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LIBERTY vs. TYRANNY

May 7, 2020

statue of liberty, new york, usa,

Tyranny orange mosaic emblem with background

 

 

 

THE BATTLE FOR FREEDOM

Thomas Jefferson“The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.

F.A. Hayek“The battle for freedom must be won over and over again. The socialists of all parties must be persuaded or defeated if they and we are to remain free men.”

These two quotes describe the existential battle between Liberty and tyranny. As demonstrated in the Biblical story of Cain and Abel, this battle existed in the hearts of men from the beginning. Many people like to tell people what to do. Many people don’t like to be told what to do. And many people are a combination of both.

Each of us accepts varying degrees of governmental tyranny because fighting it has a cost. Each of us assesses the value of liberty differently. For most of us an incremental increase in tyranny isn’t worth the cost of fighting it. But when the value of liberty out weighs the cost of fighting it we start to take a stand and push back.

Tyranny is part of mans DNA. So tyranny is always trying to take away individual liberty. It is like lava flowing from a volcano. Just as it is the nature of lava to consume the ground. It is the nature of tyranny to consume liberty.

This is why, as Hayek states, the battle for freedom must be won over and over. We never arrive at a point where we win the battle, and liberty becomes the normal state of life. Because tyranny is always alive no matter how many stakes have been driven through its heart. It will never die, it is part of the nature of man.

Covid-19 has clearly exposed this battle between liberty and tyranny. Just as the push for Obamacare exposed the battle and was fought by the tea party. Brexit was the push back against the tyranny of the European Union. The election of Trump was the push back against the tyranny of the ruling elites in both parties and the tyranny of the main stream media.

Covid-19 is exposing many of our elite central planners as petty tyrants instead of the ‘public servants’ they claim to be. Many have gotten a taste of power and they like it.

Gov. Whitmer from Michigan, Gov. Coumo from New York, Gov. Beshear of Kentucky are a few examples of tyrants thirsting for more power.

These people think we must bow down to them. We should be thankful that they are public servants sacrificing so much of themselves to help us navigate life’s mine field. Because there is no way we commoners could accurately assess risk, let alone make proper decisions based on that risk. We need our anointed betters to dictate which paths to take. And when these paths lead us either over a cliff or into a cul-de-sac it’s never their fault. And the mainstream media won’t report the failures of the planners. It must be comforting to know that you will never be held accountable for a bad decision because the media is on the side of tyrants.

It is amazing that liberty has survived in America. We fought the tyranny of King George. But the battle didn’t create a permanent state of liberty. John Adams, one of our founders and our second President, got the Alien and Sedition Act passed. The act abridged first amendment free speech rights. It forbade conduct or language leading to rebellion. It was used to arrest, try, and convict news paper editors who were critical of the administration. The constitution was passed in 1787 and the Alien and Sedition Act passed in 1798. That’s eleven years. Obviously tyranny had not been wiped out because we won the battle for freedom against King George.

As far removed as we are from our founding principles, this quote: “Eternal Vigilance The Price Of Freedom”, is more important today than ever. Although we may not have been asleep in our battle for freedom for all these decades. We have taken occasional naps which has put us in our present position of fighting tyranny.

Here are some articles that show us the tyranny of the anointed and the push back by the commoners. The battle is never over.

 

TYRANNY

This list below could almost be endless. You don’t have to read these if you don’t want to. It is a list to show how much is going on. The headlines say it all.

Dallas Salon Owner Sentenced To 7 Days In Jail, Hit With Thousands In Fines For Refusing To Close, by Breck Dumas, at theblaze.com.    Having said what I just said. You have to watch the videos of this arrogant judge lecturing this woman. He is a tyrant.

The Judge said: “..he would consider not giving her jail time if she would agree to close until the governor’s order was lifted and “if she admitted that she was wrong, that she was selfish, and that she should apologize to the elected officials whose orders she violated.”

In other words,  “If you bow to authority. Plead for forgiveness for your sins against your anointed betters. I won’t put you in jail.”

Her response is great. She basically told him to go f~<! himself. But in a nice way. His reaction shows how pissed off he is that she didn’t genuflect and beg.

Fortunately this happened today. Texas Supreme Court Orders Dallas Salon Owner Released As Abbott Bans Jailing Citizens For Lockdown Violations, by Tyler Olson, at foxnews.com.

California Liberals Using Corona-Crisis To Transform State, at zerohedge.com.    Never let a crisis go to waste.

Media Attack Kristi Noem For Not Panicking And Destroying Her State, by Mollie Hemmingway, at thefederalist.com.        Gov. Noem didn’t tow the line with the conventional media wisdom. She must be destroyed.

Kentucky Parents Of 7 Investigated For Abuse After Breaking Social Distancing Rules, by Breck Dumas, at theblaze.com.           I’m surprised the FBI hostage rescue team or the SWAT team wasn’t called to “save the children”.

