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Must Reads For The Week 8/18/19

August 21, 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

 

THE GUN ISSUE

The Dangerous Urge To Do Something, by Judge Andrew Napolitano, at townhall.com.        Wanting the government to “do something” after a tragic situation, almost always leads to a “ready, fire, aim” government solution.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“The government’s job is to preserve personal liberty. Does it do its job when it weakens personal liberty instead? Stated differently, how does confiscating weapons from the law-abiding conceivably reduce their access to madmen? When did madmen begin obeying gun laws?”

“The concept of a “red flag” law — which permits the confiscation of lawfully owned weapons from a person because of what the person might do — violates both the presumption of innocence and the due process requirement of proof of criminal behavior before liberty can be infringed.

The Republican proposal lowers the standard of proof to a preponderance of the evidence — “a more likely than not” standard. That was done because it is impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that an event might happen. This is exactly why the might happen standard is unconstitutional and alien to our jurisprudence.

Red Flag Laws & Mass Shootings: Wrong Solution, by Thomas Massie and John Lott, nationalreview.com.       Remember the false accusations brought against Brett Kavanaugh? What about the false Trump Russia collusion accusations? When an issue becomes politicized, the rule of law goes out the window and the only rule is, win by any means necessary.

Since nothing is more politicized than your Second Amendment right to own arms in order to protect yourself against tyrannical government (not your right to hunt); Do you want the give anyone on the anti-gun left the power to take away your arms on a knowingly false accusation? A false accusation they pay no consequence for bringing?

Individuals in government are attempting to take away your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. As well as your Fifth Amendment rights of due process, the presumption of innocence, as well as taking property without compensation.

Does the fact that individuals in government are attempting to violate your rights, constitute tyrannical actions? Our Constitution is what protects the individual from the tyrannical actions that individuals wielding government power wish to place on us. This is the reason for the Second Amendment in the first place. Our founders understood that government will become tyrannical unless its power was constrained. And arming the people is a constraint on tyrants.

Excerpt from the article:

“While Trump emphasized mental health in last week’s speech about the Texas and Ohio shootings, red-flag laws are not specifically about mental illness. Indeed, only one state law even mentions the term. It’s about figuring out who is going to commit a crime (or suicide). This is the realm of science fiction, and is the theme of the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report. At least the Future Crime division in the movie had the help of psychics.”

“Everyone wants to stop mass public shooters. But we haven’t previously punished people on the basis of little more than a hunch, without any specific guidelines in place. Stopping “future crimes” didn’t work in the movies, and it doesn’t work in real life.

Armed Firefighter Stops Gunman At Missouri Walmart, at firefighternation.com.     Did you see this covered by the main stream media? Neither did I. A good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. When the $#!+ hits the fan, you are the first responder. Cops are second responders. The quicker a good guy with a gun can respond to an active shooter situation, fewer people will get killed or injured. Read (New FBI Data On Active Shooters Shows The Importance Of Armed Citizens, by David French at nationalreview.com.)

SCOTUS Is Considering Hearing This 2A Case…. Dem Senators Aren’t Happy, by Beth Baumann, at townhall.com.      Excerpt from the article:

“The Senators who signed alongside New York City include Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Mazi Hirono (HI), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Dick Durbin (IL) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY).”

“According to the group, the Supreme Court should not take up this case because the plaintiffs – gun rights advocates – are looking to “thwart gun safety legislation” and have the desire to “expand the Second Amendment.” The other argument they make: the Second Amendment and gun control is a political issue and the Supreme Court is supposed to be impartial, not a legislative body.”

“Democrats can argue that the Court shouldn’t get involved in political issues, but it’s the dumbest argument they can make. Pretty much every single case the Supreme Court hears is a political issue of some sort. There’s a question of Constitutionality that needs to be addressed. If there wasn’t, the Court wouldn’t get involved.”

“Gun control proponents, like these Senators, are backtracking because they’ve realized they put their foot in their mouth. They’ve realized this case is a big loser for them and it can actually harm their cause.”

 

ECON STUFF

The Rise Of Capitalism, by Ludwig von Mises, at mises.org.   Lets let the great von Mises explain. Here is an expert from the aricle:

“The precapitalistic system of production was restrictive. Its historical basis was military conquest. The victorious kings had given the land to their paladins. These aristocrats were lords in the literal meaning of the word, as they did not depend on the patronage of consumers buying or abstaining from buying on a market.”

“On the other hand, they themselves were the main customers of the processing industries, which, under the guild system, were organized on a corporative scheme. This scheme was opposed to innovation. It forbade deviation from the traditional methods of production. The number of people for whom there were jobs even in agriculture or in the arts and crafts was limited.”

“Under capitalism private property of the factors of production is a social function. The entrepreneurs, capitalists, and land owners are mandataries, as it were, of the consumers, and their mandate is revocable. In order to be rich, it is not sufficient to have once saved and accumulated capital. It is necessary to invest it again and again in those lines in which it best fills the wants of the consumers. The market process is a daily repeated plebiscite, and it ejects inevitably from the ranks of profitable people those who do not employ their property according to the orders given by the public. But business, the target of fanatical hatred on the part of all contemporary governments and self-styled intellectuals, acquires and preserves bigness only because it works for the masses. The plants that cater to the luxuries of the few never attain big size.”

“The shortcoming of 19th-century historians and politicians was that they failed to realize that the workers were the main consumers of the products of industry. In their view, the wage earner was a man toiling for the sole benefit of a parasitic leisure class. They labored under the delusion that the factories had impaired the lot of the manual workers. If they had paid any attention to statistics they would easily have discovered the fallaciousness of their opinion. Infant mortality dropped, the average length of life was prolonged, the population multiplied, and the average common man enjoyed amenities of which even the well-to-do of earlier ages did not dream.”

“However, this unprecedented enrichment of the masses was merely a by-product of the Industrial Revolution. Its main achievement was the transfer of economic supremacy from the owners of land to the totality of the population. The common man was no longer a drudge who had to be satisfied with the crumbs that fell from the tables of the rich.”

