Showing posts with label politics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label politics. Show all posts

January 21, 2019


Fiscal analysis of Colorado's 'red flag' law assumes gun confiscation orders will be granted 95% of the time

fromReason: Such a high approval rate reflects the threat these laws pose to due process and the Second Amendment.
2nd Amendment Assaults

Tulsi Gabbard endorses legalizing drugs

fromForbes: The Democratic candidate joins Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell, Carl Sagan, William F. Buckley and others in their understanding that the war on drugs is a war on you.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Virginia gun sales soar as Dems consider draconian "assault weapons" ban

fromZeroHedge: Ever since Virginia's Democrats retook the state assembly and Senate in November, Democratic Gov. Ralph "blackface" Northam and the legislature have been gearing up to pass a draconian gun control bill.
2nd Amendment Assaults

California energy policies are fueling the housing crisis and homelessness

fromWattsUpWithThat: Prices for electricity in California are already fifty percent higher than the national average for residents, and double the national average for commercial, and are projected to go even higher. 
Economic Policy: Statism Versus the Free Market                 Regulation Nation

Senators propose limits on police use of facial recognition

fromReason: Some privacy activists say the bill still falls short.
Police State America          Government is Watching Every Move You Make

Warren and Sanders and the wealth tax folly

fromCreators: You don't need to be the sort of person whose weeping could fill a mug to have strong doubts about a wealth tax. It has scant support among economists on either the right or the left.

December 5, 2019


The destruction of American liberty

fromFFF: There is no way to reconcile a system of mandatory charity with the principles of a free society.
The Welfare State: Promoting Dependency                 The Government is Not Us

Newspaper will stop reporting any news “traumatic” to snowflakes

fromDailyBell: The Daily Northwestern student paper, staffed by these aspiring journalists, recently apologized for covering a “traumatic” event on campus --  a speech by former Trump official Jeff Sessions.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

VIDEO: Top 10 Lies from the Democratic Debate

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: Number one is epic, even by political standards. 

Walter E Williams - Scientists: Dishonest or afraid?

fromCreators: Environmentalists attribute the recent increase in forest fires to global warming. Not so, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

VIDEO: John Stossel: Government bans ambulance competition

fromReason/YouTube: 35 states have laws that let established businesses block new businesses. Consumers are the true victims of such policies.

California's restrictive gun laws still can't prevent shootings

fromReason: Instead of reducing the dangers posed by criminals, California's gun restrictions have increased the threat posed to decent people by the law itself.

October 15, 2019


What if there is no climate emergency?

fromWattsUpWithThat?: The premise that scares the daylights out of the left.
Political Correctness & Other Nitwittery

John Lennon vs. the Deep State: One man against the ‘monster’

fromRutherfordInstitute: “You gotta remember, establishment, it’s just a name for evil. The monster doesn’t care whether it kills all the students or whether there’s a revolution. It’s not thinking logically, it’s out of control.”—JL
The Government is Not Us

Judge approves Devin Nunes’s lawsuit against Twitter

fromGatewayPundit: Opens door for thousands of conservatives mistreated by social media giants.
Media Bias on Parade

Trump's new executive orders To restrain the administrative state

fromReason: Federal agencies evade the rule-making process, yet still levy fines, revoke permits, and seize property via “guidance.” Trump’s orders may put a stop to this practice.
Regulation Nation

VIDEO: Ayn Rand - Politics for a free society

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: From a 1965 Columbia radio broadcast, Ayn Rand explains the necessary components for a free society.
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

👉🏻 Pointing a finger gun lands 12-year-old Johnson County student in handcuffs

fromWattsUpWithThat?: It’s a felony if a kid commits the same crime a second time -- regardless of whether the finger is loaded. So hand gestures are not considered to be free expression, protected by the First Amendment?

September 13, 2019


The secret history of the monopolization of welfare by the state

fromAIER: Left out of today’s public discourse is the issue that guided classical liberals in the 19th century: should people be free or shall they be coerced to do what others consider to be “the right thing”?

