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    Townhall: Hacking the Republic

    Would/wouldn’t and should/shouldn’t are in the news. And we sing, once again, that most American tune, the blues. Check out Townhall, why doncha? Common Sense: Remember the Rigged Election? Guardian (UK): Would or wouldn’t: how Trump’s claim he misspoke unleashed a meme-fest Fox News: No delay in Trump’s would-wouldn’t correction

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    How We “Debate” Now

    Something went down on The View. Here is one view of what happened (caution: it may be a tad hard to watch — if so, see below): And now for a different view of The View debacle:

  • WhatsApp, India, murder, responsibility, cause, effect, law, ban, blame
    Accountability
    Blame the App?

    Who spreads “fake news”? Gossips, politicians, publicity agents, Twitter eggs, partisan bloggers, lying news journalists? Or . . . the medium of communication they use? Do envelopes, stationery, telephones, email, and messaging apps have moral agency? And who commits the crimes that news (true or false) is used to rationalize?

  • American, nobility, titles, presidents, politicians, citizens
    Common Sense
    The Cattle Are Restless

    “There is one law for man,” goes an ancient saying, “another for cattle.” Moo. Glenn Reynolds, writing in USA Today, sees this principle in operation now, where the ruling class gets away with a whole heckuva lot while the rest of us do not: “Freedom from consequences: It’s the defining

  • violence, force, hate speech, law, crime, libertarian
    Common Sense
    The Not-Saint Timothy

    Some people believe that aggression is physical force and nothing else. From this they derive the notion that only physical violence should be prosecuted — or, more generally, retaliated against with force. But it is obvious that some invasions of private property or personal space, with malice and anger and

  • term limits, Congress, myth, power, corruption
    Accountability
    “Dorky” Doesn’t Define It

    “Term limits,” said Daniel McCarthy, editor of The Modern Age, in a recent podcast conversation with historian Tom Woods, “was one of the dorkiest ideas of the 1994 so-called Newt Gingrich revolution.” He characterized it as not having really gone anywhere. Huh? Granted, Congress is still not term-limited. But Americans

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, election, candidate, California, Democratic Party, money, campaign
    Accountability
    Not Fine with Feinstein?

    Could it be that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, may not be liberal enough? The San Francisco Democrat has ostensibly represented the Golden State in the United States Senate for the last 26 years. Before that, Feinstein spent eight years on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and then a

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    Townhall: The Dorky Idea Americans Deserve

    Even our best and brightest minds can make elementary mistakes that normal Americans do not. Case in point: term limits. Consult Townhall this weekend. And come back here for a deeper consultancy list: Tom Woods Podcast with Daniel McCarthy: Did Trump Eclipse the Libertarian Moment? National Review: How the Kavanaugh

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    John Cleese’s Exit from Britain

    John Cleese is leaving his home country for Nevis, a Caribbean island, and explains why:

  • FBI agent Peter Strzok, girlfriend Lisa Page, congressional interrogation, testimony, Trump, threat
    Accountability
    The Deeply State

    FBI agent Peter Strzok is offended. Deeply. He takes pains to clarify: he sent emails during the last presidential campaign expressing a willingness and readiness and commitment to preventing a Trump Presidency because he, Agent Strzok, is patriotic. Deeply. During yesterday’s contentious congressional interrogation, fielding questions regarding just how anti-Trump

  • #Walkaway, voters, conservatives, culture, liberals, twitter, Facebook, Brendan Straka,
    general freedom
    Plantation Revolt

    The #Walkaway movement started with Brendan Straka, who proclaimed that his tribe — the liberal Left — had become “intolerant, inflexible, illogical, hateful, misguided, ill-informed, un-American, hypocritical, menacing, callous, ignorant, narrow-minded, and, at times, blatantly fascistic.” Mr. Straka’s beef — and the general tenor of the pile-on Twitterstorm — was

  • Washington, D.C., City Council, Representation, democracy, initiative, minimum wage, association, Counsel,
    Accountability
    Minimum Sense

    Suddenly, the Democrats who dominate the Washington, D.C., City Council seem unwilling to increase the minimum wage for tipped workers — despite their official support for legislative minimum wage rate increases. And a vote of the citizens. Initiative 77, which passed easily last month, requires restaurant employers to incrementally increase

  • voting, elections, democracy, illegal, aliens, migration, borders, citizens
    Accountability
    Should Non-Citizens Vote?

