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Must Reads For The Week 4/18/20

April 20, 2020

 

POWER IS ALWAYS DANGEROUS. IT ATTRACTS THE WORST AND CORRUPTS THE BEST – Edward Abbey.

Here are some articles showing tyranny at the state and local levels. Fortunately our country was founded on the sovereignty of the individual over the State. People are beginning to push back. Even after decades of our education system not teaching our founding principles, there is still enough left of our culture of freedom to spark this push back.

 

TYRANNY

The Coronavirus Is Exposing Little Tyrants All Over The Country, by John Davidson, at thefederalist.com.   Excerpt from the article:    “There’s nothing like a crisis to bring clarity. The response of some mayors and governors to the coronavirus pandemic in recent days has made it clear they think they have unlimited and arbitrary power over their fellow citizens, that they can order them to do or not do just about anything under the guise of protecting public health.”

“Thankfully, the Department of Justice has taken notice of this fledgling authoritarian streak among the country’s mayors and governors.”

“That these officials need to be reminded of that, and in some cases restrained by federal judges, bodes very ill for America. Now more than ever, we need leaders who don’t just care about protecting us from the pandemic, but also care about preserving liberty in a time of crisis.”

Greenhouses Unable To Sell In Michigan Under Extended Order, Banking On May Business, at wwmt.com.    Probably the biggest tyrant is Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Her stay at home order lists non-essential goods. Plants were on the list. Greenhouses and stores with garden centers closed because of her arbitrary order. Who decides what is essential or not? Each individual decides what he values as essential. Governor Whitmer making these orders shows her arrogance. It also shows her disdain for the individuals in her state.

Government To Decide What Items Are Essential Purchases And What Things You’re Not Allowed To Buy, at zerohedge.com.    It is not just Michigan. Vermont is also flexing its tyrannical power. This shouldn’t surprise anyone since Bernie Sanders is a Senator from Vermont.

Former Police Officer Arrested In Park For Throwing Ball With Daughtere Dur To Coronavirus Social Distancing Rules, at abcnews.go.com.    I bet Mayberry Sheriff Andy Taylor would have handled this differently.

California City Fills Skatepark With 37 Tons Of Sand After People Ignore ‘No Trespassing’ Signs, by Shanna McCarriston, at cbssports.com.    Tyrants shut down skatepark. Skate borders disobey shut down. Tyrants don’t like their edicts disobeyed. They think outside the box and fill skate park with sand. Certainly this escalation of power will deter the liberty loving borders?

Plastic Is Back: San Francisco Bans Reusable Grocery Bags, 13 Years After Being First City To Prohibit Plastic Ones, by Joseph Wilkinson, at nydailynews.com.    The Reusable Bags can become Corona contaminated. So San Francisco is banning them and bringing back the previously banned single use plastic bags. Environmental activists are not happy. They are not willing to make the trade off between a human life and “possible”damage to the planet. They value the planet more than human life.

World’s Largest Pork Producer Shutters Key US Factory After COVID-19 Outbreak, Warns Of Shortages, at zerohedge.com.    We can’t consume what is not first produced. Handing out Government checks and printing money via the Fed doesn’t produce goods or services. This money is essentially consumption with no production backing it up. The fact that we are shutting down production because of the virus makes this situation worse. We are consuming more than we are producing. That can’t be a good thing.

Coronavirus XIV:  The Good News Is Still There But Not Reported By Mainstream Media, at drbrownstein.com.   The main stream media has an agenda. Anything that doesn’t fit the agenda gets ignored. Sins of omission?

Why Central Planning By Medical Experts Will Lead To Disaster, by Gary Galles, at mises.org.    Excerpt from the article:

“…..some of the medical experts with media megaphones have put forward potentially catastrophic scenarios and drastic plans to deal with them, reinforced by assertions that the rest of us should “listen to the experts,” because only they know enough to determine policy. Unfortunately, those experts don’t know enough to determine appropriate policies.”

“More important, however, may be that in making recommendations to address COVID-19, those with detailed knowledge of the disease (the experts we have been told to obey) do not have sufficient knowledge of the consequences of their “solutions” for the economy and society to know what the costs will be. That means that they don’t know enough to accurately compare the benefits to the costs. In particular, because of their relative unawareness of the many margins at which effects will be felt, the medical experts we are being told to follow will likely underestimate those costs. When combined with their natural desire to solve the medical problem, however severe it might get, this can lead to overly draconian proposals.”

