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  • taxes, tax cut, Trump, gift, give away, rights, growth, economics
    Death and . . .

    It’s a sure thing — that most folks will like President Trump’s tax cuts. Though we don’t yet know all the details. When it comes to taxes, less is more.  That is, if you’re paying taxes. It is no great mystery that people like it when their own taxes are reduced.

  • UN, U.N., United Nations, Obamacare, socialism, socialists

    Like E.F. Hutton, when the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights “Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health” talks, people listen. In disbelief, perhaps. Or amusement. But they listen. Well, at least Washington

  • welfare, taxes, charity, subsidy, subsidize, shrimp, stadium, Tesla
    Super-Subsidize Me

    “In American political discourse, those on the side of the sick, poor, and underprivileged tend to favor more federal government intervention,” writes Heartland Institute policy advisor David D’Amato at The Hill. He explains that many “see government as . . . rather like a charity . . .” Sure, government

  • Dan Balz, Term Limits, coffee, internet, media, web, trust
    general freedom
    Less Innocent Times?

    Many years ago, waiting for coffee at a vendor in front of the Washington Post building and across the street from my U.S. Term Limits office, I often exchanged friendly banter with the Post’s Dan Balz. Coffee in hand last Sunday, I read Balz’s column, “A scholar asks, ‘Can democracy

  • Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen, France, French, elections, immigration, government,
    ideological culture
    Forwards ! Backwards ?

    France held an election over the weekend. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen came out on top, and will face each other in a runoff on May 7th. Current polling puts Macron over Le Pen, 62-38. But a SkyNews reporter cautions: there is no certainty. We in America have reason

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    Townhall: Winning at the Polls, But Not in Governing

    Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House, with a majority of Supreme Court justices having been appointed by GOP presidents. Why so little progress? Well, during six of the eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency, Republicans controlled both the White House and Congress. And what did

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    The Great Pretenders … to Objectivity

    Lauren Southern, late of Rebel Media, makes her point with some concision: Caution: some sarcasm may be involved.

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    Why socialist utopias always get hijacked. . .

    A state vast and powerful enough to enforce socialism is an irresistable temptation to those who would abuse power. . . as has been demonstrated again and again and again.

  • Maine, ranked choice voting, democracy, constitutionality, law,
    general freedom
    Wag that Tail, Dog

    Last November, Maine voters passed a ballot measure, Question 5, to begin electing their federal representatives to Congress, and their governor and state legislators, using Ranked Choice Voting. This selection mechanism allows voters to rank their choices, thereby removing the “spoiler effect” that often pushes citizens to support the lesser

  • Gov. Butch Otter, Idaho, veto, asset forfeiture, term limits,

    “Is there any chance the vetoes can be overridden?” asked a reader in response to yesterday’s commentary on Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of two pieces of common-sense legislation. It’s a good question, because the bill reforming civil asset forfeiture and the bill easing regulations that block employment in cosmetology

  • Gov. Butch Otter, Idaho, asset forfeiture, licensing, veto
    A Bad Haircut

    Eric Boehm over at Reason excoriated Idaho Gov. Butch Otter for giving libertarians “the double bird salute.” Boehm wondered if the governor, in vetoing two bills earlier this month, had been merely “trying to make libertarians mad.” That’s not exactly fair. The two blocked bills, one reforming unjust civil asset

  • Paraguay, term limits, democracy, General Alfredo Stroessner, Cartes’s Colorado Party
    Trouble Over Term Limits

    Americans are hardly alone in strongly supporting term limits. All over the world, people who care about limited government also care about limited terms for officials wielding government power. Especially the people of Paraguay, who remember all too well the dictatorship of General Alfredo Stroessner. He seized power in 1954,

  • President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey, election, democracy, authoritarianism, ,
    general freedom
    Democracy More Dead

    “Turkey’s democracy died today,” CNN headlined its report on yesterday’s national constitutional referendum. The measure contained 18 significant changes designed to further empower the country’s already seemingly all-powerful President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. CNN is behind the times. Turkey hasn’t been a real democracy for some time. Even before last summer’s

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    Townhall: Arrogant Pols, Go Home!

