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    Townhall: Term Limits Got Legs?

    Click on over to Townhall for this weekend’s uncommon sense take on the madness of the age. Starring Jim Acosta. And then come back here because you just cannot help yourself! Oh, you probably want to read the Washington Post piece on the Jim Acosta nonsense. Oh, and even more:

  • Peru, term limits, Trump
    general freedom
    Trump Should Look to Peru

    Democracy can degrade into other things, even strong-man rule. To avoid such degradation, we have a ready prophylactic. Term limits. Which hamper would-be dictators-for-life, including entrenched oligarchs in the legislature. Many countries illustrate the point. But take Peru, where the new head of state, Martin Vizcarra, has been combatting political corruption by supporting a referendum to impose

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    The “Secret” Case Against Julian Assange

    Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, has been holed up in London at the Ecuadorian Embassy. For a long, long time. But his days there are numbered. And the story got way more convoluted. Here we have an update on the situation from the always colorful, often trenchant YouTuber Styxhexenhammer666 — and

  • nothing, Washington, pay raise, Tim Eyman,
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    The Seinfeld Referendum

    There is an unmistakable connection between Washington State initiative guru Tim Eyman and New York City comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Mr. Seinfeld gave viewers what they wanted for nine seasons as the star of the self-named 1990s hit television sitcom, Seinfeld. It was slyly defined as “a show about nothing.” Meanwhile,

  • free trade & free markets
    Socialists and Capitalism

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio helped snag Amazon for his city. Yes, the long-awaited destination of Amazon’s HQ2 has been determined. Amazon is not putting all its eggs into the Queens borough, though: there’s another headquarters . . . to be placed near Washington, D.C. The mayor seems quite

  • Cuomo, Mayor, New York
    general freedom
    Il Duce Cuomo

    A federal judge has ruled that the National Rifle Association has a plausible case against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo; the NRA’s lawsuit, alleging that the organization’s rights have been violated by the governor, is going ahead. As related by Jacob Sullum in two pieces over at Reason, Cuomo sure

  • Regnat Populus, Arkansas, term limits, initiative
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    Suppressed Measure Woulda Won

    Arkansas politicians and their cronies were terrified by Issue 3. So when this tough state legislative term limits measure was approved for the ballot, foes of citizen-controlled government sued to kill it. Agreeing that thousands of already-approved signatures of bonafide registered voters must be tossed because of new, legislatively-imposed, byzantine,

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    Townhall: The Man from THRO

    We noted the passing of Jack Gargan on Wednesday. But if any man is worth two obits, it’s Jack. Click on over to Townhall, then back here for more Jack Appreciation. Ballot Access News: Jack Garage, Reform Party Pioneer, Dies Statement on the Passing of Jack Gargan YouTube clip: “Network:

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    Prager Universe

    The Prager University’s videos are many and varied. Have you seen them? Here are three examples. The first is from Antonia Okafor, who supports the right to bear arms: And here is a more recent video, about “your right to health care”: Prager U is the project of conservative columnist

  • Tucker Carlson
    crime and punishment
    Normal & Not

    “Most people are not lunatics,” Tucker Carlson reminded viewers last night on his Fox News program, adding that “normal people don’t like this.” By “this,” the conservative television host meant what can only be described as an attack on his home by Smash Racism DC, an Antifa-like group comprised of

  • domino, power, election, term limits, initiatives
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    Electing a Better Way

    For the seventh time in the last 22 years, the Metro Nashville Council put a measure on the ballot to weaken or abolish their own term limits. And for the seventh time voters said no.  Term limits were under attack elsewhere in Tennessee — along with Ranked Choice Voting. The

  • Jack Gargan
    ideological culture

    What can one person do? I wish Jack Gargan were here to answer that question — I can almost hear his characteristic chuckle, see the glint in his Irish eyes, in preparation. But sadly, Jack passed away late Sunday night or early Monday morning in Thailand, where he had retired.

