Must Reads For The Week 4/13/19

Posted April 15, 2019 by austrianaddict
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“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

Strange Paradoxes Of Our Age, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com. Excerpt from the article:    “From Race, to environmentalism, to wealth, the gulf between ideological rhetoric and reality has rarely been wider.”

“Modern prophets often say one thing and do another. Worse, they often advocate in the abstract as a way of justifying their doing the opposite in the concrete.”

“The result is that contemporary culture abounds with the inexplicable – mostly because modern progressivism makes all sorts of race, class, and gender exceptions for politically correct felonies, an appeasement that ensures an absence of deterrence and thus even more transgressions.”

The Joys Of Socialism: Venezuelans Are Looting Corpses For Jewelry And Bones, at zerohedge.com. More examples of how moving down the road toward government central planning (socialism) produces misery.

Diocletian In Venezuela, at the burningplatform.com. What is happening in Venezuela is nothing new. The Roman empire’s decline was kicked into high gear by the implementation  of big government central planning policies under emperor Diocletian. The Socialist central planning ideas embraced by Democrats, and some Republicans, are no different from the policies implemented by the Roman Empire two centuries ago or Venezuela today. Going down this road leads to the same place. Brexit and the election of Trump are examples of ‘the people’ saying “we need to take the next exit, turn around, and go back the other way.

The Betrayal Of Brexit Is A Mix Of Social Engineering And Mock Elections, at zerohedge.com. Brexit has turned into a battle of wills between our elected betters, and the “benighted masses”. Elected bureaucrats will lie, threaten, use government force and ultimately kill to keep their power. The benighted masses will win as long as they don’t give up.

The Truth About Brexit In 135 Words, at zerohedge.com. This cab driver, a member of the benighted masses, cuts through the anointed’s propaganda, and sums up Brexit for us. “They’re all liars mate. May was a Remainer. How were we going to get a good or deal when our negotiators don’t want to leave? They’ll stall until they can say it’s not what the people want no more……happened in every country that ever wanted a referendum or held one…

Small Businesses Layoff Workers To Comply With Minimum Wage Law, at zerohedge.com. People don’t need an economics degree to understand the economic principle of supply and demand. We live the principle everyday. When the price of an economic good is increased, we buy less. The fact that we are talking about increasing the cost of labor, doesn’t change this common sense principle. Fewer employees will be employed.

Housing Starved San Francisco Shoots Down New Apartment Project Because It Would Cast Shadow On Nearby Park. Again. by Christian Britschgi, at reason.com. Increasing the cost of building apartments, via regulation, fees or delays, means less housing will be supplied. The same principle applies to housing as it does to labor in the above post.

What Went Wrong With Pensions…And Why The Whole World Should Be Worried, at zerohedge.com. Politicians have underfunded these pensions for years. There is not enough principle in these pensions, to accrue enough interest, in order to cover the  benefits promised by politicians. At some point someone is going to have to give something up. It will either be the tax payers through higher taxes or retirees through decreased benefits. Politicians who try to fix this problem will be savaged by the unions and the media. While the politicians who created the problem will never be held responsible.

Thousand Of Elderly Patients Go Blind In Britain Due To Eye Surgery Rationing, by Ashe Schow, at dailywire.com. Healthcare is an economic good. Economic goods are scarce and have to be rationed through some process. Economic goods are rationed by prices in a free market, while they are rationed by bureaucrats in a centrally planned system. More healthcare is supplied in a free market than is supplied in a centrally planned system. Since the U.K. has a nationalized healthcare system, the supply of healthcare will not be enough to keep up with demand. Waiting in line is how scarce resources are rationed in a centrally planned economy.

London’s Uber, Cab Drivers Catch Yellow Vests’ Bug, Rail Against Fossil Fuel Taxes, at zerohedge.com. The climate change hoax will be paid for by the middle class. These are the people who can ill afford to pay for it. The wealthy will be ok and the poor will either be exempted from paying or will be subsidised by tax payers.

Central Banks Are Propping Up Stock Prices, by Thorsten Poleit, at mises.org. Printed money, via artificially low-interest rates, is being pumped into the stock market. This pushes stock prices higher and props them up after they have increased. Money going in to the stock market increases stock prices while money leaving the stock market decreases stock prices. It is simple supply and demand.

Outraged Jews And Supporters Stage Sit-In At Nancy Pelosi’s Office, by Lori Lowenthal Marcus, at saracarter.com. This is what happens when you push identity politics. Eventually protected groups are pitted against each other. I have never understood why Jewish people support the Democrat party since Democrat policies are anti-Israel. The failure of Democrat party leaders to criticize the anti-Semitic comments of Democrat Rep Ilhan Omar is causing many Jews to rethink their support for the Party. This exit from the Democrat party is being called Jexodus. Like Candace Owens’ Blexit movement.

Cory Booker Admits Releasing Migrants In Sanctuary Cities Would “Make Us Less Safe“, at zerohedge.com. In an unrelated story, “I Finally Agree With Cher” Trump Exposes Liberal Elites’ Virtue-Signaling Hypocrisy, at zerohedge.com. These two are agreeing with Trump even though they probably don’t realize it. Trump doubled down on the lefts criticism of him stating that he was going to release migrants to sanctuary cities. After the criticism he said: “…The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!” He was offering to give them what they wanted.

These leftists remind me of Wile E. Coyote. He always got smashed by the anvil he attempted to drop on the Road Runner. He has been doing this to the Democrats and the media for two plus years. And they haven’t figured it out yet. (watch here)

NY Democrats Block College Tuition Aid For Gold Star Families – But Approve $27 Million In Aid For Illegal Immigrants, by Sara Taylor, at theblaze.com. Since human beings act purposefully, their actions reveal what they value. Who do these democrat politicians value. Excerpt from the article: “Democrats in the new York Assembly blocked a college tuition bill that would expand aid to children in Gold Star families. The move took place Tuesday, just a week after he Assembly’s Higher Education Committee approved $27 million allocated from NY State’s tax budget to assist illegal immigrants in receiving higher education.”

School Lets You Pay Tuition By Selling 17% Of Your Future Income, at zerohedge.com. This is a free market solution to the government created problem of the high cost of a college education.

College (As We Know It) Is Broken In The USA, at zerohedge.com. The high cost of a college education is sowing the seeds of its own destruction. This high cost is providing lower cost alternatives with the ability to compete in the education market for customers. Here is the list of some possible alternatives. 1) The way students and parents pay for college is changing. 2) The methods and the places students learn are changing (and have been for a while think internet and trade schools). 3) Our culture is changing to finally accept that “traditional’ 4-year college isn’t the answer for everyone. 4) Businesses are starting to figure out that a college degree isn’t needed to be successful in their particular field. They would rather provide training for potential workers, instead of relying on a college degree.

Frankenstein Designer Kids: What You Don’t Know About Gender – Transitioning Will Blow Your Mind, at zerohedge.com. I stated this last week: What about the oath…First do no harm! This is child abuse. Young kids and teens don’t have the mental capacity to understand what transgender even means. Why do you think there are statutory rape laws and laws against pedophilia? To protect young people from predators. Are  doctors now predators?

Pew Research Center’s Science Knowledge Quiz, at carpediemblog. The average score is 61%. Take this quiz if you want to build your self-esteem, because you will probably get all the answers correct. But, does being able to answer easy questions correctly build self-esteem? They should have a more difficult quiz for the people who answered all the questions correctly. Then we could find out if we deserve to feel good about our scientific bona fides.

 

CANDACE OWENS Opening Statement In Front Of House Judiciary Hearing Concerning On “Hate Crimes And The Rise Of White Nationalism”. (click here)

Candace Owens Slaps Down Democrats Smear Attempts At Judiciary Hearing. (click here)

After Mr. Lieu played some audio of a previous statement made by Candace Owens, he doesn’t ask her to comment. He asked two people on the panel to comment about her comments. Then a Republican congressman said he would yield his allotted time to Miss Owens if she wanted to respond. She then proceeds to hammer Mr. Lieu. As she starts, the chairman of the committee tries to accuse her of ‘referring disparagingly’ to a member of the committee. This is a ploy used by politicians in these hearings to limit the amount of time a witness can talk. But this back fires because she proceeds to hammer him.

