The Bell Tower

"If government were a toaster, I'd demand a refund"
May
25

Pedantry

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“We’ll see how long it takes for our reactionary legal community to find someone to sue over the matter. And remember, Hancock is not even buried a week at this point.” - The Belltower – May 6, 2007. Well, the smarmy pedants in our legal community didn’t take long at all to become extraordinarily impressed with themselves and their ability to ask the “tough” que... [More]


May
24

Sacrifice

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I try to resist reacting emotionally (for the most part) with my writing. Arguments based in emotion rather than sense are usually wrong. Further, staking out an emotional high ground (such as a soldier’s death) can be powerful but also simplifying. There is a fine line between the powerful catalyst that emotion can play such as in the case of John Walsh and his successful victim’s ... [More]


This can be found in many places on the Internet but if you haven’t read it, you absolutely should. In this era of censorship, approved language and sanitized commentary, it is particularly poignant. It is the Coda to Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451: “About two years ago, a letter arrived from a solemn young Vassar lady telling me how much she enjoyed reading my exp... [More]


May
18

Fire Alberto Gonzalez

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Forget the whining by the media and Democrats about his Constitutional role as the executive in firing and hiring attorneys. THIS is disgraceful – and it’s at least as damaging to personal liberty as any Patriot Act provision. More comment on this later: Fire Gonzalez


May
16

Disgraceful

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Durbin “How many more soldiers do we have to bury? How many more do we have to bring into our military and veterans hospitals? How many more thousands of innocent Iraqis have to die before we finally accept our responsibility to bring this war to an end?”


May
11

Smoking

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Smoking “I don’t want her using that language, but last time I checked, she’s probably not going to die from that,” Titus said. “If she starts smoking from these images she sees in movies, chances are she’s probably going to die early from that.” I think I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again: this blog endorses smoking under any and all... [More]


This is a critical read because too many people in this country are buying into this myth that Bush declared the Iraq war over when he made this speech. Just because CNN, Newsweek and John Kerry want to determine for themselves what Bush said using partial quotes and a heavy dose of analysis doesn’t mean the rest of this country has to accept it. Here are his full remarks, with comments I ... [More]


May
08

Wake The Hell Up

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Bull Everyone should read this article. And if you still don’t think these bastards need to be removed from office, read it again. Keep reading until you get the point: the most important agenda item in our country is not global warming. It’s not health care, racial tolerance, obesity or the health of children. It’s not AIDS or taxes or the Iraq war. It’s reckoning t... [More]


UPDATE: MAY 7, 2007 (also added to the Olney entry): Especially for a sport that needed this shot in the arm, needed to remind everyone that it can deliver a Super Bowl-like atmosphere – from the corporate sponsors to the all-night parties to the Hollywood jetsetters. Where else but boxing could you get John McCain, Mike Tyson and Jennifer Lopez all in the same room? This was a show of force for ... [More]


May
07

Tenet

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MR. RUSSERT: Let me take you back to, now, the famous State of the Union address of January of ’03, the famous 16 words. MR. TENET: Right. MR. RUSSERT: Here’s what the president said: (Videotape, January 28, 2003) PRES. BUSH: The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa. (End videotape) MR. RUSSERT: You said s... [More]