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In the News:

0) A note from the publisher …
1) Trump regime officials talk more possible Syria aggression, try to shift blame to Russia
2) India: Regime shuts down Internet in Kashmir after troops murder protesters
3) Egypt: Islamic State claims responsibility for two church bombings that killed dozens
4) Trump regime ups tempo of saber-rattling at North Korea with carrier strike group
5) Gorsuch to be sworn in as newest SCOTUS justice on Monday
6) KT McFarland to leave White House amid NSC shakeup
7) Norway raises terror threat levels after Oslo bomb find
8) Admiral: Russian naval activity in Europe “exceeds Cold War levels”
9) Sweden: Stockholm attack suspect was rejected asylum seeker from Uzbekistan
10) BuzzFeed files FOIA lawsuit against FBI over Andrew Breitbart records
11) NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson becomes first woman to command ISS twice
12) France: Police find 3.5 tons of weapons as Eta disarms
13) US bureaucrats accuse Google of “underpaying” female workers
14) India: Police arrest alleged kingpin of US tax scam
15) Italy: Court sides with transport monopolists, bans Uber
16) Afghanistan: Occupation troop killed
17) TX: Hacker sets off emergency alarms, frightening Dallas residents
18) Former CIA officer: “Enormous consequences” may follow Trump’s Syria attack
19) Venezuelans return to streets, roused by ban on opposition leader
20) Brown declares California drought emergency over

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The folly of using force to “send a message”
22) Income tax: No honor among thieves
23) Trump’s Syriana
24) The bogosity of Trump’s “America First”
25) Trump’s new war for America
26) Good neighbors can make good fences
27) Syrian strikes and just war theory
28) Open letter to Rand Paul and members of the Freedom Caucus
29) An extraordinarily evil “citizen”
30) Emotion trumps reason in Trump’s missile attack
31) Syria strike: Beginning of a “Trump doctrine”?
32) Bias Response Teams: Campus censorship at its most sinister
33) You get what you pay for
34) America needs a “come to Tenther” moment, and soon
35) Why Americans get suckered every time
36) Yet another president commits the ultimate war crime of launching a war of aggression
37) Trump’s unilateral strikes in Syria must be categorically opposed
38) Europe and Israel shouldn’t intervene in Syria
39) The letter of the law
40) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #181: The truth, but not the whole truth
41) California’s double standard on vouchers
42) Fear beats civil liberties, every time
43) The Supreme Court will never be the same
44) Ask Congress to “un-tax” your healthcare expenses
45) Trump is the new Hillary
46) The Syrian air base attack
47) The low rewards, high risks of Trump’s Syria strike
48) “Now arrives the hour of action” for federal entitlement reform
49) Trump’s housing hypocrisy
50) Repealing ObamaCare is not enough

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 100
52) Free Talk Live, 04/08/17
53) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 120
54) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 13
55) The Back Story, episode 7
56) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/07/17
57) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 182
58) Felony Friday, episode 66
59) Jeffrey Carr on the Scott Horton Show
60) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 576
61) The Tom Woods Show, episode 886
62) The Freedom Report, 04/07/17
63) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 24

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1) Trump regime officials talk more possible Syria aggression, try to shift blame to Russia
Source: Newsday

“Top Trump administration officials on the Sunday talk show circuit discussed the potential for more military action against Syria and vowed to pressure Russia to re-evaluate its relationship with the regime of Syrian President President Bashar al-Assad. The remarks came after President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike Thursday on a Syrian air base. Trump said he retaliated because Assad ‘choked out the lives of helpless men, women and children’ with banned chemical weapons.” (04/09/17)

http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/trump-team-talks-more-possible-syria-attacks-russia-s-role-1.13402689

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2) India: Regime shuts down Internet in Kashmir after troops murder protesters
Source: Yahoo! News

“Internet services will remain suspended in the entire Kashmir valley till conclusion of the bypoll for Anantnag Lok Sabha seat on 12 April, official sources said on Sunday in Srinagar. The decision followed large scale violence during the bypoll for the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency on Sunday which claimed the lives of seven people in firing by security forces. Dozens of civilians were wounded, while over 100 security personnel were also injured in clashes. … There were reports that Pakistan-based groups were engaged in spreading ‘disinformation’ on the eve of polls, official sources said.”

https://in.news.yahoo.com/internet-services-kashmir-suspended-till-222731030.html

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3) Egypt: Islamic State claims responsibility for two church bombings that killed dozens
Source: ABC News

“ISIS has claimed responsibility for two attacks on churches in Egypt that were packed for Palm Sunday services, according to its news agency. The attacks follow warnings by the terrorist group that it would escalate attacks on Egypt’s Christians, which according to an estimate by the CIA make up roughly 10 percent of the country’s population. Two bombs killed at least 37 people and injured around 100 others on Palm Sunday.” (04/09/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/isis-claiming-responsibility-church-bombings-egypt-killed-dozens/story?id=46686110

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4) Trump regime ups tempo of saber-rattling at North Korea with carrier strike group
Source: Washington Post

