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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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Blood In The Water

Today’s pleasant surprise, i.e. the awful Roy Moore losing his bid for Alabama’s open Senate seat, will provide a mountain of grist for political commentators, high, and low, big and small. As well, it will be read with the practiced care, both real and...

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The Joy Behar Rule

As the special Senate election in Alabama comes down to the wire, the battle for the veneer of moral superiority in the era of Weinstein is reaching an apex. On the GOP side, we have the execrable Judge Roy Moore, whom you should loathe even if you are skeptical about...

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Bake That Cake!

If you’re reading this blog, odds are quite good that you’re aware of the “gay wedding cake” case currently before the Supreme Court. But, just for completeness, here’s the gist: A gay couple sought to purchase a custom-decorated wedding...

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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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Gun Rights Lesson #522 – Technology

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “We need smart guns! Technology will prevent misuse!” Yes, lets talk about technology and firearms, and not just “smart guns.” What...

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Whence Inequality?

A recent Washington Post headline blared “The richest 1 percent now owns more of the country’s wealth than at any time in the past 50 years.” We are, I presume, supposed to assume this is a problem. Mention anything relating to the wealthy to the denizens...

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Gun Rights Lesson #668 – Suicide

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “Guns make suicide easier and more common!” This argument in favor of gun control is a tragic one. It’s also a textbook assemblage of...

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The Jerusalem Conniption

Donald Trump, yesterday, fulfilled a campaign promise by formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announcing the beginning of the process to move America’s embassy there. The hysterics began when it was first rumored he would do so, and...

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“A Flirty Business”

Thus tweeted Geraldo Rivera in defense of Matt Lauer, after Lauer’s firing but apparently before the disclosure of the extent of his transgressions. In doing so, Rivera joined a few other public figures in trying to downplay or otherwise explain away the deluge...

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Half-Hearted Hawks

Last night, in the wee hours, the Senate finally passed its version of the tax reform bill. While the final version will depend on the conference between the House and the Senate, it’s safe to say that the bill is a mixed bag. Some will get what they want, some...

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Smaller Government? How Quaint!

As the Senate struggles to assemble a tax reform bill good enough to garner 50 votes, one palliative (or buy-off) that speaks volumes is a reported provision that will work as a tax increase “trigger” should future revenues fall short. This sop stinks for...

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The Climate Action Farce

With much fanfare, Syria, a nation torn asunder in a civil/proxy war, joined the Paris Climate Accords, leaving America as the final holdout. Whoop-de-lah-di-dah-doo. Does anyone in his right mind think that Syria is going to engage in “climate action,”...

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Blood In The Water

Today’s pleasant surprise, i.e. the awful Roy Moore losing his bid for Alabama’s open Senate seat, will provide a mountain of grist for political commentators, high, and low, big and small. As well, it will be read with the practiced care, both real and...
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The Jerusalem Conniption

Donald Trump, yesterday, fulfilled a campaign promise by formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announcing the beginning of the process to move America’s embassy there. The hysterics began when it was first rumored he would do so, and...
Read More

“A Flirty Business”

Thus tweeted Geraldo Rivera in defense of Matt Lauer, after Lauer’s firing but apparently before the disclosure of the extent of his transgressions. In doing so, Rivera joined a few other public figures in trying to downplay or otherwise explain away the deluge...
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One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State

Nineteen years ago, a Russian professor named Igor Panarin predicted the disintegrtion of the United States “within a few years,” perhaps by 2010. He expected the nation to fracture into six parts. Obviously, his prediction didn’t come true, but the...
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Social Justice For Dummies

Many who champion government involvement in people’s lives and decisions purport to do so to protect the weak, the disadvantaged, the oppressed, the less “privileged,” and the more vulnerable members of society. That last category was illuminated by...
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DeBlasio The Destroyer

In the wake of Bill DeBlasio’s wholly predictable re-election as the mayor of New York City (wholly predictable despite exploding ethics scandals, atrocious performance, and a “I don’t give a shit about NY City other than as a stepping stone for my...
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Gun Rights Lesson #355 – Machine Guns

Pick a shoot-em-up movie, any shoot-em-up movie. Odds are that somebody’s going to have a gun that “sprays” bullets all over the place. Whether it be the Terminator, Robocop, John McLane, Hannibal Smith, Jack Bauer, or Marta from Scarface, machine...

Cabaret, Oh Cabaret!

New York City has finally repealed its 91 year old, Jazz Age Cabaret law. The fight over the 23 skidoo goes on, vodeodo‘s specter infiltrates unchecked across the “isle of Manhatto” in its subtle wiles, but the Charleston is now free to come up from...

Gun Rights Lesson #202 – Too Easy To Buy

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “It’s too easy to buy an assault weapon!” Consider how you would feel if someone complained “It’s too easy to buy a...

Gun Rights Lesson #461 – The Mentally Ill

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “We should toughen our laws to keep the mentally ill from buying guns!” As certain as the tide, a high-publicity shooting incident elicits...

DeBlasio The Destroyer

In the wake of Bill DeBlasio’s wholly predictable re-election as the mayor of New York City (wholly predictable despite exploding ethics scandals, atrocious performance, and a “I don’t give a shit about NY City other than as a stepping stone for my...

