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    The 2200-page $1.3 trillion Omnibus bill at least one senator is trying to read before voting on it. That man? Sen. Rand Paul, of course. He speaks of an “unholy alliance” to engage in evermore spending. There is, he says, not too little but, instead, “too much compromise” in Washington:

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    Sen. Mitch McConnell

    “Only one thing can save this country, and that’s to get a handle on this deficit and debt issue.” Sen. Mitch McConnell, as quoted in Jack Brammer, “Sen. Mitch McConnell says Medicare, Social Security must change to fix U.S. debt,” Wichita Eagle (Jan. 21, 2013).

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    Bipartisan Planks

    When a partisan discovers that opposition leaders engage in blatant, bald-faced lying, do you find it charming . . . or sad? Donald Trump and his “administration are gaslighting us,” writes Ariel Leve. “It’s a term we are hearing a lot of right now.” Of course we are. “The term

  • Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, data mining, hack, hacking, elections, democracy, meddling
    The Real Democracy Hack

    A whistleblower in a British data company called Cambridge Analytica accuses his company of stealing as many as 50 million Facebook profiles. This is the latest version of the “hacked the election” meme pushed by the establishment after Trump’s 2016 defeat of Hillary Clinton. Cambridge received data on 270,000 Facebook

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    Good Guy With Gun

    Short version of the story: a good guy with a gun at a Maryland high school stopped a bad guy with a gun. In less than a minute. How? Because the good guy had a gun and was inside the school with the gun. The bad guy was able to

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    crime and punishment
    Governments Gone Wilding

    I was late to the story, and had a hard time finding information on the anti-white violence in South Africa — farm families raped, pillaged, slaughtered, beheaded. And I wasn’t at all aware of the “land reform” that South Africa’s Congress is voting on, the explicit aim of which is

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    New-Fangled Vote Counting

    Call me old-fashioned, but when you go to the pols to cast your vote on a ballot measure, your Yes vote should count for yes and your No vote for no. And if you choose not to vote, your non-vote should count for neither yes nor no. That’s just common

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    general freedom
    Equality vs. Freedom

    “A society that puts equality—in the sense of equality of outcome—ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.” —Milton and Rose Friedman, Free to Choose, p. 148.

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    Townhall: Career, No Career (A Tale of Two Pols)

    What does it take to make a difference in politics? Is the thirteenth year the magic number, or does time in office guarantee nothing but corruption? Click on over to Townhall. Come back here for more information and perspective. YouTube: Nick Freitas Announces Senate Run to Unseat Tim Kaine Washington

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    “The Family Makes Us Free”

    Ezra Levant and Andrew Klavan chat about anti-family indoctrination:

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    education and schooling
    Civic Engagement Activities

    I love a good protest. My first was in Mrs. Grubb’s third grade class, after a substitute teacher gave us a ton of math homework. During recess we organized and delivered a written statement  announcing a student strike against doing the math. Believe it or not, the assignment was withdrawn,

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    general freedom
    Liberty Rising?

    “Let me make something very clear,” Nick Freitas stated unequivocally. “I don’t have a political career.” Freitas, a Republican member of Virginia’s House of Delegates announcing his candidacy for the United States Senate, was responding to advice that running against incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine “could hurt [his] political career.” It’s music

  • Christina Hoff Sommers, Lewis & Clark Law School, Federalist Society, fascism, free speech, censorship, no platform
    education and schooling
    The Critique of Pure Intolerance

    If you are older than 50, you probably remember when “liberal” meant free speech advocacy to the point of absolutism. “I may disagree with what you say,” stalwart liberals pledged back in the Sixties, “but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” Nowadays, if you are under

  • Facebook, censorship, censor, first amendment, free speech, Citizens United, elections
    First Amendment rights
    Why They Hate the First Amendment

    Does banning Facebook in the weeks leading up to an election sound like freedom? “The corrosive effect of social media on democratic life,” writes The New Republic’s Jeet Heer, “has led both French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make the same threat to Facebook: self-regulate

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    Too Ignorant to Lead

    I’m convinced. Oklahoma State Senator Mike Schulz, leader of his chamber, has persuaded me that he just can’t do his job. He should have resigned years ago. Too late now, alas; he’s about to be termed out of office. Well, better late than never, I always say. Schulz burbles that

