Silencing dissent on abortion

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The left has its idols: the Earth, “free” healthcare, and abortion. The greatest of these is abortion. Here in California, the legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown were concerned that women undergoing unplanned pregnancies weren’t killing their children at a high enough rate and turning to largely religiously run crisis pregnancy centers for support and counseling. […]

The fall of the Southern Poverty Law Center

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Before I was born, the Southern Poverty Law Center was, along with the NAACP, a bastion of the civil rights movement. The organization has spent decades fighting racism, segregation and bigotry. That period of the group’s history is no more. The SPLC has moved on from its noble beginnings to a new era where it […]

Election aftermath

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Before Tuesday night’s election, the worry among many in the media was how Donald Trump supporters would respond once Hillary Clinton’s victory was official. This wasn’t necessarily a hollow concern; in the election aftermath some Trump supporters had vowed to protest and a handful had even suggested the need to resort to violence if the […]

President-elect Trump

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So, Donald Trump is president-elect. For the first time in about 20 years I spent election night on a date with my wife and enjoyed a movie (Doctor Strange—Very fun.) instead of glued to the TV and internet watching as returns rolled in. I entered last night knowing that no matter who won I wouldn’t […]

Libertarian Party prognosis

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For my Sunday column in the San Luis Obispo Tribune, I interviewed local Libertarian Party president and perennial U.S. Senate candidate Gail Lightfoot. My talk with Lightfoot lasted for just over an hour and, while there are some things upon which we disagree, our areas of agreement are broader than those I would have with the […]

My weekend column and other thoughts

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My weekend column for the local media outlet, the San Luis Obispo Tribune is available and it focuses on the contempt too many politicians—both left and right—have for our constitution. I think we’d have a much less divided and contentious nation if there was less government meddling in places where it has no constitutional sanction. The […]

Dawn Ortiz-Legg continued

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My column in this week’s San Luis Obispo Tribune addresses a TV ad from local Assembly candidate Democrat Dawn Ortiz-Legg attacking her GOP opponent Jordan Cunningham. Ms. Ortiz-Legg was kind enough to spend about 20 minutes on the phone addressing various issues of interest to me. Gun control Ortiz-Legg’s website has a single paragraph devoted to […]

Media Bias, Part Eleventy-Billion

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On Twitter yesterday, Sarah Quinlan posted a couple of pictures to some tweets from the supposedly non-partisan Associated Press. Instead we are provided with yet another example of subtle media bias. Unfortunately, like just about every other mainstream media publication, the Associated Press is staffed by journalists who are overwhelmingly liberal, hence this tweet: BREAKING: […]

Fact-Checkers

Debate moderators should facilitate, not fact-check

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The inclusion of “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace as one of the moderators for this fall’s presidential debates sparked a firestorm when he told colleague and media reporter Howard Kurtz that it wasn’t his job as a moderator to fact-check the candidates during the actual debate. I do not believe that it is my […]

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter is Getting Black People Killed

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The Black Lives Matter movement is getting black people, and police officers, killed. The groundwork was laid with Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who jumped  Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman for following him. Martin was straddling Zimmerman, raining down blows on his head when Zimmerman managed to draw his gun and shoot his attacker. Although […]