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Most Outrageous Negotiation Strategy Yet

The best defense of Donald Trump’s presidency, so far? He is smarter than the rest of us, and knows how to negotiate with bad guys and insider players. We have to discount what he is saying, the theory goes, because he is not telling truths . . . obviously.  He

Washington Post, economics, economy, control, government, limited

Driven to Sanity

Having the federal government centrally plan the economy is “a huge waste of everyone’s time and resources” states an amazingly common-sensical Washington Post editorial. “In a well-functioning modern economy, businesses are generally free to buy and sell the things they need, absent a compelling public need for government intervention,” the

Alex Jones, InfoWars, censorship, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,

The Opposite of Infowars

Yesterday’s big story? Several major social media platforms have de-platformed Alex Jones and his Infowars opinion (“information”?) show.  Most commenters about this happening hasten to signal to their audiences that they do not approve of Alex Jones. Is this really necessary? When we consider a mass de-platforming event, do we

microaggressions, trigger warning, free speech, First Amendment, freedom,

May Trigger Eye Rolling

The fashionable campus notion of “microaggressions” blurs the distinction between peaceful speech (offensive or not) and bashing somebody over the head with a club.  If courts, police and/or university officials can rationalize regarding the perpetrator of a so-called “microaggression” as initiating force against an offended listener, they can also rationalize

New York Times, The Terror, doxing, firing, racism, double standard

Transcendent Gray Lady

How far are we away from a completely vindictive, murderous madness like The Terror of revolutionary France? I know, almost no one is talking of guillotines.  But a lot of people seem determined to destroy others’ lives publicly. We are all too familiar with Twitterstorms where worked-up outrage forces someone

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Dbl Standard Destruction Co.

Addison Barnes has just won a court case against Liberty High School of Hillsboro, Oregon. The court ruled that the school acted wrongfully when, early this year, it suspended him for wearing a “disruptive” T-shirt heralding a “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.”  Addison was awarded $25,000 for legal

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Blame the App?

Who spreads “fake news”? Gossips, politicians, publicity agents, Twitter eggs, partisan bloggers, lying news journalists? Or . . . the medium of communication they use? Do envelopes, stationery, telephones, email, and messaging apps have moral agency? And who commits the crimes that news (true or false) is used to rationalize?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, election, candidate, California, Democratic Party, money, campaign

Not Fine with Feinstein?

Could it be that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, may not be liberal enough? The San Francisco Democrat has ostensibly represented the Golden State in the United States Senate for the last 26 years. Before that, Feinstein spent eight years on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and then a

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The Deeply State

FBI agent Peter Strzok is offended. Deeply. He takes pains to clarify: he sent emails during the last presidential campaign expressing a willingness and readiness and commitment to preventing a Trump Presidency because he, Agent Strzok, is patriotic. Deeply. During yesterday’s contentious congressional interrogation, fielding questions regarding just how anti-Trump

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Plantation Revolt

The #Walkaway movement started with Brendan Straka, who proclaimed that his tribe — the liberal Left — had become “intolerant, inflexible, illogical, hateful, misguided, ill-informed, un-American, hypocritical, menacing, callous, ignorant, narrow-minded, and, at times, blatantly fascistic.” Mr. Straka’s beef — and the general tenor of the pile-on Twitterstorm — was

voting, elections, democracy, illegal, aliens, migration, borders, citizens

Should Non-Citizens Vote?

“A lot of people would like to say this is an immigration issue. It’s really not,” offered Gary Emineth, the head of North Dakotans for Citizen Voting and a candidate for state senator.   “It’s really about preserving the right for U.S. citizens, and in our case, North Dakota residents,

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Too Big for Breaches

“Any reporter who has covered Europe in the last decade has written a dozen articles or more,” The New York Times informs us, “about how one crisis or another has exposed the fundamental unsustainability of the European Union.” I hadn’t noticed. Until recently, haven’t reporters and commentators been downplaying Europe’s

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