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Warming Up To Lukewarmism

President Trump’s proposed budget includes, among its many cutbacks, substantial cuts to the EPA’s budget and plans to zero out global warming research. Naturally, leftists are agog, agape, and apoplectic. Dogmatic faith in the catastrophic version of...

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Whose Government Is It Anyway?

Having spent a lifetime around Greeks, and a couple decades working in the restaurant business with many Greeks, I’ve been well-exposed to the intricacies and eccentricities of Greek profanity. Greeks, being in general a religious people, have quite colorful...

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Gun Rights Lesson #620 – Silencers

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “The NRA Wants The Ban On Silencers Lifted! That’s Pure Evil!” One sign that gun rights are going in the right direction (pun somewhat...

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Gun Rights Lesson #909 – Powerful Weapons

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. This article follows up GRL #378, which discusses the musket argument. “No one needs such a powerful weapon!” This anti-gun argument is...

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False Morality

The other day, I had an extended… lets call it a “discussion…” with a couple socialized medicine advocates on the Internet. Yes, yes, silly me. Arguing on the Internet is like (per Google’s third suggestion) playing chess with a pigeon....

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Zero-Sum Feminism

Conservative gadfly Milo Yiannopoulos, never averse to sharing his views, had a fun exchange in late 2016 with ABC News reporter Terry Moran. Nestled in among Milo’s trademark bluntness and take-downs of politically correct themes was a very astute observation...

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Staying Sane in the Trump Era

Back in the day, in this case the early 1980s, radio shock jock Howard Stern was driving scolds, prudes and nannies crazy with his antics on WNBC in New York. Stern’s success and the loyalty of his listeners, as the story goes, was parsed by radio executives as...

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It’s Complicated

In a move that set the political world into a frenzy and the blogosphere on fire, Trump fired FBI director James Comey yesterday. Chaos ensued. Skyscrapers collapsed. Earthquakes swallowed Tokyo, San Francisco, Manila and Jakarta. Tidal waves wiped out low-lying...

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Peak Gullibility

There’s an old gag I used to try on some of my more gullible friends in times past. Should gullibility ever come up, mention “did you know that the word gullible is not in the dictionary?” The goal, obviously, is to get them to look it up (and its...

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Catharsis, Ego, and Peril

Have you ever known someone who cheated or otherwise wrong his or her spouse or significant other, then felt that “coming clean” was the proper course of action and the way to fix things? Me too. The logic, I suppose, is that such honesty will demonstrate...

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Peak OFFS

This week, the streaming network Hulu premieres its original adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The novel, a dystopian near-future tale about an America that has descended into theocratic patriarchy, reflected fear...

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Whose Government Is It Anyway?

Having spent a lifetime around Greeks, and a couple decades working in the restaurant business with many Greeks, I’ve been well-exposed to the intricacies and eccentricities of Greek profanity. Greeks, being in general a religious people, have quite colorful...
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America’s Century Of Making The World Safe For Democracy

Part 2 – On The Other Hand…. … Where Woodrow Wilson fails: foreign affairs. During World War 1 President Wilson should have forced de colonization on Europeans from a position of strength: the Allies greatest peril was the German all-out offensive of...
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False Morality

The other day, I had an extended… lets call it a “discussion…” with a couple socialized medicine advocates on the Internet. Yes, yes, silly me. Arguing on the Internet is like (per Google’s third suggestion) playing chess with a pigeon....
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Zero-Sum Feminism

Conservative gadfly Milo Yiannopoulos, never averse to sharing his views, had a fun exchange in late 2016 with ABC News reporter Terry Moran. Nestled in among Milo’s trademark bluntness and take-downs of politically correct themes was a very astute observation...
Read More

Staying Sane in the Trump Era

Back in the day, in this case the early 1980s, radio shock jock Howard Stern was driving scolds, prudes and nannies crazy with his antics on WNBC in New York. Stern’s success and the loyalty of his listeners, as the story goes, was parsed by radio executives as...
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The Heckler’s Veto In The Age Of Offended-ness

Words hurt, and feelings matter. Or, so goes a guiding philosophy of modern social justice. We bear witness to it, domestically, in the disinvitation of speakers at college campuses, in the establishment of safe spaces, in the rise of hate-crime and hate-speech...
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Poking Holes

The satellite radio in my car offers me all sorts of programming apart from music, and I often tune into the comedy channels to hear some stand-up. Yesterday, one comic started a bit by noting that he didn’t know where he stood politically, but liked to...

Reputation Bests Regulation

The story of United Airlines and Dr. David Dao offers a superb rebuttal to the people who reflexively argue that government is needed to forestall bad acts and address wrongs committed by Corporate America. For those few who remain unaware of the incident, United...

Gun Rights Lesson #840 – The Mighty NRA

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “Were it not for the NRA’s incredible power over politicians, we’d have common sense gun control!” Saul Alinsky, leftist community...

Motivated By Fear

The science fiction classic Dune finds the main character invoking the “Litany Against Fear” as he endured a test of will. The Litany, which reads: I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will...

Do You Trust The Government?

Sharyl Atkisson, an investigative journalist formerly of CBS News, compiled this timeline of events and instances regarding government surveillance of Americans during the Obama years. Read it. Consider the high hopes that came in with Obama. Consider the long history...

