The Gun Debate

Posted October 13, 2015 by austrianaddict
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This video from shows the anti-gun crowd the secret on How To Create A Gun-Free America In 5 Easy Steps. I can’t believe Austin Bragg from Reason is helping the gunphobes in their quest to rid us of gun violence.

1) Elect 2/3rds of Congress who agree with you

2) Have them vote a proposed constitutional amendment that repeals the 2nd amendment.

3) Convince 38 State legislatures to ratify your amendment.

4) Have congress pass a law signed by the President that outlaws guns.

5) Have the police, the FBI, and the ATF confiscate 350 million guns from citizens who would probably not be willing to comply with the new law.

The cost of implementing the 5 steps is very high. This is why the anti-gun people will use political means, executive orders, and friendly courts to try to implement there anti-gun ideology.


Here is an article titled 7 Gun Control Myths That Just Won’t Die, by Sean Davis, at Mr. Davis takes apart some myths that the anti-gun crowd likes to assert when attempting to convince people their side is right. Here are a few myths from the article.


“Do armed civilians stop mass shooters?” the liberal magazine Mother Jones asked in 2012. “Actually, no.”

“Mother Jones justified its assertion by citing its own analysis that of the 62 mass shootings between 1982 and 2012, not one was stopped by a civilian with a gun. Shocking, right? Not really, once you consider the logical fallacy underlying the Mother Jones claim.”

“The fact of the matter is that shootings that happen in an area where concealed carriers can immediately respond don’t generally become mass shootings. It’s a bit like saying locked doors and alarms don’t prevent burglaries by only citing burglaries that happened in buildings with no locked doors or alarms as proof of your thesis. It’s no coincidence that so many mass shootings happen in areas declared to be “gun-free zones” by authorities.”

“Instances of concealed carriers stopping shooters in their tracks are too numerous to count. Here are just a few examples found from a few seconds of Googling.”

July 27, 2015:

April 20, 2015:

September 22, 2015:

“Concealed carriers can’t be expected to stop every shooting, just as police can’t be expected to prevent all crime. It is a fact, though, that concealed carriers regularly put an end to violent shootings”


“This trope is a popular one among gun control advocates who imagine themselves as strict constructionists when it comes to Constitutional interpretation. Piers Morgan, the failed CNN host and British tabloid editor accused of hacking into celebrity voicemails in search of tabloid gossip, is the foremost advocate of the notion that the Second Amendment protects only the rights of Americans to carry muskets:”

“As Carol Roth noted, the refusal of the Founding Fathers to precisely name the types of arms which citizens have a right to keep and bear was intentional. The same can be said of their refusal to constrain our right of free expression to quill pens and bulky printing presses. The Second Amendment protects our right to own handguns just like the First Amendment protects our right to criticize the government using the Internet.”


Politicians on the left will use every crisis to advance their anti-gun ideology, and politicians on the right will defend their pro-gun ideology against the attacks of the anti-gun left.

The one side is attacking a right that each individual has to protect himself. This right was not given by our Government, it predated our Constitutional Republic. Our Constitution puts shackles on our Government, when it comes to Government infringing on the right of each individual to keep and bear arms. Our founders gave individuals this right so they could protect themselves from Government force. Our founders were going to be the people who were in these seats of power. They didn’t trust themselves, why would we trust our present day politicians who are so far removed from our founders understanding of tyranny.

This political dance will continue with no ground being won or conceded by either side. Nothing will happen until the first four steps in the video above are accomplished. Then the s+*# will hit the fan when Government tries to implement step 5.

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Must Reads For The Week 10/10/15

Posted October 10, 2015 by austrianaddict
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French Workers Attack Air France Executives Rip Off Their Clothes, at How can businesses survive the costs of the benefits mandated by government? Compensation for working more than 35 hours a week, subsidized travel, restaurant lunch vouchers, paid days off for weddings and funerals, subsidized healthcare, guaranteed maternity and paternity leave, thirteenth month bonus pay, and minimum wage are just a few. Politicians who mandated all these benefits employers have to provide are the ones who caused these layoffs. These protesters are attacking the wrong people, they should be attacking the politicians for losing their jobs. We are not far behind France. Just look at the mandated benefits listed in the article; do they sound familiar?

Politicians Keep Chasing The Green Jobs Fantasy, at Green energy is nothing more than a money and power grab. Green energy is not a viable alternative to fossil fuels. It can only become an alternative if its unsubsidized cost per kilowatt-hour is lower than the cost per kilowatt-hour from fossil fuels. Fracking has pushed the green dream farther into the future.

