Sunday, July 29, 2012

What is that pig doing up in the air?

Friend of mine posted this story on Facebook, and I thought I'd share it with you. It comes from Patrick Hoban at Newsmax:

ACLU Backs Chick-fil-A Against Rahm Emanuel's Threatened Ban

Chicago and Boston might want to keep Chick-fil-A out of their cities but that doesn’t mean they have the right to do so, according to the ACLU.
Legal experts said the cities’ push to stop Chick-fil-A doesn’t stand a chance because barring Chick-fil-A over the personal views of its owner is an “open and shut” discrimination case, Fox News reported.

“The government can regulate discrimination in employment or against customers, but what the government cannot do is to punish someone for their words,” Adam Schwartz, senior attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union [Gottenyu!] of Illinois, told Fox News. “When an alderman refuses to allow a business to open because its owner has expressed a viewpoint the government disagrees with, the government is practicing viewpoint discrimination.”
The ACLU “strongly supports” same-sex marriage, Schwartz told Fox, but said that if a government can exclude a business for being against same-sex marriage, it can also exclude a business for being in support of same-sex marriage.
“But we also support the First Amendment,” he said. “We don’t think the government should exclude Chick-fil-A because of the anti-LGBT message. We believe this is clear cut.”
Picture me with my jaw on the floor and my eyes bugged out of my head.  The ACLU? Did I read that right ... the Anti-Christian Liars Union, actually sticking up for a corporation owned by an unapologetic Christian?  Did this same ACLU just admit that Christians have First Amendment speech rights too?

Can Satan cast out Satan? What's next ... will Nancy Pelosi finally admit she has to decide whether she's Catholic or pro-abortion? Or will Kathleen Sebelius announce that the HHS mandate will have to be taken back to the drawing board?  Not that I'm holding my breath here, but ....

Saturday, July 28, 2012

When journalists were heroes

I'm sure by now most of you have either seen at least one episode of The Newsroom or this particular clip from the pilot.  "The most honest three and a half minutes ever"?  Perhaps, though I wouldn't rank it above the classic "I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!" from Network.  If anything, it gives substance to Mary McNamara's complaint that the show's drama is "weighted too heavily toward sermonizing diatribes."

Yet every once in a while somebody in Hollywood manages to write an effective rant, and this is one of them; in fact, I'm surprised it isn't being delivered by Al Pacino.  Because for once someone has gotten behind the parrot-talk and the left-wing/right-wing demonizations to enunciate the frightening truth we've been hiding from at least since 2008 (and more like since 1968): We have completely lost our way.  America is a good country, but it's not a great country anymore; we're a rusty mechanical giant, stumbling and fumbling near a precipice while suffering from a hangover from massive materialist self-indulgence.