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A Reformed Journalist on Politics, Media, Society and other Miscellaneous Madness

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Newspaper ethics

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:26:17 +0000

This past weekend, in the wake of a $1.1 million libel judgment against, the San Luis Obispo Tribune published a piece from its editor, Sandra Duerr, touting the paper’s code of ethics. As newspaper ethics statements go, it’s a pretty good one. However, Ms. Duerr appears to have a training problem on her staff. ▪  If [...]

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More speech, not less

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:00:29 +0000

The political left’s catch-all solution for speech they don’t like is to propose a new law, regulation or two-minutes of hate targeted to silence the offender. For conservatives and old-school, small “l” liberals, the answer to “bad” speech is more speech, not less. Enter California Assemblyman Ed Chau, a Democrat (obviously), has introduced Assembly Bill [...]

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American ingenuity

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 17:52:48 +0000

Starting January 1st, the state of California changed its “assault weapon” laws to include evil black rifles equipped with bullet buttons in the definition. This latest crackdown will fail, thanks to good ol’ American ingenuity. The original bullet button was created in response to a state law that defined an assault rifle, in part, as [...]

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Shut up, they said

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 19:06:24 +0000

Two events this past week illustrate exactly how illiberal and totalitarian the political left in this country has become in the months since it became clear they hold exactly zero levers of power in Washington, D.C., with the election of President Donald Trump. They don’t want to hear what the right has to say, they [...]

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Radio Appearance

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 16:47:15 +0000

Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk with local radio talk show host Dave Congalton on his Hometown Radio show on 920 KVEC for an hour. You can find the audio of our discussion here. We talked briefly about the decision of the San Luis Obispo Tribune to let me go as their conservative columnist, media bias [...]

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Media Files:

California’s coming crime wave

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:13:58 +0000

Mark my words: California’s coming crime wave is real, and it’s going to be spectacular. California’s crime rate, like that of the rest of the nation, had been declining for decades. Democratic politicians credited the decline on the state’s incessant (and excessive) gun control laws. Republicans pointed to the passage of the three strikes law [...]

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My Final Tribune Column

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:17:58 +0000

  My final Tribune column appeared in yesterday’s print edition of the San Luis Obispo Tribune. The decision to end my column was made by the powers that be at the paper, and the logic is described in a column by the paper’s editor, Sandra Duerr. Let me make that one minor fact clear: I did not [...]

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A tale of two marches

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 04:38:19 +0000

My column this week is about a tale of two marches. I make what I believe to be the rather obvious case that the people who attended the Women’s March here in San Luis Obispo two weeks ago are the same people (though in much smaller numbers) that showed up this past Tuesday in an attempt to [...]

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Los Angeles Times Gun Ignorance

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:14:22 +0000

The Los Angeles Times is your typical big-city newspaper full of hoplophobic know-nothings whose gun ignorance is a badge of honor. Earlier this month, the Times opined, one of the nation’s largest newspapers, that allowing concealed weapons on college campuses is a “silly, and dangerous, idea.” As is to be expected when it comes to gun-ban advocates—and make [...]

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Upcoming radio appearance

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 23:19:03 +0000

I’m scheduled to appear tomorrow on Dave Congalton’s radio show on KVEC 920 AM tomorrow during the 5 p.m. hour to talk about my weekend column on San Luis Obispo’s proposed plastic beverage bottle ban. You can listen live online here. UPDATE 1/27/2017: For those of you who missed it, you can listen to the podcast [...]

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