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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 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






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






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






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,






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






Purple Pig-Nose Frog, Ghats mountain range in India, KEK, Kekistan, endangered

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






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






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






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






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