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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
The Freedom Movement’s Daily Newspaper

Volume XIV, Issue #3,372
Monday, January 25th, 2016
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In the News:

1) Washington “shuts down government,” New York rebounds after blizzard
2) Breaking with Obama, 22 Senate Democrats seek to halt deportation raids
3) Iran: Regime arrests 100 people over attack on Saudi embassy
4) Burkina Faso: Army detains five more soldiers accused in armory raid
5) Magnitude 7.1 earthquake jolts Alaska; 4 homes lost in explosions or fire
6) Biden: US prepared for “military solution” against Islamic State in Syria
7) US official seeks support for European trade deal in Poland
8) South African mayor awards scholarships to virgin women
9) Iran eyes Boeing plane purchases as sanctions end
10) Study: Indoor tanning linked to teen substance abuse
11) Pentagon has no clue how many weapons it has lost to ISIS
12) UK haulage boss: French army should be deployed in Calais
13) Reaper drones like those in Syracuse prone to lose power, drop from sky
14) France: British anarchists arrested as migrants storm Port of Calais
15) Egypt: Eight may face jail time for breaking King Tut’s beard

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Cannabusiness and an observation on socialism
17) Prosecutors, police get medieval on privacy and progress
18) The Constitution revisited
19) Why isn’t that bitch in jail?
20) Difference between socialist and Democrat is zero
21) The bizarre experience of agreeing with Trump
22) Judge Napolitano is wrong!
23) Asset forfeiture is legalized theft
24) Nationalism and its discontents: The meaning of Trump
25) A tale of two cities: Lessons from Michigan
26) Resolved: This is not an election about restraining the president
27) Hillary and Bernie: The credibility gap
28) What’s wrong with inequality?
29) How officials failed Flint
30) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 63: Concerning Dr. Marc Allan Feldman
31) “I don’t know” makes flimsy cover
32) Liberty and money, money and liberty (a rant)
33) National Review fails to kill its monster
34) Conservatives against Trump
35) SCOTUS’s Kennedy: The man who drowned democracy in “Citizens United”
36) Death to America?
37) Three policies with good intentions and tragic consequences
38) Oscars boycott: Down with the art of identity
39) Grudem’s Politics: Part 1, wrong views of government
40) Founding mother and conscience of the revolution
41) Trump & the conservative intelligentsia
42) The Tom Woods Show, episode 577: Where should you put your money? The answer may surprise you
43) The bull market in stocks may be done
44) “Notice-and-stay-down” is really “filter-everything”
45) Drug warrior General Kelly is not just fading away

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

1) Washington “shuts down government,” New York rebounds after blizzard
Source: Reuters

“Washington shut down U.S. federal government offices on Monday, while New York prepared for a normal workday following the worst snowstorm in decades to ravage the U.S. East Coast, as residents of both cities frolicked in the freak snowfall. Midtown Manhattan came back to life on a bright and sunny Sunday as residents and tourists rejoiced in the warming sunlight, digging out buried cars, heading to Broadway shows and cavorting in massive drifts left by New York City’s second-biggest snowstorm in history. In Washington, where a traffic ban was still in effect, the recovery got off to a slower start, with the entire transit system closed through Sunday. The Office of Personnel Management said federal government offices in the Washington area will be closed on Monday, along with local government offices and schools.” [editor’s note: Too bad DC won’t REALLY shut down, and STAY that way! – TLK] (01/24/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather-idUSKCN0V2085

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2) Breaking with Obama, 22 Senate Democrats seek to halt deportation raids
Source: Fox News Latino

“Twenty-two Democratic senators asked President Barack Obama on Friday to halt the recent round of federal deportation raids, highlighting anew the schism within the party over the administration’s handling of Central American immigrants. In a letter, the senators wrote that the raids were sweeping up mothers and children who face threats of violence and death when they are returned to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. ‘We are troubled by the priorities reflected in these enforcement actions,’ the lawmakers wrote.” (01/24/16)

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2016/01/23/breaking-with-obama-22-senate-democrats-seek-to-halt-deportation-raids

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3) Iran: Regime arrests 100 people over attack on Saudi embassy
Source: CBS News