    “A lot of people would like to say this is an immigration issue. It’s really not,” offered Gary Emineth, the head of North Dakotans for Citizen Voting and a candidate for state senator.   “It’s really about preserving the right for U.S. citizens, and in our case, North Dakota residents,

  • EU, migrant, crisis, collapse, immigration, refuge, welfare, socialism, borders, freedom
    Accountability
    Too Big for Breaches

    “Any reporter who has covered Europe in the last decade has written a dozen articles or more,” The New York Times informs us, “about how one crisis or another has exposed the fundamental unsustainability of the European Union.” I hadn’t noticed. Until recently, haven’t reporters and commentators been downplaying Europe’s

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    Townhall: Weaponizing Freedom

    This weekend’s Townhall foray is, yes, an expansion of Tuesday’s Common Sense, “Freedom Weaponized,” but is perhaps more shareable, because it gets a bit deeper. Check it out. Share it. Then come back here for the R&D: New York Times: “How Conservatives Weaponized the First Amendment” United States Supreme Court:

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    Bernie Sanders Is Not a Socialist (He’s an Idiot)

    Unfortunately, socialists do exist: But for a different perspective, you might also be interested in some related past work of ours on this site: Bernie’s Slippery Definition of Democratic Socialism Nine Dangers of “Democratic Socialism” Democratic Socialism… Why do socialist utopias always get hijacked. . . The Good Kind of

  • microstamping, bullet, California, law, guns, gun control
    Accountability
    Ought Implies Cantifornia

    “Strip away the absurdity,” writes Scott Shackford at Reason, “and it’s essentially a very technical ruling.” Shackford is explaining a bizarre recent judgment of the California Supreme Court. Politicians in Sacramento had, years ago, passed a gun control measure requiring gun manufacturers to “implement microstamping technology that would imprint identifying

  • general freedom
    Why We Fought

    When I was young, we were instructed to revere the men dubbed by President Warren Harding as “the Founding Fathers.” Reverence has since gone out of fashion. Even today’s freedom-minded often express a general iffiness about America’s separation from England. Now, I’m so deep-seatedly anti-monarchical, so resolutely anti-royal that I

  • independence, Fourth of July, freedom, Independence Day, 2018
    general freedom
    Independence Day

    independence: noun 1. freedom from the influence, control, or determination of another. If a country has independence, it has its own government and is not ruled by any other country. 2. If a country has independence, it has its own government and is not ruled by any other country.  

  • free speech, First Amendment, censorship, freedom, liberty, rights, Justice Elena Kagan
    Accountability
    Freedom “Weaponized”

    Justice Elena Kagan has a way with words. The conservative majority on the court, she said after two recent rulings, is “weaponizing the First Amendment.” What a phrase! But what does it mean? “Conservative groups, borrowing and building on arguments developed by liberals,” explains The New York Times, “have used

  • antifa, Portland, fascist, violence, Patriot Prayer group
    Accountability
    Black Mask Terrorism

    I was in Arkansas on Saturday when the downtown streets of Portland, Oregon, “exploded into its worst protest violence of the Trump era,” as The Guardian explains. “More than 150 supporters of the far-right Patriot Prayer group fought pitched street battles with scores of anti-fascist protesters. In total, nine people

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    Townhall: The Big Diffs

    The story behind the story is the story of division. And error. And damnfoolishness. Click over to Townhall. Then click back here for the stories behind the story behind the . . . Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Twitter): “Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington,

  • Tor, anonymity, privacy, Venezuela, socialism, dictator, censorship, criticism, Maduro
    crime and punishment
    Don’t Enable Tyrants

    If I deliberately help somebody to do evil things — and nobody is holding a gun to my head — I am thereby doing evil myself. A person should not let himself be in that position. Not even if he’s “just doing my job” and looking for a non-evil job

  • Illinois, pensions, politicians, taxes, tax, theft, shake down
    Accountability
    Panic in the Prairie State

    When your state has the lowest credit rating in the union, the highest population decline rate, and spends nearly a quarter of its annual budget on an out-of-control government-employee pension system, what do you do? Raise taxes, of course! That’s the advice of experts in Illinois, anyway. You can see

  • Accountability
    Eighty-sixing Civility

    Had Sara Huckabee Sanders been asked to leave the Washington, DC, Red Hen, rather than the restaurant of that name in Lexington, Virginia, things might’ve turned out a bit different. In the nation’s capitol, it is illegal to discriminate against customers for reasons of political affiliation. Out in Lexington? Not

  • Marco Rubio, Elizabeth Warren, student, loan, debt, Florida, federalism, states, federal, law, college loan
    Accountability
    Will Feds Foil Foolish Licensing?

