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Must Reads For The Week 4/25/20

April 27, 2020

F. A. Hayek stated: “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.”

If we put this into a form of a question it would read something like this:

How will men’s activities be coordinated? Through the decision making of individuals? Or through the decision making of elite central planners?

The Covid 19 panic and corresponding political power grab has shined the light on this question. And how this question is answered has shaped the history of the world since the beginning. It is the fight between Liberty and Tyranny.

Our countries founding was the closest we will ever come to individual liberty. As time has passes we have incrementally moved away from individual liberty and toward tyranny of central planners.

Put another way. Should individuals make decisions for themselves and take on the responsibility and risks of those decisions. Or should “experts” make decisions for all individuals, never having to accept the risk and responsibility when the consequences of their decisions do harm to individuals.

Thomas Sowell poses the question this way: “The question is not, what decision to make? The question is;  Who is to make the decision? Under what incentives and constraints? With what feedback mechanisms?

Let’s look at some articles that illustrate the age old fight between who should make decisions. Individuals or central planning “experts”.

 

TYRANNY BY POLITICIANS AND EXPERTS

Police Are Using Drones To Enforce Social Distancing In America’s Backyards, by Chrissy Clark, at thefederalist.com.     Connecticut Tests ‘Pandemic Drone’ To Ensure People Are Social DIstancing Properly, by Sarah Taylor, at theblaze.com.    Here are two articles showing the use of drones to spy on citizens. Here is an excerpt from the first article:

“Drone invasions on private property clearly violate the 4th Amendment, and no new laws exist to govern the use of surveillance technology by police departments. Police departments across the nation are taking drone usage upon themselves to violate American liberties in the name of social distancing guidelines, even on private property.”

AI Social-Distancing Enforcement Tool. “You Will Be TRACKED”, at daviddrakesplace.blogspot.com.    Watch the short video showing how this technology works. It is scary.

Documents Reveal Feds Are Excited To Create A Mass Surveillance Network, at zerohedge.com.    It is scary to think how technology is being used in the surveillance of citizens.

Undercover Cops Arrest 2 Women For Operating Home Beauty Businesses In Violation Of Coronavirus Lockdown Order, by Christian Britschgi, at reason.com.   Social distancing “rules” are broken when cops arrest people. And even more so when these people are put in jail. I guess the thinking is; I will put you at risk of getting coronavirus to stop you from putting yourself at risk of getting or spreading coronavirus. But I think this is a show of force to try to intimidate others from breaking the arbitrary decrees of Government.

More From The “New Normal”, (In 50 ‘Darker’Headlines), at zerohedge.com.   Here are a list of examples of government.

We Didn’t Flatten The Curve, We Flattened The U. S. Health Care System, by John Daniel Davidson, at thefederalist.com.    We were told the lockdown was to prevent the medical system from being overwhelmed. The system hasn’t been. So lets stop the lockdown.

Business Owners Understand Why The Economy Can’t Just Be “Reopened“, by Christopher E. Baecker, at mises.org.   Excerpt from the article:

“Certainly “economies can be rebuilt,” but assuming it’ll just happen reflects a level of flippant naiveté similar to that which supposes that entrepreneurs should factor government-shutdown-by-fiat into their risk calculation.”

The Destructive Effects Of The Coronavirus Relief Package, By Thorston Polliet, at mises.org.     Government spending and money printing don’t solve economic problems. In fact they cause the economic problems they are trying to solve.

Here Are The Publicly Traded Companies That Quietly Got A ‘Small Business’ Bailout, at zerohedge.com.    There is no shortage of people getting in line to get their hands on government (taxpayer) money.

Illinois Senate Democrats Seek Massive Federal Bailout For State, Going Far Beyond Coronavirus Impact, at zerohedge.com.    States are trying to use the coronavirus to get out of their massive debt problems. Of course at taxpayers expense.

American Farms Cull Millions Of Chickens Amid Virus-Related Staff Shortages At Processing Plants, at zerohedge.com.   At Least 10 Meat Packing Plants Closed In Weeks Across America Stocking Food Shortage Fears, at zerohedge.com.     I wonder if the “experts” thought of this situation when they decided to shut down the economy. This could have drastic consequences.

Top Elections Lawyer: Vote-By Mail Is “The Most Massive Fraud Scheme In American History, at zerohedge.com.     No comment necessary.

The Unseen Death Toll Of Covid-19 Measures, at mcclintock.house.gov.   I guess the deaths caused by Governments response to Covid-19 aren’t important. We don’t understand trade offs.

Anthony Fauci: When Politics Trumps Science, by William L. Anderson, at mises.org.              How did Dr. Fauci become THE Oracle when it comes to this disease? Is he the only immunologist in the country?

Excerpt from the article:

“To understand Anthony Fauci, one must understand progressive ideology, and in order to best understand progressive ideology, one needs to read Ludwig von Mises’s book Bureaucracy. The book itself is not about progressivism—indeed, Mises doesn’t mention such a philosophy in his book—but it does explain the decision-making processes that dominate bureaucracies and guide bureaucrats like Fauci. And Fauci is nothing but the consummate bureaucrat, albeit one that can speak in front of a television camera.”

“Progressives share the belief that markets, although they are good at producing useless goods, such as the too many deodorants that Bernie Sanders denounced on the campaign trail, simply cannot lead a great nation, are cumbersome, and have no mechanism by which to meet the real needs of people in society. Experts are needed to guide people in what they should have, from food to clothing to transportation to medical care, and then to lay out the plan for how people should obtain these things.”

“Mises writes that bureaucracies exist to carry out the directives of those in political power and not to engage in policymaking themselves. However, after more than a century of progressive rule the bureaucracies themselves have become the chief instruments of government power, as men like Fauci, with their anticapitalist mentalities and their single-minded approaches to life, are calling the shots. Although most people instinctively understand risks and tradeoffs, public health bureaucrats like Fauci tend to believe that the only thing that matters is the eradication of whatever is coming, no matter what the cost.”

The Real Reason Why A Harvard Professor Thinks Homeschooling Should Be Banned, at zerohedge.com.   Children are being taught at home because schools are shutdown. This scares progressives like Harvard Professor Elizabeth Bartholet. Progressives want to indoctrinate your kids under the guise of teaching democratic values and social justice.

Excerpt from the article:

“Ironically, the real problem Harvard Professor Elizabeth Bartholet has with homeschooling is this:  “Many homeschool because they wan to isolate their children from ideas and values central to our democracy.”

“Let me rephrase that. Homeschooled children can’t be indoctrinated five days a week, eight hours a day, by an education system that emphasizes political agendas. (And incidentally, our form of government is a constitutional republic. Shouldn’t someone from Harvard who is worried I might not have the knowledge to educate my child know something as elementary as that?)”

“Bartholet defames homeschoolers for wanting to encourage their children toward a particular belief system while touting the belief system that the school system wants to instill. So it’s okay for the public school system to do it, just not for the parents to do it.”

“While Bartholet scorns parents who indoctrinate their kids, she praises the school system for doing so. The American education system is wholly responsible for raising a generation of perpetually offended people who think they’re open-minded but who actually are only accepting of those with the same beliefs.”

“They’re creating a generation of worker bees, of dependent people who’d never dream of revolting against the status quo shown as ideal by Hollywood and the mainstream media. They’re creating adults who don’t know how to handle conflict, who don’t know how to deal with defeat, and who are regularly fearful of imaginary threats. People who are afraid of a tripod or a pop-tart chewed into the shape of a gun certainly aren’t going to be leading the next revolution.”

AOC Deletes Gleeful Tweet On Oil Industry’s Coronavirus Collapse, ‘You Absolutely Love To See It, by Douglas Ernst, at washingtimes.com.     She said:   “…..this is the right time for a worker-led, mass investment in green infrastructure to save our Planet.”

So lets think about this. At a time when the price of oil is the lowest it has been in decades. She wants to invest in green energy that is more expensive than what oil was at $60 dollars a barrel let alone what it is right now. So did she really major in economics?

AOC Says People Should Refuse To Work After The Economy Reopens, Breck Dumas, at theblaze.com.     No comment needed.

Cuomo To Struggling Unemployed: ‘You Want To Go To Work? Go Take A Job As An Essential Worker‘, by Breck Dumas, at theblaze.com.     In other words: “Your job isn’t essential you loser. I decide what is essential.”  What an arrogant ass.

California Mayor Says Death May Await Shutdown Protesters Who Violate ‘Social Distancing’ Laws, by Dave Urbanski, at theblaze.com.    Speaking of arrogant asses. Here is what the Mayor said:

“Make no mistake people who deliberately violate the social distancing laws, and the laws requiring that we all wear a mask will be identified, arrested, and prosecuted.”

“Do not mess with us. You will not endanger the lives of our hardworking fdmilies because of some misguided civil liberties argument.”

“The quote is: Give me Liberty or Give me Death. Being arrested and locked up in an over crowded jail just might result in granting you your wish.”

Dems Plan To Censure Michigan Lawmaker Who Said Trump’s Boosting Of Hydroxychloroqine ‘Saved My Life‘, by Andrew O’Reilly, at foxnews.com.   You must tow the party line or else.