Watch the condescending attitude shown by the facial expressions of the committee chairman. The optics of this are amazing. Lets reverse the situation. If a white Republican congress chair acted like this toward a black women who was testifying, the Dems and the press would be screaming racism.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Comey: ‘We Did Spy—We Just Observed And Reported Secretly Without The Subjct’s Knowledge Or Consent’, at babylonbee.com.

Ocasio-Cortez Appears On ‘The Price Is Right,’ Guesses Everything Is Free, at babylonbee.com.

Scientists Recommend Reducing The Number Of Democratic Presidential Candidates To Help Fight Climate Change, at babylonbee.com.

Progressives Officially Redefine ‘Hate Speech’ As ‘Speech We Do Not Like’, at babylonbee.com.

Hillary Clinton Sends 30,000 Emails On Mission To Investigate Black Hole, at babyonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

from burningplatform.com

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

 

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Must Reads For The Week 4/6/19

Posted April 9, 2019 by austrianaddict
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“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

Capitalism (aka) Self-Ownership Is The Only Moral Economic System, by Gary Galles, at mises.org. Private property rights and voluntary exchange are the foundation of free market capitalism. Property rights means you own what you produce. Voluntary exchange means each individual can exchange what he produces for what another individual produces under the terms which they mutually agree, with no intervention from third parties  Excerpt from the article:

“As Ludwig von Mises explained it, private property is the basis for “joint action and cooperation in which each participant sees the other partner’s success as a means for the attainment of his own,” in sharp contrast to any “us versus them” zero- or negative-sum view of social interaction which treats someone’s gains as others’ losses. In capitalism (which is actually inconsistent with the government created or enabled crony capitalism we see all around us), even those who would be tyrants, if given the opportunity, must focus their efforts on providing willing service to others to induce their voluntary cooperation. In contrast, the drive for power that animates these Democrat Presidential hopefuls who condemn a capitalism they plainly don’t comprehend would increasingly turn others into their unwilling servants.

The Socialist Fantasy, by John Stossel, at townhall.com. Socialism is government ownership of the means of production. But what do you call a system where government, although allowing property rights, controls what you can do with what you produce through rules, regulations and confiscation via taxation? Crony capitalism or crony socialism. We do not have free market capitalism in the US right now. We have a hampered market. But Government central planners don’t have to own the means of production to wreck an economy. All they have to do is increase their interference, and eventually a country’s standard of living starts to decrease. Even though government intervention isn’t the definition of socialism, government intervention is the road which leads to”serfdom and poverty”.

How Countries Fall Into The Welfare Trap, by Antony P. Mueller, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:

“People like the welfare state because they suppose that it comes at no costs and provides many benefits. If people knew how much the present consumption of social benefits entails less prosperity in the future, the population would have a critical attitude towards the welfare state and politicians would have a harder time selling their fraud. Just as a society that ranks security over liberty loses both, a society that attributes a higher value to social benefits than to wealth creation ends up with neither wealth nor benefits.”

Liberalism’s Last Stand – Brexit, by Tom Luongo, at tomluongo.me.    Brexit is a modern-day version of the American Revolution. Only this time it is the British people who don’t want to take orders from the bureaucrats in the European Union. Adding another layer of bureaucratic intervention on top of what exists already in the British government was a bridge too far. The people have spoken. But the bureaucrats in Brussels don’t want to give up their power. Just like King George didn’t want to give up his power over the colonies. Excerpt from the article:

“Now with the European Union facing a populist uprising across the continent they have reached the turning point with Brexit. And the conundrum is enormous.”

“Brexit is the single most important political event of this century……So, paying close attention to it is important. That’s why it has so divided people. It represents an existential threat to the inevitability of modern liberalism. The European Union is the symbol of that inevitability. Because once that inevitability is breached the EU will begin to unravel before our eyes.”

Electoral College: Why We Must Decentralize Democracy, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. The articles above show us why we need the Electoral College. Power needs to be taken away from government and dispersed to the individual. Politicians and bureaucrats always want more power. The history of the 20th century shows what happens when power is centralized. Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro! Oh that’s right….it can’t happen here. The left is afraid of Trump abusing power just as the right was afraid of Obama abusing power. Shouldn’t both sides agree that the government has too much power if an abuse of power by the person holding the seat could harm them.

The Recycling Movement Fails, by Michael Shedlock, at lewrockwell.com.  After decades of being guilt tripped into recycling, we are finding out that it is too costly.

Goodbye To The Internet: Interference By Governments Is Already Here, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article:

“Government regulation combined with corporate social media self-censorship means that the user of the service will not know what he or she is missing because it will not be there. And once the freedom to share information without restraint is gone it will never return. On balance, free speech is intrinsically far more important than any satisfaction that might come from government intrusion to make the internet less an enabler of violence. If history teaches us anything, it is that the diminishing of one basic right will rapidly lead to the loss of others and there is no freedom more fundamental than the ability to say or write whatever one chooses, wherever and whenever one seeks to do so.

3 Reasons Why Facebook’s Zuckerberg Wants More Government Regulation, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. The three reasons are 1) Regulations will give Facebook more monopoly power. 2) Zuckerberg and Facebook will help write the new rules. 3) Regulations will limit Facebook’s legal exposure. Big business wants government regulation because regulations make it more difficult for start-up companies to succeed. When a business gets big, it no longer supports competition. It seeks monopoly power. Which can only be granted by Big Government.

The Air Bag Body Count Upticks – And Will Again, by Eric Peters, at ericpetersautos.com. Government central planners work for their own self interest. Excerpt from the article:

“There are hundreds of thousands of cars in circulation with air bags Uncle knows are defective; knows have killed and so – great leap of logic – are probably going to kill again.”

“Yet Uncle does not hurl a fatwa granting permission for the people who were forced by Uncle to buy these air bags to even temporarily disable them until they can be replaced with new air bags that may also kill them, but which at least aren’t known to be defective.”

“But remember when VW was forced to park vast fleets of perfectly safe – and clean – diesel-powered cars (the entire 2016 model year run) on account of “cheating” on EPA emissions certification tests. These cars never hurt anyone – or even the environment – but Uncle went ballistic. Because he’d been hurt.

States Sue Trump Administration Over Changes To Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Standards, by Jana J. Pruet, at theblaze.com. Why didn’t they sue when Michelle Obama interfered with school lunch standards in the first place?

The Latest Scheme To Turn Gun Owners Into Criminals, at zerohedge.com. The gun grabbers never give up.

Resisting Born-Alive Bill, Democrats Are Desperate To Hide Truth About Abortion, by Georgi Boorman, at thefederalist.com. If a blob of tissue is born alive, is it still considered a blob of tissue or is it a baby? Here is the best line from the article. “Legal abortion is fundamentally a mother’s entitlement to kill her child….They actually believe that abortion is the right to a dead baby.”

Doctors Are Now Giving Hormone Treatments To Children As young As 8 Who ‘Identify’ As Transgender, by Sara Taylor, at theblaze.com. What about the oath…First do no harm! This is child abuse. An 8 year old doesn’t have the mental capacity to understand what transgender even means.

Ex-Senate Employee Pleads Guilty to Theft Of Personal Data, at seattletimes.com. Petty tyrants use intimidation to get what they want.

Jury Rejects Harry Reid’s Lawsuit Against Fitness Band Maker He Blamed For Injuries, at cbsnews.com. Is anyone surprised that Harry Reid would sue for damages?

Actual Putin Puppets: Moscow Pitting Climate Activists Against American Energy Industry, at zerohedge.com. The USSR backed the peace movement during the cold war. Putin is a former KGB agent. Therefore the Russian government backed the anti-fracking movement. I’m shocked! Russian collusion?

