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Volume XIV, Issue #3,362
Monday, January 11th, 2016
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In the News:

1) Yemen: Doctors Without Borders hospital hit, killing four
2) Pakistan says it will respond to any threat to Saudi Arabia
3) Zimbabwe: Journalists arrested for criticizing government
4) Italy: Police probe slaying of Florida woman in Florence
5) Unions brace for SCOTUS case that could “bankrupt” their influence
6) ME: LePage apologizes for controversial remarks
7) CA: New year brings pot regulations and questions for industry
8) TX: Armed standoff ends after 15 years
9) Greece: Mitsotakis elected opposition leader
10) NV: Brothel owner Hof to run for state senate as Libertarian; Republican legislator switches parties
11) Gun industry credits Obama for boost in business
12) FL: Key pol says passage of $3 billion gaming deal unlikely
13) Catalonia: Mas stands aside to break deadlock on new government
14) No winner of record Powerball jackpot, next draw put at $1.3 billion
15) Mexico: “El Chapo” met with Sean Penn months before recapture, Rolling Stone says

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Why the War Party dominates the media
17) Barack the usurper
18) The self-driving dilemma: Safety versus freedom
19) I failed to convert Ted Cruz to libertarianism
20) Traditionalism and free trade: An exercise in libertarian outreach
21) Review: Libertarian cyberpunk “Pink Slip Prophet”
22) Rehabilitating freedom of assembly
23) There’s always a bull market somewhere
24) Against legislating morality
25) We are terrorized: Why US counterterrorism policy is failing, and why it can’t be easily fixed
26) Cooperation and conflict between ranchers and the feds
27) These laughable alcohol guidelines are no joke
28) The wealth of everyone
29) GOP falls into purity trap
30) Idiot colossus: The philistinism of American arms, part one
31) The Tom Woods Show, episode 566: Why are some libertarians rejecting the nonaggression principle?
32) Give states control over public land out west
33) Can we fix opioid abuse by rethinking chronic pain?
34) Slaughtering the myth of Chinese currency manipulation
35) What would an IS shock look like?
36) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 62: Gary Johnson, you ignorant slut!
37) The awesome world of the future
38) America embraces the tyranny its founders fought to reject
39) “Unacceptable,” he sputtered
40) Government just another disaster
41) Freidrichs case not just about unions
42) Federal dietary policies are an unsteady diet of nothing
43) Obama’s tears for ableist fears
44) I call shenanigans
45) Hillary Clinton’s crocodile tears for the Constitution
46) Ayn Rand — scariest woman in the universe
47) Moore judicial constitutional defiance
48) Guns, cops, and killing
49) Your data or your life
50) Free Thoughts Podcast, 01/08/16: The tyranny of silence

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

1) Yemen: Doctors Without Borders hospital hit, killing four
Source: Time

“The aid group Doctors Without Borders says a projectile from an unknown source has hit a hospital it supports in Yemen’s northern Saada province, killing four and injuring 10. The group, known as MSF, says in a statement that the Sunday attack in the Razeh district led to ‘the collapse of several buildings of the medical facility.’ Of those injured at the Shiara Hospital, three are MSF staff, and two are in critical condition, it said. All staff and patients have been moved to another hospital also supported by MSF.” (01/10/16)

http://time.com/4174491/msf-doctors-without-borders-yemen/

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2) Pakistan says it will respond to any threat to Saudi Arabia
Source: Fort Dodge Messenger

“Any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity will evoke a strong response from Islamabad, Pakistani army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif said Sunday. Sharif made the remarks in a statement after Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman met with him in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, adjacent to the capital.” (01/10/16)

http://www.messengernews.net/page/content.detail/id/1014493/Pakistan-says-it-will-respond-to-any-threat-to-Saudi-Arabia.html?isap=1&nav=5022

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3) Zimbabwe: Journalists arrested for criticizing government
Source: Greenfield Daily Reporter

“Two Zimbabwean journalists were arrested after they reported that the government secretly paid salaries and bonuses to intelligence staffers while other civil servants went unpaid in December. Journalists from the privately owned Newsday newspaper, Nqaba Matshazi and Xolisani Ncube, were released on $200 bail each on Friday.” (01/09/16)

