Nov 192014
 

Katherine Timpf shares at National Review that online dating service OKCupid lists 12 different sexual orientations, from which users can select as many as five.

Simultaneously.

There are also 22 options for gender.

I get that sexuality is a continuum. I get that people can feel conflicted and trapped. I get that people are occasionally born with ambiguous external genitalia. I understand there can be gray between male and female or between straight and gay.

But this just might be getting silly, dudes and dolls.

 Posted by at 10:20 am
Nov 122014
 

As commentary on my views, I rarely find anything as wrong-headed as the assertion that I’m “voting against (my) self-interest.” I recently encountered a typically obnoxious example (and with a race card bonus!).

These assessments of my motivations are at best presumptuous, and at worst ignorant. They assume a single, predictable effect of a proposed law or view, and if that single, predictable effect is good for me, then what kind of dolt am I to vote against it?

It usually seems closely related to the belief that all good things flow from government. Why would any minimum-wage worker vote for a candidate who opposes increasing the minimum wage? Well, how about because the worker understands that the result of the increase might be the loss of his/her job, and not a raise?

How about because the worker is thinking, not parroting? Hey, let’s make the minimum wage one million dollars an hour. Everybody works a week, and then retires. Ridiculous, right? Hey, guess what? Making it $15 or $20 is a bad idea for exactly the same reason. It’s only a matter of degree.

It’s uncanny how often someone prattling about me “voting against my self-interest” is advocating larger government, increased regulation, or both.

Consequently it’s becoming a rather reliable tune-out trigger.

 Posted by at 4:05 pm
Nov 112014
 

Veterans, thank you for your service to the United States of America. Thank you for protecting and preserving this greatest country that remains the best hope for lovers of liberty, and the most fertile soil for pursuers of dreams.

 Posted by at 8:27 am
Nov 042014
 

Looking like it’ll be a good night for Republicans. Odds of taking back the Senate are about 3 in 4. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is in a squeaker. That’s one of the only races I’m concerned about. It would be a grave error for Republicans to overvalue positive results for them tonight. The expected outcome […]

 Posted by at 11:05 am
Oct 172014
 

Charles C.W. Cooke makes his 7,954th great point today: while fear of a widespread Ebola outbreak in the Unites States may be irrational, fear of government incompetence is eminently reasonable. Can these people do anything right? Quarantine? Yeah, probably a good idea unless you, you know, crave your favorite restaurant. We don’t need a travel […]

 Posted by at 3:25 pm

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