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In the News:

0) Publisher’s Note
1) Bangladesh: 22 dead, including American, in terror attack
2) FBI interviews Clinton over Servergate
3) Iraq: Bombings in Baghdad kill at least 23
4) Elie Wiesel, 1928-2016
5) FL: Muslim man beaten outside mosque that was attended by Orlando shooter
6) GA: Newspaper publisher jailed over open records request
7) MA: ACLU sues to allow secret recording of police officers
8) Disabled woman beaten bloody by TSA agents after becoming confused and afraid at security checkpoint
9) Lynch to accept DOJ, FBI recommendations on Clinton emails
10) Serbia: Five killed in cafe attack

Everybody Has An Opinion:

11) Trump and libertarians in the political arena
12) Why does Kathy Gilroy hate the victims of the Orlando nightclub attack?
13) A self-governor’s reflections on the Somme a century later
14) Only intelligent choice is no vote
15) Rock music, censorship, and Zimbabwe’s war of independence
16) Supply and demand: Handle with care
17) Gray Lady casts shadow
18) America: Mourn … er, born … on the 4th of July
19) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 96
20) Who we’ve slaughtered with drones is your holiday weekend news dump

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0) Publisher’s Note

Dear readers,

It’s a holiday weekend in the US — Monday is the 4th of July, aka “Independence Day” — so our regular email edition won’t be back until Tuesday morning. I figured I’d work up a short special edition (10 news, 10 commentaries) to tide you over.

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1) Bangladesh: 22 dead, including American, in terror attack
Source: Fox News

“An American was one of the victims in the 10-hour hostage crisis at a Bangladesh cafe that left 22 dead. The State Department confirmed Saturday that a U.S. citizen was among those ‘senselessly murdered’ when Islamic terrorists stormed the restaurant in the diplomatic quater of the Bangladesh capita, Dhaka. The standoff ended Saturday morning when police stormed the restaurant, killed six attackers and rescued 13 hostages. Three of the hostage victims attended U.S. colleges. Abinta Kabir and Faraaz Hossain were students at Emory University in Georgia; and Tarushi Jain, a 19-year-old Indian national, was a student the University of California at Berkeley. Emory President James Wagner said in a message Saturday on the university’s website that Kabir was from Miami and was in Dhaka visiting family and friends.” (07/02/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/07/02/at-least-6-islamist-militants-killed-13-hostages-rescued-after-commando-raid-on-bangladesh-restaurant.html

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2) FBI interviews Clinton over Servergate
Source: Politico

“Hillary Clinton met with the FBI Saturday morning amid the investigation into her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State, her campaign confirmed. The interview took place at FBI headquarters in Washington over the course of three and a half hours. Clinton later spoke with MSNBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ host Chuck Todd about the interview, saying she was “eager to do it” while refusing to speculate on the investigation’s timeline or final conclusion.” (07/02/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/hillary-clinton-fbi-emails-225060

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3) Iraq: Bombings in Baghdad kill at least 23
Source: New York Times

“Bombs went off early Sunday in two crowded commercial areas in Baghdad, killing at least 23 people and wounding 61, according to hospital and police officials. The bombings came near the end of the holy month of Ramadan when the streets were filled with young people and families out after sundown. In the first attack, a car bomb exploded in the Karada district in central Baghdad, killing 18 people and wounding 45. Shortly afterward, an improvised explosive device went off in eastern Baghdad, killing 5 people and wounding 16.” (07/02/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/07/02/world/middleeast/ap-ml-iraq-bombing.html

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4) Elie Wiesel, 1928-2016
Source: Reuters

“Activist and writer Elie Wiesel, the World War Two death camp survivor who won a Nobel Peace Prize for becoming the life-long voice of millions of Holocaust victims, died on Saturday. He was 87. Wiesel was a philosopher, speaker, playwright and professor who also campaigned for the tyrannized and forgotten around the world. He died at his home in New York City, the New York Times reported.” (07/02/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-people-wiesel-idUSKCN0ZI0XH

