Happy Labor Day! Let Me Tell You a Little Union Story …

Labor Day. It’s that one holiday in the US which basically no one knows how to celebrate. Are we supposed to go to work or not? Aside from eat too much food, what else is there for us to do? Maybe raise our glasses in a toast to the unemployment rate? Or have a moment of silence for the damage that organized labor has done to American jobs, product quality, and international competitiveness? Yeah. Labor Day is a bit of a depressing holiday really. Not to be a wet blanket, but let me tell you Read more […]

Is Kim Davis a Martyr or a Malefactor?

Yesterday, I wrote about Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses of any kind since the June Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. Yesterday, I asked the question of whether Davis was a hero or a hypocrite, since she herself has been married four times. Since I wrote that article, Kim Davis has been put in jail for contempt of court, and now her deputies are issuing marriage licenses in her name. What does all this mean? Is Kim Davis a martyr? Or is she Read more […]

Is Kim Davis a Hero or a Hypocrite?

In Rowan County Kentucky, a county clerk is facing stiff penalties for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Her name is Kim Davis, and she’s become some kind of a hero in conservative circles. I too am in the camp cheering her on. But perhaps not for the same reasons as other conservatives. This is not even an issue of what you believe concerning homosexuality. This is a clear-cut case where the federal government, and the Supreme Court specifically, overstepped its boundaries Read more […]

The Absurd “Dog-Authorized” Civil Forfeiture Case Reversed by Honest Judge

Civil forfeiture laws look a whole lot like legalized highway robbery. Because that’s basically what they are. And because of the fact that they constitute basically free money for federal and state governments, it’s highly unlikely for civil forfeitures to be overturned in court. But occasionally it happens. Take the recent, mind-numbing case of Straughn Gorman and his RV full of cash. Mr. Gorman was driving near Elko, Nevada when a state trooper, Greg Monroe, pulled him over for driving Read more […]

The Difference Between Mt. Rushmore and Stone Mountain is Not as Great as You May Think

Recently, the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP called for the removal of Confederate figures from the face of Stone Mountain in Georgia: The organization issued a statement calling for the removal of all symbols of the Confederacy from the park. “My tax dollars should not be used to commemorate slavery,” [Atlanta NAACP chapter president Richard] Rose said. Rose said his group wants Confederate symbols removed from all state-owned buildings, parks and lands. Rose told Petersen he would start Read more […]

Should We Just Delete History that Offends Us?

In light of our “politically correct” need to expunge away anything that offends us, I thought this harrowing excerpt from George Orwell’s 1984 might be apropos: Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always Read more […]

Why It’s Time for Churches to Give Up Their 501(c)3 Tax-Exempt Status

Mark Oppenheimer of Time wrote a piece that’s caused great consternation among conservatives regarding churches giving up their 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. In the piece, he argues: “Rather than try to rescue tax-exempt status for organizations that dissent from settled public policy on matters of race or sexuality, we need to take a more radical step. It’s time to abolish, or greatly diminish, their tax-exempt statuses… …And many churches and synagogues sit on exceedingly valuable tracts of Read more […]

Dem Senator: Global Warming Skeptics Should be Prosecuted Like Mafia Bosses

I don’t know if he’s actually referring to every person who’s questioned manmade global warming theory, or if he’s only talking about the fossil fuel industry bosses. RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) laws have been used to bring down Mafia bosses and other organized crime leaders. Even though the leaders may not have necessarily committed murder themselves, the RICO Act allowed prosecutors to go after them based on the fact that they ordered others to do it for Read more […]

Undercover Tests Reveal Huge Gaps in TSA Security

According to the results of recent undercover tests, TSA airport security measures are hugely ineffective: An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, ABC News has learned. The series of tests were conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams who pose as passengers, Read more […]

Former TSA Lobbyist Now on TSA Appropriations Committee

Oh, the revolving door. How I hate thee. It’s becoming quite common for corporate lobbyists to get seats in key bureaucratic committees overseeing funding for their former employers (see: Comcast and the FCC or Monsanto and the FDA/EPA). The latest entry in that increasingly ballooning file involves the ever-repugnant TSA: Rapiscan Systems lobbied aggressively to win a major contract with the Transportation Security Administration to provide X-ray body scanners at airports, only to lose the Read more […]

The PATRIOT ACT is Still Abusive and Useless … Why Are We Still Talking About This?

According to a new report by the Inspector General, the PATRIOT ACT is still useless. That’s right: still. We pretty much already knew it was designed more to make us feel safe than be safe, but years after its initial ratification, it’s becoming more and more difficult to find any reason at all to keep it around: FBI agents can’t point to any major terrorism cases they’ve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in Read more […]

Who Pays the Taxes in the United States? And Why?

Today is Tax Day, and you’ve probably noted a few different narratives swirling around concerning taxes. One narrative is that the top earners in the US pay a disproportionate amount of taxes. This is known as a progressive tax rate. But other commentators have noted that the progressive tax rate applies for Federal income taxes but not for other taxes. If you consider all taxes—payroll, state, and local—the tax rate starts to look almost proportional percentage-wise. First, the top ten Read more […]