    Politicians! A few years in office are enough. Arrogance needs nipping in the bud. Click on over to Townhall. Come back for the complete context. YouTube: “Okie from Muskogee” by Merle Haggard Deseret News: “Sen. Hatch’s re-election bid proves the need for term limits” TPM: Hatch: “Sorry, Romney, Trump Is

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    Politicians Are Not the Stuff of Romance

    Getting politics right, per Reason:

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    A+ in Arrogance

    The folks in Congress represent ‘We, the People’ . . . well, theoretically, at least. They’re supposed to work for us. We are their bosses. We pay their salary. But not U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, the third-term Republican from the rural Second District of Oklahoma. At two recent town hall

  • Senator Orrin Hatch, term limits, congress, Senate, hypocrisy,
    Calling Hatch Home

    Back in 2012, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch pledged that, if elected, his current six-year term would be his last. On Election Day 2018, Hatch will be 84 years old — and have spent more than half his life in Washington. Still, Utah’s senior senator just announced he intends to run

  • New York, Cuomo, college, tuition, Bernie Sanders,
    free trade & free markets
    Escape from New York

    “New York City is a walled maximum security prison,” exclaimed posters for Escape from New York (1981, R). “Breaking out is impossible.” Now, as part of new legislation giving “free college” to New Yorkers, politicians take the same high concept from the film and extend it to the entire state.

  • asset forfeiture, banks, banking, IRS,TIGTA, Bank Secrecy Act
    What’s Being Forfeited

    What do you call those who prey upon the innocent, illegally snatching their money? Thieves? Muggers? The Mob? Government. Last month, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a report on the Internal Revenue Service’s use of civil asset forfeiture against Americans accused — well, not accused .

  • Congress, war, powers, branches, checks and balances, Syria, Trump, accountability
    Authority and Accountability

    Roll, Founding Fathers, roll over. The situation with Congress is grave. You designed three branches of government, each to check the others’ power. The first branch, and the most essential, is Congress. It not only controls the purse strings, but also the power to declare war. But today’s Congress cannot

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    Townhall: Government Burglars

    The IRS doesn’t just seize money for reasons of taxation. The folks in that agency have another racket in their job description. Click on over to Townhall for the story, then come back here for background. “Criminal Investigation Enforced Structuring Laws Primarily Against Legal Source Funds and Compromised the

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    “Don’t Under-estimate the Power of Your [Free] Speech”

    Of postmodernism and the mob campaign against western civilization’s central tenet, freedom of thought and speech — which rests upon a basic sense of the individual person’s worth. “You’re one person away from a million people and two persons away from a billion people” — one of many provocative and

  • Elizabeth Warren, wage gap, gender, gap, hypocrisy, sexism
    Gender Offender

    Tuesday, April 4, was Equal Pay Day. It’s the day 20 percent into the year some use to mark the supposed fact that women earn 79.6 cents for every dollar earned by a man. This “gender pay gap” is concocted by taking the median pay for all men working 35

  • president, presidential, golf, leisure, media, controversy, scandal
    The Missing Links?

    Is giving presidents a hard time for playing too much golf itself a pastime? In Fahrenheit 911, filmmaker Michael Moore portrayed then-President George W. Bush, as more golfer than president — as if W. had secured the nation’s top job as a ruse to convince his wife to let him

  • Ferguson, body camera, lapel camera, video, vote, election, police
    Ferguson Finally Wins

    Yesterday, on the 49th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination,* voters in Ferguson, Missouri, passed a charter amendment requiring police to wear body cameras while on duty. The measure also provides the public access to that footage, along with reasonable rules about privacy. In August 2014, Ferguson came to the

  • SpaceX, Space X, space exploration, private, privatization, Elon Musk, landing, rocket, spaceship
    free trade & free markets
    Not Just a Recycled Rocket

