Author Archives: Bok
PolitiFact honored the president with its Lie of the Year award for saying “if you like your healthcare plan you can keep it”.
When Senator Ron Wyden asked National Intelligence Director James Clapper if NSA collected data on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans, Clapper answered, “No.”… “not wittingly”.
Now that we know NSA tracks everyone’s calls, including Angela Merkel’s, Andrea Mitchell asked Clapper why he lied. Clapper complained that Wyden had asked about secret operations in a public forum and that he answered him in the “least untruthful manner”.
Sometimes tolerance isn’t enough. Sometimes you have to bake a cake.
That’s what a Denver judge told the owner of a bakery who declined to make a cake for a gay wedding. The baker’s argument that same sex marriage violates his religious beliefs wasn’t good enough for the judge.
A&E didn’t order Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson to bake a cake when he professed similar religious beliefs. The network suspended him indefinitely.
Jonah Goldberg notes that Duck Dynasty is a redneck reality show. Why wouldn’t Phil Robertson (even though he has a masters degree) be expected to have redneck attitudes?
“Duck Dynasty” has been a huge ratings success, receiving fawning coverage from the elite media. Much of the coverage has also been incredibly condescending, like aristocrats in Victorian London having a grand time inviting a Zulu tribesman to dinner. Everyone says, “Look at the funny rednecks,” until Robertson says something that you would absolutely expect to hear from a guy who plays a redneck on TV.
Camille Paglia calls “this is level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist”.
Which brings me back to Jonah Goldberg and his excellent book “Liberal Fascism“.
It’s open season on national icons like the bald eagle – if you’re a wind farm.
National Icon Killing Wind Farms
According to David Yarnold, president of the National Audubon Society, the Obama administration has issued a “blank check” to kill eagles and other flying species that get in the way of wind turbines. You can read the NYT story here.
…the theory that you can increase employment by paying more people not to work…If that theory worked, the government should pay everyone not to work.
This is the same theory that told him in his first term that a trillion dollar stimulus would be the most effective tool there is to boost our economy.
Here’s a short piece from Commentary that ties together government’s self-interest in the belief in Keynesian economics and global warming.