Category Archives: Culture

MSNBC Twitterer Fired for Race Baiting; Chris Matthews Still Employed‏

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On Wednesday night, conservatives honed in on offensive tweet that appeared on MSNBC’s official Twitter feed. The full tweet read, “Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/biracial family.” The comment was in reference to a new television commercial for Cheerios entitled “Gracie” that features…

Obama’s Legacy: Selling Us on Fluff in the Face of Crisis

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On January 20, 2009 (the day Barack Obama was sworn into office) the country was in pretty rough shape. We were in the depths of the Great Recession. Millions of Americans were losing their jobs, companies were shutting down left and right, the stock market was tanking, 12.5% of Americans were living in poverty, and…

A “Thank You” Campaign for the U.S. Taxpayer

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Last week, I was watching Vice President Joe Biden on television speaking in Detroit to leaders of the American auto industry. There at the North American International Auto Show, he hailed the success of the bailouts both General Motors and Chrysler received in 2009. The debate will likely never be settled as to whether or…

The Perpetual Class Warfare Campaign

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As the Obama administration and the Democratic Party prepare once again to campaign on the “issue” of income inequality (this time for the 2014 midterm elections), the irony of their efforts is impossible to ignore. After all, President Obama has been peddling the class warfare rhetoric since before he ever took office. You would think…

We’re as Mad as Hell … and You Know the Rest

Dick Metcalf was “one of the country’s pre-eminent gun journalists,” as a page one story in the New York Times described him.  He wrote the feature column for Guns & Ammo, the popular magazine for gun enthusiasts. He also did a television show. Not long ago Metcalf wrote a column under the headline, “Let’s Talk…

The Notion That Commercialism is Now an Obscenity

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My family doesn’t make it to the movie theater often. Let me rephrase that: We don’t make it to the movie theater AS a family often. My son and daughter are lucky enough to have a grandmother who loves taking them to see the latest animated, family flicks. And my wife and I, on occasion,…

Keep Your Kids Sheltered From Politics

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When I was a kid, I rarely heard the grown-ups around me discussing the topic of politics. Sure, I’d catch a little snippet of a conversation between my parents from time to time as they watched the evening news, but that was about the extent of it. They never talked about such things with their…

Could a Conservative Democrat Sideline Hillary in 2016?

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It shouldn’t really surprise anyone that the 2016 presidential election, despite being nearly three years away, has already been talked about quite a bit in the national news media. After all, a number of likely Republican candidates are already beginning to emerge, and they’ve been finding creative ways to distinguish themselves from their peers. Some…