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A real Houdini done it — how a dead magician killed Freddie Gray

July 28, 2016
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Cop Block CopBlock
by Joshua Scott Hotchkin  

"The coroner who examined the body of Freddie Gray declared his death was the result of a homicide. Today the last three police involved in the arrest during which he died were cleared of all charges. Strange things are afoot, my friends. Mysteries upon mysteries. But don't worry, ya'all, because as impossible as a homicide that nobody committed is, there may be an explanation after all. Now this might sound crazy, although not as crazy as a single party homicide, but the famous but long dead Harry Houdini is likely the person responsible for Gray's death. Where did I get this information? Directly from Houdini himself. A few hours ago I gathered with a Secret CopBlock Coven to perform a seance." (07/27/16)

http://www.copblock.org/163660/magician-killed-freddie-gray/  

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Night of the hollow men: Notes from the Democratic convention

July 28, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Jeffrey St Clair  

"Since my co-editor Joshua Frank prefers to go surfing rather than do his reportorial duty and watch the DNC Convention from gavel-to-gavel, he's telling me that I have to write another account of tonight's proceedings. I'm not sure I'm up to it 'frankly.' What would Hunter Thompson do? Oh, yes, he would get his body and mind in fighting form by having breakfast. I guess I'll follow the good Doctor's example: 'Four Bloody Marys, two grapefruits, a pot of coffee, Rangoon crepes, a half-pound of either sausage, bacon, or corned-beef hash with diced chilies, a Spanish omelette or eggs Benedict, a quart of milk, a chopped lemon for random seasoning, and something like a slice of key lime pie, two margaritas and six lines of the best cocaine for dessert.' All to be consumed while naked. Snarf! Sniff! Belch! ALRIGHT! I’m primed. Bring on Biden!" (07/28/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/28/night-of-the-hollow-men-notes-from-the-democratic-convention/  

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ABCs of deceptive politics

July 28, 2016
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"In breaking news, a major politician has promised to give important benefits to the poor and the middle class. She did not specify where those benefits would come from. But we know where they do come from: taxpayers. What this politician has done is promise to take from some to give others. Actually, it's even more complicated -- after taking from some folks, then there's the skimming off the top (or: taking a big chunk); and after that, there's the hoopla about the money she is 'giving' back. This is how politicians work." (07/28/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/28/abcs-of-deceptive-politics/  

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The terror of the status quo

July 28, 2016
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Philip Giraldi The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi  

"Once upon a time the big threat to civilization was al-Qaeda. But today it is ISIS, alternatively known as the Islamic State, ISIL, or Daesh. Transcending their existence as actual physical entities, the names or acronyms have become metaphors for terrorist attacks, striking fear in the hearts of the people and enabling the political class in Europe and the United States to grow government in response. At the Republican National Convention, presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed to destroy ISIS -- and the Democrats led by Hillary Clinton will probably follow suit. But can it be done? Or, more to the point, how does one go about doing it? How will Trump and Clinton keep their promises to keep Americans safe from Islamic radicals?" (07/28/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-terror-of-the-status-quo/  

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Free Talk Live, 07/27/16

July 28, 2016
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
by  

"Federal Junk Food Subsidies :: Sorghum :: Federal Reserve :: Snooty the Manatee :: Dave Grady Appreciation Thread Takedown? :: Trump in China :: Sara is Celebate :: Russia and Clinton :: Not Voting :: Dave Grady's OK Cupid Profile." [Flash audio or MP3] (07/27/16)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2016-07-27  

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A vote for Mickey Mouse is a vote for Donald Trump

July 28, 2016
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Jason Brennan Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan  

"The general election seasons is underway, and so now it's time for partisans to try to stop you from voting third party. You'll hear people say that a vote for Johnson, Sanders, or Stein is a vote for Trump. Trump supporters will also say that a vote for Johnson, Sanders, or Stein is a vote for Clinton. Neither claim is literally true. If you vote third party, you don't vote for Clinton or Trump. You don't hurt Clinton or Trump. You at most fail to help them win. Maybe 10 or so Americans will write in Mickey Mouse. (A good choice, actually.) Another 10 or so will write in 'Santa Claus.' It seems weird to say that such Americans thereby 'voted for the worse of two evils' or anything like that. Rather, they spoiled their ballots. Should we say a vote for Mickey Mouse is a vote for Trump? Or Clinton?" (07/27/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/07/a-vote-for-mickey-mouse-is-a-vote-for-donald-trump/  

