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Spokane’s proposed ‘family wage’ is a ‘progressive’ cancer

By Colin Mcnickle
The intellectual midgets of the tallest order have been working so much overtime on America’s Northleft Coast that they’ve fried the last of their brain synapses. Why else would more than 2,600 people in Spokane, Wash., sign a petition forcing ...

Wong does not make a birthright for illegal aliens

By Colin Mcnickle
The firestorm that has erupted anew over “birthright citizenship” exposes the manifest dangers of constitutional ignorance. Not Donald Trump’s but that of his critics who have shown remarkable reading incomprehension regarding the Constitution and the Supreme Court case they so ...

Pittsburgh taxpayers played for rubes (again)

By Colin Mcnickle
Suckers. That’s what Pittsburgh government considers taxpayers to be. Just look at the latest “deal” by the city Urban Redevelopment Authority. It paid nearly $7 million for the old Saks Fifth Avenue department store and ancillary properties at the corner ...

Memorandi on a dog-day Sunday

By Colin Mcnickle
It was in late April that former Ed Rendell flack Chuck Ardo got back into the spinning game by signing on with embattled, and now criminally charged, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Ms. Kane, who had gone through six flacks ...

Meanwhile, back at the gun wars ...

By Colin Mcnickle
Los Angeles City Council has unanimously passed an ordinance to ban newspapers exceeding 10 pages. It also has banned any public speaking — including that from church, synagogue and mosque pulpits — longer than 10 minutes. Another measure limits the ...

‘Too many white people’ in Pittsburgh?

By Colin Mcnickle
Did you know that there are too many white people in Pittsburgh? That’s what the deputy director of the Allegheny County Department of Health’s Bureau of Public Policy and Community Relations told NEXTPittsburgh.com. “My two main gripes (about Pittsburgh) are: ...

Sharp notes from life’s open margins

By Colin Mcnickle
M ake no mistake, terrorist Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, shot dead by police, was responsible for Thursday’s terrorist attack on two Chattanooga military recruiting offices that left four Marines dead and a sailor and two others injured. But the Kuwaiti-born naturalized ...

Colin McNickle is on vacation

By Colin Mcnickle
Colin McNickle is on vacation ...

The economics of the ignorami

By Colin Mcnickle 9:00 p.m.
The Obama administration, led by its Council of Economic Advisers, obviously put in a lot of overtime to obfuscate the herd of elephants in the room in the June jobs report. It touted the creation of 223,000 jobs last month ...

A gun myth & a stripper’s lament

By Colin Mcnickle
Day in and day out, Americans increasingly find their fundamental liberties under attack. Here are two of the latest examples (two of many, mind you) as we prepare to celebrate yet another Independence Day: • In the latest spate of ...

‘Free’ speech & the license plate

By Colin Mcnickle
The court’s decision passes off private speech as government speech and, in doing so, establishes a precedent that threatens private speech that government finds displeasing. That’s how Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito opened his dissent to the high court’s 5-4 ...

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