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Biden Grows National Debt by 11% in Two Years
Tuesday January 31, 2023 | Craig Eyermann

After two years in power, President Joe Biden doesn’t have many positive accomplishments to brag about. (more…)

Unfit for the Bench: Judge Bjelkengren’s Lack of Constitutional Knowledge
Monday January 30, 2023 | William J. Watkins, Jr.

So, what sort of judges is President Biden nominating to the federal courts? If Judge Charnelle Bjelkengren is a baseline, we are in trouble.  (more…)

The WEF’s War on Your Words and Your Wheels
Friday January 27, 2023 | K. Lloyd Billingsley

As we noted, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has plans for your automobile. In the style of Josef Stalin, who pulled The Grapes of Wrath from Soviet theatres, WEF bosses dislike the concept of people owning cars and driving wherever they want. Now from the same quarters comes strange ideas about what people should be able to say.  (more…)

Debunking the Myth: Clearing Up Misconceptions About Machine Gun Conversion Devices
Friday January 27, 2023 | Randall G. Holcombe

You may have heard about a device that can be attached to handguns to turn them into rapid-fire automatic pistols. Called “machine gun conversion devices” or “switches,” they definitely make handguns more dangerous. After the first round is fired, recoil from that and subsequent rounds make such a gun difficult to control. Absent a skilled shooter, rounds are likely to strike targets they were not intended to hit. (more…)

Economics Isn’t
Thursday January 26, 2023 | Caleb S. Fuller and Scott Burns

Legend has it that an art collector once asked Michaelangelo to describe the challenges he faced in sculpting one of his most iconic works.  “It was actually quite easy,” Michaelangelo drolly replied, “I just chipped away the parts of the stone that didn’t look like David.”  (more…)

California’s SB 876: A Missed Opportunity for Education Technology
Wednesday January 25, 2023 | Williamson M. Evers and Jonathan Hofer

California’s SB 876 is a bill that would create a state Digital Education Equity Program (DEEP). This program will be run by the California Department of Education, and the sponsors of the bill argue it would give help and training to schools and other educational organizations in using technology in their classrooms. (more…)

Hollywood? No, Ottawa!: The Epidemic of Nepo Babies
Wednesday January 25, 2023 | Francis Crescia

Hollywood has a reputation for entrenched nepotism: Fairbanks, Houstons, Douglases, Barrymores, and Redgraves all got the industry’s plum roles for generations. A recent New York Magazine article spoke about the “nepo babies” and that they are thriving in an industry where a famous last name is valuable intellectual property. A young celebrity brings instant marketing appeal with millions of TikTok followers as the young and restless range of acting ability consists of modeling a variety of bathing suits and creating drama on the world’s best beaches. The short film The Rightway was directed by Steven Spielberg’s daughter, starred Sean Penn’s son, and was written by Stephen King’s son. (more…)

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