Friday, October 1, 2010

et ceteras

Perhaps you have heard of Molly Norris. She is the Seattle cartoonist who realized that when Islamic terrorists seek to kill anyone who draws a picture of the prophet Muhammad, they are acting as enemies of freedom, so she decided to stand up for freedom by announcing an “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day.” Predictably, Muslim leaders responded by calling for her assassination, and our government has said nothing in her defense. The MSM, which routinely accuses Christians and Jews of intolerance, has done nothing to oppose this Islamic assault on what it claims to cherish more than anything else: the right of free expression. Everything about Norris’s plight is an outrage, and an excellent column about it can be found here.

Federal income taxes are scheduled to go up in January for each and every income class. That will make money even tighter for American earners, and tighten the noose that is already choking our economy. Knowing this, Republicans have been calling for tax rates to be frozen at current levels instead of being raised -- but the Democrats, who control every branch of the federal government, have decided to postpone any vote on the issue until after the elections. Need I say more about the Democrats’ intentions?

Have you heard that because of provisions in Obamacare, McDonald’s is considering dropping the health insurance it provides for its hourly employees? This is not an isolated instance, as a slew of other employers -- including Verizon, AT&T, John Deere, and Caterpillar -- have also announced that Obamacare’s costs are causing them, for the first time ever, to consider dropping their employees’ health insurance. I hate to say I told you so, but…

Finally, I notice how negative I sound in the paragraphs above! But like I have said before, I am not a negative person and can not close on a negative note, so I will switch to the more pleasing topic of college football. In my most recent post I wrote that Stanford is “one of the best-coached teams in the country” and “a darkhorse in the national championship race.” Two days after I typed those words, an excellent column about Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh was published on Yahoo Sports. To read it, go here.

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