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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


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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Sudden Jihad Syndrome’s Related Pathology


Most of us with a cable, newspaper or Internet subscription are familiar with the 21st Century’s global epidemic: Sudden Jihad Syndrome. First identified outside the laboratory by Daniel Pipes, the disease is typically confined to males. There also appears to be a correlation with Islam, but that’s controversial. Mainstream media practitioners usually apply the Sudden Jihad Syndrome diagnosis to quiet, ...

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Google Designs the Self–Absorbed Car for the Self–Absorbed Man

Self Driving Car meme

To give you an idea of how far the nation’s confidence has retreated from the exuberance of the 60’s — I promise this isn’t an endorsement of Donald Trump — just look at current automotive culture. Government Motors designs flimsy boxes to conform to arbitrary fuel efficiency standards. Electric cars, which the government wants a select few to drive while ...

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Democrats Reassure Perpetrators Instead of Victims of San Bernadino

Gary McCoy

In the Three Monkeys tradition characterizing Obama’s policy on Islamic terrorism (See No, Hear No & Speak No Evil) Rep. Don Beyer (D–Dhimmi) invited other Democrats to join him in visiting the Virginia mosque that hosted of two of the 9/11 attackers in a “show of solidarity with American Muslims.” He told the New York Times: “After Paris…we just thought ...

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San Francisco Too Expensive for Socialists to Live There

Socialism right for you

Leftists have been so successful at turning San Francisco into a “social justice” paradise that it’s getting harder for the rank–and–file cultural socialist to afford to live there. Statists who are already residents are being squeezed by higher property taxes and rising rent, while lefties who make their own Hajj to Bagdad–on–the–Bay and want to remain in the city can’t ...

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Robot Cars: The Return of the Sunday Driver

self driving car license

Perceptive conservatives have long been suspicious of ‘mass transit’ because of the term’s Karl Marxian connotations. For the left that’s a selling point because wedging the masses into mass transit allows ‘experts’ to decide where we will work and where we will live. The only roadblock, so to speak, is the automobile. People like cars because personal vehicles embody individual ...

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Why Mr. Ed Gives Better Lifestyle Advice than the Media

Mr Ed Gives Advice

Paraphrasing William F. Buckley, I’d rather take lifestyle direction from 200 randomly selected people in the phone book than follow the advice found in the 200 most prominent media outlets. Reporters are fad–conscious professionals at the expense of common sense. If they can identify a trend first, they become media experts and their journalistic prestige — if there is such ...

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Turning the Tables on Verizon & Other Cable Buccaneers

Cable guy

Charles Murray’s new book — BY THE PEOPLE: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission —urges conservatives to embrace civil disobedience, but with a difference: We won’t loot CVS stores. In the face of all–pervasive government demanding we obey picayune regulations, Murray urges us to: “…withhold that compliance through systematic civil disobedience. Not for all regulations, but for the pointless, stupid and tyrannical ...

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Kevin McCarthy, Message Wizard, Replaces Former Wizard Boehner

Obama So Sue Me

It is axiomatic in politics that you can’t beat someone with no one. It’s a lesson one would think House Republican conservatives are well aware of, but I’m beginning to think that is not the case. As an outsider who has been active in politics for decades, I assumed that the effort to oust John Boehner as speaker included a ...

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Donald Trump: Mane Man in the Values Den

Trump GOP Logo

Donald Trump — America’s loveable Boor in a China Shop — was an eagerly anticipated speaker at the 2015 Values Voter Summit, a conference that brings hundreds of evangelical activists to the nation’s capital. Think of Values Voter as the Christian answer to Burning Man, without the gratuitous sex, drug use and an important reversal in which the goal is ...

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Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green Could Profit from Kim Davis’ Example

Find the Christian building in this picture.

After today this column will be a Kim–Davis–free zone, but first lets look at one more facet of the controversy. Although I admire Davis’ courage, I disagree with her refusal as a government official to follow the law. Civil disobedience is confined to civilians. If Davis’ strong Christian faith prevented her from issuing homosexual marriage licenses then she should have ...

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Kim Davis’ Problems Are Just Beginning. Wait Until She Tries to Buy Flowers

Kim Davis Mug Shot

Last week’s column concerning Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis did generate a strong response from readers and much of it, as predicted, was negative. The majority felt Davis’ refusal to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples because it violated God’s law was a principled exercise of civil disobedience. Unfortunately the definition of civil disobedience does not support the argument. Civil ...

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