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    Racialized Collectivists on the March

    After viewing Vice’s excellent, revelatory coverage of the so-called “Unite the Right” rally, it might help putting the current culture war and its Charlottesville battlefield in perspective courtesy of Carl “Sargon of Akkad” Benjamin:

  • Thomas Jefferson, pixelated, Robert E. Lee, Washington, Jefferson, free speech, slavery, Nazis, Charlottesville, KKK, slippery slope
    Accountability
    Statues and Limitations

    “Should they take down the Jefferson Memorial?” That is what PBS’s Charlie Rose asked Al Sharpton. Now, the “Reverend” is not my go-to source for political insight, but his answer* caught my attention. “I think that people need to understand that, when people that were enslaved and robbed of even

  • Nazi, Civil War, soldiers, dead soldiers, Charlottesville, antifa
    ideological culture
    The Great Diversion

    Though the breakdown of civil debate seems new, the subjects are old. We are actually talking about Nazis, again. Nazi death counts. And the Confederacy. The former defeated by my father’s generation, the latter defeated several generations earlier. Why? Because talking about the future would require actual thought. It’s easier

  • crime and punishment
    Loco Micro Repression

    Close but no cakewalk prize. Modern social justice advocates sometimes come up with legitimate complaints . . . only to wander off terra firma and into cloud-cuckoo land. “Microaggressions” is one of these airy wanderings, and Katherine Timpf has spotted another in the ever-growing catalog of social justice beefs: The

  • city planner, city planning, Portland, Oregon, Better Naito, business
    Accountability
    How to Ruin a Thoroughfare

    Cities require some planning. But the further beyond a certain minimum, the greater the ease with which a central planning authority can be captured — by zealots with more stars in their eyes than brains in their heads. Portland, Oregon, is a case in point. Students from Portland State University

  • police, violence, Charlottesville, white supremacist, Nazi, protest, counter protest, law and order
    Accountability
    Saturday’s Violence

    After delivering the final address at the Liberty International World Conference in Puerto Rico, Friday night, I learned that there had been violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia. A dozen people required medical treatment after being sprayed with mace. Then, after traveling to the airport with

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    Townhall: A Sad Question After a Violent Day

    Another riot, more violence, one person dead. What to make of it all? Click on over to Townhall for the question (if not the answer) of the day. Washington Post: One dead and 19 injured as car strikes crowds along route of white nationalist rally in Charlottesville Trump condemns ‘hatred,

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    James Damore Speaks About Google

    The big news this week has been the “Google Memo” scandal, which ended up with the firing of its author, James Damore. He gave several interviews after getting the sack, most prominent being with Dr. Jordan Peterson: Bloomberg covered the story: Damore also talked to Ben Shapiro: But Damore’s first

  • Hardy Johnson, work ethic, retirement, birthday, profile
    general freedom
    Hardy at 89

    Hardy Johnson marked his 89th birthday by doing what he’s always doing, working as a cobbler at Custom Shoe Builders in Knoxville, Tennessee. His son, who manages the business that his dad founded in 1953, was out of town. The back orders had been piling up. And Johnson takes only

  • Google, memo, sexism, discrimination, responsibility, guilt, justice, crime
    Accountability
    Excepting Responsibility

    Responsibility: demand it of others, expect it demanded of you. So you might think that those who try to redress old grievances with compensatory (“reverse”) discrimination would be a bit more careful. Yesterday I wrote about the bizarre Google Memo case, wherein an employee was fired for (basically) warning of

  • Google, memo, sexism, discrimination, James Damore, affirmative action
    Accountability
    Google Has the Memo

    A Google employee, James Damore, internally distributed a memo, reprinted by Gizmodo* to widespread (if inch-deep) horror. The memo controversially takes apart Google’s efforts to increase its number of female employees. Per the memo, it is surely unjust to discriminate against members of some groups in the cause of opposing

  • Milton Friedman, democracy, initiative, referendum, Free to Choose, public interest,
    Accountability
    Free to Choose

    “I think that the most effective way one could possibly move toward greater freedom in the United States, toward a smaller role of government, would be if we could only have a more democratic society.” Who said that? A Democrat? No. The speaker quickly added, “I don’t mean a capital-D,

