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  • the squad, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, lhan Omar,Ayanna Pressley,Rashida Tlaib, socialism, racism,
    national politics & policies
    Truth Squad

    “I hesitate to contribute to this freak show,” Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night.  I know the feeling.  “I don’t think President Trump is a racist,” added the senator. “I don’t think his original tweet was racist.” While I haven’t peered into the president’s soul, I

  • billionaire, Tom Steyer, candidate, president, election, campaign,
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    A Different Conversation

    “Here’s the difference between me and the other candidates,” says billionaire investor-turned-presidential aspirant Tom Steyer. “I don’t think we can fix our democracy from the inside. I don’t believe Washington politicians and big corporations will let that happen.” Of course, if this Democrat becomes president of these United States, that’s

  • Jay Inslee, Washington, president, election, socialism, watermelon, green on the outside, red on the inside,
    ideological culture
    Inslee, AOC, and the Watermelon

    Washington State Governor Jay Inslee is running to lead the Democratic Party in the next presidential election to take back the imperial capital, Washington, D.C. His chief issue? Fighting “man-made climate change.” But he also dares to say goofy things, apparently on the theory that It Works For Trump. Seeking

  • race, card, color, racism, hate,
    ideological culture
    Playing Cards with Democrats

    “[T]he thing that really set me off this week,” former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) said on NBC’s Meet the Press, “was them going after Sharice Davids.” The “them” are four freshman congresswomen — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)

  • by Paul Jacob
    Less Hate — This Week

    Reviewing this last week’s big stories:

  • Elizabeth Warren, plan, central plan, nanny state, control, puppet,
    meme
    “I’ve Got a Plan for That.”

    “If you start from a belief that the most knowledgeable person on earth does not have even one percent of the total knowledge on earth, that shoots down social engineering, economic central planning, judicial activism, and innumerable other ambitious notions favored by the political left. “ —Thomas Sowell

  • AOC, Trump, twitter, block, blocking, free speech,
    government transparency
    Transparent on Twitter?

    I find Twitter distasteful, annoying, even stupid. I sometimes wonder why I should care about that particular “micro-blogging” platform. But since it is a big deal to others, I struggle to understand.* Joining me in the struggle are our two most famous political Twitterers, President Donald Trump and Representative Alexandria

  • hate crime, Seattle, statistics, propaganda,
    crime and punishment
    Less Hate

    Just how awful are Americans? Racist and sexist “hate crimes” are all said to have ramped up since the election of Donald Trump. Wilfred Reilly took a close look, in Quillette, at the hate crime cases in Seattle, which had been reported as having increased “by 400 percent since 2012.”

  • jeffrey epstein, pedophile, sealed, box, case, tape, government, cover up,
    crime and punishment
    Pedo Plane Perv

    If you are like me, you react to news about billionaire and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein by trying to retain some composure. His recent arrest on sex trafficking charges was a long time coming, sure; and the accusations swirling around him are disgusting and alarming. But I try to

  • First Amendment rights
    Ngo Go Zone

    Last week, photojournalist Andy Ngo was attacked on the streets of Portland, Oregon, while video-recording a Patriot Prayer march and its Antifa opposition. As they attacked, one malefactor can be heard screaming, “F**k you, Andy!” Another cried, “F**king owned bitch.” It was personal. They knew Mr. Ngo, who had been

  • liberty, freedom, independence, debate, American,
    general freedom
    America, the Debatable?

    “A divided America gathers for Fourth,” The Washington Post headlined its lead story about the Independence Day celebration on the National Mall.*  Give me two minutes to unite us. On the night of July 3rd, stuck in horrendous holiday traffic, I stumbled upon a National Public Radio broadcast discussing the

  • by Paul Jacob
    Trust Congress?

    There should be no legally required military or “national” service:

  • video
    Coverage, Scant & Skewed

    The Antifa beating of journalist Andy Ngo has been a big deal online, but not in the major press. Why? Because it is perceived as ideological. I read the Washington Post every day, and the only coverage I noticed was in a quotation from the major paper in Portland, Oregon,

  • CO2, Carbon DiOxide, green, greenhouse, warming, climate,
    national politics & policies
    Greener Pastures

    There is climate change going on. And some of it is attributable to increasing levels of Carbon dioxide (CO2).  It is uncontroversial and quite politically convenient to say that — despite Al Gore’s infamous propaganda positing climate change dogma as An Inconvenient Truth. The worldwide “green” movement to “fight climate

  • Kamala Harris, debate, Democrats, Fourth of July, Independence Day,
    Common Sense
    Dependence or Independence?

