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  • Hong Kong, police, riots, protests, violence,
    general freedom
    Protests and Propaganda

    Poised to gobble up Hong Kong whole, completing the process Britain began when it ceded the colony back to China in 1997, the government of China remains concerned about world opinion, for it engages in massive propaganda. “When a projectile struck a Hong Kong woman in the eye this week

  • Andrew Yang, zoning, land use, visionary, presidential, election,
    political challengers
    Recognizing a Problem

    Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang has at least one good policy preference: he opposes tough land use and zoning regimes. And he is not alone.  “Yang’s criticism of zoning is pretty close to what other Democratic primary candidates have said on the subject,” writes Chistian Britschgi at Reason. “Sens. Cory

  • Tony Gehrig, Dave Piepkorn, Caldevron, taxes,
    The Truth of Tax Privileges

    In Fargo, North Dakota, a company called Aldevron applied to the city council for a tax exemption. If given, it would spare the company from handing $4.6 million dollars to the city government over the next ten years. Now, Aldevron isn’t just a company with a name seemingly out of

  • MIke Gravel, president, candidate, war, draft,
    national politics & policies
    And Then There Were 20-Something

    The media won’t have my favorite Democratic presidential candidate to kick around anymore.  “Mike Gravel drops out of 2020 race,” Vox headlined Catherine Kim’s report. “He never wanted to be president anyway.” A subhead continued: “The former Alaska senator simply ran to get other candidates to talk about American imperialism.”

  • Jeffrey Epstein, murder, death, pedophile, conspiracy, paranoia,
    media and media people

    Some news stories serve more as inkblot tests than as first runs at history. With the Jeffrey Epstein story we find sightings, Rohrschach-like, of both Minotaurs and unicorns, depending on the viewer. I am not seeing the sad unicorn of suicide in his story. Are you? Of course, there’s a

  • term limits, Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson, collage, photomontage, elephant, JGill, Paul Jacob, Common Sense
    by Paul Jacob
    What Americans Agree Upon

    Paul Jacob talks about the huge areas of agreement among Americans, even in this Age of Trump and Ideological Disunity:

  • by Paul Jacob
    Limits of Politics

    This Week in Common Sense focuses on the previous weekend’s massacres, and what must be done to prevent future atrocities.

  • swing, space, weird, ufo, aliens, strange,
    ideological culture
    Strange Days

    We live in a strange time when a possible official UFO disclosure by the government doesn’t seem strange at all. What’s odd is one of the two major American political parties proudly talking up socialism. What’s weird is the increasing financial instability of the country’s top two social programs, Medicare

  • college, student, debt, loan, forgiveness, hat,
    education and schooling
    Sell College Short?

    We are often lectured on the importance of a college education. The path to upward mobility is greased via higher education, we are informed, and all that investment in time and money pays off . . . with a lifetime of higher salaries and better opportunities. “The typical American with

  • gun violence, gun control, law, mass shooting, 2nd Amendment, Donald Trump,
    media and media people
    Courage and Wisdom?

    President Donald Trump responded to the weekend’s two shooting atrocities by decrying hatred and making five substantive proposals.  “They include tools to identify early warning signs in mass shooters, reducing the glorification of violence, reforming mental health laws, enacting ‘red flag’ laws to stop dangerous individuals from gaining access to

  • atrocity, exhibition, shooting, violence, guns, control, 2nd Amendment, boy, white,
    general freedom
    The Atrocity Exhibition

    News commentary can seem like a race, commentators reacting as if to the crack of the starting-gun, scrambling to make sure they do not come in last. Yet, in stories like this weekend’s round of mass shootings, being last to comment might be something to aspire towards.  As I have

  • Ohio, referendum, control, stop, emergency button,
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    Subsidizers May Be Checked

    “FirstEnergy Solutions might not want to spend its bailout money just yet,” warns a story in Crain’s Cleveland Business.  At issue? A possible statewide referendum on House Bill 6. HB6 would, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “gut Ohio’s green-energy mandates and set up customer-funded subsidies to nuclear and coal

  • by Paul Jacob
    Democrats & the Dream

    This Week in Common Sense, focusing on the notion of a “Universal Basic Income”: Note: the sound isn’t as good as usual. Next week we will be up to snuff.

  • Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, debate, prosecuter, criminal justice, reform,
    ideological culture
    Into and Out of the Muck

    Yesterday I referenced “pigs flying” . . . and Icarus’s waxed-wing fail.  Today, it’s just about the muck. Now, I am on the road and definitely not catching every word of the Democratic debates. But amidst much nonsense and embarrassment — and there was a lot of it, from what

  • flying pig
    national politics & policies
    Pigs Flying Too Close to the Sun

    What should we “fight for” in politics? The readily obtainable, the remotely possible, or the obtainable only when the proverbial pig flaps its muddy wings? You might think this would be a pressing concern for Democrats running to oust Donald Trump from the presidency. You know, practical politics being something

  • John Delaney, conscription, selective service, slavery, involuntary, freedom,
    national politics & policies
    No Exceptions

    “It’s time to bring the country together,” says Rep. John Delaney (D-Maryland), aspiring to be our next commandeer-in-chief, “restore our sense of shared purpose and a common and inclusive national destiny.” How?  Forcibly: “John Delaney’s Plan for National Service” states that “Every American will complete a minimum of one year

  • savings bond, family, interest rates, economics, savings,
    free trade & free markets
    Negative Logic

    “The idea that negative interest rates will produce loans and generate growth,” concludes Richard Rahn in a Washington Times op-ed, “is not supported by the evidence to date.” Citing current markets for Danish and Swiss bonds, Rahn states that “approximately 30 percent of the global government bond issues are now

  • Pete Buttigieg, president, election, labor, gig economy, candidate,
    national politics & policies
    The New New Dealer

    Reason magazine’s Nick Gillespie finds “a lot” to like about Pete Buttigieg. He sees a candidate “who at his best represents a new generation in American politics and a principled unwillingness to go along with the most free-spending plans of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination.”  I have so

  • by Paul Jacob
    Trump Is Not the Antichrist!

    Paul responds to a reader comment.

  • by Paul Jacob
    Minimum Wage, Maximum Politics

    This Week in Common Sense for the final full week of July 2019. Paul focuses his review of the week on the Sanders/Tlaib minimum wage stories:

  • Robert Mueller, disaster, testimony, collusion, exonerate, hearing,
    ideological culture
    The Trump of the Will

    It’s over — our long national nightmare is over. Or is it?  Congress’s “movie” version of Robert Mueller’s book-length report on Trump-Russia collusion flopped. That is, Wednesday’s hearings were an “optics . . . disaster.”  The Democrats and their media cheerleaders had put so much stock in the event, hoping

  • Rashida Tlaib, minimum wage, The Squad, economics,
    Common Sense
    Money for Robots and Representatives!

    Yesterday I addressed Senator Bernie Sanders’ minimum wage problem. Today it is member of Congress and “The Squad” Rashida Tlaib’s turn. She is unsatisfied with the just-passed national $15/hour minimum wage.  She wants to make it $20. Now a bidding war begins? But not where laborers bid for jobs. Instead,

  • Bernie Sanders, minimum wage,
    national politics & policies
    Bernie and Economic Law

    One of the things Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is known for is his push for a $15 per hour “living wage.” But this is politics — a policy position is never complete until its advocates demonstrate just how idiotic the policy actually is. As Bernie just did. His presidential campaign

  • money, case, window, floating, deficit, spending,
    national politics & policies
    Make Deficits Great Again?

    Is Donald Trump really “draining the swamp”?  It’s overflowing. Stan Collender, writing last year in Forbes, noted just what a big spender the president really is. Now, an update: fiscal year 2019 sports a deficit of $1.09 trillion, up considerably from the $897 billion projected earlier this year; the next

  • term limits, flag, hand, stop,
    term limits
    They’re Called Term Limits

    Looking for an exemplar of condescending witlessness? Take Steve Benen, producer of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show. Please!  Last week, I praised Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer for endorsing term limits, while Benen panned him at The Maddow Blog, calling term limits a “gimmick.” So, when Aristotle argued for mandatory rotation

  • by Paul Jacob
    Something You Can Do

    Paul tells tales from the early days of the movement — featuring stories about Speaker Tom Foley, Representative Dick Armey, and Senator William Proxmire — and also explaining precisely why people love term limits so much. Inspiring: Attention to advertising, Representative Dick Armey and Senator William Proxmire. Oh, and Sam

  • by Paul Jacob
    Look Who’s Racist Now!