“A spokesman for Iran’s judiciary says that around 100 suspects were arrested, with some later released, following an attack on Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran. … Protesters set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran and attacked its consulate in another Iranian city in response to the kingdom’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric on Jan 2.” (01/24/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/iran-arrests-100-people-over-attack-on-saudi-embassy/

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4) Burkina Faso: Army detains five more soldiers accused in armory raid
Source: ABC News

“Burkina Faso’s army says it has detained five members of a disbanded unit loyal to the country’s former president who are suspected of involvement in a raid on an armory. One member of the unit was killed in an exchange of gunfire near the border with Ghana, an army spokesman said Sunday.” (01/24/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/burkina-faso-pursues-soldiers-suspected-armory-raid-36484013

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5) Magnitude 7.1 earthquake jolts Alaska; 4 homes lost in explosions or fire
Source: Los Angeles Times

“A magnitude-7.1 quake knocked items off shelves and walls in Alaska early Sunday morning, jolting the nerves of residents in this earthquake-prone region. There were no reports of injuries, but four homes were lost to explosions or fire following the quake. Alaska’s state seismologist, Michael West, called it the strongest earthquake in the state’s south-central region in decades. The state often has large or powerful earthquakes, such as a 7.9 last year in the remote Aleutian Islands.” (01/24/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-earthquake-hits-southern-alaska-20160124-story.html

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6) Biden: US prepared for “military solution” against Islamic State in Syria
Source: Reuters

“U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday that the United States and Turkey were prepared for a military solution against Islamic State in Syria should the Syrian government and rebels fail to reach a political settlement. The latest round of Syria peace talks are planned to begin on Monday in Geneva but were at risk of being delayed partly because of a dispute over who will comprise the opposition delegation. Syrian armed rebel groups said on Saturday they held the Syrian government and Russia responsible for any failure of peace talks to end the country’s civil war, even before negotiations were due to start.” [editor’s note: “Regime change” by any other name … – SAT] (01/24/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-turkey-biden-idUSKCN0V10J9

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7) US official seeks support for European trade deal in Poland
Source: Danbury News Times

“U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman was welcomed Sunday by Polish entrepreneurs as he worked to finalize a free trade pact between the United States and the European Union. Froman said the two sides are trying to conclude the deal, the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, this year after nearly three years of negotiations.” (01/24/16)

http://www.newstimes.com/news/world/article/US-official-seeks-support-for-European-trade-deal-6780709.php

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8) South African mayor awards scholarships to virgin women
Source: USA Today

“A South African mayor has awarded college scholarships to 16 young women for remaining virgins to encourage others to be ‘pure and focus on school,’ her spokesman said Sunday. The scholarship was introduced this year and has been awarded to young women from the Uthukela district in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province, mayoral spokesman Jabulani Mkhonza said. Each year the mayor’s office awards scholarships to more than 100 promising high school and university students from the area, he said. The young women who applied for the scholarships voluntarily stayed virgins and agreed to have regular virginity tests to keep their funding, Uthukela Mayor Dudu Mazibuko told South African talk radio station 702.” [editor’s note: So a horse-riding incident would DQ you, I guess? – SAT] (01/24/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/01/24/south-african-mayor-scholarships-virgin-women/79262580

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9) Iran eyes Boeing plane purchases as sanctions end
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Iran is considering buying planes from US manufacturer Boeing as it moves to upgrade its fleet following the removal of UN sanctions. Iran’s deputy transport minister Asghar Fakhrieh Kashan told Reuters that Iran is interested in buying 100 aircraft. UN sanctions were lifted a week ago, allowing Airbus to negotiate a deal to sell 114 aircraft to Iran. US trade sanctions on Iran remain in place, but Boeing could apply for a special waiver. However, last week Boeing said there are ‘many steps’ before it decides to sell aircraft to Iran.” (01/24/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35394835

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10) Study: Indoor tanning linked to teen substance abuse
Source: Smell the Truth

“Marijuana has long been disproved as a gateway drug, but experts have found an activity that might actually lead to a life of drug abuse: indoor tanning. In findings published this week by JAMA Dermatology, researchers from the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus found that teens who regularly use tanning beds are more likely to exhibit risky behavior such as abusing illegal drugs, alcohol, and steroids. ‘A growing national body of evidence links indoor tanning with other risky health-related behavior among adolescents,’ said Robert Dellavalle, MD, lead author of the study and associate professor of dermatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Using data from the 2013 Healthy Kids Colorado survey, researchers found that 65 percent of students who use tanning beds were more likely to use illicit drugs, drink alcohol, and smoke cigarettes.” [editor’s note: Yet another case of confusing concurrence with causation? – SAT] (01/22/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/01/22/study-indoor-tanning-linked-to-teen-substance-abuse

