When the Punishment Doesn’t Fit the Crime – and Isn’t Even a Punishment

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So Build a Bigger Jail

We the People are inordinately tired of watching criminal wrongdoing go unpunished.

It is a large part of what we understood – and what then-presidential candidate Donald Trump meant – when Trump politically coined the term “Drain the Swamp.”  Oft when Trump delivered this particular catch phrase – the crowd responded with “Lock Her Up.”

The “her” – being Trump’s opponent, Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton.  A quintessential Swamp Creature.  Who has spent an inordinate amount of her adult life – in Swamp Creature fashion – breaking the law.  And none of her adult life – being punished for having spent an inordinate amount of her adult life breaking the law.  Also very Swamp Creature.

We the People find quite disquieting a world where bad deeds go unpunished. (more…)

Thank God: Another Awful Obama Legacy Item Getting a Trump Makeover

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Trump Kids. He’s a Kidder

The Barack Obama Administration was awful for America, We the People – and the public policies that make the awfulness possible.  In ways and directions too numerous to count.

America is (allegedly, supposed to be) a free market economy.  To make it work – We the People need money.  Capital – to fuel the capitalism.

We are in the very early stages of the Information Age.  Where less and less things are physical – more and more are virtual.  As we transition from the tangible to the intangible – the protections of the intangible are of greater and greater import.

Stealing something digital – should be treated at least as harshly as stealing something physical.  Illegally downloading music – should be treated at least as harshly as stealing the same music on compact disc (CD).  Intellectual Property (IP) – is property.

If people don’t get paid to create – they will very quickly stop creating.  Because: Human nature.  No capital for capitalism?  No capitalism. (more…)

The Anti-Kavanaugh Dumbness – A Pain that Will Be with Us for Quite Some Time

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The Dumbness – It Hurts

The interesting cartoon “Pinky and The Brain” – was in some ways eerily prescient of today’s political scene.

Pinky and The Brain were two lab mice – experimented upon beyond all mental recognition.

Pinky was a barely functional moron.  In our politics – Pinky represents the brainless, mindless Left we saw so exquisitely on display in the weeks leading up to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Saturday confirmation as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court.

The Brain was (natch) a super-genius.  Quiet and staid – he represents the average right-of-center person.  The Brain is incessantly hounded and annoyed by the very hounding and annoying Pinky – just as We the People are constantly hounded and annoyed by the Left. (more…)

Anti-2nd Amendment, Anti-Energy Bloomberg’s Latest Big Money Assault on Freedom

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Energy – Yet Another Issue
on Which Bloomberg is WAY Wrong

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg long ago joined a coterie of Leftists billionaires – who have become snide caricatures of themselves.

Most especially the Leftist billionaires who claim “environmentalist” bona fides.  They want the government to ban actions and activities they claim harm the planet – all the while they are engaging in those actions and activities orders-of-magnitude-more than do We the Peons.

Once Democrat Vice President Al Gore is the most famous such hypocritical Leftist billionaire.  Gore in fact made his billions – hawking this Greatest Scam on Earth.  That would be Global Warming – oops, I mean Climate Change.  He has won a panoply of awards pushing his hyped-beyond-reason nonsense.  And he’s a total hypocrite.

Al Gore’s Climate Change Hypocrisy Is As Big As His Energy-Sucking Mansion

Also behold Tom Steyer.  His main Leftist cause – is banning all actual energy – oil, coal, etc – that fuels our free market economy.  Which is more than a little ironic – since he made great chunks of his billions dealing in just those energy sources. (more…)

Would You Jump Out of an Airplane – Without a Backup Parachute?

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Three – Which is More than One

I know I wouldn’t.  But I wouldn’t jump out of an airplane with a half dozen chutes – all of them already open upon departure.  Leaping out of a perfectly good airplane – ain’t my thing.

But it is the thing for lots and lots of people.  Do they jump with but one chute?  Heavens no.

How Many Parachutes Does a Skydiver Have?:

“What do gloves, shoes, shotgun barrels, earplugs and skydiving parachutes have in common? They always, always, always travel in pairs–or you simply don’t use them.

“Though most of the uninitiated think that skydiving systems only include a single parachute, nothing could be farther from the truth. Sport skydivers have carried a reserve parachute along for the ride since the dawn of the sport in the 1950s….”

