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The Freak-out Factor

Most folks are so unused to seeing normal people carrying guns around, out in the open, that when they it, they freak out. Among those who are at least, well, unsettled by the spectacle? The police. Funny, the gun freaker-outers don’t usually freak when they see police with guns. But that may be changing






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A Private Party

Virginia delegate Beau Correll won’t cast his first ballot vote at the Republican National Convention for Donald Trump, and won’t go to jail, either. As discussed last Thursday, at issue is a state statute requiring* delegates to vote for the plurality winner of the party’s primary. On the Republican side,






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The Return of the Philosopher King

On Sunday, at Townhall, I addressed the whining attacks on referendums and “democracy” that followed the Brexit referendum. The most outrageous? A broadside from Jason Brennan. “To have even a rudimentary sense of the pros and cons of Brexit,” argues this Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Associate Professor of






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Gray Lady Casts Shadow

Earlier in the week, I noted how media manipulation of presidential poll results by not considering the Johnson and Stein campaigns distorting the race. I speculated why journalists would do such a thing, but didn’t have space for an exhaustive list. But it’s clear that one of the things journalists






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What Doesn’t Fly

After the Orlando massacre, isn’t it time to get guns out of the hands of . . . licensed security guards? Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, who murdered 49 people and wounded 53 others in The Pulse nightclub, worked for the globe’s largest security firm, Britain’s G4S. He passed two background






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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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The Climate Cassandra

Thirty years ago, in June, 1986, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee met to consider the problems of ozone depletion, the greenhouse effect, and climate change. Present at those hearings was today’s climate Cassandra, James Hansen, then of the Goddard Institute of Space Studies. And he was predicting that






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Beggar Thy Philanthropist

Making up petty rules and enforcing them is one thing governments do well. On Monday I warned about the dangers of asking too much from government. I think, today, I’ll make the opposite warning: of not asking enough. Mandatory seatbelt laws were enacted (sometimes by citizens initiative and referendum) to






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A New Way to Steal

The fight against government theft of private property, through “civil forfeiture,” just got a little harder. There’s a new technology available: ERAD card scanners. And the Oklahoma City Police Department’s joint interdiction team has them, and can use the scanners to take money from you without your consent. What money,






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Sit, UBI, Sit: Play Dead

This weekend, the Swiss people rejected the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) with a whopping 77 percent against. That’s the kind of overwhelming result that one finds in America for, say, term limits. And 23 percent, you might notice, is about the percentage of the population in America






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The Long Road to Citizens United

Everybody is familiar with the standard theory regarding the Citizens United decision. Former comedian and current earnest socialist Sarah Silverman puts it this way: “Every politician takes money from Big Money, ever since it was made legal with Citizens United.” Like most folks who talk this way, she doesn’t give






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Disneyland vs. Politicians

Last week, when asked by reporters about the arguably deadly wait times that vets have endured (or not), Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald replied, “What really counts is how does the veteran feel about their encounter with the VA. When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of






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