Mueller’s Record Of Framing Innocent People To Protect The Guilty, at zerohedge.com. This article tells of the abuses of power by unelected bureaucrats (deep state). This is an eye opening article.

With Mueller Hopes Gone, So Goes Progressive Unity, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgretness.com. Victor Davis Hanson sums up the Mueller investigation. Great read.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Venezuela Praised For Achieving World’s First Zero-Hour Work Week, at babylonbee.com.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Economics Degree Recalled, at babylonbee.com.

Jussie Smollett Receives Prestigious NAACP Award For His Work Creating Jobs For Nigerian-Americans, at babylonbee.com.

Unsure What ‘Heartbeat’ Is, Hollywood Actors Come Out Against Heartbeat Bill Just To Be Safe, at babylonbee.com.

Man Arrested While Attempting To Smuggle Dhick-Fil-A Sandwich Into San Antonio Airport, at babylonbee.com.

Moved By Sight Of Homeless Man Asking For Food, Local Christian Prays Light Would Turn Green, at babylonbee.com.

Trump: ‘Any Shooting Actually Inspired By Me would Have Left Thousands Dead, at theonion.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform (more classics here)

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

 

Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

 

Must Reads For The Week 3/9/19

Posted March 11, 2019 by austrianaddict
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“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

ECON STUFF

Putting American’s Huge $20.5 Trillion economy Into Perspective By Comparing US State GDPs To Entire Countries, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Even with all the government intervention, our free market economy is the most productive in the world. Or put another way, what is left of our free market economy is the most productive in the world. How much more wealth and prosperity could our hampered market produce if Government taxes, regulation and debt were reduced?

Why The Boom-Bust Cycle Keeps Repeating, by Frank Shostak, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “The boom-bust cycle phenomenon is somehow linked to the modern world. But what is the link? The source of the recurring boom-bust cycles turns out to be the alleged “protector” of the economy — the central banks themselves.”

“A loose central bank monetary policy, which results in an expansion of money out of “thin air” sets in motion an exchange of nothing for something, which amounts to a diversion of real wealth from wealth-generating activities to non-wealth-generating activities.”

The Green New Deal Plus Modern Monetary Theory = Socialism, by Mark Hendrickson, at mises.org. Excerpt from thee article: “Thank you, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Green New Deal (GND) she has unveiled is most illuminating. It is now unmistakably clear that AOC, Bernie Sanders, and other democratic socialists in the Democratic Party don’t want “socialism lite” but rather they want the federal government to take control of the “commanding heights” of the economy. Although they may settle for the variant of socialism in which businesses remain nominally private, even as the government dictates what they must do, they plainly want central economic planning, albeit with a 10-year rather than five-year plan.”

“This is no exaggeration. The GND essentially calls for conscripting the American workforce and putting us to work in accordance with what the elite government planners want instead of what “we, the people” want. They propose to replace our market economy, in which privately owned businesses compete to see who can best supply the needs and wants of the people, with a command economy in which government is the master and citizens build what the planners say must be built.

Government Spending Isn’t Always Inflationary, by Frank Shostak, at mises.org. Government spending what it steals from citizens in taxes is not inflationary. But it is an exchange of how the individual tax payer would have used the money (his production) for how a group of bureaucrats and politicians spend the money. The problem arises when our government spends more than it steals in taxes. The excess spending above what is stolen via taxes is funded by selling debt in the financial market. Inflation is caused when the Federal Reserve uses electronically printed counterfeit money to purchase government debt. It is an exchange of something for nothing.

China’t Slowdown Is Exposing The Cracks In The Global Economy, by Claudio Grass, at mises.org. China’s growth rate has been slowing because it was fake in the first place. China’s prosperity is a debt fueled bubble caused by the money printing of China’s central bank.

Excerpt from the article: “Overall, the problems faced by China were largely predictable. A nation buried under such mountains of debt would eventually have to confront the elephant in the room. Growth based on and fueled by credit is only an illusion and cannot be sustained. As reality comes knocking, China’s gloomy outlook should serve as a warning to investors in the West, where governments also attempted to use the very same methods to prop up their economies.”

The Brexit Betrayal: Democracy On The Brink, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article:

“As the official deadline for leaving this European Superstate approaches, it seems that elected members of Parliament are determined to override the will of the British people in a capitulation that will mark the death knell of their freedom.”

“Will the U.K. forever be trapped in a political union with no hope of escape? Will the British Deplorables take to the streets to demand democracy be served? And is there any doubt remaining in the minds of the electorate that the government has its own agenda that must be served out as thin gruel in this ongoing saga?”

People Trade Nations Don’t, by Patrick Barron, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:

“A world of peace and increasing prosperity depends upon strictly limiting the ability of governments to interfere in international trade through their central banks and legal tender laws. Eliminating both would expose many economic fallacies that purport to characterize international trade as a competition between nations with their own citizens either winners or losers depending upon whether they are net exporters (winners) or net importers (losers). Central banks not only are barriers to trade and prosperity, they are fomented of international tension and even war. Time to scrap them. Remember, the US did not have a central bank between the Age of Jackson–after President Andrew Jackson was successful in preventing the renewal of the charter of the Second Bank of the United States in 1837–and just prior to the Great War in 1913 when the Federal Reserve System was founded. During this era, despite fighting a civil war, the US economy grew probably at the greatest rate of any economy in the history of the world.

Which Degrees Will Earn You The Most (And The Least)? at zerohedge.com. Don’t become a debt serf by going into hock up to your neck for a worthless college degree. Check out the degrees that are worth the price of going to college.

Whole Foods Slashes Worker Hours Four Months After $15 Minimum Wage Increase, at zerohedge.com. Is anyone shocked by this. A businessman can only afford to pay labor more than what it produces for so long before he has to cut employees or reduce hours.

 

POLITICAL STUFF

House Passes Anti-Bigotry Resolution After Anti-Semitism Push Splits Party, at zerohedge.com. What? The Democrat party is split over the issue of Anti-Semitism? This should have been a no-brainer, shouldn’t it? Trying to juggle three balls is difficult. Trying to juggle four balls is exponentially more difficult than three. How difficult do you think it is to juggle all of the identity groups that the Democrat party has split us into?

National Association Of Black Journalists Elevates CNN To Special Media Monitoring List, by Kanya Stewart, at NABJ.org. The NABJ is concerned about CNN’s lack of black representation in the ranks of its executive news managers. Looks like the left is being hoisted on its own petard of social justice.

After Anti-Christian Animus, Colorado Stops Harassing Cake Baker, Joy Pullmann, at thefederalist.com. Here is an example of government using its power to force an individual to comply with the political correct way of thinking. Who has the resources to fight government when individuals in government are determined to get you? Ask Michael Flynn?

Mayor Claims She Was Hate Crime Victim After ‘Yellow, Sticky Substance’ Found On Car. Cops Have Simpler Explanation, by Dave Urbanski, at theblaze.com. When all you hear from the main stream media and leftist politicians is that racism exists around every corner, you would naturally jump to the conclusions that pollen covering your car would be a hate crime because it fits the politically correct narrative. You wouldn’t want to try to figure out what the sticky substance was before you made a claim of racism, would you?

Popular Defiance Will Kneecap Gun Laws In New Mexico, As It Has In Other States, by J.C. Tuccille, at reason.com. This is the real resistance against government tyranny.

Construction Begins On 30-Foot-High San Diego Border Wall, at zerohedge.com. We should ask Nancy Pelosi if it’s immoral to replace an existing wall with a wall that works better?

