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Not Buying a Stairway to Riches

I am not a writer by trade. I don’t make a living off of these daily and weekly writing gigs. I give this stuff away, for free. The donations I ask for are there to cover bandwidth, website expertise, artwork, etc. They don’t cover my contributions. But that doesn’t disqualify






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Hysteria, Assassination, and Big Government

The biggest political story of the month? Brexit. The people of Great Britain will vote, this week, whether to remain in, or exit, the European Union. (Britain+exit=“Brexit,” you see.) Establishment forces in Britain have engaged in hysterical, hyperbolic overkill, warning of grave disaster were Britain to leave the union. America’s






Omar Mir Seddique Mateen

What Doesn’t Fly

After the Orlando massacre, isn’t it finally time to get guns out of the hands of . . . licensed security guards? Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, who murdered 49 people and wounded 53 others in the Pulse nightclub, worked for the globe’s largest security firm, Britain’s G4S. He passed two






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Sit, UBI, Sit: Play Dead

This weekend, the Swiss people rejected the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) with a whopping 77 percent against. That’s the kind of overwhelming result that one finds in America for, say, term limits. And 23 percent, you might notice, is about the percentage of the population in America






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Bernie’s Problem?

Sen. Bernie Sanders has a problem. With Hillary Clinton. Asked about the Clinton Foundation, yesterday, by CNN’s Jake Tapper, host of State of the Union, Bernie re-questioned himself: Do I have a problem when a sitting secretary of state and a foundation run by her husband collects many millions of






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Dangerous, Incoherent

Hillary Clinton came out swinging against Donald Trump yesterday. She said electing the man would be an “historic mistake.” As opposed to her past career in politics, which I would call an historical mistake. Mrs. Clinton focused in on Mr. Trump’s foreign policy pronouncements. “She ran through Mr Trump’s foreign policy






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The Long Road to Citizens United

Everybody is familiar with the standard theory regarding the Citizens United decision. Former comedian and current earnest socialist Sarah Silverman puts it this way: “Every politician takes money from Big Money, ever since it was made legal with Citizens United.” Like most folks who talk this way, she doesn’t give






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Fatherland, Socialism and Death!

The fall of Venezuela is an atrocity. The comic elements are clear enough — the further you remove yourself from the poverty, chaos, and collapse. We can wallow in a bit of Schadenfreude, taking glee as some American leftists squirm to explain why the socialist paradise they ballyhooed a mere






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Toiletarianism

President Obama and other politicians are taking a wide stance over the nation’s public restrooms. Important bathroom policy will finally be determined at the highest levels. Last week, public educators nationwide received a legalistically-worded letter from the Departments of Justice and Education explaining how to legally treat transgender students under






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Failure and the Five-Day Weekend

Socialists often brag how their activism — through unions — gave the modern world its five-day workweek. One could spend a book picking at this boast, but no need: it’s overshadowed by the latest. A socialist country has just reduced the workweek to two days! Hooray for socialism! Or, no






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When in Rome

Americans concerned with government corruption really should study Italy. Why? “You know Italians,” septuagenarian Elio Ciampanella was quoted in the New York Times last week. “If there is a law, they will try to find ways to go around it!” But it is not just ordinary citizens — the people






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The Drinking Gourd

By now, most people are probably OK with Treasury’s plan to oust Andrew Jackson off the face of the $20 Federal Reserve Note and replace him with Harriet Tubman. I certainly am. Ms. Tubman was a great hero of freedom. President Jackson has a more . . . mixed legacy.






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