  • California, Jerry Brown, law, balloon, metallic, criminal liability
    crime and punishment
    Decriminalizing Balloon Release

    I’m sure I disagree with most of the policies California Governor Jerry Brown seeks to propose and impose. But let’s give credit where credit is due. He’s right that people should not be treated like criminals when in a burst of celebratory excess they commit the sin of unleashing helium

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    Townhall: The New Asian Exclusion Act

    Affirmative action isn’t as black-and-white as we were told. Click on over to Townhall. Come back here for even more shades. New York Times: Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions CNN: Justice Dept. pushes back on NYT’s ‘race-based discrimination’ report CNN: Harvard faces discrimination probe while

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    Gatekeeping 2.1 (The YouTube Gambit)

    Paul Joseph Watson expands on how one of the major players in social media is trying to re-establish the center-left’s gatekeeper hegemony:

  • gate keeper, Jordan Peterson, censor, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, censorship, new media,
    Accountability
    Gatekeeping 2.0

    There once was opinion hegemony, almost a monopoly. Official gatekeepers kept unwanted ideas — including some of mine, including many I strongly oppose — out of public consideration. Then came the online media revolution, which switched influence from corporate, academic-approved media outlets to truly new media, like Facebook, Twitter and

  • education, free trade zone, Shenzhen, Chicago, Detroit, regulations, reform
    Accountability
    SEZ Ed

    The great barrier to educational advance in our time is the federal government. The second great barrier? Your state government. The third great barrier? Your local government. Proposals to break up government-subsidized and -enforced school monopolies have ranged from tax credit proposals and voucher programs to charter schools and (the

  • Nick Tomboulides, U.S. Term Limits, Young Americans for Liberty National Convention, experience, proof
    Accountability
    The Junk Bond State

    What a pleasure — comparing notes with Nick Tomboulides, executive director of U.S. Term Limits, my old job. Speaking on a panel last week at the Young Americans for Liberty National Convention,* Illinois came up. Nick agreed that if the Land of Lincoln had a term-limited legislature, we would never

  • Anthony Scaramucci, reactionary, Trump, partisan, ideologue, ideology, "The Mooch", politics,
    Accountability
    Reactionary America

    With the meteoric transit of Anthony Scaramucci — into the Trump Administration and then, in an eye-blink, out of it — I have never been more convinced of the vital importance of state and local activism. Yes, it’s been a chaotic week in Trumptown. The new White House Director of

  • healthcare, Obamacare, TrumpCare, ACA, Affordable Care Act, Healthcare reform, government, socialism
    Accountability
    ObamaCare’s Casualties

    We all know the truth: Partisan “warfare” yields the usual war casualty, truth itself. Now, because of the increasing weight of federal government presence in healthcare markets, partisan untruth incurs medical costs. Take the goofy Republican plan(s) to “repeal and replace” ObamaCare — pushed with so many half-truths and downright

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    Townhall: Charlie Gard, Single-Payer … Both Dead

    A funereal note for a baby in Britain, a death knell for socialized medicine in America? See Townhall, click on over; then come back here. BBC: Charlie Gard parents announce death of ‘beautiful boy’ CNN: Baby Charlie Gard dies after life support withdrawn Fox News Insider: Nigel Farage: ‘I Am

  • video
    Big Enough, Small Enough

    “Your social systems have to be large enough so they protect you but small enough that you have a place in them.” Professor Peterson on globalism:

  • Seattle, distracted driving, texting, overreach, government, freedom, eating, drinking, liberty
    Accountability
    The Minimal Use of a Finger

    Drivers in Washington State have a new law to . . . swerve from? “New distracted driving law starts Sunday, July 23,” the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) tweeted last week. “The law forbids,” Washingtonians were told,  “virtually all use of handheld gadgets such as phones, tablets, laptop computers

  • schools, education, students, standards, suspension, punishment, discipline
    Accountability
    Only Make Believe

    Problems can be solved. But for those lacking the merest clue how to solve a given problem . . . alternatives exist. Books can be cooked to pretend the problem no longer exists. And perhaps to fool others. A series of articles in the Washington Post highlights the effort to

  • Charlie Gard, Nigel Farage, National Health Service, government, control
    crime and punishment
    Big Libertarian Questions

