Today's Edition


Guatemala: Molina resigns amid corruption scandal

Washington Post

"Faced with an arrest warrant on corruption charges, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina submitted his resignation late Wednesday, leaving the country leaderless [sic] four days before a presidential election. ... An investigation by the Attorney General's office and a team of U.N. backed anti-corruption investigators alleged that Perez Molina, 64, and several senior officials participated in a conspiracy to receive millions in bribes in exchange for letting companies evade customs taxes." (09/03/15)


KY: Kim Davis jailed on contempt charges until she agrees to do her job

Raw Story

"Kim Davis, the defiant Kentucky county clerk, was found in contempt of court and taken into federal custody. U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning ordered Davis, the Rowan County clerk, to be jailed on the contempt charges until she agrees to comply with multiple court orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The judge ordered her held indefinitely because he did not believe fines would be enough to compel her to follow the law. Davis, an elected official, has argued that she should be exempt from following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges because she objects to same-sex marriage for religious beliefs." (09/03/15)


Turkey: Regime releases two foreign political prisoners, continues to hold one

Telegraph [UK]

"Turkish authorities have released two British journalists arrested on terror charges in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. Jake Hanrahan, 25, and Philip Pendlebury, 28, from Vice News, were arrested last week along with their Iraqi translator Mohammed Ismail Rasool. Mr Rasool remains in custody, pending investigation. It was not immediately clear whether Mr Hanrahan or Mr Pendlebury would be able to leave Turkey, where they had been reporting on the conflict pitting Turkish authorities against the militant youth wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Specific charges against the journalists remain unclear." (09/03/15)


Iraq: Separate bomb attacks kill 11 in and around Baghdad

Danbury News Times

"Officials say a wave of attacks in and around Baghdad has killed at least 11 civilians and wounded 28. The attacks targeted five commercial areas with bombs. Police officials said the deadliest bombing Thursday killed three shoppers and wounded 10 in the town of Tarmiyah, 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Baghdad." (09/03/15)


Nigeria: 9,500 refugees return from Cameroon

Epoch Times

"At least 9,500 people have returned to Nigeria since the Cameroonian government said last month it will expel unregistered Nigerian refugees as part of the fight against Boko Haram, a Nigerian official said. Some of those who have returned claimed they were mistreated by the Cameroonian authorities, including being crammed in trucks leading to suffocation and alleged deaths." (09/03/15)


Somalia: Militants kill dozens of soldiers

Baton Rouge Post

"Dozens of African Union and Somali army men have been killed after Islamist Al Shabaab militants overran a military camp in southern Somalia, military officials said Wednesday. The exact number of dead in the attack in Janale District, 80kms southwest of Mogadishu in the Lower Shabelle region was not known." (09/03/15)


Snowden notices Clinton, Trump; pauses, scrapes them from bottom of his shoe


"Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked classified government surveillance information, has some words for presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in an Al Jazeera interview airing Friday. ... Last month, outspoken billionaire Trump called Snowden a 'total traitor,' adding that he 'would deal with [Snowden] harshly' if he were president. Snowden's response: 'It's very difficult to respond in a serious way to any statement that's made by Donald Trump.' ... Snowden hit Clinton for her own handling of secret material on a private email server. ... 'If an ordinary worker at the State Department or the Central Intelligence Agency...were sending details about the security of the embassies, which is alleged to be in her email, meetings with private government officials, foreign government officials, and the statements that were made to them in confidence over unclassified email systems, they would not only lose their jobs and lose their clearance, they would very likely face prosecution for it.'" (09/03/15)


IL: Emanuel set to call for largest property tax hike in modern Chicago history

Chicago Tribune

"Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to call for the largest property tax increase in modern Chicago history to raise enough money to make a major pension payment for police and firefighters next year, the mayor's City Council floor leader and a City Hall source told the Chicago Tribune late Wednesday. The mayor also plans to push a new garbage collection tax, a new per-ride fee on taxis and ride-hailing services such as Uber and a new tax on electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. ... During his first term, Emanuel avoided major tax hikes in favor of a series of smaller tax, fee and fine increases that together resulted in the equivalent of a 60 percent increase in city property taxes for the average homeowner. Still, come re-election time this year, Emanuel was able to tell voters he hadn't raised property, sales or gas taxes during his tenure." (09/03/15)