    Last Thursday, SpaceX successfully re-used a previously flown rocket to launch a payload into orbit. Sure, NASA had re-cycled rocket parts before. That is, the U.S. space agency had recovered spent rockets.* But those were rebuilds. SpaceX’s most recent triumph was to launch a “stage one” rocket that had gone

  • Washington, D.C., daycare, day-care, licensing, regulations, bureaucracy, laws, rules, accreditation
    education and schooling
    D.C.’s Diaper-Dandy Regulation

    Where is child care most expensive? In America, it is in our shining, shimmering national swamp. Yes, in Washington, D.C., infant care averages nearly $1,900 a month, more than $22,000 a year. So naturally, if you’re a politician, you see that as too . . . low? It has been

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    Townhall: Stupid Mandates to the D.C. Degree

    At Townhall, Paul discusses the latest wonder of regulation in our imperial city. Click on over. Then come back here for more detail. Details such as…. The District has decreed that the directors of any licensed “Child Development Centers” or day care, in non-bureaucratic nomenclature, must have a “Bachelor of

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    Video: Police-Citizen Interaction Video Initiative Vote

    The people of Ferguson, wherein the infamous Michael Brown shooting took place (followed by protests and riots), have a chance on the Fourth to do something regarding contentious police-citizen interactions:

  • CalExit, Brexit, UKip, Nigel Farage, Euro, California, Arron Banks, secession
    ideological culture
    From Brexit to Calexit

    When last we touched upon the strangely over-the-top Californian reaction to the Trump presidency, the secession movement, I took the occasion to bring up the rather less radical separatists in the north. “Already 21 of the 23 northernmost counties,” I wrote, “have made declarations to form the State of Jefferson.”

  • Regnat Populus, The People Rule, Arkansas, corruption, petition, initiative, House Joint Resolution 1003, SB 689, Governor Asa Hutchinson
    Regnat Tyrannis

    Arkansas’s motto is Regnat Populus — “The People Rule.” Unfortunately, the people’s so-called representatives are demanding that this motto be made more fitting: Regnat Tyrannis. I jest. The Natural State’s legislators aren’t nearly so honest. Just devious. A few years back, the fine people of Arkansas (where I grew up)

  • Civil Asset Forfeiture, crime, drugs, marijuana, stealing, theft, police abuse
    Good and Bad News

    On the issue of “civil asset forfeiture” — police seizing property from folks merely on suspicion, without a criminal conviction — there is good news. In Idaho, House Bill 202a just passed both legislative chambers overwhelmingly. “Among other changes, HB 202a would no longer allow civil forfeiture of the vehicle

  • Steve Bannon, Trump, Freedom Caucus, big government, Ryancare, Trumpcare, Obamacare
    Legislating in the Real World

    Rolling back Big Government is not easy, especially when you are not that into it. Robert Draper, profiling Steve Bannon in the New York Times, gives us a view into the mind of Trump’s right-hand man, who appears to think GOP insiders are obsessed with principles. “[I]t’s all this theoretical

  • Trumpcare, Ryancare, healthcare, Obamacare, Freedom Caucus, socialism
    free trade & free markets
    TrumpCare Trumped

    It took awhile for the Obama Administration to accept the term “ObamaCare.” Nancy Pelosi was the initial driver of the massive scheme to permanently alter American medicine and insurance, and “PelosiCare” would have been a fit moniker for the wildly mis-named “Affordable Care Act.” But the administration put the whole

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    Townhall: Lifetime Tenure — or Longer?

    Expanding the case made on Friday, Paul provides for Townhall readers a timely take on term limits. Click on over. Then click back here. And consider — or reconsider, as the case may be. Washington Post: Democrats continue to press Gorsuch for answers, but Republicans’ confidence of confirmation grows Wikipedia:

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    Why the Bill of Rights?

    Sen. Sasse took the Supreme Court nomination hearing of Neil Gorsuch as the occasion for a “teachable moment”: Here is the whole interview, much of which is also quite good:

  • Senate Judiciary Committee , Supreme Court, hearings, term limits, Neil Gorsuch
    A Trout in the Milk

    This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. Talk about a silly rite. Senators repeatedly fired questions about specific legal views that no High Court nominee ever answers. Why not? Because to answer would be to pre-judge possible future cases.

