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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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The Tariff Trap

Trump, in what can now be dubbed “classic” Trump style, has thrown the realm of international trade into chaos. He’s both threatened and enacted tariffs against our biggest trading partners, he’s ramped up already over-blown rhetoric, and...

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So Who Is the Authoritarian, Again?

The first presidential election I fully participated in was in 1980. I spent a fair bit of time watching the evening news, and learning from them that Ronald Reagan was willing, nay eager, to start a nuclear war. Furthermore, he had authoritarian tendencies comparable...

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Contracts, Marriage, and The State

An under-the-radar Supreme Court Decision, handed down a couple days ago, offers another “be careful what you wish for” lesson to those who support government involvement in our individual interactions. The case, Sveen Et Al. v. Melin, centers on a state...

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The Rage and The Irony

With Trump in the midst of a very consequential span of business (G-7, North Korea), and significant questions as to the effectiveness and prudence of his unorthodox style (to put it politely) abounding, it’s worth stepping back a moment and contemplating his...

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Some Animals Are More Equal…

Amidst all the brouhaha, folderol, bewailing, and Tier 3+ spinning in regard to the Masterpiece Bake Shop Supreme Court ruling (my take on it is here), we find two words that provide total clarity into the deep rift that exists between today’s Left and the rest...

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Thin Batter

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated ruling in the Masterpiece Cake Shop “gay wedding cake” matter. The Court found in favor of the baker, reversing both the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s ruling against the baker and the...

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Because “Freedom”

Like all proper thinking libertarians (No True Scotsman notwithstanding), I welcomed and applauded the recent passage of the Right To Try bill. Naturally, given that Trump specifically promoted passage of the bill in his State of the Union address, the left-o-sphere...

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Taxing Health

A recent Wall Street Journal “Best of the Web” column included an amusing bit of snark: Paul R. Ehrlich, Call Your Office – World faces ‘staggering obesity challenge: study.” For those unaware, Paul R. Ehrlich wrote a book called The...

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Kill. Rape. Control.

The Salvadoran gang MS-13 recently splashed all over the headlines because, bizarrely, the press and the TDS blogosphere decided to go non-linear over Trump’s calling some of them “animals.” In an exemplar of the modern media’s tendentiousness,...

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Power and Peril

With the appointment of Barbara Underwood, New York’s solicitor general, to the position of interim NY State Attorney General, the public aspect of the Eric Schneiderman imbroglio has come to a close. As a reminder, Schneiderman, a self-styled champion of the...

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The Right To Protest

The NFL (or “No Fun League,” as some have dubbed it) got caught between a rock and a hard place when Colin Kaepernick decided to sit during the playing of the National Anthem before games, to protest racism. A major chunk of the NFL’s fan base is...

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Presidential Turpitude

Browsing channels the other day, I landed on some police drama (Law and Order? Blue Bloods?) that focused on a “fight club” atmosphere in the world of high finance and hedge funds. The trope is a familiar and common one: the high-testosterone machismo...

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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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So Who Is the Authoritarian, Again?

The first presidential election I fully participated in was in 1980. I spent a fair bit of time watching the evening news, and learning from them that Ronald Reagan was willing, nay eager, to start a nuclear war. Furthermore, he had authoritarian tendencies comparable...
Read More

The Rage and The Irony

With Trump in the midst of a very consequential span of business (G-7, North Korea), and significant questions as to the effectiveness and prudence of his unorthodox style (to put it politely) abounding, it’s worth stepping back a moment and contemplating his...
Read More

Thin Batter

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated ruling in the Masterpiece Cake Shop “gay wedding cake” matter. The Court found in favor of the baker, reversing both the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s ruling against the baker and the...
Read More

Because “Freedom”

Like all proper thinking libertarians (No True Scotsman notwithstanding), I welcomed and applauded the recent passage of the Right To Try bill. Naturally, given that Trump specifically promoted passage of the bill in his State of the Union address, the left-o-sphere...
Read More

Kill. Rape. Control.

The Salvadoran gang MS-13 recently splashed all over the headlines because, bizarrely, the press and the TDS blogosphere decided to go non-linear over Trump’s calling some of them “animals.” In an exemplar of the modern media’s tendentiousness,...
Read More

Power and Peril

With the appointment of Barbara Underwood, New York’s solicitor general, to the position of interim NY State Attorney General, the public aspect of the Eric Schneiderman imbroglio has come to a close. As a reminder, Schneiderman, a self-styled champion of the...
Read More

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...

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,...

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?...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

… 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...

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...