A common criticism of Republicans is that Democratic government programs create more dependence and less independence. Republicans value independence, therefore they oppose such programs because they believe government programs disincentivize people. This is a plausible argument, on the surface at least. But not only is this an extremely cynical reading of human nature, it completely … Continue reading Are government programs good or bad for citizen independence?
Wow. The New York Magazine interview between Jennifer Senior and Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonin Scalia highlights the link between his very literal, ultra-conservative thinking on Catholicism and his Constitutional textualism and originalism. This is a man who’s obviously extremely smart, yet somehow has this massive blind spot in his intellectual and ethical development thanks … Continue reading In Conversation: Antonin Scalia
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640 Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!” – Howard Beale, lead character in the cult classic Network. Well real life MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan is having his own Howard Beale moment here, angrily deploring America’s bought … Continue reading
I came across a post by Ann Barnhardt on American Thinker titled We The Stupid, and thought ‘ooh this sounds interesting’. I like thinkers. I then stepped through a portal, into the Twilight Zone. Kansas-born Colorado resident Barnhardt sincerely thinks that: The so-called “right” or “Tea Party” in this republic is being so thoroughly rolled … Continue reading A raw glimpse at the Tea Party psyche
http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/9QuFnOYcy4E Social Security Reform Bill Encourages Americans To Live Faster, Die Younger: The new law will remove restrictions on cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol as well as provide tax incentives for seniors who bungee jump off cliffs. (Source: http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/) Continue reading
New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen has written an enlightening essay titled “The Quest for Innocence and the Loss of Reality in Political Journalism”. It’s an academic’s way of saying the news is kinda fatuous because often news organizations strive too hard to be ‘objective’ in a way that misses the point – they … Continue reading People don’t trust mainstream journalism because it has forgotten how to even aspire to present reality