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Tuesday June 9th, 2015
The Tyranny of Trigger Words and College Safe Spaces posted 06/09/2015, 9:39 AM (Richard M. Ebeling)
[Category: Commentary]
The media has been full of stories recently about the new sensitivity on college and university campuses concerning the avoidance in courses or assignments of the use of "trigger words" or phrases that may have a "hurtful" affect on students when thoughtlessly used in the teaching environment.

Student and other groups on campuses have insisted that professors provide advanced warning when a particular subject or words connected with it are likely to be discussed in the classroom s
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Friday June 5th, 2015

Wrong Message in the Ulbricht Case posted 06/05/2015, 8:17 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The first thing that entered my mind upon reading that New York City Federal Judge Katherine Forrest had sentenced Silk Road mastermind Ross Ulbricht to life in prison without parole was, "What in the world could that woman be thinking?"

At the sentencing hearing, Forrest indicated that the draconian sentence she was imposing on Ulbricht was meant to serve as a message to discourage other people from following in Ulbricht's path. How in the world did she arrive at such nonsensical
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A Modest Proposal To End Dating Anarchy And Regulate The Dating Market posted 06/05/2015, 8:14 AM (Government Denies Knowledge)
[Category: Commentary]
Dating and sex, as the means to procreate, are our biological imperative. How can we leave something so critically important to the very future of humanity up to the free market? How can we stand by while so many people are unhappy with the quality and quantity of romance in their lives? How can we justify the veritable anarchy that is the dating world when we accept government regulation in so many other areas of our lives that are deeply personal and important?... (more)


Thursday June 4th, 2015

Free Speech, Facebook and the NSA: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly posted 06/04/2015, 5:35 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
"A person under surveillance is no longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy." -- Writers Against Mass Surveillance

THE GOOD NEWS: Americans have a right to freely express themselves on the Internet, including making threatening--even violent--statements on Facebook, provided that they don't intend to actually inflict harm.
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For Terrorist Fearmongers, It's Always the Scariest Time Ever posted 06/04/2015, 5:31 AM (The Intercept)
[Category: Commentary]
For the fearmongers in the West and their allies, it’s always the scariest time ever; that “the threat has never been greater” is basically a slogan they reflexively spew.... (more)


Wednesday June 3rd, 2015



FREEDOM Act Passes Senate, Freedom Dies posted 06/03/2015, 5:55 AM (Daniel McAdams)
[Category: Commentary]
By a vote of 67-32 the Senate today passed the USA FREEDOM Act, just days after the expiration of key elements of the USA PATRIOT Act. The FREEDOM Act is billed as a reform of the unconstitutional and recently-ruled illegal bulk collection of Americans’ telecommunications, but in fact it is a whole new level of attack on civil liberties.

Here are just a couple of way
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Tuesday June 2nd, 2015

Only "Blue Lives" Really Matter posted 06/02/2015, 5:16 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
When Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo mounted the hood of a Chevy Malibu and fired fifteen shots through the windshield, killing Timothy Russell and Melissa Williams, he behaved in an “unreasonable” and “unconstitutional” fashion. This was the testimony offered by W. Ken Katsaris, a nationally renowned expert witness on use-of-force issues, during Brelo’s bench trial for two counts of voluntary manslaughter.

Brelo
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It's A Few Bad Apples Or Police Departments Or Maybe The Entire System posted 06/02/2015, 5:16 AM (Cop Block)
[Category: Commentary]
“It’s just a few bad apples.”