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    Townhall: Trump’s Tariffs, Congress’ Cowardice

    Trade policy and a do-nothing Congress, a match made in hell … read about it at Townhall. And come back here for more kindling: National Review: Congress Handed to the President the Power to Level Tariffs Townhall: Lifetime Tenure — Or Longer? CRS: Congressional Careers: Service Tenure and Patterns of

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    When Doomsday Fails to Arrive on Schedule

    Daniel Hannan tells a classic tale from the history of social psychology, and draws a Brexit lesson: The story he tells was written about, originally, in the classic treatise by Leon Festinger, Henry Riecken and Stanley Schachter, When Prophecy Fails (1955).

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    Georgia on My Dime

    After the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, followed by pressure from gun control advocates, Delta Airlines announced it would end its corporate relationship with the National Rifle Association, whereby NRA members were given discounts on travel.* Meanwhile, Georgia legislators were in the process of passing legislation to give Delta

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    Like Motel Matches

    When President Trump announced he was slapping a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum, a friend asked me how the president could possibly possess such unilateral authority.  That was my first thought, too, before surmising that Congress had again given away its constitutional power, as

  • trade war, fractured, division, Alex Jones, censorship, boycott, civility, civil discourse
    The Other Kind of Trade War

    President Donald Trump’s promise — threat? mere negotiating gambit? — to add a 25 percent tariff on steel could usher in a new international trade war, which he says is “easy to win” but which in reality could lead to a cascade of tariff increases worldwide, throttling trade and plummeting

  • Timothy Locke, Cherry Hill High School East in New Jersey, gun, gun control, 2nd Amendment, hysteria
    Insufferable Common Sense

    Sometimes common sense and open discourse can’t be suffered — or won’t be, anyway. So discovered Timothy Locke, a popular teacher at Cherry Hill High School East in New Jersey, after discussing the possibility of arming teachers to help protect adults and kids from would-be mass-murderers. Locke also suggested that

  • Donald Trump, comedian, stand up, kidding, term limit, dictator, joke, humor, King
    Jokesters in Power

    Ronald Reagan was known to make a jest or two. After being shot, he joked with his surgeons about their partisanship. In front of a hot mic, he shocked the media by saying he had “signed legislation to outlaw Russia forever,” and that bombing would begin “in five minutes.” The

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    Townhall: Justice Post Blindfold

    Sometimes law is just politics. But must it be so? Make a motion over to Townhall, and then make your appeal back here. Washington Post: Scalia embraced compromise on unions. Today’s Supreme Court should, too. (editorial) Liberty Justice Center: Janus v. AFSCME SCOTUS: Oral Argument (Audio ) (Transcript) Illinois Policy

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    Fear of Voters

    You are a state legislator, say. And an issue could be placed on the ballot on which a majority of your state’s citizens might not vote according to your preference. What would you do? Educate your fellow citizens on the merits of your position; or Dawdle while calling a lobbyist

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    Post Blindfold

    While the Supreme Court heard oral argument, Monday, in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the court of public opinion focused not so much on the constitutionality of the law in question, i.e. justice, but instead on the partisan impact of the decision, i.e. politics.

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    crime and punishment
    Why Paranoia

    Goofy conspiracy theories? Worth a chuckle, maybe. But not when they are about live, blood-running-in-the-street topics. Then, cries Kevin Williamson of National Review, “shame.” Paranoia-spinners “have failed to learn the sad lesson of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” Williamson warns. “When people have come to assume that every other word out of

  • Mao, term limits, China, Xi Jinping, censorship, Mao Zedong
    Dictatorship with the Usual Characteristics

    “Argh, we’re going to become North Korea,” a dejected Chinese citizen wrote on his country’s social media site, Weibo. His comment, later removed by China’s “safe space” police, responded to the Communist Party’s announcement that it would soon remove term limits on President Xi Jinping. While neighboring North Korea has

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    The Deadliest Mass Shooter

    Democide is a term revived and redefined by the political scientist R. J. Rummel as “the murder of any person or people by their government, including genocide, politicide and mass murder”. Government-sponsored large-scale killings for racial or political  reasons would be considered democide under Rummel’s definition. Democide can also include deaths arising from “intentionally or knowingly reckless and depraved

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    Self-Defense, Implausible?

