Author Archives: Rob Port

What If Banning Violent Video Games Makes Americans More Violent?

What If Banning Violent Video Games Makes Americans More Violent?

A Utah Democrat wants to crack down on violent video games as a way to address violent crimes: Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) introduced a bill this week that would ban the sale of violent video games to minors. The Supreme Court struck down a similar California law in 2011, ruling that the restriction violated the

Propaganda: White House Releases Videos Of Kids Reading Letters About Gun Control

“The child can’t vouch for the policies,” wrote Ann Althouse today. “The child hasn’t competently requested anything. The child is merely a prop representing goodness, innocence, and the future.” Which is why using a child to make a political point is repulsive. But that’s exactly what President Obama is doing, surrounding himself with children yesterday

Senate Pounds Through Emergency Bill To Block Open Records Request

Yesterday I wrote about an open records I filed for comments posted in the North Dakota legislature’s bill tracking service. I was curious if those comments were open record or not, and so filed the request to find out. The response so far has been to rush though legislation to block open records requests for

"Guns Across America" Rally Coming To Bismarck This Saturday

Guns Across America is an effort to hold rallies in each state capitol across the country on January 19th. So far it seems they’ve organized in 47 states, and North Dakota is one of them. If you’re a North Dakotan, you can get more information about the rally in Bismarck here. It will be held

Guest Post: China's Strategic Next Step Is Buying Critical US Taxpayer-Funded Technology

Unless the Obama administration intervenes, the United States may soon have to depend on one of China’s wealthiest and most politically-connected Communist party leaders for access to taxpayer-funded technology that will power the next generation of space satellites and unmanned military vehicles. In the world of advanced lithium-ion batteries, the Holy Grail has been the

ND House Passes Bill Aimed At Dalrymple Grand Jury Petition

In a sad spectacle, a group of seriously misguided political activists have been trying to get North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple indicted for bribery because he accepted and disclosed perfectly legal political contributions. These activists contend that Dalrymple, who is generally favorable to oil development in the state, accepted political contributions from individuals and PAC’s

Poll Shows Support For New Gun Control Laws Slipping

If you were wondering why President Obama and Democrats were in such a hurry to cram through new gun control laws, here’s your explanation: The poll’s Wednesday release comes a few hours after the president proposed background checks on all gun sales and bans on military style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines as part of

North Dakota Shouldn't Be Obliged To Help Enforce Bad Federal Policy

It seems that legislation introduced by North Dakota state Rep. Roscoe Streyle which would prohibit the use of state resources to enforce new federal gun control laws is drawing the ire of state law enforcement officials. “So what next? Someone doesn’t like federal transportation law?” sniffed Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney on the Jay Thomas

North Dakota's Oil Tax Must Be Fixed

The Bismarck Tribune sounds a note on energy taxation and regulation that legislators ought to heed: Although the state has become comfortable with surplus revenues from oil and gas (make that expectant of surpluses), the Legislature needs to take a methodical and well-reasoned approach to any long-term financial commitments. It’s not likely oil production will

Government Benefits Have Reduced The Incentive To Be Employed

In the Wall Street Journal, Richard Vedder writes about America’s declining work force: In recent decades there was a steady rise in the employment-to-population ratio: For every 100 working-age Americans, there were eight more workers in 2000 than in 1960. The increase entirely reflects higher female participation in the labor force. Yet in the years

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