Tech at Night: How government picks winners and losers in broadcasting
Conservatives often talk about how government picks winners and losers, but sometimes it’s important to discuss just how that is done. It’s easy to see in cases like Solyndra where government picks winners, but sometimes it’s harder to see when government is making one industry win at the expense of another.
Laws related to technology are full of examples like that, and tonight I’m going to illustrate two important ways government makes broadcasters winners at the expense of cable companies and content producers.
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Bob Corker: Another Reason to Not Support David Perdue
David Perdue, running for the Senate in Georgia, wants to be one of those guys who reaches across the aisle to get things done. He wants to transcend partisan the way all the CEOs who get into politics claim they want to do. David Perdue also likes Bob Corker. In fact, several times Perdue has mentioned has admiration of Bob Corker. Corker is one of | Read More »
Under ObamaCare Scheme, Union Bosses Win While Workers And Taxpayers Lose
Back in 2009, when union bosses and their Democrat minions in Congress rushed through passage of the so-called Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare), it was ‘d*mn the consequences! We need to pass ‘healthcare for all NOW!’ However, while union bosses claimed a victory, their members are now learning the hard lesson that their union bosses’ actions have consequences—intended and unintended. Worse, while workers are suffering | Read More »
Scott Walker, Voter ID and The Virulent Racial Toxicity of The New Republic
There really are times when life imitates The New Republic. These are rarely pleasant or laudable times; but it does happen. A recent play in Brazil’s opening World Cup match vs. Croatia reminded me a lot of a recent article by Alec McGillis in TNR. I’ll describe each and you’ll immediately see the resemblance. In the soccer game that pitted Brazil vs. Croatia, Brazilian Forward | Read More »
Jindal Smartly Follows The Winds On Common Core
Today, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal followed through on previous public statements about his increasing dissatisfaction with the state’s implementation of the controversial Common Core standards and announced his desire to pull out of Partnership of Assessments for College and Career Readiness (PARCC) testing – a key feature of the educational “reform” program.
The immediate dividends of Cantor’s defeat
Over at Talking Points Memo, their “senior congressional reporter,” a guy named Sahil Kapur, bemoans Eric Cantor’s loss. This has to be taken with a grain of salt as Kapur was one of the “journalists” who criticized Matt Drudge for reporting he’d paid Obamacare taxes. For the sake of argument, we’ll assume that Kapur knows more about Congress than he does about economics or tax | Read More »
From @BobbyJindal: “We won’t let the federal government take over Louisiana’s education standards.”
The words are a lot different from the governor’s speech at the RedState Gathering from last year, but things do change in politics. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has defied his state Legislature and state Superintendent of Education John White by issuing executive orders today to withdraw from the Common Core state standards and a federally funded Common Core testing group. Jindal also instructed the state | Read More »
Bobby Jindal pulls Louisiana out of Common Core
In a presser now underway in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has announced that Louisiana is withdrawing from Common Core. Jindal was one of the first governors to sign onto Common Core but has since soured on the concept. Hopefully, more governors will follow Jindal and withdraw. Common Core, whatever its alleged virtues, is focused on training compliant workers not engaged citizens.
IRS continues to flail about in Lerner case; consequences to ensue.
(H/T: Instapundit) This was… unwise of the Internal Revenue Service. Some history: House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa as early as June 4, 2013 asked the IRS to provide “all documents and communications sent by, received by, or copied to Lois Lerner” between Jan. 1, 2009 and the present.” Note the “all.” Mr. Issa sent an official subpoena demanding “all” the records in August 2013, and | Read More »
The Watercooler ~ The Washington Reid-Skins Contest
Okay, RedStaters. Time for some Wednesday, middle-of-the-week, fun. In light of the latest news regarding another victory for the men who pee sitting down, consider this open thread a contest for ideas to rename the Washington Redskins. You may be as creative as you like, and, since this is RedState, you may suspend all concerns about the thought police judging you a racist, homophobe, sexist, | Read More »
Hi Gov. Hickenlooper, It’s Wednesday, Let’s Talk About Magazine Capacity Bans
As I noted last night, the Denver CBS Affiliate, News 4, ran a story which went into Governor John Hickenlooper’s apology to the Colorado Sheriffs. It was not a good night for the embattled Governor. You can check out the News 4 segment by Shaun Boyd, along with the entire video of the meeting at the News 4 site. The fact that this has broken | Read More »
Ask the Redskins: Fighting for your values works.
Conservatives are often painted as the out-of-touch meddlers in culture today. We boycott, we ban, we scold, we stand athwart history. We get laughed at by the left, but we fight anyway.
Hip, moderate, urbane folks tell us this is all wrong. Instead of criticizing culture, standing apart from it, and trying to reject its influences, we’re told we need to be in it, engage with it, and stand up for what we believe in from within.
Today’s politicized action by the US Patent and Trademark Office, canceling the trademark of the Washington Redskins, shows that actually, that restraint is what is all wrong. No matter how popular something is, no matter how much the general public at large is fine with it, concerted political activism can and will work.
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The Redskins Get Their Trademark Yanked by Aggrieved White Liberals
The Washington Redskins have had their trademark yanked by the US Patent and Trademark Office because white liberals who feel guilty about their privilege were offended. That is the actual fact. Most American Indians . . . errrr . . . Native Americans could care less. In fact, on Indian Reservations around the country there are kids’ sports teams called the Redskins. The logo itself | Read More »
Khattala’s arrest another of Obama’s Potemkin victories
The Obama administration has been crowing about the capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala, who is alleged to have been the mastermind behind the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that claimed the lives of four Americans, including the US Ambassador to Libya. Obama praised the commandos, said by one U.S. official to be special operators from the Army’s Delta Force, for “showing incredible courage and | Read More »