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In the News:

1) Turkey: Regime blocks WikiLeaks access after Erdogan party email leak
2) Security theater, Belgium edition: “Suspicious” man raises alert in Brussels, but false alarm
3) Israel: Knesset passes controversial legislation allowing MP expulsion
4) TX: Appeals court says voter turnout suppression law violates Voting Rights Act
5) MA: Healey, in latest grandstanding for future gubernatorial bid, makes up new victim disarmament law
6) RNC: Cruz booed after refusing to endorse Trump
7) Romania: Court rules constitution can be changed to ban marriage freedom
8) Trump staff writer takes blame for Melania speech
9) Turkey coup attempt: Charges laid against 99 generals and admirals
10) KS: Police chief says cop’s killing was not planned ambush
11) Secret Service investigates Trump adviser who said Clinton should be executed
12) Beware! Your iPhone can be hacked remotely with just a message
13) MD: Driver playing Pokemon GO smashes into Baltimore patrol car
14) FL: Video shows moments before North Miami Police shot unarmed man
15) Twitter opens up account verification, bans Breitbart editor
16) Now you can hide your smart home on the darknet
17) HI: Takai dies after battle with pancreatic cancer
18) RNC: Protesters douse each other in urine
19) Transgender students sue versus school bathroom rules in Maryland, Wisconsin
20) Fatwa No. 21,758: Saudi clerics ban Pokemon Go
21) Libya: Three French troops killed in helicopter crash
22) IL: Judge blocks anti-gerrymander plan from November ballot
23) FL: Parents of toddler killed in gator attack won’t sue Disney
24) Ukraine: Car bomb kills investigative reporter
25) Syria: At least 56 civilians killed in “US-led strikes” on Manbij

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Foreign policy night at the RNC was bleak and apocalyptic
27) In support of the open carry society
28) Reducing immigration will not satisfy Trump voters, and it’s a bad idea anyway
29) TSA thugs brutalize mentally disabled terrified teen
30) Why you should watch this Nazi propaganda film
31) Will the green political machine foil Trump?
32) We have a “duty” to submit; they have no duty to protect
33) Democrats spoiling for one last fight
34) Military regimes shouldn’t be recognized
35) How the west can prevent Nice from becoming the “new normal”
36) Valuation fallacies
37) Free market principles should guide road funding solutions
38) Bakers Dozen[TM] Rules for liberty partisans
39) Millennials the adults in the room on trade
40) The freak-out factor
41) A common definition of public education
42) The real reason pharma companies hate medical marijuana (it works)
43) GOP wants to “Make America Work Again?” That would be real change
44) Why religious liberty cannot prosper without economic liberty
45) Trump and the failure of the GOP
46) The Turkish coup and the crisis of liberalism
47) Obama too incompetent to pull off a coup
48) Don’t be fooled: EU enthusiast Theresa May is intent on subverting Brexit
49) The war on drugs has made policing more violent
50) Our disastrous monetary system: A new must-read book
51) Orlando shooter’s statements vindicate Ron Paul
52) Reflections on tiny houses
53) Decisive Brexit referendum: What happens next? Part 3
54) More blowback in France
55) Free Talk Live, 07/19/16

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

1) Turkey: Regime blocks WikiLeaks access after Erdogan party email leak
Source: Fox News

“Turkey has banned access to the WikiLeaks website, the group announced Wednesday, after the release of a trove of documents purportedly related to the country’s power structure. The documents, which were published Tuesday, contain information from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP party, according to Wikileaks. The email dump comes hot on the heels of Friday’s failed coup attempt against Erdogan. … The Turkish government has previously banned access to websites deemed to be carrying material critical of Turkey, including YouTube and Twitter. Some opposition media websites were blocked following Friday night’s coup attempt, which was quashed by security forces loyal to President Erdogan.” (07/20/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/07/20/turkey-blocks-wikileaks-access-after-erdogan-party-email-leak.html

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2) Security theater, Belgium edition: “Suspicious” man raises alert in Brussels, but false alarm
Source: Colorado Springs Gazette

“A man wearing a heavy coat with wires hanging out prompted a security alert and partial lockdown in central Brussels, but it turned out to be a false alarm, police said. Authorities believe that the man was a student measuring radiation levels in the Belgian capital, police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere said. No explosives were found and the man was detained for questioning. ‘Everything is under control,’ Van de Keere said.” (07/20/16)

http://gazette.com/suspicious-man-raises-alert-in-brussels-but-false-alarm/article/feed/374618

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3) Israel: Knesset passes controversial legislation allowing MP expulsion
Source: Guardian [UK]

