Archive of Articles for April, 2009

Up The IRS, Inc.

[ Posted Thursday, April 16th, 2009 – 17:46 UTC ]

The "Tea Party" tax day protests which took place yesterday apparently got mixed reviews from all concerned. They did get a lot of media coverage, most of which at least tried to be respectful of their views. That's more than most protests get from the media, but this was largely due to the fact that Fox News was a de facto sponsor of the events. They reportedly broadcast live from several locations throughout the day. One of these was in Sacramento, where a Fox News personality attended the rally. Right down the road, Fresno, California also had a big turnout for their tea party. The rural areas which surround these cities are fairly conservative, even though they are in the heart of California, so it's not too surprising that they both got a good turnout.

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American Violet A Powerful Movie With A Powerful Message On Race And The Drug War

[ Posted Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 – 16:44 UTC ]

American Violet is not a "horror movie." It has no monsters, zombies, or mass murderers in it. Just people. But the movie's powerful message on the role racism plays in the Drug War will likely horrify you just the same. So while American Violet is about as far from the "horror" genre in moviemaking as you can get, audiences may indeed be horrified (or perhaps outraged) at the injustice displayed by one district attorney in Texas.

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The Last Relic Of The Cold War

[ Posted Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 – 16:54 UTC ]

I have to admit, when I sat down to write about President Obama's change in America's Cuba policy, the first headline which suggested itself was: "Obama Does Exactly What He Said He Would Do -- Media Stunned." But then, that headline could apply to so many things these days, that I thought I needed to be a bit more specific.

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Tea And Sympathy

[ Posted Monday, April 13th, 2009 – 16:15 UTC ]

Tea doesn't get much respect in America. This historical snubbing will continue Wednesday, with protests across America meant to evoke the Boston Tea Party, a seminal event in the foundation of our county. How effective these protests will be is going to be open to interpretation, however.

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Friday Talking Points [73] -- "Good Grief!" Friday

[ Posted Friday, April 10th, 2009 – 16:38 UTC ]

A bumpersticker seen in more liberal areas of the country reads: "Jesus save me from your followers." Now, that may not be a very "Christian" way to open a column which falls on the Christian Good Friday, but I was reminded of it by yet another episode of Catholic leaders denouncing liberal politicians. To these leaders, I have to say, isn't there something about beams and dust motes and eyes which you could be more productively teaching about? Or perhaps that one about throwing the first stone?

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Program Note: Service Restored

[ Posted Thursday, April 9th, 2009 – 23:51 UTC ]

We apologize for today's interruption in service, and are glad to announce that is back "on the air" (on the wire?).
At approximately 2:30 A.M., someone cut eight "trunk line" fiber optic cables in two different locations in the San Jose, California area, which knocked out phone and internet service for a multi-county area. [...]

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Obama Should Be Ashamed Only Two-Thirds Approve Of Him

[ Posted Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 – 16:47 UTC ]

It must be tough to be a member of the media class these days. The inside-the-Beltway crowd is getting more and more frustrated with the public's refusal to go along with the storyline they are trying to sell... oh, excuse me, that should read "tell," shouldn't it? They've been beating the drum of President Obama's supposed failure from Day One, but that rascally public keeps right on giving him roughly two-thirds approval ratings. In fact, his approval ratings have just not budged during the entire time.

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C.W. Cunningham Honored By Jefferson Center

[ Posted Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 – 16:44 UTC ] is proud to announce that our much-beloved resident cartoonist C.W. Cunningham has been honored by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, by being featured in their "Jefferson Muzzles" awards column.

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Is Cap-And-Trade Dead This Year?

[ Posted Monday, April 6th, 2009 – 16:09 UTC ]

Following conventional wisdom, especially in Washington, is often a fool's errand. Groupthink can be wildly wrong, even if "everyone knows..." or "everyone believes..." something to be true. But every now and then, the conventional wisdom turns out to be right. Which may be the case for the punditocracy's predicted doom for cap-and-trade legislation intended to reform America's energy policy. If this proves to be the case, it will be the first major Obama priority to fail in Congress.

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Friday Talking Points [72] -- The Unfairness Doctrine

[ Posted Friday, April 3rd, 2009 – 16:33 UTC ]

Because (are you sitting down), Krauthammer's big bugaboo, his big boogeyman spectre designed to send us all screaming out into the night... is "fairness." America being "fair" is such an awful, frightening, downright terrifying future for our country, that all good citizens should rise up against it. To the barricades! To fight for Unfairness For All!

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