The Bell Tower

"If government were a toaster, I'd demand a refund"
This campaign needs an enema.  The Bell Tower has been on vacation for too long.  There are so many myths and false stories hovering around this election, it will take two posts just to hit the high points: 1. Mitt Romney is a tax cheat. Really?  Why hasn't the President brought him to justice then?  We're supposed to believe that the man who singlehandedly killed Osa... [More]


Apr
07

White Hispanics

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Huh? "Recent studies have shown that Latino identity is malleable, contextual and constantly evolving. Younger Latinos in particularly [sic] see no contradiction in calling themselves Dominican, American and black, or Caucasian, Hispanic-American and Colombian, or gaysian, blaxican, or any other racial-cultural-sexual amalgam that fits their nationality, genealogy, sexuality and mood..." - Guy Gar... [More]


Apr
01

Contempt For The Court

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Apparently, the editors at The Bell Tower forgot to publish this excellent column about health care at the time it was written.  Since the editors, the publishers, the writers and the marketing team are all the same person, you'd think this process would be much more efficient.  Anyway, why wait all week for a long, rambling opinion from the Supreme Court when you can read a long, rambli... [More]


So let's examine some of these actual grievances that the Occupy Wall Street movement has insisted be brought to our attention.  We already know that "they" are the Evil Forces of Capitalism but what is it that "they" have so sinisterly done? "They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right." An interesting statement. ... [More]


Thuggery "Mike Keane, who owns O’Hara’s Restaurant and Pub, said that the theft of soap and toilet paper had soared and that one protester had used the bathroom but had failed to properly use the toilet." "In a widely distributed pamphlet, 'Welcome to Liberty Plaza: Home of Occupy Wall Street,' participants were instructed where to find relief. 'After you’ve dined,' it read... [More]


Gross "Polls showed that American voters generally endorsed a mix of spending cuts and tax increases. And plenty of neutral observers thought that the approach of the debt ceiling expiration would help forge a grand bargain." ... "House Speaker John Boehner was willing to entertain the possibility of several hundred billion dollars of increased revenues, until he realized he couldn't sell it ... [More]


Does Senator John Kerry actually listen to himself talk?  Only a politician such as Senator Kerry could fail to grasp his own absurdity here.  It was OK for Senator Obama to oppose raising the debt limit when he was in Congress because there was no chance his position had enough support to pass.  In other words, his position was unserious.  Now that Obama is in the White House ... [More]


Come Again? "We will never get a balanced budget amendment unless we take advantage of this chokepoint ... I'm going to stand strong on this. I'm going to vote no." - Representative Phil Gingrey You're not going to get a balanced budget amendment while Democrats control the Senate and the White House.  Standing around being obstinate is only going to make a less palatable bill become law.&n... [More]


Jul
21

Cut the Crap Republicans

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Listen, Republicans.  Get your crap together.  There are a few points about the current crisis the party needs to get straight: First, do not agree to raise taxes - anywhere in any capacity described with any colorful phrases the left can conjure up (balanced approach, additional revenue, cost of living adjustment, simplification of the tax code, whatever).  Do not raise them on the... [More]


Chris Christie is evil This was a courageous move even by Chris Christie's standards and it's yet more evidence for why this man absolutely must be President of the United States some day.  The reporting on this particular story is especially repugnant because of how the story is structured.  Basically, the reporters seemed to have gone around to various representatives of the organizati... [More]