    Senator Claire McCaskill? President Donald Trump? “The Squad”? In this weekend’s “This Week in Common Sense,” Paul covers the most vexatious story of this past week:

  • US, United States, national referendum, initiative, voting, democracy, elections,
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    Democratic Dreams

    On Wednesday, I said we should, to borrow the vernacular, “have a conversation” about a national referendum. Billionaire investor, environmentalist, and Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer proposed the idea, which I’ve loved conceptually since my friend, former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel (also a Democratic presidential candidate), first advocated it decades

  • the squad, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, lhan Omar,Ayanna Pressley,Rashida Tlaib, socialism, racism,
    national politics & policies
    Truth Squad

    “I hesitate to contribute to this freak show,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night.  I know the feeling.  “I don’t think President Trump is a racist,” added the senator. “I don’t think his original tweet was racist.” While I haven’t peered into the president’s soul, I

  • billionaire, Tom Steyer, candidate, president, election, campaign,
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    A Different Conversation

    “Here’s the difference between me and the other candidates,” says billionaire investor-turned-presidential aspirant Tom Steyer. “I don’t think we can fix our democracy from the inside. I don’t believe Washington politicians and big corporations will let that happen.” Of course, if this Democrat becomes president of these United States, that’s

  • Jay Inslee, Washington, president, election, socialism, watermelon, green on the outside, red on the inside,
    ideological culture
    Inslee, AOC, and the Watermelon

    Washington State Governor Jay Inslee is running to lead the Democratic Party in the next presidential election to take back the imperial capital, Washington, D.C. His chief issue? Fighting “man-made climate change.” But he also dares to say goofy things, apparently on the theory that It Works For Trump. Seeking

  • race, card, color, racism, hate,
    ideological culture
    Playing Cards with Democrats

    “[T]he thing that really set me off this week,” former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) said on NBC’s Meet the Press, “was them going after Sharice Davids.” The “them” are four freshman congresswomen — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)

  • by Paul Jacob
    Less Hate — This Week

    Reviewing this last week’s big stories:

  • Elizabeth Warren, plan, central plan, nanny state, control, puppet,
    “I’ve Got a Plan for That.”

    “If you start from a belief that the most knowledgeable person on earth does not have even one percent of the total knowledge on earth, that shoots down social engineering, economic central planning, judicial activism, and innumerable other ambitious notions favored by the political left. “ —Thomas Sowell

  • AOC, Trump, twitter, block, blocking, free speech,
    government transparency
    Transparent on Twitter?

    I find Twitter distasteful, annoying, even stupid. I sometimes wonder why I should care about that particular “micro-blogging” platform. But since it is a big deal to others, I struggle to understand.* Joining me in the struggle are our two most famous political Twitterers, President Donald Trump and Representative Alexandria

  • hate crime, Seattle, statistics, propaganda,
    crime and punishment
    Less Hate

    Just how awful are Americans? Racist and sexist “hate crimes” are all said to have ramped up since the election of Donald Trump. Wilfred Reilly took a close look, in Quillette, at the hate crime cases in Seattle, which had been reported as having increased “by 400 percent since 2012.”

  • jeffrey epstein, pedophile, sealed, box, case, tape, government, cover up,
    crime and punishment
    Pedo Plane Perv

    If you are like me, you react to news about billionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein by trying to retain some composure. His recent arrest on sex trafficking charges was a long time coming, sure; and the accusations swirling around him are disgusting and alarming. But I try to

  • First Amendment rights
    Ngo Go Zone

    Last week, photojournalist Andy Ngo was attacked on the streets of Portland, Oregon, while video-recording a Patriot Prayer march and its Antifa opposition. As they attacked, one malefactor can be heard screaming, “F**k you, Andy!” Another cried, “F**king owned bitch.” It was personal. They knew Mr. Ngo, who had been

  • liberty, freedom, independence, debate, American,
    general freedom
    America, the Debatable?