NRA sues San Francisco over terrorist declaration

fromABCNews: "...accuses city officials of violating the gun lobby's free speech rights for political reasons and says the city is seeking to blacklist anyone associated with the NRA."
2nd Amendment Assaults

Climate change has been a routine scare tactic since the 1930's

fromArmstrongEconomics: It has long been a ploy of the socialist left to demean and destroy the concept of private property with apocalyptic predictions.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

John Bolton left because Trump wouldn’t let him start a war

fromVox: There was always going to be a conflict between Trump’s “America First” and Bolton’s “America Everywhere.”
Defense Versus The War Machine

9/11 Solidified the Destruction of Our Freedom

fromFFF: The saddest thing about 9/11 is how American politicians allowed a band of terrorists to successfully destroy American freedom.
The Government is Not Us

Flynn hearing reveals existence of bombshell DOJ memo exonerating Michael Flynn

fromSaraCarter: A bombshell revelation was barely noticed at Michael Flynn’s hearing, when his counsel revealed the existence of a Justice Department memo from Jan. 30, 2017 exonerating Flynn of any collusion with Russia.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

July 3, 2019


Hong Kong protests show dangers of a cashless society

fromReason: Many digital payments can be tracked, potentially assisting an authoritarian crackdown.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

VIDEO: Tech Tyranny - Censoring the Town Square

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: Record-low American patriotism is the latest casualty of the sharply polarized political climate in the U.S. today. Fewer than half of U.S. adults say they are extremely proud to be Americans.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption            The Government is Not Us

How Amazon and the cops set up an elaborate sting operation that accomplished nothing

fromVice: It was a scare marketing scheme by Amazon that failed when cops were unable to make any arrests.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

The sinister, unconstitutional effort to ban secure encryption is back

fromReason: Government is demanding everyone be more vulnerable to hackers to protect their snooping.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make            The Government is Not Us

U.S. Supreme Court rules police can forcibly carry out blood draws on unconscious drivers

fromRutherfordInstitute: Screw the Fourth Amendment.
Police State America

American pride hits new low; few proud of political system

fromGallup: Record-low American patriotism is the latest casualty of the sharply polarized political climate in the U.S. today. Fewer than half of U.S. adults say they are extremely proud to be Americans.

June 12, 2019


California Democratic Party: First Amendment ‘Limited to exclude hate speech’

fromDailyWire: The First Amendment exists primarily to protect unpopular speech (hate speech for some) since popular speech needs no protection, a concept lost on California's Democratic Party.
Indoctrination and Censorship        Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

VIDEO: Rachel Maddow - Julian Assange and the Future of a Free Press

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: When the operations of government are shielded from public view democracy is a farce. Prosecuting the publisher of such information could only be acknowledgement that the government is not us.  
The Government is Not Us       Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

VIDEO: Walter E Williams - The Future of Free Enterprise and Liberty

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: A warning about the trajectory of economic and personal liberty in America.  
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Empty words: Why Pelosi is suddenly saying she wants Trump ‘in prison’

fromWashingtonExaminer: The “in prison” line allows the speaker to look like a good anti-Trump ally, but it is clearly in service of avoiding an impeachment.  
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Not the Onion: Biden promises to cure cancer If elected

fromZeroHedge: This begs the question, why do politicians lie? Answer: Voters want the impossible and only a liar will promise it.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Federal court rules citizens well within the law to tell a cop “f**k you”

fromFreeThoughtProject: While a federal court ruled this month that citizens can swear at police officers and the police officers cannot arrest them for it, it is still not recommended.  

May 15, 2019


Drivers beware: The deadly perils of traffic stops in the American police state

fromNationalReview:   Russiagate has always been a political narrative masquerading as a federal investigation.
Police State America

Barr appoints US Attorney to investigate FBI/DOJ spying on Trump; has investigated FBI before

fromZeroHedge:   US Attorney John H. Durham has been appointed to examine the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation to determine if the FBI's spying on the Trump campaign was "lawful and appropriate."
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

VIDEO: John Stossel - Moral panic over sex work

fromReason/YouTube:   Police often accuse people of "sex trafficking." Usually, it’s simply prostitution.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

'Fake news' is a really dangerous excuse for censorship

fromReason:   Whatever excuse they raise, government officials will always find an excuse to try to suppress criticism and ideas they find uncomfortable. It's our right to speak out anyway.
Media Bias on Parade          Indoctrination and Censorship

Russiagate: Law in the service of partisan politics

fromNationalReview:   Russiagate has always been a political narrative masquerading as a federal investigation.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Trump's latest trade war scheme might be the nuttiest one yet

fromReason:   The most likely end result of Trump's literal Buy American policy: lots of American farm goods rotting in federal warehouses.