  • crystal ball, experts, midterms, mid terms, 2018, election
    ideological culture
    When Experts Are Wrong

    Standard theory has it that “mid-term elections” serve as a “referendum on the President.” In a typical article this weekend, a political scientist trotted out that common wisdom and then went on to say that “control of the referendum has shifted. It is now a referendum on leadership, on character

  • Gender, neutral, term limits, Memphis, City Council,
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    Seventh Time’s the Charm?

    “You have to give the public something,” explained termed-out former Councilperson Emily Evans, a few years ago. She was referring to a 2015 initiative she had pushed. The unsuccessful measure had tempted voters with a smaller council in exchange for weakened term limits. On Tuesday’s ballot, voters find lame attempt

  • Common Sense
    Townhall: Don’t Let Politicians Hit the Mute Button

    This weekend at — how to vote to protect one’s state from the meddling hands of insiders and politicians. Click on over to Townhall. Then come back here for more reading: Ballotpedia: 2018 Ballot Measures Wall Street Journal: When Local Lawmakers Won’t Take No for an Answer Common Sense:

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    Socialism Fails (and We Know Why Exactly)

    Economists have long argued against socialism, with expert work from eminent figures such as Fredéric Bastiat, Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk, Yves Guyot, Ludwig von Mises and F. A. Hayek. But the meaning of that work has often been disputed. This tells an interesting story of keeping today’s economists’ feet to the

  • money, global warming, carbon, tax, climate
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    The Green in the Evergreen State

    We’re told of the scientific consensus on global warming. Whatever you may say about that consensus (I’ve expressed extreme skepticism), no such consensus exists for what steps would be best to take to deal with the identified problem — which is usually understood in terms of the “carbon footprint,” of

  • federalism, Capital Building, Commerce Clause, federal, law, prosecution
    crime and punishment
    Atrocity Meets the Commerce Clause

    There may be no better example of an evil, real-world villain needing to get justice (good and hard) than the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter.  Since he survived the shoot-out, he must now be put on trial. But by whom? In Allegheny County Court, Pittsburgh police filed a 34-count criminal complaint against

  • libertarian, spoiler, porcupine, snake, politics
    general freedom
    Spoiler Season

    “Libertarians poll high enough to tip key races,” informs The Washington Times — citing contests for governorships and both houses of Congress.* Libertarian Lucy Brenton is one example, running for U.S. Senate in Indiana. She grabbed 7 percent in a recent poll, greater than the margin between incumbent Democratic Sen.

  • Memphis, City Council, term limits, lie, cheat, steal
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    Lie, Cheat AND Steal

    Sometimes lying just isn’t enough. But dishonest politicians have additional weapons at their disposal. There’s cheating. And stealing, too. Meet the Memphis City Council. Apparently fearful that their official fibbery through deceptive ballot wording on three council-referred measures won’t be enough to successfully hoodwink a majority of voters, the council

  • crime and punishment
    The Ayatollah for Governor?

    Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson is running for governor. Again. You may recall, as I certainly do, that Mr. Edmondson prosecuted — more like persecuted — me and two others involved in a 2005 petition drive. He charged us with “conspiracy to defraud the state,” a felony carrying a

  • links
    Townhall: UFO Over Chicago

    What flew over our heads recently: catch it at Townhall. Then come back here for more sky-high marvels: Chicago Tribune: Bill Daley, whose brother and father ran Chicago for 43 years, backs a term limit for mayor Term Limits in the USA Common Sense: Sucker-Punching the People Chicago Sun-Times: Electoral

  • video
    The Myth of Swedish “Good” Socialism

    John Stossel handles a perennial topic, with his usual incisiveness:     Johann Norberg’s documentary on the subject:  

  • individual achievement
    Andrea Millen Rich

    It has been hard to find the words to express my sense of loss upon the passing of Andrea Millen Rich, one of the sweetest, most glamorous, and toughest champions of liberty I have ever had the privilege to know. Fortunately, the Cato Institute has produced a beautiful short video in

  • panic, explosion, fear, hysteria, terrorism
    crime and punishment
    Propaganda Bombs

    “In these times, we have to unify,” President Donald Trump said in response to reports of bombs sent to high-level Democratic public officials, “we have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in

  • NPC, socialism, democracy, freedom
    general freedom
    Socialism Is Anti-Democracy

    Common sense politics must peer beneath the superficial attractions of “democratic socialism.” In “Civil Liberties and Socialism Don’t Mix,” Matthew Harwood explains why those who call themselves democratic socialists may “say they believe in civil liberties” nevertheless “will always be hostile to individual freedom.” In this short Reason piece, Mr.

