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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Social Justice and Roko’s Basilisk

A political friend brought my attention to an interesting (and growing) phenomenon in the public sphere: the mining of someone’s distant past for transgressions against current social mandates. Or, more sinisterly, as a means of taking down someone with whom...

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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...
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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...
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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...
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Get it Right?… Or Win The Fight?

An article over at Forbes attempts to answer the question “why don’t greens and progressives embrace nuclear power as a solution to global warming?” Some who actually think about things do, but they are few, and they are typically ignored. The...
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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...
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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...
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Evangeline’s Loop

A disclaimer: To preserve confidentiality, this patient’s name has been changed, and “she” is a composite of several people,. The incidents affirmed here are otherwise factual as witnessed directly by the author. This article will be followed up at a...

Losing at Checkers

A recent “she’s awesome because everyone hates her” hagiography in Rolling Stone about the newly minted Congresswoman and current political it-girl Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, written by leftist screech owl Matt Taibbi, proved the old saw that even a...

Count To Ten

All around me, people are engaging in all sorts of post-hoc adjustments of their initial public reactions to the Covington High School incident. I’m going to engage in a tiny bit of smug here, because I neither had nor offered any knee-jerk response to the...

Were I a Cynic

If you are a regular consumer of political news, or if you are on social media and have some politically minded likes and friends, you’ve no doubt heard the outrageous story about the MAGA hat wearing Catholic high school student confronting a Native American at...

Ron Swanson and The Tao of Steve

Way, way back around the turn of the century, I caught a fun little indie film called The Tao of Steve. It relates the tale of Dex, an overweight stoner who, against any rational expectation, has a knack for seducing women, and his encounter with a woman who turns the...

Strictly Business

As we close out the fourth week of the government shut-down, with negotiations seemingly non-existent and replaced by petty, tit-for-tat squabbles between Trump and Pelosi, it seems apt to contemplate the potential loss of a golden opportunity for the Democrats on the...

Racism, Redefined

My continuing exposure to the culture wars and the political skirmishes of present-day prompts occasional “aha!” moments. Today’s is the conclusion that progressivism and identity politics are, despite their fixation on creating more and more and...

Concentrated Wealth

A social media conversation I had the other day, regarding the estate tax, provided this little gem: Concentrations of wealth are indispensable for the existence of a civilization. My fellow converser is correct. Without concentrations of wealth, that is to say...

Electoral Diversity

The two years since Trump’s election have done little to abate the bleating about the Electoral College, the Senate, the over-representation of smaller states in Congress, and other such folderol. Indeed, the newly-drunk-with-power House Democrats have...

Comedy, By Their Leave

Disgraced stand-up comic and comedy auteur Louis C.K. caught some more flak from the social justice scolds, recently, as recordings of some of recent performances were “leaked” (oh, how sinister and socially responsible that term is!). The quoted jokes are...

Crimes Not Impeached

Impeachment is in the air. The Democrats, as they prepare to take up the House, promise a “cannon of subpoenas.” I’ve discussed the impeachment possibilities in President Trump’s many imbroglios here. Today, let’s take a look at other...

The Right To Steal

In further validation of the notion that “there are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them,” Christopher Rufo at City Journal informs us of the latest whiz-bang idea coming out of the homeless-advocacy camp is that of...

Where Are The Aliens?

I used to be a nuclear rocket engineer. Really, I was. Department of Defense, NASA, missions to Mars and other planets… for a span of about 7 years during the Reagan-Bush era, I was eyeballs deep in it. My octogenarian aunt, who has lived her whole life on an...

Dreaming of Walls

While we libertarians revel in the government shut-down, we know that all good things will eventually come to an end (and, whatever money didn’t get spent will be made up retroactively, sad to say). From a popcorn-munching, pox-upon-both-their-houses perceptive,...

A Libertarian’s View of Elizabeth Warren

A couple months after Trump’s inauguration, a friend and I quibbled over the notion of Rand Paul as President. In that exchange he puzzled as to why I, as a libertarian, am not a fan of Elizabeth Warren. My response was that she was a textbook big-government...

Blaming Things

When a drunk driver kills someone, we blame and punish the driver. When a drug dealer kills someone, we blame and punish the dealer. When a husband attacks his wife, we blame the husband. When a bomb explodes, we blame the bomber. When someone gets stabbed with a...

Carte Blanche and the General Welfare

The Constitution is a remarkable document, in conception, in purpose, in brevity, and in clarity. It is one of the great achievements in the entirety of human history. Unfortunately, since it is written in words, it is subject to the meanings assigned to those words....

Swift-Kick Amnesia

At work one day (I’m a paramedic in New York City), I was called to a Subway sandwich shop by a manager concerned over a customer. He met us outside and said it was about a lady who had been there all day, and whom he found unreceptive when he went over to talk...

Not Yours To Give

A year or two ago, as a friend and I were having a couple beers at a bar, another barfly asked us if she could take one of the unoccupied chairs near us. My friend, by way of assent, replied “It’s not mine to give.” I found that to be a more...

Better Citizens

I had a discussion with a friend the other day, about the safety net and the conflation of society with government. It was prompted by my recent blog post Capitalism Needs Poverty, wherein I refuted the title’s premise and asserted instead that “socialism...

We Are All Isolationists

A few years ago, I read a pithy observation in one of the on-line libertarian-leaning forums (perhaps Cato.org, perhaps Mises.org, perhaps another). To this day, I regret not bookmarking it, and I’ve been unable to find it via search. Paraphrased, it read: An...

A Quote For Every Occasion

Conservative hawks were aghast at Trump’s sudden announcement that he’s ordering American troops out of Syria. Libertarians and others weary of America’s endless militarism, on the other hand, were gladdened, and some even cheered. While some...

Trump’s Gun Rights Giveaway

This week, President Trump banned bump stocks, devices used to enable a semi-automatic rifle such as an AR-15 to simulate full-automatic operation. Not Congress. Not a passel of anti-gun Democrats and/or a cohort of squishy Republicans. President Trump, who has long...

Carbon Delusion

Over in Poland, a passel of the world’s elite have gathered for the 24th annual Conference of Parties (COP24), to discuss climate change and hammer out an agreement on carbon emission tracking and mitigation. The word coming out of Poland is that the situation...

The Only Difference That Matters

“Identity Politics.” Depending on your political and philosophical leanings, this phrase evokes either a nod of approval or an eye-roll of frustration. Progressives tend to believe that to understand someone, you must recognize and grant deference to that...