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Must Reads For The Week 1/12/19

January 14, 2019

Starbucks Plans To Install Needle-Disposal Boxes In Certain Locations, by Dalvin Brown, at usatoday.com. The old bathroom policy at Starbucks stated that unless you were a paying customer you were not allowed to use their bathrooms. But that policy changed after national outrage was sparked when two African American males were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks after being told they couldn’t use the bathrooms because they were not paying customers. Because of the outrage, Starbucks changed the policy by allowing anyone entering a store to use their bathrooms. Because of the new policy, their bathrooms are now being used by drug users which leaves blood and syringes in their bathrooms. So instead of getting rid of the new policy that caused the unhealthy situation in the first place, Starbucks is going to train their employees to safely clean up these hazardous conditions. Starbucks is essentially going to try to cure the symptom of the problem they originally created by their new bathroom policy.

Grandfather Of Oklahoma Teen Killed By Homeowner In Burgalary Says AR-15 Made For ‘Unfair’ Fight, by Chris Enloe, at theblaze.com. Here is a quote from the Grandfather: “What these three boys did was stupid. They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die. Brass knuckles against an AR-15? C’mon. Who was afraid for their life?

So, should the homeowner have put down his firearm, put on a pair of brass knuckles and fought the three young men? Just to make it fair!

Mother Of Armed Robber Shot Dead By Man Defending His Children: ‘Why Did He Shoot Him Five Times?, by David Urbanski, at theblaze.com. The father pulled his gun and shot only after the perp pointed his gun at the father’s two kids. The father eliminated the threat without shooting anyone else. Pretty impressive.

Indiana Police Officer Gets Shot By Fellow Officer Who Was Shooting At An Aggressive Dog, by Trevor Peters, at wthitv.com. Is this a pattern? I posted this article (Read and Watch Here) a month ago about an officer killing a women as he attempted to shoot an aggressive dog. These are examples of ‘trained’ officers firing shots without knowing where the bullets will end up. Should the training related to aggressive dogs be changed? I’ve had aggressive dogs attack me when I used to go jogging. When they did, I would face the attacking dog and kick them in the mouth as hard as I could. That always worked.

‘Hate Speech’ Convictions Soar Tenfold As Sweden Cracks Down On Migration Critics, at zerohedge.com. If we don’t protect free speech rights in America, this will happen here. What happened to the adage “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me?” Political correctness and identity politics happened.

Court Says Masterpiece Cakeshop Owner Can Sue Colorado Civil Rights Commission For Its Hostility Toward Religion, by Leon Wolf, at theblaze.com. Jack Phillips won his case in the supreme court but the Colorado civil rights commission won’t leave him alone. “You will comply with the politically correct way of thinking or the full force of government will be brought down on you.

 

BIAS EXISTS IN ALL MEDIA.

Human beings are far from perfect. Varying degrees of bias exists in all human endeavors. Since politics is polarizing, politics by nature is biased. No matter how much you hate politics, no one is apolitical. I don’t buy into the big government Republican / Democrat political paradigm that exists today. I don’t like big government and it’s politics that exists today. There are probably no democrat politicians I agree with and a handful of republican politicians I agree with. But that doesn’t mean I am unbiased. I am biased toward shrinking the size and scope of government and increasing individual freedom. Is that a political position? I don’t know but at least I admit that I’m biased. The media won’t even admit they are biased. No matter how obvious the bias is.

 

Seattle TV Station Caught Doctoring Trump’s Face During National Address, at zerohedge.com. How did the editors not catch this? Bias?

Strange Times – Don Lemon, at economicnoise.com. Don Lemon’s comment, “We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, ad we have to start doing something about them.” gets a response from a former Navy Seal Ephraim Mattos: “…do not let Don Lemon’s ignorant words drive you into viewing yourself only by your race and religion. Identity politics does not lead to freedom. It only leads to hatred and division and an “us vs. them” mentality.”

Media’s Angry Response To Trump’s Oval Office Speech Comes Up Short, by Mollie Hemingway, at thefederalist.com. The media responded to the straw men they created.

A Neocon-Backed Narrative Control Firm Works To Destroy Alternative Media, at zerohedge.com. Fact checking sites need to be fact checked.

Co-Founder Of LinkedIn Acknowledges Funding Russian-Style Disinformation Effort During The Alabama Special Election, by Aaron Mak, at slate.com. No comment necessary.

