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Friday, November 30, 2012

Hobby Lobby Should Stick to Frames, Avoid Theology and Pseudo-Science

The CEO of Hobby Lobby, a store where I've been known to shop on occasion, sent a letter this week denouncing the Obama administration for supposedly trampling on the company's rights of religion by requiring employers to offer emergency contraception coverage, in the process offering a host of erroneous assumptions and flat-out bad theology. His company is also filing a lawsuit.

David Green, CEO and founder of the chain, writes that he has always tried to run his business "in harmony with God's laws," and suggests that he knew starting out "that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God’s word. From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states."

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The 'Incredible Story'

You've probably heard by now that President Obama won re-election because most of the country now wants to receive government handouts and doesn't want to work for a living.

No, you haven't heard that was the reason? Then you haven't been listening to the Right, where this narrative has been ubiquitous since Obama won Ohio and thus the election.

Fox News' lead host Bill O'Reilly bloviated that people "want stuff," and included a bit of racist hand-wringing in with it: "It's a changing country. ... It's not a traditional America anymore. And there are 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff. They want things. And who is going to give them things? President Obama. He knows it. And he ran on it. ... Whereby 20 years ago President Obama would have been roundly defeated by an establishment candidate like Mitt Romney, the white establishment is now the minority."