Forced Blood Draws & Implied Consent Laws Make A Mockery Of The Fourth Amendment, at zerohedge.com. This is another example of the break down of the rule of law. The break down starts with individuals in government who use its force to trample on individual rights. That is law breaking that citizens will eventually not accept.  Excerpt from the article:”All of those freedoms we cherish—the ones enshrined in the Constitution, the ones that affirm our right to free speech and assembly, due process, privacy, bodily integrity, the right to not have police seize our property without a warrant, or search and detain us without probable cause—amount to nothing when the government and its agents are allowed to disregard those prohibitions on government overreach at will.

In Editor’s Note, The Washington Post Admits Early Covington Reporting Was Flawed. Sandmann’s Attorney Says That’s Not Good Enough, by Robbie Soave, at reason.com. The pattern of the main stream media is to jump to conclusions on stories without getting all the facts. Why do they do this? Because when something confirms their bias, they go with it because they don’t fear any consequences for their actions. I hope this kid wins this law suit.

Ocasio-Cortez Chief Of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti Hit With FEC Complaint, by S.A. Miller, at washingtontimes.com. Where ever there is a pile of money there is no limit to the number of people who are going to try to procure a portion of it. Nothing will happen to this guy. He will probably have to return the money and receive a slap on the wrist. Laws that are not enforced are not laws. Incentives matter.

Obama Wants To Train ‘A Million Barack And Michelles to Create Progressive Utopia, at zerohedge.com. Who is going to produce all the stuff in this progressive utopian world that exists in the minds of Barack and Michelle? As Walter E. Williams would say; “If you said tax payers, go to the head of the class”.

 

GLOBAL WARMING STUFF

Our Planet Is Not Fragile, by Walter E. Williams at jewishworldreview.com. Excerpt from the article:

The people at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change agree, saying that to avoid some of the most devastating impacts of climate change, the world must slash carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2030 and completely decarbonize by 2050.”

“Such dire warnings are not new. In 1970, Harvard University biology professor George Wald, a Nobel laureate, predicted, “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” Also in 1970, Paul Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist, predicted in an article for The Progressive, “The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”

“The year before, he had warned, “If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.” Despite such harebrained predictions, Ehrlich has won no fewer than 16 awards, including the 1990 Crafoord Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ highest award.

Science Magazine Goes Nuts Over Happer Committee, by David Wojick, at cfact.org. Excerpt from the article:

“In case you missed it, the US National Security Council has floated a proposal to form a Presidential Committee that will take a hard look at some of the climate change alarmist reports coming out of the federal agencies. The effort is being led by physicist Will Happer, a well-known skeptic.”

“Not surprisingly, the climate alarmists are apoplectic at the very thought that a group of scientists might examine their cherished alarms. The prestigious magazine/journal “Science” has been a leader in expressing outrage, in a way that clearly shows that they have no idea what is going on.”

“When a supposedly great scientific publication cannot understand the situation it is worth a closer look. It turns out Science Mag is operating under a simple fallacy. We might even call it the “alarmist fallacy” since most alarmists fall for it……”

“The fallacy is obvious — alarmism is equated with climate science. The committee is not questioning climate science, whatever that might mean; it is questioning climate alarmism. The two are very different.”

“The fact is that alarmism is one interpretation of the vast body of research that climate scientists report, while skepticism is a contrary interpretation. In short there is a scientific debate. Skeptical scientists like Happer have a very good grasp of the actual science. What they object to is alarmism’s interpretation.”

When Bubbles Burst – Tesla, The Everything Cycle And The End Of Global Warming, by Tom Luongo, at tomluongo.me. Excerpt from the article:

“Religions die hard. It takes an orgy of evidence to change a person’s mind on a subject that is integral to their moral and ethical structure.”

“In the case of Tesla, the mania surrounding it over the past decade has been inextricably bound up with the hysteria of global warming.”

“……There’s is a religion based around basic human hubris — that we are far more impactful on the world than we actually are and our activities need to be reined in.”

“This comes from worshiping the environment as a substitute for traditional religions. Marx preached organized religion is the ‘opiate of the masses’ but people need religion of some form or another to bring meaning to their lives and guide their behavior.”

“So if they reject Christianity, for example, they will seek out a new thing to elevate and substitute for it.”

“The environment is definitely one of these substitute religions. In fact, modern environmentalism has all the trappings of a classic human religion.”

“We have our Satan, consumerism. It is the bastard child of capitalism since this version of environment-worship is rooted in Marxism.”

“We have the apocalypse story, Global Warming. We will literally destroy all life on the planet turning it into Venus. It’s the rapture for Gaia worshipers.”

“And we have the High Priest of Technocracy who will save us from ourselves, Elon Musk. He will put a solar panel on every roof, take us to Mars while we drive around, guilt-free in our luxury Teslas.”

“The problem with all of it, of course, is that it was all bought with debt and government largesse, itself a consumerist fantasy created out of the opulence that capitalism provided.

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions In Long-Term Decline While Oil And Gas Production Increases, at instituteforenergyresearch.org. The little known secret is the fracking industry has reduced the cost of producing natural gas to a point that coal-fired power plants are being turned into natural gas power plants. Since natural gas burns cleaner than coal, our greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced. At the same time we have become the world leader in oil and natural gas production. This was all accomplished by the free market, without any help of government. In fact Obama tried to put as many chains as he could on the fracking industry but even the Great Barack couldn’t stop what happened.

California’s San Bernardino County Slams The Brakes On Big Solar Projects, at wind-watch.org. The fight is on. The people in San Bernardino County won this initial battle. But these environmentalists will never stop in their religious crusade to save the planet.

The Green New Deal Continues The War On Meat, by Jose Nino, at mises.org. Who should decide if I should eat meat? Me or a politician/bureaucrat? These petty tyrants are trying to force their religious beliefs on us. Not going to happen.

Wind Turbine Noise: Real Impacts On Neighbors, by Lisa Linowes, at masterresource.org. Interesting article about how the noise from these wind turbines affects people.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Ilhan Omar Withdraws Support From Bill To Save The Earth After Learning That’s Where Israel Is, at babylonbee.com.

Border Patrol Agent Calls Up Planned Parenthood To Get Helpful Pointers On Separating Children From Their Mothers, at babylonbee.com.

Joseph Stalin Posthumously Identifies As Strong Woman Of Color To Deflect Criticism Of Socialist Policies, at babylonbee.com.

Weird: All Of Google’s Self-Driving Cars Are Veering To The Left For Some Reason, at babylonbee.com

 

CARTOONS

From theburnngplatform.com.

 

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

 

 

Must Reads For The Week 3/2/19

Posted March 3, 2019 by austrianaddict
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“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

Does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Give Socialism A Bad Name? by Don Boudreaux, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Socialism produces poverty and tyrannical government. It has a bad name no matter who it’s advocate is.

Mainstream Media Blacks Out The Democrats’ Infanticide Vote, by David Harsinyi, at thefederalist.com. The mainstream media covers or doesn’t cover stories based on whether the story A) fits their narrative or B) they think it furthers their leftist vision of the world.

Tesla Slams Into Tree In Florida, Bursting Into Flames And Killing Driver Before Reigniting In Tow Yard, at zerohedge.com. Teslas are showing a pattern of catching fire (Click here Teslas catching fire.) Is the Tesla becoming the new Ford Pinto (read here)? Will the Media go after Tesla like they did the Pinto. Or is an electric-powered car off-limits to criticism because it fits the MSM’s leftist agenda?

The California Dream Is In Nevada: Golden State Expats Flock To Las Vegas Suburb, at zerohedge.com. Californians are fleeing their mini socialist State for greener ($) pastures. I hope they understand it was their leftist political ideology that brought about the economic conditions they are fleeing. If not, they will vote in the same disastrous policies which produced the economic conditions they fled in the first place.

Hate Crime Hoaxes: The Bad And The Good, by Walter Williams, at jewishworldreview.com. Her are the words of Dr. Williams: “This type of hoax is part and parcel of the let’s broad agenda of victimology, fraudulence and gimmickry, plus gross media gullibility, incompetence and political attention seeking. What’s so troublesome is the fact that despite considerable evidence that the incident was a hoax, no apologies have been issued to either he public or the targets of their malfeasance – President Trump and the Americans who voted for him.”

