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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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It’s Hard To Scream Nuance

It’s Hard To Scream Nuance

A political friend shared this observation on social media this morning: Group 1. Virus is not that serious open up and soon as possible and give us back our freedoms. The economy is dying. Group 2. Virus is very serious and we need to keep everything locked down as...

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Language is Power

Language is Power

Language is information. Information is power. Therefore, language is power. My wife and I are working our way through Season 2 of Killing Eve these days, and a recent episode involved Villanelle (the main character who's not named "Eve") conversing, in English, with...

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It’s NOT The Flu

It’s NOT The Flu

COVID-19’s comparisons with "normal" mortality from seasonal flu is a misguided mental model. "Why" is well illustrated in this must-read Scientific American piece by a front line clinician, and is the most important article I’ve read on what makes COVID-19 the...

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Science! and the COVID Conundrum

Science! and the COVID Conundrum

As public consciousness of the COVID-19 pandemic's death toll gives way to the economic impact of shut-downs, border closings, and other mitigation measures, the matter of when and how to reopen the economy and lift restrictions on people's movements and behaviors...

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Collapsing Context

Collapsing Context

Fond as I am of coining fun or memorable phrases, and amused as I am by the social justice Left's language gymnastics, I've developed a tendency to note the really good ones, of both the pithy and roll-your-eyes sort. Among my favorites of the pithy sort are George...

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The Right To Feed Others

The Right To Feed Others

One of Monty Python's more famous sketches is that of the Whizzo Chocolate Company, more commonly known as the Crunchy Frog skit. Mr. Hilton, proprietor of the aforementioned confection producer, is confronted by two members of the Hygiene squad, who eventually arrest...

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Conspicuous Blame

Conspicuous Blame

As I recently lamented, the hard part of managing the COVID-19 pandemic lies in the easing of restrictions and lockdowns. We were originally told we had to "flatten the curve," which makes for a nice catchy bit of motivation. As is inevitable with politics, however,...

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Solution Pachinko

Solution Pachinko

As the crisis of the Coronavirus threat tests our system, it's useful to look at the efficacy of our last "Black Swan" crisis: the response to the events of September 11th. The look is depressing. We invaded Iraq in an effort to make them like us: the first lesson is...

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The Best and Brightest?

The Best and Brightest?

We will learn many lessons, in the coming months, from the COVID-19 pandemic. While I have been circumspect in drawing hasty or premature conclusions, in believing particular models or projections, or in concluding whether Policy A or B or C has been good or "the...

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Get Off My Side!

Get Off My Side!

The COVID-19 lockdown has driven many of us into the waiting arms of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services, as we seek replacements for our social gathering habits. My current binge is the new season of Bosch on Amazon Prime, which premiered this...

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COVID Calculus

COVID Calculus

Thomas Mann, writer, philanthropist, social critic, and Nobel Laureate, told us, nearly a century ago, that "everything is politics." COVID-19 and the response to it are no exception. I have little doubt that every action taken in response to the pandemic has involved...

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Evolution Versus Regulation

Evolution Versus Regulation

South Korea successfully mitigated their outbreak of COVID-19, with early and widespread testing as their principal defense. Testing means quarantines can be targeted and the outbreak compartmentalized, giving their medical system the space to adapt. America...

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The Memes of Destruction

The Memes of Destruction

Some friends and I have been jokingly wondering about how the anti-vaxx crowd will react when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available. My bet is that most will continue their baseless and histrionic caterwauling (if you didn't know my opinion on the matter, you do now)...

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Convenience or Catastrophe

All over the landscape, whether it be real or virtual, the debate about re-opening the economy grows louder every day. The player-archetypes are both apparent and expected. At the extremes are the hypochondriacs and the hoaxers, and their excesses tend to drown out...

It’s Hard To Scream Nuance

A political friend shared this observation on social media this morning: Group 1. Virus is not that serious open up and soon as possible and give us back our freedoms. The economy is dying. Group 2. Virus is very serious and we need to keep everything locked down as...

Language is Power

Language is information. Information is power. Therefore, language is power. My wife and I are working our way through Season 2 of Killing Eve these days, and a recent episode involved Villanelle (the main character who's not named "Eve") conversing, in English, with...

