Commentary

After fearmongering kills NSA reform, what’s next?

November 20, 2014
posted by

The Nation The Nation
by Zoe Carpenter  

"For a few hours on Tuesday, the Islamic State looked like the best thing that ever happened to the National Security Agency. The USA Freedom Act, a modest bill seen as the best chance for reforming one of the NSA's dragnet surveillance programs, failed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate by two votes after Republicans insisted that it would precipitate a terrorist attack." (11/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pe47lzy  

No Comments »

My experience with ObamaCare

November 20, 2014
posted by

Megan Stiles Campaign For Liberty
by Megan Stiles  

"I am a very healthy, single 26-year-old. I exercise almost everyday and maintain a healthy weight, so I view health insurance as something that I would only use if I was in a horrible accident or stricken with a terrible disease. I also like the HSA model, because it allows me to save money tax-free for health expenses down the road. The first thing I noticed while comparison shopping was that there were vastly fewer plans to choose from that began in 2014 than there were that began in 2013, but nevertheless I continued on my search." (11/20/14)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/national-blog/experience-obamacare/  

No Comments »

Greedy corporations save lives

November 20, 2014
posted by

Iain Murray Foundation for Economic Education
by Iain Murray  

"With Ebola wreaking havoc across West Africa, news that a private company has virtually eradicated the disease on its extensive property invites sighs of relief. Yet Firestone’s actions were not unique: private industry has a long history of saving lives when disease threatens. As recent history demonstrates, to face the prospect of a rapidly changing world over the next century, the best we can do to help the world’s poorest is to pursue a strategy of resiliency. And that strategy includes rich multinational corporations." (11/20/14)

http://fee.org/the_freeman/detail/greedy-corporations-save-lives  

No Comments »

Four Cents Podcast, 11/20/14

November 20, 2014
posted by

Everything Voluntary Everything Voluntary
by  

"Four Cents 011 is a short chat on the easy way to cancel Comcast, and other similar life hacks." [Flash audio or MP3] (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p2ft5xe  

No Comments »

Rand Paul sounds off to Salon on race, 2016, Hillary and Republicans

November 20, 2014
posted by

Salon
by Phillip Bailey  

Interview with US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY). Paul: "You know, I think there is a great deal of possibility for any candidate who can get out of either party, that doesn’t neatly fit in either party’s mold. So I think if you had a Democrat unusual enough to get through the primary system but to appeal to people outside of the Democrat mold, they could do well. Same goes for a Republican." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/prxoa4x  

No Comments »

Hawaii’s billions in unfunded retirement liabilities part of national trend

November 20, 2014
posted by

Hawaii Reporter
by Malia Zimmerman  

"A new report from State Budget Solutions, a national nonprofit organization focusing on states’ fiscal responsibility, warns it’s time for newly elected state officials in Hawaii and throughout the country to address unfunded liabilities in the retirement system. The share of Hawaii’s $30-billion unfunded liability per resident is $21,852, the seventh highest in the nation, said Joe Luppino-Esposito, the study’s author." (11/20/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m7x9kjd  

No Comments »

Playing with constitutional fire

November 20, 2014
posted by

Andrew P. Napolitano LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P. Napolitano  

"Earlier this week, President Obama made it clear that he will soon offer some form of limited amnesty to about five million foreign nationals who are currently living illegally in the United States. He will do so by issuing an executive order to federal officials who oversee immigration directing them to undertake a course of action that, if complied with individually by all persons whom he designates as eligible, will cause the federal government to remove the threat of deportation from those who meet the standards he will lay down. Can he legally do that?" (11/20/14)

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/11/andrew-p-napolitano/come-on-in/  

No Comments »

Hong Kong in context

November 20, 2014
posted by

Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Lin Lifu  

"The recent protests in Hong Kong have adhered to the choreography of Chinese politics in at least one important respect: the Communist regime has accused its political opponents of being unpatriotic. Xinhua, the state news agency, recently published a commentary denouncing celebrities who supported the protests for the putative crime of challenging the authority of the Party, and — by a heroic leap of logic — of betraying a lack of love for the motherland. CY Leung, the Chief Executive, has accused foreign actors of orchestrating the demonstrations. He did not specify who these foreign actors were, but we all know that he means the United States, as if we weren’t content with the existing friction in bilateral relations and decided on a whim to make life more difficult for the Chinese government." (11/19/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1334  

No Comments »

Thank the troops for their service to Islam

November 20, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"The Iraqi constitution was adopted in 2005. The troops didn't leave Iraq until 2011. That means that for six years, the troops were fighting and dying in Iraq to protect and defend the official Islamic government in Iraq that their invasion in 2003 succeeded in installing into power. In fact, that's why the troops are now dropping more bombs in Iraq and why they're currently serving as advisors to military officials in the Iraqi government -- to protect and defend the official Islamic regime in Iraq from a hostile takeover by ISIS. How come American interventionists never thank the troops for that?" (11/20/14)

http://fff.org/2014/11/20/thank-troops-service-islam/  

No Comments »

