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  • Tread Share, regulations, Colorado, environmentalism,
    too much government
    Nixed Ski Trek App Flap

    In Colorado, like other states, the people’s ingenuity often surprises. And in the Rocky Mountain State, like elsewhere, governments are known to worry about what free people do — and, unsurprisingly, often get in the way. A popular new ride-sharing app, called TreadShare, hit the market last month, designed to

  • Virginia, guns, 2nd Amendment, race,
    media and media people
    Self-Defense Is for Everybody

    Last week, Virginia’s infamous black-face governor claimed to possess “credible intelligence . . . of threats of violence surrounding” Monday’s “Lobby Day” gun rights rally in Richmond, including “extremist rhetoric similar to . . . Charlottesville in 2017.”  Major media outlets went on a rampage, repeating his linkage between gun

  • California, gig, freelance, law, control, interference, intervention, labor,
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    The Gig Is Up

    Eventually, champions of government intervention, of all forms of thwarting independent judgment and killing dreams, find themselves under assault. From the public.  And you don’t need an economics degree to grasp why.  Initially, an intervention prevents other people from pursuing projects, getting jobs, earning a living. Then, finally, government meddling

  • by Paul Jacob
    Lincoln, Vermin, Trump

    Platforms can hardly get more different than Twitter and the Libertarian Party. But they are equally interesting.

  • Donald Trump, State of the Union, Twitter, impeachment,
    national politics & policies
    Much Ado in D.C.

    The impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump began yesterday, after much stalling by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had postponed sending the House impeachment documents to the Senate after the finalization of the impeachment vote a month ago. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts swore in the assembled senators —

  • Jurek, Bernie Sanders, gulags, USSR, Soviet Union, socialism,
    ideological culture
    Revolutionaries for Bernie

    It seems like just last week we were arguing about how it is not OK to go around “punching Nazis.”  Now we have a Bernie Sanders campaign employee fuming about putting people he disagrees with into “re-education camps.” “The only thing that fascists understand is violence,” said a Field Manager

  • baby, pacifier, nanny state,
    ideological culture
    Disemploying Des Moines

    Remember during Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, when she promised “to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business”?  She seemed surprisingly surprised that coal miners were so displeased.  Have no fear, however — quickly she highlighted her $30 billion plan to provide sustenance and re-training

  • Virginia Governor Ralph Northam
    Second Amendment rights
    Poked, Stoked and Woke

    “Let’s have an honest conversation based on fact,” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam chided in his annual State of the Commonwealth speech before assembled legislators last week.  “Not fear.” Last year, fear was more popular. In the frightful aftermath of a Virginia Beach city employee shooting and killing 12 co-workers, Northam

  • Vermin Supreme,
    political challengers
    Vermin Competition

    Should Lincoln Chafee invert a boot and place it on his head?  It might help him compete. The famous Republican turned Democratic politician from Rhode Island — former U.S. Senator and Governor, both, and sometime presidential hopeful — has filed to run for the presidency. But as a Libertarian. The

  • by Paul Jacob
    Here to Help?

    This week’s podcast plunges deep into the insanity of our time:

  • Potter King, Taiwan, China,
    general freedom
    Tough Time for Tyrants

    How much longer does the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have to put up with freedom-loving loudmouths? Thoughtful Party rulers can’t even entertain their subjects with NBA basketball or English Premier League soccer without fear that Chinese fans will then discover the tweet of some busybody droning on against Chinese repression

  • Ricky Gervais, Michelle Williams, abortion,
    ideological culture
    Globes Off

    They cannot help themselves. The actors and filmmakers who give and receive awards are driven against all advice to do two things: Express their political opinions when receiving awards and Turn off vast swaths of the movie- and TV-viewing public when they do so. Ricky Gervais, hosting the Golden Globes

  • Hitler, Downfall, parody,
    education and schooling
    The Awful Strain of Insurmountable Parody

    What if “political correctness” were really a problem of rampant cowardice? University of Massachusetts Amherst administrators removed Catherine West Lowry from her 13-year gig as an accounting lecturer because of an extra-credit project.  She had shown a previous year’s student-produced parody video using the infamous Hitler breakdown scene in the

  • cfpb, watcher, eye, consumer, bureaucracy, power,
    Accountability
    Protector Protection

    Government organizations are here to help. How do we know this? They have names that say so! Take the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Great name. It is all about protecting consumers, right? Created as part of the Dodd-Frank legislation that was pushed through Congress following the 2008 financial implosion, the

  • by Paul Jacob
    Can We Handle the Truth?

