Remember the federal shakedown of Big Tobacco a few years ago, the feds vs. the tobacco companies? Yeah, I remember it well: on the one hand, you had an entity that harms people’s health, takes advantage of people, grabs people’s money by deceptive means, and leaves the air with a foul smell.
On the other hand, you had Big Tobacco.
Well, my hometown Roanoke Times now reports–hold onto your seats!–that the lion’s share of the shakedown settlement, earmarked for serving the public health, specifically anti-smoking campaigns, is–you’re just not going to believe this, because we all know that the government wouldn’t misappropriate funds, so there’s a shocker ahead, I’ma warning ya!!!–not being used for what it was supposed to be used for!
Turning to other examples of governmental nonsense, what to do about the Big Three automakers?
Here’s a different slant on media malpractice in the 2008 elections:
Few Voters Knew Obama’s Potential Negatives
Though I never did the piece I thought I might on “reflections on the elections”, I’m convinced that the loss of all remaining credibility on the part of the mainstream media is one of the biggest takeaways for me. I’m not sure I’ll ever see the need to watch NBC News again, not to mention MSNBC.
Michelle Malkin writes on The eHarmony Shakedown. I probably should make this a separate post, and may yet, because my opinion is that Neil Clark Warren, founder of eHarmony and a Christian man, ought to shut the whole thing down rather than do what amounts to violating his conscience. Would such a move provoke a level of public outrage at the freedom-destroying homosexual lobby that engages in such shakedowns? I don’t know; Americans are becoming so brain-dead desensitized to both moral concerns and to the rapid-fire erosion of our fundamental freedoms that they might just keep on playing Guitar Hero and not give a rip. Seems to me that this is the appropriate response.
Lee Grady writes in Preparing for a Charismatic Meltdown that as large segments of the charismatic movement have jettisoned the Bible for a dog’s breakfast of ecclesiastical horsehockey and theological silliness, the chickens have begun coming home to roost. Lee Grady is an insider in the movement; I commend his ongoing honesty and willingness to confront these cancers.
Jared Wilson has a nice piece on Numerolatry and the Church, the widespread idolatry of seeking “church growth” at any cost.
Finally, Internet Monk mentions some Evangelical Unmentionables, commenting upon Christine Wicker’s book entitled The Fall of the Evangelical Nation. There are ten theses that iMonk lists, echoing Wicker, and I think they’re pretty much all dead-on.