US begins secret drone attack to target IS militants

Florida Statesman

"The United States has launched a major but covert anti-terror operation to target Islamic State militants in Syria and the clandestine program is being run jointly by the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), according to a Washington Post report. The operation, run separately from the broader US military offensive against the brutal terror group, is responsible for several recent drone strikes against senior Islamic State operatives, according to the Post, citing unnamed officials." (09/03/15)


Why it’s so much easier for Congress to vote for war than peace


"Though a majority in the Senate may vote against the Iran nuclear agreement, the deal is now expected to survive. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama gained enough support in the Senate to sustain a presidential veto. But that’s not the same as getting a majority in Congress to sign on to support the deal. In fact, unless the situation changes dramatically, a majority in Congress will vote against diplomacy. Many critics of the deal continue to talk about the need for military action -- no matter the potential price in blood and treasure. Meanwhile they disparage diplomacy, no matter how low the risk and costly the alternatives. ... It is often politically safer for members to vote for war and against diplomacy. That reality is nothing new." (09/03/15)


UK: Sexting boy’s naked selfie recorded as crime by police

BBC News [UK state media]

A boy who sent a naked photograph of himself to a girl at school has had the crime of making and distributing indecent images recorded against him by police, the BBC has learnt. The boy, aged 14, who was not arrested or charged, could have his name stored on a police database for 10 years. The information could also be disclosed to future employers, his mother said. Police said three children were named in a crime report, but it was not in the public interest to prosecute. The Criminal Bar Association said the case highlighted the dangers of needlessly criminalising children. The schoolboy, who lives in the north of England, told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme he took the naked photo of himself in his own bedroom." (09/03/15)


MO: Boy, 11, fatally shoots intruder during home invasion

NBC News

"An 11-year-old St. Louis-area boy fatally shot 16-year-old who was one of two people who'd entered his home during an alleged home invasion Thursday afternoon, police said. ... Two people had approached the home twice before Thursday, and on the third attempt entered the house through the front door, police said. The 11-year-old who lives in the home shot the 16-year-old intruder in the head, St. Louis County police said in a statement. Police found the shot teenager dead in the foyer, and a second person who fled was caught nearby. ... 'It's troubling to say the least and shows that too many young people have access to handguns and the results are usually tragic,' St. Louis County Sgt. [and fucking idiot] Brian Schellman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch." (09/03/15)


Greek leftists sputter, poll shows conservatives pulling ahead


"Former Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras's leftist Syriza party said on Thursday it remained confident of winning an outright victory in a Sept. 20 election despite an opinion poll that showed its main conservative rival edging ahead. Just a few weeks ago, a Syriza victory in the snap election had appeared almost certain as Greeks lauded the charismatic and youthful Tsipras for waging a bruising battle against European and International Monetary Fund creditors over austerity cuts. But opinion polls over the past week have shown the New Democracy party run by interim leader Vangelis Meimarakis catching up quickly, with one showing it even overtaking Syriza, suggesting a surprisingly tight contest for the vote." (09/03/15)


Study: Earth has trillions more trees than we thought

Christian Science Monitor

"A new census of Earth's trees finds that forests hosts slightly more than 3 trillion of them, 2.6 trillion more than previous estimates have found. The new number is astonishing, say researchers, who are just beginning to sort through the implications it may hold for conservation efforts and for refining researchers' understanding of the planet's carbon cycle. What appears to be a population boom in fact results from a more-accurate approach to estimating the number of trees, according to the team that conducted the census." [editor's note: The Monitor's headline-writer focused on a secondary finding down in paragraph 7 (lots of trees gone due to "civilization" ... DUH?); I changed it to match the actual story - SAT] (09/03/15)


VA: Portsmouth officer indicted for murder in teen’s death

WAVY 10 News

"Portsmouth Commonwealth Attorney Stephanie Morales and the mother of 18-year-old William Chapman spoke Thursday on the indictment of Portsmouth Police Officer Stephen Rankin. Rankin was indicted Thursday for first degree murder in the death of 18-year-old William Chapman, according to court paperwork. He was also charged with use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. In April, 18-year-old Chapman was suspected of having shoplifted from the Wal-Mart on Frederick Boulevard. Security then alerted police .... Multiple witnesses told police the man and the officer started to struggle. At some point during the altercation, VSP said the officer shot Chapman. The officer immediately called for medical rescue, but Chapman died at the scene." (09/03/15)


