February 6, 2023 3:53 pm

The False Narrative of Tyre Nichols’ Death

The recent incident involving Tyre Nichols received national attention and sparked discussions about systemic racism. But the Nichols case did not have the typical ingredients to fit into the narrative of systematic racism. Nichols was black, but all five officers involved in his arrest were black too—here was no Derek Chauvin figure. Never ones…
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February 6, 2023 10:00 am

Noncompete Contract Clauses are Agreed-Upon Voluntarily

Eighteen percent of U.S. workers are bound by noncompete clauses in their employment contracts, according to a story by Dave Michaels and Ryan Tracy on p. A4 of June 9th’s Wall Street Journal. Lina Khan, the anti-Big Tech chairperson of the Federal Trade Commission, says that she wants the FTC to take steps to…
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February 3, 2023 9:58 am

Examining the FBI’s Plans for Expansion: A Debate for the Public

The federal government has plans for a new headquarters complex for the FBI on three sites in Virginia of 58, 61, and 80 acres. That amounts to twice the size of the Pentagon building, which accounts for 29 acres plus a five-acre courtyard. The new FBI headquarters would also surpass the Russian Kremlin, which contains government…
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February 2, 2023 8:00 am

Let the Federal Reserve Board Choose Their Own Chair

The Federal Reserve System (Fed), established in 1913, was designed to operate independently of the federal government. The Fed is overseen by a seven-member Board of Governors who are appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate for 14-year terms. The terms are staggered so that one Governor’s term…
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January 31, 2023 1:14 pm

Biden Grows National Debt by 11% in Two Years

After two years in power, President Joe Biden doesn’t have many positive accomplishments to brag about. That may be why the President has made so many “false and misleading” claims in recent economic speeches. But while his economic legacy is not shaping up to be a good one, he has given Americans one enduring legacy. He’s grown the…
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January 30, 2023 11:01 am

Unfit for the Bench: Judge Bjelkengren’s Lack of Constitutional Knowledge

So, what sort of judges is President Biden nominating to the federal courts? If Judge Charnelle Bjelkengren is a baseline, we are in trouble.  Bjelkengren is Spokane County’s Superior Court Judge nominated as a U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Washington. At her confirmation hearings last week, she had no clue what purposes Article V or…
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January 27, 2023 2:28 pm

The WEF’s War on Your Words and Your Wheels

As we noted, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has plans for your automobile. In the style of Josef Stalin, who pulled The Grapes of Wrath from Soviet theatres, WEF bosses dislike the concept of people owning cars and driving wherever they want. Now from the same quarters comes strange ideas about what people should be able…
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January 27, 2023 1:22 pm

Debunking the Myth: Clearing Up Misconceptions About Machine Gun Conversion Devices

You may have heard about a device that can be attached to handguns to turn them into rapid-fire automatic pistols. Called “machine gun conversion devices” or “switches,” they definitely make handguns more dangerous. After the first round is fired, recoil from that and subsequent rounds make such a gun difficult to control. Absent a…
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January 26, 2023 12:41 pm

Economics Isn’t

Legend has it that an art collector once asked Michaelangelo to describe the challenges he faced in sculpting one of his most iconic works.  “It was actually quite easy,” Michaelangelo drolly replied, “I just chipped away the parts of the stone that didn’t look like David.”  The story may be apocryphal, but we’ve found…
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January 25, 2023 4:30 pm

California’s SB 876: A Missed Opportunity for Education Technology

California’s SB 876 is a bill that would create a state Digital Education Equity Program (DEEP). This program will be run by the California Department of Education, and the sponsors of the bill argue it would give help and training to schools and other educational organizations in using technology in their classrooms. The bill…
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January 25, 2023 1:28 pm

Hollywood? No, Ottawa!: The Epidemic of Nepo Babies

Hollywood has a reputation for entrenched nepotism: Fairbanks, Houstons, Douglases, Barrymores, and Redgraves all got the industry’s plum roles for generations. A recent New York Magazine article spoke about the “nepo babies” and that they are thriving in an industry where a famous last name is valuable intellectual property. A young celebrity brings instant…
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January 24, 2023 2:20 pm

The End of the Road: How the WEF’s Vision Threatens Your Car

As The Epoch Times reports, “the era of cars as the ultimate tool for personal freedom and mobility will, if the future the World Economic Forum (WEF) envisions comes to pass, soon be over.” This prophecy recalls actions taken in the late 1940s by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. In 1940, when Stalin was allied with…
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January 23, 2023 10:52 am

The Treasury’s Debt Ceiling Shell Game

The U.S. government has once again smacked into the national debt ceiling. Technically, that means the U.S. government can’t borrow more than the $31.4 trillion previously approved by the U.S. Congress. But in practice, what it means is that the U.S. Treasury will start playing a shell game called “extraordinary measures” with the funds it controls….
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January 20, 2023 1:14 pm

Paul Johnson and the “North-South” Economic Dialogue.

On January 12, British historian Paul Johnson passed away at the age of 94. Johnson authored many books, including A History of Christianity, A History of the American People, Birth of the Modern, and Modern Times: The World From the Twenties to the Nineties. In this book, widely considered to be his most influential work, Johnson exposes one of…
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