These are examples of big tech controlling the narrative. Why do these tech guys hate the free market economic system that allowed them to start small and ultimately become the captains of the tech industry?

Twitter Suspends Account Of Biotech Company Testing UV Light To Treat Coronavirus, at zerohedge.com.

Facebook Bans Civil Disobedience, Removes Posts Organizing Anti-Lockdown Protests, at zerohedge.com.

Twitter CEO Unveils Feature To “Editorialize” Trump’s Tweets As Election Looms, at zerohedge.com.

Did Mark Zucherberg Just Expose Bit-Tech’s Real Endgame? Ousting Trump, at zerohedge.com.

Bill Gates Continues To Push ‘Immunity Passports’ And Tech-Enabled Surveillance State To Combat COVIC-19, at zerohedge.com.

 

FIGHTING FOR LIBERTY

Wisconsinites Storm The Capital In Protest: We’re Done Staying Home, by Kylee Zempel, at thefederalist.com.

Two Hair Solon Owners In Auburn Ca. Defy Stay-At Home Orders, Both Reopen To Pay Bills, by Bridgette Bjorlo, at fox40.com.

Michigan Legislature Bucks Gov. Whitmer, Votes To Repeal Emergency Powers, by Tim Pearce, a dailywire.com.

Thousands Of Californians Flock To Open Beaches Despite Gov. Newsom’s Pleas Fo Them To Stay Home, by Lauren Fruen, at dailymail.co.uk.

Constitutionalist Sheriffs’ Won’t Enforce Coronavirus Restrictions, by Zoe Nemerever, at greenwichtime.com.

Coronavirus Crisis: Bill Of Rights Protects Our Freedom, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com.   Excerpt from the article:

“In this current crisis, the longest if not the first complete shutdown in U.S. history, the freedoms of American democracy are being tested in ways we scarcely ever imagined. Out of nowhere little Napoleonic governors arise to enact decrees prohibiting gardening or strolling on an empty beach — decrees that seem to have little purpose other than to reflect that they can do so. Snitches volunteer to out felonious social deviants who are seen cooking in the backyard with a neighbor. A little horned-devil virus seems to be trying to do what those Russkies never could.”

“Experts with all sorts of Ph.D.s, M.D.s, and J.D.s after their names lecture from authority about what we must right now do — or else! — on the principle that they have a scientific or technocratic prerogative to impress critics of their modeling or their demand that we shut down a $22-trillion economy for “18 months,” if need be.”

“A supposedly disinterested media — found by media watchdogs to be 93 percent negative in its presidential reportage before the virus crisis — envision their coverage of the Trump demon as an endless zero-sum game in which any morsel of good news for him is instantly bad for them.”

“How fortunate, then, that in this current crisis, when one questions the logic of using a misleading denominator to ascertain viral lethality, and thus the logic of basing existential public policies on resulting case-to-fatality rates that admittedly cannot be true, one can (at least for now) keep raising skepticism without being sent to a Chinese-like reeducation camp.”

“We are witnessing the fading moments of Baby Boomer–generation authority. As it vaporizes, it still cannot fundamentally change America with sermons that we “will never go back to normal,” a synonym for “we don’t like lots of things in that bothersome Constitution.” America is currently engaged in a free-fall of angry, unfettered discussion about everything from the wearing of masks to the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine. Tempers rise; false knowledge replicates. Smack-down arguments from authority grow shrill. And, thank God, it all remains legal. Out of the mess, the acrimony can lead to light rather than endless heat.

“Warn an American that he poses a public threat by illegally and solitarily launching his tiny boat on a nearby empty pond to fish, and he’s likely to do just that — and thereby reveal the absurdity of the functionary who issued such a tyrannical order.”

“Tell a pastor he can’t preach from his car to other car-bound parishioner and, by God, he will do just that — and will be praised by most for his measured civil disobedience.”

“Let criminals out of jail, and what’s a paranoid American city-dweller to do? Obviously head down to the gun store and get in a line for something that shoots something, now for the first time in his life bitching in extremis that gun laws he once found wonderful are far stricter than they should be.

“Authoritarians and petty fascists, eager to issue endless edicts, molt their exoskeletons, as if under their chrysalis suits they were always caudillos, waiting to be reborn with sunglasses and epaulettes. But a free and empowered people, even in times of mortal danger, long nursed on a Bill of Rights, is hard to subjugate or shut up, even after over a month spent locked up in their homes. Thank God, we have a Constitution quite different from those of European nations, which are themselves far superior to other alternatives.”

“In these strange times, American individualism and the Bill of Rights that birthed it are still proving, for a while longer, too strong for the natural forces of fascism masquerading as “we had to destroy freedom to save it.”

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Trump Says To Drink Lots Of Water, Media Reports He Told Everyone To Drown Themselves, at babylonbee.com.

Majority Of Americans Would Rather Risk COVID Death Than Endure Any More Skype Lectures From Celebrities, at babylonbee.com.

AOC Drops By Unemployment Office To Tell People How Lucky They Are Not To Have Oppressive Jobs, at babylonbee.com.

Pope Says Driving SUV Is An Unpardonable Sin, at babylonbee.com.

Former Clinton Adviser Calls On Biden To Withdraw Over Assault Allegations, at daviddrekesplace.blogspot.com.

 

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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.

 

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Must Reads For The Week 11/23/19

November 24, 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

 

ECON STUFF

Socialism Guarantees Failure And Suffering – So Why Do So Many Americans Support It?  by Victor Davis Hanson, at foxnews.com.

Excerpt from the article:

“Add up a lost generation of woke and broke college graduates, waves of impoverished immigrants without much knowledge of American economic traditions, wealthy advocates of boutique socialism and asleep-at-the-wheel Republicans, and it becomes clear why historically destructive socialism is suddenly seen as cool.”

“Regrettably, sometimes the naive and disaffected must relearn that their pie-in-the sky socialist medicine is far worse than the perceived malady of inequality.”

“And unfortunately, when socialists gain power, they don’t destroy just themselves. They usually take everyone else down with them as well.”

 

4 Reasons Why Socialism Is Becoming More Popular, by Alexander Zubatov, at mises.org.           From the article:     “ 1) Ignorance of History.   2) Government Bungling.  3) Universities Ideological Monoculture.  4) Coddled Kids.”

The Long March Has Paid Off: Millennials Love Socialism, by Onar Am, at zerohedge.com.     Excerpt from the article:

“Socialism has failed wherever it has been tried and communism has cost the lives of more people than any othher ideology in a comparable amount of time.”

“Historical circumstances produced a near-perfect scientific test of the system in the 20th century. In every case, communism failed – ending in a bloodbath, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, and development stage.”

“Simultaneously, near-capitalist societies were tested with those same ethnicities and cultures: East- versus West-Germany, North- versus South-Korea, and Hong Kong versus mainland China. The outcome was as conclusive and decisive as any social experiment could ever get: While capitalism lifted people out of poverty and created largely stable and prosperous societies, communism produced murderous and oppressive hellholes from which people desperately tried to flee.

Seattle’s Socialist City Councilwoman Loses After Amazon Dumps Money Into Race, by Chrissy Clark, at thefederalist.com.            Even Amazon’s Jeff Bezos knows that Socialism is a step too far. He just wants government to pass enough regulations to allow him to sustain and grow his market share. Government can keep out and/or make it difficult for potential competitors to enter the hampered market. Free markets allow competitors to compete for consumers when the big companies don’t deliver on quality and price. Big businesses love free market competition when they were start ups. But they hate free markets when they become the big guys. In other words, they hate government interference when they are small but love it when they are big.

Powell Tells Congress Federal Debt Is ‘Unsustainable’, by Paul Davidson, at usatoday.com.   Powell has some nerve blaming this on congress even though spending bills start their. The only reason the Federal government has been able to accumulate this much debt (spend more than they take in taxes) is because the Federal Reserve is funding the debt. The Fed purchases Government debt by electronically printing counterfeit money. And they keep interest rates artificially low.

There is a limit to how much the government can tax out of the free market economy. People will eventually revolt. There is also a limit on how much debt they can fund in the financial markets if interest rates reflected the actual risk of getting repaid. The printing press takes care of both problems.

Three Steps To Save America From Collapse, by George Gilder, at discovery.org.  Excerpt from the article:        George Gilder is always interesting to read. His three ideas revolve around getting rid of the Governments monopoly on money. And getting back to some form of gold standard. But you and I know that the Federal Reserve and our Federal Government won’t give up their power in these areas without a fight. Just look at how government insiders in Europe are doing everything in their power to keep Brexit from happening.

More Government Spending Won’t Make The Economy Grow, by Frank Shostak, at mises.org.      Excerpt from the article:

“…through the increase in real savings, a better infrastructure can be built and this in turn sets the platform for a higher rate of economic growth.”

“Higher economic growth means a greater quantity of consumer goods, which in turn permits more savings and also more consumption, all other things being equal. With more savings, a more advanced infrastructure can be created and this in turn sets the platform for further strengthening in economic growth.”

“Note that the savers here are wealth generators. It is wealth generators that save and employ their real savings towards the buildup of the infrastructure. The savings of wealth generators is employed to fund various individuals that are specialized in the making and the maintenance of the infrastructure. Real savings also fund individuals that are engaged in the production of final consumer goods.”

