The Bell Tower

"If government were a toaster, I'd demand a refund"
Mar
28

Get a Job

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My Body My Campus “It showed we are ready to stop at nothing to get justice”, said student Julia Shindel. So this is what students call justice in the modern age. Instead of sitting around watching Aqua Teen Hunger Force and drinking their bong water all day, they actually have to get in the car and drive across the street to buy rubbers before they sleep with their over-fed girlfriends. The hor... [More]


Baby Killers! Let’s take these absurdities down one by one: “It was an impressive turnout for a quickly organized protest—but coverage of the event soon was dominated by reports that some demonstrators had hurled racial and homophobic epithets at Democratic lawmakers as they entered the Capitol.” Hmmm… Random radicals – ever present at any protest – shout raci... [More]


Mar
22

The Ides of March

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The Ides fall a week late this year. Julius Caesar’s death marked the end of the Roman Republic. The massive economic power grab that yesterday’s health care vote represents may well herald the death of another. So perhaps the labels cavalierly assigned to this vote – landmark, historic, momentous, seminal – are ironically appropriate. Just as the Roman Senators believed... [More]


Deficit of Trust


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]