    “This raises some very big libertarian questions,” said Nigel Farage yesterday. About what? The “rights of parents against the state.” The outspoken Brexit supporter and former leader of the UK Independence Party was referring to Charlie Gard, the sick, dying 11-month old British baby, whose parents sought to take to

  • TulsiGabbard, Democrat, Syria, arms, rebels, war, Obama, Trump, Russia
    folly
    Syria & Sanity

    President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert* program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad,” the Washington Post first reported last week, immediately adding that it was “a move long sought by Russia.” This insinuation that the policy change was simply a

  • Samuel Girod, Kentucky, crime, Amish, FDA, drug,
    Accountability
    Pardon Him, Mr. President

    Presidents tend to issue pardons as their tenures draw to a close. But many victims of our government should be pardoned right now. Until the culpable agencies can be dismantled and/or sundry bad laws repealed, a steady flow of presidential pardons would provide the swiftest justice. An Amish man in

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    Townhall: The On Button

    Lapel cameras on police: another police shooting of a . . . non-suspect offered, here, as evidence. Click on over to Townhall. Then come back here. BCA: Update on BCA Investigation of Minneapolis Officer Involved Shooting Common Sense: Left Wondering Why Star Tribune: Police Officer Heard Loud Noise ABC News:

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    The Evergreen Anarchy

    The eruption of mob violence and ideological bullying and hooliganism on the Evergreen College campus near Washington State’s capitol is now under review. The man who unknowingly “started” it all by resisting a weirdly racist and segregationist demand from the “equity movement” students and faculty here summarizes the highlights: Here

  • Tom Woods, Contra Krugman, podcast, healthcare, welfare,
    education and schooling
    According to Economics

    “Everywhere you look, economics is despised,” writes Tom Woods in his Tuesday email letter. You know what isn’t despised? A daily email letter.* But I digress; back to economics. “The gimme-free-stuff people hate it because they don’t like being told that there might be undesirable side effects from seizing other

  • healthcare, Obamacare, Trumpcare, Affordable Care Act, pre-existing condition
    Accountability
    According to Logic

    “Polling on every possible option confounds all logic,” or so writes Tiana Lowe about ObamaCare and its repeal, at National Review. “Americans overwhelmingly dislike the individual mandate and prioritize lowering the cost of health care over all other health problems in the country,” Ms. Lowe elaborates, “but a majority of

  • Minneapolis, shooting, police, body camera, Justine Damond, Australian
    Accountability
    Left Wondering Why

    In Minneapolis’s Fulton neighborhood a makeshift memorial has sprung up. Amidst flowers, a handwritten sign reads, “Why did you shoot and kill our neighbor?” Police have yet to offer public comment on the police shooting of Justine Damond, the Australian woman killed in the alley behind her home last Saturday

  • Jeff Sessions, AG, Attorney General, asset forfeiture, civil, Trump
    Accountability
    The Police State Is in Sessions

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatens to make himself one of the biggest threats to your liberty.* President Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General just promised to encourage police departments to seize the personal property (cars, houses, cash) of criminal suspects. The practice is called asset forfeiture. It comes in

  • Obamacare, healthcare, single payer, Ryancare, Trumpcare, government, Affordable Care Act
    Accountability
    The Worst Is the Enemy of the Cure

    You’ve heard the adage: “the perfect is the enemy of the good.” This can be true in politics, where opposing an ameliorating reform because it is not ideal means, sometimes, getting stuck with unmitigated policy disasters. But there’s a corollary: in politics the worst is likely to emerge . .

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    Townhall: The ‘Victory Problem’ in Afghanistan

    Where is there an end to it? Time to rethink. Begin at Townhall, then come back here. Yahoo News: Trump faces a ‘victory problem’ in Afghanistan Newsweek: Panetta’s Memoir Blasts Obama on His Leadership, Blames Him for State of Iraq and Syria Donald J. Trump Tweet (2013): “Let’s get out

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    Game of Bones

    Tucker Carlson doesn’t like being called a Hitler sympathizer for showing some skepticism about neoconservative plans to engage with bad guys everywhere while demonizing Russia. Make no bones about it! The humorists over at Reason TV look at bad foreign and domestic policy without jesting using the argumentum ad Hitlerum.

