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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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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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Why We Remain Armed

On this day, 243 years ago, the Battles of Lexington and Concord were fought. “The Shot Heard Round The World,” made legend by Ralph Waldo Emerson, was fired on that fateful day, and the American Revolution was underway. What was that day about? Why was...

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The Perfect Word

In the ever-growing minefield of political correctness, where nearly every utterance can and will be parsed and critiqued by the synthetically outraged and by eternally vigilant social justice warriors, where even pronouns can get you in deep trouble, there remains...

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At Their Whim

Two stories in recent news, one local, one national, serve as stark examples of the decay of our system of government. In New York City, an attorney that specialized in navigating its difficult and seemingly at-whim pistol permitting process is going to trial for...

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Syria, Chemical Weapons, and the UN

A suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. Denials by the usual suspects, howls by the usual suspects, and our President promising an armed response. Is any of this remotely surprising? More germanely, is the promised response likely to accomplish anything...

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The Rights You’ve Lost

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a follow-up to Forbidding Happiness, which discusses the infringement of the core Jeffersonian ideal the pursuit of happiness. I recently discussed Thomas Jefferson’s affirmation of three fundamental rights: life, liberty,...

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Fresh Fools

Every day in America, about 11,000 people celebrate their 18th birthday. That means that, every day in America, about 11,000 people reach voting age. An oft-quoted adage notes, If you’re not a socialist before you’re twenty-five, you have no heart; if you are a...

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Society’s Takers

Lets roll the WABAC Machine’s dials to July 13, 2012, when then-President Obama made his infamous You didn’t build that speech. Or, gaffe, if you prefer, because the turn of phrase outraged many and cranked the rescuing/apologia spin machine into...

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Gun Rights Lesson #602 – Reciprocity

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “Why should my state have to respect the lax gun licensing rules of some other state?!” Lets say that you, an American living in America, wish...

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Teaching Deceit

I recently caught an interview of comedian Tracy Morgan (from April 2, 2018, interviewed on SiriusXM by the great Ron Bennington), in which Morgan spoke his mind about the harm that political correctness has done to comedy and to society: That PC shit taught us how to...

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Harvesting The Poor

The annals of history tell us that, across millennia, income redistribution flows upward, from the poor to the rich (like the economics of most of Africa today). The poor, today, would be better off opposing income redistribution, here and now in America, in how their...

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Sticking It To Each Other

The title of this essay is, in essence, the driving force of at least the last decade’s worth of politics and social movement. Consider: Obama was elected to “transform” the nation i.e. stick it to the bitter clingers with their God, guns, and...

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Forbidding Happiness

Thomas Jefferson wrote “that all men … are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These are, indeed, unalienable (or inalienable, in modern spelling) rights, i.e....

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Distortion Entitlement

We can understandably pity today’s New York City cab driver. His prosperity, and indeed his job itself, is under existential threat from the technology disruption of ride-sharing services Uber, Lyft, et al. This is even more the case if he owns his medallion....

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The Perfect Word

In the ever-growing minefield of political correctness, where nearly every utterance can and will be parsed and critiqued by the synthetically outraged and by eternally vigilant social justice warriors, where even pronouns can get you in deep trouble, there remains...
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At Their Whim

Two stories in recent news, one local, one national, serve as stark examples of the decay of our system of government. In New York City, an attorney that specialized in navigating its difficult and seemingly at-whim pistol permitting process is going to trial for...
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Review: Lost In Space on Netflix

It’s been quite some time since I had a level of anticipation for a television or movie project as high as I had for Netflix’ reboot of the iconic Lost In Space science fiction series, which ran from 1965 to 1968 on CBS. I grew up watching reruns, and...
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Fresh Fools

Every day in America, about 11,000 people celebrate their 18th birthday. That means that, every day in America, about 11,000 people reach voting age. An oft-quoted adage notes, If you’re not a socialist before you’re twenty-five, you have no heart; if you are a...
Read More

Society’s Takers

Lets roll the WABAC Machine’s dials to July 13, 2012, when then-President Obama made his infamous You didn’t build that speech. Or, gaffe, if you prefer, because the turn of phrase outraged many and cranked the rescuing/apologia spin machine into...
Read More

Harvesting The Poor

The annals of history tell us that, across millennia, income redistribution flows upward, from the poor to the rich (like the economics of most of Africa today). The poor, today, would be better off opposing income redistribution, here and now in America, in how their...
Read More

Killing His Golden Goose

Earlier this month, Trump slipped a dagger between the ribs of the stock market, a market that had been riding high since his election, by confirming fears of a trade war with China. The market reacted as expected. A week ago, he signed the “omnibus”...

Earnest Fools

Or… Giving Away The Rights They Don’t Think Matter Yesterday, protestors marched all over the world to protest gun violence and demand more gun control be imposed on America’s citizens. These marches, led by the young, captured national headlines...

Brinkmanship By Design

Another day, another grotesque, bloated, pork-laden omnibus spending bill, passed in the looming shadow of a government shut-down. A bill so long and convoluted and presented so close to deadline that no one even had a chance to read it all (Senator Rand Paul tried)....

