Qui Custodiet Ipsos Custodes

On the way to work this morning, I heard an NPR news report that the “good government” group Common Cause was complaining to the IRS about American Legislative Exchange Council’s tax-exempt status. The report and the top- and bottom-of the-hour newscasts tied ALEC to stand-your-ground laws and to the Zimmerman case. I shrugged and put it down to sloppy advocacy masquerading as a news report.

Breitbart reports that Peter Overby, the reporter on the piece, is a former employee of Common Cause. Oh, and the tax expert quoted in the report is with a firm that recently represented Common Cause.


In the interest of full disclosure: I did some contract work for NPR about 30 years ago.

Gun Reporting @ NPR!

NPR has a report about the new AK-12 assault rifle. (H/T, Shall Not Be Questioned) In it they correctly point out that the AK family of weapons is to Russian exporting what Coca-Cola is America’s.

But, of course, the got something wrong.

Designed in 1945 by former Russian tank gunner Mikhail Kalashnikov, the AK-47 was the first gun to bridge the gap between submachine guns and long, heavy rifles.

Nope, not hardly. The first assault rifle was the German StG44 from WWII. Here’s a picture of a German soldier using one during the Battle of the Bulge.


NPR has a post by Frank James (H/T Hot Air), which seems to compare the President’s plea for support for his “Jobs Bill” with Jesus’ instructions to Peter regarding his work as an apostle.

If you love me, you got to help me pass this bill.

Compare this with

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter,”Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

I’d be offended if the comparison weren’t so absurd.

Those of us who are Christians can probably all agree that God has a special place in His heart for the poor. We can surely agree that we have an obligation to help the poor. Where we would differ would be on how best to help them.

There are some among us who really do believe that the President’s jobs proposal will benefit the poor. There are others (myself included) who believe that the adverse effects of the proposed bill would outweigh any benefits. I oppose the “Jobs Bill” not out of greed but out of concern for the harm it would do to the poor.