“A U.S. Navy strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier was making its way towards the Korean peninsula Sunday ‘to maintain readiness’ as Kim Jong Un’s regime in North Korea prepared to mark key anniversaries this coming week. North Korea is expected to hold a huge military parade on April 15 to celebrate the 105th birthday of its founding president, Kim Il Sung, and to mark the 85th anniversary of the creation of the Korean People’s Army on April 25 with similar fanfare. Analysts expect the recent barrage of missiles to continue, and activities around its known nuclear test site have raised concerns North Korea may be preparing for a sixth nuclear test.” (04/09/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/us-navy-sends-strike-group-toward-korean-peninsula/2017/04/09/0c00909c-1cfd-11e7-8003-f55b4c1cfae2_story.html

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5) Gorsuch to be sworn in as newest SCOTUS justice on Monday
Source: The Hill

“Judge Neil Gorsuch will be sworn in as the Supreme Court’s 101st associate justice on Monday. Gorsuch, who was confirmed by the Senate on Friday, will be President’s Trump’s first Supreme Court appointment. Chief Justice John Roberts is set to administer the constitutional oath in a private ceremony at 9 a.m. in the justices’ conference room at the court.” (04/07/17)

http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/327828-gorsuch-to-be-sworn-in-monday

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6) KT McFarland to leave White House amid NSC shakeup
Source: USA Today

“President Trump will ask K.T. McFarland to step down as deputy national security adviser and serve instead as ambassador to Singapore, giving National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster a chance to pick his own lieutenant, two administration officials confirmed. The officials confirmed a report by Bloomberg Politics and spoke on the condition of anonymity because they’re not authorized to discuss personnel moves. There have been questions about the future of McFarland, a former Fox News commentator, since the February dismissal of Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, the retired three-star general who hired her. Flynn resigned after acknowledging he had given ‘incomplete information’ about conversations he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December about American sanctions against Russia for hacking Democratic Party officials during the 2016 election.” (04/09/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/04/09/report-kt-mcfarland-leave-white-house-amid-nsc-shakeup/100257332

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7) Norway raises terror threat levels after Oslo bomb find
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Norway’s intelligence services have raised the national terror threat level, after a homemade bomb was found in the centre of the capital Oslo. The risk of an attack was now ‘probable’ rather than ‘possible,’ the security services said. On Saturday, police cordoned off a large part of Gronland in central Oslo, and carried out a controlled detonation on an explosive device. A 17-year-old Russian citizen has been arrested. His lawyer told local media that he denied any wrongdoing and that his actions were ‘a boy’s prank.’ The teenager moved to Norway in 2010 and had applied for asylum, Reuters news agency reports.” (04/09/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39543750

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8) Admiral: Russian naval activity in Europe “exceeds Cold War levels”
Source: Reuters

“Recent Russian naval activity in Europe exceeds levels seen during the Cold War, a top U.S. and NATO military officer said, voicing concern that the distributed nature of the deployments could end up ‘splitting and distracting’ the transatlantic alliance. Navy Admiral Michelle Howard, who heads NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command in Naples and commands U.S. naval forces in Europe and Africa, said Russia had clearly stepped up its naval actions in recent years although the size of its navy was smaller now than during the Cold War era. ‘We’re seeing activity that we didn’t even see when it was the Soviet Union. It’s precedential activity,’ Howard told Reuters in an interview late on Saturday during a missile defense conference.” [editor’s note: And how about American activity levels?] (04/09/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-military-idUSKBN17B0O8

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9) Sweden: Stockholm attack suspect was rejected asylum seeker from Uzbekistan
Source: CBS News

“The Stockholm truck attack suspect was a rejected asylum seeker from Uzbekistan who eluded authorities’ attempts to deport him by giving police a wrong address, Swedish police said Sunday while announcing the arrest of a second suspect. Jan Evensson of the Stockholm police told a news conference that the 39-year-old suspect’s request for a residence permit was rejected in June 2016, but police could not find him to send him back to his native country because he was not at the address he had given. … The four victims killed in Friday’s attack, in which a hijacked beer truck was driven into an upscale department store, included a British man, a Belgian woman and two Swedes, authorities in those countries said. Their identities were not released by Swedish officials.” (04/09/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/stockholm-truck-attack-suspect-was-rejected-asylum-seeker-from-uzbekistan/

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10) BuzzFeed files FOIA lawsuit against FBI over Andrew Breitbart records
Source: The Hill

“BuzzFeed News and journalist Jason Leopold are suing the FBI, claiming that the agency failed to adequately respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for material on Andrew Breitbart, The Wrap reported Friday. The lawsuit alleges that Leopold filed the request for ‘all records related to Andrew Breitbart’ with the FBI in August 2012, five months after the Breitbart News founder died of heart failure. The agency responded to the request in September, saying that they did not locate any such records in their ‘main file records.’ With the lawsuit, BuzzFeed and Leopold are asking the court to compel the FBI to ‘conduct a reasonable search for records, including a cross-reference search, and to produce all non-exempt requested records.'” (04/09/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/327987-buzzfeed-files-foia-lawsuit-against-fbi-over-breitbart-request-report

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11) NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson becomes first woman to command ISS twice
Source: Mic

“NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson achieved a new milestone at the International Space Station on Sunday, when she became the first woman to command the ISS twice. Whitson is replacing astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough, who will depart the space station Monday. … Whitson became the first female space-station commander in 2008. In the years since, astronaut Sunita Williams has been the only other woman to command the ISS. Sunday’s milestone is the latest in a string of records broken by Whitson. In addition to her commanding achievements, Whitson holds the record for cumulative spacewalking time of any female astronaut. She also earned the distinction of being the oldest woman to ever go to space when she arrived at the ISS in November at the age of 56.” (04/09/17)

https://mic.com/articles/173610/nasa-astronaut-peggy-whitson-becomes-first-woman-to-command-iss-twice#.A9dPj8trj