“Since government does not produce any real wealth, it obviously cannot save and therefore it cannot itself “fund” any activity. Hence for the government to engage in various activities it must divert funding (i.e. real savings) from wealth generators.”

“As a rule, such activities amount to providing support to various non-productive activities that add nothing to the pool of real funding — for instance, providing a large amount of money to various non-productive activities in order to protect employment.”

“Since government activities in essence only consume and do not generate real savings, government cannot grow an economy. An increase in government spending thus means the weakening of wealth generators, and thus it is not strengthening economic growth as popular thinking and various empirical studies assert.

Markets Saved The Whales In The 19th Century, by Vincent Geloso, at aier.org.      Excerpt from the article:

“At the time of writing Moby Dick, market forces were already beginning to operate in the United States as to push the industry into decline. That decline, unlike that observed elsewhere, was not the result of a dramatic decline in whale populations. Quite the reverse as it appears that the American industry did not overhunt whales (unlike the whaling industries of other countries). If anything, the story of Moby Dick takes place on a background, warns us of the unforeseen consequences of government intervention and point to the potency of market forces in terms of protecting the environment.

Brexit Is A Symptom, Not the Problem, by Tom Luongo, at tomluongo.me.

Excerpt from the article:

“We live in a rapidly decentralizing age where technology gives us access to information in real time that used to take us months, if not years, to properly disseminate and then it was only to those who were already fellow travelers.”

“And that has empowered in ways no one currently wielding power is comfortable with.”

“The reality of reaching out en masse to others along the political and socio-economic spectrum to discuss the merits of changing the course of society was simply not possible even ten years ago.”

“And today those forces of decentralization are the real problem facing these elites who have enjoyed the illusion of running the world for the past few generations.”

“But these events like Brexit, Trump, Catalonia and others are castigated as the real problems not the symptoms of the much deeper problems caused by unsustainable political and economic systems based on fraud, cheap money, theft and propaganda.”

“And today, three years after Brexit and Trump’s victory, powerful forces are working expressly against the people to overthrow both of these results through cynical and reprehensible acts of political vandalism, hamstringing leadership without a care of the long-term societal damage it is causing.”

“In fact, I’d argue that the societal damage is the goal of these moves to thwart the people’s desires in the hope that they take it out on each other rather than the ones setting the table in the first place.”

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Transit Cop Arrests Man For Eating In Public, at themindunleashed.com.    This shows we have too many laws on the books.  Shouldn’t officers spend their time enforcing laws against real criminal behavior?

How School Districts Put Politics Before Children, by Matthew Bankert, at mises.org.       At every level of government people with power are tyrants and are dangerous to individuals.

The ‘Sissifying’ Of America Continues, by Sarah Cowgill, at zerohedge.com.     Football coach gets suspended because his team won their game by more than 42 points. According Nassau County NY’s  Secton 8 Lopsided Score Committee, being 42 points behind is the arbitrary number of points that embarrasses individuals on the other team. What’s the difference between 40, 41, or 42? Are they not embarrassed when they are down 40 points? Is 52 to 10 worse than 50 to 10?

We hurt our kids ability to deal with life when we shelter them from reality.

 

TRUMP THE OUTSIDER vs. THE STATUS QUO INSIDERS

Trump Foreign-Policy Doctrine: Deter Enemies Without Intervention, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com.      “Trumps new foreign policy bets that a booming economy, a beefed-up military, and U.S. energy dominance will deter enemies without the need for preemptive invasions.

And who sets foreign policy for the US? The President or the State Department? If you said the President you were correct.

Donald Trump Versus ‘The Interagency Consensus, by Mark Hemmingway, at thefederalist.com.        Excerpt from the article:

“Trump was elected in no small part because tens of millions of Americans do not approve of business as usual in Washington, and specifically the lack of democratic accountability that can be brought to bear on the status quo. And Trump is enough of a natural disruptor that he threatens that status quo in both good and questionable ways. In response, lots of people in D.C. are willing to bend the rules to stop him.

“Further, long before Trump arrived there was so much institutional pressure and money sloshing around in the federal government, not mention the trips through the revolving door between already well-compensated federal jobs and even better compensated special interests. Any responsible person ought dispense with the idea that civil servants are always, well, civil. And they ought to apply the same level of appropriate scrutiny and suspicion to federal employees in the news as we do politicians. At least with politicians we have ourselves to blame, but nobody elects an “interagency consensus.”

The Military-Intelligence Complex, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgreatness.com.     Excerpt from the article:

“Many retired high-ranking military officers have gone beyond legitimately articulating why President Trump may be wrong on foreign policy, and now feel free to smear him personally or speak openly of removing their commander-in-chief from office. And the media and the bipartisan foreign-policy establishment are with them every step of the way.”

“Had any of the current generals said anything similar about President Obama in the fashion they now routinely attack Trump, their public careers would have been ruined.”

Attacking Trump in “contemptuous” fashion is not speaking truth to power but a confirmation of the existing status quo of the media, progressive orthodoxy, and the general Washington bipartisan bureaucracy.”

Its Trump Vs. The Deep State vs. The Rest Of Us, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org.     Excerpt from the article:

“One of the best side effects of the Trump presidency has been the hostility of the so-called “deep state” or “intelligence community” directed at the president.”

“This, in turn, has led many Americans to realize that America’s powerful, un-elected secret police agencies serve an agenda all their own, and that they choose sides in political controversies. Consequently, polls show one’s views of the CIA and the FBI depend largely on one’s ideological bent”

“But the fact Trumps considered an outsider in Washington by so many should suggest there are reasons to support him over the entrenched bureaucracy.”

Yes, Virginia, There Is A Deep State And It’s Feeding The Anti-POTUS Mob, by David Stockman, at targetliberty.com.      Excerpt from the article:

“Whether out of common sense, naiveté or just contrariness, the Donald has dared to question and disrupt the Empire’s core policy on the Ukraine/Russia file. And that’s apparently exactly why the whistleblower de jour, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, wrote his now ballyhooed memos.”

“He feared that Trump’s appropriate desire to get to the bottom of the well-documented Ukrainian involvement in the Obama Administration’s illegal spying on his 2016 presidential campaign would undermine the bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill for Washington’s utterly wrong-headed Ukraine policy.”

“Stated more crudely, Washington overthrew the duly elected government of Ukraine in early 2014 because its leader was deemed too cozy with Moscow. And in the vanguard of that illegal meddling in the governance of a sovereign foreign state was Obama’s state department led by neocon Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland, Washington’s self-appointed roving proconsul John McCain and at length Vice-President Joe Biden.”

Anatomies Of 2020 Election, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com.

Excerpt from the article:

“What sinks presidencies, either preventing reelection or de facto ending them in stasis and crises are unpopular wars (Vietnam, Iraq), perceived recessions (1980, 1992), or major scandals (Watergate). Trump may cause furor by pulling back tripwire troops in Syria, but the move will probably continue to poll at over 50 percent with the public. He is unlikely to insert forces in optional engagements. A tit-for-tat missile or bombing response to an Iranian or ISIS attack would likely win approval.”

“Impeachments and scandals, as the case of Bill Clinton reminds us, are two different things. So far, Donald Trump is the most transparent, investigated, and cross-examined president in history. The result is not much dirt, but a lot of now-predictable and boring duds — the voting machines, impeachment 1.0, the emoluments clause, Stormy, Michael Avenatti, Michael Cohen, the 25th Amendment, the McCabe-Rosenstein Keystone Kops coup, Robert Mueller’s investigation, taxes, and now Ukraine.”

“The public may find the latest blood sport amusing at first and support an inquiry. But as it drags on and Schiff burns up the Constitution, they will tire and prefer to weigh in during the election — when they will likely opt for a continued resurgent U.S. and a strong economy over socialism and finger-wagging at a sinful America.”

10 Reasons I Like Donald Trump, From A Former-Democrat Immigrant, by Saritha Prabhu, at thefederalist.com.   Here are a few reasons she likes Trump:

First, he is sui generis, a singularly unique individual who has single-handedly transformed almost everything about American politics.

Second, by loudly questioning everything in his unorthodox way he has made us re-examine many things.

Fifth, he is clearly a no-ideologue and pragmatic.

Seventh, he has had the greatest influence, perhaps, in transforming how we talk about needless, endless foreign military incursions.

Tenth, I like his chutzpah and pugilistic style, with its underlying theme of “Honey Badger don’t care.” It’s perfectly suited for this moment, where the overarching issue is: Who is really in charge in this republic, the voters or arrogant, unelected federal bureaucrats who think they know best and try to override the will of voters? He seem uniquely suited to take on the combined onslaught coming from many quarters.”

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

From The Babylon Bee

Millennial Wishes There Were Some Historical Examples Of Socialism We Could study To Have Some Idea How It Might Turn Out, at babylonbee.com.

Airport Revenues Soar After Allowing Travelers To Pay To Turn Off CNN, at babylonbee.com.

Cop On Laptop Protecting Community From Drivers On Cell Phones, at babylonbee.com.

