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American Whiskey Trail Tour, Day 3

 

It was difficult to feel anything but awe standing in front of the still at Jim Beam’s main distillery. It is six-stories tall, and 200 gallons of beer pour into the still each minute. The still pours forth 30 gallons a minute of 135 proof white dog — the water-clear liquid that gets watered down […]

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Patent Trolls Don’t Care About the Law

 

Defense of today’s patent system can be a difficult job. At its best, the system can encourage innovation, protect the sacred rights of inventors, and do it highly effectively. At its worst, it falls prey to loopholes and day-to-day issues that make it fertile ground for abuse and negligence. Not to mention, it arguably is […]

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Why Trump Won Wisconsin

 

There are four reasons why Hillary lost Wisconsin: she didn’t show up, Russ Feingold pulled her numbers down, the Republican Party was strong, and grassroots conservatives like Dan Feyen never gave up. Woody Allen once said: “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” Hillary Clinton did not visit Wisconsin, after she lost the April 5 […]

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The Papal Propagandist for Islam Heads to Egypt

 

As the prototypical progressive Jesuit, Pope Francis prides himself on his “ecumenism.” He oozes enthusiasm for every religion except his own. At the top of his list of favorite religions is the Church’s fiercest adversary — Islam. He often sounds more like a spokesman for CAIR than a Catholic pope. After jihadists cut off the head […]

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When the Rubber Hits the Road to Unobstructed School Choice

 

Obviously, the Constitution does not obligate a state to help nonprofits repave their playgrounds with recycled tires in the interest of making them safer for kids. However, if a state offers such a grant program, do its officials violate the Constitution if they reject a church preschool’s application due to the state’s longstanding ban on […]

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Arizona’s Pricklish Use of Licensing Requirements

 

As momentum for occupational licensing reform grows so do the depths to which opponents are willing to sink to maintain special treatment. Today’s occupational licensing laws protect established licensees, by making it more difficult for competitors to enter their industries. In fact, 30 percent of workers must seek government’s permission to work. A current fight […]

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Scamming the Pro-Life Movement

 

From last August 1st to mid-September, an obscure pro-Life group called National Campaign PAC reported spending over a million dollars in “independent expenditures” to defeat Hillary Clinton. During the same period, Voter Education PAC, listing the same treasurer and address, reported $160,000. Both supposedly spent the money convincing voters through phone banks. At first glance, […]

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Ganging Up in America

 

What five letter word do a killing spree in Long Island, the rape of a 14-year-old girl in a public school, and a suicide of an NFL player all have in common? If you guessed G-A-N-G-S you answered correctly. Last week, the life and fast times of Aaron Hernandez was a sports story that grabbed […]

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Fully Compliant in Bringing Down VW

 

Late last week, it was revealed who squealed. The guy responsible for making it impossible for any of us to buy a diesel-powered Volkswagen henceforth — and a lot more — is Stuart Johnson, the former head of VW’s Engineering and Environmental Office in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He was outed in a book written about […]

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America’s Education System and the Lesson of Competition

 

Capitalism’s two centuries have proved competition is its essential element. No place in America’s 21st century demonstrates this like its educational system. On the positive side stands America’s world-leading college system; on the other stands America’s world-lagging public school system. The big difference between them is competition. Capitalism requires several things to operate well. Private […]

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