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Dana Pico is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and alumnus of the Patterson School of Diplomacy and international Commerce, and has written for the Kentucky Kernel, UK's student newspaper, as well as a few articles for the Lexington Herald-Leader, all in the days just after Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. He is now retired and living on his small farm on the banks of the Kentucky River. You can find more of his writings at The First Street Journal.

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And people wonder why conservatives do not trust the left
Dana Pico 6/19/2021 12:01 PM
One would have thought that the Supreme Court's decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd v Colorado Civil Rights Commission (2018) would have chastened liberals that people's religious freedom is, and ought to be protected, but, Alas!, it appears to have emboldened the left even more.


The not-so-subtle racism of an “anti-racist news organization”
Dana Pico 6/17/2021 12:01 PM
As of 11:59 PM on Sunday, May 16th, there had been 196 homicides in Philadelphia. That having been the 136th day of the year, that worked out to 1.441 murders per day in the City of Brotherly Love, putting Philly on pace for 526 killings for 2021, if the average held.


Surely the #woke New York Times couldn't be this misogynistic!
Dana Pico 6/15/2021 12:01 PM
Remember how Bari Weiss was forced out by the #woke[i] of The New York Times? Remember how the #woke at the Times decided that the Grey Lady, long a supporter of the First Amendment, no longer thought Freedom of Speech was such a great idea? Well, I spotted two tweets from the Times this morning, which showed that the very much anti-misogynistic they are:


Hold them accountable! Why was Keith Gibbson treated leniently by authorities in Delaware?
Dana Pico 6/11/2021 12:03 PM
After all of the stories about the murder of Christine Lupo, you'd think that The Philadelphia Inquirer would make a bigger deal about the capture of Keith Gibbson,[i] her suspected killer.


Charles Booker’s Misplaced Priorities
Dana Pico 6/10/2021 12:02 PM
As I previously noted, the hearts of the editors of the what my, sadly late, best friend used to call the Lexington Herald-Liberal must have been all aflutter when former, one-term state Representative Charles Booker (D-43rd District) of Louisville announced that he was forming an exploratory committee to see if he should run for the 2022 Democratic nomination against incumbent Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).


Pegging the irony meter: The New York Times tells Us About Someone Else's Problems With Freedom of Speech!
Dana Pico 6/8/2021 12:01 PM
I have, in the past, joked that I have an eidetic memory, but it isn't true. My memory is pretty good, and I have also joked that, despite my advanced age, I don't have Old Timer's Disease. At any rate, I do seem to have a longer-term memory than the editors of The New York Times:


The urban #ClimateChange activists cannot see outside their own little worlds.
Dana Pico 6/7/2021 12:06 PM
I do not watch a lot of network television. My go to networks for TV are the various Discovery Channel networks, primarily HGTV, DIY Network, and Great American Country, and I watch a lot of the home building and home search shows. Of course, all of the house hunters have their wish lists, but one thing is very consistent: people want gas ranges in their kitchens.[i] But what people want is not what the left want to allow them to have.


Resistance is not futile. I will not be assimilated.
Dana Pico 6/5/2021 12:03 PM
Is National Public Radio supposed to be an advocacy reporting organization? Is NPR supposed to push a particular political point of view? NPR's Laurel Wamsley, who purports to be a journalist, wrote an article entitled A Guide To Gender Identity Terms, in which she presented the "proper use of gender identity terms."


Fear is the mind-killer.
Dana Pico 6/3/2021 1:55 PM
Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration.


Is It Possible to Support Palestine Without Being Ant-Semitic?
Dana Pico 6/1/2021 12:04 PM
I have said it before: it is philosophically possible to be opposed to Israeli foreign policy and not be anti-Semitic, but it is a trick I have never seen accomplished. But, let’s be honest: most of the pro-Palestinian agitators don’t even try anymore. Mia Khalifa, a Lebanese-born former porn actress tweeted:


Does Amelia Carter believe that the law should not apply to black Americans?
Dana Pico 5/29/2021 12:02 PM
Conservatives have roundly mocked the chyron used by CNN to tell us about the “fiery but mostly peaceful protests” as a television reporter who might as well have been called Baghdad Bob stood in front of a burning building.


18th Century Technology: More devastation for print newspapers
Dana Pico 5/27/2021 12:01 PM
As both of my website, The First Street Journal’s, regular readers know, I am old fashioned in that I like newspapers as my source of news. I started delivering the morning Lexington Herald and afternoon Lexington Leader when I was in the seventh grade. I use newspapers as my primary sources because, as a mostly conservative writer, using sources which are primarily liberal in orientation eliminates complaints about my choices of sources. And finally, because I am mostly deaf, television news doesn’t work well for me.


On Lying
Dana Pico 5/26/2021 3:01 PM
Though I have refused to carry my vaccination record, as some form of #VaccinePassport, I have stated publicly that I did receive the Moderna vaccine shots, interestingly enough on April Fool’s Day and then Cinco de Mayo.


Did the Wuhan china Virus Escape From a Chinese Lab?
Dana Pico 5/25/2021 12:03 PM
Did the China virus escape from a Wuhan laboratory? I asked, last month, if it was time to start referring to COVID-19 as the “China virus” again. That was in response to the proposed “COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act,”


Why Not Just Wall In Philly, Just Like NYC In, "Escape From New York?"
Dana Pico 5/22/2021 12:02 PM
I asked, on August 18, 2020, What Are Mayor Jim Kenney and Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw Doing About Open Air Drug Markets in Philly? I had noted The Philadelphia Inquirer’s story about the open air drug market in the Kensington neighborhood, complete with a photo of a man shooting up outside the Market Street SEPTA station. I noted that, despite the Inquirer making it very public, the Philadelphia Police did nothing. I kept checking the news, for weeks, and never found a story about the Philadelphia Police making a sweep of the area, to clean up the drug dealers and users.


 

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