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Wash. Times: My Blowup at the Bogus Checkpoint

  Washington Times, July 8, 2016 Blowup at the bogus checkpoint Improved technology has done more to reduce environmental harm than government emissions tests By James Bovard As I recently sat in a seemingly endless line of cars at the Maryland vehicle emissions checkpoint, the engine in my 1999 Ford suddenly growled, shuttered and conked […]

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Celebrating July 4th by Satirizing Congress

July 4th is my Independence Day, regardless of how depraved the government has become. Thirty-seven years ago, the New York Times printed a satire I wrote on the failure of the All-Volunteer Congress.  Some congressmen wanted to revive the military draft in order to have a higher quality army.  I showed that the same argument could […]

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Surveillance Paranoia and my London Bust

There’s a new video on the perils of foreign travel out from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (which oversees the CIA, NSA, etc.) “Know the Risk – Raise Your Shield” recommends getting a throwaway cell phone and a new/temporary email address when traveling abroad. It shows how foreign immigration officials can work […]

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FFF: Presidential Fear-Mongering versus Freedom

from the Future of Freedom Foundation – PRESIDENTIAL FEAR-MONGERING vs. FREEDOM by James Bovard After the San Bernardino massacre late last year, Barrack Obama made a rare speech from the Oval Office. His most memorable line was his declaration that “freedom is more powerful than fear.” That epigram might have made John F. Kennedy’s speechwriters […]

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TSA PreCheck Ridiculed in New Yorker

People should not be obliged to pay an $85 federal fee to not be molested. The Transportation Security Administration expected its PreCheck program to be a silver bullet to boost revenue and speed passenger flow.  Vast numbers of travelers were supposed to shell out $85 and submit all sorts of personal information, go to a […]

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Orlando Massacre Police Response Debacle?

Police apparently took 3 hours to finally confront the Orlando shooter. How many people bled to death in the meantime? Hopefully we get the facts on the police delays ASAP. In the meantime, here’s a line from a Wall Street Journal piece I wrote in 1998. Playing around with quote software – not sure this […]

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Best Flash Summary of 2016 Presidential Race

This cartoon is the best flash summary I have seen of the 2016 presidential race. Even before the votes are counted, cynics have won. Critics have been castigating me for being cynical about government and politics since… hell, forever.  But this year is vivifying how our entire political system is speedily going off the rails. […]

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