    What is the biggest story of 2019? There is some competition.

  • Pizza, DeBlasio, New York, New Year,
    free trade & free markets
    Served and Disserved, New York Style

    “Jacking up your prices on people trying to celebrate the holidays? Classy, @dominos,” tweeted former presidential aspirant and current New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “To the thousands who came to Times Square last night to ring in 2020,” continued  Hizzoner’s New Year’s Day message from his official city

  • UFO, debt, deficit,
    media and media people
    Stranger Things 2019

    On Tuesday, I seconded George F. Will’s judgment that the biggest story of 2019 was the Hong Kong protest movement. In America, though, 2019’s top news story must be how the anti-Trump movement morphed from Russiagate, which fizzled upon release of the Mueller Report, to the quasi-impeachment bit over the

  • New Year, 2020, Tom Paine, Thomas Paine,
    general freedom
    Happy New Year!

    As we turn the page to a new calendar year, here’s hoping that 2020 is (a) as interesting as the year just past, while being (b) a bit more productive of freedom, accountability, and all the good stuff we strive to achieve in our personal, family, business and community lives.

  • Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, democracy, freedom,
    general freedom
    Totalitarianized

    Legislation introduced last April to allow the extradition of criminal suspects from Hong Kong to mainland China motivated millions into the streets in protests that have not yet ended . . .  . . . including a major pro-democracy rally scheduled for tomorrow in Causeway Bay. Traveling to Hong Kong

  • opioid, crisis, pain, drug, law, politician, ban, prohibition, control, medicine,
    nannyism
    Politicians & Pain

    Whenever a new panic runs through corporate media and the grapevine — and especially when the lesson is supposed to be ‘we’ve gotta do something!’ — it is time to slow down. And look at the facts. The opioid crisis is one of those panics. The almost immediate reaction from

  • by Paul Jacob
    We Won’t Go

    What can we do for freedom? Paul has an answer:

  • Michael Moore, dark side, racism, race,
    ideological culture
    A Deplorable Christmas

    Just in time for Christmas, Rolling Stone released a recorded interview of Michael Moore showing the Roger & Me filmmaker in pure Scrooge mode. Shortly before Election Day, 2016, Moore had famously characterized a likely Trump win as middle America’s rebuke of the establishment. “They’re not racist or rednecks,” he

  • draft, registration, slavery, war, freedom,
    national politics & policies
    Five Days Left!

    You may have noticed me take notice . . . repeatedly . . . of an otherwise little-noticed National Commission on Military, National and Public Service (NCMNPS). It was established by Congress in 2017 to look into the issue of extending draft registration to women or let the federal courts

  • Christmas 2019
    Common Sense
    Precious Gifts . . . 2019 and Beyond

    There’s a quiet on Christmas morning . . . after Santa has come and gone . . . and the kids are still sound asleep . . . sugar plum fairies dancing to their gentle snoring. A moment to stop and think. I hope they’ll like their presents; they always

  • guns, 2nd Amendment, Virginia, Washington, gun rights,
    Popular
    Assault on Second Amendment Ricochets

    Were gun owners expected to roll over and play dead? After the November 2019 election, Democrats took over the Virginia statehouse. A slew of gun-control bills were soon in the works, including proposals for expanded background checks, a ban on “assault” weapons, limits on magazine capacity, and seizure of legally

  • family leave, rights, privileges,
    national politics & policies
    Income Inequality Takes Leave?

    While addicts of partisan politics overdosed on impeachment, the Trump Administration wheeled and dealed with Congress to give more than two million federal workers 12 weeks of paid family leave and start up plans to establish a new and separate military service, the Space Force. “It is long overdue. It

  • by Paul Jacob
    Fun, Fun, Fun

    Paul defends the politicians? (Not exactly.) A “damning indictment”:

  • Joe Biden, school choice, meme, flip-flop,
    education and schooling
    A Flip-Flop, Not an Echo

    “If I’m President, Betsy DeVos’s whole notion [of school choice], from charter schools to this, are gone.” That’s what Joe Biden, presidential candidate, had to say this December at an education forum. Charter schools are K-12 schools that are publicly funded but managed semi-independently— not by the standard educational bureaucracy.

