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Tuesday, August 28th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump announces “incredible” trade deal with Mexico
2) District judge extends claim to have repealed First Amendment
3) Afghanistan: Russian, Tajik regimes deny air raids
4) Trump regime farm bailout to provide $6 billion in initial corporate welfare
5) Iranian, Syrian regimes sign deal for military cooperation
6) Uber shifting from cars to e-bikes and scooters for short trips
7) Paraguay: Thieves replace 42 police rifles with toy replicas
8) NY: Socialist Senate candidate challenged over claims of being a Jewish immigrant
9) Uganda court grants bail to Bobi Wine, 12 other political prisoners
10) NC: Boy, 10, punished for calling teacher “ma’am” at school
11) Weight-loss pill hailed as “holy grail” in fight against obesity
12) Beating of Bosnian Serb reporter draws international outrage
13) Colombia: Anti-corruption referendum comes up shy on votes
14) NC: Ballot measure on “right to hunt and fish” becomes political flashpoint
15) Iranian regime set to make case against US regime’s sanctions in international court
16) Report: Trump scrapped official statement praising McCain
17) Hogg-led victim disarmament mob demands $5 million bribe from Smith & Wesson
18) Romanian ambassador pans Giuliani letter on legal “excesses”
19) Scoop: Republicans secretly study their coming hell
20) UN team: Myanmar military chiefs should face “genocide” case

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Is nationalism the friend or foe of liberty?
22) Democrats move back toward trusting the people
23) Trump is right about “flipping”
24) Who is guarding the guardians?
25) Spare some change? Helping the poor in a cashless society
26) Trump and Jefferson
27) The cycles of government and the US Constitution
28) The state and education, part 4
29) Kavanaugh Threatens the Supreme Court’s Legitimacy
30) How the VA wastes medical care for veterans
31) Democrats’ “blue wave” may not crash over GOP after all
32) Why Trump sees bias at the Justice Department
33) The church that lives by the state shall die by the state
34) College degree “requirements” were never as real as you thought
35) Be careful what you ask for: Wasting time with Manafort, Cohen, and Russiagate
36) Elizabeth Warren vs. the Roberts Court
37) Brett Kavanaugh, abortion, and “settled law”
38) Ambitious UAE flexes military muscle
39) From Lavrenti Beria to Lanny Davis
40) Is the cause of freedom still making progress?
41) Southern cities are passing paid sick leave, but Republicans won’t let them have it
42) Now they’re blaming populism for measles
43) One dead McCain, 2.5 million dead Iraqis
44) Why do our heroes always let us down?
45) Goodhart’s law applies to economies, to everything — why not scheduled airline flight times?
46) Trump and the rise of 21st century fascism
47) Quantum Vibe, 08/27/18
48) What is truth?
49) John McCain and the warrior spirit in American foreign policy
50) McCain’s foreign policy record

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 08/27/18
52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/27/18
53) Scott Adams Says, 08/27/18
54) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 363
55) CQ Roll Call Podcast, 08/27/18
56) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 238
57) Free Talk Live, 08/26/18
58) The Bob Zadek Show, 08/26/18
59) The Last Nighters, episode 34
60) Punk Rock Libertarians, episode 175

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

1) Trump announces “incredible” trade deal with Mexico
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The US and Mexico have reached common ground on key trade terms as pressure mounts to complete renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. US President Donald Trump, a frequent critic of the existing deal, announced the apparent breakthrough on Monday. A final deal would need sign-off from Canada, the third country in the treaty, which governs more than $1tr (£780bn) in annual trade. Talks started about a year ago after Mr Trump threatened to pull out. He has repeatedly demanded renegotiation of the 1994 agreement, which he blames for a decline in US manufacturing jobs, especially in the auto industry.” (08/27/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45323634

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2) District judge extends claim to have repealed First Amendment
Source: Reuters

“A U.S. judge on Monday extended a ban on the online distribution of 3-D printed gun blueprints, a win for a group of mainly Democratic-led states that said such a publication would violate their right to regulate firearms and endanger their citizens. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle issued the extension of a nationwide injunction, blocking a Texas-based group from disseminating files for printing plastic weapons on the internet. Lasnik’s prior order issued on July 31 blocked the release of the blueprints hours before they were set to hit the internet. That temporary ban was set to expire on Tuesday and the new ban will remain in place until the case is resolved.” [editor’s note: The plans are out there and widely available. The import of this case boils down entirely to the claim of a bureaucrat in a black dress that he has the authority to unilaterally repeal the First Amendment – TLK] (08/27/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-guns/u-s-judge-extends-ban-of-online-3-d-printed-gun-blueprints-idUSKCN1LC1UF

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3) Afghanistan: Russian, Tajik regimes deny air raids
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Russia and Tajikistan said on Monday they were not behind air raids in northern Afghanistan after Afghan officials accused Russian or Tajik aircraft of bombing positions in the country. Afghan media, quoting Takhar province’s spokesman, Mohammad Jawed Hejri, said clashes broke out on Sunday between drug smugglers in Afghanistan and Tajik border guards. Hejri said ‘foreign’ fighter jets intervened but couldn’t verify if they were from Russia or Tajikistan. Officials in both Tajikistan and Russia denied any involvement.” (08/27/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/russia-denies-air-strike-afghanistan-180827071832814.html

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4) Trump regime farm bailout to provide $6 billion in initial corporate welfare
Source: CNBC

“With some U.S. farm products getting slammed by retaliatory tariffs, the Trump administration is prepared to start its emergency plan to agriculture starting right after Labor Day in a “three-pronged approach” that will initially include about $6 billion in aid. The Department of Agriculture said in its announcement that it is authorized to provide up to $12 billion in aid to the agricultural industry. On Monday, though, the department said initial aid will consist of about $4.7 billion in payments to agricultural producers of seven commodities, as well as federal government purchases of up to $1.2 billion in certain ‘commodities unfairly targeted by unjustified retaliation.’ A third part of the aid will consist of up to $200 million in spending to help develop foreign markets for agricultural products.” (08/27/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/27/trump-farm-bailout-to-provide-6-billion-dollars-in-initial-relief.html