    “A divided America gathers for Fourth,” The Washington Post headlined its lead story about the Independence Day celebration on the National Mall.*  Give me two minutes to unite us. On the night of July 3rd, stuck in horrendous holiday traffic, I stumbled upon a National Public Radio broadcast discussing the

  • by Paul Jacob
    Trust Congress?

    There should be no legally required military or “national” service:

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    Coverage, Scant & Skewed

    The Antifa beating of journalist Andy Ngo has been a big deal online, but not in the major press. Why? Because it is perceived as ideological. I read the Washington Post every day, and the only coverage I noticed was in a quotation from the major paper in Portland, Oregon,

  • CO2, Carbon DiOxide, green, greenhouse, warming, climate,
    national politics & policies
    Greener Pastures

    There is climate change going on. And some of it is attributable to increasing levels of Carbon dioxide (CO2).  It is uncontroversial and quite politically convenient to say that — despite Al Gore’s infamous propaganda positing climate change dogma as An Inconvenient Truth. The worldwide “green” movement to “fight climate

  • Kamala Harris, debate, Democrats, Fourth of July, Independence Day,
    Common Sense
    Dependence or Independence?

    “America does not want to witness a food fight,” Senator Kamala Harris said at last week’s debate, reprimanding her squabbling fellow Democratic Party presidential contenders. “They want to know how we’re going to put food on their table.” The no doubt well-rehearsed line drew raucous applause. She’s right; we’re not

  • you lie, Obama, Pelosi, Biden, Congress, Speech,
    ideological culture
    They Aren’t Lying Now?

    “You lie!” When U.S. Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC) shouted this at President Barack Obama during 2009’s State of the Union — scandal! How dare he? At issue was whether federal tax dollars would aid illegal immigrants under Obamacare. Democrats denied that any such thing would happen. Indeed, the very idea

  • Kamala Harris, race, debate, democratic, president, democracy,
    media and media people
    Birth of a Twitterstorm

    “Kamala Harris is *not* an American Black. She is half Indian and half Jamaican,” tweeted Ali Alexander, a self-described black American activist, after the California Senator’s presidential debate performance. “I’m so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our history.”* On Friday, Donald Trump, Jr., retweeted Alexander’s tweet

  • Washington DC, corruption, sports gambling,
    insider corruption
    A Safe Bet

    “We certainly cannot comment,” said a spokesman for the Chief Financial Officer of the nation’s capital city, “on documents that are not supposed to be public.” Welcome to Washington, D.C., where governing is done opaquely. In a typically shady political maneuver, a $215 million contract was awarded to Intralot, a

  • video
    The Most-Searched Untouchable

    One of the more important results of the Democratic debates was the popular interest in the sole anti-war candidate:

  • Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic Presidential Debate, war, peace, foreign policy,
    international affairs
    Who’ll Stop the Wars?

    “Why were you the lone voice out there going after the neo-cons, going after the people who took us into these wars?” Chris Mathews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball, asked presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) after Wednesday night’s debate.  Pro-peace candidates do well with voters, but still most politicians and

  • Ireland, global warming, authoritarian, totalitarian, control, climate,
    general freedom
    When Push Comes to Nudge

    Ireland’s prime minister — or “Taoiseach” — is enthusiastic. “Speaking at the launch of the Climate Action Plan in Grangegorman today,” the Independent reported last week, “Mr [Leo Eric] Varadkar said the government would establish a Climate Action Delivery Board in the Department of the Taoiseach to oversee its implementation.”

  • tax man, taxes, Tim Eyman, term limits,
    tax policy
    Terms for Taxes

    Years ago, I dubbed Tim Eyman “America’s #1 freedom fighter,” and how does he repay me? Washington State’s anti-tax crusading initiative guru has gone and stolen my bread-and-butter issue, term limits . . . and married it up with another one of his tax initiatives.  He’s calling Initiative 1648: Term

  • UFO, navy, flight, tracking, military, disclosure, secret, conspiracy,
    government transparency
    The Whys Behind the Whats

    “[H]ow quickly our differences worldwide would vanish,” said Ronald Reagan in 1987, “if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.”  Does that Reaganite talking point give us any hints about the current series of disclosures about Unidentified Flying Objects?  I noted the most recent story to hit

  • Hong Kong, protests, extradition, freedom, democracy,
    general freedom
    I Am Hong Kong

    “I love my students so much,” a protesting teacher in Hong Kong told a BBC reporter, wiping tears from her eyes. “I worry about they cannot have the freedom we have before. They cannot speak what they want to speak like us. So, I don’t want . . . this.”