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11) Pentagon has no clue how many weapons it has lost to ISIS
Source: Mother Jones

“For more than a decade, the United States has supplied huge quantities of weapons and military hardware to the Iraqi government — and a large chunk of that equipment has disappeared and landed in the hands of ISIS fighters and members of Iranian-backed Shiite militias responsible for massacring civilians. Everything from M-16s and bullets to Humvees and tanks have been lost. But neither the US nor Iraqi governments can say how much US-supplied materiel has been diverted to militant groups or how it’s ending up there.” (01/22/16)

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/01/why-iraq-black-hole-american-arms

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12) UK haulage boss: French army should be deployed in Calais
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“French authorities should deploy soldiers in order to secure the port of Calais, a UK haulage boss has demanded following fresh incursions by migrants. The port in northern France was closed on Saturday and services were disrupted overnight after about 50 migrants briefly boarded a UK-bound P&O ferry. The incident happened during a protest at the port in favour of migrants. Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, called for authorities to back ‘decisive action.'” (01/24/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35394673

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13) Reaper drones like those in Syracuse prone to lose power, drop from sky
Source: syracuse.com

“The Air Force’s MQ-9 Reaper drones, like those now flown out of Syracuse’s Hancock Airport, have been plagued by electrical failures that cause the unmanned planes to drop from the sky, according to a Washington Post investigation. In a front-page report today, the newspaper said it had obtained Air Force documents showing that investigators traced the Reaper’s problems to a faulty starter-generator.” (01/20/16)

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2016/01/report_reaper_drones_like_those_in_syracuse_prone_to_lose_power_drop_from_sky.html#incart_river_home

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14) France: British anarchists arrested as migrants storm Port of Calais
Source: Telegraph [UK]

“British anarchists were among 35 people in police custody in Calais after leading about 350 migrants who broke through police lines and invaded the port, forcing it to close for several hours. Up to 50 people stormed on board the P&O Spirit of Britain ferry, prompting renewed calls from the mayor of Calais and the head of the port for the demolition of the nearby ‘Jungle’ camp. … Masked British agitators from the No Borders group incited migrants to invade the port after the peaceful demonstration, local sources said.” (01/24/16)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/12118368/British-anarchists-arrested-as-migrants-stormed-Port-of-Calais.html

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15) Egypt: Eight may face jail time for breaking King Tut’s beard
Source: CBS News

“Eight Egyptians involved in a botched repair of the famed golden burial mask of King Tut, which was corrected late last year, have been referred to trial for ‘gross negligence.’ Prosecutors said in a Sunday statement that the 3,300-year old mask, whose beard was accidentally knocked off and hastily glued on with epoxy in 2014, was scratched and damaged as a result. The mask was put back on display last month after a German-Egyptian team of specialists removed the epoxy and reattached the beard using beeswax, which is often used as an adhesive for antiquities.” (01/24/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/eight-egyptians-facing-jail-time-breaking-king-tut-beard/

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

16) Cannabusiness and an observation on socialism
Source: LIving Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“These new entrepreneurs are loving what they’re doing — and the fact that they’re able to do it legally. Many of them were pot entrepreneurs long, long before the law permitted them to come into the open. In fact, one of the things that make this project so fun is that many of these people were ‘criminals’ — and they’re some of the nicest, brightest, most respectable people you’d ever want to meet. Others (some retailers, for example) had no previous connection with cannabis at all, but just saw a business opportunity when i502 was passed. But they are just as excited as their grower friends.” (01/23/16)

http://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/ClaireWolfe/2016/01/23/cannabusiness-and-an-observation-on-socialism/

