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Romania, no-confidence vote, Bucharest, democracy, protest, corruption

The Confidence Game

Romania’s parliament has confidence in . . . itself. Sorta. A parliamentary no-confidence vote failed, despite 161 lawmakers voting for the resolution and only eight voting with the government. Confused? The no-confidence measure failed because the Social Democrats, controlling nearly two-thirds of the 465 seats in parliament, abstained on the






Berkeley, Milo, violence, speech, politics, photos, comment, analysis

The Silence of Violence

“The Free Speech Movement is dead.” So said the Berkeley College Republicans after violence Wednesday night forced cancelation of a sold-out speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, the Greek-born British author, now a senior editor at Breitbart News. The reference, of course, is to the University of California’s history as a haven






EPA, environment, pollution, climate change, Trump

Sledgehammer to a Bureaucracy

The media hysterically pushes the line that the new Trump administration is so much “in chaos” it even frightens seasoned (salt-and-pepper?) heads in the Republican Party. But perhaps folks at the Environmental Protection Agency have more reason to panic. “It looks like the EPA will be the agency hardest hit






democracy, freedom, ranking, The Economist, pure democracy, republic

Deplorable Distrust?

The United States is no longer a “full-fledged democracy.” According to a New York Post story, our union is, instead, a “flawed democracy.” Hmmm. Where to begin? Despite the article’s featured photo of President Trump, the downgrading of America’s democratic status occurred prior to the billionaire’s swearing-in. Technically, of course,






Donald Trump, president, landslide, election, votes, popular, electoral college

Trumping Popular Vote?

A friend, who loves to talk football, sometimes boasts that his team “crushed” the other team, gaining more yards and rolling up more first downs, before dejectedly acknowledging that his team didn’t score as many points as its opponent. They lost. When a Democrat gloats that Donald Trump lost the






Washington, corruption, big government, too much government, book

Bring Back the Eunuchs?

“Everybody knows that ordinary Americans are a bunch of idiots,” a Health and Human Services official told Benjamin Ginsberg. “Why do you need to do a survey to find that out?” Actually, he was not surveying Americans for their IQs and knowledge levels. He was surveying Washington insiders. Like her.






Trump, president, inauguration, democracy, election, protest

Don’t Trump the Gun

The 2016 presidential election will go down in history as a doozy. The Trump win was a surprise, even shocking many of his supporters. But the most obvious lesson we learned pertains to the modal Obama-Hillary voter. Well, make that lessons. Plural. Today’s most vocal Democrats don’t seem to understand






Mexico, oil, nationalize, socialism, neoliberalism

Oil’s Bad that Ends Bad

Sometimes socialism seems reasonable. Emphasis on “seems.” Take natural resource socialism. Ores and oil are “just there in the ground” and “belong to everybody.” So it “just makes sense” that “the people” should “own” the mining and drilling and refining industries, and run these operations to share the profits to






David Roland, Freedom Center of Missouri, Girl Scouts, Jennifer

The Man from Freedom

In the Show-Me State, an attorney is showing us government held accountable. He leaves folks inspired about their freedom, wondering . . . who was that masked attorney? Well, no. Against my advice, he won’t wear a mask to court, nor leave behind silver bullets. (He says they’re too expensive.)






Democratic Socialism, meme, problems, solve

Is Denmark Socialist?

First… some definitions: Socialism advocates the public ownership (or control) of business and industry in service of a more equal distribution of wealth. Bernie Sanders and his version of “democratic socialism” places emphasis on redistribution and downplays the public ownership and control part of the system. However… Bernie seems never to have met a government monopoly he didn’t






Calaveras Big Trees State Park is famous for its hollowed-at- the- trunk Pioneer Cabin Tree, a sequoia

A Tree Fell In a Forest

It’s neither “iconic” nor “ironic.” “Storm fells one of California’s iconic drive-through tunnel trees, carved 137 years ago,” Travis M. Anderson’s title informs us. Calaveras Big Trees State Park is famous for its hollowed-at-the-trunk Pioneer Cabin Tree, a sequoia you have seen in hundreds of photos. It fell, almost certainly,






corporations, government, power, danger, government vs. corporation, which is more dangerous, law, corruption, meme, illustration, Jim Gill, Paul Jacob, Common Sense

Which is more dangerous?

Corporations cannot and do not tax, conscript, and kill under claim of legal authority to do so. Only governments do that.  Click below for a high resolution version of the image:






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