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    Public Record

    Police departments nationwide have begun to outfit their on-duty officers with body cameras. These small recording devices make great sense, so we can better judge police encounters. And it turns out that not only do police behave better when wearing body cameras, so do the citizens with whom they interact.*

  • Trump, budget, spending, big government, entitlements, welfare, cuts, pig
    Trump Proposes a Budget

    Will Donald Trump, infamously successful businessman, actually do something about the federal government’s out-of-control deficits and mounting debt? Economist Pierre Lemieux, writing in the Financial Post, finds some reason for hope in President Trump’s “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again”: The proposal to eliminate funding for

  • big government, public service, public interest, war, prison, meme
    A simple question. . .

    Government is a dangerous servant. . . as the American left has recently discovered.  

  • Venezuela, socialism, free markets, capitalism, poverty, celebrities, freedom, repression, starvation
    free trade & free markets
    Of Salt and Socialism

    Nearly 75 percent of Venezuelans have lost 19 pounds or more in 2016. “People have become so desperate,” the Miami Herald reported recently, “that they are butchering and eating flamingos.” While acknowledging the problem, TeleSUR, a television network based in Venezuela and funded by governments including Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and

  • monopoly, Microsoft, Google, Chrome, competition, cooperation
    Three, Three, Three Mints in One!

    Microsoft just announced an innovation that might give folks who fear business behavior — or are extremely skeptical of the positive public outcome of markets — pause. The Bellevue, Washington, company is adding Google calendar connectivity for its Macintosh users of Outlook 2016. [Pause.] You see, monopolies give us the

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    Townhall: Red Venezuela, Pink Flamingos, and the New Hollywood Diet

    The country of Venezuela has descended into the worst kind of chaos, with fighting over every last scrap of food. Even the rats fear for their lives. All walking food/near-food is. And some feathered food, too. Click on over to Townhall, then come back here. Common Sense: The Weight of

  • speech, anti-speech, NAACP, Supreme Court, First Amendment, Free Speech,
    What Happened to Campus Free Speech, and Why?

    Jonathan Haidt explains where the current bubbling up of insane politically “correct” anti-free speech nonsense comes from:

  • Netherlands, Dutch, election, Geert Wilders, counting coup, party, parties, political, Freedom Party
    Dutch Election Oddities

    There were many strange forces at play in the Netherlands’ elections on Wednesday. In my report, I concentrated on the biggest story, the possibility that Geert Wilders’s Freedom Party might take a huge number of parliamentary seats — though I quoted The Atlantic’s coverage predicting a narrow loss to Mark

  • healthcare, Trumpcare, Obamacare, medicine, costs, regulations, Medicaid, single payer

    Speaker of the House Paul Ryan insists that his “TrumpCare” plan to replace ObamaCare will decrease medical insurance rates. Others argue that his American Health Care Act will increase those rates. Likewise, he expects it to reduce strain on federal budgets; others deny this outright. The “coverage” issue is just

  • Muslims, Islam, Sharia law, Netherlands, Dutch, Theo Van Gogh, terrorism, immigration, Europe
    Walk on the Wilders Side?

    The Dutch were among the first to witness Islamic extremist violence against free speech. The November 2004 murder of Theo van Gogh by a Dutch citizen of Moroccan descent — a man whose first name, Mohammed, almost no one thinks is merely coincidental — stirred the nation. And the world.

  • Ferguson, Michael Brown, body camera, police, lapel camera, rights, accountability, abuse
    Five for Ferguson

    Michael Brown is dead. No video can bring him back. As the world remembers, Brown was the unarmed 18-year-old black man killed in a violent 2014 altercation with Officer Darren Wilson, who is white — making Ferguson, Missouri, famous. Or rather, infamous. With little information, folks quickly picked sides. Some

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    Almost Right

    The popular fact-checking sites, such as Snopes and Politifact, cannot stick to the facts. When Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) predicted that a recent repeal of “three regulations” would save “hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs,” Politifact rated the statement “Half True,” on the grounds that,

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    Townhall: Deep State, Shallow Media, and Meme Warfare

    We like to think we have the facts on our side. When we are confused, or do not know what to do, we seek facts. The Fourth Estate says that it is ideally situated to find those facts for us, and disseminate them. But, as we all know now, “Fake

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    The Deep State Exposed

    The latest WikiLeaks exposure has now presented us with a fuller picture of our government than we had before. The trendy term for this, right now, is “the Deep State.” But we are talking, here, merely about the secret wing of the administrative state that has been building up for

  • Donald Trump, Trump, diet, fat, stress, weight loss
    The Weight of Politics

    Folks sure go crazy over diets. And that’s without the insanity of politics à la mode. Consider the new Trump Diet — actually, several of them. Actress Lena Dunham pledged to move to Canada if Donald Trump won last November. Instead, she stayed to offer a new weight loss scheme.

