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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see South Korea’s president say North Korea is ready to give up nukes with no conditions, but wonder whether this is yet another ruse from Pyongyang.  They also wonder why 175,000 Starbucks employees need racial sensitivity training because of a high-profile controversy at one franchise.  And Jim has the perfect charity in mind for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio after tax returns show the mayor and his wife donated just $350 to charity in 2017.

A Whistlepig on Every Ballot


My fellow Americans, it is time for an amendment to the United States Constitution. We need a protest vote option on ballots. Now, I know that the Libertarians have been long championing the “None of the Above” option, but it has not caught on. This approach has three flaws:

  1. It was proposed by Libertarians.
  2. It is not enough of a statement against the candidates.
  3. It leaves the seat empty.

Thus, we need another option. As a Libertine, rather than a Libertarian, anything I propose will not suffer from the first flaw. To overcome the second and third flaw, we need someone or something to fill the seat that will be a true insult to the candidates that lose to it. Thus, I propose the humble whistlepig. That’s right, our old friend Marmota monax. The groundhog or whistlepig or red monk or many other names you may know them by.

Now, you may say, “But, Arahant, that’s just a large squirrel that is a pest.” That’s right. And if I’m going to vote for a large squirrel that is a pest, I want a real one that will do no harm, not some ersatz human version who will mess things up by voting to expand government.