Feb 28, 2019


Marijuana legalization bills are advancing in several states

fromForbes:  Marijuana legalization advocates came into 2019 expecting it to be a huge year for cannabis, and lawmakers around the country are not disappointing them so far.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

No drugs, no crime and just pennies for school: how police use civil asset forfeiture

fromPulitzerCenter:  In the past two decades, the federal government took in $36.5 billion in assets police seized from the America people, many of whom never were charged with a crime or shown to have drugs.
Police State America

Political bias is destroying people’s faith in journalism

fromNYPost:  A war on liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not enough. Democrats go for the trifecta, as 44 vote for infanticide.
Media Bias on Parade

Apple's intensifying privacy & encryption stance worsening FBI struggles with lawbreakers 'going dark'

fromAppleInsider:  Because of Apple's and other companies' stances on end-to-end encryption, the U.S. government's trouble in intercepting online communications is only accelerating.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

Additional Little Rock residents share stories of "unjustified" no-knock warrants

fromKATV:  Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump: "So as long as officers know that police involved shooting reviews that are meaningless rubber-stamps, they have no incentive to change their behavior."
Police State America

How Is abortion after birth not news?

fromLATimes:  A war on liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not enough. Democrats go for the trifecta, as 44 vote for infanticide.

Feb 25, 2019


The case for legalizing blackmail

fromMises:  Don't confuse blackmail with extortion. Extortion is about applying pressure under threat of bodily harm. Blackmail is about applying pressure under threat of simply revealing the truth.

Phony Houston drug warrant prompts FBI investigation and review of 1,400 cases

fromReason:  Lying to justify a search that killed two people could be a capital crime.

NYC fast-food workers stunned some are being fired after $15 minimum wage hike

fromFEE:  Serving as ground zero for the $15 minimum wage battle, New York City saw its fast-food workers also serve as the subjects in an experiment that completely ignored the laws of economics.

The top four reasons California Is unsustainable

fromForbes:   California is moving ever farther left and wants the nation to pay for it. Economically, it is on a high-speed rail to unsustainability.

VIDEO: Away with Pretenses - Unabashed Media Bias

fromLibertyPen/YouTube:  From Tucker Carlson Tonight, commentary from Lara Logan and Brit Hume on how the pretense of objectivity no longer exists in modern journalism.

To reduce money in politics, slash the size of government

fromReason:  Reformers always have a new scheme to take “the money out of politics," but it usually just makes the government larger and campaign spending increase.

Nov 15, 2018


Black security guard uses gun to prevent violence, cops show up and kill him

fromReason: "Everybody was screaming out, 'Security!' He was a security guard."
Police State America

Walter E Williams: We have an identity problem

fromCreators: What's an open-and-shut case in biology can become confused in the political/social arena, particularly when one's sex is referred to as one's gender. 
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

The unspoken power of jury nullification in the context of conflicting state and federal law

fromLaw.com: Jury nullification is a legal problem child—serving as a vital check on government power while simultaneously undermining the very premise of our adjudicative system.
Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

When the government said marijuana made you crazy

fromOzy: A look back at the previous generation of American drug war propaganda.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

The United States Postal Service lost $3.9 billion last year

fromReason: Despite a $1 billion increase in revenue, unsustainable personnel costs pushed USPS' losses to such great heights.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Media shamefully attacking Ocasio-Cortez for being poor—instead of focusing on her terrible policy

fromFreeThoughtProject: Instead of focusing on Ocasio-Cortez's failed policies of "free stuff" for everyone, much of the media is shamelessly attacking her for simply being poor.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Nov 13, 2018


The real winner of the 2018 midterms: individual liberty

fromTheHill: The most important takeaway is that we will have a divided federal government, with the executive branch and Senate controlled by the Republicans and the House controlled by the Democrats.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Civil forfeiture is worse than its proponents proclaim

fromSaltLakeTribune: For the uninitiated, this is a law that allows the government to legally take possession of your property without even having to charge you with commission of a crime, let alone secure a conviction.
Police State America

Pot proponents claim victory, set sights on national legalization

fromNBCNews: "Marijuana has now been legalized for adult use in one out of every five states, so I think it's safe to say federal laws are in need of an update," he said.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

