Author Archives: Tim Donner

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Lockdown Nation

Imagine your whole neighborhood is unreachable for the night.  Your children are in their early teens – certainly able to be left alone while you run some errands, but not to spend the night by themselves.  The area is on lockdown because someone believed to be a homicidal psycho is thought to be in or […]

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    Ebola: Panic and PoliticsColumns, Politics

    It is human nature to take the most dire forecasts either more or less seriously than the more routine ones.  When the weatherman predicts showers, or a politician warns of the consequences of an otherwise inconsequential piece of legislation, we tend to process those claims in reasonably responsible fashion.  But when we are faced with […]

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    The Left’s Morality PoliceColumns, Politics

    Every couple of weeks a story appears in the news about some crazy lawsuit.  The kind that lead to the ever-growing universe of jokes about lawyers and politicians.  Cato Institute’s Walter Olsen, for one, never seems to have any trouble finding enough of these tails from litigation wonderland to fill up his blog Overlawyered.  Stories […]

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    The Party FaithfulColumns, Politics

    A choice, not an echo.  That was the slogan for the 1964 presidential campaign of GOP nominee Barry Goldwater, describing his vision of a Republican party distinct rather than compliant in its ideology.  And as we face the upcoming election, the question is whether the two major parties have provided acceptable choices for the voters […]

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    The Failed Visions of Bush and ObamaColumns, Featured, Politics

    It has been many a year since we had a president who was not a bitterly divisive figure. We had eight years of Bill Clinton.  Then eight more of George W. Bush.  And now six of Barack Obama.  What these presidents have in common is the inability to do a single thing to meet with […]

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    Deconstructing HarryColumns, Featured, Politics

    Harry Reid has a problem.  You see, there are people who think the Senate Majority Leader’s vision for the country is a bad one, and that he should be the leader of … well, anything other than a body with the power to tax, spend and regulate.  Such views may be permissible if expressed in […]

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    The Fallout from FergusonColumns, Policy

    Growing up in the 1960’s, most of us were taught to think of the police as “peace officers” endowed with the confidence of the communities they were charged to protect, and the kind of public servants we should admire.  But, notwithstanding the emergence of the estimable Capt. Ronald Johnson to sporadically halt the violence, the […]

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    Brett Kimberlin Smited by Maryland CourtPolitics

    You will recall Brett Kimberlin as the Soros/Streisand/Heinz-Kerry supported felon who wages war on conservative/libertarian bloggers by filing meritless lawsuits by the dozen in an attempt to shut up those who say things with which he disagrees. You may recall my BD articles on this in 2012 here, following up here and here.  Bearing Drift […]

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    Saved by…Tobacco?Columns, Featured, Policy

    Anybody paying attention knows that the state of the American public education system is dismal.  As standards of both performance and behavior in public schools lower each year, we are now, incredibly, below average among well-developed nations in math and barely average in reading and science, and have dropped out of the top 20 nations […]

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    Your Rights End…Where My Feelings BeginColumns, Featured, Politics

    You never can tell what nuggets you might stumble upon when googling, especially with the unintentional aid of auto complete.  In the midst of a mostly unrelated search last week, I stumbled upon an image that at first seemed amusing, then intriguing, and then got me to thinking through the profound truth about the left […]