    It would be nice if the federal government used its often-abused authority over state and local governments to outlaw various forms of state and local oppression. In his book Leviathan: The Growth of Local Government and the Erosion of Liberty, Clint Bolick argues that the federal government is not alone

  • Michael Chambers, Belle, custody, child, protection, Mississippi, Social Worker,
    Accountability
    Social Workers: Stop Kidnapping Kids

    Michael Chambers is living a nightmare. His young daughter, Belle, has been taken away by social workers — without any reasonable cause or due process. When Belle was two, her mother relinquished care to Belle’s grandmother. Then Michael accepted the responsibility. Periodically, his vindictive ex-wife would sic Child Protective Services

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    Townhall: Freedom’s Essential Hierarchy

    Our “first freedom” is first for a reason: it establishes the most basic hierarchy possible. Which is why those who pretend to be against ALL hierarchies, or insist upon instituting only one hierarchy — the precise one among many that suits them especially — oppose free speech so strongly. These

  • Happy 35th Birthday Edward Snowden!
    by Paul Jacob
    Happy Birthday, Mr. Snowden!

    This week, Edward Snowden turned 35 — making him old enough to run for the U.S. presidency next election cycle! (Call that a “Fun Fact.”) But he is stuck in Russia, an exile from the country whose Constitution — and the people whose freedoms — he did more to save

  • pepper spray, gun violence, gun control, self defense, 2nd Amendment, rights, crime
    crime and punishment
    Don’t Bring Pepper Spray to a Gun Fight

    “My students are my kids . . . and I want to be able to protect them just like I would protect my own son,” says the Oho teacher, who participates in a program called FASTER Saves Lives. (“FASTER” stands for Faculty/Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response.) Since 2013, FASTER

  • Edward Snowden, birthday, surveillance, whistleblower, patriot, sacrifice, NSA
    Accountability
    Happy Birthday, Edward Snowden

    Edward Snowden turns 35 today and begins another year as a fugitive stuck in Russia. Five years ago, he fled the country to Hong Kong, meeting with The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras to discuss documents he had released showing illegal National Security Agency collection of our

  • speech, argument, hate speech, minds.com, Bill Ottman, violence, free speech, tolerance
    Accountability
    Assaults Not Allowed

    Have Americans forgotten that freedom makes getting along easier? We do not all have to like each other. We do not even all have to be nice to each other. We just don’t have license to hit or hornswoggle our fellows. Hate speech may be bad, but it is hate

  • YouTube, guns, gun control, censorship, 2nd Amendment, censor, ban, school shootings
    Accountability
    Brownells Defends Itself

    I’m glad to be able to say this: Brownells has, present tense, a YouTube channel. Especially glad because, on June 9, Google had shut that channel down without warning or explanation. Brownells is a family-owned supplier of firearms, firearm parts and accessories, gunsmithing tools, and emergency gear. Well-known and well-regarded

  • occupational licensing, hair braiding, permission, law, crime, employment, unemployment, control, health
    Accountability
    Working to Boost Unemployment

    Some government officials work overtime to throw people out of work. What I’m referring to differs from losing your job or business because of slack performance or slackening sales. Instead, you lose the right to earn your living a certain way so that the government can benefit competitors at your

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    Townhall: A Birthday Present for the Deep State

    This weekend on Townhall.com, we celebrate a birthday — and an apt homage to a patriot. A possible homage. A proposal. For the President. Click on over, then come back here. Videos: Five Years a Fugitive Washington Post: Inspector general blasts Comey and also says others at FBI showed ‘willingness

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    Mr. Snowden: Five Years a Fugitive

