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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIV, Issue #3,360
Thursday, January 7th, 2016
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In the News:

1) Johnson announces second Libertarian presidential run, this time on anti-religious-freedom platform
2) Ghana takes in two Yemenis released from Guantanamo by US
3) Iraq offers to mediate between Saudi Arabia, Iran
4) Benghazi panel interviews Petraeus
5) Christie under attack as rivals sense him rising in New Hampshire
6) Netflix now live in almost all countries, but not China
7) White House skeptical of North Korea’s hydrogen bomb claims
8) FL: College fires prof claiming Sandy Hook staged by government
9) AL: Chief justice orders judges to not issue same-sex marriage licenses
10) AZ: Libertarian appointed to state Supreme Court
11) Oil prices topple below $35 amid market turmoil
12) Wegmans Food Markets recalls chicken that didn’t undergo state cult’s blessing ritual
13) Bangladesh: Court upholds plan to have regime employees kill Islamist leader
14) FL: Regime schedules time for state employees to kill inmate
15) Security theater, German edition: “Suspicious package” panic at Merkel’s office

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Why isn’t this TSA agent who groped a 10-year-old being charged with sexual battery?
17) “This is government land”: The eternal refrain of the federal occupiers
18) How gun control is like zero interest rates
19) Federal socialism in the west
20) The Tom Woods Show, episode 564: How to get Rush Limbaugh fans asking the right questions
21) Evangelist Franklin Graham quits GOP
22) Gun “actions” prove superficial
23) A new threat to freedom of association
24) Key case spotlights flaws of computer hacking law
25) Snitch vs. snitches
26) “Paradise for an Austrian researcher”
27) Want reform? Look to the states, not the feds
28) Kyrgyzstan and Britain: United by censorship
29) Trump, perpetually outraged, perpetually outrageous
30) White versus black markets
31) Whatever’s going on in Oregon, it’s not terrorism
32) Has Obama hit his limit on gun control?
33) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 42: Merrick Van Landingham and Andrei Chira
34) Obama’s latest anti-gun nonsense and hypocrisy
35) FDA regulator finally sees the problem with drug restrictions
36) The infrastructure cure for the economy
37) Precursors and origins of Italian fascism
38) Unpopular individual mandate fails to make people buy insurance
39) Social insecurity
40) North Korean nuclear test: Provocation to west, challenge to China
41) Why Obama’s executive action on guns is unconstitutional
42) Anti-liberty bigots and their anti-gun “laws”
43) Free the Hammonds
44) Oregon: Beginning of the end? Or something else?
45) Ethics first

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***** In the News *****

1) Johnson announces second Libertarian presidential run, this time on anti-religious-freedom platform
Source: Reason

“In an exclusive interview with Reason today, Gary Johnson, the 2012 Libertarian Party (LP) presidential nominee and a former two-term governor of New Mexico, confirmed he is running for the LP’s nod again. … Surprisingly for a libertarian [sic], Johnson, who recently resigned as the CEO of Cannabis Sativa, a marijuana marketing form, said that he would sign a bill banning the wearing of burqas in America. Sharia, he insisted, was not an expression of religion but of ‘politics’ and hence many of its practices could be banned or limited without running afoul of the Constitution.” (01/06/16)

https://reason.com/blog/2016/01/06/exclusive-gary-johnson-running-for-presi

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2) Ghana takes in two Yemenis released from Guantanamo by US
Source: ABC News

“Two men who were captured by the U.S. in Afghanistan and held at the base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for nearly 14 years without charge have been released and sent to this West African nation for resettlement, officials said Wednesday. The two Yemenis are the first in a wave of 17 expected to be released this month as President Barack Obama’s administration seeks to whittle down the population of low-level prisoners as part of a broader effort, opposed by many in Congress, to close the detention center and move remaining detainees to the U.S.” (01/06/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ghana-takes-guantanamo-bay-rwandan-detainees-36125822

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3) Iraq offers to mediate between Saudi Arabia, Iran
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“Iraq on Wednesday offered to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran after tensions soared following the kingdom’s execution of a Shiite cleric and attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in the Islamic Republic. The standoff has seen Saudi Arabia sever diplomatic ties with its longtime regional rival and could hinder efforts to resolve the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, where Riyadh and Tehran back opposite sides, as well as affect the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal.” (01/06/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/world/iraq-offers-to-mediate-between-saudi-arabia-iran/article_e082b930-df14-5a04-b5cb-f1e69f54f4e4.html