  • body camera, police, abuse, civil rights, obstruction, brutality
    Public Record

    Police departments nationwide have begun to outfit their on-duty officers with body cameras. These small recording devices make great sense, so we can better judge police encounters. And it turns out that not only do police behave better when wearing body cameras, so do the citizens with whom they interact.*

  • Trump, budget, spending, big government, entitlements, welfare, cuts, pig
    Trump Proposes a Budget

    Will Donald Trump, infamously successful businessman, actually do something about the federal government’s out-of-control deficits and mounting debt? Economist Pierre Lemieux, writing in the Financial Post, finds some reason for hope in President Trump’s “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again”: The proposal to eliminate funding for

  • big government, public service, public interest, war, prison, meme
    A simple question. . .

    Government is a dangerous servant. . . as the American left has recently discovered.  

  • Venezuela, socialism, free markets, capitalism, poverty, celebrities, freedom, repression, starvation
    free trade & free markets
    Of Salt and Socialism

    Nearly 75 percent of Venezuelans have lost 19 pounds or more in 2016. “People have become so desperate,” the Miami Herald reported recently, “that they are butchering and eating flamingos.” While acknowledging the problem, TeleSUR, a television network based in Venezuela and funded by governments including Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and

  • monopoly, Microsoft, Google, Chrome, competition, cooperation
    Three, Three, Three Mints in One!

    Microsoft just announced an innovation that might give folks who fear business behavior — or are extremely skeptical of the positive public outcome of markets — pause. The Bellevue, Washington, company is adding Google calendar connectivity for its Macintosh users of Outlook 2016. [Pause.] You see, monopolies give us the

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    Townhall: Red Venezuela, Pink Flamingos, and the New Hollywood Diet

    The country of Venezuela has descended into the worst kind of chaos, with fighting over every last scrap of food. Even the rats fear for their lives. All walking food/near-food is. And some feathered food, too. Click on over to Townhall, then come back here. Common Sense: The Weight of

  • speech, anti-speech, NAACP, Supreme Court, First Amendment, Free Speech,
    What Happened to Campus Free Speech, and Why?

    Jonathan Haidt explains where the current bubbling up of insane politically “correct” anti-free speech nonsense comes from:

  • Netherlands, Dutch, election, Geert Wilders, counting coup, party, parties, political, Freedom Party
    Dutch Election Oddities

    There were many strange forces at play in the Netherlands’ elections on Wednesday. In my report, I concentrated on the biggest story, the possibility that Geert Wilders’s Freedom Party might take a huge number of parliamentary seats — though I quoted The Atlantic’s coverage predicting a narrow loss to Mark

  • healthcare, Trumpcare, Obamacare, medicine, costs, regulations, Medicaid, single payer

    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan insists that his “TrumpCare” plan to replace ObamaCare will decrease medical insurance rates. Others argue that his American Health Care Act will increase those rates. Likewise, he expects it to reduce strain on federal budgets; others deny this outright. The “coverage” issue is just

  • Muslims, Islam, Sharia law, Netherlands, Dutch, Theo Van Gogh, terrorism, immigration, Europe
    Walk on the Wilders Side?

    The Dutch were among the first to witness Islamic extremist violence against free speech. The November 2004 murder of Theo van Gogh by a Dutch citizen of Moroccan descent — a man whose first name, Mohammed, almost no one thinks is merely coincidental — stirred the nation. And the world.