“There is a second important difference. In the political sphere, there is no means for an individual or a small group of individuals to disobey the will of the majority. But in the intellectual field private property makes rebellion possible.

The Triumph Of Socialism, by Lew Rockwell, at mises.org.    Excerpt from the article:

“A new BBC poll [reported November 2009] finds that only 11 percent of people questioned around the world — and 29,000 people were asked their opinions — think that free-market capitalism is a good thing. The rest believe in more government regulation.”

“That news must lift the heart of every would-be despot the world over. And it comes as something of a shock twenty years after the collapse of socialism in Russia and Eastern Europe revealed what this system had created: backward societies with citizens who lived short and miserable lives. Then there is the China case, a country rescued from bloody barbarism under communism and transformed into a modern and prosperous country by capitalism.”

“What can we learn? Far from not having learned anything, people have largely forgotten the experience and have developed a love for the ancient fairy tale that all things can be fixed through collectivism and central planning.”

“….. as Rothbard has forcefully argued, free-market capitalism serves no more than a symbolic purpose for the Republican Party and for conservatives. Economic liberty is the utopia that they keep promising to bring us, pending the higher priority of blowing up foreign peoples, jailing political dissidents, crushing the left wing on campus, and routing the Democrats.”

“Once all of this is done, they say, then they will get to the instituting of a free-market economic system. Of course, that day never arrives, and it is not supposed to. Capitalism serves the Republicans the way Communism served Stalin: a symbolic distraction to keep you hoping, voting, and coughing up money.”

“All of which leaves true capitalism — a product of the voluntary society and the sum total of all the exchanges and cooperative acts of people all over the world — with few actual intellectual defenders.”

AOC’s Top Aide Admits Green New Deal About The Economy, Not Climate, by Adam Shaw, at foxnews.com.    This is an admission of what we have known for decades. Socialist central planners have been using the environmental movement to push their collectivist ideas on the masses. They are green on the outside and red on the inside.

What Student Loans And Health Care Have In Common, by Nicholas C. Anderson, at mises.org.   When a third party pays there is no true price discovery.

Money Printing Can’t Replace Saving And Production As The Real Engine Of Economic Growth, by Frank Shostak, at mises.org.    Money printing is supposed to stimulate demand which in turn will lead to economic growth. But consumption doesn’t come before production. A specific something has to be produced before that specific something can be consumed. Production is the increase of wealth. Consumption is the destruction of wealth. Money facilitates the exchange of goods. Excerpt from the article: “money is not the means of payment but just the medium of the exchange. Payment is always done by means of goods and services.”

 

OTHER STUFF

You Should Totally Trust Our Elite Institutions …. Not, by Kurt Schlichter, at townhall.com.   Excerpt from the article:

“Basically, the best-case scenario here is that our government is unbelievably incompetent, not a particularly soothing thought. But the alternative is that it is corrupt and criminal in ways we can barely imagine. There’s an even less soothing thought. I can’t wait until these Einsteins take over my health care and are no longer restrained by the citizen veto of the guns we bitter normal people have, so far, wisely clung to.

The Road To Hell Is Paved With Virtue-Signaling, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“Virtue-signaling goes hand in hand with the only “solution” that’s politically correct: throw a borrowed trillion dollars at the “problem”, dance the humba-humba around the bonfire at midnight and hope that magic will resolve the underlying issues.”

Hence the calls for Medicare for all, Universal Basic Income, and free college for all, all paid with borrowed money, despite the virtuous bleatings that “taxes on the rich/robots” will magically pay for trillions of additional dollars to be squandered on corrupt, self-serving cartels.”

Chinese Social Credit Score Prevents 2.5 Million “Discredited Entities” Buying Plane Tickets, at zerohedge.com. This could never happen here, could it?

(VIDEO) Hong Kong Protesters Sing US Anthem, With US Flags, Against Chinese Tyranny During Airport Occupation, at americanmilitaryews.com.   America is still the beacon of freedom for the rest of the world.

The Dream Team Loses To The Nobodies, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgreatness.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“… the comical effort to destroy President Trump was a bad replay of the cultural cluelessness of a haughty Hillary Clinton in the last days of the 2016 campaign—the Ivy League prima donna, ensuring her “landslide” to come by futilely campaigning in Georgia and Arizona, fueled by the “analytics” of her whiz kids, while the orange, combed over, and uncouth Trump at her rear played the fox in her blue-wall henhouse. Was it Ivy League smarts to label roughly one-quarter of the country “deplorables” or to go to West Virginia to tell the impoverished they would have no more coal jobs?”

“There is always a civilizational elite of sorts, one based on merit, and it is often divorced from its counterfeit counterpart predicated on aristocracy, credentials, titles, and privilege. Real elites from all walks of life are rewarded for their singular achievement not for their empty reputations and media hype.”

“The last three years have been a painful relearning of that most obvious but forgotten truth that it is what we do rather than who we say we are that truly matters. That the lesson was lost on self-described egalitarians and social justice warriors is the most ironic lesson of all.

Cruz Unloads On The New York Times After Leaked Report Shows They Allegedly Planned To Push Trump-Racism Narrative, by Madison Dibble, at ijr.com.    More proof of main stream media bias. But we’ve known this for years.

Ignorant Liberals Need To Go Visit America, by Kurt Schlichter, at townhall.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“Locked up in their largely child-free urban playgrounds, our garbage elite is utterly unaware of the real America and of real Americans themselves. And it is dangerously unaware of – even actively hostile to – our true history. There are lessons there they need to learn as they continue to bully and provoke the mass of Americans who just wish to be left alone. Anyone who causally suggests confiscating millions of weapons from millions of American patriots and who has not walked through Lexington and Concord is a fool. And, sadly, our blue elite is full of fools.

UK PC Police “Draw The Line” – Ban Cream-Cheese & Car Ads Over ‘Gender Stereotypes‘, at zerohedge.com.   This could never happen here, could it?

