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  • Putin, election, interference,
    media and media people
    In, Over and About

    Sometimes losing track of a story pays off. Last week, Facebook and Twitter and that minor player, the “major” news media, erupted with Democrats glorying in and gloating over and harrumphing about a story from Reliable Liar & Leaker Adam Schiff — I think that may be his semi-official position

  • ideological culture
    All the Tyranny in China

    Are you going to make a big fuss? I mean, about China — dominated by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Because some people get all bent out of shape over their totalitarian government placing a million or two Muslim Uighurs into re-education camps surrounded by high walls and razor

  • superdelegate, Democrat, zombie,
    national politics & policies
    The Superdelegate Zombie Apocalypse

    Back in 2016, this commentary was perhaps the first howl in the political wilderness against the unfairness of the Democratic Party’s use of “superdelegates” — office holders and party officials who by party rules automatically serve as unelected but voting delegates at the national convention . . . which chooses

  • Joe Biden, Nelson Mandela,
    national politics & policies
    The Mandela Effect

    People have been known to plagiarize college term papers. Even a few political speeches have been surreptitiously copied and brazenly re-orated without proper attribution. But you can’t plagiarize getting arrested, can you? Not really. What you can do is lie about being arrested — just make it up out of

  • crayons, flesh, race,
    ideological culture
    Beautiful Colors, Ugly Terms

    “My friends were asking for the ‘skin-color’ crayon,” explains 9-year-old Bellen Woodard.  She realized the request was for the peach-colored crayon but, being the only black kid in her third grade Loudoun County, Virginia, classroom, she also knew her skin wasn’t peach-colored. As her mother told Washington Post columnist Theresa

  • by Paul Jacob
    Liz Windsor Makes Me Sick!

    …and other adventures in republican values.

  • Bernie Sanders, communism, socialism,
    ideological culture
    The C-Word Emerges

    “We’re not going to throw out capitalism,” declared Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York City mayor now seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.  “Other countries tried that. It was called communism and it just didn’t work.” Bloomberg was responding to a question by MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson at Wednesday

  • SEC, Security and Exchange Commission,
    Save Me, Good and Hard

    The problem with making my own decisions? I might make a mistake. That’s not good for me, is it? So what you government boys ought to do is make me scrape and bow and beg for permission. Make me fill out more forms, struggle with invasive new privacy-invading requirements. Make

  • Chrissie Hynde, Rush,
    ideological culture
    Hymn to Him?

    If I’m ever Back on the Chain Gang, I want to be shackled right next to Chrissie Hynde, the lead singer of The Pretenders, who sang that 1980s song.  Actually, I’m generally a little Middle of the Road on their music. But I enjoy hearing The Pretenders’ hit My City

  • guillotine, Kidman, Senate,
    ideological culture
    Madame Guillotine

    A Maine woman running for the U.S. Senate has chosen for her campaign logo the guillotine. Yes, she calls herself a ‘democratic socialist.’ Well, on Twitter it is ‘DemSoc.’ Her name . . . No, start again. On the campaign Twitter page the candidate’s “preferred pronouns” are listed as “they/them.”

  • general freedom
    The Most Deadly Disease

    Anyone knowledgeable about medicine — or history, for that matter — is taking very, very seriously the coronavirus outbreak in China, and its subsequent spread across the globe, including to the U.S. More than 70,000 Chinese have been diagnosed and over 1,700 have died, along with one death in each

  • by Paul Jacob
    I Want To…

    Be a part of it…

  • Rand Paul
    general freedom
    The Whistleblower Who Shall Not Be Named

    “YouTube — Google, one of the largest, most powerful companies on the planet — has just censored political discourse from a U.S. senator on the Senate floor,” reports independent, online journalist Tim Pool.  The case refers to the alleged “whistleblower” Eric Ciaramella, around whom hangs a sort of hush-hush infamy

  • Jack Evans, corruption, Washington D.C.,
    insider corruption
    Capital Jack

    “If I can make it there,” goes the song New York, New York, “I’ll make it anywhere.” But, when it comes to self-dealing, corrupt politics, isn’t it really Washington, D.C. that deserves the moniker of Big Rotten-to-the-Core Apple? Meet Jack Evans, who is making it . . . er, competing

  • Michael Bloomberg, Donald Trump, stop and frisk,
    crime and punishment
    Frisky Friends

    “WOW, BLOOMBERG IS A TOTAL RACIST!” tweeted President Donald J. Trump. He was reacting to a recording, recently unearthed, of Democratic presidential aspirant Michael Bloomberg speaking to the Aspen Institute in 2015 about his controversial “stop-and-frisk” police policy while mayor of New York City. “Ninety-five percent of your murders, murderers

  • Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg, Citizens United, free speech, money,
    First Amendment rights
    Dem Noodles

    Though skipping Iowa and New Hampshire, Michael Bloomberg’s advertisements are ubiquitous on television and YouTube seemingly everywhere in America. “New Hampshire voters to Steyer: Make it stop!” reads a Politico headline sparked by that taller, poorer billionaire’s unbearable barrage of spots. At Reason, Eric Boehm notes that Bloomberg and Tom

  • draft, conscription, slavery, registration, force,
    general freedom
    Draft Winds Blowing

    A month ago, the U.S. drone strike against an Iranian commander in Baghdad sparked enough public concern over military conscription to overwhelm the Selective Service System’s website.  “With the ongoing military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan unlikely to end any time soon,” former Congressman Ron Paul writes, people are “right

  • by Paul Jacob
    What Is (and Is Not) Over

    The big stories this last week will loom over our imaginations and in memory for quite a long time:

  • Pharaoh Thutmose III, history, myth, memory,
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    Impeachments Are Forever?

