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Agreeable America

Americans actually agree on a lot of things; it’s a pity that today’s media and political debates play up the discord. Or so argues A. Barton Hinkle at The Richmond Times-Dispatch. Sure, he admits, “[a] lot of people seem willing to tear your head off over the smallest thing.” But






debt, spending, Congress, term limits

It’s the Stupid Spending

These United States are approaching a crisis. Mounting debt seems increasingly unpayable. Sovereign default and financial chaos are “in the offing” — drifting from the (future) horizon to the (present) shore. The costs of our debt load have been accommodated as astute economists predicted, with the weakest recovery in American






bureaucracy, bureaucrat, government, reform, interests

The Immovable Non-movers

You can’t suspend the law of gravity. Nor, apparently, the laws of bureaucratic lethargy and inertia. Diana Rickert was a policy analyst with the Illinois Policy Institute who accepted a job with the administration of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. She lasted six weeks. The assignment: combine and streamline several governmental






NFL, freedom, rights, football, Pence, Prison Reform

Time for Action

More protests during the national anthem; more opposition to those protests by the Trump administration; more recriminations about the administration’s opposition to the protests. Ah, modern times. Let’s review: NFL players have a constitutional right to take a knee during the national anthem. NFL owners do have or could have






What Would George Orwell Have Thought of Antifa?

One of many questions asked of Mr. David Ramsay Steele, whose new book on the author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four takes a thorough and gimlet-eyed view of Orwell’s worldview: An excerpt (under 11 minutes) from the interview: “Orwell’s Anti-Fascism (David Ramsay Steele)” Mr. Steele’s book on Amazon: Orwell






Deep Throat

A lie, Mr. Mulder, is most convincingly hidden between two truths. Deep Throat to FBI agent Fox Mulder The X-Files in the first season episode, “E.B.E.” (1993), written by Glen Morgan and James Wong.






Brazil, junk food, capitalism, free markets, New York Times, folly

Evil Capitalists Hook Brazil On Eating

Have you heard the latest? More and more peoples around the world these days have the unfortunate misfortune of having adequate food — not merely vegetables either!! — thanks to the ruthlessly profit-seeking food producers and their unconscionable engagement in the division of labor, capital accumulation, and international trade. It’s






Townhall: Insider, Outsider, Upside Down

The weird world of Trump’s America: it must be frustrating to be an insider now, since all the old rules about loyalty, decency, and acceptability have been turned on their head. This has important consequences for future politics. Click on over to Townhall for the Common Sense of an uncommon






Purple Pig-Nose Frog, Ghats mountain range in India, KEK, Kekistan, endangered

The Underground Amphibian

A new species of frog has been discovered, and I’m just happy it has nothing to do with online japes and jibes about Trump, social justice, or an ancient Egyptian deity. But before you can say “Praise Kek,” please note: Sometimes a frog is just a frog. But this frog






Student loans, bailout, bail out, loans, jubilee, banks, subsidies

Higher Ed Jubilee?

“Everything is beautiful in its own way,” goes Ray Stevens’s hit song of 1970. But still, pay your bills.  That’s what I thought reading a Fox Business story on a recent poll in which 42 percent of Americans, a plurality, thought that “President Trump’s administration should forgive all federal student debt






Portland, murder, Vinland, white supremacist, white nationalism, Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein

Vinland?

Agreeing with a murderer is . . . uncomfortable. Even if the agreement is only in part. Over the weekend, the news hit that one Jeremy Joseph Christian was in custody for a stabbing spree on one of Portland, Oregon’s MAX trains. According to reports, Christian had been yelling religious






Calaveras Big Trees State Park is famous for its hollowed-at- the- trunk Pioneer Cabin Tree, a sequoia

A Tree Fell In a Forest

It’s neither “iconic” nor “ironic.” “Storm fells one of California’s iconic drive-through tunnel trees, carved 137 years ago,” Travis M. Anderson’s title informs us. Calaveras Big Trees State Park is famous for its hollowed-at-the-trunk Pioneer Cabin Tree, a sequoia you have seen in hundreds of photos. It fell, almost certainly,






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