Racial hoaxes have been a major part of the leftist agenda going back decades. In 1987, the Rev. Al Sharpton created  the Tawana Brawley hoax, wherein four white men were falsely accused of rape. For perpetrating the hoax, Sharpton was rewarded by receiving national recognition, millions of dollars and a career as a television/radio talk show host, and he ran for president in 2004. He also received 82 invitations to advise Barack Obama’s White House on matters of race.”

Police: Michigan Gay-Rights Activist Set Fire To Own Home In Fabricated Hate Crime, at insurancenewsnet.com. Nikki Joly is a transgendered activist who is being charged with setting fire to his house in an attempt to fake a hate crime. He had to make up a hate crime against the transgendered because there weren’t enough happening in reality. Here is what I found out about hate crimes from statistics compiled by the FBI (click here). In 2017, out of 8,828 hate crimes there were 160 reported (.02%) against the mentally and physically disabled compared to 132 against the transgendered. Since there isn’t much national media coverage about hate crimes against the disabled we can assume the disabled are lower on the social justice ladder than the transgendered.

Nearly Half Of US Female Scientists Leave Full-Time Science After First Child, at nature.com. Many women are deciding they don’t have enough time to be a great parent and a great scientist. So they choose being a great parent. Choice reveals what each individual values more. Quoting the article: “this explains the persistent under-representation of women in jobs that involve science, technology, engineering and mathematics“. For years we have been made to believe that the under-representation of women in the fields of science is something that has to be corrected. Since every individual makes choices based on what they value. Statistical distribution of different groups of people in various occupations is determined by the talent of each individual and how each individual decides to use that talent. Aggregated group statistics compiled after the fact are meaningless (Except for their political use). Why? Because the group doesn’t decide. Each individual decides.

Facebook Whistleblower Reveals “Routine Suppression” Of Conservative Content, at zerohedge.com. No one is shocked by this. When everything becomes political this happens. Remember Lois Lerner (IRS) using her power to suppress the opposing political vision.

Cord Cutting Smashes Another Record With Horrible News For Big Cable, at zerohedge.com. This is an example of the creative destruction of the market. Individual decisions by consumers rule in a free market.

Your Phone And TV Are Tracking You, And Political Campaigns Are Listening In, By Evan Halper, at latimes.com. Politicians are colluding with their tech savy staffers to influence elections. They are using technology to high jack your smart phone in order to get their message out. Do we need an independent special council to investigate this collusion?

Colorado Moves To Bypass Electoral College To Stop Trump: Will Assign Electoral Votes To Popular Vote Winner, at zerohedge.com. When you don’t get your way, I guess your only option is to change the rules instead of figuring out how win within those rules.

Biological Male Is Top-Ranked NCAA Women’s Track Star, at theburningplatform.com. The country has given in to insanity. Common sense is being sacrificed on the altar of political correctness.

Dianne Feinstein Snaps At Group Of Environmental Activist Children, at zerohedge.com. This is an example of children being used to advance a political cause. Why would we listen to children about issues when they only know what they are taught in indoctrination camps known as our education system. I like how Dianne Feinstein handled this.

Why Capitalism Is The Answer To Environmental Concerns About “Overpopulation”, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “As the world’s population grows, markets respond to increased demand for necessities, like food and energy, by changing prices and incentivizing producers to either produce more of that demanded good or explore new and innovative ways to extract resources, leading to greater and more efficient overall production. Contrary to the predictions of the doomsayers, food prices have dropped enormously in the last century. In India alone, food production has nearly quadrupled since the 1960s. Other resources, like energy, metals and timber, have also enjoyed massive boosts in production, all enabled by global economic growth.”

Massachusetts And New York Settle For Expensive Offshore Wind, by instituteforenergyresearch.com. These two mini socialist states are going to force the  exchange of higher cost “green”energy for low cost carbon based energy. The result of this politically correct decision will be higher prices on electricity and everything else, since electricity is used to produce everything. Less efficient production methods means a gradual lowering of the standard of living.

Climate Scare Never About Honest Science Reporting, by Larry Bell, at cfact.org. Excerpt from the article:

“Virtually all contrived climate hysteria and human CO2 shaming is based upon consistently failed alarmist theoretical model predictions. As Kevin Trenberth lead author of 2001 and 2007 IPCC report chapters candidly admitted in a 2007 journal Nature.com “Predictions of Climate” article,” None of the models used by the IPCC are initialized to the observed state and none of the climate states in the models correspond even remotely to the current observed state.”

“Some climate modeling data is bogusly biased. As Peter Thorne of the U.K. Met Office wrote in emails released in the Climategate scandal, “Observations do not show rising temperatures throughout the tropical troposphere unless you accept one single study and approach and discount a wealth of others. This is just downright dangerous. We need to communicate the uncertainty and be honest.”

“Thorne also prudently observed, “I also think the science is being manipulated to put a political spin on it which for all our sakes might not be too clever in the long run.

Why My Wife And I Decided To Abort Our Unborn Gay Son, by Stephan Levedas, at thefederalist.com. Stephan Levedas is taking the Pro-Choice arguments to their logical conclusion in this article.

Pope Francis’ Summit On Clerical Sexual Abuse Was A Charade, by John D. Davidson, at thefederalist.com. When any institution becomes a top heavy bureaucracy, the bureaucracy has to be defended against all attacks. No matter the cost.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

‘My Healthcare Is None Of Your Business,’ Says Woman Who Demands That You Pay For Her Healthcare, at babylonbee.com.

Dems: The Only Thing More Precious Than A Newborn Baby Is The Right To Kill It, at babylonbee.com,

Cohen: ‘Trump Kept Instructing Me To Execute Something Called ‘Order 66’, at babylonbee.com.

Everyone Who’s Never Read A History Book Shocked As Socialist Turns Into Authoritarian At First Whiff Of Power, at babylonbee.com.

Senate Democrats Accuse Republicans Of Trying To Pin Them Down On Complex Issue Of Infanticide, at babylonbee. com.

 

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Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

 

Must Reads For The Week 2/23/19

Posted February 25, 2019 by austrianaddict
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“The coordination of mens activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

“I’m Committing Professional Suicide”: CBS Reporter Lara Logan Admits “Mostly Liberal” Journalists Are Now “Political Activists“, zerohedge.com. Lara Logan is a former CBS News 60 Minutes correspondent. In this interview she gives us her observations about her industry. Watch parts of or the entire interview for context.

Excerpt from the article: “Logan says that heavy bias has warped people’s ability to know what’s really true.”

“When you turn on your computer, or you walk past the TV, or you see a newspaper headline in the grocery store it they’re all saying the same thing, the weight of that convinces you that it’s true, said Logan. You don’t question it, because everyone is saying it.” She also admitted that journalists today are more or less lobbyists for liberal interests, adding that the weight of the liberal media machine overwhelms the other side unless people actively seek alternative outlets….”

“Logan said “Although the media has historically always been left-leaning, we’ve abandoned our pretense –  or at least the effort – to be objective, today…..We’ve become political activists, and some could argue propagandists, and there’s some merit to that.”

“Responsibility for fake news begins with us.”

Lara Logan: Media Is “Coming After Me” For Telling The Truth About Liberal Bias, at zerohedge.com. There is a price to be paid for going against the politically correct leftist orthodoxy.

Excerpt from the article: “I am braced for fire and fury, I can give you the script now…..It’s the same people all the time, and who say the same thing…..they can’t take down the substance, they can’t go after the things that matter, so they smear you personally, they go after your integrity, they go after your reputation as a person and as a professional and they’ll stop at nothing.”

“If there are any independent voices out there, if there are any journalists that are not beating the same drum and giving the same talking points, then we pay the price.”

