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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Trade Clarity

After a couple years of constant exposure to Trump’s speeches, statements, off-the-cuff remarks and, especially, tweets, it behooves the prudent observer to avoid taking every word literally… AND, to avoid waving off everything he says as “serious...

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The T-Scale

I was recently “evicted” from a closed political group on Facebook. It was both amusing and sad, because it was a group I belonged to for years, a group where I had made a good number of Internet friends, and a group born of the foundational site of my...

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When Does Identity Matter?

Scarlett Johansson, who by any reasonable measure has had a stellar movie career and will probably continue to do so for decades, recently got caught in the middle of a social justice imbroglio. The actress, who has since resigned from the role, was cast to play a...

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Your Dream Is Not Reality

I had another of those “free markets suck” conversations the other day, one that evolved from conversations about supposed disparities in child mortality stats across nations, to socialized medicine, to the supposed failures of free markets in safeguarding...

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Talks, Not Tanks

Among the countless postmortems, deconstructions, critiques, and diatribes of Trump’s meeting with Putin and all that happened thereafter appears this tidbit at Bloomberg. Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, is dubbed a “hero” by writer Eli...

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Trump Goes Hanlon

If there’s any certainty whatsoever about the Trump presidency, it’s that, just when you thought things could not get more absurd, our teetotaling president comes through with yet another “hold my (nonalcoholic) beer” moment. Yesterdays’...

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But, The Children!

I will holler “Amen!” with the choir of much of the nation whenever President Trump is called a big fat meanie. He is. He’s an awful person. But that sentence might have been written the same way, minus President, if we are back in 1990 “Trump...

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The Rules Define The Game

In an exciting final match, France beat Croatia to win the 2018 FIFA world cup yesterday, 4-2. French fans are celebrating wildly, while Croatians must console themselves with second place and a valiant effort by their team. The Croatian team did outplay France in...

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