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Liberty: Rooted in rights

April 1, 2014
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Strike the Root
by Jim Davies  

"Everyone wants to be free, to make his own decisions without interference. That's a no-brainer; if there are any exceptions beyond those unhappily born without the ability to manage for themselves, they are very few. I never met anyone who said 'Rule me, please!'" (03/31/14)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/liberty-rooted-in-rights  

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There is no case for gun control

April 1, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise
by Darren Wolfe  

"Let's discuss the gun issue here. I'm going to ask everyone, on all sides of the issue, to refrain from snark, condescension, insults, & making it personal. This is about the issue not the people discussing it. Please review the Code of Conduct before posting. " (03/31/14)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle764-20140330-05.html  

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How do you spell Schadenfreude? Y-E-E

March 31, 2014
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Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"The gunblogosphere has been all atwitter with the downfall of one of California’s chief anti-gun politicians. Leland Yee’s scandal is particularly marvelous because he’s not just accused of the usual misdeeds. He didn’t tweet a photo of his anatomy. He didn’t (that we know of) schtupp any interns. Insider trading? Junkets paid by lobbyists? Who knows? Maybe. But what Leland Yee has been accused of by the FBI is (among other crimes) gun running." (03/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lev24kw  

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Tales of the Happy Valley “Gestapo”

March 31, 2014
posted by

William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by Will Grigg  

"Several weeks ago, a diminutive 48-year old woman named Ginger Anderson, who is a student and employee of Utah Valley University in Orem, was assaulted and abducted by campus pseudo-cops for the supposed offense of fixing incorrect instructions on a campus sign. Although this was described as 'criminal mischief,' it was actually within her job description: as an employee of UVU’s information center, she is assigned to direct students to their classes. " (03/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k55xjoj  

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Premature executions

March 31, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Christopher Brauchli  

"The question is, what is the highest court in the land? The uninformed will immediately respond that it is the United States Supreme Court and the next highest, in the legal hierarchy, the Federal Courts of Appeal. People answering in that fashion can be forgiven for their answers since they are merely reflecting conventional wisdom. In fact, however, the highest court in the land is the Missouri Supreme Court. It has repeatedly shown itself to be above the United States Supreme Court and other federal courts when it comes to death penalty cases over which, most people, including the federal courts themselves, thought they had the final word." (03/30/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/03/28/premature-executions/  

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LAND: The week in review March 16-29

March 30, 2014
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Commentary on The “perks” of NSA surveillance, Chilling effect, next steps, final steps, hope, “Insanity” is now gun control—Are you nuts? and The new Inquisition ....In the news Northwestern players get union vote and SCOTUS: Can corporations assert religious rights?

Til next week

For freedom

Mary Lou

 

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2AM News: The week(s) in review March 16-29

March 30, 2014
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Commentary on The latest victory for the Second Amendment, Guns and deaths, a non-US problem, Magpul fascists on the prowl, “Insanity” is now gun control—Are you nuts?, The new Inquisition, an Interview: Jim Fuller, founder of Rifle Dynamics and Neale’s Weekly Gun Rant Volume 3-23-2014 ...Self defense stories from Montana, Illinois, South Carolina, Arizona and Louisiana ...in other news, Gun tattoo prompts heavy police response, ATF thugs steal customer files from gun parts store and NRA opposition may sink Obama’s surgeon general nominee

Til next week

Mary lou

 

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I don’t have rights nor do I want any

March 27, 2014
posted by

Strike the Root
by Paul Bonneau  

"What are rights? The first complication we run into is that the word used has multiple definitions -- and that’s an understatement. 'He did the right thing,' is using the word 'right' to mean good or proper, but that has nothing to do with what this article is about. Yet people frequently do confuse or conjoin these two different meanings. It’s like the confusion that exists around the word 'anarchy,'” because one (government-approved) definition of anarchy is chaos -- yet most of us here realize that we are not advocating chaos. But many people, particularly those who get their ideas from the Ministry of Propaganda, actually believe we do advocate chaos. This confusion serves the rulers." (03/24/14)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/i-dont-have-rights-nor-do-i-want-any  

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How much war does Washington want?

