The Bell Tower

"If government were a toaster, I'd demand a refund"
Feb
04

Jon Stewart on O'Reilly

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“Stewart argued that, unlike a newspaper with clearly labeled news and opinion sections, viewers might not realize that shows such as Glenn Beck’s and O’Reilly’s were not news, to which O’Reilly answered that it’s so obvious that his program belongs in the “opinion” category that even people in Pakistan know it — a point he illustrated by doing... [More]


Solar Power “’You have to look at the big picture of what [the incentives] are providing,’ said Ramadan. ‘Not only are you getting cleaner energy, you also have the creation of jobs in that sector. And because there are special incentives for companies that are New Jersey-based, it brings business to the state.’” Wrong. If that money were freed up and solar power let to di... [More]


Feb
03

Conflict of Interest?

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Ray LaHood “misspoke” on the Toyota Recall. Really? Why should I trust anything that Ray LaHood has to say regarding Toyota? He represents an administration that A.) was elected largely with money contributed by labor unions who clearly have no reason to love Toyota and B.) currently owns two of Toyota’s major competitors outright. In private business, we call this a conflict ... [More]


Feb
02

Tim Tebow

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Jemele Hill “But I’d rather see an athlete behave with conviction than degrade himself to make money. I’d rather hear Tebow talk about what God has done for him than read another story about an athlete who beats up his wife or girlfriend.” Great column by Jemele Hill. I hate the abortion discussion in this country. Both sides of the debate tend to be nauseating, but give ... [More]


Jan
29

Judicial Activism

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Democrats vs. The Supreme Court “Democrats say Alito crossed the line when he mouthed the words ‘not true’ during President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday night.” First of all, it’s the President who was out of line. It’s fine if he wants to disagree with the decision but whipping the US Congress into a frenzy and attempting to belittle Justices on the court d... [More]


Jan
27

Obarchy

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It’s like I’m sittin here playin cards with my brother’s kids… “I think the fading of the public option from the Senate bill really hurt the Democrats’ prospects in the Senate [race], because they were seen as following the typical pattern of tax and spend and caving to insurance companies. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!! (Excuse me while I clean the coffee o... [More]


Yesterday I thought Obama was headed in the right direction regarding the banks. But today, I saw this comment on the front page of the Wall Street Journal from White House Economist Austan Goolsbee: “The key issue is that institutions that are getting a backstop from the taxpayer shouldn’t be able to make a profit off their own investing.” This is why Wall Street won’t wa... [More]


Jan
21

Regulating the Banks

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Finally something half way respectable. “When you see more and more of the financial sector basically churning transactions and engaging in reckless speculation and obscuring underlying risks in a way that makes a few people obscene amounts of money but doesn’t add value to the economy — and in fact puts the entire economy at enormous risk — then something’s got to change.”... [More]


Stop! “In a year of hopping from crisis to crisis, he told ABC News, ‘we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values.’” If Democrats were running a business, their entire leadership team would be focused on the marketing department. Lis... [More]


Jan
20

Reagan Wins Moscow!

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Republicans Liberate Massachusetts Well, I didn’t see that coming. It’s abundantly clear that the people in this country are angry about Obama’s leftward governance but a Republican in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts? It seems ridiculous. Republicans had best tread lightly here. Mid term elections are historically bad for sitting Presidents but this is not a midte... [More]