Border Separation Is About Politics. “The Children” Are Being Used As Pawns

Posted June 20, 2018 by austrianaddict
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The outrage over “the children” being separated from their families at the border is all about politics. This issue is being used as a weapon. The target of the weapon is Trump. It is that simple. The mid-term elections are coming up and the Democrats need a “Hail  Mary Pass”.

This is not Trumps policy. It is the law of the United States. This same thing was going on when Obama was president.

When reporters and politicians start using terms like “concentration camps” when discussing this, I tune them out. They have no credibility. They are attempting to sway opinion by using emotion. I don’t think this tactic is as effective as it once was.

Shocking Testimony: Civil Rights Attorney Asked Obama To Close Migrant “Baby Jails” in 2015, at zerohedge.com. According to his own words Obama wanted these detention centers. Where was the media outrage? I think we know the answer to that.

Breathtaking Hypocrisy Of The Left On Immigration, at theburningplatform.com. Here are two short videos of Hillary and Obama sounding like Trump. Where was the outrage?

Border Patrol Agent Enlightens CNN Reporter On Reality At The Border.

Four Things The Media Won’t Tell You About The Border Crisis, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article:  “By denouncing Trump’s policy (actually it is a U.S. law) of family separation and demanding that the administration keep families together, the media (along with a large number of lawmakers from both parties) are effectively arguing that families should be released while they await their court hearings or go through the asylum application process. Whether they realize it or not – and no doubt many in the media and the Democratic Party fully realize it – this amounts to a de facto open borders policy….”

 

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Let’s Take A Timeout And Laugh

Posted June 14, 2018 by austrianaddict
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George Carlin and Rodney Dangerfield each has a unique comedic style. Take some time to escape from your normal day and laugh a little. You deserve it.

George Carlin examines the meanings of expressions or sayings we use in the English language.

Rodney Dangerfield doing what Rodney does.

 

Must Read “Leftovers”

Posted June 8, 2018 by austrianaddict
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‘Uber Of Snowplows’ expands To Twin Cities, Joining Existing App-Based Snow Removal Service, by Callie Schmidt, at twincities.com. SnoHub and Plowz are snow removal apps based on the Uber model. These apps bring the service providers and the  service demanders together in a more efficient way. The market does amazing things.

The Unseen Cost Of Shoveling Snow, by Jim Fedeko, at mises.org. Jim’s articles are always entertaining. This snow shoveling discussion with his neighbor turns into a version of the broken window fallacy. The ending comes out of left field.

Control The Words, Control The Culture, at prageru.com. Not only does the left control the words that are used, it controls the meaning of words. And if you don’t bow to the alter of political correctness, you will be destroyed.

The Religion Of The Democratic Party Is Abortion And Brunch, by Bre Payton, at thefederalist.com. No comment necessary.

Higher Education Is Drowning In BS, by Christian Smith, at chronicle.com. The BS doesn’t stand for Bachelor of Science degree. This is good even though I don’t agree with all of it. It makes you think. And that is always good.

Regulations At Lowest Count Since Records Began Being Kept In The Mid’-1970’s, at reason.com. Getting rid of Government regulations makes the economy more productive. The good news is there have been a lot more regulations cut since this article was written.

What Is Social Justice?, by Hunter Lewis, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Moreover social justice is a moral concept, not a legal one. Charitable givers can make the necessary moral judgement about who have done their best………and are therefore deserving of help from those more fortunate. Governments cannot possibly make such judgement.

Utah’s ‘Free Range Parenting’ Law Said To Be First In The Nation, by Meagan Flynn, at washingtonpost.com. Today’s parents smother their kids when they attempt to protect them from every possible (but not probable) bad thing that might happen. As you can see by looking at the millennial generation, this sheltering by parents has stifled the ability of young people to figure things out on their own. We are doing a disservice to our youth when we don’t allow them the freedom to succeed and fail on their own.