Is government this rudimentarily intelligent?  Do they carry spares and backups – when spares and backups are absolutely necessary?  Heavens no.

The same government that is this duplicative-ly stupid when it makes no sense whatsoever: (more…)

Great Trump Trade News on the EU, Canada and Mexico: Next Do India

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We Need India to Wave the White Flag on Subsidies

President Donald Trump has now had during his first term – three rather large global trade wins.

Trump and EU Officials Agree to Work Toward ‘Zero Tariff’ Deal:

“Donald Trump and European Union officials on Wednesday stepped back from a trade war as they struck a deal to work towards ‘zero’ tariffs, barriers and subsidies.”

Trump Announces US-Mexico Trade Deal, Setting Stage for NAFTA Overhaul

That stage set – Trump then took it and delivered yet another masterful performance.

Trump’s New Trade Deal with Canada and Mexico is Winning Early Praise

Trump arrived at these big victories – via a tactic many, many people decried.

No One Likes Tariffs – Which Is Why Trump Imposes Them

Time and again – Trump has been proven correct. (more…)

California Is Upside Down, Backwards and Incredibly Incorrect – Yet Again

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California – Knows How to Party

California is a national disaster – and a national disgrace.  They have beautiful weather and topography – and awful, AWFUL public policy.

I thoroughly and wholeheartedly endorse California’s efforts to secede.  Imagine how less insane would be our national politics – without California’s millions of Third World illegal aliens and fifty-five electoral votes.

Illegal Immigration Costs California Most, $23 Billion

These illegal aliens are legally and logically prohibited from affecting California’s fifty-five electoral votes.  But why would that stop California?

Jerry Brown Signs Bill That Could Let Illegal Aliens Vote: (more…)

Apple’s Latest Heist: Stealing Qualcomm’s IP – and Handing it to Intel

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It Is WAY Past Time to Properly Adjudicate Apple

Just on Tuesday we wrote in opposition to an op-ed – in which the author asserted protecting Intellectual Property (IP) limits one’s ability to move from job to job:

“(T)hose (IP) wars ‘challenge the right and freedom to leave jobs, compete with incumbent companies, control ideas and innovate.’ What Lobel calls ‘the criminalization of employment mobility’ is a serious problem, and this article offers some first steps to protect yourself from its grasp.”

This is, of course, absurd:

“The author finds it offensive that IP creators…want to protect their IP when their employees leave their employ.  Just as a tractor manufacturer doesn’t want an outgoing employee driving off the lot with an armada of unpaid-for threshers.

“Only the employee leaving with IP – does so with content FAR more valuable then the threshers.  If you steal eight threshers – you have eight threshers.  But the IP you steal – is nigh always infinitely replicate-able.  Rendering your theft – endless…and endlessly valuable.”

Thinking a person can leave a gig – and hand that gig’s IP to his next employer – is obnoxiously absurd. (more…)

To Steal or Not to Steal – A Tale of Two Opinions

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As Best We Can – We Must Ctrl-Alt-Del This Key

I am a huge fan of informed debate.  I have on more than a few occasions been a part of of official, organized panel discussions with representatives of both sides of this issue or that.

But I have found two-sided panels to be an endangered species in Washington, D.C.  People here seem to prefer empaneling four five or six people – all of whom are in nigh complete agreement.

Our hyper-partisanship – imbues everything.

I found the one-sidedness to be…less interesting.  So when I still organized such events – I always did so with both sides represented.

So I was pleased to see Forbes magazine – within a week – offer diametrically opposite opinion pieces on the concept of Intellectual Property (IP). (more…)

Who Do You Want Setting Up the Next Internet? The United States – or China?

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Check….

Ahhh…federalism:

“(T)he constitutional division of power between U.S. state governments and the federal government of the United States.”

Unfortunately, this is too true:

“Since the founding of the country, and particularly with the end of the American Civil War, power shifted away from the states and towards the national government.”

We’ve discussed this awfulness before:

Immigration, Internet,…: The Left’s Warped, Ridiculously Fake Federalism

The amazing thing about rightly-applied federalism – is it almost always results in less government.  God bless the Founding Fathers. (more…)