This is pretty much how every police apologist begins the argument, when faced with instances of law enforcement malfeasance. While there are a slew of familiar excuses for various acts of police abuse – “just doing their jobs,” “the victim was drunk,” “the victim asked for it because he failed to comply,” etc., those become difficult to apply when police behavior is so inexcusable and abhorrent that even their staunchest defenders are at a loss for
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Dread Pirate Roberts, Beyond The Law! posted 06/02/2015, 5:15 AM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
Ross Ulbricht has been sentenced to die inside a cage. We call this a “life sentence”, but it is a death sentence. His fate is quite literally to die in a cage in order to punish him for operating the online drug market known as the Silk Road. But truly, that is not his crime. His crime is defiance, or really, his crime is truth telling. The truth is, there is life beyond the law. When sentencing him, that is what the judge justified her sentence with — he lived without regard to what she wished... (more)


Only Supporters of 'White Privilege' Oppose the Panopticon posted 06/02/2015, 5:15 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Owing to his Pakistani ancestry, former FBI double agent Naveed Jamali was able to exploit the perception of “conflicting allegiances” when trying to lure Russian businessmen into sting operations. Once he mustered out of service with the American version of the Cheka, he found himself “fighting a new battle: The Assumption War,” Jamali writes in Salon. ... (more)




You're a Criminal in a Mass Surveillance World -- How to Not Get Caught posted 06/02/2015, 5:14 AM (David Montgomery)
[Category: Commentary]
Sometimes you just get lucky.

I was in Amsterdam when the Snowden story broke. CNN was non-stop asking politicians and pundits, “Is Edward Snowden a traitor?” Those who said he betrayed America also said something else: Mass surveillance is only an issue if you’re a criminal. If you’ve got nothing to hide then you’ve got nothing to fear.
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Iran's Criminal Justice System Looks Like Gitmo's posted 06/02/2015, 5:14 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is being prosecuted in Iran for "espionage for the hostile government of the United States." He was initially arrested and incarcerated without any charges being filed against him. He is now being tried in a secret trial before an unsympathetic judge.

Sound familiar?

It should. It's the same type of "judicial" system that the U.S. government employs at Guantanamo Bay.
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Monday June 1st, 2015

I Fought the Law posted 06/01/2015, 6:24 AM (Walljared)
[Category: Commentary]
In September of last year, I was pulled over by a quota-driven cop and given a ticket for speeding. The ticket carried with it a significant fine and the addition of 4-points onto my license. This past Thursday (May 28, 2015), I successfully defended myself in court, and had the charges dismissed. Leaving aside the fact that I had committed no real crime (there was no victim), the financial ramifications of this “crime” would have hurt me significantly, and I felt a strong urge to fight the char... (more)


Legendary Journalist in Private: “It Is All Fraudulent, All of It, Everywhere” posted 06/01/2015, 6:23 AM (The Intercept)
[Category: Commentary]
Politico recently ran a fantastic historical profile of journalist Theodore H. White by the writer Scott Porch. White invented the genre of modern presidential campaign books with The Making of the President, 1960 (and then 1964, 1968 and 1972).

The 1960 version, which won a Pulitzer Prize and sold four million copies, describes John F. Kennedy as a “forl
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Sunday May 31st, 2015

Ross is Our Socrates posted 05/31/2015, 8:32 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
There is not an informed lover of liberty and progress who is not shaken today. I've had a lump in my throat all day, nearly fighting back tears, over the sentencing of Ross Ulbricht, visionary and now martyr. He was sentenced to life in prison, and the judge's words were chilling in the extreme.

"The stated purpose [of the Silk Road] was to be beyond the law. In the world you created over time, democracy didn't exist. You were captain of the ship, the Dread Pirate Roberts," said
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Friday May 29th, 2015

The Deeply Tragic Sentencing of Ross Ulbricht posted 05/29/2015, 9:27 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
If you didn't know it already, the sentencing of Ross Ulbricht, life in prison, underscores the point. There are deep structural injustices that take place in the United States under the cover of law and justice. This is one of the most egregious I've seen.

This brilliant and creative young man has been put away for performing a much-needed digital experiment. He opened an open-air market in the digital cloud and thereby demonstrated to the world that there is a better way than t
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Whether in the USSR or USSA, Politicians Come and Go -- But the Security Organs Remain posted 05/29/2015, 5:42 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
“Hey, guys, we’ll be here long after you are gone,” gloated a high-ranking CIA official during a hearing of the US Senate’s “Church Committee” investigation of illegal domestic intelligence operations forty years ago. What this meant, according to Peter Fenn, Senator Church’s Chief of Staff, “was, `we’ll wait you out.'”