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17) Prosecutors, police get medieval on privacy and progress
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Ashley Carman of The Verge reports on the opening of a new front in American politicians’ war on personal privacy and technological progress: Legislators in California and New York have introduced bills requiring the makers of smart phones sold in their states to intentionally compromise those phones with ‘back doors’ for law enforcement. Those two states are the test markets for a national — even global — effort backed by the National District Attorneys Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The ultimate goal of that effort is a repeal of the last 600 years of human history, at least where personal privacy and technological progress are concerned.” (01/23/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4324

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18) The Constitution revisited
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“I am mystified that so many libertarians still see the U.S. Constitution as a landmark achievement in the struggle for liberty. On principle alone, they should have become wary in time. A document that is adored at virtually every position in the political firmament should arouse suspicion among libertarians. Moreover a smattering of historical knowledge should have been enough to turn suspicion into outright skepticism.” (01/22/16)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/01/tgif-constitution-revisited.html

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19) Why isn’t that bitch in jail?
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“Since the beginning of this Presidential election season, back around 4004 B.C., Hillary’s criminal activity has made the news almost every day. By the time it ends, nobody is going to like the outcome, no matter how it turns out. From a ‘businessman’ who uses the power of government to steal your land for his own use, to a tired old commie who’s risen higher in America than any of his fellow Bolsheviks, to a pack of religious cooties who want the state to hijack your wife’s, your girlfrind’s, your daughter’s, your sister’s, your mother’s internal organs and use them for their own purposes, America has been slimed.” (01/24/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle856-20160124-02.html

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20) Difference between socialist and Democrat is zero
Source: Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed

“In a recent MSNBC interview Chris Matthews asked Democratic Party Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton ‘What’s the difference between a socialist and a Democrat?’ According to a Fox News article reporting on the MSNBC exchange Clinton ‘struggled to answer that question.’ Almost anyone who isn’t a Democrat or a socialist can answer that question without so much as a mumble or a stumble. A socialist admits to being a socialist; a Democrat lies about it.” (01/23/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/difference-between-socialist-and-democrat-is-zero

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21) The bizarre experience of agreeing with Trump
Source: In These Times
by Leonard C Goodman

“In a rare moment of candor in the Dec. 15, 2015, Republican debate, Donald Trump acknowledged how our misguided policies since 9/11 have squandered trillions on wars that have made us less safe: ‘We’ve spent $4 trillion trying to topple various people. … The Middle East is totally destabilized. A total and complete mess.’ Trump’s ability to self-fund allows him to take on the military-industrial complex, at least rhetorically. Of course, rhetoric is not the same as policy. Trump’s association with groups like Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy (funded by the likes of Boeing and promoting bogus conspiracies about Sharia law in America) suggests that a President Trump would follow the same failed corporate-friendly policies of Bush and Obama. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that none of the corporate-funded candidates would dare risk taking on the military-industrial complex, even with empty rhetoric.” (01/22/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18758/2016_presidential_election_corporate_funding

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22) Judge Napolitano is wrong!
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“I admire and have enormous professional respect for Fox News Channel senior judicial analyst and former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano. When he opines and provides logical reasons, for example, that Hillary Clinton violated this or that federal statute, and therefore should be criminally indicted, he enjoys much credibility with me.
But when Judge Napolitano, a self-described Libertarian, insists that a human ‘person’ must be legally defined as such from the moment of conception, as he does in his latest article: ‘Killing Babies,’ he is simply flat out wrong. That’s not a credible legal opinion. That’s his religious belief.” (01/24/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/01/judge-napolitano-is-wrong.html

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23) Asset forfeiture is legalized theft
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Over the past several years, awareness of the issue of civil asset forfeiture has garnered the attention of media and legislators around the country. Eric Holder last year made modifications to the policies involving ‘[f]ederal adoption of property seized by state or local law enforcement under state law.’ Holder said that his order does not apply to seizures by state and local authorities working together with or on behalf of a federal agency, nor does it ‘limit the ability of state and local agencies to pursue the forfeiture of assets pursuant to their respective state laws.’ Many praised this modification of federal policy as an end to civil asset forfeiture. However, that is not the case.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (01/24/16)

http://fpp.cc/asset-forfeiture-is-legalized-theft/

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24) Nationalism and its discontents: The meaning of Trump
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“I have many disagreements with Trump, but unlike his many enemies on the left and especially on the right I understand that his nationalism contains elements that are useful, instructive, and even admirable.” [editor’s note: Doug Stanhope summarizes nationalism pretty well: “Nationalism does nothing but teach you how to hate people that you never met. And all of a sudden you take pride in accomplishments you had no part in whatsoever …” – TLK] (01/25/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/01/24/nationalism-and-its-discontents-the-meaning-of-trump/