    Don’t take a GUN-FREE ZONE sign to a gun fight. Whenever there’s a horrific incident of mass murder, advocates of citizen disarmament blame the right to protect oneself against armed attackers. The thinking seems to be that if we make it illegal for all civilians to have guns, bad guys

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    Townhall: The CIA, Obama, and Soros vs. Democracy

    Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. That is, what works in one case works in similar cases. So, take a gander at American foreign policy. And don’t laugh. The Ingraham Angle (video): James Woolsey on the Russians’ efforts to disrupt elections New York Times: Russia Isn’t the

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    Massive Government Failure in Parkland, Florida

    As Ben Shapiro enumerates, government law enforcement agents failed in last week’s Parkland, Florida, shooting. The count? Forty-five separate instances of failure. Shapiro also explains how and how not to fight the hysterical left’s calumnies and demands.

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    He Applied Himself

    “I need to make this count,” wrote a young man in Everett, Washington. Unfortunately, it looks like he wasn’t attempting a big career-oriented project. He was planning a mass shooting. “I need to get the biggest fatality number I possibly can,” is one of many damning journal passages the police

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    general freedom
    Graceless Memphis Politicians

    “We could care less about instant runoff voting,” fibbed Allan Wade, the city attorney for Memphis, Tennessee. Wade was rebutting the recent Commercial Appeal revelation that Memphis’s “City Council worked behind the scenes to find a sponsor for legislation this year that could ban instant-runoff elections statewide.” After long relying

  • CIA, foreign policy, elections, influence, interference, puppets
    Not Even with a Straight Face

    Is American foreign policy so foreign to our values that even those who have served at the very pinnacle of national intelligence agencies have trouble telling the truth? “Have we ever tried to meddle in other countries’ elections?” Laura Ingraham, host of Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle, asked James Woolsey, director

  • Bill Gates, taxes, tax, government, entrepreneurs, responsibility
    Billionaire Theater

    “I need to pay higher taxes,” Bill Gates told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday. He was making a case against Republican tax cuts, but his actual argument? Insignificant. It’s just another unlearned, narrow-perspective “growing inequality” farrago. But his conclusion intrigues . . . as a man-bites-dog story, because people have

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    Abigail Adams

    I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature; and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and, like the grave, cries, ‘Give, give!’ The great fish swallow up the small; and he who is most strenuous for the rights of the

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    Thwarting Cops Who Are Robbers

    “Carrying cash is not a crime,” Institute for Justice attorney Dan Alban informs us, “yet too often the government treats it like one.” Musician Phil Parhamovich learned that the hard way. He was porting his life savings, almost $92,000 — earmarked for a down payment on a recording studio —

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    Townhall: Is It Safe in Baltimore?

    After every major school shooting the calls for “doing something serious about guns” burst into the national conversation. And yet… considering how lame most actual proposals are … what is really the ultimate intention appears to be gun prohibition and confiscation. And the thing about that? It means that only

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    Meanwhile, the Oceans Fill with Junk

    One problem with the obsession over “global climate change” has been the neglect of a problem that we might be able to fix: A number of proposals for de-polluting the seas have been “floated,” but this one is underway:

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    Killer Inlaudabilis

    On the day that Alexander the Great was born, or so the ancients tell us, a man named Herostratus burned down one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. Why? Just for the infamy. Which is why the Ephesians proscribed mention of the man’s

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    Corruption Beyond Imagination

    “Two Baltimore detectives were convicted Monday of robbery and racketeering,” the Washington Post reported, “in a trial that laid bare shocking crimes committed by an elite police unit and surfaced new allegations of widespread corruption in the city’s police department.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Leo Wise presented the jury with “things

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    “Our Agenda Was Common Sense”

    The Republican Party doesn’t need to bury the corpse. Its victim has been assimilated, like the Borg did with alien peoples in the Star Trek universe, or maybe it was just soaked up as if the GOP were a giant fungus amongus. So, what’s dead? The Tea Party, which was

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    Threat Assessment

    Don’t drink transmission fluid. Or perform a swan dive off the Empire State Building. Or munch on a Tide Pod. Be cautious, in other words, of the advice offered in “Boycott the Republican Party,” the Atlantic opinion piece authored by Jonathan Rauch and Benjamin Wittes, both scholars at the Brookings

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    Winning Too Much?

