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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






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






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

Alt-Comparisons

“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






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






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






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






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






California, Jerry Brown, law, balloon, metallic, criminal liability

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






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






Charlie Gard, Nigel Farage, National Health Service, government, control

Big Libertarian Questions

“This raises some very big libertarian questions,” said Nigel Farage yesterday. About what? The “rights of parents against the state.” The outspoken Brexit supporter and former leader of the UK Independence Party was referring to Charlie Gard, the sick, dying 11-month old British baby, whose parents sought to take to






Samuel Girod, Kentucky, crime, Amish, FDA, drug,

Pardon Him, Mr. President

Presidents tend to issue pardons as their tenures draw to a close. But many victims of our government should be pardoned right now. Until the culpable agencies can be dismantled and/or sundry bad laws repealed, a steady flow of presidential pardons would provide the swiftest justice. An Amish man in






Minneapolis, shooting, police, body camera, Justine Damond, Australian

Left Wondering Why

In Minneapolis’s Fulton neighborhood a makeshift memorial has sprung up. Amidst flowers, a handwritten sign reads, “Why did you shoot and kill our neighbor?” Police have yet to offer public comment on the police shooting of Justine Damond, the Australian woman killed in the alley behind her home last Saturday






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