El-Erian Admits The Era Of “De-Globalization” Is Here, at zerohedge.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“The U.S. economy is strong; however, the multinationals on Wall Street – invested overseas – are exposed. Thus there’s a disconnect and accompanying market volatility.”

“There is nothing that China and the EU can do to stop the de-globalization process: and efforts to stimulate their economy, more quantitative easing (pumping money) while the global supply chains are being shifted, are futile.”

President Trump has purposefully stalled the process of globalization, and is resetting global supply chains. This is bringing massive amounts of wealth back into the United States.”

Don’t Be Fooled, Omar and Tlaib Maliciously Set Up Israel Ban, by Katie Pavlich, at townhall.com.    These two are always in search of mischief. Especially when it comes to Israel.

Rep. Tlaib Rejects Israel’s New Offer To Visit West Bank, at zerohedge.com. She said she wanted to visit her grandmother. Israel called her bluff. She folded her cards. Israel raked in the chips.

How Important Is Today’s Racial Discrimination, by Walter E. Williams, at jewishworldreview.com.   Walter Williams dealt with real discrimination when he grew up. Read what he has to say about the subject.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Facial Recognition Software Mistook 1 in 5 California Lawmakers For Criminald, Says ACLU. So, They’re Saying It Works, Then? at daviddrakesplace.blogspot.com.

Bernie Sanders Arrives In Hong Kong To Lecture Protesters On How Good They Have It Under Communism, at babylonbee.com.

Report: King George Really Regretted Not Imposing Red Flag Laws On Deranged American Colonists, at babylonbee.com.

America Offers To Trade All Of Its Communists For Democratic Protesters In Hong Kong, at babylonbee.com.

God Demands America Remove ‘In God We Trust’ From Currency, at babylonbee.com.

Women Who Don’t Believe Israel Has Right To Exist Not Sure Why They Got Banned From Israel, at babylonbee.com.

Bill Clinton: Epstein’s Cause Of Death Depends On What Your Definition Of ‘Suicide’ Is, at babylonbee.com.

Shooter Walks Free As Police Tackle, Arrest AR-15, at babylonbee.com.

Biden Clarifies: ‘ I Like All Races, Even The Bad Ones’ , at babylonbee.com.

California Mandates Conversion Therapy For Straight Kids, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform.com.

 

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

 

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok 

 

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

 

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

 

 

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Must Reads For The Week 6/29/19

July 1, 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

 

U.S. Oil, Gas Output Surges The Most Ever For A Single Country, by Matthew Carr and Jeremy Hodges, at bloomberg.com. The American shale revolution has made this possible. Fracking has brought the price of oil down from a high of $150 a barrel to a trading range of between $40 and $70 a barrel.

Products Made From Petroleum, a ranken-energy.com. Look at the long list of products made from oil. So what do you think the real cost would be if we got rid of fossil fuels?

With Venezuela In Collapse, Towns Slip Into Primitive Isolation, by Corina Pons, at reuters.com. Since their currency has no value, because of money printing by government, people are resorting to a barter system.

Texas Legalizes Lemonade Stands Run By Children, by Billy Binion, at reason.com. Talk about big brother. A permit was required for a kid to set up a lemonade stand. But the Texas legislature has repealed the requirement. The lesson the kids should learn from this, is that government tramples on individual liberty.

California Ammo Sales Spike As Background Checks Start Monday, at zerohedge.com. Who would have thought that there would be a run on ammo sales before the background check law was put in place? Incentives and constraints matter in decision making.

Title IX Update OCR Opens Investigations Against Michigan State, Grand Valley State And Saginaw Valley State, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Mark J. Perry is using the Title IX Law against the people who love it most.

Inflation: The Soviet Tool For Destroying Money, by Chris Calton, Money printing is the definition of inflation. Excerpt from the article: “Regardless of the policy’s purpose, inflation serves only to distort economic signals and, ultimately, destroy the currency and whatever economy the currency is attached to.

Photos Reveal AOC Was Crying Over An Empty Parking Lot, at zerohedge.com. The Main stream media is the propaganda wing of the Democrat party. And they are not ashamed of it.

Rich-Kid Democrat Staffer Who Doxxed Political Enemies Gets Four Years In Prison,  at zerohedge.com. When politicians and bureaucrats get what they deserve we should be glad.

Blatant Election Rigging: Twitter Wants To Make Sure We Never Have Another President Like Trump, at zerohedge.com. These platforms are editing content. Which means they should not have the legal protection that a platform receives for being a platform.

Insider Blows Whistle & Exec Reveals Google Plan To Prevent “Trump Situation” in 2020, On Hidden Camera, at projectveritas.com. These people are admitting that they are trying to silence the ideology they don’t agree with. They have the freedom to do what they’re doing because they are protected legally when they claim they are a platform. But the second they start to edit content, they are no longer considered a platform. Just take their legal protection as a platform away from them.

Happy 89th Birthday (June 30th) To Thomas Sowell, One of the Greatest Living Economists, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. This is my favorite author. Thomas Sowell’s writings have influenced me more than any other author. He is amazing at explaining complex concepts to regular people like me. I love this man.

Thomas Sowell – The Origins Of Economic Disparities (watch here)

Still the best at 89 years old. Long live Thomas Sowell.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

California School System To Feature mandatory 2nd Grade Field Trips To Gay Bars, at thebabylonbee.com.

Experts Agree Loser Of First Dem Debate Was America, at babylonbee.com.

In Emergency Bill, House Dems Vote To Send More Fake Tears To Address Border Crisis, at babylonbee.com.

Democratic Candidates Announce Plan To Dangle Stacks Of Cash In Front Of Potential Voters, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From The Burning Platform

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

 

 

 

 

Must Reads For The Week 6/15/19

June 17, 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

 

A Quiet Revolution Is Brewing, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Excerpt from the article: “As I noted In recent blog posts, politics as practiced in a bygone era of stability no longer offers any solutions to these profound disruptions. Middle ground has vanished because there is no middle ground, and ideologies have become quasi-religious because they no longer offer any practical guidance to the economy that is still being transformed by the 4th Industrial Revolution”

“A quiet revolution is brewing as old social, political and economic structures fail. The politics of compromise is giving way to the politics of borrowing whatever sums are needed to placate every elite and every constituency. This is the pathway to financial debauchery as the currency will be destroyed by the politics of expediency.

