Thursday, February 27, 2014

Happy Birthday to the Tea Party

***From Power Line:

There will be a celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Tea Party today in Washington DC.  The Wall Street Journal‘s Jason Riley gives a run down here.  The Tea Party is the best thing to happen to American politics since the tax revolt of the 1970s.  Paradoxically, its broader focus has made it both less easy to lead and organize effectively, and easier for liberal media to attack, such that polls show many voters in the middle have an unfavorable impression of the Tea Party even while they agree with many Tea Party points of view on individual issues.  It was ever so in politics.

Yes, the liberal media has people believing things about the Tea Party that simply aren't true, but we've come to expect that from our "news" media.

***I'm disappointed that Jan Brewer vetoed the Arizona bill that would protect business owners from having to conduct business contrary to their religious beliefs.

 Ending a day that cast a glaring national spotlight on Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, vetoed a bill on Wednesday that would have given business owners the right to refuse service to gay men, lesbians and other people on religious grounds.

As usual, our liberal media made the bill something it wasn't. Here's Rich Lowry's take:


It was jarring to read the coverage of the new “anti-gay bill” passed by the Arizona Legislature and then look up the text of the instantly notorious SB 1062. The bill was roughly 998 pages shorter than much of legislation that passes in Washington, so reading it didn’t take much of a commitment. Clocking in at barely two pages, it was easy to scan for disparaging references to homosexuality, for veiled references to homosexuality, for any references to homosexuality at all.
They weren’t there. A headline from The Week declared, “There is nothing Christian about Arizona’s anti-gay bill.” It would be more accurate to say that there was nothing anti-gay about Arizona’s anti-gay bill.
The legislation consisted of minor clarifications of the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which has been on the books for 15 years and is modeled on the federal act that passed with big bipartisan majorities in the 1990s and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.
Arizona was going to lose the Super Bowl over this? Maybe so. Gov. Jan Brewer took no chances and vetoed it Wednesday. The bill was the subject of a truly awe-inspiring tsunami of poorly informed indignation.
For The New York Times editorial board, the bill was “A License to Discriminate.” It constituted “the legalizing of anti-gay prejudice,” according to a piece in U.S.News & World Report. It was, Salon scoffed, “cartoonishly bigoted.” A reference to Jim Crow was obligatory in any discussion of the bill on cable TV.
 
Sign of the times. Our media not doing its job, actively trying to influence public opinion rather than simply reporting the news. Well, in this case it worked. I like Jan Brewer, though, and I'm not going to trash her over one decision that I disagree with.

***Another case of the courts overruling the will of the people: Federal Judge Strikes Down Texas Gay Marriage Ban. It doesn't matter what we the people want any more. If we keep electing stinkin' liberals, we'll continue to get stinkin' judges who legislate from the bench rather than interpret the law. 

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***I've been in a discussion with a good friend of mine who also happens to be liberal. It really does floor me when otherwise reasonably intelligent people defend this president, are all rah-rah over Hillary Clinton, etc. How can anyone not see the corruption and absence of character in those two? I don't get it.

***Jimmy Fallon:

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is making the rounds again. Today he did an interview with Matt Lauer on the "Today" show. Lauer said, "Thanks for getting up early to be with us." Then Ford said, "I never went to bed."

Disney World is raising the price of a one-day ticket to Epcot to $94. It's now so expensive that families are saving money by just taking actual trips around the world.

A spelling bee in Missouri was forced to shut down on Saturday because it ran out of words for the final two contestants to spell. The organizers said, “You know, someone ought to just publish a big book with all the words in it.”

The FDA has approved a new camera that can be swallowed so that doctors can look at the inside of their patients' bodies. So to answer your question: Yes, selfies CAN get worse.

 ??Seriously?? This is the new Tonight Show host? Talk about lame...

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***Have a great day!

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