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25) A tale of two cities: Lessons from Michigan
Source: Town Hall
by John C Goodman

“Two Michigan cities made the front page of The New York Times on Thursday. One concerned contaminated water in Flint, leading to lead poisoning in children. The other exposed the sorry state of the public schools in Detroit, where student test scores are abysmal, the buildings are filthy and teachers are engaged in an illegal strike. If you care about children, especially minority children, both stories should generate outrage. Yet the article about Detroit schools seems to have been a one-day story — quickly forgotten by just about everybody.” (01/23/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/johncgoodman/2016/01/23/a-tale-of-two-cities-lessons-from-michigan-n2108938

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26) Resolved: This is not an election about restraining the president
Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“For the last two presidential election cycles Charlie Savage of The New York Times has sent a survey as the primaries approached to candidates from both parties. His goal was to get them on the record to express their positions on the extent of the authority of the president as chief executive. What are they legally permitted to do on their own without getting Congress'[s] stamp of approval? For the 2008 presidential election he got nine out of 12 campaigns to respond and answer the questions, including both then-Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, the eventual nominees. For the 2012 presidential election, five of the seven Republican primary candidates participated, including eventual nominee Mitt Romney. … Guess how many candidates participated in the survey this time? Just one.” (01/23/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/01/23/resolved-this-is-not-an-election-about-r

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27) Hillary and Bernie: The credibility gap
Source: Our Future
by Robert Borosage

“Panic now grips the Clinton campaign. Polls show Bernie Sanders surging to a dramatic lead in New Hampshire and closing in Iowa. The Washington Post reports that Hillary’s national numbers are dropping faster now than they did in 2008. The Clinton campaign has started throwing everything and the kitchen sink at Sanders, with the gutter award captured, thus far, by Senator Claire McCaskill who smeared him with the ‘hammer and sickle,’ transparently attributing the red-baiting to future Republican attacks of her own imagination. But the question isn’t what’s wrong with Bernie; he’s soaring beyond all expectations. The question is what’s wrong with Hillary?” [editor’s note: Where do you want me to start? – SAT] (01/22/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160122/hillary-and-bernie-the-credibility-gap

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28) What’s wrong with inequality?
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Gary Chartier

“If you believed the talking heads, you might think concern with inequality in our society was just a product of envy and economic ignorance. That’s another reason not to believe the talking heads. The fact that someone has more wealth than I do doesn’t injure me or make me worse off. And the economy isn’t a fixed pie, with a bigger piece for you coming at the cost of a smaller piece for me: It’s growing, dynamic, with the potential to make everyone better off. But dismissing bad arguments against inequality as if they were the only arguments means the talking heads get off too easily. The real problems with inequality in our society have to do with its sources and its consequences.” (01/22/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/42972

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29) How officials failed Flint
Source: USA Today
by staff

“A year before lead-contaminated water in Flint, Mich., became a national scandal, General Motors provided what should have been an unmistakable warning of a disaster in the making. GM’s Flint plant sought permission to switch to a different water supplier after finding rust on newly machined parts. Here’s a little tip for government officials: When a city’s water is rusting new car parts, it’s probably not a good idea to let people drink it. But Flint residents did keep drinking, for an entire year. Like other evidence that the city’s water supply was tainted, first with bacteria and then with lead, this opportunity to prevent a health crisis was missed, avoided or deliberately ignored by authorities whose job is protecting public health and safety.” [editor’s note: Nice to see someone in the MSM acknowledging this was not a “failure of the free market” – SAT] (01/22/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/01/21/flint-water-lead-michigan-gov-rick-snyder-editorials-debates/79123020

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30) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 63: Concerning Dr. Marc Allan Feldman
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (of day jobs and conservative living constitutionalists); Dr. Marc Allan Feldman’s campaign for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 Presidential Nomination.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/25/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-63.html