    Free the People: Five Years After Citizenfour — Movie Trailer CNN: Greenwald Defends Snowden CNN: Ron Paul on Snowden CNN: Trump on Snowden NBC: Clinton on Snowden WSJ: Snowden on Trump & Clinton Al Jezeera: More Snowden on Trump & Clinton Bernie Sanders on Snowden Learn Liberty: Snowden: Democracy Under

  • New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, race, racism, low expectations, condescension, Stuyvesant High, quota, affirmative action
    Accountability
    Degrading Expectations

    Expect racism to come from the Right . . . we are told by the Left. On Wednesday, I considered the sad case of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, pushing racial resentment in a black church, asking for an “amen” after telling the parishioners that there was something very

  • ranked choice voting, democracy, initiative, referendum, election, voting, Paul Jacob, voting reform, Maine
    Accountability
    The Other Maine Thing

    Tuesday’s biggest election news was the victory for Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in Maine. This is the second statewide vote for this reform, which allows voters to rank the candidates by first choice, second choice and so on.* Voters first passed it in 2016, but the next year the voters’

  • affirmative action, quota, college admissions, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, racism, discrimination, reverse, justice, fairness
    Accountability
    Demeritocracy

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has a beef with Stuyvesant High School. It’s about race, of course. Stuy (as it is affectionately known) is a tuition-free accelerated academic/college prep program open to all city residents based on how well they perform on a specific test. Unsurprisingly, Asians make up

  • Daniel Ortega, Nicaragua, rebellion, atrocity, protest, violence
    Accountability
    Ortega’s Got to Go

    Sometimes “if it bleeds, it leads” fails us. Only a few news outlets have given much attention to Nicaragua’s ongoing atrocities. Weeks ago, mothers of some of the 76 people, mainly students, already killed protesting despot Daniel Ortega, were leading a march demanding justice . . . “when gunmen opened

  • Common Sense
    George Mason

    Introduced by George Mason at the Virginia Convention in the Capitol in Williamsburg. Unanimously adopted June 12, 1776: A DECLARATION OF RIGHTS made by the representatives of the good people of Virginia, assembled in full and free Convention, which rights do pertain to them, and their posterity, as the basis

  • Cannabis World Congress, Marijuana, legalization, decriminalization, law, initiative, citizens, democracy
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    Legalize Cancer Fighting

    “Do all former congressmen have to get cancer before we’re gonna get medical marijuana or recreational marijuana?” That’s what Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie asked Billy Tauzin at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition. Tauzin’s a former Representative for Louisiana’s 3rd District. He moved from Congress to lobbying for Big

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    Townhall: Right, Wrong & Getting Along

    Baking the cake and meeting principle, too — click on over to Townhall for this weekend’s big story: The Supreme Court decision: Masterpiece Cakeshop, et al. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, et al. NPR: In Narrow Opinion, Supreme Court Rules For Baker In Gay-Rights Case KOMO News: After same-sex cake

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    A Pol Goes Bananas Over Music

    Power corrupts, and local power corrupts loco-ly:

  • Common Sense
    Joseph Addison

    A day, an hour, of virtuous liberty Is worth a whole eternity in bondage. Joseph Addison, Cato, A Tragedy (1713), Act II, scene

  • Article the first, Amendments, Constitution, Representation, found, ratified, Apportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives
    general freedom
    The First Shall Be Last

    We were taught in school that the first ten amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. True enough. But not completely true — as I pointed out at Townhall. In 1789, Congress passed and sent to the states twelve constitutional amendments, called “articles.” Our current First Amendment

  • marijuana, Cannabis oil, law, football, crime, criminal, therapy
    crime and punishment
    Too Healthy to Play

    Cannabis oil can prevent the seizures of at least some victims of epilepsy. But the hope this medicine provides is too often undercut by fear. I discussed, a few days ago, the case of 15-year-old David Brill, whose life is in danger because officials forcibly removed him from the care

  • gentrification, renewall, Washington D.C., corruption, crony capitalism, housing, dirigisme
    Accountability
    Progress, DC-Style

    Is the black, Democratic mayor of Washington, D.C., actually a “racist”? What about the city council, which is 46 percent African-American, 85 percent Democrat, and 100 percent liberal/progressive? That’s what a lawsuit argues — the DC ‘powers that be’ are racist in their development and housing policies. Filed on behalf

  • cake, gay rights, Supreme Court, freedom of association, discrimination, law. nanny state
    crime and punishment
    Wouldn’t Freedom Be … Easier?