“Israel’s parliament has passed a controversial law allowing MPs to expel colleagues for incitement, racism or support for armed struggle against the state that critics say is aimed mainly at Arab legislators. The law was passed in the early hours of Wednesday in a stormy and noisy session of the Knesset. Opposition Israeli-Arab MPs said immediately they would appeal against the legislation at the country’s supreme court. The passage of the law brings an end to a long running saga over attempts by Israel’s rightwing to bring in the legislation, with the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, saying the law ended ‘the absurd situation’ whereby someone who ‘supports terror against the state of Israel and its citizens’ could serve as a member of parliament.” (07/20/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/20/israeli-parliament-passes-controversial-legislation-allowing-mp-explusion

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4) TX: Appeals court says voter turnout suppression law violates Voting Rights Act
Source: Reuters

“A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a Texas law requiring voters to show a government-issued form of photo identification before casting a ballot is discriminatory and violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit also sent the case back to a district court to examine claims by the plaintiffs that the law had a discriminatory purpose. Critics of the law and others like it passed in recent years in Republican-governed states said such statutes are intended to make it harder for minorities such as African-Americans and Hispanics who tend to back Democrats to vote. Backers of these laws say they are necessary to prevent voter fraud. The New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit asked the district court for a short-term fix to be used in Texas in the November general election.” (07/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-texasvoting-idUSKCN1002KJ

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5) MA: Healey, in latest grandstanding for future gubernatorial bid, makes up new victim disarmament law
Source: Reuters

“Massachusetts will ban the sale of ‘copycat’ assault-style [sic] weapons similar to those increasingly used in mass shootings, state Attorney General Maura Healey said on Wednesday. The move takes effect immediately and is part of stepped-up enforcement of Massachusetts'[s] ban on military-style assault [sic] weapons, she said in a statement. … Healey’s statement said gun manufacturers made versions with minor tweaks to various parts of the weapon. Copycat guns are sold, for example, without a flash suppressor or with a fixed instead of folding stock. Under Healey’s notice, a weapon is a copy or duplicate if [Healey thinks she can get some attention for screeching that it’s a copy or duplicate].” (07/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/massachusetts-guns-idUSL1N1A61YX

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6) RNC: Cruz booed after refusing to endorse Trump
Source: CNN

“Ted Cruz sensationally withheld an endorsement of Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention Wednesday, earning a chorus of boos from the floor before he was upstaged in a power play by the GOP nominee himself. In a dramatic development, as Cruz wrapped up his speech, Trump suddenly appeared in the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. He walked to join his family in a VIP area and flashed a thumbs-up — a gesture that transmitted clear anger at the Texas senator’s behavior. … As delegates began to protest, Sen. Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz, was heckled by Trump supporters shouting ‘Goldman Sachs!’ and escorted out by security.” (07/21/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/20/politics/ted-cruz-republican-convention-moment/

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7) Romania: Court rules constitution can be changed to ban marriage freedom
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Romania’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that a request from an anti-gay group to change the constitution to state that marriage is a union between a man and a woman is constitutional. The court’s ruling paves the way for Romania’s Parliament to vote to change the constitution, last revised in 2003, which now says marriage is between ‘partners’ without specifying gender. Any change would need to be approved by two-thirds of lawmakers. Gay rights groups protested the ruling, and dozens later protested in downtown Bucharest.” (07/20/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Court-Romania-s-constitution-can-be-changed-on-8398134.php

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8) Trump staff writer takes blame for Melania speech
Source: Politico

“Donald Trump’s campaign for [not quite two] days refused to admit that Melania Trump’s primetime convention speech contained passages lifted from Michelle Obama’s 2008 address — then suddenly released a statement Wednesday admitting that it was. Trump Organization staff writer Meredith McIver, in a statement taking responsibility for the plagiarism incident, said she had ‘offered my resignation to Mr. Trump and the Trump family, but they rejected it.’ … The incident even briefly split the top ranks of the Republican National Committee, whose chairman Reince Priebus said Trump should ‘probably’ fire whoever was responsible, while his top lieutenant fiercely defended Melania Trump. That RNC official, chief strategist Sean Spicer, mockingly compared passages of the would-be first lady’s speech to quotes from Twilight Sparkle from ‘My Little Pony.'” [editor’s note: Yes, I pretty much nailed what happened yesterday morning in a post at my blog. Wonder why it took the campaign almost two days to admit it? – TLK] (07/20/19)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/trump-staffer-melania-speech-meredith-mciver-225878

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9) Turkey coup attempt: Charges laid against 99 generals and admirals
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Turkey has formally charged 99 generals and admirals in connection with the weekend’s thwarted coup attempt, just under a third of the country’s 356 top military officers. Authorities have banned all academics from travelling abroad, as the purge of state employees suspected of being connected to the failed coup continues. More than 50,000 people have been rounded up, sacked or suspended. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to announce further measures. He chaired a five-hour emergency meeting of the National Security Council and was expected to lay out a series of emergency measures later on Wednesday.” (07/20/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36843180

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10) KS: Police chief says cop’s killing was not planned ambush
Source: USA Today

