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Devil In The Details

With all the regularity of a Swiss watch, we find ourselves facing another case of 11th hour brinkmanship as Congress again deliberates a contentious omnibus spending bill–a massive 1,600 page measure that would fund all discretionary programs through 2015 (an additional continuing resolution would fund Homeland Security through February). Just as these recurrent arm-twisting sessions […]

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Money-No-Object Governance

“And to preserve [people’s] independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.”  –Thomas Jefferson With every debt milestone we bound over, it’s interesting to turn a fleeting gaze backwards to elicit the attitudes our national forefathers possessed regarding […]

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The Tyranny Of Modern Feelings

The old adage goes that “misery loves company”. In light of the current meanderings of thought to be found in social media and modern culture at large, if I were to append a corollary to this truism, it would be that “hurt feelings exert their own gravity”. It is no longer enough that one should […]

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I-591 Does Not Weaken Current State Gun Laws

A quick note regarding I-591, in particular its provision prohibiting state agencies from requiring a background check on the recipient of a firearm unless a “uniform national standard” is required. Those against I-591 have latched on to this provision, in part, on the belief that should it pass, I-591 would “roll back Washington’s existing–and already inadequate– […]

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I-594: Background Check “Loopholes”? Much Ado About Nothing

This is the second post in a three-part series on I-594, a Washington State ballot initiative that would require background checks on all state gun sales and transfers. The first post delved into commentary regarding several implications of the proposed law, and can be found here. Later this week, part three will cover various philosophical aspects […]

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I-594: Vote “No” On A Gun Initiative With Too Wide A Net

This is the second in a series of posts covering the two Washington State gun initiatives to be decided by voters this November. The first post addressing I-591, which prohibits gun confiscation without due process and prohibits state background checks without a “uniform national standard”, can be found here. In this first of three posts […]

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Gov. Rick Perry Indicted Again, Faces Massive Number Of Counts

NEWS BRIEF WASHINGTON, D.C. | Fri October 03, 2014 In what can only be described as the most extensive such decision in U.S. history, a federal grand jury in a sweeping indictment has implicated Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on charges of mass public endangerment. Citing the Ebola diagnosis in his home state in late […]

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I-591: Vote Yes On A Common Sense Gun Initiative

Author’s note: This is the first of a series of posts covering the two Washington State gun initiatives to be decided by voters this fall. Here I consider I-591, the “Protect Our Gun Rights Act”. Future posts will address I-594, an opposing bill to I-591. On November 4th, Washington will be the only state in […]

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