March 27, 2014
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CounterPunch    

"How this will play out is uncertain at this time. The violence provided by the Right Sector and other ultra-nationalist groups was essential to the success of the Washington-backed coup in overthrowing the elected democratic government. But the Right Sector has emerged as both an embarrassment and a threat to the unelected coup government and to its Washington sponsors who are selling the Washington-installed puppet government as a progressive exercise in democracy. This sell is difficult when ultra-nationalist thugs are beating up the imposed government." (03/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kbtqq93  

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Neale’s Weekly Gun Rant Volume 3-23-2014

March 27, 2014
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The Libertarian Enterprise
by Neale Osborn  

"I just wonder why the guns were still on premises. from the article ... In a previous post, Hall complained, 'Well Connecticut state police are on their way to seize all of my firearms ... what the fuck happened to my 2nd amendment .... this is unjustified .... and this is no bullshit either .... they are really on their way with a court order for me to hand over my firearms!' MY response would be 'I shipped them to an out of state relative.' This poor guy decides to straighten out his life and get sober. NOW the state confiscates his guns." (03/24/14)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle763-20140323-06.html  

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Independency! — and a thumb in the king’s eye

March 25, 2014
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L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L. Neil Smith  

"I have just been invited to attend a famous science fiction convention next year as its Guest of Honor, and I have happily accepted. More details about that another time soon. The point here is that I have no idea -- and neither does anybody else -- whether there's even going to be a next year at least for the land of the free and the home of the brave. That's what living in 'interesting times' is about. As I stand here writing, gun owners in the state of Connecticut are braced for a massive, illegal physical assault on their lives, liberties, and property, by a state government and its goons who have given up the last tattered appearances of respect for the Bill of Rights. They want their subjects disarmed and helpless." (03/24/14)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle763-20140323-02.html  

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Vlad’s Oscar

March 25, 2014
posted by

Strike the Root
by Jim Davies  

"Everything they say, these Pols, is scripted and rehearsed. I find it really, really difficult to tell whether their endless stream of dicta is serious, or just theater. It's always theater, of course, but sometimes it's also truly meant, and that usually means big trouble, but how does one know when they're kidding and when, not?" (03/24/14)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/vlads-oscar  

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Deadly FBI interrogation in Orlando

March 25, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Dave Lindorff  

"Ibrahim Todashev, 27, a Russian immigrant friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot and killed last May 22 in the middle of the night by the FBI at the violent end of a five-hour interrogation in his home in Orlando. Now the FBI, ten months later, is claiming that its agent was attacked by Todashev, and was justified in killing him. But a CounterPunch investigation raises grave questions about what happened in that apartment." (03/24/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qyezk58  

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Chilling effect, next steps, final steps, hope

March 25, 2014
posted by

Popehat
by Clark Bianco  

"The system is unreformable. It has more guns than the good guys (at least now). But if discontent grows and enough people start to stop talking about 'our government' and start talking 'your [ illegitimate ] government,' at some point even the hard men look out at the swelling crowd, realize that they are on the wrong side of history, and go home. Or at least we can hope." (03/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/owmwqtn  

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Pickle Boy steps up

March 24, 2014
posted by

Fred Reed Fred On Everything
by Fred Reed  

"Now, about this Crimea thing: What I figure is, the top part of the Feddle Gummint got dropped on its head when it was little, and the rest is just asleep, or might as well be. We look to be ruled by a bus-station of dumb-ass rich brats in a constant state of martial priapism. I can’t understand it. Out of three hundred million Americans, and lots of them went to school and can pretty much read, we get a slick minor pol out of Chicago for President and Pickle-Boy Kerry for Secretary of State, God knows why. Before that, we had Hillary, former First Housewife. Even god couldn’t explain that. And they throw their weight around just like they had some." (03/21/14)

http://www.fredoneverything.net/Pickle.shtml  

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MT: Man shot, killed while burglarizing home

March 24, 2014
posted by

Ravalli Republic    

"When the resident ordered the intruder not to move, the man turned toward him. The resident was armed with a handgun and shot the intruder, who then jumped back through the broken window and ran away from the house." (03/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pjpaoky  