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Election 2016: Think three’s a crowd? Try 2,000

July 28, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"OK, I admit it: History and money say the odds are with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton -- that one of them will be the next president of the United States. The last time a third party or independent candidate really threatened to win the White House was 1992, when Ross Perot knocked down nearly 20% of the popular vote, having at one time polled ahead of both Republican incumbent George HW Bush and the eventual winner, Democratic nominee Bill Clinton. But it's strange year. It feels like almost anything could happen. And while Clinton and Trump are the frontrunners, the field is, well, YUGE. As of July 27, the Federal Elections Commission lists 1,814 candidates for president on its web site." (07/27/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6928  

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Trump, Clinton, and executive power

July 28, 2016
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Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"When Bill Clinton was first elected president, his advisor Paul Begala waxed rhapsodic about executive orders. 'Stroke of the pen. Law of the Land. Kind of cool,' he gushed to the New York Times. Clinton was followed by George W. Bush, whose favored mechanism was the signing statement. That allowed him to sign bills into law, while simultaneously saying that he didn't feel bound to enforce them. This led us, in turn, to Barack Obama and his famous 'a pen and a phone.' Now, we have two candidates who both promise to expand executive power to as yet unseen dimensions. Partisans on both sides will undoubtedly cheer their candidate, who, they're certain, will only use that power to do good things. They should be careful what they ask for." (07/27/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trump-clinton-executive-power  

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The air conditioners are coming

July 28, 2016
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Forget about ISIS. Forget about Al-Qaida. Forget about all the savage Islamic terrorists. The air conditioners are coming. Yes, dear readers, what is even more life threatening -- what you have to fear the most -- is the army of air conditioners and refrigerators. They're out to get you. They're going to kill you. Do you think I’m joking? Well, I'm not joking. That's what United States Secretary of State John Kerry warned in all seriousness while in Vienna Austria last week working to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs) from those common appliances. Air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State." (07/27/16)

https://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-air-conditioners-are-coming.html  

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Peace & freedom 101: The opposite of authoritarian is libertarian

July 28, 2016
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HubPages
by Garry Reed  

"There should be little doubt why the left-right hatred in America today has gotten so senselessly violent that people not only screech obscenities back and forth at each other but now routinely bloody one another with guns and stones and sticks and fists and knives: It comes from the top. It's politics as usual. The Democratic and Republican Parties have identical agendas: To use the legalized monopoly on force held by the massively overreaching, corrupt, dictatorial federal government to coercively impose their own beliefs on everyone else. Neither side can stomach the worldview of the other so they're willing to use violence to both stop the other's agenda and to impose their own." (07/26/16)

http://hubpages.com/politics/Peace-Freedom-101-the-opposite-of-authoritarian-is-libertarian  

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The DNC is one big corporate bribe

July 28, 2016
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The New Republic The New Republic
by David Dayen  

"To get to the Democratic National Convention, you take the subway to the AT&T Station and walk to the Wells Fargo Center. Along the way, you’ll stroll by the Comcast Xfinity Live complex, where delegates and honored guests can booze it up. You’ll also see the 'Cars Move America' exhibit, an actual showroom sponsored by Ford, GM, Toyota, and others. Finally, you’ll reach your seat and watch Democrats explain why we have to reduce the power of big corporations in America. Party conventions have always been collection points for big money. But many major corporations sat out last week’s Republican gathering for fear of Trump contamination. There’s no such reticence here in Philadelphia; in fact, it feels like they’re making up for that lack of investment." [editor's note: Given how obvious this all is, I continue to chuckle at the "progressive" Dems who think their party will change things - SAT] (07/27/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/135564/dnc-one-big-corporate-bribe  

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Weight and see

July 28, 2016
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by SH Chambers  

Cartoon. (07/26/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1583  

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Freedom from the State in Rio

July 28, 2016
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Libertarian Papers
by Plinio de Goes Jr.  

