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  • Truth in Accounting, TIA, Financial State of the States, Sheila Weinberg, initiative, democracy
    Initiative Surplus?

    Only nine out of 50 states can pay their bills and meet their obligations; 41 cannot, barring major tax increases or spending cuts. That’s what we learn in last month’s “Financial State of the States” report from Truth in Accounting (TIA). Alaska is in the best shape, “with $11 billion

  • bureaucracy, bureaucrat, government, reform, interests
    Common Sense
    The Immovable Non-movers

    You can’t suspend the law of gravity. Nor, apparently, the laws of bureaucratic lethargy and inertia. Diana Rickert was a policy analyst with the Illinois Policy Institute who accepted a job with the administration of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. She lasted six weeks. The assignment: combine and streamline several governmental

  • free speech, BLM, Black Lives Matter, tolerance, censorship
    Force Over Persuasion

    Today’s campus radicals assert that free speech is bad because it “gives voice” to people with hateful, dangerous views. Does that argument seem at all familiar? It is the old RightThink rationale for censorship. A recent Spiked “Unsafe Spaces” event at Rutgers (“Identity Politics: the New Racialism”) was interrupted by

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    Corruption, Corruption and More Corruption

    If ever it needed proving before, it is proven, now: power is not just politics. It is influence, as well. And Hollywood folks have been very influential. Harvey Weinstein highest among them. And apparently most corrupt. Resist the abusers of power and click on over to Townhall. Then come back

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    Explaining Trump: Checkers, Chess, and Norman Vincent Peale

    Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame, has a regular Periscope broadcast worth watching. Here are two recent episodes on YouTube (odd formatting; the Periscope versions take up a more of the screen). The subject is President Trump, and Adams is most interested in interpreting Donald Trump as a master persuader:

  • Liberty, Trump, censorship, NBC, New York Times, First Amendment
    First Amendment rights
    Crossing the Twitter Rubicon

    No sooner had I upbraided media folks for overreacting to various presidential peccadillos regarding Puerto Rico, when Donald J. Trump, in his running media battle, crossed a line with this week’s most notorious tweet. He first complained, perhaps correctly, that, “Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a

  • meme, freedom, force, liberty, coercion
  • Harvey Weinstein, donor, democrats, corruption, sex scandal, boycott,
    Choice Corruption

    What is corruption? said no jesting Pilate ever. But please, stay for an answer. A week ago, Jimmie Moore pleaded guilty to filing a false campaign finance report in order to conceal a $90,000 payment to drop out of a congressional race. Moore is a former Philadelphia judge (heavens). The

  • symbolism, crying, outrage, Hurricane Irma, gaffe, ideology, Trump
    Throwing in (and out) the Towel(s)

    There is a time and a place for everything. Including the truth. You do not proclaim that Uncle Eben was a skinflint miser and a sour old puss at his funeral. (You wait for the reading of the Will.) Immediately upon Puerto Ricans coming up for air, after the devastation

  • NFL, freedom, rights, football, Pence, Prison Reform
    Time for Action

    More protests during the national anthem; more opposition to those protests by the Trump administration; more recriminations about the administration’s opposition to the protests. Ah, modern times. Let’s review: NFL players have a constitutional right to take a knee during the national anthem. NFL owners do have or could have

  • Seattle, City Light, corruption, security, police, scandal, cronyism
    Interfering With a Sweet Racket?

    One way for governments and enterprises to save money is to contract out some or all of their services. Towns, cities, counties, states — even the federal government — engage in such practices all the time. It is really just outsourcing, as business lingo dubs it.* But, like any system

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    Townhall: The Shocking Truth About Term Limits

    The mainstream media and political insiders have discovered The Awful Truth about legislative term limits. Click on over to Townhall for the whole astonishing story! Then come back here for the background: Detroit News: Mass turnover fuels push for Mich. term limit reform U.S. Term Limits Ballotpedia: State Legislative Election

  • Common Sense
    What Would George Orwell Have Thought of Antifa?

