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Do We Live in a Post-Truth Era?

Experts manufacture whatever facts an activist, politician, or bureaucrat needs.

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts,” the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.) famously quipped. But when it comes to social and environmental problems nowadays, nearly everyone thinks he is entitled to his own facts, and an army of experts is on hand to manufacture and promote the carefully curated truths they require. The Progressive Era dream of empowering nonpartisan experts to solve social, economic, and environmental problems has failed spectacularly. What happened?

Breakthrough Institute founders Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger grapple with this question in their recent essay “Wicked Polarization: How Prosperity, Democracy, and Experts Divided America,” which in turn highlights insights from a 1973paper by the urban planners Horst Rittel and Melvin Webber. Rittel and Webber drew a useful distinction between “tame” and “wicked” social problems. Tame problems are the sorts of issues that are routinely addressed by scientists and engineers: sanitation, higher agricultural productivity, electrification. They aren’t necessarily easy, but they can be clearly defined, relevant information can be gathered, and the effectiveness of proposed solutions can be tested. Solving such problems resulted in improved health and greater affluence, leaving the public and policymakers to focus on less tractable social and environmental problems—that is, wicked ones.


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  Barack does not Play Well with Others

Obama  strategists said last year they would need to “kill Romney” in order to win the Presidential Election.

Well…  Barack Obama was surely listening. He conducted the most negative campaign of my  lifetime — and won, because he effectively did kill Romney — if only  metaphorically.

Or…  maybe people were just so happy with Obama’s stewardship of the economy and  inclusive politics that they said “I want 4 more years of high unemployment, a shrinking workforce, higher costs for  energy, higher taxes, and a nation  divided along class and racial lines.”

I  mean, it’s possible.


No…not really.

In  any case, I say we in return kill Barack Obama with kindness, condescension,  exclusion, and irrelevance. Remove him from the discussion. Marginalize Barack  and he can only be effective on the margins in any budget discussion — or  anything of import that needs congressional action.

The  separation of powers delineated in the Constitution relegates the man to non-factor status in enacting  legislation. He can propose and he can lobby, but if the last 4 years are any  indication, he is incapable of doing either. He can also sign or veto  legislation — duly enacted by both houses of Congress — but that presents its  own opportunities for the opposition.

Let  the president do what he does best, give campaign speeches and pretend to be a  leader. There is no reason to include him in negotiations between the Senate and  the House. He is the executive, not a legislator.
Certainly in the past,  opposition to the president and his policies has been weak and unsuccessful,  with the Republican Party and their elected officials in government being  particularly flaccid and hopelessly ineffective when trying to reach a compromise with this president  — allowing him and his minions to paint them as intransigent and  uncompromising, as well as evil and uncaring.

Just  as  Marley before him, by Election Day, Romney was dead as a  door-nail. We must now take a page from the progressive playbook, and do the  same to Barack Obama — and believe it or not, time and economic trends are on  our side.

Backers  of the president have unabashedly claimed the .1% decline in economic growth for  the fourth quarter of 2012 to be a good thing, in fact, Paul Ashworth, the Chief Economic Economist for Capital Economics claimed the 0.1% decline “the best-looking  contraction in U.S. GDP you’ll ever see.”

I  mention this because it a perfect example of what is possible when you control  the message — even failure can be framed as success — and if anyone is the  poster child for failure framed as success, it is Barack  Obama.


  Hail Columbia!
The federal government’s relentless expansion has made Washington, D.C., America’s real Second City.

The Washington, D.C., region has long been considered recession-proof, thanks to the remorseless expansion of the federal government in good times and bad. Yet it’s only now—as D.C. positively booms while most of the country remains in economic doldrums—that the scale of Washington’s prosperity is becoming clear. Over the past decade, the D.C. area has made stunning economic and demographic progress.

Meanwhile, America’s current and former Second Cities, population-wise—Los Angeles and Chicago—are battered and fading in significance. Though Washington still isn’t their match in terms of population, it’s gaining on them in terms of economic power and national importance.

In fact, we’re witnessing the start of Washington’s emergence as America’s new Second City. Whether that’s a good thing for America is another question.

Washington is an artificial capital, a city conjured into existence shortly after the Revolutionary War. Its location was the result of political horse-trading. Virginia congressmen agreed to let the federal government assume the states’ war debts, even though Virginia itself was already paid up; in exchange, the new capital would be located in the South.