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5) Iranian, Syrian regimes sign deal for military cooperation
Source: Reuters

“Iran and Syria signed a deal for military cooperation in a meeting between the defense ministers of the two countries in Damascus, the Tasnim news agency reported on Monday. Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami traveled to Damascus on Sunday for a two-day visit, meeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and senior military officials, Tasnim reported. Iranian forces have backed Assad in the country’s civil war.” (08/27/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-syria-defence-minister/iran-and-syria-sign-deal-for-military-cooperation-idUSKCN1LC0GL

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6) Uber shifting from cars to e-bikes and scooters for short trips
Source: San Jose Mercury News

“Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has said it before but he’s said it again: The company is shifting gears and going all in on electric bikes and scooters. Uber’s new long-term strategy — shifting away from cars for shorter trips — is aimed at keeping users on its app as cities grow more congested. … Uber this year has been laying the groundwork for its shift to bikes and scooters, including by buying New York bike-sharing company Jump for $200 million in April, and investing in startups such as San Mateo-based scooter-sharer Lime over the summer. Also in April, Khosrowshahi said in a company blog post that Uber was thinking beyond ride-sharing: ‘We want to provide alternatives to personal car ownership by bringing together multiple modes of transportation right in our app.’” (08/27/18)

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/08/27/uber-shifting-from-cars-to-e-bikes-and-scooters-for-short-trips/

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7) Paraguay: Thieves replace 42 police rifles with toy replicas
Source: Newsweek

“Paraguay police discovered last week that dozens of rifles had been stolen and replaced with plastic and wooden replicas, newspaper ABC Color reported Friday. An inspection revealed that 42 FN FAL rifles had been switched with the toy guns. Real rifles — which can sell for up to $10,000 — have popped up on the black market over the past year, the BBC reported. The guns were in storage at a police armory in the city of Capiata. The officer leading the armory has been replaced, but so far nobody has been arrested for lifting the cache of functional weapons, the outlet stated.” [editor’s note: The country is probably safer with those rifles in private hands – TLK] (08/27/18)

https://www.newsweek.com/thieves-switch-42-police-guns-toy-replicas-1091328

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8) NY: Socialist Senate candidate challenged over claims of being a Jewish immigrant
Source: Fox News

“A Democratic Socialist candidate for New York Senate faces questions after reports emerged that she falsified her biography, including claims about being an immigrant and Jewish, while her previous work shows she was a Christian conservative advocate. Julia Salazar, a progressive Democrat affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America, has been touted as the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a young and hip socialist who would move the party further to the left. She also received an endorsement from the New York governor candidate Cynthia Nixon. But Salazar came under fire last week after an expose in Tablet magazine, which examined Salazar’s claims about her biography. The candidate for state office previously told multiple outlets that she’s an immigrant from Colombia and noted that her family immigrated to the U.S. when she was young. Her father, she said, was Jewish but the family had little contact with the American Jewish community after they arrived to the country.” [editor’s note: So instead of “fake Indian” we have “fake Hebrew?” Dems are getting funnier by the day – SAT] (08/27/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/27/socialist-ny-senate-candidate-challenged-over-claims-being-immigrant-jewish.html

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9) Uganda court grants bail to Bobi Wine, 12 other political prisoners
Source: Daily Nation [Kenya]

“Uganda’s Gulu High Court has granted bail to Kyaddondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine and 12 others who are facing treason charges. Justice Stephen Mubiru also granted bail to Arua Municipality MP-elect Kassiano Wadri, Jinja East MP Paul Mwiru, Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga and a host of other political activists. Outside the court, there were two stand-by ambulances to transport the suspects, who were tortured in detention, for specialised treatment.” (08/27/18)

https://www.nation.co.ke/news/africa/Uganda-Bobi-Wine-released-on-bail/1066-4730816-cc4i39z/index.html

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10) NC: Boy, 10, punished for calling teacher “ma’am” at school
Source: USA Today

“A 10-year-old boy in North Carolina was punished last week for referring to his female teacher as ‘ma’am.’ The incident left his parents both concerned and confused, they told WTVD-TV. Teretha Wilson noticed her son, Tamarion, seemed upset after leaving the bus Aug. 21 from his school in the town of Tarboro, she told the station. ‘I asked him what happened. He said he got in trouble for saying ‘yes ma’am’,” Wilson told WTVD’s Michael Perchick. Tarboro, a town of about nearly 10,900, according to Census population estimates in July 2017, is about 62 miles east of Raleigh, North Carolina. Tamarion showed her a piece of paper with the word ‘ma’am’ written dozens of times by hand, four times on every line, Wilson said. The boy said his teacher made him write it because he continued to call her ‘ma’am’ after she asked him not to, the mother told WTVD.” [editor’s note: So she’d have preferred “bitch” like the other kids call her sotto voce? – SAT] (08/27/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/08/27/boy-punished-calling-teacher-maam-north-carolina-report-says/1108472002

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11) Weight-loss pill hailed as “holy grail” in fight against obesity
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A weight-loss pill has been hailed as a potential ‘holy grail’ in the fight against obesity after a major study showed it did not increase the risk of serious heart problems. Researchers say lorcaserin is the first weight-loss drug to be deemed safe for heart health with long-term use. Taken twice a day, the drug is an appetite suppressant which works by stimulating brain chemicals to induce a feeling of fullness. A US study saw 12,000 people who were either obese or overweight given the pills or a placebo — with those who took the drug shedding an average of 4kg (9lbs) in 40 months.” (08/27/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/27/weight-loss-drug-belviq-not-linked-to-heart-problems-finds-study