"Latin American religious political thought includes colonial Spanish and Portuguese ideologies that preceded independence but have survived into the post-independence era, authoritarian ideologies supportive of military governments in the twentieth century, and progressive liberation theologies. In this article, I present a distinct tradition: a version of classical liberal thought. This tradition is skeptical of big government, opposed to caste systems, supportive of a high degree of federalism, uneasy with militarism, and supportive of democratic institutions while affirming religious social norms." [abstract, full paper available as PDF download]

http://libertarianpapers.org/article/10-degoes-freedom-state-rio/  

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Hillary’s energy policies: Enriching Wall Street cronies

July 28, 2016
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Marita Noon Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon  

"In his less-than-enthusiastic endorsement of Hillary Clinton as the Democrats' choice for President, Sen. Bernie Sanders decried 'Greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior' and declared that we couldn't let 'billionaires buy elections.' Perhaps his opposition research team discovered what we have about Clinton's connections with the very entities he despises: Wall Street -- which he's accused of 'gambling trillions in risky financial instruments;' and 'huge financial institutions' that he says: 'simply have too much economic and political power over this country.' Wall Street and its 'huge financial institutions' are Clinton allies -- supporting both her campaign and donating big bucks to the Clinton Foundation." (07/27/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/07/hillarys-energy-policies-enriching-wall-street-cronies/  

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Will this be the year Latino votes make the difference?

July 28, 2016
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Reuters Reuters
by Andres Martinez  

"You could have made a successful career in American politics warning, or promising, that the Latino vote is about to become the deciding factor in presidential elections. For decades. In the aftermath of the 2012 race the Republican Party establishment itself highlighted the importance of Latino voters. Bemoaning the fact that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney received only 27 percent of the Latino vote, an autopsy by the party of its defeat noted that by 2050 nearly 30 percent of all Americans will be of Hispanic origin. This made the party’s inability to connect with Latino voters all the more alarming: 'If Hispanic Americans perceive that a GOP nominee or candidate does not want them in the United States (i.e. self-deportation), they will not pay attention to our next sentence.'" (07/27/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-election-voters-latino-commentary-idUSKCN1062O9  

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Disheartening

July 28, 2016
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"To all protectionists -- to everyone who is attracted to Donald Trump's and Bernie Sanders's hostility to free trade -- let me again ask questions of you of a sort that have been asked since the time of Adam Smith and which remain as probing today as ever: Are you made richer if the supermarket (call it Acme Stores) at which you once shopped hires armed goons to force you to start shopping there again? ... Do you believe that the owners and the employees of Acme Stores are so ethically entitled to your continuing patronage as a consumer that they are justified in employing armed goons to prevent you from shopping elsewhere? ... Do you believe that, now that Acme Stores has successfully forced you not to shop at competing supermarkets, that the owners and employees of Acme Stores will work as diligently and as creatively as possible to keep the prices they charge low and the quality of their service high?" (07/27/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/07/disheartening.html  

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Oh smoke-filled room where are you now? (continuted)

July 28, 2016
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Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau  

"Donald Trump shooting his mouth off to say that Russia should spy on Hillary Clinton does not both me as much as it bothers some people. I pretty much expect him to say terrible things. It's part of his media strategy. And while all of the experts seem to agree that the hack of the DNC was done by Russians, I am willing to wait just a bit to see ... If (notice that I put that word in) the security apparatus honestly believes that the DNC hack was a pro-Trump operation by Russians, and if Trump encourages these speculations both in his rhetoric and in his choice of paid advisers, then this reinforces my conviction that the GOP's current incarnation is about to collapse." (07/27/16)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2016/07/27/19274  

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The Never Trump crowd prefers statism with pleasantries

July 28, 2016
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Reformed Libertarian
by C Jay Engel  

"While I never have, and certainly never will, get on board the 'Trump Train,' I am perhaps more annoyed by the certain type of Republican and evangelical 'conservative' who opposes Trump specifically for reasons such as his vulgarity, his alleged racism, his rudeness and crudeness, his un-Christlikeness, his narcissism, and so on. ... these same 'Never Trump' hashtag users literally would have been just dandy with Mitt Romney, John McCain, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, and so on. In other words, what matters to them is not the fact that the GOP's leaders and champions are Big Government, pro-welfare state, pro-warfare state, pro Federal economic regulation/intervention, pro- Taxes, pro spending, pro-nationalization of commerce and industry; no, what matters most to them is that the politician is 'nice.'" (07/26/16)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/articles/politics/the-never-trump-crowd-prefers-statism-with-pleasantries/  

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In Brazil, a pre-Olympics folly

July 27, 2016
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Sam Pizzigati Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati  