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/cdd0a86d778044498ee1422be7824573/AF–Zimbabwe-Journalists-Arrested

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4) Italy: Police probe slaying of Florida woman in Florence
Source: Biloxi Sun Herald

“Police vowed ‘maximum attention’ Sunday to find the killer of an American found dead in her Florence apartment as Italy’s expat community expressed hope that the case won’t turn into another Amanda Knox-style, drawn-out, headline-grabbing legal saga. Police opened a murder investigation Saturday after 35-year-old Ashley Olsen of Summer Haven, Florida, was found dead, her neck bruised and scratched.” (01/10/16)

http://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/world/article54020275.html

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5) Unions brace for SCOTUS case that could “bankrupt” their influence
Source: Raw Story

“Throwing out a challenge to Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reforms. But 2016 may be less kind. On Monday the justices will begin to hear a case that labor leaders argue could ‘bankrupt’ public-sector unions and geld one of the most powerful forces in politics. Rebecca Friedrichs, who has taught elementary school children for close to 30 years, mostly in the Savanna school district in Anaheim, California, is the lead plaintiff in a case she says is being brought against the ‘tyranny’ of unions dues. ‘We are required, as a condition of employment, to financially support teachers unions and their political agendas,’ Friedrichs wrote in an editorial for the Orange County Register.” (01/09/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/unions-brace-for-supreme-court-case-that-could-bankrupt-their-influence

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6) ME: LePage apologizes for controversial remarks
Source: Fox News

“Republican Gov. Paul LePage apologized Friday for his remark about out-of-state drug dealers impregnating ‘young white’ girls, calling it a slip of the tongue and saying he didn’t mean to inject race into discussion of Maine’s heroin epidemic. LePage blamed reporters for unfairly focusing on the slip-up in which he described the drug dealers as ‘guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty’ and added, ‘Half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave. … I was going impromptu, and my brain didn’t catch up to my mouth. Instead of ‘Maine women’ I said ‘white women,” said LePage, who’s white. He noted that, according to the census, Maine is the nation’s whitest state.” (01/09/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/01/09/maine-gov-lepage-apologizes-for-controversial-remarks.html

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7) CA: New year brings pot regulations and questions for industry
Source: Smell the Truth

“The new year brings California closer to regulating the largest cannabis market in the US via a bevy of regulations that went into effect January 1, but are still expected to take years to sort out. The bulk of the new laws affecting the cannabis industry are contained within the set of bills that made up the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown last fall. The first of the month brought the second major deadline of the regulations.” (01/08/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/01/08/newyearspotregulations/

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8) TX: Armed standoff ends after 15 years
Source: USA Today

“After almost 15 years, what is believed to be the longest armed standoff in American history quietly came to a peaceful close earlier this week. John Joe Gray was arrested in 1999 for assaulting a state trooper during a traffic stop. Gray said it was his God-given right to carry the pistol he had that day, without a concealed handgun license. When the trooper tried to arrest him, Gray got into a scuffle with the officer and bit him. Gray was eventually charged with assaulting a public servant, but he refused to return to court, and instead, armed himself at home. ‘If they come out after us, bring extra body bags. Those who live by the sword will die by the sword,’ Gray told ABC News in a 2000 interview.” (01/09/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/01/09/texas-armed-standoff-ends-after-15-years/78553518

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9) Greece: Mitsotakis elected opposition leader
Source: ABC News

“Greece’s conservative opposition New Democracy party has elected a reformist as its new leader. Former administrative reform minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has defeated party stalwart Evangelos Meimarakis in a leadership contest open to all party members. About 400,000 people were eligible to vote Sunday.” (01/10/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/reformist-lawmaker-elected-greek-opposition-leader-36200110

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10) NV: Brothel owner Hof to run for state senate as Libertarian; Republican legislator switches parties
Source: KSNV News 3