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12) Beating of Bosnian Serb reporter draws international outrage
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The United States, the European Union and Bosnian journalists expressed outrage Monday after two masked assailants attacked and seriously hurt a reporter for an independent Bosnian Serb television station. BNTV reporter Vladimir Kovacevic was hospitalized following the beating attack late Sunday outside his home in Banja Luka, the main town in the Serb-run part of Bosnia. Kovacevic posted a photo on Twitter that showed his head bloodied and bandaged. He said the unknown men attacked him with metal bars as he was returning home from reporting on an anti-government rally. ‘I tried to defend myself and cried for help as they beat me on the head and body,’ BNTV quoted Kovacevic as saying. ‘Then they escaped in a car.’” (08/27/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/US-embassy-Bosnia-journalists-outraged-over-13184793.php

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13) Colombia: Anti-corruption referendum comes up shy on votes
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Colombians have failed to approve rules that hardened punishment for corrupt officials, a measure sent to voters as a referendum after congress proved reluctant to implement stricter anti-graft measures. About 11,700,000 Colombians headed to the polls to vote on the measure, which included seven proposals to target graft in politics and business. With almost all ballots counted, the measure was 470,000 votes short of the 12.1m needed for approval, election officials said. ‘Ninety-nine percent of those of us who voted supported the initiatives,’ said newly elected President Ivan Duque in an address to the nation. ‘Unfortunately, the number of votes did not reach the minimum needed for approval,’ he said.” (08/27/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/colombians-vote-landmark-anti-corruption-referendum-180826134458619.html

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14) NC: Ballot measure on “right to hunt and fish” becomes political flashpoint
Source: Fox News

“Voters in North Carolina will be asked this November whether or not the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife should be enshrined in their state’s constitution. The ballot measure, which easily passed through the Republican-controlled state Senate in June in a 44-4 vote, has become an unexpectedly divisive issue in North Carolina. Supporters argue the amendment would protect certain hunting practices, but opponents claim it’s little more than a ploy to draw Republican voters to the polls. If it passes in November, the measure would not change state hunting regulations or modify any existing provisions in state law. But it would (particularly with the language protecting ‘the right to use traditional methods, to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife’) help ward off any legal challenges to certain hunting methods and the hunting of certain animals. The bill’s sponsors say that with North Carolina’s changing demographics and a population shift to cities like Charlotte and Raleigh, they worry anti-gun and animal rights activists could impinge on the rights of hunters and fishers.” [editor’s note: Amazing Jefferson, Madison, et al forgot this … Oh wait … they did … with that “shall not be infringed” part of the Second Amendment – SAT] (08/27/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/27/ballot-measure-on-right-to-hunt-and-fish-becomes-political-flashpoint.html

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15) Iranian regime set to make case against US regime’s sanctions in international court
Source: United Press International

“Iran on Monday will begin oral arguments in its lawsuit against the United States at the International Court of Justice in the Hague for renewing sanctions after President Donald Trump backed out of a 2015 [deal] between the two nations in May. Although the United States reimposed sanctions after accusing Iran of not abiding by the the 2015 deal, Iran’s lawsuit against the United States is based on a deal signed between the two countries 60 years earlier — 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations and Consular Rights.” [editor’s note: The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is not a deal “between two nations.” It was originally a deal between Iran and SIX other nations, and it was then codified as a UN Security Council resolution, which Trump has now power to “back out of” short of withdrawing the US from the UN itself. The US did not leave the JCPOA, it is just violating the JCPOA – TLK] (08/27/18)

https://www.upi.com/Iran-set-to-make-case-against-US-imposed-sanctions-in-international-court/9151535350239/

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16) Report: Trump scrapped official statement praising McCain
Source: USA Today

“President Donald Trump reportedly rejected sending out a statement praising Sen. John McCain, opting instead to write a short tweet. According to the Washington Post, Trump nixed the statement, despite calls from his senior aides, including press secretary Sarah Sanders and Chief of Staff John Kelly. The statement, drafted before the senator’s death Saturday, would have commended the Arizona Republican for his military service and his decades in the Senate. It also would have called him a ‘hero.’ A final draft of the statement was ready for the president’s approval, per the Post. But Trump reportedly told his aides that he’d prefer to send out a tweet. In that missive, he was brief — and his words focused on the McCain family and didn’t offer praise for the senator’s legacy.” [editor’s note: Still biting my lip whenever McCain comes up in conversation; doing my best not to be “disrespectful of the dead” – SAT] (08/27/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/08/27/donald-trump-john-mccain-statement/1108295002

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17) Hogg-led victim disarmament mob demands $5 million bribe from Smith & Wesson
Source: Washington Times

“Student gun control advocates and one of the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting are finishing a 50-mile, four-day march in Massachusetts to the headquarters of gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson. The group is gathering outside company headquarters Sunday in Springfield. The marchers have condemned Smith & Wesson for making the rifle used in the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The group wants the company to donate $5 million to gun violence research [sic].” (08/26/18)

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/aug/26/david-hogg-gun-control-advocates-march-smith-wesso/

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18) Romanian ambassador pans Giuliani letter on legal “excesses”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Romania’s Foreign Ministry has summoned the country’s ambassador to the United States to explain his negative remark about a letter U.S. President Donald Trump’s lawyer sent Romanian leaders. In the letter published by Romanian media on Monday, Rudy Giuliani told President Klaus Iohannis and Premier Viorica Dancila he was concerned about ‘continued damage to the rule of law in Romania, committed under the pretext of law enforcement.’ The former New York mayor specifically criticized the ‘excesses’ of Romania’s anti-corruption agency and the Romanian Intelligence Service, which signed secret protocols with the agency to wiretap suspects. Ambassador George Maior, who formerly led the Intelligence Service, said Giuliani’s letter resulted from ‘a lobby initiated by people interested in defending figures who have problems with the justice system.’ The ministry insisted Romania’s government has ‘the necessary political will’ to safeguard the rule of law.” (08/27/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Romanian-ambassador-pans-Giuliani-letter-on-legal-13185338.php

