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How to Corrupt Politicians Without Really Trying

In a Townhall.com column last January, I argued that politicians weren’t “stupid,” as Mr. Trump had loudly proclaimed — to few objections. The problem is worse: too many politicians lack honesty and integrity. They’re in the politics biz for their own lucrative ends. Six weeks ago, I declared — again,






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The Crooked News Network

A recent Gallup poll found Americans’ trust in their news media has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded. Only 32 percent expressed either “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of confidence in the press “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly.” Trust among Republican is down to






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The Other Half of the Truth

Another terrorist event. And another. Douglas A. French, of the National Review, while writing about Islam and terrorism, innocently drew up a half-truth: “In Saint Cloud, Minn., Dahir Adan’s family identified him as the man who stabbed eight people in a mall before being shot and killed by an armed






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The Two-Product Economic System

What if our economy worked like our political system? Only two major companies would provide any particular product for sale. But don’t worry — we’d still have a solid choice between “This Product Is Obnoxious” and “I Don’t Trust This Product.” Those two companies would create a non-profit entity —






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Colorado’s Problematic Solution

There’s a problem in Colorado, or so we’re told. And a solution. But the one doesn’t seem to match the other. The problem, according to the supporters of Amendment 71, is too many constitutional amendments. Their solution? Pass another constitutional amendment. Moreover, even though two-thirds of constitutional changes have been






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Settled Science?!?

You probably know that America’s sugar industry is protected, making astounding profits because of high tariffs and artificially raised consumer prices. And you likely know that government has worked hand-in-hand with agribiz interests to cook up (and regulate) a competitive sweetener, high fructose corn syrup. You understand that there are






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The Year of Translucency

Barack Obama promised transparency in government. He didn’t deliver. But others stepped up to the plate. It’s now possible to see through a lot of political, elitist, and bureaucratic bunk courtesy of fugitives like Snowden, convicts like Manning, and citizens using FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) procedures. And we are






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10 Out of 10

10 out of 10 terrorist Jihadists agree… American gun rights must be restricted!  






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Blame the Kids?

Why is it when some politicians or pundits get a brilliant idea about how to make the country better, involving (of course) making people do as the government dictates, it only applies to other people? Sunday, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” New York Times columnist and Times-styled conservative David Brooks






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Baaaaaa!

I’m With the Herd!   Original (cc) photo by Jason Hollinger on Flickr  






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It’s Viral

Yesterday, around the country, flags were flown at half-staff, a sad acknowledgement of the atrocities on 9/11/2001. In preparation for the 15th anniversary, students at a California college put up signs, emblazoned with the motto “Never Forget.” At least one faculty member took it upon herself to rip the signage






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Serving the Voters

Who will choose the next president of these United States? Voters? A private non-profit organization? The media? The Electoral College? The U.S. House of Representatives? Russian hackers? No joke, that last. Beyond the suspected Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee, the FBI warned last week that hackers, likely Russian,






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