Harvard Law Prof: Coronavirus Is An Excuse To Dump Free Speech, Property Rights From Constitution, by Alana Mastrangelo, at breitbart.com.        Never let a crisis go to waste.

 As Murder Skyrockets And Criminals Are Released In Chicago, Mayer Threatens Political Dissenters With Arrest, by Daniel Horowitz, at theblaze.com.         You release convicted criminals. But threaten to arrest people exercising their First Amendment rights? That doesn’t make sense to me. But it obviously makes sense to tyrants.

Texas Sheriff Sends SWAT Team With Guns Drawn To Arrest Armed Lockdown Protestors, by Breck Dumas, at theblaze.com.         Now this is more like what a tyrant would do. You intimidate people with a show of force. And you also don’t care if these situations could escalate and someone may get killed.

 

FIGHTING FOR LIBERTY

Americans Are Returning To Normal Life Whether State And Local Officials Like It Or Not, by Phil Shiver, at theblaze.com.          There is not enough of them to arrest all of us.

NYPD Union President Calls de Blasio ‘An Idiot’ For Asking Officers To ‘Violate People’s Rights‘, by Jeannie Taer, at saraacarter.com.           This guy knows that enforcing deBlasio’s  law will get citizens pissed off at the police even more than they are.

Boston Shutdown Protesters To Governor, Mayor: ‘We’re Tired Of You Acting Like Wanna-Be Dictators, by Dave Urbanski, at theblaze.com.               Wasn’t Boston where the Colonists threw tea into the harbor?

Officials Back Down From Enforcing Coronavirus Orders Against Defiant Texas Restaurant Owner, at truepundit.com.

Shutdown Unrest: From CA To NY, Thousands Across Nation Turn Out For Lockdown Protests, by Amanda Prestigiacomo, at dailywire.com.          We don’t like to be told what to do if it seems arbitrary.

New York ‘Snitch Line’ Inundated With Obscenities Memes, at dailydot.com.         Every tyrant figures there will never be push back. Some will cave if we just take a stand.

Michigan House Rejects Lockdown Extension, Votes To Sue Gov. Whitmer Instead, at truepundit.com.      No comment needed.

Michigan Law School Students Launch Lawsuit At Whitmer’s Lockdown, by Tristan Justice, at thefederalist.com.        No comment needed.

Virginia Judge Rules Indoor Gun Range Can Reopen, Dealing A Blow To Gov. Northam’s Shutdown Order, at truepundit.com.           Never let a crisis go to waste.

After Getting Blasted For ‘Nazi-Like’ Order That Churches Keep Lists Of Attendees, KC Mayor Backs Down, by Dave Urbanski, at theblaze.com.                         If you stand up to a bully, there is a good chance he will back down.

 

CONCLUSION

Elvis Was King, Ike Was President, And 116,000 Americans Died In A Pandemic, by Jeffry Tucker, at aier.org.     Excerpt from the article:

“In February 1957, a new influenza A (H2N2) virus emerged in East Asia, triggering a pandemic (“Asian Flu”). This H2N2 virus was comprised of three different genes from an H2N2 virus that originated from an avian influenza A virus, including the H2 hemagglutinin and the N2 neuraminidase genes. It was first reported in Singapore in February 1957, Hong Kong in April 1957, and in coastal cities in the United States in summer 1957. The estimated number of deaths was 1.1 million worldwide and 116,000 in the United States.”

“The population of the U.S. at the time was 172 million, which is a little more than half of the current population. Life expectancy was 69 as versus 78 today. Even with shorter lives, it was a healthier population with lower rates of obesity. To extrapolate the data to a counterfactual, we can conclude that this virus was more wicked than COVID-19 thus far.”

“What’s remarkable when we look back at this year, nothing was shut down. Restaurants, schools, theaters, sporting events, travel – everything continued without interruption. Without a 24-hour news cycle with thousands of news agencies and a billion websites hungry for traffic, mostly people paid no attention other than to keep basic hygiene. It was covered in the press as a medical problem. The notion that there was a political solution never occurred to anyone.”

America Doesn’t Have A Justice System Anymore, by Kurt Schlichter, at townhall.com.         Excerpt from the article:

“The good news is that you might get out of future jury duty, because when you are asked under oath about your own biases during a federal criminal case jury selection you would have to answer honestly by responding, “Your Honor, I don’t trust a damn thing anyone in the FBI says.”

“Oh, and if an FBI agent asks if he can ask you some questions, try not to burst into laughter before you reply, “No, I assert my right to remain silent” and call your lawyer.”

“And this sorry state of affairs is all the FBI’s fault.”