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12) France: Police find 3.5 tons of weapons as Eta disarms
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Police in France have found nearly 3.5 tonnes of weapons, explosives and other material in eight caches handed over by Basque separatist group Eta. Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the weapons would be destroyed. Eta — which says it has now surrendered all its weapons — killed more than 800 people in some 40 years of violence in pursuit of an independent country straddling France and Spain. Mr Cazeneuve hailed the move but Spain called on Eta to disband. Eta declared a ceasefire in 2011 but did not disarm.” (04/08/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39540081

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13) US bureaucrats accuse Google of “underpaying” female workers
Source: USA Today

“Government investigators looking into how Google pays its employees have accused the tech giant of shortchanging women doing similar work to men. A U.S. Department of Labor official disclosed the agency’s allegations during a Friday court hearing in San Francisco. ‘We found systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce,’ Janette Wipper, a Labor Department regional director, testified, according to a report published by The Guardian. Google said it vehemently disagreed with the charges, which the Mountain View, Calif., company said it hadn’t heard until Wipper’s court appearance.” (04/09/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/04/09/us-labor-department-google-compensation/100258444/

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14) India: Police arrest alleged kingpin of US tax scam
Source: Express Tribune [Pakistan]

“Indian police said on Saturday they had arrested the suspected mastermind behind a call center scam run out of a Mumbai suburb that targeted thousands of Americans and netted more than $300 million. Sagar Thakkar, 24, also known as Shaggy, was arrested at Mumbai’s international airport in the early hours of Saturday after he flew in from Dubai, Mukund Hatote, a police officer on the case, told Reuters. In October, the US Justice Department charged more than 60 people in India and the United States with participating in the huge scam where call center agents impersonated Internal Revenue Service, immigration or other federal officials and demanded payments for non-existent debts.” [editor’s note: Damn, I was hoping they meant one of the kingpins of the REAL US tax scam, like maybe the head of the IRS! – TLK] (04/09/17)

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1379026/indian-police-arrest-alleged-kingpin-us-tax-scam/

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15) Italy: Court sides with transport monopolists, bans Uber
Source: Yahoo! Finance

“An Italian court has ruled that Uber’s apps cannot be used in the country, and that the company cannot advertise its services there. The ruling came in a suit by Italian taxi groups, who alleged that Uber constituted unfair competition. A Rome court agreed. Uber will have ten days to cut off its smartphone apps in Italy, but has said it will appeal the decision.” (04/08/17)

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/italian-court-bans-uber-citing-165111594.html

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16) Afghanistan: Occupation troop killed
Source: Fox News

“An American special forces soldier has been killed in a combat operation against Islamic State extremists in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Sunday. ‘The soldier was mortally wounded late Saturday during an operation in Nangarhar Province’ in eastern Afghanistan, Navy Capt. Bill Salvin said in a message on the official Twitter account of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission. The soldier was a special forces operator helping Afghan forces battle ISIS militants and was killed in the Achin district of Nangarhar province.” (04/09/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/09/us-special-forces-soldier-killed-in-afghanistan-operation-against-isis.html

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17) TX: Hacker sets off emergency alarms, frightening Dallas residents
Source: CNN

“Dallas residents were jolted out of bed late Friday evening after a hacker triggered all the city’s emergency sirens, setting off a wave of panic and confusion. All 156 emergency sirens were activated around 11:40 p.m. in what appeared to be a hacking incident that ‘woke up a lot of people,’ Sana Syed, managing director of public information for the city of Dallas, said at a news conference on Saturday. The Office of Emergency Management was able to turn off all the sirens by 1:20 a.m., said Syed.” (04/09/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/08/us/dallas-alarm-hack/

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18) Former CIA officer: “Enormous consequences” may follow Trump’s Syria attack
Source: Raw Story

“Former CIA operative and intelligence analyst Robert Baer told CNN on Saturday night that President Donald Trump’s administration has no idea how complicated the situation in Syria is and that our nation is rushing headlong into a ‘quagmire’ of unintended consequences by engaging the country militarily. ‘How confident are you that President Trump will stick with this apparently new position on Syria now?’ anchor Ana Cabrera asked Baer. ‘It seems to me a big shift here, this attacking Syria,’ said Baer. ‘We’ve never done that before in Syria’s history, period. We’ve always avoided that country. There is an ethnic sectarian division there that we were always afraid to touch. This goes back to World War II, in fact. The French could never control that country. And, again, I go back to the fact that Bashar al Assad is a spokesman for the Alawite minority. You can remove him today and you might get somebody that’s much worse.'” [editor’s note: Just as Ron Paul (along with a lot of libertarians) has been noting for years – SAT] (04/08/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/this-is-not-going-well-ex-cia-officer-says-enormous-consequences-may-follow-trumps-syria-attack

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19) Venezuelans return to streets, roused by ban on opposition leader
Source: Reuters

“Protesters clashed with security forces during protests in Venezuela on Saturday after a ban on a top opposition leader from office breathed life into a fractured movement and fueled the first sustained anti-government demonstrations since 2014. Thousands of people, some carrying signs reading ‘Dictator Maduro!’ and ‘Elections now!’ in support of banned leader Henrique Capriles, took part in marches across the country against unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro. Saturday’s protests extended a week of unrest sparked by last week’s Supreme Court decision in which it assumed the role of the opposition-led congress. The action was quickly overturned, but the global outcry it sparked galvanized the opposition.” (04/08/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-idUSKBN17A0LJ