“……. there is substantial literature documenting the adverse health effects of worsening economic conditions. For just one example, an analysis of the 2008 economic meltdown in The Lancet estimated that it “was associated with over 260,000 excess cancer deaths in the OECD alone, between 2008–2010.” That is a massive “detail” to ignore in forming policy.”

“In other words, the tradeoff is not just a matter of lives lost versus money, as it is often portrayed as being (e.g., New York governor Cuomo’s assertion that “we’re not going to put a dollar figure on human life”). It is a tradeoff between lives lost due to COVID and lives that will be lost due to the policies adopted to reduce COVID deaths.”

“Panic has seldom improved the rationality of decision-making (beyond the “fight or flight” reaction to facing a “man-eater,” when to stop and think means certain death). However, much of media coverage has fed panic. But the illogical and intemperate media attacks against those questioning the rationality of draconian “solutions” drown out, rather than enable, objective discussion of real tradeoffs. And if “Democracy dies in darkness,” as the Washington Post proclaims, we should remember that it does not require total darkness. The same conclusion follows when people are kept in the dark about major aspects of the reality they face.”

‘Let Them Eat Ice Cream’: Multi-Millionaire Pelosi Shows Off Freezer Full Of Gourmet Ice Cream As Thousands Line Up At Food Banks, by Joseph Curl, at dailywire.com.     She is unaware of how this looks to regular people. And thank god for that unawareness. Most of us don’t have one Sub-Zero refrigerators let alone two. And we certainly don’t stock our refrigerators with ice cream at $13 dollars a pint (that’s $52 dollars a half gallon). She thinks of herself as our anointed better and we are the rabble. .

 

STANDING AGAINST TYRANNY

Lockdown-Backlash Begins: Angry Crowd Surrounds Capitol, Demands Michigan Governor Reopen Economy, at zerohedge.com.   We have had enough just about enough of these arbitrary edicts by petty tyrants.

‘Social Shredding’: Defiant Residents Grab Shovels, Dirt Bikes After Cali Authorities Dump Tons Of Sand In Skateparks For ‘Social Distancing’, by Amanda Prestigiacomo, at dailywire.com.     The people are calling the tyrants bluff. Will the next tyrannical step by government be to arrest or shoot those who disobey. Good luck with that.

We are like the rattle snake on the Don’t Tread On Me flag. The snakes rattle is a warning to not come any closer or I will strike.

Barter Is Back – Locked-Down Americans Are Swapping Malbec For Masks, at zerohedge.com.    Maybe Government can shut down businesses. But it can not shut down commerce. Barter and black markets will arise because of government control. Our country was founded by smugglers and black marketeers.

What Would Rothbard Say About The COVID-19 Panic?  by Philipp Bagus, at mises.org.    Excerpt from the article:

“Governments all over the world are advancing on the road to serfdom, controlling their populations and increasing their power relative to the private sector via increased public spending and new regulations. According to the “ratchet effect,” defined by Robert Higgs, government power usually increases in crisis times. However, when the crisis recedes, government power is not reduced to its initial position. Thus, the long-term victim of the government intrusion may be liberty. More socialist regimes may be instituted. And in these regimes life expectancy is shorter. The greater the power of government, the lower will be the quantity and quality of life ceteris paribus. For instance, the capitalist West Germans had a life expectancy that was about three years longer than that of their East German counterparts.

 

NON CORONAVIRUS STUFF

IG Horowitz: ‘We Do Not Have Confidence That The FBI Has Executed Its Woods Procedures’, at saracarter.com.     The FBI not only abused power it broke the law. But this is what happens when you give government power during a crisis. After 9/11 we passed the Patriot act. We traded freedom for security. But we got tyranny instead. Don’t let the Corona panic allow government to usurp anymore of our remaining freedoms.

DOJ, FBI Knew Trump Surveillance Was Based On Russian Disinformation, by Margot Cleveland, at thefederalist.com.    Most of us have known this for at least three years.

Greater Idaho Movement Is The Latest Indicator Of A Shift Toward Decentralization, by Jose Nino, at mises.org.    This is another example push back against big government. People don’t like to be told what to do.