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19) Scoop: Republicans secretly study their coming hell
Source: Axios

“Congressional Republicans are getting ready for hell. Axios has obtained a spreadsheet that’s circulated through Republican circles on and off Capitol Hill — including at least one leadership office — that meticulously previews the investigations Democrats will likely launch if they flip the House. … Publicly, House Republicans are putting on a brave face about the midterms. But privately, they are scrambling to prepare for the worst. This document, which catalogs requests Democrats have already made, is part of that effort.” (08/26/18)

https://www.axios.com/newsletters/axios-sneak-peek-e5749da8-cdc3-4c8c-8a4c-623a0dabe5f9.html

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20) UN team: Myanmar military chiefs should face “genocide” case
Source: Yahoo! News

“Investigators working for the U.N.’s top human rights body said Monday that Myanmar military leaders should be prosecuted for genocide against Rohingya Muslims, taking the unusual step of identifying six by name to pinpoint the main alleged perpetrators of deadly, systematic crimes against the ethnic minority. The call, accompanying a first report by the team of investigators, amounts to some of the strongest language yet from U.N. officials who have denounced alleged human rights violations in Myanmar since a bloody crackdown began last August.” (08/27/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/un-team-myanmar-military-chiefs-face-genocide-case-073139756.html

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

21) Is nationalism the friend or foe of liberty?
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The nationalist is forever counterposing diverse societies with homogenous ones, as if the latter thing even exists. … Orwell writes: ‘The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality.’ What’s most interesting about Orwell’s essay is that he takes a broadened view of the nationality question, to the point that it is no longer about territorial politics alone and instead touches on the psychological impact of political rule itself. … In this case, his analysis of nationalism applies not only to Nazism, not only to Communism, not only to Catholicism or any other religious or identitarian movement you can name. It could, conceivably apply, for example to libertarianism itself. No one, no movement, is immune from the virus. Reflect on that point to perhaps explain a lot that has happened to the ‘liberty movement’ over the last ten years.” (08/26/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/nationalism-friend-or-foe-liberty

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22) Democrats move back toward trusting the people
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“‘[A] political party which wishes to lead,’ reads the preamble to the Democratic Party’s charter, ‘must listen to those it would lead, a party which asks for the people’s trust must prove that it trusts the people …’ On August 25, the Democratic National Committee took that passage to heart by limiting the power of ‘superdelegates’ in choosing the party’s presidential nominee. Good move, and long overdue. Proximate inspiration: The disastrous 2016 presidential cycle, in which superdelegates played a key role in assuring the nomination of Hillary Clinton (and the election of Donald Trump) by giving Clinton a seemingly insurmountable early advantage over insurgent Bernie Sanders. Backroom work by the DNC itself to engineer that outcome — exposed in a WikiLeaks email dump — made cries for reform inevitable.” (08/27/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13939

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23) Trump is right about “flipping”
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In the wake of the federal criminal conviction of former Trump official Paul Manafort and the guilty plea in federal court of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, the mainstream press is singing the praises of special prosecutor (and former FBI Director) Robert Mueller and the Justice Department. In the process, Trump’s critics are condemning his denunciation of ‘flipping,’ the process by which federal prosecutors offer a sweet deal to criminal defendants in return for testifying against a ‘higher-up’ who the feds are also prosecuting. The press and the anti-Trumpsters say that such a practice is part of the ‘rule of law’ and essential to the proper administration of justice. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whatever else might be said about Trump, he is absolutely right on this point. The process of offering sweetheart deals to people in return for their ‘cooperation’ to get someone else convicted has long been one of the most corrupt aspects of the federal criminal-justice system, especially as part of the federal government’s much-vaunted (and much-failed) war on drugs.” (08/27/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/08/27/trump-is-right-about-flipping/

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24) Who is guarding the guardians?
Source: The Hill
by Alan Dershowitz

“Our system of checks and balances is working tolerably well. The courts are reviewing executive orders, striking down some, upholding others. Congress may soon have one chamber controlled by Democrats, empowering it to conduct investigations and hearings regarding the president. The media is doing its job, despite being attacked by the president. So are the academy, religious bodies, the business world and other mechanisms that are part of our informal system of checks and balances. … The only institution of government that is not currently being checked is the prosecutorial branch. Although President Trump toyed with the idea of firing Robert Mueller, he will not do so. Nor will he fire prosecutors in the Southern District of New York who are investigating his associates. Indeed, Congress is considering legislation that would insulate prosecutors, especially independent counsels, even further. It is important for prosecutors to be independent of politics, but prosecutors are not above the law. Prosecutorial abuse has long been rampant throughout the country, as civil libertarians have been pointing out from time immemorial.” (08/27/18)

http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/403836-who-is-guarding-the-guardians

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25) Spare some change? Helping the poor in a cashless society
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Eoin O’Carroll

“‘Sorry. I don’t have cash,’ is one of the most common phrases panhandlers hear from passersby, if they hear anything at all. … ‘It’s a real problem for us,’ says Michael Shorey, a former panhandler who now sells Spare Change News, a Boston-area biweekly street newspaper, across the street from Harvard Yard in Cambridge, Mass. Created to help people experiencing homelessness, each issue sells for $2, cash, of which Mr. Shorey earns $1.50. ‘People are always asking me if I have one of those things I can chip my phone in.’ In a city of the same name, more than 3,000 miles east, is a venture attempting to address the challenge that today’s cashless society poses to people in need. Greater Change, a not-for-profit program in Cambridge, England, aims to facilitate mobile cash transfers to people experiencing homelessness or who are in vulnerable housing situations. The program offers panhandlers a QR code, such as the kind used for online tickets, on a lanyard. Passersby can scan the code, which brings up a biography of the person in need and an option to donate.” (08/27/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2018/0827/Spare-some-change-Helping-the-poor-in-a-cashless-society

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26) Trump and Jefferson
Source: Town Hall
by Joel Goodman

