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Donald Trump: For Rent

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Donald Trump has upended presidential campaign conventional wisdom yet again. It was traditional for candidates in former years to wait until after inauguration to break campaign promises. Trump doesn’t even wait until he’s the nominee. Before last week’s startling announcement two of Trump’s biggest applause lines were “I’m self–funding my campaign” and “go ahead and kick that demonstrator’s a**.” Going ...

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Roadside Hook–Up Results in Slow Bern

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Most of us don’t normally associate tow truck drivers with humor. Anger, outrage, despair and generalized hostility, yes, but humor, no. That’s why the story from Fox News in Asheville, NC is so interesting. Tow truck driver Kenneth Shupe received a call to pick up a woman who was stranded beside her wrecked car. The tow was shaping up to ...

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Ruining the Movies One Text at a Time

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It must have been the result of what Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr derisively terms a “nationwide search.” AMC Theatres was looking for a new CEO and it hired Adam Aron. He’s not on the job three months before Aron unveils a new marketing strategy: Attracting 22–year–olds by driving off everyone aged 35 and over. In an interview with Variety, ...

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An Education in DC Driver’s Ed

Driving Old Lady

Normally cost is the last consideration when an unelected bureaucracy is in pursuit of “safety.” No price is too high, particularly if business or conservatives are footing the bill. Even if only one child, polar bear or glacier is saved by the expenditure, it’s a small price to pay. The only exceptions to this rule appear to be abortion mills ...

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From the Stalls of Montezuma: A New Front in Culture War

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North Carolina has a reputation for going the furthest in the pursuit of a lost cause. The Gettysburg battlefield features a monument carefully placed at the “high watermark of the Confederacy” where the 26th North Carolina came to within ten paces of the Union position in The Angle before being driven back. That Civil War conflict took place on 11,500 ...

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Now Humans Are Just Along for the Ride

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I have seen humanity’s future and it’s cargo. Not shipping cargo, but being cargo. One cannot pick up the newspaper without discovering a new area of transportation where human control will soon be superfluous. I don’t know whether to blame the auto–pilot or Roomba. So much of flying today takes place while the aircraft is on auto that some safety ...

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Trump Incoherence Spreads to Pro–Life Supporters

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It’s rare to discover an individual in public life whose verbal gaffes are so contagious they spread to the normally circumspect, but Donald Trump has that effect on people. Trump was giving one of his let–it–all–hang–out interviews during a townhall conducted by Chris Matthews. Poised like a drunken Wallenda, Trump teetered from question to question. This time the slip was ...

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Republicans Advocating Mob Censorship

Trump Violence

I wonder what Ted Cruz hoped to gain from blaming Donald Trump for the leftist mob that forcibly shut down his rally in Chicago? You would expect this confused moral inversion from squishes like Marco Amnesty and John “The Apostle” Kasich, but not Cruz. Formerly he was a staunch defender of the 1st Amendment, going all Voltaire on anyone trying ...

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What’s Next? Voting Absentee from Prison?

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Maryland Democrats are hoping that allowing 44,000 ex–cons to vote in the next statewide election will accomplish what cancer failed to do: Get rid of Republican Governor Larry Hogan. As far as they’re concerned Hogan broke bad long before he was diagnosed with late stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June of 2015. Since this is an aggressive form of cancer, ...

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A Leftist and Her Money Are Soon Parted

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San Francisco leftists have once again decided to inflict another socialist utopia on an unsuspecting South American nation. What’s more, just like at Jonestown, a popular liquid is playing a prominent role. This time instead of a male heretic imposing a fanatical religion, we have two women, Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell, doing orthodox socialist missionary work. The ladies are ...

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Two Words that Would Seal Trump’s Deal for Me

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I am well aware Donald Trump isn’t a conservative. What’s more, I’ve seen no indication that he’s interested in adopting a consistent constitutionally conservative philosophy. He’s the personification of the “random walk” brought to politics. But none of that matters. For our purposes we don’t need James Madison. The fact that Trump’s background is closer to that of Ashley Madison ...

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Trump Tizzy in Virginia Long Before Primary

Orange Trump

The Virginia Republican Party has discovered it’s one thing to issue a political “Do Not Resuscitate” order and quite another to get it to stick. Back in September the State Central Committee decided to require all voters in the March 1st GOP primary to sign a pledge that states: “My signature below indicates that I am a Republican.” The idea ...

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I Wish My Column Was ‘More Addictive Than Cocaine’

Pennywise and cocaine

Cocaine is commonly recognized as the baseline for degradation clichés in the US. A product, pastime or vice has made it big when an authority figure compares its addictive power to that of cocaine while warning the public of a looming threat to domestic tranquility. Once a reporter is told something or other is “as addictive as cocaine” the story ...

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The Typo that Bloated a Nation

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For decades Americans have been laboring under a misconception that has fueled the growth of Jenny Craig, stretched spandex to the limit and turned people–watching at the mall into a vaguely unsettling experience. Mothers, teachers and motorcycle cops have been lecturing us for years that “haste makes waste.” Meaning rushing through a project, test or municipal speed trap can result ...

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Will the GOP Establishment Kill Trump With Kindness?

Trump Wall

In 1998 I worked in a long–forgotten Venezuelan presidential race that has an important lesson for Donald Trump. The contest featured a celebrity outsider with perfect hair running against corrupt political insiders. (Is that redundant?) In Venezuela the insiders weren’t long–serving officials or hangers–on who became ethically bankrupt. The members of COPEI were criminally corrupt and many officials were jailed. ...

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