    “We’re Number 17!!!” This lacks a certain triumphant note. It is nothing like the “We’re Number 1!” the Swiss are now hollering as they pump their arms into the air, waving giant #1 foam fingers against the backdrop of snow-covered Alps. Actually, knowing the Swiss, they are probably a bit

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    Townhall: Friendly Suicide Advice for the GOP

    The Common Sense mission at this weekend is not to defend Mr. Trump’s actions or statements. I did not vote for him – nor did I vote for the Democrats’ even worse alternative. Like other presidents, I support Trump when he agrees with me and oppose him when he

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    Freedom and Slavery Around the World

    It is sad to see the U.S. fall so far in the world freedom rankings. But instructive to see who is on top. And then, to contrast, see where the actual slavery is:

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    crime and punishment
    The Winds of Regulation

    Among the many goofy occupational licensing laws in these United States, Arizona’s licensing for professional blow-drying services is up there with the silliest.  “Under current law, using a blow-dryer on someone else’s hair, for money, requires more than 1,000 hours of training and an expensive state-issued license,” we learn at Reason. “Blow-drying hair

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    general freedom
    Red Roadster Rides Outer Space

    On Tuesday, SpaceX launched one of the largest rockets ever, the Falcon Heavy. Because it is still experimental, it didn’t carry up an expensive satellite. Too early for that. Instead, it has sent up a Tesla Roadster. And it’s not aiming for orbit . . . around Earth. It’s aiming

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    Captured Congress

    “Do you think party leaders exert too much control over members of Congress and over the agenda,” Full Measure host Sharyl Attkisson asked retiring Rep. Darrell Issa, “in a way that might be motivated by donations and corporate influence and special interests?” Winner of five Emmys, as well as the

  • Washington Post, lap dog, lapdog, Department of Justice, FBI, crime, accountability

    “Once the party of law and order,” screamed the Washington Post’s top-of-the-front-page Sunday headline, “Republicans are now challenging it.” The story’s lede: “Republican leaders’ open defiance last week of the FBI over the release of a hotly disputed memo revealed how the GOP, which has long positioned itself as the

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    Smoke But No Gun

    The Republican memo soaking up so much attention paints an ugly picture of a republic gone off the rails — but it should not be mistaken for The Facts. We have smoke, sure. And the smoke can be seen, not unreasonably, as a sign of . . . a vast

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    Townhall: Real Men and Real Women

    Consent in relation to sexual relations is not really all that hard to figure out — though evidence for consent, or even for particular acts, can be very hard to determine, especially regarding other people and after a long time’s passing. Click on over to for something like the

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    How to Change the World, One You at a Time

    Our first step in making a better world is, almost certainly, making ourselves better. Understandably, we do not mention this that often when dealing with public policy, but, when it comes right down to it….

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    The Smoking Russian Donut

    “Politicians in prison garb,” headlined a recent Sun Sentinel editorial, “shake trust in government.” It was not a fashion statement. “What is it about a long career that makes some politicians — not all, let’s be clear about that — feel the rules don’t apply to them?” asked the paper,

  • marijuana, bank, California, California State Treasurer John Chiang, Federal Reserve
    free trade & free markets
    Bank on It?

    It took me a moment. And I assure you, I wasn’t high. When I read that California State Treasurer John Chiang was considering a “marijuana bank,” my first thought was that he was talking about warehousing bud and leaf. Well, no. That would be stupid. So, maybe reporters and bloggers

  • Washington Post, Democracy, term limits,
    Let There Be Light

    The Washington Post sports a new masthead slogan: “Democracy Dies in Darkness,.” A story in last Sunday’s Metro section suggests that the editors are yet to fully implement the slogan’s implicit mission — providing impartial, unbiased illumination. “Term limits for Maryland legislators?” reads the headline. “Here’s why that’s unlikely,” it

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    Farce and Fury

    NBC’s Today covered Sunday night’s Grammy Awards — the music industry’s shindig that I mark my calendar each year to be sure to miss — under the labels “The Grammys Get Political” and “Music & #MeToo Movement Take Center Stage.” Reuters declared that “the surprise star of the night was former