“Well, it would seem as if Donald Trump has more in common with the Founding Fathers than one would have imagined; especially Thomas Jefferson. Besides having red hair Jefferson gave no quarter to the Barbary Pirates. Not fearing any politically correct retribution by going after a Muslim majority country, he sent a newly created Navy to stop their interference in American trade in the Mediterranean. He was not going to let anyone coerce the young nation into an inferior position on the world’s stage. Jefferson seized the opportunity to make America greater, literally greater in physical size by spending an unheard of sum to buy Louisiana from France. He was considered foolish; not even knowing what he had bought, and a couple of guys had to be sent out to explore this world Jefferson had brought under the American umbrella.” [editor’s note: from the headline, I thought this was satire; turns out there’s maybe some meat on the bones here – SAT] (08/27/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/joelgoodman/2018/08/27/trump-and-jefferson-n2513310

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27) The cycles of government and the US Constitution
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“I was in a course this weekend on the rise and fall of the Roman Republic. One term that was new to me was Polybius’s theory of government called Anacyclosis (Polybius was a contemporary of the Roman Republic and actually lived during the time when the seeds of the Republic’s downfall were being planted). Others before and after Polybius had similar ideas but apparently Polybius gets a lot of the credit. There are two interesting ideas in this theory that I think will have a lot of resonance to folks today. First, he believed that governments followed a cycle from one-man rule to aristocracy to democracy and back. Second, and perhaps more interesting, he believed that each of these three forms of government had a good and bad form, and that the good form was inherently unstable and always degenerated into the bad form.” (08/27/18)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2018/08/the-cycles-of-government-and-the-us-constitution.html

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28) The state and education, part 4
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Mary Lucia Darst

“Dr. Ben Carson’s a [sic] single-, working-mother, who needed the public school, if only as a babysitter, threw out the TV and mandated that he and his brother go to the library and read. As a musician, I know many people who attended public school simply to obtain the requisite diploma for conservatory enrollment but maintain that their real educations occurred in their private preparation — music training, especially for the conservatory level, is inherently an individualistic, private pursuit. But all the solutions start with recognizing that the public schools are inadequate, and that most who have gone out and made a success of life in the bigger world normally had parents who broke them out of the state school mould. In the case of Dr. Carson’s mother, she did not confuse the babysitter (public school) with the educator (herself as the parent). The casual expectation that the babysitter can also educate is part of the entitlement mentality toward education that is pervasive in American society. The mentality is rather new.” (08/27/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/08/27/the-state-and-education-part-iv-conclusion/

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29) Kavanaugh Threatens the Supreme Court’s Legitimacy
Source: Our Future
by Miles Mogulescu

If the Republican-controlled Senate proceeds with hearings scheduled Sept. 4 to confirm Trump’s appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court, it will delegitimize the Supreme Court as an independent branch of government, and lead the nation towards an authoritarianism which undermines the rule of law. Confirming such a Justice would be a travesty to American democracy. With the Senate currently split 50-49 in favor of Republicans, is there not a single Republican Senator who will stand up for the principles of the Constitution and block this confirmation?” [editor’s note: another one posted for its “humor” value SAT] (08/27/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180827/kavanaughs-nomination-threatens-legitimacy-of-the-supreme-court

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30) How the VA wastes medical care for veterans
Source: Independent Institute
by Craig Eyermann

“In 2014, one of the biggest scandals in the history of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs erupted into the open when, thanks to a whistleblower at the Phoenix branch of the VA, the public learned for the first time of the secret wait lists for veterans seeking medical treatment, which VA supervisors and administrators around the country used to ration health care while making it appear that they were meeting performance targets, making them eligible to earn special bonuses. Over four years later, the VA has struggled to fix the problem, where evidence of additional secret wait lists keeps coming up in news stories across the country. One reason why the VA’s problems with excessive wait times for veterans seeking medical treatments have persisted was recently highlighted by the department’s Inspector General. Joe Davidson of the Washington Post reports on how policies set by the VA’s managers are tying up its medical staff to perform unnecessary exams.” (08/27/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/08/27/how-the-va-wastes-medical-care-for-veterans/

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31) Democrats’ “blue wave” may not crash over GOP after all
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Guy Short

“If the liberal media’s word were gospel, Hillary Clinton would be president, Donald Trump would be in jail, and no Republican would ever win another election. At an all-time high is the media elites’ optimism that a ‘blue wave’ will bring Congress under Democratic control, despite polls repeatedly showing a tight race. One recent MSNBC headline read: ‘Democrats have the momentum to create blue wave in south.’ A Politico story cited “mounting GOP fears” that President Trump will be unable to ‘head off (the) blue wave.’ CNN, meanwhile, turned to its signature form of opinion-journalism, suggesting 2018 is the ‘year of the woman’ and ‘female voters are getting ready to strengthen the Democratic Party.’ Not to rain on their parade, but the election isn’t over yet and there is a clear roadmap for Republicans to maintain control of Congress. Of course, that will require the Republican base to turn out. Fueled by their hatred of President Trump and the liberal media’s ongoing get-out-the-vote campaign operation, Democratic voters are as energized as ever. However, there are several factors that should motivate Republican voters to hit the polls.” (08/27/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/democrats-blue-wave-gop

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32) Why Trump sees bias at the Justice Department
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
by Debra J Saunders

“‘Double standard?’ President Donald Trump guffawed after Fox News anchor Ainsley Earhardt asked if federal law enforcement has a double standard for how it handles allegations of wrongdoing by Republicans and Democrats. Trump offered a little list of big disparities. For starters, Trump named ‘Awan,’ as in Imran Awan, a former House Democratic IT staffer, who pleaded guilty to one count of lying on a loan application and was sentenced Tuesday in a federal court in Washington. The same day, a federal jury in Virginia found former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort guilty of five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failing to disclose foreign bank accounts. The charges stem from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, even though they have nothing to do with the 2016 campaign or Russia. A Republican, the 69-year-old Manafort faces up to 30 years in prison just for each of the two convictions for obtaining huge loans based on false information.” (08/27/18)

https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/opinion-columns/debra-saunders/why-trump-see-bias-at-the-justice-department-analysis