    One of many questions asked of Mr. David Ramsay Steele, whose new book on the author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four takes a thorough and gimlet-eyed view of Orwell’s worldview: An excerpt (under 11 minutes) from the interview: “Orwell’s Anti-Fascism (David Ramsay Steele)” Mr. Steele’s book on Amazon: Orwell

  • deficit, congress, budget, folly, Medicare, tax cuts, fiscal responsibility
    Politics as Painfully Usual

    The crazed nature of our leaders’ willingness to spend beyond revenue, and accumulate debt, is not limited to one party. Both Democrats and Republicans are responsible for their outrageously perverse fiscal policies. Their irresponsibility hides in plain view, and can be seen in most of the major policy discussions of

  • Hillary Clinton, Trump voters, Trump, women, woman, vote, election, democracy,
    A Special Place in Heck?

    Former First Lady scolds women for not voting . . . for a former First Lady. Yes, “Michelle Obama,” the BBC headlined last week, “scolds female Trump voters.” Need you ask why? You probably have already guessed. “Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice,” Mrs.

  • Michigan, term limits, scam, reform
    Renewed Interest in Self-Service

    “Michigan’s strictest-in-the-nation term limits law will force nearly 70 percent of state senators out of office in 2019 and more than 20 percent of representatives,” reports the Detroit News, “a mass turnover that is fueling renewed interest in reform.” What?!! Could term limitation laws actually make our poor underpaid and

  • New York Times, apologist, China, Soviet Union, communism, Walter Duranty
    Not So Bad, Communism?

    First the good news. The New York Times has repudiated Walter Duranty’s 1930s-era “journalism” for whitewashing — “underestimating” — the murderousness of Soviet Communism. So that’s done, right? Whatever its failings today, the paper will certainly no longer allow writers to use its august pages to discount blatant systematic evil.

  • Spain, Catalan, self determination,, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Mises
    general freedom
    Self-Determination, Anyone?

    An election can be a clarifying event. So can the suppression of an election. Over the weekend, more than two million Catalans, greater than 40 percent of those eligible, voted in a referendum on independence from Spain. To which Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy declared, “There was no independence referendum in

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    Townhall: In Case You Missed It

    On what media covers. Don’t miss it — at Andrew Breitbart press conference Washington Post: Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner Sentenced in Sexting Scandal Breitbart: Blue State Blues — Anthony Weiner Fate Is Nothing to Celebrate Esquite: Anthony Weiner — Seriously? Breitbart: Study: CNN Barely Covers Menendez Trial; Provided

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    Two Stories of Changed Minds

    Dave Rubin interviewed John Stossel and “Red Pill Black,” this week. What is interesting is to compare their similar changes of heart and mind regarding politics and towards more limited government perspectives. Unless you are following new media, you may never have heard of Candace Owens (“Red Pill Black”), but

  • HIllary Clinton, Right Wing Conspiracy, gerrymander, states convention, lies
    O That Wacky Gerrymandering

    Hillary Clinton: always wrong. Oh, I’m sure that when she tells the maid “We need milk,” she’s accurate enough. Otherwise — forget it. Her latest howlers pertain to the movement to convene a Convention of States. If two thirds of the states call for the convention, it “will be” convened,

  • keystone, term limits, FDR, Mugabe, Illinois, corruption
    Keystone Correlation

    Ninety-three-year-old Robert Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe with phony elections and brutal repression for the last 30 years. Conversely, only one president in U.S. history has served more than two four-year terms, and after that single exception a constitutional amendment was enacted, limiting the terms of future presidents to the traditional two

  • Puerto Rico, Jones Act, protectionism, hurricane, unintended consequences, folly
    Jonesing for Disaster

    First, do no harm. Second, stop harming. You might think that these would be the Two Commandments of Government. But no. Politicians make a good show of saving us, sure. Sadly, appearance alone suffices. For them. Much easier to announce a new program than get rid of a harmful old

  • Common Sense
    Deep Throat

    A lie, Mr. Mulder, is most convincingly hidden between two truths. Deep Throat to FBI agent Fox Mulder The X-Files in the first season episode, “E.B.E.” (1993), written by Glen Morgan and James Wong.

