Saturday, March 10, 2012
A group of conservatives has started a petition to the FCC to take Bill Maher off the air. Fortunately, it seems to be failing, in terms of its signature count so far. It reads, in part, as follows:
If those who oppose Rush Limbaugh are going to make a petition to pull him off the air for one derogatory thing he said. It only makes sense that we actually pull people off the air who add nothing to the national dialogue but derogatory and inflammatory language.While I can understand wanting to make such a petition, what kind of message does it send? If it garners enough signatures, it looks like "We're all censors now," to recast a phrase from the start of the so-called Great Recession, when both parties supported government "bailouts". If it fails, it looks like nobody really cares about the selective outrage leftists are showing towards Rush Limbaugh (not that his slur wasn't outrageous).
"Like the singsong mocking of a little child, 'I know something you don't know,' the sad truth is that some adults never outgrow this immature stage." -- Michael Hurd, in "Being Contrary Is Not Self-Esteem" at DrHHurd.com
"Highly doubted and dangerous, the new emerging markets might end up surprising us all, just as Latin America and the BRICs have over most of the past decade." -- Jonathan Hoenig, in "Give Greece a Chance" at SmartMoney
"In truth it's Mr. Geithner who seems to suffer from amnesia, although you can't really forget what you never learned in the first place." -- Richard Salsman, in "Five Financial Reforms That Would Prevent Crises and Promote Prosperity" at Forbes
"If the Catholic bishops had previously opposed ObamaCare and supported free market health care reforms on principle, they would now have the moral high ground to argue for religious freedom." -- Paul Hsieh, in "Free Market Lessons from Contraception Fight" at PJ Media
My Two Cents
The quote from the Hsieh piece reminds me of a column by Senator Jim DeMint who, although "pro-life", ended up saying the following: "The problem is not how the federal government is abusing its new power in this instance, but that the government -- indeed, a single person -- suddenly wields this power at all."
I Think I Agree
A sportswriter, commenting on Arsenal F.C.'s nearly coming back from the dead in the the UEFA championships, says the following:
[Manager Arsene] Wenger, just maybe, was seeing evidence of a new team of excellent competitive character but shaped by his most basic beliefs in how football should be played. ...I recall how shaky the now-superlative goalkeeper was last season, and am no longer seeing the kinds of mistakes caused by mental weakness among some of the younger players that plagued the team last season. The team, as inconsistent as it has been this season, is currently fourth place. It would be ludicrous for the owners not to support Wenger.
If Wenger can persuade his owners to see the importance of making more than nominal attempts to re-sign Robin van Persie, if Jack Wilshere comes back as whole and potentially masterful as he left, we might have evidence that the club was indeed right, and so many of us wrong, to believe that the best of the manager's work was not consigned to the past.