Our Dress Rehearsal For A Police State, by Dennis Prager, at dailywire.com.     Excerpt from the article:

“But the ease with which police state tactics have been employed and the equal ease with which most Americans have accepted them have been breathtaking.”

“People will argue that a temporary police state has been justified because of the allegedly unique threat to life posed by the new coronavirus. I do not believe the data will bear that out. Regardless, let us at least agree that we are closer to a police state than ever in American history.”

“Police state” does not mean totalitarian state. America is not a totalitarian state; we still have many freedoms. In a totalitarian state, this article could not be legally published, and if it were illegally published, I would be imprisoned and/or executed.”

“But we are presently living with all four of the key hallmarks of a police state:

No. 1: Draconian laws depriving citizens of elementary civil rights.

“The federal, state, county and city governments are now restricting almost every freedom except those of travel and speech”

No. 2: A mass media supportive of the state’s messaging and deprivation of rights.

“…… mainstream mass medium ……. have served the cause of state control over individual Americans’ lives just as Pravda served the Soviet government. In fact, there is almost no more dissent in The New York Times than there was in Pravda.”

No. 3: Use of police.

“Police departments throughout America have agreed to enforce these laws and edicts with what can only be described as frightening alacrity.”

No. 4: Snitches.

“How do the police dispatchers learn of lawbreakers such as families playing softball in a public park, lone joggers without face masks, etc.? From their fellow citizens snitching on them.”

“If you love liberty, you must see that it is jeopardized more than at any time since America’s founding. And that means, among other things, that at this time, a vote for any Democrat is a vote to end liberty.”

The Three Nations Of Covid And A Windbag Named Fauci, by David Stockman, at lewrockwell.com.      Excerpt from the article:

“Indeed, with each passing update, the CDC data itself becomes an ever more dispositive indictment of the madness the Donald’s doctors have imposed on the nation. It is now strikingly clear, in fact, that when it comes to Covid-19 there are three nations in America, and that the attempt to shoe-horn them into a one-size fits all regime of state control is tantamount to insane.”

“There is first the Kids Nation of some 61 million persons under 15 years, where even by the CDCs elastic definitions there have been just 5 WITH Covid deaths thru April 28. You needn’t even bother with the zero-ridden fraction of 1 per 100,000 (its actually 0.008) to make the point.”

“That is to say, last year there were about 44,000 deaths among the Kids Nation – so corona-virus accounts for just 0.011% of the total, and in no sane world would it be a reason for shutting down the schools.”

“…..the Parents/Workers Nation. That is the 215 million citizens between 15 and 64, who account for the overwhelming share of commerce, jobholders and GDP.”

“Yet according to the CDC, there have been just 8,267 deaths WITH Covid in this massive expanse of the population, which figure represents a mortality rate of, well, 3.6 per 100,000.”

“But here’s the thing. The normal total mortality rate for the 15-64 years old population is 335 per 100,000. So we are talking about shutting down the entire economy owing to a death rate to date which amounts to 1.1% of normal mortality in the Parents/Workers nation.”

“Finally, we have Grandparents/Great Grandparents Nation, comprised of 52 million citizens. But they account for 32,000 or nearly 80% of the WITH Covid deaths as of April 28 – with 15,000 of these being among those 85 years and older.”

“By way of computation, that’s 61 deaths per 100,000 for the group as a whole and 230 per 100,000 for the 85 years and older.”

“Stated differently, the risk of death posed by Covid-19 is 7,600X greater for Grandparents/Great Grandparents Nation overall than for Kids Nation, and 29,000 times greater for the several million Great-Grandparents afflicted with severe comorbidity and likely as not to be in the care of a nursing home.”

“Needless to say, it did not take a catastrophic experiment with Lockdown Nation to figure this out. It was already known from China and the history of other coronaviruses.”

“If there were any reason or justice left in America, Dr. Fauci and the Scarf Lady and the whole CDC/WHO lobby that brought about this disaster would actually be headed for their own quarantine – the kind that doesn’t happen at home and which can’t be lifted by the whims of the Cuomo brothers or Mayor Robespierre.”

There’s Another Chinese Virus Infecting The Minds Of Intellectuals, by Andrew Klavan, at dailywire.com.             Excerpt from the article:

“……. during this Courtesy-of-Wuhan crisis, American tech companies “are proudly collaborating with one another, and following government guidance, to censor harmful information related to the coronavirus. And they are using their prodigious data-collection capacities, in coordination with federal and state governments, to improve contact tracing, quarantine enforcement, and other health measures.”

“Far from regarding this as an evil, or at least as an emergency contingency that needs to be walked back when the crisis ends, the professors believe that big business’ censoring and surveilling of Americans should become the new normal.”

“The idea of the piece was that during this Courtesy-of-Wuhan crisis, American tech companies “are proudly collaborating with one another, and following government guidance, to censor harmful information related to the coronavirus. And they are using their prodigious data-collection capacities, in coordination with federal and state governments, to improve contact tracing, quarantine enforcement, and other health measures.”