“A Nevada brothel owner plans to run for a Nevada State Senate seat. Dennis Hof, owner of several brothels in the state, will seek Senate District 15 seat for the Libertarian Party. The seat represents a district in Reno. The announcement was made at Libertarian Party headquarters at a news conference on Friday afternoon. The party’s possible candidate for U.S. president, John McAfee, said cyber-security was his top issue. He spoke to the media for about 30 minutes in his first news conference since announcing he was seeking the presidency. Also discussed was a switch to the Libertarian Party by former Republican John Moore. He holds the Assembly’s District 8 seat.” (01/08/16)

http://www.news3lv.com/mostpopular/story/Hof-to-run-for-Nevada-State-Senate-seat/DNnLfnoztUyWYW0cBsBi4w.cspx

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11) Gun industry credits Obama for boost in business
Source: Augusta Chronicle

“Gun retailers around the nation and across the metro area say people have bought guns at a feverish pace since the president tearfully announced an array of executive orders Tuesday that could, among other things, subject hobbyists and occasional gun sellers to federal licensing requirements. The president pledged that unilateral action would be forthcoming during his Dec. 6 address to the nation, just four days after a husband and wife killed 14 people in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., that was labeled a terrorist attack. Obama’s renewed interest in gun control is creating a generalized fear among citizens feeling vulnerable to domestic terrorism and other crimes, said Erich Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, a Springfield, Va.-based gun rights organization.” (01/10/16)

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2016-01-10/gun-industry-credits-obama-boost-business

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12) FL: Key pol says passage of $3 billion gaming deal unlikely
Source: Miami Herald

“A $3 billion gaming deal between Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe of Florida that would make craps and roulette legal is in increasing jeopardy of being rejected by the Florida Legislature even though it could hurt the state financially. … Senate Majority Leader Bill Galvano, a key author of the previous deal Scott renegotiated, said the gaming compact proposed by the governor last month needs more input from dog tracks, horse racing operators and other parimutuels for it to be embraced by the Legislature. The Bradenton Republican said the Legislature has to have a far bigger discussion about how it wants to address the topic of gambling statewide and not help the Seminoles.” [editor’s note: Here’s a simple way for the Florida legislature to address gambling — get it through their heads that gambling is none of the legislature’s business and repeal all state laws concerning it – TLK] (01/07/16)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article53600160.html

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13) Catalonia: Mas stands aside to break deadlock on new government
Source: Bloomberg

“Catalonia’s acting President Artur Mas agreed to stand aside to allow groups seeking independence to avoid new elections and form a stable regional government to press ahead with their campaign to split from Spain. Mas said Saturday he won’t seek another term and will instead propose Carles Puigdemont, the mayor of Girona, to lead the new government. … The Spanish government in an e-mailed statement called on Catalan leaders to abandon their plans to separate from the rest of the nation and stop ‘creating new tensions.’ The legitimacy of Catalan institutions comes from Spain’s constitution, according to the statement, which also said the next national government should have a broad parliamentary base to confront the secessionist challenge.” (01/09/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-09/catalonia-s-mas-stands-aside-to-break-deadlock-on-new-government

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14) No winner of record Powerball jackpot, next draw put at $1.3 billion
Source: Reuters

“No one won Saturday’s record jackpot of nearly $950 million in the multi-state Powerball lottery, officials said, driving the haul for a winning ticket in the next draw to $1.3 billion, lottery officials said. … The prize, which rises with every drawing in which the winning series of six numbers is not won, ranked as the largest jackpot for any lottery in North American history. With almost unimaginable riches at stake, many Americans who normally shun lotteries joined the long lines of people buying tickets at retail stores across the country.” (01/10/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-powerball-idUSKCN0UN0SF20160110

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15) Mexico: “El Chapo” met with Sean Penn months before recapture, Rolling Stone says
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman, the billionaire fugitive captured in a shootout Friday in Mexico, met with actor Sean Penn for a secret interview for Rolling Stone magazine in the months before his capture. The article, written by Penn and published Saturday night, reveals that the actor traveled to Mexico to interview Guzman, widely known as El Chapo, in October, while the drug lord was on the run from Mexican authorities after escaping prison. The seven-hour interview is considered to be the first Guzman has conducted in decades.” (01/09/16)

http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-el-chapo-rolling-stone-20160109-story.html

