Friday, July 25, 2008

Media Obama-mongering

It has been rather stunning to see how the major news media have been fawning over Barack Obama. We have all known for a long time that the media has a very obvious bias for liberal candidates and causes. What’s surprising is not that they are Obama-mongers but that in their eagerness to see him elected they have thrown caution to the wind and given up all pretence to objectivity. This video highlights the problem.

On his recent trip to Iraq, Obama was accompanied by all three network news anchors: Charles Gibson (ABC), Katie Couric (CBS), and Brian Williams (NBC). Know how many accompanied John McCain earlier this year?

None.

With the free media coverage he’s getting, one wonders why he needs to raise so much campaign money, an incredible $51.9 million…last month.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Andrew Evans for Senate

Just a reminder: we are only two weeks away from the primary (Tuesday, August 5th). Whoever wins the primary will be our state senator, since the winner of the primary will run unopposed in November. Andrew has been endorsed by Kansas for Life. He's a limited government, social and fiscal conservative. We can have confidence that he will represent us well in Topeka. For more information, check out his website.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A Dubious Day to Celebrate

Do you know what today is? It's the "Cost of Government Day." Americans on average work 197 days out of the year to pay the full cost of federal, state and local government spending and regulatory costs. This means the cost of government at all levels of American society consumes nearly 54 percent of national income.

You can read more about it here.

Monday, July 7, 2008

The Inimitable Wodehouse

My family and I recently watched several episodes of Masterpiece Theatre’s adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster. Wodehouse was reluctant to have his two most popular characters depicted on stage or in film, saying, “Jeeves knows his place, and it is between the covers of a book.” Nevertheless, director Simon Langton and actors Hugh Laurie (as Bertie Wooster) and Stephen Fry (as Jeeves) really do a fantastic job in putting these stories on film.

If you are not familiar with Wodehouse and his Jeeves and Wooster stories you really are missing some very entertaining reading. The stories take place in pre-World War II England. Bumbling Bertie Wooster and his witless friends are always getting themselves into scrapes of one sort or another only to be rescued by Jeeves, Bertie’s valet (or his “gentleman’s personal gentleman”). The stories often revolve around Bertie’s (or his friends’) relationship with women, all very innocent and humorous. Frequently it’s a matter of Bertie finding himself accidentally engaged to be married…yes, accidentally. Honor forbids Bertie from openly breaking the engagement, and so Jeeves concocts some plan whereby the young woman in question sees for herself that an alliance with Mr. Wooster is not in her best interests.

Other stories often involve Bertie helping one of his chums win the affections of a young lady, only to find that his plan backfires and makes matters worse. Enter Jeeves, who saves the day with his uncanny knack for setting matters right.

The humor is subtle and distinctively British, and I have often found myself laughing out loud.