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A Better Green New Deal

De facto Democratic policy setter Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sponsors an absurd piece of legislation, one that would put the entire economy under direct government control, and one that’s detached from any sort of economic, technological, fiscal, or scientific...

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Gun Rights Lessons – A Series

The debate over gun rights and gun control stretches back decades, to at least the early part of the 20th century. It should, then, come as no surprise that there are quite a few recurring and oft-argued themes and positions in this long-running debate. Seasoned...

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A Tragedy of Errors

A few comments I recently read about Barry Goldwater and the Civil Rights act reminded me that personal destruction via accusations of racism are a tactic that goes back decades. Goldwater voted against the version of the Civil Rights Act that ultimately became law....

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Rights and Wrongs

Consider the island nation of Cuba, a nation under communist rule for sixty years, and its progressive defenders/apologists. Cuba, we are told, is a wonderful place. It has a near-100% literacy rate, and it has allegedly superb medical care for its citizens. In fact,...

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James Bond and the Glue Factory

Yesterday’s big news in the entertainment world was the revelation that James Bond is being retired. Not Daniel Craig, who succeeded Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan in the role, but James Bond himself....

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Leave No Trace

As I picked up after my old hound dog today (yeah, a great “visual” with which to open an essay), I briefly pondered the life cycle of the plastic shopping bag that now contains his ablutions. I recently covered the empty self-importance surrounding the...

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American Jante

Pop singer Ariana Grande is on the cover of this month’s Vogue, and, naturally, some folks have found something to complain about. Apparently, at least a few think that a deliberate effort to darken her skin color was made, presumably to look “black”...

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Whence Morality?

Many times, I’ve come across arguments positing that morality cannot exist without religion, and variants thereof that assert that the tenets of Western law and civilization are themselves born of religious teachings (aka The Ten Commandments in the Public...

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The Government And The People

Yesterday’s blog post, Hating Our Heritage, drew a wide range of responses. Some (notably from people who rather obviously read only an introductory comment and not the post itself) were rather reactionary, arguing straw men and the points that they wanted to...

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Hating our Heritage

With Independence Day looming, Nike designed a patriotic sneaker, with the Betsy Ross flag, and started manufacturing for sale to the public. Colin Kaepernick, who’s built a second career as a self-appointed influencer of all things race- and slavery-related,...

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Whistling At Dogs

An article that crossed my social media feed this morning highlighted (for me) a particularly insidious idiom that’s become popular among some in the culture-politics scrum. The article, a “come to Jesus” exposition of a feminist writer’s...

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Movement Corruptors

This month brings us a span of celebrations and events feting the liberation of the gay lifestyle, collectively known as World Pride. These celebrations, coming on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a two day demonstration against a police raid of the...

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Ayanna Pressley, Sonia Sotomayor, and the Appeal To Identity

Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley recently stoked the flames of identity politics, and riled a number of her more moderate Democratic brethren, with a jaw-dropper of a proclamation: If you’re not prepared to come to that table and represent that voice, don’t...
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A Tragedy of Errors

A few comments I recently read about Barry Goldwater and the Civil Rights act reminded me that personal destruction via accusations of racism are a tactic that goes back decades. Goldwater voted against the version of the Civil Rights Act that ultimately became law....
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James Bond and the Glue Factory

Yesterday’s big news in the entertainment world was the revelation that James Bond is being retired. Not Daniel Craig, who succeeded Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan in the role, but James Bond himself....
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Liars and Fools

Bill De Blasio, mayor of New York for another two and a half years, then (thankfully) term-limited into the history books and (hopefully) ignominious obscurity, is continuing his (farcical) quest for the Democratic Presidential nomination by engaging in rhetoric...
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American Jante

Pop singer Ariana Grande is on the cover of this month’s Vogue, and, naturally, some folks have found something to complain about. Apparently, at least a few think that a deliberate effort to darken her skin color was made, presumably to look “black”...
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Whence Morality?

Many times, I’ve come across arguments positing that morality cannot exist without religion, and variants thereof that assert that the tenets of Western law and civilization are themselves born of religious teachings (aka The Ten Commandments in the Public...
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Born of Sin

The question arises with increasing frequency and alarm: What’s with this rekindled love for socialism? Socialism’s variants killed over a hundred million people last century, kept billions in poverty, and destroyed liberty and human dignity around the...

Do You Cilantro?

Some of my blog-spirations (if I dare elevate them to that level of sagacity) come from seemingly disconnected things that somehow connect themselves inside the labyrinths of my brain. One such occurred yesterday, where several disparate topics came into confluence. A...

Go Ahead, Burn That Flag

It’s been often commented, in this blog and elsewhere, that Trump is ideologically untethered, that he shoots from the hip far too often, given the importance and power of his position, and that it’s sometimes hard to figure out what he’s thinking...

An Anti-Vax Inflection Point?

Actress Jessica Biel, who grew from a tween to a Maxim cover girl on the family drama 7th Heaven, and has since put together a respectable television and movie career (and married Justin Timberlake to form a Hollywood power couple), found herself in the midst of quite...

Billionaires and Charity

MacKenzie Bezos, now-ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, made headlines when she got $36 billion as her divorce settlement, and then promptly made more headlines when she joined the Giving Pledge, an initiative whereby the world’s wealthiest promise to give a...

