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So, You Want To Save The World

A friend shared this Twitter snippet, which apparently crossed her facebook feed, presumably shared by a friend of leftist leanings. Her (wholly accurate) rebuttal offered that actually believing this, but choosing to share a meme instead of "storming their houses,"...

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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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Greening Away Reality

Greening Away Reality

Those who pay attention to the climate wars know that the green movement has little use for nuclear power, despite its zero carbon emissions, its physically tiny footprint compared to wind and solar, its much lower environmental impact (the massive mining of rare...

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Other People’s Rights

Other People’s Rights

When it comes to individual rights, some, to paraphrase Orwell, are 'more equal than others.' In private life and free discourse, it should not alarm us all that much that a political writer prioritizes free speech, a churchgoer prioritizes religious liberty, a...

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Reductio Ad Anarchium

Tell me if you've heard this one before: In a conversation about reducing over-regulation or getting government out of the way of people's free exchange of goods and services, someone trots out some "oh, I'm so clever" zinger like "move to Somalia," "people will...

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A Day For Perspective

Thanksgiving. The truly American holiday, and one that can be celebrated both religiously and secularly. Its purpose is in its name, and it serves to remind us that we are social creatures, happiest and best-off when connected in positivity and gratitude with our...

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Selective Adulthood

Selective Adulthood

A recent kerfuffle on the gossip pages involved the engagement of 65 year old Dennis Quaid to his 26 year old girlfriend. It'll be his fourth marriage and her first. Typing "Dennis Quaid" into Twitter's search field offered, as the third suggestion, "Dennis Quaid...

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Abetting Crime

Criminal justice reform, long a cause of libertarians and others who respect the rights of citizens, has in the blink of an eye gone from addressing injustices and prosecutorial excess to condoning lawlessness and abandoning government's fundamental duty to protect...

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Quid Pro… So?

Quid Pro… So?

Quid Pro Quo. Three monosyllabic Latin words, that mean "something for something." They are dominating the news, aka the Trump Impeachment S***show (fill in the stars as you will), in a binary fashion. The Democrats and others who want Trump defenestrated tell us...

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We Know Better

We Know Better

I had dinner with a group of friends last night, and in typical fashion, much of the conversation was political. One friend put forth a surprising (to me) assertion: that it was a proper function of government to provide health care to everyone. He called it a...

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A War on Success

The Left tell us, constantly, that they are the only ones who care about The Children. Their solutions to everything involve more government and more spending. For The Children. And, yet, we see proof every day that this assertion is a lie. Especially in public...

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Uryens and Leondegrance

Uryens and Leondegrance

Or... Trump the Mundane. A deep-dive into the cobwebbed recesses of my pop culture recollection dug out this snippet from John Boorman's magnificent 1981 film Excalibur, which quite succinctly encapsulates the Trumpian political landscape of today. I witness, daily,...

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Faith In Our Institutions

The Trump impeachment tempest has been ebbing and flowing since the moment he won the election - before even his inauguration, it seems. While it dominates the news, it is but one of many other governmental tempests, including a medley of shenanigans surrounding the...

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Banning Ignorance

A current, virally popular Internet meme template is "Woman Yelling At A Cat," which depicts Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Taylor Armstrong crying and pointing at a smug-looking (aren't they all?) white cat, with a caption that mocks the woman for reading or getting...

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Explaining Trump to Brits

The question of how would I explain the Donald Trump Presidency to a British person appeared in my social media feed. As it happens, I actually did try to explain the Trump phenomenon, except in 2016. I was with my wife on a trip to Dublin. I was sitting on a bench in...

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Green Alert

Environmental it-girl Greta Thunberg found herself stuck in Chile with nothing to do, after the nation cancelled its plans to host the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, aka COP25. The reason for the cancellation should give pause to Greta and...

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Greening Away Reality

Those who pay attention to the climate wars know that the green movement has little use for nuclear power, despite its zero carbon emissions, its physically tiny footprint compared to wind and solar, its much lower environmental impact (the massive mining of rare...

Other People’s Rights

When it comes to individual rights, some, to paraphrase Orwell, are 'more equal than others.' In private life and free discourse, it should not alarm us all that much that a political writer prioritizes free speech, a churchgoer prioritizes religious liberty, a...

Harris’s Finger-Pointing Flounce

Kamala Harris, in withdrawing from the Presidential primary, exhibited a gracelessness that I hope dogs her ever and anon for whatever political career she may have left. She accused the American public of racism: You know, essentially, is America ready for a woman...

Reductio Ad Anarchium

Tell me if you've heard this one before: In a conversation about reducing over-regulation or getting government out of the way of people's free exchange of goods and services, someone trots out some "oh, I'm so clever" zinger like "move to Somalia," "people will...

A Day For Perspective

Thanksgiving. The truly American holiday, and one that can be celebrated both religiously and secularly. Its purpose is in its name, and it serves to remind us that we are social creatures, happiest and best-off when connected in positivity and gratitude with our...

Quid Pro… So?

Quid Pro Quo. Three monosyllabic Latin words, that mean "something for something." They are dominating the news, aka the Trump Impeachment S***show (fill in the stars as you will), in a binary fashion. The Democrats and others who want Trump defenestrated tell us...

Warren’s Health Care Delusion

Elizabeth Warren has many plans. Chief among them is her plan to nationalize one-seventh of America's economy, by eliminating private health insurance in favor of what she calls "Medicare for All." According to her, she'll manage this by taxing the snot out of a few...

Omar’s Dirty Hands

Freshman Congresswoman and "Squad" member Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was the lone Democrat not to vote in favor of a recent House resolution condemning the Armenian Genocide, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support (that 11 Republicans voted against it merits its own...

Why the Left Hates Trump

I've had occasion several times over the last three years to wonder why the Left, American and not just American, hates Donald Trump with a level of passion so intense that they're perfectly willing to bring the United States to its knees to get rid of him. Initially,...

The TERFs Were Right

Four years ago, I lamented the coercive homogenization of how we think that was born of the morphing of "political correctness" into "propaganda compliance." Part of that lament was the emergence of an internecine battle between feminists and transgender activists....

Can Ignorance Be Excused?

Consider the word "ignorance." Ignorance is, simply put, lack of knowledge or information. It differs from stupidity, or idiocy, or foolishness, in that it's not a descriptor of a person, but merely of the information that a person possesses. As such, it's easily...

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...

Low Prices Are Not A Luxury

CNN, taking a break from its "Trump Sucks, All The Time" programming, recently offered a breathless hand-wringing about Costco's $4.99 rotisserie chicken. Apparently, the item is hugely popular, and a big attraction for customers. CNN devoted much digital ink to the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Cuomo Commands Unicorns to Fart

New York's despotic Governor Andrew Cuomo, in what I surmise is a long-term effort to build a record of woke ahead of a Presidential run, has utilized the power of the state's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) (which governs waterways, among other things)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

This I Believe

My local NPR affiliate regularly asks its listeners to contribute, and read aloud on the air, an essay on the theme "This I Believe." Coming from NPR, you can imagine which kinds of beliefs they might choose to implicitly endorse with their megaphone, and ideology...

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...