Collapsing Context

Fond as I am of coining fun or memorable phrases, and amused as I am by the social justice Left's language gymnastics, I've developed a tendency to note the really good ones, of both the pithy and roll-your-eyes sort. Among my favorites of the pithy sort are George...

The Sell-Out Cop-Out

Political filmmaker Michael Moore's new movie Planet of the Humans contains a refreshing bit of honesty: that wind and solar are not the enviro-panacea that greens, carbon-haters, climate catastrophists, and various other enviro-fetishists have long claimed. Honest...

The Best and Brightest?

We will learn many lessons, in the coming months, from the COVID-19 pandemic. While I have been circumspect in drawing hasty or premature conclusions, in believing particular models or projections, or in concluding whether Policy A or B or C has been good or "the...
A Paramedic’s Perspective On the Pandemic

A Paramedic’s Perspective On the Pandemic

I am a paramedic, active in the New York City 911 system, with nearly thirty years experience. This is my main concern of our ability to manage the COVID-19 pandemic: New York City's Emergency Medical Services often fails to handle our "routine" caseload. We were...

“Regulate Everyone But Me!”

“Regulate Everyone But Me!”

The fine folks over at Reason just rebutted the 'snarky' crisis-conclusion being peddled by left-leaning sources that there are no libertarians in a pandemic. They pointed out that we are witnessing the waiving of rules and regulations in order to facilitate the...

An Unwasted Crisis

An Unwasted Crisis

The Coronavirus crisis has proven to be a generational event that has gripped the world. Drastic measures are being taken by governments, markets are roiled, and our individual lives have been significantly impacted. We are still in the early stages, with...

Robin Hood’s Crowded Theater

Robin Hood’s Crowded Theater

A discussion prompted by yesterday's blog post, which recounted, among other things, how Joe Biden used the 'fire in a crowded theater' trope to justify gun restrictions, led to a suggestion that the trope be retired. I disagreed then, and still do, 24 hours later....

Bully Boy Biden

Bully Boy Biden

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. -- Isaac Asimov Joe Biden, who cruised to multiple victories in yesterday's primaries and likely to the Democratic nomination for President, had a "true colors" encounter with a construction worker in Michigan. The man,...

If You Have To Lie…

If You Have To Lie…

If you're explaining, you're losing. - Ronald Reagan This quote crossed my news feed this morning, as a rebuttal to those who are working to downplay Biden's latest "senior moments." Shortly thereafter, yet another "Jesus was a socialist" meme encroached upon my...

Sunday Musings #2

Sunday Musings #2

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of a recurring (and likely irregular) series of quick-hits. Because, not everything needs a thousand words. Thanks for reading! Eco-Whiteness I've been seeing some buzz lately about how the green movement is so white, minorities are...

Blind Faith

Blind Faith

A recent "warning" editorial in The Economist cautioned against a Sanders presidency, and the unicorn fart/pixie dust basis (my words, not the Economist's) for his massive expansion of government largesse. I added a comment of concurrence, pointing out that Bernie's...

Bernie’s Health Care Conceit

Bernie’s Health Care Conceit

One of the cornerstones of Democratic Party Presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders' campaign is the full nationalization of America's health insurance. He promises that, by not only creating his "Medicare for All" program, but also prohibiting private health...

Tulsi Gabbard as Microcosm

Tulsi Gabbard as Microcosm

With the results of the New Hampshire primaries in, and with their doubling as Iowa's, after the debacle there, some patterns emerge: Amy Klobuchar's stock gained greatly. With the party at knives-out at everyone over diversity (everyone but themselves, until New...

The Robots Aren’t Coming

The Robots Aren’t Coming

A few years back, I crossed a demographic Rubicon. I turned 50. In that instant, my societal relevance plummeted. Marketers, pollsters, and countless other makers and trackers of taste, trends, and zeitgeist lost interest in me. That's OK, since I've been losing...

Faux Foie Gras Follies

Faux Foie Gras Follies

To a consumer of libertarian bloggage, the observation of the government getting something wrong would be a betrayal of bland banality. But New York City's foie gras ban is not just wrong, it is a case study in the ecosystem of government wrongness. The most obvious...