  • Ferguson, Michael Brown, body camera, police, lapel camera, rights, accountability, abuse
    Five for Ferguson

    Michael Brown is dead. No video can bring him back. As the world remembers, Brown was the unarmed 18-year-old black man killed in a violent 2014 altercation with Officer Darren Wilson, who is white — making Ferguson, Missouri, famous. Or rather, infamous. With little information, folks quickly picked sides. Some

  • Politifact, Snopes, facts, fact check, bias, propaganda, lie, truth, interpretation, analysis
    Almost Right

    The popular fact-checking sites, such as Snopes and Politifact, cannot stick to the facts. When Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) predicted that a recent repeal of “three regulations” would save “hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs,” Politifact rated the statement “Half True,” on the grounds that,

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    Townhall: Deep State, Shallow Media, and Meme Warfare

    We like to think we have the facts on our side. When we are confused, or do not know what to do, we seek facts. The Fourth Estate says that it is ideally situated to find those facts for us, and disseminate them. But, as we all know now, “Fake

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    The Deep State Exposed

    The latest WikiLeaks exposure has now presented us with a fuller picture of our government than we had before. The trendy term for this, right now, is “the Deep State.” But we are talking, here, merely about the secret wing of the administrative state that has been building up for

  • Donald Trump, Trump, diet, fat, stress, weight loss
    The Weight of Politics

    Folks sure go crazy over diets. And that’s without the insanity of politics à la mode. Consider the new Trump Diet — actually, several of them. Actress Lena Dunham pledged to move to Canada if Donald Trump won last November. Instead, she stayed to offer a new weight loss scheme.

  • apprentice, Praxis, education, training, skills, college, costs
    The Leading Edge of Higher Ed

    “People are paying tons of money to be kept out of the real world . . . being taught by people most of whom have never even worked in the business world. It’s kinda crazy.” Well, yeah. There’s a lot of crazy in modern college life. Which is one reason

  • war, news, newspapers, defense, spending, Iraq, bombs, drones, soldiers
    War on Page A-10

    War was once big news. Now? Not so much. Which may be a function of the never-ending War on Terror, no end in sight in Afghanistan and an Iraq War that is officially over . . . except for the fighting. Last October, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein busied

  • Arkansas, Jon Woods, corruption, crime, Micah Neal, term limits
    Another Political Crook

    Last week, the other shoe dropped. When last we touched upon Arkansas state legislator Micah Neal, he had pled guilty to steering hundreds of thousands of state tax dollars to a small private college in exchange for big, fat bribes. He also implicated the state’s No. 1 term limits opponent,

  • Charles Murray, protest, violence, free speech, Bell Curve, students, intimidation
    crime and punishment
    Campus Freedom in Peril

    What is the percentage of tenured faculty on American campuses who are still unambiguously on the side of free intellectual exchange? What is the percentage of them who are willing to express that position openly? Sociologist Charles Murray asked those questions near the end of his reflections on Thursday’s Middlebury

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    Townhall: Cowards Clapping for Courage

    The new president delivered a fairly successful first address before Congress. But it was not without its problems. One big one serves as this weekend’s subject at Townhall. Click on over, then come back here. FEE: Why the Joint Session Standing Ovations Creeped Me Out Miami Herald: How Carryn Owens

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    What We Want (From the Police, The Pols)

    Polling data and conclusions:

  • defense, defense spending, war, budget, military, protection
    Overkill, Not Parsimony

    Two truths: national defense is a necessity; national defense is a racket. The latter is the case because the former is the case. Big spenders rely on “better safe than sorry” to always push the envelope, over-investing rather than under-investing. So, we are trapped — and our new president knows

  • Colorado, initiative, 71, Amendment 71, democracy, voting,
    Whose Constitution Is It, Anyway?

    Last November’s biggest mistake? Colorado voters passing Amendment 71. It makes the Rocky Mountain State’s constitution exceedingly more difficult for voters to amend through the initiative petition process. And more like it may be in the offing. Legislation is moving in Florida to require a 66.7 percent vote to amend

  • Denver, incentive, California, development, rent, graft, corruption
    Small Target, Big Subsidy

    Something has gone wrong when, to get a tenant to move into an empty space in your prime-location building, you need a $4 million subsidy. And when I say “prime location,” I’m not engaging in Trumpian over-statement. The downtown Denver, Colorado, property location sees over 35,000 pedestrians per day .

