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Potter King, Taiwan, China,

Tough Time for Tyrants

How much longer does the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have to put up with freedom-loving loudmouths? Thoughtful Party rulers can’t even entertain their subjects with NBA basketball or English Premier League soccer without fear that Chinese fans will then discover the tweet of some busybody droning on against Chinese repression

New Year, 2020, Tom Paine, Thomas Paine,

Happy New Year!

As we turn the page to a new calendar year, here’s hoping that 2020 is (a) as interesting as the year just past, while being (b) a bit more productive of freedom, accountability, and all the good stuff we strive to achieve in our personal, family, business and community lives.

Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, democracy, freedom,

Totalitarianized

Legislation introduced last April to allow the extradition of criminal suspects from Hong Kong to mainland China motivated millions into the streets in protests that have not yet ended . . .  . . . including a major pro-democracy rally scheduled for tomorrow in Causeway Bay. Traveling to Hong Kong

Christmas 2019

Precious Gifts . . . 2019 and Beyond

There’s a quiet on Christmas morning . . . after Santa has come and gone . . . and the kids are still sound asleep . . . sugar plum fairies dancing to their gentle snoring. A moment to stop and think. I hope they’ll like their presents; they always

Whither Away?

“All around the world, earnest fans of socialism insist it has never failed, as critics claim, since ‘true socialism has never really been tried,’” the New York Post editorial board wrote on Tuesday. But socialism has been tried. It just doesn’t turn into the utopia socialists promise.  And the State

revolution, protest, police, authoritarianism,

The Fundamental Complaint

“Something is going on,” writes The Washington Post’s Adam Taylor. “From Baghdad to Hong Kong, Santiago to Barcelona, sites around the world have seen major protests over recent weeks.” What is that something?  “Global protests share themes of economic anger and political hopelessness,” reads the headline to Taylor’s article.   He’s way off.  Hope, not

vote, election, initiative, referendum, Washington, New York,

Today’s Trifecta

Three measures on ballots today are particularly worth watching. Two issues in Washington State represent the only citizen-initiated measures out of 32 propositions voters will see in eight states: Washington Referendum 88 allows voters to re-decide the issue of racial and gender preferences, so-called “affirmative action,” while Washington Initiative 976

wolf, winter, global warning, climate change,

The Hobgoblin

Here in Virginia, it looks like we will have a soggy Halloween. But in Chicago the cold and snow may barrel in big time. “A buckled jet stream weather pattern known as the Pineapple Express has sent warm weather from closer to the equator north to Alaska, setting records there,”

LeBron James, Hong Kong, China, freedom, free speech,

The King’s Airball

“The thing is, LeBron, we’ve come to expect more of you,” writes Dan Wolken in USA Today, taking the National Basketball Association star to task for his comments taking Houston Rockets executive Daryl Morey to task for having tweeted “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” Morey’s pro-protester statement had

Ng, Activision, Blizzard, games

Blizzard Fallout

“I’ve already deleted my Blizzard account,” offered the young man while taking my Starbucks order.  Blizzard Entertainment is a video game developer based in Irvine, California. Earlier this week, the company rescinded the Grandmasters tournament winnings of Hearthstone esports player Ng Wai Chung, whose professional name is “Blitzchung,” banning him

Fight for Freedom, Stand by Hong Kong,

Stand By Your Tweet

Last Friday, Daryl Morey, the general manager of the National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets, tweeted a graphic repeating the Hong Kong protesters’ chant,  “Fight for freedom! “Stand with Hong Kong!” But before I could hit “like,” he deleted it amid the massive backlash from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and

Babylon Bee, Snopes, fake news, satire

The Pumpkinification of Snopes

Satire exaggerates not just for a laugh, often employing the reductio ad absurdum for cutting effect — casting our attention on human follies and crimes.  While the classic literary satires include Seneca’s Apocolocyntosis (divi) Claudii — “The Pumpkinification of (the Divine) Claudius” — and Jonathan Swift’s 1729 “Modest Proposal for preventing the children of

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