  • bone saw, Saudi Arabia, murder, free speech, ,press freedom,consulate,
    general freedom
    The Bonesaw Massacre

    Last week, the Washington Post published journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s final column. Khashoggi was apparently murdered by dismemberment at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, earlier this month. “The Arab world is facing its own version of an Iron Curtain,” Khashoggi wrote, “imposed not by external actors but through domestic forces

  • Arkansas, term limits, corruption, rules, regulations, initiative, democracy
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    Corruption, Arkansas-Style

    On Friday, the Arkansas Supreme Court struck Issue 3, a citizen-initiated measure to restore legislative term limits, from Arkansas’ November ballot. The Court declared, 4-3, that there weren’t enough “valid” signatures. This, despite opponents never disputing that more than enough Arkansas voters had signed the petition. In recent years, legislators

  • Common Sense
    Sucker-Punching the People

    Sneaky. Low-down. Poltroons. Click on over to Townhall for this weekend’s highlights reel on how politicians do it, how they sucker-punch the people. Then come back here for the raw footage: Arkansas El Dorado News-Times: Arkansas Supreme Court disqualifies term limits proposal KARK: Mike Huckabee Talks Capitol Corruption, Term Limits

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    Memphis Politicians Cheating Voters

    Jennifer Lawrence urges voters to “Vote No on All 3 Memphis Charter Questions”: See also: Daily Memphian: Not No, But Hell No Save Instant Runoff Voting Memphis Independent Voter Network: Jennifer Lawrence Warns Memphis Voters: “You’re About to be Blindsided by Your Own Government” Common Sense: Intentionally Confounding Incumbents Commercial

  • Snopes, fake news, Trump, Elizabeth Warren, truth
    Fakes & Facts

    “There was truth and there was untruth,” George Orwell wrote in his classic novel, 1984, “and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.” In the Age of Trump and Fake News, way past 1984, I’m hanging on for dear sanity. Earlier this

  • copyright, Sysyphus, censorship, books, law, folly
    First Amendment rights
    Burning Isn’t the Only Way to Attack Books

    The U.S. Copyright Office is enforcing an unjust and destructive law merely because it is there. Selectively enforcing. Valancourt Books prints books on demand. It keeps no stocks of books in a warehouse in between orders. Even so, the Copyright Office is demanding to be supplied with physical copies of

  • Accountability
    A Fraction of a Reaction

    “A little dab’ll do ya.” That was from Brylcream, not 23andme. President Donald Trump has been mocking Senator Warren, relentlessly, for her claims to native American heritage, calling her “Pocahontas.”* Some have dubbed him “racist” for doing this, but his point was plausibly anti-racist. In 1995, Harvard Law School ballyhooed

  • Mercatus, map, term limits, Democrats, Republicans
    term limits
    In the Pudding

    Republicans have made much hay of the Mercatus Center map of our United States, colored by fiscal condition. Why? Well, nine out of the ten least financially stable state governments are run by Democrats. But there’s another way to look at it. “Only 15 state legislatures in the U.S. are

  • mob
    crime and punishment
    Our Leaders’ Favored Anarchy

    “In a sane democracy,” I wrote this weekend at, “the side with the most violent nutcases loses.” Too hopeful? Independent video journalist Tim Pool made a similar point yesterday, covering Antifa versus Proud Boys fights in New York, as well as Antifa taking over the downtown streets of Portland,

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    Townhall: Giving Violence a Chance

    The consequences of violence for a political movement — what are they? Click on over to Townhall to consider the strange undercurrent of violence in our time of political desperation. Anti-abortion violence (Wikipedia) I’m a pro-life woman. This man just roundhouse-kicked me in public for my beliefs, Marie-Claire Bissonnette (LifeSite) Video

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    Viral Moments, German Injustice, and Wackadoo Academics

    President Trump is right about Soros, Germany shows a disturbing lack of respect for self-defense, and, yes, the academic ‘“Studies” Studies’ Left is wackadoo crazy.

