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My Devil’s Dictionary

April 14, 2015
posted by

James Bovard JimBovard.com
by James Bovard  

"April 15 is the day each year when Americans are most likely to slander Washington. Unfortunately, the city’s nebulous nomenclature deters citizens from recognizing exactly how well their elected leaders serve them. To bridge the gap between the nation’s capital and the American people, here is Washingtonese translated into the vernacular ..." (04/13/15)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2015/04/13/usa-today-my-devils-dictionary/  

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On the road with Hillary

April 14, 2015
posted by

LewRockwell.com
by Jack Perry  

"Just when I thought an American presidential campaign couldn't be kicked off any dumber, Hillary Clinton went and proved me wrong. Hillary has taken to the great American highway in a minivan for a whistle-stop tour to spread the word to the American people. At first I thought this was some kind of a prank, but then I saw she's already started. What is this, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters? Yeah, well, you'll need to take the 'electric Kool-Aid acid test' to believe the crap she's selling. Hey Hillary, if you want to see how the American people really live, you're in the wrong vehicle. Try a beat-up 15 year old car with broken air conditioning, a dented fender, faded paint, and one window duct-taped shut. Make sure it doesn't have a broken tail-light so you don't get stopped and shot by the cops." (04/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qyxlelr  

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Questions for Clinton

April 14, 2015
posted by

Our Future
by Digby  

"I wrote a piece for Salon today about, what else, Hillary Clinton. The headline is harsh (I didn’t write it) but I think the piece asks some fair questions. ... She’s going on the trail and we’ll find out where she stands on all those things before too long. It’s going to be a long campaign so there’s plenty of time to figure it all out. I happen to think there’s an opening here for a real paradigm shift beyond the fact of her historic status as a woman running for the highest office in the land. I’m hoping she seizes the opportunity." [editor's note: oppo research, showing the levels of delusion among some "progressives" - SAT] (04/13/15)

http://ourfuture.org/20150413/questions-for-clinton  

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Why libertarianism needs God

April 14, 2015
posted by

Libertarian Alliance The Libertarian Alliance
by Mustela nivalis  

"I believe that the reason why libertarianism isn't getting anywhere is that it has nothing to counter the power of utopia. It quite rightly doesn't have a utopia of its own, but without anything of at least equal leverage, libertarianism will always fail." (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qhyxuw4  

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Beyond the ancap/minarchy debate

April 14, 2015
posted by

Reformed Libertarian
by C Jay Engel  

"The biggest problem, I think, in addressing the ancap/minarchy debate is the fact that A) people get emotional and don't listen to the actual argumentation being set forth and B) refuse to precisely set down operating definitions. Personally, I think the whole debate is overdone and overemphasized. For example, Murray Rothbard, the intellectual who coined the term 'anarcho-capitalist,' was convinced that government could be funded and provided for in a way that was consistent with the summation of his political thought; namely, the non-aggression principle. Mises, perhaps the most brilliant sociologists in modern history, was not convinced that government could be funded and provided for in that way." (04/13/15)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/blog/beyond-the-ancapminarchy-debate/  

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An ancient imam at the center of Iran nuclear deal

April 14, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by Mohamad Bazzi  

"When Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif announced on April 2 that his country tentatively accepted an agreement limiting Tehran’s nuclear program, he made a point of praising his boss, the supreme leader, for his 'heroic flexibility.' After two years of negotiations with the United States and five world powers (France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany), Zarif could be expected to thank Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in all Iranian political and national security matters -- as he emphasized with his comments on Thursday demanding an end to sanctions as soon as Iran signs a final agreement. But Zarif’s reference to 'heroic flexibility' was also a signal to hardliners in Iran that this deal has Khamenei’s support." (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nr2j2ra  

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Free Talk Live, 04/13/15

April 14, 2015
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
by  

"Cop Who Shot Man in Back, Killing Him, Revels in Adrenaline Rush :: Adrenaline Junkie :: JFK Assassination :: Boy Detained for Questioning Cannabis Prohibition, Mom Arrested :: Police Home Invasion of Muslim Women :: Garbage Trucks Set Ablaze :: Kansas Drug Laws :: Dads Screwed by Custody Battles :: Children and Divorce :: Reasons for Divorce :: Police Kidnap Free Range Kids." [Flash audio or MP3] (04/13/15)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2015-04-13  

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Bill Maher’s bigoted atheism

April 14, 2015
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Salon
by Mary Elizabeth Williams  

"As the threats of terrorism and right-wing Christianity have risen in the past few years, Maher's aggressive brand of atheism -- also popularized by the likes of Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris -- has gained a strong following among a certain type of self-professed intellectual. Maher has famously said, 'Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don't have all the answers to think that they do' -- which is pretty funny, given the know-it-all arrogance of the anti-religion big leaguers like Maher himself. As Zakaria very eloquently pointed out, that stance has given Maher more power and reach than he's ever had in his long career. But whatever you believe or don't, if you're selling blanket intolerance, you don't get to call yourself one of the good guys. You shouldn't even get to call yourself one of the smart ones." (04/13/15)

http://www.salon.com/2015/04/13/bill_mahers_atheism_is_just_bigotry/  

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Rand Paul is GOP’s best hope to beat Hillary