  • Marijuana, sand, Nevada, crisis, emergency
    Accountability
    Messed Up State

    After lamenting Illinois’s fiscal decline into America’s “most messed up” state yesterday, lo and behold, today we find the State of Nevada messed up, too. On marijuana.* Question 2, passed by voters last November, legalized recreational use of what we used to call “weed” by those 21 years of age

  • Illinois, budget crisis, garbage, term limits, spending, responsibility, Junk Bond, Moody's
    Accountability
    Most Messed Up

    “Politicians are notorious for making promises they can’t keep,” Matt Egan reports at CNN Money. “But they really outdid themselves in Illinois — and now the state is paying for it.” Egan dubs the state “America’s most messed-up.”* No wonder the state has the worst outbound migration in the nation

  • robot, machinery, Ludd, Luddites, anti-technology, socialism, efficiency, government
    free trade & free markets
    Mr. Jetson, Call Your Office

    Increasingly, people are worrying about robots. They’re taking our jobs, we’re told. Soon, all we’ll have left are robots. Massive unemployment! While some find this scenario utopia and bliss,* it sounds dreadful to me. Silver-plated lining is, I doubt it. This kind of worry about technology making laborers obsolete has

  • bubble, Paul Krugman, recession, student loans, debt, folly, David Stockman
    Accountability
    Next Bubble to Pop?

    There was a great and wondrous moment, a decade and a half ago, when economist Paul Krugman, Nobel Laureate and New York Times’s unregistered shill for the Democratic Party, suggested that what the economy really needed was another housing bubble. What he wrote, specifically, was this: “To fight this recession,

  • Student loans, bailout, bail out, loans, jubilee, banks, subsidies
    Common Sense
    Higher Ed Jubilee?

    “Everything is beautiful in its own way,” goes Ray Stevens’s hit song of 1970. But still, pay your bills.  That’s what I thought reading a Fox Business story on a recent poll in which 42 percent of Americans, a plurality, thought that “President Trump’s administration should forgive all federal student debt

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    Townhall: The Problem with Politicians Who Grow

    A politician lied. Not exactly news? Well, the story is how he lied, and about what. And “why”! Click on over to Townhall. Then come back here for more info. Mullin for U.S. Congress: Markwayne and Christie Mullin Video Announcement Tulsa World: Markwayne Mullin to seek fourth term, explains why

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    Growing Into Power, Position, Privilege

    The congressman with two first names also has two faces. In today’s video, Congressman Markwayne Mullin and his wife, Christie, announce that he will break his promise to step down from Congress after three terms, which he repeatedly made to voters in order to win the seat in 2012. The

  • Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), term limits, lies, integrity, dishonesty
    Accountability
    Living on Markwayne Logic

    Just months ago, Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) made headlines by arrogantly — and falsely — telling constituents at a town hall: “You say you pay for me to do this. Bullcrap. I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I got there and continue to through my company to

  • CNN, Trump, meme
    folly
    CNN, You’ve Been Trolled

    The Cable News Network, known popularly and un- as CNN — and satirically as the “Clinton News Network” and “Fake News” — so hysterically hates the president that it has become completely unhinged. Well, unhinged from decency and journalistic standards, anyway. The latest slips downward? First, some pseudonymous guy* on

  • Prince George’s County Public Schools, grading, education, incentives,
    Accountability
    Ugly Scrutiny

    Prince George’s County Public Schools have increased their graduation rates faster than all other schools in Maryland. Measuring from 2013 to 2016, the graduation rate jumped from 74.1 percent to 81.4 percent. Great!  Well . . . a fly has stuck itself into the soothing salve of their success —

  • Independence Day, 1776, July 2, July 4, Brexit, British, freedom
    general freedom
    Brexit 1776-2017

    These united States* got their start, officially, on July 2, 1776. That’s when the Second Continental Congress voted to separate from King George’s government across the water. But it was two days later when that same Congress approved its formal Declaration, and it was the wording of that Declaration that

  • healthcare, socialism, rationing, government
    Accountability
    UK Death Panel

    Six days ago, the European Court of Human Rights sided against the parents of Charlie Gard, a severely ill boy, refusing to allow them to take their infant son to America where he could receive full (and privately funded) experimental treatment. The court ruled that removing the child from the

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    Townhall: The Minimum Wage — Science Strikes Back

    Minimum wage hikes are very popular. But the debate over them is old — and odd. It has gotten more ideological in recent years. It used to be that nearly every economist admitted (if not proclaimed) that prohibiting work below a too-high-for-productivity wage rate would cause unemployment . . .