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4) Benghazi panel interviews Petraeus
Source: KOMO News

“Former CIA Director David Petraeus faced questions on Wednesday from a House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, as the inquiry entered its third calendar year and a presidential election year. Petraeus was the first of four former Obama administration officials scheduled to appear before the Republican-led committee in the next week. The committee will question former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday.” (01/06/16)

http://komonews.com/news/nation-world/benghazi-panel-interviews-former-cia-director-petraeus

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5) Christie under attack as rivals sense him rising in New Hampshire
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Chris Christie is the Republican presidential candidate to beat in second-to-vote New Hampshire — so say the super PACs helping the New Jersey governor’s rivals. Marco Rubio’s backers recently put $1 million into anti-Christie advertising, according to filings with federal election regulators. That follows a Christie-themed mailing earlier this week to New Hampshire voters, paid for by New Day for America, a super PAC for John Kasich. And Jeb Bush’s Right to Rise super PAC features Christie in a new ad that promotes Bush as the best of the governors (past or present) in the race for the GOP nomination.” (01/06/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Christie-under-attack-as-rivals-sense-him-rising-6740962.php

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6) Netflix now live in almost all countries, but not China
Source: Reuters

“Netflix Inc’s video-streaming services went live in more than 130 countries on Wednesday, covering almost the entire globe except China, in a huge global push by Chief Executive Reed Hastings to counter slowing growth at home. Shares of the company, whose popular shows include ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,’ ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Narcos,’ rose as much as 8.5 percent to $116.85, their highest one-day gain in more than four months. India, Nigeria, Russia and Saudi Arabia were among the major countries where the service was launched, Hastings said at a Consumer Electronics Show keynote in Las Vegas. ‘(This is) much sooner and much more ambitious than expected,’ Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said. Netflix, whose services were available in more than 60 countries before Wednesday’s launch, had previously said it aimed to reach 200 countries by the end of 2016.” (01/06/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-tech-ces-netflix-idUSKBN0UK28Z20160106

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7) White House skeptical of North Korea’s hydrogen bomb claims
Source: USA Today

“The White House expressed skepticism of North Korea’s claims to have successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb Wednesday. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the initial analysis by U.S. intelligence agencies is ‘not consistent with North Korean claims of a successful hydrogen bomb test.’ Intelligence agencies were continuing to examine new evidence, Earnest said, and he acknowledged that seismic activity was consistent with some kind of atomic detonation. But he noted that independent analysts around the world had expressed ‘significant and understandable skepticism of the claims of the North Korean regime’ that it had a more advanced hydrogen bomb.” (01/06/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/01/06/white-house-skeptical-north-korean-bomb-claims/78363372

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8) FL: College fires prof claiming Sandy Hook staged by government
Source: Fox News

“A Florida college professor who has long insisted the Sandy Hook school shooting was staged by the government was fired Tuesday, just a month after the parents of a child killed in the 2012 Connecticut attack accused him of taunting them. James Tracy, a tenured associate professor of media history at Florida Atlantic University, was given his walking papers Tuesday, according to the school. Although the school did not specify its reasons, Tracy has made headlines by claiming on his blog that the school shooting, in which 20 children and six adults were killed by a mentally ill gunman, never happened. He made similar claims about the movie shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., later that year, the 2013 Boston marathon bombing and other mass shootings.” (01/06/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/01/06/florida-college-fires-wacky-professor-who-claimed-sandy-hook-shooting-was-staged-by-government.html

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9) AL: Chief justice orders judges to not issue same-sex marriage licenses
Source: WSFA 12 News

“Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an administrative order Wednesday prohibiting Alabama probate judges from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Moore’s order stated the Alabama Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity of Marriage Amendment are still in effect pending further decision by the state’s highest court.” (01/06/16)

http://www.wsfa.com/story/30899933/chief-justice-roy-moore-issues-administrative-order-on-marriage-licenses

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10) AZ: Libertarian appointed to state Supreme Court
Source: Arizona Republic

“Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed Phoenix attorney and Goldwater Institute litigator Clint Bolick to the Supreme Court of Arizona. This is Ducey’s first appointment to the Supreme Court bench and such appointments are typically considered to be among the most important decisions governors make given the tenure the justices typically serve and the seriousness of the issues they take up.” [hat tip — Andy Craig, who also explains that Bolick is a partisan Libertarian, not an “independent” as the story alleges – TLK] (01/06/16)

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2016/01/06/ducey-appoints-goldwater-institute-supreme-court/78349574/

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11) Oil prices topple below $35 amid market turmoil
Source: USA Today

“Oil prices toppled below $35 on Wednesday morning as investors grappled with a turbulent start to the year for global markets. A rough economic outlook in China, another day of stock declines and North Korea’s claim of testing a hydrogen bomb sparked the selloff. The price of a barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell 3.3% to $34.78 at 8:15 a.m., while Brent crude oil plunged 4.3% to $34.86.” (01/06/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/01/06/oil-prices-markets/78348522/

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12) Wegmans Food Markets recalls chicken that didn’t undergo state cult’s blessing ritual
Source: Mainline Media News

“Wegmans Food Markets Inc., a Rochester, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,125 pounds of chicken products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. … The problem [sic] was discovered by FSIS inspection personnel during a review of establishment records.” (01/06/15)

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2016/01/06/region/doc568d0d8c76276572534980.txt

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13) Bangladesh: Court upholds plan to have regime employees kill Islamist leader
Source: Reuters

“Bangladesh’s Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for a top Islamist party leader on Wednesday for atrocities committed during the country’s war of independence from Pakistan more than four decades ago, a government lawyer said. Four opposition politicians, including three leaders of the Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, have been convicted by a war crimes tribunal and [killed by the regime] since late 2013. The [killings] have come amidst a rise in Islamist militant violence in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, with militant groups claiming the murder of two foreigners and four secular writers and a publisher last year.” (01/06/15)

http://in.reuters.com/article/bangladesh-warcrimes-idINKBN0UK14D20160106

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14) FL: Regime schedules time for state employees to kill inmate
Source: ABC News

“Oscar Ray Bolin was first found guilty of murdering three women nearly 30 years ago. … Unless an appeals court or the U.S. Supreme Court steps in, Bolin, 53, will be [killed by state employees] Thursday at 6 p.m. in Florida State Prison for the 1986 slaying of Teri Lynn Matthews.” (01/06/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/florida-man-killed-women-scheduled-execution-36112496

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15) Security theater, German edition: “Suspicious package” panic at Merkel’s office
Source: CNN

“All of the German Chancellery, which houses the offices of German leader Angela Merkel, has been given the all-clear by police after part of the building was closed when a suspicious package was spotted.” (01/06/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/06/europe/germany-suspicious-object-merkel-building/

***** Everybody Has An Opinion *****

16) Why isn’t this TSA agent who groped a 10-year-old being charged with sexual battery?
Source: Reason
by Robby Soave

“Vendela Payne, a 10-year-old from San Diego, California, inadvertently smuggled a Capri sun juice box into her luggage at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The TSA caught her, which triggered a mandatory pat down. Vendela’s father, Kevin Payne, recorded the incident: watch it here. This was no perfunctory pat down. Over the course of two full minutes, a female TSA agent touched nearly every inch of Vendela’s body. She firmly ran her hands over the girl’s arms, legs, chest, back, and waistline. When the agent tugged up on Vendela’s shirt — seemingly in order to untuck and get under it — the girl instinctively pulled it back down.” (01/06/16)

https://reason.com/blog/2016/01/06/why-isnt-this-tsa-agent-who-groped-a-10

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17) “This is government land”: The eternal refrain of the federal occupiers
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Without seeking permission, a small group of defiant armed men seized control of coveted property in Oregon. They weren’t welcomed by local residents, some of whom petitioned the government to evict the intruders from federally administered land. Rather than sending in the troops to uproot the uninvited settlers, the U.S. government told the local residents to accommodate them even as they put up fences and started to run cattle on the land they had seized. This destroyed the local agricultural balance, leaving many of the locals near starvation. Hunger can drive a man to do desperate things, especially when its effects are visible in the faces of his children. Driven beyond forbearance, many of the locals resorted to violence. Although federal authorities were unimpressed by the pleas of starving people, they acted with alacrity to put down what they considered an armed insurrection, driving the locals from the scene and conferring title to the land on those who had occupied it illegally. This is how the Paiutes were evicted from what is now Harney County, Oregon, the 10,000-square-mile territory that serves as backdrop to the ongoing occupation of vacant federal buildings by a small group calling itself Citizens for Constitutional Freedom.” (01/06/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/01/this-is-government-land-eternal-refrain.html

