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It’s not about drones, it’s about lazy war

April 29, 2016
posted by

Lucy Steigerwald Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Someday perhaps very soon we in the US are going to be very sorry that we normalized drone warfare. Not, again, because the tech is inherently wicked. Or that it should be restricted heavily (because then law enforcement and military will claim exceptions). No, it’s just that drones are brilliant tools for keeping a lazy, constant presence in other countries. And someday soon, they will be used in a terrorist attack." (04/29/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2016/04/28/not-drones-lazy-war/  

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The problem with Trump’s version of “America First”

April 28, 2016
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"'America First,' says Trump, 'will be the major and overriding theme of my administration.' Some non-interventionists, especially those of a libertarian bent, cheer the use of that phrase, thinking back to the movement to keep the US out of World War II and even to Thomas Jefferson’s proclaimed policy of 'peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none.' But neither of those remotely resemble Trump’s position, to the extent that he has a coherent position at all." (04/28/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/5765  

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The establishment’s Trump card

April 28, 2016
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J. Neil Schulman J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman  

"[G]iven Trump's 'America First' foreign policy speech of April 27, 2016 to the Center for the National Interest, a speech outlining a policy reminiscent of Pat Buchanan and paleo-conservatives with only a few rhetorical flourishes lifted from Neocon talking points, the necessity of the globalist Neocon/liberal alliance to put Hillary Clinton in the White House becomes obvious. Brad suggested the possibility of a Ted Cruz or other conservative candidacy to draw votes from a Trump GOP candidacy, electing Hillary. I pointed out that by the time of the Republican Convention in Cleveland, July 18 to 21, 2016, 18 states would have closed ballot access for independent candidacies. I then suggested a strategy the NeverTrump forces could use to elect Hillary: throw PAC support and inclusion of its candidate in the presidential debates to the candidate of the Libertarian Party, who will be on most if not all of the 50 state ballots." (04/27/16)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2016/04/the-establishments-trump-card/  

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Statists take & don’t compensate

April 28, 2016
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"The Fifth Amendment in the Bill of Rights constitutionally prohibits the schemes of the statists. It specifically provides that: 'No person shall ... be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.' Today, however, the statists controlling local governments everywhere are telling individuals that they don't enjoy the right to rent their own property. They're imposing restrictions on how and to whom individuals can lease their own real estate and refusing to compensate property owners for such unjust impositions." (04/28/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/04/statists-take-dont-compensate.html  

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The national security states of Communist China and the United States

April 28, 2016
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Inadvertently, the New York Times has pointed out what is not supposed to be pointed out in America: that both China and the United States have governmental structures that are based on a national-security state establishment. After all, it's important that Americans carry on with their myths -- that the U.S. government is structured the way the Framers intended -- the way the federal government has always been -- that nothing fundamental has ever changed -- and that Americans really are a free people living in a free society, unlike people who suffer under communist tyranny." (04/28/16)

http://fff.org/2016/04/28/national-security-states-communist-china-united-states/  

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College too pricey? Wait till it’s “free”

April 28, 2016
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Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders  

"As he panders for the youth vote, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders promises free tuition at public colleges and universities because, he says, 'a college degree is the new high school diploma.' Rival Hillary Clinton supports President Barack Obama's plan to make community college tuition-free -- that is, publicly funded. Beware, America: Imagine how expensive college tuition will be if Democrats somehow manage to make more of it 'free.' As for value, if Sanders has his way, you can expect the college degree to be the new high school diploma." [editor's note: Yep, and more functional illiterates who can't balance a "swipe card" descend on the world with degrees and entitlements - SAT] (04/28/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/04/28/is-college-too-pricey-wait-till-its-free-n2154762  

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The imaginary predator in America’s transgender bathroom war

April 28, 2016
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USA Today USA Today
by Alia E Dastagir  