“Far from regarding this as an evil, or at least as an emergency contingency that needs to be walked back when the crisis ends, the professors believe that big business’ censoring and surveilling of Americans should become the new normal.”

“….the Chinese are forcibly harvesting the organs of dissenters and other marginalized groups in their concentration camps. These reports – which sound like something out of some preposterous thriller novel – were confirmed by an international tribunal last year. Mr. Mosher says the Chinese are using technology culled from America to render these prisoners brain dead in order to keep the organs fresh.”

“And yet, many in our academies continue to share our technology and research with China as if they were just another international neighbor.

 

Must Reads For The Week 5/11/19

May 14, 2019

“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 Will Save Us – If Only We Let It, by Steve Forbes, at forbes.com. The Unites States has a crony capitalist system with a huge welfare state. Government intervention into our free market capitalist system is the cause of any economic problems. The fact that what is left of the free market has kept us this prosperous shows how powerful free market forces are. Trump took a little weight out of the bureaucratic wagon the free market has been pulling and look at what happened. What would happen if we reduced the size of government by just ten percent? What about twenty five percent?

The Economic Impact Of Trump’s Trade War? Higher Prices And Reduced Income For The USA, by Mark J. Perry, at carpedieblog. Tariffs are taxes. Taxes raise prices.  Consumers will have to pay a higher prices on goods. But we know that less will be consumed at the higher price. Which means less will be produced. Which means jobs will be lost.

The Breakdown of The Rule Of Law, by Samantha Biggers, at lewrockwell.com. Excerpt from the article:  “There is a disturbing trend in the cities of America. This trend is the complete disregard of the law and a persistent ignoring of very serious problems that affect the health, safety, and wellbeing of all that live, work, or do business in them and the surrounding suburbs. This cannot go on without some very serious consequences. When people are forced to take the law into their own hands, the situation can get out of hand quickly.

Why College Profs, Admins Are A Greater Threat Than Crazy Students, by Sumantra Maitra, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article:  “…the real threat is activist and academic departments, the children of the 1960s revolution who are now in charge, who have realized since the 1990s that the hope for an actual social revolution within the West lies through the long march through the institutions. Churning out activist students to act as pawns and flooding media and academia with them is a much smarter way to change society from within.

Yuma, Arizona Mayor Declares Emergency Over Influx Of Migrants, by Catherine Schoichet, at cnn.com. For purely political reasons the left has been telling us for three years there is no crisis on the border. But ultimately reality can’t be ignored. Here is another article related to the border crisis. Rep. Gabbard: We Have A Crisis At Our Border, by Sara A. Carter, at saracarter.com.

Don’t Scrap The Test Help Black Kids Ace It…by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Excerpt from the article: “…The journalistic establishment seems to assume that fixing the problem will require a massive social shift. The New York Times tartly summed up that either “1) the test is flawed and not accurately capturing the best and brightest students, or 2) the test is fair, and the schools that are preparing these children are bad.”

“Either ax the test or overhaul the schools, in other words. But what about the more local and pragmatic solution of helping black kids do better on the test? This position isn’t non-existent, but it’s considered contrarian, unexpected, or even plutocratic and backwards.

Civil War In Sports: Identity Politics vs. Science? by Onar Am, at libertynation.com. If males are not allowed to compete in women’s sports, why would it make sense to allow males, who identify as females, to complete in women’s sports? It only makes sense in the world of identity politics and transgendered rights (which means it doesn’t make sense in the real world). All we know is transgendered males are on a higher rung on the ladder of identity politics than women.

Colorado Students Walk Out Of School Shooting Vigil After It Turns Political, by Mollie Hemingway, at thefederalist.com. Is anyone shocked that politicians would try to promote their gun control agenda at a memorial service? Remember the Paul Wellstone memorial?

FBI Uncovers Terror Training Camp In Alabama, by Tom Ozimek, at theepochtimes.com. The guy who ran the terrorist training camp that was discovered in New Mexico last year is the same guy who established this terrorist camp in Alabama.

Progressive Anti-Semitism Surges: Why Now? by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com. Excerpt from the article: “The far Left is intertwined with Islamist activists. Both share a hatred of the U.S. and see the Middle East as a postcolonial victim of Western imperialism. Students and urban youth bond with radical Islamists in their shared dislike of the Western countries (such as Israel) in general and the United States in particular.”

“Radical Muslims and the Left disguise their hatred of Jews by claiming that they are only championing downtrodden Palestinians. Few bother to ask them why a tiny democracy in a sea of autocracy is always singled out any time global attention turns to the question of refugees, disputed territories, or treatment of supposed religious minorities. In other words, the hater of Jews always says, “I have no problem with the Jewish people, but I do not like the imperialist and colonial policies of the Jewish state of Israel.”

