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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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Pounding the Table

Many of Trump’s cabinet appointments have elicited howls of outrage, but one that stands out from the pack is that of Betsy DeVos to Education. DeVos was beset upon all sides by the public-education-monopoly apologists, the teachers unions, the knee-jerk...

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The Fruits of Ignorance

Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated war movie Dunkirk opened this past weekend. Highly anticipated and stellarly-reviewed, it tells one of the great stories of 20th century history: the rescue of 400,000 British, French and Belgian soldiers from a French beach...

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Muh Roads and Mileage Taxes

If you’re a libertarian who’s wallowed in that political mud for a while, you know the “Muh roads!” gag. The rest of you – the normal people who may even know a fair bit about libertarianism but haven’t spent endless hours debating...

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Don’t Steal…

The Government Hates Competition A heretofore under-reported bit of government odiousness is finally getting the headline treatment it so richly deserves. Civil asset forfeiture, where government seizes money and property it believes was involved in or the result of a...

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What’s in a Name?

This morning, as I surfed the news and social media, I came across a Freedomworks Facebook post. The content of the post aside, what clicked in my head was the organization’s choice of name, and how the name suggested the goals and mission. So, I decided to...

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Quoting Jesus

If you’re reading this, it is very likely that you are an internet-savvy consumer of political opinion. If you are an internet-savvy consumer of political opinion, it is very likely you have seen memes that purport various things Jesus would say or do....

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The Liar’s Victory

The sordid saga of the Republican Party’s attempts to do something about ObamaCare closed a chapter yesterday. Party leadership threw in the towel on both repeal and replacement, and I presume will move on to the next big legislative item (tax reform). Depending...

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The Social Justice Jungle

An essay by a self-proclaimed social justice activist has crossed my social media feed 4 times in the last 2 days. It was shared not only by the expected, i.e. conservative-leaners who’d offer it as a “wow, look at what’s going on over there,”...

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The Decline of Tertiary Education

It has been said that, if one is not a liberal at 25, he has no heart, and if one is not a conservative at 35, he has no brain. The statement’s origins are murky and more than a century old, but, given what we know about how people tend to evolve politically,...

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What Are You?

I grew up in Brooklyn. Brooklyn, NY. The Brooklyn. Not the old-money Brooklyn that is Brooklyn Heights. Not the hipster-ground-zero Brooklyn that is Park Slope. Not the gentrified Brooklyn that is DUMBO, Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Williamsburg or...

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“You Leftists Hate Me”

Trump’s victory last November has been the subject of more analysis than most of us can even fathom. The list of possible reasons range from the mundane to the conspiratorial to the bizarre, and, depending on one’s perspective, represent everything from...

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Grievance Intersectionality

A recent political discussion that started with a story about how the Black Death was a “reaction” by Mother Nature to humanity’s excesses and overburdening her evolved to a recommendation that people could help fight global warming by having fewer...

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Monopolist Hand-Wringing

Whole Foods Market, a mecca for sophisticated urbanites, “woke” progressives, and crunchy-granola types, is being bought by Amazon, and that unsettled some of the folks in the eternally fretful and perpetually aggrieved world of liberal politics. Matt...

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The Fruits of Ignorance

Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated war movie Dunkirk opened this past weekend. Highly anticipated and stellarly-reviewed, it tells one of the great stories of 20th century history: the rescue of 400,000 British, French and Belgian soldiers from a French beach...
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What’s in a Name?

This morning, as I surfed the news and social media, I came across a Freedomworks Facebook post. The content of the post aside, what clicked in my head was the organization’s choice of name, and how the name suggested the goals and mission. So, I decided to...
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Speech is Violence, But Violence is Not?

I once read that a car designer held the philosophy that a new design should be jarring or excessive on first blush. It seemed an odd thought, but on further examination I realized that it spoke to our endless capacity to adapt and our propensity to grow inured to,...
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Quoting Jesus

If you’re reading this, it is very likely that you are an internet-savvy consumer of political opinion. If you are an internet-savvy consumer of political opinion, it is very likely you have seen memes that purport various things Jesus would say or do....
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The Liar’s Victory

The sordid saga of the Republican Party’s attempts to do something about ObamaCare closed a chapter yesterday. Party leadership threw in the towel on both repeal and replacement, and I presume will move on to the next big legislative item (tax reform). Depending...
Read More

What Are You?

I grew up in Brooklyn. Brooklyn, NY. The Brooklyn. Not the old-money Brooklyn that is Brooklyn Heights. Not the hipster-ground-zero Brooklyn that is Park Slope. Not the gentrified Brooklyn that is DUMBO, Red Hook, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Williamsburg or...
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Deregulation Doomsayers

A bad man uses a gun to inflict harm on others, and, as sure as Pavlov’s dog salivating at the ringing of a bell, the usual scolds decry the insufficiency of the laws meant to prohibit bad men from getting guns. The lament is typically combined with contempt for...

The Right To Choose Poorly

During the climax of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the bad guy sees a table covered with chalices of all sorts, among which is the one true Holy Grail. He asks, “Which one is it?” The Crusader guarding the Holy Grail tells him, “You must...

Hating Humanity

Radio personality Anthony Cumia once observed that the farther away people are and the browner they are, the less we care about them. His observation was in reference to the devastation caused in Indonesia and nearby countries by the 2004 earthquake and tsunami,...

Immigration, Borders, and Liberty

Just about a year ago, then-Secretary of State John Kerry told the graduating class at Northeastern University that they were about to graduate into a complex and borderless world. Given the continued hotness of the potato known as immigration (one further complicated...