VIDEO: Tucker Carlson - Racism as a Political Tactic

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: From Tucker Carlson Tonight, a look at how racism has been reduced to virtually a meaningless political tactic. Christopher Harris.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery     Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Gov’t denies homeless people food by raiding charity, pouring bleach on food to destroy it

fromTheFreeThoughtProject: Earlier this month, the kind folks over at Free Hot Soup Kansas City hosted a picnic at their local park and invited hundreds of homeless people to partake in the food. 
Regulation Nation     The Government is Not Us

DEA and ICE 'are hiding secret cameras inside streetlights and traffic barrels across the country'

fromDailyMail: The US Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies have hidden a number of covert surveillance cameras inside street lights, according to federal contracting documents.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

Nov 5, 2018


We need a #MeToo movement for political consent

fromMises: The Declaration of Independence enshrined the notion that government must possess “the consent of the governed.” Unfortunately, politicians often claim blank checks to define the meaning of citizens’ ballots. 
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

CNN says biggest ‘terror threat in US is white men’ and ‘we have to do something about them’

fromTheFreeThoughtProject: Demonstrating a complete failure to grasp the concept of ‘irony,’ CNN’s Don Lemon urged Americans not to “demonize” each other, then called white men “the biggest terror threat in this country.”
Media Bias on Parade     Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

How Trump Is winning the midterm elections

fromMoonofAlabama: Trump  knows how to get and maintain attention. Each day he makes some outrageous claims that are red meat for his base, and give major media attention to his politics.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Birthright citizenship: a fundamental misunderstanding of the 14th Amendment

fromDailySignal: The 14th Amendment doesn’t say that all persons born in the U.S. are citizens. It says that “[a]ll persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof” are citizens.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption     The Government is Not Us

6 reasons to start homeschooling ASAP

fromTheDailyBell: School is not about knowledge or intelligence. It is about obedience. It trains youth to be obedient to authority figures and to seek their approval.
Indoctrination and Censorship

'Ecstasy' study results promising for PTSD

fromWebMD: Government wrong again. The long-banned “club drug” MDMA showed strong results as a treatment against posttraumatic stress disorder in its largest and longest study to date, researchers reported Monday.
Regulation Nation        The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange   

Nov 2, 2018


If you want political violence to end, make politics less important

fromReason: Even when Americans don't love their political allies, they hate their opponents.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

We are losing the vital American value of tolerance

fromTheFederalist: Tolerance is one of the most important and enduring American values. If we lose it, we lose almost everything.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Victor Davis Hanson: Wolves in Wolves Clothing

fromAmericanGreatness: The result of a progressive wolf baying proudly as a left-winger is that as we head to the 2018 midterm, progressives may soon blow what should be a big win for the out party in any president’s first term.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Dad at McDonald's with kids shoots and kills masked gunman who opened fire

fromCBSNews: Why smart shooters choose gun-free zones.
2nd Amendment Assaults

4 more states could legalize medical or recreational marijuana next week

fromReason: Ballot initiatives in Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, and Utah will give voters a chance to loosen their cannabis laws.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

VIDEO: Tom Woods - The Tale of the Slave

fromStatelessLiberty/YouTube: Are you brave enough to answer the question posed by this video? "The Tale of the Slave" features in Robert Nozick's book, "Anarchy, State and Utopia"
The Government is Not Us

October 13, 2018


Cops charged with home invasion because a man asked for a warrant and they broke In without one

fromTheFreeThoughtProject: The fourth amendment violations of two Detroit cops were so egregious that they were actually arrested and charged with home invasion.
Police State America

VIDEO: Victor Davis Hanson - WTF happened in California

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: Professor Victor Davis Hanson offers explanation as to why the once great state of California now dominates the nation in poverty, high taxes, poor education, and low performance. 
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Government police fail to make arrests In nearly half of murder cases

fromMises: Many urban police departments fail to make arrests in even half of the murder cases in their jurisdictions. Imagine if a private sector policing firm had a similar rate of failure.
Police State America         The Government is Not Us

VIDEO: Ronald Reagan's Vision for America

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: From “A Time for Choosing”, excerpts of Ronald Reagan on government spending, a balanced budget, property rights, regulation, Social Security, socialism and the future of America.
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle         Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market    