What’s Up With the Democrats?

Can Robert Menendez survive?

In a state with a colorful history, it takes a lot for a New Jersey  politician to cross the line into political toxicity.

Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez has found himself at the center of a  growing controversy, with accusations swirling of a questionable friendship with  a Florida eye surgeon being investigated for Medicare fraud, improper flights to  the Dominican Republic and alleged patronizing of prostitutes  including underage girls — while in the Caribbean nation.

In some states, these allegations — and the fact the Senate  Ethics Committee has joined federal investigators in looking into the explosive  claims — would be enough to sink Menendez. But in New Jersey, that may not be  enough to topple the Hudson County political boss, who runs the political  machine for a part of Jersey known for being rough and tumble and who easily won  reelection last year.

(Also on POLITICO: Reid: ‘Confidence’ in Menendez)

“Six years is a long time,” said Democratic former Sen. Robert Torricelli ,  who left the Senate a decade ago under his own ethics cloud. “I think Bob  Menendez is a very tenacious person, and he has the advantage of six long years  and a fairly forgiving political environment in New Jersey.

“I wouldn’t be wasting time on a Bob Menendez political obituary,” he  added.

The prostitution allegations surrounding Menendez partially came to light  before last November’s election, when he won with 58 percent of the vote. Menendez has fervently  denied the allegations, and the Justice Department wasn’t publicly investigating  the case at that time.

Otherwise, Menendez has had a few good months: He was pictured with President  Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as they toured the Jersey Shore  after Hurricane Sandy; helped push through the Sandy relief spending package;  and took over as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when Sen.  John Kerry left to become secretary of state.

He’s also the lead Democratic Hispanic voice on immigration reform in the  Senate.

Top Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, are backing  Menendez.

“He was a leader in the House. He’s been a leader in the Senate. He’s  chairman of that committee. He’ll do a wonderful job. And he’s also an integral  part of what we do with immigration reform. So I have the utmost confidence in  him,” Reid said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.

“I have confidence he did nothing wrong, but that’s what investigations are  all about,” Reid added.

Senior Democratic aides said that with Ethics Committee investigating the  matter, party leaders like Reid have cover not to take any action against  Menendez until that panel completes its review of the case. The Ethics Committee  would step out of the way if Menendez becomes formally involved in a criminal  probe by the Justice Department.

Menendez’s aides would not comment on whether the senator has hired a defense  attorney at this time or will set up a legal defense fund to help cover the  costs of any ethics or criminal investigation. Marc Elias, a well-known  Democratic lawyer, is advising Menendez on ethics issues but is not involved in  the broader criminal case, multiple sources said.

Menendez, who divorced his wife in 2005 and is still single, isn’t personally  wealthy. He last week repaid the company of the Florida eye surgeon, Salomon  Melgen, $58,500 to cover the cost of two 2010 flights that the senator now  acknowledges were personal jaunts to the Dominican Republic.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that Menendez intervened with state and Commerce  Department officials on behalf of a Melgen-owned company trying to enforce a  lucrative port-security contract with the Dominican government.


New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan claimed “you wouldn’t know who” most Times reporters voted for. Of course not. Unless you read their columns. 

What Up With Republicans?

 America’s governing party

“The United States faces a crisis in our political system,” the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne wrote last December, “because the Republican Party is no longer a normal, governing party.”

Dionne is half-right. The United States does face a crisis in our political system. Last week, Pew released a new study showing that trust in the federal government remains near all-time lows. Worse, for the first time ever, Pew found that a majority of Americans believe the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.

And it is not just Republicans who now see the federal government as a threat. A full 55 percent of independents agree with them, up from just 50 percent only two years ago.

But the story is completely different at the state and local level. According to a September 2012 Gallup poll, a full 65 percent of Americans trust their state government — a 14-point jump in confidence from 2009.

Why is Americans’ confidence in state and local government surging while their frustration and fear of the federal government are growing? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Republicans govern at the state level.

Republicans currently occupy the governor’s mansions in 30 states, representing 58 percent of the U.S. population. They control both the governorship and legislature in 25 states, representing 52 percent of all Americans. Democrats enjoy such control of only 14 states, representing just 33 percent of the country.

