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Who’s in charge here?

The state of Florida stopped doing background checks for gun permits for a whole year. Your government at work…or not. Listen to find out why they didn’t, and what one of the ramifications may have been.

Kids in Connecticut are breaking track records, but not everyone’s happy about that. Listen to find out why, and what they’re doing about it.

Do we let our 4-year-olds decide on their bedtime, or make even bigger decisions about their upbringing? If a new movie out of Hollywood is to be believed, maybe we should let them make life-altering decisions…or not.

Mentioned links:

Florida Didn’t Conduct Gun Background Checks for a Year Because an Employee Couldn’t Log In

Two Transgenders Blow Out Girls In State Meet

Connecticut Parents Launch Petitions To Restrict Athletic Competitions By Birth Gender

‘A Kid Like Jake’: Jim Parsons, Claire Danes Talk Making ‘Honest’ and ‘Relatable’ Story About Young Trans Identity

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Filed under: Gun ControlHollywoodHuman SexualityTransgender

Jack got justice, but for how long?

Jack Phillips and the Masterpiece Cakeshop won the day in the Supreme Court. The news articles called it “narrow”, but they weren’t talking about the 7-2 vote; they were referring to how narrowly the ruling itself was. The Supremes basically said that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission treated Jack’s religious views in a way incompatible with how government should; with contempt rather than dispassionately. What does this mean for the future of the ruling?

And the White House recently released a list of 60 promises that President Trump has kept in his first 500 days in office. Most of the items are simply reporting statistics that show how good things have been going; there are more objective milestones mentioned than subjective goals. But if you’ve not heard about them, that’s understandable. The media aren’t really into giving credit where credit is due these days. I wonder why.

Oh, and Bill Clinton still thinks he was the victim in the Lewinsky scandal.  Really.

Mentioned links:

Bill Clinton: I wouldn’t have done anything differently in Lewinsky scandal even in #MeToo era

U.S. Supreme Court backs Christian baker who spurned gay couple

Supreme Court sides with Colorado baker who refused to make wedding cake for same-sex couple

In Masterpiece Cakeshop, Justice Kennedy Strikes a Blow for the Dignity of the Faithful

Trump Releases List of 60 Promises Kept; Media Ignores

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Filed under: Free SpeechGovernmentJudiciaryMarriageMediaReligionSame-sex MarriageTolerance and Diversity

Still feels like being unemployed

This time out, I tackle a couple of “why” questions. These are things I’ve asserted in the past, but here are some of the reasons they are true.

Socialism has failed every time it’s been tried. But why is that? Is it inherent in the economic model, or is there something else involved? I mean, it sounds like a good idea to so many people, but are there any assumptions that these folks make that make it sound better than it is?

You’ve heard me talk about how unemployment numbers can be misleading, but why is that? I first tackled this issue way back in episode 21, and this time I come armed with…charts and graphs! Oh no!

Mentioned links:

Another ‘Win’ for Socialism in Venezuela

THE TRUMP ECONOMY RISES: Unemployment Drops To Under 4%, Lowest In 17 Years

United States Labor Force Participation Rate (Click on MAX under the chart to see the trend line. Also, you can click on Unemployment Rate on the right sidebar to get the trend line for that.)

And here’s the graph I created that I mention in the show:

How labor participation affects the unemployment rate (click for a full-size version)

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Filed under: Economics & TaxesSocialism

“We don’t serve your kind here”

When you have a high school senior, your schedule at the end of the school year is frenetic. But I’m back in the saddle again.

A Manhattan court recently ruled that a bar could refuse to serve someone wearing a MAGA hat. I agree with that ruling. Why I agree, and the difference between freedom of speech and freedom from discrimination, is what I talk about this episode.

Mentioned links:

Judge: Bars are allowed to throw out Trump supporters

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Filed under: Free SpeechGovernmentTolerance and Diversity

Alfie Evans, off life support

Alfie Evans, like Charlie Gard before him, has lost his case against the British National Health “Service” and was given a death sentence. Rather harsh for an almost-2-year-old, and rather ironic for a socialized medicine system that sells itself as creating better health outcomes. When you replace individual choice with a bureaucracy, this is what you get.

Also, states are running out of money because of 2 large line items in their budgets that are political lightening rods. So when they’re in debt, that have to cut other places, like education and infrastructure.What are those line items?

Mentioned links:

Alfie Evans Survives for 15 Hours After Hospital Yanks His Life Support and Oxygen [as of the writing of these show notes, it’s been over 3 days]

Why Are States So Strapped for Cash? There Are Two Big Reasons

And this is the song mentioned: “What’s It All About, Alfie”, sung by Dionne Warwick. Lyrics below the fold.

