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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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Ambition Over Mission

Yesterday afternoon, a snow storm hit New York City. As NYC storms go, it wasn’t extraordinary – maybe half a foot of snow – but it turned out disastrous for millions of New Yorkers. The post-mortem reports blame faulty forecasts (instead of an inch...

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Solidarity Over Sanity

A few recent political and cultural data points support the unfortunate conclusion that our culture continues to fracture, along what may best be called tribal lines. In New Hampshire, state legislator Brandon Phinney, who got elected as a Republican, but switched to...

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Glorious Gridlock

This week’s mid-term elections offered very little for the liberty-minded voter. On one side, we had Trump’s Republican party, which did rather well for us in 2017, but spent this year pursuing an agenda that included closed-border nativism, tariff and...

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Vote-Shaming

It happens every election, and it seems shriller every time. I speak of the exhortations we see all over the place to “vote!” I refer to the declarations of “I voted!” I note the highfalutin language about democracy and civic duty, and how if...

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Who Wants To Work Forever?

If 2017 was the year of Trumponomics (deregulation, tax cuts, and a generally pro-business attitude in the administration), 2018 is turning out to be the Year of the Nationalist. Economically, it’s been about trade wars, tariffs, and rewriting agreements. And,...

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Trapped By Impatience

Yesterday, the police arrested a suspect in the letter bomb matter. The alleged bomber, Cesar Sayoc, looks at this juncture to be an anti-left rager/nut, with a troubled history that includes bomb threats going back to the early 2000s, and a number of run-ins with the...

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About That Caravan…

If anyone predicted that, 15 days before the mid-term election, there’d be a highly visible “caravan” of several thousand Central American migrants working its way northward, with the intent to cross America’s southern border by whatever means...

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The Eight Percenters

An article in The Atlantic that surveyed attitudes towards political correctness in America, which I previously discussed here, noted that only about 8% of Americans considered themselves “progressive activists,” vs 25% for “devoted...

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More Important Than Ever

The Kavanaugh confirmation battle has, as I discussed recently, fed the Orwellian sheep a new mantra. “Democracy!” we hear, over and over again, as a declaration that our nation’s system is not-democracy and therefore a Bad Thing. They are right, the...

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No-Go Zones

The title phrase, drawn from an article on how transgender activists managed to spike some research they didn’t like, is a sharp and worrisome reference to certain areas of academic inquiry, where ideologues have succeeded in shutting down any opinion that...

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The Exhausted Majority

A major piece in the Atlantic, and a related article at ABC News, point to an emerging problem for the Left: Their identity politics narrative isn’t working out for them. The Atlantic article offers some revealing statistics: 25% of Americans are “devoted...

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Totalitarian Rapture

I had an odd little conversation with someone on the Internet a couple days ago, one where my counterpart actively defended socialism and communism as worthy ideals. Normally, such dialogues go a standard “it simply hasn’t been done right” path,...

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Forgetting The New Goal

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post is a follow-up to yesterday’s Forgetting The Goal Yesterday, I lamented that today’s progressives have forgotten the original goal of affirmative action, i.e. assisting individuals who’ve faced a greater challenge due...

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Solidarity Over Sanity

A few recent political and cultural data points support the unfortunate conclusion that our culture continues to fracture, along what may best be called tribal lines. In New Hampshire, state legislator Brandon Phinney, who got elected as a Republican, but switched to...
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Glorious Gridlock

This week’s mid-term elections offered very little for the liberty-minded voter. On one side, we had Trump’s Republican party, which did rather well for us in 2017, but spent this year pursuing an agenda that included closed-border nativism, tariff and...
Read More

Vote-Shaming

It happens every election, and it seems shriller every time. I speak of the exhortations we see all over the place to “vote!” I refer to the declarations of “I voted!” I note the highfalutin language about democracy and civic duty, and how if...
Read More

Who Wants To Work Forever?