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    The Leading Edge of Higher Ed

    “People are paying tons of money to be kept out of the real world . . . being taught by people most of whom have never even worked in the business world. It’s kinda crazy.” Well, yeah. There’s a lot of crazy in modern college life. Which is one reason

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    War on Page A-10

    War was once big news. Now? Not so much. Which may be a function of the never-ending War on Terror, no end in sight in Afghanistan and an Iraq War that is officially over . . . except for the fighting. Last October, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein busied

  • Arkansas, Jon Woods, corruption, crime, Micah Neal, term limits
    Another Political Crook

    Last week, the other shoe dropped. When last we touched upon Arkansas state legislator Micah Neal, he had pled guilty to steering hundreds of thousands of state tax dollars to a small private college in exchange for big, fat bribes. He also implicated the state’s No. 1 term limits opponent,

  • Charles Murray, protest, violence, free speech, Bell Curve, students, intimidation
    crime and punishment
    Campus Freedom in Peril

    What is the percentage of tenured faculty on American campuses who are still unambiguously on the side of free intellectual exchange? What is the percentage of them who are willing to express that position openly? Sociologist Charles Murray asked those questions near the end of his reflections on Thursday’s Middlebury

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    Townhall: Cowards Clapping for Courage

    The new president delivered a fairly successful first address before Congress. But it was not without its problems. One big one serves as this weekend’s subject at Townhall. Click on over, then come back here. FEE: Why the Joint Session Standing Ovations Creeped Me Out Miami Herald: How Carryn Owens

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    What We Want (From the Police, The Pols)

    Polling data and conclusions:

  • defense, defense spending, war, budget, military, protection
    Overkill, Not Parsimony

    Two truths: national defense is a necessity; national defense is a racket. The latter is the case because the former is the case. Big spenders rely on “better safe than sorry” to always push the envelope, over-investing rather than under-investing. So, we are trapped — and our new president knows

  • Colorado, initiative, 71, Amendment 71, democracy, voting,
    Whose Constitution Is It, Anyway?

    Last November’s biggest mistake? Colorado voters passing Amendment 71. It makes the Rocky Mountain State’s constitution exceedingly more difficult for voters to amend through the initiative petition process. And more like it may be in the offing. Legislation is moving in Florida to require a 66.7 percent vote to amend

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    Small Target, Big Subsidy

    Something has gone wrong when, to get a tenant to move into an empty space in your prime-location building, you need a $4 million subsidy. And when I say “prime location,” I’m not engaging in Trumpian over-statement. The downtown Denver, Colorado, property location sees over 35,000 pedestrians per day .

  • truthiness, Trump, propaganda, lies, truth, journalism, journalist, The Economist, rhetoric
    Bigly Truthiness

    “Journalists should be tough when powerful people say untrue things,” writes the Books and Arts columnist for The Economist. I’m with “Johnson,” that pseudonymous author, except for one thing. In calling President Trump a Big League liar, he himself seems to miss the whole truth, nothing but the truth. At

  • hollywood, oscars, politics, scold, pay gap, equal pay, Trump, lecturing
    Deep Dark Truthful Mirror

    At my advancing age, I couldn’t stay up late enough to watch Hollywood’s winners grab their Oscars and punctuate their rambling, teary-eyed acceptance speeches by hurling brickbats at President Trump. The Donald will have to defend himself for perverse statements such as heard on the Access Hollywood tape: “[W]hen you’re

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    Townhall: The Stars of Sexist and Racist Hollywood Shine Bright Tonight

    On behalf of the Academy of Motions Pictures Arts and Sciences, we’d like to extend a little advice to Hollywood’s best and brightest. Click to Townhall; come back for more abuse. Salon: “Hollywood is a cesspool of misogyny and racism. Bring on the lawsuits” Newsweek: Daniel Radcliffe says Racism In

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    Rand Paul Promises a Quick End to (and Replacement of) ObamaCare

    The replacement for ObamaCare that Rand Paul is pushing looks a lot better than his previous statements had led some of us* … to fear: It is mainly a freeing up of the system. Mainly. It is government getting out of the way. Of course, it is packaged so to

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    Adios, California?

