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Imperial America

August 28, 2015
Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  
Posted in Commentary

"A disengaged citizenry, a political class imbued with hubris and the spirit of Caesarism: where have we seen this before? It is late imperial Rome, perhaps at the height of its power -- or, perhaps, at the moment before its long descent. There is indeed a certain Romanesque quality to the triumphalist tone of the foreign policy discourse in this country .... In the age of the Caesars the function of reporters, analysts, and commentators is akin to that of ancient scribes: their job is not to note the facts and discern the truth but to reflect the self-created 'reality' of the political class, and particularly its Great Leaders. Their job, in short, is to shout 'Hail Caesar!' and record his (or her) great achievements for posterity." (08/28/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/08/27/imperial-america/  

Guatemala: Prosecutors urge president to resign amid scandal

August 28, 2015
Beaumont Enterprise    
Posted in News

"Pressure grew Thursday on Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to resign as business and government offices closed, protesters marched by the thousands and the attorney general's office urged him to step down 'to prevent ungovernability that could destabilize the nation.' Guatemala's congress also named a commission of five legislators to consider whether to remove the president's immunity from prosecution, a process somewhat like impeachment." (08/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qcko8tq  

Politics as usual: Hillary Clinton “takes responsibility”

August 28, 2015
Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  
Posted in Commentary

"If you or I 'take responsibility' for a purchase, we pay the bill or bad things happen. Maybe we get sued. At the very least, our credit ratings take a hit. If you or I 'take responsibility' for a crime, we go to court, plead guilty, and get sentenced by a judge. When a politician 'takes responsibility' for something, he or she is saying something very different: 'OK, I 'took responsibility' -- now let's move along, forget all about it, and never, ever, ever suggest that I should face any actual consequences for my actions.'" (08/27/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2742  

Iraq: Two regime commanders killed in Islamic State attack

August 28, 2015
Cyprus Mail [Cyprus]    
Posted in News

"Two senior Iraqi military commanders were killed on Thursday in suicide car bomb attacks claimed by Islamic State in Anbar province where pro-government forces are battling the insurgents, a military spokesman and police sources said. ... In a statement distributed online by supporters, Islamic State said it had targeted a main military headquarters, 'seeking revenge' for the killing of a senior fighter in a nearby battle. It said the attack involved four car bombs and machinegun fire and killed tens of 'rejectionist' officers and soldiers -- as the group refers to Shi'ite Muslims." (08/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pt5ecws  

Follow the Silk Road

August 28, 2015
Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  
Posted in Commentary

"In October 2013, the founder of , Ross William Ulbricht was arrested in the United States on a variety of charges including money laundering, computer hacking, and conspiracy to traffic narcotics. In February 2015, Ulbricht was convicted on seven charges and was sentenced to two life terms without the possibility of parole. Well, congrats are in order to the government for putting Ulbricht in jail, assuming they're interested in increasing instances of overdose, illness, and even deaths related to drugs. How so? Wouldn't shutting down a website dedicated to assisting people in acquiring hard drugs make people safer? Simply put, no. The reason why lies in basic economics." (08/27/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/08/27/follow-the-silk-road/  

Syria: British computer hacker killed in US drone strike

August 28, 2015
Irish Examiner [Ireland]    
Posted in News

"A British computer hacker accused of being a prominent member of the so-called Islamic State (IS) terror group has been killed in a US drone strike in Syria. Junaid Hussain, 21, from Birmingham, is thought to have died in a coalition air strike that targeted him as he was travelling in a vehicle in Syria, US sources were quoted as saying. Hussain, who was married to former punk rocker Sally Jones, is thought to have fled to Syria in 2013 while he was on bail in the UK." (08/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pe8dtwo  

Trumponomics is notonomics

August 28, 2015
Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  
Posted in Commentary

"Your underlying principle -- Trump's underlying principle -- the underlying principle of all who would use government coercion to obstruct consumers' spending choices is that consumers' spending must be done first and foremost for the benefit of visible, existing domestic producers rather than for the benefit of the people who earned the money in the first place and who then choose to spend it -- namely, consumers themselves. I reject this principle fully and unconditionally." (08/27/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/08/trumponomics-is-notonomics.html  

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