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CalExit, secede, secession, California, divide, partition, self determination

Adios, California?

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






Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Obama, Trump, Sanders, debate, CNN

Tough Luck, Chumps

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






civil asset forfeiture, forfeiture, police, abuse, theft, Trump, corruption, incentives, illustration, money, cops

Watcha Gonna Do?

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






ecomomics, economist, tariff, trade, protectionism, Trump

The Skinny on Trumponomics

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






Romania, no-confidence vote, Bucharest, democracy, protest, corruption

The Confidence Game

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






EPA, environment, pollution, climate change, Trump

Sledgehammer to a Bureaucracy

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






March for Life, Women's March, abortion, choice, pro-life

Women and Men for Life

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






Obamacare, ACA, Trump, Chickens home to roost

Out of Our Misery

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






socialism kills, redistribution, how socialism kills, why socialism kills, meme, illustration

How Socialism Kills

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






Washington, corruption, big government, too much government, book

Bring Back the Eunuchs?

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






Democratic Socialism, meme, problems, solve

Is Denmark Socialist?

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






Calaveras Big Trees State Park is famous for its hollowed-at- the- trunk Pioneer Cabin Tree, a sequoia

A Tree Fell In a Forest

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






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