Category Archives: Culture

Media Sensationalism is Damaging; Still Better Than Bias

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When I was a teenager, a man tried to rob a grocery store down the street from where I lived. I read about it a day or two later in my local newspaper. The story was of particular interest to me because my brother worked at that grocery store as a cashier, and he was…

You Know the Difference Between Genius and Stupidity?

Sometimes I wonder why pollsters ask the American people about anything.  What’s the point?  I mean, would Gallup ask someone from Uzbekistan if he thinks Mickey Mantle was a better centerfielder than Willie Mays? Would the NBC/Wall Street Journal polling outfit ask the average man on the street in Kabul if he prefers Canali or…

Could Rick Perry Be a Viable Candidate in 2016?

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Governor Rick Perry made some news earlier this week when he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s show (from Austin, Texas) and discussed the possibility of decriminalizing the use of marijuana in the Lone Star State. Listening to Perry, I thought he laid out a pretty decent, thoughtful argument for moving in that direction. He also touted…

The Other B-Word

The Wall Street Journal recently ran a piece by two very successful women who are not happy with the B-word.  No, not that B-word.  They don’t like it when girls and women are called “bossy.” The women are Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating office at Facebook, and Anna Maria Chavez, the CEO of Girl Scouts…

Why Stop at Refusing to Bake a Cake for a Same-Sex Marriage?

Let’s stipulate that reasonable people may disagree on whether business owners should have to serve gays if doing that violates their deeply held religious beliefs.  Should a business owner who opens a bakery on Main Street, for example, have to bake a cake for a couple planning a same-sex marriage – or face a lawsuit…

The On-Going Battle Between Social Conservatives and the Rest of America

A lot of social conservatives and others on the far right of the Republican Party must feel as if they’re under siege once again now that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed business owners to refuse service to gays on religious grounds. According to the AP, “The bill was…

Advice to the GOP: Narrow it Down and Draw Some Emotion

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I’ve long been arguing that conservatives are generally right on principle, but tend not to be that smart when it comes to politics. Conversely, I believe that liberals are generally wrong on (or lacking in) principle, but tend to be pretty shrewd politicians. One doesn’t have to look hard to find proof of this. We…

New Democratic Platform: Taxpayer Subsidized Non-Productivity

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Last week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office announced that the Affordable Care Act would likely reduce the number of full-time workers in the United States by the equivalent of 2.3 million. What’s their reasoning? Simply put, the law’s taxpayer-subsidies will give workers less of a reason to work. Under Obamacare, Americans who earn up to…