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  • Google, don't be evil, China, censorship, free speech
    First Amendment rights
    Google Goes Bad

    Good Google’s evil twin, Bad Google, is at it again. In addition to doing bad things to advance its political agenda, Google is willing to work with bad governments do bad things.  For example, the authoritarian Chinese government. Google is working on a mobile version of its search engine, code-named

  • Tucker Carlson, lynch, right wing, hit piece, PC, bias
    media and media people
    Let’s String Up Tucker Carlson

    “Ask Tucker Carlson whatever happened to Tucker Carlson,” writes Lyz Lenz for the Columbia Journalism Review, “and he gets upset.” Hmm. I guess some rich, white, male, conservative television hosts just don’t like being pigeonholed and belittled. Lenz’s profile, entitled, “The mystery of Tucker Carlson,” details Carlson’s descent from apparent

  • Stuart Karaffa, socialism, DSA, Democratic Socialist,Project Veritas, James O’Keefe
    crime and punishment
    Socialist Saboteurs Infiltrate

    Once upon a time, people who worried about communists infiltrating the government were often dismissed as paranoid.  “Sure, commies under every bed! Right!” Communists in the State Department or wherever generally weren’t caught on tape boasting that they were Soviet agents and part of the Resist Truman or Resist Eisenhower

  • links
    Townhall: Let’s String Up Tucker Carlson!

    How we react to our enemies political opponents tells us a lot about ourselves. A lot of people do not like Tucker Carlson, despite (or because?) of the fact that a lot of Fox viewers really do like him a lot — he is a star, now. So it may be

  • video
    “Resistance” Moles in the Federal Government

    The latest revelations from Project Veritas:

  • Memphis, ballot, instant runoff, term limits
    ballot access
    Intentionally Confounding Incumbents

    The three issues on the ballot in Memphis this November are “not complicated,” writes Commercial Appeal columnist David Waters, “unless you read the actual ballot questions.” Which is all most voters will see. All three directly affect the self-interest of members of the Memphis City Council, which placed them on

  • British Labour MP Lucy Powell, censorship, UK
    First Amendment rights
    Censorship for Unity

    “Social media has given extremists a new tool with which to recruit and radicalise,” writes British Labour MP Lucy Powell in The Guardian.  And just where are people “being exposed to extremist material”? On Facebook! “Instead of small meetings in pubs or obscure websites in the darkest corners of the

  • California, Yamaha, brain drain, business, escape, taxes
    free trade & free markets
    Retreat to Atlanta

    “California is the place you oughta be” — or so sang Jerry Scoggins for The Beverly Hillbillies. That may still hold true, if you are an oil millionaire retiring to a pleasant climate. But if you are trying to make your fortune, the direction is outbound. Take, for example, the

  • socialism, Antifa, means, ends, refutation, fascism, intentions
    general freedom
    An Evil Ism

    With “democratic socialism” again on the rise, a refresher course in history seems apt: socialism has demonstrated the strong tendency to end up in totalitarian tyranny, poverty, and genocide. As I mentioned on Monday, Reason’s Nick Gillespie suspects that this response is not very convincing to people tempted by socialism.

  • ideological culture
    The Irony Law of Socialism

    Under capitalism, said the old socialists, “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” Today’s socialists admit this hoary “immiseration thesis” is old hat. “The socialist argument against capitalism isn’t that it makes us poor,” explains City University of New York Professor Corey Robin in the New York Times.

  • links
    Townhall: Is This Cool? Really?

    Weird to see people sporting murderous images on shirts, with sleeves or without. Click on over to Townhall for the full story, complete with “call outs.” Then click back here for more: Los Angeles Pop Art Big Men’s Tank Top — Soviet Hammer And Sickle (Walmart) retrieved September 15, 2018

  • video
    Sargon and Dankula Explain the EU

    Carl ”Sargon of Akkad” Benjamin and Mark “Count Dankula” Meechan clean up as they get involved in UKIP and in the European Parliament:   Each has quite a backstory, which you should look up if you haven’t encountered before. Also, Carl Benjamin just put this up onto YouTube:

  • free trade & free markets
    The Ambit of an Ambition

    “The geopolitical situation makes this Europe’s hour: the time for European sovereignty has come,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker this week, staking a big claim for the future in this year’s State of the Union Address. Juncker wants the EU to be a shiny new “global player,” but shies

  • George Washington, resignation, king, father, term limits
    general freedom
    Wise American Tradition

    On Sunday, former Pres. Barack Obama acknowledged — in the breach — the “wise American tradition of ex-presidents gracefully exiting the political stage and making room for new voices and new ideas.”  The former president’s talk at the University of Illinois made big news in large part because it was

  • Walmart, hammer and sickle, USSR, mass murder, socialism, communism, cool
    folly
    Mass Murderers Are Cool?

