Hagel: Islamic State militants pose “biggest threat” to US

August 22, 2014
BBC News [UK state media]    

"Islamic State militants are the most dangerous threat the US has faced in recent years, Washington has warned. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said US air strikes had helped to break the Islamist advance in Iraq, but the militants could be expected to regroup. ... Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, Mr Hagel described IS as an imminent threat. 'They are beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess, they are tremendously well-funded ... this is beyond anything that we have seen.'" (08/22/14)


Oklahoma City cop accused of raping, sexually assaulting seven women while on duty

August 22, 2014
New York Daily News    

"An Oklahoma City police officer is accused of sexually assaulting at least seven women -- including a 57-year-old grandmother -- while on patrol duty, officials said. Daniel Ken Holtzclaw was arrested Thursday afternoon on a probable cause warrant. The 27-year-old officer attacked the seven women, between the ages of 34 and 58, over a period of months, police said." (08/22/14)


Ferguson cops and the Fourteenth Amendment

August 22, 2014
Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger   Bumper Hornberger

"The Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment help to remind us of the wisdom, insight, foresight, and courage of the Framers and of our American ancestors. They understood that government at both the federal and state level inevitably attracts the type of people who hate liberty and love power. How right they were back then. And how right they have proven to be today. How those militarized cops are reacting to those protestors and demonstrators is bad enough. But imagine what those cops would be doing if they knew that they wielded omnipotent power to do whatever they wanted to people who were protesting their policies and actions." (08/21/14)


Don’t tax the Internet into oblivion

August 22, 2014
Heartland Institute
by Alexander Anton   Heartland Institute

"It seems at first glance that the federal government should not be telling states and municipalities what they can and can’t tax, but undue taxes naturally hinder the flow of the marketplace to begin with. Looking at current cell phone taxes provide some insight as to how Internet access taxes could look if the law expires. The national average on cell phone taxes is over 16.3%! My $80/month 'unlimited everything' plan from Sprint sounds good in a Spotify ad or on a billboard, but it’s deceiving. It’s actually closer to $100 with all the extra taxes. A similar phenomenon could happen and put accessing the Internet out of reach for people who can barely afford it now." (08/21/14)


Libertarianism at SEP (and a few words on self-ownership)

August 22, 2014
Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Bas van der Vossen   Bleeding Heart Libertarians

"A little while ago, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy published its revised entry on Libertarianism, co-authored by Peter Vallentyne and myself. The entry focuses on libertarian theory in the narrow sense, a self-contained moral theory built on ideas about self-ownership and the possibility of private ownership of the external things. Focusing on libertarianism in that sense of course leaves a lot of things out -- including a number of views defended by people on this blog. Many of us reject the idea of self-ownership in its logically strongest form. The entry discusses some of the reasons why one might want to reject that idea." (08/21/14)


Government meddling creates auto loan mess

August 22, 2014
Competitive Enterprise Institute
by John Berlau   Competitive Enterprise Institute

"Should we worry about a crisis in subprime auto loans? That question has been asked in the financial media lately. As I said recently on CNBC, my answer is yes, with caveats. While there are important differences in the auto and mortgage markets, there are similar government interventions that have the potential to fuel a bubble in car loans the same way they did for home loans." (08/19/14)


Bergdahl swap for Guantanamo detainees violated law, says GAO

August 22, 2014
by JD Tuccille   JD Tuccille

"There are a lot of ways to think about Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. government's exchange of five detainees at Guantanamo for his release by the Taliban. The Government Accountability Office's (GAO) take on the swap is: illegal." (08/21/14)


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