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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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Poking Holes

The satellite radio in my car offers me all sorts of programming apart from music, and I often tune into the comedy channels to hear some stand-up. Yesterday, one comic started a bit by noting that he didn’t know where he stood politically, but liked to...

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Reputation Bests Regulation

The story of United Airlines and Dr. David Dao offers a superb rebuttal to the people who reflexively argue that government is needed to forestall bad acts and address wrongs committed by Corporate America. For those few who remain unaware of the incident, United...

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Gun Rights Lesson #840 – The Mighty NRA

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “Were it not for the NRA’s incredible power over politicians, we’d have common sense gun control!” Saul Alinsky, leftist community...

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Motivated By Fear

The science fiction classic Dune finds the main character invoking the “Litany Against Fear” as he endured a test of will. The Litany, which reads: I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will...

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Do You Trust The Government?

Sharyl Atkisson, an investigative journalist formerly of CBS News, compiled this timeline of events and instances regarding government surveillance of Americans during the Obama years. Read it. Consider the high hopes that came in with Obama. Consider the long history...

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The Big Bomb

Recently, as part of the seemingly endless war in Afghanistan, the US military dropped a massive, 22,000 lb munition on an ISIS tunnel complex. The munition, formally named GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), but happily dubbed “Mother Of All...

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Hating Success

It’s generally a good idea, when a news bit elicits either a “hoo-rah” moment of empowered concurrence, to take a breath and ponder the why and wherefore of that hoo-rah. So it should with the story of the Fearless Girl statue recently placed in...

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Amalgamating Antipathy

Hollywood wunderkind and vocal anti-Trump activist Joss Whedon offered up a lulu of a tweet a couple days ago, where he suggested that the reported kidnapping and murder of a number of gay men by authorities in Chechnya is a prelude of what will happen in America if...

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We Need a Political Peel

The tradition of ad-hoc cobbled-together investigations of politicians looking into their own misdeeds needs to be over. They can no longer be trusted to contain their factional warfare, they can no longer be trusted to act for the overall public good, if they ever...

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The “Baseline” Problem

Or… Context Is Everything As Trump (via executive order) and Congress (via the Congressional Review Act) take tiny nibbles out of the vast Gordian knot that is our regulatory state, the usual suspects do what they usually do: caterwaul, bewail and gnash teeth...

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Quick Conclusions and Slow Stories

A month ago, President Trump tweeted “Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory.” And, in doing so, prompted yet another firestorm in the media, with seemingly endless coverage by CNN and MSNBC. When Trump...

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The Fear of Saying No

Politics, it seems, is endless disappointment. Just as Lucy promises time and time again not to snatch the football away, only to send Charlie Brown tumbling every single time, politicians promise time and time again to honor their campaign pledges, only to drive...

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Poking Holes

The satellite radio in my car offers me all sorts of programming apart from music, and I often tune into the comedy channels to hear some stand-up. Yesterday, one comic started a bit by noting that he didn’t know where he stood politically, but liked to...
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Motivated By Fear

The science fiction classic Dune finds the main character invoking the “Litany Against Fear” as he endured a test of will. The Litany, which reads: I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will...
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When The State Fails its People

Early last year, HBO offered up a new, expanded version of The Godfather I & II. Building on the idea behind the 1977 Godfather Saga, which presented the original two films in chronological order with some deleted scenes added back, the Godfather Epic runs a bit...
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Quick Conclusions and Slow Stories

A month ago, President Trump tweeted “Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory.” And, in doing so, prompted yet another firestorm in the media, with seemingly endless coverage by CNN and MSNBC. When Trump...
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Facts and Opinions

Despite the epic wipeout of the Democratic Party these past six years, despite the repudiation of progressivism that it represents, and despite the election of the Untethered Orange Id to the Presidency, the Left’s self-certainty remains unshaken and its...
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The Morality of Designer Babies

Unbeknownst to many (but not all) of us, gene-editing technology is growing by leaps and bounds, and becoming cheaper and more accessible with every passing year, in particular thanks to the gene-editing tool called CRISPR. While you and I may not be fully cognizant...
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The Morality of Designer Babies

Unbeknownst to many (but not all) of us, gene-editing technology is growing by leaps and bounds, and becoming cheaper and more accessible with every passing year, in particular thanks to the gene-editing tool called CRISPR. While you and I may not be fully cognizant...

Gun Rights Lesson #404 – The Militia

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “The Second Amendment only protects militias! Today we have the National Guard – only they should have guns!” This argument is an example...

Trumpkins and Trumpism

Donald Trump’s tweeting ways continue unabated, with some such commentary offered during James Comey’s address regarding hacking to a House panel. Trump’s behavior is by now so commonplace that we are no longer surprised or outraged by this...

Bootstrapping Authority

Socialized medicine advocates argue their case from angles both moral and practical. Their moral case, that civilized societies take care of their weak and needy, suffers from two major flaws: it conflates “society,” i.e. you and me and that which we do...

Gun Rights Lesson #282 – No Buy Lists

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “If you are on a no-fly list, you should be on the no-buy list!” Two of the many lists the federal government maintains are the No-Fly List,...

Government and Subversion From Within

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article continues the discussion of government and human nature, found here and here. Politics is, by definition, the relationship between people and governments, and most political conversations and debates are, at their core, about how much...