  • Susan Rice, National Security Advisor, Obama, Trump, Russia, spying, surveillance
    Accountability
    A Handy Evasion

    Susan Rice, National Security Advisor in President Barack Obama’s administration (2013 – 2017), is being picked on, she speculates, for reasons pertaining to her race and gender. Handy evasion. At issue is not her infamous prevarication in the Benghazi affair. We are used to being lied to about foreign policy,

  • Seattle, Oregon, unintended consequences, work hours, scheduling, Fair Work Week, labor
    Accountability
    Against Flexibility?

    Do politicians have any idea what they are doing? In Oregon, Senate Bill 828 just passed the Senate and is now being favorably reviewed in the House. The law would require “large employers in specified industries to provide new employee[s] with estimated work schedule and to provide current employee with

  • minimum wage, business, pay, workers, fallacy, profit, Bernie Sanders
    folly
    Minimally Mugged By Reality

    It should shock no one: forcing businesses to pay steep minimum wages ends up pushing some businesses out . . . of business. Yesterday I looked at what minimum wage laws can do to low-skilled workers. Today, consider the employers. When we make it harder to turn a profit, it

  • minimum wage, experiment, Seattle, scientific method, social engineering
    Accountability
    Minimum Wage Laboratory

    Not every popular idea about government policy is good. Or bad. How do we tell the difference? One way is evidence. The modern administrative state was promoted heavily by social scientists who thought that piecemeal social engineering should be tested. A few even thought that the older experiment in limited-government

  • democracy, the people, politicians, cowardice, marijuana, asset forfeiture, initiative, term limits, police brutality
    Accountability
    Today’s Leaders

    We have a new president. Many people put a lot of trust in him — and many more hate him and seek to bring him down. In both cases, presidential politics takes up an inordinate portion of our brain space. Over the weekend I twice wrote about four heroic senators,

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    Townhall: The Great American Overdose

    Our politicians are addicts. Not on drugs, exactly (though that is probably true in some cases), but on . . . well, click over to Townhall.com for the full argument. It may be something you want to share with your friends. You know, like a needle pizza. This weekend’s column is an expansion

  • video
    Legalize Cheap Health Care?

    The ongoing ObamaCare Repeal fiasco, Dr. Rand Paul explaining:

  • Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, ObamaCare, healthcare bill, opposition
    free trade & free markets
    The Real ObamaCare Opposition

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has introduced a bill to compromise between the House’s recent Affordable Health Care Act and the current “ObamaCare” Affordable Care Act. Though there seems to be some “what the heck, go with it” enthusiasm for it on Capitol Hill, it’s not coming from Senators

  • elections, Democrats, Republicans, left, right, CNN, Obamacare
    ideological culture
    Monied Hopes Dashed

    Democrats had high hopes. Their come-back after the 2016 defeats seemed near at hand. After all, Trump is proving increasingly erratic and incompetent, and the Republican mis-handling of the ObamaCare repeal appears to be a disaster of ginormous proportions. How could they not start taking seats in Congress back? There

  • Amazon, monopoly, trusts, antitrust, trade, free trade, big business, economic myths
    crime and punishment
    Serving Consumers? Punish!

    New media ballyhooer Douglas Rushkoff made waves this week. Citing an un-named friend who went hysterical about Amazon.com’s purchase of Whole Foods, he asserted that such “unease is widespread, and has raised new calls for breaking up Jeff Bezos’s impending monopoly by force.”* The company has “surely,” he claimed, “reached

  • stadium, Potomac Nationals, pork, free markets, taxes, referendum, crony, welfare
    Accountability
    Go Nats?