    If you have a lick of sense, you wouldn’t emblazon images of Ché Guevara on your chest or your wall — and yet Ché t-shirts and posters have been a pop culture hit for decades now. He is cool, we are told, because he was ¡Viva la Revolución! and all

  • Accountability
    The Self-Neutered Congress

    Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee again demonstrated why Congress’s approval ratings bob about in our toilet bowls. Amid the spectacle of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, one senator spoke not about judicial philosophy, but political reality. “What’s the hysteria coming from?” asked Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), noting the circus-like

  • Spartacus, Senator Cory Booker, Brett Kavanaugh, hearings, grandstanding, populism
    folly
    Sometimes a Great Moment

    “This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment,” Corey Anthony Booker said, referring, during last week’s Senate hearings, to his “leakage” of confidential emails from Supreme Court nominee Brett Michael Kavanaugh. How the mighty have fallen. Senator Booker, when mayor

  • links
    Townhall: Make Sense, Not Ululations

    Oh, how weird it has all gotten! But why? Well, what is demanded? Click on over to Townhall.com. Then back here for more perspective: “Cory Booker becomes ‘Spartacus’ at Kavanaugh hearing, and forgets his old friend T-Bone,” by John Kass (Chicago Tribune) “Dianne Feinstein Wants Brett Kavanaugh to ‘Reconcile’ His

  • video
    Senator Sasse Has Good News, Bad News

    Ben Sasse provides some context for the Kavanaugh appointment to the Supreme Court, the brouhaha regarding same, and the predicament of modern America.

  • Richard Wagner, Israel, censorship, radio, law, offence, offensive, outrage
    general freedom
    Until the Fat Lady Offends

    We live in a new Age of Offense. A whole lot of people make a whole lot of fuss about what other people say and listen to, view and experience. Then again, some things are enormously offensive. One of the latest offense-takings takes place in Israel, where a classical music

  • dogs, puppycide, police, shooting, drug war, abuse, family
    crime and punishment
    Puppycide

    The cost of the War on Drugs is not to be reckoned just in dollars. Or in that more serious accounting index: lost lives. The hit to our civil liberties has been enormous, too, and instrumental in setting up the modern Surveillance State. But beyond these, there is a stranger

  • Cornel West, socialism, socialist, Venezuela, starvation
    Accountability
    Pulling It Off

    Give democratic socialism a chance?  So says Dr. Cornel West, the “provocative democratic intellectual” who serves as one of eight honorary co-chairs of the Democratic Socialists of America.  This accomplished Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton, explained to Fox News host

  • moon, earth, flag, Aldrin, Buz,z, tribe, tribalism, patriotism, globalism
    ideological culture
    Ooga Booga Time

    Two tribes — On the left, we see both iconoclasm (razing of Confederate memorial statuary) and a fixation on surface meaning (defending the actions of antifa by fixating on its name: “it just means ‘anti-fascism’!).  On the right, rallying around the flag and MAGA hats has reached fever heat. —

  • Jefferson, quote, good government, labor day, “A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring oneanother, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits ofindustry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government. . ."
    Common Sense
    Wisdom for Labor Day

    “…a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government…” –Thomas Jefferson,

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    Townhall: A Hole in the Bottom of the KFC

    Guess what drug enforcement officers found: a hole. Tunnel on over to Townhall.com and read all about it. So, what’s with the title? Well, there is this old folk/camp song… BBC: Drug tunnel ran from old KFC in Arizona to Mexico bedroom (23 August 2018
) Associated Press: Abandoned KFC restaurant hid

  • links
    Facebook Took Down a PragerU Video

    PragerU makes interesting videos. But they bother some folk enough that “something must be done!” Interesing recent PragerU vids include: And here is the video that offended Facebook’s gatekeepers. Does it offend you? Do you agree with some, or all, or none of it? Note: disagreement is not offense, and

  • segregation, bias, right, left, conservative, liberal, water fountains
    First Amendment rights
    Re-Segregation

    It is hard not to miss the ideological left’s inconsistency regarding “diversity”: demanding diversity of race and gender, they enforce a monoculture that somehow cannot tolerate intellectual and political competition. We see this in  higher education, dominated by left-of-center professors and administrators;  in the news media, overwhelmingly filled with Democrats;

