Miskatonic Manuscript now on sale! (Stickied)

7:37 pm December 10th, 2015


Hardcover copies now available via ABEbooks: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=17818381819

If that doesn’t work, try this link: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sortby=0&vci=51238921  (You may have to scroll down past newer listings.)

Kindle version at www.amazon.com/Miskatonic-Manuscript-Matthew-Chantal-Stevens-ebook/dp/B0197R4TGW/

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Stacked to convict

6:18 pm June 29th, 2016


Ever been called for jury duty?

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Our hard-working, south-of-the-border freedom fighters

5:33 pm June 27th, 2016


Imagine with me we’re attending one of those “candidate forums” where local office-seekers address the public. Two candidates for the office of dog-catcher rise. The first seems unaccustomed to public speaking. He offers no grandiose speech. He just calmly says “If you elect me, I’m going to do my best to round up these packs of feral dogs we’ve got around here, attacking children and family pets and the like. That’s about it.” He sits down.

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‘Fugitives in pursuit of a better life’?

1:25 pm June 25th, 2016


Nederlander Rene Hartman’s latest thoughtful comment appears as the 21st response under my recent posting “Setting Up the Straw Man,” below. I realize traffic falls off for the comments under a week-old column — especially if said “comments” column is clogged with repetitive sneers from someone who declines to cite or contribute facts, real-world examples, or logical arguments, instead merely donning the cape of a self-appointed Bishop of the Church of Libertarian Purity and dismissing as “evil” any viewpoint differing from his own.

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Defying the Health Nazis’ edicts

10:09 am June 21st, 2016


On June 3, the little twice-a-week “Pahrump Valley Times” re-ran an article from its parent publication, the daily Las Vegas Adelson-Journal, reporting the health of older folks in Nevada is about as bad as it can get.

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Setting up the straw man

8:09 pm June 16th, 2016

About a week after the Libertarian Party convention in Orlando rebuffed the candidacies of John McAfee and a few other freedom radicals over the Memorial Day weekend — instead deciding to try again with “moderate” former New Mexico Republican Gov. Gary Johnson and the even less libertarian gun-grabbing Republican Bill Weld of Massachusetts — party headquarters in Northern Virginia e-mailed me the following June 8 press release:

(Headline:) “Bernie Sanders supporters have a choice: Libertarian Johnson advocates civil liberties, peace, ending cronyism

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The right to secede

1:43 pm May 31st, 2016


I’ve been reading in Thomas DiLorenzo’s 2012 hardback from the Ludwig von Mises Institute, “Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government.” The book features brief summary chapters, with useful references, from the Loyola University economics professor, Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and member of the Mont Pelerin Society, weighing in on such topics as Our Totalitarian Regulatory Bureaucracy; Socialized Health Care vs. the Laws of Economics; Distorting History in the Service of the State; Central Banking as an Engine of Corruption; How the Fed Creates Unemployment; The Inherent Violence of Unions; The Myth of Government Job Creation; The Myth of the Male/Female Wage Gap, etc.

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Other candidates talk about guns

9:47 am May 31st, 2016

(A version of this column, filed for an early April deadline, appears in the June 10 issue of “Firearms News,” formerly “Shotgun News,” on newsstands now.)

A regular reader asked why — since I mentioned Donald Trump’s position on gun rights recently — I haven’t mentioned other presidential candidates who might honor the Second Amendment.

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Politics Creates Anarchists (true or false?)

8:30 pm May 27th, 2016



My (dear, departed) father was active for some time — a few years, perhaps — with the LP, decades ago. Later, he declared himself (at least quietly, to me) an anarchist. He was a peace loving man, and never quite grokked the vital importance of guns in peaceful hands to a free society. But, aside from that …

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“A Fount of Strange Wisdom”

5:41 pm May 20th, 2016

McAfee - Make America Cool Again

Post title pilfered from this Reason “Hit and Run” blog post. Images mainly stolen from McAfee’s F***book pages, here and here.

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Is Donald the GOP’s Doctor Doom?

11:28 pm May 18th, 2016


A friend who’s a Republican (hey, no one’s perfect) writes to ask: “In your opinion, with The Donald at the GOP’s helm, are we doomed? I say nay, but others say oh hell yes. I think Hillary is too unsavory for most to support while the Donald’s brashness appeals to the lowest (voting) common denominator. I can’t see the Obamaphiles who voted last election being bothered to put their malt liquor down to vote for a woman this time ’round.”

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