“The killing of a Kansas City police officer was not a planned ambush but stemmed from the officer’s attempt to stop a fleeing criminal, local authorities said Wednesday. Officials, nonetheless, expressed concern over anti-police rhetoric and the increase of tensions nationally over police-involved shootings. ‘The crime does not fit the national narrative of planned attacks against law enforcement officers, but it does fit the narrative fact that words matter,’ said police chief Terry Zeigler. ‘The anti-hate speech has got to stop because the consequences are real.’ Zeigler, Mayor Mark Holland and local clergy met with reporters following the fatal shooting Tuesday of Capt. Robert Melton. It was the second killing of a Kansas City police officer in two months.” (07/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/07/20/kansas-police-chief-says-cop-killing-not-planned-ambush/87339260

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11) Secret Service investigates Trump adviser who said Clinton should be executed
Source: Washington Post

“The Secret Service is investigating one of Donald Trump’s most outspoken supporters, a New Hampshire state representative who said this week that Hillary Clinton should be shot for treason. ‘The U.S. Secret Service is aware of this matter and will conduct the appropriate investigation,’ Nicole Mainor, a spokeswoman for the Secret Service, said about the comments from Al Baldasaro. The investigation was first reported by the Daily Beast. Baldasaro, a Republican from Londonderry, N.H., is a former Marine who calls himself Trump’s ‘veteran advisor.'” (07/20/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/07/20/secret-service-investigates-trump-advisor-who-said-clinton-should-be-executed/

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12) Beware! Your iPhone can be hacked remotely with just a message
Source: The Hacker News

“Do you own an iPhone? Mac? Or any Apple device? Just one specially-crafted message can expose your personal information, including your authentication credentials stored in your device’s memory, to a hacker. The vulnerability is quite similar to the Stagefright vulnerabilities, discovered a year ago in Android, that allowed hackers to silently spy on almost a Billion phones with just one specially-crafted text message.” (07/20/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/07/iphone-hack-exploit.html

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13) MD: Driver playing Pokemon GO smashes into Baltimore patrol car
Source: Fox News

“A driver has smashed into a police car while playing Pokemon GO at the wheel. An officer’s body camera caught the moment the Toyota RAV4 clipped the unoccupied, parked patrol car in Baltimore, Maryland, early on Monday. The driver pulled over about less than a mile down the road and showed police his phone connected to the hit app as he got out of the vehicle. When police asked if he was OK, the driver (who has not been named) said: ‘That’s what I get for playing this dumb*** game.’ No one was injured in the incident.” [editor’s note: Attaboy, blame the game and not your own stupidity for playing it while driving – SAT] (07/20/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/07/20/driver-playing-pokemon-go-smashes-into-baltimore-patrol-car.html

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14) FL: Video shows moments before North Miami Police shot unarmed man
Source: WSVN 7 News

“A therapist who works with people with disabilities is telling his story after he said police shot him while he was trying to help his patient with autism. Cellphone video was released Wednesday afternoon showing Charles Kinsey lying on the ground with his hands in the air, telling officers that weapons are not necessary. … In his hospital bed and wearing bandages, Kinsey said, he was attempting to calm an autistic patient who ran away from a group home. Kinsey could be heard in the video saying, ‘All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavior therapist at a group home.’ He is also heard asking his patient to calm down. ” (07/20/16)

http://wsvn.com/news/local/video-shows-moments-before-north-miami-police-shot-unarmed-man/

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15) Twitter opens up account verification, bans Breitbart editor
Source: Ars Technica

“Twitter confirmed it will allow all of its users to apply for ‘verified account’ status on the same day that it permanently booted an outspoken conservative from its site amid claims of abusive tweets. Up to now, the coveted blue tick badge was the preserve of celebrities, journalists, and high-profile users — some of whom run the risk of parody or fake accounts in their name. However, while the online form to request verification on Twitter is now available to anyone, the micro-blogging site said that only accounts ‘determined to be of public interest’ will receive the badge of honour. … Up until January, [Breibart tech editor Milo] Yiannopoulos'[s] account @nero was verified. Twitter stripped him of his blue tick status following consistent trolling. On Tuesday, it altogether barred him after Ghostbusters’ actor Leslie Jones complained of harassment on the site.” (07/20/16)

http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/07/twitter-account-verification-abuse-free-milo/

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16) Now you can hide your smart home on the darknet
Source: Wired

“The privacy software Tor has aided everything from drug dealing marketplaces to whistleblowing websites in evading surveillance on the darknet. Now that same software can be applied to a far more personal form of security: keeping hackers out of your toaster. On Wednesday, the privacy-focused non-profit Guardian Project, a partner of the Tor Project that maintains and develops the Tor anonymity network, announced a new technique it’s developed to apply Tor’s layers of encryption and network stealth to protecting so-called ‘Internet of things’ or ‘smart home’ devices. That growing class of gadgets, ranging from refrigerators to lightbulbs to security cameras, are connected to the Internet to make possible new forms of remote management and automation.” (07/20/16)

https://www.wired.com/2016/07/now-can-hide-smart-home-darknet/

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17) HI: Takai dies after battle with pancreatic cancer
Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser

