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  • John C. Calhoun, nullification, federalism, states rights,
    media and media people
    California Secedes?

    “California this week declared its independence from the federal government’s feeble efforts to fight Covid-19 — and perhaps from a bit more.” So begins a hyper-partisan, slightly unhinged Bloomberg opinion piece. “Governor Gavin Newsom said that he would use the bulk purchasing power of California ‘as a nation-state’ to acquire the

  • To Tell The Truth, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, socialism,
    ideological culture
    News, Bias & Winning

    In late February, ABC News suspended a veteran correspondent, David Wright, after Project Veritas released video in which the reporter acknowledged he was a socialist and criticized his network’s political coverage. “Oh yeah,” Wright responded, when asked if he were a democratic socialist. “More than that I would consider myself

  • ratchet, coronavirus, Covid, pandemic, epidemic, law, regulations, government,
    national politics & policies
    The Ratchet Racket

    Various models and curves and soothsayers predict that the coronavirus will lay off as the summer sun waxes. And then rush back in the autumn. So we should not look at just near-term threats, but also look at cycles of contagion month-to-month, year-to-year.  Yet, it is not just the dreaded

  • Senator Tom Cotton, media, coronavirus, Covid, epidemic, China,
    media and media people
    Another Contagious Disease

    “When Republican Sen. Tom Cotton speculated that the coronavirus outbreak might have come out of a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan,” Timothy Carney wrote for the Washington Examiner on Friday, “he was roundly pilloried, mocked, and chastised by politicians and journalists.” “Tom Cotton keeps repeating a coronavirus conspiracy theory that was

  • virus, coronavirus, pandemic, mask,
    government transparency
    America Unmasked

    For weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services told us not to wear face masks. The Surgeon General even warned that mass use of masks could “increase the spread of the coronavirus.”  “My nose tells me,” I posted on Facebook weeks

  • FDA, hand, sanitize, virus, pandemic,
    national politics & policies
    Name Your FDA Poison

    We’re dealing with a pandemic, here, and the Food and Drug Administration insists upon poisoning us. Or, more accurately, the FDA sticks to Prohibition-Era poisoning schemes, no matter how unreasonable or counter-productive. Private enterprise is stepping up to the plate. “Local distilleries like Restorative Republic and rum-maker Cotton & Reed

  • Paul Krugman, economist, propaganda,
    free trade & free markets
    Dead Economists Walking?

    Zombies don’t exist. Not like in the movies. Or like in the pages of The New York Times. The Times’s economist Paul Krugman has a new book out, Arguing with Zombies, and, if I ever had the tiniest margin of utility nudging me towards reading it, John Goodman’s review in

  • handgun, gun, gun control,
    Second Amendment rights
    Tulsa Shooter Stopped Dead

    Some killers are easier to stop than others.  The coronavirus pandemic is proving very hard to stop. But one good guy with a gun and presence of mind can stop a different kind of would-be killer — an active shooter — instantly. This is what happened last week outside of

  • Dr. Tom Coburn, Thomas Coburn,
    political challengers
    Coburn’s Terms

    Over the weekend, as Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kent.) was single-handedly battling the entire Congress, another fighter with the inner courage to stand up against the Washington mob was sadly losing his battle with cancer. On Saturday, Dr. Tom Coburn passed away at age 72. Honored in his day with the

  • Thomas Massie, Coronavirus, pandemic, virus, House of Representatives, Congress,
    Accountability
    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to a Quorum

    On Friday, the talking heads and Twitterati excoriating Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kent.) were so scandalized that they couldn’t quite get to telling us what terrible thing he had done. “GOP’s Massie outrages House,” screamed The Washington Post headline. The paper informed that “the Republican from northern Kentucky has frequently voted

  • by Paul Jacob
    Watch: Keep Your Friends Close and Your Clowns Closer

    Paul Jacob expands upon the big stories of the week — in under and hour!