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18) How gun control is like zero interest rates
Source: Reuters
by Rob Cox

“As President Barack Obama heads into his final year in office, he has kicked off the third firearms bubble of his administration. Just a few hours before he unveiled on Tuesday an executive order requiring more gun dealers to perform background checks on customers buying firearms, Smith & Wesson had some very good news for its shareholders. On Monday night, the gunmaker said sales in the current quarter could be up to 20 percent better than it had originally expected. Welcome to the inside-out world of the American arms trade, where news that should be bad for the purveyors of what are arguably the deadliest consumer products sold to man turns out to be very good. But as the previous booms demonstrate, bringing forward future demand can store up trouble down the road.” (01/05/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/breakingviews/2016/01/05/cox-how-gun-control-is-like-zero-interest-rates

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19) Federal socialism in the west
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Whatever one might think about the takeover of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by a group of Western ranchers, the controversy does raise an important question: Why does a government of a nation that was founded on principles of private property and that purportedly opposes socialism own so much land in the Western United States?” (01/06/16)

http://fff.org/2016/01/06/federal-socialism-in-the-west/

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20) The Tom Woods Show, episode 564: How to get Rush Limbaugh fans asking the right questions
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Joshua Bennett tells us how he took matters into his own hands and got the libertarian message out in Alaska to listeners of right-wing radio. Actionable ideas here!” [various formats] (01/06/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-564-how-to-get-rush-limbaugh-fans-asking-the-right-questions/

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21) Evangelist Franklin Graham quits GOP
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Evangelist Franklin Graham announced that he is leaving the Republican Party. Good! Now if we could only persuade Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum and the rest of their ultra-right-wing evangelical Bible thumping followers to do the same, we just might end up with a Republican Party that would win the presidency in 2016 and lead our nation out of the stinking swamp of socialism forced upon us by the Democrats.” (01/06/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/01/evangelist-franklin-graham-quits-gop.html

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22) Gun “actions” prove superficial
Source: USA Today
by Richard Feldman

“President Obama’s ‘New Executive Actions to Reduce Gun Violence’ sound pretty good on a superficial reading, and some may indeed be helpful. For example, keep guns out of the wrong hands. Well, gee whiz — who wants them in the wrong hands? Certainly not legitimate gun owners. And having the FBI hire more examiners to help with background checks — good idea, since the president and his gun control proposals are (oddly) responsible for the sale of more guns to more Americans than at any time in history, and we don’t want backups at the retail gun counter.” (01/06/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/01/05/obama-independent-firearm-owners-association-editorials-debates/78328830

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23) A new threat to freedom of association
Source: The American Conservative
by Jon Riches

“In 1956, the Alabama Attorney General sought a court order seeking to stop a politically active group from ‘conducting further activities within, and to oust it from, the State.’ Among other things, the group had recruited members and solicited contributions within Alabama, had provided financial and legal support to students seeking admission at public universities, and had supported political boycotts. Throughout the litigation, the Attorney General demanded that this politically active group turn over the names and addresses of its members to the government. The group refused. And the case made its way up to the United States Supreme Court. A unanimous Supreme Court struck down the State of Alabama’s attempt to compel the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to turn over its member list to the government. … Unfortunately, the government reporting activists are at it again.” (01/06/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/a-new-threat-to-freedom-of-association/

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24) Key case spotlights flaws of computer hacking law
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jamie Williams

“Old laws can cause confusion and unduly harsh consequences, particularly when courts confront situations Congress did not anticipate. This is particularly true for the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1030 — the federal ‘anti­hacking’ statute prompted in part by fear generated by the 1983 techno­thriller ‘WarGames.’ The CFAA was enacted in 1986, and the government’s current prosecution of journalist Matthew Keys — who faces sentencing on Jan. 20 for three counts of violating the CFAA — illustrates the 30-­year­-old statute’s many problems.” (01/06/15)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/01/keys-case-spotlights-flaws-computer-hacking-law