“U.S. Rep. K. Mark Takai died this morning in Honolulu, nine months after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A statement from his office said Takai passed away at his home, surrounded by his family. He was 49.” (07/20/16)

http://www.staradvertiser.com/breaking-news/u-s-rep-mark-takai-dies-after-battle-with-pancreatic-cancer/

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18) RNC: Protesters douse each other in urine
Source: New York Post

“Police broke up skirmishes between groups of demonstrators a few blocks from the Republican National Convention as large crowds formed Tuesday afternoon. There was no immediate word on any arrests or injuries. Members of the KKK, Black Lives Matter, and Westboro Baptist Church reportedly threw urine at each other and police had to step in in an attempt to keep the peace, a police spokesperson told KPLC. A scuffle also broke out when conspiracy theorist and radio show host Alex Jones started speaking in downtown’s Public Square.” (07/19/16)

http://nypost.com/2016/07/19/protesters-throwing-urine-at-each-other-outside-rnc/

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19) Transgender students sue versus school bathroom rules in Maryland, Wisconsin
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Transgender high school students in Maryland and Wisconsin who were banned from boys’ facilities in their schools have filed federal lawsuits arguing that the prohibitions violate their civil rights. The two lawsuits — filed by transgender boys from Talbot County, Maryland, and Kenosha, Wisconsin — are the latest actions in a flurry of litigation surrounding the question of how schools treat transgender students. The cases challenge the legality of restricting transgender students to unisex restrooms or to the restrooms that correspond with the sex shown on their birth certificates rather than allowing them access to the public-school bathrooms — and locker rooms — that match their gender identity.” (07/20/16)

http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2016/07/transgender_students_sue.html

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20) Fatwa No. 21,758: Saudi clerics ban Pokemon Go
Source: USA Today

“Top clerics in Saudi Arabia have issued a fatwa banning the playing of Pokemon Go as a form of gambling. The decree was issued by General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars on the website of the General Presidency for Scholarly Research and Ifta, Arab News reported Wednesday. The edict actually updates an existing ban on the Pokemon card and video games before they morphed into the mobile phone virtual reality game that has swept the world.” (07/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/07/20/top-saudi-clerics-ban-pokemon-go/87330916/

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21) Libya: Three French troops killed in helicopter crash
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Three French soldiers have died in Libya after their helicopter was shot down, President Francois Hollande says. The soldiers were killed while carrying out ‘dangerous intelligence operations,’ Mr Hollande said. Earlier on Wednesday, French defence ministry spokesman Stephane Le Foll confirmed for the first time that its special forces were in Libya. On Tuesday, Associated Press quoted Libyan officials as saying an Islamist militia shot down a French helicopter.” ()7/20/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36843186

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22) IL: Judge blocks anti-gerrymander plan from November ballot
Source: Pekin Daily Times

“A voter referendum aimed at changing the way Illinois draws its political boundaries is unconstitutional for the November ballot, a judge determined Wednesday. … The plan by a group called the Independent Map Amendment proposed an 11-member commission to take over how legislative boundaries are drawn in the state, instead of leaving it to the party in power. … An attorney who has represented the state’s top Democrats filed a lawsuit claiming the measure didn’t meet the narrow scope that changes to the state Legislature be both ‘structural and procedural.’ He filed the lawsuit on behalf of minority business and community groups who call themselves the People’s Map and say the current mapping process protects minority representation.” (07/20/16)

http://www.pekintimes.com/news/20160720/judge-blocks-illinois-redistricting-plan-from-november-ballot

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23) FL: Parents of toddler killed in gator attack won’t sue Disney
Source: United Press International

“The parents of a 2-year-old boy killed last month by an alligator at a Walt Disney World resort announced Wednesday they will not sue Disney. Matt and Melissa Graves of Elkhorn, Neb., said they are forming a foundation in honor of their son, Lane Thomas Graves, who was wading in the water when the alligator snatched him in the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa on June 14. ‘We know that we can never have Lane back, and therefore, we intend to keep his spirit alive through the Lane Thomas Foundation’ the family said in a statement. ‘It is our hope that through the foundation we will be able to share with others the unimaginable love Lane etched in our hearts. In addition to the foundation, we will solely be focused on the future health of our family and will not be pursuing a lawsuit against Disney. For now, we continue to ask for privacy as we focus on our family.'” [editor’s note: Glad to see someone NOT just cashing in for once – TLK] (07/20/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/07/20/Parents-of-toddler-killed-in-gator-attack-wont-sue-Disney/4941469025429/

