Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cruising the Web

Hmmm, does banning profanity on network TV in the "Family Hour" violate freedom of speech in the age of cable? If the argument is that most people nowadays have cable TV, why do we still need to fund public TV?

The Supreme Court got one right yesterday
and they did it unanimously when they recognized the ministerial exception to government regulations that might affect religious entities. The scary thing is that the Obama administration thought otherwise. They apparently believe that the government should be able to tell churches who qualifies as a minister. What is there about religious liberty that they don't understand?

Cool. A species of tortoise in the Galapagos at least since Darwin visited there that was thought to be extinct is apparently alive and doing well.

Dana Milbank reveals secrets of journalists converging on a state like New Hampshire for the primary. There just wasn't that much to report on.

Michael Tanner has a great piece exploding the nonsense about income inequality these days. It all counts what they count as income.

People are already talking about whom Mitt should possible vice-presidential candidates for Romney. Josh Kraushaar makes the case for Chris Christie.

This is why it is ludicrous to listen to Gingrich's attacks on Romney's Bain experience.
Conservatives ranging from Rush Limbaugh to Ron Paul have lashed out at Gingrich for his anti-Bain demagoguery, but his assault on Romney's profit is actually less egregious than his defense of his own profit-making efforts. While most of Gingrich's post-speaker income has come from selling books and movies, he has made millions by lobbying for corporate welfare. Gingrich denies he was a lobbyist, but only because he didn't register as one, a transparent dodge.

While being paid by drug companies, Gingrich convinced Republican lawmakers to expand Medicare so that it would subsidize prescription drugs. While being paid by ethanol companies, Gingrich argued in favor of federal subsidies for ethanol. Also, while paid by government-sponsored, housing-bubble-inflator Freddie Mac, Gingrich lauded exactly this model of government-sponsored enterprises steering the economy. Gingrich made money by pushing for bigger government to benefit his clients.

Indirectly, he was pocketing taxpayer dollars, but he described this as "free enterprise." Anyone who criticized Gingrich's efforts to profit off of making government bigger showed "a socialist bias that you shouldn't earn money," Gingrich told USA Today.
In Gingrich's mind, lobbying the federal government is private enterprise. What a joke he reveals himself to be. The only surprising thing is how quickly Good Newt disappeared and Bad Newt made his appearance.

Now these are people who should have been fired, but they weren't.

Listen for the crickets from the left as Obama exceeds the use of executive authority that Bush used.