    Just a few miles away from where I live sits the stadium of the Potomac Nationals. I’m a fan. I’d hate to see the team we call the P-Nats leave. But . . . Hasta la vista. The owner of this minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals

  • conundrum, employment, unemployment, Gerald P. O’Driscoll, poverty, retirement
    free trade & free markets
    The Poverty Retirement Non-plan

    A “conundrum” is “an intricate and difficult problem” or “a question or problem having only a conjectural answer.”* In his June 8 article, “The Jobs Conundrum,” economist Gerald P. O’Driscoll focuses on a very big problem that we do not have sure answers to, yet. Unemployment figures are down, but

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    Townhall: Black Gun Rights Matter

    It is time to get serious about equal rights under the law. And republican policing. Click on over to Townhall for the timely assessment. Then click back here for full-spectrum perspective. YouTube video: Falcon Heights Police Officer Kill Man Reaching for His Wallet in Front of His Girlfriend and Child

  • video
    Capitalism: The Known-and-Loved Ideal

    A slightly different take on the subject … than usual:

  • nanny state, too much government, books, authentication, California, busybody, Brian Doherty’s Radicals for Capitalism, Jerry Brown
    folly
    Signature Nonsense

    Did anyone really need this? Last year, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill No. 1570, which concerns collectibles, particularly signed-by-author or artist books. But it doesn’t mention books, and is confusingly written. What a mess. Who asked for it? It certainly wasn’t the struggling booksellers who have

  • James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, came to Alexandria, Virginia, shooting, blame, scapegoat, excuses, rationalizations
    Accountability
    Sticks & Stones

    James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, came to Alexandria, Virginia, where for the last few months he lived in his van . . . undoubtedly down by the river. Yesterday, he wielded an assault rifle, attempting to massacre Republican congressmen at a park practicing for tonight’s annual charity Congressional Baseball Game.

  • milk, Institute for Justice, regulations, Ocheesee Creamery, Department of Agriculture, too much government
    First Amendment rights
    Legal Not to Lie About Your Milk

    Mary Lou Wesselhoeft doesn’t have to lie about the milk she’s selling. The Florida Department of Agriculture has lost in court. Mary Lou has won. Ocheesee Creamery sells pasteurized milk without any additives. One of her products is skim milk. Ocheesee sells skim milk without vitamin additives, which is perfectly

  • John Tyler, Trump, hated, leverage, elites, Ted Cruz, Paul Jacob, despised, term limits, unpopular
    Accountability
    Most Hated

    I was once “the most hated man in Washington.”* Why? For my work on term limits. I wore the appellation as a badge of honor. Last year I noted that Ted Cruz had taken up the mantle, but now, certainly, it’s President Donald Trump’s. Has ever a president been as

  • Ohio, initiative, legislature, Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission,
    Accountability
    Citizens Triumphant

    Last week, the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission considered whether to recommend a constitutional change to create an obvious double standard: requiring citizen-initiated constitutional amendments to obtain a 55 percent supermajority vote, while the very same amendments proposed by legislators would only need 50-percent-plus-one for passage. I traveled to the capitol

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    Townhall: They United Against Insiders and Won

    “The requirement being proposed by the Constitutional Revision and Review Committee,” M. Dane Waters, a scholar of initiative and referendum processes, testified, “would make Ohio a lonely outlier both in this country and around the world.” And he wasn’t alone to oppose the committee appointed by the Ohio Legislature. In

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    Voter Rights Advocates Block Proposed Ohio ‘Reform’

    An outpouring of grassroots, bipartisan opposition to a pending recommendation by the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission caused the commission to table that proposed recommendation concerning citizen-initiated ballot measures — in what may be the last meeting of the commission. The recommendation would have created numerous double standards between constitutional amendments

  • Oregon, housing, rent control, urban, planning, low income, land, property rights
    folly
    Housing Horror

    Housing in Oregon’s north-central urban region is becoming more and more like San Francisco’s — out of the budgetary reach of huge swaths of average workers. “The median rental household can’t comfortably afford a two-bedroom apartment in 28 of Oregon’s 36 counties,” Elliot Njus writes for The Oregonian. But it is worst in

  • Seattle , soda tax, nanny state, tax, socialist, social engineering
    crime and punishment
    Sin, Soda and Say

    Government policy in Seattle, Washington, is being driven by an outright socialist on the city council. The mayor, apparently starving for attention, proposed a goofy new sin tax last year. Now, writes Reason’s Baylen Linnekin, “Seattle lawmakers are expected to vote early next week on a citywide soda tax that

