February 25, 2018

Archives for May 2012

One does not simply lose 129,000 millionaires…

The first thing that came to mind when I saw the headline was: “What? Where did we put them? Are they under the couch cushions?”

It’s no joke, though. Because of losses on the stock market, America is down 129,000 millionaires, while the rest of the world added 175,000 millionaires. Growth is happening, evidently, in the “emerging markets” of the world. Just not here at home. [cont…]

Exaggerated Claims: Swallow at Supreme Court to “ensure” unconstitutionality of Obamacare?

In short, the email walks through a loose timeline for the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare” more colloquially), putting Swallow at each crossroad of the legal battle. But for him, and Utah, Obamacare might not have made it before the Supreme Court.

Except that isn’t quite how it happened. We’ve already learned that Idaho had passed a law that gave standing to challenge Obamacare, and that Utah jumped on board. Sincerely, of course, but not necessarily crucial to the fight against the Affordable Care Act. It was important politically, but not really legally.

Now, Swallow’s campaign is claiming that he was at the Supreme Court to “ensure” the law was found unconstitutional. It’s a claim that stretches the truth. [Cont…]

Words to avoid? Not just the four letter type.

While I’ve long since decided that our society is becoming much more like Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World than George Orwell’s 1984, there is something Orwellian about recent news that the watchful eye of the American security and intelligence community is surveying our electronic communications (read: the internet) of Americans for certain words and phrases. In an effort to avoid terrorist attacks (I assume), the smart guys at the Department of Homeland Security have come up with a list of words and phrases that they scan the internet to alert them to potential events that may threaten the US. [cont…]

A Long Time Ago…Star Wars at Thirty-Five.

Do you remember the first time you watched Star Wars?

Thirty-five years ago today, Star Wars debuted in theaters, quickly smashing previous box office records and beginning one of the most iconic franchises in movie history, introducing the world to lightsabers, Darth Vader, the Jedi, and the Force. Equal parts science-fiction and fantasy, Star Wars has found a place in our imagination in the tale of Luke Skywalker’s journey to destroy the oppressive Galactic Empire and become a Jedi. Along the way we met his mentors Obi-wan and Yoda, created friendships with the swashbuckling smuggler Han Solo and his side-kick Chewbacca, and found his lost sister, the Princess Leia (or was he the lost brother?). And who can forget R2-D2 and C-3PO, the hapless participant droids without which Star Wars could not have been complete? The magic and the myth are as much a modern telling of Joseph Campbell’s “Hero of Thousand Faces” as any in our time, and so, perhaps, as simple as the story often appears, we should not be surprised that it has weathered the decades so well. [cont…]

Book Review: “Civilization: the West and the Rest” by Niall Ferguson

With that flippant, matter of fact, almost “devil may care” attitude then, Ferguson determines to take the reader through a grand narrative of the last five hundred years, identifying six “killer apps” that Western civilization adopted to rise to a dominance unmatched in breadth and duration in human history. It is this broad overview, as told in Ferguson’s urgent and quick witted voice, that makes the extended argument so interesting and in an age of multicultural relativism, refreshing.

Clearly, there’s a problem here.

For a blog that posted nearly everyday in 2011, the last week has seen a definite slump. Not for lack of material–I mean, really. There’s no end to it. Check out all the stuff going on that deserves attention:

ICYMI: Post on KSL today–“Obama plays politics with same-sex marriage”

With polls showing public opinion shifting in favor of gay marriage at the same time as his opponent gains on the economy, Obama put his finger in the wind and timed his announcement on gay marriage to make maximum impact.

It’s not leadership. It’s polling. And polling says that Obama is losing on the economy but could galvanize support of the liberal base. It’s a lot easier than talking about the dismal job situations of 20.1 million people, and it keeps Romney out of headlines for another month. [cont…]