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    The Last Straw

    How much should we fine waiters who destroy our planet? For how long should they go to jail? I don’t know where you would hold such an evildoer after the earth has been destroyed. Or where he’d go when released. But we’re speaking hypothetically. Assume that planet-destroyers can be imprisoned

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    Townhall: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

    The eternal question, with a partial answer over at Washington Post: Virginia lawmakers seek to make menstrual products more affordable, available WTVR CBS (Richmond): Feminine hygiene products could become tax exempt Women’s Health: The Sickening Truth About What It’s Like to Get Your Period in Prison The Guardian: Prisons

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    Lindsay Shepherd’s Inquisition

    “There was no complaint.” When a young teaching assistant was brought before a politically correct tribunal at her Canadian college, just for including a video of Dr. Jordan Peterson, we knew it was quite the scandal. Now, after some time has lapsed, she updates her story, and puts it in

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    The Politics of Inertia

    Congress’s failure to establish, last week, any semblance of budgetary responsibility led to one of those “government shutdowns” that the press likes to yammer about so breathlessly. Then, early this week, Senate holdouts caved, allowing a short-term fix to bring the federal government fully back to life, like the monster

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    crime and punishment
    Twitter’s Merkel Tactics or Merkel’s Twitter Tactics?

    Is Twitter cooperating with Germany’s new crackdown on social-media speech because otherwise it risks steep penalties? Or is Twitter just doing what it would do anyway? When Germany’s new law against unwelcome speech went into effect this year, many Germans protested. “Please spare us the thought police!” was the headline

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    Still at Large

    Blogger Paul Caron, dean of Pepperdine Law School, still counts the days since we learned that the IRS was blocking applications for nonprofit status from right-leaning groups at the behest of former IRS honcho Lois Lerner. Now years later, the agency can still arbitrarily victimize any one of us. Nor

  • Donald Trump, sex, scandal, Stormy,
    Ho Hum

    The President of the United States allegedly had an affair — or a one-night stand with attempts at an affair — with a porn star. And paid her to keep silent. While he was married to his current wife, and his son was an infant. Donald Trump denies it, but

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    crime and punishment
    Dutch Treat

    Rotterdam police are gearing up for a new crime reduction scheme. “They’ll soon begin a pilot program targeting young men in designer clothes that the police believe they couldn’t afford legally,” reports Quartz. “If it’s not clear how the person paid for the clothing, the police may confiscate it.” A

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    Townhall: Afghanistan First

    Over at, war is waged against death and madness. Click over, come back. Let Common Sense be your guide…. Washington Post: A new U.S. air blitz in Afghanistan isn’t stopping for winter. But will it stop the Taliban? Al Jazeera: US and NATO Troops in Afghanistan Counter Punch: Time

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    This. There Is This. The Interview to End All Interviews.

    Dr. Jordan Peterson was “interviewed” on BBC’s Channel 4 News. More like an absurdist’s inquisition, it has become notorious. If you have missed it, watch it now: Carl “Sargon of Akkad” Benjamin gives a play-by-play game summary: Ben Shapiro weighs in, too: Scott Adams discusses cognitive dissonance and “hallucinations”: The

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    Pravda in the Izvestia

    Back in the USSR’s heyday, the joke about the two major newspapers, Pravda (meaning “truth” — and published by the Communist Party) and Izvestia (meaning “news” — and published by the Soviet State), was that “there’s no Truth in the News and no News in the Truth.” Nowadays, in Trump’s

  • James Clapper, lies, Congress, testimony, Senate Intelligence Committee, surveillance, civil liberty
    Clapper into the Clink?

    Lying to Congress is a strange crime. A number of people have been prosecuted for it over the years, but Congress isn’t a court of law and, more to the point, Congress may present the densest source of lies in the United States. The idea that it would be illegal

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    education and schooling
    Through a Lens, Darkly

    The “best debates” are ones in which one side shouts down the other side and threatens violence. Well, that is what a Washington Post essay implies. In “Why ‘social justice warriors’ are the real defenders of free speech on campus,” Matthew A. Sears, an associate professor of classics and ancient

  • Deyshia Hargrav, superintendent, schoolboard, Vermilion Parish school board, free speech, government, local government, Lozman v. Riviera Beach, Florida, Supreme Court
    Lock Her Up