  • ballot access
    Party Line, Nudge Nudge

    I’m all for government transparency. But transparent politicians? The office of New Mexico’s Secretary of State sent out a press release, yesterday, announcing that Secretary Toulouse Oliver “is formatting the 2018 general election ballot to once again include the option for ‘straight party’ voting.” “The more options people have,” Oliver

  • education and schooling
    A Faulty Gun Report

    While statistics are generally unreliable, data about gun crimes often qualify as “anti-data.” “This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, ‘nearly 240 schools . . . reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting,’” National Public Radio told us yesterday. Like previous stats

  • Visa, Mastercard, David Horowitz, conservatives, censorship
    First Amendment rights
    Snail-mail Your Contribution

    In the dystopian world of the future, all financial transactions will be made by credit card. In this dark world, the people who run credit-card firms must be appeased. If they dislike what you’re doing, they will have the power to prevent you from receiving financial support for your work

  • Chuck Todd, Meet the Press, right wing, left wing, propaganda, myth, bias, MSM
    ideological culture
    No. No. No. No.

    “Look, I think one of the best things going in Donald Trump’s favor — we know this — is the mainstream media,” David Brody, the Christian Broadcasting Network’s White House correspondent, told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd yesterday.  “I hate to say it. I know I’m sitting on a

  • crime and punishment
    Townhall: Free-Range Kids vs. Deranged Adults

    There is something peculiarly anti-life as well as anti-liberty about today’s attitudes towards children — as you can read at Townhall.com. But for more background, please consider: Trickle-Down Tyranny — Paul Jacob, Townhall (March 8, 2015) Ecstatic with Independence — Paul Jacob, Common Sense (April 2, 2018) Who Benefits from Our

  • fear, children, dog walking, freedom, security, control
    general freedom
    Who Benefits From Our Fears?

    “Think of the children!” I have daughters. And neighbors, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends with children. And friends who used to be children. But when the command to “think of the children” is screamed out by freaked-out paranoiacs demanding more laws, more punishments, more prison time, more surveillance — and consequently

  • Arlington, Texas, term limits, democracy, initiative,City Council,
    Accountability
    Strange It Is

    Strange for the Arlington, Texas, City Council to hold a meeting on a Sunday evening, much less one to “consider suspending the city charter.” That is how the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported “the latest twist in the term limit controversy that has engulfed the city with a lawsuit and competing

  • salt, lies, politicians, politics, Donald Trump, truth, economy, trade
    Common Sense
    Never Trust a Politician

    One of my more persistent critics on this site asked, last week, why I might believe anything the current president says — considering all the lies. For reasons of decorum I won’t repeat his exact wording. The odd thing about the comment was not the vulgarity, though (unfortunately). It was

  • time expired, time limit, term limits, Arkansas, politicians, referendum, vote, lobbyists
    Accountability
    Sneaky Lobbyists Prefer Sneakiness

    The Arkansas Chamber of Commerce’s CEO and chief lobbyist, Randy Zook and Kenneth Wall, have formed Arkansans for Common-Sense Term Limits.  The Chamber has a burning hatred for term limits — Common-Sense or otherwise — just like every other lobbyist and special interest. But Zook and Hall are fibbing in

  • ladder, education, success, poverty, racism, schools, charter
    education and schooling
    An Expert Explains Failure

    The failures of the public high schools in the District of Columbia go on an on. It is quite a scandal, as I explained this weekend at Townhall. And yet some “charter schools that serve large populations of children from low-income families,” notes the Washington Post, after providing much detail

  • links
    Townhall: The ABCs of Failure

    Click on over to Townhall for the latest public schooling debacle. Then come back here for more testimony. Washington Post: In D.C. high schools, few students are passing national standardized test Common Sense: Reading, Writing & Racketeering Townhall: Teaching Students How to Cheat — and Fail NPR: What Really Happened

  • video
    War Party Protocols and Priorities

    An interesting point about a little-talked-about media bias:

  • pie in the sky, America, great, Cuomo, Trump, government, fantasy, utopia
    folly
    Not So Great . . . Again

    “We’re not going to make America great again,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proclaimed at a bill-signing ceremony this week. And then, further poking the president, the governor added, to gasps from the audience: “It was never that great.” America — for all its faults, failings, and wrongdoings — has

  • Social Security, savings, socialism, public accounts, Chili
    national politics & policies
    The Problem with Public Accounts