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

16) Why the War Party dominates the media
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“[R]ealists have a great record when it comes to predicting what would happen if we followed the advice of the Usual Suspects, and why it would happen. Yet they are nowhere visible in the Major Media, which employs platoons of neocon laptop bombardiers and cruise-missile liberals without a single regular spokesperson representing the realist view — the view, by the way, most favored by the American people. Indeed, the War Party dominates the three major media outlets in the English-speaking print world, and on television as well.” (01/11/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/01/10/why-the-war-party-dominates-the-media/

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17) Barack the usurper
Source: The Libertarian Enterpreise
by L Neil Smith

“Naturally, Obama’s attempt to impose victim disarmament on America by decree has met with a great deal of conservative and libertarian outrage, but it has made me want to ask, as frequently, and at as high a volume as possible, why are you outraged? Didn’t our short-sighted ancestors set us up for this kind of thing two and a half centuries ago when they got rid of a monarch without getting rid of monarchical practices?” (01/10/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle854-20160110-02.html

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18) The self-driving dilemma: Safety versus freedom
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“A new study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute examines the difference between regular automobiles and the new ‘self-driving’ models. According to the study (commissioned by an admittedly self-interested party, Google) humans behind the wheel crash 4.2 times per million miles, self-driving cars only 3.2 times per million miles. And the self-driving era is in its infancy. As the new cars improve, pass regulatory scrutiny and gain wider adoption, tens of thousands of lives could be saved every year in the US alone. But even assuming the validity of the study’s findings, self-driving cars are not necessarily without their problems. Given government’s growing interest in controlling how and where Americans travel, they could become just another piece of our ever more pervasive surveillance state.” (01/09/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4043

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19) I failed to convert Ted Cruz to libertarianism
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Back in the 1980s, I had an opportunity to convert Ted Cruz to libertarianism. It’s a sad confession to make but, yes, I failed to do so.” (01/08/16)

http://fff.org/2016/01/08/i-failed-to-convert-ted-cruz-to-libertarianism/

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20) Traditionalism and free trade: An exercise in libertarian outreach
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

“Of the issues that divide libertarians and traditionalists, free trade may be the most important. It is central to nearly all our debates. Do we tend to a contractual or an organic view of human relationships? Do we embrace or do we fear a technological and economic progress that is carrying us into a world we cannot predict? Do we regard mankind as a single race, capable, despite its present separations, of a single future history? Or do we regard these present separations as inevitable, and perhaps worth maintaining? Where do we stand in the debate over England that took place between about 1830 and 1850? In all these and more, how we view free trade will usually correlate with, and may determine, the side that we take.” (01/08/16)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/01/10/traditionalism-and-free-trade-an-exercise-in-libertarian-outreach/

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21) Review: Libertarian cyberpunk “Pink Slip Prophet”
Source: Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

“In the Golden Age of Science Fiction we had either SF (saying ‘sci fi’ back then meant you were an outsider) or we had fantasy. Today we have both plus science-fantasy, cyperpunk, steampunk. Dieselpunk, utopian, dystopian, near-future, techno-thriller, libertarian, feminist, fegfoot and scores more subgenres that all fall under the syfy sky. Science Fiction Author George Donnelly keeps it simple, sort of; he describes his recently published Pink Slip Prophet as a Robot Cyberpunk Novella with a Touch of Comedy.” (01/08/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/review-libertarian-cyberpunk-pink-slip-prophet

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22) Rehabilitating freedom of assembly
Source: USA Today
by John Inazu

“Later this month, the Supreme Court will hear a case involving convoluted facts and small-town politics. This odd case out of Paterson, N.J., could have a significant impact on the basic First Amendment freedoms of all Americans. The story begins simply enough, with a small favor that an off-duty police officer performed for his bed-ridden mother. Officer Jeffrey Heffernan’s mother asked him to pick up a mayoral campaign sign for her to display in her yard, since her last sign had been stolen and she couldn’t go herself to pick up a replacement. When Heffernan dutifully picked one up, one of his coworkers spotted him holding the sign, incorrectly assumed that Heffernan supported the candidate, and told his boss, the police chief (who happened to support an opposing candidate).” (01/07/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/01/07/scotus-freedom-assembly-first-amendment-column/76731780