    “Who Are We?” I asked Sunday at Today’s question: What have we come to? Under a seemingly click-bait headline in The Atlantic, “Can Government Officials Have You Arrested for Speaking to Them?” Garrett Epps examines last week’s outrageous handcuffing and arrest of a Louisiana teacher, Deyshia Hargrave, for speech

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    Babylon Goes Broke

    A few Babylonian, er, California cities going bankrupt — Stockton, Vallejo, and Bell — should be seen as more than dead canaries in a coalminer’s care. Indeed, you don’t need special prophetic gifts to see the dangers posed by over-promising cushy pensions to government workers. Californians are coming around. And

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    Townhall: Who Are We?

    Where do the NGO’s go? To the SHC’s — as [allegedly] designated by our current president (SHC stands for S***-H***-Country). But is America in danger of sliding down into that very same status? Click on over to Townhall. Then come back here. Washington Post: Video shows Baltimore hospital patient discharged

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    The Repeating Crossbow

    We may be entering a new era of home-made invention and production. Some of this is being driven by 3-D printing technology. But good old-fashioned backyard innovation still has much to be said for it. And if you are interested in unregulated weaponry, preparing for the zombie apocalypse, or just

  • earmarks, ear marks, pork, Congress, spending, corrumption, deals
    Earmark This Bad Argument

    With President Trump endorsing a return to earmarks, House Republicans too are reportedly “reconsidering” their usefulness and pondering “how they might ease back into the practice.” Lawmakers fret that they have lost too much power by giving up this instrument of corruption. (Not their characterization.) Wikipedia defines “earmark” as a

  • tax cut, trickle down, supply side, taxes, jobs, employment
    Hey, It’s Your Money

    I leave it up to you how to spend your own money. You decide, based on your own circumstances and priorities. Oh, you don’t need my permission? Of course not. But some people think that if you spend your own money on your own priorities in accordance with your own

  • Tom Paine, Thomas Paine, Laurent Dabos
    general freedom
    Happy Birthday, America!

    What? Oh, sure, I know the United States of America has its birthday on July 4th, that day in 1776 when the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. Let’s agree I’m early. (Oh, how I wish it were July.) But the interesting thing about history is how we get

  • marijuana, constitution, intrastate, rights, legalization, decriminalization
    The Ninth and the Tenth of It

    When Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama Administration enforcement guidelines regarding the states that have legalized (in their 29 different ways) marijuana, last week, supporters of freedom expressed some worry. But we had to admit, one excuse for Sessions’s nixing of the mostly hands-off policy seemed to make sense

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    Win On the Field

    Tonight, the College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship Presented by AT&T will pit the University of Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) against the University of Georgia Bulldogs (13-1). Millions of Americans will tune in to see the game’s winner declared “national champion.” Regardless, University of Central Florida Athletic Director Danny White,

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    Townhall: Children of the Spurned Nozzle

    Oh, the Nanny State sure changes some folks’ beliefs . . . about what they themselves are capable of doing. What no one is capable of doing is altering the very nature of reality. So, for at most the slightest alteration of your grasp on reality, click on over to

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    Trump vs. Bannon, Fact vs. Feelings

    Ben Shapiro on the hilarious Trump vs. Bannon twitterstorm: Ben Shapiro interviewed by Dave Rubin:

  • gas, Oregon, freedom, invisible hand, law, pump, control
    crime and punishment
    Beaver State Bliss

    The Great State of Oregon is not at DEFCON 1. Nor are Beaver State residents gnashing their teeth over a new law that went into effect earlier this week. News reports proclaimed: “People in Oregon are freaking out about the thought of pumping their own gas under a new law.”

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    The Times Must Change

    “Political leaders prefer to project a noble history, sometimes by turning complicity in atrocities into claims of victimhood,” the New York Times informed us last Sunday. “In Russia, Mr. Putin and many of his lieutenants came from the K.G.B. and resisted fully confronting its repressive history. And they, like many

  • Maine, petition, signatures, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, ranked choice voting
    How to Prevent Democracy

    Quick — what is the very first thing government should do this year? Maine’s Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap has urgent legislation. And just so you don’t get the wrong idea, “It’s really not a shadow effort to restrict the people’s right to petition their government,” he insists. “That is

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