Church, an Idaho Democrat who briefly ran for his party
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Legalize Drugs, Abolish Prison, Give Everyone a Gun posted 05/29/2015, 5:40 AM (Taki Magazine)
[Category: Commentary]
Abolish prison and give everyone a gun. The end. Good night. Oh wait, that’s not enough for a column? Okay, how about legalize drugs too? I’m not kidding. I know it sounds outrageous but hate facts often are.... (more)


Free Trade Means Free Trade posted 05/29/2015, 5:40 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
There is a lot of controversy over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a big trade agreement that is being negotiated between the United States, Canada, and a number of Asia-Pacific countries. What is most amusing about the controversy is how the mainstream press, as well as D.C. politicians and bureaucrats, describe the agreement. They call it a "free trade" agreement. That's funny.... (more)


Wednesday May 27th, 2015

The NSA's Technotyranny: One Nation Under Surveillance posted 05/27/2015, 4:25 PM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
“The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control.”—William Binney, NSA whistleblower

We now have a fourth branch of government.

As I document in my new book
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Microaggressions and Microwonders posted 05/27/2015, 4:24 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
A recurring theme of recent human history is that the less of something bad we see in the world around us, the more outrage we generate about the remaining bits.

For example, in the 19th century, outrage about child labor grew as the frequency of child labor was shrinking. Economic forces, not legislation, had raised adult wages to a level at which more and more families did not need additional income from children to survive, and children gradually withdrew from the labor force.
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Tuesday May 26th, 2015

The Fable of the Chickens posted 05/26/2015, 6:16 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Once upon a time in a faraway land there lived a flock of chickens. They were the happiest chickens in the whole world. There was always plenty to eat and the chickens were free to range wherever they wanted. Eggs were plentiful and the happy flock was always growing.

One day, however, those happy chickens met with disaster. A group of very mean raccoons attacked, killed, and ate some of the birds.

The chickens went into a panic. They all began running around the ya
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Monday May 25th, 2015

U.S. Soldiers Died for Empire and Hegemony posted 05/25/2015, 5:29 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
On Memorial Day, Americans honor the soldiers who have died in the defense of our country. There is one big problem though: Those soldiers didn't die in the defense of our country. Instead, they died in the defense of empire and hegemony.

For obvious reasons, U.S. officials, as well as many of the family members of the deceased, can't bring themselves to admit that and so they settle for just mindlessly repeating the mantra, "They died defending our country,"

Consid
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Sunday May 24th, 2015

Garbage Collector Lives Matter posted 05/24/2015, 11:35 PM (Cop Block)
[Category: Commentary]
This Memorial day weekend, Americans are shifting their hero worship from police to veterans and soldiers fallen in war, but the U.S. military isn't the only industry that often demands the lives of it “employees.”

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4,585 American civilians died while doing their jobs in 2013, and being a police officer didn’t even make the top 15 most da
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Wednesday May 20th, 2015

False Flags, Biker Gangs, and the PATCON Legacy posted 05/20/2015, 4:10 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
The bloody incident at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant was not a “biker shootout.” At present there is no evidence that any of the nine victims were killed by fellow bikers, rather than being “taken out” by the scores of police — including snipers — who had effectively turned the parking lot into a kill zone.

The Twin Peaks Massacre has prompted the predictable outpouring of state-centered outrage over the purported threat posed by Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs (OMCs). Buried beneath
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Tuesday May 19th, 2015

The Problem Is the State Not the Standard posted 05/19/2015, 2:44 PM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
The Federal Denture Act (18 USC 1821), enacted in 1942 and amended in 1996 (PL 104-294) and 2002 (PL 107-273), prohibits the interstate transport "by mail or otherwise" of "any set of artificial teeth or prosthetic de... (more)


About Those U.S. Troops Who Died in Ramadi posted 05/19/2015, 2:44 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
I can’t help but wonder how the family of Michael A. Monsoor is reacting to ISIS’s recent conquest of Ramadi in Iraq. Monsoor was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions taken during the 2006 Battle of Ramadi, when U.S. forces fought insurgents for control of the city. The medal was awarded posthumously.... (more)


Monday May 18th, 2015

Is the Liberland Experiment Viable? posted 05/18/2015, 2:25 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
It's easy enough to dismiss the idea of Liberland as a far-flung libertarian scheme. We've been here before, as the history of the Phoenix Foundation shows.