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23) There’s always a bull market somewhere
Source: The Daily Bell
by Anthony Wile

“Paul Craig Roberts has done us the service of analyzing the recent jobs report. It came in better than expected but didn’t move the markets much on Friday. From an investment standpoint, this is a problem. When markets don’t react to good news, they’re probably even weaker then they seem. But all is not lost. At the end of this editorial I’ll remind viewers of alternatives that may provide opportunities that large public marts cannot.” (01/09/16)

http://www.thedailybell.com/editorials/36728/Anthony-Wile-Theres-Always-a-Bull-Market-Somewhere/

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24) Against legislating morality
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“There is a question that often comes up in a variety of ways, and boils down to: ‘Should any government legislate or attempt to legislate morality?’ Most people would answer in the affirmative. However that’s where the disagreements and the question of ‘who[se] version of morality is to be used?’ begin.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (01/10/16)

http://fpp.cc/against-legislating-morality/

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25) We are terrorized: Why US counterterrorism policy is failing, and why it can’t be easily fixed
Source: Cato Institute
by Christopher A Preble

“The fact that Americans remain fearful of terrorism is surprising in several respects. Judged in purely probabilistic terms, terrorism poses a far less significant threat to human life than a host of hazards, from lightning strikes, to collisions with animals, to falling household furniture. ‘An American’s chance of being killed by a terrorist,’ note Mueller and Stewart, ‘has been, and remains, one in four million per year with 9/11 included in the calculation, or one in 110 million for the period since 2001.’ More Americans have been killed by weather incidents in the last two weeks than have been killed by attacks by Islamist extremists on U.S. soil in the last 14 years. There are several plausible explanations for why public sentiment doesn’t track with an objective assessment of the risks of terrorism relative to other hazards.” (01/08/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/we-are-terrorized-why-us-counterterrorism-policy-failing-why-it-cant-be

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26) Cooperation and conflict between ranchers and the feds
Source: Reuters
by Katherine Benton-Cohen

“Troubled relations between Western ranchers and the federal government do not have to lead to an armed standoff. Yet, rancher Ammon Bundy and his militia, who are occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, are part of the American West’s long tradition of fierce battles between public and private land ownership. Bundy insists he is responding to a recent federal order that two local ranchers must serve longer prison sentences after being convicted of arson on public lands. The Bundy group has vowed to occupy the wildlife refuge indefinitely, to raise awareness of the ‘very huge, egregious problem’ of federal overreach in public land management.” (01/08/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/01/08/cooperation-and-conflict-between-ranchers-and-the-feds

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27) These laughable alcohol guidelines are no joke
Source: spiked
by Rob Lyons

“According to the UK’s ‘top doctors,’ it is unsafe to drink any more than two units of alcohol per day on a regular basis. To put that into context, that’s one pint of fairly weak beer or a single glass of wine. In other words, a laughably small amount of alcohol. You might as well save your money and stay teetotal given the utter lack of buzz you would get from such a trivial amount of booze. The quacks in charge of dishing out health advice argue that any amount of alcohol can increase the risk of cancer, but, being the generous types they are, they are prepared to be lenient with us and suggest that up to 14 units per week — now the same recommended amount for both men and women — is ‘safe’ in the same way that other normal activities like driving are ‘safe.’ Gosh, thanks.” (01/08/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/these-laughable-alcohol-guidelines-are-no-joke/17789

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28) The wealth of everyone
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“Adam Smith entered a world that his reason and eloquence would later transform. He was baptized on June 5, 1723, in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. It’s presumed that he was either born on that day or a day or two before. He would become the Father of Economics as well as one of history’s most eloquent defenders of free markets.” (01/08/16)

http://fee.org/freeman/the-wealth-of-everyone/

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29) GOP falls into purity trap
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Republicans fulfilled a popular campaign pledge Wednesday when, by a 240-181 vote, the House passed a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act and defunding Planned Parenthood. The bill, already passed by the Senate, now goes to the desk of President Barack Obama, where it surely will be vetoed. Just when, I have to ask, did my Grand Old Party’s idea of victory become passing bills that won’t become law? What’s so glorious about fecklessness? The GOP House put an awful lot of work — it has voted to repeal Obamacare 62 times — into passing something that cannot become law while Obama is president and there are not enough Republicans to override a veto. Yet I see progress.” (01/10/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/01/10/gop-falls-into-purity-trap-n2101946

