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The Report of the 1776 Commission

The Report of the 1776 Commission

In the first minutes of the Biden Administration eliminated the 1776 commission established by President Trump and removed the commission’s report from the White House website. One of the few things Trump did that I supported was the establishment of the 1776 Commission as a counterpoint to the vacuous 1619 Project foisted on the public by the New York Times and pushed into the education system by far-left politicians and “educators.” Regardless of the makeup of the commission and the…

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Ban Everyone

Ban Everyone

You may be aware that we recently celebrated Independence Day. That yearly occasion on which 10% of the country pauses for a moment between the parade, barbecue, and fireworks to remember the existence of artifacts named the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States. This year we mark the moment amidst an increasingly contentious culture war that seems as though it will only end when one side has proven to be unquestionably more offended than the other. The…

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Playing The Odds

Playing The Odds

I am not a numbers guy. The saying “I was told there would be no math” plays an important role in my life. But I get the basics. I heard an ad from NHTSA on the Dennis Miller Option podcast about seatbelts. The key statistic in the ad, the one that is really supposed to motivate to buckle up is that 51% of all fatalities in crashes were people who were not wearing seatbelts. Not being an expert at statistics…

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The Basic Problem

The Basic Problem

Below is the first question and answer from A New Textbook of Americanism: The Politics of Ayn Rand. Begun in 1946 by Rand as an antidote to the spread of European collectivist ideas, the text explores fundamental issues in a question and answer format. Rand never completed the series but this recently released volume features contemporary Objectivist scholars answering the questions she did not, as well as some previously unpublished text by Rand. The first question asks: What is the…

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Some People Did Something

Some People Did Something

Defenders or Representative Ilhan Omar are claiming that anyone who is being critical of her comments about 9/11 is putting her life in jeopardy. That’s a load of crap that they are dumping in the hopes of silencing critics because they have no way to answer critics. And if Omar can’t take the heat of criticism, she should resign. When you say something as awful and ignorant as describing 9/11 as “some people did something” you have to be prepared…

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A Private New Deal

A Private New Deal

I stumbled across a news story that highlights why I have never been particularly concerned about Global Climate Warming Change. Actually I never really worried about the actual climate because it’s all just a theory based on computer models that have never been right about anything. What has been mildly worrying is how politicians use the climate theories as an excuse to violate individual rights and accumulate more power. Here’s the answer to Representative AOC’s Green New Deal. A privately…

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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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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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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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