Must Reads For The Week 6/2/18

Posted June 3, 2018 by austrianaddict
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Remember Filegate? Where The Clinton’s Promised Everyone That They Had Only Accidentally Been Looking Through FBI Files On Republicans? by John  Lott, at johnrlott.blogspot.com. Where these raw FBI files uses to blackmail people?

Atlanta Suburb Brags About Fines For Chipped Paint And Incorrectly Stacked Wood, at reason.com. It is not just the Federal Government that is tyrannical. Doraville Ga. is trying to balance its budget through fines and intimidation. Some residents are suing the city for violating their due process rights under the 14th amendment.

Trump Signs Orders Targeting Federal Workers, Union Activities, by Jonathan Allen, at nbcnews.com. Finally a politician with the balls to push back against out of control  federal employee unions. Public employee unions are helping bankrupt government at all levels.

How The Feds Use Transportation Funds To Spy On You, by Mike Maharrey, at mises.org. Is the Dept. of Homeland Security and the TSA building a nationwide surveillance network?

NAACP President In SC Says He Was Racially Profiled; Body Cam Video Shows Otherwise, by Tonya Brown, at wpde.com. I’ve posted many times about what I think are abuses of power by police. Here is an example of false accusations against the police.  And this follow-up. NAACP Now Investigating If Two Officers Took Part In Traffic Stop Of NAACP Leader, by Tonya Brown, at wpde.com.

BLM-Cheerleader Accuses Police Officer Of Sexual Assault, Body Cam Footage Proves Otherwise, at zerohedge.com. Another example of false accusations against police. Body cameras are a good idea. Just like citizens using their phones to film stops, is a good idea.

Caged Migrant Children Photo Goes Viral As Left Rages At Trump; Except It Happened Under Obama, at zerohedge.com. This is an example of the biased main stream media running with a story because it fits their narrative. The good thing about the internet is these fake news stories can be easily debunked. the MSM doesn’t have a monopoly on information anymore.

You Won’t Believe What McDonald’s Is Being Sued For Now.... at zerohdege.com. There are too many slip and fall lawyers looking for a payday.

The Marketplace – America’s Other Democracy, by Brian Balfour, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Note the contrast between this “other” democracy versus the political democracy, which is rife with patronage peddling, pork barrel spending, taxes, corruption and waste. In the democracy of the marketplace, individuals strive to serve the needs of others in order to foster their own success. Compare that to political democracy, which tends “to give way to the tyranny of the status quo that gets to exploit the exploitable — you and your fellow citizens,

Free To Be A Socialist, by Walter E. Williams, at jewishworldreview.com. Excerpt from the article: “….young people prefer socialism to free market capitalism. That, I believe, is a result of their ignorance and indoctrination during their school years, from kindergarten through college. For the most part, neither they nor many of their teachers and professors know what free market capitalism is.”

“Free market capitalism is disfavored by many Americans – and threatened – not because of its failure but, ironically, because of its success. Free market capitalism in America has been so successful in eliminating the traditional problems of mankind – such as disease, pestilence, hunger and gross poverty – that all other human problems appear both unbearable and inexcusable. The desire by many Americans to eliminate these so-called unbearable and inexcusable problems has led to the call for socialism”
“….socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great……It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster.”

John Oliver Is Wrong About Venezuela – It’s A Socialist Country, by Jose Nino, at mises.org. Venezuela is an example of the failure of socialism.

Drain The Swamp; Remove The Cancer, at economicnoise.com. Excerpt from the article: Much of he country still does not believe how corrupt their government is. To many, Trump is merely a baboon, not intelligent enough to properly manage government and not proper or politically correct enough to represent them.”