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Why sanctions don’t work

March 24, 2014
posted by

CounterPunch
by Andrew Cockburn  

"The problem with relying on false history is that it leads to bad decisions. Shooting wars end when there is a cease-fire and the guns stop. Sanctions have a way of enduring, especially now that there is an entrenched enforcement bureaucracy at the Treasury Department with independent support on Capitol Hill. They also tend to become an end in themselves: Much of Obama’s first-term diplomacy was focused on drumming up international support for the Iranian sanctions. Finally, they make us unpopular. The outside world has long considered the Cuba embargo silly, and European courts are increasingly ruling against sanctions targeting Iranian banks." (03/22/14)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/03/21/why-sanctions-dont-work/  

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IL: Homeowner shoots intruder

March 24, 2014
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Courier News    

"A homeowner shot an intruder who had broken into his house Monday morning, Kane County sheriff’s police said. The alleged intruder -- a 26-year-old St. Charles resident who initially ran from the scene -- was taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva, where he was being treated for injuries not considered life-threatening, authorities said." (03/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/petrtvy  

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Favorite local boondoggles

March 20, 2014
posted by

Strike the Root
by Paul Bonneau  

"The town government just got done patting themselves on the back for a renovated library. I notice in the 'key numbers' sidebar, they left out 'Money stolen from taxpayers.' In the story, though, it’s explained that it cost $9.5 million dollars; but if I am not mistaken, this bought not a single book. This sort of thing is what I call 'nine million bucks worth of sheetrock.' My other town, Cody, blew $6 million on their library sheetrock (also no money for books), while my former town Beaverton blew $20 million for a whole new building (also no money for books) -- the converted grocery store not being deemed glorious enough to house a government library." (03/19/14)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/favorite-local-boondoggles  

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Army of none

March 20, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by David Swanson  

"Remarkably, the U.S. Army War College has published a report that makes an overwhelming case against enlisting in the U.S. Army. The report, called 'Civilian Organizational Inhibitors to U.S. Army Recruiting and the Road Ahead,' identifies counter-recruitment organizations that effectively discourage young people from joining the military. This is the highest honor the Army could give these groups, including Quaker House, the Mennonite Central Committee, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace, and Courage to Resist. Activists often disbelieve in the effectiveness of their own work until the government admits it explicitly. Well, here is that admission." (03/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kq5sa2y  

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A different country

March 19, 2014
posted by

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"Could I be a fool for staying [in the US]? Could we all? Only history will tell. But the present tells me that I’m in a place where I know the culture, where I’m deeply connected, where I can afford to live, where I fit in, where law enforcement is more likely to turn outward against outside political pressure than turn inward against its citizens. I’m in a place where, if I had to defend myself, I’d pretty much know what to expect in the aftermath. And above all, I’m in a place that nobody outside considers to be of much importance." (03/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mlwdkqm  

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One unjustified arrest, one permanent file, and one corrupt sheriff: The Ordeal of Mark Patterson

March 19, 2014
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Pro Libertate
by Will Grigg  

"Any day that begins with a visit from police will probably turn out badly. Mark Patterson’s day got off to that kind of inauspicious start, and grew worse in crescendo." (03/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o4exey3  

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Why the War on Terror went wrong

March 19, 2014
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn  

"The spectacular resurgence of al-Qa’ida and its offshoots has happened despite the huge expansion of American and British intelligence services and their budgets after 9/11. ... Despite these controversial security measures, the movements against which they are aimed have not only not been defeated but have grown stronger. At the time of 9/11, al-Qa'ida was a very small organisation, but in 2014 al-Qa'’ida-type groups are numerous and powerful. In other words, the 'war on terror,' the waging of which determined the politics of so much of the world since 2001, has demonstrably failed." (03/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nbjy24w  

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Guns and deaths, a non-US problem

March 18, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise
by CD Michel  

"Contrary to propagandists, the gun homicide rate in the United States is comparatively meager by international standards." (03/17/14)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2014/tle762-20140316-04.html  

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A critique of “Against Libertarian Brutalism”

March 18, 2014
posted by

Strike the Root
by Paul Bonneau  

"Jeffrey Tucker writes a thoughtful (if not concise) article in his Against Libertarian Brutalism, but at the end, one is left unsatisfied. It has the flavor of one big straw man argument, as well as looking like a bit of 'divide and conquer,' splitting libertarians unnecessarily into two distinct camps (as if we did not have enough camps already)." (03/17/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pqd73wz  

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