    To bake or not to bake, that is the question. Actually, the question was may a state discriminate against Christians in regulating “public accommodations”? The Supreme Court has decided, in a supermajority 7-2 ruling, that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission wrongly prosecuted a Christian baker who would not make a

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    Townhall: The First and Most Important First Amendment

    The biggest story of the week, of the month, perhaps of the year. And, so far, it has gotten no coverage. Except at Townhall this Monday, courtesy of your own Humble . . . Paul Jacob. Click on over. Then come back here to drill down further into this most amazing

  • Brill, family, marijuana, pot, prohibition, seizures, epileptic, goFundMe
    Accountability
    Good Pot, Bad Law

    Should you let your son suffer, perhaps even die, if the medicine he needs — the only medicine that helps — is illegal to administer? The question answers itself. It’s the answer that Matthew and Suzeanna Brill acted on when they let their 15-year-old son David smoke marijuana to help

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    The Lost Amendment, Found!

    Eugene M. LaVergne has something to say about the Ratified Congressional Apportionment Amendment. Don’t know what that is? Well, that’s why we set this series of videos before your eyes. This is quite a tale: Part 2: Part 3: Part 4: Part 5: Part 6: Part 7: Part 8: And

  • Missouri, show me, Article V, term limits, legislature, congress,
    Accountability
    Missouri Shows Article V Action

    There’s good news and there’s good news from the Show Me State. First the good news. The Missouri House declined to follow the lead of the Missouri Senate during its recent legislative session in advancing a ballot measure to make a travesty, mockery and sham of state legislative term limits.

  • cheese, law suit, justice, McDonald's, hamburger, Florida, class action
    Accountability
    Where the Beef Is

    In South Florida, two McDonald’s customers are suing the fast food behemoth for charging them for cheese they say they do not want. “According to a class-action lawsuit filed in Fort Lauderdale federal court on May 8,” informs the Miami Herald, “Cynthia Kissner, of Broward County, and Leonard Werner, of

  • housing, bust, financial, meltdown, Government-Backed Mortgages, jail, punishment, cause
    Accountability
    Déjà vu All Over Again

    One of the stand-bys of the post-2008 mortgage finance bust, at least from left-of-center policy mavens, has been to ask: why has no banker gone to prison? They played a game of fraud and got rich. What a protected class — Cronyism! Plutocracy! Capitalism! The why is much easier to

  • guns, gun control, school shootings, 2nd Amendment, good men, self defense
    crime and punishment
    Good Men With Guns

    We hear too much about “successful” mass murderers — from news readers, journalists, and so-called experts. And it is hard not to think about the disturbed gunmen who kill as a way to feel powerful for a few seconds as they seek revenge for whatever they hate about their lives.

  • Michael Bloomberg, tax, policy, nanny state, vice, social engineering, statist, technocrat
    Accountability
    Brave New Paternalism

    Michael Bloomberg is rich. He’s also in politics — a public health crusader. And, for years, he “has personally funded and promoted all sorts of regressive taxes and regulations in an attempt to push people around,” the folks at Americans for Tax Reform tell us. “He uses the coercive power

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    Townhall: Defending Your Right . . . to Die

    Something about Democrats and death — click on over to Townhall.com. Then come back here: NBC News: Congress OKs letting terminal patients try unapproved drugs Common Sense: Hooray for Congress! Goldwater Institute: U.S. House Joins Senate in Passing Right to Try Law, President Pledges to Sign Bill Bloomberg: ‘Right-to-Try’ Drug

  • video
    Video: Enslaving a Generation

    The tragedy of debt slavery is best seen not in the One Company Town, but in a popular (if universally vexing) government subsidy program:

  • Margaret Sanger, population, progressivism, panic, birth rate,
    Accountability
    The Ex-Explosion

    When I was a kid, the trendy worry was “the population bomb.” Now we are supposed to worry about a population . . . fizzle? “The U.S. birth rate has hit a new record low,” writes Peter Dockrill in Science Alert, “with women in nearly every age group giving birth

  • Karl Marx, communism, socialism, death, failure, China, Chinese, German city of Trier
    Accountability
    China Marks Marx Anniversary

    The Chinese government has sought to honor the birth of Karl Marx (1818-1883) by giving a giant bronze statue of the social philosopher and pseudo-economist to the German city of Trier, his birthplace. Agreeing that Trier and Marx should be thus honored, local officials shamefully accepted the donation. Marx was

  • right to try, treatment, healthcare, Rights, FDA, democrats, Congress, medicine, experimental,
    Accountability
    Hooray for Congress!