“Journalists have always needed two independent first hand sources. That’s always been the standard we’ve worked to> People know that we’ve slipped. People know that when those are no longer your standards…..that it raises questions, if you’re honest.”

Covington High School Student Files $250 Million Defamation Suit Against Washington Post, at zerohedge.com. Pushing back against the left. Look at the list of the 50 plus organizations, reporters, politicians and celebrities being sued.

Smollett Bail Set At $100,000; Empire Star Ordered To Surrender Passport, at zerohedge.com. This story is important for one reason. It shows main stream medias bias. They were so blinded by their bias, they couldn’t even see the signals that this might not be true. The MSM will do everything to blame this on someone or something else other than the perpetrator. He was ‘triggered’ to do this.

Charles Barkley Crushes Jussie Smollett, at theburningplatform.com. Watch this. It is priceless. This is how the Smollett situation should be handled. Sir Charles is a funny man because he says what you are thinking, but would never say out loud. The NBA on TNT pregame, halftime and post game shows with Charles, Shaq, Kenny and Ernie is most see TV.

The Epidemic Of Anti-Jewish Hate Crimes In Brooklyn Is No Hoax, by David Marcus, at thefederalist.com. This story is important because it shows the bias of the MSM. They decide what should and shouldn’t be reported. They ignore this because it doesn’t advance the vision of the left. Flip this script and it would be front page news.

Hate Hoaxes Are What Happen When Your Religion Is Identity Politics,  by Jayme Metzgar, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: While adherents of progressivism may sincerely believe they’re working to end oppression, the fact is that their model of morality requires oppression in order to exist. It requires that someone always be cast in the role of oppressor, whether he or she deserves to be or not. Any final end to oppression and evil—any real peace, unity, or brotherhood—is impossible.”

“Progressives decry the “privilege” and “power” of some identity groups over others, but the reality is that they don’t seek to abolish class struggle, but rather to wield it. Progressivism keeps us locked in an endless conflict, fighting to kill or be killed.”

“This is why progressives are so eager to make their fellow Americans into racists and bigots. Virtue is a zero-sum game; you can only gain yours if someone else loses his.”

“At some point, Americans’ patience with this punishing moral fervor will run out. When we finally grow weary of the endless offense-taking, shaming, bullying, language-policing, and pitting of one American against another, maybe it will be time to acknowledge that progressivism is a toxic belief system, incompatible with freedom, peace, and unity.”

Navratilova Attacked For Saying Women’s Sports Should Only Include Women, by Libby Emmons, at thefederalist.com. Martina Navratilova is finding out that being a lesbian is lower on the social justice scale than being transgendered. You pay a price for saying something against a higher ranked identity group. She is being seen as the oppressor of the transgendered. Where do you rank on the ladder of social justice?

Brit Hume Called ‘Sexist’ For Scolding Reporters Clothes Shopping With Kamala Harris, at tammybruce.com. Brit Hume is a journalist commenting on how the actions of other journalists proves their biased toward Kamala Harris. Doesn’t he understand that he is on the bottom rung of the identity politics ladder. He is committing a sin against social justice if he comments truthfully about people resting on a higher rung of the ladder. If he was a transgendered reporter, what he said would be alright. He needs to talk to Martina Navratilova.

The Pedophile Project: Your 7-Year-Old Is A Target, by Stella Morabito, at thefederalist.com. I can’t believe I’m saying this but being a pedophile will some day be the top rung on the ladder of identity politics. I’ve said in the past that pedophilia is going to be mainstreamed like transgenderism has. The argument will go something like this: How can you deny someone their sexual orientation? This is an eye opening article.

“Venezuela Was My Home, And Socialism Destroyed It. Slowly, It will Destroy American Too”, at zerorhedge.com. Great article about what happened when incremental government intervention in Venezuela turned into a socialist paradise. Socialism is defined as government ownership of the means of production. Government regulations and taxes take partial control of private ownership of the means of production. At what point does the increase of government regulations tip the balance of decision making about the means of production towards government bureaucrats instead of the private owner? How far away is the US from that tipping point. As Hayek said, “coordinating men’s activities through central planning leads to serfdom and poverty.”

This Day In History – Marx Publishes Manifesto – 2/21/1848, at the burningplatform. Leftist celebrate this day that should live in infamy.

Europe Is Losing The Technology Race. Here Is Why, at zerohedge.com. Government regulation on technology and innovation has driven Tech companies out of the EU. These companies are moving to the U.S. or China. Think about that! China is a better place for tech businesses than Europe? The good news is they can escape the economic tyranny of the EU.

Constitution’s ‘Excessive Fines’ Ban Bolstered By U.S. High Court,by Lawrence Hurley, at usnews.com. Why isn’t this a bigger story? This was a 9-0 decision for property rights and against tyrannical local and state government.

China Bans Millions From Flights, Trains In Social-Credit Crackdown, at zerohedge.com. China is punishing people who don’t think according to the government sanctioned orthodoxy. This can’t happen here, can it? Or are we already on the road toward this reality? Some of the articles above suggest that we have already traveled down this road. Let’s put on the brakes and turn around.

Trump Demands $2.5 Bn For California’s High-Speed Rail; Pulls $929Mn Grant, at zerohedge.com. Bureaucrats making economic decisions with other people’s money is always a disaster. What a waste of scarce resources which would have had productive alternative uses.

Kamala Harris’s Jamaican Father Wasn’t Amused By Her Joke About Marijuana Use, at mercurynews.com. No comment necessary. Here comments at the end are interesting to say the least. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Donald J. Harris sent a statement to Jamaica Global Online seeking to “categorically dissociate” himself from the remarks of his daughter…..”

“My dear departed grandmothers (whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics,” he wrote.”

“Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty,” added Donald Harris, who is now an emeritus professor of economics at Stanford University.”

“Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”

“During the senator’s appearance on the New York radio show, “The Breakfast Club,” she defended the recreational use of marijuana, saying, “It gives a lot of people joy.”

“And we need more joy in the world,” she added.”

Democrats Take Down Another Judicial Nominee Because He’s A Christian, by Rick Esenberg and Anthony LaCoco, at thefederalist.com. In the eyes of the progressive left, if you are a Catholic you are disqualified form serving as a judge. Is it because of the Churches stance on abortion? So let me sum this up; A religious test, by a group of people which practices the religion of progressivism.

Autopsy Of A Dead Coup, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgreatness.com. This is a great summation of the whole Russian collusion story. This is a must read of the must reads. Opening paragraphs from the article:

“The illegal effort to destroy the 2016 Trump campaign by Hillary Clinton campaign’s use of funds to create, disseminate among court media, and then salt among high Obama administration officials, a fabricated, opposition smear dossier failed.”

“So has the second special prosecutor phase of the coup to abort the Trump presidency failed. There are many elements to what in time likely will become recognized as the greatest scandal in American political history, marking the first occasion in which U.S. government bureaucrats sought to overturn an election and to remove a sitting U.S. president.”

6 Takeaways From Andrew McCabe’s ’60 Minutes’, by Adam Mill, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article:

“McCabe’s self-congratulatory arrogance resulted in several careless statements that cement his place as a key villain in the greatest law enforcement scandal in the history of the United States.”

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Chicago Police Credit Their Extensive Experience Falsifying Evidence For Helping Solve Smollett Case, at theonion.com.

Elizabeth Warren Claims Two Men In Colonial Outfits Assaulted Her With Smallpox Infested Blankets, at babylonbee.com.

Nike Fires 8-Year-Old Shoemaker Responsible For Zion Williamson Injury, at theonion.com.

Virginia Democrats Publicly Thank Jussie Smollett For Taking All The Attention Away From Them, at babylonbee.com.

Viewers Starting To Doubt Objectivity Of Reporter With ‘KAMALA 2020’ Face Tatoo, at babylonbee.com.

Police Officer Claims He Feared For His Life After Shooting Family’s Roomba To Death, at babylonbee.com.