Report: Sweden considering joining NATO over fears of Russia

Fox News

"Sweden reportedly is rethinking its centuries-old policy of military neutrality and could join NATO over fears of Russian aggression. The Los Angeles Times reports that Swedish officials fear a resurgent Russia due to its increased air and naval patrols into the Baltic states’ airspace and maritime zones over the last two years. Such aggressive Russian measures have stoked new hostilities between the West and Moscow. Sweden itself was put on edge in October of last year after navy and maritime security forces hunted for a suspected Russian submarine off the Stockholm archipelago. However, the hunt yielded no vessel." (09/03/15)


Trump signs GOP loyalty pledge


"Donald Trump and Reince Priebus have a deal. The Republican front-runner announced at a press conference on Thursday that he signed the loyalty pledge the GOP sought and will support the eventual Republican nominee, whoever that may be." (09/03/15)


Prosecutors alleged bogus tire claims by NASA contractors

CBS Miami

"Two NASA contractors in Florida are accused of submitting hundreds of thousands of dollars in fake claims for tires. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that URS Federal Solutions and its subcontractor, Yang Enterprises Inc., submitted $387,000 in false claims for car tire replacements. The contractors were responsible for overseeing 400 vehicles at the Kennedy Space Center for the General Services Administration." (09/03/15)


US judge takes lesser prairie chicken off endangered species list

The Oklahoman

"A federal judge in Texas has overturned the Obama administration's listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. U.S. District Judge Robert A. Junell ruled Tuesday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to follow its own procedures in determining whether the bird should receive protection under the Endangered Species Act." (09/03/15)


Brady beats NFL: Federal judge tosses four-game suspension in “Deflategate”

Fox News

"A federal judge deflated 'Deflategate' Thursday, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for a controversy that the NFL claimed threatened football's integrity. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went too far in affirming punishment of the Super Bowl winning quarterback. Brady has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season's AFC championship game. The written decision frees Brady to prepare for the Sept. 10 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers." (09/03/15)



There is no “war on cops;” there is a long-overdue conversation about police brutality

by Nick Gillespie

"So far this year, the same number of police nationwide have been killed in the line of duty as last year: between 25 and 28, depending on the source (this doesn't include traffic and other on-the-job accidents unless the officer was in pursuit of or actively engaged in dealing with a criminal). ... Regardless, police spokesmen, Fox News hosts such Sean Hannity, and politicians such as Ted Cruz are quick to say that Goforth's killing by an in-custody suspect with a long rap sheet of violent assaults and mental problems is proof positive of a 'war on cops.' It bears repeating: There is no war on cops. There is a long overdue and very welcome national conversation about criminal justice reform and more going on. That's partly due to new forms of media that allow citizens to document how police do their job and, to their credit, it's also because police departments all over the country are trying to stop a long slide in citizen confidence." (09/03/15)


Immigration and freedom
by Andrew P Napolitano

"The natural rights of all persons consist of areas of human behavior for which we do not need and will not accept the need for a government permission slip. We all expect that the government will leave us alone when we think, speak, publish, worship, defend ourselves, enter our homes, choose our mates or travel. The list of natural rights is endless. We expect this not because we are Americans, but because we are persons and these rights are integral to our nature. We expect this in America because the Constitution was written to restrain the government from interfering with natural rights. When these first principles are violated to advance a political cause or to quell public fear, those whose rights are violated because of an immutable characteristic of birth, not because of personal culpability, become the victims of ugly public indifference or official government repression." (09/03/15)


Is government waste incurable? One case study
by Jim Bovard

"The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation's ship has sunk after Congress refused to bail out the federal agency that critics say serves no legitimate purpose. It stayed afloat for more than two decades thanks to lawmakers doling out millions of dollars to award students for head-scratching innovations, including the idea that people are more likely to recycle if they are given a free recycling bin. After 23 years on the federal till, the foundation spun into hiatus -- at least temporarily -- on April 15, in spite of a 'Hail Mary' budgetary ploy that almost succeeded in snaring another bailout from Congress. But this story is far from over. It may resurface, as history suggests." (09/02/15)


