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Barbed Wire Tattoos, Van Dyke Beards… and Twennies

In the ’80s, it was tinny electronic recordings advising you that “the door is ajar.” In the ’90s, it was auto-strangulating seatbelts that assaulted you as soon as you closed the door. Today, it’s the cement-headed obsession with oversized “rims” (ree-uhms, if pronounced correctly in High Ebonics). The sight of something along the lines of…

A Jury of One’s Peers…

Here’s another one we’ve lost sight of – the true and intended meaning of, that is: A jury of one’s peers. Though not specifically mentioned in the Constitution, the concept is an ancient element of English Common Law – on which our Constitution (RIP) was based. The men of a community would gather to weigh…

Breakin’ The Law….

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You can’t fight city hall, the saying goes – and it’s true. You’re at their mercy – and are forced to play by their rules. When you get a traffic ticket, for instance, you have to pretend to agree with the premise (i.e, that the law you were charged with violating is fundamentally legitimate) but…

Inflation Plus….

Inflated car prices are a great way to gauge how much we’ve being gouged by the private banks that control (and relentlessly devalue) the currency of the United States. But we’re also being gouged by the government – and those costs are even more hidden. Let me explain by way of example: In the latest…

Don’t Be Afraid…

This column is inspired by a reader, a college kid who wants to learn to work on cars but doesn’t know where to begin. There are probably millions of kids – and adults – just like him. And growing. Probably because tinkering with machinery is not nearly as common as it used to be. That’s…

One of Two Outcomes

It may be that the biggest single problem confronting the liberty-minded is the existence of a large (and growing) American proletariat. There have always been poor people, of course. But the proletariat is distinct from people who are merely lower down on the economic totem pole – or down on their luck. I am just…

What’s Next? Airbags for Pedestrians…

The air bag thing is about to get really out of hand. And really, really expensive. Apparently, it’s not enough that most cars now have four (or six) air bags inside. Volvo thinks it’s time to put air bags on the outside of cars, too. For the sake, not of the children, but of pedestrians.…

Obama Math

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Obama can read a TelePrompter pretty well – but math is apparently not his strong suit. Responding to questions about the rising cost of gas (really, the falling purchasing power of the increasingly worthless dollar), our Great Leader explained that his 55 MPG fuel economy mandate would provide relief: “…folks will be able to fill…