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30) Idiot colossus: The philistinism of American arms, part one
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“There are some real epistemological challenges for American forces in the Middle East as the technological and military (not martial) dominance of the conflict in Afghanistan demonstrates. On the one hand they acknowledge it is not a conventional fight yet the COIN/UW efforts are not harnessed to a strategic end-state but appear to be an ad hoc reaction to the domestic political verities and a complete ignorance of second- and third-order effects of occupation over the long term. One is compelled to assign this to gross military malpractice or simply the military culture that informs American arms abroad.” (01/08/16)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4626

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31) The Tom Woods Show, episode 566: Why are some libertarians rejecting the nonaggression principle?
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“It’s become fashionable in libertarian circles to ridicule the nonaggression principle. Stephan Kinsella and I speak in its defense. This one is long overdue.” [various formats] (01/08/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-566-why-are-some-libertarians-rejecting-the-nonaggression-principle/

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32) Give states control over public land out west
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert H Nelson

“The federal government owns almost half the land in the American West — even California is some 46 percent federal land. When the decision was made to keep most of this land under federal ownership and control in the early 1900s, the theory was that it would be managed more efficiently, and by the best experts. We now know otherwise: The dysfunction that characterizes so much of the federal government today extends to the public land agencies like the U. S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Owing to Washington’s political gridlock and bureaucratic paralysis, the right measures can rarely be passed or implemented as they are needed. By default, the federal judiciary, and not the agencies themselves, has become responsible for much of the policy making related to federal lands in the West.” [editor’s note: Why just hand it off from one government to another? Why not open it for homesteading? – TLK] (01/08/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8644

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33) Can we fix opioid abuse by rethinking chronic pain?
Source: The New Republic
by Richard Gunderman

“Over the last few decades, medicine has witnessed a sea change in attitudes toward chronic pain, and particularly toward opioids. While these changes were intended to bring relief to many, they have also fed an epidemic of prescription opioid and heroin abuse. Curbing abuse is a challenge spilling over into the 2016 political campaigns. Amid calls for better addiction treatment and prescription monitoring, it might be time for doctors to rethink how to treat chronic pain.” [editor’s note: OR, you could stop promoting and subsidizing the Big Pharma cartels, legalize non-violent drug use of all kinds, and have the whole issue blow away – SAT] (01/08/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/127256/can-fix-opioid-abuse-rethinking-chronic-pain

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34) Slaughtering the myth of Chinese currency manipulation
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Five or six years ago in the green room of the D.C. satellite of Fox News I met Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Upon discovering that I once taught economics at Clemson University and had lived in Seneca, SC (where he has a home), he inquired about my opinion of Chinese currency manipulation. No more than ten words of my reply escaped my mouth before it become clear that Sen. Graham was not really interested in my opinion. Instead, he assumed that I shared his notion that the Chinese government manipulates the yuan in order to render that currency unfairly undervalued against the U.S. dollar — and that this undervaluation, in turn, harms the American economy. Upon realizing that I regard his notion as economically mistaken, he tuned me out and became noticeably contemptuous of me — me who, I’m sure, he then pegged as an egghead academic who doesn’t understand reality in the crisp, clear, and complete way that he, a politician, understands it.” (01/09/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/01/slaughtering-the-myth-of-chinese-currency-manipulation.html

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35) What would an IS shock look like?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“One thing that makes it hard to discuss macroeconomics with people is the widely held assumption that changes in interest rates reflect changes in monetary policy. That misconception comes from the fact that people misinterpret the implications of two true facts: 1. In the IS/LM model, an easy money policy lowers interest rates. 2. The Fed targets short term interest rates. People think that if the Fed is controlling rates, and if an easy money policy causes rates to fall in the IS/LM model, then a fall in rates must be an easy money policy. But of course this doesn’t at all follow from the previous assumptions.” (01/09/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/01/what_would_an_i.html

