December 12, 2011 By Gene Veith 110 Comments
Peggy Noonan has a good column about the promise and perils of Newt Gingrich: I had a friend once who amused herself thinking up bumper stickers for states. The one she made up for California was brilliant. “California: It’s All True.” It is so vast and sprawling a place, so rich and various, that whatever you’ve heard about its wildness, weirdness and wonders, it’s true. That’s the problem with Newt Gingrich: It’s all true. It’s part of the reason so... Read more
Vanderbilt’s ruling that campus Christian groups may not require their leaders to be Christians would seem to violate every canon of reason, let alone the freedom of religion. This happened awhile ago, but I noticed something about the story. Consider this account: Is Vanderbilt University flirting with the suppression of religion? Yes, according to Carol Swain, a professor at Vanderbilt’s Law School. Specifically, Swain is referring to four Christian student groups being placed on “provisional status” after a university review... Read more
December 9, 2011 By Gene Veith 38 Comments
Historian Richard Striner proposes a solution for our economic woes: Using the monetary methods of Lincoln, updated to employ the inflation-fighting tools of the Federal Reserve, we could pay for a faster recovery and a great many worthy projects without higher taxes, without more national debt, and believe it or not, without inflation. How? By letting Congress exercise a little-known power that is used (very quietly indeed) by the Federal Reserve: the power to create new money. If you’re skeptical... Read more
December 9, 2011 By Gene Veith 32 Comments
President Obama gave a speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, in which he wrapped himself in the mantle of Roosevelt. Teddy Roosevelt, that is. And, according to liberal columnist E. J. Dionne, laid out the strategy that will bring him re-election. President Obama has decided that he is more likely to win if the election is about big things rather than small ones. He hopes to turn the 2012 campaign from a plebiscite about the current state of the economy into a... Read more
December 8, 2011 By Gene Veith 68 Comments
The Food & Drug administration had decided to make the abortifacient “morning after” pill available over the counter without a prescription. But now the Health & Human Services Department has over-ruled that decision, keeping the drug by-prescription only: The federal government Wednesday rejected a request to let young teenage girls buy the controversial morning-after pill Plan B directly off drugstore and supermarket shelves without a prescription. In a rare public split among federal health officials, the Health and Human Services... Read more
December 7, 2011 By Gene Veith 24 Comments
Today is the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which took the lives of 2,300 Americans, destroyed 12 ships and 160 aircraft, and brought the nation into World War II. See Pearl Harbor attacked: A witness remembers, 70 years later – The Washington Post. Reflections, thoughts, and lessons learned?
How do political beliefs relate to taste in TV shows? A study has found some patterns: In the findings, “sarcastic” media-savvy comedies and morally murky antiheroes tend to draw Dems. While serious work-centered shows (both reality shows and stylized scripted procedurals), along with reality competitions, tend to draw conservatives. Focusing on well-known cable and broadcast original entertainment series (rather than, say, sports, music, news, repeats), here’s who wins the 2011 prime-time primaries: LIBERAL-DEMOCRAT FAVORITES: – The Daily Show With Jon... Read more
December 7, 2011 By Gene Veith 34 Comments
The Occupy Wall Street folks, who in many cases are being evicted from their downtown campsites, have started a new strategy: Occupying foreclosed houses. This includes blocking efforts to evict people, disrupting auctions, fixing up abandoned homes and giving them to homeless people, and just moving into abandoned properties. See Occupy protesters take over homes, block evictions – Dec. 6, 2011.