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Is there a problem with universal mail-in balloting?  Sounds simple enough: You fill out a ballot, stick it in the mail; somebody counts it on Election Day. In fact, we already do that with absentee ballots, right? So why would universal mail-in balloting be any different?  Well, the biggest difference …

He ventured where no other man of his age dared to go. He saw things no other man of his age had ever seen. He discovered a New World. For centuries, he was universally admired as a hero. Now he’s widely considered to be a despoiler of paradise, an enslaver, …

Is racism in the DNA of white people, and is it a permanent part of American society? Critical race theorists argue that American society is structured to give white people undeserved advantages over people of color. They say people who look like me (Black) are victims. We are supposedly powerless …

When I got out of bed the morning of May 31, 2020 after a sleepless night, I knew I had to do something. I didn’t know what. Or what I would say.  I saw the protests and the riots. I had heard all the accusations about racism, racial injustice, and police …

President Trump took another step toward fulfilling his promise to “Drain the Swamp” when he authorized Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought to ensure that federal agencies no longer hold “woke” re-education trainings. The memo directs agency heads to “cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund …

Recently, I’ve noticed a real push on Flu Vaccines. It seemed to be everywhere…it is the first thing you are asked in the doctor’s office, advertisements meet you as you walk down the aisle at the grocery store, and flyers are even sent home with our children asking for parental …

There’s a famous scene in the movie Fight Club where Tyler Durden is on an airplane thumbing through one of those safety manuals in emergency exit rows. “An exit door procedure at 30,000 feet,” says Durden (Brad Pitt). “The illusion of safety.” It’s a memorable scene because it touches on the strange …

Elon Musk dropped an economic truth bomb on Joe Rogan’s podcast a couple of months ago. “If you don’t make stuff, there’s no stuff.” Obvious? You’d think so. But, as Musk pointed out, our economic policies throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have ignored that simple truth. The prevailing assumption is that …

Maybe the dumbest thing you can do is to go to the place that’s supposed to make you smart. That would be…college. Now, perhaps I’m biased. I don’t have a college degree—although I employ a lot of people who do, and from some of the most prestigious universities in the …

The nasty words we, the police, get called all the time have now turned into rocks, bottles and gunfire. It’s over, America: we are leaving. This is the hardest thing I have written. I grew up in a law enforcement family. My father worked his way up to the rank …