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24) Ukraine: Car bomb kills investigative reporter
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Prominent Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed by a car bomb in central Kiev early on Wednesday as he prepared to drive to the local radio station, where he anchored a talk show. An adviser to the Ukrainian interior minister wrote in a Facebook post that an improvised explosive device had been planted on the underside of the car, which belonged to Olena Prytula, Mr. Sheremet’s romantic partner and a founding editor of the online news site where he worked. … The 44-year-old Belarusian-born journalist had been a thorn in the side of authorities in his home country and in Russia for nearly two decades.” (07/20/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2016/0720/Car-bomb-kills-investigative-reporter-in-Ukraine-following-safety-concerns

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25) Syria: At least 56 civilians killed in “US-led strikes” on Manbij
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Dozens of civilians have been killed in US-led air strikes against areas in Syria held by the Islamic State of Syria and the Levant group (ISIL, also known as ISIS), a monitoring group said. At least 56 civilians, including 11 children, were killed in air strikes on the Tokhar area in the northern city of Manbij in the Aleppo governate on Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.” (07/20/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/led-air-strikes-kill-21-civilians-syria-160719045329897.html

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

26) Foreign policy night at the RNC was bleak and apocalyptic
Source: Reason
by Matt Purple

“The GOP’s headline for its first night was ‘Make America Safe Again’ — a worthy goal, after eight years of the Obama administration’s bumbling and overly interventionist foreign policy. But in practice, the actual theme seemed to be ‘Make America Scared Again,’ as fraught raconteur after fraught raconteur told of a dystopian America under siege by an army of terrorists and mullahs, like Rome at the mercy of the Visigoths and Vandals. Listen to the speeches for long enough and ‘Flight of the Valkyries’ inevitably started playing in your head. The most grievous offender was America’s Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The unflinching face of our post-9/11 resilience was reduced to hollering at a rogue’s gallery of nightmares.” (07/20/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/07/20/foreign-policy-night-at-the-rnc-was-blea

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27) In support of the open carry society
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“For some reason, police seem to consider open carry of firearms, even where formally legal (the US Constitution says it’s legal everywhere in America, but that’s another column), to constitute prima facie evidence of criminal intent. It isn’t, and treating it as such can only lead to unnecessary violent outcomes.” (07/20/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6831

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28) Reducing immigration will not satisfy Trump voters, and it’s a bad idea anyway
Source: Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh

“Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam’s recent New York Times article laying out a policy response to Trumpism argues, in part, that their preferred immigration policy will help the GOP avoid the likes of a demagogic megalomaniac such as Donald Trump. Unfortunately their policy ideas address neither the symptoms nor the causes, real or imagined, of Trump’s rise.” (07/20/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/reducing-immigration-will-not-satisfy-trump-voters-its-bad-idea-anyway

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29) TSA thugs brutalize mentally disabled terrified teen
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Take a good long look at this picture. See for yourself what TSA airport security goons — United States government thugs — did recently to this innocent mentally disabled terrified teenager at Memphis International Airport. They put their menacing hands on her. She panicked and reflexively resisted. So they beat her bloody. That’s what they do. They use violence first and ask questions later. … The thugs weren’t finished with their victim just yet. She was arrested and booked into jail. When they finally realized the gravity of their mistake, too late as it were, all charges were dropped and she was eventually released. A lawsuit is pending against the goons. Naturally, their representatives aren’t talking. That’s because what they did to that girl was indefensible.” (07/20/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/07/tsa-thugs-brutalize-mentally-disabled.html

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30) Why you should watch this Nazi propaganda film
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“[Triumph of the Will] was made for wide distribution, and designed to rally the masses of German people who were not necessarily interested in politics. It’s very difficult for any viewer today to understand how and why it would achieve that aim. What it actually reveals is the fullness of evil that politics and personality cults can create in the world. And keep in mind while you watch that this entire film was made before the war, before the annexation of Austria, before the invasion of Poland, before there was any policy of Lebensraum, and even before the exclusionary and discriminatory laws against Jews. At this stage of its descent into barbarism, it was just a political movement, without overtly warlike ambitions. Germany was being Nazified based on ideology alone.” (07/20/16)

https://fee.org/articles/why-you-should-watch-this-nazi-propaganda-film/

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31) Will the green political machine foil Trump?
Source: The American Prospect
by Brian J. Barth

“Voters don’t tend to rank the environment among their top five concerns, but green activists have staked out an early and potentially decisive role in the progressive movement to defeat Donald Trump. Indeed, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is widening the left-right divide on the environment into a gaping abyss. Climate politics, in particular, is emerging as a politically potent wedge issue that could drive Democratic and swing voters, some of whom have yet to enthusiastically embrace Hillary Clinton, to turn out against Trump.” [editor’s note: Talk about the irony — the “green machine” backing a crony-corporatist neocon warmonger, instead of the party with its own name – SAT] (07/20/16)

http://prospect.org/article/will-green-political-machine-foil-trump

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32) We have a “duty” to submit; they have no duty to protect
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Lord shot his way into the Irish home, killing Brittany’s boyfriend Kyle Hewitt and wounding her mother, who suffers from multiple sclerosis. Brittany, who suffered a superficial gunshot wound to her arm, exited through a bathroom window and tried to escape, but she was chased down by Lord. … Brittany pleaded with him to take her to the home of his uncle Carl …. police vehicles surrounded the home and took Lord into custody. It is important to recognize that the police didn’t actually arrest the offender: That was accomplished by the victim and the suspect’s uncle. There was no official competence displayed in clearing this case, and just as little valor. All of the risks were borne by the victims, at fatal expense to two of them. Once the danger had abated, the police were eager to take credit for delivering the suspect into the care of the criminal ‘justice’ system.” (07/19/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/07/we-have-duty-to-submit-they-have-no.html