Down With OPP

Two bits of governmental action out of New York City serve to illuminate that which many of us already know: that progressivism spits on property rights. First, the (now) Democrat-controlled New York State legislature cobbled together a “strengthening” of...

RTFM!

A modern colloquialism goes: “Read the fucking manual,” or RTFM for short. Robert Mueller has given the nation the Bad-Finger, and told us to RTFM!. The book is closed on the collusion/coordination probe involving Russian election interference. But he...

Weaponizing Prison Violence

Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign manager and current federal prison inmate, is being moved from his current digs in Scranton, PA, (low/minimum security, which is typical for white collar, non-violent convicts) to New York City’s Riker’s Island, at the...

A Hamburger Tuesday…

The Mueller report, which some thought would end the “remove Trump” movement, one way or the other (haha, what naive fools we are!), has accomplished precisely nothing on that front. While none but the most slavering of the TDS hordes will continue to...

Your Mattress or Your Life

EDITOR’S NOTE: This guest post is a companion to the recently published Robbing Mattresses. I’m sure you’ve heard the narrative. The wealthy just get wealthier, and the poor just get poorer. Without massive government intervention, perhaps even a...

Plastic Bags and Virtue Signals

Many people loooove to scold other people, and many politicians loooove to hop on bandwagons that involve scolding. And, when ideas about controlling scoldable behavior arise, they, like lies, run twice around the world before corresponding truths even get out of the...

Robbing Mattresses

Other People’s Money (OPM) is a wonderful thing, especially when those Other People have a lot of it and you have a lot of ideas as to how it should be spent. Progressive economics, distilled down to its essence, brings us to that simple conclusion. One problem...

Corporate Politics Duality

Would it surprise you to learn that the phrase “virtue signaling” entered the public vernacular less than five years ago? The underlying behavior has always existed, but it only achieved a level of ubiquity and visibility wide enough to warrant its own...

OPM, Restaurant Edition

Know that tip you leave for your servers at your favorite restaurant? It’s become the apple of someone’s eye. Many someones, actually. There’s been a movement afoot for a number of years to change how workers in traditionally tip-compensated jobs get...

The Art of Shutting Up

SPOILER WARNING: Below are some Game of Thrones commentary and decontextualized quotes, though no specific plot point divulgence. Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 continued its uneven and, in some ways, hurried denouement of George R.R. Martin’s sprawling...

The Global Warming Doomsday Cult

The other day, in comments on a Facebook post about climate change and science denial, I concurred with someone who noted that “CO2 emissions have an impact on climate is established science. The belief this will cause cataclysmic disasters is not,” by...

Where’s The Omelet?

The title of this essay, attributed to both George Orwell and a reformed Bolshevik writer named Panait Istrati, addresses the socialist-apologists’ assertion that, in order to make an omelet, you have break a few eggs. Thus were Stalin’s brutalities...

Housing Six-Figure Hobos

In my work as a paramedic I have seen how managing the homeless creates incessant overuse of the emergency services. Most of these cases are the “syndrome of homelessness”, i.e. ineligibility for housing and employment because of criminality, substance...

Picking Winners and Losers

We are well into the second year of Trump’s trade war, which has produced a volatile but flat stock market (The S&P 500 index sits, at this moment at 2856, almost precisely its 2873 value of January 28, 2018, just before this trade war began), and which...

Mayor Pete and Thomas Jefferson

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, democratic Presidential aspirant, and momentary favorite of a subset of the Left’s taste-making machine, sought to grab some spotlight back from Joe Biden and his meteoric rise up the candidacy rankings by offering...

Looming Green Thuggery

New York State, helmed by a governor hell-bent on demonstrating his progressive-green bona fides, is propelling itself head-long into a wholly avoidable energy crisis. Con Edison and National Grid, the suppliers of natural gas service to the city and its suburbs, have...

Israel and the Benjamins

Political anti-semitism is on the rise across the West’s Left. Britain’s Labor party seemingly embraces it, France’s is notoriously virulent and persistent, and now the pathogen is in the USA. Minnesota’s Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has made a...

The Politics of a Child

Karl Marx theorized that socialism was a next evolutionary step after capitalism, intended to destroy and supplant capitalism, and set the stage for the emergence of communism. This “next step” belief suggests that socialism is a more advanced form of...

The Progressives’ Soft Socialism

Get into an argument for any length of time with a progressive on matters economic, and (in the spirit of Godwin) your probability of hearing some form of “not-real-socialism,” either in dismissal of past failures or in disconnect from the formal...

My Body, My Choice!

One of the fine folks at the superb Volokh Conspiracy (now hosted by Reason) did a yeoman’s job elucidating the libertarian position regarding the liberal/pro-abortion mantra “My Body, My Choice!” I’ve summarized and expanded on that list here....

The Myth of Collective Management

Park Slope, Brooklyn, is one of those neighborhoods that all Brooklynites (I am one, born and raised) know of, both in location and reputation, even if they’ve barely ever set foot there. Its current reputation is as the epicenter of new-monied NYC wokeness (the...

Selling Schooling

Question: What do you get when you have a clown car’s quantity of Presidential aspirants under the Democratic Party banner? Answer: A cavalcade of giveaway and spending promises. Kamala Harris, perhaps feeling left out in the cold by the loss of her front-runner...