Michigan’s Wind Energy Mandate Costs Each Family $4,000, at Because of the higher cost 24,000 jobs went away. When will we learn that central planning doesn’t work? Markets don’t necessarily pick winners. Markets allow the winners to be revealed. And it puts pressure on them to continue to please the consumer or another winner will take its place.

Recycling Was ‘Garbage’ In 1996, It’s Still That Way Today, And The Future Looks Even Worse, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Recycling is now seen as a moral imperative, when in reality it is a waste of resources, time and money. Quote from John Tierney: “We’re not just reusing our garbage, we’re performing a rite of atonement for the sin of excess.

Adidas 3D Printing Is A Sneaker Industry Game Changer, at

Swash 10-Minute Clothing Care, at Swash is like having a dry cleaner at home.

Chile’s Private Social Security System Should Be Globally Emulated, Not Locally Emasculated, by Dan Mitchell, at Chili privatized its social security system in the 80’s. Its success speaks for itself. The governments recent drift toward socialism puts the pension money in the cross hairs of the central planners.

Government Planted Questions For ’60 Minutes’ Interview With Snowden, at What about the separation of press and state. Does this surprise anyone?

Two Journalists Banned From Debate On Whether Feminism Stifles Free Speech, at The headline says it all.

Why America’s Oil Output Refuses To Collapse, at Fracking comes with new ways to extract more oil from existing wells at a lower cost. Cooperation in a market produces better results than top down decision-making from central planners. If President Obama had his way he would have shut down fracking. He is trying to do it through EPA regulations like he crippled the coal industry.


Bear Reacts Logically To Mixed Signals Given By Insane Lady

Video starts with insane lady talking to a bear.

Lady: “Thank you for leaving my kayak alone.”

Bear: No response

Lady: “I’m going to pepper spray you in the face, that’s what I’m going to do to you.”

Bear: “You insane b*$@#! Now watch what I do to your kayak.”

Her voice is like finger nails on a chalk board (click here).


PICTORIAL ESSAY: 18 Things I Did That My Grand-Kids Can’t Do Without Someone Getting Arrested, at

Here are a few.


We played Cops and Robbers! People DIED! We used ketchup as blood to make it look real. We took cap pistols to school …so we could play Cops and Robbers during Recess. I believe that in rural areas kids could even take bb-guns to school. No one gave a rats ass. Ever.

Sensible Punishment

Practically the only way to get expelled was if you actually put someone’s eye out. They didn’t expel kids willy-nilly for every imaginable offense.

Baths Were For Wimps

Even today, at age 81, my mom’s house is so clean you could perform open-heart surgery in any room. After playing outside all day, the chances of me walking in the house were exactly zero. I’d strip to my underwear, and mom would hose me down. She had a big heart though. In the winter time she’d use a warm bucket of water.


Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler



Ted Cruz And Sierra Club President Spar Over The “Settled Science” Of Global Warming

Posted October 9, 2015 by austrianaddict
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Sierra Club President Aaron Mair looks like someone caught in quick sand as he struggles to avoid answering Ted Cruz’s questions about global warming. He repeats over and over again that “97% of the ‘worlds scientists’ concur that global warming is a fact.” I guess he is trying to convince himself because nobody would be convinced by this performance. (I wonder what constitutes “worlds scientists”?). If this was a prize fight they would have stopped it in the second round.


Watch this short video from my post titled, What They Haven’t Told You About Climate Change, in which the co-founder of Greenpeace, Patrick Moore, blows the whistle on the global warming hoax.

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Observable Differences Between Cultures

Posted October 7, 2015 by austrianaddict
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I attended a basketball coaches clinic last weekend at the Columbus Convention Center. As I was walking down a long hallway toward the clinic, I noticed people carrying orange bags and wearing badges attached to orange lanyards around their neck. These people were attending a Materials Science and Engineering Technology conference that was being held in another hall at the convention center. Being curious, I stopped where these people were registering and found out this conference “brought together scientists, engineers, students, suppliers and more to discuss current research and technical applications, and to shape the future of materials science and engineering technology”.

As I stood there I noticed the people who were attending this conference were different from the people attending the basketball clinic. I walked over to a black gentlemen who worked for the convention center checking badges as people were entering the hall, and started talking to him. He said,  “you’re here for the basketball clinic”. He laughed when I said, “how could you tell”? I asked him, “if I went over and stood in the middle of the people registering for the tech conference, would you be able to pick out the one person who didn’t belong”? He started laughing. I said, “90% of the people are Asian aren’t they”? He said, “yeah, and the rest are from India”. I said, “I bet I won’t see one Asian person at the basketball clinic”.

A coach I went to the clinic with came by and as we walked down the hall to our clinic I told him about the Materials Science and Engineering Technologies conference that was going on at the same time as our clinic. I said, “I want one of those orange bags so people will think I am with the other conference”. He said, “people would probably be wondering who you stole that orange bag from”.