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25) Snitch vs. snitches
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“‘They went to the toilet and they scraped the bowl,’ defense attorney Tony Serra railed during his closing arguments for client Raymond ‘Shrimp Boy’ Chow, 56, who stands accused of murder and racketeering. Chow, you may recall, was caught up in a March 2014 federal sweep that netted 26 other defendants, including former California state Sen. Leland Yee, who pleaded guilty to a racketeering charge last year. Serra finished his analogy with the conclusion that federal prosecutors produced a few ‘scumbags’ willing to testify against Chow in return for lenient sentences. ‘Homicidal maniacs, some of them,’ they are not to be trusted, Serra warned.” (01/06/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/01/06/snitch-vs-snitches-n2100346

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26) “Paradise for an Austrian researcher”
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by staff

Interview with David Sanz Bas. Bas: “When I started my bachelor in economics, I considered myself a Marxist. By chance, when I was twenty (it was 2004), I had the opportunity to read Carl Menger’s Principles of Economics. This book made a deep impression on me and, after a lot of thinking and more reading, I became an Austrian. By that time, I had become interested in activism, and, in 2005, some friends and I founded an online forum where we discussed and debated lively topics on economics, defense, history, political options, environmentalism, etc. We did this with random online socialists, libertarians, neocons, fascists, and hippies. Through this, I discovered the Mises Institute and its website, and I liked it a lot.” (01/06/15)

https://mises.org/library/paradise-austrian-researcher

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27) Want reform? Look to the states, not the feds
Source: PanAm Post
by Nick Zaiac

“A chill is in the air in the US capital on this first week of the year, and it has nothing to do with winter finally taking hold in Washington after a warm, beautiful December. It’s coming from the seemingly frozen halls of a gridlocked federal government, after the press mocked Congress for one of its least productive years in recent history. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if that’s a good or bad thing.” (01/05/16)

http://panampost.com/nicholas-zaiac/2016/01/05/want-reform-look-to-the-states-not-the-feds

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28) Kyrgyzstan and Britain: United by censorship
Source: spiked
by Luke Terry

“You know freedom of speech is in a dire state when you have to defend someone’s right to make a dick joke. In case you missed this story: Michael McFeat is a Scottish man who worked for a mine in Kyrgyzstan. He wrote on Facebook that the nation’s favourite dish (which looks a lot like a horse’s penis) looks like … well, a horse’s penis. Instead of getting a couple of shares and then disappearing forever, his remark outraged the people of Kyrgyzstan. The miners acted like minors and went on strike over McFeat’s comment. Even worse, the government arrested him and toyed with the idea of sending him to jail for five years. Eventually they just deported him. … Kyrgyzstan’s reaction to someone cracking wise is worse than you would get in Britain. It isn’t that much worse, however.” (01/06/15)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/kyrgyzstan-and-britain-united-by-censorship/17779

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29) Trump, perpetually outraged, perpetually outrageous
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“If there’s a defining anecdote about Donald Trump in Michael D’Antonio’s Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success, it comes when young Donald, then a high school student at the military academy where his demanding father sent him for being such an insufferable lout, sees his name in the newspaper for the first time. The occasion was a baseball game, and the headline read, “Trump Wins Game for NYMA.” The experience had a profound impact. “It felt good seeing my name in print,” Trump tells D’Antonio. ‘How many people are in print? Nobody’s in print. It was the first time I was ever in the newspaper. I thought it was amazing.’ Not only did people know his name, they knew he was a winner. Half a century later, Trump’s particular brand of fame and his unique persona positioned him extraordinarily well to run a presidential campaign in 2016.” (01/06/16)

http://prospect.org/article/perpetually-outraged-perpetually-outrageous-0

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30) White versus black markets
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Agorism is built upon black markets. Most people think of black markets as seedy back alleyways where you’re just as likely to be shanked by a seller as you are to die from the drugs they peddle. Meanwhile white markets are thought of as well-lit shopping centers where everything is guaranteed to be safe by an army of government regulators. Truthfully the difference between white and black markets is the former is under the control of the State and the latter is not.” (01/05/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/01/05/white-versus-black-markets/

