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Emmanuel Goldstein’s Chicken Chain

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:54 pm - July 31, 2012.
Filed under: Gay PC Silliness,Hysteria on the Left,Media Bias

A week ago today, in response to a reader’s e-mail, I had begun a post on the Chick-fil-A hullabaloo.  I agreed with Mark Hemingway that the media had invented the story that Chick-fil-A’s president had condemned gay marriage. That said, I wasn’t comfortable with what that president had said about traditional marriage:

Dan Cathy, the president and chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, said in a radio interview this week that same-sex marriage is “inviting God’s judgment on our nation.”

Appearing on “The Ken Coleman Show,” Cathy spoke of his company’s pride in its socially conservative character, but then offered an assessment of same-sex marriage that might lose the popular fast food chain a few customers.

“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,’” said Cathy.

I decided to scotch the planned post.  I wouldn’t join my fellow conservatives in castigating the chicken chain’s critics nor would I join my fellow gays in branding the Christian businessman a bigot.  I would simply refrain from buying chicken there.  The story would soon fade.  It is not a matter of pressing national interest.

Many on the left, however, wouldn’t let up.  On Facebook, some friends seemed to alternate between positing attacks on Mitt Romney and issuing broadsides against Mr. Cathy — and his company.  Soon, as Ed Morrisey summarized, “politicians in several large American cities attempted to disprove” the

. . . notion of a free country in which people can operate their businesses regardless of their religion or political point of view. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino sent a letter to Cathy stating that “[t]here is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.” (Chick-fil-A’s website explicitly states that they do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in employment or in commerce, by the way.)

(Morrissey via Reynolds.)  And despite that non-discrimination policy, other urban politicians vowed o keep Chick-fil-A as far from their cities as possible.  At the same time, not a such public figure could provide a single example of a gay employee mistreated or dismissed because of his sexuality or a gay customer denied service (or otherwise denigrated) because he did not accept the biblical definition of marriage. (more…)

Happy Milton Friedman’s Centennial!

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:00 pm - July 31, 2012.
Filed under: Conservative Ideas,Economy,Freedom,Great Men

Glenn Reynolds quotes my fellow University of Virginia School of Law Federalist Don Boudreaux who in his centennial appreciation of the Nobel-prize winning economists offered this contrast between Mr. Friedman’s ideas and those of the incumbent President of the United States:

Note that Friedman would heartily agree with President Obama that no one prospers in today’s economy exclusively through his or her own individual efforts. Where Friedman would disagree – and disagree strongly – is with Obama’s suggestion that the main source of help that each of us gets from others is government. While government might supply some necessary pieces, such as highways and law courts, the vast bulk of what society supplies for each person’s sustenance and success comes not from government but from the ongoing private efforts of millions of individuals acting in free markets.

No questions on gay issues in RNC’s “Presidential Platform Survey”

Yesterday, received a “2012 Presidential Platform Survey” from the Republican National Committee. Given the number of gay leftists who argue the driving idea of the Republican Party is marginalizing gays (and other minorities), it is interesting to take a gander at the section of the survey devoted to social, er, “values” issues.

In neither these four nor the remaining twenty-four questions, did the Republican National Committee see fit to ask its faithful about homosexuality or gay marriage.

Guess that narrative about a party obsessed with the gays must exist only in the minds of its detractors.

NB:  Tweaked title to fit it on one line.

Why do some on the left insist on calling Republicans “extremists”?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:00 pm - July 31, 2012.
Filed under: Hysteria on the Left,Misrepresenting the Right

One thing John Hinderaker has “never figured out is why, if the Republicans represent only an ‘extremist fringe,’” as claims a certain Mr. A. Arnold Gore, Jr., in a fundraising letter for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), “there is such a grave danger that they will win a majority of the votes in this year’s presidential election.

Does seem some folks on the left are beholden to the notion of the Republican Party as run by a cabal of extremists.  And wonder if their prejudiced read on the GOP compromises its ability to reach out to people dissatisfied with the Democrats.

And compromising that ability is certainly part of the reason folks like Mr. Gore call the GOP extreme.

Romney’s successful European trip;
legacy media’s repetition of DNC talking points

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:52 pm - July 31, 2012.
Filed under: Media Bias,Politics abroad

“For the correspondents covering Romney’s overseas trip,” write Jim Geraghty this morning in The Campaign Spot, “the big story of the day is likely to be one of Romney’s aides losing his cool and swearing at reporters. (It’s a good thing those reporters never covered Rahm Emanuel.)”  Yesterday, memeorandum dwelled not on how our Israeli allies warned to his speech, but how Palestinians who won’t commit to peace panned it.

Today, memeorandum leads with reports of the aide losing his cool, following that up by linking an article full of anonymous sources telling us how horrible, no good and very bad Mr. Romney’s trip was.  Yet, to those not beholden to Obama administration talking points, as John Hinderaker observes,

By any reasonable standard, Romney’s trip has been successful. Yet press coverage has been unrelentingly negative. This AP story sums up the press’s angle well: “Another hiccup? Romney’s foreign trip not smooth.” To hear the AP tell it, Romney has committed one blunder after another . . .

Let’s see, the presumptive Republican nominee delivered a well-received speech in Jerusalem, and another thoughtful address in Poland while receiving a warm welcome and quasi-endorsement by one of the great figures of the century just concluded.

Instead of focusing on the actual words Mr. Romney spoke and the ideas he conveyed, our friends in the legacy media have focused on one undiplomatic (but accurate) remark Romney made about the London Olympics and an angry outburst by a Romney aide.

And these same folks bemoan that Americans are paying less attention to the issues.

UPDATE:  Asking, “why exactly was Romney’s overseas trip such a ‘public relations disaster’?“, HotAir’s Erika Johnsen quotes Romney himself who opined that Obama’s friends in the legacy media would “try and find anything else to divert from the fact that these last four years have been tough years for our country.”

No, the trip wasn’t a public relations disaster; the legacy media just choose to portray it as much.  If they spent half the time on Obama’s gaffes as they do on Romney’s, that Democrat, like his Vice President, would be known as a “gaffe machine.”  And Biden has earned that honorific even with the legacy media all but ignoring his gaffes.

Watcher of Weasels — Last Winners of July 2012

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:38 pm - July 31, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

Council Winners