Scott Walker & the Bait Question

facebook_share_wporgProbably the most famous bait question of all time is: Are you still beating your wife? It’s the perfect template: any answer you give is going to damn you. But the “bait” in this question is obvious enough that most people chortle immediately the first time they hear it.

Left-lackey media hacks love their bait questions, but they’re much more cunning and duplicitous in how they formulate them. Continue reading Scott Walker & the Bait Question

Government “Shutdown” Déjà Vu

facebook_share_wporgFourteen months ago, I publicly asked, in all seriousness, the question, “What government shutdown?” The public response to my question—and my disambiguation of “shutdown”—since then: silence. So now I have another question: Why are Republicans, even conservatives, so incorrigibly willing, sometimes it seems even eager, to truckle to word choices foisted on them by the Democrat left? Continue reading Government “Shutdown” Déjà Vu

My Two Favorite Questions for Global Warmists

First of all, I am not a climatologist, a meteorologist, a chemist or physicist, a geologist, not a scientist of any kind.  As a matter of fact I have been a maker of expensive musical instruments for the past forty years.  So if you’re looking to hear from an “expert,” stop here; don’t bother reading on.

On the other hand, if you’re a reasonably intelligent citizen and, like me, an inveterate skeptic, you should find the following argument unusual, perhaps even unique.  Continue reading My Two Favorite Questions for Global Warmists

What Government Shutdown?

FlyoverpenHow easy it is for the Democrat left to fool Republicans, even some conservatives, by foisting their word choices on everybody.  A conspicuous example of this is the term “government shutdown.”

The words “government shutdown” conjure up a vision of a Federal government in its entirety falling into a black hole for who knows how long.  Oh, what a cataclysm!   The nation, the world will collapse into total meltdown!  Oh! Oh! Oh!

Continue reading What Government Shutdown?

After Zimmerman: Lessons for a Citizen Carrier

Shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December 2012, I took to thesepages to chide the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre gently for his proposal to install an armed policeman in every school.  Instead I suggested it would be more effective to permit armed teachers and school personnel, carefully screened and trained, to fulfill this role.   The article outlined three principles to optimize the deterrent value of a societal gun presence: pervasiveness, anonymity and publicity.

The article also pointed out (hat-tip John Lott) that all citizens, not just those who are armed, benefit from the crime deterrence created by law-abiding gun owners.  This got me thinking about my own status.  Continue reading After Zimmerman: Lessons for a Citizen Carrier

On the Mythologizing of Christopher Dorner…Say What?!

As one who has delivered some harsh — one might say blistering — condemnation against New York Times columnist Charles Blow, today I feel compelled to proffer unqualified commendation of his recent column on the California cop killer.  In the interest of consistent truthfulness, sometimes it’s necessary to admit that someone normally considered an adversary — even an enemy — has gotten it right…even while my jaw is dropping.

Contra the denizens of lefty-loon bloggers, commenters, tweeters, letter-to-the-editor writers, Blow’s response is unambiguous: “[M]ake no mistake: Christopher Dorner is no hero.”  After quoting several of the wackier blurts in Dorner’s “manifesto,” Blow concludes: “Through his own words, Dorner forfeits any aspiration to the title of hero.”   Continue reading On the Mythologizing of Christopher Dorner…Say What?!

Wayne LaPierre: Close but Not Quite

As an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment for many years, I was looking forward to hearing from NRA president Wayne LaPierre about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.  He had the good sense to wait for a decent while before speaking and thereby convey some evidence of actually thinking about this horrifying event, unlike the lockstep, ignorant leftists who began promulgating grand gun-ban wisdom within minutes afterward.

Surely LaPierre speaks the simple but indisputable truth when he says, “People driven by demons walk among us every day[.]  The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”  Moreover, the onus he lays on the violent video games industry is altogether plausible.  However, his solution that calls for putting an armed police officer in every school falls short of adequate.   Continue reading Wayne LaPierre: Close but Not Quite

The Obamacare Mandate is NOT a tax

By now anyone who is not residing in an unelectrified cabin in the mountains of Montana knows about the firestorm of controversy created by the June 30, 2012 SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare.  What is less obvious is the confusion the ruling has left in its wake.  Most of this confusion has to do with indiscriminate labels bouncing off the walls of public discourse.

Here’s a shortlist of quotes from media sources that highlight the mandate/tax confusion:   Continue reading The Obamacare Mandate is NOT a tax

John Roberts v. ObamaCare: An Apologia

Conservatives complain, often justifiably, that stupid Republicans are all too quick to throw their own under the bus when turmoil arises, while leftist Democrats stick up for their henchmen through any and all fraud and deceit.  But look how many conservatives have been eager to give Chief Justice John Roberts a poke in the eye with a sharp stick following the ObamaCare decision — not just criticisms, but outright ad hominem attacks, even hinting that Roberts has been a closet leftist all along.

By noon Thursday, literally minutes after the decision was announced, Rush Limbaugh was in full fulmination mode: “[W]e, the American people, have just been deceived in ways that nobody contemplated.  And what we now have is the biggest tax increase in the history of the world[.] … The chief justice was hell-bent to find a way to make this law applicable, so he just decided, you know what, as a tax increase, it [the mandate] works, because there’s no limit on the federal government’s ability to tax.”   Continue reading John Roberts v. ObamaCare: An Apologia