  • Colin Kaepernick, football, flag, patriotism, Trump, free speech, NFL
    Off the Field

    At last Friday’s event to rally support* for Sen. Luther Strange, the Mitch McConnell-financed establishment candidate in today’s GOP runoff in Alabama, President Donald J. Trump veered — as he is wont to do — off topic: the NFL players refusing to stand for the national anthem. “Wouldn’t you love

  • Russia, war, hack, propaganda, Morgan Freeman, video
    We Are At War — So What Else Is New?

    As if on some hellish, punitive treadmill, we keep “experiencing” the last federal election, over and over. Hillary Clinton, who didn’t get a majority of all votes and who lost in the Electoral College, keeps on grinding through her long list of people who failed her. Her nuttiest charge, that

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    Townhall: Christophobia Down Under

    The War on Christmas may be bigger than it seems — seems to some secularists, anyway. Click on over to Townhall. Then come back here for more Horror File material: IMdb listing for A Current Affair: “Big W’s Christmas Tree Clanger” (September 21, 2017) The Daily Telegraph: “Big W Removes Christmas References

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    President Trump’s Mastery Explained

    Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert cartoon strip, explains why Donald Trump got elected — and why Adams was the first to predict The Donald’s success.

  • Brazil, junk food, capitalism, free markets, New York Times, folly
    Common Sense
    Evil Capitalists Hook Brazil On Eating

    Have you heard the latest? More and more peoples around the world these days have the unfortunate misfortune of having adequate food — not merely vegetables either!! — thanks to the ruthlessly profit-seeking food producers and their unconscionable engagement in the division of labor, capital accumulation, and international trade. It’s

  • great fiction, government, citizen, initiative, term limits, Paul Jacob
    The Great Faction

    Politics isn’t a pretty business. Frédéric Bastiat called the beast it serves “that great fiction” not because it doesn’t exist — intrusive state power sure persists — but rather because what it promises cannot really happen: “everyone living at the expense of everyone else.” What can we do? How do

  • Venezuela, socialism, rabbit, embargo, free trade
    Wabbit Season — or Duck Responsibility Season?

    Venezuelans are starving. The country’s children are malnourished and — if something is not done soon — “it will be very difficult for these children ever to get back onto their nutritional growth curve.” That is the testimony of the director of Caritas Venezuela. Clearly, “Bolivarian” socialism has failed. And

  • truck drivers, regulation, over regulation, rules, overreach, Matthew Garnett
    free trade & free markets
    Free the Truck Drivers

    Should our government liberate truck drivers from the country-wide prison in which they’re incarcerated? You say I’m exaggerating. Being metaphorical. Yes. Maybe metaphors and hyperbole are not to your taste, but suggesting an analogy, at least, is more than justified. The government does treat truck drivers like inmates . .

  • Terrebonne Parish, Sheriff, Jerry Larpenter, free speech, First Amendment, abuse, ExposeDAT, Jennifer Anderson
    Half a Win Is Better than None

    Jennifer Anderson criticized her local sheriff. Her family’s home was raided in 2016 by the sheriff as a result. Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter’s reaction to criticism was ugly and unconscionable, but it hasn’t been allowed to stand. On the other hand, the sheriff hasn’t been adequately punished, either. Jennifer

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    Townhall: Attack of the Dreaded Spoilers

    Something there is that doesn’t love a spoiler. And yet, there is much to be said for spoilers. They provide, after all, one of the most important strains of competition in politics. Click on over to Townhall. Then come back here for further reading: Townhall last week: Strange Money, Strange

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    A Speech in Berkeley

    A much-awaited, much-dreaded speech: The culture of violence around it: The speechmaker’s wrap-up:

  • spoiler, GOP, incumbents, Republicans, Pro-Trump
    Crazy Like a … Spoiler

    Seven Republican members of Congress — three in the last two weeks — have announced their retirement.* The Democrats, needing 24 additional seats to gain a majority, see an opening. Steve Kornacki, MSNBC’s national political correspondent, calls these seven “pure retirements.” That is, these politicians aren’t seeking another office, they

  • Hillary Clinton, What Happened, Libertarian, 2-party, ranked choice voting
    If This Be Blackmail. . .