    “America does not want to witness a food fight,” Senator Kamala Harris said at last week’s debate, reprimanding her squabbling fellow Democratic Party presidential contenders. “They want to know how we’re going to put food on their table.” The no doubt well-rehearsed line drew raucous applause. She’s right; we’re not

  • you lie, Obama, Pelosi, Biden, Congress, Speech,
    ideological culture
    They Aren’t Lying Now?

    “You lie!” When U.S. Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC) shouted this at President Barack Obama during 2009’s State of the Union — scandal! How dare he? At issue was whether federal tax dollars would aid illegal immigrants under Obamacare. Democrats denied that any such thing would happen. Indeed, the very idea

  • Kamala Harris, race, debate, democratic, president, democracy,
    media and media people
    Birth of a Twitterstorm

    “Kamala Harris is *not* an American Black. She is half Indian and half Jamaican,” tweeted Ali Alexander, a self-described black American activist, after the California Senator’s presidential debate performance. “I’m so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself) of our history.”* On Friday, Donald Trump, Jr., retweeted Alexander’s tweet

  • Washington DC, corruption, sports gambling,
    insider corruption
    A Safe Bet

    “We certainly cannot comment,” said a spokesman for the Chief Financial Officer of the nation’s capital city, “on documents that are not supposed to be public.” Welcome to Washington, D.C., where governing is done opaquely. In a typically shady political maneuver, a $215 million contract was awarded to Intralot, a

  • video
    The Most-Searched Untouchable

    One of the more important results of the Democratic debates was the popular interest in the sole anti-war candidate:

  • Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic Presidential Debate, war, peace, foreign policy,
    international affairs
    Who’ll Stop the Wars?

    “Why were you the lone voice out there going after the neo-cons, going after the people who took us into these wars?” Chris Mathews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball, asked presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) after Wednesday night’s debate.  Pro-peace candidates do well with voters, but still most politicians and

  • Ireland, global warming, authoritarian, totalitarian, control, climate,
    general freedom
    When Push Comes to Nudge

    Ireland’s prime minister — or “Taoiseach” — is enthusiastic. “Speaking at the launch of the Climate Action Plan in Grangegorman today,” the Independent reported last week, “Mr [Leo Eric] Varadkar said the government would establish a Climate Action Delivery Board in the Department of the Taoiseach to oversee its implementation.”

  • tax man, taxes, Tim Eyman, term limits,
    tax policy
    Terms for Taxes

    Years ago, I dubbed Tim Eyman “America’s #1 freedom fighter,” and how does he repay me? Washington State’s anti-tax crusading initiative guru has gone and stolen my bread-and-butter issue, term limits . . . and married it up with another one of his tax initiatives.  He’s calling Initiative 1648: Term

  • UFO, navy, flight, tracking, military, disclosure, secret, conspiracy,
    government transparency
    The Whys Behind the Whats

    “[H]ow quickly our differences worldwide would vanish,” said Ronald Reagan in 1987, “if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.”  Does that Reaganite talking point give us any hints about the current series of disclosures about Unidentified Flying Objects?  I noted the most recent story to hit

  • Hong Kong, protests, extradition, freedom, democracy,
    general freedom
    I Am Hong Kong

    “I love my students so much,” a protesting teacher in Hong Kong told a BBC reporter, wiping tears from her eyes. “I worry about they cannot have the freedom we have before. They cannot speak what they want to speak like us. So, I don’t want . . . this.”

  • video
    An Official Briefing

    Why isn’t this a bigger story? Is there a “truth embargo”? The reports do not suggest ball lightning or other natural phenomena, despite what debunkers tell us. Weird in every dimension:

  • war, false flag, Iran, Iraq, lies,
    folly
    Remember . . . the Maine?