Anyone can come up with dozens of reasons why it cannot and will not succeed. But all of this misses the point. The importance of Liberland might be entirely symbolic, but symbols are hugely important to our future of liberty. For the world to imagine the possibil
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The Prohibitionist Song Remains the Same posted 05/18/2015, 2:24 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Proponents of drug decriminalization, “with their cry of personal liberty … have about wrecked the true concept of government control of evils,” complained John A. Lapp, President of the National Conference of Social Workers. From Lapp’s perspective, opposition to the federal War on Drugs is itself a gateway drug to outright anarchism, which is the ultimate goal of “destructionists” who conceal their true intentions behind cynical appeals to personal liberty.

“To be consistent tho
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Friday May 15th, 2015

Five Bogus Excuses for Opposing Freedom posted 05/15/2015, 1:39 PM (Larken Rose)
[Category: Commentary]


Larken Rose's response to "5 Reasons Why I'm not An Anarchist," by Austin Petersen.


Thursday May 14th, 2015

Why Was Osama bin Laden Killed and Not Captured? posted 05/14/2015, 2:26 PM (Michael S. Rozeff)
[Category: Commentary]
Why was Osama bin Laden killed and not captured? This has always been a question of central importance surrounding his death at the hands of U.S. bullets. It is a question that has ethical, legal and pragmatic significance. If a suspect of any inhumanity or crime is executed summarily without judicial procedures, does that merit moral approval or condemnation? Is killing a suspect who can be taken prisoner legal or illegal? Was killing the chief suspected terrorist of the time and a potential so... (more)


Further Confirmation of Hersh and Why bin Laden Was Murdered posted 05/14/2015, 2:27 PM (Michael S. Rozeff)
[Category: Commentary]
Why did Obama order Osama bin Laden murdered? The Pakistanis bargained for his death to avoid their own embarrassment. However, it suited the U.S. also to silence him or they would not have agreed. This was an easy concession for the U.S. to make to Pakistan. He would not be around to tell the world that the Pakistan ISI had known where he was for 5 years and kept him under house arrest. He would not be around to reveal that the Saudis were paying the bills. He would not have a soapbox at a tria... (more)


Greatest Threat to Free Speech Comes Not From Terrorism, But From Those Claiming to Fight It posted 05/14/2015, 2:25 PM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
We learned recently from Paris that the Western world is deeply and passionately committed to free expression and ready to march and fight against attempts to suppress it. That’s a really good thing, since there are all sorts of severe suppression efforts underway in the West — perpetrated not by The Terrorists but by the Western politicians claiming to fight them.... (more)


Wednesday May 13th, 2015

Support Your Local Private Peace Officer: He Has A Dangerous Job posted 05/13/2015, 11:27 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Pictured: Fallen hero Alvin Kinney.

At the end of every shift, police officers call their loved ones to assure them that they “made it through another day without injury,” observes a recently published paean to the police. “From 2000 until 2014, over 700 officers were unable to make that call because they did not survive their tour of duty on that last day.”

Alvin Kinney didn’t make
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'We the People' Need to Circle the Wagons: The Government Is on the Warpath posted 05/13/2015, 11:27 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
“The government is merely a servant―merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.” ― Mark Twain

How many Americans have actually bothered to read the Constitution, let alone the first ten amendments to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights (a quick
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The National Security State Has Warped Our Values posted 05/13/2015, 11:27 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
After Edward Snowden revealed the NSA's secret mass surveillance scheme to the American people and the world, there have been those who consider what he did to be treasonous rather than patriotic. That adverse reaction to what Snowden did is a perfect example of how the national-security state apparatus that was grafted onto America's governmental system after World War II has warped and perverted the values and stultified the consciences of the American people.