April 14, 2015
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Brian O'Connor  

"Hillary Clinton, to no one's surprise, announced Sunday that she's running for president. Barring catastrophe, she'll become the Democratic nominee next summer. There is no such clarity on the Republican side, with a new candidate official entering the race every week. But this much is clear: If the GOP want to defeat Clinton next fall, they should turn to the only Republican whose buzz rivals hers: Rand Paul. The Republican Party is at a crossroads. Its base, bolstered by big-tent conservatism throughout the 1980s and late 2000s, is aware of its own image problem." [editor's note: Now we are hearing this from "progressive" sources? Even more reason not to support him? - SAT] (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhx43yu  

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Hillary 2016 launches with corporate style, little substance

April 14, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf  

"Sunday evening, some hours after Hillary Clinton released a video announcing her bid for the presidency, I opened a web browser and pressed play to take a look. But I quickly glanced away, reflexively checking Twitter as I sometimes do during pre-roll ads. When I looked back 45 seconds later I felt frustrated with The New York Times. Hadn't their website promised that my video would start in 15 seconds? At the one-minute mark I began to wonder, 'What is this ad even for? An investment bank? A health insurer? Windows 9?' After 90 seconds I was genuinely curious. And that's when I heard the former secretary of state's voice and realized what was going on: I was already watching Hillary's announcement video." [editor's note: Same thing happened to me. I kept wonder "when is the 'skip ad' button going to appear, or else it shows me the car or insurance company or whatever they're flogging?" - TLK] (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n6lsxww  

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Freedom Feens Radio, 04/13/15

April 14, 2015
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Freedom Feens Freedom Feens Radio
by  

"Derrick J and Brett Veinotte (from the School Sucks Podcast) talk about the evils of Manufacturing Consent." [Flash audio or MP3] (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nwcgjw8  

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The Freedom Report Podcast, 04/13/15

April 14, 2015
posted by

The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by  

"Dr. Edward Hudgins of the Atlas Society joins the Freedom Report podcast to discuss libertarians and the problem of Iran. Is Iran an existential threat to the United States? And what about ISIS? How can we defend ourselves without creating even more problems for ourselves in the region?" [Flash audio or MP3] (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ncbmzow  

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“The ‘Greatest Generation’ is the one that ABOLISHED the USA military draft.”

April 14, 2015
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise The Libertarian Enterprise
by Dennis Wilson  

"The 'Greatest Generation' lived both inside and outside of the USA military, during and after the undeclared and illegal Vietnam War. It takes an incredible amount of courage to stand up to the government that claims to own you -- and they did it and they won! Sadly, the generations that followed and benefited the most, have FAILED TO ACKNOWLEDGE this achievement and have instead glorified the murder, mayhem, blind obedience and outright gullibility of generations prior to Vietnam, especially those who allowed themselves to become needlessly entangled, by the USA government, in the two world wars of the 20th Century, and the undeclared and illegal war in Korea." (04/12/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle817-20150412-03.html  

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Don’t forget the reasons people don’t believe in your social cause

April 14, 2015
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James E Miller Mises Canada
by James E Miller  

"When it comes to Austrian economist and political thinker Friedrich Hayek, conservatives and libertarians are at odds. While conservatives like Hayek's opposition to big government, they may disagree with his views on social progress. In the same vein, libertarians agree with his theories about spontaneous order and decentralized knowledge, but they might not be so fond of his favorable views on social mores. The trouble is, Hayek's philosophical views are far from straightforward." (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m8rewep  

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Humble Hillary heads off

April 13, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Hillary Clinton announced, yesterday, that she wants to be the next president of these United States. She made it official via an Internet video, which starts off with all kinds of normal, regular folks expressing their hopes and plans for 2015. The small boy singing about 'little tiny fishes' steals the show. After a minute and a half of innocence-by-association, Hillary Clinton comes on to say that she, too, has big plans: 'I'm running for president.'" (04/13/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/04/13/humble-hillary-heads-off-2/  

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The new militarism: Who profits?

April 13, 2015
posted by

Ron Paul The Daily Bell
by Ron Paul  

"Militarism and military spending are everywhere on the rise, as the new Cold War propaganda seems to be paying off. The new 'threats' that are being hyped bring big profits to military contractors and the network of think tanks they pay to produce pro-war propaganda." (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mq6h2s9  

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Why doesn’t democracy work?

