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Volume XIV, Issue #3,416
Friday, March 25th, 2016
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In the News:

1) Marines expanding combat role in Iraq, US official says
2) Syria: Regime forces make further gains in attempt to wrest Palmyra from Isis
3) Nigeria: Terrorist bombing of mosque kills dozens
4) Security theater, French edition: Man arrested, allegedly in “advanced stages” of attack
5) Security theater, US edition: No gunman found at Naval Medical Center San Diego, lockdown lifts
6) Obama: US slow to speak out for human rights in Argentina
7) Drug tunnel between Mexico and California is length of four football fields
8) Someone wrote “Trump 2016” on Emory’s campus in chalk. Some students said they no longer feel safe.
9) IN: Pence signs fetal defects abortion ban into law
10) US, Israel denounce rights council’s resolution to keep track of businesses operating in occupied territories
11) IL: State court strikes down Chicago pension reform
12) NC: Man arrested 14 years later for not returning “Freddy Got Fingered” rental
13) Microsoft silences its new AI bot Tay, after Twitter users teach it racism
14) TX: Airline pilot charged with running “string of brothels”
15) The Hague: Karadzic sentenced to 40 years for genocide at Srebrenica
16) Poland: Regime won’t take refugees after Brussels attacks
17) LA: House Committee approves bill for medical cannabis shops
18) France: Angolan rebel Savimbi’s family lose “Call of Duty” case
19) SC: Southern Tide founder identified as homeowner who shot alleged intruder
20) Johnson in double digits in race against Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump
21) New Zealand: Voters reject new flag after $17 million design contest
22) Guilty plea in Boeing hacking case with claimed Chinese regime involvement
23) UK: Man arrested over Brussels attacks tweets
24) ObamaCare website still vulnerable to hackers, federal watchdog warns
25) US durable goods orders fall; labor market tightening

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) War is easy when there’s nothing to learn
27) Fascism, American style
28) Obama visits Havana: Cuba libre for real?
29) Forget the First Amendment
30) Gregorian Libertarians and the coercion pill
31) The long march of Bernie’s army
32) Haters: Conservative, liberal, and faux libertarian
33) Why Brussels makes an anti-Trump third-party bid necessary
34) Time to fess up and walk back our Paris pledge
35) Glare on Nixon’s motivations
36) Clinton talks strategy; GOP candidates talk tough
37) Oreo closure proof of losing Trump trade policy
38) Taking our stuff back
39) Time for these two Democrats to go
40) A better approach to terrorism
41) The Tohono O’odham Nation: A case for sovereignty
42) Europe declared peace while the world was still at war
43) Ghosts
44) Give us more tax revenue, or else
45) Bill Clinton’s inadvertent truth
46) The Jason Stapleton Program, 03/24/16: Are you in political captivity?
47) Travel where it’s less free — and more so
48) Scotland’s smoking ban: Mourning personal choice
49) Medicare Advantage plan ratings are a farce
50) Among the rubble of the freedom agenda
51) Terms of terror: What the Brussels attacks mean
52) Vindication for a student suspended from Savannah State University
53) I love the smell of napalm in the market
54) Some lives matter
55) Driverless-car makers on privacy: Just trust us
56) Apple encryption and the erosion of privacy
57) Free Talk Live, 03/23/16
58) The self-imposed blindness of conservatives
59) Ted Cruz wages jihad on truth
60) Google, like Facebook, should admit they were wrong about Net Neutrality

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1) Marines expanding combat role in Iraq, US official says
Source: Fox News

“The American combat role in Iraq appeared to expand on Thursday as U.S. Marines operating from a small outpost provided targeting assistance and artillery fire to support Iraqi troops inching forward to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants. A senior U.S. official said the Marines fired illumination rounds to help the Iraqi forces locate IS fighters, and also fired artillery rounds in support of the operation, as Iraqi troops took control of several villages on the outskirts of Makhmour, southeast of Mosul. The official was not authorized to discuss the operation publicly and requested anonymity. Earlier this week, U.S. military officials confirmed the creation of the Marine outpost, dubbed Fire Base Bell.” (03/24/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/03/24/marines-expanding-combat-role-in-iraq-us-official-says.html

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2) Syria: Regime forces make further gains in attempt to wrest Palmyra from Isis
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Islamic State fighters have laid mines and booby traps throughout the ancient ruins of Palmyra to counter the most concerted push yet by Syrian forces to retake the area it lost 10 months ago in one of the most emblematic moments of the war. Syrian officials confirmed tanks and soldiers had advanced to within 500 metres of the centre of Tadmur City, adjoining the world-renowned archeological site, which became one of the terror group’s most-prized captures after a one-week siege last May.” (03/24/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/24/syrian-forces-enter-palmyra-isis-says-state-tv?CMP=fb_us

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3) Nigeria: Terrorist bombing of mosque kills dozens
Source: Counter Current News

“A mosque was just bombed in Nigeria, but the mainstream Western media is virtually silent because it didn’t happen in the U.S. or Europe. No sooner than we reported on another African terrorist attack, that was being ignored by Western media, two female bombers killed at least 22 worshippers in an attack on a mosque on Wednesday, Nigerian rescue officials say.” (03/24/16)

http://countercurrentnews.com/2016/03/media-ignores-terrorist-bombing-nigerian-mosque-dozens-killed/

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4) Security theater, French edition: Man arrested, allegedly in “advanced stages” of attack
Source: Washington Post