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20) Brown declares California drought emergency over
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Months of rain have filled reservoirs and turned mountainsides a brilliant green, but only Friday did Gov. Jerry Brown declare an official end to California’s drought emergency. The move, which is largely ceremonial yet a welcome reminder of how dramatically weather conditions have changed, does away with a 2014 order that ushered in a period of unprecedented water rationing across the state. Not long before this year’s pounding storms took California by surprise, residents were letting their lawns turn brown and sacrificing showers. Those who didn’t cut back were threatened with fines. Tight times are mostly a memory now, as the strictest conservation rules ended months ago, and many that remain will be dropped with Friday’s action.” (04/07/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Gov-Brown-declares-California-drought-to-be-11058201.php

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21) The folly of using force to “send a message”
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Hawks often defend this or that intervention in terms of the ‘message’ or ‘signal’ it will send to adversaries and competitors elsewhere, and they make the mistake of thinking that the sort of ‘action’ that they want in one place will impress or intimidate other governments into taking fewer aggressive or provocative actions in their own parts of the world. They also suppose that the same ‘action’ will pressure other states to become more cooperative with Washington. Hawks never produce evidence that other governments see things the same way they do, but simply assert that it is so as if it were a fact. What hawks think signals ‘resolve’ to Russia or China or some other government is often read by their leaders as recklessness, incompetence, or proof that Washington can’t be trusted.” (04/08/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-folly-of-using-force-to-send-a-message/

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22) Income tax: No honor among thieves
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The average American worker gets robbed on a weekly basis. His or her employer, acting on behalf of the IRS, skims a portion off the top of each paycheck. In a gesture of seeming magnanimity, the gang hands some of the loot back over each year to nearly eight out of ten victims — but only after the victims spend considerable time and/or money filling out paperwork, due by mid-April (this year, on the 18th). Is it any surprise that competing thieves would look for ways to game a trillion-dollar-plus scheme that pays out (as of 2015) $278 billion in refunds? According to the Department of the Treasury, ‘[a]s of May 2, 2015, the IRS reported that it identified 163,087 tax returns with more than $908.3 million claimed in fraudulent refunds and prevented the issuance of approximately $787 million (86.6 percent) in fraudulent refunds.'” (04/09/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/10142

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23) Trump’s Syriana
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“When Donald Trump was a private individual in 2013, he used Twitter to tell President Barack Obama to refrain from attacking Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who had used chemical weapons to poison his own people. ‘No upside and tremendous downside,’ Trump typed. As a candidate in 2016, Trump thought likewise. As recently as Tuesday, now President Donald Trump talked the small game. He told the North America’s Building Trades’ Union’s 2017 conference, ‘I’m not — and I don’t want to be — the president of the world. I’m the president of the United States. And from now on, it’s going to be America First.’ That morning, according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Trump had learned of Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people. Still Trump resisted Washington’s role as global cop.” (04/08/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/04/08/trumps-syriana-n2310665

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24) The bogosity of Trump’s “America First”
Source: Antiwar.com
by Sheldon Richman

“Trump likes to distinguish his ‘America First’ foreign policy from his predecessors’ policies, which allegedly put other countries first. Here Trump shows his ignorance of the dynamics of the American Empire. No one has propounded, either explicitly or implicitly, an ‘American Second’ foreign policy. Even foreign aid (a small part of the government’s budget) is justified as being in ‘America’s interest,’ and I have no problem believing that its champions honestly think this. Trump is wrong if he believes the alliance system and regime change have been intended to put other countries first. These were always conceived as in the interest of the Empire. Trump can’t acknowledge this because his brand largely consists of an aggrieved-nation shtick. Now it is true that the interests of the Empire are not the interests of the American people. But neither are the interests that Trump’s program serves.” (04/08/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/srichman/2017/04/07/the-bogosity-of-trumps-america-first/

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25) Trump’s new war for America
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“It’s important to point out that Trump’s decision to fire 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air force base was carried out without a congressional declaration of war. This should, of course, mean something to conservatives, given their purported devotion to the Constitution, which prohibits the president from waging war without first securing a declaration of war from Congress. But don’t count on opposition to Trump’s new war coming from conservatives. They love foreign wars because it means ever-bigger government, along with more spending, taxation, and debt to fund them. No congressional declaration of war against Syria is important for two reasons: One, it’s the law …. Two, going to Congress to seek a declaration of war against Syria would require Trump and his national-security state people to provide evidence and justification for going to war against Syria.”

http://www.fff.org/2017/04/07/trumps-new-war-america/

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26) Good neighbors can make good fences
Source: Reason
by Katherine Mangu-Ward

“Good fences make good neighbors, or so Robert Frost reminds us in his annoyingly overused and frequently misquoted high school literature class staple. The poem that made the adage famous actually offers a more ambiguous take on the utility of border barriers than its signature line would suggest, with the speaker musing: ‘Before I built a wall I’d ask to know / What I was walling in or walling out, / And to whom I was like to give offence.’ The question of what exactly is being walled in or walled out by Donald Trump’s barrier — he issued commands for the ‘immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border’ in a January 25 executive order — is trickier to answer than it initially appears.” (for publication 05/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/04/09/good-neighbors-can-make-good-f

