Jan 212015

I don’t much like State of the Union addresses even when I like the guy giving them. The State of the Union address has become a particularly shallow exercise even in a shallow town. I’d love to see a return to the president advising Congress of the state of the union by letter.

So I didn’t watch our esteemed president last night. I did, however, look over a transcript of his remarks this morning. I see he is taking implicit credit for the country being “as free from the grip of foreign oil as we’ve been in almost 30 years.”

Indeed. You know, recently I had an Obamanaut ask me if I was enjoying the gas prices, as if her hero had something to do with it.

Our gas prices are not falling because of anything Obama has done.

Thanks to the ongoing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) revolution, the United States has accessible oil reserves in quantities unthinkable just a few years ago. OPEC doesn’t care for that at all. So they’re trying to lower prices to a point that it’s not profitable for us to get our own oil out of the ground. It’s no more complicated than that. Obama’s just there while it’s happening.

Thus, he might as well take credit for the sunset.

 Posted by at 3:00 pm
Jan 162015

Pope Francis had several things to say this week about freedom of speech as it relates to the Islamic terrorist attacks in Paris. Among them are “there is a limit to freedom of speech” and “one cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith.”

I have liked a lot of what Pope Francis has had to say since his election. I think he is good for the papacy, for Roman Catholicism, and indeed, for Christianity at large. But bluntly, this is asinine. There is no such thing as “freedom of speech, unless it upsets someone.” When we speak of protecting freedom of speech, what does he think we’re protecting? “Hello, how are you today?”? “Do you want fries with that?”? “Islam is a religion of peace”?

(Don’t call them violent. They’ll riot.)

screamingmuslimIt is precisely the speech that might make someone angry that must be protected. And there is no parody of Muhammad—however sustained, however irreverent, however perceivedly offensive—that anyone but a blood-crazed animal can say is worth the lives of 12 people. To be fair, Pope Francis did also condemn the attacks. But to essentially say yes, it was a terrible thing, but you also shouldn’t make fun of people’s religion, strikes exactly the wrong chord. It suggests an equivocation of the two offenses, which is obviously absurd.

(On a related note, this week Dennis Prager gave voice to something that’s bugged me for some time.  Media sources referring to “the prophet Muhammad” is nothing short of fawning deference to Islam. Have you ever considered that? Do you ever hear a “news” outfit refer to “Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”? Or just Jesus? What’s the difference?)

When it comes to the blood spilled in Paris last week, there is no “yes, it’s bad, but…” There is only condemnation in the strongest terms. Civilized people do not murder one another over cartoons.

Until everyone (including the whole of Islam) is nodding, without asterisks, we have a big problem.

 Posted by at 8:47 am
Jan 072015

Three masked men, armed with automatic weapons and wearing flak jackets, slaughtered at least 12 people at the office of a satirical magazine in Paris this morning before escaping into the city. The publication, Charlie Hebdo, has published caricatures of Mohammed in the past. The gunmen reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar!” throughout the attack, and claimed […]

 Posted by at 10:05 am
Dec 312014

Jeb Bush has gotten an annoying amount of traction—that would be any traction whatsoever, really—in discussions of the 2016 field of GOP presidential candidates. It needs to stop now. All examinations of Jeb Bush’s position on this and that, plans, vision, and whatever else ignore the political reality that his last name alone will cost […]

 Posted by at 10:31 am

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