If We Can No Longer Tell The Truth, We’ve Failed, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Everything is so politicized that we can’t even agree on what is true.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

With Government Shut Down, Citizens Forced To Interfere In Their Own Lives, at babylonbee.com.

Mobs Of Women Protest Nation’s Logging Companies For Equal Work, at babylonbee.com.

Church Greeters Stationed At Southern Border To Deter Immigrants, at babylonbee.com.

Colorado Civil Rights Commission Updates Mission Statement To Simply Read ‘Destroy Jack Phillips‘ at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

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Must Reads For The Week 12/03/16

December 3, 2016

Dear Media: Please Stop Normalizing The Alt-Right, by David Harsanyi, at thefederalist.com. Why would the media cover a 150 person gathering of white nationalists and try to say this is who Trump voters are? Anyone who is for smaller government will be painted as a member of the Alt-Right. This is SOP by the mainstream media.

Fashion Designers Are Boycotting Melania Trump, Shouldn’t Bakers And Florists Have The Same Right?, by Stephanie Slade, at reason.com. Another example of do as I say not as I do. This is a property rights issue. I own what I produce. No one can force me to sell my property if I don’t want to.

After Trump University, Why Not Sue All Colleges? by Brian Joondeph, at americanthinker.com. This is a great Idea. Colleges don’t deliver the results they advertise. Students get out of college with huge student loan debt, and job prospects that won’t produce enough income to pay the loans back.

Failure: Obama Blew $150 Billion To Increase Renewable Energy By 1%, by John Hoft, at thegatewaypundit.com. Obama failed as a venture capitalist. Wind and solar are not viable sources of energy compared to low-cost fossil fuels, although they might be at some point in the future. But trying to make them viable by subsidizing them with billions of tax payer dollars wastes scarce resources that could be used in more productive activities. Economic forces always win.

USGS Announces Largest Oil And Gas Deposit Ever Assessed In U.S. by Rebecca Hersher, at npr.org. This is one of the reasons green energy isn’t a viable energy source. Fracking technology has made oil and natural gas less expensive. New technologies also allow us to find more oil and gas deposits. As long as carbon based fuel can produce more power at a lower cost than green energy, green energy will remain on the back burner. Economic forces always win.

July Makes It Official: Americans Buy More SUV/Crossovers Than Cars, by Timothy Cain, at thetruthaboutcars.com. As long as gasoline prices remain low people will purchase SUVs. Economic forces always prevail.

Heh: Dem Senator Suddenly Regrets The “Reid Rule” On Filibusters, by Guy Benson, at townhall.com. When the Democrats were in the majority they voted to take the filibuster away from the minority party. Now that they are in the minority they don’t think it is such a good idea. The Democrats are going to be hoisted on your own petard. Karma’s a bitch.

Students’ Reaction To Trump Win, “Suck It Up Pussies.” Police Are Investigating This Hate Crime, by Robby Soave, at reason.com. We live in a world that has gone insane. Time-outs, conflict resolution, participation trophies, not keeping score, etc have produced a generation of….., well there is no better way to say it, pussies.

Hungry Venezuelans Flee In Boats To Escape Economic Collapse, by Mark J. Perry, at Carpe Diem Blog. Do you ever wonder why people don’t flee free market countries for a better life in socialist paradises like Cuba? Neither do I.

Progressives Demand Gun Control After Knife Attack At Ohio State, by Bre Payton, at thefederalist.com. When the first “fake” news accounts came out and said there was an active shooter loose on the OSU Campus, political hacks couldn’t wait to condemn this most recent example of gun violence and ask for gun control. I later found out the perp drove his car into a crowd of people and then got out and started stabbing people with a knife before an OSU security cop shot and killed the perp. At first I laughed at how the political hacks jumped the gun (so to speak) on this story. But upon further analysis, I thought maybe, just maybe, these hacks actually didn’t like the fact that the cop used a gun on a guy who only had a knife. Maybe they thought the cop should have used a taser, a billy club or just wrapped his leather jacket around his arm and fought the guy like James Dean in the movies. The crazy thing is, some of these progressives might actually be thinking this.

Safe Driving Where The Deer And The Antelope Play, by Jerry Reynolds, at lewrockwell.com. It is the season for deer colliding with cars. Here are some tips to either avoid hitting a deer or surviving when you do.