Pope Says Coronavirus Could Be A Reaction To Climate Change, by Vincent Barone, at nypost.com.     Excerpt from the article:

“The pope said he wanted a response from world leaders that focuses more on humans and the environment than the economy.”

“I believe we have to slow down our rate of production and consumption and to learn to understand and contemplate the natural world,” he said. “We need to reconnect with our real surroundings. This is the opportunity for conversion.”

I’ve read this whole interview. He never mentions Christ one time. The above quote makes me think he wants us to worship the earth. Isn’t the Pope supposed to bring people to Christ?

10 Interviews Later, Media Still Has Not Asked Biden About Sexual Assault Allegations, by Daniel Payne, at disrn.com.    This doesn’t surprise anyone does it?

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

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Skydiving Accident Ruled Death By Coronavirus, at babylonbee.com.

Dems Rush To Defend Kavanaugh After He Puts On Joe Biden Mask, at babylonbee.com.

More Government Officials Calling For Common-Sense Religion Control, at babylonbee.com.

China Impressed By Michigan Governor’s Totalitarian Policies, at babylonbee.com.

Medical Experts Confirm Democrats Have Developed Herd Immunity To Sexual Assault Allegations, at babylonbee.com.

Democrats Erupt In Protests After Planned Parenthood Begins Offering Puppy Abortions, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

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Must Reads For The Week 3/28/20

March 29, 2020

 

CORONAVIRUS PANIC LEADS TO LACK OF PERSPECTIVE

If you live in a state that has been locked down. Understand that this is a taste of what socialist central planning would be like under Bernie, who is an avowed socialist, or Biden, who wants the same policies but won’t call himself a socialist.

Number Of Global Deaths By Cause – Draconian Muscle Flexing And A Lack Of Perspective, by Cap Allon, at electroverse.net.  To put Coronavirus in perspective,  look at the chart which shows the causes of yearly deaths.

The Scientist Whose Doomsday Pandemic Model Predicted Armageddon Just Walked Back The Apocalyptic Predictions, by Madeline Osburn, at thefederalist.com.  We should be skeptical of computer modeling by scientific “experts”.

Inaccurate Virus Models Are Panicking Officials Into Ill-Advised Lockdowns, by Madeline Osburn, at thefederalist.com. The inaccurate modeling by the scientist talked about in the above article, was used by politicians and bureaucrats to make their decision about the virus.

Media Peddle Bogus Wuhan Virus Stats To Bash America, by Mollie Hemingway, at thefederalist.com.  This is just journalists using data to fit their leftist world view.

The Social Justice Cult Is Falling Apart As The World Faces A Real Crisis, by Libby Emmons ans Barrett Wilson, at thepostmellennial.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“The social justice set has been shrieking about “lives being at risk” for almost a decade. But now that we’re faced with actual devastation to the human way of life, it becomes clear that it was always only rhetoric. Social justice is the culture that cried wolf.”

Is there Wasteful Spending In The Coronavirus Stimulus Bill? (Spoiler Alert: Bigly!), at zerohedge.com. There is never a shortage of grifters showing up when there is a pile of tax payer money to be passed out by congress.

Air Pollution In China Drops During Coronavirus Slowdown. Lauren Sommer, at npr.org.  Are the global warming cultists rooting for the Coronavirus. They believe man is a scourge to the planet. So they have to be happy with the planet getting a measure of revenge. They also have to be happy that the pollution level in China is lower since the outbreak because people are being shuttered in place.

 

WHAT HAPPENED WHILE OUR ATTENTION HAS BEEN OCCUPIED

Burr Responds – Claims He Sold Stocks Based On ‘News Reports’, at zerohedge.com.  My congressman was Speaker of the House John Boehner. Some years ago he was on a local radio show talking about congressmen and insider trading. He said it wasn’t a problem because congress has rules against insider trading. I was so pissed, I called his office and I asked his aide: “if you have a law that isn’t enforced, do you really have a law”?

Since many congressman insider trade because they know that it is “wink wink nod nod” okay. Will the congressional investigators have an incentive to find the truth? Congress should not be investigating their own members.

A Disgusted Nikki Haley Quits Boeing’s Board In Protest Over Bailout Demand, at zerohedge.com.  This is not a satirical headline.