The Big Bomb

Recently, as part of the seemingly endless war in Afghanistan, the US military dropped a massive, 22,000 lb munition on an ISIS tunnel complex. The munition, formally named GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), but happily dubbed “Mother Of All...

Hating Success

It’s generally a good idea, when a news bit elicits either a “hoo-rah” moment of empowered concurrence, to take a breath and ponder the why and wherefore of that hoo-rah. So it should with the story of the Fearless Girl statue recently placed in...

Amalgamating Antipathy

Hollywood wunderkind and vocal anti-Trump activist Joss Whedon offered up a lulu of a tweet a couple days ago, where he suggested that the reported kidnapping and murder of a number of gay men by authorities in Chechnya is a prelude of what will happen in America if...

We Need a Political Peel

The tradition of ad-hoc cobbled-together investigations of politicians looking into their own misdeeds needs to be over. They can no longer be trusted to contain their factional warfare, they can no longer be trusted to act for the overall public good, if they ever...

The “Baseline” Problem

Or… Context Is Everything As Trump (via executive order) and Congress (via the Congressional Review Act) take tiny nibbles out of the vast Gordian knot that is our regulatory state, the usual suspects do what they usually do: caterwaul, bewail and gnash teeth...

When The State Fails its People

Early last year, HBO offered up a new, expanded version of The Godfather I & II. Building on the idea behind the 1977 Godfather Saga, which presented the original two films in chronological order with some deleted scenes added back, the Godfather Epic runs a bit...

Quick Conclusions and Slow Stories

A month ago, President Trump tweeted “Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory.” And, in doing so, prompted yet another firestorm in the media, with seemingly endless coverage by CNN and MSNBC. When Trump...

The Fear of Saying No

Politics, it seems, is endless disappointment. Just as Lucy promises time and time again not to snatch the football away, only to send Charlie Brown tumbling every single time, politicians promise time and time again to honor their campaign pledges, only to drive...

Warming Up To Lukewarmism

President Trump’s proposed budget includes, among its many cutbacks, substantial cuts to the EPA’s budget and plans to zero out global warming research. Naturally, leftists are agog, agape, and apoplectic. Dogmatic faith in the catastrophic version of...

Gun Rights Lesson #419 – High Capacity Magazines

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “The only reason to own a high capacity magazine is to kill lots of people very quickly!” Assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are the...

Facts and Opinions

Despite the epic wipeout of the Democratic Party these past six years, despite the repudiation of progressivism that it represents, and despite the election of the Untethered Orange Id to the Presidency, the Left’s self-certainty remains unshaken and its...

The Morality of Designer Babies

Unbeknownst to many (but not all) of us, gene-editing technology is growing by leaps and bounds, and becoming cheaper and more accessible with every passing year, in particular thanks to the gene-editing tool called CRISPR. While you and I may not be fully cognizant...

Gun Rights Lesson #404 – The Militia

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “The Second Amendment only protects militias! Today we have the National Guard – only they should have guns!” This argument is an example...

Trumpkins and Trumpism

Donald Trump’s tweeting ways continue unabated, with some such commentary offered during James Comey’s address regarding hacking to a House panel. Trump’s behavior is by now so commonplace that we are no longer surprised or outraged by this...

Bootstrapping Authority

Socialized medicine advocates argue their case from angles both moral and practical. Their moral case, that civilized societies take care of their weak and needy, suffers from two major flaws: it conflates “society,” i.e. you and me and that which we do...

Gun Rights Lesson #282 – No Buy Lists

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “If you are on a no-fly list, you should be on the no-buy list!” Two of the many lists the federal government maintains are the No-Fly List,...

Government and Subversion From Within

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article continues the discussion of government and human nature, found here and here. Politics is, by definition, the relationship between people and governments, and most political conversations and debates are, at their core, about how much...

Socialism And Hive Minds

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article continues yesterday’s discussion of the irreconcilable disconnect between collectivist politics and human nature. Science fiction, the field of literature and entertainment that is freest to explore ideas that stand apart from...

Societal Evolution and Human Behavior

Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century: Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others; Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected; Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it; Refusing to set aside...

Gun Rights Lesson #918 – Semi-Automatic Weapons

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “You don’t need a semi-automatic rifle for hunting!” This argument, which is intended to impose further limits on the types of firearms...

Health-Care Economics for Libertarians

EDITOR’S NOTE: We have our quibbles with a couple of the author’s points, but we all benefit from the robust exchanges that such quibbles prompt. The appearance of a serious Obamacare repeal/replace bill, and the ensuing discussions, have once again led me...

Functionality And The Law

The law has to live in functionality for it to live in flesh and blood. History knows that most ideas of governance and law are simply not livable. Consider the Constitution of the Soviet Union. Most modern Americans would call it enlightened. What happened? There...

Political Correctness and the Left

Today I would like to explore the modern Left and its relationship with so-called “political correctness”. This topic is by no means unexplored; whole books have been written about it, and there are even hypotheses at loose in the wild that claim that...

Gun Rights Lesson #551 – Sensible Gun Regulation

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “If not for the NRA, we’d have sensible gun regulation!” Some anti-gun arguments are just empty platitudes, ignorant of law and history...