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33) The church that lives by the state shall die by the state
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“In all the articles about last week’s 50th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Prague, few took note of one of its enduring scars: widespread atheism. Some may be surprised to learn that the Czech people are the most irreligious people in Europe, not just because of decades of government-sponsored atheism, but because of centuries of government-enforced religion.” (08/27/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/08/27/church-lives-state-shall-die-state

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34) College degree “requirements” were never as real as you thought
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Derek Magill

“Google, IBM, and Apple have stopped listing college degree requirements on their job descriptions, but everyone is missing the point when they say that this is some revolutionary, bold new direction in hiring. It’s not. Companies have never had degree requirements, and you just didn’t know it. The great lie you’ve been told is that you need to buy a piece of paper to have permission to create value in the marketplace. You were told this because a lot of people have a lot at stake if you ever realized the truth. And the truth is this: outside of government-backed cartels like law, academia, and medicine, no company has ever literally required a degree. The degree is just a signaling mechanism, and if you can signal the traits it’s supposed to signal without it, you can sidestep any checkbox. Companies just want to know you can create more value than you take out in salary and don’t give a darn what paper you have so long as you can prove it some other way.” (08/27/18)

https://fee.org/articles/college-degree-requirements-were-never-as-real-as-you-thought/

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35) Be careful what you ask for: Wasting time with Manafort, Cohen, and Russiagate
Source: OpEdNews
by Jim Kavanagh

“[T]hese convictions would not have occurred if Hillary Clinton had been elected president. There would be no convictions because there would have been no investigation. If Hillary had been elected, all the crimes of Manafort and Cohen — certainly those that took place over many years before the election, but even, I think, those having to do with campaign contributions and mistress cover-ups — would never have been investigated, because all would have been considered right with the political world. … there would have been no emergency, save-our-democracy-from-Russian-collaboration, Special Counsel investigation, from which these irrelevant charges were spun off, at all. The kinds of antics Manafort and Cohen have been prosecuted for went unnoticed when Donald Trump was a donor to the Democratic and Republican parties, and if he had stayed in his Tower doling out campaign contributions, they still would be. It’s only because he foolishly won the presidency against the wishes of the dominant sectors of the ruling class that those antics became the target of prosecutorial investigation. Lesson to Donald: Be careful what you wish for.” (08/27/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Be-Careful-What-You-Ask-Fo-by-Jim-Kavanagh-Donald-Trump_Impeachment_Michael-Cohen_Mueller-Investigation-180827-160.html

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36) Elizabeth Warren vs. the Roberts Court
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“Elizabeth Warren unveiled her package of anti-corruption reforms last week at an auspicious moment. On the day the Massachusetts senator released the 289-page bill, two former members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle became felons. A Virginia jury convicted Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, on eight counts related to his political consulting adventures in Ukraine. Minutes later, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight charges of tax and bank fraud and campaign-finance violations. Trump may have campaigned on draining the metaphorical swamp in Washington, D.C., but he’s governed by bathing in it. Multiple members of his cabinet have either resigned or are under scrutiny for using their positions to enrich themselves and their families. Trump’s first two supporters in the House of Representative are charged with insider trading and misuse of campaign funds, respectively. Lobbyists play key roles in shaping the administration’s policy decisions. And Trump himself continues to profit from his businesses, which have become magnets for shady spending by politically connected groups since he took office.” (08/27/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150898/elizabeth-warren-vs-roberts-court

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37) Brett Kavanaugh, abortion, and “settled law”
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“After meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Susan Collins emerged to announce that he regards the Roe v. Wade decision as ‘settled law.’ This comes as an apparent relief to the Maine Republican, who favors abortion rights. But those who hope the Court will uphold Roe would be rash to assume it would be safe with Justice Kavanaugh. ‘Settled law’ sounds solid, but like ice, it’s a substance that can quickly turn to vapor. Roe is ‘settled’ in the sense that it has survived for 45 years and the Court has passed up opportunities to ditch it. But being settled doesn’t mean its survival is assured, under the Court of 2019 or 2029.” (08/27/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/08/27/brett-kavanaugh-abortion-and-settled-law

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38) Ambitious UAE flexes military muscle
Source: Reuters
by Nael Shama

“The foreign policy of the United Arab Emirates offers a curious case study for scholars of international relations: a small state with a tiny population and historically little presence on the world stage, but with outsized (and seemingly ever-expanding) ambitions. Over the past decade, while consolidating its status as a regional financial center and international business hub, the UAE has quietly become a rising military power in the Middle East. Since the watershed of the Arab Spring, the UAE has pursued an increasingly assertive and interventionist foreign policy, the effects of which are most evident in the Red Sea basin and Horn of Africa. Here, the UAE has sought to become a major political actor, maintaining a formidable military presence, handing out lavish economic aid and taking on the role of kingmaker and peace broker. Today, the UAE operates ports in four of the seven countries bordering the Red Sea (Egypt, Somalia, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia), and military bases in Yemen, Eritrea and Somaliland.” (08/27/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-shama-uae-commentary/commentary-ambitious-uae-flexes-military-muscle-idUSKCN1LC1EC

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39) From Lavrenti Beria to Lanny Davis
Source: The American Spectator
by Ben Stein

“I don’t know whether Mr. Cohen did any of the things he’s accused of doing. … What I do know is that when Mr. Cohen … was desperate, d[he]id not go to just any lawyer. Washington, D.C. has over 90,000 lawyers. There are many more in New York City, where he was charged. No, Mr. Cohen went to my former law school classmate, Lanny Davis. … When the Feds put the vise on Mr. Cohen’s gonads, he did not run to a brilliant litigator. He ran to the innermost circle of the Clinton Deep State Machine. (And, again, I don’t blame Lanny for being who he is.) What does this tell us, boys and girls? That the people in the know understand that the real power pushing the totally phony witch hunt against Trump are the inner circle of the Deep State, those with prosecutorial powers. When Mr. Cohen surrendered, he went to the Clintons and begged them for mercy via Lanny Davis (at least that’s how it appears to me).” (08/27/18)

https://spectator.org/from-lavrenti-beria-to-lanny-davis/

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40) Is the cause of freedom still making progress?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Kollin Fields