  • initiative, petition, power, money, elections
    ballot access
    Three Bad Propositions

    Two propositions on this November’s California ballot, Propositions 8 and 11, have found an opponent. “Both would have voters decide very narrow union-management conflicts in two relatively small medical service sectors,” explains Dan Walters, long the dean of California columnists. Unions are sponsoring Prop 8, which “purports to limit profits

  • locks, Republicans, Democrats, democracy, Libertarians, Greens
    The Politics of Exclusion

    “The mainstream media screams about Russia stealing elections,” says U.S. senatorial candidate Dale Kerns, “but behind the scenes they pull the strings to keep the duopoly in control.” Mr. Kerns, who is running in Pennsylvania as a Libertarian in a four-candidate race, has had the rug pulled out from under

  • fragile, socialism
    Big Government Apologetics

    Journalists play different roles. Too few report. Too many engage in elaborate apologetics for favored causes. Like big government. Take this headline: “Venezuela’s Crisis Is Rooted In Oil Prices — and Authoritarianism.” Guess: reporting, or bending over backwards to save socialism? The article’s summary of the decline and fall of

  • CERN, sexism, man, male, feminism, scandal
    ideological culture
    Sexism and Isn’tism

    Is physics sexist against women? Professor Alessandro Strumia, of Pisa University, argues to the contrary. At a presentation in Geneva, in front of mainly female physicists, Strumia offered evidence that showed, if anything, that it is men who are being discriminated against.  Specifically, he compared male and female hirings to

  • Julie Swetnick
    crime and punishment
    Not an Accusation

    Brett Kavanaugh’s weekend confirmation as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 50-48 Senate vote, didn’t settle the allegations of his past sexual conduct in a judicial manner. Wild disagreement remains. Many on the Left continue to believe our newest justice repeatedly lied under oath, having abused

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    Townhall: Americans United Against Sexual Misconduct

    The biggest news story for the past several weeks has been the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination, as heard for the constitutional “advice and consent” in the United States Senate. It has been quite a show. But what was shown wasn’t always what was intended to be shown. Revelations were made.

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    Direct Democracy, Italian- and American-style

    Last week your Common Sense correspondent was in Italy sharing perspectives on a freer future at the 2018 Global Forum on Direct Democracy:  And here he is giving a short talk on the struggles of the citizens of Nashville:  The two videos from the second day of the

  • TSA, Transportation Security Administration, civil liberty, privacy, airport security
    TSA Abuse

    Among the rights-trampling bureaucracies, many and various, the Transportation Security Administration is far from the most beloved. Millions of Americans, in the course of trying to catch flights, experience TSA agents up close and personal.  Some of these official gropers are way too “handsy.” One report comes to our attention

  • Paul Jacob, Rome, term limits, inititative, ballot
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    The Perfect Couple

    A marriage made in . . . democracy?  Last Thursday, at the 2018 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, held at the Palazzo Senatorio in Rome, Italy, I talked about term limits. And initiative and referendum rights. Italy’s populist Five Star Movement, the leading party in the new ruling coalition,

  • USMCA, NAFTA, Trump, free trade, harbor scene, protectionism, tariffs,
    free trade & free markets
    More of the Same?

    For those who hated NAFTA, and have supported Donald Trump in his complaints about “the very bad deal” that the North American Free Trade Agreement [allegedly] has been, I ask: what was bad about NAFTA that isn’t in Donald Trump’s new version, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement? Actual question. I am

  • Diane Feinstein, Kavenaugh, Supreme Court
    government transparency
    Last Week’s Least Credible Answer

    So, who was lying, last week, at America’s big show trial — er, Senate Judiciary Committee hearing? Professor Christine Blasey Ford or Judge Brett Kavanaugh? Many Americans took sides. I cannot. Both said believable as well as scarcely believable things, but I’m with that minority who admits not to know

  • ideological culture
    The Opposite Party Is Partisan!

