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California’s coming crime wave

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Mark my words: California’s coming crime wave is real, and it’s going to be spectacular. California’s crime rate, like that of the rest of the nation, had been declining for decades. Democratic politicians credited the decline on the state’s incessant (and excessive) gun control laws. Republicans pointed to the passage of the three strikes law […]

Final Tribune Column

My Final Tribune Column

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  My final Tribune column appeared in yesterday’s print edition of the San Luis Obispo Tribune. The decision to end my column was made by the powers that be at the paper, and the logic is described in a column by the paper’s editor, Sandra Duerr. Let me make that one minor fact clear: I did not […]

A tale of two marches

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My column this week is about a tale of two marches. I make what I believe to be the rather obvious case that the people who attended the Women’s March here in San Luis Obispo two weeks ago are the same people (though in much smaller numbers) that showed up this past Tuesday in an attempt to […]

Gun Ignorance

Los Angeles Times Gun Ignorance

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The Los Angeles Times is your typical big-city newspaper full of hoplophobic know-nothings whose gun ignorance is a badge of honor. Earlier this month, the Times opined, one of the nation’s largest newspapers, that allowing concealed weapons on college campuses is a “silly, and dangerous, idea.” As is to be expected when it comes to gun-ban advocates—and make […]

Upcoming radio appearance

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I’m scheduled to appear tomorrow on Dave Congalton’s radio show on KVEC 920 AM tomorrow during the 5 p.m. hour to talk about my weekend column on San Luis Obispo’s proposed plastic beverage bottle ban. You can listen live online here. UPDATE 1/27/2017: For those of you who missed it, you can listen to the podcast […]

Bloodthirsty cartoon.

Bloodthirsty conservatives

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My weekly column will appear Sunday in The Tribune. It won’t appear completely as I submitted it, because I am apparently a bloodthirsty conservative. The following sentence was deemed inappropriate for a family newspaper: Like a bus full of lawyers going off a cliff, the ban is a good start. The sentence is referring to the […]

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Women’s March in SLO

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I’ll be attending Saturday’s Women’s March in San Luis Obispo, not as a participant, but as an observer. This won’t be the first protest I’ve attended, just the first in quite some time. I’m going for one primary reason: One of the speakers here in San Luis Obispo is the Chief of Police, Deanna Cantrell. […]

Top 10 Most Annoying Stories of 2016

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My column in this week’s San Luis Obispo Tribune is a Top 10 Most Annoying Stories of 2016 (state and local only). State and local because the paper has asked me to focus locally because they’ve got plenty of syndicated columns available (that they pay for) that focus on national topics. My column includes a link […]

Apple and Bushmaster

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Ars Technica reported earlier this week that a Texas family is suing Apple after a driver using the company’s FaceTime app smashed into the family’s Toyota Camry and killed 5-year-old Moriah Modisette. The family claims that Apple should’ve made its software so that it could not be used if the phone’s built-in GPS detected that the user […]

Milo Yiannopoulos and Free Speech

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This week’s column in the San Luis Obispo Tribune is on alt-right bomb-thrower Milo Yiannopoulos’ upcoming visit to Cal Poly and calls to disinvite him or turn his speech into some sort of panel discussion. For the latter, I’m not sure if the people pushing for this have actually watched video of any of Yiannopoulos’ appearances—even […]