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Must Reads For The Week 4/18/20

April 20, 2020



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.



The Coronavirus Is Exposing Little Tyrants All Over The Country, by John Davidson, at   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    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    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    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    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    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    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   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    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     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. .



Lockdown-Backlash Begins: Angry Crowd Surrounds Capitol, Demands Michigan Governor Reopen Economy, at   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     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    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    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.



IG Horowitz: ‘We Do Not Have Confidence That The FBI Has Executed Its Woods Procedures’, at     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    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    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     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    This doesn’t surprise anyone does it?




Skydiving Accident Ruled Death By Coronavirus, at

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

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

China Impressed By Michigan Governor’s Totalitarian Policies, at

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

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














Must Reads For The Week 5/10/14

May 10, 2014
The pen is mightier than the sword...

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

Parent Speaks Out At School Board Meeting, Gets Arrested For Disorderly Conduct For Violating The Two Minute Rule, by Oliver Darcy, at If the school board thinks this is disorderly conduct, then many students should be arrested for how they act in school everyday. People with power will wield it when they don’t want their authority questioned. Citizens are starting to draw lines on what they will tolerate from arrogant people with power. People with power are changing  form servants of the people, to masters over the people. It’s easy to act this way when you have police in uniform with guns as the muscle behind your decrees. This escalation won’t end well.

Milwaukee Sheriff Hits Car Injures Driver, Then Charges Her For DUI, at Our founders warned us not to trust people in power. This is an attempt to blame the victim and cover up the truth by those who serve and protect. If the sheriffs office is willing to cover up this incident to save one officer; How much farther are political hacks and bureaucrats willing to go to cover up Benghazi, and IRS abuses to shield the President from blame.

Wind Power Costs Send Germans Back To The Stone Age, at Germany went all in on wind power. Just as predicted the costs of energy has gone up 80%. Germans who are unable to pay the higher price, have been disconnected from the grid. Their only alternative is to use wood to heat their homes and cook their meals. Were going down this same road. Tell me again how green energy is going to lead us into the future.

The Ethanol Disaster, by Peter Suderman, at Here is an excerpt from the article. “America’s ethanol requirement destroys the environment, damages car engines, increases gas prices, and contributes to the starvation of the global poor. It’s an unmitigated disaster on nearly every level.” I could never understand how turning food into a fuel that is not only more expensive to produce than gasoline, but gets less MPG than gasoline, was a good idea. I saw this at

Americas Pot Farmers Are Putting Mexican Cartels Out Of Business, by David Downs, at In an unhampered market Americans can still out produce just about everybody.

Milton Friedman Video: No Possible Employer, at This is from 1978 but it is like a broken record. Minimum wage laws hurt the very people the politicians say they are trying to help. When will we learn that the minimum wage law discussion is designed for one reason only and that is to garner votes for the politicians who support it.

Man’s Las Vegas Casino Winnings Confiscated By Police Without Any Criminal Charges, at This is only supposed to happen in third world countries. I saw this at

Customer Service Actually Improves When There’s Competition Challenging The Taxi Cartels, by Mark J. Perry, at Taxi cartels would rather spend time lobbying  Government to prohibit competition, than spending time trying to provide a better service than their upstart competitors.

Must Reads For The Week 3/15/14

March 15, 2014
The pen is mightier than the sword...

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

Obama Would Like To Tell You How To Budget, at Where do you start with this video? The fact that the guy who has added 1 trillion dollars to the deficit on average every year since he became President is telling someone who makes 36 thousand dollars a year how to budget his money to afford health insurance is completely laughable. His Affordable Care Act has made health insurance more expensive instead of “affordable”. But what is more unbelievable about this video is when he chastises people for not budgeting money to get health insurance before they get sick because the cost of paying after they get sick is greater. Doesn’t the smartest man to ever become president realize that Obamacare creates the incentive for people to do the exactly what he is chastising them for doing. When an insurance company has to insure a person in spite of preexisting conditions,what does he think people will do. He is either ignorant, or just a politician.

NSA -Fan Feinstein Slams CIA Spying And Intimidation, at Senator Feinstein doesn’t like the CIA spying, and by default, intimidating congress, but she didn’t have a problem with the NSA intimidating all of us through data mining {spying}. She said the CIA appears to have violated the Fourth Amendment, which bars unreasonable searches and seizures, as well as various federal laws and presidential executive order that prevents the agency from conducting domestic searches and surveillance. It’s not OK when her constitutional rights are violated by Government, but it’s fine when yours and my constitutional rights are violated by the NSA.

The Devil Lurking In The Retail Store Closure Details, at 1) Technology has been a part of the decrease in the need for brick and mortar stores. 2) Spending on consumer goods doesn’t grow an economy. Consumption is an act of destroying what has been produced. Production is what allows us to consume. With the work force participation rate at its lowest since the late 70’s, less is being produced, therefore less can be consumed. 3) Stimulating consumption through Government spending, the Fed electronically printing counterfeit money along with a zero interest rates policy, created a false economic reality. Brick and mortar stores were built on false information transmitted through the economy by Government stimulus and Fed printing. Under normal market conditions these stores wouldn’t have been built. Because economic forces are always trying to correct Government interventions, these stores, which should have never been built, are being liquidated. 4) Fed counterfeiting money through QE’s and zero interest rates can only give legs to a false reality for so long before economic forces eventually bring production and consumption back in balance.

Police Use Of Force Drops 60% When Officers Required To Wear Video Cameras, by Jay Syrmopoulos, at Complaints against police have dropped by 88% and use of force by police has dropped by 60% in one year since officers started wearing cameras. So let me see if I understand this, monitoring people in positions of power keeps them from abusing that power. The founders gave the press constitutional protection to monitor politicians and bureaucrats for the purpose of protecting us from their abuses of power. When the vast majority of the mainstream press believes in big Government, they move from being a watchdog, and toward becoming a propaganda arm of the very entity they are supposed to monitor.

Lights, Camera, Arrested: Americans Are Being Arrested For Filming Police, by John Whitehead, at, and How Are Lois Lerner’s Emails Not Front Page News, at These are examples of people with Government sanctioned power not wanting to be monitored, in the first article, and not being monitored by the press in the other.

Venezuelans Marked With Numbers To Stand In Lines At Government Supermarkets, by Linette Lopez, at I saw this at This is the result when you move toward central planning, whether it is socialism, communism, crony capitalism, fascism etc, and away from free market capitalism. Look at this Graphic Of The Day: Socialism vs. Capitalism, by Mark J. Perry, at

Liberals Protest $100 Million Donation To Hospital Because David Koch Gave The Money, by Robby Soave, at Would these leftists be protesting if the Government had given the hospital a grant of 100 million dollars, money that was not donated to the Government by taxpayers, but was taken under the threat of force by the IRS.

Articles like the ones below tell me people are starting to understand the Federal Government is not just too big but should be rolled back. Idaho Legislators Vote On Emergency Bill To Nullify Federal Gun Laws, by Michael Lofti, at, Tennessee Legislators Vote To Nullify Some Federal Roadside Checkpoints, by Michael Lofti, at, South Carolina Democrats and Republicans Vote To “Nullify” NSA, by Michael Lofti, at benn, and Oklahoma Legislators Pass Bill Legalizing Gold and Silver Tender: Nullify The Fed?, by Michael Lofti, at This last article about legalizing gold and silver as payment of debt is the one the Government will fight against the hardest. The Government wants the Fed to maintain its monopoly on money creation because the growth of the U.S. Government is financed through the Feds ability to create counterfeit money and buy Government debt. They will fight this if it passes just like they are fighting against virtual money like Bitcoin.