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36) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 62: Gary Johnson, you ignorant slut!
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Writing the Libertarian Op-Ed; and, Boobies For Liberty?) The Week in Stupid (Gary Johnson disparages burqas and his supporters’ intelligence).” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/10/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-62-gary.html

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37) The awesome world of the future
Source: The Nation
by Tom Tomorrow

Cartoon: “Where prejudice is nothing but a distant memory from a less enlightened era.” (01/08/16)

http://www.thenation.com/article/the-awesome-world-of-the-future

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38) America embraces the tyranny its founders fought to reject
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The American Founding generation fought a long, bloody war to free themselves from a tyrannical government, only to see the people eventually embrace the very system they struggled to throw off. That may seem like a stinging indictment, but careful examination of U.S. governance today reveals that it rests on essentially the same philosophical foundation as the 18th century British system Americans rejected.” (01/08/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/01/08/america-embraces-the-tyranny-its-founders-fought-to-reject/

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39) “Unacceptable,” he sputtered
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The King Canute Memorial Award for Clueless Legislation (Winter 2015-16) goes to Senator Bernie Sanders. He had stiff competition from ocean-lowering President Barack Obama, this season, but surely earned it these past few months. … [Sanders] wants to establish maximum fees for ATMs, down to $2 per transaction. As everyone knows, some ATMs charge more than others. Why? It is not costless to provide electronic bank inquiries and withdrawals around the country … and the world. And profitability varies. Supply and demand. Entrepreneurs do not offer these services out of charity. Close off profits in some areas, there will be corresponding effects.” (01/08/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/01/08/unacceptable-he-sputtered/

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40) Government just another disaster
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“To me an impersonal blizzard is more fun to deal with than similarly destructive groups of people who only exist to make life more difficult and dangerous — in practice if not by intention. Government employees do this when they impose themselves into a difficult situation and manage to make it worse; getting in the way of those who don’t need their ‘help.’ Blizzards don’t show up, then demand your thanks and strut around as if you couldn’t live without them. For that matter, neither do hurricanes, earthquakes, and plagues — all of which are less destructive in the long run than government.” (01/07/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/01/07/mcmanigal-government-just-another-disaster/

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41) Freidrichs case not just about unions
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Thursday’s post, ‘Why You Should Pay Attention To The Friedrichs Supreme Court Case,’ looked at the issues in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case … The Freidrichs case is not just about unions. It is also setting up an argument against separation of church and state. The case was brought by a teacher named Rebecca Friedrichs, backed by the Christian Educators Association. Sarah Posner explains in ‘Anti-union SCOTUS Challenge Threatens Church-State Separation’ at The American Prospect.” (01/08/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160108/freidrichs-case-not-just-about-unions

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42) Federal dietary policies are an unsteady diet of nothing
Source: Reason
by Baylen Linnekin

“Critics have long pointed out the many, many ways Dietary Guidelines have been wrong over the years. Every revision and update of those guidelines is, at least in part, an admission that some or all of the previous advice was flawed. I have little problem, at the theoretical level, with the government proposing broad dietary advice, provided a couple things. First, the advice must be based on sound science. It’s better to give millions of people no advice than to give them all bad advice. Second, the advice should recognize and embrace the fact that dietary choices are like snowflakes. No two are alike. And the guidelines should never attempt to coerce anyone to adopt a particular diet. But these Dietary Guidelines fail on both counts.” (01/09/16)

https://reason.com/archives/2016/01/09/federal-dietary-policies-are-an-unsteady

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43) Obama’s tears for ableist fears
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Nick Ford

“[T]his executive action stems from misguided fears about disabled people and their relation to firearms. As opposed to letting neurodivergent folks decide their own fate, they must instead comply with debilitating bureaucracy. An email that the blogger Autistic Hoya received from Obama’s White House Office of Public Engagement promisingly notes the stigma that individuals with mental illness face. Yet, at the same time, the email encourages us to make sure that guns don’t fall into ‘the wrong hands.’ Presumably, individuals with mental illness fit this description which, in effect, further stigmatizes them.” (01/08/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/42689

