Justin Katz

River and mill in Pawtucket, RI.

For a brief time Rhode Island had three seats in Congress.

By Justin Katz | May 6, 2021 |

That’s one of the telling details from a characteristically easy-to-read and historically informed essay by Steve Frias in the Cranston Herald.  In a nutshell, unionization and a refusal to adapt to a changing economy have been costing Rhode Island population, economic activity, and relevance for more than a half century: Unable to remake itself following this…

Mike Stenhouse and guests from In the Dugout

The Right spans from Caitlyn Jenner to Catholicism to cryptocurrencies, these days.

By Justin Katz | May 6, 2021 |

Mike Stenhouse touched on all of those topics on his In the Dugout show, yesterday.  He handled the Jenner topic himself, but Tyler Rowley joined him for the religion talk, and Kade Almendinger helped with cryptocurrency.

Multiracial hands on a table

Here’s today’s bit of clarity on the Marxist scam: decoy identities.

By Justin Katz | May 6, 2021 |

A few weeks ago, Sarah Hoyt commented as follows on Instapundit in response to a Victory Girls post by Lisa Carr concerning CNN assertions that Republicans are terrified of the darkening of the average American skin color: … when I didn’t like academic, Marxist [science fiction] I got told that’s because I didn’t like women, immigrants and…

Kamala Harris disembarks from Air Force 2 in RI

Under RI’s Act on Climate, can I sue Kamala Harris for her strange visit to Rhode Island?

By Justin Katz | May 6, 2021 |

A photo that Governor Dan McKee posted on his Facebook page, shown as the featured image for this post, caught my eye.  That’s an awfully big plane to carry one person hundreds of miles for tarmac handshakes with VIPs, a photo op with some local professionals, and a quick run to a neighborhood bookstore.  How…

A solar farm in the forest.

“Green” solar has eaten up about 4,000 acres of private forest land in RI and MA.

By Justin Katz | May 5, 2021 |

When government creates incentives, even with good intentions, it has an effect on people’s behavior.  Clark University Geography Professor John Rogan tells Scott O’Connell of the Telegram & Gazette, out of Worcester, that his team was surprised by the extent of damage solar mandates have done in these parts: According to Rogan, through a combination of…

Mike Stenhouse and Roland Benjamin on In the Dugout

Everything from municipal debt to vaccination gets pushed through our schools.

By Justin Katz | May 5, 2021 |

Mike Stenhouse goes through the details, including a conversation with Roland Benjamin of South Kingstown, In the Dugout.

Rhode Island Public High Schools Span the Nation

By Justin Katz | May 5, 2021 |

The U.S. News ranking of Rhode Island high schools shows that they span from nation-leading to nation-lagging, but the list of fifty-nine schools does not tell the whole story.

Aerial image of Bessemer, AL, Amazon

The Amazon union vote is another flashpoint worthy of study.

By Justin Katz | May 5, 2021 |

In the end, it wasn’t even close.  Of 5,800 warehouse workers at the Amazon facility in Bessemer, Alabama, 3,215 (55%) voted in the union election, 2,536 ballots were considered valid, and 1,798 (71% of the valid ballots) were against unionization.  Yet, judging from media reports before the election, this couldn’t possibly have been the case.…

Two men about to shake hands in the sunset.

“Platonic spouses” were another predictable outcome of the redefinition of marriage.

By Justin Katz | May 5, 2021 |

A recent Zogby Poll found that 61% of American business leaders agreed “that progressive ideas on race, gender, post-colonialism and ‘cancel culture’ were undermining society and were not necessary.”  One suspects that the other 39% are not being honest with the pollsters or with themselves. Consider the latest development on sexual identity undermining marriage: “platonic…

The BLM flag flown in Barrington, RI

A convenient concept taking progressive politicians by storm.

By Justin Katz | May 4, 2021 |

When I emailed the Barrington Town Council to voice my objection to their promotion of the Black Lives Matter flag in a divisive way and expressed that a flag policy has to be content-neutral, member Jacob Brier wrote back to asserted that it was “government speech.”  It was therefore completely constitutional.  Many others who received…

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