"You have to pee. If you're like 99% of America, you look at pictograms, predictable gender binaries, to guide you toward the appropriate toilet. A person in pants on the left. A person in a dress on the right. If you're a woman, it's irrelevant that you have a vagina, are wearing jeans and can't recall the last time you donned a triangle dress to a dinner party. You know to hang a right, while men go left. The signage isn't literal, it reveals how our culture wants your gender to look. It reveals what door it wants you to walk through. The bathroom is a bastion of segregation. It's where we sort people." [editor's note: One big room, lots of stalls with doors & locks on inside, sinks on one wall, a trough on the other ... pick your spot, do your business and leave -- end of problem - SAT] (04/28/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/04/28/transgender-bathroom-bills-discrimination/32594395  

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The next Chernobyl may be intentional

April 28, 2016
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Reuters Reuters
by Bennett Ramberg  

"Chernobyl’s 30th anniversary on April 26 comes against the backdrop of growing apprehension that nuclear reactors may become a terrorist target. Serious concern arose during the recent Islamic State attacks in Brussels. Evidence suggested that the assailants were considering a nuclear-related incident. The terrorists had a senior Belgian nuclear official under surveillance, and two former nuclear power-plant employees were reported to have joined Islamic State. This may help explain why Belgian authorities rushed military forces to protect its nuclear plants. The scare provided a reminder that nuclear reactors are radiological mines that terrorists could exploit. Destruction of a plant would mark a zenith of terrorist violence." (04/27/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/04/25/the-next-chernobyl-may-be-intentional  

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Does the First Amendment justify corruption?

April 28, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Brent Ferguson  

"A decade ago, if a politician had argued before the Supreme Court that he had a First Amendment right to trade political favors for a Rolex watch, his lawyers may have feared for their professional reputations. But that argument is one basis for ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s appeal of his eleven-count corruption conviction in McDonnell v. United States, which the Court hears in oral arguments on Wednesday. The case demonstrates how the First Amendment has begun to evolve from a tool to protect Americans with unpopular beliefs into a shield used by corporations and political donors to justify rules-free policymaking and electioneering." (04/27/16)

http://prospect.org/article/does-first-amendment-justify-corruption  

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Why Hillary Clinton should fear Donald Trump

April 28, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Jeet Heer  

"With Hillary Clinton’s strong performance on Tuesday night, the Democratic primaries are effectively over. Barring an unforeseen catastrophe, Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. And it’s increasingly likely that her opponent will be Donald Trump, who won a clean sweep of five states on Tuesday and only seems to be getting stronger. Both parties must now gear themselves for a Clinton-Trump match-up in the fall. ... If winning the presidential election were all that mattered, Trump would be Clinton’s dream opponent. The Democratic front-runner struggles with poor approval ratings (55.6 percent unfavorable, according to Huffington Post’s aggregation of the polls), which means she needs to compete against someone who is even less popular than her. Trump fits that bill handsomely, standing at 63.6 percent unfavorability. Furthermore, Trump’s racism and misogyny are likely to motivate the very voters that Clinton most needs to attract: people of color, single women, and young people. " (04/27/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/133050/hillary-clinton-fear-donald-trump  

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Warning: TPP rearing its ugly head

April 28, 2016
posted by

Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

"The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) went dormant in Congress after election season began. It became clear that the public despises our country’s corporate-dominated 'trade deals' that let companies just lay people off and close factories here to take advantage of conditions in countries that allow people and the environment to be exploited. Candidates who could sense which way the wind was blowing told voters they oppose TPP, and Congress dropped it -- for now. But now people who follow these things are hearing more and more talk behind the scenes that indicate corporate America is going to try to push TPP through in the 'lame duck' Congressional session after the elections. This is a session in which the old Congress consisting of the ones who might have gotten voted out minus new ones who just got voted in, and the re-elected incumbents who won’t be up for re-election for two more years can sneak things past the public with little or no accountability.(04/26/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160426/warning-tpp-rearing-its-ugly-head  

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With fiat money, everything is relative