  • Great Britain, Tory, Prime Minister, PM, censorship, terrorism, internet, web
    Accountability
    Another Push for Censorship

    It’s almost as if politicians are hell-bent on expanding government at the expense of our freedoms . . . and grandstanding to ‘look like they are doing something.’ The two proclivities are not unrelated. Take Theresa May, Great Britain’s Tory Prime Minister. After yet another terrorist attack in her country,

  • Ohio, initiative, voting, election, ballot, legislature, democracy, amendment, constitution
    general freedom
    Delivering a Double Standard

    Former State Representative Matt Lynch got right to the point in his Cleveland Plain Dealer op-ed: “The people’s right to amend the Ohio Constitution through the ballot initiative is under attack.” Created by the Ohio Legislature to consider constitutional amendments, the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission (OCMC) has a hidden purpose:

  • driver's license, voting, registration, paternalism, nanny state, voters, democracy, choice, freedom
    general freedom
    The $659,000 Non-Question

    The so-called “Motor Voter” law of 1993 created a national mandate: when people obtain their drivers’ licenses at the Department of Motor Vehicles, ask them if they’d also like to register to vote. The federal mandate is perhaps heavy-handed, but the underlying idea has merit. Now a new idea is

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    Townhall: The Heart of a Double Standard

    Click on over to Townhall for this weekend’s latest outrage against citizen-controlled government. By legislators and other insiders, of course. Then come back here for some source material: Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission Report and Recommendation of the Constitutional Revision and Updating Committee Members of the Ohio Ballot Board WKYC-TV 3

  • video
    Goodness!

    Look deeply into a funny movie for an important lesson in political philosophy and social ethics:

  • recall, election, voting, first amendment, free speech, ACLU, politicians,
    Accountability
    Homer’s Recall Odyssey

    Freedom of speech isn’t a free pass to avoid the consequences of what one says. Or does. Tell that to three members of the Homer, Alaska, city council — Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds — who are the subject of a recall petition. Well, a superior court judge

  • academics, universities, college, paper, The Skeptic, western civilization, racism, sexism, prank, joke
    Accountability
    Quanta of Nonsense

    Last month, two academics wrote a hoax paper. Their preferred journal didn’t accept it, but did suggest an alternative publication. They sent the paper to the recommended outlet, and it was published. The paper? “The conceptual penis as a social construct.” The Skeptic provided an overview; Professor Gad Saad chortled

  • NATO, Angela Merkel, Germany, Europe, Trump, Donald Trump, Russia, defense, war
    Accountability
    A Threat We Can’t Refuse

    “Recent days have shown me that the times when we could rely completely on others are over to a certain extent,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel told folks in a Munich beer hall last Sunday. “We also know that we Europeans must really take our destiny,” she said, on the heels

  • Portland, murder, Vinland, white supremacist, white nationalism, Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein
    Common Sense
    Vinland?

    Agreeing with a murderer is . . . uncomfortable. Even if the agreement is only in part. Over the weekend, the news hit that one Jeremy Joseph Christian was in custody for a stabbing spree on one of Portland, Oregon’s MAX trains. According to reports, Christian had been yelling religious

  • Greg Gianforte, Montana, U.S. House of Representatives, Congress, elections, voting, democracy, media
    Accountability
    The Early Vote Worm

    Last week was consequential for Greg Gianforte. Awfully. The Republican businessman won the special election for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also body-slammed a reporter. He now faces misdemeanor assault charges. For which Gianforte apologized publicly . . . as he was declaring victory. Welcome

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    Townhall: Pulling No Punches — Messages from Montana

    Click on over to Townhall for the full poop on the pugilistic representative. Then come back here to learn . . . even more: Guardian: Republican Greg Gianforte ‘body slams’ Guardian reporter in Montana Washington Post: GOP candidate in Montana race charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly body-slamming reporter Washington

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    Chelsea Clinton and Interconnectedness

    A few days ago Chelsea Clinton, daughter of failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, proclaimed some trendy wisdom. About “interconnectedness.” How she missed “systemic” we are not sure. Professor Gad Saad is not impressed. Rush Limbaugh compares Ms. Clinton to a very different professor.

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