The Static Trap

Everything old is new again, and old tropes, sound-bites, metaphors, and talking points never quite seem to fade away into oblivion, even when they truly deserve to do so. Their re-emergence is predictable to the point of boredom, as is evinced by the Left’s...

Terror and Terrorism

It is a difficult reality of modern political discourse that some seek to leverage high-visibility events to fit their on-going agendas. One particularly galling example of this is the effort to tu quoque those who condemn radical Islam by casting the Las Vegas...

Contrarianism As Political Philosophy

Ever wonder why the Left is so adamant about defending Islam, despite the latter’s decidedly illiberal attitudes towards matters of prime importance to the Left (e.g. gay rights, women’s rights, marriage, abortion)? Ever wonder why, when a Muslim commits...

Oh, Catalonia!!

On October 27, the Parliament of Catalonia declared independence from Spain. There are lots of libertarian lessons therein. First: There is no political disease political violence cannot make worse. Catalan nationalism, a three century-long fact of Catalan culture,...

Always The Hammer, Never The Nail

Pay attention to the next person you encounter who advocates for socialism, in part or in whole. Or, who decries capitalism as unfair and unjust and declares that government intervention and central planning are “necessary” to correct wrongs and...

Scientists Are People Too

I recently took a break from my hoovering “urban fantasy” novels to read Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything. The book is a history of the science of the Earth and the universe, with the “history” aspect being discussion...

Suppose You Were An Idiot…

And Suppose You Were A Member of Congress; But I Repeat Myself Thus goes a famous Mark Twain aphorism. It held true when he said it, and it holds true today. The perpetual head-scratching and WTF utterances by our Commander in Chief (who is not and has never been a...

Peak Irony

Ever think that something is so crazy that it can never actually happen? Or, that when it does happen, it can never be topped? I used to, but the news proved me wrong so many times I stopped making such presumptions. Today’s bit of OFFS: A University of...

Dogs, Creeps, and the Tribe

The Harvey Weinstein saga, so sordid that it started an avalanche of dialogue about Hollywood’s casting-couch dirty laundry, has bloomed outward into social media and the broader culture. Actress Alyssa Milano started a hashtag movement, #metoo, given women from...

Carrying Congress

Lets set the WABAC machine for just about a decade back, and contemplate some of the words that then-candidate Barack Obama offered up in his pursuit of the Presidency: I taught constitutional law for ten years. I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest...

The False Edge

Comedian George Lopez made tabloid headlines today, thanks to a Trump-bashing performance that fell so flat he was booed off the stage. As the story goes, Lopez was performing at a fundraiser, a major donor asked that he tone down the Trump jokes, and Lopez apparently...

Gun Rights Lesson #315 – Arsenals

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “No one needs an arsenal! There should be limits on the number of guns someone can own or buy!!” This argument sprung forth in the aftermath of...

Viet Nam, And Beyond, In Theory

An exploration of America’s involvement in foreign wars, examined through the light provided by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s brilliant documentary “The Vietnam War,” finishing its run on PBS, is timely and should inform the debate on the Global...

Trump, From The Gut

A recent Internet perambulation brought to me an interesting assertion (can’t find it now, so I paraphrase and declare it’s not my own): Trump managed to turn the football-kneeling matter from a vague social protest into an overtly partisan issue. By...

A Virtue-Signal Soft-Shoe

Late last week, the New York Times published an expose of Hollywood power player Harvey Weinstein, who, it appears, is a creep and a sexual predator who “paid off sexual harassment accusers for decades.” The Times report opened the floodgates. A number of...

What Laws Would You Pass?

The mass shooting in Las Vegas continues its hold on front pages and social media platforms, and the killer’s motives remain stubbornly unknown and mysterious. Since nature abhors a vacuum, and since this atrocity is tailor-made for the “do...

Gun Rights Lesson #804 – The Gun Show Loophole

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “We must close the gun show loophole!” Most of us have heard the adage “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing,” but how many of us...

Liberals and Gun Rights

Do you think Trump’s a fascist? Did you despise the Patriot Act? Do you distrust the police and other government law enforcement? Do you support Black Lives Matter? Do you side or sympathize with with Antifa? Do you believe The Handmaid’s Tale is a...

Anti-Social Media

The horror and tragedy of the massacre committed in Las Vegas by Stephen Paddock, a massacre that at this point stands without reason or explanation, is incomprehensible even to a society that has seen such a number of times in the past decade. So far, we have seen no...

Riots, and Who They Concern

Riot, public insurrections, activism: the definitions are as debatably charged as the modern hyper-prisms people look at politics through in this day and age, so henceforth, I’m referring to these things as “events.” Before we parse event factors or merits...

Content-Based Liberty

The NFL “take a knee” controversy, once an annoying brush fire, has turned into a full-blown conflagration, with protestations, counter-protestations, expressions of “solidarity,” gestures, regrets in both directions, and calls for systematized...

The Lost Art of Indifference

There was a time, not that long ago, where people could hear or read an opinion they disagreed with and not feel the urge to hurl insults or demand that someone silence the sharer of that nonconforming opinion. There was a time, not that long ago, where Other...

Hating Sovereignty

President Trump caused quite a stir at the United Nations the other day. His speech before the General Assembly was hailed by many and disparaged by many more. No surprise there – Trump’s not been one to mince words or soft-pedal his message. He touched on...