Will Appeals Ruling Sober Up State’s Pension Abusers?


Sacramento California’s hardy band of pension reformers show many of the symptoms of “battered spouse syndrome.” No matter how often they are beaten and ridiculed, they cling to hope. Maybe this time, the state will get its act together and reform a system of profiteering that’s threatening our fiscal future. I’ve heard them say as […]

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Extreme Anxiety — Or How to Negotiate With Hostage-Holding Terrorists


An excerpt from Daniel Wattenberg’s new nonfiction novella, Decatur’s Wake: The Fateful Rivalry Behind the Lightning Defeat of Barbary Terror, available as a Kindle Single from Amazon. Within five days of his arrival in the Mediterranean in June 1815 in command of a squadron of ten ships, Commodore Stephen Decatur had captured two Algerine warships, including […]

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Jew-Hatred at the World Social Forum


The 2016 annual meeting of the World Social Forum took place in Montreal this month to strategize and coordinate campaigns in support of anti-globalization, anti-capitalism, and now anti-Semitism. Viewed as a progressive alternative to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, it began with an anti-Semitic cartoon depicting a stereotypical hook-nosed Orthodox Jew controlling […]

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ISIS Is Islamic, But Most of Islam Is Not ISIS


President Obama and Hillary Clinton are wrong when they say ISIS is not Islamic. Let me be perfectly clear. The majority of Muslims are not terrorists, but al-Qaeda and ISIS are part of an Islamic fundamentalist tradition. The idea of narrowly interpreted the Koran to justify terrorism can be traced to numerous Islamic scholars over […]

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Rebooting Britain — and Missouri


In “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” country music’s George Jones sings of a man who “can’t” — until the day he dies — “stop loving” an ex from long ago. The song (and its story of a long-broken relationship) came back to me in thinking of “Brexit” — the historic decision that British voters made […]

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From Fracking to Flatulence: The All-Out Assault on Methane


What is the “biggest unfinished business for the Obama administration?” According to a report from Bill McKibben, the outspoken climate alarmist who calls for all fossil fuels to be kept in the ground, it is “to establish tight rules on methane emissions” — emissions that he blames on the “rapid spread of fracking.” McKibben calls […]

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Which Side Are You On?


In our popular culture, in our novels, in our sociological studies, the reality begins to sink in that we’ve become an immobile class society. Goodbye Leave It to Beaver, hello Sons of Anarchy. Sayonara the melting pot, bonjour the new aristocracy. And one sees it in the upper class, conservative revulsion at Donald Trump, the […]

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Skewing the Narrative on Trade Policy


Interviewers exert a tremendous amount of power over their interviews — from the questions they ask (or, more importantly, don’t ask) to the tone with which they ask those questions, they can create or dispel a subject’s influence or appeared expertise. This past week, Kai Ryssdal, host of Marketplace on National Public Radio, interviewed David […]

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Trump Protesters Without Borders


One of my favorite charities is Doctors Without Borders. It’s the only charity it never bothers me to be accosted by at the local grocery store. Is there anything more noble then risking your life to save another’s? Doctors traveling the globe helping those who can’t yet help themselves — I can’t fathom why they are […]

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Congratulations Team USA!


We should take a moment to congratulate our Olympic Team. It pulled off the greatest victory in the history of the Summer Olympics. Plus what an Olympics it was. Here are a few reasons why. 1. From European to a Genuinely Global Olympics When the modern Summer Olympics began in z1896, only 241 athletes competed […]

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