The fantasy world of Ben Carson
by Justin Raimondo

"In the fantasy world of Ben Carson -- neurosurgeon and Fox News star-turned-presidential candidate -- the roots of Muslim hostility to Israel go all the way back to the rivalry of Jacob and Esau. ... Carson's description of the origin of Islam seems a bit crazy to anyone familiar with actual history, but to the Bible-believing fundamentalists, who make up a worrying percentage of the Republican electorate, it makes all the sense in the world." (09/04/15)


Just say no to the FCC’s router power grab

William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

"The Federal Communications Commission is at it again. After its massive, illegal 'net neutrality' power grab in February, you might think Washington's chief ministry for the suppression of information freedom and restraint of digital trade would take a break to digest its prey. But no. Now they've set their sights on controlling your home Wi-Fi router, too." (09/03/15)


Doctors will be the scapegoats in the coming ObamaCare disaster

Heartland Institute
by Justin Haskins

"In short, since ACA was forced on the American people, costs have gone up, access to primary care physicians has fallen, and the overall health of the nation remains unchanged at best. Obamacare has clearly been a failure, and this damaging program's supporters have already started looking for their next scapegoat." (09/03/15)


Why are Republicans so upset about ObamaCare?

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

"Although Republicans have talked incessantly about repealing Obamacare since the day it became the law of the land, they were for Republican versions of it before they were against it. They are for Republican versions of it right now. And they wholeheartedly support government intervention into the health-care and health-insurance industries that are even worse." (09/03/15)


Immigrants don’t drain welfare, they fund it

The New Republic
by Laura Reston

"Republican presidential candidates who want to deport undocumented immigrants en masse, end birthright citizenship, and build a wall along the Mexican border just got some new ammunition. A report released Wednesday by the Center for Immigration Studies, an organization that advocates for reducing immigration to the United States, has concluded that 51 percent of households headed by immigrants (legal or undocumented) receive some kind of welfare. ... While that sentiment is likely to resonate with conservatives, the facts prove otherwise: Native-born Americans aren’t footing the bill for immigrants so much as immigrants are contributing to a welfare system that many of them can't take advantage of." (09/03/15)


Economic development can have some old, old, roots

Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

"For some years now economists have been measuring economic development by the amount of light that can be seen in satellite photographs of an area. For one of the very first things people seem to do, as soon as they can, is to light up that bulb rather than curse against the darkness. The technique has been used to estimate African GDP growth for example, coming to much more cheering results than the official figures would have us believe. And here it’s used to measure quite how old some of the roots of successful development might be ..." (09/03/15)


Taxes, taxpayers, and the public money’s moral matrix
by Pamela J Hobart

"Recent debates over Planned Parenthood's involvement in procuring and selling body parts from aborted fetuses have inspired all sorts of proclamations from concerned citizens. Some taxpayers' indignation at the potential implication of tax dollars in abortion provision has been renewed. Others are proud and happy to fund Planned Parenthood, citing its noble work for women's health. While this particular topic has been refreshed for now, the form of these claims is nothing new. The moral status of public money is a complicated one. By what political alchemy does, can, or should tax dollars be washed of the interests of those who controlled them last? What is the proper attitude of a citizen towards the duly authorized expenditures of public funds?" (09/03/15)


When government fails — Venezuela edition

Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall

"Some people look at the conditions in Venezuela and point to oil prices as the source of many of its problems. The Venezuelan government, led by President Nicolas Maduro, blames opposition leaders for the nation's many issues. (He also blames Spiderman. No, really. You can read about it here.) But the villain in this situation is obvious to anyone with an understanding of basic economics. The maleficent actor here is the Venezuelan government." (09/03/15)


Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 09/03/15

Peaceful Anarchism

"Please enjoy my recent conversation with Katie Testa. Herein we discussed how she became a Voluntaryist, Anarchist, and Unschooler, Peaceful Parenting, talking to people about Voluntaryism, Non-Violent Communication (NVC), government without guns, be like a joyful child feeding a hungry duck, black and white logical fallacy, human needs are universal, NVC in relationships, NVC in parenting ..." [MP3] (09/03/15)