“If the youth of today are anxious about the treatment of religious minorities, why not at least confess that 1 million Arab speakers in Israel cherish freedoms found nowhere else in the Middle East? They also are certainly freer and more secure than Muslim minorities in either India or China. So there is no reason to fixate on a tiny constitutional society — except that it is a Jewish state.

Progressives Face A Bleak Post-Mueller Landscape, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgeatness.com. Excerpt from the article: “Progressives, who for 22 months had insisted that Trump was a Russian asset, were stunned. But only for a few hours. Almost immediately, they redirected their fury toward Barr’s summation of the Mueller report. Yet few rational people contested Barr’s synopses about collusion and obstruction.”

“Both the Mueller report and Barr’s summation can be found on the internet. Anyone can read them to see whether Barr misrepresented Mueller’s conclusions.”

“Again, there have been few criticisms that Barr was wrong on his interpretation that there was no collusion and not enough evidence to indict on obstruction of justice.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Twitter Bans Official AOC Account After Mistaking It For Satire, at babylonbee.com.

Rashida Tlaib Relaxes After Long Day By Watching Heartwarming Concentration Camp Scenes From ‘Sindler’s List’, at babylonbee.com.

Ilhan Omar Blasts Israel For Refusing Palestine’s Generous Gift Of Rockets, at babylonbee.com.

More Americans Call For Breakup Of Dangerous, Powerful Monopoly: The Government, at babylonbee.com.

Jesus Criticized For Lack Of Diversity Among Apostles, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform.com.

 

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Political Cartoons by AL Goodwyn

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by AF Branco

 

RIP TIM CONWAY at theburningplatform.com.  Here are some videos of Tim Conway at his best.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 7/16/16

July 16, 2016

Marine’s Attorney: If Hillary Clinton Wasn’t Prosecuted, This Officer Shouldn’t Be Discharged, by Jeff Schogol, at marinecorpstimes.com. This officer tried to warn fellow soldiers about a potential threat by sending them classified information over his personal email account. The bottom line is if Hillary Clinton wasn’t prosecuted, neither should this officer.

Martin Armstrong: James Comey Had No Problem Keeping Me In Prison Without Any Charges, at zerohedge.com. Remember what I said early in the week: The laws don’t apply to the ruling Aristocracy.

Peak FBI Corruption? Meet Bryan Nishimura Found Guilty Of “Removal and Retention” Of Classified Material, at zerohedge.com. Hillary got a mulligan, Bryan Nishimura had to play it as it lies.

FBI Agents Were Told To Sign A Very Very Unusual NDA In Hillary EMail Case, at zerohedge.com. The Queen must be protected. Politics trumps the law.

No, Obama, It’s Not Easier For A Teenager To Buy A Glock Than A Book, by Sean Davis, at thefederalist.com. It is hard to believe a politician would lie fudge the truth just to advance his agenda.

We’re Witnessing A Complete Breakdown In Western Values, at theburningplatform.com.  Excerpt from the article: “The West adopted core values, like the sacrosanct protection of private property; the ability for an individual to work hard and build wealth; and spirited intellectual debate. This is how western civilization became the most prosperous that history has ever seen. Now people know they’re getting screwed. and they are.  They just don’t know why. They have no idea how central bankers who conjure money out of thin air have rigged the entire economy against them. So they blame “capitalism” and naturally embrace its opposite socialism.

Get A Warrant: Federal Judge Throws Out Stingray evidence In Drug Case, at rt.com. This judge should be applauded for ruling in favor of our fourth amendment rights. We need to remain vigilant because you know the left will appeal this, and shop for a judge who is an enemy of the constitution.

Too Many Laws: Why Police Encounters Escalate, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. If our politicians wouldn’t pass so many petty laws, the police, and citizens, wouldn’t cross paths as much.

Elon Musk Is The Face Of This Bubbling Stock Market, at zerohedge.com. Musk is building his empire with government (tax payer) subsidies.

Why Helicopter Money Won’t Push Stocks Higher, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. If production. increases wealth, consumption destroys it. By creating money out of thin air, money that does not represent corresponding production, you promote consumption. You destroy wealth. Consuming more than you produce can only go on for so long.

The Market Is True Democracy, by Matthew McCaffery, at mises.org. Quote from Ludwig von Mises: “It would be more correct to say that a democratic constitution is a scheme to assign to the citizens in the conduct of government the same supremacy the market economy gives them in their capacity as consumers. However, the comparison is imperfect. In the political democracy only the votes cast for the majority candidate or the majority plan are effective in shaping the course of affairs. The votes polled by the minority do not directly influence politics. But on the market no vote is cast in vain. Every penny spent has the power to work upon the production processes.

Technology Is Amazing. Meet Farmbot.