Authorities Horrified At Women Who Killed Baby With Meth Instead Of Traditional Sucking-Device, at babylonbee.com.

CNN Criticizes Pregnant Woman For Shooting Poor, Defenseless Man Who Was Simply Seeking Asylum In Her Home, at babylonbee.com.

Elizabeth Warren’s Plan To Pay For Medicare For All: Spend So Much The National Debt Clock Rolls Over To Zero, at babylonbee.com.

Kamala Harris Proposes Dropping Kids Off At School When They Turn 5 And Picking Them Back Up When They Turn 30, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

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Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

 

Must Reads For The Week 10/26/19

October 29, 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

 

ECONOMICS

What’s Holding Up The Market? by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“…..the primary prop under stock valuations are corporate buybacks, which total in the trillions of dollars since the 08-09 Global Financial Meltdown and the Fed’s “rescue of the rich,” which continues to this day.”

“Rather than risk capital in productive investments, U.S. corporations have borrowed trillions of dollars and used the cash to buy back their own shares. The Fed’s suppression of interest rates has incentivized stock buybacks…..”

“When it’s cheap to borrow billions, the biggest bang for the buck is to use the borrowed bucks to buy back shares, which creates an illusion of growth as per-share sales and earnings both rise as shares are withdrawn from the public market.”

“….the company appears to be more profitable, and so its valuation based on its price-to-earnings ratio (P-E) adjusts higher, even tough revenues and earnings have remained stagnant.”

“Fed policies effectively replace capitalism (investing capital productively and accepting risk) with creditism, a debt-dependent speculative system that transfers risk to the Fed and the taxpayers (i.e. profits are private, losses are socialized).

“Fed policies effectively replace capitalism (investing capital productively and accepting risk) with creditism, a debt-dependent speculative system that transfers risk to the Fed and the taxpayers (i.e. profits are private, losses are socialized).”

Our Time/Labor Is Finite, But Money Is Infinite, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“….creating new fiat currency and injecting it into a closed system (our financial system) controls and restrains the value of our time and labor, past, present and future.”

“The near-infinite creation of new currency devalues past labor by destroying the value of pensions and savings, devalues the value of today’s labor and of labor’s future earnings.”

“….. the purchasing power of labor’s earnings are steadily devalued, and much of the remaining earnings are devoted to servicing debt that was taken on to stay afloat financially.”

“Meanwhile, those receiving the central banks’ free money for financiers can use this new currency (i.e. low-cost credit) to buy up income-producing assets and leverage speculations that reap enormous capital gains, as assets are never allowed to drop in value because “the Fed has our backs.”

“And why does “the Fed has our backs”? Because the system implodes once debt and currency creation stop expanding.”

Adverse Consequences of California’s Class-Warfare Tax Policy, by Daniel J. Mitchell, at danieljmitchell.wordpress.com.     The laws of economics eventually win out over the plans  of central planners. High income earners are fleeing California’s high taxes and moving to no income tax states like Nevada, Texas and Florida. This was totally predictable to everyone except the central planning politicians who run California.

The NBA’s China Problem Due To Political Control Over Markets, by Richard Ebeling, at aier.org.        Excerpt from the article:

“The dilemma that the NBA and its affiliates find themselves in with the Chinese government is the latest example of why a free society is not sustainable without a functioning free market that is widely free and independent from the power of those in political authority

 

POLITICS

The Conspiracies Are Broad And Deep, at theburningplatform.com.    Excerpt from the article:

“No matter where one stands today in regards to American politics, one thing is very clear: We are in the midst of a narrative war.”

Universities Breed Anger, Ignorance, And Ingratitude, by Victor Davis Hanson, at nationalreview.com.     Excerpt from the article:

“What do widely diverse crises such as declining demography, increasing indebtedness, Generation Z’s indifference to religion and patriotism, static rates of home ownership, and a national epidemic of ignorance about American history and traditions all have in common?”

“In a word, 21st-century higher education.”

“A pernicious cycle begins even before a student enrolls. A typical college-admission application is loaded with questions to the high-school applicant about gender, equality, and bias rather than about math, language, or science achievements. How have you suffered rather than what you know and wish to learn seems more important for admission. The therapeutic mindset preps the student to consider himself a victim of cosmic forces, past and present, despite belonging to the richest, most leisured, and most technologically advanced generation in history. Without a shred of gratitude, the young student learns to blame his ancestors for what he is told is wrong in his life, without noticing how the dead made sure that almost everything around him would be an improvement over 2,500 years of Western history.”

Make The Truth Irrelevant, by Robert Gore, at straightlinelogic.com.          The Main Stream Media no longer is interested in what is true but what advances their narrative. So where do people go to find out the truth if they are fortunate enough to understand that the MSM is not seeking the truth? As busy as most people are do they have the time to seek the truth?

Why Do They Hate Him So? by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgreatness.com.     Excerpt from the article:

“….. why the unadulterated hatred? For the small number of NeverTrumpers, of course, Trump’s crudity in speech and crassness in manner nullify his accomplishments: the unattractive messenger has fouled an otherwise tolerable message.”

“Far more importantly, why do the media, academia, the entertainment and professional sports industries, the progressive Left, the administrative state, and most Democratic officeholders despise him so?”

“His brashness bothers them of course. His quirky tweets and name-calling certainly. His loud rallies, his public put-downs, and his feuding are certainly not matched by those of past presidents.”

“But the real source of their antipathy is his agenda.”

“Had Donald Trump in his first month as president declared that he was a centrist Republican ….. and promoted cap-and-trade and solar and wind federal subsidies, tabled pipeline construction and abated federal leasing for gas and oil production, stayed in the Iran nuclear deal and Paris Climate Accord, appointed judges in the tradition of John Paul Stevens and David Souter, praised the “responsible” Palestinian leaders, pursued “comprehensive immigration reform” as a euphemism for blanket amnesties, then Trump would be treated largely as a George H.W. Bush or George W. Bush: hated, of course, but not obsessively so.”

“Had Trump kept within the media and cultural sidelines by giving interviews to “60 Minutes,” speaking at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, bringing in a few old Republican hands to run the staff or handle media relations like a David Gergen or Andrew Card, Trump would have been written off as a nice enough dunce.”

“But Trump did none of that. So, the hatred of the media, the Left, the swamp, and the celebrity industry is predicated more on the successful Trump agenda. He is systematically undoing what Barack Obama wrought,”

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Brexit Parliament Tethers Britain To A Failing Experiment, at zerohedge.com.     The EU is failing because the central planning of economic decisions leads to an eventual collapse. The history of the world is littered with failed experiments of central planning.

Merkel Admits German Multiculturalism Has “Utterly Failed”, at zerohedge.com.     She should have known this before the fact.

State Department Probe Of Clinton Emails Finds No Deliberate Mishandling Of Classified Information, by Greg Miller, at washingtonpost.com.       Excerpt from the article:

Overall, investigators said, “there was no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information.” The report cited “instances of classified information being inappropriately” transmitted, but noted that the vast majority of those scrutinized “were aware of security policies and did their best to implement them.

The law states that Gross Negligence and not deliberate intent is the standard for breaking this particular rule. If you are interested you can read the statute here (Laws Don’t Constrain Our Ruling Aristocracy)

Will The Democrat Party Exist After 2020 Election? at zerohedge.com. Good Question!

Will The Clintons Destroy The Democrat Party? by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Better Question?

Polar Bear Expert Purged, by Craig Rucker, at cfact.org.      Excerpt from the article:

“The truth is the polar bear population is increasing.”

“It appears that telling the truth about polar bears made Dr. Susan Crockford, a respected, published Canadian zoologist, the victim of an ideological purge.  First she was removed from the University of Victoria’s speakers bureau, and then not renewed to her position as an adjunct professor.”

Quotations Of The Day On Climate Alarmism, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog.    Here are a few.

– “Controlling carbon is a bureaucrat’s dream. If you control carbon, you control life.” (MP: Of course, you also control people.)

– “When an issue becomes a vital part of a political agenda, as is the case with climate, then the politically desired position becomes a goal rather than a consequence of scientific research.”

Texas Father Blocked From Stopping Gender Transition Of Son James 7, To Girl Called Luna, by Ellie Bufkin, at washingtonexaminer.com.         This is child abuse. A seven year old can’t possibly understand gender transition. Let a kid make this decision after he reaches the age of consent, not before.

6 Crazy School Responses To Parents Mad About LBGT Indoctrination, by Joy Pullmann, at thefederalist.com.       Indoctrination is the right word.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Motorcyclist Who Identifies As Bicyclist Sets Cycling World Record, at babylonbee.com.

Moloch Announced Forcing Your Kids To Become Transgender Is Acceptable Form Of Sacrifice, at babylonbee.com.

Pete Buttigieg Tries Appealing To Moderate Boomers By Announcing He Doesn’t Agree With His Choice To Be Gay But Respects His Decision, at the onion.com.

Groundbreaking Pew  Research Study Finds Pews Are Uncomfortable, at babylonbee.com.

Congress Claims Situation In Syria Is Bad But Not Bad Enough For Them To Actually Declare War, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform.