And not only are Republicans governing more than half the country, they are objectively doing a much better job at it than Democrats are. According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average unemployment rate in the 25 states controlled completely by Republicans is just 7.2 percent, more than half a point lower than the national 7.9 percent unemployment rate. In the 14 states with full Democratic control, unemployment is 8.4 percent, a full half-point higher than the national average.



Jesus is Watching You!

A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables, and when he picked up a CD player to place in his sack, a strange, disembodied voice echoed from the dark saying, “Jesus is watching you.”

He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight out, and froze. When he heard nothing more after a bit, he shook his head, promised himself a vacation after the next big score, then clicked the light on and began searching for more valuables.

Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard, “Jesus is watching you.”

Freaked out, he shone his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.

“Did you say that?” He hissed at the parrot.

“Yep,” the parrot confessed, then squawked, “I’m just trying to warn you.”

The burglar relaxed. “Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?”

“Moses,” replied the bird.

“Moses?” the burglar laughed. “What kind of people would name a bird Moses?”

“The kind of people that would name a Rottweiler, Jesus.”


Geraldo Rivera and Common Decency

There are those who will dismiss Fox News personality Geraldo Rivera’s announcement that he is considering running for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey in 2014 as a Republican as just one more publicity stunt in a career replete with them. Rivera’s public record is mixed, as it has combined serious advocacy on a number of issues with the sort of foolish excess that has given a bad name to tabloid journalism. If people think of him more as a celebrity than a journalist, it is his own fault and not something that he has seemed to mind very much.

Nevertheless, Rivera has as much right to run for public office as any other citizen and if he thinks he can spend the rest of his life more productively in public service that is to his credit. Though it is doubtful whether his notoriety will translate well into the political arena, he is both articulate and smart enough to give a good account of himself in any debate–even against a rising star like Cory Booker, who will probably be the Democratic nominee in that race. It is also arguable that someone running explicitly as a moderate Republican, as Rivera is calling himself, has a chance to win in a blue state like New Jersey. But in articulating just that rationale for his candidacy Friday afternoon on Fox News in an interview with Sheppard Smith, Rivera highlighted the seamier aspects of his past and therefore the difficulty of separating the outrageous media personality from the would-be political crusader.

During the course of explaining what he saw as the need as well as the opening for a Republican who stood for a more welcoming attitude toward Hispanic immigrants as well as one who rejected the pro-life sensibilities of much of the GOP, Rivera spoke of the man whom he saw as his political model: Jacob Javits. Javits served four terms in the Senate for New York from 1956 to 1980 and was, according to some studies, the most liberal Republican to serve in Washington during that period. His principled support of civil rights as well as Israel rightly endeared him to many, but for many Republicans he was the quintessential “Rockefeller Republican” who provided an echo rather than a contrast to the liberal Democratic agenda.

We live in an era in which conservative Democrats and liberal Republicans are virtually an extinct species. Indeed, with the departure from the Senate of Joe Lieberman, there aren’t even any more “Scoop Jackson Democrats” who combined liberal positions on domestic issues with conservative foreign policy stands. We can debate as to whether this is a good thing or a bad one but it is a political reality in both parties. However, if Rivera thinks it is time to revive Javits’s legacy, New Jersey is as good place to try as any.

But whatever one may say about this effort, it would be more appropriate for Rivera to leave Javits’s name out of his campaign speeches and appearances. That’s because the two men have long been linked in a way that has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with personal ethics.

In his 1991 autobiography Rivera wrote, or should we say boasted, of his many romantic conquests and named names. This is the sort of thing that—even in an age in which traditional reticence about the public discussion of sex has been junked—must be considered not the act of a gentleman. But while public immorality may not help a candidate, after Bill Clinton neither can it be said to doom one provided there is at least a dollop of contrition, even of the hypocritical variety. Perhaps by painting himself in such a terrible light, Rivera has also rendered any opposition research about himself both unnecessary and ineffective.

But among the names of Rivera’s paramours was one that ought to have prevented him from talking about being Javits successor, that of Marian Javits, the senator’s wife with whom the newsman bragged of carrying on a torrid extramarital affair.

As I wrote on Friday when speaking of Senator Robert Menendez’s current troubles, even in 2013 there is an argument to be made for holding public officials to a high standard of personal conduct, or at least to expect them not to wallow in the gutter. What Geraldo Rivera did as a young man need not require New Jersey voters to reject him today as a senatorial candidate but common decency still ought to require him to leave Javits out of the discussion.