  • Adam Schiff, impeachment, Donald Trump,
    national politics & policies
    Impeachment Day, 2020

    “The difference between this and parody?” asked Loserthink author Scott Adams, referring to Adam Schiff’s latest rationale for impeaching the president. His answer: no difference.  “It’s completely merged.” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Cal.), repeating a theme he had been pushing all week on talk shows, had tweeted to

  • Donald Trump, Imperial Presidency, President, crown,
    national politics & policies
    Between the Devil and the Deep State, See?

    “If it turns out that impeachment has no sting, has no bite,” exasperated Princeton University professor Eddie Glaude, Jr., speculated on Meet the Press, “and we are in the aftermath, what it will mean is that there will be an unlimited, an imperial, executive branch that can do whatever it

  • net neutrality, censorship, control, FCC,
    Popular
    Gloating Time?

    “The freak-out was something to behold,” I wrote two years ago. Newly appointed chair of Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, had just nixed ‘net neutrality,’ and reactions from the left end of the political spectrum were overwhelmingly negative. I, on the other hand, prophesied good times ahead. But we free-market

  • Donald Trump, impeachment, swamp,
    insider corruption
    Another Impeachable Offense?

    “Do me a favor: start buying agriculture.”  That’s what President Donald J. Trump says he said to the Chinese in agreeing to Phase One of a U.S.-China trade deal. Now, if China starts buying more American agricultural products, Trump might be aided in defeating his Democratic opponents next November. “The

  • by Paul Jacob
    Plunger Protest!

    Paul has the symbol for our activism, right there in his hand.

  • Tim Eyman
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    Extraordinarily Unusual

    “It’s a government-on-government fight,” reports Seattle-based KOMO News, as the Pierce County Council voted 4-3 to provide assistance in defending Initiative 976 in court. The ballot measure, which limits car license fees among other provisions, passed 53 to 47 percent statewide last month, including a whopping 66 percent affirmative vote

  • general freedom
    Whither Away?

    “All around the world, earnest fans of socialism insist it has never failed, as critics claim, since ‘true socialism has never really been tried,’” the New York Post editorial board wrote on Tuesday. But socialism has been tried. It just doesn’t turn into the utopia socialists promise.  And the State

  • plunger, flag, regulations, laws, Trump, flush,
    free trade & free markets
    Plunger Politics

    President Donald Trump may win re-election because he dares speak the truth about toilets. A Washington Post tweet presents the president talking about the insanity of American plumbing: “People are flushing toilets ten times, 15 times, as opposed to once. They end up using more water.” Jeffrey Tucker, in a

  • smoking, vaping, ban, prohibition, teenager,
    national politics & policies
    Won But Not Over

    The Office on Smoking at Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is not telling the truth about the war on tobacco use. In an article at Reason, Jacob Sullum convincingly argues that the CDC persists on portraying tobacco use amongst teens as in crisis. According

  • Democrat, Democratic, candidates, presidential, president, debate, race, quota,
    ideological culture
    Discriminating Democrats

    In ten days, the Democratic Party will hold a presidential debate that, according to the rules established by the Democratic National Committee, includes six qualified candidates all of whom are white. Which is apparently not the right color. “Of course, there is nothing wrong with Democrats selecting a white presidential

  • term limits, flag, hand, stop,
    by Paul Jacob
    What a Deluge, What a Mess

    Paul reviews the week’s big stories and puts the term limits for Congress in historical perspective.

  • education, bank, loans, Devos,
    education and schooling
    The Most Foolish Bank of All

    There are few things more foolish than turning the Department of Education into a bank. “Congress never set up the U.S. Department of Education to be a bank, nor did it define the secretary of education as the nation’s ‘top banker,’” said Betsy DeVos, Trump’s controversial Department of Education secretary,

  • Hillary Clinton, deluge,
    national politics & policies
    After Them, the Deluge

    One might be forgiven for finding Sen. Kamala Harris the perfect presidential candidate for Democrats after the Hillary Clinton debacle. Adding Harris’s skin color to her status as a woman, she had the intersectionalist angle covered. And for the power elite, she offered a ruthless, moraline-free ambition. But no, her

  • Michigan, term limits,
    term limits
    Legislators Turned Lobbyists Turned Altruists