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31) Whatever’s going on in Oregon, it’s not terrorism
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“Even if we grant the worst allegations — that the Hammonds wrongfully declined to inform the government that it would be setting the fires and that one fire was allegedly set to cover up poaching — the actions look nothing like terrorism. No one was intentionally threatened, and no one was injured or killed. So why were the cases prosecuted under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years? … As for the occupiers of the government building, who now call themselves Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, again, where’s the terrorism? Yes, some occupiers are armed. But the building was unoccupied when they entered it, and no one was threatened, much less harmed or killed. It’s reported that roads around the building are open. The news media come and go at will. In neither case was anyone terrorized.” (01/05/15)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/01/whatevers-going-on-in-oregon-its-not.html

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32) Has Obama hit his limit on gun control?
Source: The New Republic
by Rebecca Leber

“We learned on Tuesday that Barack Obama, in his final year of office, will continue to test the boundaries of executive authority in order to break through congressional inertia. Americans have already witnessed the president’s instant impact on issues like LGBT discrimination, climate change, and immigration. The result has been at times sweeping, like changing the status of millions of undocumented immigrants and pushing the power sector to cleaner sources. Now Obama has taken action on gun violence.” [editor’s note: Hit and exceeded, yet with little real-world effect – SAT] (01/06/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/127066/obama-hit-limit-gun-control

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33) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 42: Merrick Van Landingham and Andrei Chira
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week Merrick VanLandingham and Andrei Chira filled in for Dave and Danilo for a New Year’s Eve recording. Herein we discussed different paths to anarchism, listening to and creating different podcasts, communicating effectively with statists, revisionist history, making liberty breakthroughs with your dad, giving your kids the proper tools, the benefits of the socratic method, the power of words, the holy grail of State lies and secrets, and more!” [MP3] (01/06/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-42-merrick-van-landingham-and-andrei-chira/

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34) Obama’s latest anti-gun nonsense and hypocrisy
Source: JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard

“‘I taught constitutional law, I know a little bit about this,’ President Obama lectures us. And then he says: ‘We understand there are some constraints on our freedom in order to protect innocent people.’ And the best way to protect innocent people is to assume that gun owners as a group are guilty. I think I missed the middle step in his syllogism. And I don’t think he was crying because of the cruel necessity of trampling the Second Amendment.” (01/05/16)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2016/01/05/obamas-latest-anti-gun-nonsense-hypocrisy/

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35) FDA regulator finally sees the problem with drug restrictions
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by David Henderson

“Dr. Pazdur, according to the reporter, ‘has been a man denounced by many cancer patient advocates as a slow, obstructionist bureaucrat.’ Pazdur, the oncology chief at the FDA, is one of the key gatekeepers. So if cancer drug approvals are slow, he bears much of the responsibility. But now, partly because his wife got cancer and recently died from cancer, he has changed.” (01/06/16)

http://fee.org/anythingpeaceful/the-real-problem-with-fda-drug-restrictions/

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36) The infrastructure cure for the economy
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Everyone understands that our (and the world’s) economy is underperforming. While U.S. unemployment is down, people are finding jobs that underpay and/or don’t provide enough hours. Regular people just don’t have enough to get by, never mind enough to drive consumer economies. The lack of pay causes a drop in consumer demand, which leads to economic malaise. Economist Joseph Stiglitz puts it clearly: ‘The only cure for the world’s malaise is an increase in aggregate demand.’ So how do you increase demand in an economy? With jobs that pay well. How do you get jobs to pay well? Of course, raise the minimum wage, but another way is to make sure there are plenty of jobs. When there are so many open jobs in an economy that employers start having trouble finding people to work for them, they start to offer better pay.” (01/06/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160106/the-infrastructure-cure-for-the-economy

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37) Precursors and origins of Italian fascism
Source: Libertarianism.org
by David S D’Amato

“Much of the meaning contained in the word fascism has been lost in its constant and lazy employment as a general term of abuse. Charges of fascism are shrieked quite without thought to the word’s history or to the record of the actual political and economic system it denotes. This is regrettable, because fascism and its legacy are still very much alive and well — not only as a blanket epithet, but as an operable ideology and philosophy. To achieve a thorough understanding of fascism, it is necessary to embark on an examination of the first and truest fascism, the Italian fascism of Benito Mussolini and his National Fascist Party.” (01/06/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/precursors-origins-italian-fascism

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38) Unpopular individual mandate fails to make people buy insurance
Source: Independent Institute
by John R Graham