 

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

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Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Al Goodwyn

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

 

Must Reads For The Week 4/27/19

April 29, 2019

“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

The World’s Hypocritical Silence As China Imprisons Its ethnic Muslims, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. Excerpt from the article: “...The global Muslim community, and indeed, the entire global community, is strangely silent as China pursues a high-tech suppression of its ethnic Muslims. This silence might be the one thing Tehran, Moscow and Washington have in common: a complete and utter disregard for China’s Muslim-only gulags”

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan To Lecture At Notre Dame, at dailyjournal.net. Paul Ryan is not the only big government central planner who is going to be a guest lecturer at ND. Dem. Joe Donnelly and for Obama White House Aide Denis McDonough are also going to lecture there. R or D doesn’t matter. All three are big government central planners. College students are paying to be propagandized.

Electric Car Owners Shocked: New Study confirms EVs Considerably Worse For Climate Than Diesel Cars, at zerohedge.com. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The green movement is leading us toward a lower standard of living.

Government’s Counterproductive War Against Smoking, by Lee Friday, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article: “The efficacy of RIP (reduced ignition propensity) regulations on materials used to produce cigarettes is very much in doubt, with evidence suggesting they may even be counterproductive. Furthermore, aside from smoking-related-fires, the manner in which RIP cigarettes are manufactured and smoked may actually pose greater risks to the health of smokers as compared to non-RIP cigarettes.”

“Vaping products are a much healthier alternative for smokers and far less likely to be the source of unintended fires, as compared to RIP and non-RIP cigarettes. However, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Canaca’s Minister of Health, said, “We’re .. placing restrictions on the promotion of vaping products while allowing adults to legally access them as a less harmful alternative to cigarettes …” So, having acknowledged that cigarettes are more harmful to our health than vaping, the government somehow feels it is prudent to prevent vendors of vaping products from persuading cigarette smokers to kick the habit.”

“Politicians and bureaucrats appear to be more dangerous to our health than smoking.

Seattle’s Revolt Of The Elites, at zerohedge.com. The homeless problem is getting out of control in cities across the country that are run by progressive democrats. City leaders are using a PR campaign (propaganda) to assure people that everything is fine. The propaganda probably won’t work. Because ultimately the reality of how big the problem is will over ride the propaganda.

The Modern Opium Den: Starbucks Installs Needle-Disposal Boxes Across US Locations, at zerohedge.com. Starbucks has enabled drug use on their property. Now they are going to treat the symptom rather than taking of the problem that created the symptom in the first place.

San Francisco Needle Exchange Leaves Streets Littered With Toxic Syringes, at zerohedge.com. Another example of a city run by progressive democrats literally going down the toilet.

Chicago’s Pension Funds Looking More Like A Collapsing Ponzi Scheme, at zerohedge.com. Yet another example of a city run by progressive democrats going down the drain.

Here’s What Rep. Ilhan Omar Gets Wrong About ‘Black Hawk Down’, Kyle Lamb, at thefederalist.com. This is an article by Kyle Lamb who fought in the Battle of Mogadishu. Ilhan Omar didn’t grow up in a culture of freedom. She and her family escaped Somalia and she is now a US citizen and member of congress. She didn’t grow up in a culture of freedom. Lamb grew up in a culture of freedom in the US. The difference between how Ilhan Omar and Kyle Lamb look at the Black Hawk Down incident is interesting predictable.

Churches Have Become The #1 target For Hate Attacks” An Average Of 105 Every Single Month, at zerohedge.com. The persecution of Christians is increasing all over the world.

Climate Change: The Maldives Mystery And Revealed Preferences, at economicpolityjournal.com.  Human Action reveals what individuals believe to be true.

 

RUSSIAN COLLUSION AFTERMATH

Here are some informative articles about the Russian Collusion mess.

Top 51 Fake News Russiangate ‘Bomshells’ Spread By The MSM, at zerohedge.com.

7 Glaring Omissions In The Mueller Report That Kill Its Credibility, by Ben Weingartner, at thefederalist.com.

Don Jr. And The Trump Tower Meeting – What Happens When Fake News Collides With Zero Intent, by Joe DiGenova, at foxnews.com.

Johnson: Special Counsel Mueller – Disingenuous And Dishonest, at zerohedge.com.

Obama Campaign Paid $972,000 To Law Firm That Paid Fusion GPS, by Sean Davis, at thefederalist.com.

Shipp: Coup Against Trump Is “Biggest Violation Of Constitution In History”, at zerohedge.com.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Amid Criticism That He’s Too White, Biden Insists He Has A Black Friend ‘Obama’, at babylonbee.com

Biden Vows To Return Nation To Era When Press Didn’t Bother Reporting ON President’s Scandals, at babylonbee.com.

Bernie Sanders Vows To Round Up Remaining ISIS Members, Allow Them To Vote, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform.com.

Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

Political Cartoons by AL Goodwyn

 

 

 

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

I have posted this video before. Haven’t found one that’s better.

 

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

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Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

 

 

Must Reads For The Week 4/6/19

April 9, 2019

“The coordination of men’s activities through central planning or through voluntary cooperation are roads going in very different directions, the first to serfdom and poverty, the second to freedom and plenty.” – F. A. Hayek

 

Capitalism (aka) Self-Ownership Is The Only Moral Economic System, by Gary Galles, at mises.org. Private property rights and voluntary exchange are the foundation of free market capitalism. Property rights means you own what you produce. Voluntary exchange means each individual can exchange what he produces for what another individual produces under the terms which they mutually agree, with no intervention from third parties  Excerpt from the article:

“As Ludwig von Mises explained it, private property is the basis for “joint action and cooperation in which each participant sees the other partner’s success as a means for the attainment of his own,” in sharp contrast to any “us versus them” zero- or negative-sum view of social interaction which treats someone’s gains as others’ losses. In capitalism (which is actually inconsistent with the government created or enabled crony capitalism we see all around us), even those who would be tyrants, if given the opportunity, must focus their efforts on providing willing service to others to induce their voluntary cooperation. In contrast, the drive for power that animates these Democrat Presidential hopefuls who condemn a capitalism they plainly don’t comprehend would increasingly turn others into their unwilling servants.

The Socialist Fantasy, by John Stossel, at townhall.com. Socialism is government ownership of the means of production. But what do you call a system where government, although allowing property rights, controls what you can do with what you produce through rules, regulations and confiscation via taxation? Crony capitalism or crony socialism. We do not have free market capitalism in the US right now. We have a hampered market. But Government central planners don’t have to own the means of production to wreck an economy. All they have to do is increase their interference, and eventually a country’s standard of living starts to decrease. Even though government intervention isn’t the definition of socialism, government intervention is the road which leads to”serfdom and poverty”.

How Countries Fall Into The Welfare Trap, by Antony P. Mueller, at mises.org. Excerpt from the article:

“People like the welfare state because they suppose that it comes at no costs and provides many benefits. If people knew how much the present consumption of social benefits entails less prosperity in the future, the population would have a critical attitude towards the welfare state and politicians would have a harder time selling their fraud. Just as a society that ranks security over liberty loses both, a society that attributes a higher value to social benefits than to wealth creation ends up with neither wealth nor benefits.”

Liberalism’s Last Stand – Brexit, by Tom Luongo, at tomluongo.me.    Brexit is a modern-day version of the American Revolution. Only this time it is the British people who don’t want to take orders from the bureaucrats in the European Union. Adding another layer of bureaucratic intervention on top of what exists already in the British government was a bridge too far. The people have spoken. But the bureaucrats in Brussels don’t want to give up their power. Just like King George didn’t want to give up his power over the colonies. Excerpt from the article:

“Now with the European Union facing a populist uprising across the continent they have reached the turning point with Brexit. And the conundrum is enormous.”

“Brexit is the single most important political event of this century……So, paying close attention to it is important. That’s why it has so divided people. It represents an existential threat to the inevitability of modern liberalism. The European Union is the symbol of that inevitability. Because once that inevitability is breached the EU will begin to unravel before our eyes.”

Electoral College: Why We Must Decentralize Democracy, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. The articles above show us why we need the Electoral College. Power needs to be taken away from government and dispersed to the individual. Politicians and bureaucrats always want more power. The history of the 20th century shows what happens when power is centralized. Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro! Oh that’s right….it can’t happen here. The left is afraid of Trump abusing power just as the right was afraid of Obama abusing power. Shouldn’t both sides agree that the government has too much power if an abuse of power by the person holding the seat could harm them.

The Recycling Movement Fails, by Michael Shedlock, at lewrockwell.com.  After decades of being guilt tripped into recycling, we are finding out that it is too costly.

Goodbye To The Internet: Interference By Governments Is Already Here, at zerohedge.com. Excerpt from the article:

“Government regulation combined with corporate social media self-censorship means that the user of the service will not know what he or she is missing because it will not be there. And once the freedom to share information without restraint is gone it will never return. On balance, free speech is intrinsically far more important than any satisfaction that might come from government intrusion to make the internet less an enabler of violence. If history teaches us anything, it is that the diminishing of one basic right will rapidly lead to the loss of others and there is no freedom more fundamental than the ability to say or write whatever one chooses, wherever and whenever one seeks to do so.

