20:2 reminds us that arbitrary tyranny wasn't a bed of roses:
2 A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion;
those who anger him forfeit their lives.
Note: the Proverbialist doesn't really see anything wrong with that
state of affairs; it's simply the way things were. Don't poke the
Nowadays, we're much less likely to worry about random violence
from irked governmental officials.
(But you still have to watch out for the
Instead, you have to be careful not to anger the crowd of the
offended. They will
■ For example, the Google LFOD alert rang of an Adam Liptak NYT front page
Is His ‘Art.’ So Can He Deny One to a Gay Couple? "He" is Jack
Phillips, operating Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado. He'd prefer
not to construct wedding cakes celebrating gay marriages, and that
case is going to the Supreme Court. And one of the presented
arguments is one we've seen before:
The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian group that
represents Mr. Phillips, said in a brief that the Supreme Court has
long recognized a First Amendment right not to be forced to speak.
In 1977, for instance, the court ruled that New Hampshire could not
require people to display license plates bearing the state’s motto,
“Live Free or Die.”
Anger the Progressive Lion and you'll find yourself fighting for your
livelihood, if not your life.
■ NR's Kyle Smith piles on the literary stylings of Her Royal
Real Title of Hillary’s Book: Why I Should’ve Won.
[…] the book only makes sense when you realize that What
Happened is a fake title, a P. T. Barnum–style ruse to draw
in the suckers. The real subject of this 500-page chunk of
self-congratulation and blame-shifting — its real title — is
“Why I Should Have Won.” If Hollywood is a place where you peel
off the fake tinsel only to find the real tinsel underneath,
Hillary Clinton is homo politicus all the way through.
It’s all she has. It’s all she is. She earned the Oval
Office, dammit, and she wants you to know it. Peel off the
phony, power-addled political hack, and all you’ll find is the
real, power-addled political hack underneath.
A telling factoid about the book in which Hillary promised to "let
her guard down": there are "two pages about her hairdressers, but only
two clipped paragraphs about that time she collapsed on 9/11".
■ Arnold Kling takes pains to analyze political faction
dispassionately. He counts Four political parties
in the fractious US today. And I am in…
4. Conservatarians, meaning conservative-flavored libertarians or
libertarian-flavored conservatives. I don’t count the fringe folks
on the alt-right–they are electorally irrelevant and out of the
picture. There are some Republicans in Congress who are
conservatarians, but not any that I know of on the alt-right.
Conservatarians worry about unsustainable fiscal policy, the power
of the regulatory state, and a loss of key values, such as
individual responsibility and respect for freedom of speech.
None of the four parties are close to a majority, Kling believes,
which means that there will be a lot of nose-holding in our future.
■ Scott Sumner has some New Hampshire-related content at his
Money Illusion blog. Poverty does not
cause social problems (and the cream rises to the top). The odd
factoid: The two states with the highest rates of opioid fatalities are
West Virginia, one of the poorest states and New Hampshire, one of
Of course it’s silly to argue that affluence causes
addiction—correlation doesn’t prove causation. But it’s equally
silly to suggest that people in West Virginia become drug addicts
because they are poor. There are a billion poor people (by American
standards) in China, and very few are heroin addicts.
Scott doesn't actually explain New Hampshire's opioid problem
(West Virginia's either). But he knocks off the economic explanation
■ The LFOD alert also chimed for this NH1 news report: NH
becomes 22nd state to decriminalize marijuana.
“The governor and Legislature both deserve a lot of credit for
moving the state forward with this commonsense reform,” said Matt
Simon, the Manchester-based New England political director for the
Marijuana Policy Project. “Unlike his predecessors, who opposed
similar proposals, Gov. (Chris) Sununu appears to understand that
‘Live Free or Die’ is more than just a motto on a license plate.
Now if we could just expand it beyond pot smoking…
■ The Caledonian Record is "a family-owned, independent
daily newspaper serving six counties in Northeastern Vermont and
Northern New Hampshire." And our local paper, Foster's Daily
could take a few editorial lessons from it. I invite you to read:
Tale of Two States
The United States Census Bureau released income data this week and a couple things jumped out at us.
First, the highest median household income in the nation is being earned in New Hampshire. Granite State households are bringing in $76,260/year - 30-percent more than the national median of $59,039.
Second, Vermont is the only state in the country that suffered a rise in our poverty rate. Data shows that over 71,000 Vermonters are now living below the poverty line ($12,228 for individuals & $24,399 for families)… 10,000 more than last year. By way of comparison, New Hampshire has the lowest poverty rate in the country, at 6.9 percent.
And of course…
With their “Live Free or Die” ethos turbo-charging their robust economy, New Hampshire taxes neither sales nor income.
Vermont has a lower opioid death rate, though. So they have that
going for them.