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Privacy Battles: As Old as the Old Testament

Last month marked the beginning of a new campaign for Internet privacy with the unveiling of the "Reset the Net" campaign. Academics, tech companies, and civil rights organizations from around the globe, including Google, Mozilla, WordPress, Tumblr, and the Committee to Protect ...

Posted on 14 July 2014 Keep Reading...

Border Agents Turn Into Diaper Changers

Here's a recent -- and supposedly racist -- message from the labor union that represents U.S. border patrol agents, as posted by the governing National Border Patrol Council: "New annual job rating areas: Babysitting, Diaper Changing, Burrito Wrapping, Cleaning cells. Law Enforcement? What's ...

Posted on 14 July 2014 Keep Reading...

The Environmental Purity Agency

The rollout of the Environmental Protection Agency's new draft regulation to limit greenhouse gases was accompanied by a brilliant political cartoon that showed a pair of hapless fellows with automobile mufflers protruding from their mouths, apparently to prevent any renegade CO2 exhalations from ...

Posted on 10 July 2014 Keep Reading...

Is the Public Well Served by the PUC?

(July 10, 2014)--July 2014 appears to be shaping up as the critical month in the development of ridesharing in Pittsburgh. Since July 1st we have seen two separate cease and desist orders from administrative law judges, a House resolution urging approval of experimental licenses, a Senate bill to ...

Posted on 10 July 2014 Keep Reading...

America's Jobs Picture Remains Poor

After eight years spent castigating President Barack Obama's Republican predecessor over better than present economic conditions, it's remarkable how far the liberal American media's expectations have fallen during Obama's five years of substandard economic performance and lousy jobs ...

Posted on 10 July 2014 Keep Reading...

One Ugly Piece of Legislation

On July 8th, the Senate passed HB 278; the House passed the legislation on July 1st. The bill makes changes to the fiscal code. Similar legislation is passed every year as a companion to the budget. Simply put, if the budget tells the various government departments how much money they can spend and ...

Posted on 9 July 2014 Keep Reading...

Harebrained Bureaucrats and Gun Craziness

Regarding a recent dust-up near Pittsburgh, here's the June 6 headline at Reason magazine's blog: "First-Grader Finds Toy Gun, Turns It In, Gets Suspension."
How a 7-year-old kid ended up in serious trouble is reported by Robby Soave, a staff editor at Reason.com: "Pennsylvania ...

Posted on 9 July 2014 Keep Reading...

GOP To Pick Next Nominee in Cleveland

The Republican Party will pick its 2016 presidential nominee in Cleveland, a smart choice for the next national convention, some analysts say.

The city of 390,000 along the southern shore of Lake Erie – 125 miles from Pittsburgh – is a Democratic ...

Posted on 9 July 2014 Keep Reading...

Keynesians Are Lousy Historians (And Worst Economists)

When and how did austerity become "unhealthy?"

America isn't "starved" for revenues.

America receives more tax revenues annually than any nation in history, but, in each (but one) year since 2009, government ...

Posted on 9 July 2014 Keep Reading...

America's 'Bear' Enjoying a Smorgasbord

"Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes ... sometimes the bear eats you." So were the prophetic words of Sam Elliot's character in the classic film "The Big Lebowski."

America's problems are the "bear," and he's been feasting to ...

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