    When departing Senator Jeff Flake indicated, the other day, that he would vote to place President Trump’s nominee Brett Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court — despite the ugly accusations of Kavanaugh’s youthful sexual misconduct — much re-tweeted actress Alyssa Milano called him a “coward.” We understand what she means. Because

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    Townhall: Socialism’s Irony Law

    Is capitalism old hat? Or is socialism’s new chapeau only just a tad trendier? Be a hipster for once and click on over to Townhall . . . for the latest fashion critique. Then come back here for the full inventory. The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of

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    The Scrivener of the Patriot Act

    So there is the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination Senate hearings. The big news is about the charges of sexual assault. Of course. And it is not just about the Christine Blasey Ford accusation: there are even more bizarre charges against the judge. But the biggest story probably should be not

  • compelled speech, censorship, force,
    crime and punishment
    Church Not Forced to Encourage Sin

    In Hawaii, those who would compel others to promote abortion have suffered a well-deserved setback. A U.S. District Court tossed a law requiring pregnancy centers to post ads for abortion clinics. Among the centers that would have been affected was one run by a church opposed to abortion. Of course,

  • James Woods, Twitter, censorship, free speech, ban, parody, satire
    First Amendment rights
    James Woods, Parody, and a Pillow

    The beginning of the end of actor James Woods’s time on Twitter likely occurred on July 20, 2018. Only recently discovering a tweet that he posted then, Twitter has locked Woods out of a forum where his right-leaning messages have been followed by 1,730,000 people. His delinquent tweet forwarded an

  • Google, don't be evil, China, censorship, free speech
    First Amendment rights
    Google Goes Bad

    Good Google’s evil twin, Bad Google, is at it again. In addition to doing bad things to advance its political agenda, Google is willing to work with bad governments do bad things.  For example, the authoritarian Chinese government. Google is working on a mobile version of its search engine, code-named

  • Tucker Carlson, lynch, right wing, hit piece, PC, bias
    media and media people
    Let’s String Up Tucker Carlson

    “Ask Tucker Carlson whatever happened to Tucker Carlson,” writes Lyz Lenz for the Columbia Journalism Review, “and he gets upset.” Hmm. I guess some rich, white, male, conservative television hosts just don’t like being pigeonholed and belittled. Lenz’s profile, entitled, “The mystery of Tucker Carlson,” details Carlson’s descent from apparent

  • Stuart Karaffa, socialism, DSA, Democratic Socialist,Project Veritas, James O’Keefe
    crime and punishment
    Socialist Saboteurs Infiltrate

    Once upon a time, people who worried about communists infiltrating the government were often dismissed as paranoid.  “Sure, commies under every bed! Right!” Communists in the State Department or wherever generally weren’t caught on tape boasting that they were Soviet agents and part of the Resist Truman or Resist Eisenhower

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    Townhall: Let’s String Up Tucker Carlson!

    How we react to our enemies political opponents tells us a lot about ourselves. A lot of people do not like Tucker Carlson, despite (or because?) of the fact that a lot of Fox viewers really do like him a lot — he is a star, now. So it may be

  • video
    “Resistance” Moles in the Federal Government

    The latest revelations from Project Veritas:

  • Memphis, ballot, instant runoff, term limits
    ballot access
    Intentionally Confounding Incumbents

    The three issues on the ballot in Memphis this November are “not complicated,” writes Commercial Appeal columnist David Waters, “unless you read the actual ballot questions.” Which is all most voters will see. All three directly affect the self-interest of members of the Memphis City Council, which placed them on

  • British Labour MP Lucy Powell, censorship, UK
    First Amendment rights
    Censorship for Unity

    “Social media has given extremists a new tool with which to recruit and radicalise,” writes British Labour MP Lucy Powell in The Guardian.  And just where are people “being exposed to extremist material”? On Facebook! “Instead of small meetings in pubs or obscure websites in the darkest corners of the

  • California, Yamaha, brain drain, business, escape, taxes
    free trade & free markets
    Retreat to Atlanta