“A Frenchman in the ‘advanced stages’ of a plot to attack the country was arrested Thursday northwest of Paris and security forces locked down the area during a major search, France’s interior minister said. Bernard Cazeneuve said there were no links ‘at this stage’ between the plot and the attacks against Brussels this week or Paris in November. Cazeneuve said bomb squads were on site. The raid took place in Argenteuil, on the northern outskirts of the French capital. He noted that the person arrested was implicated at a ‘high level’ in the plot, but offered no details.” (03/24/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/france-arrests-man-in-advanced-stages-of-attack/2016/03/24/5a9665f2-f21e-11e5-a2a3-d4e9697917d1_story.html

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5) Security theater, US edition: No gunman found at Naval Medical Center San Diego, lockdown lifts
Source: Navy Times

“After a six-hour lockdown, law enforcement agents found no evidence that an armed man had gotten inside San Diego’s largest military medical facility. No suspects were found after the false alarm, the second at Naval Medical Center San Diego in two months. Law enforcement teams combed buildings looking for an armed gunman, a Navy spokeswoman said, while an earlier report of a bullet found on the ground is unconfirmed.” (03/24/16)

http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/2016/03/24/manhunt-underway-naval-medical-center-san-diego/82211848/

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6) Obama: US slow to speak out for human rights in Argentina
Source: Willoughby News-Herald

“President Barack Obama said Thursday that the United States was slow to speak out for human rights in Argentina during a dark chapter that still haunts the South American nation, but pledged that his administration will do its part to ‘confront the past with honesty and transparency.’ Forty years to the day after a 1976 coup opened a period of military rule in Argentina, Obama paid tribute to the victims of Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ by visiting Remembrance Park and tossing a wreath into the river water near a memorial bearing thousands of names.” (03/24/16)

http://www.news-herald.com/general-news/20160324/obama-us-slow-to-speak-out-for-human-rights-in-argentina

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7) Drug tunnel between Mexico and California is length of four football fields
Source: Fox News Latino

“During an investigation that netted more than a ton of marijuana and resulted in four arrests, U.S. authorities discovered an underground tunnel that ran the length of four football fields from a restaurant in Mexicali, Mexico, to a newly built house in Calexico, California. The tunnel was the 12th completed secret passage that U.S. authorities have discovered along California’s border with Mexico since 2006. They also have found more than 75 along the entire U.S.-Mexico border in the last five years, mostly in California and Arizona, many of them incomplete. Drug traffickers allegedly purchased the Calexico property in April for $240,000 and finished building a three-bedroom house on the parcel for $86,000 by December. Prosecutors say the first tunnel shipment occurred Feb. 28, leading to the seizure of 1,350 pounds of marijuana in Los Angeles.” [editor’s note: Each time Drumpf babbles about wall-building, he should be reminded of how good them folks is at tunnels – SAT] (03/24/16)

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2016/03/24/drug-tunnel-between-mexico-and-california-is-length-4-football-fields

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8) Someone wrote “Trump 2016” on Emory’s campus in chalk. Some students said they no longer feel safe.
Source: Washington Post

“Conservative students at Emory University are planning a free-speech event for next week, after an outcry on campus over messages supporting Donald Trump. Students woke up Monday morning to find messages written in chalk all over campus, in support of Donald Trump. That afternoon, a group of 40 to 50 students protested. According to the student newspaper, the Emory Wheel, they shouted in the quad, ‘You are not listening! Come speak to us, we are in pain!'” (03/24/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/03/24/someone-wrote-trump-2016-on-emorys-campus-in-chalk-some-students-said-they-no-longer-feel-safe/?tid=sm_fb

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9) IN: Pence signs fetal defects abortion ban into law
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Thursday making Indiana the second state to ban abortions because of fetal genetic abnormalities such as Down syndrome. Pence signed the measure just hours ahead of his deadline to take action on the proposal approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature two weeks ago, the governor’s office said. It is due to take effect in July, but Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky said it will ask a court to block the measure before that can happen.” (03/24/16)

http://www.stltoday.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/indiana-governor-signs-fetal-defects-abortion-ban-into-law/article_82479020-077e-5c6a-aab5-08cb0a7f2497.html

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10) US, Israel denounce rights council’s resolution to keep track of businesses operating in occupied territories
Source: ABC News

“The U.S. government is decrying a resolution passed by the Human Rights Council that calls on the U.N. human rights chief to set up a database of businesses operating in settlements in the West Bank and Golan Heights. U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper denounced the ‘especially disturbing’ resolution that ‘only serves to reinforce the council’s one-sided actions against Israel’ and said it exceeded the council’s authority.” (03/24/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-israel-denounce-resolution-passed-rights-council-37910982

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11) IL: State court strikes down Chicago pension reform
Source: Raw Story

“The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a 2014 state law aimed at boosting the sinking finances of two pension funds for Chicago city workers, saying it violated pension protections in the state’s constitution. The decision by the seven-member court to uphold a lower court ruling was an expected blow to the law that would have increased municipal worker pension contributions and ended a 3 percent annual increase for retirees. The judges said in their ruling that they did not dispute arguments that a fiscal crisis would make the funds insolvent and that would impact public welfare, but said Illinois constitution prohibits any impairment or diminishment of public-pension benefits. The Illinois Supreme Court decision, with four justices concurring and none dissenting, was expected after the court used the same legal foundation to invalidate a 2013 law that sought to cut pensions for state government workers.” (03/24/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/03/illinois-supreme-court-strikes-down-chicago-pension-reform

