Don Surber

Official Scorekeeper of the 2016 Election.™

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Forget gays, it is the religious freedom they hate

Connecticut is boycotting Indiana. New York state, too. Gay athletes plan to protest the NCAA Finals in Indianapolis. Angie's List is upset. Wal-Mart is upset. NASCAR is disappointed. And the Indianapolis Star is demanding the state FIX THIS NOW. Harrumph.

The facts do not matter. Clinton and the Democratic Party passed the same law in 1993? Doesn't matter. Supreme Court upheld the Clinton law? 19 other states passed the same law? Doesn't matter. There is no mention of gay in the law? Doesn't matter.

Frederick Muhlenberg, the first Speaker of the House

The U.S. House of Representatives convened for the first time on April 1, 1789, in New York City. Many believe the date is appropriate in that it is April Fool's Day. Members elected Frederick Muhlenberg as Speaker of the House. He had a command presence and a good reputation, having served in both the Continental Congress as well as the Pennsylvania state legislature.

He would prove to be a man of integrity, whose vote to save the Jay Treaty ended his political career -- and caused him to be stabbed by his brother-in-law.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tweet of the day

Scoreboard for 3-31-2015

1. "Study: Lesbians in U.S. Earn 20% More Than Heterosexual Women." Hmm, wonder if President Obama will whine about 80 cents on the dollar for straight women. GOOD.

Will Connecticut boycott Connecticut?

Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy of Connecticut arbitrarily banned all state-funded travel to Indiana because the state recently adopted a Religious Freedom Act -- similar to one Connecticut already has had on the books for years.

This is another false narrative like "Hands Up" and "I Can't Breathe." (If you cannot breathe, you cannot speak.) But false narratives work. The media sells it, and you live the role, as Ozzy Osbourne once put it.

The aluminum men: Charles Martin Hall, Alfred Ephraim Hunt, and Arthur Vining Davis

Pittsburgh was built on oil and steel, but its greatest gift to the world was aluminum. Thanks to the patent of Charles Martin Hall, the business skills of Alfred Ephraim Hunt, and the management of Arthur Vining Davis, the world was able to produce aluminum cheaply, which made heavier-than-air flight possible. Together, they would found the Aluminum Company of America -- Alcoa.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Tweet of the day

Scoreboard 3-30-2015

1. At least three jurors cried as they viewed photos of an 8-year-old boy as the prosecution rested its case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. It's a pressure cooker in there for the defendant. GOOD.

Allies don't want to be Israel-ed

I see where the Smart Diplomacy crew in the White House are flummoxed by the unwillingness of our Pacific allies to agree to a Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Why are our friends being so distant?

Ask Benjamin Netanyahu.

52% of Americans see Obama as a threat to the United States

Reuters is pooh-poohing the findings of its poll as Republicans-hate Obama.

But the results show half of all Americans -- black and white -- male and female -- gay and straight -- see President Barack Obama as a threat to the United States of America.

Only 35% say he poses no threat.

Wow. Finally something we agree on.

Imagine there's a heaven; it's easy if you try

Arizona state Senator Sylvia Allen, a Republican from Snowflake, made a keen observation during a debate on carrying concealed weapons into government-owned buildings. She said the real reason people no longer feel safe is the country has divorced itself from God:
“Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth [but] that would never be allowed.”
Well, why not? If you can force people to buy health care insurance regardless if they want to, you can force them to attend church. Prayer after all helps heal, which would reduce health expenses, right?

Will Supremes defend wearing the flag?

You can burn the flag. The United States Supreme Court of Appeals said so in 1989. Dissent was patriotic because we had a Republican president.

But can a white student wear a flag on Cinco de Mayo under a Democratic president?

Arthur Wightman, physicist and teacher

In academia, there are theorists and there are teachers. Arthur Wightman was both. He stood on the shoulders of giants, and giants now stand on his shoulders, including Harvard's Arthur Jaffe and Caltech's Barry Simon.

Wightman was a founder of the axiomatic approach to quantum field theory, and originated the set of Wightman axioms. I have no idea what these are, but I know what they mean: He advanced Man's knowledge of the universe, and continues to advance it through the men and women he taught.

Catch up on American Vignettes

“I think the core of conservative philosophy is that every one of us is equal. Every one of us has God-given gifts. No one of us is better than any other one of us.” -- Carly Fiorina.
In America, we get to use those gifts. American Vignettes looks at those who used their God-given gifts wisely. Some are famous, most are not. All made America better. This is a list of them with links, also updated daily. Any inaccuracies should be pointed out in comments here, or to

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tweet of the day

Weekend Scoreboard for 3-28/29-2015

1. "Yemen's ousted leader gave an impassioned speech to Arab leaders Saturday and called on his people to stage peaceful protests in opposition to the takeover of the country by Shiite Houthi rebels."

Yes, that's how the Jews reacted to Hitler.


Black churches divorce Presbyterians over gay marriage

The National Black Church Initiative is a political umbrella for 34,000 African-American and Latino churches in 15 denominations representing 15.7 million Christians. Its policies are progressive. On Friday, though, it broke fellowship with the largely white Presbyterian Church USA, following the Presbyterians voting to accept gay marriage.

What they are not saying about Angie's List boycotting Indiana

The Left is all excited because Angie's List is "boycotting" Indiana over the state's new Religious Freedom law.

What they are not telling you is its stock price is down, it has posted losses for at least three years, and its plan to build a $40 million operation in Indianapolis required $18.5 million in tax incentives, which it lobbied for heavily this year. The boycott may be a cover story for a project that pancaked.

Samuel Kier, he started the oil business

A bonus vignette today because it fits so well with the previous one on Edwin Drake.

Samuel Kier saved the whale. He did not discover oil. He refined it, which led to kerosene, which led to better and safer lamps, which led to a decline in the hunt for whales for their oil, which led to saving the whales from going the way of the dodo bird.

And oil made this rich man richer.

Edwin Drake, he drilled the first oil well

America invented the petroleum industry. To be sure, people had known about oil for millenniums. It was used medicinally. But it was not until the 1850s that kerosene came along to replace whale oil as a means of lighting lamps. Oil saved the whale long before hippies discovered the beast. Getting that oil was another matter.

Enter Edwin Drake, a fake colonel who suffered muscular neuralgia and had to quit the railroad business. He would invent oil drilling, and pave the way for John Davison Rockefeller to become the world's first billionaire.

Drake died broke.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tweet of the day

What a horrible woman

Vanessa Summers, 56, is everything that is wrong with today's racial politics. She is a Democrat who has been in the Indiana legislature for 24 years.

This week she accused an 18-month-old boy of being a racist.

Apple CEO takes on Christians -- fears Muslims

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, is an anti-Christian bully who is too cowardly to confront Muslim because a Muslim might shove him off a roof for being gay.

Frederick Pabst, the captain who became a beer baron

Frederick Pabst got in the beer business by accident.


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