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Sunday, January 22, 2017

"One of the great weapons of a democracy."

This was how Harry Belafonte, the performer and civil rights activist, referred to the street march in a recent interview. Mr. Belafonte played a critical role in organizing the 1963 March on Washington, which helped spur the passage of two major civil rights bills. He is also a co-chairman of the women's march set for Saturday.

When thousands of women converge on Washington this weekend, they will join a long tradition of rallies in the capital. From the suffrage processions of the early 20th century to the Tea Party rallies of 2009, marches have drawn attention to crucial issues, occasionally resulted in violence and often prompted opposing gatherings. read more


SAN FRANCISCO- Raising children is on the agenda for Daisy Yeung, a high school science teacher, and Slin Lee, a software engineer. But just not in San Francisco.

"When we imagine having kids, we think of somewhere else," Mr. Lee said. "It's starting to feel like a no-kids type of city."

A few generations ago, before the technology boom transformed San Francisco and sent housing costs soaring, the city was alive with children and families. Today it has the lowest percentage of children of any of the largest 100 cities in America, according to census data, causing some here to raise an alarm.

"Everybody talks about children being our future," said Norman Yee, a member of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors. "If you have no children around, what's our future?" read more


This is the future my friends!


Twenty-four years ago, William Jefferson Clinton promised change.

"Thomas Jefferson believed that to preserve the very foundations of our nation, we would need dramatic change from time to time," the 42nd president said in his first inaugural address. "Well, my fellow Americans, this is our time." Clinton vowed to focus on domestic issues, boost the economy, help the middle class, reinvent government and provide universal health care while balancing the budget and just in general being transformational.

Then came reality. "Dramatic change" in Washington is hard to come by -- as Clinton and just about every other "change" candidate has learned.

Donald Trump vowed to drain the swamp of Washington, but here's a different metaphor: It's a fortress, with moats, drawbridges, hidden passageways, secret tunnels, dungeons. Outsiders struggle to master the place.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

The ATF has been the bane of many a gun owner's existence. The massive bureaucracy has been the most visible embodiment of the gun control agenda imposed on Americans in the last century, a huge hulking mass of inefficiency and sloth which makes arbitrary judgements and seldom gives the little guy a break. According to at least one Congressman, though, the time has come for the ATF to go and he's introduced legislation to make that happen.

Jan 13, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner reintroduced the ATF Elimination Act, legislation that would dissolve the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and merge its exclusive duties into existing federal agencies. read more


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