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So, You Want To Save The World

A friend shared this Twitter snippet, which apparently crossed her facebook feed, presumably shared by a friend of leftist leanings. Her (wholly accurate) rebuttal offered that actually believing this, but choosing to share a meme instead of "storming their houses,"...

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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 Memes of Destruction

The Memes of Destruction

Some friends and I have been jokingly wondering about how the anti-vaxx crowd will react when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. My bet is that most will continue their baseless and histrionic caterwauling (if you didn't know my opinion on the matter, you do now)...

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An Unwasted Crisis

An Unwasted Crisis

The Coronavirus crisis has proven to be a generational event that has gripped the world. Drastic measures are being taken by governments, markets are roiled, and our individual lives have been significantly impacted. We are still in the early stages, with...

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Bully Boy Biden

Bully Boy Biden

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. -- Isaac Asimov Joe Biden, who cruised to multiple victories in yesterday's primaries and likely to the Democratic nomination for President, had a "true colors" encounter with a construction worker in Michigan. The man,...

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If You Have To Lie…

If You Have To Lie…

If you're explaining, you're losing. - Ronald Reagan This quote crossed my news feed this morning, as a rebuttal to those who are working to downplay Biden's latest "senior moments." Shortly thereafter, yet another "Jesus was a socialist" meme encroached upon my...

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Blind Faith

Blind Faith

A recent "warning" editorial in The Economist cautioned against a Sanders presidency, and the unicorn fart/pixie dust basis (my words, not the Economist's) for his massive expansion of government largesse. I added a comment of concurrence, pointing out that Bernie's...

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Tulsi Gabbard as Microcosm

Tulsi Gabbard as Microcosm

With the results of the New Hampshire primaries in, and with their doubling as Iowa's, after the debacle there, some patterns emerge: Amy Klobuchar's stock gained greatly. With the party at knives-out at everyone over diversity (everyone but themselves, until New...

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The Memes of Destruction

Some friends and I have been jokingly wondering about how the anti-vaxx crowd will react when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. My bet is that most will continue their baseless and histrionic caterwauling (if you didn't know my opinion on the matter, you do now)...

Aesop’s Grasshoppers

I've been taking my own advice, and doing my darnedest to avoid proffering half-baked opinions on the Coronavirus matter, a matter that's producing new (and often conflicting) information every day. There are, however, countless others who are seizing on the fallout...

An Unwasted Crisis

The Coronavirus crisis has proven to be a generational event that has gripped the world. Drastic measures are being taken by governments, markets are roiled, and our individual lives have been significantly impacted. We are still in the early stages, with...

Robin Hood’s Crowded Theater

A discussion prompted by yesterday's blog post, which recounted, among other things, how Joe Biden used the 'fire in a crowded theater' trope to justify gun restrictions, led to a suggestion that the trope be retired. I disagreed then, and still do, 24 hours later....

Bully Boy Biden

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. -- Isaac Asimov Joe Biden, who cruised to multiple victories in yesterday's primaries and likely to the Democratic nomination for President, had a "true colors" encounter with a construction worker in Michigan. The man,...

If You Have To Lie…

If you're explaining, you're losing. - Ronald Reagan This quote crossed my news feed this morning, as a rebuttal to those who are working to downplay Biden's latest "senior moments." Shortly thereafter, yet another "Jesus was a socialist" meme encroached upon my...
Faux Foie Gras Follies

Faux Foie Gras Follies

To a consumer of libertarian bloggage, the observation of the government getting something wrong would be a betrayal of bland banality. But New York City's foie gras ban is not just wrong, it is a case study in the ecosystem of government wrongness. The most obvious...

Sunday Musings #1

Sunday Musings #1

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of a recurring (and likely irregular) series of quick-hits. Because, not everything needs a thousand words. Thanks for reading! Marked Forever Hot on the heels of President Trump's impeachment acquittal by the Senate (and, truth be...

To Serve, or to Rule?

To Serve, or to Rule?

William McGurn, over at the Wall Street Journal, recently pondered why Democratic Presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar has declared that won't release her list of potential Supreme Court judges unless and until after she wins the Presidency. While it was standard...

Death By Lawfare

Death By Lawfare

It is fitting this country be fraught, to the point of possible division, by our legal dysfunction. Our losing principle and clarity to our legal arms races are undermining the traditional foundations of the nation. The evolution is only emphasized by the latest...

Identity Politics’ Inherent Bigotry

Identity Politics’ Inherent Bigotry

A recent statement by President-Emeritus Obama set one of my illustrious friends on a rampage. She correctly derided his assertion that: I'm absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement...

Paying for Prejudice

Paying for Prejudice

The women's rights movement did a bit of recent headline grabbing when Virginia's new-blue government ratified the Equal Rights Amendment. That the deadline for ratification passed decades ago (probably) makes this a symbolic gesture, although I'm sure many lawyers...

Tilting At Ghost Guns

Tilting At Ghost Guns

The phrase "ghost gun" evokes spooky, sinister, and seedy-underground images of nefarious types doing Bad Things, especially in the minds of folks who aren't well versed in firearms knowledge and/or suspicious of guns in general. It's one you may have heard voiced,...

Besieged By Our Mentees

Besieged By Our Mentees

Another war, with yet another Middle Eastern adversary, this time Iran, seems closer than ever. Iran's response to the killing of their hybrid-war-terrorism mastermind, Qasam Soleimani, seems a calculated saving of face, but the bloodshed is unlikely to end there. The...