To the hoard of thieves inside the beltway, he is the million-to-one shot that could never happen. As such he is now a threat that cannot be tolerated. His tenure has already highlighted and uncovered inefficiencies and illegalities. And he is just getting started and beginning to focus on the really criminals stuff. Drain the swamp was a catchy campaign phrase but it was inaccurate in the sense that swamps do not metastasize. They can become more dangerous over time, but generally not become bigger. Washington is more like a cancer which does grow in size”

CARTOONS from therightreason.net

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Thomas Sowell: Discrimination and Disparities

Posted May 31, 2018 by austrianaddict
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Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is my favorite author. It was my great fortune to have stumbled upon his books in the mid 90’s. Dr Sowell has the ability to make complex concepts understandable to regular people like you and me. He digs into statistics from various studies and figures out what they reveal and what they do not reveal. He is an economist by trade. This background allows him to see discernible patterns that are hidden to most of us.

His writings have equipped me with a series of questions that I ask myself when confronted with any issue or anyone speaking about an issue. Here are the questions.

– Compared to what?

– At what cost?

-Is what is being compared, comparable?

– And then what?

– Numbers? In what context?

– Can someone be ethical while being political and can someone be unbiased while being an advocate?

– What is important is not what decision should be made? The real question is who is to make the decision? Through what process? Under what incentives and constraints? With what feedback mechanism?

If you remember these questions the chances of being fooled decreases exponentially.

DISCRIMINATION AND DISPARITIES

Although Dr. Sowell does not write his weekly column anymore, fortunately for us he is still writing books.

Dr. Sowell has written a new book titled “Discrimination and Disparities“. Dr. Sowell is being interviewed by Peter Robinson in this interview on Uncommon Knowledge. It will be a great investment of your time to listen to Dr. Sowell in this interview.

Here are some excerpts from the video:

“The fact that economic and other outcomes often differ greatly among individuals, groups, institutions and nations poses questions to which many people give very different answers. At one end of the spectrum…..The belief that those who have been less fortunate…..are genetically less capable. At the other end….. the belief that those less fortunate are victims of other people…..”

“Disparities can also reflect the plain fact that success in many kinds of endeavors depends on prerequisites peculiar to each endeavor and a relatively small differences in meeting those prerequisites can mean a very large difference in outcomes.”

“Professor Turman of Stanford did an empirical study where he picked something like 1500 people who had IQ’s in the top one percent. And he followed them for 50 years to see how they turned out…..The disparaties within that narrow range……the top third had more than ten times as many post grad degrees as the bottom third among people who were all in the top one percent. So there is obviously many other things that had to come together…..The other thing was that two people who failed to make the 140 IQ cut off ended up getting Nobel Prizes in physics, and nobody among the 1500 ever did. So obviously there has to be a lot of things that come together…..”

“The biggest differentiating factor in this study was family backgrounds. The ones who were in the top third came from families who were more educated. The ones who were in the bottom third had a parent who had dropped out of school before the eighth grade. So it doesn’t matter how much brain power you may have, if you are not raised in a home where people are thinking, where they’re doing intellectual things, you are not in the same position as someone with the same IQ who is in a family that has that kind of background. This blows the genetic argument is ruled out-of-bounds in terms of smarts. But so is the argument that anybody victimized them. The principle factors that accounted for success as opposed to failure was family background. That’s not really victimization, that’s a question of almost cosmic luck…. Too many observers….reason as if Intentions automatically translate directly into outcomes.”

The only times over which we have any degree of influence at all are the present and the future. Both of which can be made worse by attempts at symbolic restitution among the living for what happened among the dead who are far beyond our power to help or punish or avenge. Any serious consideration of the world as it is around us today must tell us that maintaining any common decency, much less peace and harmony among living contemporaries, is a major challenge both among nations and within nations. To admit that we can do nothing about what happened among the dead is not to give up the struggle for a better world, but to concentrate our efforts where they have at least some hope of making things better for the living.

 

Related Posts

Thomas Sowell: Wealth, Poverty and Politics, at austianaddict.com.

Thomas Sowell: “Economic Problems Don’t Have Political Solutions”, at austrianaddict.com.

Thomas Sowell: Vision Of The Anointed, at austrianaddict.com.

Thomas Sowell: The Economics And Politics Of Race, at austrianaddict.com.