    “President Trump warned Thursday that America ‘will not stand’ for Iran shooting down a U.S. drone over the Strait of Hormuz,” a Fox News report summarizes, “while at the same time leaving open the possibility that the attack was unintentional.”  This incident immediately follows the previous week’s apparent provocation, attacks on

  • communism, socialism, freedom, capitalism, motherhood, family,
    ideological culture
    Not Your Mother’s How-To Manual

    “Want to Dismantle Capitalism?” asks The Nation headline for a recent interview with feminist Sophie Lewis, immediately answering: “Abolish the Family.” In a world of YouTube videos on how to do almost everything, apparently the progressive publication noticed something missing: There is no reliable guide for going full commie. Rosemarie

  • dumpster fire, term limits, Congress,
    national politics & policies
    Dousing the Dumpster Fire

    “Congress is less popular than traffic jams, root canals, and hemorrhoids,” U.S. Term Limits Executive Director Nick Tomboulides explained yesterday at a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution hearing.  “You’re beating head lice,” he added, “but the lice have asked for a recount.” Mr. Tomboulides and U.S. Term Limits support

  • truly free, Bernie Sanders, socialism
  • Cuba, doctors, Brazil, freedom, slavery, slaves,
    ideological culture
    Cuban Slave Doctors

    Did Cuba and Brazil just prove Sen. Rand Paul right . . . about socialism? Eight years ago, the ophthalmologist-turned-politician raised progressive ire in a subcommittee hearing. “With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have to realize what that implies,” the junior

  • body cam, camera, police, feds, federal, crime, law,
    free trade & free markets
    Don’t Follow the Feds

    “Federal agents never wear body cameras,” The Washington Post reports, “and they prohibit local officers from wearing them on their joint operations.” That’s why a growing number of local law enforcement agencies are doing what Atlanta’s police chief and mayor “decided late last month,” pulling “out of joint task forces

  • communism, New York Times, Nazism,
    meme
    Guess Which is Real.

    NOTE: 100 million human beings were killed by communist ideologues in the 20th century.

  • video
    James Madison v. Woodrow Wilson

    Government is its own faction and interest group. George Will, as interviewed by Matt Welch, Reason

  • New York Times, communism, socialism, journalism, pandering, newspaper,
    ideological culture
    Gray Lady Commies

    The New York Times has long leaned left. But is it really a stable Pisa-tower lean, at this point? It sure seems that, in recent years, the Gray Lady has gone extreme, abandoning its “respectable” center-left perch.  The change, economist Alex Tabarrok writes for FEE, appears to have happened “around

  • Joe Biden, healthcare, cancer,
    national politics & policies
    Dr. Biden, B.S.

    “I promise you, if I’m elected president,” Democratic Party frontrunner Joe Biden told an Iowa audience, “you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America, we’re gonna cure cancer.” It’s the sort of claim that makes snake-oil salesmen blush.  “That is a very, very bold campaign promise

  • Earl G. Jaques
    education and schooling
    Taxing Panicsville

    There is a big problem with Delaware school districts asking voters for additional tax money via ballot referendums. You see, sometimes the people don’t vote the way school officials and politicians want. Have no fear: Rep. Earl Jaques (D-Glasgow) has authored House Bill 129 to solve this thorny problem.  “This

  • individualism, collectivism, you didn't build that,
    general freedom
    Abolishing You

    In a recent Washington Post essay — “Is the individual obsolete?” — syndicated columnist George Will tackled the “you didn’t build that” theme that President Obama blurted out on the 2012 campaign trail, borrowed from a not-obscure-enough (and now former) Harvard Professor, Elizabeth Warren. “What made Warren’s riff interesting, and

  • Catherine Pugh, corruption, Baltimore,
    insider corruption
    House-Cleaning & Law-Following

    Larry Hogan, Maryland’s popular Republican governor, has vowed to “clean house” in the wake of the scandals rocking the “private” non-profit University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), set up by the State of Maryland.  It isn’t just former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who resigned from the UMMS board after it

  • video
    A Free People’s World Congress

    A short reminiscence from Paul:

  • by Paul Jacob
    Tiananmen & Term Limits

    Paul discusses how meaningful 1989’s Tiananmen protests were for him and for America, historically.

  • big brother, Barnie Fife, surveillance, face recognition,
    Fourth Amendment rights
    Big Brother or Barney Fife?

    Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Hampshire — these are the states that have shouted a big NO to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s citizen scanning agenda and its database of 640 million faces.  “As the FBI amasses hundreds of millions of photos for its facial recognition program

  • Beto, Paul Jacob, term limits,
    political challengers
    Beto’s Best Reform

    “All too often politicians focus on their own re-election,” says Robert Francis ‘Beto’ O’Rourke, “at the expense of addressing the challenges our country faces.”  A supporter of term limits during his six years in Congress, in 2018 Beto left a safe House seat to challenge U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, also

  • Brexit, Great Britain, labour, right wing, left wing, ideology,
    ideological culture
    Upside Down and Inside Out

    A YouGov poll of British voters asking who should lead Parliament, conducted a week after Britain’s European Union Parliamentary elections and in advance of Prime Minister Theresa May’s June 7 departure as Tory leader, provides some shocks. In the poll, Labour and Conservatives trail behind the Liberal Democrats* and something

  • Tiananmen Square, China, Goddess of Democracy, term limits, freedom,
    general freedom
    What Tiananmen Inspired

    Why did term limits spring up in the 1990s? Term limitation has a long history in America, of course — and all the way back to Aristotle — but why the resurgence? I remember opponents suggesting that Americans were frustrated with slow economic growth.  Not likely.  In “Restoring Faith in

  • Goddesss of Democracy, China, freedom, protest,
    general freedom
    What It Means

    The most inspiring political event of my six decades on this planet remains the pro-freedom and democracy protests of three decades ago, when for seven weeks first students and then other Chinese citizens occupied iconic, historic Tiananmen Square in Beijing. “In the history of communist China,” said a CNN correspondent

  • video
    1989 Tiananmen Square Protests . . . and Massacre

    ABC News: China’s Premiere Meets Student Protestors News Report (4:41) “World News report from May 18, 1989: Members of the Chinese government met with leaders of the student protests. Hundreds of student[s] demonstrated in Tiananmen Square.” ABC News: Standoff Between People’s Army and Demonstrators News Report (6:34) “World News report

  • video
    2020 Blow-out!

    Effective satire from Reason:

  • justice, law, Mueller, innocence,
    crime and punishment
    Guilty. Guilty! Guilty?

    “No responsible prosecutor,” Alan Dershowitz writes in The Hill, “should ever suggest that the subject of his investigation might indeed be guilty even if there was insufficient evidence or other reasons not to indict.” Don’t I know it. The world-famous lawyer takes issue with the “statement by special counsel Robert

  • Assange, King, alien, media, news,
    media and media people
    It’s Aliens!

    Why does corporate media report what it reports?  And neglect what it neglects?  From an article, yesterday, by Caitlin Johnstone, “Julian Assange is Reportedly Gravely Ill, and Hardly Anyone’s Talking About It,” we learn that Mr. Assange is too ill to speak. Since the U.S. Government has indicted him for

  • drug war, prison, jail, prohibition, ban, freedom,
    crime and punishment
    Prisoners All

    The logic for drug prohibition is direct: to keep people from hurting themselves with recreational drugs, we must prevent them from accessing those drugs. Voilà! There are a number of things wrong with that, though, and one is this: governments cannot even keep illegal drugs out of prisons.  In California,

  • national politics & policies
    Wand Wavers Aren’t Us

    Why do some Washington wizards refuse to wave their magic wands? Why, they could make our world . . . wonderful! On CNN’s State of the Union program over the weekend, guest host Dana Bash spoke with Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) about her legislation to “give parents paid leave to

  • army, twitter, public relations, veterans,
    Common Sense
    Of Honor and Horror

    Last week, when the public relations wing of the U.S. Army asked, on Twitter, “how has serving impacted you?” the bulk of the responses were not what was hoped for. What came like tear drops and bursts of rage were thousands of horrific tales, expressions of sorrow, bitterness and despair.

  • video
    What Is Money?

    A question that has answers.

  • milkshake, political violence, New Republic, Nigel Farage, Brexit, right, immigration,
    ideological culture
    The Milkshake of Human Unkindness

    “The biggest topic in British political circles on Monday . . . was milkshakes,” writes Mike Ford in The New Republic, “or, rather, one milkshake in particular. . . .” Milkshake, you ask? Yes. Milkshake.  The shake in question “was lobbed by a bystander in Newcastle at Nigel Farage, a

  • Ralph Northam, blackface, kkk, yearbook,
    ideological culture
    Northam Exposure?

    Hear that? It’s the faint sound made by an incredibly perfunctory effort to get to the bottom of the yearbook scandal that has cast, shall we say, a blackface shadow over Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. Back in February, news broke that the governor’s personal page in the 1984 Eastern Virginia

  • Kamala Harris, statistics, pay gap, sexism,
    free trade & free markets
    Why Lie?