Trump’s Teeter Totter

Or – Never Get Involved In a Trade War With China In what could only have been predicted by… anybody, the stock market took a dump in response to Trump’s announcement of $60B worth of tariffs on Chinese goods, and the resultant fears of a brewing...

Preserving The Problem

Consider this adage, from writer Carl Shirky: Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution. Now, consider the laundry list of social problems that have lingered for decades, despite the best efforts of big government, advocacy groups,...

Declaring Themselves Unfit?

For the third or fourth time since the Parkland shooting, a story about some “moral high ground” gun owner handing his AR-15 over to the police has crossed my social media news feeds. I get that this is an empty gesture intended as virtue-signal theater,...

Inconvenient Events

A school shooting incident in Maryland splashed across the national news this morning. As is now the norm, it got reported across many platforms in near-real-time, with vague early information eventually giving way to concrete facts. At the time of this writing, it...

Better That You Die…

Liberty lovers found a kernel of positivity in Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address in his support for legislation allowing terminally ill patients the “right to try” experimental treatments. The embedded principle is controversial (obviously,...

Defending Ignorance

I read a new word today. “Gunsplaining.” If you’re a pro-gun-rights type who’s engaged in any degree of debate, you immediately know what it means. But, for everyone else, put simply, it’s a derisive description of the act of correcting...

The Left’s Christianity Problem

A few weeks ago, “The View” co-star Joy Behar mocked Vice President Mike Pence’s Christian beliefs, and in particular the idea that God speaks to him: “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus, it’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. … That’s...

Bad Laws

Many years back, I took an quiz (in the pre-Internet days) that gauged political sophistication. One of the quiz’s questions was whether I agreed with the statement “The law is the law.” As I recall, it seemed a bit stark and jarring in comparison to...

Peddling Misery

A sorta-provocative headline at the Washington Post, “It’s Time to Give Socialism A Try,” made me a bit cranky this morning. Having seen this sort of sentiment more times than I can count, I’ve developed a standard first response, along the...

Public Unions, Running Scared

Public unions appear to be in a cold sweat over this week’s Supreme Court case, Janus vs AFSCME, Council 31, a case that focuses on whether an employee can be forced to pay dues to a union. Current law in some states mandates that a non-union employee...

Gun Rights Lesson #247 – Minimum Age

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “The Parkland school shooter was only 19! You should be 21 years old in order to buy a gun!” It is correctly observed that anecdotes are not...

Where’s the Accountability?

The public debate – at least what passes for debate in 2018 – over the Parkland school shooting and what to do about it, continues to evolve. Responses (I won’t call them solutions, because most of them won’t make a hill-of-beans difference to...

Bootstrapping and Freeloading

This week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case regarding mandatory union dues (Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31), a case that should, if decided in the direction of liberty, extend right-to-work rules...

Braying Over Bitcoin

As Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies rise out of their initial status as nerd novelty, public discussion has increased to where seemingly everyone has an opinion. Most fascinating to me among all the opinions I see are those that denounce Bitcoin. “It’s a...

Mass Shootings – What Should We Do?

Part 2 Of A Two-Part Look At the Parkland Mass Shooting My first post about the Parkland shooting focused underlying societal sickness that feeds the sort of deranged minds capable of planning and perpetrating such an atrocity. I concluded that a societal shift, and...

Normalizing Hate and Exalting Victimhood

Part 1 Of A Two-Part Look At the Parkland Mass Shooting Another horrific school shooting. Followed, as usual, by instant outrage, virtue signaling, finger-pointing, and “do-something” demands, all before facts and circumstances become known. Some scream at...

The Worst Place In The World

Gregg “Opie” Hughes, formerly of the Opie and Anthony radio/satellite radio show, once called Twitter “the worst place in the world.” His assertion was in reference to the horrid behavior exhibited by some in response to, well, just about...

The Sniff Test

George Carlin had a fun bit about unidentifiable leftovers, which I won’t spoil apart from mentioning that his wife would have him smell that which he couldn’t identify in order to determine its provenance and viability. We all get the gag, of course, and...

Nowhere To Turn

Last night, after an obviously quixotic “make a grand but futile gesture” filibuster by Senator Rand Paul that caused a blink-and-you-missed it government “shutdown,” Congress passed a big fat spending increase, one that gave both the...

Review: Altered Carbon on Netflix

Netflix recently released its next bit of original content, a 10 episode adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s superb science fiction novel Altered Carbon. The story, which takes place 500 years hence, is of a world where alien technology has been used to enable...

Popular Vote Petulance

Last night, the Philadelphia Eagles outscored the favored New England Patriots 41-33 to win Super Bowl LII. The blue states of New England wept, while the rest of the nation rejoiced at the upset of golden boy Tom Brady’s dynastic team. It was a wild game, with...

The Piper and the Tune

A small story out of New York offers us a glimpse into the mind of progressive politicians and thinkers. A couple years back, as I was driving in upstate New York, I noticed these spiffy new signs extolling the virtues of the state. Turns out, they were an initiative...

America’s Real Fascists

It’s become quite fashionable to call Trump, and by extension all who support him, “fascist.” That is, of course, when people aren’t going full-Godwin (I had one such conversation yesterday, where someone was conflating Trump with Hitler, and...