Category Archives: Culture

Careful About What You Say: The Speech Police Are Listening

You may have heard about the radio play-by-play man for the San Francisco 49ers who got into trouble for saying things you’re apparently not allowed to say. The broadcaster, Ted Robinson, was a guest on a radio show and uttered these words about football player Ray Rice’s then fiancée (and now wife), who by now…

Ninth Circuit’s Decision About the Flag – Rule of Law or Mob Rule?

The uber-liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed with a lower district court and three appellate judges that officials at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, California could censor students who wanted to wear flag-emblazoned shirts on Cinco de Mayo. The Ninth Circuit denied an en banc hearing on the matter and ordered no further petitions will be permitted.  (Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School District.) I will go…

Ray Rice – A Mere Bump in the Road for the NFL

You don’t have to be a sports fanatic to know about 27-year old Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice these days.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you’ve seen the “second” video obtained and released by TMZ of this testosterone-mutant pummeling his then-fianceé, Janay Palmer, unconscious and then dragging her…

Burger King and the ‘Economic Patriotism’ Whopper

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Earlier this week, Burger King confirmed plans to acquire Tim Hortons, an Ontario-based doughnut and coffee chain. Upon the announcement that the corporate headquarters of the combined firm would be based in Canada, many critics within the U.S. cried foul. You see, Canada’s corporate tax rate of 26% is significantly lower than that of the…

Life and Death in Polarized America

Sooner or later everything becomes polarized in this divided country of ours. It’s against the rules to see the other side’s point of view.   That’s like giving ammo to the enemy. Besides, in media circles, where people make a good living dividing Americans, seeing the other guy’s point of view is bad for business. When…

The Elite Liberal Softer Kind of Racism

I don’t know what happened in Ferguson, Missouri between the cop and the kid. And neither do you. When I covered hard news I saw cops who crossed the line and I saw kids who started trouble. So let’s not jump to conclusions. But what do you think the reaction in Ferguson would have been…

A Few Words About a Friend Who Changed My Life

On February 8, 1996 I got a phone call that changed the course of my life. The call was from a fella named Jerry Kelley, a building contractor who was born and raised in Enterprise, Alabama and made Gomer Pyle sound like Laurence Olivier. Jerry had repaired my house in Miami after Hurricane Andrew blew…

Why Jesse Ventura’s Lawsuit Speaks Louder Than the Verdict

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This week, a jury awarded former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in his defamation lawsuit against the estate of Chris Kyle. Kyle was a United States Navy SEAL and author of the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History. The basis for the lawsuit was Ventura’s insistence…