April 13, 2015
posted by

David S. D'Amato Future of Freedom Foundation
by David S D'Amato  

"In Democracy and Political Ignorance, law professor Ilya Somin looks down into the apparently fathomless depth of voter ignorance and concludes that dividing and decentralizing the power of the federal government can alleviate many of the ills attending such ignorance. Somin begins by asking whether we ought to care about political ignorance -- indeed, whether we are justified in caring." (04/10/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/doesnt-democracy-work/  

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Rubio’s candidacy still makes no sense

April 13, 2015
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"It is worth remembering Romney's example as evidence that presumptive front-runners can and do get away with dissatisfying 'very conservative' primary voters. It doesn't tell us very much about what long-shot, first-time candidates can get away with in a very crowded field. Rubio isn't in Romney’s 2011-2012 position. If we want to compare him to earlier Republican candidates, he is more like McCain in 2000 or Romney in 2008. Both of them had a record of positions that put them at odds with movement conservatives, and both of them were running for president for the first time. McCain took pride in this and ran against Bush from the 'left,' and Romney underwent one of his periodic transmogrifications in order to pretend that he now agreed with movement conservatives on almost everything. Most conservative voters didn't trust either of them, and neither of them won the nomination that year." (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p44ctpb  

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Economics as a hard science

April 13, 2015
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Karl Borden and Jacob Borden  

"Economics -- the application of scarce resources to productive ends -- is generally considered a 'social' science. Such classification leads many to presume that the 'laws' of economics are social conventions and therefore mutable. But is economics entirely a soft science?" (04/13/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/detail/economics-as-a-hard-science  

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Mandatory drinking the Kool-Aid

April 13, 2015
posted by

Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap  

"While the tale being sold is of the threat unvaccinated bring to the herd, other sources cite evidence of the vaccinations injecting diseases, disabilities and weakness into societies instead of good health. Many cultures, communities and some countries are banning vaccines. Meanwhile, the great experimenters on the left coast are going to MANDATE THEM. Well, the one OUT the legislation coursing through the political veins currently allows is to homeschoolers." (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mz5dkgg  

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The rise of Hillary and the death of politics

April 13, 2015
posted by

Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"If you want to see how small politics has become in the 21st century, just look at Hillary Clinton's chucking of her hat into the 2016 US presidential race. Or better still, look at the response to her unveiling of her presidential ambitions, the chorus of cheers and whoops that greeted her decision to make hers a gender-focused, grandmotherly, womanish campaign, in which, as one excited observer puts it, sex -- as in biology, not raunch -- will form a 'core plank' of Hillary's stab for the White House. What this speaks to is the suffocating extent to which the politics of identity, the accident of who we are, the lottery of our natural characteristics, is now paramount in the political sphere, having violently elbowed aside the old politics of ideas, and substance, and conviction." (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lcx3xfr  

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Yemen: Another failed US military intervention

April 13, 2015
posted by

Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"After the 9/11 attacks, George W. Bush expanded his 'War on Terror' from the Afghanistan/Pakistan region and started attacking Islamist militants in Yemen from the air. In 2006, AQAP was born after 23 militants escaped from prison in Yemen. Journalists, both locally in Yemen and from the West, have documented that the U.S. drone war under Bush and now Obama has actually increased the numbers of AQAP fighters. Now, because the Shi'ite Houthi group, financed by Shi'ite Iran, has taken over large parts of Yemen in a civil war, Sunni Saudi Arabia, with critical U.S. military aid, has begun a bombing campaign to attempt to halt the Houthi offensive on the ground and to destroy U.S. weapons earlier given to the now defunct Yemeni government, which are now in the hands of the Houthis." (04/13/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=6355  

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Bill’s advice to Hillary

April 13, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Bruce Plante  

Cartoon. (04/

http://www.cagle.com/2015/04/bills-advice-to-hillary/  

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Religious freedom is worth protecting

April 13, 2015
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Gay rights groups and their allies were outraged when Indiana enacted a 'religious freedom' measure that let businesses refuse to take part in same-sex weddings and other events they find objectionable. Opponents of the new law had an unassailable goal: protecting a small group of people from having their freedom trampled by an unsympathetic majority. Funny thing: That's exactly what religious freedom laws were designed to do." [editor's note: Indiana's law didn't "let businesses refuse to take part in same-sex weddings and other events they find objectionable." They were already free to do that. Nor was the Indiana law "meant to do" that. It was "meant to" send a dog-whistle signal to voters who oppose same-sex marriage that Republicans are on their side. That was its entire purpose and its entire function - TLK] (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q9mljb2  

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You didn’t make sense with that

April 13, 2015
posted by

Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"I'm sick of hearing the 'you didn't build that' mantra trumpeted whenever someone feels the need to flaunt his or her faux sophistication about the way the world works. Yes, it's true that entrepreneurs and investors who profit in the marketplace typically don't build much of the infrastructure they use to connect with their input suppliers and with their customers. But this fact proves far less than those who shout it out think it proves." (04/12/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/04/you-didnt-make-sense-with-that.html  

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