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Filed under: Budget & SpendingEntitlementsGovernmentHealth Care

Is the IRS really paying for this?

The IRS is paying a penalty for targeting conservatives. Except that it’s a rather small amount. And nobody got fined, fired, or jailed for it. And you, the taxpayer will be footing the bill. And the damage was already done. But hey, they are paying!

Deerfield, Illinois is determines to learn the exact wrong lesson from Kennesaw, Georgia. Whereas Kennesaw required homeowners to own a gun, Deerfield is banning them. Kennesaw saw their crime rates drop in subsequent years. I wonder what will happen in Deerfield.

What would be next after strict gun control if it were enacted here? Knife control? Don’t laugh. That’s exactly what’s happening in London.

Mentioned links:

Federal judge approves $3.5 million settlement in IRS tea party targeting

Village Bans Semi-Automatic Weapons, Residents Must Remove From Home Or Face Up To $1,000 Fines — Per Day

London murder rate beats New York for month as stabbings surge

London’s murder rate surpasses New York’s for 1st time ever

London Mayor Sadiq Khan enacts ‘knife control’ policies to crack down on stabbing epidemic

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Filed under: Economics & TaxesGun Control

Challenging Opinions with William Campbell

You’ve heard the arguments many times; pro- and anti-gun, or pro- and anti-immigration. You’ve seen the analogies and heard all the various statistics bandied about.

But have you noticed that both sides tend to play a bit fast and loose with what arguments and statistics are used or emphasized? William Campbell of one of my favorite podcasts, Challenging Opinions, laid out the case that both sides do it, and how it is done. When I heard it, I just had to include it here. I don’t entire agree with some of his individual points, but the commentary in general really hit me, so I thought that you, too, would like to consider this.

Mentioned links:

Challenging Opinions podcast

Challenging Opinions episode 67, Warren Farrell on Why Boys are Struggling

Challenging Opinions episode 25, Doug Payton on the Electoral College [not related  to this episode, but in case you were interested in the first interview I ever did]

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Filed under: Gun ControlImmigrationPartisanship

A hero you won’t hear about on TV

On the school shooting front, I have good news! An armed School Resource Officer stopped a school shooting recently. But of course, you won’t hear weeks of coverage of it on the liberal news networks. They won’t have a town hall about it. They’d rather blame law abiding citizens than praise a hero who’s success doesn’t fit their narrative.

However, I have bad news on the women’s safety front. A battered women’s shelter turned away a man with a history of violent behavior. But he’s filed a complaint of discrimination because he says he’s a ‘she’, in spite of not having taken any steps legally or physically. This is the abuse we warned you about. This complaint might not succeed, but the foot is in the door.

Mentioned links:

Armed School Resource Officer Engages Maryland High School Shooter

Gunman dead, two injured after shooting at Great Mills High School in Maryland

Did the Progressive ‘Broward County Solution’ Cost 17 Student Lives?

Here’s the Abuse We Warned About.

Transgender files complaint against shelter for abused women

Anchorage, Alaska, Proposition 1, Access to Public Bathrooms and Locker Rooms Based on Sex at Birth (April 2018)

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Filed under: Gun ControlHuman SexualityTransgender

Reconsider this, Martin Shkreli

In a “Reconsider This” segment, I give you an update on the case of Martin Shkreli, the guy who bought the rights to Daraprim and then jacked up the price. What’s happened to him lately?

And Vic from Memphis calls the voicemail feedback hotline! In response to my despondency over the thought that ObamaCare is forever, he tries to life my spirits. Let’s see how well he does, or even if my spirits can be lifted.

Mentioned links:

Martin Shkreli sentenced to 7 years in prison

Martin Shkreli Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Fraud

Episode 123: A Win For the Free Market, and a (Sort Of) Win For Religious Freedom

The GOP Tax Bill Repeals Obamacare’s Individual Mandate. Here’s What That Means for You

House GOP bill repeals ObamaCare taxes — with one exception

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Filed under: CapitalismEconomics & TaxesGovernmentHealth Care

What did ObamaCare really do to our insurance premiums?

When given examples of people whose health insurance premiums have greatly increased after the poorly-named “Affordable Care Act”, ACA advocates have been able to respond that those are cherry-picked cases, or that premiums were increasing before the ACA and would have increased anyway.

That was then, this is now.

Bermuda has paved the way in the same-sex marriage debate, starting with government that is  actually representative of the people.

Consumer confidence is up. Way up. How much? Take a listen.

Mentioned links:

Yes, It Was The ‘Affordable’ Care Act That Increased Premiums

Bermuda becomes first jurisdiction in the world to repeal same-sex marriage

US consumer confidence rises to highest level since 2000

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Filed under: Economics & TaxesGovernmentHealth CareMarriageSame-sex Marriage

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