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27) Syrian strikes and just war theory
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Fernando Teson

“Literally minutes after the strikes, the blogosphere became awash with legal analyses of the strikes under both constitutional and international law. Some of those analyses are interesting, but for jurisprudential reasons I detail here and here, I regard them as inconclusive at best, and as disguised advocacy at worst, so I will not pursue them here. Rather, I examine the incident under the lens of Just War Theory. JWT addresses the question whether the strikes are morally justified. Under JWT a military action is justified if it meets (at least) two conditions: the cause must be just, and the action must be proportionate, that is, it must not cause excessive damage.” (04/08/17)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/04/syrian-strikes-just-war-theory/

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28) Open letter to Rand Paul and members of the Freedom Caucus
Source: Canada Free Press
by AJ Cameron

“Mr. Paul and members of the Freedom Caucus, the American people are counting on you and supporting you to ensure that Obamacare is fully repealed. If you are to repeal Obamacare, it must be FULLY REPEALED on the first attempt, or it will NEVER be repealed. If it is not repealed on the first attempt, you cannot trust that any promised future attempt will occur. Even if a subsequent attempt occurs, Las Vegas would probably place the odds high that it will be even more contentious than what you are enduring now, and bring with it, even more graft and malfeasance by bad actors on both sides of the political aisle. I stand by my previous assertion on March 1, 2017, that Obamacare will NEVER be repealed, because it was designed to do three things. Hopefully, all of you and enough liberty-loving Republicans will prove me wrong, in my assertion.” (04/07/17)

http://canadafreepress.com/article/an-open-letter-to-rand-paul-and-members-of-the-freedom-caucus

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29) An extraordinarily evil “citizen”
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“The ‘political means’ is the unethical way of interacting with others — the means used by muggers, politicians, rapists, cops, and other bad guys — as opposed to the only other option for interacting with others: the economic means. If you can’t get what you want by mutual consent, where both participants gain, you force them — at gunpoint, if that’s what it takes — to do what you want, with ‘laws’ and enforcer gangs, so that there’s a winner and a loser. Being political also goes against just about everything taught by Jesus, but it would be inconsiderate to point this out to them. ‘Citizen’ is also a term used to indicate slave status under the State. Strange position for this ‘religious’ group to take and promote, since this puts the State in the place of God.” (04/09/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/04/an-extraordinarily-evil-citizen.html

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30) Emotion trumps reason in Trump’s missile attack
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Craig Cantoni

“It was a sure sign that emotion had once again trumped reason when both the left and the right agreed that Trump had a moral imperative to attack the Syrian air base. The implication was that the United States should intercede with force whenever barbarism takes place in the world, or more specifically, when photos of barbarism reach the White House and the general public. The missile attack will do nothing to change the course of the conflict, as Bashar Al-Assad is becoming more entrenched, not less, due to Russia and Iran assisting his regime, and to Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the USA having conflicting aims in the country. But if the brutal dictator were ever to be overthrown, the Christians, Alawites and other religious minorities that depend on him for protection would be butchered in gruesome ways by Sunni barbarians. Imagine the photos of that.” (04/08/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/emotion-trumps-reason-trumps-missile-attack/

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31) Syria strike: Beginning of a “Trump doctrine”?
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“When President Donald Trump took office less than three months ago, few would have predicted that he would find himself so quickly launching military strikes against Syria. Since January, his administration has been quietly reducing support for Syria’s rebels, seemingly opening the door for an eventual settlement that might leave Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in charge. None of that was necessarily changed by Thursday night’s missile strikes against the air base believed responsible for a suspected nerve gas attack barely 72 hours earlier. In taking such aggressive action so quickly, however, Trump has sent what he sees as a strong, robust message of U.S. resolve — not just to Damascus but also other potential U.S. opponents including Russia, China and most particularly North Korea.” (04/08/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-strike-commentary-idUSKBN1792V0

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32) Bias Response Teams: Campus censorship at its most sinister
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“When you criticise the parlous state of free speech on campus these days, you’re often called hysterical. Disinviting speakers, banning microaggressions and clamping down on culturally appropriative parties is small fry, say the campus censors. ‘We’re not tyrants — go and criticise Turkey.’ This is just a ploy, of course — an attempt to shift the spotlight and avoid having to justify the not only censorious but patently unhinged behaviour of campus officials of late. But it’s also a crap one. Because with every year that passes, university administrations cook up more and more GDR-lite ways to cleanse campuses of disagreeable speech. Just take Bias Response Teams (BRTs).” (04/07/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/bias-response-teams-campus-censorship-at-its-most-sinister/

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33) You get what you pay for
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“[A]s we all know so well, when you get government stuff for free, you get what you pay for. The value of higher education in America will swiftly drop to the lowest common denominator. If everyone gets a free education, how much do you think it will be worth? More to the point, do you really think that everyone should seek a college education? Should house maids, garbage collectors, street sweepers, gardeners, and burger flippers and welfare queens all have college educations?” (04/09/17)

https://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/04/you-get-what-you-pay-for.html

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34) America needs a “come to Tenther” moment, and soon
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