3 Reasons Why Facebook’s Zuckerberg Wants More Government Regulation, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. The three reasons are 1) Regulations will give Facebook more monopoly power. 2) Zuckerberg and Facebook will help write the new rules. 3) Regulations will limit Facebook’s legal exposure. Big business wants government regulation because regulations make it more difficult for start-up companies to succeed. When a business gets big, it no longer supports competition. It seeks monopoly power. Which can only be granted by Big Government.

The Air Bag Body Count Upticks – And Will Again, by Eric Peters, at ericpetersautos.com. Government central planners work for their own self interest. Excerpt from the article:

“There are hundreds of thousands of cars in circulation with air bags Uncle knows are defective; knows have killed and so – great leap of logic – are probably going to kill again.”

“Yet Uncle does not hurl a fatwa granting permission for the people who were forced by Uncle to buy these air bags to even temporarily disable them until they can be replaced with new air bags that may also kill them, but which at least aren’t known to be defective.”

“But remember when VW was forced to park vast fleets of perfectly safe – and clean – diesel-powered cars (the entire 2016 model year run) on account of “cheating” on EPA emissions certification tests. These cars never hurt anyone – or even the environment – but Uncle went ballistic. Because he’d been hurt.

States Sue Trump Administration Over Changes To Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Standards, by Jana J. Pruet, at theblaze.com. Why didn’t they sue when Michelle Obama interfered with school lunch standards in the first place?

The Latest Scheme To Turn Gun Owners Into Criminals, at zerohedge.com. The gun grabbers never give up.

Resisting Born-Alive Bill, Democrats Are Desperate To Hide Truth About Abortion, by Georgi Boorman, at thefederalist.com. If a blob of tissue is born alive, is it still considered a blob of tissue or is it a baby? Here is the best line from the article. “Legal abortion is fundamentally a mother’s entitlement to kill her child….They actually believe that abortion is the right to a dead baby.”

Doctors Are Now Giving Hormone Treatments To Children As young As 8 Who ‘Identify’ As Transgender, by Sara Taylor, at theblaze.com. What about the oath…First do no harm! This is child abuse. An 8 year old doesn’t have the mental capacity to understand what transgender even means.

Ex-Senate Employee Pleads Guilty to Theft Of Personal Data, at seattletimes.com. Petty tyrants use intimidation to get what they want.

Jury Rejects Harry Reid’s Lawsuit Against Fitness Band Maker He Blamed For Injuries, at cbsnews.com. Is anyone surprised that Harry Reid would sue for damages?

Actual Putin Puppets: Moscow Pitting Climate Activists Against American Energy Industry, at zerohedge.com. The USSR backed the peace movement during the cold war. Putin is a former KGB agent. Therefore the Russian government backed the anti-fracking movement. I’m shocked! Russian collusion?

Mueller’s Record Of Framing Innocent People To Protect The Guilty, at zerohedge.com. This article tells of the abuses of power by unelected bureaucrats (deep state). This is an eye opening article.

With Mueller Hopes Gone, So Goes Progressive Unity, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgretness.com. Victor Davis Hanson sums up the Mueller investigation. Great read.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Venezuela Praised For Achieving World’s First Zero-Hour Work Week, at babylonbee.com.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Economics Degree Recalled, at babylonbee.com.

Jussie Smollett Receives Prestigious NAACP Award For His Work Creating Jobs For Nigerian-Americans, at babylonbee.com.

Unsure What ‘Heartbeat’ Is, Hollywood Actors Come Out Against Heartbeat Bill Just To Be Safe, at babylonbee.com.

Man Arrested While Attempting To Smuggle Dhick-Fil-A Sandwich Into San Antonio Airport, at babylonbee.com.

Moved By Sight Of Homeless Man Asking For Food, Local Christian Prays Light Would Turn Green, at babylonbee.com.

Trump: ‘Any Shooting Actually Inspired By Me would Have Left Thousands Dead, at theonion.com.

 

CARTOONS

From theburningplatform (more classics here)

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

 

Political Cartoons by Tom Stiglich

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Political Cartoons by Pat Cross

 

Must Reads For The Week 2/23/19

February 25, 2019

“The coordination of mens 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

 

“I’m Committing Professional Suicide”: CBS Reporter Lara Logan Admits “Mostly Liberal” Journalists Are Now “Political Activists“, zerohedge.com. Lara Logan is a former CBS News 60 Minutes correspondent. In this interview she gives us her observations about her industry. Watch parts of or the entire interview for context.

Excerpt from the article: “Logan says that heavy bias has warped people’s ability to know what’s really true.”

“When you turn on your computer, or you walk past the TV, or you see a newspaper headline in the grocery store it they’re all saying the same thing, the weight of that convinces you that it’s true, said Logan. You don’t question it, because everyone is saying it.” She also admitted that journalists today are more or less lobbyists for liberal interests, adding that the weight of the liberal media machine overwhelms the other side unless people actively seek alternative outlets….”

“Logan said “Although the media has historically always been left-leaning, we’ve abandoned our pretense –  or at least the effort – to be objective, today…..We’ve become political activists, and some could argue propagandists, and there’s some merit to that.”

“Responsibility for fake news begins with us.”

Lara Logan: Media Is “Coming After Me” For Telling The Truth About Liberal Bias, at zerohedge.com. There is a price to be paid for going against the politically correct leftist orthodoxy.

Excerpt from the article: “I am braced for fire and fury, I can give you the script now…..It’s the same people all the time, and who say the same thing…..they can’t take down the substance, they can’t go after the things that matter, so they smear you personally, they go after your integrity, they go after your reputation as a person and as a professional and they’ll stop at nothing.”

“If there are any independent voices out there, if there are any journalists that are not beating the same drum and giving the same talking points, then we pay the price.”

“Journalists have always needed two independent first hand sources. That’s always been the standard we’ve worked to> People know that we’ve slipped. People know that when those are no longer your standards…..that it raises questions, if you’re honest.”

Covington High School Student Files $250 Million Defamation Suit Against Washington Post, at zerohedge.com. Pushing back against the left. Look at the list of the 50 plus organizations, reporters, politicians and celebrities being sued.

Smollett Bail Set At $100,000; Empire Star Ordered To Surrender Passport, at zerohedge.com. This story is important for one reason. It shows main stream medias bias. They were so blinded by their bias, they couldn’t even see the signals that this might not be true. The MSM will do everything to blame this on someone or something else other than the perpetrator. He was ‘triggered’ to do this.

Charles Barkley Crushes Jussie Smollett, at theburningplatform.com. Watch this. It is priceless. This is how the Smollett situation should be handled. Sir Charles is a funny man because he says what you are thinking, but would never say out loud. The NBA on TNT pregame, halftime and post game shows with Charles, Shaq, Kenny and Ernie is most see TV.

The Epidemic Of Anti-Jewish Hate Crimes In Brooklyn Is No Hoax, by David Marcus, at thefederalist.com. This story is important because it shows the bias of the MSM. They decide what should and shouldn’t be reported. They ignore this because it doesn’t advance the vision of the left. Flip this script and it would be front page news.

Hate Hoaxes Are What Happen When Your Religion Is Identity Politics,  by Jayme Metzgar, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article: While adherents of progressivism may sincerely believe they’re working to end oppression, the fact is that their model of morality requires oppression in order to exist. It requires that someone always be cast in the role of oppressor, whether he or she deserves to be or not. Any final end to oppression and evil—any real peace, unity, or brotherhood—is impossible.”

“Progressives decry the “privilege” and “power” of some identity groups over others, but the reality is that they don’t seek to abolish class struggle, but rather to wield it. Progressivism keeps us locked in an endless conflict, fighting to kill or be killed.”

“This is why progressives are so eager to make their fellow Americans into racists and bigots. Virtue is a zero-sum game; you can only gain yours if someone else loses his.”

“At some point, Americans’ patience with this punishing moral fervor will run out. When we finally grow weary of the endless offense-taking, shaming, bullying, language-policing, and pitting of one American against another, maybe it will be time to acknowledge that progressivism is a toxic belief system, incompatible with freedom, peace, and unity.”

Navratilova Attacked For Saying Women’s Sports Should Only Include Women, by Libby Emmons, at thefederalist.com. Martina Navratilova is finding out that being a lesbian is lower on the social justice scale than being transgendered. You pay a price for saying something against a higher ranked identity group. She is being seen as the oppressor of the transgendered. Where do you rank on the ladder of social justice?

Brit Hume Called ‘Sexist’ For Scolding Reporters Clothes Shopping With Kamala Harris, at tammybruce.com. Brit Hume is a journalist commenting on how the actions of other journalists proves their biased toward Kamala Harris. Doesn’t he understand that he is on the bottom rung of the identity politics ladder. He is committing a sin against social justice if he comments truthfully about people resting on a higher rung of the ladder. If he was a transgendered reporter, what he said would be alright. He needs to talk to Martina Navratilova.

The Pedophile Project: Your 7-Year-Old Is A Target, by Stella Morabito, at thefederalist.com. I can’t believe I’m saying this but being a pedophile will some day be the top rung on the ladder of identity politics. I’ve said in the past that pedophilia is going to be mainstreamed like transgenderism has. The argument will go something like this: How can you deny someone their sexual orientation? This is an eye opening article.