    The Republican Party now boasts of more positions of power than . . . ever? And yet the GOP is in danger of falling apart. The Democrats, now forced to endure Hillary Clinton’s new absurdity, What Happened, appear at wits’ end. They just do not “get it.” Alas, “not getting

  • leverage, politics, Virginia, Libertarian, influence
    general freedom
    The Reverse of the “Spoiler Effect”

    “Voter surveys have found the GOP-controlled Congress,” I wrote last weekend at Townhall, “to be more popular among self-described Democrats than self-described Republicans.” Why? Because Republican politicians are proving themselves unable — even unwilling — to legislate as they have promised. One word: Obamacare. And few dare actually cut spending

  • Republican Ed Gillespie, Democrat Ralph Northam, Libertarian Cliff Hyra, Virginia, Governor, race, election, vote,
    general freedom
    Virginia Déjà Vu?

    Virginia’s odd-year elections this November 7th offer the nation’s premier race for governor, pitting Republican Ed Gillespie against Democrat Ralph Northam . . . . . . oh, and also Libertarian Cliff Hyra. Could it be a repeat of four years ago? In 2013, notable Friend-of-Bill and Democratic Party nominee

  • September 11, 911, unity, U.S., trust, confidence, government
    It Didn’t Last

    “September 11 is one of our worst days but it brought out the best in us,” proclaimed Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander. Today is the 16th anniversary of that terrible day . . . arriving as Hurricane Irma smashes into Florida and with fresh memories of so many acts of kindness

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    Townhall: Strange Money, Strange Politics

    Just how much do Americans hate Congress? How much do we dislike and distrust our leaders in the imperial capital? Ask Alabamans. Or go to Townhall, and then come back here. TIME: Republicans Dislike Congress More Than Democrats, Poll Shows Roy Moore has double-digit lead over Luther Strange, new

  • video
    Cryptocurrency Insecurity

    A big problem with tomorrow’s money:  

  • House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senator, Luther Strange, Washington, establishment
    ideological culture
    Strange Money

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sure is popular . . . in Washington. Elsewhere? Well . . . In Alabama, a Republican runoff on the 26th pits controversial Judge Roy Moore, who gained national attention fighting to keep a Ten Commandments monument on court grounds, against U.S. Senator Luther Strange,

  • Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare, advertising, partisan
    Ad Budget Slashed

    Republican politicians, who had been running since 2010 on killing ObamaCare, did not. Not when they had a chance. Despite dominating Congress, they failed, because they opted for a goofy way to do it (the House’s AHCA plan being a terrible mess, probably worse than the monster it was trying

  • labor unions, Membership Renewal, Supreme Court, force, coercion, signing, scab, membership
    Union Dues, Don’ts

    You may soon be able to shred your union card — if you are careful. By “you” I mean You, the reluctant union member. If you’re not one, though, perhaps you know somebody who is, someone who’d be happy to learn that the Supreme Court is on the verge of

  • Antifa, violence, Berkeley, free speech, fascists, alt-right, alt-left

    “There is no comparison,” concluded Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan, after spending her entire column doing just that, i.e. comparing Antifa, the so-called “alt-left,” with Nazis and white supremacists, the so-called “alt-right.”  When Trump spoke about Charlottesville violence on both sides, Sullivan argued, “He was comparing things that aren’t the

  • May Day, Labor Day, labor, communism, socialism, employment
    free trade & free markets
    Workers’ Days

    Today is Labor Day. But it is worth remembering, “Labor Day” in most other countries is May 1 — also called “International Workers’ Day.” One thing to be thankful for on our American Labor Day is that we can celebrate labor — perhaps, like me, you will celebrate it by

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    Give B.S. a Chance

    This weekend at Townhall, Paul fleshed out the most recent Voters’ Pamphlet mini-scandal, from Friday.  Click on over, then come back here. You know, for more voters’ pamphleteering. Tim Eyman’s Email: Help me get my B.S. in the voters pamphlet Everett Herald: Eyman’s ‘B.S.’ deemed too vulgar for voter’s pamphlet

  • video
    Attention, Sports Fans!