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44) I call shenanigans
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“‘Response?’Who believes that three different publications all chose the same day, the day of his campaign announcement, to ask [Gary Johnson] ‘so, Gary, how would you feel about legislation banning burqas?’ And even in some kind of bizarre alternative universe where being asked that three different times by three different journalists on one single day when the issue was on nobody’s mind except maybe his was more than perhaps a one in a trillion possibility, how is giving the same basic response to those three journalists ‘kneejerk?’ It wasn’t kneejerk and it wasn’t a response. It was on his mind and he wanted to talk about it. He wanted to dog whistle to Donald Trump’s supporters.” (01/07/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/01/i-call-shenanigans.html

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45) Hillary Clinton’s crocodile tears for the Constitution
Source: Heartland Institute
by David Applegate

“Further proof, if any were needed, that the silly season — otherwise known as an election year — is upon us is an op-ed that appeared today in the Boston Globe entitled ‘A make-or-break moment for Supreme Court appointments’ over the name of Hillary Clinton. Undoubtedly penned by someone other than the candidate herself, the piece is nonetheless a fair statement of Mrs. Clinton’s views of the United States Supreme Court as a progressive policy-making body rather than the impartial judicial tribunal the Framers envisioned when they drafted the Constitution’s Article III.” (01/08/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/01/hillary-clintons-crocodile-tears-for-the-constitution/

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46) Ayn Rand — scariest woman in the universe
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Lori Heine

“What in the world is causing the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes level of hysteria being directed at Ayn Rand? How has one woman, gone from this earth for decades, managed to inspire such loathing and dread? Far from being insulted, I think she’d be proud of herself if she could witness the panic being spread in her name. Not only proud, but if she could keep her temper, perhaps even encouraged. The author’s name has become a sort of shorthand, in ‘progressive’ parlance, for ‘great big meanie.'” (01/07/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1505

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47) Moore judicial constitutional defiance
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Alabama Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore is a pathetically deluded religious nut case who has a bad habit of defying the United States Constitution Bill of Rights in the name of his Christian God. That’s why he’s been the subject of this blog before. (See here and here) Moore loves to substitute his Christian religion for the law of the land. The guy has no respect for the First and Fourteenth Amendments; disobeys the federal judiciary; and answers only to God.” (01/10/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/01/moore-judicial-constitutional-defiance.html

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48) Guns, cops, and killing
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“What is going on in Texas? People seem to be confused and divided. And sometimes, companies cannot even get things straight in their own management’s minds. As reported by Bloomberg.com and featured in Freedom’s Phoenix. Wal-Mart Workers on Pistol Patrol as Law Lets Texans Tote Guns. Managers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Texas have a new task to add to their list of duties: asking customers if they have a permit to carry a handgun. This strikes me as odd, for several reasons. Why cannot Wal-Mart simply assume that a person is legally carrying unless there is some reason to assume otherwise? This is the equivalent of Wal-Mart managers being made to assume that every person driving into their parking lot is NOT licensed to drive an automobile unless they produce their driver’s license.” (01/09/17)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8404

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49) Your data or your life
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Matthew Harwood

“Your data or your life. Distilled to its essence, this is the argument of surveillance hawks who want U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies to retain their intrusive, unlawful, and unconstitutional surveillance apparatuses that were radically expanded after 9/11. Their message is as subtle as an ISIS snuff film and also about as simple, clear, and pernicious, as cybersecurity expert and cryptographer Bruce Schneier expertly documents in his comprehensive Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World.” (01/08/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/your-data-or-your-life/

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50) Free Thoughts Podcast, 01/08/16: The tyranny of silence
Source: Libertarianism.org

“This week we are joined by Flemming Rose, the editor who defended Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten’s printing of 12 cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in 2005. We talk about the tradition of religious satire in the Western world, the importance of free speech to pluralistic societies, and the dangers of censorship — even self-imposed censorship — on those societies.” [various formats] (01/08/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/tyranny-silence

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