    President Trump’s promise not to cut one dime from Social Security and Medicare doesn’t square with the fiscal cliff these programs are headed for. To save the system, benefits must be cut, taxes must be raised, or both. Or else replace the system. No wonder, then, that John Stossel insists

  • Trump cards, Donald Trump, The Madman Theory, strategy, negotiation, deal, trade, tariffs, trade war
    free trade & free markets
    Most Outrageous Negotiation Strategy Yet

    The best defense of Donald Trump’s presidency, so far? He is smarter than the rest of us, and knows how to negotiate with bad guys and insider players. We have to discount what he is saying, the theory goes, because he is not telling truths . . . obviously.  He

  • U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, Alex Jones, censorship, free speech, First Amendment, social media
    First Amendment rights
    Fake News; Real Assault

    I don’t defend the way Twitter, Facebook, and others target users for expressing views that these firms dislike. I do defend the individual rights of all persons, including owners of companies. Our freedom to act includes the freedom to act in ways others consider to be wrong — if we

  • civil, asset, forfeiture, civil asset forfeiture, cash, grocery bag, Whole Foods, theft, police, corruption
    Accountability
    Forfeiting Common Sense

    Is it okay to steal if you can get away with it? A full answer would require a treatise. But most of us common-sensibly understand that evil does not magically become good when perpetrators are not stopped or punished. Thrasymachus was wrong to contend, in Plato’s Republic, that justice is

  • links
    Townhall: My Favorite Alien

    When the Fourth Estate meets the challengers of the political establishment, just who is Establishment and who is not becomes quite clear. Click on over to Townhall.com for the Bug-Eyed-Monsterfest of our time: political journalism. Then click back here to go further down the rabbit hole into the tech space

  • video
    Of Gay Bombs and Other Conspiracies

    A calm look at Alex Jones, putting the the Infowars brouhaha and free speech into context:

  • Washington D.C., metro, repairs, closed, government, waste, efficiency, accountability
    Accountability
    No Other Options?

    Long I have criticized the Washington, DC, Metro — the transit authority in our nation’s imperial capital — most recently in March. But I am foursquare in support of the government body’s recent hazard warning: “Only take Metro if you have no other option.” Good general principle. But what’s the

  • Washington Post, economics, economy, control, government, limited
    Accountability
    Driven to Sanity

    Having the federal government centrally plan the economy is “a huge waste of everyone’s time and resources” states an amazingly common-sensical Washington Post editorial. “In a well-functioning modern economy, businesses are generally free to buy and sell the things they need, absent a compelling public need for government intervention,” the

  • Alex Jones, InfoWars, censorship, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,
    First Amendment rights
    The Opposite of Infowars

    Yesterday’s big story? Several major social media platforms have de-platformed Alex Jones and his Infowars opinion (“information”?) show.  Most commenters about this happening hasten to signal to their audiences that they do not approve of Alex Jones. Is this really necessary? When we consider a mass de-platforming event, do we

  • Lunacy, money, Congress, health care, magic, ACA, budget, spending
    folly
    It’s Only Money

    “If we can put a man on the moon,” went the old 1970s saw, we can do . . . well, fill in the blank. Anything! Man, can that “anything” get really expensive. And when promoters of big government drive the program, anything quickly serves as a first-stage rocket to

  • microaggressions, trigger warning, free speech, First Amendment, freedom,
    First Amendment rights
    May Trigger Eye Rolling

    The fashionable campus notion of “microaggressions” blurs the distinction between peaceful speech (offensive or not) and bashing somebody over the head with a club.  If courts, police and/or university officials can rationalize regarding the perpetrator of a so-called “microaggression” as initiating force against an offended listener, they can also rationalize

  • links
    Townhall: Their Turn Is a Falling Blade?

    Ah, decapitation! Must it really be the next step? Click over to Townhall, then come back here for the closest possible (safe) shave! A putative anarchist threatens the Seattle City Council with Terror: video. Transcendent Gray Lady (Common Sense) Ben Shapiro Compiles List of ‘All The Dumb Stuff’ He Has

  • video
    The Challenge of the Future

    Charles Koch’s vision of what we face today, and will face in the near future — his case against fear:

  • New York Times, The Terror, doxing, firing, racism, double standard
    Accountability
    Transcendent Gray Lady

    How far are we away from a completely vindictive, murderous madness like The Terror of revolutionary France? I know, almost no one is talking of guillotines.  But a lot of people seem determined to destroy others’ lives publicly. We are all too familiar with Twitterstorms where worked-up outrage forces someone

  • 3d printing, gun, gun rights, Second Amendment, First Amendment, gun control
    Common Sense
    Free Designs

