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Michigan Congressman John Conyers, scandal, resignation, term limits, nepotism, congress, experience

The Great Dood Drain of ’17

How can we expect the federal government to continue to function at its usual peak efficiency without the awesome 52 years of experience and institutional knowledge supplied by Michigan Congressman John Conyers? American government faces a congressional brain drain, Conyers’s resignation in the wake of accusations of sexual harassment not






Ballou High School, corruption, cheating, scandal, WAMU, DCPS, Washington D.C. , D.C. Public Schools

Learning to Cheat

Months ago, Ballou High was widely lauded for posting impressive gains in graduation rates — from a abysmal 51 percent two years ago to a much less terrible 64 percent this year — and for the even more remarkable feat of getting every single graduate accepted by a community college






Standard Oil, monopoly, merger, antitrust, Aetna, CVS Health Corp

What’s the Big Deal?

Big news: in a $69 billion deal, CVS Health Corp. plans to buy Aetna Inc. The AP story by James F. Peltz says the move “would shake up healthcare industry.” Should we worry? Because corporations aren’t cancerous, growth and consolidation are not to be feared as such. But speaking of






Illinois, Supreme Court, term limits, initiative, democracy, gerrymandering

Illinois’s Chicken-and-Fish Supreme Court

A constitution is the law of the land only to the extent that it’s enforced. And in Illinois, the right of citizen initiative — provided for in the state constitution — is not enforced. The constitution’s wording is explicit: “Amendments . . . may be proposed by a petition signed






The Onion, satire, humor, CFPB, bureaucracy

Peel Back the Onion

Yesterday, an Onion title caught my attention: “Hooded Members of Congress Drown Another Love Child in the Potomac to Prevent Affair from Getting Out.” This is not funny because it is true, but because it is so close to the truth. Too close for comfort. A similar story, the day






Apple, “vice president of diversity and inclusion,” Denise Smith race, equality, diversity, hiring,

Don’t Think Different

What do we know for sure about the resignation of Apple’s “vice president of diversity and inclusion,” Denise Smith? She is a black woman who landed in hot water for saying that a group of blue-eyed blond men can also be “diverse,” because “they’re going to bring a different life






White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Thanksgiving, press, outrage

Ingrates of the Fourth Estate

Today is Thanksgiving. I hope that doesn’t offend anyone. It ought not. But modern humans can be pretty touchy. “This will be our last press briefing before the Thanksgiving holiday . . .” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Monday, “so I want to share a few things






Deplorable radio, censorship, hate speech, tranny, University of Minnesota-Morris

Trouble in Transmission

Weeks ago, students Brandon Albrecht and Tayler Lehmann hosted a weekly program on their university-funded, 225-watt FM station. But not anymore. “We have a group here called the Queer Devil Worshippers for a Better Future,” Albrecht told his University of Minnesota-Morris audience. “It’s kind of like our version of Antifa






National Organization for Women, NOW, Toni Van Pelt,, sexual assault, hate speech, Southern Poverty Law Center

Yesterday’s NOW

Once upon a time, the National Organization for Women winked to President Bill Clinton and scorned his accusers Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, and others. This all came back to me while discussing powerful men sexually harassing and assaulting women, at Townhall yesterday. NOW’s current president, Toni Van Pelt, spoke with






Keurig, coffee, capitalism, Media Matters, Trump, Hannity, Roy Moore, Alabama

Coffee in the Age of Covfefe

You might think that that coffee could not be spoiled by today’s politics, but, well, consider the Keurig line of coffee-related products. I’m a Starbucks man, myself, but one of the great things about capitalism is that I can have my tall (or grande) latte and you can have your






responsibility, Denmark, education, welfare, socialism, Bernie Sanders, freedom

Eternally Postponing Responsibility

There is a common sense element to economics. We ignore it at our peril. So let’s take a cue from the Democratic Party’s current and de facto leader, Bernie Sanders. Turn to Denmark for a model. The Nordic state has what Bernie wants: higher education “free for all.” But there






Dianne Feinstein, First Amendment, free speech, censorship

Our Royals Are Not Amused

“You created these platforms,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) informed the top legal minds at Facebook, Twitter, and Google, “and now they’re being misused.” “And you have to be the ones who do something about it — or we will.” Take that as a threat. But also take it as the






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