Lessig would use a scalpel where a machete is needed

Center for a Stateless Society
by Chad Nelson

"Lessig, like so many other well-intentioned campaign finance reformists, mistakes the symptom for the disease. While campaign donations are little more than thinly-veiled bribery, they're only the product of much deeper problem -- that of political authority. Without political authority, the billions paid by corporate leaches to their public stooges would have little practical effect. It is the ability of the political class to implement the dictates of their wealthy benefactors that makes campaign donations so profitable. Absent the force of the law backing blatant corporate handouts like the Drug War, intellectual property, perpetual warfare, and a giant banking cartel, American taxpayers would simply not stand by as their looted incomes fund these monstrosities." (09/03/15)


Why economics matters

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jeff Deist

"Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton simply are not going to talk much in economic terms or present detailed economic 'plans.' On the contrary, they -- will assume rightly -- that most Americans just don't have any interest beyond sloganeering like '1%,' 'social justice,' 'greed,' 'paying their fair share,' and the like. Candidates on the Right won't be much better. They'd prefer to talk about other subjects, but when they do broach economics they're either outwardly protectionist like Donald Trump or deadly dull. Who is inspired by flat tax proposals? Americans simply aren't much interested in the details, or even the accuracy, of the economic pronouncements of the political class. We want bread and circuses." (09/03/15)


Deterrence, and that truck in Austria

The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

"'Deterrence' is the hot word of the summer. Ex-diplomat Dennis Ross and ex-general David Petraeus wrote that they could support the Iran deal if President Obama supplies more deterrence against Iran breaking it. Columnist Thomas Friedman argued that Israelis should see the up side of the agreement, 'especially if the U.S. enhanced its deterrence.' Friedman didn't suggest how to do that. But ex-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, coming out for the deal, gave details." (09/03/15)


If you’re going to spy on us at least use the data

A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

"Police have been in overdrive expanding their pervasive surveillance apparatus. They want camera, cell phone interceptor, and license plate scanner coverage throughout the country. Just to enjoy the privilege of driving we're required to submit our personal information, including home address, to the Department of Motor Vehicles so it can print it on a piece of plastic that we have to hand a police when they pull us over so they can check if there are any outstanding warrants. I don't approve of this widespread surveillance but I do ask that they at least use the data they collect to ensure they storm the correct house when they're on one of their domestic dog hunting excursions ..." (09/03/15)


A tale

Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

"Once upon a time in the town of Crowville, somewhere deep in the heartland of America, the town elders secured the imposition of a poll tax to be paid by everyone in Crowville who votes in any political election in that handsome burgh. The tax took the form of a flat $100 fee to be paid by every man and woman each time he or she seeks admission to a polling place in Crowville. The elders further arranged for the proceeds of this tax to be used to subsidize transportation to the polls of low-income Crowvillians. The elders heartily patted themselves on their backs for their wisdom and charity." (09/02/15)


Virginia: The culture of complaint turns lethal

by Kevin Yull

"The Virginia shooting draws attention to disturbing elements of American culture that undercut the simplistic 'blame the guns' media coverage. It points to the brittle culture of offence, whereby any behaviour considered disagreeable to some is understood as a personal slight. It touches on the bizarre narcissism of the selfie, in which only moments caught on camera are deemed real. And it indicts a powerful sense of entitlement, in which individuals demand automatic acceptance of who they are from others, and assume that any problems they create are always someone else’s fault." (09/03/15)


Kim Davis, issue the marriage licenses

USA Today
by staff

"Elected officials don’t get to pick and choose which laws to obey and which official duties to perform. Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, Ky., must have missed that day at school. On Tuesday, she repeatedly refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. And in a clumsy attempt to avoid looking as if she’s discriminating, she has refused to issue marriage licenses to all couples since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in June. Never mind that the landmark Supreme Court ruling held that gay couples have a fundamental right to marry, guaranteed by the Constitution. Or that Ky. Gov. Steven Beshear directed county clerks to fulfill their 'duties prescribed by law' or resign. Or that a federal judge ordered Davis to issue licenses -- an order that the U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt." (09/03/15)


Humanity washed ashore

Liberty Blitzkrieg
by The Dissident Dad

"Despite all our advancements as a species, our iDevices, the internet of everything, travel, and the ability to deliver fresh produce around the world, humanity still suffers from unspeakable horrors due to an inability to see ourselves within our fellow humans. We are so obsessed with our own needs, our own egos, and our tribalism to understand we are all in this together. Through all the suffering, we continue to go about our lives, forgetting about the pain happening to so many of our brothers and sisters." (09/03/15)