  • responsibility, command, politicians, control, self reliance,
    government transparency
    People Power in the Republic of China

    Which country has handled this worldwide pandemic best? The question was asked on Facebook, by one friend, and answered this way by another:  “Government: South Korea; People: Japan.” My response? “Combo of people and government: Taiwan.” There is a lot in the Taiwanese response to explore.  “The first cause of

  • draft, registration, selective service, woman, women, female, barbed wire,
    crime and punishment
    Draft Mom or Not?

    “The biggest piece of opposition” to extending draft registration to women, former Nevada Congressman Joe Heck told The New York Times, “was, we are not going to draft our mother and daughters, our sisters and aunts to fight in hand-to-hand combat.” Yet, that seems precisely what the National Commission on

  • draft registration, women, female, soldier, selective service, draft,
    Accountability
    A Policy Misadventure

    The National Commission on Military, National and Public Service released its report today, advocating that Congress should force our daughters to register for the military draft. “The commission recommended that the United States keep a draft option in place,” explains The New York Times. Commission chair and former Nevada Congressman

  • telecommute, Rand Paul, Congress, Senate, Coronavirus, Corona Virus, computer, laptop,
    Accountability
    Bring the Bozos Home

    “Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced Sunday he has covid-19,” The Washington Post reports, “and four other GOP senators are quarantined. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) disclosed Monday that her husband, too, is infected with the virus.” Social media was not uniformly brimming with support for the Kentucky senator, of course, and

  • ideological culture
    How Un-Warlike

    It’s war! A common refrain regarding the coronavirus. “This is our World War II,” say media mavens and politicians . . . who have never had to endure anything like World War II. The utter vapidity of the “war” response was explained very well by Peter Schiff on a recent

  • by Paul Jacob
    Watch: A Better Name for COVID-19

    Paul Jacob discusses the biggest story of the week here at This Is Common Sense:

  • closed, electronic signature, voting, elections, petitions, citizen,
    ballot access
    Pandemic Petitioning?

    “Our political system, our way of life, our Constitution cannot be let go,” the Libertarian Party’s Nicholas Sarwark argued on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, “just because there is a terrible illness spreading through the country.” His concern? Libertarians — and Greens and other parties or independent candidates — must still gather

  • freedom, prohibition, rules, regulations, red tape, bureaucracy,
    free trade & free markets
    The Exceptions Disprove the Rules

    “I’ve instructed my prosecutors not to charge certain low-level nonviolent offenses to avoid people being held in jail unnecessarily,” Maryland’s Attorney General Marilyn Mosby informed the state’s Republican governor. She also urged the governor “to release all inmates in state prisons who are over 60,” explains The Washington Times, “approved

  • China, organ transplants, capital punishment, communism,
    general freedom
    Pandemics — and Something Far Worse

    Last week, I ventured into Washington for an important event, hoping not to get sick from the coronavirus swirling around the globe.  Nearly 200,000 people in 142 countries have been infected with COVID-19 and 7,866 have already died. “Both SARS and COVID-19 . . . appear to have emerged from

  • price gouging, price freeze, scalping,
    free trade & free markets
    Gouging vs. Kicking

    New crisis, old reactions. The market has failed, we are told, to handle the coronavirus pandemic . . . even though it has just begun. We hear demands for vast public takings (California Gov. Gavin Newsom commandeering hotels to add quarantine stations and hospital beds), huge transfer programs (including gargantuan

  • Unity
    responsibility
    Fear Itself

    “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Not often do I quote FDR. Strictly speaking, his statement was false then — at the beginning of the decade-plus-long Great Depression that led to WWII.  And it is false now.  There is plenty more to fear than merely fear

  • by Paul Jacob
    Watch: Death Race 2020

    In this second part of this weekend’s podcast (audio form available on SoundCloud and Stitcher), Paul talks about election interference in its several forms:

  • by Paul Jacob
    Watch: Two Pols in a Pod

    Part One of this weekend’s podcast (audio form available on SoundCloud and Stitcher) — and no, it has nothing to do with Trump. We just liked the picture. The second pol is an American who is not Donald Trump. Anyway, here it is:

  • Putin, term limits, power,
    term limits
    Putin (and Householder) for Life

    For the last 20 years, Vladimir V. Putin has served (himself) as either Russian president or prime minister, switching offices to get around the nation’s term limits.  “In the past, Mr. Putin proceeded cautiously, seeking to preserve a veneer of legitimacy,” explains The New York Times. “Confronting term limits in

  • coronavirus, Covid, China, police, protest,
    general freedom
    Freedom’s Front Lines

    Last weekend, riot police broke up a candlelight vigil for Chow Tsz-lok, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology student, who died back in November. He had fallen a story from a parking garage as Hong Kong police were “clearing a group of anti-government protesters.” “Police said they seized

  • Tulsi Gabbard, shadow, silhouette, misogyny,
    ideological culture
    Mistaken Misogyny

    Are Democratic Party women . . . misogynists? Last week, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the presidential race after coming in third in her home state and faring no better in any of the first 18 state primaries and caucuses. “Warren seemed to be the ideal candidate,” informed

  • foreign interference, Canada, Bernie Sanders, elections,
    political challengers
    Running Interference

    When rumor of “Russian interference” in the 2016 presidential election hit the news, my first thought was: electronic/computerized voting machines — they are known to be insecure, easy to rig. But when it turned out that folks at CNN and MSNBC were hyperventilating about a very clumsy ad campaign on

  • plastic, environmentalism, California, law, prohibitions, bans,
    general freedom
    Are We Graduating from Plastic?

    In The Graduate (1967), the young man played by Dustin Hoffman gets advice from an elder. “Just one word: plastics.” “Exactly how do you mean, sir?” “There’s a great future in plastics.” When the world bans all plastic in 2021, that will be the end of that market opportunity. Other

  • by Paul Jacob
    Watch: What Was He Thinking?

    A look back and a look sideways . . . at freedom and its enemies:

  • Paul Jacob
    Common Sense
    What Was I Thinking?

    Time sure flies when you’re having fun. Today is my birthday. I am 60, and thus begin my 61st year on this planet.  For the last four decades — my entire adult life — I’ve worked in politics. That might not seem like much fun. Politics is a constant struggle,

  • Tulsi Gabbard, Democrats, socialism, moderates,
    insider corruption
    Rage Against the Machine

    The Democratic Insider Machine’s pushing of sorta senile Biden against socialist Sanders is quite breathtaking. But that isn’t even the entirety of the Machine’s anti-democratic agenda. “The establishment narrative warfare against [Representative Tulsi] Gabbard’s campaign dwarfs anything we’ve seen against Sanders,” writes Caitlin Johnstone on her popular blog, “and the

  • Oregon, licensing, Mat, traffic,
    insider corruption
    Engineering Government Limits

    Lord Acton’s Law of Power states the chief problem of government: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It has broad application. Take traffic lights. They are there to prevent accidents and make navigating roads a better experience for all. The basic idea is to establish and enforce

  • zoning, regulations,
    property rights
    Zoned Out

    There are ways of cultivating community standards without resorting to zoning and similar regulatory regimens by state and local governments. They have been studied, written about, and they can be found here and there around the country, though most famously in Houston, Texas. But zoning’s the norm in urban and

  • Corona, Covid, virus, safety, hazmat,
    responsibility
    Don’t Panic, Prepare

    The other day, on Neil Cavuto’s Fox News show, Democrat Tulsi Gabbard — my favorite of the “blue” party’s blues-inducing candidates — suggested, inartfully, that the coronavirus is “something that requires all of us as Americans coming together, standing together . . . just as we would in wartime.” The

  • Tiananmen Square, China, Goddess of Democracy, term limits, freedom,
    by Paul Jacob
    All the . . . in China

    The big stories just got bigger:

  • 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,
    paternalism
    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
    Ex-Californians

    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,
    Accountability
    Protector Protection

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

  • by Paul Jacob
    Can We Handle the Truth?

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

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

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

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

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

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