“At a time when Western societies seem to sadly be returning to tribalism, Professor Gerard Casey’s masterful work Freedom’s Progress? is a prescient analysis of where we came from and where we might be going. Libertarians often get a bad wrap [sic] as doomsayers and naysayers but Casey paints a different picture, that of the welcome advance of liberty. But why the question mark? For Casey, progress, defined as the social and political shift from the collective to the individual, was never a guarantee. Although we may rightly see the last twenty-five hundred years as a narrative of the individual’s struggle for autonomy, this destination was never to be presumed on the road to liberty.” (08/27/18)

https://mises.org/wire/cause-freedom-still-making-progress

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41) Southern cities are passing paid sick leave, but Republicans won’t let them have it
Source: In These Times
by Bryce Covert

“On August 16, the San Antonio city council voted 9-2 to pass a paid sick leave ordinance that will allow residents to earn an hour of time off for every 30 hours worked up to six days a year at small employers and eight at larger ones. The United States is alone among 22 wealthy countries in having no national guaranteed paid sick-leave policy. As a result, states are left to pass their own laws, and in those like Texas where GOP legislatures stand opposed to paid sick leave, it’s up to the cities. San Antonio became the 33rd city in the country to take such a step, and the second in the South after Austin passed a similar law in February. The San Antonio law is supposed to go into effect in January, and Austin’s was scheduled to go into effect in October. But the fate of both laws is up in the air.” (08/27/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21394/san_antonio_texas_paid_sick_leave_republicans_gop_preemption

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42) Now they’re blaming populism for measles
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“According to the World Health Organisation, there were more than 41,000 cases of measles — including 37 deaths — across Europe in the first half of 2018. That is an increase of 17,000 on the total number of cases (24,000) for the whole of 2017 …. The principal cause is obvious enough: a decline in rates of vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella (the MMR jab). The reasons for this decline are less obvious, but chief among them is the largely forgotten civil war in Ukraine, a shattered, divided nation that accounts for over half of the 41,000 cases recorded so far this year. … Another contributory factor is the massive increase, since 2015, in migration from poor and often wartorn countries in the Middle East and North Africa …. But such prosaic, dispiriting explanations — war, conflict and mass movements of people — do not pique the imagination of those Western commentators who now peer at the world through a lens fogged by a fear of the demos. They are determined to see something else in the rise of measles cases … They see a populace no longer respecting the authority of their betters, no longer deferring to experts.” (08/27/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/now-theyre-blaming-populism-for-measles/

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43) One dead McCain, 2.5 million dead Iraqis
Source: CounterPunch
by Nick Pemberton

“John McCain helped orchestrate the devastation of several countries. Millions of deaths are on his bloody hands. The world is more peaceful with him gone from it. Why didn’t the 22 Yemeni children killed the day before cause the same amount of grief as McCain’s death?” (08/27/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/27/one-dead-mccain-2-5-million-dead-iraqis/

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44) Why do our heroes always let us down?
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is drawing fire from the antiwar left, and not for the first, second or third time. … And now, as multiple outlets have documented in articles released in the last few hours, many of Ocasio-Cortez’s supporters have been upset with a statement she made praising the recently deceased warmongering psychopath John McCain and his blood-soaked legacy. ‘John McCain’s legacy represents an unparalleled example of human decency and American service,’ tweeted the candidate upon McCain’s death, which, for anyone who cares about the late Arizona senator’s relentless push to inflict military violence around the world at every opportunity, is incredibly offensive. McCain was easily the single most virulent warmonger on Capitol Hill, so praising him and his legacy as exemplary of human decency necessarily clashes with the ‘Peace Economy’ platform that has had so many of Ocasio-Cortez’s supporters so excited.” [editor’s note: AOC seems to be just a younger, cuter version of Maxine Waters – SAT] (08/27/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/08/27/why-do-our-heroes-always-let-us-down

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45) Goodhart’s law applies to economies, to everything — why not scheduled airline flight times?
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“Which Magazine has stumbled across one of those ‘Yeah, Well?’ things in its analysis of airline scheduled flight times. They’ve found that what the companies tell us will be the time taken to destination is longer now than it was a few decades back. There are two levels to the ‘Well?’ part. The first being, well, fuel is more expensive so what do you expect? What do you actually want them to do? The second is Goodhart’s Law. That reason why no plan survives contact with the market place, no target actually works.” (08/27/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/economy/goodharts-law-applies-to-economies-to-everything-why-not-scheduled-airline-flight-times/

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46) Trump and the rise of 21st century fascism
Source: The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan

“When Donald Trump, enemy of the U.S. Constitution, first came to power, we were advised by the sages not to throw that ‘F’ word around — you know the one I mean, the one that ends with an ‘ism.’ We’d never be taken seriously if we used it to describe him and his regime, we were told and, besides, its use in the current context was a disservice to those who suffered great horrors under Benito Mussolini and his ideological cousin and all-out monster, Adolf Hitler. But neither Hitler nor Mussolini committed their worst atrocities at the outset of their respective tenures as dictators of their nations. In fact, as Al Gore reminded us in his 2006 film, ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ ‘At first, even the truth about Hitler was inconvenient. Many in the west hoped the danger would simply go away.’ Now, I don’t pretend to know whether Trump could evolve into a leader anywhere near as murderous as Hitler. But I do know this: Trump is a neo-fascist, and it’s time we start saying so.” [editor’s note: I keep posting some of these just for the humor – SAT] (08/27/18)

http://prospect.org/article/trump-and-rise-21st-century-fascism

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47) Quantum Vibe, 08/27/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (08/27/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1839