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31) “I don’t know” makes flimsy cover
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“‘I don’t know’ can be one of the smartest things you ever say. At least, when you honestly don’t know. Whenever possible, it should be followed up with finding out what it was you didn’t know. Once you discover a gap in your knowledge, how can you be content to leave it unfilled? ‘I don’t know’ can also be one of the dumbest things you say when you say it because you don’t want to know, or don’t want to speak the truth.” (01/21/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/01/21/mcmanigal-i-dont-know-makes-flimsy-cover/

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32) Liberty and money, money and liberty (a rant)
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Money IS A TOOL: like ANY tool, it can be used for evil or for good. The same knife or sca[l]pel that can be used to perform life-saving surgery can take away life with a single stroke. The same drug that can prevent death can cause it. The same pistol that can save a woman from rape or a child from being murdered can be used to snuff out an innocent life. The same rock can be used to build a house or bash out someone’s brains. And the same money can pay a nurse or a jack-booted thug, a demagogue or a real teacher. And it is NOT just HOW the money is used, but HOW it is acquired.” (01/23/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8513

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33) National Review fails to kill its monster
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“National Review is the great intellectual gatekeeper of the American right, a journal of opinion that has long served as the arbiter of what counts as respectable conservative thought. … Acting as a kind of bouncer, [it] has earned enemies who accuse it of purging dissident thought on the right. But there’s no question that the many wars [it] has fought to purify the conservative movement have often had a salutary effect, particularly in excluding anti-Semitism and more overt forms of racism. So when National Review launched its special issue ‘Against Trump,’ it was keeping to a venerable tradition of policing the right.” (01/22/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/128176/national-review-fails-kill-monster

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34) Conservatives against Trump
Source: Cato Institute
by David Boaz

“From a libertarian point of view — and I think serious conservatives and liberals would share this view — Trump’s greatest offenses against American tradition and our founding principles are his nativism and his promise of one-man rule. Not since George Wallace has there been a presidential candidate who made racial and religious scapegoating so central to his campaign.” (01/22/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/conservatives-against-trump

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35) SCOTUS’s Kennedy: The man who drowned democracy in “Citizens United”
Source: In These Times
by Joe Conason

“This week marked the anniversary of the Citizens United decision, which exposed American democracy to increasing domination by the country’s very richest and most reactionary figures (modern heirs to those ‘malefactors of great wealth’ condemned by the great Republican Theodore Roosevelt) so it is worth recalling the false promise made by the justice who wrote the majority opinion in that case. Justice Anthony Kennedy masterminded the Supreme Court’s Jan. 21, 2010 decision to undo a century of public-interest regulation of campaign expenditures in the name of ‘free speech.’ He had every reason to know how damaging to democratic values and public integrity that decision would prove to be.” [editor’s note: This goes on to call Kennedy a “libertarian” so take it with a large salt clump – SAT] (01/22/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18795/supreme-court-justice-anthony-kennedy-the-man-who-drowned-democracy-in-citi

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36) Death to America?
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

“I am hostile to America. I want to diminish its control over England. But, if the world must be dominated by one big power, it is probably for the best that this power should be America. Without romanticising America as it actually is, I see liberal democratic capitalism as the best human order presently on offer. I benefit from the universal use of the English language. I do not like what I know of the authoritarian state capitalism of the East. What I know of modern Russia is not something I understand or admire. Had I been in charge of England between 1945 and 1990, I would have told the Americans to fight the Cold War without our active help. At the same time, like the Swedish Government, I would have been clear which side I did not want to win.” (01/22/16)

http://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/01/22/death-to-america/

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37) Three policies with good intentions and tragic consequences
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Corey Iacono

“Indeed, many people implicitly assume that if the government does nothing, nothing will be done, and no progress will be made. The assumption is that government intervention will primarily produce better results than if the government does nothing. … While it is undoubtedly true that government efforts can alleviate some social ills, it is just as true that it can also make matters worse.” (01/21/16)

http://fee.org/anythingpeaceful/3-policies-with-good-intentions-and-tragic-results/

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38) Oscars boycott: Down with the art of identity
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“Constant handwringing about the lack of ‘black perspectives’ in arts and entertainment abound. But this is not as progressive as it might seem. The concept of art as a space in which we can be taken beyond our own experience, shown something more profound and universal, has been replaced by a box-ticking, multi-cultural desire to cover all of your ethnic bases. Films are lauded, not for their profundity, but for their diversity — for daring to give the white mainstream a glimpse into the life of the Other and ethnic-minority kids the validation they, allegedly, so desperately need.” (01/22/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/oscars-boycott-down-with-the-art-of-identity/17950