Michelle Obama vs. Thomas Sowell On The Politics Of Race, at austrianaddict.com.

The ‘Disparate Impact’ Racket By Thomas Sowell, at austrianaddict.com.

Thomas Sowell: Human Capital More Important Than Physical Capital, at austrianaddict.com.

If you type Thomas Sowell in the search box you, will be treated to more of his writings.

Must Reads For The Week 5/19/18

Posted May 20, 2018 by austrianaddict
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Dixon High School Shooting: Officer Saves Lives, Shoots, Wounds Ex-Student, at Time.com. Good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with gun. There wasn’t much coverage about this attempted school shooting. It doesn’t fit the main stream media narrative about guns.

The Media Coverage Of The Israeli-Palestinian Clash Is Built On Myths, by David Harsanyi, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “No matter how often Hamas tells us that rioters on the Israel-Gaza border are armed, most of the media keeps referring to them as “protesters” and “demonstrators.” No matter how often Hamas acknowledges that rioters are part of a broader “war,” the media simply won’t report it as such. And no matter how often those rioters tell reporters they want to “kill” and “burn” Jews inside Israel, left-wing journalists and pundits still frame Israel as the aggressor.

Global Warming: Media Ignore Sharp Drop In Global Temperatures Over Past Two Years, at investors.com. What the main stream media doesn’t cover is just as telling, if not more telling, as what they do cover. This doesn’t fit their vision of the world.

Media Hate Trump So Much, They’re Willing To Defend MS-13, by Joey Wulfsohn, at thefederalist.com. Just another example of the main stream media at work.

The “Fake News” Story Is Fake, at zerohedge.com. The main stream media has lost its monopoly on the information people have access to. The internet has allowed people more access to information than was ever thought possible. The internet busted their monopoly. So the MSM’s answer to the loss of their monopoly is to just paint themselves deeper into their leftist corner.

Kayne And Dems, by Walter E. Williams, at jewishworldreview.com. Excerpt from the article: “West’s support for Trump, along with his criticism of the “plantation” mentality of the Democratic Party, has been met with vicious backlash from the left. The bottom-line sin that West has committed is questioning the hegemony of the Democratic Party among black Americans. The backlash has been so bad that West had to hire personal security to protect him against threats made against his life.”

“Kanye West is not saying anything different from what Dr. Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, Jason Riley, I and other black libertarians/conservatives have been saying or decades. In fact, West has tweeted quotations from Sowell, such as “Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it” and “The most basic question is not what is best but who shall decide what is best.” Tweeting those Sowell  quotations represents the highest order of blasphemy in the eyes of leftist.

Millennial Candidates Embrace Socialism, While Venezuela Chokes On It, by Doug French, at mises.org. Socialism is not a new idea. It goes back centuries and has been a proven failure. So why do millennials think it is such a good idea? Because our education system promotes socialist central planning and discredits free markets.

Broke Illinois Pension System Leaves Every Resident With $11,000 Debt, at zerohedge.com. Individuals in State government have created this crisis because they have underfunded these pensions. Why? The incentives of the political system is to cave in to government unions.

Yes, Carbon And Other Taxes Make Gas Ridiculously Expensive, by Robert P. Murphy, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: Excerpt from the article:  “Americans should be very suspicious when intellectuals tell them that a carbon tax won’t be very painful or disruptive to the economy. Besides the obvious lessons from history—when has a government ever been modest with raising revenues through a new tax?—we can also point out that the point of a carbon tax is to alter people’s behavior, by making their current lifestyle so expensive that they have no choice but to change it.”

California Kids’ Math Achievement Took A Nosedive After Common Core, by Joy Pullmann, at thefederalist.com. The Federal Government pushed Common Core. Now look at the results. Bur they will never admit their mistake. They will probably double down.

Stop Calling The GOP The Party Of Small Government, by Veronique de Rugy, at reason.com. Government has grown under GOP control. The only way to shrink government is to primary out every big government republican in the House and Senate. And replace them with candidates who think like Freedom Caucus members.