Sunday Musings #1

Sunday Musings #1

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of a recurring (and likely irregular) series of quick-hits. Because, not everything needs a thousand words. Thanks for reading! Marked Forever Hot on the heels of President Trump's impeachment acquittal by the Senate (and, truth be...

To Serve, or to Rule?

To Serve, or to Rule?

William McGurn, over at the Wall Street Journal, recently pondered why Democratic Presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar has declared that won't release her list of potential Supreme Court judges unless and until after she wins the Presidency. While it was standard...

Death By Lawfare

Death By Lawfare

It is fitting this country be fraught, to the point of possible division, by our legal dysfunction. Our losing principle and clarity to our legal arms races are undermining the traditional foundations of the nation. The evolution is only emphasized by the latest...

Identity Politics’ Inherent Bigotry

Identity Politics’ Inherent Bigotry

A recent statement by President-Emeritus Obama set one of my illustrious friends on a rampage. She correctly derided his assertion that: I'm absolutely confident that for two years if every nation on earth was run by women, you would see a significant improvement...

Paying for Prejudice

Paying for Prejudice

The women's rights movement did a bit of recent headline grabbing when Virginia's new-blue government ratified the Equal Rights Amendment. That the deadline for ratification passed decades ago (probably) makes this a symbolic gesture, although I'm sure many lawyers...

Tilting At Ghost Guns

Tilting At Ghost Guns

The phrase "ghost gun" evokes spooky, sinister, and seedy-underground images of nefarious types doing Bad Things, especially in the minds of folks who aren't well versed in firearms knowledge and/or suspicious of guns in general. It's one you may have heard voiced,...

Besieged By Our Mentees

Besieged By Our Mentees

Another war, with yet another Middle Eastern adversary, this time Iran, seems closer than ever. Iran's response to the killing of their hybrid-war-terrorism mastermind, Qasam Soleimani, seems a calculated saving of face, but the bloodshed is unlikely to end there. The...

Too Big To Be Cancelled

Too Big To Be Cancelled

A couple writers over at The Post Millennial chimed in over the recent JK Rowling kerfuffle (for those unaware, JK caught the wild eye of the woke horde by tweeting support for a (female) researcher who got fired for stating that biological sex is real. Comparing the...

The Left Goes LP

The Left Goes LP

There's an old gag about and among libertarians - that our favorite pastime is denouncing each other over trivial differences in view or belief. Indeed, no matter how hard I stump for libertarian ideas or for policy movements in the direction of liberty, I'm...

Remedy The Regulators

Remedy The Regulators

Responsibility for America's opioid crisis has to be found out. Local governments have taken the large pharmaceutical companies to court for that, but a better way for determining responsibility is to draw a distinction between the crisis of addiction and the crisis...

Hating The Third Way

Hating The Third Way

A recent Wall Street Journal article noted that there's been a substantial decrease in illegal southern border crossings, despite the absence of the wall that Trump has been trying to get built for most of his Presidency. This should be welcome news to wall advocates....

Three Decades of Gun Rights Success

Three Decades of Gun Rights Success

The Democratic Party recently completed its takeover of Virginia's state government. Drunk with power, the party leaders have embarked on an aggressive agenda of progressive policy ideas, including major restrictions on gun rights. They follow in the footsteps of...

Usurping Judgment

Usurping Judgment

New York's progressives took a bold leap forward into woke-ville last year with some major "reforms" to the bail system, reforms that essentially eliminated cash bail for all but the worst violent offenders. While bail is not itself supposed to be a punishment,...

Our Cultural Reset

Our Cultural Reset

My wife and I have been working our way through Season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, an Amazon Prime comedy that I strongly recommend. At this point of our viewing (mild spoilers), it's 1960, Midge Maisel's father, a mathematician and professor at Columbia, has been...

Cynical Draft Mongers

Cynical Draft Mongers

Let's see. Iran engages in a of provocations in the Middle East, beyond its long-running status as a state sponsor of terrorism in places like Israel, and culminating with orchestration of an attack on the US Embassy in Iraq. The US responds by killing the mastermind...