If 2017 was the year of Trumponomics (deregulation, tax cuts, and a generally pro-business attitude in the administration), 2018 is turning out to be the Year of the Nationalist. Economically, it’s been about trade wars, tariffs, and rewriting agreements. And,...
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Trapped By Impatience

Yesterday, the police arrested a suspect in the letter bomb matter. The alleged bomber, Cesar Sayoc, looks at this juncture to be an anti-left rager/nut, with a troubled history that includes bomb threats going back to the early 2000s, and a number of run-ins with the...
Read More

Monopolizing Health Care

There’s an old adage that goes “don’t steal, the government hates competition.” As another old adage advises, “truer words were never spoken,” especially the “government hates competition” part, and more expansively true...
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Pocahontas Warren And The Diversity Game

Senator Elizabeth Warren, obviously laying groundwork for a Presidential run, released DNA test results that support her long-standing assertion that she has some Native American in her lineage. Warren has been under considerable pressure to do so, especially from...

Genetic Sin

I came across another one of those “old white slaveowners” dismissal of the Constitution and originalism (the idea that the Constitution should be interpreted as it was written, not as justices of today feel) the other day. The usual rebuttal of such an...

When Lawyers Define Sex Roles

In history, have more brains ever been more racked over anything less knowable than in analyzing the recollections of the teens Ford and Kavanaugh from back in 1982? (The Dreyfus Affair, maybe). Have more media ever before been spilled over less content? Now that the...

Government Of, By, and For The Bureaucrats

Have you ever received one of those class action notifications in the mail? The sort that says you may be eligible for compensation because some Big Company allegedly wronged you and thousands of others? The sort where you end up with eleven dollars and thirty-four...

Pimping “Democracy”

Pay attention to the news and opinion you see, hear, and read these days, especially that of a liberal bent. Pay attention to the words they use, and see how often you are fed the word “democracy.” I’ve noticed it quite a bit of late, especially...

Time Enough For… What?

As the FBI prepares to present its findings in the Kavanaugh matter to Congress today, the grumblings of insufficient depth of investigation grow ever louder. Last week, even as his accusers’ stories started to unravel or fall apart entirely, Trump and the GOP...

Lessons From The Ghost Dance War

The Ghost Dance War was an armed conflict in the United States between the Lakota Sioux and the United States government from 1890 until 1891. It involved the Wounded Knee Massacre wherein the 7th Cavalry massacred around 300 Lakota Sioux, including women, children,...

The Wrong Indoctrination

*Editor’s Note: This is a follow-up to Losing Americana, and part of a series on the “real” greatness of America. A political friend recently shared the observation: Indoctrination is a necessary evil to keep societies from being torn apart....

Losing Americana

I’m a semi-closeted fan of Antiques Road Show. I rarely have reason to talk about it, and don’t typically plan my schedule to view it, but if I’m channel surfing in the evenings (that’s showing my age – do young people even know of...

Flushing The Constitution

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) asserted that Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers “need to be heard, they need to be believed.” When Jake Tapper followed up with a question as to whether Kavanaugh himself deserved the presumption of innocence, she responded: I...

Hand Jiving With Nike And The NFL

Metaphors are seeds for a hopeful blossoming of greater truth. Otherwise, true stories would be nothing but encyclopedic recitation. Is the Bible undone because we know the world was not made in six days? Both sides of our arrayed partisan battle lines have the seeds...

Politicizing Pension Funds

A recent New York Post article about the appearance of corruption (or cronyism, you decide) in the state’s pension fund included a funny little nugget. The story, about Vicki Fuller, who was the funds chief investment officer and who landed a $275K per year...

By Any Means Necessary

The attempted borking of Judge Kavanaugh proceeds apace, with his accuser set to testify on Thursday. Kavanaugh, a man of impeccable credentials and heretofore unassailed character, is being accused of an attempted rape nearly four decades ago, when he was 17, and of...

Trump, The Lesser Evil?

