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A Bullet Train to the Head

Romanticism. The yearning for greatness; the need for speed. Efficiency! It’s all there in California’s high-speed rail project — hopes and dreams and a sense of the grandeur of progress. And yet the bullet train project, approved by voters in 2008, is a fiasco. One can blame the voters, I






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A Most Bizarre Misuse

Increasingly, folks in government balk at the commonsense requirement for transparency. They don’t like the basic idea of a republic, apparently — that we have rights; folks in government have duties. They are bound to serve us. And allow us to oversee their work. The latest bizarre attempt to wiggle






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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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Digs at the Gig Economy

In Texas’s progressive enclave of Austin, the government has regulated Uber and Lyft out of the city. Massachusset’s uber*-progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren cautions that the “much-touted virtues”of the “gig economy” that these services represent are actually dark signs of the times, providing workers a false “step in a losing effort






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Nobody Could Make This Stuff Up

Today’s headline: Radical Islamist Stages Gun Massacre in LGBT Nightclub! Caring Progressives Demand that American Citizens be Disarmed!    






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This Too Shall Pass

We are living in what I hope are the latter days of the Watergate Era. I’m old enough to remember Watergate. The un-making of President Nixon, before our very eyes, informed Americans in a deep and profound way. It led, in part, to the election of Jimmy Carter, often referred






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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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Guilt and Association?

A few days ago, the Barna Group released the results of its latest poll, asking “Americans whether capitalism or socialism align better with the teachings of Jesus,” explains The Hollywood Reporter. The results are that “socialism won 24 percent compared to 14 percent, with the rest answering ‘neither’ or ‘not






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Not Drafting Our Daughters?

Sometimes politicians have trouble making up their minds. During election years — with the looming prospect of voters having a say — their decision-making process becomes even more perilous. Take the idea of forcing young women to register for the draft. Young men must, under threat of five years in






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Indicting Incumbency

How does that old, pithy anti-term limits slogan go, again? “We already have term limits, they’re called indictments!” Wait . . . is that it? Must be. This election year — the year of the outsider, the year of unbridled contempt for establishment, Washington, D. C., politicians — has seen






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A Vapor’s Chance in Hell

There is a big difference between government designed to protect our rights and a government tasked with protecting us from ourselves. You couldn’t find a better example of this than the current Federal Drug Administration and its regulation of vaping. Vaping is the imbibing of water vapor laced with nicotine






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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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