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12) NC: Man arrested 14 years later for not returning “Freddy Got Fingered” rental
Source: Syracuse Post-Standard

“A Concord, N.C., man was arrested on Tuesday after failing to return a VHS he rented 14 years ago, according to WSOC-TV. James Meyers told Channel 9 that he was pulled over Tuesday morning for a broken taillight while driving his daughter to school. … Meyers said the officers allowed him to finish taking his daughter to school and go to work if he turned himself in later that day.” (03/24/16)

http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2016/03/man_arrested_for_not_returning_vhs.html#incart_river_index

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13) Microsoft silences its new AI bot Tay, after Twitter users teach it racism
Source: TechCrunch

“Microsoft’s newly launched A.I.-powered bot called Tay, which was responding to tweets and chats on GroupMe and Kik, has already been shut down due to concerns with its inability to recognize when it was making offensive or racist statements. Of course, the bot wasn’t coded to be racist, but it ‘learns’ from those it interacts with. And naturally, given that this is the Internet, one of the first things online users taught Tay was how to be racist, and how to spout back ill-informed or inflammatory political opinions.” (03/24/16)

http://techcrunch.com/2016/03/24/microsoft-silences-its-new-a-i-bot-tay-after-twitter-users-teach-it-racism/

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14) TX: Airline pilot charged with running “string of brothels”
Source: USA Today

“A United Airlines pilot has been arrested by police in Texas on charges he ran ‘a string of brothels in apartment complexes throughout Houston,’ the Houston Chronicle reports. Bruce Wayne Wallis, 51, of Houston, was charged with aggravated promotion of prostitution and engaging in organized criminal activity, according to a check of Harris County court records. He was jailed after his arrest Wednesday on $15,000 bond, according to those records. Police say Wallis was operating ‘about a half-dozen brothel apartments’ with between six and 10 women in each, according to the Chronicle’s report. Court records obtained by the Chronicle allege that the women’s services were advertised online and that the women had to pay Wallis $400 a week in the arrangement.” (03/24/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2016/03/24/airline-pilot-arrested-charged-running-brothels/82210710

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15) The Hague: Karadzic sentenced to 40 years for genocide at Srebrenica
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has been found guilty of genocide over the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica and sentenced to 40 years in jail. The key verdict from a United Nations tribunal in The Hague was delivered 18 months after a five-year trial of Karadzic, who was accused of being one of the chief architects of atrocities during the 1992-95 Balkans war. The 70-year-old, who insisted his actions were aimed at protecting Serbs during the Bosnian conflict, was found guilty of 10 out of the 11 charges he faced at the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).” (03/24/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/24/radovan-karadzic-criminally-responsible-for-genocide-at-srebenica

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16) Poland: Regime won’t take refugees after Brussels attacks
Source: Fox News

“Poland’s government says it is not prepared to accept any refugees following the deadly attacks in Brussels. The ruling party, Law and Justice, is staunchly anti-migrant, but had previously indicated it would respect a commitment by the previous government to resettle around 7,000 refugees.” (03/23/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/03/23/poland-wont-take-refugees-after-brussels-attacks.html

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17) LA: House Committee approves bill for medical cannabis shops
Source: Smell the Truth

“Louisiana is getting closer to providing safe access for medical cannabis. The Louisiana House Committee on Wednesday approved House Bill 446, which would create a license for business owners to sell medical marijuana products, the New Orleans Advocate reports. Louisiana has already allowed the use of medical marijuana with a doctor’s prescription since the 90s, although the sale of cannabis remained illegal until a law was passed last year. House Bill 446 actually provides the first step towards selling medical marijuana by implementing a $5,000 fee to apply for a license, as well as a $150 store operation fee. The $5,000 would be used to pay for inspections, background checks, and to prepare paperwork. Operating dispensaries would be limited to 10 store fronts that would be spread throughout the state. The bill, however, wasn’t approved without a little argument.” (03/24/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/03/24/louisiana-lawmakers-approve-bill-to-set-up-medical-marijuana-shops

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18) France: Angolan rebel Savimbi’s family lose “Call of Duty” case
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A French court has rejected a case in which the family of late Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi sued the makers of Call of Duty over his depiction in the best-selling video game. Three of Savimbi’s children accused Activision Blizzard of defamation by representing him as a ‘barbarian.’ Magistrates said the lawsuit contained procedural flaws and that they had no jurisdiction in the case. Savimbi founded the Unita movement, waging a civil war with Angolan forces. Angola became a Cold War battleground, with Unita backed by the US and the apartheid government in South Africa, while Angola’s ruling MPLA party was supported by the Soviet Union and Cuba. The rebel leader was eventually killed in clashes with state forces in 2002.” (03/24/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35894116

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19) SC: Southern Tide founder identified as homeowner who shot alleged intruder
Source: The State

“Allen Stephenson, the founder of a clothing company that has been ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the most promising companies in America, was the homeowner who shot and killed an alleged intruder at his Altamont Road home on Saturday, according to an attorney for the young entrepreneur. The victim [sic] in the fatal shooting has been identified as Matthew Whitman, 32, of Nature Trail, Greenville. … The Sheriff’s Office had refused to release the identity of the shooter pending the outcome of the investigation, saying that since the investigation may determine him to be the victim, his identity would be shielded.” (03/23/16)

http://www.thestate.com/news/state/south-carolina/article67720402.html

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20) Johnson in double digits in race against Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump
Source: Washington Times

“Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson, possibly benefiting from dissatisfaction with the two major parties’ front-runners, is in double digits in a potential three-way race, according to a poll released Thursday. In a three-way contest, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton was at 42 percent, GOP front-runner Donald Trump was at 34 percent, and Mr. Johnson, who is seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination, was at 11 percent, according to the Monmouth University poll.” [editor’s note: In a year of such potential, hopefully the Libertarian Party will choose to run, um, a libertarian this time – TLK] (03/24/16)

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/24/libertarian-gary-johnson-double-digits-race-agains/

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21) New Zealand: Voters reject new flag after $17 million design contest
Source: NBC News

“After a year-long, $17.4 million public contest to design and select a new national flag, New Zealand voted Thursday to keep its current emblem. More than two million people took part in a referendum to choose between a new symbol, featuring a silver fern, and the existing one based on the British union flag. More than 1.2 million people — 56.6 per cent of those who voted — preferred the status quo, according to preliminary results published at 7 p.m. local time (2 a.m. ET). Just over 915,0000 — or 43.1 per cent — voted for a new blue, black and silver fern motif associated with the country’s successful All Blacks rugby team.” (03/24/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/new-zealand-rejects-new-flag-after-17m-design-contest-vote-n544736

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22) Guilty plea in Boeing hacking case with claimed Chinese regime involvement
Source: Chicago Tribune

“A Chinese businessman pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles to helping two Chinese military hackers carry out a damaging series of thefts of sensitive military secrets from U.S. contractors. The plea by Su Bin, a Chinese citizen who ran a company in Canada, marks the first time the U.S. government has won a guilty plea from someone [allegedly] involved with a Chinese government campaign of economic cyberespionage.” (03/24/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-chinese-cyberhacking-boeing-20160324-story.html

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23) UK: Man arrested over Brussels attacks tweets
Source: Yahoo! News

“A British man who sparked outrage on Twitter with a message about confronting a Muslim woman over the Brussels attacks has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred, London police said Thursday. ‘I confronted a Muslim woman yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain Brussels. She said ‘Nothing to do with me.’ A mealy mouthed reply,’ the man, named by British media as PR executive Matthew Doyle, said in the original tweet posted on Wednesday. … A police spokeswoman told AFP: ‘A 46-year-old man was arrested at his home address in Croydon on Wednesday, 23 March on suspicion of inciting racial hatred on social media.'” (03/24/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/briton-arrested-over-brussels-attacks-tweets-113725186.html

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24) ObamaCare website still vulnerable to hackers, federal watchdog warns
Source: Fiscal Times

“Federal officials have been lucky until now, but the Affordable Care Act’s Internet web portal could become a hacker’s playground — with plenty of sensitive data compromised — without a significant tightening of security, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. The new warning comes on the sixth anniversary of the enactment of the ACA and addresses security problems related to the personal information — including names, addresses, Social Security numbers and sensitive income and tax details — of literally millions of Americans who have enrolled in the insurance program online through HealthCare.gov.” (03/24/16)

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2016/03/24/Obamacare-Website-Still-Vulnerable-Hackers-Federal-Watchdog-Warns

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25) US durable goods orders fall; labor market tightening
Source: Reuters

“New orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods fell in February as the sector continues to struggle with the lingering effects of a robust dollar and lower oil prices. While other data on Thursday showed an increase in the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits last week, revisions to the prior weeks’ figures showed the labor market was much stronger than previously thought. The labor market resilience underscores the economy’s strength, which has helped calm concerns of a looming recession. That could keep the Federal Reserve on course to gradually raise interest rates this year.” (03/24/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-idUSKCN0WQ1B1

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

26) War is easy when there’s nothing to learn
Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

“March 19 was the 13th anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq. Today, as noted by Antiwar News'[s] Jason Ditz, US Marines have been deployed in Kurdistan in order to aid Iraqi forces as they attempt to take back oil fields from the Islamic State. In full, shameless JFK-in-Vietnam mode, the fact that there are combat troops in Iraq is not to be mentioned or overstressed. No, these aren’t advisers, they’re just helping the Iraqi forces, these [M]arines. Who are on the front lines. This is our Iraq in 2016, starring some 3200 American soldiers. This is the nation that has suffered the deaths of up to 175,000 civilians since the US decided Saddam Hussein had to go. This is the war which Barack Obama allegedly ended in 2011.” (03/25/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2016/03/24/war-is-easy-when-there-is-nothing-to-learn/

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27) Fascism, American style
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“If Donald Trump is a fascist — as nearly half of Americans surveyed believe — then so is every other politician in office or running for office in America who has ever prioritized money and power over human beings. Truly, apart from Trump’s virulently bombastic comments and his metaphorical willingness to spit in the wind in order to garner media coverage and notoriety, how is he any more of a fascist than Hillary Clinton and the millions she has amassed from the financial sector? How is Trump any more of a fascist than Barack Obama, whose willingness to march in lockstep with the military industrial complex has resulted in endless wars, covert drone strikes that have killed hundreds of civilians abroad, and militarized police who have killed thousands of American citizens here at home? How is Trump any more of a fascist than Congress, the majority of whom are millionaires and who are more inclined to do the bidding of their corporate sponsors and benefactors, all the while remaining deaf to their less affluent constituents?” (03/24/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/fascism-american-style/

