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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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Braying Over Bitcoin

As Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies rise out of their initial status as nerd novelty, public discussion has increased to where seemingly everyone has an opinion. Most fascinating to me among all the opinions I see are those that denounce Bitcoin. “It’s a...

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The Worst Place In The World

Gregg “Opie” Hughes, formerly of the Opie and Anthony radio/satellite radio show, once called Twitter “the worst place in the world.” His assertion was in reference to the horrid behavior exhibited by some in response to, well, just about...

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The Sniff Test

George Carlin had a fun bit about unidentifiable leftovers, which I won’t spoil apart from mentioning that his wife would have him smell that which he couldn’t identify in order to determine its provenance and viability. We all get the gag, of course, and...

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Nowhere To Turn

Last night, after an obviously quixotic “make a grand but futile gesture” filibuster by Senator Rand Paul that caused a blink-and-you-missed it government “shutdown,” Congress passed a big fat spending increase, one that gave both the...

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Popular Vote Petulance

Last night, the Philadelphia Eagles outscored the favored New England Patriots 41-33 to win Super Bowl LII. The blue states of New England wept, while the rest of the nation rejoiced at the upset of golden boy Tom Brady’s dynastic team. It was a wild game, with...

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The Piper and the Tune

A small story out of New York offers us a glimpse into the mind of progressive politicians and thinkers. A couple years back, as I was driving in upstate New York, I noticed these spiffy new signs extolling the virtues of the state. Turns out, they were an initiative...

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The Mind of a Child

I’ve been binge-watching an old British television series called MI-5 (or Spooks, depending where you are). One episode I watched last night, late in Season 4 (or Series 4, to use British nomenclature) included a character that was an old, unrepentant Cold War...

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The Politics of Choice

The beginning of National School Choice Week seems an apt time to ponder the term “choice” as it applies to American politics and the left-right divide. The word “choice” has been emphatically reserved by the Left as their own, but this...

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Bootstrapping and Freeloading

This week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case regarding mandatory union dues (Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31), a case that should, if decided in the direction of liberty, extend right-to-work rules...
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Mass Shootings – What Should We Do?

Part 2 Of A Two-Part Look At the Parkland Mass Shooting My first post about the Parkland shooting focused underlying societal sickness that feeds the sort of deranged minds capable of planning and perpetrating such an atrocity. I concluded that a societal shift, and...
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Normalizing Hate and Exalting Victimhood

Part 1 Of A Two-Part Look At the Parkland Mass Shooting Another horrific school shooting. Followed, as usual, by instant outrage, virtue signaling, finger-pointing, and “do-something” demands, all before facts and circumstances become known. Some scream at...
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Gun Rights Lesson #900 – Gun Rights, Self Defense, and the Ninth Amendment

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Advocacy for gun rights typically involves invoking the Constitution’s Second Amendment, which reads: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of...
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The Worst Place In The World

Gregg “Opie” Hughes, formerly of the Opie and Anthony radio/satellite radio show, once called Twitter “the worst place in the world.” His assertion was in reference to the horrid behavior exhibited by some in response to, well, just about...
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The Sniff Test

George Carlin had a fun bit about unidentifiable leftovers, which I won’t spoil apart from mentioning that his wife would have him smell that which he couldn’t identify in order to determine its provenance and viability. We all get the gag, of course, and...
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The King of Zing, Part 2

Going into the 2016 election, many of Trump’s fans touted him as a master negotiator, a successful businessman, and offered up similar accolades as to his talents and skills. Many of his detractors have since asked, not without merit, where that negotiating...

Identity Politics and Cultural Icons

The devolvement of identity politics into a zero-sum, grievance-hierarchy scrum is perhaps nowhere more obvious than in Hollywood and the entertainment industry overall. Political correctness has become a necessity in modern entertainment production, with diversity...

Rail Follies

California, the land of perfect weather and perfectly loony residents, has failed to surprise the rest of us yet again by announcing massive cost overruns on an already absurdly expensive public works venture. A pipe-dream project to connect Los Angeles and San...

More Scandal Fatigue…

or… He may be a POS, but he’s OUR POS Reports that Trump had an affair/fling/one-nighter with a porn star back in 2006, and that one of his lawyers paid her some hush money via some shell companies, have been largely greeted with a collective sigh and...

Who’s Unserious Now?

Political writer Salena Zito may have been the first to summarize the idea that Trump’s supporters take him seriously but not literally in explaining how Trump could survive uttering a seemingly endless stream of verbal gaffes and outright falsehoods in the run...

A Lesson Unlearned

Ninety-nine years ago today, America, in an epic demonstration of naive, puritanical folly, went dry. It took 13 years to recognize that folly and undo Prohibition. In that time, the only “success” was found in the criminal underworld, where the enormous...