Last week, the Sec
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Tuesday May 12th, 2015

What Should We Be Saying to Veterans? posted 05/12/2015, 10:09 AM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
The volume of and impetus for my negative e-mail has changed considerably since the early days of the Iraq War.

During those days I was regularly termed a pacifist, an appeaser, a liberal, a communist, a traitor, an America-hater, a peacenik, a coward, an anti-war weenie, a liberal, a leftist, a Democrat, an isolationist, a hippy, a Quaker, a moron, a s-head, and/or an a-hole because I didn’t support the war and criticized Christians who did.

But as the light of tru
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Which American System is Exceptional? posted 05/12/2015, 10:09 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Throughout the Iraq War, U.S. officials steadfastly maintained, especially after they failed to find those infamous WMDs, that they were continuing to occupy Iraq out of love for the Iraqi people. Since U.S. troops were there anyway, they said, there was no need to apologize for having invaded a country and killed lots of people based on a wrongful premise. Might as well just shift gears and say that the continued occupation of the country would be based on a deeply seated concern for the well-b... (more)


Monday May 11th, 2015

Progress and Poverty, Then and Now posted 05/11/2015, 10:05 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
Everyone seems to know about Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century. It's all about unequal distribution of income and the government measures we need to fix it. But we've been here before.

Deja vu. The same focus drove the public debate more than a century ago.

It's strange how a bestselling book from a century ago could so completely disappear from view. But that's the case with Henry George's Progress and Poverty, written in 1879. It became the si
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Operation Jade Helm posted 05/11/2015, 10:04 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The U.S. military's plans to conduct a massive military exercise called Operation Jade Helm in Texas and other Southwestern states has provoked tremendous controversy. Some people are asserting the exercise is a prelude to martial law. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered Texas State Guard forces to keep an eye on the military. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said that Abbott's order was "one of the dumbest things I have ever heard." Virginia loves the military, McAuliffe said. U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin... (more)


NSA Spying Ruled Illegal, But Will Congress Save the Program Anyway? posted 05/11/2015, 10:03 AM (Ron Paul)
[Category: Commentary]
This week the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the NSA’s metadata collection program was not authorized in US law. The PATRIOT Act, under which the program began, was too vague, the court found. But the truth is the Act was intended to be vague so that the government could interpret it in the broadest possible way.

But this is really more of a technicality, because illegality and unconstitutionality are really two very different things. Even if Congress had explicitly aut
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Saturday May 9th, 2015

Oh, Joy! It's "Public Servant Recognition Week"! posted 05/09/2015, 8:18 PM (Becky Akers)
[Category: Commentary]
Since the sponges who rule us receive higher wages and benefits than their private-sector counterparts, you might think they'd rest content. Nope. They covet our gratitude as well. I know: shouldn't the appreciation flow the other way? "Thank you, Hardworking Chump, for forking over so much of your wealth in taxes to support me as I ban incandescent light-bulbs, regulate even your bathroom, and transcribe your phone... (more)


Friday May 8th, 2015

The Doomsayers Are Right posted 05/08/2015, 7:32 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
It is 1900. Two visitors from the year 2015 arrive at your doorstep. They are here to tell you about the future.

One hundred years of horror

The first visitor looks grim. He tells you that “the war to end all wars” will soon begin. It will encompass the globe and destroy millions of lives. Cities will be decimated. The Great War will have a scope and level of brutality never before imagined in human history. It will be followed by economic collapse,
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U.S. Paternalism versus Cuba posted 05/08/2015, 7:30 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Most every American is familiar with the decades-long U.S. embargo against Cuba, but I wonder how many of them realize that U.S. businesses played a major role in bringing about the embargo.