 

Some Cartoons from the burningplatform.com.

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

 

Must Reads For The Week 7/2/16

July 2, 2016

THE BREAKDOWN OF THE RULE OF LAW

Why Did Bill Clinton & Loretta Lynch Meet Privately On Her Airplane On Phoenix Tarmac, at tammybruce.com. Loretta Lynch said she didn’t discuss Hillary’s  E-Mail case with Bill. Of course it can’t be considered a discussion when Bill did all the talking and Loretta just listened. He told her about the unpleasant things that might happen to her if she indited Hilary.

Bill Clinton Appointed Loretta Lynch to the US Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of New York in 1999, at justice.gov. If it wasn’t for Bill Clinton, Loretta Lynch wouldn’t have had the same career path. I’m sure Bill reminded her about this when they met on the tarmac in Phoenix. Politics is rife with incestuous political relationships.

Hillary Clinton Nets Big Bucks From Justice Dept. Employees During Server Investigation, at washingtomes.com. The justice Department is becoming more and more politicized. I thought Justice was supposed to wear a blindfold.

Clinton’s Official State Department Calendar Missing Scores Of Names And Events, at theblaze.com. The AP has been seeking Clinton’s calendar and schedules from the State Department since August 2013. She wanted her meetings with possible donors hidden because of what it looked like. Mrs. Clinton, what do the 4 articles above make you look like?

Troubled Ex-UN Official Dies After Barbell Falls On Neck, at nypost.com. Do you think Bill told Loretta that something like this might happen to her or a member of her family if she didn’t play ball?

The breakdown of the rule of law starts when government politicians and bureaucrats aren’t made to follow the same rules we have to follow. That’s when the people push back.

THE REST

The Left’s Anti-Gun MADNESS In One Cartoon, at thefederalistpapers.org.

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Concealed Carrier Stops A Nightclub Shooting, And The Media Ignored It, at dailycaller.com. No shock here. They push their agenda with the stories they don’t cover as much as the ones they do cover.

Al Qaeda Urges Lone Wolf Terrorists To Target White Americans, Cites A Specific Reason, at theblaze,com. When minorities are targeted the US government will call it a hate crime instead of blaming it on Islamic terrorism. That takes away from the impact of the acts.

Alito: Value Religious Freedom? You Should Be Worried, dailysignal.com. From the article: “The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear a case challenging a Washington state law that forces a family owned pharmacy to dispense emergency contraceptives is an “ominous sign: for those who value religious freedom, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said.”

Where Ya From?” Now An Act Of Microaggression, at wnd.com. Microaggression is another way of saying to young people, you have a right to be a capital P woosy.

15 EU Laws We Will Miss In Post-Brexit Britain, at independent.co.uk. Check out some of these edicts from the EU.

High Profile Socialist French Economist Quits As Advisor To UK’s Labour Party, at economicpolicyjournal.com. When I talked this week  about the UK getting rid of the central planning socialists in their Parliament, I wasn’t name calling, I was serious. If a socialist economist is advising the Labour party, there must be socialists in the labor party!

Top Chinese Official Responds To Trumps Charges That China Manipulates Its Currency, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Does Mr. Trump realize the Fed has manipulated the US dollar to the tune of printing over 4 trillion counterfeit dollars in the last 8 year?

An Economy Is Not A Business, at cafehayek.com. As we’ve stated many times before: Just because you are successful in business doesn’t mean you know a thing about how economics works.  Excerpt from the article: “Trump, like many a business person, judges an economy as he judges his business: he asks ‘By how much are our production and sales expanding relative to our purchases?’  This question is the wrong one to ask about an economy, whose performance should be judged only by how much ordinary people’s ability to consume improves over time (rather than by how much the economy’s sales grow relative to its purchases).  So when Trump sees Americans buy imports, he sees money flow out of what he mistakenly imagines to be America, Inc.  Thinking of the American economy as being one gargantuan business, Trump mistakenly sees imports as costs that drain this ‘business’ of resources rather than as goods and services made possible because the economy is successfully fulfilling its ultimate purpose – namely, to improve people’s standard of living by giving them ever-greater access to goods and services for consumption.”

CARTOONS:  from theburningplatform.com.

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

 

Must Reads For The Week 6/25/16

June 25, 2016

Democrats “Gun Control” Sit In Continues Into Its Second Day On House Floor, at zerohedge.com. In my post three days ago titled The Breakdown Of The Rule Of Law, I said we are acting like third world countries when it comes to settling differences. The way our democrat party aristocracy acted when they did not get their way on gun control is exactly how protesters acted in Wisconsin when Gov. Scott Walker’s agenda got passed into law. Most people can’t relate to people acting like this because most of us have dealt with spoiled kids who don’t get their way. “I want my bottle now!”