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39) Grudem’s Politics: Part 1, wrong views of government
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by C Jay Engel

“Part 1, Chapter 1 of the book overviews what Grudem considers as ‘Five Wrong Views About Christians and Government’ that he wishes to juxtapose with his own, positive view, that he sets out in chapter 2. The five ‘wrong views’ are categorized as follows: 1. Government should compel religion 2. Government should exclude religion 3. All government is evil and demonic 4. Do evangelism, not politics 5. Do politics, not evangelism …” (01/23/16)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/blog/grudems-politics-part-1-wrong-views-of-government/

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40) Founding mother and conscience of the revolution
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“Two centuries before ‘women’s lib,’ in the run-up to America’s Revolutionary War, Mercy Otis Warren was already a liberated woman by the standards of her day. And she did the liberating herself. In the latter half of the 18th century, Warren was an accomplished poet, playwright, pamphleteer, and historian — though much of what she wrote was anonymous, in part to get a hearing where a woman might not otherwise be listened to. She also risked reprisal from King George III and the British troops with her subversive rhetoric in favor of American liberty and independence.” (01/22/16)

http://fee.org/freeman/founding-mother-and-conscience-of-the-revolution/

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41) Trump & the conservative intelligentsia
Source: The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher

“When I worked at National Review in 2002, I took pride at being part of the team of conservative standard-bearers, and believed that we were articulating what American conservatives felt. This continued after I left NR, but kept up my work as a conservative opinion journalist. But a funny thing kept happening. When I would go back to south Louisiana to visit my family, I often got into (friendly) arguments with people about conservative principles and policies. I noticed that we were at loggerheads over many things. It frustrated me to no end that reason was useless; ‘ideologically unmoored cultural passions’ weren’t just something, they were the only thing. This was a tribal conservatism, one that had very little to do with ideas, and everything to do with nationalism and a sense of us-versus-them. To be a conservative is to agree with Us; to disagree with us means you must be a liberal.” (01/23/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/trump-conservative-intelligentsia/

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42) The Tom Woods Show, episode 577: Where should you put your money? The answer may surprise you
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Mark Skousen, the Austrian-friendly editor of the Forecasts & Strategies newsletter for over 35 years, dissents from the advice of what he calls the ‘doomsayers,’ and says those people miss a lot of bull markets. I thought my audience would benefit from another perspective. Enjoy!” [various formats] (01/22/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-577-where-should-you-put-your-money-the-answer-may-surprise-you/

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43) The bull market in stocks may be done
Source: Cobden Centre
by Keith Weiner

“It has come to my attention that, perhaps, the great stock bull market is done. To most people, a bull market is good, and its end is bad. After all, a rising market signifies a healthy economy. Investors are making money. And it seems to prove that the free market is validated, able to deliver miracles despite Obamacare. Share prices are connected to business productivity, aren’t they? In a free market they are, of course. However — and this cannot be said too often — we don’t have a free market. We have monetary policy.” (01/22/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/01/the-bull-market-in-stocks-may-be-done/

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44) “Notice-and-stay-down” is really “filter-everything”
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Elliot Harmon

“There’s a debate happening right now over copyright bots, programs that social media websites use to scan users’ uploads for potential copyright infringement. A few powerful lobbyists want copyright law to require platforms that host third-party content to employ copyright bots, and require them to be stricter about what they take down. Big content companies call this nebulous proposal ‘notice-and-stay-down,’ but it would really keep all users down, not just alleged infringers.” (01/21/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/01/notice-and-stay-down-really-filter-everything

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45) Drug warrior General Kelly is not just fading away
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“U.S. Marine Gen. John Kelly is retiring from the military, but he isn’t just fading away. He is speaking out on the drug war, which he has been waging in Latin America in his capacity as head of the U.S. Southern Command. Kelly is telling the news media … that the problem with the drug war is that some states are legalizing marijuana, which, he says, makes it more difficult for the military to win the war on drugs.” (01/22/16)

http://fff.org/2016/01/22/retiring-from-the-drug-war/

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