Rich mischief

Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"The headline was clear: 'State ballot initiative fee raised to $2,000 to prevent mischief.' It just wasn't accurate. Assembly Bill 1100, introduced by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell), passed by Democrats in the legislature and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, doesn't do anything to address 'mischief.' Which, incidentally, abounds in California government -- especially in the legislature. The new law raises the cost for citizens to file a ballot initiative from $200 to $2,000." (09/03/15)


Markets are self-aware

by Scott Sumner

"Markets are just amazingly wise. But that shouldn't be surprising, because they must be smarter than us in order to make it tough to get rich. And that's because if it were easy to get rich we'd quickly run out of steel to build 500 foot yachts. To prevent that steel shortage, markets are incredibly subtle and wise, far ahead of our pea brains. Of course I'm half joking, but there is a serious point here." (09/02/15)


Donald Trump’s “fairness” crusade

Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

"'All I ask is fairness,' Donald Trump has told the media. He was the only GOP presidential hopeful to raise his hand and refuse to pledge not to run as a third-party candidate at the Fox News debate. Now he faces a deadline -- Sept. 30 -- to make that pledge or forfeit the opportunity to run in South Carolina's February primary. Unfair, in Trump World, means not completely stacked in Trump's favor. Maybe he will take the pledge." (09/03/15)


Hillary parties like it’s 1938

Cato Institute
by Alan Reynolds

"Hillary Clinton's most memorable economic proposal, debuted this summer, is her plan to impose a punishing 43.4% top tax rate on capital gains that are cashed in within a two-year holding period. The rate would drift down to 23.8%, but only for investors that sat on investments for six years. This is known as a 'tapered' capital-gains tax, and it isn't new. Mrs. Clinton is borrowing a page from Franklin D. Roosevelt, who trotted out this policy during the severe 1937-38 economic downturn, dubbed the Roosevelt Recession. She'd be wise to consider how it played out." (09/03/15)


Freedom Feens Radio, 09/03/15

Freedom Feens Radio

"James Babb and Hugo Gonzalez discuss the Pope's plan to carry the message of Jesus by stealing government money to buy bacon laptops for every child solider [sic] and a bacon rifle for every non-solider [sic] child throughout Christendom and elsewhere." [various formats] (09/03/15)


Government permission to work

Foundation for Economic Education
by Doug Bandow

"I'm a lawyer, and I think legal licensing is an extraordinary scam. Let people choose an attorney, paralegal, legal secretary, or self-educated legal savant to help with their legal problem. Legal licensure is designed to protect lawyers more than consumers. Attorneys aren't the only professionals who rig regulation to their benefit. More than 1,100 professions are licensed by at least one state. In addition to lawyers and doctors are locksmiths, interior decorators, funeral attendants, librarians, hair stylists, food caterers, florists, barbers, music therapists, glass installers, massage therapists, conveyor belt operators, and frozen dessert sellers." (09/03/15)


A win for peace

Our Future
by Bill Scher

"The Iran deal will not be scuttled by Congress, now that President Obama has secured the support of enough Senate Democrats to sustain any veto of any attempt to strip Obama of his authority to waive sanctions. It’s a historic win for peace and diplomacy. Unlike military victories, diplomatic wins are rarely cherished contemporaneously and only slightly more so with the passage of time. Jimmy Carter was booted out of the office despite his Herculean efforts to forge the Camp David Accords and his wise decision to relinquish the Panama Canal. We don’t remember Bill Clinton for the Good Friday Agreement, ending 30 years of strife between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. We don’t remember what Harry Truman did to establish the United Nations, let alone the name of the Secretary of State who did most of the heavy lifting. (It was Edward Stettinius.) Did you even know Teddy Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for sealing the Portsmouth Peace Treaty and ending the Russo-Japanese War?" (09/02/15)


A little controversy

The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

"It gives me a little chagrin to hear TZP criticized for being too Jewish or too pro-Israel, partly because Aaron’s old JPFO was just as frequently criticized for 'not being Jewish enough.' Oh well, that's the Way of the Internet for sure. And that's as it should be." [editor's note: I was the creator of said "controversy," and you'll find additional comments by me at this link - TLK] (09/02/15)


The linguistic bastardization of liberalism

The Canal
by Fergus Hodgson

"There is an unfortunate divide over the use of the word liberal in North American discourse. I say unfortunate because this word has historical roots we should celebrate, yet in the United States its meaning has become bifurcated -- in contrast to elsewhere in the Anglosphere." (09/02/15)