 

Must Reads For The Week 11/12/16

November 12, 2016

 

ELECTION COMMENTS

People didn’t vote for Trump, they voted against the status quo elites in Washington. Hillary was the perfect embodiment of the status quo elite ruling class. Here are a few reasons people voted against the elite. 1) In the words of the Reverend Wright, the Obamacare chickens came home to roost at the wrong time as healthcare premiums went through the roof. 2) Our ruling aristocracy could break the law and suffer no consequences, while we get dinged $90 for not wearing a seat belt. 3) People didn’t like the regulations passed by politicians and bureaucrats, that encroached into every aspect of their lives. 4) The condescending attitude toward the middle class by biased media elites finally pissed enough people off.

People were motivated to go out and vote against the status quo, and deal with Trump later. They were willing to take a chance on rolling a hard eight, because the knew they were going to crap if they voted for Hillary.

ELECTION ANALYSIS

The Source Of Our Rage: The Ruling Elites Are Protected From The Consequences Of It’s Dominance, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Excerpt from the article, “There are very few opportunities for powerless non-elites to register their disapproval of the nation’s Ruling elite and the corrupt status quo. Voting for an outsider in a national election is one such rare opportunity.

The Intelligentsia Takes A Hit,, by Peter Klein, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “…there is an important silver lining to this year’s election season. Public skepticism of the establishment media, think-tanks, academics, and other members of the intelligentsia is at an all-time high.”

Surprise, Surprise, The Disconnected Plutocrat Lost, by Victor Davis Hanson, at victorhanson.com. Excerpt from the article: “Clinton in the last weeks talked of the electorate as if it was a faceless hyphenated Borg – Latinos this, African Americans that, the gay vote, women voters – without any realization that she was referring to millions of Americans by their appearance rather than their essence as unique individuals. In normal times, all that pandering would have been seen as illiberal.

The Jig Is Up: America’s Voters Just Fired Their Ruling Elite, by David Stockman, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article: “America’s voters fired their ruling elites last night. After 30 years of arrogant misrule and wantonly planting the seeds of economic and financial ruin throughout Flyover America, the Wall Street/Washington establishment and its mainstream media tools have been repudiated like never before in modern history. During the course of the past year, upwards of 70 million citizens – 59 million for Trump and 13 million for Bernie Sanders – have voted for dramatic change.

Who Lost: A Biased Media, Pundits, Pollsters, Political Parties, Warmongers, The Corporatocracy, Pay To Play Grifters, Neoliberals, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Excerpt from the article: “The punditry applied a double standard to Trump and Hillary. Trump’s speeches and ethically questionable history were judged by moral standards, and he was declared unfit. Hillary’s actions, on the other hand, were judged by strictly legalistic standards: well, you can’t indict her, so she’s fit for office. Dear Punditry: you can’t use double standards to promote your biases and retain any shred of credibility.”

The Unenviable Next President, by Victor Davis Hanson, at victorhanson.com. Excerpt from the article: “The next president will be facing economic stagnation, record debt, racial division, looming large and ongoing small wars abroad, and a health care system in ruins. Common to all these problems is that tough solutions – fiscal discipline, recalibrating the tax code, restoration of deterrence, and a new health insurance model – will be as controversial and painful as is the current unsustainable slide into chaos.

Five Things Trump’s Surprise Victory Should Teach The Media, by Gracy Olmstead, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “Media that speak only to themselves are not only useless – they’re depressing. They’ve lost sight of any truth but their own, and in the process, have lost the trust of those who formerly turned to them for information and insight.”

Hillary Spent Nearly Twice As Much Per Vote As Trump – For Nothing, at zerohedge.com. So much for the theory that big money buys elections.

Five States Passed Ballot Measures For The Unemployment Causing Minimum Wage Regulation, at economicpolicyjournal.com. CA, NV, AZ, MA, ME, all passed minimum wage issues. All these states voted for Hillary.

San Francisco Passed Soda Tax, at econolmicpolicyjournal.com. How could anyone live in this nanny state.

Trump’s Opening Act: A Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Spending, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Don’t do this. It is a waste of scarce resources. Read – Infrastructure Spending Doesn’t Grow The Economy, at mises.org.

SOME FUN

There Are The Celebrities Who Vowed To Leave America If Trump Wins, at zerohedge.com. The question is will Canada accept these luminaries? For that answer, Read here, Meanwhile, From Canada.

Yale Professor Cancels Exam For Snowflake Students Distraught At Election Results, at theburningplatform.com. We have raised a generation which can’t handle not getting their way. Maybe we should give them a participation trophy.

A Few Cold Hard Facts For Snowflakes, at theburningplatform.com. This article comes with a trigger warning. If you are a p#$$% don’t read this.

