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CalExit, secede, secession, California, divide, partition, self determination

Adios, California?

Californians account for more than one of every ten Americans. For now. Three years ago, an initiative sought to split the mega-state up. Had that measure succeeded, the U.S. Congress would have decided whether to permit the Golden State to become six separate states — with ten more U.S. Senators.






White Rose

Freedom’s Friends

Yesterday marked a solemn anniversary. Seventy-four years ago — on Feb. 22, 1943 — three German students at the University of Munich were tried for treason by the Nazis, convicted and then executed via the guillotine, all in one day. Days earlier, Hans Scholl and his sister Sophie had been






By any means necessary, BAMN, protest, free speech, fascist, first amendment, censorship, violence

Wolves Crying Wolf

People have a right to defend themselves. Right? Especially against rape and murder. “This is not about free speech,” Yvette Felarca yelled to the crowd at the University of California-Berkeley, gathered weeks ago to “shut down” a scheduled speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, the controversial Breitbart editor. Felarca, a national organizer






Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, Obama, Trump, Sanders, debate, CNN

Tough Luck, Chumps

Advertised as a big deal ahead of time, the debate didn’t get much play afterwards. Especially from the Left blogosphere. Why? Billed as about the “future of ObamaCare,” it was really about what should replace ObamaCare. The CNN debate pitted Sen. Ted Cruz, well-known Republican opponent of the Affordable Care






Prince George, council, county, Maryland, graft, corruption, car

Of Protests & Politicians

Last Friday, I applauded massive protests that erupted in Romania — over a since-rescinded governmental decree to decriminalize graft up to $47,000. On Sunday at Townhall, I wondered why there weren’t similar demonstrations against the corruption afflicting Prince George’s County, Maryland. The county, bordering the nation’s capital, lavishes its nine






ecomomics, economist, tariff, trade, protectionism, Trump

The Skinny on Trumponomics

President Donald Trump does not trust economists. So he is demoting the Council of Economic Advisors, booting out of the Cabinet the Council’s chairperson. If this were only because economists as economists cannot do what he has been able to do — make a big success in business and trade






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






black pot, black kettle, pot calling the kettle black, Trump, Putin, Russia, interview, Super Bowl, killing, guilt, blame

No Innocence Abroad

After establishing, during the big Super Bowl day interview, that President Donald Trump respects Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Bill O’Reilly asked why. After all, the Fox News star challenged, “Putin’s a killer.”* “We’ve got a lot of killers,” Trump replied. “What, you think our country’s so innocent?” This disturbed just about






Henry Louis Mencken, Black bloc, Antifa, protest, terrorist, violence, Milo Yiannopoulis, Gavin McInnes

God Knows You’re Good

“The trouble with fighting for human freedom,” wrote H. L. Mencken, “is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels.” Henry Louis Mencken (1880 – 1956), master prose stylist and social critic, knew whereof he wrote. But he also penned things to which few would give their hearty assent.






bargaining, dickering, negotiating, free trade, price, illustration, Buying Power

No Set Prices?

“Paul,” an old boss of mine used to say, “there are no set prices.” He meant that when a vendor said it would cost x, my choice wasn’t just yes or no. Negotiate. I could say, “Boy, I’d sure like that, but golly, I can’t afford to pay x. Any






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






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