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33) Democrats spoiling for one last fight
Source: The New Republic
by David Dayen

“The final battle of the 2016 Democratic primary process is on. This will come as news to practically everybody: Didn’t Hillary Clinton fend off Bernie Sanders at long last, then woo his support successfully with platform concessions that moved the party further left? Yes, and yes. But there is one more big grassroots-versus-establishment clash remaining to be settled before next week’s Democratic National Convention — or, possibly, during [it]. Last Thursday, a coalition featuring supporters of both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders notified the Democratic National Committee that they will formally introduce a plan to the Rules and Bylaws Committee to eliminate superdelegates, the 712 party leaders and elected officials who hold a vote in the presidential nominating race.” (07/20/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/135296/democrats-spoiling-one-last-fight

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34) Military regimes shouldn’t be recognized
Source: CounterPunch
by Cesar Chelala

“The military upheaval in Turkey, whose final consequences are yet to be seen, highlights a major weakness in worldwide efforts to promote democracy. This event underscores the need to establish binding international legal principles to ban the recognition of military regimes as a result of coups d’etat. Establishment of such principles, and the creation of the legal mechanisms for applying them, would foster democracy throughout the world.” (07/20/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/20/military-regimes-shouldnt-be-recognized/

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35) How the west can prevent Nice from becoming the “new normal”
Source: Reuters
by Peter Van Buren

“Hours after a truck plowed through a crowd in Nice, France, killing 84 people, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outlined his policy against Islamic State: as president, he will seek a full declaration of war from Congress, the first such formal invocation since Pearl Harbor. Trump was clear he would take the strategies of the post-9/11 era into a new administration. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, for her part, intends on ‘intensifying the current air campaign [and] stepping up support for local forces on the ground.’ One of the two candidates will become the fifth consecutive American president to make war in the Middle East. Following the Nice attack, their French counterpart, President Francois Hollande, declared ‘We will continue striking those who attack us on our own soil.’ Tough talk. The problem is that nothing these politicians have suggested will work.” (07/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nice-attacks-commentary-idUSKCN0ZZ2ZM

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36) Valuation fallacies
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Jeffrey P Snider

“Everyone knows about lies, damned lies, and statistics. The quote has been attached to Mark Twain who apparently attributed to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. It remains among popular cliches because there is universal truth to it, a sort of caveat emptor lying in the background whenever one consumes an argument. Nowhere is that more the truth than economics and finance, disciplines almost (nowadays) entirely populated with statistics and very little else.” (07/20/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/07/valuation-fallacies/

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37) Free market principles should guide road funding solutions
Source: Heartland Institute
by Jesse Hathaway

“Over the past century, when consumers stopped to fill up at gas stations, they also filled up state and federal government highway funds through excise taxes, consumption taxes (which are included in the price of goods), and motor-fuel taxes. Now, as technological advancements and changing consumer habits work hand-in-hand to reduce the volume of motor fuel purchased, government infrastructure budgets have become increasingly strained, prompting lawmakers to increase tax rates. Instead of trying to retain the status quo by increasing taxes on declining motor-fuel sales, now is the perfect time for legislators to experiment with fairer funding ideas — using common-sense, free-market principles as a guide to road-funding success.”

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/07/free-market-principles-should-guide-road-funding-solutions/

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38) Bakers Dozen[TM] Rules for liberty partisans
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“The enemies of liberty are all around us: we must strike and not count the blows; for just one strike, just one effort, is not enough. We are not talking about or advocating aggression against those who are the enemies of our freedom, our liberties, our lives; we are defending ourselves and the future against them. Consider these rules or concepts …” (07/20/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9312

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39) Millennials the adults in the room on trade
Source: USA Today
by Ben Koltun

“Millennials and Baby Boomers are at it again. Instead of an argument over not doing the chores, watching too much TV or eating dessert before dinner, the child-parent tussle is over globalization and free-trade economics. And this time, the parents are the ones who are whining, ‘It’s not fair!’ Recently, Boomers in the United Kingdom kicked and screamed all the way to the ballot box, successfully winning the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, despite 75% of those 24 and younger reporting they voted to remain. Here at home, America faces its own Brexit moment in the form of an American-led trade agreement – the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Anger about free trade runs high, transcending standard ideological divides.” [editor’s note: For once the elders are right; oppose TPP, which has almost nothing to do with “free trade!” – SAT] (07/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/07/20/tpp-trade-millennials-baby-boomers-globalization-trump-manufacturing-jobs-column/87297020

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40) The freak-out factor
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Most folks are so unused to seeing normal people carrying guns around, out in the open, that when they it, they freak out. Among those who are at least, well, unsettled by the spectacle? The police. Funny, the gun freaker-outers don’t usually freak when they see police with guns. But that may be changing as more and more video footage comes out regarding police shootings of suspects under suspicious circumstances.” (07/20/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/20/the-freak-out-factor/

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41) A common definition of public education
Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, Ph.D.