    You may remember Andrew Heaton playing a character on Fox Business’s The Independents of a few years ago. Or for his EconPop podcasts. Or for stuff like this:

  • Tim Eyman, Washington, initiative, free speech, tax, taxes
    Know Your BS

    “Help me get my B.S. in the voters pamphlet,” read the subject-line of Tim Eyman’s email.  Eyman is a practitioner of the art of the voter initiative, foremost in his state, Washington, and one of the most effective nationwide.* This particular call to action concerns the voter pamphlet statements about

  • Democratic Party, Democrats, strategy, principles, big government, leftism, donkey
    Political Regroupings

    What’s true for hurricanes is true for the Democratic Party. After a disaster, it takes a while to regroup, really get a handle on what went wrong. Men and women take some time to absorb new realities. A few interesting think pieces have come out of the left and center-left,

  • Hurricane Harvey, Cajun Navy, government relief, aid, Texas, Houston
    The Eye of the Storm

    Hurricane Harvey has been amazing in its devastation. All that rain, all that flooding — what  a frightening time it must be for those caught within it. While Harvey’s winds brought in waves and rain and floods, for most of us, far away and snug in our homes, it brought

  • Donald Trump, Afghanistan, outsider, consensus
    The Law of Unintended Trump Support

    Last week, when President Donald Trump abandoned his previous policy position on getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan in favor of continuing the establishment-supported policy of keeping those troops there, he was very well-received in our nation’s capital. NeverTrumper/neo-con Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) spoke of Mr. Trump’s “smarts” and “moral

  • Google, censorship, Boycott, Competition, free market, be evil
    Google: Disagreement

    Once upon a time, Google penned a stern note to self: “Don’t be evil.” What you regard as avoiding evil, though, depends on what you regard as doing good. Does Google think it’s “good” to fire someone for offering reasoned objections to vapid pieties about why there are more men

  • Common Sense
    Townhall: Insider, Outsider, Upside Down

    The weird world of Trump’s America: it must be frustrating to be an insider now, since all the old rules about loyalty, decency, and acceptability have been turned on their head. This has important consequences for future politics. Click on over to Townhall for the Common Sense of an uncommon

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    This is Fake News?

    The latest Reason TV parody: It seems eerily familiar, though: Maybe because the “Fake News” problem isn’t over at CNN, or elsewhere. Oh, and here’s another one from just a few weeks ago. It doesn’t haven’t much to do with CNN, though: Notice the pattern? I mean, other than that

  • Purple Pig-Nose Frog, Ghats mountain range in India, KEK, Kekistan, endangered
    Common Sense
    The Underground Amphibian

    A new species of frog has been discovered, and I’m just happy it has nothing to do with online japes and jibes about Trump, social justice, or an ancient Egyptian deity. But before you can say “Praise Kek,” please note: Sometimes a frog is just a frog. But this frog

  • Amy Schumer, comedy, equal pay, feminism, The Leather Special, PC, HBO, equality
    ideological culture
    Is This Even Funny?

    Stand-up comic Amy Schumer made headlines in Variety, this week, for her re-negotiations with Netflix over her recent comedy special, The Leather Special. It initially garnered her a “mere” $11 million, while, Variety reported, comedians “Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle were given $20 million per special as part of their

  • Philip K. Dick, Nazi, ovens, ashes, smoke, abortion, crematorium, camp
    One Way to Do It

    While reading CBS’s recent story on Iceland’s success at reducing the number of Down syndrome cases, I was reminded of the Amazon Prime series Man in the High Castle. The show, based on the celebrated alternative history novel by Philip K. Dick (1928–1982), explores a timeline wherein the Axis powers

  • Afghanistan, war, Trump, foreign policy, defense, middle east, east asia
    Of Course, You Know, This Means War

    When Steve Bannon was booted out of the White House, my thoughts turned immediately to war. As I wrote in frustration on Friday, Bannon’s departure probably means the slim chance that the US might withdraw from “our” open-ended, never-ending occupation of Afghanistan has been foreclosed. If we don’t win the

  • Councilman John Crescimbeni, term limits, congress, Florida, promises, politicians
    Term Limits for the Memories

    Opponents say term limits destroy “institutional knowledge.” Imagine legislatures where unsophisticated solons blindly fashion public policies lacking any knowledge of the pluses or minuses of past legislation. Well . . . actually that explanation bears a striking resemblance to the status quo in our career-dominated Congress. Who wants that? Now