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48) What is truth?
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“[A] sizable number of people hate [Donald Trump] so much that it becomes a kind of mania that some refer to as ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’: they overreact to every single stupid thing he does as though he were literally lobbing grenades into kindergartens; they focus on inconsequential nonsense like his picky eating habits instead of focusing on his actual, dangerous faults; and rather than criticizing awful policies which definitely originated with him (like his disastrous tariffs) they blame him for schemes which originated with Obama, Bush the Second, Clinton or even earlier. But the scariest and most dangerous symptom of this syndrome is misusing the word ‘fascist’ to mean something like ‘overtly racist’ while simultaneously sanctifying authoritarian terms like ‘treason’ and licking the boots of anyone they think might hurt Trump, even sociopathic monsters like Kamala Harris and police-state organs like the FBI which have caused untold harm to peaceful people (while simultaneously vilifying its sister organization ICE).” (08/27/18)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2018/08/27/what-is-truth/

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49) John McCain and the warrior spirit in American foreign policy
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“In his person, and his public pronouncements, McCain was the perfect representative of the nascent imperial class: born in the Panama Canal zone, the son of an Admiral, he was almost fated to become what he did indeed become — the archetypal Praetorian, the veritable embodiment of America’s post-World War II empire. A paladin of the cold war while it lasted, and a tireless advocate of post-cold war hegemonism, his favorite phrase was ‘boots on the ground,’ and he championed this as a policy option for virtually every foreign policy problem confronted by US policymakers.” (08/27/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/08/26/john-mccain-and-the-warrior-spirit-in-american-foreign-policy/

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50) McCain’s foreign policy record
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“McCain served in Congress for more than thirty years. In that time, he went from the Vietnam veteran who warned against an unwise entanglement in Lebanon to becoming the most vocal and predictable advocate for every bad military intervention under the sun. The longer he stayed in Washington, the worse he became. His career is nothing if not a cautionary tale to other would-be legislators. He specialized in matters of national security and foreign policy, and yet he had a remarkable knack for misjudging practically every major foreign policy issue of the last three decades.” (08/27/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/mccains-foreign-policy-record/

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51) Reason Podcast, 08/27/18
Source: Reason

“This being 2018, the national political discussion at this very moment is about President Donald Trump’s insufficiently lowered flag mast following the death of the longtime senator, former prisoner of war, and noted Trump foil John McCain. It’s a momentary skirmish in a week-long battle over funeral manners in the wake of a powerful person’s death, and so yes we go there on today’s editor-roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast. You will also hear in this episode a spirited argument between Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and me over whether Trump should fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whether Reason will become the president’s biggest defender if he’s run up on campaign finance charges, and whether the ‘Bill Clinton’ option of impeachment is the best case for the country.” [various formats] (08/27/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/08/27/talk-show-8-27-podcast

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52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/27/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“As the Syrian military prepares to re-take Idlib province and end years of al-Qaeda control over the area, Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton warns that the Syrian government may try another gas attack. The neocons are not ready to admit defeat in Syria quite yet. Will the late John McCain’s jihadist allies in Syria stage an attack and wait for the US military to act as their air force?” [Flash video] (08/27/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/another-false-flag-gas-attack-for-syria-bolton-warns-of-massive-us-response

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53) Scott Adams Says, 08/27/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams tells you his John McCain story. With coffee.” [Flash video] (08/27/18)

https://www.periscope.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1MYxNqpEBkoJw

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54) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 363
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s flagship show, Marc Clair is joined by the founder of the DonorSee app, Gret Glyer, to get his perspective on wealth inequality and global poverty. Gret provides valuable insights into the causes of global poverty and how individuals, voluntary action can help spread capitalism and wealth throughout the world.” [various formats] (08/27/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/08/27/the-truth-about-wealth-inequality-and-global-poverty-with-gret-glyer/

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55) CQ Roll Call Podcast, 08/27/18
Source: Roll Call

“With the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 and midterm elections just around the corner, Republicans hope to pass nine spending bills to tout on the campaign trail. CQ senior budget reporter Paul M. Krawzak explains why that might be a heavy lift.” [various formats] (08/27/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/appropriations-rush-midterms

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56) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 238
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #238, I discuss Russian President Putin’s trip to Germany and Austria. I explore an article by Gilbert Doctorow on the importance of the trip and how Trump’s foreign policy has impacted Russia’s relationships with Europe. I update news on North Korea, Syria, and John McCain.” [various formats] (08/27/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-238-putins-travels

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57) Free Talk Live, 08/26/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Caller religious theory :: Right to travel :: End Times :: Religious babblings :: Sovereign man stuff :: Shooting in Jacksonville :: DC Judge makes it harder to fire govt bureaucrats :: A challenge to FTL :: Red Light cameras :: Patriotism :: Mark and Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/26/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-08-26

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58) The Bob Zadek Show, 08/26/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Professor Richard A. Epstein of the Hoover Institution and NYU’s School of Law joined The Bob Zadek Show to explain how Elizabeth Warren’s Surreptitious Socialism threatens the foundations of our (mostly) free economy.” [various formats] (08/26/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/8/25/elizabeth-warrens-socialist-dogwhistle

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59) The Last Nighters, episode 34
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“It is good that warriors such as us should meet in the struggle for life … Or death. It shall be life on this episode of the show where we discuss the Clint Eastwood movie, the Outlaw Josey Wales. This is a Western movie’s movie with plenty of gunslinging and vengeance to keep you entertained with a great libertarian subplot. Enjoy!” [Flash audio] (08/26/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/the-last-nighters-episode-34-the-outlaw-josey-wales/

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60) Punk Rock Libertarians, episode 175
Source: The Daily Liberator

“John McClane is Dead.” [various formats] (08/26/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-175-john-mcclane-is-dead/

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