The Telegraph condemns QE (sort of)

Mises Canada
by Bryce McBride

"[Jeremy] Corbyn, who is running for the leadership of the Labour Party, has advocated a policy he has called 'People's QE' whereby the Bank of England would print money to fund public infrastructure spending. Quite correctly, Warner points out that doing so has historically led to hyperinflation, as was the case in Zimbabwe (and, incidentally, in over 50 other countries in the modern era). Then, quite awkwardly and unconvincingly, Warner attempts to draw a distinction between Corbyn's plan and QE." (09/02/15)


Why law enforcement professionals should support CalECPA

Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Dave Maass

"Currently, the law and court rulings have generated a lot of complexity about when a warrant is required for digital records, particularly those held by third party online services, such as Google or Twitter. Some companies say that they require a warrant for data. Others do not. S.B. 178 would create a unified standard across the state, allowing investigators to know exactly what they need to do to get the information they need. With a clearly defined law, investigators can be more confident that they followed due process when they bring a case against a suspect." (09/02/15)


Another disappointing circuit court ruling on off-campus high school speech

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon

"Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit became the most recent of the federal circuit courts to expand the power of secondary schools to punish students for their off-campus Internet speech. In an en banc decision in Bell v. Itawamba County School Board, the Fifth Circuit took a significant bite out of students' First Amendment rights outside the schoolhouse gates. The decision sets a disappointing precedent that will not only impact students in elementary, junior high, and high school, but could very well leak onto college campuses. The case began in 2011 after Taylor Bell, a high school senior in Itawamba County, Mississippi, posted a rap song he had written and recorded to his Facebook page and later to YouTube, outside of school hours and away from school grounds." (09/02/15)


The importance of intellectual property [sic] protection to the US economy

National Center for Policy Analysis
by Gene Lattus

"From the telegraph to the telephone to the iPhone, innovation has always been at the heart of the American spirit. In an era of rapidly increasing globalization, protection of the inventions and technologies that fuel much of the U.S. economy is more important than ever." [editor's note: Even if the guy is right on his statistics, that just raises the question of whether or not an economy based on fake property rights and government-granted monopolies and rent-seeking on fake property is worth "protecting" - TLK] (09/03/15)


The whistleblower the CIA couldn’t break

The American Conservative
by Kelley Vlahos

"After the former CIA agent was charged and convicted with leaking classified information and sent to prison in 2013, he became one of the 2.3 million Americans incarcerated by the state. It was a shock. Everything he had developed in the 40-odd years of his life -- independence, dignity, strength, sense of purpose, and justice -- had been challenged, as if he were suddenly a nobody, another number, or worse, a disposable man. The entire experience changed how Kiriakou sees himself in the order of things. And it changed how he perceives the government in that order of things." (09/03/15)


Why do evangelicals support Donald Trump?

The Atlantic
by Jonathan Merritt

"Donald Trump is immodest, arrogant, foul-mouthed, money-obsessed, thrice-married, and until recently, pro-choice. By conventional standards, evangelical Christians should despise him. Yet somehow, the Manhattan billionaire has attracted their support. ... 'Why do they love me?' Trump replied when asked about the trend. 'You'll have to ask them. But they do. They do love me.' It's rare that the real estate mogul struggles to find an explanation, but in this instance, his puzzlement is understandable. There is little about The Donald that would seem to align with evangelicals' values and beliefs. But when it comes to the famously coifed candidate, the faithful seem to be valuing style over substance or spirituality." (09/03/15)


Rolling boulders uphill

The Cobden Centre
by Tim Price

"Today's Sisyphus is China. More particularly, the Chinese authorities. They are determined to roll that boulder uphill. The path of least resistance for the boulder, however, is downward. Gravity, after all, is a bitch. The Chinese stock market is still comparatively young, and as stable as any toddler overwhelmed by parental expectations. With their boulder beset by the giant suck of gravity, China's Sisyphus first cut rates, and trimmed banks' reserve ratios. The boulder continued to roll downhill. So Sisyphus announced plans to slash brokerage costs. But the boulder was not in a mood to listen." (09/03/15)


Is Obama the worst president ever?

