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A Better Green New Deal

De facto Democratic policy setter Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sponsors an absurd piece of legislation, one that would put the entire economy under direct government control, and one that's detached from any sort of economic, technological, fiscal, or scientific reality....

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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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Social Distortion

Last week I opined on the dysfunction of Higher Ed — or rather, one particular aspect of it, since Academia is broken in so many ways. I began by trying to impress upon my readers the utter passivity of the freshmen students in my Introduction to Music (a required...

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That’s It For Her

Those among you who fear a last-minute Hillary Clinton entry into the Democratic Primary, as the "sane" candidate who will save the party from its crazy-left lurch, take heart. Her recent bizarre rant about how Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian puppet has put those concerns...

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The Ma’am With The Plan

An article I recently perused discussed visits to flyover country, where the Republicans that the Left loves to stereotype (see: deplorables, bitter clingers) live their lives. Among the many observations was the fact of manners - that everyone was taught, from a...

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Buying Blind

Thoughts on Higher Education, Part 1 When Peter invited me to contribute to Pigs and Sheep, I asked if he would prefer that I write about anything in particular. "Write about what you know, as long as it is freedom-related" was the reply. So today I will write about...

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Columbus and Binary Moralizing

Social media, the place where every fleeting thought becomes a set-in-stone opinion whose rejection is tantamount to eating raw baby seals in front of a kindergarten class, was (of course) awash in the usual virtue-signaling and Starbucks-stool erudition about...

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Paying For Pain

CNN contributor Bakari Sellers recently opined that: Climate change should be a definitive issue for Black voters, but it isn’t. He went on to blame the whiteness of environmental activist groups. He has a point... sort of. A survey by The Atlantic found that people...

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The Script Has Flipped

A recent Wall Street Journal article puts forth the argument that social justice warriors are genuine and sincere in their belief sets and in the laundry-list/word-salad complaints and accusations they routinely lob at the rest of us. The author urges us to listen to...

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Bug-Nuts and Bat-Shit

Or... Why the Democrats Need to Impeach Trump Excluding a smattering of anarchists who live in their parents' basements, there's pretty broad agreement that a core government function is the protection of individuals' rights. Among the most basic is the prosecution...

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Chasing Your Tail To Death

aka, The Polypharma Syndrome The latest phase of America's opioid epidemic has killed more Americans than the Vietnam war. By all accounts it is spreading A new study looks at why: partly, and paradoxically, it's because we have more access to the pharmaceuticals we...

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Rules For Rules

Consider this oddity. In New York, if you purchase one bagel at a bagel store, it is not subject to sales tax... provided you purchase it intact. A bagel with cream cheese, or butter, or even simply sliced in half is subject to sales tax. Why is this? Because an...

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Dumping Due Process

An interesting thing happened yesterday. Donald Trump's lawyers made a point. Yes, I went for the cheap laugh, but it's not the point in the context of the impeachment circus, but the broader illumination that point sheds on a very troubling aspect of the Left's...

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That’s It For Her

Those among you who fear a last-minute Hillary Clinton entry into the Democratic Primary, as the "sane" candidate who will save the party from its crazy-left lurch, take heart. Her recent bizarre rant about how Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian puppet has put those concerns...

Buying Blind

Thoughts on Higher Education, Part 1 When Peter invited me to contribute to Pigs and Sheep, I asked if he would prefer that I write about anything in particular. "Write about what you know, as long as it is freedom-related" was the reply. So today I will write about...

Columbus and Binary Moralizing

Social media, the place where every fleeting thought becomes a set-in-stone opinion whose rejection is tantamount to eating raw baby seals in front of a kindergarten class, was (of course) awash in the usual virtue-signaling and Starbucks-stool erudition about...

The Script Has Flipped

A recent Wall Street Journal article puts forth the argument that social justice warriors are genuine and sincere in their belief sets and in the laundry-list/word-salad complaints and accusations they routinely lob at the rest of us. The author urges us to listen to...

Bug-Nuts and Bat-Shit

Or... Why the Democrats Need to Impeach Trump Excluding a smattering of anarchists who live in their parents' basements, there's pretty broad agreement that a core government function is the protection of individuals' rights. Among the most basic is the prosecution...

Rules For Rules

Consider this oddity. In New York, if you purchase one bagel at a bagel store, it is not subject to sales tax... provided you purchase it intact. A bagel with cream cheese, or butter, or even simply sliced in half is subject to sales tax. Why is this? Because an...

Language Thieves

Today I'm going to take issue with two phrases from contemporary political discourse: "wealth redistribution" and "gun buybacks." Both are popular ideas on the Left, and both carry the same insidious deceit, one that is both wrong on its face and emblematic of a...

The Tyson Tenet

If you play in the on-line political sandbox, as I do, it's inevitable that you will be the subject of personal insults, derogations, and impugnments, often decoupled from any actual counterpoint or rebuttal to your comment. The likelihood and quickness of this sort...

The New Puritans

The Babylon Bee, a brilliantly funny satire website authored by Christians, hit the big time recently when the folks at Snopes, a fact-checking and debunking website (that has drawn criticism for ideological bias) started deconstructing some of the Bee's jokes and...

Whiskey and Car Keys

People, in general, prefer easier over more difficult, even if the former doesn't align with their job or their values. People that work for the government are no different than you and I in this regard. The latest example is found in a letter from Attorney General...

Packing The Flag

50 States. Such a nice, round number. Even makes for a good looking flag. Sure, the WWII-era 48-state flag offers a greater appeal to the rectilinearly-obsessed, but the 6-5-6-5-6-5-6-5-6 array has both symmetry and artistic appeal. 50 States also gives us 100...