    Californians account for more than one of every ten Americans. For now. Three years ago, an initiative sought to split the mega-state up. Had that measure succeeded, the U.S. Congress would have decided whether to permit the Golden State to become six separate states — with ten more U.S. Senators.

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    Freedom’s Friends

    Yesterday marked a solemn anniversary. Seventy-four years ago — on Feb. 22, 1943 — three German students at the University of Munich were tried for treason by the Nazis, convicted and then executed via the guillotine, all in one day. Days earlier, Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie had been

  • Ami Horowitz, Sweden, Tucker Carlson, terrorism, terrorist, violence, immigrants
    Stockholm Syndrome?

    Can we handle the truth? Governments and media professionals don’t always think so. Journalist Ami Horowitz, whose interview with Tucker Carlson caught President Trump’s attention last week, noted that, despite what he learned (and recorded) at street level in Sweden, Swedes in general and government personnel in particular* seem resistant

  • Trump, Sweden, terrorism, attack, immigrant, refuge, terror attack
    No-Go Zones

    “We’ve got to keep our country safe,” President Donald Trump said last week at a rally in Melbourne, Florida. Hardly objectionable. It was what he said next that baffled . . . some. “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden —

  • By any means necessary, BAMN, protest, free speech, fascist, first amendment, censorship, violence
    crime and punishment
    Wolves Crying Wolf

    People have a right to defend themselves. Right? Especially against rape and murder. “This is not about free speech,” Yvette Felarca yelled to the crowd at the University of California-Berkeley, gathered weeks ago to “shut down” a scheduled speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, the controversial Breitbart editor. Felarca, a national organizer

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    Townhall: Hate Is Our Business

    As conflict grows week by week, month by month — left vs. right, black vs. white, insider vs. outsider — and as good will is quickly being abandoned for fear, hatred, and loathing, one American organization is dedicated solely to tracking “hate groups.” Or is it? Click on over to

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    Leaving, Left

    Dave Rubin explains his odyssey:

  • FEC, debates, presidential, Commission on Presidential Debates, Lawsuit, libertarian, green
    Remember the Rigged Election?

    Remember the 2016 presidential election? You know, the contest that still bedevils us? The one allegedly rigged by the Russians and fake news? The one the outcome of which Michael Moore (and others) suggested, even this week, should be overturned by “the courts” simply by installing Hillary Clinton as president?

  • Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Obama, Trump, Sanders, debate, CNN
    Tough Luck, Chumps

    Advertised as a big deal ahead of time, the debate didn’t get much play afterwards. Especially from the Left blogosphere. Why? Billed as about the “future of ObamaCare,” it was really about what should replace ObamaCare. The CNN debate pitted Sen. Ted Cruz, well-known Republican opponent of the Affordable Care

  • civil asset forfeiture, forfeiture, police, abuse, theft, Trump, corruption, incentives, illustration, money, cops
    Watcha Gonna Do?

    At a White House meeting last week between President Trump and law enforcement officials, a Texas sheriff raised a concern about legislation introduced by a state senator to require a conviction before police could take someone’s property. Mr. Trump asked for that senator’s name, adding, “We’ll destroy his career.” The

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    Of Protests & Politicians

    Last Friday, I applauded massive protests that erupted in Romania — over a since-rescinded governmental decree to decriminalize graft up to $47,000. On Sunday at Townhall, I wondered why there weren’t similar demonstrations against the corruption afflicting Prince George’s County, Maryland. The county, bordering the nation’s capital, lavishes its nine

  • ecomomics, economist, tariff, trade, protectionism, Trump
    free trade & free markets
    The Skinny on Trumponomics

    President Donald Trump does not trust economists. So he is demoting the Council of Economic Advisors, booting out of the Cabinet the Council’s chairperson. If this were only because economists as economists cannot do what he has been able to do — make a big success in business and trade

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    Townhall: Paying and Paying and Paying for Politicians

    The high cost of our public servants can be shown beyond their mere inflated paychecks. Click on over to Townhall, then come back here. Washington Post: This suburb spends more than $110,000 a year on cars for its lawmakers Fox-5 (D.C.): Prince George’s County Council Member Mel Franklin charged with

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    Video: Snowden on a Possible Putin Gesture

    Katie Couric asks E. Snowden a significant question:

  • Romania, no-confidence vote, Bucharest, democracy, protest, corruption
    The Confidence Game

    Romania’s parliament has confidence in . . . itself. Sorta. A parliamentary no-confidence vote failed, despite 161 lawmakers voting for the resolution and only eight voting with the government. Confused? The no-confidence measure failed because the Social Democrats, controlling nearly two-thirds of the 465 seats in parliament, abstained on the