The two-edged protest

November 20, 2014
posted by

WendyMcElroy.com
by Brad  

"I'm surprised no one has challenged me on this earlier. 'Brad, you say you're for non-violent protest. That's all that Taylor's critics did -- they exercised their freedom of speech and started a Twitter protest. No one called for state action, or for new laws, or for violence against him. So how can you complain?' The answer is, this is a tool that cuts both ways. They found his attire objectionable, so they protested. And I found their behavior objectionable, even if not a violation of rights, so I am using non-violent protest in return." (11/20/14)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.6205  

No Comments »

Stranded in a strange world

November 20, 2014
posted by

Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe  

"In the adult world ... I've seldom been bothered by that terrible sense of being something irreconcilably foreign to the 'normal' world. ... Once in a while alien horror strikes out of the blue, though. It hit last week when mouthy morons blighted a great moment in science by making scientist Matt Taylor’s un-PC shirt more important than the fact that our amazing species (led, as always, by a handful of those above and beyond the pack) had just set a lander down on a freakin' comet! ... The shirt squawkers are not only self-righteous morons and bullies ... They're not only intolerant conformists in the best public high school 'mean girls' tradition. They're savages -- and I say that in the true sense of people who have no grasp of human achievement. Savages. People who, on their own, would never have gotten out of the caves or figured out how to clothe their naked skin." (11/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q57hh7b  

No Comments »

US government tries to mug the mayor of London

November 20, 2014
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"It was only a matter of time before America's economic grab for global imperium, embodied in tax laws and, particularly, the Foreign Account Tax Compliant Act (FATCA), ran up against somebody who might actually be able to push back. Not content to roll those who reside within its own borders, the federal government insists that U.S. citizens and even long-term residents who now live abroad and may not have had a glimpse of amber waves of grain in many years owe Uncle Sam a piece of the take -- and that financial institutions around the world must snitch on them to ease the mugging. Such a broad definition of those subject to the IRS's tender ministrations reaches far and wide. It reaches so far that American tax authorities say Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, owes capital gains taxes to the land of his birth, even though he hasn't lived here since he was five years old." (11/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pzn7xc5  

No Comments »

Jason Ditz on The Scott Horton Show

November 20, 2014
posted by

The Scott Horton Show
by  

"Jason Ditz, news editor for Antiwar.com, discusses Jundallah’s pledge of support for ISIS; and Mossad’s history of using Jundallah to commit terrorist attacks in Iran to damage US-Iran relations." [Flash audio or MP3] (11/18/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/11/18/111814-jason-ditz/  

No Comments »

Citizens of the cloud

November 20, 2014
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by staff  

Interview with Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof. Tempelhof: "It's sad that people think they have any impact when voting. It's also sad that they're expressing their consent to an attempted geographic monopoly on violence through voting. Voting is immoral. If it weren't a monopoly -- or oligopoly, in the case of the nation-state system as a whole -- it would still be a bad decision-making platform. Why should any group have the right to decide over other people, simply because the others are outnumbered?" (11/19/14)

http://fee.org/the_freeman/detail/citizens-of-the-cloud  

No Comments »

Should YOU be free to use silver as money?

November 20, 2014
posted by

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by James Wilson  

"Two years ago, we acted on behalf of Bernard von NotHaus. You can learn about his 'counterfeiting' case here. There you will find a link to the letter Downsize DC President, Jim Babka, wrote to the judge in this case. Regrettably, his request for a retrial was denied earlier this month. He now faces sentencing in December. But we can protect others from future injustice by telling Congress to pass the Free Competition in Currency Act." (11/18/14)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/should-you-be-free-to-use-silver-as-money  

No Comments »

Uber is one startup that needs to grow up fast

November 20, 2014
posted by

Reuters Reuters
by Robert Cyran  

"Uber is one startup that needs to grow up fast. The Silicon Valley taxi app’s disregard for rules has spurred it toward a $30 billion valuation. But executives who threaten to 'dig up dirt' on critics, use unsavory tactics against rivals, and post statistics on customers' one-night stands present an existential business risk and hurt its fledgling brand. Uber needs to rein in its laddish impulses. Ironically, the latest embarrassment for founder Travis Kalanick came at a dinner in New York hosted by Uber to try to improve the media’s perception of the company. Senior Vice President Emil Michael suggested Uber could look into 'your personal lives, your families,' and give the media a taste of its own medicine, according to Buzzfeed." (11/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/qbpwjer  

No Comments »

The end of the American meth lab? Don’t get too excited

November 20, 2014
posted by

Abigail Hall Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"While the number of domestic meth suppliers may be shrinking, this doesn’t mean the market for meth is going away. As the Associated Press and others have pointed out, the production of methamphetamine is shifting from smaller operations in the United States, to 'super labs' in Mexico (cue the Breaking Bad episodes). Border states are seeing sharp increases in meth-related activities. Federal forces in California, for example, seized 3.5 metric tons of meth in 2013. In 2012, this number was about 0.5 metric tons. We see the same trend in Texas and Arizona." (11/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k8wpv33  

No Comments »