Why Terrorists Target Gun Free Zones, by John Lott, at nypost.com. John Lott is the go to guy when it comes to guns and crime. Terrorists are logical thinkers. They will attack targets that provide little or no resistance. They want more bang for the buck and a gun free zone means law-abiding citizens will not bring a gun to these places. Only law breakers will.

Rangle Says His constituents Shouldn’t Have To Carry A Gun, However Congress Needs To Be Protected By Them, at theblaze.com. Do as I say, not as I do. Another example of our ruling aristocracy playing by different rules than the ruled. How can anyone take this man seriously after hearing what he said?

Higher Education’s Academic Monoculture, by Loyd S. Perregrew and Carol A. Vance, at mises.org. Colleges indoctrinate their students into one way of thinking about economics. In a classic bait and switch tactic they call our current crony capitalist system free market capitalism and then trash it. They push central planning by Government as the fix for our current economic problems. The students don’t understand that intervention in the free market by central planners is what caused our problems in the first place. In this article by Tom Bemis titled, Karl Marx Is The Most Assigned Economist In U.S. College Classes, he shows the economists colleges pick for their students to read. I don’t care if students read Marx, Keynes, or Krugman. I just want them to also read equal amounts of Mises, Hayek, and Adam Smith. I trust the logic of free markets will win our over the illogic of central planning. This is the reason Socialist central planners don’t want their theories challenged. They want a monopoly on the material that is presented.

New Site Tries To Give Colorado Degree-Seekers A Return On Investment On Their Degrees, at denverpost.com. Launchmycareercolorado.org is a site that tells students what they are likely to earn from their college degree. Just a guess but an engineering degree will probably return more than a women’s studies degree. Shockingly colleges aren’t happy with this site. They worry that: “…reducing the college experience to solely a monetary payoff sells short a higher ed experience. It could be a useful tool. But the value of a college education can’t be measured by a simple RIO. Part of the reason people go to college is to become well-rounded individuals.” I agree! How can you put a price on spending 4 or 5 years becoming a well-rounded partier. And of course the indoctrination that takes place can’t be measured.

Austin Goes Undercover In Sting Operation Targeting Underground Ridesharing, at keyetv.com. Two points. 1) I love the spirit of the American Revolution that is represented in the black market operating in Austin. Austin got rid of Uber, but the market for ride sharing didn’t go away. It went underground. 2) It is going to get more difficult for central planners to control what people do. Why? Because technology has made it possible for individuals to go around through and over the road blocks the planners put in our way.

Uber Is Progress, So Why Aren’t Progressives On Board, by Steven Horwitz, at fee.org. Progressives only see the status quo that’s in front of their nose. They are also central planners. Since Uber wasn’t planned by them, it can’t be good.

Obama’s Open Borders and Surging Deadly Disease In America, by Matthew Vadum, at frontpage.com. This is not a shock. I went on the Ellis Island tour years ago and I learned that immigrants were quarantined and sent back if they had diseases. All the talk of fixing our broken immigration system can be fixed is two things were done. 1) enforce the laws currently on the books. 2) Streamline and lower the cost of the process for immigrants to legally become Americans. Unfortunately politicians want the issue and not a solution. They can make political hay if there isn’t a fix.

Deadlocked Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Immigration Plans, at zerohedge.com. The President usurped power that the presidency doesn’t have. The office of the president is not allowed to legislate in this area. This is another example of the breakdown of the rule of law. The president said he didn’t have the power to do what he did and went for it anyway.

State Department Disabled Security Software To Allow Hillary’s Private Server EMails, at zerohedge.com. Upon further review that private server wasn’t a very good idea was it? But it doesn’t matter when the rules don’t apply to the ruling aristocracy.

Europe’s Robots To Become ‘Electronic Persons’ Under Draft Plan, at reuters.com. I thought this was from the Onion. Never underestimate central planners desire to grab as much power and money as they possibly can. Why do we continue to let foolishness like this stand?

America In Free Fall, at victorhanson.com. Victor Hanson gives an historical perspective of countries who have gone through social and economic turmoil. What lies ahead for America?

Observations From The Margin

September 3, 2015

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-There are two groups of people I automatically dislike, politicians and people in the media. It’s about the profession not necessarily the person. If I think the person is honorable and fair I will tolerate them, and if I think the person is arrogant and biased my dislike turns to loathing. Part of the reason Donald Trump is doing so well is he doesn’t give members of these groups the respect these megalomaniacs think should be lavished upon them. Whether it’s Jorge Ramos or Megyn Kelly, I don’t mind how Trump treats them. Watch the video of his press conference (click here) and see him dismiss Jorge Ramos and then answer a question about Megyn Kelly.

-Journalists wrap themselves in their first amendment rights using it as an inoculation against accusations of being bullies. They do have a first amendment right to ask questions, just as each of us has a first amendment right to ask questions. They don’t seem to understand that the person who is asked the question has a right to not answer the question.