Antifa Organizer Ordered To Pay Legal Fees Over ‘Unreasonable, Frivolous’ Lawsuit, at zerohedge.com. People are finally fighting back against the progressive left.

Texas Pipeline Protesters May Face Up To 10 Years In Prison, at zerohedge.com. Another example of people being fed up of the lefts insanity and fighting back.

Oberlin Pays For Smearing The Town Grocer, at wsj.com. Another example of people fighting back.

Workers Turn Down Bid To Unionize Tennessee Volkswagen Plant: at npr.org. Workers have figured that the only people who benefit from union membership are the union leaders, not the members. But this won’t stop union leaders from seeking another vote on unionization.

Trump Wants Major Cuts At Federal Advisory Committees, at huffpost.com. This is a small step. But when was the last time a President actually took a step to cut the size of government? It was George Washington. He cut the size of the British empire!

Ex-CIA Officer: Trump In “Historic Battle” With “Treasonous” Deep State, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article:

“Some call this the ‘Deep State,’ and that includes the CIA, the FBI and the NSA. President Trump is the first President to stand up against this Shadow Government. They have been spying on Trump since he was a presidential candidate. So, this is huge, it’s historic and nothing like this has ever occurred in any western government…”

“Trump has called this “treason,” and when he says this, the mainstream media is silent and won’t report it….They know it, and they are trying their level best to support these Shadow Government/Deep State players because the media was complicit in this false Russia collusion. There is no way they are going to report on information that will expose their role in it…They shot and misses, and it was a bad miss because they tipped their hand.

AG Barr Battles Intel Community And FBI, Illegal Surveillance Had Been Going On For Years, by Sara Carter, at saraacarter.com. Everyone, including people who hate Trump, should be upset about the years of illegal surveillance by the US Intel community. Excerpt from the article:

“Despite the president’s order giving Barr authority over the declassification of the documents related to the bureau’s investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia, it won’t be met without a fight. And there’s a reason why.”

“This isn’t just about Trump. It’s about nearly a decade of abuse inside the intelligence community and bureau regarding foreign-intelligence-collection authority. Why? Because it was carried out to monitor communications of Americans inside the United States and the procedures meant to protect Americans either swept up in those calls or targeted were not followed. The Fourth Amendment was under attack and abused for political purposes, say several retired intelligence sources.”

Just When You Thought Surveillance Tech Couldn’t Get Any More Orwellian….at zerohedge.com. Getting this kind of surveillance technology in the hands of tyrants with power is a scary thing. Excerpt from the article:

“China has already developed the infrastructure to envelop their citizens in this protective surveillance net and has begun that slippery slope of using AI to not only catch activities deemed undesired by the government – it’s starting to taken action against those observed.”

Watch: Scientists Create “Deepfake” Software Allowing Anyone to Edit Anything Anyone Says On Video, at zerohedge.com. At some point we may not be able to tell what is real and what has been doctored.

Macron’s Security Service Threatens French Journalists With Prison And Fines, at zerohedge.com. As much as I dislike the mains stream media. I never want politicians and bureaucrats using government power to crack down on “journalists”. That would be worse than the biased reporting by journalists.

John Cleese Refuses To Back Down: “Prefers Cultures That Don’t Tolerate Female Genital Mutilation”, at zerohedge.com. Cleese is not backing down. He is doubling down. Good for him.

School’s Purpose Is Indoctrination, by Sofia Carbonc, at humanevents.com. Excerpt from the article:

“Indoctrination is no longer dependent upon the political beliefs of teachers. We are now past that. Course material is blatant political propaganda. Not just the course material for gender studies and similar. The core curricula of grade school through college.”

“Juveniles typically don’t care about politics, and definitely not policy. But since 2016, more young people are being sucked into the political realm. The social issues in the United States, such as feminist and LGBTQ+ movements, have become so extreme and unbearable. Kids are tired of being told to apologize for the race or gender they were born as, and being told what they can and cannot say despite having a God-given right to speak freely.

“Unless you are involved with politics to a degree, it can be easy to miss politically motivated material. The lack of political education in combination with the demand that students trust their textbooks as reliable sources allows the left to silently indoctrinate students.”

“Prime examples of progressive course material are in economics and psychology courses. Both are extremely important and beneficial courses, at least when taught objectively.

“The left is genius when you think about it.”

“Progressives have run academia so far into the ground that students accumulate massive amounts of debt and cannot find work. They then tell the economically struggling students and graduates they are victims of the cruel system of capitalism. In reality, they are victims of the cruel system of academia the left created. They use this economic duress to pitch the debt-ridden students promises of economic equality in the form of socialism.”

“The left just leaves out the part where the ‘economic equality’ promised means equal poverty.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Nation Spends Day Acknowledging Existence Of Completely Unnecessary Parent, at babylonbee.com.

Democrats Vow To Close Dangerous Gun-Buying Loophole Known As ‘The Second Amendment’, at babylonbee.com.

Chick-Fil-A Celebrates Pride Month By Serving Delicious Chicken Sandwiches To Everyone Just Like All The Other Months, at babylonbee.com.

New School Program Raises Awareness Of Things Kids Didn’t Know They Were Supposed To Be Offended About, at babylonbee.com.

Progressive Mom Proudly Declares Son To Be Transgender After He Walks Through Barbie Aisle, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

More from theburningplatform.com.

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

Political Cartoons by AF Branco

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

 

Must Reads For The Week 6/9/19

June 10, 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

 

Students, Here’s A Plan To Solve Your Debt Problem (You Won’t Like It), by Kurt Schlichter, at townhall.com. Excerpt from the article:

“…..a lot of Democrat politicians are promising “free college,” but what they really mean is “free for you.” Someone has to pay, and that someone is me, and I need to level with you.”