Losing Our Humanity

The shitstorm over Trump’s shit hole remark is remarkable because of its predictability. No, I don’t speak of the vulgarian-in-chief’s routinely intemperate ways. I refer to the reactions and counter-reactions, which have become as predictable as the...

About Those Shitholes

Today’s installment of the Trump side show is the sturm-und-drang around his alleged description of Haiti and some African nations as “shitholes,” in regard to a proposal to offer special protections for immigrants from those countries. Trump...

They’re Our Geese!

Proving that there’s no more dangerous place on earth than the space between a liberal politician and other people’s money, the governors of California and New York have been seething over the part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that limits the deductibility...

Performance Plus

History is replete with broad ripples caused by a single act by a single person. Gavrilo Princip, Lee Harvey Oswald, Rosa Parks, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, an unknown man in Tiananmen Square, Thich Quang Duc, John Wilkes Booth, and countless others changed world...

Leave No Trace

Thus goes a motto for responsible camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities. It is a motto I learned on my first Outward Bound course, mountaineering in the Four Corners region of southwestern Colorado. It’s a mantra that was repeated on the three subsequent...

What We Take For Granted

A recent announcement in the UK, that all non-essential surgery scheduled in January is to be cancelled in order to free up hospital space in expectation of a heavy flu season, raises a reality that advocates for socialized medicine in America routinely overlook or...

Meme-Fail

Ah, the art of the meme! How to present an idea or talking point in a visual form appealing enough to cause viral propagation. Memes are visual, and thus engage our brains differently than phrases, sentences, or paragraphs do. They follow the old adage that a picture...

The PC Virus

The latest entry in the Star Wars franchise has closed out its second week of release, and some media outlets are engaging in gleeful schadenfreude over the precipitous drop in box office receipts from Week 1 to Week 2. Two weeks in, the overall numbers are strong,...

State Pension Funds and Tax Reform

Much fuss has been made over the amount of cash and assets some of America’s biggest companies have stashed away off-shore, estimated by some at more a trillion dollars. Under current tax law, the government considers all that taxable at the 35% corporate rate,...

Communists and the Flag

Comedian Janeane Garofalo, who has firmly established herself as a full-blown Progressive in both her act and her public political statements, exemplifies the shocking lack of self-awareness of people who deride America’s history for its failings. Consider the...

SALT Hysteria

As the GOP/Trump tax reform plan approaches the finish line, the hyperventilation regarding one of its major provisions is cresting. Yes, this is about the much maligned (by Democrats, at least) limit on deductibility of state and local taxes (SALT). Under current tax...

A Fairer Way To Tax

“Taxation is Theft” So goes one of many libertarian mantras, and it embodies a core principle of liberty. Taxless libertarian nirvana is not, however, lurking around the corner, or on the next block, or even in the same hemisphere, so it’s a...

Blood In The Water

Today’s pleasant surprise, i.e. the awful Roy Moore losing his bid for Alabama’s open Senate seat, will provide a mountain of grist for political commentators, high, and low, big and small. As well, it will be read with the practiced care, both real and...

The Joy Behar Rule

As the special Senate election in Alabama comes down to the wire, the battle for the veneer of moral superiority in the era of Weinstein is reaching an apex. On the GOP side, we have the execrable Judge Roy Moore, whom you should loathe even if you are skeptical about...

Bake That Cake!

If you’re reading this blog, odds are quite good that you’re aware of the “gay wedding cake” case currently before the Supreme Court. But, just for completeness, here’s the gist: A gay couple sought to purchase a custom-decorated wedding...

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...

Gun Rights Lesson #522 – Technology

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “We need smart guns! Technology will prevent misuse!” Yes, lets talk about technology and firearms, and not just “smart guns.” What...

Whence Inequality?

A recent Washington Post headline blared “The richest 1 percent now owns more of the country’s wealth than at any time in the past 50 years.” We are, I presume, supposed to assume this is a problem. Mention anything relating to the wealthy to the denizens...

Gun Rights Lesson #668 – Suicide

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of a series of articles on gun rights. Each addresses a common anti-gun trope. “Guns make suicide easier and more common!” This argument in favor of gun control is a tragic one. It’s also a textbook assemblage of...

The Jerusalem Conniption

Donald Trump, yesterday, fulfilled a campaign promise by formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announcing the beginning of the process to move America’s embassy there. The hysterics began when it was first rumored he would do so, and...

“A Flirty Business”

Thus tweeted Geraldo Rivera in defense of Matt Lauer, after Lauer’s firing but apparently before the disclosure of the extent of his transgressions. In doing so, Rivera joined a few other public figures in trying to downplay or otherwise explain away the deluge...