“Before we can begin to discuss the purpose of public education, we have to know what public education is. Our words have to have the same meaning. My suspicion is that the gentleman who emailed me would define public education as synonymous with public school districts. As I wrote in my piece ‘Redefining Public Education’ a few years ago, that is not the case. School districts are not public education; they are a delivery method. Public education is simply an idea, that everyone has a right to an education financed at public expense. How we deliver that education can vary.” (07/20/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/school-choice/common-definition-public-education

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42) The real reason pharma companies hate medical marijuana (it works)
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Whenever an irrational and inhumane law remains on the books far longer than any thinking person would consider appropriate, there’s usually one reason behind it: money. Unsurprisingly, the continued federal prohibition on marijuana and its absurd classification as a Schedule 1 drug is no exception. Thankfully, a recent study published in the journal Health Affairs shows us exactly why pharmaceutical companies are one of the leading voices against medical marijuana. It has nothing to do with healthcare and everything to do with corporate greed.” (07/20/16)

http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2016/07/20/the-real-reason-pharma-companies-hate-medical-marijuana-it-works/

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43) GOP wants to “Make America Work Again?” That would be real change
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Tuesday was ‘Make America Work Again’ day at the Republican National Convention. But this day wasn’t about making America work again for working people. This was, as always with conservatives, all about tax cuts for the rich and corporations, deregulation of oil and coal companies (and other paying corporate clients) and austerity cuts in the things government does to make people’s lives better. There was nothing about how to actually make America ‘work again.’ Truth is, the economy has added 14.8 million private-sector jobs since the big Bush/Republican downturn of 2008.” [editor’s note: In spite of, not due to, the current administration – SAT] (07/20/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160720/republicans-want-to-make-america-work-again-that-would-be-real-change

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44) Why religious liberty cannot prosper without economic liberty
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Jay W Richards

“In recent years, religious freedom in the United States has been treated by its defenders as a special form of freedom distinct from, say, political or economic freedom. This is not a viable long-term strategy for protecting religious freedom. Both economic and religious freedom tend to exist together in the same societies; they are both based on the same principles; they tend to reinforce each other; and over the long haul, they arguably stand or fall together. As a result, when Christians surrender economic freedom, they unwittingly surrender their religious freedom as well.” (07/20/16)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/07/20/why-religious-liberty-cannot-prosper-without-econo

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45) Trump and the failure of the GOP
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Had the Bush administration not presided over multiple disasters, most of them of their own making, there would have been no opening or occasion for the repudiation of the party’s leaders that we have seen this year. … Party leaders spent decades conning Republican voters with promises they knew they wouldn’t or couldn’t fulfill, and then were shocked when most of those voters turned against them.” (07/20/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trump-and-the-failure-of-the-gop/

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46) The Turkish coup and the crisis of liberalism
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“It may have lasted less than 24 hours, but the failed putsch in Turkey gave us a terrifying glimpse into the parlous state of secular, liberal values in the 21st century. Not only in Turkey itself, where the failure of the secularist army plotters to tap into any significant section of society suggests Ataturk’s Reforms, the modernising project initiated by Turkey’s first president in the early 20th century, may finally be exhausted. But also in the West, too, where too many hoped the coup would be successful, dislodging authoritarian Islamist president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and installing ‘democracy.’ If modern Turkey has little faith in liberalism, then many in the modern West have little understanding of democracy. The coup has exposed the shallowness of both the Middle East’s and the West’s attachment to true liberal values.” (07/20/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-turkish-coup-and-the-crisis-of-liberalism-erdogan/18572

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47) Obama too incompetent to pull off a coup
Source: Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter

“Turkey’s failed coup, combined with the disastrous disunity and polarization in the United States thanks to Barack Obama, have gotten people talking about whether it could happen here. For example, part-time law professor and full-time Instapundit Glenn Reynold has recently taken some serious looks at the issue of coups within the context of the American system of checks and balances. So what if next January Obama and his barely post-puberty band of juice box screw-ups in the West Wing decide they don’t want to leave?” [editor’s note: Is it supposed to be reassuring to read this? – SAT] (07/20/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2016/07/20/obama-is-too-incompetent-to-pull-off-a-coup-n2194785