“For years, the Tenth Amendment Center has drawn the ire of both the American right and left, but generally for different reasons. To the left, we were neo-Confederates trying to mask our desire to somehow reintroduce slavery and Jim Crow segregation by promoting nullification and state’s rights. We draw the ire of the right for challenging unconstitutional wars and the federal War on Drugs. While we have detractors from both sides of the political divide, our the most vocal opposition almost always originates from whichever side holds federal power at the moment.” (04/08/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/04/08/america-needs-a-come-to-tenther-moment-and-soon/

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35) Why Americans get suckered every time
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“So, Trump has gone against what he swore he’d do and bombed the hell out of a Syrian air base, to thunderous applause on seemingly every side. His enemies now love him … he’s being called Presidential … and once again, millions of Americans have been suckered into a knee-jerk response. Bear in mind that this statement holds up, even if what Trump claims is 100 percent true. Also bear in mind that I don’t dislike Americans; in general, I think highly of them. It’s just that they have a particular way of being turned into suckers … a way that works more or less every time … even when the underlying facts are made up of whole cloth. I think it’s important to understand why this is so.” (04/08/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/why-americans-get-suckered-every-time/

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36) Yet another president commits the ultimate war crime of launching a war of aggression
Source: CounterPunch
by Dave Lindorff

“[P]utting aside the question of who actually poisoned those victims in Khan Sheikhun, the reality is that international law, as codified in the UN Charter, a treaty which the US has signed, declares the supreme war crime to be for a country to attack another when it poses no imminent threat to the attacker. Absent such an existential threat, the only legal way one country may attack another is when that military action has been approved by a vote of the United Nations Security Council. No such UN resolution has been passed regarding international action in Syria, where the only legal foreign military actor is Russia, which was invited by the internationally recognized Assad government. And so yet another American president has joined the long list of war criminals who have made the US the world’s leading rogue nation since at least 1953.” (04/07/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/07/yet-another-president-commits-the-ultimate-war-crime-of-launching-a-war-of-aggression/

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37) Trump’s unilateral strikes in Syria must be categorically opposed
Source: In These Times
by Stephen Zunes

“Let’s not pretend that Thursday night’s U.S. missile strike on Syria’s Al Shayrat air base has anything to do with concern for the civilian victims of the regime’s apparent April 3 chemical weapons attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun. The unilateral military action was ordered by the same President whose proposed budget would make major cuts to programs that have provided relief to Syrian refugees fleeing the violence of the regime and has tried to bar any of the refugees from entering the United States. With no direct threat to U.S. national security and with no congressional authorization, Trump’s use of force was illegal. By contrast, when President Obama considered authorizing military action against the regime following an even deadlier sarin attack in 2013, he respected constitutional limitations on his power and — failing to receive authorization from Congress — did not do so. This provided time for the Russian-initiated agreement, backed by the United Nations, which led to the destruction of the vast majority of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.” [editor’s note: Good to see “progressive” sources noting this, as they should have been for the last 8 years – SAT] (04/07/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20037/trump-unilateral-airstrikes-syria-isis-assad-chemical-weapons-obama

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38) Europe and Israel shouldn’t intervene in Syria
Source: Students For Liberty
by Idan Eretz

“Yesterday morning, the US navy launched dozens of Tomahawk missiles, targeting airbases of the Syrian regime, as a retaliation for the chemical attack that happened a few days ago in Khan Shaykhun, killing 72. What is currently going on, and is it wise to intervene? Spoiler alert: it’s probably a bad idea.” (04/07/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/04/08/europe-israel-shouldnt-intervene-syria/

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39) The letter of the law
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“In an effort to thwart tax evaders (which qualifies as good intentions to statists although I’m not sure why), a law was passed that required individuals and businesses to report all bank deposits greater than $10,000. It’s a little known law, which means many small business have been running afoul with it. Since the intention of the law was to catch tax evaders you would think that these accidental violations would result in little more than a notice being sent to the offending businesses alerting them of the law’s existence so they wouldn’t violate it in the future. But the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), not surprisingly, has been following the letter of the law, not the intent …” (04/07/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/04/07/the-letter-of-the-law/

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40) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #181: The truth, but not the whole truth
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“I prefer an alternative translation of the title: ‘Do not lie, but do not necessarily tell all the truth.’ This does not mean a person should tell the type of ‘lie’ that comes from selecting facts or truths in such a way as to give a deliberately false impression. It means a person doesn’t have to display logorrhea — diarrhea of the mouth. Just as there are actions that should not be taken so too are there words that should not be said.” (04/09/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7895

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41) California’s double standard on vouchers
Source: Independent Institute
by K Lloyd Billingsley

In California’s state capital of Sacramento, torrential rains and flooding have put the city’s surging homeless population into a state of crisis. Politicians are running to the rescue. Mayor Darrell Steinberg, a former state senator, and county supervisor Phil Serna want to set aside ‘Housing Choice Vouchers’ for about 800 of the slots that open up for public housing each year. … Californians in need can also access a Housing Choice Voucher program, formerly known as Section 8, which assists low-income families. … California EBT, the Electronic Benefit Transfer program formerly known as food stamps, offers ‘manual vouchers’ but does not require the recipient to shop at a government commissary. The same is true of the federal WIC programfor women, infants and children. … California’s bipartisan political establishment supports these voucher programs and seeks to expand their clients. On the other hand, the establishment’s enthusiasm for vouchers does not extend to the state’s more than six million K-12 students and their families.” (04/07/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9038

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42) Fear beats civil liberties, every time
Source: Cato Institute
by Matthew Feeney