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    Townhall: Symbols of Division and Diversion

    What are we to make of these too-interesting/vexing times? Is it time for action about symbols? Click on over to Townhall for some ideas…. PBS: Charlie Rose on Charlottesville Wikipedia: List of Presidents of the United States who owned slaves Census Data – 1860 New York Times: New Estimate Raises

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    Racialized Collectivists on the March

    After viewing Vice’s excellent, revelatory coverage of the so-called “Unite the Right” rally, it might help putting the current culture war and its Charlottesville battlefield in perspective courtesy of Carl “Sargon of Akkad” Benjamin:

  • Thomas Jefferson, pixelated, Robert E. Lee, Washington, Jefferson, free speech, slavery, Nazis, Charlottesville, KKK, slippery slope
    Statues and Limitations

    “Should they take down the Jefferson Memorial?” That is what PBS’s Charlie Rose asked Al Sharpton. Now, the “Reverend” is not my go-to source for political insight, but his answer* caught my attention. “I think that people need to understand that, when people that were enslaved and robbed of even

  • Nazi, Civil War, soldiers, dead soldiers, Charlottesville, antifa
    ideological culture
    The Great Diversion

    Though the breakdown of civil debate seems new, the subjects are old. We are actually talking about Nazis, again. Nazi death counts. And the Confederacy. The former defeated by my father’s generation, the latter defeated several generations earlier. Why? Because talking about the future would require actual thought. It’s easier

  • crime and punishment
    Loco Micro Repression

    Close but no cakewalk prize. Modern social justice advocates sometimes come up with legitimate complaints . . . only to wander off terra firma and into cloud-cuckoo land. “Microaggressions” is one of these airy wanderings, and Katherine Timpf has spotted another in the ever-growing catalog of social justice beefs: The

  • city planner, city planning, Portland, Oregon, Better Naito, business
    How to Ruin a Thoroughfare

    Cities require some planning. But the further beyond a certain minimum, the greater the ease with which a central planning authority can be captured — by zealots with more stars in their eyes than brains in their heads. Portland, Oregon, is a case in point. Students from Portland State University

  • police, violence, Charlottesville, white supremacist, Nazi, protest, counter protest, law and order
    Saturday’s Violence

    After delivering the final address at the Liberty International World Conference in Puerto Rico, Friday night, I learned that there had been violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia. A dozen people required medical treatment after being sprayed with mace. Then, after traveling to the airport with

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    Townhall: A Sad Question After a Violent Day

    Another riot, more violence, one person dead. What to make of it all? Click on over to Townhall for the question (if not the answer) of the day. Washington Post: One dead and 19 injured as car strikes crowds along route of white nationalist rally in Charlottesville Trump condemns ‘hatred,

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    James Damore Speaks About Google

    The big news this week has been the “Google Memo” scandal, which ended up with the firing of its author, James Damore. He gave several interviews after getting the sack, most prominent being with Dr. Jordan Peterson: Bloomberg covered the story: Damore also talked to Ben Shapiro: But Damore’s first

  • Hardy Johnson, work ethic, retirement, birthday, profile
    general freedom
    Hardy at 89

    Hardy Johnson marked his 89th birthday by doing what he’s always doing, working as a cobbler at Custom Shoe Builders in Knoxville, Tennessee. His son, who manages the business that his dad founded in 1953, was out of town. The back orders had been piling up. And Johnson takes only

  • Google, memo, sexism, discrimination, responsibility, guilt, justice, crime
    Excepting Responsibility

    Responsibility: demand it of others, expect it demanded of you. So you might think that those who try to redress old grievances with compensatory (“reverse”) discrimination would be a bit more careful. Yesterday I wrote about the bizarre Google Memo case, wherein an employee was fired for (basically) warning of

  • Google, memo, sexism, discrimination, James Damore, affirmative action
    Google Has the Memo

    A Google employee, James Damore, internally distributed a memo, reprinted by Gizmodo* to widespread (if inch-deep) horror. The memo controversially takes apart Google’s efforts to increase its number of female employees. Per the memo, it is surely unjust to discriminate against members of some groups in the cause of opposing

