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Racism, Economic Illiteracy Fuel Campus Protests

studentProtests Yesterday apparently was unofficial Protest Day at campuses across the country. Encouraged perhaps by the nonsense that has recently been going on at "Mizzou" -- the University of Missouri -- students around the nation took up their pickets and pitchforks and marched. What for exactly varied, and in some cases the students themselves didn't seem too certain why they were making a hullabaloo. Racism seemed to be the main issue, although as befitted a fundamentally socialist movement, economics Read more [...] Continue reading →

Businesses Lost to California for Texas

texas legislature A study shows the number of headquarters and expansions by businesses lost to California are numbered in the thousands. The news is carried in the Dallas Business Journal: "California lost 9,000 business HQs and expansions, mostly to Texas, 7-year study says." Roughly 9,000 California companies moved their headquarters or diverted projects to out-of-state locations in the last seven years, and Dallas-Fort Worth has been a prime beneficiary of the Golden State’s “hostile” business environment. That’s Read more [...] Continue reading →

Medical Marijuana is Protected from the Department of Justice

16984548569_601c6e0caf_z_large The fight over legalizing marijuana has been long.  From the early days, marijuana used for medical treatment has been considered differently than that which is used recreationally.  As early as 1996, California approved marijuana for medical use, and, today there are 16 states total that have legalized the drug for medical use.  And now, nearly 20 years later, Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington have some sort of legalized marijuana for recreational use as well. On Monday, October 19, Read more [...] Continue reading →

L.A. Mayor Chased Out of Church by Black Lives Matter

blackLivesMatter You just can't be liberal enough to please some people. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti found that out the hard way on Monday, as a group of Black Lives Matter protesters started charging the podium at a public meeting, leading Garcetti to exit stage left surrounded by police officers. In what was supposed to be a town hall meeting at Holman United Methodist Church, Garcetti had been expected to answer questions for the community about "economic opportunity and community safety," according Read more [...] Continue reading →

Homeless Enjoy Wedding Feast

Assorted appetizers The scripture passage in Luke 14:15-24 is the first thing I thought of when I read this story about the family of a bride whose wedding was cancelled.  Instead of wasting the food and the money spent on the venue, the bride's family invited the city's homeless to enjoy the reception.  Here is what Luke 14 says: When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing Read more [...] Continue reading →

Government Health Care: California Warms Up to Killing the Sick

euthanasia Who's really the sick one, a patient with a terminal illness, or the legislator who legalizes killing him? A lot of people probably rationalize doctor-assisted suicide by telling themselves it will only happen in cases involving patients who are about to die anyway. It would be a mercy to help them avoid the pain they are experiencing. That's what the California Legislature is telling people after the Assembly on Wednesday passed an assisted-suicide bill. The Senate passed something similar Read more [...] Continue reading →

Tax Exempt Organizations Fight to Hide Donors from Government

bigbrother is watching Tax Exempt Organizations have asked the Supreme Court to give them relief from California’s prying eyes. We all know now that a single political donation can get a CEO fired from the company he founded. That is why Mark Horne argued that the IRS should be abolished on First and Fourth Amendment grounds. The lesson here is that the plundering done by the IRS is not their worst feature. If all they did was loot us, we would be immeasurably better off. The IRS is another form of the NSA. They Read more [...] Continue reading →

Liberal Legacy: San Francisco Streets Littered With Human Waste

escalatorBART San Francisco used to be a nice town. The shining City by the Bay. That was a long time ago, though, before the city turned into one of the nation's leading dens of liberalism and the residents went collectively insane. There are a lot of troubles these days in San Francisco, the home town of Nancy Pelosi. Most of them are brought on by the leaders of San Francisco, from designating the town a "sanctuary city" for illegal aliens to allowing various "clothing optional" parades, fairs and other Read more [...] Continue reading →

Uber Is Our Designated Driver Unless Government Stops It

uber car window The government promotes using a designated driver, but politicians are warring against one that is actually reducing drunk driving. You have heard the advice: Have a designated driver. If you are going to be at a party or some other place that you will have to leave from, have a designated driver who won’t drink and will drive you home. But arranging a designated driver is not always easy. In the first place, many people don’t intend to drink too much and then realize that they are not Read more [...] Continue reading →

Clean Energy Jobs Act: Take the Money and Run

sowell understand politics Taxes were raised on the promise that the Clean Energy Jobs Act would create jobs. Didn’t happen. No one in government cares. While crime is almost always an application of laziness, people who commit crimes for their primary or secondary income do often learn to work. They try not to get caught. They know it is possible that they might get caught. They have every incentive to be careful and cautious. People who work scams will try to avoid running into their earlier victims. They will move Read more [...] Continue reading →

State Trying to Kill Uber over Fairness and Equality

uber_logo A judge wants to kill Uber in California so it can’t be unfair to customers. If you live in one area of town, and a business starts operating in another part of town where you don’t have easy access, how is that unfair to you? If a restaurant chain opens two restaurants in a town that is only easily accessible to forty percent of the population, how is that a detriment to the other sixty percent? The sixty percent of the town who don’t have access to the restaurant are no worse off than Read more [...] Continue reading →

Commission Destroys Uber as a Viable Business

uber_logo Uber is a rideshare app that the California Labor Commission has ruled is an employer that owes employment benefits. As the economy get worse, developing new ways of living more cheaply becomes more and more important. Ridesharing technology is one of those revolutionary innovations. I have argued that it has the potential to end the day to day torments that are behind the protests in Ferguson. Taxi Cab companies are even demanding bailouts because of ridesharing services. But now a judge in Read more [...] Continue reading →