Justin Katz

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Seasonally adjusted employment shouldn’t be going down in Rhode Island, but it is.

By Justin Katz | July 15, 2021 |

As you see headlines today and tomorrow about how Rhode Island’s unemployment rate went down a tenth of a percentage point, keep this in mind, from an RI Dept. of Labor and Training press release just out this morning: The number of employed Rhode Island residents was 506,600, down 500 from May. Last June there…

Eugene Delacroix Fanatics of Tangiers

Progressives continue to use “conversion therapy” bans to convert our country into a theocracy.

By Justin Katz | July 15, 2021 |

Back when the Democrats of Rhode Island imposed their radical religion on the people of the Ocean State in 2017 with a “conversion therapy” ban, I pointed out that it didn’t just affect the therapy of children, but adults, as well.  I went on to emphasize exactly how this was the state government imposing a religious…

Silhouette of a stickup

Progressives don’t want more information about the weapons used in crimes.

By Justin Katz | July 14, 2021 |

Anita Baffoni reports for WPRI on the decision of Democrat Governor Dan McKee to take the middle path between vetoing a bill and signing it — allowing it to become law without his signature — on a bill that modifies what must be reported when guns are used in crimes.  Most notably, the bill, which…

Prolife prayer in NYC

It’s not difficult to see where the urge for fascism really is on the American political spectrum.

By Justin Katz | July 14, 2021 |

Nobody should ever accuse progressives of spending too much time on self reflection.  Consider the following, from an article for Catholic News Agency by Joe Bukuras about pro-abortion protesters’ blocking a Catholic pro-life procession: “Violence can look like a man throwing punches,” a copy of a [New York City for Abortion Rights (NYCFAR)] flyer says.…

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Elorza’s view of poverty perfectly encapsulates progressives’ error.

By Justin Katz | July 14, 2021 |

No doubt many smart progressives would spot Democrat Mayor of Providence Jorge Elorza’s error in thinking, but this statement, as quoted on GoLocalProv, perfectly summarizes the progressive approach to policy: “If there’s one thing that causes poverty, it’s the lack of money,” said Elorza of the program that is currently funded through private donations —…

BLM t-shirt of Sayles St instigator.

Wokism is creating terrible, terrible incentive to undermine communities.

By Justin Katz | July 13, 2021 |

John DePetro reports that one of the families involved in the Sayles Street neighbor dispute a few weeks ago is nearing the $15,000 goal of its GoFundMe campaign.  Give some thought to the process by which they’re monetizing debate. Without assigning blame for who started it, we can state as fact that this family was…

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Politics This Week with John DePetro: Politics Becomes All

By Justin Katz | July 13, 2021 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz discuss how everything is becoming political narrative, not serving and protecting the people, in Rhode Island.

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A gun confiscation policy will never, ever work in the United States (and is the wrong approach, anyway).

By Justin Katz | July 13, 2021 |

In a long (language-warninged) post from November 2018, Larry Correia ran through the mental exercise of imagining what would happen upon federal implementation of a gun confiscation program would look like.  He wrote in the context of comments that gun owners couldn’t possibly take on the U.S. military, which Joe Biden has recently echoed, as…

A gun on a tree stump

Reducing gun violence begins with the family and culture.

By Justin Katz | July 13, 2021 |

Speaking about a murder on Public Street in Providence, Democrat Mayor Jorge Elorza insists, “There’s just too many firearms out there, and not just too many firearms, but too many automatic firearms.”  In other words, he blames the guns. Last month, Providence Journal writer Amy Russo began an article on guns by asserting:  “Violence tends to…

SpaceX launch

Billionaires’ toys are an encouraging advance, not a travesty of privilege.

By Justin Katz | July 12, 2021 |

In a time of cultivated resentment (and leaving as a separate question whether something in our system is unjustly permitting individuals to collect monopolistic billions), we should take this as a leading edge toward the future: Two billionaires are putting everything on the line this month to ride their own rockets into space. It’s intended…

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