    “California is the place you oughta be” — or so sang Jerry Scoggins for The Beverly Hillbillies. That may still hold true, if you are an oil millionaire retiring to a pleasant climate. But if you are trying to make your fortune, the direction is outbound. Take, for example, the

  • socialism, Antifa, means, ends, refutation, fascism, intentions
    general freedom
    An Evil Ism

    With “democratic socialism” again on the rise, a refresher course in history seems apt: socialism has demonstrated the strong tendency to end up in totalitarian tyranny, poverty, and genocide. As I mentioned on Monday, Reason’s Nick Gillespie suspects that this response is not very convincing to people tempted by socialism.

  • ideological culture
    The Irony Law of Socialism

    Under capitalism, said the old socialists, “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” Today’s socialists admit this hoary “immiseration thesis” is old hat. “The socialist argument against capitalism isn’t that it makes us poor,” explains City University of New York Professor Corey Robin in the New York Times.

  • links
    Townhall: Is This Cool? Really?

    Weird to see people sporting murderous images on shirts, with sleeves or without. Click on over to Townhall for the full story, complete with “call outs.” Then click back here for more: Los Angeles Pop Art Big Men’s Tank Top — Soviet Hammer And Sickle (Walmart) retrieved September 15, 2018

  • video
    Sargon and Dankula Explain the EU

    Carl ”Sargon of Akkad” Benjamin and Mark “Count Dankula” Meechan clean up as they get involved in UKIP and in the European Parliament:   Each has quite a backstory, which you should look up if you haven’t encountered before. Also, Carl Benjamin just put this up onto YouTube:

  • free trade & free markets
    The Ambit of an Ambition

    “The geopolitical situation makes this Europe’s hour: the time for European sovereignty has come,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this week, staking a big claim for the future in this year’s State of the Union Address. Juncker wants the EU to be a shiny new “global player,” but shies

  • George Washington, resignation, king, father, term limits
    general freedom
    Wise American Tradition

    On Sunday, former Pres. Barack Obama acknowledged — in the breach — the “wise American tradition of ex-presidents gracefully exiting the political stage and making room for new voices and new ideas.”  The former president’s talk at the University of Illinois made big news in large part because it was

  • Walmart, hammer and sickle, USSR, mass murder, socialism, communism, cool
    Mass Murderers Are Cool?

    If you have a lick of sense, you wouldn’t emblazon images of Ché Guevara on your chest or your wall — and yet Ché t-shirts and posters have been a pop culture hit for decades now. He is cool, we are told, because he was ¡Viva la Revolución! and all

  • Accountability
    The Self-Neutered Congress

    Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee again demonstrated why Congress’s approval ratings bob about in our toilet bowls. Amid the spectacle of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, one senator spoke not about judicial philosophy, but political reality. “What’s the hysteria coming from?” asked Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), noting the circus-like

  • Spartacus, Senator Cory Booker, Brett Kavanaugh, hearings, grandstanding, populism
    Sometimes a Great Moment

    “This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment,” Corey Anthony Booker said, referring, during last week’s Senate hearings, to his “leakage” of confidential emails from Supreme Court nominee Brett Michael Kavanaugh. How the mighty have fallen. Senator Booker, when mayor

  • links
    Townhall: Make Sense, Not Ululations

    Oh, how weird it has all gotten! But why? Well, what is demanded? Click on over to Then back here for more perspective: “Cory Booker becomes ‘Spartacus’ at Kavanaugh hearing, and forgets his old friend T-Bone,” by John Kass (Chicago Tribune) “Dianne Feinstein Wants Brett Kavanaugh to ‘Reconcile’ His

  • video
    Senator Sasse Has Good News, Bad News

    Ben Sasse provides some context for the Kavanaugh appointment to the Supreme Court, the brouhaha regarding same, and the predicament of modern America.