“Venezuela Was My Home, And Socialism Destroyed It. Slowly, It will Destroy American Too”, at zerorhedge.com. Great article about what happened when incremental government intervention in Venezuela turned into a socialist paradise. Socialism is defined as government ownership of the means of production. Government regulations and taxes take partial control of private ownership of the means of production. At what point does the increase of government regulations tip the balance of decision making about the means of production towards government bureaucrats instead of the private owner? How far away is the US from that tipping point. As Hayek said, “coordinating men’s activities through central planning leads to serfdom and poverty.”

This Day In History – Marx Publishes Manifesto – 2/21/1848, at the burningplatform. Leftist celebrate this day that should live in infamy.

Europe Is Losing The Technology Race. Here Is Why, at zerohedge.com. Government regulation on technology and innovation has driven Tech companies out of the EU. These companies are moving to the U.S. or China. Think about that! China is a better place for tech businesses than Europe? The good news is they can escape the economic tyranny of the EU.

Constitution’s ‘Excessive Fines’ Ban Bolstered By U.S. High Court,by Lawrence Hurley, at usnews.com. Why isn’t this a bigger story? This was a 9-0 decision for property rights and against tyrannical local and state government.

China Bans Millions From Flights, Trains In Social-Credit Crackdown, at zerohedge.com. China is punishing people who don’t think according to the government sanctioned orthodoxy. This can’t happen here, can it? Or are we already on the road toward this reality? Some of the articles above suggest that we have already traveled down this road. Let’s put on the brakes and turn around.

Trump Demands $2.5 Bn For California’s High-Speed Rail; Pulls $929Mn Grant, at zerohedge.com. Bureaucrats making economic decisions with other people’s money is always a disaster. What a waste of scarce resources which would have had productive alternative uses.

Kamala Harris’s Jamaican Father Wasn’t Amused By Her Joke About Marijuana Use, at mercurynews.com. No comment necessary. Here comments at the end are interesting to say the least. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Donald J. Harris sent a statement to Jamaica Global Online seeking to “categorically dissociate” himself from the remarks of his daughter…..”

“My dear departed grandmothers (whose extraordinary legacy I described in a recent essay on this website), as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics,” he wrote.”

“Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty,” added Donald Harris, who is now an emeritus professor of economics at Stanford University.”

“Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”

“During the senator’s appearance on the New York radio show, “The Breakfast Club,” she defended the recreational use of marijuana, saying, “It gives a lot of people joy.”

“And we need more joy in the world,” she added.”

Democrats Take Down Another Judicial Nominee Because He’s A Christian, by Rick Esenberg and Anthony LaCoco, at thefederalist.com. In the eyes of the progressive left, if you are a Catholic you are disqualified form serving as a judge. Is it because of the Churches stance on abortion? So let me sum this up; A religious test, by a group of people which practices the religion of progressivism.

Autopsy Of A Dead Coup, by Victor Davis Hanson, at amgreatness.com. This is a great summation of the whole Russian collusion story. This is a must read of the must reads. Opening paragraphs from the article:

“The illegal effort to destroy the 2016 Trump campaign by Hillary Clinton campaign’s use of funds to create, disseminate among court media, and then salt among high Obama administration officials, a fabricated, opposition smear dossier failed.”

“So has the second special prosecutor phase of the coup to abort the Trump presidency failed. There are many elements to what in time likely will become recognized as the greatest scandal in American political history, marking the first occasion in which U.S. government bureaucrats sought to overturn an election and to remove a sitting U.S. president.”

6 Takeaways From Andrew McCabe’s ’60 Minutes’, by Adam Mill, at thefederalist.com. Excerpt from the article:

“McCabe’s self-congratulatory arrogance resulted in several careless statements that cement his place as a key villain in the greatest law enforcement scandal in the history of the United States.”

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Chicago Police Credit Their Extensive Experience Falsifying Evidence For Helping Solve Smollett Case, at theonion.com.

Elizabeth Warren Claims Two Men In Colonial Outfits Assaulted Her With Smallpox Infested Blankets, at babylonbee.com.

Nike Fires 8-Year-Old Shoemaker Responsible For Zion Williamson Injury, at theonion.com.

Virginia Democrats Publicly Thank Jussie Smollett For Taking All The Attention Away From Them, at babylonbee.com.

Viewers Starting To Doubt Objectivity Of Reporter With ‘KAMALA 2020’ Face Tatoo, at babylonbee.com.

Police Officer Claims He Feared For His Life After Shooting Family’s Roomba To Death, at babylonbee.com.

Man Forced To Apologize For Whatever He Did In Wife’s Dream Last Night, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

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Political Cartoons by Steve Kelley

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Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

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Must Reads For The Week 1/19/19

January 21, 2019

What Generation Z Learned From Millennials: Skip College, by Andrew Moran, at libertynation.com. Millennials have become debt serfs because they believed the lie that you can’t be successful unless you have a college degree. Millennials are literally paying for this mistake. Hopefully others will learn from this.

Why The Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike Is Different, by Alia Wong, at theatlantic.com. Excerpt from the article: “Rodolfo Duenas, an L.A. native and public-school teacher who is picketing, describes this burgeoning movement as a natural next step for the many Latinos like him whose activism can be traced back to the mid-1990s, when thousands of Latino teens staged a school walkout in opposition to an anti-immigrant state-ballot initiative known as Prop 187…….those experiences eventually drove them into teaching. And Duenas’s generation has been following in the footsteps of the Latino education activists who came before them, during the 1968……Mexican Student Movement.”

Successful Title IX Complaint Forces Tulane University To End Gender Discrimination, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Tulane has agreed to stop discriminating against male students. The Department of Education Office of Civil Rights found some of their scholarships violated Title IX after a complaint was filed. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination. It was originally passed in 1972 to help women. Like all laws, it has been used for purposes it was not intended. Now the pendulum is starting to swing back.

And The Most Politically Biased Profession Is….., at zerohedge.com. This is based on donations paid to political parties by different industries. No shock that media, entertainment, academics, and online computer services are way to the left. Or that agriculture, mining, and construction are mainly to the right. While banking and finance, hedge funds and private capital, and lobbyists are split down the middle. What does this tell us. Those industries from the right and the middle are paying money to politicians in order to be protected from the coercive power of government or to receive favors from government. Can we agree that if government has power to help or hurt your business, it has too much power. On the other side, media, entertainment, academics, and online computer services are information industries. They are not just paying for protection (even though they don’t need protection because they are protected by the first amendment) they are paying to push the big government central planning agenda that they truly believe in. These information industries gladly push the leftist agenda on their information platforms. The other industries don’t have an information platform to try to push an agenda. In fact these industries have to hope the biased “information industries” don’t lie about them.

Socialism’s Three Disciples: educated Idiots, Uneducated Idiots, and Evil Puppet Masters, by Shane Kastler, at targetliberty.com. Excerpt from the article: Isn’t a system based on free trade preferable to government controlled trade? Would we not prefer to make our own decisions, rather than handing them over to a 3rd party state apparatus? What about property rights? The capitalist is often legitimately perplexed as to why a socialist would push for more and more government control over life, liberty, and property rather than keeping the rights of self-reliance under our own control. The answer to this socialistic enigma finds its genesis in three groups of people: the over-educated ignorant; the under-educated ignorant; and the puppet masters in power who convince them of Socialism’s benefits. At the end of the day it is the puppet masters who benefit the most; but they need the proverbial “useful idiots” to stir up a crowd, storm the capitalists, or stuff the ballot box. America is in danger of this happening today.”

Imagine If The Media Had As Much Sympathy For Small Business Owners As It Does For Federal Employees, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. The media never cared about  small business owners and their employees who were hammered when the Fed induced housing bubble crashed in 2008. They also didn’t care when these same people got hammered again when Obamacare kicked in and insurance prices “necessarily skyrocketed”. But I guess federal employees are more important than small business owners and their employees. Even though small business owners and their employees are the ones who pay government employees salaries, their benefits, and their retirements. Heck, tax payer money pays the taxes these government workers pay to the government. Quit your complaining. It is falling on deaf ears.

Decentralization Is The Solution To The Government Shutdown, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Shrinking the size and scope of government is the solution to this problem.

Shutdown ‘Crisis’? by john Stossel, at townhall.com. The Government shutdown is not a “crisis”. Even though politicians and their media get away car drivers, are trying to portray it as a “crisis”. We know they can never let a serious crisis go to waste. The government is not the economy. Government exists as a parasite on the private sector economy. If the private sector economy produces $19.4 trillion in GDP. And the federal government spends $4.4 trillion, all of which it confiscates from the $19.4 trillion produced by the private sector. Which is more important in the production of the standard of living existing in our country today? Is it the $19.4 that the private sector produces, or the $4.4 trillion that the federal government steals and spends?

Pelosi Shrieks After Trump”Leaks” International Sojourn: Trump Dings Dems Over Shutdown Excursion, at zerohedge.com. The fact that Trump wouldn’t allow Pelosi and her gang to use military air craft for their trip is why I like Trump. He has turned the tables on the Democrats. He treats leftist politicians just as they have treated republicans for four decades. And it is funny to see them not be able to handle it. How does it feel.