    Democratic presidential contender and U.S. Senator from California Kamala Harris leaned in to the big lie. Debuting a new proposal to “close the gender pay gap,” she declared that, “In America today, women for the same work, for the equal work, on average make 80 cents on the dollar, black

  • lorida Rep. Jamie Grant (R-Tampa Bay)
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    The Man Who Had No Idea

    “I have no idea.”  So responded Florida Rep. Jamie Grant (R-Tampa Bay) to a question about how petition circulators on 2018 ballot initiative campaigns were paid.  “Is there evidence that signatures collected by a person . . . paid per hour or paid per signature are more fraudulent?” asked Rep.

  • Knock Down the House, socialism, term limits,
    incumbents
    Knock Down the Incumbency

    Over the weekend, I suffered through Knock Down the House . . . so you don’t have to.  While the documentary heralding four inexperienced Democratic women running for Congress in 2018 cost Netflix $10 million, I did not have to spend a dime — beyond my regular monthly subscription. The

  • education and schooling
    Down the Up Staircase

    or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Disadvantage This weekend at Townhall, Paul Jacob elevates the college admissions discussion. Click on over, then back here for further education upgrades: “The SAT will assign a new score that factors in where you live and the crime level in your neighborhood”

  • by Paul Jacob
    The Florida Squelch

    The second part of Paul’s video from last weekend:

  • SAT, college, racism, race, fairness,
    education and schooling
    Gaming a Newly Rigged System

    Education is important. I want my young adult offspring to get into a great college or university. Sadly, my bribery fund is empty. Must she, then, rely only upon working hard for good grades and preparing for the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)?  No. There is a workaround: find a way

  • North Dakota, State Auditor,
    Accountability
    Representative or Reprehensible?

    Seventy-seven million.  That is the dollar amount of “financial errors” that North Dakota State Auditor Joshua Gallion discovered in the last year, after launching performance audits at twice the rate of his predecessor.*  So, uncork the champagne! Huzzahs all around! Back slaps. But the back-slappers in the state legislature took

  • Jeff Bezos, moon, luna, conspiracy,
    folly
    Bezos’s Big Breakaway

    Something big may be about to happen.  Trump impeachment? Financial collapse? War with Iran? — each is all-too-likely, none desirable. But I am referring to space. In The Economist, May 14th, we read of Jeff Bezos’s itch to live off-planet.  The article is “Amazon’s boss reckons that humanity needs an

  • Common School, education, values, American, public school, law, lawyer,
    education and schooling
    Top School Fails

    Illiteracy, innumeracy, low standards, grade inflation — signs of a general failure of education, sure, and of public schooling in particular. But for the worst failing, look no further than Harvard University. The Ivy League school just caved to a student mob.  “Harvard said on Saturday that a law professor

  • baseball, mom, mother's day,
    general freedom
    Motherhood, Baseball & Life

    “Baseball is life,” say fans, meaning not merely that “the rest is just details,” but also that there are broader lessons to be gleaned from the game. Yesterday, on Mother’s Day, I told my mom how big a fan of hers I am, and the two of us Detroit Tigers

  • by Paul Jacob
    The “I Don’t Know” Law

    Florida’s Legislature has passed a law that would prohibit citizens’ initiative petitioners from receiving payment on a per-signature basis. They say it is to prevent fraud against the State. But is that really what they are doing? Paul Jacob says No.

  • video
    “You won’t escape judgment”

    Lindsay Shepherd, famous for being ganged up on by bullies (university administrators), defends her decision to devote herself to taking care of a baby while working jobs and not a career.

  • Bernie Sanders, 15, minimum wage, magic,
    free trade & free markets
    Pick a Number

    Is the number 15 “magical”? The “democratic socialists” now dominating the Democratic Party first went for the $15 national minimum wage notion. Now it’s a cap on consumer credit interest rates, at 15 percent. What’s next, 15 mph speed limits? Age 15 allowed to vote?  Fifteen men on a dead

  • U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross
    ideological culture
    The Very Opposite of Force

    One persuasive trick is to say the exact opposite of the truth, and say it with confidence.  What is that?  The proverbial “big lie”? Gaslighting? A “reality distortion field”? Whatever you call it, U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) used it at a hearing of the U.S. House Education and Labor

  • Venezuela, quagmire, mud, Maduro, socialism,
    folly
    For Freedom in Venezuela