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28) Obama visits Havana: Cuba libre for real?
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“National isolation is the desire of every dictator: If his subjects never see what a freer society looks like or have the opportunity to avail themselves of its goods and services, they have no standard against which to measure his rule and find it wanting. If a powerful, threatening external enemy actively aids him in achieving that isolation, so much the better: For now even if his subjects DO get a glimpse of higher living standards and relative freedom to travel, speak and worship, he can just blame that external enemy for denying them such things. This is the dynamic which has kept the mullahs in charge in Tehran since 1979 and the Communist Party in charge in Havana since 1959.” (03/24/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/5194

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29) Forget the First Amendment
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“A rabid Black Lives Matter activist group leader accuses a Minnesota teacher of being a racist because of comments he made on Facebook about student discipline problems in his school district. The school district responds by putting the teacher on administrative leave. Now the activists are whining that the response was not enough and demanding the school district superintendent’s resignation. A Medford Massachusetts Police officer posts a graphic on Facebook advocating that perhaps it’s time that America treated radical Muslims in the same fashion as it treated the Japanese with nuclear weapons to end WWII. He now faces serious potential discipline from the department for his expression.
What’s wrong with this picture?” (03/24/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/03/forget-first-amendment.html

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30) Gregorian Libertarians and the coercion pill
Source: Dallas Libertarian Examiner
by Garry Reed

“There are libertarians, non-libertarians and anti-libertarians. Libertarians are people who seek a free society through the Zero Aggression Principle against coercion, intimidation and fraud. Non-libertarians are people who may believe in many different things but might still be open to libertarianism. Anti-libertarians are people who have swallowed the Coercion Pill. Consider this (slightly edited but otherwise real) interactive commentary on a discussion thread that took place between a North Texas libertarian and someone somewhere named Gregory …” (03/24/16)

http://www.examiner.com/article/gregorian-libertarians-and-the-coercion-pill

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31) The long march of Bernie’s army
Source: The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

“Now that Bernie Sanders has lost most of the once-industrial Midwest to Hillary Clinton, now that it’s vanishingly likely that he’ll become the Democratic nominee, the most important period of the Sanders insurgency has finally begun. The senator from Vermont has astonished both his fiercest critics and his (relatively few) longtime fellow socialists by mobilizing millions of voters, becoming a hero to the young, and being on track, by the time this year’s primaries are done, to capture roughly 40 percent of the Democratic vote–all while running as a democratic socialist and scourge of Wall Street in this most capitalist of countries. But Sanders’s is not a campaign that history will judge by the number of votes he won. Like only a handful of predecessor campaigns, like no presidential campaign since Barry Goldwater’s, his will be judged by whether it sparked a movement that transformed America.” (03/24/16)

http://prospect.org/article/long-march-bernie%E2%80%99s-army

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32) Haters: Conservative, liberal, and faux libertarian
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“We’ve all seen it; sometimes daily. A headline on an alternate media site, or a vicious comment on a news story, or spoken in response to someone’s comment. It’s hate: pure-quill hate. No, it isn’t those people who are rabid haters, like the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, or the Klu Klux Klan’s latest reincarnation, or skinheads or those sort. While we still have many of these people, for the most part they have learned to shut up, even on the internet, to avoid getting themselves branded as what they are. What I am talking about is those who brand someone who says something that they don’t like, or does something that they don’t like, as haters. Call them the ‘hate-haters.'” (03/23/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8800

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33) Why Brussels makes an anti-Trump third-party bid necessary
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“If the #NeverTrump movement survives primary season and remains relevant during the general election, it will be thanks to a single animating insight: that winning a general election is actually much easier than winning a contested primary. The fear that animates #NeverTrump conservatives, like the fear driving some liberal voters to vote for non-Trump Republicans in open primaries, is that as the Republican nominee, Donald Trump could become president of the United States almost by accident. As the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent has noticed, it isn’t uncommon for commentators to note with great foreboding–after violent incidents in Paris, San Bernardino, and now Brussels–that with Trump as the GOP nominee, we’d be one terrorist attack away from a Trump presidency.” (03/24/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/131973/brussels-makes-anti-trump-third-party-bid-necessary

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34) Time to fess up and walk back our Paris pledge
Source: Cato Institute
by Paul C “Chip” Knappenberger

“At last December’s UN climate conference, President Obama pledged that the US would slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent between 2005 and 2025. Since then, harsh realities have conspired against him, making that target infeasible if not downright impossible. Rather than pay the rest of the world to look the other way, the president should revise, or better yet, rescind that promise.” (03/24/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/time-fess-walk-back-our-paris-pledge

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35) Glare on Nixon’s motivations
Source: Drug Policy Alliance
by Melissa Franqui

“Earlier this week, the drug policy field was set ablaze with Harper’s Magazine cover page story, ‘Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs,’ a cutting narration of U.S. drug policies, past and present, and a call for reform to legalize drugs. Up front and center was a previously overlooked quotation from former top Nixon advisor John D. Ehrlichman, who died in 1999, but admitted in an interview in 1994 that the administration’s ‘War on Drugs’ was actually a reprehensible scheme to target anti-war protesters and African Americans.” (03/23/16)

http://www.drugpolicy.org/blog/glare-nixons-motivations-drug-war-was-and-still-racist-policy-tool-disrupt-and-neutralize-black
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36) Clinton talks strategy; GOP candidates talk tough
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to a small room (135 attendees, not counting journalists) at Stanford University on Wednesday about the need for the United States’ ‘nimble and far-reaching’ response to the Islamic State group, ‘an adversary that is constantly adapting and operating across multiple theaters.’ Candidate Clinton was nimble and far-reaching herself, and what a campaign spokesman billed as ‘a pure policy speech’ set her up to enter the general election with an aura of authority.” (03/24/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/03/24/clinton-talks-strategy-gop-candidates-talk-tough-n2138359