    Legislative bosses, the state’s most powerful special interests and a fake grassroots organization teamed up a month ago to figure out how best to attack Michigan’s popular term limits law.  Now comes a lawsuit demanding that a federal court overturn these 27-year-old voter-enacted limits. “I’m just sitting here watching five

  • Space Force, war, foreign policy,
    international affairs
    The New Arms Race

    We who grew up in the time of the Apollo missions are more than aware of the arms-race angle to the Soviet and American forays into Earth orbit and beyond.  Now, we must recognize that the space race is no longer mere ornamentation over earthly military competition. “The United States

  • by Paul Jacob
    That Time Paul Harvey Called Me on the Phone

    Paul reviews the week’s big stories here on Common Sense with Paul Jacob — and also reminisces about Paul Harvey. And ghosts of turkeys past.

  • Thomas Jefferson, binary code, digital,computer, quote
    ideological culture
    Thanks for the Memories

    One thing for which I expressed gratitude, yesterday, was my site’s “Thought of the Day” feature, for it placed in original context a well-known maxim: “If your government is big enough to give you everything you want, it is big enough to take away everything you have.” Thomas Jefferson is

  • turkey, thanksgiving, Trump, pardon,
    national politics & policies
    The Biggest Turkey of All

    Though President Donald Trump has one of the best stand-up acts in America, his bit, on Tuesday, about the ‘traditional’ pardoning of turkeys, was not his best. But it was mildly amusing, and what the occasion required. Now, I’ve written about this goofy tradition before: “For a photo-op,” I explained

  • Tim Eyman, governor, Washington State, democracy,
    political challengers
    One of Us?

    As the Democratic Party presidential campaign began heating up earlier this year, one of the stars faintly streaking across the sky was Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. In the over-populated ranks of presidential wannabes, he stood out not for being exceptionally nutty, but for so memorably presenting the new Nut

  • draft, lottery, war, freedom,
    national politics & policies
    The Draft Goes Hollywood?

    “Whether you’re able to recall the last military draft or not, if you watch the show This Is Us, then you may have some familiarity,” says a column at Medium.com apparently authored by the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. The commission was set up by Congress to

  • by Paul Jacob
    Bum-rushing a Constitutional Amendment

    Paul Jacob, in this episode of This Week in Common Sense, recaps the big stories of the week, focusing especially on the bizarre resurgence of the Equal Rights Amendment and on Massachusetts’ heinous push to steal the property of vapers.

  • ERA, Equal Rights Amendment, ratify, Constitution,
    ideological culture
    Equal Wrongs

    Back in the 1970s, the late Phyllis Schlafly charged that, if the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) were ratified, women would be subject to the military draft.  Funny thing, though — the ERA was not ratified, yet any return to the draft means our daughters would be forced into combat just

  • Baltimore, mayor, corruption,
    crime and punishment
    Good Golly, Healthy Holly

    One reason to talk about corruption a lot is that there is a lot of corruption to talk about. The scheme was to get Kaiser Permanente to buy 20,000 copies of her children’s book, Healthy Holly, at a decidedly non-discounted price of $5 a pop, while the health provider was

  • Vindman, impeachment, Schiff,
    ideological culture
    Deep State Consensus

    Donald Trump was not elected with a mandate to “drain the ‘interagency consensus.’” You can’t “drain” a “consensus.” More importantly, “the Swamp” that Trump promised to “drain,” is not the same thing as that “interagency consensus.” That latter, new phrase better serves as something coextensive with — or  subset of

  • Peter Strzok,Licensed to Lie, CIA, deep state,
    crime and punishment
    Lying to Liars

    When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out its awards, the presenters say, “And the Oscar goes to . . .” We should hand out an award for lying in government — and name it after President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper. On March 12,

  • vape, vaping, law, asset forfeiture, politicians,
    media and media people
    Overkill . . . for Your Health

    News stories about death- and illness-by-vaping keep hitting us. But in most of these stories it is what is left out that is most alarming. From Washington State’s King County we learn of another case of severe lung disease “associated with vaping.” But the reportage doesn’t mention how the maladies

  • by Paul Jacob
    Our Options

    Paul touches on the biggest stories of the week in this second part of This Week in Common Sense for the second full week of November, 2019. In this case, he concentrates on social media and advertising in their relationship to politics of incumbency and challenge — and the First

  • by Paul Jacob
    Impeachment and Other B.S. Stories

    Behind all other big political news, this week, was the one Paul didn’t cover in these pages: impeachment. There’s a reason why:

