Archive for June 2015

Snopes gets Snoped

On July 30, 2012, I posted Who Owns the Rain. It’s the story of Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, Oregon who was charged with illegally collecting rainwater on his land.  I said in the post that Mr. Harrington was facing a possible jail sentence unless he complied with orders to release into Big Butte Creek…

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Creative destruction and destructive liberalism

Creative destruction is the spontaneous process of the birth of the new arising out of the demise of the old.  It is the essential process of free market capitalism. It is what transformed pay telephone booths into personal cell phones, and what transformed the first cell phone in 1983 from a heavy brick costing $3,995 to…

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800 years ago today at Runnymeade on the Thames

King John was forced by the Barons to sign The Magna Carta. The Magna Carta abolished the Divine Right of Kings and established the Rule of Law that even the King must obey. Somebody please tell Barack Obama.  Please also tell him that America was born as a result of another couple of documents, the Declaration…

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Rich man, poor man — the new heavyweights

The Average American Woman Now Weighs as Much as the Average 1960s Man. The average American woman weighs 166.2 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As reddit recently pointed out, that’s almost exactly as much as the average American man weighed in the early 1960s. Men, you’re not looking too hot in this scenario…

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It should be a cakewalk

If Republicans can’t beat Hillary, they should disband the party. In the speech, Clinton revealed all of her vulnerabilities as a candidate. Despite decades of practice, she remains a weak public speaker. It was a long, meandering, and flat speech, topping 40 minutes — highlighting her painfully bad sense of humor. “You won’t see my hair…

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Most prefer to live where guns are plentiful

So finds a Rasmussen poll, Americans Prefer Living in Neighborhood With Guns, American Voters overwhelming prefer living in a neighborhood where they have the option of owning a gun than to live where nobody is allowed to be armed. Well, good. I lived in London briefly in the 1970. Guns were not exactly outlawed in…

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The tragedy of the Trans-Blacks

Trans-Blacks are African Americans born in a white-skinned body. They usually know from a young age that there is something wrong. They gradually begin to understand what that is.  They are black human beings imprisoned in a white body.  This first revelation hits them hard. They yearn to be recognized for who they really are,…

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Lunacy in the Tetons

I grew up in Wyoming, The Equality State because it was the first to give women the right to vote.  Some think it’s The Cowboy State and I’ll take that as well because I think “Wyoming Cowboys” identifies not just the University of Wyoming football team, but also a rugged individualist way of life at a…

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Speech police will dog Republicans in the 2016 election

Wall Street Journal editorial Monday, June 8, 2015: You won’t read much about it in the Beltway press corps, but a behind-the-scenes effort is under way to lobby the Federal Election Commission and Justice Department to stifle free political speech the way the Internal Revenue Service did in 2012. Don’t be surprised if the subpoenas…

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Obama Doctrine: “Snarl at your friends, smile at your enemies.”

Dr. Daniel Pipes of the Middle East Forum says that there’s a coherent strategy underpinning the apparent chaos we’re witnessing around the world, especially in the Middle East. Pipes explains that the situation makes sense if viewed through the lens of an “Obama doctrine”: “Snarl at your friends, smile at your enemies.” Snarling at friends…

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TSA Mission: “Dominate, Intimidate, Control”

James Bovard in yesterday’s USA Today, TSA has no excuse to continue groping. Shortly after TSA was created in late 2001, one of its early mottoes was “Dominate. Intimidate. Control.” From the start, the TSA put more focus on browbeating hapless travelers than intelligently focusing on actual aviation hazards. TSA agents recently failed to detect 95% of the…

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