Thomas Sowell

As I read Thomas Sowell’s recent articles ‘Charlatans And Sheep’ (link to articles, and excerpts below), the differences I observed between the people attending the tech conference and the basketball clinic came to mind. I’ve read many of the books about race and culture that Dr. Sowell has written over the years, and here are a few things I’ve learned. 1) Certain races and cultures are better at certain things than other races and cultures. 2) These differences should not be a shock to anyone because group differences have existed through out history. 3) Politicians will exploit peoples ignorance about group differences, and blame one group for preventing the other group from excelling in that particular field.

Reading Thomas Sowell’s books on Race and Culture (click here) gives a person a base of knowledge for understanding why these differences exist. It also allows you to see how politicians, the media, and courts show their ignorance about this subject, and use others ignorance to gain power.


Here are some excerpts from Dr. Sowell’s three articles titled, Charlatans and Sheep (click here), Charlatans and Sheep Part II (click here), and Charlatans and Sheep Part III (click here).

“Whenever some group is not equally represented in some institution or activity, the automatic response in some quarters is to assume that someone has prevented equality of outcomes.”

“This preconception of equal outcomes requires not one speck of evidence, and defies mountains of evidence to the contrary. Even in activities where individual performances are what determine outcomes, and those performances are easily measured objectively, there is seldom anything resembling equal representation.

“For 12 consecutive years — from 2001 through 2012 — each home run leader in the American League had a Hispanic surname. When two American boys whose ancestors came from India tied for first place in the U.S. National Spelling Bee in 2014, it was the 7th consecutive year in which the U.S. National Spelling Bee was won by an Asian Indian.”

“We all know about the large over-representation of blacks among professional basketball players, and especially among the star players. The best-selling brands of beer in America were created by people of German ancestry, who also created China’s famed Tsingtao beer. Of the 100 top-ranked Marathon runners in the world in 2012, 68 were Kenyans. The list could go on and on. Although blacks are over-represented among professional football players, even the most avid National Football League fan is unlikely to be able to recall seeing even one black player who kicked a punt or a point after touchdown.”

“Among the many reasons for gross disparities in many fields, and at different income levels, is that human beings differ in what they want to do, quite aside from any differences in what they are capable of doing, or what others permit them to do. Observers cannot just grab a statistic and run with it, though that is what they do….”

“….. we constantly hear charlatans loudly proclaiming numerical “gender gaps” in employment or pay, and suing for discrimination.

“One of the secrets of successful magicians on stage is directing the audience’s attention to something that is attractive or distracting, but irrelevant to what is actually being done. That is also the secret of successful political charlatans.”

“Charlatans are only half the story. The other half includes people who are gullible enough to be led around like sheep by those exploiting the prevailing political correctness dispensed in our schools, colleges and the media……..So long as there is widespread gullibility, there will be charlatans ready to exploit it for their own benefit, either politically or financially.”

Related ArticleThomas Sowell: The Economics And Politics Of Race, at

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Specialization And The Division of Labor

Posted October 6, 2015 by austrianaddict
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The video below shows what an individual would have to go through to make a chicken sandwich if there was no division of labor and exchange. This represents a primitive life style that many of us alive today don’t understand because we were born at a time in history that has seeming abundance. But our current standard of living has existed for only a short period of time when you consider the recorded history of the world. The division of labor, specialization, trade, capital formation and accumulation, a medium of exchange {money}, are examples of market phenomena that spontaneously evolved over time. None of these were results of a centrally planned economy. We take these things for granted. In fact we fight against these things at every turn when we vote for more government intervention into the free market, not realizing that government interventions are hampering these very institutions that created our prosperity in the first place.

I liked this video because this is really I Pencil shown from a different perspective. Entrepreneurs specialize in producing the specific goods that go into making a chicken sandwich. Because of specialization and economics of scale, what is needed to produce a chicken sandwich can be purchased from a grocery store at a low price, stored in your kitchen, and used at your convenience. So instead of spending $1500 and six months producing a chicken sandwich, you can make it when you want to at a low price.

Here is I Pencil as explained by Milton Friedman in his Free To Choose series from the early 80’s.

Here is an article titled ‘The Firm And The Division Of Labor‘ by Per Bylund that goes into more detail about the division of labor. Here are some excerpts.

“Ludwig von Mises emphasized the division of labor as social cooperation and argued that every civilized society is based on the prosperity as well as the mutual dependence caused by the division of labor.

“Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk showed how society, at least the parts that choose division of labor instead of barbarism, consistently develop more roundabout and productive production processes that consist of ever more stages and involve (are dependent on) more people. The roundaboutness or “length” of a production process denotes the number of tasks it includes, where each task is continuously more narrowly defined. The alternative to the division of labor is that the baker has a small field out back where he grows and harvests his wheat, has a mill where he grinds it into flour, and a self-built oven to bake the bread. A longer or more indirect production method, which Böhm-Bawerk talks about, amounts to a farmer specializing in the production of wheat, a miller to grind the wheat, and a baker to produce the dough and bake bread in an oven made by someone specializing in oven making.

“Everybody involved in the production of bread (or any other product or service) — directly or indirectly — is dependent on consumers’ valuation of it. If it cannot be produced cheaply enough, nobody in the chain of productive tasks can sell their intermediate products. The whole economy aims to do this single thing: to produce goods that satisfy the needs and wants of consumers.”

Related ArticleWe’re All Born In The Middle Of The Story, at

Must Reads For The Week 10/3/15

Posted October 2, 2015 by austrianaddict
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Every time there is a mass shooting there’s one thing you can count on. The President will trot out in front of the cameras before the bodies are even cold and play politics. I wrote an article in December of 2012 after the Sandy Hook shootings titled “You Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste” (click here). It showed the template politicians and radicals use to exploit a crisis. The President followed the template then, he has followed it religiously since then and he is following it now. I don’t even have to update this article, just read it as is.

Investing In Schools: Capital Spending, Facility Conditions, and Student Achievement, at Study by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds no evidence that capital sending by schools improves student achievement.

Pro-NYC Charter Schools Group Airs TV Ad, ‘Progressives’ Scream Racism, at Teachers Unions don’t care if children get a better education. They only care about growing the number of teachers, and the salaries and benefits of the teachers.

Milton Friedman – The Way To Improve Schools video from

Questions To Millennials: Why Are You Not Mad As Hell Yet? at Millennials are going to be stuck paying for their student debt, Obamacare, social security (that they will never see), early retirement for government workers, all the debt Government officials have piled up just to name a few. It is inter-generational theft. You should be pissed off at my generation for getting you into this mess, I know I am. The question is: What are we going to do about it?

UN Aims To Eradicate Extreme Poverty, Hunger, Illiteracy and More, at The UN panel of 27 eminent thinkers said the number one threat to achieving these goals is, drum roll please, climate change (aka global warming). It is easy to set dates on goals, when your excuse for not reaching these goals can never be denied.

The Dirty Truth About “Organic”, by Henry Miller, at If Government officials are involved in setting the standards for what constitutes organic, do you think organic could possibly be a scam?

Crony Socialism: Government Bailouts Do Not Save Jobs, by Doug Reich, at Businesses fail because the consumer has decided that they are not productive economic activities. Government officials bailing these businesses won’t change this reality. HT

From Ireland to Germany to Italy to Mexico: How Americas Source of Immigrants has Changed in Each State From 1850 to 2013, at Hat Tip to Carpe Diem Blog. It is interesting to see the changes in the country of origin of immigrants to the United States over the decades starting in 1850. In certain periods in history you would have thought we were being invaded by the Irish and later by the Germans. The difference is these immigrants weren’t immigrating to a welfare state.

“Bacha Bazi” Obama’s Silence On Afghan Military Raping Children, at All you multiculturalists who think that all cultures are equal and shouldn’t be judged, read this and tell me what you think. Our soldiers are being punished, by our military, for trying to stop child rape by Afghan military officers because it is part of their culture. Our guys should be receiving medals for stopping child rape.

The Model For Obama And The Pope? North Korea

Posted October 2, 2015 by austrianaddict
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The Burning Platform (click here) shows us that the Pope and President Obama would consider North Korea a perfect model for every nation to follow if we want to stop global warming. Electrical usage in North Korea has decreased since 1980, while South Korea’s electrical usage since 1980 is 14 times greater. We all know that electric power is produced by carbon based fuels, which emit CO2, which is used by plants along with water and sun light to make sugar for the plants and oxygen for us. Wait a second! Does using electricity produce oxygen?



I have a question for the Pope and the President. If everyone followed your examples and spent their days pontificating or bloviating about poverty; Who would produce all the stuff that you want us to give to the down trodden? It’s hard to give something away that doesn’t exist. Production comes before consumption. The Pope should know this from reading Genesis 4:19 “By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread.” And President Obama should know this from reading Karl Marx, “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs“.

The people who rail against capitalism, do it under all the comforts that capitalism has produced. They are ignorant of the processes that allows them to do what they do, because they’re born in the middle of the story.

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

Here is a great article by Mark J. Perry at Carpe Diem Blog titled What Four Previous Popes Had To Say About Socialism. Needless to say they didn’t give socialism glowing reviews.

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