    When Congress behaves badly, I criticize. When it works well, I applaud. I’ve waited a long, long, long time to put my hands together in polite applause. It happened yesterday. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a Senate bill, largely along party lines, to give those facing a terminal illness

  • guns, gun control, second Amendment, school shooting,can we do nothing?
    crime and punishment
    What to Do

    Another school shooting — more dead and injured, many more terrified by the violence. And, in its wake, more demands for gun control, schools as hardened targets, and mental health initiatives. Oh, and finger-pointing at video games, too. So what should we do? Stop publicizing the names of these school

  • North Dakota’s junior U.S. Senator, Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, FCC, Rob Port, censorship, freedom of speech, 2nd Amendment
    Accountability
    The Steps Beyond Argument

    Rob Port’s job is to have an opinion. Opinions breed counter-opinions. Unfortunately, they sometimes conjure up concerted campaigns to pressure opinion-makers to shut up. So, no surprise that his reporting — on his radio talk show and in print — on the doings and not-doings of North Dakota’s junior U.S.

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    Townhall: Port in the Storm . . . of War

    Here is a new story. New news, because not something that has received a lot of coverage. Sure, it is about a political fracas in North Dakota. But if it seems eerily familiar, that’s because it is: the story serves as a microcosm of the current chaotic ideological macrocosm. Click

  • video
    Google “Mind Control”

    Can the behemoth help itself? Is there nothing it will not contemplate?

  • Rand Paul, John McCain, Vladimir Putin, balanced budget, spending cap
    Accountability
    Working for Whom?

    Two articles on Sen. Rand Paul appeared in my Reason feed the other day. Up top. So it was hard not to look. They were “John McCain: It ‘Wasn’t Incorrect’ to Say Rand Paul Was ‘Working for Vladimir Putin’” and “Rand Paul’s Plan to Balance the Budget by 2023 Will

  • Scot Peterson, Parkland, police, pension, Broward County, Florida, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, guns, gun control, second amendment
    Accountability
    Cowards All Around

    Just-retired Scot Peterson is a millionaire, thanks to the generous taxpayers of Broward County, Florida. You know Peterson as the sheriff’s deputy assigned to protect students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, who, instead of entering the building where the shooter was mowing down 17 unarmed students and teachers, protected

  • guns, cars, regulations, meme, gun control, second amendment
    Accountability
    Simplistically Wrong

    A clever “meme” made the rounds earlier this year showing, in two columns, what it would be like were guns regulated like cars. How reasonable that would be! “Title and tag at each point of sale”; “Driver training”/“Gun training”; Liability insurance on each vehicle/gun”; etc. It seems sound, no? No.

  • Jeff Bezos, Amazon, Seattle, taxes, homeless tax, business
    Accountability
    Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Is …

    A half a year ago, when trying to make sense of the much-publicized search for Amazon’s “HQ2” — a second headquarters city, away from Seattle — I concentrated on the subsidies that cities and metro areas were apparently throwing at Amazon. It all seemed desperate, indecent. But there was a story

  • schools, corruption, D.C., Washington, education, cheating, incentives, teachers, union
    Accountability
    Reading, Writing & Racketeering

    When I attended a public school — many decades ago, in a galaxy far, far away — teachers told students that cheating was unacceptable and would be punished. Harshly. Today, the idea has students laughing — all the way to graduation. Last year, after DC Public Schools officials breathlessly announced

  • links
    Townhall: A Little Rebellion Is a Good Thing?