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37) Oreo closure proof of losing Trump trade policy
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“Presidential front-runner Donald Trump vows that he will ‘never eat another Oreo again’ to protest the transfer of 600 cookie-making jobs from Chicago to Mexico. And Trump is 100% correct when he condemns the factory’s exodus: ‘It’s unfair to us.’ But the villains who have destroyed the jobs of American workers are Congress and the Department of Agriculture, not Nabisco and free trade. It is the very protectionist policies The Donald advocates to help American industry ‘win’ again that caused the Oreo job losses he decries.” (03/23/16)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2016/03/23/usa-today-oreo-closing-trumps/

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38) Taking our stuff back
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“There’s been a big push for criminal justice reform, with some recent progress on civil asset forfeiture. This is the process through which police and government agencies grab a citizen’s money or property — even if the citizen is never charged with a crime, much less convicted. Then, to get one’s stuff back, a citizen must sue to prove the stuff was innocent of being involved in criminal activity. Asset forfeiture without a criminal conviction turns our system of justice on its head, encouraging bad behavior by police — ahem, stealing — by rewarding departments and agencies that get to keep the loot.” (03/24/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/03/24/taking-our-stuff-back/

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39) Time for these two Democrats to go
Source: Our Future
by Bill Moyers & Michael Winship

“There are two Democrats whose resignation from office right now would do their party and country a service. Their disappearance might also help Hillary Clinton convince skeptical Democrats that her nomination, if it happens, is about the future, and not about resurrecting and ratifying the worst aspects of the first Clinton reign when she and her husband rarely met a donor to whom they wouldn’t try to auction a sleepover in the Lincoln Bedroom. In fact, while we’re at it, and if Secretary Clinton really wants us to believe she’s no creature of the corporate and Wall Street money machine … she should pick up the gauntlet herself and publicly call for the departure of these two, although they are among her nearest and dearest. And we don’t mean Bill and Chelsea. No, she should come right out and ask for the resignations of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. In one masterstroke, she could separate herself from two of the most prominent of all corporate Democratic elitists.” [editor’s note: IF even Moyers has this figured out, say buh-bye, Debbie! – SAT] (03/23/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160323/time-for-these-two-democrats-to-go

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40) A better approach to terrorism
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Jeff Deist

“[I]f market failure is the justification for state-provided public goods like security at airports, what is the argument when such state services utterly and predictably fail to protect anyone? Do economists then clamor about ‘bureaucratic failure’ and propose privatization to break up the state’s unnatural monopoly on police and intelligence services? On the contrary, nobody blames government agencies or government police when terrorist acts are not thwarted. If anything, state actors are rewarded with increased budgets, personnel, and powers when horrific things happen on their watch.” (03/24/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/03/jeff-deist/better-approach-terrorism/

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41) The Tohono O’odham Nation: A case for sovereignty
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Joe Szymanski

“The border that separates the United States and Mexico has been the cause of many controversies and constant violence. When a wall of separation is created to notify where a certain territory begins and ends, whether they oppose each other or not, there are bound to be complications. One group that is literally in the middle of this border dispute is the Tohono O’odham, a native group whose territory lies right on the border splitting Mexico and the United States; in other words, part of their territory lies within each country. Being part of two countries with their own set of laws results in friction with the codes and laws of the Tohono O’odham Nation, or any other tribal nation for that matter.” (03/24/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/44113

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42) Europe declared peace while the world was still at war
Source: Reuters
by Lucian Kim

“Many Europeans immediately took the Brussels bombings on Tuesday as an assault on Europe itself. After all, the Belgian capital has long been synonymous with the European Union, and one bombing target was a metro station just steps from major EU institutions. … Declarations of solidarity clogged the Internet from across Europe. Assuming that the collective Europe has been attacked, can it respond as one? ‘No,’ said John Kornblum, a former U.S. ambassador to Germany still based in Berlin. ‘Europe is dysfunctional,’ he said. ‘A response is not just tightening border control but coming up with a security strategy. Up to now, to be Europe meant to be more peaceful than everybody else.’ Kornblum, who has been involved in trans-Atlantic relations since the 1970s, speaks out of frustration, not schadenfreude.” (03/24/16)

http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/03/24/europe-declared-peace-while-the-world-was-still-at-war

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43) Ghosts
Source: La Bocca della Verita
by Gene Callahan

“When [a] TV show that introduces some spooky element wants to portray a character as ‘rational,’ the character says something like, ‘You know ghosts don’t exist.’ Why is dogmatically asserting this supposed to be ‘rational?’ There is all sorts of testimony to the existence of ghosts, across many different cultures in radically different times and places. There is nothing wrong with being skeptical of such testimony: ‘Let’s see the proof!’ is a fine attitude. But that is a very different attitude from, ‘It is already known that no such proof is possible.'” (03/24/16)

http://gene-callahan.blogspot.com/2016/03/ghosts.html

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44) Give us more tax revenue, or else
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Matthew Doarnberger