Some Simple Math

Almost every day, I read a story of another restaurant forced to close its doors due to a minimum wage increase. None of these stories, however, seem to penetrate the progressive zeitgeist, as evinced by the near-universal support for a national $15 minimum wage (or...

Trade War Blues

As someone who's 'of a certain age,' and who has been attempting to save and invest money for retirement for several decades, I've grown a bit weary of the financial news outlets' method of reporting market and stock performance. Specifically, they talk a lot more...

The Drug Warrior’s Catch-22

An open-eyed look at the history of drug prohibition makes it pretty clear that the bans on recreational drugs were born of a combination of puritanism and racism, then nurtured by opportunistic politicians, selfish crusaders, and rent-seekers of various stripes. Half...

‘Red Flag’ Red Flags

The aftermath of every national-news shooting in America produces a standard refrain: People who are anti-gun make strident demands for more regulation, and people who are pro-gun resist such demands. The former insist we have to "do something" to address mass...

Globalized Idiocy

A friend shared a meme today. "Jamie," sporting a hammer-and-sickle next to her name, posits a question about magically solving hunger, climate change, and broken homes by curtailing millionaires' and billionaires' power and money, and dares people to support that...

The Usual Suspect

The Bible tells us that "there is nothing new under the sun," and indeed that adage is reflected in the world around us. Pop culture tells us the same stories time and again, stories that themselves are rooted in tropes, i.e. 'commonly recurring literary and...

Pelosi’s Impeachment Blues

After years of stalling and deflecting the rabid left wing of her party, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally declared intent to move forward with impeachment proceedings. Not over election irregularities. Not over foreign emoluments. Not over domestic emoluments Not...

Child Puppets

If you are reading this, you probably have heard, at least tangentially, of Greta Thunberg, a sixteen year old Swedish girl who has achieve international fame as a face and voice of a climate-activist youth movement. What you probably have not heard of, unless you pay...

We’ll See It For You

In an interview with satellite radio host Ron Bennington (whose show and interviews I highly recommend), comedian Colin Quinn offered his opinions on political correctness and its deleterious effect on standup comedy, observations of the fear that all the Democratic...

You Pay, Either Way

Daniel Pantaleo, the New York City police officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner in an infamous police brutality episode, has finally been fired. It took five years. He applied a fatal choke hold in violation of policy. It happened in broad daylight, it was...

Bottomless Lust For Infinite Power

Watching the current and recent machinations of the Democratic Party, I conclude the title of this essay. With an addendum: By any means necessary. The latest (pathetic) attempt at taking down Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, an allegation of sexual misconduct...

Elizabeth Warren’s Health Care Deceit

The Democrats recently had another debate, their first with their ten front-runners all on the same stage. I had little interest (as usual) in hearing three hours of droning on how we need more government for everything. But, I was hosting a group of friends, and some...

Displacing Humanity

Yesterday, on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the New York Times posted and deleted an odd tweet: 18 years have passed since airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center. Today families will once again gather and grieve at the site where more...

Banning Cheddar

Erstwhile progressive darling Beto O'Rourke recently sought to jump-start his going-nowhere presidential campaign with a Hail Mary declaration that, if elected President, he'd ban "assault weapons": Americans who own AR-15s, AK-47s, will have to sell them to the...

A Victory For The Culture Scolds

An innocuous "memory" was offered by Facebook this morning. I chuckled at it - it was a "throwaway" comment about a moment I had on a vacation a number of years ago - and was about to re-share. Then, I paused. Was this harmless (trust me) comment one that some...

Baltimore and the Real Curley Stooge

Another 'meanie' tweet from the President has enflamed the partisan battle of the usual lines: Republicans are racists, Democrats are not fit to govern. This time, the bomb seems to have been thrown in an attempt to shift attention away from the crisis on the border,...

The Truth About BDS

Bill Maher, smug, arrogant gadfly that he is, gets a lot of things wrong, but occasionally gets something right. Today's installment of blind-squirrel/broken-clock has to do with the BDS movement. For those who aren't familiar, BDS stands for "Boycott, Divestment and...

That Which Can Be Given

A recent conversation about organ donations reminded me of another, decades-old, conversation I had with a co-worker during a company blood drive. Apparently, he had donated regularly for many years. Then, if I recall correctly, a family was soon to undergo a...

Let’s Save Some Lives

The El Paso and Dayton mass shootings look like they might "succeed" where previous iterations did not in spurring the government to "do something." While liberals are broken-record demanding an assault weapon ban (despite the last one accomplished nothing), we see...

Tipper Trump

Movie naughtiness in the pre-MPAA era. "Jazz musicians," code for black entertainers who smoked pot. Elvis Presley's hips. Comic book salaciousness. The Beatles' mop tops. Jim Morrison saying "get much higher" on Ed Sullivan. Hippies' poor grooming habits. Elmer Fudd...

Either/Or Terrorism

We witness, yet again, the horror of innocents going about their daily routines murdered en masse by a piece of human garbage. Twice in one day, in El Paso and Dayton. The history of such events cautions us to take our time in our pursuit of understanding, to avoid...

What Has Changed?

Two more mass shootings, and an entirely predictable spectrum of responses and proposed remedies from the usual sources. Politicians, both from the Rahm Emanuel angle and as a general rule, leap immediately to advance the solutions that fit their ideologies....

More Climate Doomsaying

The usual places have been buzzing over the latest "deadline" to save the planet, one that's quite interesting in both its timing and its delayed dissemination. A BBC report quotes "Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, founder and now director emeritus of the Potsdam Climate...