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Rare Free Speech Victory in the Supreme Court

Even rarer, the Court unanimously agreed with a federal appellate court that free speech is “…a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.” The case, Matal v. Tam (No. 15-1293, 2017), centered on a musical band, The Slants, whose band name trademark application was […]

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Democrats Lose in Georgia’s Special Election

Noteworthy in this case, in what is being reported as the most expensive House election in American history. As I have discussed here before, losing has become a common theme for Democrats over the last few years.  Maybe this latest defeat is due to the Russians.  Maybe something more practically logical can explain this electoral […]

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Statism and Pacifism are Antithetical Principles

By definition, this is fact: Pacifism (ˈpæsɪˌfɪzəm) N  1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the belief that violence of any kind is unjustifiable and that one should not participate in war (emphasis added) Statism (ˈsteɪtɪzəm) N  (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the theory or practice of concentrating economic and political power in the state, resulting in a […]

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General Thoughts on the Comey, Sessions Congressional Testimonies

My overall thoughts on the recent congressional testimonies of former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey and sitting Attorney General Jeff Sessions can be summed up thusly: pure Kabuki Theater.  Or, to quote something funny and apropos I saw on Twitter: they are “a big fat nothingburger.” Honestly, I should care a lot more […]

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Apparently World War III is Inevitable

One of the numerous reasons I refused to vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential elections was her open and wanton desire to start World War III with Russia (on top of her general warmongering nature).  Though I also did not vote for Donald Trump (for various reasons), I at least thought that he […]

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“Free Trade Agreements” are Anything But

I am sorry to say, but anyone who believes governments create “free” trade with such agreements is effectively openly acknowledging that they know nothing at all about basic economics. So-called “free trade agreements” are fraught with tariffs (i.e., taxes, otherwise known as property confiscation), deficits and surpluses, de facto and/or de jure subsidies, and other elements […]

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Congressional Republicans are Completely Full of It

For the immediate six years following the party-line enactment of the Affordable Care Act, when Republicans initially took control of the House of Representatives and eventually the Senate as well, the GOP v0ted on no less than 52 (!) separate measures aiming to repeal the terrible legislation. At a time when Republicans did not fully […]

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