  • truthiness, Trump, propaganda, lies, truth, journalism, journalist, The Economist, rhetoric
    Bigly Truthiness

    “Journalists should be tough when powerful people say untrue things,” writes the Books and Arts columnist for The Economist. I’m with “Johnson,” that pseudonymous author, except for one thing. In calling President Trump a Big League liar, he himself seems to miss the whole truth, nothing but the truth. At

  • hollywood, oscars, politics, scold, pay gap, equal pay, Trump, lecturing
    Deep Dark Truthful Mirror

    At my advancing age, I couldn’t stay up late enough to watch Hollywood’s winners grab their Oscars and punctuate their rambling, teary-eyed acceptance speeches by hurling brickbats at President Trump. The Donald will have to defend himself for perverse statements such as heard on the Access Hollywood tape: “[W]hen you’re

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    Townhall: The Stars of Sexist and Racist Hollywood Shine Bright Tonight

    On behalf of the Academy of Motions Pictures Arts and Sciences, we’d like to extend a little advice to Hollywood’s best and brightest. Click to Townhall; come back for more abuse. Salon: “Hollywood is a cesspool of misogyny and racism. Bring on the lawsuits” Newsweek: Daniel Radcliffe says Racism In

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    Rand Paul Promises a Quick End to (and Replacement of) ObamaCare

    The replacement for ObamaCare that Rand Paul is pushing looks a lot better than his previous statements had led some of us* … to fear: It is mainly a freeing up of the system. Mainly. It is government getting out of the way. Of course, it is packaged so to

  • CalExit, secede, secession, California, divide, partition, self determination
    general freedom
    Adios, California?

    Californians account for more than one of every ten Americans. For now. Three years ago, an initiative sought to split the mega-state up. Had that measure succeeded, the U.S. Congress would have decided whether to permit the Golden State to become six separate states — with ten more U.S. Senators.

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    Freedom’s Friends

    Yesterday marked a solemn anniversary. Seventy-four years ago — on Feb. 22, 1943 — three German students at the University of Munich were tried for treason by the Nazis, convicted and then executed via the guillotine, all in one day. Days earlier, Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie had been

  • Ami Horowitz, Sweden, Tucker Carlson, terrorism, terrorist, violence, immigrants
    Stockholm Syndrome?

    Can we handle the truth? Governments and media professionals don’t always think so. Journalist Ami Horowitz, whose interview with Tucker Carlson caught President Trump’s attention last week, noted that, despite what he learned (and recorded) at street level in Sweden, Swedes in general and government personnel in particular* seem resistant

  • Trump, Sweden, terrorism, attack, immigrant, refuge, terror attack
    No-Go Zones

    “We’ve got to keep our country safe,” President Donald Trump said last week at a rally in Melbourne, Florida. Hardly objectionable. It was what he said next that baffled . . . some. “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden —

  • By any means necessary, BAMN, protest, free speech, fascist, first amendment, censorship, violence
    crime and punishment
    Wolves Crying Wolf

    People have a right to defend themselves. Right? Especially against rape and murder. “This is not about free speech,” Yvette Felarca yelled to the crowd at the University of California-Berkeley, gathered weeks ago to “shut down” a scheduled speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, the controversial Breitbart editor. Felarca, a national organizer

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    Townhall: Hate Is Our Business

    As conflict grows week by week, month by month — left vs. right, black vs. white, insider vs. outsider — and as good will is quickly being abandoned for fear, hatred, and loathing, one American organization is dedicated solely to tracking “hate groups.” Or is it? Click on over to

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    Leaving, Left

    Dave Rubin explains his odyssey:

  • FEC, debates, presidential, Commission on Presidential Debates, Lawsuit, libertarian, green
    Remember the Rigged Election?

    Remember the 2016 presidential election? You know, the contest that still bedevils us? The one allegedly rigged by the Russians and fake news? The one the outcome of which Michael Moore (and others) suggested, even this week, should be overturned by “the courts” simply by installing Hillary Clinton as president?

  • Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Obama, Trump, Sanders, debate, CNN
    Tough Luck, Chumps

    Advertised as a big deal ahead of time, the debate didn’t get much play afterwards. Especially from the Left blogosphere. Why? Billed as about the “future of ObamaCare,” it was really about what should replace ObamaCare. The CNN debate pitted Sen. Ted Cruz, well-known Republican opponent of the Affordable Care

  • civil asset forfeiture, forfeiture, police, abuse, theft, Trump, corruption, incentives, illustration, money, cops
    Watcha Gonna Do?

    At a White House meeting last week between President Trump and law enforcement officials, a Texas sheriff raised a concern about legislation introduced by a state senator to require a conviction before police could take someone’s property. Mr. Trump asked for that senator’s name, adding, “We’ll destroy his career.” The

  • Prince George, council, county, Maryland, graft, corruption, car
    Of Protests & Politicians

    Last Friday, I applauded massive protests that erupted in Romania — over a since-rescinded governmental decree to decriminalize graft up to $47,000. On Sunday at Townhall, I wondered why there weren’t similar demonstrations against the corruption afflicting Prince George’s County, Maryland. The county, bordering the nation’s capital, lavishes its nine

  • ecomomics, economist, tariff, trade, protectionism, Trump
    free trade & free markets
    The Skinny on Trumponomics

    President Donald Trump does not trust economists. So he is demoting the Council of Economic Advisors, booting out of the Cabinet the Council’s chairperson. If this were only because economists as economists cannot do what he has been able to do — make a big success in business and trade

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    Townhall: Paying and Paying and Paying for Politicians

    The high cost of our public servants can be shown beyond their mere inflated paychecks. Click on over to Townhall, then come back here. Washington Post: This suburb spends more than $110,000 a year on cars for its lawmakers Fox-5 (D.C.): Prince George’s County Council Member Mel Franklin charged with

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    Video: Snowden on a Possible Putin Gesture

    Katie Couric asks E. Snowden a significant question:

  • Romania, no-confidence vote, Bucharest, democracy, protest, corruption
    The Confidence Game

    Romania’s parliament has confidence in . . . itself. Sorta. A parliamentary no-confidence vote failed, despite 161 lawmakers voting for the resolution and only eight voting with the government. Confused? The no-confidence measure failed because the Social Democrats, controlling nearly two-thirds of the 465 seats in parliament, abstained on the

  • Audi, Super Bowl, advertising, advertisement, wage gap, feminism
    The Advertising Hypocrisy Gap

    “What do I tell my daughter?” So begins the Audi advertisement millions of Americans saw last Sunday during the yearly super celebration of commercials that, sandwiched in between them, included one of the most exciting football championship games ever.  The ad shows a father watching his young girl racing go-carts

  • black pot, black kettle, pot calling the kettle black, Trump, Putin, Russia, interview, Super Bowl, killing, guilt, blame
    No Innocence Abroad

    After establishing, during the big Super Bowl day interview, that President Donald Trump respects Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Bill O’Reilly asked why. After all, the Fox News star challenged, “Putin’s a killer.”* “We’ve got a lot of killers,” Trump replied. “What, you think our country’s so innocent?” This disturbed just about

  • Henry Louis Mencken, Black bloc, Antifa, protest, terrorist, violence, Milo Yiannopoulis, Gavin McInnes
    crime and punishment
    God Knows You’re Good

    “The trouble with fighting for human freedom,” wrote H. L. Mencken, “is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels.” Henry Louis Mencken (1880 – 1956), master prose stylist and social critic, knew whereof he wrote. But he also penned things to which few would give their hearty assent.

  • bargaining, dickering, negotiating, free trade, price, illustration, Buying Power
    No Set Prices?

    “Paul,” an old boss of mine used to say, “there are no set prices.” He meant that when a vendor said it would cost x, my choice wasn’t just yes or no. Negotiate. I could say, “Boy, I’d sure like that, but golly, I can’t afford to pay x. Any

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    Townhall: Mob Violence and Its Defenders

    The Bishop Berkeley (1685 – 1783) famously advanced strange notions about the nature of ideas and existence . . . and proof of the latter on the grounds of the former. This weekend’s column has nothing to do with that. It is about the Berkeley anti-Milo riots. And free speech

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