It is a matter of opinion as to whether the bad taste of some of Rivera’s past stunts will overwhelm the appeal of his celebrity or his undoubted intelligence and talent for public speaking in the minds of the voters. But in trumpeting himself as the next Jack Javits, Rivera has redefined the measure of bad taste to the point where he is not so much a practitioner as he is the embodiment of it. As such, whatever one may think about his positions on the issues or whether media personalities can make good politicians, his entry into the political arena cannot be greeted with anything but dismay.

I was of the opinion that if voters are stupid enough to elect an ass like Al Franken to the Senate why not Geraldo. After reading this I can only hope that the voters of New Jersey show more class than the voters who elected Franken.

Hopefully his ethnicity is not reason enough for them to elect this nasty little man. Considering the way voters make their choices, I fear it a forlorn hope.

  Andrew Jackson falls from progressives’ favor

by Salena Zito


Andrew Jackson, the president whose divisive  political instincts would shape the Democratic Party for generations, was born  less than 20 miles from here, in the Waxhaw region between the Carolinas.

Until the 1980s, “Old Hickory” was considered a  near-great president, just a few notches below Washington, Lincoln and Franklin  Roosevelt, by the academics who are surveyed on such things, according to Curt  Nichols, a leading expert on presidential rankings.

Now, with progressives rather than populists  dominating presidential popularity polls, Jackson’s reputation has taken a  tumble, Nichols said: “Jackson is now commonly regarded as our 13th or 14th  greatest president, right about where experts place James Polk and Bill  Clinton.”

Jackson’s fall is not related to new information  being discovered about him; the good, the bad and the ugly in his record have  been readily apparent.

In fact, Jackson — who famously quipped that “I  was born for the storm, and a calm does not suit me” — always was a  controversial figure.

Jackson was a son of Scots-Irish immigrant parents  who came to America two years before his birth. He was orphaned by age 14,  losing his father three months before he was born and his mother and two  brothers during the Revolutionary War — making him, unlike the six well-born  presidents who preceded him, America’s first self-made man elected to the White  House.

To many of his generation, Jackson embodied the  American dream. He was a hardworking man of the people, a straight shooter whose  values and rough-hewn manner were shaped by tough frontier experiences — a man  who advanced based on his abilities as a back-country lawyer, a successful  businessman, a plantation owner, an early leader in Tennessee politics.

“It was his crushing victory over the British as  commanding general during the War of 1812’s climaxing battle of New Orleans that  brought him national fame and subsequently propelled him to the presidency in  1828,” said Nichols.

Jackson’s election ushered America into the age  of participatory politics: Before him, only 20 to 30 percent of the eligible  population voted; after him — and for the next 70 years — 70 to 80 percent of  the electorate often turned out, Nichols explained.

In fact, the Democratic Party was created to help  Jackson gain the presidency.

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Ready for Hillary filed papers at the FEC Monday so they can raise money to draft Hillary Clinton for president. She’s survived Whitewater, Travelgate, Rose Law Firm billings investigations, an insider trading probe about her killing in cattle futures, and now Benghazi. Cockroaches say Hillary would be the only one left alive after a nuclear war.

Fewer Dollars and Babies Threaten Social Programs

  By Michael Barone

Our major public policies are based on the assumption that America will continue to enjoy growth. Economic growth and population growth.

Through most of our history, this assumption has proved to be correct. These days, not so much.

Last week, the Commerce Department announced that the gross domestic product shrunk by 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012. And the Census Bureau reported that the U.S. birth rate in 2011 was 63.2 per 1,000 women age 15 to 44, the lowest ever recorded.

Slow economic growth and low population growth threaten to undermine entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. Despite contrary rhetoric, they are programs in which working age people pay for pensions and medical care for the elderly.

When Medicare was established in 1965 and when Social Security was vastly expanded in 1972, America was accustomed to the high birth rates of the post-World War II baby boom. It was widely assumed that the baby boom generation would soon produce a baby boom of its own.

Oops. The birth rate fell from the peak of 122.7 in 1957 to 68.8 in 1973 and hovered around that level until 2007. The baby boom, it turns out, was an exception to a general rule that people tend to have fewer babies as their societies become more affluent and urbanized.

Social Security had to be tweaked in 1983 when it became clear there weren’t enough working age people to fund benefits promised to the elderly. It needs tweaking again today for the same reason.