“Just before Christmas, Congress voted to deficit fund Obamacare by imposing moratoria on a number of Obamacare taxes that are unpopular with interest groups. Left in place was the unpopular individual mandate to buy health insurance, which has no organized interest to lobby against it. Nevertheless, it is the most unpopular part of Obamacare. The New York Times reports that a number of relatively high-income earners are choosing to remain uninsured, or even drop Obamacare coverage, and pay the fine instead …” (01/06/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/01/06/unpopular-individual-mandate-fails-to-make-people-buy-insurance/

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39) Social insecurity
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
by Donald J Boudreaux

“An easy case for government intervention requires just one mistaken assumption: Ordinary people cannot take care of themselves as well as government officials will take care of them. An example of this assumption appears in a recent letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal. UC-Berkeley business school instructor David Robinson admits that Social Security really isn’t what Uncle Sam advertises it to be. For example, Robinson correctly notes that the Social Security Trust Fund ‘is a myth.’ Nevertheless, he applauds Social Security because, he alleges, it ensures that ordinary people will have adequate retirement incomes. To emphasize his point, Robinson asserts that ‘there’s simply no way that a janitor could save enough in his working years to provide a decent retirement.’ Let’s explore this assertion.” (01/05/16)

http://triblive.com/opinion/donaldboudreaux/9738609-74/social-security-janitor

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40) North Korean nuclear test: Provocation to west, challenge to China
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“North Korea has grabbed international headlines. Again. Pyongyang staged its fourth nuclear test, supposedly a thermonuclear device. If the North indeed successfully tested an H-bomb, the North Korean nuclear program has taken a huge step forward. The United Nations Security Council is holding an emergency session today to discuss the test. Proposals for more sanctions and further isolation likely will grow. However, the test dramatically demonstrated that the U.S. attempt to build a cordon sanitaire around the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has failed. Washington instead should develop a new policy built upon a foundation of engagement, not denuclearization.” (01/06/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/north-korean-nuclear-test-provocation-west-challenge-china

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41) Why Obama’s executive action on guns is unconstitutional
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Andrew P Napolitano

“President Obama announced Tuesday that he is issuing an executive order on guns and background checks. Here’s a look at what the president is doing and if it is even legal under the Constitution of the United States.” (01/05/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/01/05/why-obamas-executive-action-on-guns-is-unconstitutional/

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42) Anti-liberty bigots and their anti-gun “laws”
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“No. That’s it: my answer to the anti-liberty bigots who believe they can make up laws against guns. Making up those ‘laws’ — or enforcing them — is a crime, according to the Second Amendment. In case you don’t understand what an amendment is, an amendment over-rides the original document. That means even if the Constitution had once said government was allowed to make up rules concerning guns, the Second Amendment made that act a crime the instant it was adopted. It doesn’t matter how ‘sensible’ or necessary you claim such ‘laws’ to be.” [text and Flash video] (01/05/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/01/anti-liberty-bigots-and-their-anti-gun.html

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43) Free the Hammonds
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Gary Chartier

“Prisons dehumanize people and serve as instruments of brutal retaliation. No one’s liberty should be forcibly restricted unless she or he poses an ongoing, violent threat to others. That means there is no cause to imprison the Hammonds, who aren’t alleged to have threatened or engaged in violence targeting anyone. If they’ve damaged anyone’s justly acquired property, they certainly ought compensate the owner and cover associated costs. (The Hammonds have been subjected to a $400,000 fine; it’s unclear how much of this is compensation for actual losses and how much is punitive.) Compensation is a far cry from imprisonment. (If one of the fires was designed to conceal evidence of killing animals, and if they did kill animals, they certainly owe compensation, and they may merit public shaming, but prison is hardly an appropriate response.)” (01/06/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/42666

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44) Oregon: Beginning of the end? Or something else?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Difficult as it is to sort through what is going on at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, after watching it for several days, it appears to be a case of ‘too little, too early.’ To steal a thought from Claire Wolf[e], it is NOT yet time to ‘shoot the b****s’ and little significantly good or bad is likely to come from the situation.” (01/05/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8381

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45) Ethics first
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The biggest problem facing Americans? According to a Gallup poll, for the second year in a row, it’s our government. Maybe I should say ‘the government.’ Few think it represents us. Which is sort of a big problem for a representative government. Presidential candidate Donald Trump says our leaders are ‘stupid.’ Were that the case, it’d be easier to correct. The reality is worse. We have an ethical problem in government.” (01/06/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/01/06/ethics-first/

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