Socialism And Hive Minds

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article continues yesterday’s discussion of the irreconcilable disconnect between collectivist politics and human nature. Science fiction, the field of literature and entertainment that is freest to explore ideas that stand apart from...

Societal Evolution and Human Behavior

Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century: Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others; Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected; Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it; Refusing to set aside...

Gun Rights Lesson #918 – Semi-Automatic Weapons

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “You don’t need a semi-automatic rifle for hunting!” This argument, which is intended to impose further limits on the types of firearms...

Health-Care Economics for Libertarians

EDITOR’S NOTE: We have our quibbles with a couple of the author’s points, but we all benefit from the robust exchanges that such quibbles prompt. The appearance of a serious Obamacare repeal/replace bill, and the ensuing discussions, have once again led me...

Functionality And The Law

The law has to live in functionality for it to live in flesh and blood. History knows that most ideas of governance and law are simply not livable. Consider the Constitution of the Soviet Union. Most modern Americans would call it enlightened. What happened? There...

Political Correctness and the Left

Today I would like to explore the modern Left and its relationship with so-called “political correctness”. This topic is by no means unexplored; whole books have been written about it, and there are even hypotheses at loose in the wild that claim that...

Gun Rights Lesson #551 – Sensible Gun Regulation

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “If not for the NRA, we’d have sensible gun regulation!” Some anti-gun arguments are just empty platitudes, ignorant of law and history...

The End of Rationality

Enlightened rationality has had a good run — some three hundred and fifty years, by my count. But all good things must come to an end, apparently. Let’s all lift a glass to the end of Reason. Perhaps you believe I’m premature in heralding...

Bawling Over Boo Boos

President Trump recently proposed substantial cuts to the EPA’s budget of $2 billion, or about 24% of its operating budget. This would reduce its workforce from 15,000 to 12,000 and, obviously, mean that a number of programs and initiatives will end. Cue the...

Be Careful What You Wish For

A common trope in literature and pop culture informs us that nothing good comes without a price or consequences. Most of us know that you cannot make a wish with a genie or a deal with the Devil that isn’t inevitably going to work against you. Movies and...

Review: Friday Night Lights, The Series

One of the countless bounties of the digital age is the emergence of serialized television as an art form that routinely exceeds movies in its ability to present meaningful, in-depth character studies. Cable television, with early masterpieces such as The Sopranos and...

Trump’s “Speech of a Lifetime”

Maintaining my not-so-grand tradition of reading instead of listening, I chose not to watch Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress last night. Instead, I read the transcript, so that I could process the content without the distractions of rhetorical...

Global Warming and The Sun

If you have ever been in a debate between a global warming skeptic and a global warming catastrophist, you know that sooner or later the issue of the Sun will arise. Skeptics view solar input as likely being the most significant contributor to any climate change that...

Functionality And Gun Rights

Neglected in the gun rights debate is the idea that the defense needs of people who live in functional states might differ with those of the people who live in dysfunctional ones. This contrast can exist within a nation, like the difference in the law enforcement...

Spending Better, Not More

Every so often, we are treated to a news story about horrific inefficiency, waste and fraud in government spending. While jokes about $400 hammers and $600 toilet seats have been around so long that we write them off as trivialities, the aggregate numbers are so...

Proof Before Harm

“Primum nil nocere.” This is the cardinal rule of medicine, and part of the Hippocratic oath sworn to by clinicians since before the time of Christ: “First do no harm.” Carl Sagan had a great corollary: “Extraordinary claims require...

Gun Rights Lesson #790 – Weapons of War

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “Civilians Should Not Possess Weapons of War!” This assertion, recently and embarrassingly put forth by the Court Of Appeals for the Fourth...

The War on Responsibility

Sound the alarms! In just a couple decades, life expectancy in America will be no better than in that third-world, brown-person hellhole, Mexico!! That last bit is sarcasm, of course. Mexico has been doing very well for herself and her people, and could do even better...

Is the Earth’s Climate in Trouble?

A great deal of ink and angst has been spent by climate warriors and skeptics over the question of whether global warming is real, how big it is, and what to do about it. Maybe, however, these are not the right questions to be asking. I happened recently to come...

The Imminent Commuting Revolution

How long is your commute? If you’re an average American, it’s about 26 minutes. While a few work from home, and our increasingly technological society suggests that number could grow and thus shrink the average, the overall trend has been moving in the...

When Hyperbole Backfires

The vast majority of political argument is casual, and as such is often loaded with tricks, logical fallacies, emotional ploys, and gamesmanship. Such don’t serve to prove one’s argument so much as to get the other side to yield, withdraw or go silent....

Gun Rights Lesson #633 – Revolution Delusion

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “If you think that your guns can protect you from the government, you’re deluded or crazy!” The premise that private ownership of firearms...

Conventional Warfare and Collateral Damage

The war that is being waged between Donald Trump on one side and the unholy union of the Left and the Press on the other side escalated to another level this past week. The Left claimed a couple scalps, in the resignation of Michael Flynn and the withdrawal of Andrew...

Perfect Intent Or Imperfect Results?

A couple months back, actor/producer Mark Ruffalo, a champion of liberal and social justice politics, caught a mountain of grief for a social justice “transgression.” His crime? Casting a cisgender actor as a transgender character. One might understand if...