Medicare presents even greater problems. Health care costs have generally been rising at rates above economic growth.

By itself this is not necessarily a problem. Economic growth and market competition have enabled Americans to spend smaller percentages of their incomes on food and clothes, with more left over to spend on other things.

Spending more on health care is a sensible thing for an affluent society to do — especially as new medical procedures and drugs mean that health care can deliver more than it used to.

But in a society in which the elderly are an increasing share of the population and working age people are a decreasing share, it becomes increasingly difficult to fund these programs.

These problems are exacerbated when the economy fails to grow as rapidly as the working age population.

Birth rates fell sharply during the Depression of the 1930s. They have fallen significantly since the housing collapse, from 69.3 in 2007 to 63.2 in 2011. The steepest decline in births since 2007 has been among Hispanic immigrants, who were also hit hard by housing foreclosures.

We don’t know whether this trend will continue. But if it does, the consequences will resemble the subtitle of Jonathan Last’s newly published book, “What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster.”

Last points out that our fertility rate — the number of children a woman has over a lifetime — has been below the replacement level of 2.1. Over time, a below-replacement


     I just received my tax return for 2012 back from the IRS. It puzzles me.

They are questioning how many dependents I claimed. I guess it was because of my response to the question: “List all dependents”

I replied: 12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 42 million unemployed people on food stamps, 2 million people in over 243 prisons; half of Mexico; and 535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate.” Evidently, this was NOT an acceptable answer. I KEEP ASKING MYSELF, WHO THE HELL DID I MISS?


True the Vote Sues St. Lucie County, FL Over ‘Botched’ Allen West Contest

After one of the most expensive congressional races and recounts of 2012 between Rep. Allen West (R) and now Rep. Patrick Murphy (D), Houston-based True the Vote has committed to exposing exactly what happened in St. Lucie County–including hauling Elections Supervisor Gertrude Walker into federal court.

True the Vote filed a federal lawsuit against Walker, the controversial election administrator, for failure to comply with federal law. The Motor Voter law of 1993 grants the right to inspect election records, and ought to allow True the Vote to perform a “comprehensive, third-party audit” of the recount, the group claims.

Vote-counting in St. Lucie County, according to both the lawsuit and local press accounts, was deeply troubled, involving considerable confusion and missed deadlines in the original tabulation and subsequent recount.


Greenest Super Bowl in History Goes Dark Mid-Game

If you watched the Super Bowl last night then you noticed the 35-minute long power outage that happened right in the middle of the game. But it wasn’t the weather that caused the power outage, rather a lack of power feeding into the stadium.

The Super Bowl, the biggest U.S. sports event of the year, was interrupted by a 35-minute power outage at the Superdome on Sunday, and officials said the problem appeared to be with the electrical load coming into the stadium.
After a half-time show by the singer Beyonce heavy on electric lights, Baltimore opened the second half with a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that gave the Ravens a 28-6 lead early in the third quarter. Moments later, the scoreboard and half of the overheard lights in the Superdome went out.

Just one day before the big game, the Department of Energy was happily touting Super Bowl XLVII as the “greenest” Super Bowl in history. An article titled “Super Bowl City Leads on Energy Efficient Forefront,” was posted on February 2. The best parts are bolded below.

While the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers compete to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy this weekend, eco-friendly fans and city leaders in New Orleans are competing to maximize sustainability practices to the fullest.
To make this the greenest Super Bowl, the New Orleans Host Committee has partnered with fans and the community to offset energy use across the major Super Bowl venues. The exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome features more than 26,000 LED lights on 96 full-color graphic display panels, designed to wash the building in a spectrum of animated colors, patterns and images. The system draws only 10 kilowatts of electricity — equivalent to the amount of energy used by a small home — and the lights are expected to last for many years before needing replacement.

Off the football field, New Orleans is embracing energy efficiency with help from the Energy Department. The city retrofitted four libraries using an integrative design approach — adding motion sensor lights, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, and upgrades to the building envelopes. These improvements helped cut the libraries’ energy costs by 30 percent and serve as a standard for other city-owned buildings. New Orleans streets feature more than 1,200 energy-efficient light fixtures. In addition to saving the city money on energy costs — an estimated $70,000 annually — the new lights help the city reduce routine maintenance due to their longer lifespan.

