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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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Take and Destroy

The scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail between King Arthur and the anarcho-syndicalist filth farmers ends with Arthur calling Dennis a “bloody peasant.” Dennis then declares: Oh, what a giveaway. Did you here that, did you here that, eh? A raft of...

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Charity’s Scolds

Almost instantly after the devastating fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris captured world-wide attention, French (and other) billionaires started pledging large sums of money towards restoration. That was followed up by countless other pledges, large and small,...

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The Game She Has Learned

I can hear your groans now. “What, another Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez piece?” It’s an open question, in chicken-or-egg fashion, whether AOC’s notoriety is the result of the Left’s vocal, in-your-face adulation or of the Right’s...

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The Gender-Neutral Lie

I recently read a string of tweets from several parents (mothers and fathers) who lamented “failure” in their efforts to raise their children in a gender-neutral way. Their failure wasn’t one of not allowing the child to choose its own path, but...

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Dismissing Discomfort

America’s history can be viewed as a long and continuing stream of cultural shifts. Her inception itself was a radical departure from the widely-established forms of governance the colonists knew and lived under, towards one that was more egalitarian,...

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Prohibition Kills

As I perused the most recent (April, 2019) issue of Reason, I came across a statistic that made my jaw (figuratively, of course) hit the floor: The annual rate drug of overdose deaths in Portugal is now 1 per 170,000 citizens. The figure is 33 times higher in the...

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Reparations Cogitations

The crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates, whose number (25 as of this drafting) seems to be growing as quickly as the number of genders, is rather interesting in its lack of diversity. Oh, it certainly checks off many of the identity boxes: (race,...

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Uncle Joe and the Long Knives

There’s something interesting going on in the secret, woke-filled rooms where the Left’s agenda is crafted and propagated. Joe Biden, who many on the Left lament, with 20/20 hindsight, might-have-been-their-President, is now approaching persona-non-grata...

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Selling A Free Lunch

It should astound me that, even as Venezuela’s socialist dream collapses into a humanitarian disaster, the front-runner for the Democratic Presidential nomination is a proudly declarative socialist, and the de facto policy voice of the party is a young socialist...

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Selfish Charity

I recently had a conversation with a good friend about the selfish motives of some who engage in charitable giving. Specifically, he felt those who made anonymous donations were better people than those who received recognition for their donations, whether that be a...

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Take and Destroy

The scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail between King Arthur and the anarcho-syndicalist filth farmers ends with Arthur calling Dennis a “bloody peasant.” Dennis then declares: Oh, what a giveaway. Did you here that, did you here that, eh? A raft of...
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Charity’s Scolds

Almost instantly after the devastating fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris captured world-wide attention, French (and other) billionaires started pledging large sums of money towards restoration. That was followed up by countless other pledges, large and small,...
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Mueller and My Shocked Face

Yesterday, the full-but-redacted Mueller report dropped, and to the surprise of absolutely no one, the Republicans screamed “total exoneration” and the Democrats screamed “impeachable offenses.” The truth? As with the totality of Trump’s...
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The Game She Has Learned

I can hear your groans now. “What, another Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez piece?” It’s an open question, in chicken-or-egg fashion, whether AOC’s notoriety is the result of the Left’s vocal, in-your-face adulation or of the Right’s...
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What If TDS Isn’t Enough?

The gaggle of geese that is the current slate of Democratic presidential hopefuls has, with rare exception, been honking a far-left, progressive fantasy list of policy ideas in unison, or perhaps in round, in obeisance to the ironically-named Justice Democrats led by...
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The Gender-Neutral Lie

I recently read a string of tweets from several parents (mothers and fathers) who lamented “failure” in their efforts to raise their children in a gender-neutral way. Their failure wasn’t one of not allowing the child to choose its own path, but...
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Watermelon Politics

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled a fun little prank on the Democrats yesterday, by scheduling a vote on their Green New Deal. Take a moment and read or skim the text. It’s not that long. I’ll call attention to three bits. First, the opening...

Let The Squirming Begin

There’s an aspect of human instinct that leads us to resist admission of error. Whether this is a feature or a flaw is a debate for another time and place, but we don’t have to weigh the merits of the behavior to recognize that it exists. It’s rooted...

Mueller and the Narcissists

So, the long-expected Special Prosecutor investigation has finally concluded, and his report is in the hands of the Attorney General. I’m content to wait for the report, or a summary/Reader’s Digest version, to be released, but I appear to be in the...

Normalizing Impeachment – Disarmament

From the day of the inauguration, talk of impeaching the President has featured in the national discourse. The theme is a dominant one with the new Democratic House of Representatives. The crawl of impeachment tidbits daily dissects CNN’s broadcast (for over two...

Teaching Perception

Back in the days of my (relative) youth, aka my mid-20s, my extended circle of friends included someone (John, I believe was his name) who sang in a band. In a group conversation one day over beers, I found out that he never learned to play an instrument, despite...