  • Milton Friedman, democracy, initiative, referendum, Free to Choose, public interest,
    Free to Choose

    “I think that the most effective way one could possibly move toward greater freedom in the United States, toward a smaller role of government, would be if we could only have a more democratic society.” Who said that? A Democrat? No. The speaker quickly added, “I don’t mean a capital-D,

  • California, Jerry Brown, law, balloon, metallic, criminal liability
    crime and punishment
    Decriminalizing Balloon Release

    I’m sure I disagree with most of the policies California Governor Jerry Brown seeks to propose and impose. But let’s give credit where credit is due. He’s right that people should not be treated like criminals when in a burst of celebratory excess they commit the sin of unleashing helium

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    Townhall: The New Asian Exclusion Act

    Affirmative action isn’t as black-and-white as we were told. Click on over to Townhall. Come back here for even more shades. New York Times: Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions CNN: Justice Dept. pushes back on NYT’s ‘race-based discrimination’ report CNN: Harvard faces discrimination probe while

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    Gatekeeping 2.1 (The YouTube Gambit)

    Paul Joseph Watson expands on how one of the major players in social media is trying to re-establish the center-left’s gatekeeper hegemony:

  • gate keeper, Jordan Peterson, censor, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, censorship, new media,
    Gatekeeping 2.0

    There once was opinion hegemony, almost a monopoly. Official gatekeepers kept unwanted ideas — including some of mine, including many I strongly oppose — out of public consideration. Then came the online media revolution, which switched influence from corporate, academic-approved media outlets to truly new media, like Facebook, Twitter and

  • education, free trade zone, Shenzhen, Chicago, Detroit, regulations, reform
    SEZ Ed

    The great barrier to educational advance in our time is the federal government. The second great barrier? Your state government. The third great barrier? Your local government. Proposals to break up government-subsidized and -enforced school monopolies have ranged from tax credit proposals and voucher programs to charter schools and (the

  • Nick Tomboulides, U.S. Term Limits, Young Americans for Liberty National Convention, experience, proof
    The Junk Bond State

    What a pleasure — comparing notes with Nick Tomboulides, executive director of U.S. Term Limits, my old job. Speaking on a panel last week at the Young Americans for Liberty National Convention,* Illinois came up. Nick agreed that if the Land of Lincoln had a term-limited legislature, we would never

  • Anthony Scaramucci, reactionary, Trump, partisan, ideologue, ideology, "The Mooch", politics,
    Reactionary America

    With the meteoric transit of Anthony Scaramucci — into the Trump Administration and then, in an eye-blink, out of it — I have never been more convinced of the vital importance of state and local activism. Yes, it’s been a chaotic week in Trumptown. The new White House Director of

  • healthcare, Obamacare, TrumpCare, ACA, Affordable Care Act, Healthcare reform, government, socialism
    ObamaCare’s Casualties

    We all know the truth: Partisan “warfare” yields the usual war casualty, truth itself. Now, because of the increasing weight of federal government presence in healthcare markets, partisan untruth incurs medical costs. Take the goofy Republican plan(s) to “repeal and replace” ObamaCare — pushed with so many half-truths and downright

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    Townhall: Charlie Gard, Single-Payer … Both Dead

    A funereal note for a baby in Britain, a death knell for socialized medicine in America? See Townhall, click on over; then come back here. BBC: Charlie Gard parents announce death of ‘beautiful boy’ CNN: Baby Charlie Gard dies after life support withdrawn Fox News Insider: Nigel Farage: ‘I Am

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    Big Enough, Small Enough

    “Your social systems have to be large enough so they protect you but small enough that you have a place in them.” Professor Peterson on globalism:

  • Seattle, distracted driving, texting, overreach, government, freedom, eating, drinking, liberty
    The Minimal Use of a Finger

    Drivers in Washington State have a new law to . . . swerve from? “New distracted driving law starts Sunday, July 23,” the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) tweeted last week. “The law forbids,” Washingtonians were told,  “virtually all use of handheld gadgets such as phones, tablets, laptop computers

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