FISA: Senate Passes Measure Extending Surveillance Powers, Abuses Not Addressed, at saracarter.com.  This is an example of a temporary government policy that was implemented after a the 9/11 crisis that became permanent. The FISA court has trampled all over American citizens constitutional rights. The President should veto this. Especially since FISA was used against him by the FBI.

DOJ Files To Drop Charges Against Russian ‘Bot Farms’ That Fought Mueller Indictment, at zerohedge.com.  This just shows the Russia hoax for the scam it was.

California Throws Book At Reporter Who Exposed Baby Body Trafficking, by Thomas Brejcha, at thefederalist.com. I guess being Pro-Life is against the law.

Another Obama Solar Company Burns Out – DC Solar Owners Plead Guilty To Largest Ponzi Scheme In Eastern California History, by Joe Hoft, at thegatewaypundit.com.    This is an example of grifters getting in line to steal tax payer dollars. Check out some other Green energy companies that grifted tax dollars who are either bankrupt or faltering, in this post, Government Investment? or Government Waste?

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Congress Assures Nation They’re Working Tirelessly To Figure Our How To Take Advantage Of This Crisis, at babylonbee.com.

Study: Covid-19 Impacts Men, Women More than All Other Genders Combined, babylonbee.com.

Congress Excite To Find Out What’s In Stimulus Package They Just Passed, at babylonbee.com.

Journalists Investigating Ways To Make Crisis all About Them, at babylonbee.com.

Toilet Paper Crisis Solved As Government Prints Trillions Of Fresh, Soft Dollar Bills, at babylonbee.com.

Planned Parenthood To Offer Drive-Thru abortions During Lockdown, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

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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

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Must Reads For The Week 4/20/19

April 22, 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

EARTH DAY

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On Earth Day, Let’s Celebrate The Benefits Of Fossil Fuels! at austrianaddict.com.

Earth Day 2016, at austrianaddict.com.

Climate Change: Religion? Economics? Science? at austrianaddict.com.

The Hidden High Cost Of Green Energy, at austrianaddict.com. Excerpt from the article: “Government politicians and bureaucrats have been pushing Green Energy for years. The reason these central planners are pushing this is because as Robert Bradley Jr. has stated, “When Government tries to pick winners and losers, it typically picks losers. Why? Because the free market consumers pick winners to leave the losers for Government.”

“Even with all the Government regulations on the fossil fuel industry, and with all the subsidies and breaks the green energy sector has received, what’s left of the free market has chosen fossil fuels. Fossil fuels produce the most efficient energy at the lowest cost, which is why the market has chosen them to power our world.”

Renewable Electricity Promos Are ‘Greenwashing’ Scams, at cfact.org. Excerpt from the article: “Michael Gillenwater, a Princeton researcher who co-developed the EPA’s carbon emissions tracking system saying that RECs (renewable energy credits) are mostly donating to a cause. “What you are doing is subsidizing the market for renewable energy.”

Big Green Inc. : The Money Fueling The Environmental Left, at institutefor enerrgyresearch.org. The only way green energy can become a viable energy source is through government mandated tax payer subsidies, and making government regulations so burdensome they force the fossil fuel industry to go out of business.  Excerpt from the article: “There are three important takeaways from the information presented in Big Green, Inc. First, environmental groups have crafted a narrative that depicts their efforts as a “David vs. Goliath” battle against those who would like to see U.S. energy policy move in a free market direction. This narrative is false. Environmental groups outpace conservative and free market groups both in terms of funding and organizational capacity. Second, Big Green, Inc. demonstrates the sweeping influence of environmental activism and provides insight into how groups target the gatekeeping institutions of our society. As the database illuminates, environmental funding has been directed toward policymakers, journalists, academic institutions, the offices of elected officials, government organizations like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as international institutions such as the World Bank. Finally, Big Green, Inc. demonstrates how this complicated system of financial transfers muddles efforts to reveal the sources of this funding, which has been linked to individuals who stand to benefit financially from the adoption of various environmental policies as well as foreign actors trying to influence energy policy within the U.S.”

OTHER STUFF

Act II Of The Most Important Political Event Of The 21st Century Begins In May, by Tom Luongo, at moneyand markets.com. The masses are rising up to overthrow the political establishment. Theresa May and the rest of the insiders have worked to betray and run out the clock on Brexit in order to get another national vote on the matter. She has thumbed her nose at the people, and they are not happy. Read Farage And The Charge Of The Brexit Brigade, by Tom Luongo, at tomluongo.me.

