving the black family or black children, it’s just a big distraction,’ she s... [More]


Feb
12

Thomas Frank

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My letter to the Wall Street Journal in response to Thomas Frank’s recent column Deficit of Trust: In Thomas Frank’s latest column, he sets up his entire discussion with the straw man premise that the right wing’s “single greatest idea” is “the villainy of government.” This is absurd in every sense of the word that conservatism is understood. Whether it&... [More]


Feb
10

Cynicism

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“Ef the poor! “‘An increase in tobacco tax rates is not only sound public health policy but a smart and predictable way to help boost the economy and generate long-term health savings for states facing deepening budget deficits,’ said John Seffrin, chief executive of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. ‘We have irrefutable evidence that raising the toba... [More]


Feb
10

Snowpocalypse

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Like I said… TIME magazine sounds like the fat guy at the dinner buffet trying to justify the bag of marshmallows he ate in the car on the way over. “I’ll definitely live longer if I get stuck in the elevator on the way up.” They’re all missing the point. You can find “some evidence” to retroactively prove any possible weather outcome. It’s prett... [More]


Feb
09

Clarity

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I don’t wager against the spread… “‘We’re in for a stalemate . . . an extended one,’” predicted a senior State Department official, who requested anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity. The opposition will persist ‘but won’t be capable of bringing down the government.’” If that doesn’t sum up the Obama administrati... [More]


Feb
08

Andrew Cuomo

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HUD Another terrible candidate who may very well wind up Governor of New York. It’s funny how the blame for the recession goes: blame Bush, blame the private sector, blame greed, blame de-regulation, blame the Republicans. No mention is ever made of the absolute fraud that Democrats perpetrated by forcing loose lending standards onto banks so they could make a fat buck on poor and lower m... [More]


RFKJR “Snow is so scarce today that most Virginia children probably don’t own a sled. But neighbors came to our home at Hickory Hill nearly every winter weekend to ride saucers and Flexible Flyers.” He did not, as so many sources are claiming on the right, say that we will never see snow in Washington DC again. As the city is buried under 2 feet this week, that rumor has spread ... [More]