Man Forced To Apologize For Whatever He Did In Wife’s Dream Last Night, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

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Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

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Must Reads For The Week 2/16/19

Posted February 19, 2019 by austrianaddict
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Obvious Hoax Unravels – Jessie Smollett Facing Heat For Fake Assault Claim, at theburningplatform.com. This guy thought he was going to be protected by the mainstream media and leftist politicians. Why? Because this story fit their narrative. Unfortunately for Smollett facts are stubborn things. His story started to unravel as evidence started to surface. Will the truth about this fake attack get as much media coverage as the original fake story received from the main stream media? No! The original story served its purpose. Smollett, the main stream media, and various politicians will not be held accountable for the hoax or spreading the hoax.

Spreading The Fake Smollett “MAGA Country” Hate Crime: A Mainstream Media Montague, at zerohedge.com. Watch a montage of the media’s coverage of the original event. The rush to push a fake narrative without finding the facts is standard operating procedure for the “unbiased” main stream media. Remember these rush to judgements, Covington Catholic students, Kavanaugh hearings, Russian collusion, Trayvon Martin “hands up don’t shoot”, “The Cambridge police acted stupidly”, the Duke Lacrosse case, the George Bush national guard fake documents, just to name a few. When Trump said the media was “the enemy of the people” he should have said ‘the main stream media is the enemy of the truth’. The press was given Constitutional protection in order to be a check on government power. The MSM is now on the side of big government.  As long as the individuals with government power are part of the progressive socialist left. Alternative media are now doing the job the press was originally supposed to do. Politicians, the MSM and social media platforms are trying to silence and censor alternative media sites. Fortunately for freedom, the alternative media Genie can’t be put back in the bottle.

Hate Crime Hoaxes: 10 Campus Stories Debunked in 2017, at foxnews.com. How many do you remember? How about these?, A Brief History Of Hate Crime Hoaxes, at news.com.au.

The Alt-Media Has Way More Fun Than The Mainstream Media, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwoinds.com. Excerpt from the article: “The corporate-state media ……job isn’t to report any truth that lays waste to the self-serving interests of the ruling elites; their job is to protect the ruling elites by “reporting” politically correct narratives and playing up culturally divisive incidents to distract the masses from any awareness of their political invisibility and lack of financial independence or agency.”

“The MSM’s other job is to scrub any mass dissent from their “news.” So for example, U.S. corporate-state media coverage of the yellow vest movement in France is zero. This is not random; it is all part of skewing the “news” to Meaningless controversies and fawning politically correct / approved narratives stories.”

“It’s more fun being on the side of free inquiry and meaningful analysis than being on the side of censorship, fear-mongering, propagandistic sowing of discord and the promotion of the corporate-state party line.”

OTHER STUFF

The Disappearing Democrat’ Scandal, at zerohedge.com. Remember this story? Excerpt from the article: “Imran Awan was an IT guy for congress for many years. He was working for Debbie Wasserman Schultz and other members of congress. In the heat of the 2016 election, actually the same week that the DNC was hacked, Congress’ own internal police caught him hacking Congress. so although he was the IT guy, he was taking much more data than he should have had access to, impersonating members of Congress, and logging into their accounts and so on, and shuttling data off the House network and taking steps to hide what he was doing.”

Do You Believe In The Deep State Now?, at zerohedge.com. Call it what you will, the deep state, bureaucratic insiders, the Washington establishment, the administrative state. The deep state’s former FBI director Andrew McCabe admits they were working to get rid of Trump. Why? Because he was an outsider who wasn’t going to play their game. Trump stated he wanted to ‘drain the swamp’. He was and is perceived as a threat to their power. What they don’t understand is that it isn’t Trump who is a threat to their power, it is the individuals who voted him into office who are the threat to their power. These actions by establishment insiders and the main stream media are producing an unintended consequence. Increasing numbers of people are beginning to clearly see the threat to individual freedom is the D.C. establishment.

Sheriff Calls Concealed Carrying Bystander A “Hero” For Shooting Man Who Killed Wife At Dental Office, by Dan Urbanski, at theblaze.com. Did you hear about this in the MSM? This concealed carrier shot and held the suspect until cops came. And he did it without shooting an innocent bystander.

The Real Resistance: Washington State Sheriffs Refuse To Enforce Unconstitutional Gun Laws, at zerohedge.com. The real resistance against tyranny.

Who-D A-Thunk It? Panera’s Utopia Pay-What-You-Want Restaurant Model Didn’t Work?, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. No shock to anyone with common sense, people started to eat without paying.

2 Million Syringes Still Missing As San Francisco’s Drug Addicts Outnumber High-School Students, at zerohedge.com. I guess Government officials didn’t understand that when you subsidize an activity you get more of that activity.

Cash-Desperate Illinois Is Now Taxing Lap Dances, at economicpolicyjournal.com. This is not a satirical headline. In an unrelated story: Moodies Warns Illinois Governor: New Taxes Will Make More Residents Flee, at zerohedge.com.

Who Owns The $21.5 Trillion Of U.S. National Debt?, at economicpolicyjournal.com. U.S Individuals and Institutions – Here is who owns our debt. U.S. Individuals and institutions – 39.5%, U.S. Social Security Trust Fund – 13%, Federal Reserve – 10.8%, U.S Civil Service Retirement Fund – 4.3%, U.S. Military Retirement Fund – 3.5% for a total of 71.1%. The remaining 29% is owned by foreign countries, with China holding the most at 6.2%. Is it possible to pay this back when you consider that we are adding about $1 trillion to the national debt every year?

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Nation’s Liberals Devastated After Learning Hate Crime Didn’t Actually Happen, at babylonbee.com. Excerpt from the article: “Candlelight vigils are being arranged in liberal cities across the country as millions mourn the loss of one of the most potentially divisive crimes in the last decade. “There was so much promise there. Now there’s just emptiness,” said one mourner in Berkley, CA.

Conservatives Accused Of Making Liberals Look Bad By Simply Reading List Of Things Liberals Believe, at babylonbee.com.

10 Ways You Can Drastically Reduce Your Carbon Footprint This Very Instant, at babylonbee.com. Here are a few. “1) Kill Yourself. 2) Kill A Friend Or Family Member. 3) Have An Abortion, See #2. 4) Cut Your Breathing Back To Once Every 7 Minutes.

“We Must Treat The Constitution As If It’s Alive,” Says Man Who doesn’t Treat The Unborn That Way, at babylonbee.com.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 2/2/19

Posted February 3, 2019 by austrianaddict
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Shocking Admission By FBI Veteran Shows Why The FBI Shouldn’t Exist, at zerohedge.com. Is the FBI that much different from the East German Staci or the Russian KGB? They go after individuals who might possibly overturn the status quo of government insiders. The FBI abused power when it covertly went after Martin Luther King. And it is abusing its power as it overtly goes after Trump. Here is an excerpt from the article: “The FBI has too much power and far too unforgivable a history to be permitted to control the reigns of the nation with the most powerful military force in the history of civilization. Get rid of it and move in a healthy direction.”

 

The Media Botched The Covington Catholic Story, And The Damage To Their Credibility Will Be Lasting, by Caitlan Flanagan, at theatlantic.com. This article sums up this media created controversy as well as any article I have read.

Here is how Caitlan Flanagan ends her article: “How could the elite media – New York Times, lets say – have protected themselves from this event, which has served to reinforce millions of Americans’ belief that traditional journalistic outlets are purveyors of “fake news”? They might have hewed to a concept that once went by the quaint term ‘journalistic ethics.” among other things, journalistic ethics held that if you didn’t have the reporting to support a story, and if that story had the potential  to hurt its subjects, and if those subjects were private citizens, and if they were moreover minors, you didn’t run the story. You kept reporting it; you let yourself get scooped; and you accepted that speed is not the highest value. Other wise, you were the trash press.”

