July 28, 2012

Half a Point for Mayor Bloomberg

The nanny mayor of the century, New York's Michael Bloomberg, get's partial credit for calling out fellow mayors and defending Chick-Fil-A.

As reported in the Boston Herald:

Bloomberg, meanwhile, took to the airwaves in Gotham and said he’d welcome Chick-fil-A into Manhattan with open arms. (ED: Provided  they use little to no salt, use no trans-fats and only serve small drinks) The billionaire businessman-turned-New York mayor said Menino, along with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, are wrong "to look at somebody’s political views and decide whether or not they can live in the city, or operate a business in the city.”

There's a very ugly word that encapsulates the ideology in which a government dictates agree with us or else. The word is Fascism. The statements from the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco should be considered appalling regardless of your opinion on the issue of gay marriage. And Mayor Bloomberg deserves credit for calling them out.

(For the record, my official position on the issue is that I don't care.)

If Bloomberg had left it there it might have even earned him some goodwill against his overreaching regulation of the dining habits of New Yorkers. However since he's a politician he was compelled to follow the good with something utterly stupid. (emphasis added)

On his weekly radio show in New York, Bloomberg called Menino, Emanuel and Lee "really good mayors” but said, "trampling on the freedom to marry whoever you want is exactly the same as trampling on your freedom to open a store.”

Chick-Fil-A is a fast food fried chicken restaurant chain. Regardless of the religious and political beliefs of the company's executives, a fried chicken restaurant cannot prevent anyone from getting married. A fried chicken restaurant is pretty much powerless to trample on your freedom to do almost anything with the possible exception of dining in their restaurant barefoot and shirtless.

The people who own and run Chick-Fil-A can believe whatever they want to believe and support whatever political cause they want to support. They can't trample anyone's freedom. ONLY government can do that and Bloomberg equating a private citizen holding a political position with using the power of government to punish someone for that position is asinine.

If you are personally and deeply offended by the religious and political beliefs of the management of Chick-Fil-A don't buy their fried chicken. Tell your friends not to buy their fried chicken. If you're like me and you just don't care one way or another about gay marriage, or if you happen to like fried chicken more than you care about gay marriage, enjoy your meal.

Either way you should understand that government punishing anyone for holding a political opinion they disagree with is morally repugnant and that a fried chicken franchise cannot trample your freedom.

Parting thought: How many conservative mayors have publicly stated that they would deny a permit to a business that supports gay marriage? (The comments are open!)

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at 02:10 PM | No Comments | Add Comment

July 23, 2012

Too Much Slack

I caught a little bit of Rush Limbaugh while I was at work today. I don't listen often at work because it's easier to concentrate on what I'm doing with music playing than with someone speaking. But the talk radio station popped up as a random selection in iTunes so I let it play for a while.

He was discussing the journalistic malpractice committed by ABC News, George Stephanopoulos and Brian Ross in the aftermath of the shootings in Aurora Colorado. In case you don't know the pair reported on a man with the same names as the shooter, who just happened to be a member of the Tea Party. Ross even reported that he wasn't even sure it was the same guy just a guy with the same name. They put it on the air because they wanted to connect the tragedy to the Tea party.

STEPHANOPOULOS:  I want to go to Brian Ross here, because, Brian, you've been looking, investigating the background of Jim Holmes here. You've found something that might be significant.

ROSS:  There's a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado, page on the Colorado Tea Party site as well, talking about him joining the Tea Party last year. Now, we don't know if this is the same Jim Holmes. But it's Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado.

STEPHANOPOULOS:  Okay, we'll keep looking at that. 

The facts and the truth did not matter.

Rush was analyzing what this shows about the liberal media, and the political left think about the Tea Party and had this to say:

They're sitting in there getting ready to go on the air prior to the show starting, got this event, and they're salivating.  They can't wait.  They can't wait to get on the air and make this association of this guy and the Tea Party.  Why? 

Do they actually, in their hearts, believe that's what the Tea Party is? Or do they hope that it's the Tea Party that did this and they're rolling the dice and will take the risk in case they're right? Do they hope it? Do they actually think that's what the Tea Party is? I will not rule out that that's what they actually think. I will not rule it out. You talk about political illness as opposed to mental illness. The left is filled with people who are politically ill, and their minds are poisoned, and they are demented, and I will not rule out the fact that they actually think it.

They have thought it so long that it's become pathological with them.

I think he was being too kind. I don't think this is what they believe of the Tea Party. I don't think that this is what they hope the Tea Party is. I think they know it is not true. 

I think they don't care.

I think they deliberately lie and distort in an attempt to discredit ideas that they know they cannot beat in a straight up argument. They know that given a choice, most will chose individualism and free markets over collectivist socialism so they smear anyone who opposes their philosophy.

It is not an error in their thinking. It is not wishful wishful thinking. It is calculated deliberate dishonesty for a political purpose.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at 05:55 PM | No Comments | Add Comment

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