 

Must Reads For The Week 3/5/16

March 4, 2016

 Scientists Finally Admit Climate Models Are FAILING, by Michael Bastatasch, at thelibertarianrepublic.com. The scientific climate models are showing something different than what has actually been observed over the last 20 years. Climate scientist Ed Hawkins stated, “Reality has deviated from our expectations – it is perfectly normal to try and understand this difference...” I bet Ed Hawkins will try to make reality fit his climate model.

Government Subsidies Will Erode Freedom Of The Press, by Jaana Woiceshyn, at capitalismmagizine.com. Since newspaper subscription and advertising revenue is down, be ready for the newspapers to ask for a government bailout. As biased toward big government as the press is today, at least it is free to stumble onto the truth every once in a while. The press will never bite the hand that feeds them if they receive subsidies from the Federal government.

MSNBC Host Tries To Show Trump Is Racist, Segment Backfires, at tammybruce.com. Here is an example of journalism at its finest. The host fell into a pile of $#!+ and didn’t come out smelling like a rose.

The Two Party Illusion, at zerohedge.com. The republican party used to be the party that stood for free markets, while the democrat party stood for collectivism while trying to sell it as freedom. Now both parties stand for collectivism with the democrat party making no excuses that it is for socialism. What choice do people who believe in individual liberty and free markets have???????

Japan Sells 10Y bond At Negative Yield For First Time Ever, at zerohedge.com. What would you do if I offered to pay you $95 dollars in a year if you give me $100 dollars today? You would laugh at me, wouldn’t you? Japan is finding “investors” who will do this?

Bernie Sanders Criticizes The Fed For The Wrong Reasons, by C. Jay Engel, at mises.org. Criticizing the Fed doesn’t mean your not a socialist. People who are for free markets think interest rates should be set by individuals interacting in the market. Bernie likes the fact that the Fed has the power to over ride market interest rates. He is just upset that the Fed chose to raise them.

Tell A Joke, Don’t Pass Go, Pay $200,000, by Gavin McInnis, at thefederalist.com. Free Speech vs. Political Correctness. Comedian taken to court because someone was offended by is joke.

A User’s Guide To Free Expression And Bathroom Sanity, by Ryan Anderson, at thefederalist.com. More PC insanity  coming to a public bathroom near your.

How Sweet It Is Maple Syrup Cartel Crumbles, by Joseph T. Salerno, at mises.org. If a cartel raises prices too high or restricts supply, economic forces will eventually crush it. The maple syrup cartel has restricted supply which raised prices. The high prices brought in new producers who saw a chance to make a profit. OPEC is facing the same economic forces. Fracking is the new producer that is making OPEC sweat.

How Progress Occurs, at economicnoise.com. Government only gets in the way of progress. Individuals acting in free markets is where progress occurs. As George Gilder has said – “Socialist and totalitarian Governments are doomed to support the past, because creativity is unpredictable, it is also uncontrollable. If the politicians want to have central planning and command, they can not have dynamism and life. A managed economy is almost by definition a barren one.”

The Greatest Entitlement, by Jeff Deist, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “The 20th century was the progressive century, marked by the rise of war and socialism as entrenched features of American life. But perhaps the most lasting effects will be felt in the entitlement mindset woven into the American psyche, via decades of successful incrementalism.

Social Security and Medicare in particular represent brilliant political achievements for American progressives. Both programs created a vast middle-class constituency, both programs are now thoroughly embraced by progressivism’s nominal opponents (conservatives), and both programs have become sacrosanct “rights” in the eyes of the public.

The hard work is just beginning. Changing minds takes a generation. We’ve only been at this for the last decade. We have a lot more work to do. One person at a time.

 

 

 

Observations From The Margin

September 3, 2015

Observation Tower

Observation  (Photo credit: mooglet)

-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.

Related ArticleObservations From The Margin, at austrianaddict.com.

Related ArticleObservations From The Margin, at austrianaddict.com.

 

Must Reads For The Week 8/22/15

August 22, 2015

The pen is mightier than the sword...

 The pen is mightier than the sword… (Photo credit: mbshane)

Barber Gives Free Haircuts To Kids Who Read To Him, at odditycentral.com. Here is an example of a person making a difference.