I am not interested in paying for your college.

“Now, some may call me “greedy” or “selfish” for not wishing to work and then have the money I earned taken from me to provide things to you that you want but did not pay for instead of being able to spend it – the “it” being the money I earned – on things that I want. I am okay with that. I would much prefer having people who fundamentally misunderstand the concepts of greed and selfishness call me “greedy” and “selfish” than subsidize their educations, educations that evidently did not include learning about basic concepts like greed and selfishness.”

“I understand that your priorities for my money may differ from mine, but it being my money, my priorities should take precedence.”

“……Creating a debtor class of over-educated, under-smart serfs with gender studies degrees is another Cloward-Piven-seque ploy to undermine our society in the pursuit of the socialist Utopia our garbage ruling class seeks to command. Of course, this would be a Utopia built of envy, incompetence and lies.”

NYU Cancels Course On ‘Far-Right’ Taught By Disgraced Media Matters “Fact Checker”, at zerohedge.com. There is hope! Only 2 students signed up for this class.

End School Compulsory-Attendance Laws, by Jacob G. Hornberger, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:

“….there is no difference in principle between religious liberty and educational liberty. Just as people shouldn’t be forced to send their children to church, they shouldn’t be forced to send their children to a state-approved organization for secular education and training. Families have the natural, God-given right to make educational decisions for their children without state interference or meddling, just as they do with respect to religious decisions.”

“People obviously make vastly different decisions when it comes to raising their children, not only on religious matters but also on countless other issues. People often disagree with how other people are raising their children. But Americans have developed a high degree of tolerance with respect to how people raise their children. We simply have to have that same degree of tolerance when it comes to education.”

“No one should be forced to attend church. By the same token, no one should be force to submit to a state-approved education. For that matter, no one should be forced to fund a state-approved school any more than he should be forced to fund a state-approved church. The state has no more business in education than it does in religion.”

Hillary And Chelsea Clinton To Launch Feminist Production Company, at zerohedge.com. Can’t wait to watch some of the shows these two come up with. I bet their shows will win some awards.

Transgender Woman (Who Competed As A Man Last Year) Wins NCAA Track Championship, at zerohedge.com. This has to be a ‘Satirical Headline’, Doesn’t it?

Transgender Powerlifter, Stripped Of World-Record Titles, Says Competing In Special Transgender Category Would Be ‘Discrimination’, by Dave Urbanski, at theblaze.com. The power lifting federation took a stand against the insanity that other institutions have given in to.

Trans Activists Silence The Science So They Can Claim It’s On Their Side, by Nathanael Blake, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article:

“What these researchers do share is caution and scientific skepticism regarding the foundational belief of today’s transgender movement, which is that gender identity is innate and unchangeable, and that gender change is always the best treatment for expressions of gender dysphoria.”

“The research of the scholars noted…..that there are diverse causes and forms of gender dysphoria, rather than every case arising from an innate, immutable sense of gender identity…….many childhood cases of gender dysphoria will resolve over time without transition, so he did not rush children into transition……..gender dysphoria may sometimes be socially contagious.”

“These researchers are being targeted because their moderation threatens an increasingly radical trans agenda. In the few years since transgender issues went mainstream, the public debate has shifted from how to respond when Bruce Jenner wants to become Caitlyn to how to respond to a five-year-old boy who wants to be a princess or a 14-year-old girl who, encouraged by social media, suddenly self-identifies as a man and wants to take testosterone and amputate her breasts.”

“Prepubescent children are being prescribed dangerous chemicals that suppress their natural physical development, followed by potentially harmful hormonal treatments that sterilize them. Gender clinics expedite the administration of cross-sex hormones, even prescribing them on the first visit, and minors are undergoing irreversible surgeries. California has decided to teach children about gender identity and transsexualism in kindergarten and parents will not be allowed to opt their children out. Efforts to help children (or even consenting adults) reconcile to their natural bodies are being mislabeled as “conversion therapy” and outlawed”

Facebook Bans CrossFit Group For Advocating Low-Carb, High-Fat Diets, at zerohedge.com. Social media platforms are owned by leftists. If you don’t tow the leftist narrative, you will get banned. But if they are deciding content, should they be considered a platform? Or are they just another web site like mine.

Drivers Are Turning To Sex Dolls And Mannequins To Use HOV Lanes, at zerohedge.com. America was founded by individuals who didn’t obey onerous laws. The spirit of the American Revolution still exists in some of us.

Department Of Transportation Launches Investigation Into Chick-Fil-A Bans, by Molly Prince, at dailycaller.com. There is no more middle ground to concede. The left has pushed too far and people are fighting back. This is what Brexit and the election of Trump was about.

Democrats Want The Post Office To Handle All Your Banking Needs, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article:

“Imagine a bank with all the bureaucracy of the United States Post Office AND all the financial savviness of the U.S. government. If you like that idea, you’ll just love Democrats proposal to bank at your local post office.

Sanctions Are A Bitch – US Refiners Importing Russian Oil Like Mad, by Tom Luongo, at tomluongo.me. Excerpt from the article:

“The market needs to be fed. And refiners will buy whoever has the best cargo at the best price. It is only politicians who don’t understand that you can’t dictate to the markets.

“Now refiners in the U.S. have been under pressure with rising oil prices but Russian oil isn’t brought in to supply the tight gasoline market. Russian Urals grade is considered heavy-sour which is better for refining into diesel and other heavier grades. And it is being sent right to the refineries that normally process Venezuela’s very heavy crude (PADD 3 – Gulf Coast).”

“Don’t think for a second that this is some kind of Trumpian quid pro quo or anything. That he promised Putin a few ducats to look the other way in Venezuela. I know stupid libs of the Young Turk variety will think this. So will the Q-tards in the MAGA crowd.”