John Stossel: socialism destroys

fromCreators: Famous actors recently made a commercial proclaiming that "democratic socialism" creates some of the best parts of America.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Amazon patents Alexa tech to tell if you’re sick, depressed and sell you meds

fromMises: Creepy Amazon app monitors your mood to know if you are getting sick so it can sell you medicine.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

October 11, 2018


Why your vote hasn’t mattered since 1913

fromTheDailyBell: “No taxation without representation!” That was a popular phrase during the decades leading up to the Revolutionary War. Colonists thought it was unfair to be taxed and subjected to English rule without consent.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption         The Government is Not Us

Greedy hand of government guarantees cannabis black market will continue to flourish

fromMotleyFool: In California, a tax of $9.25 an ounce is levied on marijuana flower, along with $2.75 an ounce on cannabis leaves. There's also a 15% excise tax on the price of the product, along with state and local taxes.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Cops breaking Facebook rules, creating fake accounts to watch you—here’s how to spot them

fromActivistPost: A scathing new report shows that Facebook is teeming with fake accounts—created by police officers to track their adversaries. They are against the rules, but cops seemingly couldn’t care less.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make         Police State America

ACLU's opposition to Kavanaugh sounds its death knell

fromGatestoneInstitute: So why did the American Civil Liberties Union oppose a Republican nominee to the Supreme Court and argue for a presumption of guilt regarding sexual allegations directed against that judicial nominee? The answer is as clear as it is simple. It is all about pleasing the donors.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption         Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Why nobody trusts the FBI… and that’s a good thing

fromTheDailyBell: When the FBI came out with a report on Hillary Clinton weeks before the 2016 election, Democrats were livid. But so were Republicans… 
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption         

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Ted Metz proposes lower tax rates, legalized marijuana and more

fromTheRedandBlack: More liberty on the ballot in Georgia.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption         Individual Liberty:America's First Principle

September 27, 2018


Empowering personal liberty, not systems of control, solves societal problems

fromAbovetheLaw: China is developing a digital dictatorship to exert control over its 1.4 billion citizens. For some, "social credit" will bring great opportunities — for others, punishment. Coming to a tyranny near you?
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

VIDEO: The Trouble with Google

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: We know one entity proven to interfere with American elections and support the most oppressive communist dictatorship in the world.
Media Bias on Parade              Government is Watching Every Move You Make

A federal court rules that IRS agents who demanded to watch a woman use the bathroom were clearly violating standards of decency. The government appeals.

fromTheDailyBell: The IRS literally tried to justify this ritualistic degradation of an innocent human being’s most basic dignity by calling it ‘standard procedure’. Public service or pervert service?
The Government is Not Us

Digital dictatorship: China exerts control over population through "social credit" system

fromZeroHedge: China is developing a digital dictatorship to exert control over its 1.4 billion citizens. For some, "social credit" will bring great opportunities — for others, punishment. Coming to a tyranny near you?
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

Michelle Obama encourages people who "know nothing about nothing" to vote

fromInfowars: Democrats unveil their voter registration strategy for the midterms.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation has exposed the Democrats as threat to Constitution

fromAmericanSpectator: This is disgusting on a scale we may never have experienced in modern American history — for which one side in our politics is responsible.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

September 11, 2018


Andrew Napolitano: Kavanaugh is an enemy of the 4th Amendment

fromMises: Another police state advocate rises to power. Supreme Court Justices are supposed to interpret the Constitution, not determine which parts don't matter! 
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption       Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

A mathematician says activists made his paper disappear because its findings offended them

fromReason: Truth is officially politically incorrect. At behest of a feminist professor, an academic journal's board reportedly threatened to "harass the journal until it died."
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

VIDEO: Paul Harvey - How Government Got Bigger and Citizens Got Littler

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: Do you wonder how government transmogrified from servant to master? The means politicians have used to transfer power and control away from individual citizens to the ruling class. 
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption       The Government is Not Us

Walter E Williams: It's our Constitution -- not Kavanaugh

fromCreators: Those Americans rallying against Kavanaugh's confirmation are really against the U.S. Constitution rather than the man. 
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

John Stossel: Judging Kavanaugh

fromCreators: conservatives have more reason to be happy than libertarians.. 
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption      

VIDEO: Corruption@FBI - A Kangaroo Court Called FISA

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: We have now learned that the FISA Court is not a judicial review in any real sense but rather a glorified government rubber stamp. 
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption       The Government is Not Us