    Last week’s coup in Venezuela flopped, it’s reported. But “coup” isn’t quite right: a popular rebellion failed to spark defections from key military commanders, who have become the end-all and be-all of Nicolás Maduro’s reign-at-rifle-point and rule by decree.  Anyone with open eyes can see the illegitimacy of the Maduro

  • Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, war, MSM, mainstream media,
    general freedom
    Bellicose Exclusions

    “Jones and his Infowars nutritional supplement sales empire are having a bit of a rough moment,” wrote Justin Peters last year at Slate, “since the bellicose conspiracist has recently been banned from several social media and podcast platforms due to his hostile and hateful behavior.” Like much of the commentary

  • Florida, Governor, Ron DeSantis, initiative, referendum,
    initiative, referendum, and recall
    Swampy Moves

    Late Friday, in the closing hours of Florida’s legislative session, an amendment “was thrown onto the lifeboat of a different, unrelated bill in a last-ditch effort,” reported the Miami Herald, “to limit citizen-driven ballot initiatives.”  With poisonous provisions appended, House Bill 5 rushed through both chambers in mere hours with

  • video
    Major Disaster Ahead?

    Repeatedly on this site, you have read warnings: civil unrest is not something we should yearn for, whether on political or racial or religious grounds. It could get ugly. Deadly. Yet rumors of civil war are spreading. Independent journalist Tim Pool covers the growing possibility of violence. And the growing

  • Jeapordy, Alex Trebek, James Holzhauer
    individual achievement
    Brave New Jeopardy World

    Answer: Television’s most intelligent game show. Question: What is Jeopardy? The show tests non-trivial knowledge, with the twist being that contestants are given the answer and must buzz-in quickly to supply the question.  Longtime viewers are most concerned these days about beloved host Alex Trebek’s battle with stage 4 pancreatic

  • democratic party, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, DCCC, Bill Lipinski, primary challenger,
    incumbents
    The Incumbency vs. Progressives

    “The Democratic Party leadership is choosing machine politics,” charged Alexandra Rojas, the young executive director of Justice Democrats, “over ushering in a new generation of leaders and the fundamental idea of democracy.” She specifically assails the DCCC’s blacklist of political professionals working for Democratic Party candidates who dare to challenge

  • Venezuela, guns, 2nd Amendment, self defense. socialism, rights,
    media and media people
    MSNBC Goes Caracas?

    Expressing the surprise in some quarters that Venezuelan despot “Maduro is hanging on,” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell went to reporter Kerry Sanders to make sense of the tense situation in Caracas, that nation’s capital. “Not only hanging on, but he appears to still control the military,” Sanders replied, explaining: “You have

  • Congressman Joe Heck, draft, selective service, volunteers, national service
    general freedom
    Hypothetical Cowardice?

    We must treat real threats realistically.  But what to do with bizarrely hypothetical ones? Last week, former Congressman Joe Heck (R-Nev.), chairman of the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service, addressed witnesses at a hearing in Washington: “So I want to pose a hypothetical scenario and ask your

  • Gavin Newsom, Governor, California, gas, tax, prices, folly,
    folly
    A Fake Mystery

    California’s new top banana is playing politics the old-fashioned way: passing the buck. Last week Governor Gavin Newsom directed the California Energy Commission (CEC) to look into the state’s higher-than-average gasoline prices. “Independent analysis suggests that an unaccounted-for price differential exists in California’s gas prices and that this price differential

  • video
    Trump Dumps Media Grumps

    President Donald Trump skipped the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. This is hardly an affront to the First Amendment or openness in government, but that is the way some spin it. Fox’s Greg Gutfeld isn’t having any of it. To him, the jokes-for-charity event has gone from a light-hearted, friendly roast,

  • Putin, Trump, VEEP, collusion. NPC,
    ideological culture
    Vasily Goloborodko for President?

    Vladimir Putin may not be as powerful as feared. Not only does he apparently not pull the strings of the much-accused-of/now-cleared-of-collusion “Trump Puppet,” Putin also does not write comic lines for the “acting” president of Ukraine. You see, a few days ago Ukrainians held a run-off election to choose a

  • general freedom
    No Need

    “So, my bottom line is there is no need to continue to register people for a draft that will not come; no need to fight the battle over registering women, and no military need to retain the MSSA.” The MSSA is the Military Selective Service Act. It authorizes the Selective

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