  • video
    An Official Briefing

    Why isn’t this a bigger story? Is there a “truth embargo”? The reports do not suggest ball lightning or other natural phenomena, despite what debunkers tell us. Weird in every dimension:

  • war, false flag, Iran, Iraq, lies,
    Remember . . . the Maine?

    “President Trump warned Thursday that America ‘will not stand’ for Iran shooting down a U.S. drone over the Strait of Hormuz,” a Fox News report summarizes, “while at the same time leaving open the possibility that the attack was unintentional.”  This incident immediately follows the previous week’s apparent provocation, attacks on

  • communism, socialism, freedom, capitalism, motherhood, family,
    ideological culture
    Not Your Mother’s How-To Manual

    “Want to Dismantle Capitalism?” asks The Nation headline for a recent interview with feminist Sophie Lewis, immediately answering: “Abolish the Family.” In a world of YouTube videos on how to do almost everything, apparently the progressive publication noticed something missing: There is no reliable guide for going full commie. Rosemarie

  • dumpster fire, term limits, Congress,
    national politics & policies
    Dousing the Dumpster Fire

    “Congress is less popular than traffic jams, root canals, and hemorrhoids,” U.S. Term Limits Executive Director Nick Tomboulides explained yesterday at a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution hearing.  “You’re beating head lice,” he added, “but the lice have asked for a recount.” Mr. Tomboulides and U.S. Term Limits support

  • truly free, Bernie Sanders, socialism
  • Cuba, doctors, Brazil, freedom, slavery, slaves,
    ideological culture
    Cuban Slave Doctors

    Did Cuba and Brazil just prove Sen. Rand Paul right . . . about socialism? Eight years ago, the ophthalmologist-turned-politician raised progressive ire in a subcommittee hearing. “With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have to realize what that implies,” the junior

  • body cam, camera, police, feds, federal, crime, law,
    free trade & free markets
    Don’t Follow the Feds

    “Federal agents never wear body cameras,” The Washington Post reports, “and they prohibit local officers from wearing them on their joint operations.” That’s why a growing number of local law enforcement agencies are doing what Atlanta’s police chief and mayor “decided late last month,” pulling “out of joint task forces

  • communism, New York Times, Nazism,
    Guess Which is Real.

    NOTE: 100 million human beings were killed by communist ideologues in the 20th century.

  • video
    James Madison v. Woodrow Wilson

    Government is its own faction and interest group. George Will, as interviewed by Matt Welch, Reason

  • New York Times, communism, socialism, journalism, pandering, newspaper,
    ideological culture
    Gray Lady Commies

    The New York Times has long leaned left. But is it really a stable Pisa-tower lean, at this point? It sure seems that, in recent years, the Gray Lady has gone extreme, abandoning its “respectable” center-left perch.  The change, economist Alex Tabarrok writes for FEE, appears to have happened “around

  • Joe Biden, healthcare, cancer,
    national politics & policies
    Dr. Biden, B.S.

    “I promise you, if I’m elected president,” Democratic Party frontrunner Joe Biden told an Iowa audience, “you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America, we’re gonna cure cancer.” It’s the sort of claim that makes snake-oil salesmen blush.  “That is a very, very bold campaign promise

  • Earl G. Jaques
    education and schooling
    Taxing Panicsville

    There is a big problem with Delaware school districts asking voters for additional tax money via ballot referendums. You see, sometimes the people don’t vote the way school officials and politicians want. Have no fear: Rep. Earl Jaques (D-Glasgow) has authored House Bill 129 to solve this thorny problem.  “This

  • individualism, collectivism, you didn't build that,
    general freedom
    Abolishing You

    In a recent Washington Post essay — “Is the individual obsolete?” — syndicated columnist George Will tackled the “you didn’t build that” theme that President Obama blurted out on the 2012 campaign trail, borrowed from a not-obscure-enough (and now former) Harvard Professor, Elizabeth Warren. “What made Warren’s riff interesting, and

  • Catherine Pugh, corruption, Baltimore,
    insider corruption
    House-Cleaning & Law-Following

    Larry Hogan, Maryland’s popular Republican governor, has vowed to “clean house” in the wake of the scandals rocking the “private” non-profit University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), set up by the State of Maryland.  It isn’t just former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who resigned from the UMMS board after it

  • video
    A Free People’s World Congress

    A short reminiscence from Paul:

  • by Paul Jacob
    Tiananmen & Term Limits

    Paul discusses how meaningful 1989’s Tiananmen protests were for him and for America, historically.

