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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






Jeff Sessions, AG, Attorney General, asset forfeiture, civil, Trump

The Police State Is in Sessions

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatens to make himself one of the biggest threats to your liberty.* President Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General just promised to encourage police departments to seize the personal property (cars, houses, cash) of criminal suspects. The practice is called asset forfeiture. It comes in






Marijuana, sand, Nevada, crisis, emergency

Messed Up State

After lamenting Illinois’s fiscal decline into America’s “most messed up” state yesterday, lo and behold, today we find the State of Nevada messed up, too. On marijuana.* Question 2, passed by voters last November, legalized recreational use of what we used to call “weed” by those 21 years of age






Susan Rice, National Security Advisor, Obama, Trump, Russia, spying, surveillance

A Handy Evasion

Susan Rice, National Security Advisor in President Barack Obama’s administration (2013 – 2017), is being picked on, she speculates, for reasons pertaining to her race and gender. Handy evasion. At issue is not her infamous prevarication in the Benghazi affair. We are used to being lied to about foreign policy,






Amazon, monopoly, trusts, antitrust, trade, free trade, big business, economic myths

Serving Consumers? Punish!

New media ballyhooer Douglas Rushkoff made waves this week. Citing an un-named friend who went hysterical about Amazon.com’s purchase of Whole Foods, he asserted that such “unease is widespread, and has raised new calls for breaking up Jeff Bezos’s impending monopoly by force.”* The company has “surely,” he claimed, “reached






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