Things Not Otherwise Noted: April Edition

By Doug Magill

Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure windGeorge Orwell

While public sector unions sometimes appear to be a means of legalized theft for the benefit of a few in the neverending circle of political donations and political payoffs, it is nonetheless surprising to occasionally be reminded that thievery may indeed be part of the mindset of every union member.

Union President Steals $800K

Peter Schweizer’s book, Throw Them All Out, raised a brief media frenzy when it publicly revealed how avaricious our elected representatives can be when presented with the opportunity to benefit from laws that they pass.  It caused enough of a stir that Congress actually passed a law cleverly named The STOCK Act to address some of the issues involved with members of Congress and their staffs being able to benefit from insider knowledge.  Unfortunately, after complaints from congressional staffers, one of the key provisions of the law which would have required the financial records of 28,000 federal officials to be made available online was struck down in a separate bill.  The media didn’t find this too interesting, but Jon Stewart caught the attitude of the rest of us perfectly.

Ripping Congress on the STOCK Act

It is disheartening to those of us who try to live our lives within the framework of the laws of our country to realize that the president feels that those laws are fungible things to be used or discarded according to his whims.  Particularly in relation to immigration, whereby millions of people have broken those laws and yet the media, the Democrat party, and the president all feel that that is not an issue to be concerned about when those millions of potential votes can be bought by amnesty.  Yet, there are pockets of clear thinking, and a federal judge has ruled that if the law says illegal immigrants are to be deported then they, in fact, should be deported.  The interesting thing is that the union that represents the border agents involved was suing their own agency to enforce the laws.  Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano essentially dismissed the idea by claiming she gets to decide what the law is.

Federal Judge Rules Illegal Aliens Can Indeed be Deported

We all knew it would happen, but it has become official.  Congress wants to exempt itself from Obamacare, partially because of the law’s complexity, and partially because Congress didn’t clarify who would be paying for its own health care.

Obamacare Uncertainty Hits Congress

Planned Parenthood, whose business model is abortion, essentially has disconnected itself from any moral considerations concerning life.  According to them, even if a child is born alive it should be killed.  The angels weep.

Planned Parenthood Clarifies That Babies Born Alive Can Be Killed

The banality of evil in the late-term abortion industry.  We support this with our tax dollars.


The Democrat party has existed for years through misdirection and the ability to name things at odds with their real purpose.  The latest perversion of language is the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act, which would levy taxes on Internet transactions.  While disconnecting from the jurisdictional basis for sales taxes, it is an unprecedented revenue grab that will hobble commerce everywhere.  The sad part is that Republicans who should know better have dollar signs in their eyes and are cooperating with this outrage.

Misnamed Market Fairness Act

While the sequester was a gimmick to begin with, the Obama administration wanted it to be painful and cause chaos in the hope that the citizens of the country would become desperate and realize that there is absolutely nothing that can be cut from the federal government’s budget.  Aside from the fact that the sequester was Obama’s idea, the federal government is bloated beyond belief.  No one in the media seems to remember or care that when George W. Bush left office a Democrat-controlled Congress passed a continuing resolution that dramatically increased federal spending.  Bush refused to sign it, but Obama put his signature on that measure, and the money then became part of the budget baseline….never to be examined again.  That there is even any discussion about cutting the budget is beyond appalling, as every taxpayer knows that the federal government is inefficient and riddled with waste and corruption.  Regardless, Obama and his cronies are pulling back on the supposedly-necessary reductions in FAA controllers which is causing air traffic delays.

White House In Retreat on FAA Sequester Stunt

Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) was one of the co-sponsors of the egregiously misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.  Recently he mentioned to the ever-imperious HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius that implementation of the law was looking like a train wreck.  That is becoming the opinion of just about everyone involved, including a lot of Democrat politicians who are nervously looking at reelection next year and a large union who wants the whole thing repealed.

Obamacare Making Even Democrats Uneasy

The Economist is no friend of conservatism, and yet it recently published a compelling article on the fact that climate change data does not support the current apocalyptic visions of some climate scientists.  Now, it wanders further afield from the liberal orthodoxy by clarifying what common sense knows: affirmative action causes more harm than good.

Affirmative Action Heresy From the Economist

Just because it’s beyond cool and we all wish we had one.

Bubba Watson’s Hovercraft Golf Cart

Doug Magill is a consultant, freelance writer and voice-over talent.  He can be reached at


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