Fad Economics

Some of you have heard Economics described as “the dismal science,” and may find truth in the phrase. The origin, though, speaks to a less obvious intent. Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle came up with the phrase in the mid 1800s, but his reason for it was...

Normal People and Evil Assholes

Two evil assholes murdered several dozen people in New Zealand the other day. Beyond the usual responses, we are witnessing much discussion about their “manifesto,” and its true intent. Was it anti-this or anti-that? Was it deliberately trolling? Was it...

Environmental Obstinacy

Despite an increasing number of past climate doomsday predictions falling flat, proving exaggerated, or simply not materializing at all, the drumbeat for action to remediate the global warming caused by human carbon emissions continues. And, in the fashion of Chicken...

Angels and Money

The great thinker Milton Friedman, in a seminal interview with Phil Donahue, exposed one of the great, under-addressed flaws in the premise of socialism and its other central-planning variants: the fact that the people in charge are no different than the people they...

The Whataboutism Telltale

Regular readers of this blog will recall that I’ve written of a grievance hierarchy, where competing identity groups sort themselves (or are sorted by the progressive taste-makers) into a sort of dog-pile, with those on top getting more protection and deference...

Incentivizing Devolution

I caught a clip of a Joe Rogan podcast with evolutionary biologist Bret Weinstein on Youtube, recently, where Weinstein went into the underpinnings of “beautiful” vs “hot” from an instinctual/genetic coding basis. Weinstein went on to detail...

Narcissism and The Flounce

Social media has provided us with many wonderful things. Among the most delicious, in my opinion, is its update of the “flounce.” The traditional definition of the word includes “to move with exaggerated jerky or bouncy motions,” “to move...

Patriots and Prostitutes

A months-long investigation into prostitution and human trafficking at some Florida massage parlors got elevated to front-page status with the announcement that among the “johns” charged was Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots football team....

The Apogee of Woke?

Presidential election politics typically follow a predictable arc. Candidates throw their hats into the ring, offering up a litany of lip service to the party’s hard-core. This means feeding whatever “edge” views are in vogue among the politically...

Elevator Urinators

Lynne Patton, the regional director of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, is planning to actually live, for a few weeks, in some of the buildings in her charge. This is newsworthy enough to be worth a blog post on its own, and I tip my hat to the...

Zero-Sum Feminism

A friend recently took his kids (three girls and a boy) to see the new Lego movie, and then dropped me a text linking this Slate article. The article, which he affirmed as accurate, discusses how the movie portrays an alternative to the boundaries set by traditional...

Nothing To Lose

Much hay was made about how Nancy Pelosi got the better of Trump when he agreed to end the government shut-down a few weeks ago without getting his wall money. That was a bit premature, since all they did was kick the can down the road a couple weeks. It’s now a...

Maximum Pluck

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo has been all over the news lately, with complaints and warnings regarding a tax revenue shortfall that’s threatening his progressive agenda. He points the finger of blame (something he may or may not have learned from the...

Evangeline Below The Sum Line

EDITOR’S NOTE: This essay is the second in a series about the plight of street people and how our system mishandles them. The USA spends twice on healthcare what the next highest spender in the world does (with poor results). The healthcare industry is the...

Tom Brady and the Politics of Envy

This past Sunday, the New England Patriots disappointed most of the nation by winning their sixth Super Bowl, all with Tom Brady at quarterback. For the first time in I don’t know how long, I didn’t watch the game. Something about it all just didn’t...

Broken Windows and New Deals

By now, everyone who pays attention to politics has heard of the Green New Deal being proposed by the left-end of the Democratic Party. Being flogged as not only an environmental necessity, but as a means of achieving social justice and support for the poor by it-girl...

Shooting The Moon

Now that more and more people are throwing their hats into the Democratic presidential nomination ring, and now that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become the “it-girl” of the Left’s political rhetoric, serious people are starting to question the...

State of the Union 2019: A Review

As has become my norm, I opted out of sitting through the State of the Union address, choosing to read the transcript the morning after. In doing so, I save myself 82 minutes of theater, preening (by everyone there), applause breaks, photo-ops, and the like that...

An Open Apology to America

My fellow Americans. It has been two years since I stepped down from the job I coveted, felt I deserved, and felt I executed ably, and passed the Presidency on to a successor from the opposition party. After my initial shock at that Election Day outcome wore off, and...

Eternal Servitude

Those who delight in schadenfreude were in special glee the other day, with the latest example of the Left eating its own. It all started out with former Starbucks CEO sending the Democrats into a shark-chum frenzy over his announcement of a potential independent run...

A Nation of Thieves

The parade of Democrats vying for the 2020 Presidential nomination was always certain to be a long one. It’s also proving to be, in validation of my fears and those of many others, a march leftward. Indeed, it’s now virtually a given that “Medicare...

Tallying Grievance Points

The normalizing of the idea that “some animals are more equal than others” (George Orwell’s denouement in Animal Farm) has not only resulted in a grievance hierarchy, but ensured that various identity groups would devote increasing amounts of energy...