  • Audi, Super Bowl, advertising, advertisement, wage gap, feminism
    The Advertising Hypocrisy Gap

    “What do I tell my daughter?” So begins the Audi advertisement millions of Americans saw last Sunday during the yearly super celebration of commercials that, sandwiched in between them, included one of the most exciting football championship games ever.  The ad shows a father watching his young girl racing go-carts

  • black pot, black kettle, pot calling the kettle black, Trump, Putin, Russia, interview, Super Bowl, killing, guilt, blame
    No Innocence Abroad

    After establishing, during the big Super Bowl day interview, that President Donald Trump respects Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Bill O’Reilly asked why. After all, the Fox News star challenged, “Putin’s a killer.”* “We’ve got a lot of killers,” Trump replied. “What, you think our country’s so innocent?” This disturbed just about

  • Henry Louis Mencken, Black bloc, Antifa, protest, terrorist, violence, Milo Yiannopoulis, Gavin McInnes
    crime and punishment
    God Knows You’re Good

    “The trouble with fighting for human freedom,” wrote H. L. Mencken, “is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels.” Henry Louis Mencken (1880 – 1956), master prose stylist and social critic, knew whereof he wrote. But he also penned things to which few would give their hearty assent.

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    No Set Prices?

    “Paul,” an old boss of mine used to say, “there are no set prices.” He meant that when a vendor said it would cost x, my choice wasn’t just yes or no. Negotiate. I could say, “Boy, I’d sure like that, but golly, I can’t afford to pay x. Any

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    Townhall: Mob Violence and Its Defenders

    The Bishop Berkeley (1685 – 1783) famously advanced strange notions about the nature of ideas and existence . . . and proof of the latter on the grounds of the former. This weekend’s column has nothing to do with that. It is about the Berkeley anti-Milo riots. And free speech

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    Milo Y / Anti-Milo Why-Nots

    Berkeley, home to the Free Speech movement in the “olden days,” was home this week to violence and mayhem that “successfully” blocked the free and peaceful exchange of ideas. As you consider how a free people should respond, here are various voices from the scene of the crime. First, a

  • violence, peaceful, meme, protest, Milo, Berkeley

    The purpose of the demonstration was to shut down a speech. The speech would not have been shut down without the presence of violent protestors. The peaceful protestors are claiming a victory that wouldn’t have been possible without the participation of violent protestors.

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    crime and punishment
    The Silence of Violence

    “The Free Speech Movement is dead.” So said the Berkeley College Republicans after violence Wednesday night forced cancelation of a sold-out speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, the Greek-born British author, now a senior editor at Breitbart News. The reference, of course, is to the University of California’s history as a haven

  • EPA, environment, pollution, climate change, Trump
    Sledgehammer to a Bureaucracy

    The media hysterically pushes the line that the new Trump administration is so much “in chaos” it even frightens seasoned (salt-and-pepper?) heads in the Republican Party. But perhaps folks at the Environmental Protection Agency have more reason to panic. “It looks like the EPA will be the agency hardest hit

  • Neil Gorsuch, Perry Mason, Supreme Court, Judge, nomination, Trump
    crime and punishment
    Perry Mason for the Court

    Legend has it that a juror once ran up to attorney Neil Gorsuch, after Gorsuch won a case proving a gravel pit owner had been cheated, declaring, “You’re Perry Mason.” These days, Gorsuch sits on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and is President Donald Trump’s nominee for the late

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    ideological culture
    Women and Men for Life

    At Townhall on Sunday, I applauded the Women’s March on Washington for being peaceful, despite Madonna’s F-bomb laden speech, culminating with her daydream of “blowing up the White House.” We’ll never know how many more folks marched in that much-heralded event than attended last weekend’s pro-life march, because the mainstream

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    Deplorable Distrust?

    The United States is no longer a “full-fledged democracy.” According to a New York Post story, our union is, instead, a “flawed democracy.” Hmmm. Where to begin? Despite the article’s featured photo of President Trump, the downgrading of America’s democratic status occurred prior to the billionaire’s swearing-in. Technically, of course,

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    Townhall: Anarchists, Tea and Sympathy

    You have seen the signs, you know the times. But where do you stand on protest vs. rioting? Paul Jacob plies his common sense trade at Townhall, addressing precisely this issue. Why not join him, then click back here? Red Alert Politics: Limo torched in DC protests belongs to Muslim

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    Torture Works?!?

