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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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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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Weaponized Bureaucracies

The latest allegation in the perpetually sordid deconstruction of this past election is that the FBI planted a mole inside Trump’s campaign. Concurrently, a preview of a pending report by the Inspector General is said to slam the FBI for foot-dragging its review...

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Impassioned Indifference

Prince Harry married Meghan Markle last weekend, and my social media feed exploded. There was representation at every point on the spectrum, from full-on gushing joy to full-on raging hatred. The joy I get – a royal wedding is a spectacle, many people love a...

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Unmanning Our Boys

Friday brought us the horror of yet another school shooting incident, one that, unlike an attempt a few days earlier that was thwarted by an armed resource officer, claimed ten lives. The usual voices of outrage and anger mouthed their usual statements and demands for...

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Recipe: Oven Roasted Pork Carnitas

And now for something off the beaten path: a recipe I’ve been asked to share a number of times. I got interested in learning the technique for this dish after finding myself ordering it time and again at my favorite Mexican restaurant. My version varies somewhat...

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Walking the Woke Walk

It is said that there are no atheists in foxholes. The implication therein is, of course, that times of stress and personal risk bring out the truth in each of us. While noted atheist Penn Jillette has offered a rebuttal that there are only atheists in foxholes,...

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Earn Your Opinion

Man, I don’t even have an opinion. Those were the last, fateful words of Marvin, right before Vince Vega accidentally shot him in the face. Apart from that classic scene from Pulp Fiction, can you recall the last time you heard someone say or write that?...

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Tolerating Prejudice

I recently discovered the Jerry Seinfeld series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, a show about, literally, what its title says. Every week, Jerry and a comedian friend take a ride in a (always different) classic car to a coffee shop, diner, or similar eatery and...

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Do The Clothes Make The Man?

Every so often, I read a story of a police raid gone wrong. Sometimes, it’s a ‘wrong house’ situation, sometimes it’s an unfortunate outcome of someone ‘swatting‘ someone else, sometimes it’s overzealousness on the part of an...

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All Government Is Socialism

I came across an argument today, one oft-repeated by socialism’s apologists and people who want, against all reason and history, to continue advocating for that destructive and murderous ideology. It goes something like this: Police, the military, infrastructure...

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Idiots and Maniacs

There’s a great George Carlin bit (a – I repeat myself, b – aren’t they all?) about driving, where George explains that anyone who drives slower than you is an idiot and anyone who drives faster than you is a maniac. This bit came to mind this...

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Fixing Fake News

There are times where President Trump says or does things that run contrary to the conventional wild man narrative, and there are times when he validates all the worst things his critics say about him. His recent tweet suggesting (threatening?) the Press with...

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Electoral Irrelevance

Connecticut recently joined a number of other states in drafting legislation that will pledge its electoral votes to whomever wins the popular vote in a Presidential election. This movement seems born of of “outrage” and negative reaction to Trump’s...

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… The Next Starting Pitcher

One might think that, after almost 18 months of hyperventilation, the kick-Trump-out crowd would have passed out. Or, at least found a paper bag into which to inhale and exhale until they calmed down a bit. Yes, Mueller’s investigation continues, and it remains...

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Impassioned Indifference

Prince Harry married Meghan Markle last weekend, and my social media feed exploded. There was representation at every point on the spectrum, from full-on gushing joy to full-on raging hatred. The joy I get – a royal wedding is a spectacle, many people love a...
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Unmanning Our Boys

Friday brought us the horror of yet another school shooting incident, one that, unlike an attempt a few days earlier that was thwarted by an armed resource officer, claimed ten lives. The usual voices of outrage and anger mouthed their usual statements and demands for...
Read More

Earn Your Opinion

Man, I don’t even have an opinion. Those were the last, fateful words of Marvin, right before Vince Vega accidentally shot him in the face. Apart from that classic scene from Pulp Fiction, can you recall the last time you heard someone say or write that?...
Read More

The Legal Failure In The Sex Scandals

Amid serial denouncements of the sexual predation of men in high power, an important aspect has been missed: the degree to which these scandals have been failures of the legal system. Wealthy sex beasts like Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby were able neutralize rape...
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The Biggest Loser

Yesterday, the Supreme Court struck a blow for federalism and states’ rights in its decision to overturn a federal prohibition on sports gambling. In Murphy v NCAA, the Court ruled that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) violated the...
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Tolerating Prejudice

I recently discovered the Jerry Seinfeld series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, a show about, literally, what its title says. Every week, Jerry and a comedian friend take a ride in a (always different) classic car to a coffee shop, diner, or similar eatery and...
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What Happens To Cultures That Nobody Adopts?

Much ink has been spilled on the phenomenon called “cultural appropriation” – or rather, the way today’s social justice warriors have now identified this as a great “sin,” and use the standard shaming and peer-pressure techniques to...

You Are Who You Hate

William Falk, editor-in-chief of The Week, recently warned Democrats that economic populism (e.g. socialized medicine and Bernie Sanders’ government jobs program) is not the path back to power that they assume (and behave as if) it is. He argues, compellingly,...

The Left Lurches Left

Hot on the heels of actress Cynthia Nixon’s from-the-left primary challenge of incumbent Andrew Cuomo in the upcoming New York governor’s race comes a bold plan from Senator Bernie Sanders to guarantee every American a job. Bernie’s plan amounts to...

The Permanent Record

Those of us of a certain age are likely to recall the old schoolteacher’s threat that bad behavior would end up on our “permanent record,” either first-hand or as witnessed in pop culture. Supposedly, we could be tagged with evidence of our misdeeds...

How Many Deaths!?