April 28, 2016
posted by

Frank Shostak Ludwig von Mises
by Frank Shostak  

"An important factor in setting the purchasing power of money is the supply of money. If over time the rate of growth in the US money supply exceeds the rate of growth of the European money supply, all other things being equal, this will put pressure on the US dollar. Since a price of a good is the amount of money per good, this now means that the prices of goods in dollar terms will increase faster than prices in euro terms, all other things being equal." (04/28/16)

https://mises.org/blog/fiat-money-everything-relative  

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Why ex-felons should be allowed to vote

April 28, 2016
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"The chief result of disenfranchising former inmates is to discourage them from changing their ways and fully integrating into society. The people likely to be obstructed from voting are not the incorrigible criminals but the reformed ones. They get jobs, pay taxes and keep their noses clean—the sort of behavior that Republicans, as well as Democrats, should want to encourage." (04/28/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/28/why-ex-felons-should-be-allowed-to-vote  

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The Jason Stapleton Program, 04/27/16

April 28, 2016
posted by

The Jason Stapleton Program
by  

"We’ve had some very intelligent people come out in recent years to talk about AI (artificial intelligence) and warn us of the dangers. Steven Hawkins being among the most notable. But are the fears justifiable? Are robots going to put all of us out of work?" [various formats] (04/27/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/robots-are-coming-for-you-dont-run/  

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Monetary policies misunderstood

April 28, 2016
posted by

Steve H. Hanke Cato Institute
by Steve H Hanke  

"Ever since the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) began to consider raising the federal funds rate, which it eventually did in December 2015, a cottage industry has grown up around taper talk. Will the Fed raise rates, or won't it? Each time a consensus congeals around the answer to that question, all the world's markets either soar or dive. This obsession with taper talk -- the interest rate story -- is simple, but strange. Indeed, it is misguided -- wrongheaded. So, why the obsession? It is, in part, the result of a Keynesian hangover." (for publication 05/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/monetary-policies-misunderstood  

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The return of class origin to the BBC

April 28, 2016
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"We did rather think that Britain had got over this sort of nonsense these days. It's no longer necessary to have an accent that makes the Queen sound positively estuarine in order to get onto the radio these days for example. And yet we seem to be getting back this idea that class origin should be the (or at least a) determinant of who reads the footie scores out to us ..." (04/28/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/the-return-of-class-origin-to-the-bbc  

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The Tom Woods Show, episode 649

April 28, 2016
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The Tom Woods Show The Tom Woods Show
by  

"Liberalism portrays itself as the ideology of liberty and liberation, as neutral between competing views of the good, and as the position all right-thinking people should adopt. None of this is true, but it is all brutally enforced. Jim Kalb and I discuss the true nature of liberalism in today’s episode." [various formats] (04/27/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-649-the-tyranny-of-liberalism/  

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Unconstitutional: Search warrants based on governmental “need”

April 28, 2016
posted by

Andrew P. Napolitano Tenth Amendment Center
by Andrew P Napolitano  

"Would all of our lives be safer if the government could break down all the doors it wishes, listen to all the conversations it could find and read whatever emails and text messages it could acquire? Perhaps. But who would want to live in such a society? To prevent that from happening here, the Framers ratified the Fourth Amendment .... Evidence procured that is the fruit of the poisonous tree has been inadmissible in federal criminal prosecutions in the United States for the past 100 years and in state criminal prosecutions for the past 50 years. Until now. Now comes the super-secret court established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, reaffirmed by Congress last year under the so-called USA Freedom Act. Beware the names of federal statutes, as they often produce results that are the opposite of what their names imply; and this is one of them." (04/27/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/04/27/unconstitutional-search-warrants-based-on-governmental-need/  

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Trump’s dangerous idea

April 28, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"A lot of people were impressed by the reasonableness of Donald Trump's foreign policy speech yesterday ... despite the usual hyperbolic promises of 'best' and 'great' and 'beautifully.' Its general tenor? Refreshing. Rejecting post-Cold War foreign policy for a return to 'national interest' and 'America first?' Long overdue. Like Trump, I think we should eschew nation building. But still there is that one big problem: Trump is a mercantilist."