When the rustlers wear badges

November 20, 2014
posted by

William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"Sweeney Gillette, a very successful cattle trader from Ontario, Oregon, had barely finished a pleasant chat with his ex-wife when his phone rang. In an agitated voice, Gillette's attorney reported that he had just been contacted by a Malheur County deputy District Attorney who accused the rancher of 'unlawfully interfering with a witness' -- namely, his ex-wife. Since the attorney called literally seconds after Gillette had hung up, the call from the deputy DA must have come in the middle of the conversation with his ex-wife, who later insisted that she hadn't told anyone about the phone call. ... Sweeney's ex-wife was not the focus of an investigation, nor was she a witness. Her ex-husband, however, had been targeted by the Malheur County Sheriff's Office for a campaign of harassment and defamation that would eventually destroy his business and drive his family out of the state. " (11/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q74wyrp  

No Comments »

Insurance companies become ObamaCare’s biggest defenders

November 20, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by Peter Fricke  

"Critics charge Obamacare's individual mandate is boosting the profits of insurance companies, securing their loyalty to Democratic politicians.
Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin argued Tuesday that 'the individual mandate is the greatest single act of corporate welfare in memory,' creating new customers for the insurance companies by fiat and subsidizing that coverage with tax dollars." (11/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l239zqb  

No Comments »

Danger signals: ISIL, Hamas & the future of Israel

November 20, 2014
posted by

The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg  

"In Hebrew, 'black flag' refers to an immediate, glaring warning -- as in, the 'black flag of illegality' that figuratively flies over a military order that a soldier must refuse, or the actual flag put up by lifeguards to signal that the sea is too stormy for swimming. The symbolism of the color is entirely arbitrary. In Arab culture, a black flag recalls the battle standards of the Prophet Muhammad and of the Abbasid caliphate, which ruled from Baghdad over a vast Islamic empire. Traditionally, the connotations are positive. In recent months, though, the two meanings have converged. Inscribed with the words 'There is no god but God,' a black banner is now a symbol of danger, across the Middle East and beyond." (11/19/14)

http://prospect.org/article/isil-hamas-and-future-israel  

No Comments »

Economic tyranny trumps religious liberty

November 20, 2014
posted by

Acton Institute Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Michael Novak  

"Thomas Jefferson and James Madison both argued plainly (in Jefferson’s Statute for Religious Freedom in Virginia and in Madison’s Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments) that, although the creator of the universe did not have to do so, He made the human mind free. Further, that it is self-evident that to any human who recognizes the relation of creator to creature, the latter has a duty of gratitude to the former. And, moreover, not simply a duty of gratitude, but even a duty of worship." (11/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ols5p2h  

No Comments »

Bolivia on the road to serfdom

November 20, 2014
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Roberto Ortiz  

"It sounds strange to mention free markets and political parties in the same sentence, but to understand the problem in Bolivia, these parties must be analyzed through the lens of the market. Those that sell public policy (the parties) should have to compete with one another to be chosen by the consumer (the voter). These sellers should present their policies to the consumer openly and competitively. However, Bolivia’s political marketplace is handicapped by a lack of genuine, open competition." (11/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/owtqo9a  

No Comments »

Improving long-term care in Wisconsin

November 20, 2014
posted by

National Center for Policy Analysis National Center for Policy Analysis
by Pamela Villarreal  

"Medicaid, the state/federal health care program for the poor, covers a variety of health services, including long-term care (either in a nursing home facility or through at-home visits) for those whose income and asset thresholds are low enough to qualify for Medicaid. Approximately 80,000 Wisconsinites are receiving some form of long-term care, and that number is expected to grow more than 2 percent annually. In fiscal year 2014, 40 percent of state Medicaid expenditures in Wisconsin were spent on long-term care, even though only 7 percent of Medicaid enrollees were receiving long-term care services." (11/19/14)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/st361  

No Comments »

Wrong kind of government breeds cronyism

November 20, 2014
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Nancy Thorner  

"What kind of government do we have? To most people the response would be 'a democracy.' In 2008 Obama proclaimed he had received a mandate from the people to radically change this nation. According to President Obama, what the majority wants, the majority gets! Does government really exist so what the majority wants the majority gets? Doing something for the public good means that one group of people will be sacrificed for another. Our system of democracy calls for the establishment of interest groups to influence politics. If we believe that interest groups are corrupt, then our democracy is also corrupt." (11/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/la9pqp6  

No Comments »

Is there no limit to college tuition hikes?

November 20, 2014
posted by

Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"If you are about to apply to college or send your children to an institution of higher learning, please make sure not to miss the CNN documentary, 'Ivory Tower,' by Andrew Rossi which looks at why college is so expensive. ... I was spellbound watching the what happened at Cooper Union, where President Jamshed Bharucha ended a 150-year policy of not charging tuition. The school made some bad investments and built a $175 million building. ... Some students at Cooper Union argued that college is a right, not just at Cooper Union, but everywhere. That’s not realistic. If a college education is a right, then no one has to earn it. And: While graduates benefit financially from a degree, they expect other people to pay for it. And if someone else pays for it, why would administrators ever control costs?" (11/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pzbvkb6  

No Comments »

Our Sponsors





Making a living off your Drupal site?

Drupal Managed Hosting

Fed up with Maintenance and Hosting companies?