“The budget crisis in Louisiana is so bad that it apparently threatens the upcoming college football season. This is according to the state’s new Democratic governor John Bel Edwards. The current yearly budget deficit has reached $940 million. The situation is so dire that higher education in the state faces the realistic possibility of running out of money and taking college sports with it. … Upon closer inspection of Louisiana’s state budget, one can see that a major culprit for the deficit has been corporate giveaways. Under former governor Bobby Jindal’s predecessor, money given to the six largest recipients of government subsidies totaled $200 million. But under Jindal, that amount grew to $1 billion. Combine this with the state’s 400 other handouts, plus the raiding of rainy day funds to cover shortfalls and you have a recipe for a budget disaster. So in order to put Louisiana’s fiscal house back in order, Governor Edwards has proposed one of the largest tax increases in state history.” (03/24/16)

https://mises.org/library/give-us-more-tax-revenue-or-else

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45) Bill Clinton’s inadvertent truth
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Monday night in Spokane, Wash., former President Bill Clinton praised his wife, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, by contrasting her to what he called ‘the awful legacy of the last eight years’ under President Obama. Although a Clinton spokesperson has since walked back Bill’s apparent gaffe, that couldn’t have gone over well at the White House (or, at any rate, at the mansion in Cuba where President Obama was staying just then) but Clinton was right. Barack Obama has left an awful legacy, and the next president, whoever it is, will have a lot to deal with. Fortunately, the next president (whether it’s Hillary, Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, or even Bernie Sanders) will probably be a better president.” (03/24/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/03/24/bill-clinton-obama-awful-legacy-eight-years-iraq-isil-brussels-san-bernardino-column/82135770

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46) The Jason Stapleton Program, 03/24/16: Are you in political captivity?
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“As we look onto the political landscape so many voters are disgusted with the political discourse in America today. The Cruz campaign blasted Trump’s former wife with a smear ad and of course Trump will return the favor. This is what the potential leaders of the free world are doing?!” [various formats] (03/24/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/are-you-in-political-captivity/

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47) Travel where it’s less free — and more so
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Sarah Skwire

“Travel matters. It allows us to visit family and friends, to meet with colleagues, to celebrate marriages and to mourn deaths. My spring travel schedule includes all these events. But travel does even more than that. It goes beyond cementing connections that already exist. Travel changes the world.” (03/24/16)

http://fee.org/articles/travel-where-it-s-less-free-and-more-so/

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48) Scotland’s smoking ban: Mourning personal choice
Source: spiked
by Rob Lyons

“Saturday is the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the Scottish smoking ban. The law, which came into effect on 26 March 2006, was the first to be introduced in the UK, with England, Wales and Northern Ireland joining in the fun in 2007. The ban was a watershed moment for anti-tobacco campaigners, who will no doubt be popping champagne corks to mark the anniversary. For the rest of us, smokers and non-smokers alike, it was a dark day for freedom.” (03/24/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/scotlands-smoking-ban-mourning-personal-choice/18178

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49) Medicare Advantage plan ratings are a farce
Source: Our Future
by Diane Archer

“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently sanctioned Cigna for threatening the health and safety of its members in Medicare Advantage plans. But, notwithstanding Cigna’s sanction and ‘its longstanding history of noncompliance with CMS requirements,’ a new CMS policy allows Cigna to retain its multi-star ratings, making Medicare ratings of Medicare Advantage plans a farce. The sanctions against Cigna, imposed in January 2016, preclude Cigna from enrolling new Medicare Advantage members or marketing its plans to prospective members. According to CMS, ‘Cigna’s conduct poses a serious threat to the health and safety of Medicare beneficiaries.’ But, the new CMS policy means that Cigna is still eligible to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in financial rewards from Medicare.” [editor’s note: My agent convinced me to go with Cigna; so far I am less than impressed, and this makes me want to reconsider – SAT] (03/23/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160323/medicare-ratings-of-medicare-advantage-plans-a-farce

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50) Among the rubble of the freedom agenda
Source: The American Conservative
by Jon Basil Utley

“‘We might survive a communist occupation, but not another American liberation,’ I heard a Frenchman say in 1948 when I first visited Paris. I thought he must just be a leftist; I was a child and so innocent. My mother was working in occupied Germany as a correspondent for Reader’s Digest and had taken me to Paris for a few days of sightseeing. Years later I learned what he meant — any resistance, even a single man shooting from a village, would have the American Army pull back and call in the artillery and Air Force to flatten the area until it was rubble. There could be a case that saving one American soldier’s life is worth destroying some foreign town. But are we justified in doing it to serve the interest of one Arab tribe against another? Do the ‘liberated’ foreigners then thank us?” (03/24/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/among-the-rubble-of-the-freedom-agenda/

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51) Terms of terror: What the Brussels attacks mean
Source: CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark

“Normalising the state of terror has been an ongoing project for decades. In Europe, it featured the British response to the IRA; the Spanish response to ETA; and the Federal German Republic’s approach to the Red Army Faction. The folly of assuming that the Cold War somehow did away with these stresses was evident when the sorrows of empire revisited the West in most spectacular form: the disintegration of the Twin Towers in New York. Since then, the nonsensical talk of a ‘war’ on terror took root with viral enthusiasm, the Bush-speak that President Barack Obama did, at least initially, try to place into deep, archival storage. Such policies, once created, cannot be undone.” (03/24/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/24/terms-of-terror-what-the-brussels-attacks-mean-2/

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52) Vindication for a student suspended from Savannah State University
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Joseph Roberts

