Monthly Archives: March 2013

Discerning frack from fiction

(’76 Contributor) Last week, political, media and celebrity worlds converged to produce headlines worthy of “News of the Weird.” Sean Penn eulogized anti–American strongman Hugo Chavez as “a friend (America) never knew it had,” while Dennis Rodman declared North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un “an awesome guy.” Upon returning from the starving gulag–state, Rodman scored a Sunday interview with George Stephanopoulos, and CNN declared him a “diplomatic triumph.” Continue reading

Corporations save the day

(Centennial Fellow) Despite diatribes to the contrary, American corporations include multitudes that are tough–minded, occasionally brilliant and manifestly capable, a major reason the stock market is not just alive and well, but downright perky.

That’s worth a grin, as is the somewhat misleading decline in the unemployment rate. But don’t suppose the government can’t change that to a frown, even wailing and gnashing of teeth. It’s trying right now. Continue reading

Who benefits? Who suffers?

The most important Latin phrase you’ll ever learn isn’t semper fidelis, persona non grata, or status quo; it is cui bono translated who benefits? Cui bono isn’t just for impressing lawyers at cocktail parties; it’s the most important question you can ask about any piece of legislation considered by city hall, the statehouse or Congress. Cui bono? Who benefits if this becomes law? Continue reading

Poll: Religious freedom increasingly threatened

(Centennial Fellow) Some 60% of Coloradans now feel their religious freedom is being threatened by the prevailing political and cultural forces in America over the past 20 years, according to a new survey done by the Centennial Institute.

These fears have intensified with recent events, including the federal government mandate for many religious organizations (who provide health insurance plans) to include contraception, abortion–inducing drugs, and sterilization coverage for their employees. Hobby Lobby, a Christian–based arts and crafts company, faces a daily $1.2 million fine for non–compliance with the same requirement. Labor unions have been disproportionately granted Obamacare waivers arousing concerns about fairness and religious freedom in the minds of the American public. Continue reading

Colorado legislators spur job creation—somewhere else

(Centennial Fellow) Here’s a little exercise for Colorado business owners, managers or anyone else whose job requires that they keep the bills paid, the doors open, and customers satisfied:

  • Take a few minutes to read how legislators at the State Capitol want to treat you.
  • Then suppress the urge to go out and create a dozen new jobs. (Really, it won’t be hard to do.)

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg rivals Carrie Nation

(Centennial Fellow) New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the new Carrie Nation, and that’s no small thing because she was no small thing. Says one biographer, she was the “prime dragoness on a field strewn with the bones of sinners,” a hatchet–wielding, epithet–spouting, hymn–singing crusader who broke whatever was breakable and threw bricks at whatever moved. Her purpose was to stymie booze consumption through bar destruction. Continue reading

Not even Tarantino would touch gory story of sequester

This year, Hollywood hit award pay dirt for political dramas inspired by American history. Unlike “The Avengers” — the top-grossing superhero movie — best-picture nominees “Argo,” “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty” featured authentic, determined and courageous Americans who endured adversity and mortal danger to overcome morally inferior antagonists. Continue reading

School children 1, school choice opponents O

School children 1, school choice opponents O

School children in Douglas County won Thursday when the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that the district’s innovative Choice Scholarship Program is constitutional. Overturning an August 2011 decision by Denver District Judge Michael Martinez against the program, the majority on the Appeals Court ruled the plaintiffs “failed to carry their burden of proving the unconstitutionality of the CSP beyond a reasonable doubt.” The court also ruled that the school choice opponents lacked standing to make their case against the program. The plaintiffs Continue reading