Last week, an organization called Stand.earth (who even knew that .earth was a domain?) organized a rally dubbed “Too Dirty To Wear” at a Levi’s store in Manhattan to protest the company’s “climate pollution.” Supposedly, by...

Dumbasses and Dog-Piles

I recently came across a tweet that accused white Americans who choose to learn Spanish of cultural appropriation. Or, more specifically, I came across the mockery of a person who tweeted thus. The premise itself is farcical. Even if you buy into the exclusionary...

Tax The Hell Out Of It

As the momentum for pot legalization continues to grow (Senator Charles Schumer of NY recently came out in favor, and Trump has been making good noises despite his Attorney General’s hard-ass-ed-nes), it’s worth taking a trip down memory lane – or at...

Why We Remain Armed

On this day, 243 years ago, the Battles of Lexington and Concord were fought. “The Shot Heard Round The World,” made legend by Ralph Waldo Emerson, was fired on that fateful day, and the American Revolution was underway. What was that day about? Why was...

The Perfect Word

In the ever-growing minefield of political correctness, where nearly every utterance can and will be parsed and critiqued by the synthetically outraged and by eternally vigilant social justice warriors, where even pronouns can get you in deep trouble, there remains...

At Their Whim

Two stories in recent news, one local, one national, serve as stark examples of the decay of our system of government. In New York City, an attorney that specialized in navigating its difficult and seemingly at-whim pistol permitting process is going to trial for...

Review: Lost In Space on Netflix

It’s been quite some time since I had a level of anticipation for a television or movie project as high as I had for Netflix’ reboot of the iconic Lost In Space science fiction series, which ran from 1965 to 1968 on CBS. I grew up watching reruns, and...

Syria, Chemical Weapons, and the UN

A suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. Denials by the usual suspects, howls by the usual suspects, and our President promising an armed response. Is any of this remotely surprising? More germanely, is the promised response likely to accomplish anything...

The Rights You’ve Lost

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a follow-up to Forbidding Happiness, which discusses the infringement of the core Jeffersonian ideal the pursuit of happiness. I recently discussed Thomas Jefferson’s affirmation of three fundamental rights: life, liberty,...

Fresh Fools

Every day in America, about 11,000 people celebrate their 18th birthday. That means that, every day in America, about 11,000 people reach voting age. An oft-quoted adage notes, If you’re not a socialist before you’re twenty-five, you have no heart; if you are a...

Society’s Takers

Lets roll the WABAC Machine’s dials to July 13, 2012, when then-President Obama made his infamous You didn’t build that speech. Or, gaffe, if you prefer, because the turn of phrase outraged many and cranked the rescuing/apologia spin machine into...

Gun Rights Lesson #602 – Reciprocity

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “Why should my state have to respect the lax gun licensing rules of some other state?!” Lets say that you, an American living in America, wish...

Teaching Deceit

I recently caught an interview of comedian Tracy Morgan (from April 2, 2018, interviewed on SiriusXM by the great Ron Bennington), in which Morgan spoke his mind about the harm that political correctness has done to comedy and to society: That PC shit taught us how to...

The Concentrated Wealth Conundrum

The UK’s Guardian news organization, known for its measured opinions and staid style (that’s sarcasm, by the way), cranked up some of my political acquaintances with a report of a “shocking” study that predicted the world’s richest 1% could...

Harvesting The Poor

The annals of history tell us that, across millennia, income redistribution flows upward, from the poor to the rich (like the economics of most of Africa today). The poor, today, would be better off opposing income redistribution, here and now in America, in how their...

Sticking It To Each Other

The title of this essay is, in essence, the driving force of at least the last decade’s worth of politics and social movement. Consider: Obama was elected to “transform” the nation i.e. stick it to the bitter clingers with their God, guns, and...

Forbidding Happiness

Thomas Jefferson wrote “that all men … are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These are, indeed, unalienable (or inalienable, in modern spelling) rights, i.e....

Distortion Entitlement

We can understandably pity today’s New York City cab driver. His prosperity, and indeed his job itself, is under existential threat from the technology disruption of ride-sharing services Uber, Lyft, et al. This is even more the case if he owns his medallion....

Killing His Golden Goose

Earlier this month, Trump slipped a dagger between the ribs of the stock market, a market that had been riding high since his election, by confirming fears of a trade war with China. The market reacted as expected. A week ago, he signed the “omnibus”...

Earnest Fools

Or… Giving Away The Rights They Don’t Think Matter Yesterday, protestors marched all over the world to protest gun violence and demand more gun control be imposed on America’s citizens. These marches, led by the young, captured national headlines...

Brinkmanship By Design

Another day, another grotesque, bloated, pork-laden omnibus spending bill, passed in the looming shadow of a government shut-down. A bill so long and convoluted and presented so close to deadline that no one even had a chance to read it all (Senator Rand Paul tried)....

Trump’s Teeter Totter

Or – Never Get Involved In a Trade War With China In what could only have been predicted by… anybody, the stock market took a dump in response to Trump’s announcement of $60B worth of tariffs on Chinese goods, and the resultant fears of a brewing...

Preserving The Problem

Consider this adage, from writer Carl Shirky: Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution. Now, consider the laundry list of social problems that have lingered for decades, despite the best efforts of big government, advocacy groups,...

Declaring Themselves Unfit?

For the third or fourth time since the Parkland shooting, a story about some “moral high ground” gun owner handing his AR-15 over to the police has crossed my social media news feeds. I get that this is an empty gesture intended as virtue-signal theater,...

Inconvenient Events

A school shooting incident in Maryland splashed across the national news this morning. As is now the norm, it got reported across many platforms in near-real-time, with vague early information eventually giving way to concrete facts. At the time of this writing, it...