During the U.S.-supported dictatorships of Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista, there were many U.S. businesses operating in Cuba, just like in other parts of Latin America. Many of the businesses had millions of dollar in capital invested in their operations. These included many Mafia dons who own
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Thursday May 7th, 2015

The Right to Own and Bear Switchblades posted 05/07/2015, 7:44 AM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
The Baltimore police now imply Freddie Gray’s arrest was necessary because he was carrying an illegal knife. But why are taxpayers paying the government to arrest people for carrying knives? What about the right to own and bear knives?

The defense offered by the now-indicted police officers in the Freddie Gray case will likely at least touch on their claim that Gray was carrying an illegal knife. Gray was allegedly carrying a switchblade, which is -- apparently -- illegal (under f
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Wednesday May 6th, 2015

Sheriff Michael Lewis: The Very Model of a Federalized Enforcer posted 05/06/2015, 6:35 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
“This was urban warfare, no question about it,” asserted Michael Lewis, describing his experiences during the recent Baltimore upheaval. As protests coalesced and looters began to rampage, Lewis, who is sheriff of Maryland’s Wicomico County and a sergeant in the State Police, “rallied up the troops. We made sure our MRAP was prepared and ready.”

After the “
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The Absurdity of Criminalizing Drug Use posted 05/06/2015, 6:34 AM (C4SS.org)
[Category: Commentary]
Statists put forth some fairly ridiculous arguments regarding why the state must exist in the first place, from regulating simple business transactions to policing what we do in our personal lives. Out of all the regulations state-supporters say are “necessary,” the criminalization of drug use is the most detestable. People partake in many sordid vices, but drug use is without a doubt one of the most heavily-prosecuted.

There are laws against using or selling certain drugs because
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Employment and a Free Society posted 05/06/2015, 6:33 AM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
The city of SeaTac, Washington, is the home of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. It is also home to the highest minimum wage in the country. SeaTac’s minimum wage of $15 an hour took effect on January 1, 2014, the result of a ballot initiative. The minimum wage in the cities of San Francisco and Seattle is scheduled to gradually rise to $15 over the next few years.... (more)


Tuesday May 5th, 2015

Viral 'Social Experiment' Parenting Video Peddles Outrageously False Claims About Stranger Danger posted 05/05/2015, 5:56 AM (Free Range Kids)
[Category: Commentary]
This purportedly helpful video, posted Saturday, is viral in every sense of the word. It already has nearly a million views, which means that people are sharing it like crazy, convinced that its creator, Joey Salads, is doing something other than creating terror and angst with his Stranger Danger "social experiment."

He's not.

The experiment consists
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I like the way the producer, a YouTube prankster, mind you, sells it as a PSA and writes under the video, "One Share can save a child."

It's the guy's ticket to fame, just like the "How Does A Homeless Man Spend $100?" scam "experiment" and the dozens of other scam-artist YouTube "viral video makers" who've realized they can exploit peoples' good intentions for personal gain.

Hopefully, once these videos have finally run their course and people stop falling for such bullshit they'll become immune to politicians pulling the same such stunts. - Chris, InfoLib


Proud To Be a Republican? posted 05/05/2015, 5:49 AM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
It is one thing to be a genuine conservative or a libertarian-leaning conservative and identify as a Republican so you can get elected to office in the American two-party monopoly system. It is one thing to register to vote as a Republican so you can vote for what you think is the lesser of two evils in the Republican primary. It is one thing to hold your nose and vote Republican so you can keep those evil Democrats out of office. But it is another thing altogether to say that you are proud to b... (more)


Monday May 4th, 2015

Baltimore: Socialist Paradise posted 05/04/2015, 6:20 AM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
If you have seen "The Wire," you know the score. There are consequences to state management of any social order. Baltimore is a paradigmatic case. How long can people continue to evade the obvious lessons?

It began more than 100 years ago with the imposition of state segregation. This was the original sin that created a second-class of citizenship and racial ghettos for the
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USA FREEDOM Act: Just Another Word for Lost Liberty posted 05/04/2015, 6:20 AM (Ron Paul)
[Category: Commentary]
Apologists for the National Security Agency (NSA) point to the arrest of David Coleman Headley as an example of how warrantless mass surveillance is necessary to catch terrorists. Headley played a major role in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack that killed 166 people.