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48) Don’t be fooled: EU enthusiast Theresa May is intent on subverting Brexit
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Robert Henderson

“The fact that May’s first act after choosing a cabinet was to go running off to Scotland to meet the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon before embracing the patently absurd idea that both Scotland’s wishes to remain in the EU and the majority UK wish to leave the EU could be reconciled shows this was planned before she became PM. Her visit to Wales, doubtless to be followed by one to Northern Ireland, reinforced the suspicion, if it needed reinforcing, that she is intent on sabotaging Brexit. There is plenty of other evidence of May’s duplicitous intentions. At her first cabinet meeting she said ‘we will not allow the country to be defined by Brexit.’ This is nonsensical if May is committed to Brexit. Regaining sovereignty is what Brexit is about and sovereignty defines what a country is.” (07/20/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/07/20/dont-be-fooled-eu-enthusiast-teresa-may-is-intent-on-subverting-brexit/

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49) The war on drugs has made policing more violent
Source: Cato Institute
by Jonathan Blanks

“American policing today has become increasingly aggressive and, at times, even predatory. Policies and tactics have evolved to make police contact more confrontational. In so doing, they have increased the chances of violence and fatal uses of force. This has been particularly true of efforts aimed at fighting the Drug War. Police are incentivized to initiate unnecessary contact with pedestrians and motorists, and they do so most often against ethnic and racial minorities. Such over-policing engenders resentment among minority communities and jeopardizes public safety.” (07/19/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/war-drugs-has-made-policing-more-violent

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50) Our disastrous monetary system: A new must-read book
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Karl-Friedrich Israel

“There is a long tradition in Austrian economics and libertarian thought of presenting ideas not only to academic peers and fellow intellectuals, but directly to the broader public. Hayek’s Road to Serfdom, and Rothbard’s What Has Government Done to Our Money? are prime examples. In the German speaking world it was Roland Baader, a student of Hayek’s at the University of Freiburg in the 1960s, who has from 1988 until his death in 2012, more than anyone else, popularized the ideas of the Austrian school of economics. Blind Robbery! How the Fed, Banks and Government Steal Our Money by Philipp Bagus and Andreas Marquart stands in that tradition.” (07/20/16)

https://mises.org/blog/our-disastrous-monetary-system-new-must-read-book

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51) Orlando shooter’s statements vindicate Ron Paul
Source: Antiwar.com
by Alan Pyeatt

“So, there it is in the shooter’s own words: he committed his despicable act to stop America from ‘bombing Syria and Iraq.’ If the anti-gay sentiment entered into Mateen’s planning at all, it was not important enough to mention to the 911 receptionists or the Orlando crisis negotiators. More significantly, it wasn’t important enough to mention to the Pulse patrons whose behavior he would presumably have been trying to change.” (07/20/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/alan_pyeatt/2016/07/19/orlando-shooters-statements-vindicate-ron-paul/

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52) Reflections on tiny houses
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Brian Tomlinson

“Are you struggling to stay afloat? Have you always wanted to travel? Are you stuck paying rent? Is your job dreary and draining? Are you waiting to start a family until you can afford it? A tiny house just might be the solution for each of these woes and more.” (07/20/16)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7306

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53) Decisive Brexit referendum: What happens next? Part 3
Source: Independent Institute
by Kevin Dowd

“A lot has happened since my last posting on the June 23rd Brexit vote. A new government in the UK, the petition for a new referendum vote has been exposed as a scam, most markets have stabilized as anticipated and the Labour Party civil war over its leader’s leadership — or lack thereof, depending on your point of view — is deepening. Yet the interesting developments are overseas. The one that immediately matters is the reaction of European banks’ share prices, which fell sharply.” (07/19/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/19/decisive-brexit-referendum-what-happens-next-part-3-bust-banks-banksters-bailouts/

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54) More blowback in France
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The reaction to the terrorist attack in Nice, France, where a truck driver killed dozens of people by running them down and shooting them with a (illegal) pistol, was predictable: denunciations of Islam, Muslims, and ISIS, calls for more bombing and killing in the Middle East, and more emergency clampdowns on liberty and privacy at home. There is one big problem with that reaction, however: U.S. officials have been doing those things for 15 years, both before the 9/11 attacks and after them, and things have only gotten progressively worse for the American people.” (07/20/16)

http://fff.org/2016/07/20/more-blowback-in-france/

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55) Free Talk Live, 07/19/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Grand Jury refuses to indict journalist in call flood case :: Ricky called in about the Pennsylvania Constitution :: Ademo calls in from the RNC :: Caller asks how to get Tor to work on his phone :: Exploring ideas for a cop-free world :: Uber-style police? :: Who will build the roads? :: People helping people in a cop-free world :: NH polling results on cannabis & Governor :: Restorative justice :: Home rule :: Black Lives Matter meeting with Atlanta Mayor :: ‘Home Rule’ is Orwellian newspeak.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/19/16)

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