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Month: March 2019

The Chicago Way

The Chicago Way

Due to the high-profile nature of the case, or the spotlight the internet can shine on everything, the Chicago Way handling of the Jussie Smollett case may not succeed. The manner in which the States Attorney for Cook County dismissed all 16 felonies Smollett was charged with for faking a “hate crime” has come under intense scrutiny. Before you counter that this scrutiny is motivated by partisan politics, racism or homophobia, consider this letter written by the Illinois Prosecutor’s Bar…

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All Present and Unaccountable

All Present and Unaccountable

As promised the Senate held a vote on the Democratic resolution for a Green New Deal. As expected the Democrats objected to having a vote on their own proposal. Seems rather silly to propose a resolution that you don’t want to ever come up for a vote. It makes it seem like you’re not all that serious about the issue and it’s all just posturing and show. The danger in doing that is people may start to think that have…

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Empty Virtue Signalling

Empty Virtue Signalling

Dick’s Sporting Goods is trying to send the appropriate virtue signals to the left on guns, but are really just demonstrating typical leftist hypocrisy. After taking a 3.1% hit in sales for dropping “assault weapons” (i.e. scary looking semi-automatic rifles) they ran a market test in which they removed all firearms from 10 stores. The test went well enough that they are going to expand the number of gun free zones to 125 stores. Because guns are bad. There is…

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Assuming A Climate Change Premise

Assuming A Climate Change Premise

Columnist Mona Charen has an interesting piece up on Patriot Post highlighting how the Green New Deal has damaged the cause of Climate Change Activism by showing it for what it really is. The caricature of environmentalists is that they are just using climate change as a stalking horse for their true agenda, which is to socialize the entire economy. And lo and behold, what does the Green New Deal resolution call for? Net zero carbon emissions in 10 years,…

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Elizabeth Warren Gets Trade Wrong

Elizabeth Warren Gets Trade Wrong

In addition to struggling to put some distance between her presidential aspirations and her past of lying about her ethnic heritage Elizabeth Warren is working hard to create some space between her campaign and the Democratic Socialism that is taking over the Democrat Party. Durring an interview with CNN at SXSW Warren had this exchange: “Bernie has to speak to what Democratic Socialism is,” replied Warren, who represents Massachusetts in the Senate. “And you are not one?” Giridharadas asked.” I…

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Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Has the quest for victimhood finally reached Peak Stupidity? I thought we were there or at least close when we learned of actor Jussie Smollett writing a personal check to the two guys he hired to stage a fake assault he could portray as a “hate crime.” But then I came across this story. Darnell Byrd McPherson, Mayor of Lamar, South Carolina, reported to police that someone had vandalized both her and her husband’s cars by spraying them with an…

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It’s Not the End of Time

It’s Not the End of Time

For most of my early adult life one thing that I always had to have was a watch. Leaving home without it felt as off as (I imagine) leaving home without pants. But I was never a watch aficionado. I did not have a collection of expensive watches. Most of time I owned one watch and I wore it every day. There were periods when I had been given a nicer looking watch that I reserved for wearing on special…

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Selective Economic Understanding

Selective Economic Understanding

Hanlon’s razor states: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. I’m not certain that Hanlon to into account the seemingly willful stupidity of many on the American Left. When it comes to the area of basic economic principles I certainly can’t say if they simply refuse to apply them consistently or if they are just mentally incapable of doing so. When the left wants to modify and control the behavior of individuals (i.e. a day that…

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Trampling Rights

Trampling Rights

Support for socialized medicine continues to grow in the Democrat Party. This headline from Reason Magazine’s Hit & Run highlights what we are facing: More Than 100 House Democrats Endorse Medicare for All Plan That Would Eliminate Private Health Insurance in Just Two Years Their primary rationale for advocating socialized medicine and abolishing private health insurance is the assertion that health care is a right. I agree with this assertion to an extent. I agree that every individual has the…

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