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Tipping your waitress is the latest sacrilege against union power

Writing at the Washington Times, Mike Paranzino chronicles the latest Big Labor crusade, this time against tipping.  When I first saw the headline, I spent a few moments frowning and trying to remember what arcane business or high-finance practice might have become known by the nickname "tipping."  I even briefly considered the possibility that unionized agricultural workers were going after the old drunken prank of cow-tipping.   Jun 20, 2014 8:30 AM PT

Saddam's Iraq, Three Iraqs, and other dubious scenarios

While everybody argues over whether the likes of Dick Cheney have anything useful to say about the current Iraq crisis, I can't help thinking the dangers of leaving Saddam Hussein in power are being grossly undersold.  Have the years since his death really been so kind to the memories of the old monster?   Jun 19, 2014 11:50 AM PT

Chicago teeters on the edge of financial oblivion

Sure, I could write that headline about any number of cities, and you could say Detroit is doing a lot more than just "teetering on the edge of oblivion."  But it's going to be a huge deal when Chicago goes down... and I think "when" is the appropriate word to use, not "if."  The lovely state surrounding Chicago isn't in very good shape either, and the nation surrounding that isn't exactly rolling in dough. Jun 18, 2014 1:57 PM PT

Obama's fake followers strongly approve of his performance

I've long been a student of a phenomenon I call "manufactured credibility," in which the Internet makes it easy to fake popularity and approval for everything from books and consumer products to politicians.  One of my early writings on the subject was inspired by the saga of a guy who made good money running a business that supplied planted reviews to sites like Amazon.com.  You paid a fee to his fairly large and sophisticated operation, and his people would flood the big consumer websites with highly convincing, authentic-sounding positive reviews for your book. Jun 17, 2014 9:19 AM PT

The joys of training your imported replacement

The immigration debate is mostly driven by the crisis of massive illegal immigration, which has been deliberately conflated with legal immigration by activists, to the extent that we're not even supposed to refer to them as "illegal aliens" any more.  When people protest efforts to allow illegals across the border and give them amnesty, you can bet they'll be described as "anti-immigration" by the media, even though they haven't said a word about legal immigration. Jun 16, 2014 12:47 PM PT

The hunt for the ever-elusive Tea Party killer leads to... Occupy Wall Street

Liberals were so excited when news broke of a husband-and-wife team of psychopaths killing two police officers and a heroic armed civilian who confronted them in Las Vegas... and threw a "Don't Tread On Me" Gadsden flag over one of their victims.  At last!  At long, long last!  The elusive Tea Party killer had finally arrived! Jun 16, 2014 8:14 AM PT

Movie review: 'Her'

I recently caught the much-discussed Spike Jonze movie "Her" on home video, having missed it in theaters.  Father's Day seems like a good time to offer a review, and a recommendation.  It's perfect viewing for Father's Day at this particular point in our social and technological evolution - a look back at where we've gone wrong, with a sweet little dash of hope for the future.  Among the many neat tricks pulled by the clever script is that the sci-fi element of an artificial intelligence becoming a man's love interest is actually part of the nostalgic look back. Jun 15, 2014 7:58 AM PT

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