While few would argue that bringing someone like Headley to justice is not a good thing, Headley’s case in no way justifies mass surveillance. For one thing, there is no “terrorist” exception in the Fourth Amendment.
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Saturday May 2nd, 2015

Free Lives Matter posted 05/02/2015, 8:52 AM (Scott Lazarowitz)
[Category: Commentary]
The recent situations involving racial tensions, police criminality and violence in Ferguson, Baltimore and elsewhere have solutions just waiting to be implemented. And those solutions involve freedom, believe it or not.

For example, if free lives actually did matter, it is doubtful that a government’s monopoly over policing and security could be justified. The same could be said for restrictions on the right to self-defense.

When free lives matter, there would not
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Thursday April 30th, 2015

CNN Anchor Apologies for Telling the Truth posted 04/30/2015, 10:17 PM (Laurence M. Vance)
[Category: Commentary]
The truth that soldiers who return from battle and become cops are ready to do battle.


Tuesday April 28th, 2015

Equalizing Wealth With Traffic Fines posted 04/28/2015, 5:39 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Since raising taxes oftentimes isn't very popular, public officials are always on the lookout for less direct ways to plunder and loot people. Among the most favorite ways in recent times has been what are called asset-forfeiture laws as part of the "war on drugs," which empower cops to stop highway travelers and steal large amounts of cash they find inside the cars.

Of course, the longtime favorite way to increase the amount of money taken out of the pockets of the citizenry and
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Monday April 27th, 2015

Rioting Is a Threat to Public Safety. Police Unions Are a Worse One. posted 04/27/2015, 8:39 PM (Reason)
[Category: Commentary]
Protests in Baltimore over the Freddie Gray's unexplained death while in police custody from a fatal spine injury are turning violent. As usual, authorities blame outsiders for the violence, a spurious claim.

In a press conference Saturday, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the city "gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well." Today, her spokesperson insisted th
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City-wide curfew put into place...
RACE RIOTS...
Intel warning: Gang attacks on white cops might spread...
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Judicial Immunity for the Assassins posted 04/27/2015, 5:44 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
In the wake of President Obama's apology for the killing of two Western hostages in a drone assassination in Pakistan, people might be wondering if it will be possible for surviving family members to recover in a legal action against the assassins for the wrongful death of their loved ones.

The answer is unequivocally no. The reason is that long ago, the judicial branch of the federal government, acquiescing to the overwhelming power of the national-security branch of the governme
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Obama Interviews David Simon? The Drug War Gets Weird posted 04/27/2015, 5:44 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
One of the strangest videos I've seen in years consists of Barack Obama (yes, that guy) interviewing David Simon, the creator of the epic television series The Wire.

The Wire, which aspires to a realistic presentation of Baltimore street life, is a devastating expose of the failure of the drug war, public schools, the welfare state, and punitive policing as a means of social uplift. The series pictures a level of ineffectiveness and corruption that overwhelms the viewer with a r
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Can the FBI Be Trusted? posted 04/24/2015, 3:30 PM (William L. Anderson)
[Category: Commentary]
Like so many other "official" social and governmental institutions that were birthed during the Progressive Era a century ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation -- better known as the FBI -- has been held up as a model of governmental professionalism. The G-Men, as they were called, were to be the cream of the crop of professional and "scientific" lawmen, incorruptible, diligent, and generally correct about everything.

Progressives believed that all of American life needed to fa
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The Tyranny of Drug Laws posted 04/24/2015, 3:27 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
It is difficult to conceive of a greater violation of the principles of freedom than drug laws -- that is, laws by which the government punishes people who possess, distribute, or ingest drugs. A free society necessarily entails the right to engage in any peaceful activity, even if it is considered self-destructive, harmful, or irresponsible.

Thus, it's not surprising that drug laws are an inherent part of totalitarian regimes. A good example is China, where the country's communis
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