Phil Richardson: Famous political bosses of the modern era

Phil Richardson: Famous political bosses of the modern era

The boss era that created guys like Pendergast and Daley was also the era of personal politics on a local level. The great SNL skit of Belushi as the ghost of Daley with a turkey under his arm coming into the Irish Bar tells a real story. The Daley’s took care of lots of little […]

Thomas Sowell: Charlatans and Sheep Pt II

Thomas Sowell: Charlatans and Sheep Pt II

By Thomas Sowell One of the secrets of successful magicians on stage is directing the audience’s attention to something that is attractive or distracting, but irrelevant to what is actually being done. That is also the secret of successful political charlatans. Consider the message directed at business owners by Senator Elizabeth Warren and President Barack […]

Washington Post contributor finds ‘zero correlation’ between state gun laws and murder rate

Washington Post contributor finds ‘zero correlation’ between state gun laws and murder rate

By Ben Bullard / Personal Liberty Digest Washington Post contributor Eugene Volokh finds “zero” correlation between state-level gun laws and the death rate, including murders in which firearms have been used. After looking at data on all manner of gun-related deaths and comparing that with the laws that attempt to affect access to firearms, Volokh […]

Study: Government workers make 78% more than private sector

Study: Government workers make 78% more than private sector

By Elizabeth Harrington / Washington Free Beacon Employees for the federal government earn far more than their counterparts in the private sector, according to a new study by the Cato Institute. Federal workers’ pay and benefits were 78 percent higher than private employees, who earned an average of $52,688 less than public sector workers last […]

Obama campaigns for his legacy as 2016 Republican candidates’ attacks hit a nerve

Obama campaigns for his legacy as 2016 Republican candidates’ attacks hit a nerve

President Obama is making a point of ignoring the Republican presidential debates, but the candidates’ campaign rhetoric is obviously hitting a presidential nerve or two. Time and again in recent weeks, Mr. Obama has launched into an unsolicited, spirited defense of his record, in a tone that sometimes betrays a deep annoyance with the Republicans’ […]

Jerusalem mayor urges citizens with gun license to carry weapons at all times

Jerusalem mayor urges citizens with gun license to carry weapons at all times

By Abraham Rabinovich / Washington Free Beacon JERUSALEM—Jerusalem’s mayor on Thursday urged citizens with a gun license to carry their weapons at all times as a wave of terror attacks continued in the city and spread to Tel Aviv and northern Israel. “In many cases,” said Mayor Nir Barkat, “those who neutralize terrorists in times […]

Abbas calls for murder, Palestinians attack

Abbas calls for murder, Palestinians attack

Official Palestinian Authority media outlets incite Palestinians, from a young age, to murder Jews. (Image source: Palestinian Media Watch) By Khaled Abu Toameh / Gatestone Institute The terrorists did not need permission from Hamas leaders to murder the first Jews they ran into. The inflammatory rhetoric of Abbas and Palestinian Authority (PA) officials and media […]