“At 8:30 yesterday morning, as I was typing this essay, The New York Times emailed me. The subject line was “Ethics Reminders for Freelance Journalists.” (I have occasionally published essays and reviews in the Times). It informed me, inter alia, that the Times expected all of its journalists, both freelance and staff, “to protect the integrity and credibility of Times journalism.” This meant, in part, safeguarding the Times’ “reputation for fairness and impartiality.”

“I am prompted to issue my own ethics reminders for The New York Times. Here they are: You were partly responsible for the election of Trump because you are the most influential newspaper in the country, and you are not fair or impartial. Millions of Americans believe you hate them and that you will casually harm them. Two years ago, they fought  back against you, and they won. It Trump wins again, you will once again have played a small but important role in that victory.”

Milton Friedman On ‘Fair’ Versus ‘Free’, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog, Watch the short video of Milton Friedman vs Donald Trump on trade. Here is an excerpt from the article: “When “fairness” replaces “freedom” all our liberties are in danger.”

“There is no objective standard of ‘fairness’ [or ‘fair’ trade]. ‘Fairness’ [or ‘fair’ trade] is strictly in the eye of the beholder. To a producer or seller, a ‘fair’ price is a high price. To the buyer or consumer, a ‘fair’ price is a low price. How is the conflict to be adjudicated? By competition in a free market? Or by government bureaucrats in a ‘fair’ market?

“Businessmen who sing the glories of free enterprise and then demand ‘fair’ competition [and ‘fair’ trade] are enemies, not friends, of free markets. To them, ‘fair’ competition [and ‘fair’ trade] is a euphemism for a price-fixing agreement [and trade protectionism]. For consumers, and are ‘unfair’ the competition [and trade], the better. That assures lowest prices and highest quality.

Venezuela – A Case Of socialist -Organized Theft, by Daniel Lacalle, at zerohedge.com. Here is an excerpt from the article: “The mistake that many make is to think that this wreck has been caused by a combination of incompetence and folly. and they are wrong. The Venezuelan socialist regime has carried out the largest organized robbery in history and has done so with a perfectly designed plan.”

“The plan was always to expropriate the wealth of the whole country for the benefit of a few political leaders through plundering, destruction of currency and decapitalization. of the state oil company.”

What has happened to Venezuela is not a disaster or a coincidence, it is socialism.

Still Fighting The Last War Against Socialism, by Jeff Deist, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:  “History and theory don’t matter to socialists because they imagine society can be engineered. The old arguments and historical examples simply don’t apply: even human nature is malleable, and whenever our stubborn tendencies don’t comport with socialism’s grand plans a “social construct” is to blame.”

“These most recent spasms of support for the deadly ideology of socialism remind us that progressives aren’t kidding. They may not fully understand what socialism means, but they fully intend to bring it about. Single-payer health care, “free” education, wealth redistribution schemes, highly progressive income taxes, wealth taxes, gun bans, and radical curbs on fossil fuels are all on the immediate agenda. They will do this quickly if possible, incrementally if they have to (see, again, the 20th century). They will do it with or without popular support, using legislatures, courts and judges, supranational agencies,university indoctrination, friendly media, or whatever political, economic, or social tools it takes (including de-platforming and hate speech laws). This is not paranoia; all of this is openly discussed. And say what you will about progressivism, it does have a central if false ethos: egalitarianism.”

Jackboots In The Morning: No One Is Spared From This American Nightmare, at zerohedge.com. 66 year old Roger Stone is accused of witness tampering, obstruction of justice, and lying to Congress. All are non violent crimes. So naturally you send 29 armed FBI agents in 17 vehicles to carry out a SWAT style pre-dawn raid to arrest him. This is bureaucratic insiders (the deep state if you will) sending a message to anyone who wants to shrink the size and power of government (drain the swamp if you will). The message is, “we will destroy you”.

The Ruling Class And An Undeclared Civil War, by Steve McCann, at americanthinker.org. Excerpt from the article: “The United States has long prided itself on the belief that class distinctions were no longer a part of a unique American culture. However, the current social structure has evolved into a near impregnable three-tier categorization in which the ruling class, that sits astride the social order, has revealed, thanks to the election of Donald Trump, open and unabashed disdain for the two lower classes and the unleashing of a radicalized army of malcontents.”

“The citizens who provide the primary labor and resources for the economic engine of the country constitute the second tier. The third is comprised of those who  have been betrayed by a self-serving education system and are conditioned to be totally dependent upon a government dominated by the ruling class.”

“An all-powerful central government is vital to maintaining the elite’s power, income base and pre-eminent class status and must be protected at all cost. In order to retain their supremacy, the tactics of outright lies, innuendos, and character assassinations, as well as exploitation of national tragedies to impugn their adversaries, have been utilized by the foot soldiers in the mainstream media, the political establishment and the entertainment industry.”

“Today vast swaths of the American populace, whether they voted for Trump or not, are indiscriminately accused of being racists, misogynists, white supremacists, ignoramuses, religious zealots, xenophobes and malcontents. Intimidation and threats of violence are no longer condemned so long as it is directed at those identified as a threat to the hegemony of the elites.”

Much Has Changed For The Better Since 2016 – Not That Trump Will Get Credit, by Victor Davis Hanson, at americangreatness.com. Excerpt from the article: “The world did not fall apart after the U.S. pulled out of the flawed Iran nuclear deal. Most yawned when the U.S. left the symbolic but empty Paris climate Accord. ditto when the U.S. moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.” In retrospect, most Americans accept that such once controversial decisions were not ever all that controversial.”

“There is also a growing, thought little reported, consensus about what created the current economic renaissance: tax cuts, massive deregulation, recalibration of trade policy, tax incentives to bring back offshore capital, and dramatic rises in oil and natural gas production.”

“Trump has not changed his campaign reputation for being mercurial, crass and crude. But what has changed is the media’s own reputation in its hysterical reaction to Trump. Instead of empirical reporting, the networks and press have become unhinged.”

“When reporting of the presidency has proved 90 percent negative, and false news stories are legion, the media are no longer seen as the remedy to Trump but rather an illness themselves.”

 

ABORTION / INFANTICIDE

Virginia Abortion Bill: Controversy Around Ralph Northam Comments, by Anna North, at vox.com. Listen to Governor Northam and congressional delegate Kathy Tran comment on the videos. They are defending infanticide. Don’t believe me. Listen and watch for yourself. Virginia isn’t as far left in it’s state congressional representation as New York, because the Virginia law got voted down. But New York’s Infanticide Law passed with great fan fare because its State legislature is a progressive majority.

Later Abortion Is Back In The Spotlight With New York Law. Here’s What The Law Actually Does, by Katie Reilly, at time.com. Will this law be challenged in court as a violation of Roe v. Wade like this law in Iowa is being challenged. Iowa’s Fetal Heartbeat Law Is Back I Court Today: What’s At Stake, by Steven Gruber Miller, at desmoinesregister.com.

Why do I say the New York law should be challenged as a violation of Roe? Because part of the Roe v. Wade decision was related to the viability of the fetus. The New York law allows for abortions up to the birth (36 weeks), and Babies are viable at 24 to 28 weeks. The progressive left is showing who they really are. It was never about the viability of the baby. It was about the will of the mother trumping the viability of the baby.

For the progressive left I guess the question never was, when life begins. Because obviously the answer isn’t more important than the will of the mother to kill her baby. So now we are talking about weather infanticide is acceptable or not. Don’t accept the premise of that discussion. Because by definition, infanticide is murder?

Just A Clump Of Cells?, at theburningplatform.com. Watch this one minute video before answering that question.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

New Law Allows Parents To Abort Non-Viable Millennials, at babylonbee.com.

‘A Border Wall Is Immoral,’ Says Political Party Advocating For Infanticide, at babylonbee.com.

In Rare Moment Of Honesty, Democrats Finally Admit They Suport Infanticide, at babylonbee.com.

Kamala Harris Polling Poorly Among Unborn Babies, at babylonbee.com.

 

 

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