  • revolution, protest, police, authoritarianism,
    general freedom
    The Fundamental Complaint

    “Something is going on,” writes The Washington Post’s Adam Taylor. “From Baghdad to Hong Kong, Santiago to Barcelona, sites around the world have seen major protests over recent weeks.” What is that something?  “Global protests share themes of economic anger and political hopelessness,” reads the headline to Taylor’s article.   He’s way off.  Hope, not

  • Tim Eyman
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    My Favorite Control Group

    Tim Eyman strikes again.  In deep blue Washington State, the ballot measure activist celebrated another Election Day victory last week with Initiative 976, limiting vehicle taxes. Not to mention Referendum 88, whereby voters kept a ban on government use of racial preferences, enacted via an initiative Eyman had co-authored two

  • Bolivia, term limits, democracy, elections,
    term limits
    Term Limits Apply to Socialists,Too

    We don’t see a lot of pro-term-limits writing in our major, “corporate” media outlets — but a New York magazine account of the ouster of Bolivian President Evo Morales is a welcome exception. “The disgraceful and chaotic manner in which the once-beloved Morales is leaving office is an object lesson

  • gatekeeper, Twitter, Facebook, censorship, political advertising,
    First Amendment rights
    The Silence Option

    “While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said last month in announcing a complete ban on political advertising for candidates or issues, “that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives

  • Michael Bloomberg, president, democracy,
    national politics & policies
    Billions Of, By and For Bloomberg

    Might Gotham’s gun-and-Big-Gulp-grabber-in-chief catapult to Commander in Chief?  Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, “is actively preparing to enter the Democratic presidential primary,” writes Alexander Burns in The New York Times. Bloomberg’s estimated $53 billion could financially pummel even Democratic candidate Tom Steyer, working with a mere $1.6

  • Common Sense
    This Week in Democracy?

    Paul Jacob finishes his weekend wrap-up with stories on Colorado’s TABOR, a squeak by for republican governance with citizen hero Ron Calzone, and the weirdness surrounding the corporate media’s attitudes towards whistleblowers. Paul began his “Common Sense with Paul Jacob” commentary in 1999, and for a decade he produced these

  • by Paul Jacob
    Feeling Good After an Election

    The first half of This Week in Common Sense for the first full week of November, 2019: Paul began his Common Sense with Paul Jacob commentary in 1999, and for a decade he produced these weekly commentary spots for the radio. Now, a decade later, he begins to podcast. Catch

  • whistle, blower, Epstein, crime, informer,
    media and media people
    Whistles Blown

    Corey Feldman, former child actor and defender of Hollywood children from sexual abuse by entertainment industry movers and shakers, had given many clues about who his particular abuser was. On the Dr. Oz show, recently, Feldman still wouldn’t name the name, because, he said, he lacked legal representation on this

  • Colorado, elections, taxes, Bruce,
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    Blue Colorado Big Spenders

    “The Trump years may have cemented Colorado’s blue-state status — time will tell,” writes Alex Burness in the Denver Post, “but voters in the Centennial State continue to hold a hard line on anything that has even a whiff [of] new tax.” Burness is talking about Proposition CC, a measure

  • Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Beer
    ideological culture
    Hillary’s Hot Sauce — Reflux

    The one thing the Elizabeth Warren for president campaign cannot afford is ‘I’m With Her’ redux. Hillary ‘the “her”’ Clinton came off as ultra-phony. She tried too hard to be something she is not — that is, likable and not an elitist. Mrs. Clinton’s attempts to seem normal were transparently

  • vote, election, initiative, referendum, Washington, New York,
    general freedom
    Today’s Trifecta

    Three measures on ballots today are particularly worth watching. Two issues in Washington State represent the only citizen-initiated measures out of 32 propositions voters will see in eight states: Washington Referendum 88 allows voters to re-decide the issue of racial and gender preferences, so-called “affirmative action,” while Washington Initiative 976

  • Ron Calzone, Missouri Ethics Commission,
    First Amendment rights
    One Vote from Tyranny

    The bureaucrats at Missouri’s Ethics Commission lost. By one vote. Last Friday, the commission’s outrageous attempt to force Ron Calzone, an unpaid citizen activist, to file and pay a fee as a lobbyist in order to speak to legislators in the capitol was ruled unconstitutional. After vacating a previous 2-1

  • by Paul Jacob
    The War Lottery

    Paul Jacob reviews the biggest story of the week — no, not impeachment — THE DRAFT!