    The relationship between the First and Second Amendments is closer than commonly believed. This is especially clear in the 3D gun printing story, the subject of yesterday’s Common Sense, “Progressive Designs.” As I finished the copy, a news story broke: U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik “muzzled Defense Distributed with a

  • Progressive, magazine, H-Bomb, plans, free speech, First Amendment
    crime and punishment
    Progressive Designs

    In February 1979, Professor George Rathjens called the editors of The Progressive, urging them not to publish a story in the works, which included a journalistic best guess as to the design of a hydrogen bomb. The Progressive refused to squelch the story, and the professor of poli-sci (not nuclear

  • Trump, border, wall, build, t-shirt, Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co., Addison Barnes, Oregon
    Accountability
    Dbl Standard Destruction Co.

    Addison Barnes has just won a court case against Liberty High School of Hillsboro, Oregon. The court ruled that the school acted wrongfully when, early this year, it suspended him for wearing a “disruptive” T-shirt heralding a “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.”  Addison was awarded $25,000 for legal

  • Trump, worship, trade, trade war, tariff, free trade, trade deficit
    Accountability
    The Trump Trade Enigma

    President Donald J. Trump, former “reality TV” star, often seems merely to skirt reality. “Our trade deficit ballooned to $817 billion,” President Trump exaggerated to the “men and women of U.S. Steel” last week.  “Think of that. We lost $817 billion a year over the last number of years in

  • links
    Townhall: Trump’s Secret Identity

    Something happened this week that may prove bigger than the possible rapprochement with North Korea. Click through to Townhall to read the big reveal. Then come back here for some background. And stay tuned for further coverage. Sasse Statement on Trade Bailouts (U.S. Senator for Nebraska Ben Sasse) Trump makes

  • video
    Mystery Tape — “Why did it take somebody so long to explain that?”

    “Anderson Cooper and CNN,” Scott Adams tells us, “seem genuinely puzzled about why would the President lie wbout an extramarital affair. But that is not the only mystery they are working on.” Adams jests about other enigmas: Why do hungry people eat? Why do sleepy people take naps? Why do

  • next question, socialism, Republicans, Democrats, regimentation, Democracy, Democratic, lies, politicians
    Accountability
    Ask the Next Question

    Republicans are very reliable. When given our system’s “Mandate of Heaven” — majorities in both houses of Congress and the Presidency — they can be relied upon to do one thing: add debt by piling up huge deficits. It happened under George W. Bush, and it is happening under Donald

  • golden crutches, farm subsidies, tariff, trade, free, Trump, EU
    free trade & free markets
    Trump’s Biggest Secret?

    “This trade war is cutting the legs out from under farmers,” says Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), “and White House’s ‘plan’ is to spend $12 billion on gold crutches.” Referring to Donald Trump’s tariff brinksmanship with China, Sasse is decrying Trump’s request to Congress for compensatory farm subsidies. Sasse insists that

  • poison, inflation, Venezuela, socialism, free markets, capitalism
    Accountability
    Poison Is Poisonous

    Venezuela’s socialist economy has been collapsing. No big mystery. If, out of hostility to capitalism, a society keeps destroying everything that production, trade, and prosperity depend upon, the economy suffers. The benefits of markets don’t flow no matter what. One assault has taken the form of hyperinflation — runaway printing

  • marijuana, tax revenue, taxes, spending, war on drugs, opioid epidemic
    Accountability
    Kick the Addiction, Save Money

    The political case for the War on Drugs has always been intuitive. “Drugs are bad” has trumped practical concerns. But the actual, responsible case for the political crusade has depended upon some concept of “social cost.” Now that marijuana is being legalized state by state, the case against the greater War

  • lemonade, freedom, regulation, FDA, free market, law, authoritarian, media
    Accountability
    Taking a (Lemonade) Stand

    When life hands you lemons. . . . Once upon a time, putting up a summertime lemonade stand was the American way for kids to learn about hard work, good will, and entrepreneurship. Almost every kid had one, making some spendable profit selling the nectar.* Some of the youngsters grew

  • socialism, yours is mine, sharing, theft, stealing
    meme
    The Socialist Pledge

    What’s yours is mine, and what’s mine. . . is mine.

  • links
    Townhall: Hacking the Republic

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

  • video
    How We “Debate” Now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • links
    Townhall: The Dorky Idea Americans Deserve

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

  • video
    John Cleese’s Exit from Britain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • links
    Townhall: Weaponizing Freedom

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

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

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

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

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

  • general freedom
    Why We Fought

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

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