Minnesota High-Speed Rail Is Welfare Handout to Crony “Capitalists”

The proposed Minnesota high-speed rail system is supposed to connect Rochester and the Twin Cities. If people really need a fast connection between Rochester and the Twin Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, then someone would invest in the land purchases or easement rights, build the rail, and profit from the sale of tickets. If there isn’t enough money to be made to support such a venture, then there is not enough demand for the high-speed rail to justify its construction. More importantly, Read more […]

Is There a Terror Recruiting Problem in Minnesota?

According to the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, “We have a terror recruiting problem.” What does that mean? It is possible that this new story grossly exaggerates what was going on. I’m so used to news stories where the FBI recruits and sets up the terror plot in order to “intervene” and make public arrests, that I can’t help but be suspicious. But, at this point, as far as I know this may all be quite genuine. According to ABC 5 Eyewitness News, Six Minnesotans who appeared in federal Read more […]

DOJ AttackingTown for Not Licensing an Islamic Cultural Center

Whether or not a Muslim gets to build an Islamic cultural center should depend on whether or not a Muslim owns property and has the money to build it. I’m not a fan of zoning laws. Atheists use them when they can to harass Christians. While all nations should be Christian nations, I harbor no illusions that America is really one anymore. As such, I don’t see any legal basis for zoning according to a religious doctrine. But whether or not zoning laws should exist, they do, and the town Read more […]

Minimum Wage Reality: Restaurant Charges Extra to Cover Expense

When a business starts losing more money to its employees, it must charge more for goods and services or else cut the number of employees. Politicians increase the minimum wage knowing this, but also hoping that the changes will be hidden. They want the people who get extra money to thank the government without asking why prices are now higher. They also want the people who lose a job or who can’t find a new job to not consider that this is a “government benefit.” Minimum wage law depends Read more […]

Chris Christie Prohibits Tesla From Selling Cars In NJ

It isn’t just Chris Christie. Many states have banned Tesla from selling “direct” to consumers. Crony corruption is so foundational to the politicians that they sometimes simply assume that everyone knows about it and should act accordingly. Reading this Bloomberg story I get a similar reaction to the first time I realized how insanely government-botched our farming and food system is. Bloomberg reports: Governor Chris Christie’s administration blocked Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA), the electric-car Read more […]

Following A Suspect Eyewitness Description Is Now “Racial Profiling”?

Liberal students and professors to University Police: “Please ignore and deny reality when doing your jobs. If you need advice on how to do this on a consistent basis, we Progressives would be more than happy to demonstrate how we live in that state of denial every moment of every day.” From CBS Minnesota: “‘U’ Students Want Crime Alerts To Avoid Using Racial Descriptions.” The organizations wrote that while campus safety is crucial, the profiling can be devastating for black male Read more […]

How Can Any German Be Sure Merkel Wasn’t Blackmailed By NSA? What About Americans?

As Americans, if Merkel was forced to do the right thing by US blackmail, we might be OK with that. But we need to think in the long term. Germans, whatever their faults or virtues, do not want their elected leaders to be the puppets of a foreign government. And, if they think a foreign government has control of their leader, then peace between those two countries is going to degrade. I have no evidence that the US ever blackmailed any leader, but yesterday the New York Times released a story Read more […]

Michele Bachmann: Liberal Pariah or Conservative Nutjob?

Michele Bachmann, the erstwhile Representative from central Minnesota is retiring – and the news has caused folks across the political spectrum to react in sometimes surprising ways. As she is an outspoken conservative firebrand, there has been the expected crush of liberal hate speech. The conservative establishment is not exactly mourning her retirement either; some are even vigorously applauding it. Michele Bachmann is a darling of the social conservative movement because she does what so Read more […]