  • Richard Wagner, Israel, censorship, radio, law, offence, offensive, outrage
    general freedom
    Until the Fat Lady Offends

    We live in a new Age of Offense. A whole lot of people make a whole lot of fuss about what other people say and listen to, view and experience. Then again, some things are enormously offensive. One of the latest offense-takings takes place in Israel, where a classical music

  • dogs, puppycide, police, shooting, drug war, abuse, family
    crime and punishment

    The cost of the War on Drugs is not to be reckoned just in dollars. Or in that more serious accounting index: lost lives. The hit to our civil liberties has been enormous, too, and instrumental in setting up the modern Surveillance State. But beyond these, there is a stranger

  • Cornel West, socialism, socialist, Venezuela, starvation
    Pulling It Off

    Give democratic socialism a chance?  So says Dr. Cornel West, the “provocative democratic intellectual” who serves as one of eight honorary co-chairs of the Democratic Socialists of America.  This accomplished Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton, explained to Fox News host

  • moon, earth, flag, Aldrin, Buz,z, tribe, tribalism, patriotism, globalism
    ideological culture
    Ooga Booga Time

    Two tribes — On the left, we see both iconoclasm (razing of Confederate memorial statuary) and a fixation on surface meaning (defending the actions of antifa by fixating on its name: “it just means ‘anti-fascism’!).  On the right, rallying around the flag and MAGA hats has reached fever heat. —

  • Jefferson, quote, good government, labor day, “A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring oneanother, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits ofindustry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government. . ."
    Common Sense
    Wisdom for Labor Day

    “…a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government…” –Thomas Jefferson,

  • links
    Townhall: A Hole in the Bottom of the KFC

    Guess what drug enforcement officers found: a hole. Tunnel on over to and read all about it. So, what’s with the title? Well, there is this old folk/camp song… BBC: Drug tunnel ran from old KFC in Arizona to Mexico bedroom (23 August 2018
) Associated Press: Abandoned KFC restaurant hid

  • links
    Facebook Took Down a PragerU Video

    PragerU makes interesting videos. But they bother some folk enough that “something must be done!” Interesing recent PragerU vids include: And here is the video that offended Facebook’s gatekeepers. Does it offend you? Do you agree with some, or all, or none of it? Note: disagreement is not offense, and

  • segregation, bias, right, left, conservative, liberal, water fountains
    First Amendment rights

    It is hard not to miss the ideological left’s inconsistency regarding “diversity”: demanding diversity of race and gender, they enforce a monoculture that somehow cannot tolerate intellectual and political competition. We see this in  higher education, dominated by left-of-center professors and administrators;  in the news media, overwhelmingly filled with Democrats;

  • ballot access
    Party Line, Nudge Nudge

    I’m all for government transparency. But transparent politicians? The office of New Mexico’s Secretary of State sent out a press release, yesterday, announcing that Secretary Toulouse Oliver “is formatting the 2018 general election ballot to once again include the option for ‘straight party’ voting.” “The more options people have,” Oliver

  • education and schooling
    A Faulty Gun Report

    While statistics are generally unreliable, data about gun crimes often qualify as “anti-data.” “This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, ‘nearly 240 schools . . . reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting,’” National Public Radio told us yesterday. Like previous stats

  • Visa, Mastercard, David Horowitz, conservatives, censorship
    First Amendment rights
    Snail-mail Your Contribution

    In the dystopian world of the future, all financial transactions will be made by credit card. In this dark world, the people who run credit-card firms must be appeased. If they dislike what you’re doing, they will have the power to prevent you from receiving financial support for your work

  • Chuck Todd, Meet the Press, right wing, left wing, propaganda, myth, bias, MSM
    ideological culture
    No. No. No. No.

    “Look, I think one of the best things going in Donald Trump’s favor — we know this — is the mainstream media,” David Brody, the Christian Broadcasting Network’s White House correspondent, told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd yesterday.  “I hate to say it. I know I’m sitting on a

  • crime and punishment
    Townhall: Free-Range Kids vs. Deranged Adults

    There is something peculiarly anti-life as well as anti-liberty about today’s attitudes towards children — as you can read at But for more background, please consider: Trickle-Down Tyranny — Paul Jacob, Townhall (March 8, 2015) Ecstatic with Independence — Paul Jacob, Common Sense (April 2, 2018) Who Benefits from Our

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