US Government’s Net Worth Is Now Negative $75 Trillion, by Simon Black, at thedailybell.com. It doesn’t matter which party is in control of congress or the presidency. The debt increases every year. Politicians and bureaucrats are spending $1 trillion more than they confiscate from the private sector via taxation. This will have to be dealt with at some point. Although I think that point has passed long ago. Raising taxes, printing money or defaulting are their only three options. That’s three bad choices.

Republicans’ Love Of Healthcare Socialism, by Jacob G. Hornberger, at mises.org. Why do Republicans, who are supposed to be for free markets, not want to overturn Obamacare? They fear the political back lash if they repeal it. After Medicare and Medicade, Obama care is just the next incremental step towards a government run single payer system, aka socialized medicine.

Socialism: Armed Robbery And Murder Based On Delusion And Profound Ignorance, by Gorege Reisman, at mises.org. No comment needed.

Paul Hollander Explained Why Smart People Support Totalitarianism, by Alexander Riley, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: “How is it that cultural elites—people whose livelihood depends on a high level of intellectual performance—can so easily and so frequently fall into a form of political identity that involves championing ideas and regimes that produce massive human suffering?”

“His conclusion was that it is typically the combination of utopian idealism, an unrealistic view of human nature, and a deep resentment at the relative deprivation these radical intellectuals tend to suffer vis-à-vis other elites with less educational (but more economic capital) that explains the phenomenon.”

Nancy Pelosi Declares A ‘New Era’ Of Internet Regulation; E.U. Threatens Same, Nick Gillespie, at reason.com. Tyrants want to control information. The internet has been a thorn in the side of the leftist agenda. So the left is incrementally trying to stifle free speech on the internet.

China’s Social Credit System – It’s Coming To The United States, Marin Katusa, at internationalman.com. Tyrants have to control the masses. China has figured out how. Are we next?

How Empires Fall: Moral Decay, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Excerpt from the article: “When a socio-economic system institutionalizes the extralegal privileges of wealth and power, that is moral decay. When government only responds in ways that first serve the interests of entrenched insiders, that is moral decay. When the financial system is rigged to sluice income and wealth to the top of the wealth-power pyramid while stripmining the productive class below via inflation and taxes, that’s moral decay.”

System D: 2.5 Billion People Can’t Be Wrong, at zerohedge.com. The black market, or System D, accounts for 20% of the worlds economic activity. Goverrnments can’t control black markets which is why they don’t like them. This is why governments around the world want to go to a cashless society. In an unrelated article, Canada’s Illegal Marijuana Market  Thrives Despite Legalization, by Jana Pruet, at theblaze.com. Is anyone shocked that people don’t want to pay a higher price for legal pot when they can get it cheaper on the black market?

MUELLER REPORT

If you are interested in this fiasco, here are some good articles.

Behind The Obama Administration’s Shady Plan To Spy On The Trump Campaign, by Andrew McCarthy, at nypost.com.

Robert Mueller Completely Dropped The Ball With Obstruction Punt, by Andrew McCarthy, at nypost.com.

CNN Op-Ed Admits “Mueller’s Report Looks Bad Fro Obama“, at zerohedge.com.

BuzzFeed Corrects Trump-Cohen Conspiracy Article After Mueller Report Rips It To Shreds, at zerohedge.com.

How Rachel  Maddow Turned Into Infowars, by Peter Van Vuren, at theamericanconservative.com.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Teen Driver Glances Up At Road, Nearly Misses Something Cool On Instagram, at babylonbee.com.

Justice Department Sends Trump Amazon Alexa Device As Peace Offering For Spying, at babylonbee.co,.

CNN: ‘God Allowed The Mueller Report To Test Our Unshakable Faith In Collusion‘ at babylonbee.com.

Unforgivable Sin Now Thought To Be Whiteness, at babylonbee.com.

Pope Francis Mourns Excess Carbon Emissions Given Off By Notre dame Fire, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

from theburningplatform.com.

Political Cartoons by Mike Lester

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

 

 

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

from theburningplatform.com

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

Political Cartoons by Mike Lester

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

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.