New-Cue-Lar!

Back in my engineering days, I worked on a project that centered around a new and innovative nuclear reactor design. Although I wasn’t a nuclear engineer, and my specialty focused on spacecraft, rockets, orbits and the like, I nevertheless absorbed a...

Intersecting Your Politics

Amid the deluge of terms and ideas pouring out of the culture wars and social justice movement, we find certain ones that stand out. One of these is the concept of intersectionality. Google offers us this definition: the interconnected nature of social categorizations...

What Now, Democrats?

A couple special elections for open seats in the House of Representatives happened yesterday. Normally, given that there are 435 seats in the House, no one seat matters all that much, barring something extraordinary like a party leader being unseated. One race...

The Right To Earn A Living

The ease of publishing and sharing editorial content that the Internet affords us has done wonders for the proliferation of knowledge, of ideas, of opinions and critiques, and of contrasting viewpoints. This ease has also, unfortunately, made sloppy thinking and...

Patient Zero

It happens without fail. A “political” incident happens, and within the first few hours a particular narrative coalesces and is repeated hundreds or thousands of time by people on a particular side of the issue. The recent shooting of US Congressman Steve...

The Left’s Moral Decay

Whatever moral ascendancy the West held was lost here today. Thus spoke American reporter Vince Walker about the Salt March and the British response on one particular day in one location, in the superb 1982 film Gandhi. The Salt March was an act of civil disobedience,...

Trump and the Bang

Trump’s heavy use of Twitter for relaying his thoughts, both during his campaign and as President, is, depending on your point of view, evidence of tactical brilliance, evidence of a temperament fundamentally unsuited for the Presidency, evidence of a...

Our Grievance Culture

It is a malady confined to man, and not seen in any other creature, to hate and despise himself. — Michel de Montaigne My household “reading room,” a locale that lends itself to the consumption of short bits of written material, has amongst its...

Losing Friends and Family

I have a social media rule: I don’t initiate political posts or arguments on my main Facebook page. I break this rule only on extremely rare occasions, and when I do so, it’s almost always something funny, sarcastic, and nonpartisan (typically...

You Must Lose

A question recently arose in a political forum I frequent, as to whether making birth control pills over-the-counter (and thus drastically reducing the cost of acquiring them) would appease the reproductive-rights scolds. This is a proposal that has been floating...

A Conflict of Values

Locavore. Farm-to-Table. Artisanal. Organic. Non-GMO. So go the labels for a modern trend among progressive, socially conscious diners, who see our industrialized, mass-production, agriculture industry as something to be eschewed, derided, and protested. This...

America Last

This week’s non-shocking news out of the White House centers on Trump’s decision to withdraw America from the Paris Climate Accord. It’s non-shocking in that it was a campaign promise, although in the realm of politics, perhaps it is a shock that a...

Pronouns Over Policy

What is the message of today’s Democratic Party and of the Left in general? Yes, we know “Trump sucks,” and Hillary should have won, and the GOP has been taken over by right wing extremists and religious zealots that are going to turn the nation into...

Modern-Day American Tories

The American Revolution was by no means a universally embraced dream, way back in its infancy in the mid-late 1700s. By John Adams’ estimation, preferences were divided somewhat equally between “loyalists, fence-sitters, and patriots.” The loyalists,...

Loving the Poor

A silly little graphic popped up on my Facebook feed today. It presented a two-dimensional political chart, with authoritarian at the top, libertarian at the bottom, economic-left on the left and economic-right on the right. It then devolved this political spectrum...

Whose Government Is It Anyway?

Having spent a lifetime around Greeks, and a couple decades working in the restaurant business with many Greeks, I’ve been well-exposed to the intricacies and eccentricities of Greek profanity. Greeks, being in general a religious people, have quite colorful...

Gun Rights Lesson #620 – Silencers

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “The NRA Wants The Ban On Silencers Lifted! That’s Pure Evil!” One sign that gun rights are going in the right direction (pun somewhat...

Gun Rights Lesson #909 – Powerful Weapons

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. This article follows up GRL #378, which discusses the musket argument. “No one needs such a powerful weapon!” This anti-gun argument is...

False Morality

The other day, I had an extended… lets call it a “discussion…” with a couple socialized medicine advocates on the Internet. Yes, yes, silly me. Arguing on the Internet is like (per Google’s third suggestion) playing chess with a pigeon....

Zero-Sum Feminism

Conservative gadfly Milo Yiannopoulos, never averse to sharing his views, had a fun exchange in late 2016 with ABC News reporter Terry Moran. Nestled in among Milo’s trademark bluntness and take-downs of politically correct themes was a very astute observation...

Gun Rights Lesson #109 – Guns Don’t Stop Crime

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. This article builds on Gun Rights Lesson #488, which discusses mass shootings and offers a list of incidents where an armed civilian successfully acted...

Staying Sane in the Trump Era

Back in the day, in this case the early 1980s, radio shock jock Howard Stern was driving scolds, prudes and nannies crazy with his antics on WNBC in New York. Stern’s success and the loyalty of his listeners, as the story goes, was parsed by radio executives as...

It’s Complicated

In a move that set the political world into a frenzy and the blogosphere on fire, Trump fired FBI director James Comey yesterday. Chaos ensued. Skyscrapers collapsed. Earthquakes swallowed Tokyo, San Francisco, Manila and Jakarta. Tidal waves wiped out low-lying...