So, last time we talked about how much we as a nation are tied to the concept of land ownership–and a few other things. Now, it’s time to delve into the details. 25%: Australia (.74 million square miles, or roughly 20 acres per citizen) 28%: United States (1.06 million square miles, or roughly 2 acres per citizen) 36%: Canada (1.38 million square miles, or roughly 70 acres per citizen) These are the percentages of the respective countries which are owned outright by the federal/national government. These numbers do not include lands owned by tribal, state or municipal governments. The reasons….
A very long time ago (as my children would put it) a fellow by the name of Woody Guthrie made a song rather popular. The song was “This Land is Your Land” and started with the following stanza: This land is your land This land is my land From California to the New York island; From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land was made for you and me. While the song provided greater support for socialism than the private ownership of property, it struck a patriotic chord with many people who never got past the….
I’ve not written on the matter of cattle, the BLM, and the Bundys because I was not quite sure what to make of things — other than that it seemed rather heavy handed of the BLM. John Hinderaker takes it from there. Bottom line? In this post rule-of-law era in which we find ourselves, certain behaviors are desirable to the Obama administration and its backers. Raising cattle is not one of them. UPDATE P&R does a much better exposition of the matter than do I.
In the beginning, there was one law: “Don’t eat from that tree. Yes, that one right there.” After massive global warming and global cooling there were approximately ten laws: “Thou shalt/Thou shalt not . . . .” Fast forward to the time of the Jews under Roman rule and those ten had exploded into roughly 700. “You may not go more than x distance from your home on the Sabbath. Unless you have your servant drop off a shoe there the day before, in which case you can go x distance farther because your shoe is your home.” Things rather….
So, the NLRB has ruled that Northwestern college athletes on scholarship are employees of the university and may therefore unionize: “The record makes clear that the employer’s scholarship players are identified and recruited in the first instance because of their football prowess and not because of their academic achievement in high school,” Ohr wrote. He also noted that among the evidence presented by Northwestern, “no examples were provided of scholarship players being permitted to miss entire practices and/or games to attend their studies.” Ok. So, one more group of people is now able to enter into collective bargaining agreements, go….
On the topic of taxation, I think my regular readers know where I stand. Put simply, and by a better man than I: “Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.” That was Calvin Coolidge. I would add that the a corollary would be that “the raising of taxes for the protection or growth of government at the expense of the people is not necessary.” That was not Calvin Coolidge, but since he also said “The government of the United States is a device for maintaining in perpetuity the rights of the people, with the ultimate extinction of….
The President is in the process of selecting the next Surgeon General. Does it come as any surprise that he’s selected a community organizer? Dr. Murthy is the 36-year-old president and co-founder of Doctors for America, a group that advocates for Obamacare and gun control laws. The group calls gun violence “a public health crisis.” It pushes for Congress to ban “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines and calls for spending tax dollars for more gun-control research. The organization also lobbies for doctors to be allowed to ask patients, including minors, whether they have legal guns in the home. If the….
From P&R: Capitalism, with a relatively free market in which people are able to see and understand both what is being traded away and what is being received tends to create not winners and losers, but winners and winners. I’m not a fan of participation ribbons, but those who actively participate in the exchange of capital for goods and services are generally rewarded for their efforts, even if they do not make first or second place in a particular endeavor. This is why capitalism flourishes as black markets even under repressive regimes. It has been said many times, and should….
It’s pretty common to show that something is banned by publishing an image of the thing with an X or stroke across the image. Right? Apparently, that is too much for some folks: “I think the general public will be alarmed by [a sign showing a marked out gun] and wonder if people have been allowed to bring guns to school in the past,” Nolan said. “I have no knowledge of guns ever being in this building,” she said of her 22 years with the school district. Nolan said she was not opposed to the law or posting the sign,….
From Massachusetts, the birthplace of the American Revolution, comes a study by “academic experts” which makes a series of recommendations, including this one: It also said Massachusetts should require anyone wanting to purchase a hunting rifle or a shotgun to pass those standards of suitability. That could allow local police chiefs to deny gun purchases to people who have been arrested, but not convicted, of a crime. What are academic experts? And why are they talking out of class? Innocent until proven guilty. Unless arrested in Massachusetts. Because . . . squirrels.