At first I thought this was a parody. It took a couple of times to realize that this was for real. Childish, naive, and a little bit creepy. Sort of what Sesame Street might have looked like if it had been directed by Leni Riefenstahl. Singing animals urging me to enroll in Obamacare? If there’s anybody that actually takes advice from their pets, I don’t want to know them. But what most concerns me is that such people probably vote.

occupationby Chris Shugart

Totalitarian nations, dictatorships, and police states don’t happen overnight. They start out as supposedly good ideas with considerable support from the citizenry. In fact, history shows that in the beginning, despots and tyrants are often viewed as heroic protectors, benevolent rulers, welcomed with fanfare and open arms—champions of the people. But eventually, average citizens wake up one day amidst chaos and decay, look around, and ask in bewilderment, “Wha hoppin?” Of course by that time, it’s usually too late to do anything about it.

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nanny

by Chris Shugart

Freudian psychoanalysis doesn’t ordinarily figure into my vocabulary. But in this case I think “anal retentive” best describes Senator Barbara Boxer’s recent introduction of Senate Bill 2047. It’s called Protecting Children From Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act of 2014. The name says it all. When it comes to obsessive-compulsive micromanagement, the nanny-staters could fill the case loads of every therapist in Washington. And they never run out of ways to inflict their neurosis onto their victims.

Supporters of the bill are convinced that E-cigarettes are a gateway to real cigarettes. Naturally, they insist that there needs to be a new law to thwart this new health threat. Meddling bureaucrats are unable to operate any other way. All potential danger, great and small must be addressed with legislation. If they could have it their way, the world would be one big tamper-proof aspirin bottle.

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math

by Chris Shugart

Last month, President Obama decreed by executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors. This week he continues to campaign for support of a Congressional bill that would raise the minimum wage nationwide. As the debate rages on, we are at least reminded of the math illiteracy we face in our schools and society. It also serves as evidence that the minimum wage proponents don’t really care about the math anyway—just as long as they can take credit for handing out more money to low wage earners.

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nativity

by Chris Shugart

It’s become the most politically incorrect time of the year. More and more, timid holiday revelers feel compelled to avoid any and all Christian references connected to the—uh—season. It was Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly that popularized the term “War on Christmas” about a decade ago, and it continues to be an annual battle that shows no signs of letting up.

Always on the front lines of the annual Yuletide struggle are public displays of the traditional nativity scene celebrating the seminal event that started it all some 2000 years ago. These overtly religious presentations don’t sit well with atheists, pseudo-civil libertarians, and misguided busybodies who’ve developed a pathological talent for getting easily offended.

As a marketing professional, I’m familiar with how a little repackaging can sometimes change the perception of a product. And I’m always on the lookout for ways of subverting the contemporary socio-political establishment. Towards this end, I’ve taken the initiative by designing a “new” product I call the Winter Birth Diorama. It’s secular, it’s modern, and celebrates the holidays in a politically-centric way that even the most liberal separation-of-church-and-state advocate should have no objections.

So, to you friends and neighbors, a very Merry You-Know-What.