It depends how you look at life

I was somewhat taken aback by a British survey claiming that four out of ten people were unhappy about life choices they’d made. According to a survey of 2,000 British adults commissioned by UK charity consortium Remember A Charity, four out of ten people regret how they have lived their lives so far. Spending too much time at work and not traveling enough were among respondents’ biggest regrets. Other common regrets among those surveyed included neglecting their health and not spending enough time with their family. Many wished they had been a better parent to their children. All of that regret seems

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Lies, damned lies and politics

I see the old Trojan Horse candidate ploy is still going strong in New York City politics.  It seems a “former” (?) supporter of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be running “against” (?) her as a Democrat in Republican clothing. The launch of a “republican” political challenger in NY-14 to challenge Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sherie Murray, follows a very familiar political ploy…. A fake candidate intended to protect AOC in 2020.   In June of 2018 Sherie Murray was an avid AOC supporter. In the last 36 hours you may have seen “republican” candidate Sherie Murray promoted, seemingly out of nowhere, by a variety of media platforms

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I hate being proved right like this, at taxpayer expense

I’ve warned many times about the catastrophic state of many city and state pension funds.  Particularly (but not only) in Democrat-controlled areas, many of them are underfunded, overdrawn, and not in a fit state to pay out the demands that will, according to actuarial calculations, be made upon them.  I’ve predicted several times that efforts will be made to foist their pension debt onto the backs of all US taxpayers, in the form of a federal government bailout of insolvent pension funds.  Back in May, I highlighted an underhanded attempt to use federal funds to bail out multiemployer (read: union) pension funds, and ultimately to write

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It’s never nice when friends fight . .

. . . even online friends and fellow bloggers;  but sometimes it happens. Borepatch argues that the War On Drugs is a colossal failure;  therefore, drugs should be legalized and regarded as a source of tax revenue. It’s way past time to declare victory and brings the troops home.  Legalize it all, tax it (use some of the revenue to fund treatment centers) and be done with it.  This sure isn’t working.  It’s  a stupid game and we shouldn’t play. There’s more at the link. Aesop responds in two articles with his usual acerbic, biting style, pointing out the many negatives associated with legalizing drugs. 

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Analyzing America’s future, and our place in it

Let me begin by saying that in my sixty-something years on the planet, I’ve seen and done a lot – far more than most people, relatively speaking.  (I’ve written about some of my experiences on this blog from time to time.)  That wasn’t of my choice;  it was forced on me by an accident of birth (location and time) and a series of circumstances far beyond my control.  I wish I hadn’t experienced many of those things/places/people, but nobody asked me for my input!  I learned a great deal the hard way, and learned also that the same issues very often result in the same

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For once, an honest politician recognizes immigration reality

I mentioned last week the tragic deaths of an illegal migrant and his daughter.  Now the President of their country of origin has acknowledged the reality behind their deaths.  His words make interesting reading on this Independence Day. The president of El Salvador said his country was to blame for the deaths of a Salvadoran man and his daughter who drowned last week while trying to cross the Rio Grande into the United States, The New York Times reports. “People don’t flee their homes because they want to,” President Nayib Bukele said Sunday during a news conference. “They flee their homes because they feel

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Leaving out the critical element

I was saddened to read about the deaths by drowning of Oscar Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria as they attempted to gain illegal entry into the USA.  The tragedy shows very clearly the need to prevent such illegal crossings, and thereby avoid more such tragedies in future. However, the forces opposed to law and order lost no time in obfuscating the issue.  In particular, Senator Schumer (D – NY) put on his usual display of nauseating hypocrisy and misleading half-truths. “How could president Trump look at this picture and not understand these are human beings, fleeing violence and persecution, willing to

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Satire, skirting dangerously close to reality

I enjoy satirical news articles, poking fun at the shibboleths of modern living.  Unfortunately, sometimes the satire is very near the bone. In a move to make purchasing congresspeople easier and faster for lobbyists, Congress voted to approve a new measure that calls for congresspeople to wear barcodes on their foreheads so lobbyists, activists, and corporations can simply scan them and self-checkout. Self-checkout machines will be installed at all exits of the Capitol Building, so once they’ve added congresspeople to their cart, lobbyists can pay right on the way out. “Purchasing congresspeople used to be a time-consuming, expensive process,” said a

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Why the national debt will cripple our economy

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve warned of the perils of debt in general, and the national debt (i.e. what the US government owes) in particular.  Deficit spending (the primary cause of the problem) is currently growing the national debt at almost $1 trillion per year, and it’s getting worse. Prager University has just published this video, setting out in plain and simple terms why this is unsustainable, and must be stopped.  I can’t recommend too strongly that you watch this all the way through, and then send the link to your family and friends.  Unless all Americans unite around this issue very soon,

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Homelessness: the bureaucrats just don’t get it

There have been many articles bewailing the increase in homelessness in West Coast cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.  Here’s one recent report about Los Angeles.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. The number of homeless people in Los Angeles County jumped 12 percent over the past year, officials announced Tuesday, despite $619 million in government spending to help alleviate the problem. The annual point-in-time count recorded nearly 59,000 homeless people countywide, with the largest number — 36,000 — coming from the city of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, a county agency which conducted the count, delivered

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