"Hardly anything about the Olympic dream these days is feeling particularly dreamy. The Rio de Janeiro games, some are charging, have already turned into 'a large-scale catastrophe,' with everything from massive evictions and expenditures billions over budget to doping scandals and degraded environments. Have the Olympics become, asks veteran sportswriter Sally Jenkins, anything more than 'an unwieldy cash-and-corruption-engorged monster that descends on the host country with a ravenous maw and leaves a swath of human and economic casualties in its wake'? My, how things have changed since 2009, the year Rio celebrated winning the hosting rights for this summer’s games. The 2016 Olympics, Brazil’s proud leaders figured, would amount to a spectacular 'coming out party' for the world’s newest economic powerhouse." (07/27/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160727/in-brazil-a-pre-olympics-folly  

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It’s the stupid economy

July 27, 2016
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"When Bill Clinton ran for president, the slogan inside his campaign's war room was a blunt reminder to focus on 'the Economy, Stupid.' This was Clinton's first enduring contribution to the American stock of catch-phrases. Now, Bill's wife, Hillary, seeks the top banana position. But she has a harder job than Bill: he could fight against a lackluster incumbent caught in a big lie ('No New Taxes,' another slogan). Hillary is almost required to defend the outgoing president, in no small part because she served in his Cabinet." (07/27/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/27/its-the-stupid-economy/  

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Colorado applies state water law to federal agencies

July 27, 2016
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10th Amendment Center Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey  

"Refusal to enforce federal efforts or provide resources to federal programs rests on a well-established legal principle known as the anti-commandeering doctrine. Simply put, the federal government cannot force states to help implement or enforce any federal act or program The anti-commandeering doctrine rests primarily on four Supreme Court cases dating back to 1842." (07/27/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/07/27/colorado-applies-state-water-law-to-federal-agencies/  

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Why does the left seem to hate black male teens?

July 27, 2016
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Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Perry Willis  

"Politicians in general, and the Left in particular, harm black male teens with their policies. Do you actually care more about intentions than results? In other words, are you okay with black male teens suffering, just so you can signal your good intentions? I feel differently. I have real compassion, not just good intentions. That's why I oppose 'work prohibition' for low-skilled and younger workers." (07/27/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/why-does-the-left-seem-to-hate-black-male-teens  

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Hillary haters’ fixation on Saul Alinsky

July 27, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Peter Dreier  

"Forty-seven years after she graduated from Wellesley College, Hillary Clinton is still having to defend her senior thesis. That’s because right-wing activists and their media allies are assailing Clinton’s research paper on Saul Alinsky, a key figure in the world of community organizing whom conservatives have labeled a dangerous radical and a diabolical influence on both Barack Obama and Clinton. Ben Carson kicked off the Saul Alinsky hatefest on the second night of this year’s Republican convention in Cleveland, declaring during his primetime speech: 'Now, one of the things that I have learned about Hillary Clinton is that one of her heroes, her mentors, was Saul Alinsky. And her senior thesis was about Saul Alinsky. This was someone she greatly admired and let me tell you something about Saul Alinsky.'" [editor's note: I feel so righteous; my "senior thesis" was on "The Ethics of Individualism" - SAT] (07/26/16)

http://prospect.org/article/hillary-haters%E2%80%99-fixation-saul-alinsky  

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Re-branding capitalism for millennials

July 27, 2016
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Acton Institute Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Allison Gilbert  

"Over the last decade, millennials have been characterized as filled with a sense of entitlement, lazy, and disillusioned. In the past year they have acquired another label: socialist. As a Millennial myself, I have witnessed many of my well-educated peers give impassioned devotion to Sen. Bernie Sanders and his brand of democratic socialism. My generation's current infatuation with socialism goes deeper than the promise of 'free college,' and their understanding of economics requires much remedial work. In order to change their hearts and minds, those who believe in liberty must begin to appeal to Millennials’ righteous aspirations and show them what a free and virtuous society can provide.'" (07/27/16)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/07/27/re-branding-capitalism-millennials  

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Does it matter if Putin wants Trump?

July 27, 2016
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Noah Millman  

"It should come as a shock to exactly nobody that Russia spies on American political institutions. Nor should anyone paying attention be at all surprised that Putin would resort to dirty and underhanded means to achieve his political objectives -- he's done far worse -- and not only in his own back yard. If there's a scandal about the email hacking, it's that the DNC was so vulnerable to being hacked. And it should be even less shocking that Russia would care to influence an American election. We do it all the time -- and we use tricks at least as dirty." ()7/27/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/millman/does-it-matter-if-putin-wants-trump/  

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