December 20, 2013

It's Duck Season

Here's the thing about the whole Duck Dynasty A&E controversy that has sucked all of the oxygen out of the room for the last two or three days; it just doesn't matter.

Phil Robertson had every right to say what he said, and he has every right to say a lot worse. He said what he said and A&E put him on an indefinite suspension.

So What.

Robertson's right to speak his mind does not impose an obligation on A&E to continue to employ him. If the suspension is within the parameters of his contract with the network, they can suspend him all they want. That is their right.

I can think that is a stupid decision arrived at by fear and an overwhelming sense of political correctness and refuse to watch another show on A&E. That is my right. A&E's right to suspend Robertson imposes no obligation on me to continue to watch their programming.*

That's how it works.

*I am actually not sure if I have ever watched a show on A&E. I am sure I have never watched Duck Dynasty.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at 07:56 AM | No Comments | Add Comment

December 18, 2013

The Alphabet of Databases

Do you know why people are upset about the massive database of phone call information the National Security Agency maintains on EVERY person in the United States.

The concern can be summed up in three letters: IRS.

The Internal Revenue Service used to be a politically neutral agency serving the function of collecting tax revenue for the government. Now the IRS has become a tool for the political administration to pressure and silence it's opposition.

It does not take a big leap of tin-foil hat paranoia imagine the same thing happening with the NSA.

Have you ever called a Tea Party organization? Ever called someone who is a member of the NRA? Ever called someone who may have called someone who gave money to the Republican Party?

That's how data mining works. That's how easily you can be flagged as worth a closer look. Combine that with the ongoing efforts to increase regulatory control and financial dependency on the federal government and you have the tools to punish and silence all dissent.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at 07:30 PM | No Comments | Add Comment

December 17, 2013


Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is picking up stakes and moving to New Hampshire so he can run for the Senate there. Because nothing is more important than securing the perks and privileges that come from serving in the U.S. Senate.

Carpetbagging was deplorable when Hillary Clinton did it to become Senator from New York, and it is deplorable now.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at 06:12 PM | No Comments | Add Comment

December 16, 2013

The Party's Over

Politics is no longer about Democrats vs Republicans  or even Liberals vs Conservatives. 

Politics is now us vs them. 

Citizens vs the government.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at 11:35 PM | No Comments | Add Comment

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