Cab Companies Expanding Technology To Help Level Playing Field With Uber And Lyft, by Janet Moore, at startribune.com. Uber is forcing the taxi cartel to improve their service. The taxi cartel has operated on a playing field tilted in their direction for years thanks to Government. The game is no longer being played on this tilted playing field. Uber has moved the game to a new playing field that does not need to be leveled, it already is. No one kept the taxi cartel from coming up with the Uber model. Their monopoly position sowed the seeds of their own destruction. Read; “Car Wars” Return of the Jitneys.

Californians Roll 96 Million Plastic Balls Into Reservoir To Curb Evaporation, by Craig Rucker, at cfact.org. As it says in the post: “Irony is when Californians blame a natural drought on oil, than protect their reservoir with 96 million balls made from petroleum.” It reminds me of; “Seattle “Kayaktivists” Protest Shell Oil Drilling Rig In Kayaks Made From Oil.

How Much Time ABC, NBC, and CBS Have Spent Covering the Planned Parenthood Videos, by Kate Scanlon, at dailysignal.com. A total of 1 minute and 13 seconds out of a total of 243 hours of coverage were spent on the videos that show Planned Parenthood trafficking in baby parts. If you watch the videos it’s not hard to figure out why they don’t want people to see them. It’s media censorship by omission.

Transporting Oil And Gas By Pipe Line In Canada Is 4.5 Times Safer Than Transport By Rail, by Kenneth Green, at fraserinstitute.com. How much oil will be spilled, unnecessarily in the U S, because the Obama administration shut down building the Keystone Pipeline for “environmental” reasons?

Refrack Resourceship: Why The Carbon-Based energy Era Is Still Young, by Robert Bradley Jr. at masterresource.org. Here is an excerpt from the article: “The fossil fuel era is new…..In fact compared to renewables, natural gas, coal and oil are the real ‘infant industries’. Remember, for most of the last thousand tears, and all of the time earlier, renewable energy (primitive biomass, falling water, wind, solar) held a virtual 100 percent market share: Carbon-based energies have dominated only since the onset of the Industrial Revolution.”

The Agency That Contaminated The Animas River Is About To Start Regulating Water That May Be In Your Back Yard, by Marita Noon, at cfact.org. Unelected EPA bureaucrats are making regulations that squash your freedom, by expanding their regulatory power.

Why The Federal Government Fails, by Chris Edwards, at cato.org. Top down government central planning benefit a few at the expense of the many, while free markets produce increased value for both parties involved in an exchange.

James Harrison Gives Back His Sons Participation Trophies Until They Earn A Real Trophy, at jhharrison Instagram. Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison wants his sons to have real self esteem earned in the real world, instead of false self esteem assigned for fake achievement.

Sound Familiar? A Clinton Swears Under Penalty of Perjury That Nothing Improper Took Place, at michellemalkin.com.

Are you as sick of the Clinton’s shtick as I am?

 

News Busted. Lets laugh a little bit.

Human Capital Episode 3: Planned Parenthood Trafficking In Baby Parts

August 20, 2015

Here is another video from the Center For Medical Progress. An ex-procurement technician form Stem Express LLC talks about her experiences while working in Planned Parenthood clinics. If PPH isn’t breaking the law related to trafficking in fetal/baby organs than what are they doing? How is this any different from what Abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell was convicted of murder for doing? You have to watch this video.

HUMAN CAPITAL: EPISODE 3

MEDIA COVERAGE OR LACK THERE OF

Why isn’t the media covering this story? We’re told that journalists can put their personal biases aside and cover a story right down the middle. But, if they don’t cover a particular story, we won’t be able to discern the truth about the assumptions concerning their biases. Or are their biases revealed by the stories they don’t report?

Physicist Werner Heisenberg said, “…separation of the observer from the phenomenon to be observed is no longer possible.” In other words, how you think determines what you see. When your thinking produces an incorrect perception about reality, it doesn’t change the underlying reality, it only masks it in your mind. At some point you have to change your thinking to fit reality, or you have to mask reality to fit your thinking.

If the stories the main stream media choose not to report shows their bias, can you trust they are not being biased on the stories they choose to report?

IS ENDING THE LIFE OF A HUMAN FETUS MORAL?

Here is a video from Prager University which asks the most important question about abortion. “Is ending the life of a human fetus Moral?” Not legal, moral.

 

Related ArticlePlanned Parenthood Selling Fetal (Baby) Body Parts Under “Highest Ethical And Legal Standards”! at austrianaddict.com.

Related ArticleObservations From The Margin: Planned Parenthood and Abortion, at austrianaddict.com.

Related ArticleWhy Won’t People Watch The Planned Parenthood Videos? at austrianaddict.com.