    The new president believes torture “works” . . . and Sen. Rand Paul disagrees: Sen. Rand Paul is correct: (a) torture doesn’t work, (b) torture is illegal, and (c) we might end up torturing innocent folks. But I oppose the use of torture for two other reasons: (d) torture is

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    ballot access
    Trumping Popular Vote?

    A friend, who loves to talk football, sometimes boasts that his team “crushed” the other team, gaining more yards and rolling up more first downs, before dejectedly acknowledging that his team didn’t score as many points as its opponent. They lost. When a Democrat gloats that Donald Trump lost the

  • Obamacare, ACA, Trump, Chickens home to roost
    Out of Our Misery

    Obamacare may be on the way out. According to The Atlantic, “the powers of the incoming Health and Human Services secretary are broad enough to cripple the [Affordable Care Act] so it has to be replaced.” Which is significant since the new President has just “signed an executive order empowering

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    ideological culture
    How Socialism Kills

    3 Ways That Socialism Kills: state enforced redistribution requires violence (even if some participate willingly, it’s guns and gulags for everybody else) central planning produces starvation a state powerful enough to enforce socialism is an irresistible temptation to those who would abuse power All the good intentions in the world

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    The Unfairness of Losing

    Maine’s citizen initiative process is unfair, claims State Rep. Paula Sutton. “[R]ural Mainers are left out of the equation,” Sutton tells readers of Knox County’s Village Soup, “and Portland dictates public policy for the rest of the state.” Hmmm? Every Mainer eligible to vote currently has the equal right to

  • Washington, corruption, big government, too much government, book
    Bring Back the Eunuchs?

    “Everybody knows that ordinary Americans are a bunch of idiots,” a Health and Human Services official told Benjamin Ginsberg. “Why do you need to do a survey to find that out?” Actually, he was not surveying Americans for their IQs and knowledge levels. He was surveying Washington insiders. Like her.

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    Promises & Limits

    Last year, Americans — everywhere from Montgomery County, Maryland, bordering the nation’s capital on the east coast, to sunny Santa Clara, California, on the west coast — voted to impose term limits on their elected officials. There were 40 separate local votes to enact term limits or, conversely, measures put

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    Townhall: Get Over It

    Partiers party, protestors protest, rioters riot, and reasoners . . . go to Townhall and read the latest Common Sense column from Paul Jacob. Particularly impassioned reasoners might wish to return for more perspective: CNN: Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address NPR: President Trump’s Inaugural Address, Annotated Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Address

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    What President Trump Says He’ll Do First

    President Donald Trump has gone on record setting up his first hundred-days agenda. What’s first up? “FIRST, propose a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress.” Why might that be a priority? Well, here: Inside-the-Beltway journalists tend to be clueless about the subject, of course: Pity

  • Price, Warren, hearings, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Elizabeth Warren, Tom Price
    We Demand Inefficiency

    It’s all about the money. Well, that is what Senator Elizabeth Warren believes. Grilling Republican Congressman Tom Price, the physician turned congressman Donald Trump picked to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, Warren demanded that Price answer a simple question: would he swear on a stack of medical books

  • Trump, president, inauguration, democracy, election, protest
    Don’t Trump the Gun

    The 2016 presidential election will go down in history as a doozy. The Trump win was a surprise, even shocking many of his supporters. But the most obvious lesson we learned pertains to the modal Obama-Hillary voter. Well, make that lessons. Plural. Today’s most vocal Democrats don’t seem to understand

  • Mexico, oil, nationalize, socialism, neoliberalism
    Oil’s Bad that Ends Bad

    Sometimes socialism seems reasonable. Emphasis on “seems.” Take natural resource socialism. Ores and oil are “just there in the ground” and “belong to everybody.” So it “just makes sense” that “the people” should “own” the mining and drilling and refining industries, and run these operations to share the profits to

  • David Roland, Freedom Center of Missouri, Girl Scouts, Jennifer
    crime and punishment
    The Man from Freedom

    In the Show-Me State, an attorney is showing us government held accountable. He leaves folks inspired about their freedom, wondering . . . who was that masked attorney? Well, no. Against my advice, he won’t wear a mask to court, nor leave behind silver bullets. (He says they’re too expensive.)