The Sneaky Ways That the Democratic House Can Raise Taxes, by Veronique, de Rugy, at economicpolicyjournal.com. Hopefully the House freedom caucus can warn us about this so we can warn the GOP controlled Senate.

Pelosi Fiddles While The Democrats Burn, by Tom Lugono, at zerohedge.com. Socialists in the Dem. party who are not afraid to espouse their ideology are going to be a big problem for Pelosi to deal with. This will be fun to see how she juggles all these balls without dropping one of them.

BP Discovered A Billion Barrels Of Oil In Gulf Of Mexico, by Ton DiChristopher, at cnbc.com. There is a finite amount of oil in the earth. But with every new discovery, may we assume that this finite amount is so large that we may never run out of oil? Even if the depletion of oil will happen far into the future, we need not worry about it because technology and the free market will come up with the cost effective replacement when the time comes.

Race-Baiting CNN Analyst Slams Host For “White Privilege”, Then Discovers He’s Black, at zerohedge.com. David Webb got a surprise when he was interviewing CNN analyst Areva Martin. She accused him of “White Privilege”, except he is black. Listen to this, it is priceless.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Presumptuous Congressional Freshman Thinks She Can Just Come In And Represent Constituents, at theonion.com.

Homeschooled Kid Graduates High School 5 Months Before Birth, at babylonbee.com.

Poll Shows Increasing Number Of Voters Blame Founding Fathers For Starting America, at theonion.com.

“Absolutely Nothing Happening Today,’ Says CNN Reporter Gesturing Toward Massive Crowd At March For Life, at babylonbee.com.

Report: Economic Toll Of Government Shutdown Almost As Bad As Economic Toll Of Having A Bloated Federal Government In The First Place, at babylonbee.com.

Least Masculine Society In Human History Decides Masculinity Is A Growing Threat, at babylonbee.com.

Poll Finds Most People OK With Raising Taxes On Other People, at babylonbee.com.

 

CARTOONS

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Must Reads For The Week 12/8/18

December 9, 2018

 

Mazie Hirono: “We Democrats Know So Much” That We Tend to Alienate Voters, by Jessica Chasmar, at washingtontimes.com. Here is an excerpt from the article: “One of the things that we Democrats have a really hard time is connecting to people’s hearts instead of here”, Mrs Hirono pointed to her head, “We’re really good at shoving out all the information that touch people here [points to her brain] But not here [points to the heart].”

I hate to inform Mrs Hirono, but it is just the opposite. The only way Democrats win an issue is by playing to people’s emotions. Why? Because they could never win the issues with logic and reasoning.

Thomas Sowell Explains The Economics Of Discrimination, by David Weinberger, at the federalist.com. I am reading Dr. Sowell’s recent book Discrimination and Disparities. This is another great read that is full of information, and of course, Dr Sowell’s brilliant insight and reasoning.

Truth Is What We Hide, Self-Serving Cover Stories Are What We Sell, by Charles Hugh Smith, at oftwominds.com. This is a great article about what insiders in politics, the bureaucracy and the media cover up and what they spin as true.

Lena Dunham’s Return To ‘Believe All Women’ Does Women No Favors, by Daniella Davis, at thefederalist.com. Don’t ‘all women’ have to have some speck of evidence in order to be believed? There is an evidentiary standard in order to be believed when accusing someone of a crime. Why? Because it is a legal matter, even though the legal process of finding guilt in sexual assault cases is now being tried in the political arena. Here is a random thought. If men and women are equal, as we as a society have been told for all these decades, why don’t we here of more instances where women fight their attackers? If men and women are equal, shouldn’t 50% of these assault cases end with the perpetrator having been beaten up. Also, wouldn’t there be fewer assaults for the simple reason men would not be eager to attack someone who could beat them up.

In an unrelated article: Men Begin Avoiding Female Co-Workers In Age Of #MeToo, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. I shouldn’t say this but I am. After being told by a woman that all men are pigs, I informed her that it is a good thing that God made men’s sex drive so powerful, because if it wasn’t for that, there is no way men would want to hang around women.

In another unrelated article: Chart Of The Day: The Declining Female Share Of Computer Science Degrees From, 28% to 18%, by Mark J. Perry, at carpediemblog. Men and women are biologically different. and no amount of social engineering will change that reality.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Claims Stopping Climate Change Will End Racism , at zerohedge.com. I am not smart enough to understand how, “stopping climate change will end racism”. So my comment to Alexandria is this; the Democrat party doesn’t want to end racism. The Democrat party needs the issue of racism to maintain its power. The Democrat party also uses the global warming issue to maintain its power. So the Democrats also don’t want the issue of Global warming to go away. Since both issues are needed to maintain power, neither issue will go away. Since both issues can’t be proven as true, only asserted as true, it will be easy to hype both issues for decades to come.

The Elite Are Creating An Authoritarian ‘Beast System’, And Dissenters Could Lose Everything, at zerohedge.com. The internet is turning into a tool of surveillance by Big Brother.

DC Council Bills Taxpayers Half A Million To Avoid Enrolling In Obamacare, by Christopher Jacobs, at thefederalist.com. Do as I say not as I do. Here is an excerpt from the article: “In encouraging others to “get covered,” and promoting the D.C. Health Link Site, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser omitted one key detail: she does not buy the policies the DC Health Link sells. Bowser, like most of her DC council colleagues, received taxpayer-funded insurance subsidies to purchase their coverage through the District government, rather than through DC Health Link. Thus DC spent nearly half a million in taxpayer funds because the mayor ad council won’t be bothered o enroll in Obamacare.”

Why Have Seattle’s Police Become Enforcers For Antifa? at zerohedge.com. The police are not there to pick a side. They are there to enforce the law no matter who breaks it.

Nearly Two-Thirds Of Non-Citizen Households In America Are On Welfare, at zerohedge.com. Taxpayers are paying the cost of not enforcing the immigration laws that are on the books today.

Alberta Orders “Unprecedented” Oil Output Cut To Combat Crashing Prices, at zerohedge.com. American oil producers stop pumping oil if the price of oil can’t cover the cost of production (including a profit). The incremental increase and decrease of the price of oil regulates supply of oil at any particular price. My question is; does the Government of Canada make the decision on how much oil is extracted from the ground or do prices decide what is pumped out of the ground? This seems like a Government created ‘problem’. Oil gluts and oil shortages wouldn’t be as wide ranging if market prices were allowed to incrementally adjust supply and demand instead of letting it be decided by central planners.

French Protestors Fume Over Climate Taxes And A Rising Cost Of living, by Ryan McMaken, at mises.org. Global warming policies are just another way for governments to grow power and fleece their citizens.

The Edict Of Diocletian: A Case Study Of Price Controls And Inflation, by Murray N. Rothbard, at mises.org. The average person in Roman times understood more about what caused inflation than we do today. Today we think that inflation is prices rising. In Roman times they understood (through their actions) that Inflation is the increase in the money supply. Governments clip coins and decreases the amount of gold in each coin they mint in order to finance government spending. Regular people understood this and reacted by paying their taxes with the coins that had less gold in them, and keeping the higher quality coins to use in market exchange. But inflation still reared its ugly head. To combat inflation caused by the Government devaluation of the coins, Emperor Diocletian decided setting price ceilings was the answer. Even this all-powerful Emperor couldn’t stop the shortages that were brought about by his price controls. Nothing was offered for sale and everything was in short supply. Diocletian repealed his price ceiling edict and prices finally stabilized after the Government stopped devaluing the money supply.

I don’t think our Federal Reserve is smart enough to realize they have caused our bubble economy through their money printing. Even if they did realize it, they have no incentive to stop printing money because we the people are ignorant about what money really is. Why? Because we have grown up under a paper money system, not under a commodity (gold or silver) money system. If you want to understand the concept of money read: “What Has Government Done To Our Money” By Murray Rothbard. It is a hand size paperback of 110 pages.

DiMartino Booth: The Fraying Of The Fed’s Fragile Narrative, at zerohedge.com. Danielle DiMartino Booth is a former official of the Dallas Fed. She has keen insight about the workings of this disruptive organization. The Interview is worth watching.

Even The NY Times Thinks Its ‘Curtains For The Clintons’, at zerohedge.com. The small crowds at Clinton speaking tour stops shows the Clintons have out lived their usefulness to the Democrat Party.

“I Know Where All The Bodies Are Buried”: Clinton Foundation CFO Spills Beans To Investigators, at zerohedge.com. I an unrelated story. The Clinton Foundation was nothing more than a money laundering scheme. Mafia money launderers could learn a few things from the Clintons.

 

SATIRICAL HEADLINES

Macron Criticizes Climate Change Tax Protesters For Not Using Carbon-Neutral Rioting Methods, at babylonbee.com

Trump Releases Findings Of Own Independent Investigation: ‘Most Innocent President Ever’, at babylonbee.com.

Report: Mueller To Release Results Of Investigation Day Before 2020 Election, at babylonbee.com.

Frightening Rise In Anti-Semitism Blamed On The Jews, at babylonbee.com.

Should The NFL Prohibit Players From Appearing In Hotel Security Footage? at theonion.com.

 

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