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/04/28/trumps-dangerous-idea/  

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Home stretch questions for Gary Johnson #4

April 28, 2016
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"In a recent debate with fellow Libertarian presidential aspirant Austin Petersen in Oregon, you said .... "As governor of New Mexico, I would have never ever established the Department of Homeland Security. I think it's incredibly redundant." ... The National Governors Association says otherwise in its reprint of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety's Homeland Security Strategic Plan .... The record says that you actually did exactly what you now say you never would have done ..." (04/28/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/04/home-stretch-questions-for-gary-johnson_28.html  

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The real redcoats

April 28, 2016
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Alan Pell Crawford  

A few paces west of the public beach in Yorktown, Virginia, is a little cave looking out toward the water. ... It is known to this day as 'Cornwallis's Cave,' and for most of our history visitors have been told that this is where the British general took refuge during the last days of the siege. He hid there, guides said, and visitors nodded knowingly. That is because, as we all know, Cornwallis was a coward .... we have learned that is what British generals did in the war. They ponced about in their splendid red uniforms, dipped snuff, and looked down their snooty noses as the silly-billy Americans dared take on the Most Powerful Army in the History of the World. And the moment the cannons burped, they abandoned their troops to be slaughtered while they stayed safely out of harm’s way, lest their wigs get mussed. It's part of our national mythology that does not serve us well." (04/28/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-real-redcoats/  

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39 steps for creating a healthy Latin American government

April 28, 2016
posted by

PanAm Post PanAm Post
by Antonella Marty  

"Given all of the recent corruption cases in Latin America (see: Brazil and Argentina) as well as widespread accusations of censorship (see: Venezuela, Cuba and Ecuador), it might be useful to remind ourselves what a healthy and successful administration for a Latin American government might look like. Here's a list." (04/28/16)

https://panampost.com/antonella-marty/2016/04/28/39-rules-for-a-healthy-government/  

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On open marriages and closed elections

April 28, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Doug Johnson Hatlem  

"Are the Democratic primaries democratic? (Hang on for a minute as we enter bizzaro-land; pay attention to the work various words and letters are doing.) Sure the Democratic primaries are Democratic. By definition. If you were a Democrat way back on October 9th and have managed to defend your 'D' registration against switching and purging all the way through to voting day, then you were or will be guaranteed the right to help select the next Democratic presidential nominee. If not, well, you might be allowed to vote, depending on the state you live in. And your vote might even be counted, if enough people think it matters to count it. Have a problem with all of this? Well, probably like Bernie you aren't really a Democrat anyway." (04/28/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/28/on-open-marriages-and-closed-elections/  

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Religious liberty laws that have no meaning

April 28, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Jonathan Merritt  

"An overwhelming three-fourths of Americans identify as religious. Listening to some religious conservatives in the U.S., though, one might think believers were a persecuted minority on the verge of extinction. In the name of protecting the sincerely held beliefs of religious Americans, conservative lawmakers and lobbyists have introduced a spate of controversial religious-freedom legislation in recent months. But apparently Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig aren't the only ones fighting ghosts in 2016. The problems these bills claim to solve don’t actually exist." (04/28/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/religious-liberty-laws-that-have-no-meaning/480297/  

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The real defense of right to try

April 28, 2016
posted by

David S. D'Amato Heartland Institute
by David S D'Amato  

"Advocates of the right to try argue that terminally ill patients should have access to treatments that have met the FDA's safety requirements 'but are not yet fully approved for market' (see Kurt Altman and Christina Sandefur's 'Right-To-Try Laws Fulfill The Constitution's Promise Of Individual Liberty'). The FDA's approval process takes years, and for thousands of terminally ill patients, those years may be the difference between life and death. Aware of the risks, many patients are nonetheless willing to try medicines and treatments that are still under investigation in clinical trials. For a significant number of these patients, the alternative is certain death. But the right to try has no shortage of detractors ..." (04/27/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/04/the-real-defense-of-right-to-try/  

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