The day after the 2016 presidential election, I dubbed our then-President-Elect an “untethered id” (and sarcastically tagged on the adjective “orange” a few weeks later). Yesterday, the New York Times dropped an anonymous op-ed that, if it is...

The Scarcest Resource

Ever miss an exit on the highway? Doesn’t it seem that the few minutes it takes to go to the next exit, cross over, find the on-ramp in the other direction, and get back to where you should have turned off in the first place seems like an eternity? Not just an...

Breeding Belligerence

I had an interesting “conversation” a few weeks, in a conservative political group that has coalesced/cohered into a solidly pro-Trump faction. One poster put forth a statement along the lines of “if a NeverTrumper hasn’t figured out that we...

The Two McCains

I suppose it was inevitable that political controversy would accompany the death of Senator John McCain. Even excluding the sloppy, inartful, but “why are you surprised” White House flag-lowering bit, news and social media outlets are awash in people...

When Whataboutism Is Fair Play

Many, myself included, have wondered what it might take for Trump’s staunch supporters to waver, what quantity and quality of dirt would be necessary, and what level of malfeasance would rise, in their minds, to impeachable levels. I’m not asserting that...

Trump, Cohen, and Behar

Yesterday, two sacks of wet cement thudded on the Trump administration. Paul Manafort, erstwhile Trump campaign chairman, was convicted on 8 counts of of financial shenanigans, and Michael Cohen, erstwhile Trump attorney, pled guilty to a number of criminal charges,...

Sand In The Gearbox

Have you ever written a product review on Amazon? Ever clicked a rating button on Rotten Tomatoes, or IMDb, or Netflix? Ever banged out a song, book, or movie review on iTunes? Added to Wikipedia? Commented on a news or opinion article? Given a purchase feedback on...

Mis-Legalizing Marijuana

Years ago, before marijuana legalization started to really gather momentum, many converts to the idea of legalization put forth the notion that we should legalize it and “tax the shit out of it.” They figured that they could rationalize the switch from...

Keeping ‘Em Poor

New York City, under the stewardship of the more-progressive-than-thou Mayor Bill De Blasio and a city council dominated 48-3 by Democrats, recently became the first city in the nation to impose limits on ride-sharing cars. As I recently blogged, they purportedly did...

Excel At What’s Easy

The Atlantic recently published a bubble-bursting article that cautions young people against the “find your passion” advice they get from parents, from educators, from valedictorians, from commencement speakers, from motivational speakers, and from...

They Broke The Law!

Illegal immigrants have broken the law. For many, that’s reason enough to want them all deported, and reason enough to oppose amnesty of any sort, including DREAMer legislation, and to go as far as arguing against birthright citizenship, declaring that the...

The Wrong Questions

In the movie that put him on the Hollywood map, Matt Damon, as “Good” Will Hunting, lambasted a Harvard pseudo-intellectual for reading “the wrong ***ing books.” He then proceeds to inject garbage politics into the movie by citing Howard...

Hating The Gig Economy

The advent of the information age has created countless new types of jobs and careers. It has also fostered new types of labor freedom for earners, including the ability to work from home, the ability to contract tech services from the other side of the world, and to...

Wrongthink Trumps Identity

Back in the early 90s, I worked with a young female engineer who was a hard-core feminist and heavily involved in NOW (the National Organization for Women). We got to be friends, and she gave me a lot of insight into the movement. At the time, the rule seemed to be...

Plastic Gun Hysteria

In a textbook combination of “late to the party” and “seize the moment,” a number of our liberal politicians have suddenly gone nonlinear over 3D printed guns. Their histrionics would be laughable if they weren’t so insidious, because...

Politically Guided Moral Panics

EDITOR’S NOTE: This essay is the second in a series on the Drug War. Part 1: Science In the [first part of this argument][1], the proposal was made that medicine should be given all latitude to study medical issues, drug addiction being one. It posited that with...