“But, no. This is simply normal market action that a bunch of clueless morons in D.C. can’t control. Refiners need feedstock to refine or they go out of business. Russian Urals regularly trades at a discount to Brent crude because there is no good benchmark for it. Remember, both West Texas Intermediate and Brent are light-sweet grades.”

Socialists vs. Civil Society, by Richard M. Ebeling, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “Once the antisocial agenda of socialism is in power and implemented, it can, at the end of the day, be nothing but despotic and totalitarian because it is either individuals making their own plans and coordinating their plans with those of others through the voluntary agreements of the market and those institutions of civil society, or it is the plans of some imposed on others through the use or threat of political compulsion. It comes down to freedom or tyranny, whether or not that tyranny has come to power through the use of bullets or votes dropped into a ballot box.”

This is just a different way of stating the quote by F.A. Hayek at the top of this post.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

From The Babylon Bee

Left Vows To Topple Patriarchy By Allowing Biological Males To Dominate Women’s Sports, at babylonbee.com.

12 Obsolete Manly Activities And What You Can Replace Them With, at babylonbee.com. Check out these 12 manly things. They are funny and also sad but true at the same time.

Bernie Sanders Vows To Fight For $15 Maximum Wage, at babylonbee.com.

Daily Beast Reporter Tracks Down 11-Year-Old Who Told Joke About Pelosi At School, at babylonbee.com.

Sad: The Nation’s Women Were Going To Go Out To Dinner To Celebrate 100 Years Of Suffrage But They Couldn’t Decide What They Wanted To Eat, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform.com. (more here)

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Do you remember when President Obama gave the Queen an Ipod containing his speeches as a gift?

 

Must Reads For The Week 5/18/19

May 21, 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

 

MEDIA

Journalism Is Dead – Long Live The Media! by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgreatness.com. Excerpt from the article:   “….over the last 20 years, marquee journalists saw themselves as wannabe celebrities who were to make news, not to report it, to massage stories in such a fashion to serve their social justice agendas, and to virtue signal their superior morality, as many revolved in and out of government.”

“What have they become instead? People with enormous self-regard, but with little experience with the public whom they were supposed to serve.”

“They espouse opinions on nearly everything while knowing almost nothing. They believe Washington and New York are the centers of the universe, while the universe is making both more irrelevant. As their ethics dissipated, their vocabularies shrank. Their poor communication skills grew ever poorer, and they displayed little knowledge of the history and culture of the people they reported on.”

“Cultural Schizophrenia”: US Media No Longer Reports Facts, But Appeals To Emotions, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “The mainstream media in the United States has made a shift in the past few decades.  Now, they appeal to emotions as opposed to reporting the facts. This “cultural schizophrenia” is tearing the U.S. apart at the seams.”

Tulsi Gabbard: James Clapper Lied On Mass Surveillance….Yet Landed A Job On CNN, by Jennie Taer, at saracarter.com. No comment necessary.

 

EDUCATION SYSTEM

Higher Education In America, by Walter Williams, at jewishworldreview.com. Excerpt from the article: “The extraordinary high college cost not only saddles students with debt, it causes them to defer activities such as getting married and starting a family, buying a home and saving for retirement. Research done by the New York Federal Reserve Banks and the National Bureau of Economic Research shows that each dollar of federal aid to college leads to a tuition increase of 60 cents.

Asian American Push Back Against Identity Politics In Washington State, by Helen Raleigh, at thefederalist.com. Even though Americans of Asian decent are on the top rung of the intellectual ladder, they are on the bottom rung of the identity politics ladder. Why should we expect equal outcomes when there are different inputs?

Title IX Updates: OCR Opens Investigations Against Brown, Rutgers And Clemson, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Universities are getting snared in the Title IX traps they set years ago.

The Growing Phenomenon Of Racially Exclusive Grad Ceremonies, by Daniel Payne, at thecollegefix.com. Excerpt from the article:  “The great American political movements of the 19th and 20th century were about bridging the profound and often brutal chasm that has divided the races in this country since its earliest beginnings. Many campuses are now helping to widen that chasm rather than close it further. It’s a terrible thing to witness.”

 

CULTURAL CRAZINESS

Actions Have Consequences, at the burningplatform.com. Watch these two short videos of Pro Abortion students attacking Pro Life protesters. Ask yourself if it would be possible to have a rational discussion with either of these two individuals? By the way the cop in the first video shows how to deescalate a situation with an emotional individual.

‘Gender-Inclusive Puberty’ Is The Latest Myth Peddled By Trans-Activists, by Mary Rice Hasson, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article” “Gender-inclusive puberty education” is an invented term that conceals ideological hokum under language vaguely suggestive of fairness and science. It’s an activist-driven maneuver to embed the gender-identity construct into the minds of impressionable children—all children—under the guise of health education. The real goal is to normalize transgender and non-binary identities and the drastic medical and surgical interventions that “affirm” them.

Prescription For Violence: The Corresponding Rise Of Antidepressants, SSRIs & Mass Shootings, at theburningplatform.com. These antidepressant drugs come with a warning that the user may have suicidal thoughts. How much of a difference is there between suicidal and homicidal thoughts?

The Fight Over Abortions Is Now Total War, by David Marcus, at thefederalsit.com. Roe v Wade was the Government forcing a one size fits all decision on every State. Alabama’s recently passed restrictive abortion law, and New York’s recently passed permissive abortion law is exactly where we were in 1973 when abortion activists butted in and the the Supreme Court made the Roe decision. We have had 45 years of unnecessary conflict. The court should have allowed the States to continue to enforce the abortion laws each had on the books in 1973. It would have worked out better.

Dear Fellow Unbelievers: We’re Not Any Smarter Than People Of Faith, by Chason Gordon, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article:

“In college, I voraciously ingested all the great anti-theist scribes, from Christopher Hitchens to Richard Dawkins to Sam Harris, as if preparing for that one hypothetical argument with a religious person over dinner while everyone else awkwardly ate their meatloaf. It enabled me to roll my eyes at anything religious with the best of them. Little is more fun than smugly looking down on a group of people and saying cruel things about them with a feeling of righteous superiority.”

