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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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The Truth About BDS

Bill Maher, smug, arrogant gadfly that he is, gets a lot of things wrong, but occasionally gets something right. Today’s installment of blind-squirrel/broken-clock has to do with the BDS movement. For those who aren’t familiar, BDS stands for...

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That Which Can Be Given

A recent conversation about organ donations reminded me of another, decades-old, conversation I had with a co-worker during a company blood drive. Apparently, he had donated regularly for many years. Then, if I recall correctly, a family was soon to undergo a...

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Tipper Trump

Movie naughtiness in the pre-MPAA era. “Jazz musicians,” code for black entertainers who smoked pot. Elvis Presley’s hips. Comic book salaciousness. The Beatles’ mop tops. Jim Morrison saying “get much higher” on Ed Sullivan....

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Either/Or Terrorism

We witness, yet again, the horror of innocents going about their daily routines murdered en masse by a piece of human garbage. Twice in one day, in El Paso and Dayton. The history of such events cautions us to take our time in our pursuit of understanding, to avoid...

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What Has Changed?

Two more mass shootings, and an entirely predictable spectrum of responses and proposed remedies from the usual sources. Politicians, both from the Rahm Emanuel angle and as a general rule, leap immediately to advance the solutions that fit their ideologies....

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Fascist Medicine

Much (deserved) shade was thrown at some of the Democratic Presidential candidates’ plans to institute a “Medicare for All” system that outlawed private insurance plans. I expect that someone got in their ears and told them a – that the...

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Alpha By Proxy

Playwright, auteur, and late-in-life conservative convert David Mamet referred to socialism as the abdication of responsibility. The resurgence of socialism in the American political landscape, itself born of the “childing” of age-of-majority youth via...

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The Tyranny of the List

One of my best friends keeps lists. Not lists of to-do things, like one might imagine (although it’s safe to assume he has those as well), but inventory lists, including one that tallies every movie he’s ever seen. I do such lists, and they include musical...

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Side-Stepping Equality

My recent post about Trump’s tweet aimed at the four freshmen congresswomen now dubbed ‘the squad’ began as a musing on the nature of equality and racism in our society today. As J.R.R. Tolkien commented, the “tale grew in the telling,”...

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The Truth About BDS

Bill Maher, smug, arrogant gadfly that he is, gets a lot of things wrong, but occasionally gets something right. Today’s installment of blind-squirrel/broken-clock has to do with the BDS movement. For those who aren’t familiar, BDS stands for...
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Let’s Save Some Lives

The El Paso and Dayton mass shootings look like they might “succeed” where previous iterations did not in spurring the government to “do something.” While liberals are broken-record demanding an assault weapon ban (despite the last one...
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Tipper Trump

Movie naughtiness in the pre-MPAA era. “Jazz musicians,” code for black entertainers who smoked pot. Elvis Presley’s hips. Comic book salaciousness. The Beatles’ mop tops. Jim Morrison saying “get much higher” on Ed Sullivan....
Read More

Either/Or Terrorism

We witness, yet again, the horror of innocents going about their daily routines murdered en masse by a piece of human garbage. Twice in one day, in El Paso and Dayton. The history of such events cautions us to take our time in our pursuit of understanding, to avoid...
Read More

What Has Changed?

Two more mass shootings, and an entirely predictable spectrum of responses and proposed remedies from the usual sources. Politicians, both from the Rahm Emanuel angle and as a general rule, leap immediately to advance the solutions that fit their ideologies....
Read More

More Climate Doomsaying

The usual places have been buzzing over the latest “deadline” to save the planet, one that’s quite interesting in both its timing and its delayed dissemination. A BBC report quotes “Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder and now director emeritus...
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Socialism and Justice

Half a century ago, President Lyndon Johnson decided that he would make the Democratic Party the champion of minorities and the oppressed. In doing so, he upended the party’s long history and broke with the segregationists in its ranks. He was successful, at...

Systemic Equivocation

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, seeking to pander as hard as the rest of his clown-van cohorts, recently played the race card in an interview on NPR. Namely, he asserted that: Systemic racism [is] all around us. It’s the air we breathe. I’m struck...

Just Who, Exactly, Do They Work For?

I’ve spent far too much of my life dealing with the headaches of owning a car in New York City (and, to a lesser extent, its suburbs). As if the near-eternal traffic isn’t enough, parking is itself a giant time-suck for too many of us. The neighborhood...

Coexist, or Comply?

I live in the New York City metro area, which means I’m surrounded by people of a left-of-center political persuasion. 80% of New York City voters voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012, and for Clinton in 2016. While there are pockets of Republicans here and there...

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....

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,...

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....

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...

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”...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Energy Straits

Yesterday, we teetered on the verge of a shooting war with Iran, something that neocons are salivating over, but something that the rest of the country has little stomach for. And, for what? To keep the Strait of Hormuz unmolested, i.e. preserve shipping lanes for...

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...