More On My Efforts To Advance Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion And End Gender Discrimination In Michigan, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Mark J. Perry is catching the leftest in their own Title IX trap. The University of Michigan is currently reviewing possible violations of Title IX nondiscrimination policies. But this discrimination is against men and gender nonconforming students.

Campus Kangaroo Courts Finally Used Against Women, by Ashe Schow, at thefederalist.com. A male student has accused a female student of sexual assault. Apparently he was to drunk to ‘consent’ to sexual activity. Just like male students who are wrongly accused, she is suing the University of Cincinnati for violating her 14th amendment right to due process. How absurd is all this getting?

Why Trump Is A President Like No Other, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgreatness.com. Victor Davis Hanson reviews Conrad Black’s book about Donald Trump. It gives great insight into why Trump does what he does. I’ve said before that Trump is playing  a different game than the game political, bureaucratic and media insiders have always played. After two years they still don’t understand what game he is playing. It’s as if he is playing hockey on their golf course.

Donald Trump’s Critics Face Blowback, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com. The “Deep State” is getting caught in the traps that they tried to spring on Trump.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 5/12/18

Posted May 13, 2018 by austrianaddict
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California Regulators Want To Add $10,000 To The Price Of A New Home With a Solar Panel Mandate, at reason.com. Just another example of central planners in government forcing their idea of morality on everybody.

New York Times Editorial Board Thinks Uber Is Too Popular, Demands Price Floors, at reason.com. Leftists in the media don’t understand that Uber and other ride sharing apps are successful because NY city government limits the number of taxis available to the people of NY. This means the price has to rise to ration the scarce resource.  Read more about Uber vs Taxis in my post titled: “CAR WARS’ Return Of The Jitneys.

Confronted By Reality, A Leftist Changes His Mind On Gun Rights, at danieljmitchell.wordpress.com. Reality has a way of clearing up foggy thinking.

“10% Of Berkeley Students Are Homeless, at ecocnomicpolicyournal.com. Here is an example of the media using statistics to manipulated the “news”. Can anyone say ‘fake news?

When Money Dies: In Venezuela, A Haircut Costs 5 Bananas And 2 Eggs, at zerohedge. When a country regresses to a barter system, its standard of living decreases. Barter is a less efficient way of making exchanges.

Global Warming? The  Latest News Tells A Different Story, by Jack Hellner, at straightlinelogic.com. Excerpt from the article: “Weather stories that don’t conform to the official global warming narrative don’t receive a lot of media attention.”

Customs Agents Steal Money A Nurse Saved To Build A Medical Clinic In Nigeria, at reason.com. Never trust anyone who has sanctioned government power. This is a case of government abuse of power.

An “Audible Gasp” Was Heard When The Chicago Fed Unveiled Its “Solution: To The Pension Problem, at zerohedge.com. And who pays for the generosity of a benevolent government official? Tax payers.

Real Socialism” Has Indeed Been Tried – And It’s Been A Disaster, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article” From the point of view of the socialist purist, if only a new Lenin or a new Mao were to come along and try harder, well, than socialism might finally succeed. After all, as the satirical publication the Onion recently suggested, “Stalin Was Just One Great Purge Away From Creating communist Utopia.”

No More Top-Down Revolutions, by Gary North, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “The World Wide Web is conducive to individual change, and perhaps local community change, but there are so many competing voices with so many competing programs that it will prove almost impossible for any centralized movement to take over anything larger than a county. I don’t see how the religion of revolution can ever produce the equivalent of the Communist revolutions of the 20th century. Communications are just too decentralized.”

John Kerry Tries To Salvage Iran Deal Behind Trump’s Back; Secretly Meets With Top Iran Official, at zerohedge.com. This is the “deep state” not wanting an outsider to over turn their decrees.

WSJ: The FBI Hid A Mole In The Trump Campaign, at zerohedge.com. This is an example of the “deep state” not wanting an outsider to be a part of their club.

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