Embracing energy efficiency and renewable energy is having a profound impact on attracting developers and private industry in the New Orleans’ re-building efforts. The push to re-invent this destination city contributes to making Sunday’s game the greenest in Super Bowl history.

  Eat More Chicken and Your Skin Will Thicken

My friends at Campus Reform are on top of it, as usual. They always expose the thin-skinned idiocy of campus liberals and give me lots of column fodder in the process. Thanks guys. The next round of waffle fries is on me.

Campus Reform is reporting that Chick-fil-A, the popular fast food restaurant chain, has now been dubbed a “symbol of hate,” by a professor at Eastern Illinois University (EIU). Lisa Moyer, who teaches in the Family Studies Department at EIU, apparently made the comment with a straight face, although some have suggested that the term “straight face” reinforces heterosexist oppression. Regardless, her comment reinforces my belief that it is always a mistake to choose a major ending in the word “studies.”

Moyer made her strangely uninclusive remarks in response to questions about a faculty resolution at EIU. The resolution proposed expelling a Chick-fil-A restaurant from campus in order for the university to be more inclusive. Because of the franchise’s alleged opposition to homosexuals, some faculty decided that getting rid of them would promote diversity by producing complete uniformity of thought on issues related to sexual orientation. Talk about queer reasoning!

Moyer, in typical liberal fashion, has projected her hatred of Chick-fil-A onto the restaurant itself and has characterized their company logo as a symbol of hate. I suppose it’s now in the same category as a burning cross or a Nazi swastika. In her recent interview with Campus Reform, she elevated hypersensitivity to a Zen art by arguing that her efforts to censor this “symbol of hate” are justified because Chick-fil-A makes a lot of students, particularly in the LGBT community, “feel uncomfortable.” (See for additional details).


Oh my goodness we mustn’t allow a lot of students to “feel” uncomfortable. Lord knows they won’t find anything out in the real world that would do that. Every day in every way I am coming to loathe liberals more. Those in media and academia most of all.

Politicians, from either party are only allowed to get away with their lies and b.s. because of the liars in media and academia.

Why I’m Canceling My Sports Illustrated Subscription

by Andrew Klaven

I am going to let my subscription to Sports Illustrated lapse when it runs out this year. I hope lots of other people will do the same. Like too many other publications, the magazine has become dishonest, dishonorable and even occasionally despicable in its conformist, lockstep left-wing bias. Republican politicians and conservative positions are routinely insulted in articles having nothing to do with either. Yawn-inducing left wing predictability is brought to the discussion of every issue. No SI writer is allowed to disagree with leftism ever. Despite its great photographs and occasionally good athlete profiles, the magazine has remade itself into crap in the name of political conformity.

For me, the Super Bowl issue with its smarmy and poorly reported article on religion in football was the last straw. The article was not an offense to God, it was an offense to journalism. Mark Oppenheimer, a left wing anti-religion writer for the left wing New York Times, among other left wing venues, does the left wing hit job on football players of faith. Not surprisingly, he is also the author of a hagiography of the Christian-bashing gay bully Dan Savage. (This blog has always supported gays and gay rights, but to my mind, Savage has no more place in serious debate than the Westboro Baptist gang.)


When will conservatives in this country get it through their thick skulls that so long as they continue to purchase such publications they are enabling the very people who regard them with scorn. And purchasing a publication that scorns you and your beliefs is certainly a reason to be scorned.

I recently decided that I would no longer purchase TV Guide because of its obvious bias. Why should I help support that bias when I am repulsed by it? The choice is ours and I, as a committed Independent who is more conservative than liberal have decided that if I enable the bias, out of convenience of whatever, that I am therefore somewhat responsible. And I don’t want to enable or be responsible, not matter how minutely, for that bias.

Worth a Read:

Te’o and the Death of a Responsible Press


Spring Break: Flight Records Suggest Fourth Menendez Flight


Looks like the Menendez “scandel” is not only not going to go away but is growing. All this in spite of media and Dems claim it is just a GOP smear. Will Hispanic voters care that it appears this disgusting man like sex with young, very young women? Doubtful. Ethnic voters voter for ethnicity for the most part, not integrity or decency. Women who spout nonsense about a GOP “War On Women” and about their “reproductive rights” will ignore this story and vote for a man, simply because he’s a Democrat, regardless of the fact that he, and scum like him, actually do war on women. Very young women.

Barack Obama, Gun Enthusiast


Obama the Bargainer



 “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

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