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Rand Paul and the tripartisan case for optimism

May 22, 2015
Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald  
Posted in Commentary

"It does appear that Paul was not as much of a pain as he could have been if he had comfy enough shoes or a clear enough throat. But there is nothing bad about his saying all this stuff about the Fourth Amendment, about racism, justice or lack thereof, and the fact that -- Rubio take note -- there is a false choice in trading liberty for security. Government spying is expensive, secret, intrusive, invasive, and does not protect us from harm anyway. It's comforting to see people from both sides team up to agree on that, if very little else." (05/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lrfta8x  

Regulating rides: Markets are better than politics

May 22, 2015
Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  
Posted in Commentary

"Taxi regulation is not, and never has been, about protecting customers. It is, and always has been, about protecting established businesses from competition. In Jacksonville's case, the purpose of the city's medallion system is to keep prices high for the benefit of Jacksonville Transportation Group (owners of Gator City Taxi, Yellow Cab and Express Shuttle) by limiting cab numbers, making entry into the market very expensive, and thus ensuring that JTG operates without significant competition. ... Instead of fighting this monopoly scheme, UberX and Lyft are -- in Jacksonville, anyway -- ignoring it." (05/21/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/1449  

The world isn’t better off because of the Iraq war

May 22, 2015
Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  
Posted in Commentary

"The hawkish argument that 'the world is better off' because of the Iraq war isn't just obviously false, but it's the sort of desperate ends-justify-the means claim that only ideologues and propagandists find compelling. If we take Iraq war dead-enders at their word that they think the world is better off, this just confirms that they have no understanding of the consequences of the war they supported." (05/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lxcclok  

Yemen: Saudi invaders shell aid office, killing five refugees

May 22, 2015
Dawn [Pakistan]    
Posted in News

"Saudi shells hit an international humanitarian aid office in northern Yemen on Thursday, killing five Ethiopian refugees and wounding ten, a local official said. Artillery fire and air strikes hit the town of Maydee along Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia in Hajja province, a stronghold of the Houthi militia that a Saudi-led Arab alliance has been bombing for eight weeks." (05/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ld43ewn  

Anti-democratic Republicans?

May 22, 2015
Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  
Posted in Commentary

"The Republican Party of Ohio paid lawyers $300,000 to keep a competitor off the ballot. Typical two-party corruption. We can blame the party, yes -- but also blame the system." (05/21/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/05/21/anti-democratic-republicans/  

China, US assert rights after exchange over South China Sea

May 22, 2015
Seattle Post Intelligencer    
Posted in News

"China said Thursday it is entitled to keep watch over airspace and seas surrounding artificial islands it created in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, following an exchange in which its navy warned off a U.S. surveillance plane. The United States said its aerial patrolling was in accordance with international law and 'no one in their right mind' would try to stopĀ it." (05/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m6ffnr2  

A tale of two cities (in Santa Cruz, California, USA)

May 22, 2015
Notes On Liberty
by Jacques Delacroix  
Posted in Commentary

"The decidedly left-wing municipal council of the City of Santa Cruz uses all kinds of artifices to contain and corral the homeless population. It wouldn't be surprising if the county did something similar. I don't know that it does. It sounds credible though. I will look into it. I am not saying there is no problem with the homeless concerning more than those who are homeless. I have spoken about it before. The methods used to deal with them just make me deeply uneasy from a constitutional standpoint. The latent hypocrisy also gets to me." (05/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kpsjfnc  

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