“[T]hree weeks before my graduation day, I received an email at 10:30pm from the Vice President for Student Affairs, saying I had been accused of sexual harassment. The email stated I was being summarily suspended by the school and prohibited from attending classes pending a university ‘investigation.’ … The SSU Student Handbook states, ‘Students accused of violating the Code of Student Conduct shall be entitled to an expeditious hearing of the case.’ But the hearing never took place. I was never questioned by police. I never got to share my story with any school official. If I had been given the opportunity, I would have explained that the allegation did not arise from a late-night hook-up gone wrong, nor was it a ‘he-said, she-said’ misunderstanding. Rather, I would have said that the allegation was a fabrication, motivated by the fact that my accuser was running for a student government position, and I had come out in support of her opponent. Despite the embarrassment of one’s name becoming the focus of campus gossip, I did not slip away quietly into the night.” (03/24/16)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7049

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53) I love the smell of napalm in the market
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Sean Corrigan

“That usually perceptive and always interesting observer of the financial Zeitgeist, Bloomberg’s estimable Mark Gilbert, has just penned an article entitled: ‘Milton Friedman’s ‘Helicopter Money’ Is Looking Less Crazy’ … After running through the standard complaints of the serial interventionists about how ineffective monetary policy has become (read: how we ordinary people keep frustrating their Olympian schemes), he concludes the piece …” (03/24/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/03/i-love-the-smell-of-napalm-in-the-market/

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54) Some lives matter
Source: The Cagle Post
by Pat Bagley

Cartoon. (03/23/16)

http://www.cagle.com/2016/03/some-lives-matter/

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55) Driverless-car makers on privacy: Just trust us
Source: The Atlantic
by Adrienne LaFrance

“A self-driving car is, in the words of the roboticist Missy Cummings, ‘one, big data-gathering machine.’ Which, on one hand, is great: For driverless cars to work, they have to slurp up huge streams of sensory data about the world around them. But these vehicles will also collect reams of personal information about their passengers — just the way Uber and Google Maps have detailed information about where you’ve gone, and can predict where you’re going.” (03/24/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/03/self-driving-car-makers-on-privacy-just-trust-us/474903/

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56) Apple encryption and the erosion of privacy
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco

“If Apple can be compelled to provide a backdoor in this case, in what other cases can the same argument be used to force Apple to undermine its own systems? What is the criteria being used? Should Apple be forced to circumvent its own security features for murder investigations? Assault? Stalking? What about tax evasion? Simple drug possession charges? Prostitution? In the aftermath of terrorist attacks, its a natural reaction to want to uncover as much information as possible. We should be extremely cautious, however, before advocating measures which are fundamentally opposed to individual liberty.” (03/23/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/03/23/apple-encryption-and-the-erosion-of-privacy/

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57) Free Talk Live, 03/23/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Mother involved in the death of three children to have custody hearing on three additional children :: MI medical cannabis raids and grassroots petition to legalize cannabis :: Ralph in NJ :: The problems faced by petitioners :: Who would build the roads? :: Toll roads, and government spying :: Can the NSA track you through a VPN? :: Federal government demanding source code from software creators :: Mark took the iSideWith quiz :: Trump supporters are less authoritarian than Cruz supporters :: Callers discuss raid on LRN/FTL studios.” [Flash audio or MP3] (03/23/16)

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58) The self-imposed blindness of conservatives
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“How can a person write an entire article about Muslims, Islam, and terrorism and not mention or discuss the role that U.S. foreign policy — including decades of intentional killing, destruction, and humiliation — has or has not played in the rise of anti-American terrorism? I find that absolutely amazing. How is that possible? The answer might well be found in how conservatives view the U.S. national-security state, the totalitarian apparatus that was grafted onto our federal governmental system at the end of World War II to wage a ‘cold war’ against America’s WWII partner and ally, the Soviet Union. Conservatives view the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA, which are the principle components of this totalitarian apparatus, as a god — as an idol, one that can do no wrong, one that should never be questioned, challenged, or criticized. The national-security state is their everything.” (03/24/16)

http://fff.org/2016/03/24/self-imposed-blindness-conservatives/

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59) Ted Cruz wages jihad on truth
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“Listening to Ted Cruz’s response to the terrorist attacks in Brussels raised a question: Is he a pitiful victim of hysteria, a calculated promoter of it or both? Major emergencies call for sober leadership and careful thought, but Cruz is intoxicated by his 150-proof ideology. It’s hard to tell whom he hates more — terrorists or Barack Obama. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan’s United Nations ambassador, Jeane Kirkpatrick, charged that when unwelcome events occur, Democrats ‘always blame America first.’ Cruz has the same reflex. His immediate impulse on hearing of the Brussels bombings was to attack the president of the United States.” (03/24/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/03/24/ted-cruz-wages-jihad-on-truth

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60) Google, like Facebook, should admit they were wrong about Net Neutrality
Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

“You’re familiar with free shipping on online purchases, right? Where the company pays the Post Office for delivery — so you don’t have to do so? You’re familiar with 800 phone numbers, right? Where a company pays the phone company for your call — so you don’t have to do so? Net Neutrality outlaws on the Internet this mundane, commonplace practice. Which is why companies like Facebook and Google spent a decade-plus trying to have Washington, D.C. jam it into place. These companies use a LOT of Internet bandwidth — DC mandating that they can’t be charged for it would be a very good, inordinately crony thing for them. Early last year, the uber-crony, Google-and-Facebook-friendly Barack Obama Administration — delivered them Net Neutrality. Ever since — and with increasing intensity — I’m betting Google and Facebook wish they hadn’t had their wish granted.” (03/23/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/03/google-like-facebook-should-admit-they-were-wrong-about-net-neutrality/

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