  • Elliot Ackerman, conscription, war, slavery, soldiers,
    Fourth Amendment rights
    Rich Kids for Ransom

    Elliot Ackerman wants peace so badly that he is willing to conscript our sons and daughters into the military in hopes of achieving it.  “From Somalia to Syria, American forces are engaged in combat,” the author and decorated Marine veteran writes in Time. “With recent military posturing against Iran, against

  • wolf, winter, global warning, climate change,
    general freedom
    The Hobgoblin

    Here in Virginia, it looks like we will have a soggy Halloween. But in Chicago the cold and snow may barrel in big time. “A buckled jet stream weather pattern known as the Pineapple Express has sent warm weather from closer to the equator north to Alaska, setting records there,”

  • Michigan, term limits, Voters not Politicians,
    term limits
    Politicians Not Voters

    “Breakthrough coalition working on expanding term limits,” hollers the Lansing City Post headline.  “Michigan’s legislative leaders,” the capital-based paper informs, “are working on a term limits expansion deal for state lawmakers . . . . The conceptual plan, which won’t be finalized until December, would be that lawmakers could serve

  • Joe Biden, Obama, medal, money, campaign finance,
    First Amendment rights
    Worse Than Hypocrisy

    “You shouldn’t accept any money from a Super PAC,” former Vice-President Joe Biden claims he advised his presidential rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, “because [if you do] people can’t possibly trust you.” Now it must be impossible to trust Mr. Biden. “Joe Biden is apparently dropping his long-held opposition to the

  • healthcare, Obamacare, TrumpCare, ACA, Affordable Care Act, Healthcare reform, government, socialism
  • Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard, Russia, conspiracy,
    by Paul Jacob
    The Redistricting Solution

    Paul’s discussion of Hillary Clinton’s ‘Russian Asset’ charge against Tulsi Gabbard expanded to include one of the most important fixes for our broken democracy:

  • Elizabeth Warren, healthcare, taxes,
    national politics & policies
    NowhereCare

    Even people who get their information only from major network news know that, in their mad rush to promise free health care, Democratic presidential hopefuls would raise taxes for nearly everybody including the “hard-working middle class.” How do they know? Because at least one of the eager promisers won’t give

  • asset forfeiture, theft, police, corruption,
    crime and punishment
    Injustice Blocked

    Civil asset forfeiture is one of those government practices that good people, when informed of it, often express, at first, incredulity. How can something like that exist in these United States?!? Good question. One reason seems to be that very incredulity. Normal Americans trust their government not to be evil.

  • initiative, referendum, and recall
    Revolt of the Desk Jockeys

    Our Constitution guarantees that each state of the union provide a republican form of government. Does that mean that all that is prohibited is . . . monarchy? No.  One very common form of modern governance is deeply anti-republican, requiring — at the very least — strict regulation to prevent

  • Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard, Russia, conspiracy,
    insider corruption
    Mrs. Clinton’s Fevered Nightmare

    Hillary Clinton’s recent statements linking Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) to the Russians — Mrs. Clinton’s current favorite enemy — provided Rep. Gabbard with an opportunity for a return volley, dubbing Mrs. Clinton “the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party

  • npc, march, Health Care, Medicare,
    national politics & policies
    MediocreCare — Guaranteed!

    When Senator Bernie Sanders demands that the government “guarantee health care to all people as a right, not a privilege,” does anyone think about how governments currently provide more basic services as rights?  You have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in America — or so

  • by Paul Jacob
    Oppression and Beer

    How can we help the oppressed around the world?

  • Donald Trump, Kingsman meme
    media and media people
    Zucker’s Scold

    It was in bad taste. The “meme” — an altered video — depicted extreme, murderous violence. But it was not “weaponized” as  incitement to real violence; it was, instead, “memeticized” contempt against the meme’s “victims,” the full panoply of media outlets along with a few iconic politicians. The video was

  • LeBron James, Hong Kong, China, freedom, free speech,
    First Amendment rights
    The King’s Airball

    “The thing is, LeBron, we’ve come to expect more of you,” writes Dan Wolken in USA Today, taking the National Basketball Association star to task for his comments taking Houston Rockets executive Daryl Morey to task for having tweeted “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” Morey’s pro-protester statement had

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