    The burgeoning decentralization story is bigger than could be told on Thursday. So click on over to Townhall for more hints at how big this story is. Then come back here and leap into the issue Big Time. . . . Theory and History: Common Sense with Paul Jacob: Two

  • video
    Don Boudreaux Explains It All

    An excellent conversation with the economist perhaps most widely known for his fantastic letters to the editors of various major publications and for the blog Cafe Hayek:

  • public schools, education, democracy,, propaganda, ignorance
    education and schooling
    Grading Democracy on the Curve

    Voters, we are told, are amazingly ignorant. So, what to do? “Ultimately, the ideal democracy is one in which as many citizens as possible vote,” writes Dambisa Moyo at The Guardian, “and the voters are armed with the most objective information. Yet today only a fraction of the electorate are

  • decentralize, centralize, federal and state and county, power, nullification, distributed
    crime and punishment
    A Sanctuary from Centralization

    Defiance . . . nullification. It is a trend. I take it as a sign of our contentious times that we now witness states in open rebellion against centralized control from the Imperial City of Washington, D.C., while cities and counties are also rattling the chains set by their respective

  • tin foil hat, D.C. Councilman Trayon White, climate control, conspiracy, jews, antisemitism
    Accountability
    Low Bigotry Expectations

    “Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y’all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation,” explained Washington, D.C. Councilman Trayon White back in March. White (who is black) went on to accuse “the Rothschilds” (who were Jewish financiers) of “controlling the climate

  • Trump, dictator, war powers, Congress, Executive, power, incompetence
    Accountability
    Matter-of-After-the-Fact

    “For some time now,” writes Sen. Rand Paul for The American Conservative, “Congress has abdicated its responsibility to declare war.” Kentucky’s junior senator knows how unconstitutional this is. “The Founders left the power to make war in the legislature on purpose and with good reason,” Rand Paul explains — correctly.

  • prom dress, cultural appropriation, racism, political correctness, Keziah Daum
    education and schooling
    The Propriety of Cultural “Appropriation”

    Young Keziah Daum committed a terrible crime. She wore a traditional Chinese dress and displayed it online. No wonder she was chastised by hordes of frothing guardians of cultural purity. Many Chinese themselves say they find the criticism baffling. Perhaps they are burdened by common sense. They are probably not

  • Milo Yiannopoulis, Democratic Socialists of America, Churchill Tavern, New York, Nazi
    links
    Townhall: Mobs Against Our Rights

    Over at Townhall, the logic of “inclusion” is examined — and the examination includes an explanation for why exclusion is the usual tactic of the inclusionists. Click back here for the back-up. Yelp: Churchill Tavern Fox News Insider: ‘Nazi Scum, Get Out’: Milo Yiannopoulos Heckled by Crowd, Driven Out of

  • video
    The Racist/Fascist in the White House

    A perspective on presidential racism and fascism:

  • Arkansas State Senator Jon Woods, corruption, Arkansas, conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering
    Accountability
    Sweet Schadenfreude?

    Yesterday, jurors convicted former Arkansas State Senator Jon Woods on 15 felony counts consisting of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. Woods was at the center of a corrupt scheme to reward cronies at Ecclasia College and AmeriWorks with GIFs — state General Improvement Funds — in return

  • Studio System, antitrust, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon
    crime and punishment
    The Studio System: The Sequel

    Evermore virtue signaling, everless virtue — that pretty much encapsulates Oscars’ night. The industry that brought us Harvey Weinstein and the occasion for #MeToo made the 90th Academy Awards two months ago unwatchable for most of us. Now, as the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences loses touch with

  • free speech, Trump, First Amendment, rights, college, campus, tolerance
    Accountability
    Exit Strategy Advised

    The First Amendment applies only against governments, but our free speech rights can be violated by nearly anyone. These days, these rights are most notoriously and routinely violated by mobs of students . . . attending colleges and universities nearly all of which depend upon taxpayer subsidies. David E. Bernstein,

  • Spencer Byrd, crime, asset forfeiture, police, Chicago, law enforcement, theft, stealing, government
    Accountability
    Guilty of Innocence

    If you are innocent of a crime, should you be punished as if guilty? Despite no arrest, no trial, no conviction? If you say “Yes,” raise your hand. I see no raised hands among my regular readers. But my readers don’t include the wicked Chicago officials who impounded the automobile

  • Milo Yiannopoulis, Democratic Socialists of America, Churchill Tavern, New York, Nazi
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    Include/Exclude

    The right of free assembly is central to a free society. Not everyone understands this. Last week, conservative/“cultural libertarian” provocateur Milo Yiannopoulis went into the Churchill Tavern in New York to dine with fellow gay journalist Chadwick Moore. Also in the establishment? The New York City chapter of the Democratic Socialists

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