by Dave Lindorff

"He started out, campaigning in 2008, as someone would would restore the rule of law in US international affairs and here at home after eight years of criminality during the Bush and Cheney administration, as saying he would end America's wars and bring back an era of international cooperation and negotiation, and as saying that he would confront the dire threat of global climate change. On the basis of that promise, he won a dramatic election victory, raising hopes across the country and across many voting blocks. On that basis, he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize -- the first time the award was given before anything had been done by the laureate being honored. And on the basis of that promise, people expected action on climate change. Instead, the president began backpedaling almost instantly." (09/03/15)


Who is listening to Dick Cheney?
by Lucy Steigerwald

"Dick Cheney is a former vice president who had an enormous effect on public policy, and therefore on history. He should be interviewed by media outlets. He should be asked tough questions about every single aspect of his tenure in the White House. We cannot pretend that Cheney does not belong in history books, or that he will vanish if we just wish hard enough. But the line should be firmly drawn. Cheney is part of history, and there he should stay. But not so much that we pretend he is toothless and apolitical." (09/03/15)


David Petraeus’s bright idea: Give terrorists weapons to beat terrorists

by Trevor Timm

"The latest brilliant plan to curtail Isis in the Middle East? Give more weapons to current members of al-Qaida. The Daily Beast reported that former CIA director David Petraeus, still somehow entrenched in the DC Beltway power circles despite leaking highly classified secrets, is now advocating arming members of the al-Nusra Front in Syria, an offshoot of al-Qaida and a designated terrorist organization. Could there be a more dangerous and crazy idea?" (09/03/15)


Restoring the compact theory: Vital to restoring the Constitution

Tenth Amendment Center
by Tim Dunkin

"When he authored the Kentucky Resolution of 1798, Thomas Jefferson based his arguments for nullification, in part, upon the compact theory of the relationship between the states and the Federal Government. It is imperative we restore this understanding of the Constitution if we are to ever restore the proper, intended balance of power between the states and the federal government." (09/03/15)


Your “duty” to protect and serve the police

Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

"Glenn Beck, acting in his self-appointed role as a punitive populist prophet, has urged his audience to join 'hand-in-hand, arm-in-arm,' and 'ring' their local police departments in prayer. The local police are 'under siege,' Beck tremulously insists, and divine intervention on their behalf is necessary. Beck hasn't yet urged Americans to act as human shields on behalf of the heavily armed, body armor-clad functionaries who are supposedly paid to protect them. Some police union officials haven't shied away from suggesting that the public has a moral duty to protect the police, despite the fact that police have no reciprocal obligation to protect individuals threatened with criminal violence." (09/02/15)


Walter Block and Roderick Long on thick vs. thin libertarianism

The Political Cure and YouTube channel DanielTheSexiest

"Walter Block and Roderick Tracy Long debate on what libertarianism is." [Flash video] (09/02/15)


Sheep led to the slaughter: The muzzling of free speech in America

The Daily Bell
by John W Whitehead

"The architects of the American police state must think we're idiots. With every passing day, we're being moved further down the road towards a totalitarian society characterized by government censorship, violence, corruption, hypocrisy and intolerance, all packaged for our supposed benefit in the Orwellian doublespeak of national security, tolerance and so-called 'government speech.'" (09/02/15)


We don’t need “decades of research” to know vaping is safer than smoking

by Jacob Sullum

"For a smoker contemplating a switch to vaping, it is worse than unhelpful to say, as Holger does, that 'e-cigarettes pose dangers to our health,' that they 'carry their fair share of toxic chemicals,' or that they 'have negative effects on lungs.' The relevant question is how the risks of vaping compare to the risks of smoking, and there is no question that they are much lower. By implying otherwise, e-cigarette alarmists may very well deter smokers from making a switch that could save their lives. Holger claims to be agnostic on the question of whether vaping is safer than smoking, and he thinks this is a scientific position. It isn't." (09/02/15)


Cause, consequence, and responsibility

Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"In a classic case of killing the messenger, China's communist government is arresting people for publishing news stories about the massive crash of the Chinese stock market. In an editorial on the matter, the New York Times correctly observed, 'The crackdown smacks of desperation. China's communist government is looking for scapegoats for its mistakes.' But why would that surprise anyone? Governments always look for scapegoats, especially when it is the government itself that is the root cause of the problem." (09/02/15)


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