  • black, father, racism, children, race
    The Damage Done

    In his Washington Post op-ed, “The dangerous myth of the ‘missing black father,’” Mychal Denzel Smith argues that “responsible fatherhood only goes so far in a world plagued by institutionalized oppression.” He asks: If black children were raised in an environment that focused not on bemoaning their lack of fathers

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    Townhall: Term Limits vs. Corruption

    Fighting corruption in government is a never-ending task. But it looks like there are certain institutional practices that can help us, year in, year out. Click on over to Townhall for the latest lesson in this ancient wisdom, pried from newspaper headlines. Then come back here for those headlines: Arkansas

  • Democratic Socialism, meme, problems, solve
    free trade & free markets
    Is Denmark Socialist?

    First… some definitions: Socialism advocates the public ownership (or control) of business and industry in service of a more equal distribution of wealth. Bernie Sanders and his version of “democratic socialism” places emphasis on redistribution and downplays the public ownership and control part of the system. However… Bernie seems never to have met a government monopoly he didn’t

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    Liberty Under Trump

    Here is a fairly long interview with This Is Common Sense’s Paul Jacob, from a recent radio show: The first 33 minutes give a pretty coherent picture of the politics of common sense today. If you stop there, no one would think ill of you.

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    Common Sense
    A Tree Fell In a Forest

    It’s neither “iconic” nor “ironic.” “Storm fells one of California’s iconic drive-through tunnel trees, carved 137 years ago,” Travis M. Anderson’s title informs us. Calaveras Big Trees State Park is famous for its hollowed-at-the-trunk Pioneer Cabin Tree, a sequoia you have seen in hundreds of photos. It fell, almost certainly,

  • corporations, influence, corporation, democracy, power, government, big government, meme, Common Sense, illustration
    Corporate influence. . .

    Corporations can buy unfair favors from government…because government has unfair favors to sell. Big Government is the problem. Click below for a high resolution version of this image:  

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    Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

    Nullification begins with the axiomatic point that a federal law that violates the Constitution is no law at all. It is void and of no effect. Nullification simply pushes this uncontroversial point a step further: if a law is unconstitutional and therefore void and of no effect, it is up

  • corporations, government, power, danger, government vs. corporation, which is more dangerous, law, corruption, meme, illustration, Jim Gill, Paul Jacob, Common Sense
    crime and punishment
    Which is more dangerous?

    Corporations cannot and do not tax, conscript, and kill under claim of legal authority to do so. Only governments do that.  Click below for a high resolution version of the image:

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    The Shadow of Incompetence and Racism

    Just when you thought it was safe to ignore Hillary Clinton . . . Out from the Land of Might Have Been blurps the “news from nowhere” as to what Mrs. Clinton’s cabinet would have been. Some are calling it the “ghost cabinet,” the sadder version of a shadow cabinet.

  • big government, abuse, war, drug war, bureaucracy, libertarian, libertarianism, liberty, statism, statists, meme, illustration, Common Sense, James Gill, Paul Jacob
    general freedom

    You can’t feed a part of it without feeding the whole damn thing. Click below for a high resolution version of this image:  

  • Arkansas, corruption, term limits, Jon Woods, GIF
    Politicians Bearing GIFs

    Yesterday, we discovered that the biggest term limits opponent in Arkansas — former state senator Jon Woods — also allegedly led an elaborate legislative fraud scheme, whereby he and a state representative traded tax dollars for cash bribes. For now, Woods is an unindicted co-conspirator. But last week, the representative

  • Arkansas State Rep. Micah Neal, Independent Citizens Commission, Senator Jon Woods
    Hog-Wild Corruption

    Former Arkansas State Rep. Micah Neal pled guilty last week to a felony charge of conspiring “with an Arkansas state senator to use their official positions to appropriate government money to certain nonprofits in exchange for bribes.” Neal, who embraced graft his first month in office, received $38,000 in “legislating-around”

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    Tom Paine’s Pamphlet

    On January 10, 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense.

  • Bernie Sanders, plan, socialism, government, efficiency, progressivism, collage, photomontage, cartoon, illustration, Paul Jacob, Jim Gill, Common Sense
    Don’t Worry!

    Bernie’s plan will SAVE MONEY through Government Efficiency! Click here for high resolution image:  

  • Obamacare, ACA, Healthcare, reform, replace, policy, insurance
    free trade & free markets
    Best Plan Is No Plan

    “Republicans would create chaos in the health care system because they are stuck,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says, “between a rock and a cliché.” Oh. Off by a word or two. But I don’t need to fix it. What needs to be fixed is the whole system. “Head clown”*

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    Common Sense
    Democratic Socialism. . .

    Because BIG BROTHER is okay as long as enough people vote for him! CLICK BELOW for a high resolution version of this image:  

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