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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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