“Shortly after Donald Trump’s election there was a deluge of commentary reminding us all that Trump’s presidency is ‘not normal.’ To be sure, the president’s careless attitude towards the truth, his unorthodox communication style, not to mention his ignorance of how government works is rather irregular. Yet Trump’s campaign pledge to establish a ‘deportation force,’ and his passion for domestic surveillance are hardly unprecedented in American history. A fleeting glance over the last century reminds us that America has experienced mass deportations and incarcerations before, whether prompted by domestic terrorism or military assault.” (0/07/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/fear-beats-civil-liberties-every-time

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43) The Supreme Court will never be the same
Source: The New Republic
by Scott Lemieux

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has changed the Supreme Court for good. On Thursday, Democrats successfully filibustered President Donald Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch, the 49-year-old arch-conservative from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado. Senate Republicans responded by changing the rules to require only a simple majority to confirm Supreme Court nominees, which was already the rule for all other federal judicial appointments. The immediate outcome was bad: Gorsuch was confirmed to a lifetime appointment to the Court on Friday. In the long term, the battle over Gorsuch reflects a new era in which Senate deference to judicial nominations is over, possibly with more sea changes to come. We should be clear that Senate Democrats did the right thing by filibustering Gorsuch. If a simple majority for Supreme Court nominations is going to be the new norm (as it clearly is), it is better that this be done explicitly and immediately.” [editor’s note: While I would love to see supermajorities for pretty much every law passed, the nonsense that has blocked legitimate SCOTUS sitters should end as it has – SAT] (04/07/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/141927/supreme-court-will-never

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44) Ask Congress to “un-tax” your healthcare expenses
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis & Jim Babka

“Good news! Donald Trump’s ‘Ryan-care’ bill is dead. Bad news! Obamacare still lives. What do we do next? 1. Remind Congress we want Obamacare replaced 2 Tell Congress what we want that replacement to look like … We have a new campaign designed to do both things.” (04/07/17)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/untax-your-healthcare

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45) Trump is the new Hillary
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“With Thursday night’s reckless and illegal assault on a Russian populated Syrian military base with 59 Tomahawk missiles, there is now officially zero sunlight between the two most repulsive candidates in the putrid history of this vile empire of sin and conquest. And to think just days ago the Donald was being crucified in a congressional witch hunt for passing on the one flavor of poisoned Kool-Aid that made him slightly less toxic than his opponent in the 2016 election and persona non grata with the status quo. That is Russophobic Regime-Change Punch (TM).” (04/08/17)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2017/04/trump-is-new-hillary.html

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46) The Syrian air base attack
Scott Adams blog
by Scott Adams

“As I blogged yesterday, the claim that Assad ordered a chemical attack on his own people in the past week doesn’t pass my sniff test. For Assad to order a gas attack now (while his side is finally winning) he would have to be willing to risk his life and his regime for no real military advantage. I’m not buying that. But let’s say the world believes Assad or a rogue general under his command gassed his own people. What’s an American President to do? If Trump does nothing, he appears weak, and it invites mischief from other countries. But if he launches 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian military air base base within a few days, which he did, the U.S. gets several benefits at low cost.” (04/08/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/159300836386/the-syrian-air-base-attack

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47) The low rewards, high risks of Trump’s Syria strike
Source: Niskanen Center
by Matthew Fay

“For two reasons, it is clear that last night’s strike had little to do with protecting Syrian civilians threatened by the Assad regime. First, it would require a much larger — and, as will be discussed in a moment, riskier — operation to degrade the Syrian military’s ability to menace the civilian population. The Syrian air force remains largely intact after the strike, and the regime retains the capacity to kill large numbers of civilians through a variety of conventional means. Second, President Trump had already demonstrated his callous indifference to Syrian refugees through his attempts to ban them from entering the United States.” (04/07/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/trump-strikes-syria-low-rewards-high-risk/

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48) “Now arrives the hour of action” for federal entitlement reform
Source: Heartland Institute
by Jesse Hathaway

“In his inaugural address in January, President Donald Trump promised ‘the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer … the time for empty talk is over, now arrives the hour of action.’ Unless the president changes his tune on federal entitlement reform, those forgotten men and women will be hit with massive tax hikes, enacted to pay off sky-high government deficits.” (04/08/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/04/now-arrives-the-hour-of-action-for-federal-entitlement-reform/

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49) Trump’s housing hypocrisy
Source: The American Prospect
by Peter Dreier & Alex Schwartz

“President Trump is a housing hypocrite. He owes his wealth to government-subsidized housing programs. Since January 20, he’s been living in subsidized housing. Yet his proposed budget slashes housing aid to Americans who need it the most–seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and families with children struggling to get by. Trump is wealthy today because of government housing subsidies. While still a young man, he inherited his father Fred’s real-estate empire, worth tens of millions of dollars. The senior Trump made his fortune by building middle-class housing financed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). In the 1930s, Fred Trump built single-family homes for middle class families in Queens and Brooklyn, using mortgage subsidies from the newly created FHA in order to obtain construction loans. After his real-estate business fell on hard times, he revived his firm during World War II by constructing FHA-backed housing for U.S. naval personnel near major shipyards along the East Coast. After the war, he continued to rely on FHA financing to construct apartment buildings in New York’s outer boroughs.” (04/07/17)

http://prospect.org/article/trump%E2%80%99s-housing-hypocrisy

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50) Repealing ObamaCare is not enough
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“One would think that repealing Obamacare would have been the first order of business for the Republican-controlled Congress once Trump was sworn in. After all, Republicans have spent the last seven years since Obamacare was passed denouncing the law, campaigning on promises to repeal it, airing more than $235 million in ads attacking the law, and staging more than 50 high-profile votes in the House to repeal it. It turns out that ‘some GOP legislators are saying that the political assault on Obamacare was an exercise in cynical politics, and that an outright repeal was never on the table.'” (04/07/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/repealing-obamacare-not-enough/

