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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Your Mattress or Your Life

EDITOR’S NOTE: This guest post is a companion to the recently published Robbing Mattresses. I’m sure you’ve heard the narrative. The wealthy just get wealthier, and the poor just get poorer. Without massive government intervention, perhaps even a...

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Robbing Mattresses

Other People’s Money (OPM) is a wonderful thing, especially when those Other People have a lot of it and you have a lot of ideas as to how it should be spent. Progressive economics, distilled down to its essence, brings us to that simple conclusion. One problem...

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Corporate Politics Duality

Would it surprise you to learn that the phrase “virtue signaling” entered the public vernacular less than five years ago? The underlying behavior has always existed, but it only achieved a level of ubiquity and visibility wide enough to warrant its own...

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OPM, Restaurant Edition

Know that tip you leave for your servers at your favorite restaurant? It’s become the apple of someone’s eye. Many someones, actually. There’s been a movement afoot for a number of years to change how workers in traditionally tip-compensated jobs get...

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The Art of Shutting Up

SPOILER WARNING: Below are some Game of Thrones commentary and decontextualized quotes, though no specific plot point divulgence. Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 continued its uneven and, in some ways, hurried denouement of George R.R. Martin’s sprawling...

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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...
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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...
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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...
Read More

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...
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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...
Read More

Robbing Mattresses

Other People’s Money (OPM) is a wonderful thing, especially when those Other People have a lot of it and you have a lot of ideas as to how it should be spent. Progressive economics, distilled down to its essence, brings us to that simple conclusion. One problem...
Read More

Housing Six-Figure Hobos

In my work as a paramedic I have seen how managing the homeless creates incessant overuse of the emergency services. Most of these cases are the “syndrome of homelessness”, i.e. ineligibility for housing and employment because of criminality, substance...

Picking Winners and Losers

We are well into the second year of Trump’s trade war, which has produced a volatile but flat stock market (The S&P 500 index sits, at this moment at 2856, almost precisely its 2873 value of January 28, 2018, just before this trade war began), and which...

Mayor Pete and Thomas Jefferson

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, democratic Presidential aspirant, and momentary favorite of a subset of the Left’s taste-making machine, sought to grab some spotlight back from Joe Biden and his meteoric rise up the candidacy rankings by offering...

Looming Green Thuggery

New York State, helmed by a governor hell-bent on demonstrating his progressive-green bona fides, is propelling itself head-long into a wholly avoidable energy crisis. Con Edison and National Grid, the suppliers of natural gas service to the city and its suburbs, have...

Israel and the Benjamins

Political anti-semitism is on the rise across the West’s Left. Britain’s Labor party seemingly embraces it, France’s is notoriously virulent and persistent, and now the pathogen is in the USA. Minnesota’s Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has made a...

The Politics of a Child

Karl Marx theorized that socialism was a next evolutionary step after capitalism, intended to destroy and supplant capitalism, and set the stage for the emergence of communism. This “next step” belief suggests that socialism is a more advanced form of...

The Progressives’ Soft Socialism

Get into an argument for any length of time with a progressive on matters economic, and (in the spirit of Godwin) your probability of hearing some form of “not-real-socialism,” either in dismissal of past failures or in disconnect from the formal...

My Body, My Choice!

One of the fine folks at the superb Volokh Conspiracy (now hosted by Reason) did a yeoman’s job elucidating the libertarian position regarding the liberal/pro-abortion mantra “My Body, My Choice!” I’ve summarized and expanded on that list here....

The Myth of Collective Management

Park Slope, Brooklyn, is one of those neighborhoods that all Brooklynites (I am one, born and raised) know of, both in location and reputation, even if they’ve barely ever set foot there. Its current reputation is as the epicenter of new-monied NYC wokeness (the...

Selling Schooling

Question: What do you get when you have a clown car’s quantity of Presidential aspirants under the Democratic Party banner? Answer: A cavalcade of giveaway and spending promises. Kamala Harris, perhaps feeling left out in the cold by the loss of her front-runner...

Blowing Bubbles

Sure as the sun rises in the morning, the nattering ninnies that have been stretching the Overton Window leftward produce pandering policy proposal after pandering policy proposal. Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, dubbed the Nutty Professor and Bronx...

Cory Booker’s Jobs and Housing Program

One of the inevitable results of a massively crowded Presidential candidate field is the proclamation of audacious and outrageous policy positions, as hopefuls compete for attention and to differentiate themselves from each other. The latest in-your-face,...

Our Rat Culture

Or… The Rise of the Hall Monitors Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt did Joe Rogan’s podcast back in January, and a snippet from that airing was helpfully offered to me by Youtube this morning. The topic of that moment was the “when” of the...

One Simple Question

The New York Times has a long and well-established history of contempt for the state of Israel and for anything on her side of Israeli-Palestinian (and more broadly, Israeli-Arab) issues. Her editors had a bridge-too-far moment this past week when they ran a cartoon...

The Six-Figure Hobo

Most of us know that the American way of managing homelessness is ineffectual. What is less well known is how expensively ineffectual it is. What we spend on our way (calling it a “system” is laughable)) could provide for a system that works better, many...

Tolerating Cash

My Facebook feed recently offered me one of those “red meat” posts intended to stoke outrage and mockery. In this instance, it was purportedly (and I stress purportedly – too many people have no qualms about making stuff up, and too many more have no...

The Felon’s Vote

Bernie Sanders briefly grabbed the national headlines by proposing that prison inmates be permitted to vote in elections. His position is an extension of current law in his home state of Vermont (and in Maine), where a citizen never loses the right to vote, even while...

Don’t You Dare Succeed

The effort to change the way New York City’s elite public high schools admit students provides us not only with a window into the progressive’s world view, but also with some insight as to the demands placed on our culture’s “oppressed”...

Screw The Poor, Revisited

Our progressive politicians love to assert that they, and they alone, care about the poor and working classes. They bray about income and wealth inequality, and offer up plan after plan to “restore justice” in society by taking from the rich. They offer...

Take and Destroy

The scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail between King Arthur and the anarcho-syndicalist filth farmers ends with Arthur calling Dennis a “bloody peasant.” Dennis then declares: Oh, what a giveaway. Did you here that, did you here that, eh? A raft of...

Charity’s Scolds

Almost instantly after the devastating fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris captured world-wide attention, French (and other) billionaires started pledging large sums of money towards restoration. That was followed up by countless other pledges, large and small,...

Mueller and My Shocked Face

Yesterday, the full-but-redacted Mueller report dropped, and to the surprise of absolutely no one, the Republicans screamed “total exoneration” and the Democrats screamed “impeachable offenses.” The truth? As with the totality of Trump’s...

Free College and Free Speech

The interruption of a stand-up comic’s performance by event organizers at Columbia University late last year served, obviously, as a reminder that college campuses remain places of intolerance and hostility to anything resembling diversity of thought. Nimesh...

The Game She Has Learned

I can hear your groans now. “What, another Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez piece?” It’s an open question, in chicken-or-egg fashion, whether AOC’s notoriety is the result of the Left’s vocal, in-your-face adulation or of the Right’s...

What If TDS Isn’t Enough?

The gaggle of geese that is the current slate of Democratic presidential hopefuls has, with rare exception, been honking a far-left, progressive fantasy list of policy ideas in unison, or perhaps in round, in obeisance to the ironically-named Justice Democrats led by...