    The impeachment of President Donald J. Trump, just concluded in the Senate with an acquittal, was — so far as the Senate trial portion of the exercise is concerned — the least partisan presidential impeachment in U.S. history. That’s because Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) was the first senator ever to

  • Blue Plate Special, Democrats, socialism,
    ideological culture
    The Blue Plate Special

    The biggest stories don’t always come in threes, but they sure did this week. The Iowa Democratic Caucus debacle, President Trump’s State of the Union Address, and the Senate’s acquittal of the president after the House’s impeachment — big stories of big losses for Democrats. As I write this, we

  • nepotism, Hunter Biden, Chelsea Clinton, corruption,
    insider corruption
    Nepotism Today

    The Democrats’ impeachment of Donald Trump has made us all familiar with Joe Biden’s son, Hunter — for his Burisma boardroom gig, anyway. Raking in millions despite lack of knowledge of the country or the business of the Ukrainian corporation in question certainly has the appearance of corruption. But don’t

  • Texas, California, democracy, migration, immigration,
    ideological culture

    California, “the U.S. state most synonymous with all varieties of growth — vegetal, technological, and human — is at the precipice of its first-ever population decline,” writes Derek Thompson of The Atlantic. And folks in other states like Texas and Idaho are none too happy.  You see, the Californians fleeing

  • British Liberty, British Flag, Brexit,
    free trade & free markets
    Albion, Weak or Strong?

    The European Union is an anti-democratic, quasi-tyrannical mess. And Great Britain, having Brexited over the weekend, has a chance at a clean-up job. But that doesn’t mean that Britain won’t go down a very dark path, creating an even bigger mess. Freedom provides opportunities to fail as well as to

  • by Paul Jacob
    Animatronic Groundhog

    Paul Jacob has a lot to say about the big stories of the week. Groundhog’s Day is NOT the biggest story. But it is a way to end on a high note.

  • Elizabeth Warren,
    First Amendment rights
    Phil of It

    If Punxsutawney Phil peaks out and sees his shadow, are we doomed to another six weeks of political pall? And speaking of palls, Senator Elizabeth Warren, slipping in the polls, has unveiled YET ANOTHER PLAN. Contemplate that very fact for a moment. The Distinguished Pocahontas Professor of Planning proposes to

  • California, socialism, labor, progressivism, Democrats
    free trade & free markets
    The Anti-Worker Ism

    Progressives who lean socialist used to hide their worst intentions. Now they are letting it all hang out. There have always been overt socialists in the U.S., of course. They would sometimes protest the reluctance of fellow travelers to fully embrace socialism’s moniker. But the sentiment “Ah, screw it, let’s

  • Tulsi Gabbard,
    national politics & policies
    Defamed by the Devil

    Challenged to a push-up contest at a town hall campaign meeting in New Hampshire, Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) hit the floor and won. The presidential candidate (polling at 5.4 percent in the Granite State) probably will not win the nomination, alas. Or her lawsuit against Hillary Clinton. Lawsuit? Yes, a

  • Virginia, First Amendment, free speech,
    First Amendment rights
    We, the Riffraff

    Suppose I disagree with you — say, on whether I have the right to bear arms. I favor, you oppose. (We’re just supposing here.) In the heat of online argument, I call you a scoundrel or other unkind things. I am intemperate but avoid libel or threats. Should I be

  • by Paul Jacob
    Should Paul Jacob Run for the Presidency?

    …and other questions answered on this weekend’s podcast:

  • virus, epidemic, coronavirus,
    general freedom
    Catching Something

    Our civilization depends on our ability to move about and trade.  Which is based, in part, on trust and reciprocity and mind-your-own-business. The basic ‘deal’ is ‘I won’t hurt you if you don’t hurt me.’ But it’s not just manners and morality. When we fear that being around others, especially

  • Reality TV, cat,
    national politics & policies
    Reality TV 2020

    It shocked some, surprised virtually all — save Scott Adams — when mega-branding braggart, businessman, and reality TV star Donald “You’re Fired!” Trump slapped his way to a trifecta, winning in decades-long bastions of blue — Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin — en route to his “landslide” Electoral College win. How could

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • by Paul Jacob
    Lincoln, Vermin, Trump

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Vermin Supreme,
    political challengers
    Vermin Competition

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

  • by Paul Jacob
    Here to Help?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • by Paul Jacob
    Can We Handle the Truth?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • by Paul Jacob
    We Won’t Go

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • by Paul Jacob
    Fun, Fun, Fun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • by Paul Jacob
    Plunger Protest!

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

  • Tim Eyman
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    Extraordinarily Unusual

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

  • general freedom
    Whither Away?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • by Paul Jacob
    Bum-rushing a Constitutional Amendment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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