“Still, this unrelenting disdainful stance gets tired after a while and doesn’t stand up when dealing with actual human beings who can talk back. My once-rabid atheism evolved not into belief, but into a calm acceptance of the more faithful people I met, as I gradually came to understand what many non-believers fail to: You’re not smarter or stronger than religious people, and you don’t know something that they fail to grasp.”

“There’s probably a person of equal intelligence to you, who enjoys the same bands and movies and salad dressing, and maybe even looks a little like you, except he or she has faith. All of that person’s skepticism and doubt is simply pointed in the other direction.”

 

IMMIGRATION

Spain Sees Surge In Migrant Crime “Because Of Political Cowardice“, at zerohedge.com. Europe is farther down the road with the immigration issue than the US. It is proving to be a disaster for these countries. But that can’t happen here? Can it?    In an unrelated article   Hundreds Of Migrants Occupying French Airport Terminal, by Tamar Lapin, at nypost.com.

 

VOLUNTARY COOPERATION vs. CENTRAL PLANNING

A Peck On The Neck, by Eric Peters, at ericpetersautos.com. Individuals with government power are forcing their utopian agenda on us. The reason they are doing this is because consumers in the free market are not choosing their world view. Man made global warming was and still is one of the biggest scams ever!

Excerpt from the article:

“A vampire’s continued existence depends on the continuous flow of the blood of the living. The same principle animates Tesla and other purveyors of electric cars – who are about to receive another $2 billion-plus from FiatChrysler (FCA) over the course of the next three years.”

“This ought to stave off bankruptcy long enough to bankrupt legitimate car companies like FCA (which choose not to purvey electric cars, because people aren’t buying them).”

“After which, the vampire will feast on the blood of us – directly, this time.”

“The cash infusion is performed via what is styled the “purchase” of carbon credits. These are purchases in the manner of our “contributions” to Social Security – i.e., they are extorted payments made under duress for something the victim would never freely pay for if he had the option to say no.”

“The “credits” being “purchased” are for electric cars not built by FCA. Instead, FCA pays Elon, et al, to build them and gets the “credit” for the supposed reduction in C02 “emissions” (it takes many italics and  air quotes to parse government-speak) achieved thereby.”

Whole Foods Now Accepts Cryptocurrency, at zerohedge.com. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are becoming legit currencies. This is going to challenge Central Bankers money printing monopoly. They can’t allow this.

If You Think Capitalism Is Dying Because Two Companies ‘Control 90 Percent Of The Beer Americans Drink,’ Go Home, You’re Drunk, by Nick Gillespie, at reason.com. The demise of free market capitalism has been greatly exaggerated. Economic forces are always in play no matter how much government central planning exists in any economic system (socialism, communism, crony capitalism, crony socialism).

Billionaire Promises To Pay Off Student Loan Debt Of Morehouse College Graduating Class, at cnn.com. Free market capitalism is why this guy can afford to pay off these students college debts. These kids were going to be debt serfs to the government for years. This evil capitalist bailed them out. And all he want’s is for them to pay it forward. What a greedy SOB.

Nigel Farage ‘Milkshaked’ As Brexit Party Extends Double-Digit Polling Lead, at zerohedge.com. The Status quo doesn’t want Brexit to take place. They want to keep their power. The people have been ignored for three years since they voted to leave the EU. They have had enough of the May’s BS. They don’t want bureaucrats in Brussels making decisions for them. It is bad enough that their own bureaucrats are making laws they have to follow.

Immunize Your Kids Against Intrusive Government, by J.D. Tuccille, at reason.com. Our founders didn’t trust individuals who were in a position to wield the power of government. Our children should be taught the individual is sovereign over the government.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Caravan Of Unborn Babies Heads Toward Alabama To Apply For Asylum, at babylonbee.com.

In Order To Stop White Men From Legislating Women’s Bodies, Democrats Fight To Overturn Roe v. Wade, at babylonbee.com. The Roe decision was made by a Supreme Court made up of mostly white men.

Bernie Sanders Criticizes Billionaire For Giving Money To Students Instead Of The Needy Federal Government, at babylonbee.com.

Facebook claims Party Celebrating Candace Owens’s Suspension Was ‘An Honest Mistake‘, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform.com. (more here)

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

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Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

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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 5/4/19

May 6, 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

 

Freedom Or Government Control – There Is No True “Third Way“, by Bradley Thomas, at mises.org.  The above quote by Hayek begs the question; Which direction are our politicians attempting to force us? On the one side you have the new socialists in the Democrat party who aren’t afraid to tell us the direction they want to take America. Along with the establishment of the Democrat party who won’t admit the direction they want to take America. Along with the establishment of the Republican party who tell us they want to go in the direction of freedom, but whose policies take us in the opposite direction. Along with citizens who work for the administrative state and citizens who receive the largess of the administrative state. On the other side are citizens and some politicians who want to shrink the size and scope of government which would take us in the direction of freedom and plenty.

The middle of the road third way is chaotic. As we are witnessing in the America today.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“The defining difference between socialism and capitalism, as described by Ludwig von Mises is “the substitution of public control of the means of production for private control.” More properly understood, socialism would eliminate the private ownership of the means of production by capitalists.”

“So efforts to impose “more aggressive regulation of markets” – which typically amount to more confiscatory taxes and stricter government regulations – may fall short of actual socialism, but erode the defining characteristic of capitalism, namely private ownership over the means of production.”

“It is important here to note that ownership implies the right to utilize, trade or otherwise dispose of property as the owner sees fit, as long as his actions don’t infringe on the rights of others.”

“Any restrictions on the owner’s use, therefore, represents an erosion of private property rights over the means of production, and a step in the direction of centralized, or public, control over those means.

The First Taste Of Freedom, by Eric Peters, at ericpetersautos.com. Excerpt from the article:

“A bicycle was once upon-a-time a kid’s first taste of real freedom. This appetizer tended to instill a hankering for more. An expectation. An awakening.”