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

51) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 100
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“For this, the 100th episode, we were joined by our former co-host, Danilo Cuellar. Herein we discussed Danilo’s videos, crutch words vs. silence, how libertarianism is the best expression of love, recreational McNukes, action vs. theory, delusional victims of communism, Danilo’s recent guests. Trump related PTSD, rewriting Anatomy of the State for 6th graders, mocking LaBeouf, Andrei officially becoming a permanent member of SOL, divine Davespirations, and more!” [Flash video] (04/09/17)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-100-return-of-the-soul-patch/

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52) Free Talk Live, 04/08/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Is Trump Considering Assassination of Kim Jong Un? :: North Korean Nuclear Ambitions? :: America World Police :: Fake News and Revolution :: Government Schools and Ignorance :: Gandhi and Insurrection :: Federal Reserve :: Nuclear Speculation :: Social Capitalism :: Govt School :: Military :: Preemptive Strikes :: Commie Sarah :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/08/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-04-08

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53) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 120
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“This week we’re bringing the party from our own state of Washington to you! This week we spotlight candidate Randy McGlenn II who is running for chairman of the Libertarian Party of Washington State. Randy discusses how he wants to make the party stronger by putting differences aside, and to really ‘unite’ the party.” [various formats] (04/08/17)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-120-randy-mcglenn-ii/

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54) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 13
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Richard Spencer and hate speech is in the barber chair today. Is hate speech free speech?” [various formats] (04/08/17)

http://www.ancapbarbershop.com/richard-spencer-and-hate-speech/

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55) The Back Story, episode 7
Source: Everything Voluntary

“The Back Story 007 identifies the secret reason that nation-states go to war so often: ‘War … it is the oldest, most profitable and most vicious racket in history. It is the only racket in which profits are counted in dollars and the losses are counted in lives.’ — General Butler.” [various formats] (04/08/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/back-story-007-secret-reason-war-4m

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56) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/07/17
Source: Cato Institute

“President Trump has attacked Syria with apparently no support from Congress or other world leaders. Chris Preble comments.” [various formats] (04/07/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/trump-attacks-syria-without-congressional-approval

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57) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 182
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Yuval Levin joins us to talk about political nostalgia and American individualism. Why do the political right and left both seem to be stuck yearning for the 1950s and early 60s?” [various formats] (04/07/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/stuck-political-nostalgia

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58) Felony Friday, episode 66
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode the great Harvey Silverglate joins Felony Friday host John Odermatt to discuss his bombshell book, Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent.” [various formats] (04/07/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/04/07/ff66/

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59) Jeffrey Carr on the Scott Horton Show
Source: The Scott Horton Show

“Jeffrey Carr, an international cybersecurity consultant, discusses the low evidentiary standard the US government and media has used to make very serious accusations about Russian hacking of Ukrainian military software and, by extension, the DNC emails. Carr says that CrowdStrike’s cybersecurity report — the basis for all these accusations — is the worst he has ever read.” [various formats] (04/07/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/4717-jeffrey-carr-pushback-crowdstrikes-claims-russian-election-hacking/

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60) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 576
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Yesterday, the President of the United States took unilateral action to bomb a sovereign nation that had not attacked us or threatened our liberties. In response, the media and Congress have moved swiftly to reinforce several key points that help to justify the president’s actions. For the President to be safe from criticism, the media must ensure the narrative that Trump’s actions were. 1. LEGAL 2. REASONABLE 3. NECESSARY What I will do today is show you how the media, with the help of some slippery politicians, are accomplishing this. Get ready; this is not going to be pretty.” [various formats] (04/07/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/576-thoughts-on-americas-attack-on-syria/

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61) The Tom Woods Show, episode 886
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“As if his warnings to Barack Obama about intervention in Syria had never been uttered, Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on Syria yesterday. Scott Horton joins me to discuss this horrific mess.” [various formats] (04/07/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-886-trump-launches-strike-on-syria/

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62) The Freedom Report, 04/07/17
Source: The Libertarian Republic

“President Donald Trump attacked Syria after reports that the embattled regime may have used chemical weapons on their own people. Libertarian Republicans and some Democrats have claimed that Trump’s attack was unconstitutional due to the separation of powers. Others disagreed. Former Presidential candidate Austin Petersen breaks down the news. ” [various formats] (04/07/17)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.podbean.com/e/trump-bombs-syria-constitutional-or-nah/

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63) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 24
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #24, I discuss Trump attacking Assad in Syria. On April 7th, Trump bombed a Syrian airfield controlled by Assad. This attack was the first direct use of military force against Assad in Syria. Trump has no good options in Syria, and this attack will only help al-Qaeda and ISIS. Hillary Clinton suggested Trump bomb Syrian airfields just before he carried out the attack.” [various formats] (04/07/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-24-trump-lied-about-foreign-policy

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R. Lee Wrights
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