  • big brother, Barnie Fife, surveillance, face recognition,
    Fourth Amendment rights
    Big Brother or Barney Fife?

    Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Hampshire — these are the states that have shouted a big NO to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s citizen scanning agenda and its database of 640 million faces.  “As the FBI amasses hundreds of millions of photos for its facial recognition program

  • Beto, Paul Jacob, term limits,
    political challengers
    Beto’s Best Reform

    “All too often politicians focus on their own re-election,” says Robert Francis ‘Beto’ O’Rourke, “at the expense of addressing the challenges our country faces.”  A supporter of term limits during his six years in Congress, in 2018 Beto left a safe House seat to challenge U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, also

  • Brexit, Great Britain, labour, right wing, left wing, ideology,
    ideological culture
    Upside Down and Inside Out

    A YouGov poll of British voters asking who should lead Parliament, conducted a week after Britain’s European Union Parliamentary elections and in advance of Prime Minister Theresa May’s June 7 departure as Tory leader, provides some shocks. In the poll, Labour and Conservatives trail behind the Liberal Democrats* and something

  • Tiananmen Square, China, Goddess of Democracy, term limits, freedom,
    general freedom
    What Tiananmen Inspired

    Why did term limits spring up in the 1990s? Term limitation has a long history in America, of course — and all the way back to Aristotle — but why the resurgence? I remember opponents suggesting that Americans were frustrated with slow economic growth.  Not likely.  In “Restoring Faith in

  • Goddesss of Democracy, China, freedom, protest,
    general freedom
    What It Means

    The most inspiring political event of my six decades on this planet remains the pro-freedom and democracy protests of three decades ago, when for seven weeks first students and then other Chinese citizens occupied iconic, historic Tiananmen Square in Beijing. “In the history of communist China,” said a CNN correspondent

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    1989 Tiananmen Square Protests . . . and Massacre

    ABC News: China’s Premiere Meets Student Protestors News Report (4:41) “World News report from May 18, 1989: Members of the Chinese government met with leaders of the student protests. Hundreds of student[s] demonstrated in Tiananmen Square.” ABC News: Standoff Between People’s Army and Demonstrators News Report (6:34) “World News report

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    2020 Blow-out!

    Effective satire from Reason:

  • justice, law, Mueller, innocence,
    crime and punishment
    Guilty. Guilty! Guilty?

    “No responsible prosecutor,” Alan Dershowitz writes in The Hill, “should ever suggest that the subject of his investigation might indeed be guilty even if there was insufficient evidence or other reasons not to indict.” Don’t I know it. The world-famous lawyer takes issue with the “statement by special counsel Robert

  • Assange, King, alien, media, news,
    media and media people
    It’s Aliens!

    Why does corporate media report what it reports?  And neglect what it neglects?  From an article, yesterday, by Caitlin Johnstone, “Julian Assange is Reportedly Gravely Ill, and Hardly Anyone’s Talking About It,” we learn that Mr. Assange is too ill to speak. Since the U.S. Government has indicted him for

  • drug war, prison, jail, prohibition, ban, freedom,
    crime and punishment
    Prisoners All

    The logic for drug prohibition is direct: to keep people from hurting themselves with recreational drugs, we must prevent them from accessing those drugs. Voilà! There are a number of things wrong with that, though, and one is this: governments cannot even keep illegal drugs out of prisons.  In California,

  • national politics & policies
    Wand Wavers Aren’t Us

    Why do some Washington wizards refuse to wave their magic wands? Why, they could make our world . . . wonderful! On CNN’s State of the Union program over the weekend, guest host Dana Bash spoke with Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) about her legislation to “give parents paid leave to

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