“Those who grew up before the era of helicopter parenting commenced in the ’90s will remember it because they lived it. Saturday morning came and as soon as you were finished with breakfast, you bolted outside, got on your bike – without putting on a helmet-  and took off.”

“Cycling is mostly an adult activity now. It’ rare to see kids out riding their bicycles – especially by themselves.”

Venezuelan Socialism Victims Send Message To American Socialists, by Cabot Phillipps, at campusreform.org. Video of people from Venezuela telling what the socialist paradise is really like.

Why Social Democracy Is Failing Europe, by Alastair Macleod, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:

“The point missed by most analysts is that social democracy is failing because of the contradiction between personal freedom and state control.”

“As a form of mild socialism, it fails for the same reason as did communism. It all plays into the hands of the communists, for whom the failure of social democracy is an opportunity. They encourage the rank and file to blame capitalism. The collapse of capitalism is inevitable, as Marx wrote. And its collapse hastens full-blooded communism. Communism is a broken philosophy, as has been clearly demonstrated. But ruthless leaders still see it as the means of obtaining power over their fellow humans.

Postmaster Warning: The United States Postal Service Is In A “Death Spiral“, at zerohedge.com. Even with a monopoly position and tax payer funding, Government bureaucrats can’t make the postal system pay for itself. Does this surprise anyone?

Pope Joins Soros In Funding Immigrant Caravan Invasion Of US Southern Border, at zerohedge.com. This shouldn’t surprise anyone either. The Pope is a Marxist (read my post here).

Endgame: Starting In 2014, All US Debt Issuance Will Be Used To Pay Interest On Debt, at zerohedge.com. Is this sustainable?

 

YOU MUST AGREE. OR ELSE!

China’s Mass Surveillance App Hacked: Code Reveals Specific Criteria For Illegal Oppression, at zerohedge.com. The technology exists. Why wouldn’t we think that petty tyrants (politicians and bureaucrats) in the US wouldn’t use this?

US Searches Of Phones, Laptops At Airports Rising, Suit Says, by Deb Reichmann, at apnews.com. Wait a minute! Are government bureaucrats already abusing their power and crushing our fourth and fifth amendment rights?

Coming To America: The Complete De-Platforming Of All Non-Establishment Voices, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “Free Speech is a myth. Technically we’re allowed to say what we want and won’t get arrested for it, but we constantly have to self-censor our speech, including our political opinions, for many reasons. You’re allowed to express some opinions, son long as they’re the right opinions.”

Google Dumps Black, Female Leader For Believing Men Can’t Be Women, by Natasha Chart, at thefederalist.com. Black female sacrificed on the alter of identity politics. No more guessing. Transgenders are now on a higher rung of the identity politics ladder than black females.

Homeschooling Produces Better-Educated, More-Tolerant Kids, Politicians Hate That, at reason.com. No comment needed.

Open Air Absurdistan, at theburningplatform.com. Politicians are taking positions that are insane Absurd.

Child Abuse, at theburningplatform.com. This video is ……. I don’t know if there is a word that describes what this is. But ultimately this is child abuse.

Planned Parenthood Supporters Dance On ‘Graves’ Of Aborted Babies, at lowderwithcrowder.com. Watch this short video and ask yourself: Can anyone relate to these protesters?

Preferred Pronouns Or Prison,

Do you have a right to choose the words you use? Or do people have a right to force you to use the words they choose for you?

 

 

MEDIA NARRATIVES

How Media Narratives Become More Important Than Facts, Sharyl Attkisson, at theepochtimes.com. Excerpt from the article: “I believe I was among the first to really pay attention to the increasingly effective operations to shape and censor news – the movements to establish narratives rather than follow facts – and to see the growing influence of smear operations, political interests, and corporate interests on the news.”

“It’s not that I’m smarter than my peers …. but my particular brand of off-narrative reporting happened to draw the intense attention of the smear operators and propagandists, so I began to study it.”

Attkisson v. DOJ And FBI For The Government Computer Intrusions, by Sharyl Attkisson, at sharylattkisson.com. Here is what happened to Sharyl Attkisson when she started to look into Fast and Furious.

Son, It Was Obama We Journalists Had To Fear, by Jack Cashill, at americanthinker.com.  You will remember these incidents during the Obama administration. Excerpt from the article: “…President Trump is at least open in his hostility toward the press. The First Amendment gives him the same rights as it gives us. It was President Obama’s dirty, covert war on the media that had me worried.”

You Think You Have It Tough?  at theburningplatform.com. When you are against the political establishment (deep state if you will), you have no rights.

Lara Logan Cheers Ted Koppel’s Comments On Media Bias: Finally, I’m Not Alone

 

MUELLER / RUSSIA POST GAME REPORT

About The Letter That Mueller Wrote To Barr, at zerohedge.com. The media only showed the part of the letter that fit their narrative.

Grassley Truth Bomb, at theburningplatform.com. No comment needed.

NYT Confirms Obama Admin Used Multiple Spies Against Trump In 2016, by Mollie Hemingway, at thefederalist.com. The New York Times ran this story. So it should be Gospel to the left.

And The Winner Of The Robert Mueller Sweepstakes Is – Putin, by John Solomon, at thehill.com. As usual here is great analysis by John Solomon.

Checkmate, by Will Chamberlin, at humanevents.com. This is interesting analysis about the left losing the chess match against Bill Barr.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Dem Candidates Promising Relief To Americans Sick And Tired Of Working All These Plentiful Jobs, at babylonbee.com.

Progressive Parents Devastated After Son Comes Out As Straight, at babylonbee.com.

Man’s Baptism Overturned Afterr Instant Replay Reveals He Was Not Flly Submerged, at babylonbee.com.

Democrats Call Upon Nation To Unify Against Other Half Of Nation, at babylonbee.com.

Women Wearing MAGA Hat Makes It Home From Store Alive, at babylonbee.com.

Dems Promise To Do A Better Job Of Hiding Their Support For Infanticide In The Future, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform.

Equality Act

Biden Obama Baggage