Too Big To Be Cancelled

Too Big To Be Cancelled

A couple writers over at The Post Millennial chimed in over the recent JK Rowling kerfuffle (for those unaware, JK caught the wild eye of the woke horde by tweeting support for a (female) researcher who got fired for stating that biological sex is real. Comparing the...

The Left Goes LP

The Left Goes LP

There's an old gag about and among libertarians - that our favorite pastime is denouncing each other over trivial differences in view or belief. Indeed, no matter how hard I stump for libertarian ideas or for policy movements in the direction of liberty, I'm...

Remedy The Regulators

Remedy The Regulators

Responsibility for America's opioid crisis has to be found out. Local governments have taken the large pharmaceutical companies to court for that, but a better way for determining responsibility is to draw a distinction between the crisis of addiction and the crisis...

Hating The Third Way

Hating The Third Way

A recent Wall Street Journal article noted that there's been a substantial decrease in illegal southern border crossings, despite the absence of the wall that Trump has been trying to get built for most of his Presidency. This should be welcome news to wall advocates....

Three Decades of Gun Rights Success

Three Decades of Gun Rights Success

The Democratic Party recently completed its takeover of Virginia's state government. Drunk with power, the party leaders have embarked on an aggressive agenda of progressive policy ideas, including major restrictions on gun rights. They follow in the footsteps of...

Usurping Judgment

Usurping Judgment

New York's progressives took a bold leap forward into woke-ville last year with some major "reforms" to the bail system, reforms that essentially eliminated cash bail for all but the worst violent offenders. While bail is not itself supposed to be a punishment,...

Our Cultural Reset

Our Cultural Reset

My wife and I have been working our way through Season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, an Amazon Prime comedy that I strongly recommend. At this point of our viewing (mild spoilers), it's 1960, Midge Maisel's father, a mathematician and professor at Columbia, has been...

Cynical Draft Mongers

Cynical Draft Mongers

Let's see. Iran engages in a of provocations in the Middle East, beyond its long-running status as a state sponsor of terrorism in places like Israel, and culminating with orchestration of an attack on the US Embassy in Iraq. The US responds by killing the mastermind...

Dereliction of Duty

Dereliction of Duty

Government, especially limited government in a free society, has a core purpose: to protect and defend the rights of its citizens. From within and from without. Unless you're an anarcho-capitalistic parents'-house-cellar-dweller, or a socialistic/fascistic thug, this...

Little Smoky Joe

Little Smoky Joe

Weekends during my childhood often involved watching old Abbott and Costello films on one of the local television channels. One bit had Costello find Abbott and some other men playing craps. Costello naively asked what they were doing, and Abbott, thinking Lou was a...

Congesting Pizza

Bill De Blasio, current occupant of Gracie Mansion, and purported mayor of New York City, got his more-woke-than-thou knickers in a twist over the fact that some Dominos locations in Times Square were delivering pizzas to the revelers who'd gathered hours ahead of the...

It Can’t Happen Here

It Can’t Happen Here

129 years ago today, the US government massacred several hundred members of the Lakota tribe, many of them women and children, near Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota. The government troops were there, onto their land (the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation) to...

Cheap Activism

Cheap Activism

Among the many bits of news and information that recently crossed my feed were two that offered a stark contrast in, lets call it "prog-activism." The first involved the staging of Mrs. Doubtfire in Seattle. Apparently, the Seattle Times, in an unsigned op-ed, took...

The Fukushima Rebuttal

The Fukushima Rebuttal

Regular readers know that I shill pretty consistently for nuclear power, both as the best path for remediating global warming (should remediation actually be required) and as a clean, pro-environment power source in general. I don't only do so on this blog - I argue...

Mining For Malice

Mining For Malice

In a long-ago conversation with someone of a social-justice bent, I offered up the element of the "Protestant work ethic" that's about "being left alone in one's toil," as a goal of people of a libertarian bent. The context was obvious, but my counterpart deliberately...

Dudgeon On Stilts

Dudgeon On Stilts

Comedian Chris Rock once asked his audience, "who's the biggest liars, men or women?" After a rowdy crowd response, he informed us that "men lie the most, women tell the biggest lies." His explanation is consistently hilarious, but he floored me when he told the women...

Dismissing Ingenuity

Dismissing Ingenuity

Tell me if you've heard any of these before: "Automation is destroying jobs, and before long we'll have massive unemployment." "Runaway population growth will soon exceed our ability to feed everyone." "We are facing a bee apocalypse due to Colony Collapse Disorder....

Nattering Nabobs of NATO

Nattering Nabobs of NATO

I choose not to watch television news. At all. No CNN, no Fox, no MSNBC, none of the broadcast networks. I much prefer to read my news, because the data rate is so much greater and because I don't care for the curating, drip-feeding, and editing-by-omission that is...

Progressives’ Plank Walk

Progressives’ Plank Walk

Election season has taken a bit of a break in the past few weeks, with the Trump impeachment show dominating the news and social media. That's not to say stuff hasn't happened, though. Kamala Harris just joined Beto O'Rourke, Bill De Blasio, Kirsten Gillibrand, John...

Happy Bill of Rights Day!

Happy Bill of Rights Day!

On December 15, 1791, the first ten Amendments to the United States Constitution, collectively known as the Bill of Rights, were ratified. 228 years later, we commemorate their enshrinement in the annals of human history. They affirm, in detail, the unalienable rights...

Woke, the Destroyer

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is the first of several that will appear under an Anonymous by-line. Today's hyper-woke culture has dampened the ability to offer certain critiques without risk of unwarranted personal disparagement. The authors are known to the Editor, who...