-We live in a society that obeys basic rules of conduct that aren’t legislated by government. One of these rules of conduct is we wait our turn in line. When a person tries to cut line, someone usually calls them out by saying, “the end of the line is back there”. The video of Jorge Ramos is an example of someone cutting line. He was not called on and he butted in. When he was told the ‘end of the line is back there’ he kept talking. Most people who aren’t Jorge Ramos followers or Trump haters think Ramos is the anal orifice in this exchange.

-Our country was founded on the rule of law and not of men. When the laws that apply to us don’t apply to the ruling elite, it starts the process of the break down of the rule of law. When we see nothing happen to a politician like Hillary who flat-out broke the law by having her own server, and we get pulled over for ‘following too close’, it pisses us off. Not only do we have less respect for the law and the law givers, we start to push back.

-Journalists in the main stream media have a bias for bigger government. They know their influence increases when big government splits us into groups and pits us against each other. If each of us thought of ourselves as an individual instead of being a member of group, we would be able to see through media bias toward big government.

-For Decades the media has been driving the get-away car for politicians who have been robbing our individual freedom. Mr. Trump has taken out his knife, punctured all four tires and poured sand in the gas tank of the get-away car. They can’t figure out what to do. Trump talks around the media and straight to the people. He understands that many of us think the media is the enemy and he treats them as such. This is a big part of his success.

-Everyone who the media is biased against, yes even some politicians, should look at the Trump template, grow a pair, and treat the media accordingly.

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Observations From The Margin

June 10, 2015

 

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Observation  (Photo credit: mooglet)

-What is the top rung on the progressive ladder of sin? Trying to put these sins in an order that makes sense is a task that angels wouldn’t dare attempt, but progressive politicians seem to think they are up to the task. For a long time I thought that being called a racist was the top rung on the ladder of sin, but recently I think being called a homophobe has taken over being the top rung. But just wait, if Hillary becomes the Democratic candidate for president, being a sexist will be the top rung. What happens if multiple possible sins can be committed against an individual because they are a member of multiple groups, like a black gay woman? Does having the possibility of multiple sins being committed against you make you a more important mascot to be used by politicians? If we all grew thicker skins and become less sensitive to being offended, politicians wouldn’t have as much control over us.

-Why would we be surprised that the Clinton Global Foundation is nothing more than a money laundering scheme? The Clintons did the same thing on a smaller scale when they were using the Lincoln bedroom to raise money during their eight years in the White House.

-The Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal is simple to understand. Hillary broke the law when she used a private e-mail server instead of the Government e-mail server. Don’t listen to her verbal sleight of hand when she tries to explain it.

-The recent theft of government employees records by hackers (we think it was China) begs the question, How much easier would it be to hack into Hillary Clintons private e-mail server than to hack into a Government server? The Government encryption is much more difficult to crack than the standard encryption used on Hillary’s private server.

-Do you think there was any information on Hillary’s server that a foreign country could use to blackmail Hillary Clinton if she ever became President?

-I have said that the altercations between Police and citizens will start to increase because of the breakdown of the rule of law. Thank you politicians and bureaucrats. When the law doesn’t apply to you, (Hillary e-mail server), and you pass so many laws that it makes it impossible for an individual to know them all, what do you expect.  Politicians and bureaucrats, don’t have to deal directly with the people affected by these laws like the police do, but they do get to ride in on their white horses with solutions to the tension between police and citizens. People won’t follow the law when they think the laws are arbitrary and petty, and also when they think the laws don’t apply to our “rulers”. As much as I think that there are instances that police are breaking the law and just wielding power, there are many instances where individuals make situations worse by not complying. Because I know police and citizens don’t have wings and halos, I judge each of these situations, seen weekly on the news, on it’s own merits without picking a side before hand. Police and citizens have to deescalate these situations and start treating each other with more respect. If we don’t take care of this at the point where police and citizens meet each other,  we are opening the door for politicians and bureaucrats to use the “crisis” to step in and become even more tyrannical.

-Remember during the process of passing the Affordable Care Act, Nancy Pelosi saying “you have to pass it to see what’s in it”? How did that turn out? We are witnessing the same type of process with the secrecy surrounding the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement being pushed by President Obama. Should we trust this kind of process?

-I’ve stated this before but let’s try it again. People are born with either an xx or an xy sex chromosome. And no matter what anyone, including Bruce Jenner, feels his gender is, his sex is either male (xy) or female (xx). No amount of surgery or hormone replacement therapy can change that.

-How can Bruce Jenner receive the Arthur Ash award for courage at the ESPYs when it doesn’t take courage to do something that the main stream media, politicians, and the Hollywood culture support. Courage is demonstrated when you swim against the politically correct current.