Increasingly in today’s United States, we see attempts to silence views of those with differing opinions. We find this especially true in college and universities. Where once the goal was to expose students to different viewpoints and teach them to apply rational thought to develop their own reasons for their beliefs, the goal now is increasingly to teach them what to think and to prevent them from being exposed to anything different than the ‘doctrine’ pushed by academic rule-makers. Continue reading “Silencing Differing Views”
Thinking Man believes that police and other law enforcement deserve the benefit of the doubt, very generally speaking. They are responsible for public safety, and do a job that requires them to make split second decisions and to put their lives on the line if those decisions are bad.
The converse of that is that with that deference comes a special responsibility, and being held to a higher standard of integrity and conduct. When law enforcement officials do wrong, they should pay. Continue reading “With Authority Comes Great Responsibility”
Immigration and gun control. Are there any more controversial issues? These are stories in the news on Friday…. Continue reading “Weekend Quick Takes”
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Friday endorsed a $5 billion settlement with Facebook for its violations of privacy of its users. The proposal now goes to the Justice Dept. for final approval. In addition to the fine, the settlement is expected to require Facebook to implement new measures to protect user’s personal information.
The proposed settlement comes after Facebook sold massive amounts of personal information during the last two election cycles. In 2017, Facebook acknowledged that a personality-prediction app it developed had been sold to several analytics firms. And note that wording— “sold”, so it was a conscious decision not an accident. Continue reading “Too Big To Care?”
You would think that the July 4 holiday would be relatively non-controversial. I mean, what could be bad about gaining independence from the King of England and establishing the representative type government since ancient Greece (though, no doubt it was not inclusive of all of the people of the country but certainly more so than a monarchy)? Continue reading “How Can You Be Mad About July 4?”
Stupid things politicians say (which I realize is redundant in most cases)…
A week in review and as we look back, this past week was full of amusement. And in the interests of being non-partisan we have two entries:
1) President Trump, who while extolling the virtues of our founding fathers during Independence Day, talked about their bravery in seizing the airports during the Revolutionary War (which is dumb because any historian knows the Continental Army already controlled the airfields) and,
2) Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL), ( apparently trying to take over the championship belt previously held by former Rep. Corrine Brown) who said that the laws against making fun of members of Congress should be enforced and people who do that should be prosecuted (she will be retaking junior high civics class in the fall semester)
P.S. Please send bail money for when I’m prosecuted.
This week gave us two wide-ranging examples of the desire by some to have the government involved in most everything…yes, even kid’s lemonade stands
Texas Makes Lemonade Stand Legal
Think government interference hasn’t gone far enough and the government bureaucrats aren’t trying to control every aspect of our lives?
The governor of Texas signed a bill into law this week that would allow kids to run lemonade stands on private property. The bill is in response to police who shut down a lemonade stand that some kids had opened to raise money, so they could buy their Dad a Father’s Day gift. The police had responded after a complaint that the stand violated local codes.
A Solution In Search Of A Problem
Speaking of government desire for control, this week will mark a year since the Federal Communications Commission repealed ‘Net Neutrality’, the Obama Administration’s regulation of the internet. The Wall Street Journal wrote an editorial this weekend on the hysteria that surrounded the repeal of the Obama era regulation a year ago.
Prior to the repeal, critics said that it would basically be the end of the internet as we know it. Bernie Sanders, socialist and advocate of government control, said “This is an egregious attack on our democracy.”
The Senate Democrats official Twitter account argued that “If we don’t save Net Neutrality, we will get the internet one word at a time”, telling us that the internet would become so slow as to be unusable for normal people who couldn’t or wouldn’t pay increased fees.
Yet that hasn’t happened. On the contrary, internet speeds and bandwidth have increased. How else could so many people have streamed ‘Game of Thrones’? The internet hasn’t fallen apart, it hasn’t become the bastion only of the rich who can pay more for faster speeds and nothing really has changed since before it was regulated.
And if you remember, the FCC did not implement ‘Net Neutrality’ until 2015. Yet somehow the web had grown exponentially prior to that, and web surfers had been fine before then. It seemed like a solution in search of a problem. And despite cries from liberal groups across the spectrum on how its repeal would be disaster, no one has really noticed any change, have they?