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5) FL: Muslim man beaten outside mosque that was attended by Orlando shooter
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review

“Authorities said they arrested a suspect in the early Saturday beating of a man outside a Florida mosque that Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen had attended. An Islamic group said the victim is Muslim. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said racial slurs were made by the attacker, but authorities said they had no immediate indication of racially motivated comments.” (07/02/16)

http://triblive.com/usworld/nation/10731940-74/mascara-islamic-mazzanti

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6) GA: Newspaper publisher jailed over open records request
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A North Georgia newspaper publisher was indicted on a felony charge and jailed overnight last week — for filing an open-records request. ‘Fannin Focus’ publisher Mark Thomason, along with his attorney Russell Stookey, were arrested on Friday and charged with attempted identity fraud and identity fraud. Thomason was also accused of making a false statement in his records request. Thomason’s relentless pursuit of public records relating to the local Superior Court has incensed the court’s chief judge, Brenda Weaver, who also chairs the state Judicial Qualifications Commission. Weaver took the matter to the district attorney, who obtained the indictments.” (07/01/16)

http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local/newspaper-publisher-indicted-jailed-over-public-re/nrqgq/

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7) MA: ACLU sues to allow secret recording of police officers
Source: Boston.com

“The ACLU filed suit in federal court Thursday to allow secret recording of police officers — an act that’s currently illegal under Massachusetts’ so-called wiretap law. The organization is representing two men, activists who say, in certain situations, they are too fearful to openly record police officers performing their official duties. They’re not seeking money, but rather want the courts to create an exemption to the wiretap statute for those recording law enforcement officers. ‘There are now times when they don’t feel safe openly recording police officers,’ ACLU staff attorney Jessie Rossman said.” (06/30/16)

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2016/06/30/aclu-sues-allow-secret-recording-police-officers

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8) Disabled woman beaten bloody by TSA agents after becoming confused and afraid at security checkpoint
Source: Raw Story

“A disabled woman was beaten bloody by federal agents during an airport security screening while on her way to undergo treatment for a brain tumor. Hannah Cohen set off the metal detector at a security checkpoint at the Memphis International Airport, and she was led away for additional screening, reported WREG-TV. ‘They wanted to do further scanning, (but) she was reluctant — she didn’t understand what they were about to do,’ said her mother, Shirley Cohen. Cohen said she tried to tell agents with the Transportation Security Administration that her 19-year-old daughter is partially deaf, blind in one eye, paralyzed and easily confused — but she said police kept her away from the security agents.” (07/01/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/disabled-woman-beaten-bloody-by-tsa-agents-after-becoming-confused-and-afraid-at-security-checkpoint/

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9) Lynch to accept DOJ, FBI recommendations on Clinton emails
Source: CNN

“Attorney General Loretta Lynch will accept the ‘determinations and findings’ of the FBI and career prosecutors who are investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, a Justice Department official said Friday. Lynch is expected to discuss her handling of the case at an event Friday morning in Aspen, Colorado. The news of Lynch’s decision, which sources told CNN has been in the works for months, was first reported by ‘The New York Times’. The assurances from the official follow criticism stemming from a private meeting Lynch had with former President Bill Clinton at a Phoenix airport earlier this week.” (07/01/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/01/politics/lynch-to-accept-guidance-from-fbi-on-clinton-email-probe/index.html

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10) Serbia: Five killed in cafe attack
Source: CBS News

“A gunman killed five people and injured at least 20 others early Saturday when he opened fire with an automatic weapon in a crowded cafe in northern Serbia, police said. The suspect was arrested. The attack occurred at 1:40 a.m. local time in a village close to the town of Zrenjanin, some 30 miles northwest of Belgrade. A police statement says a man identified only as Z.S. first killed his wife and another woman before randomly shooting at other occupants of the ‘Makijato’ cafe.” (07/02/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/deadly-serbia-shooting-cafe-blood-everywhere/

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11) Trump and libertarians in the political arena
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by David S D’Amato

“For perhaps most self-described libertarians, supporting any politician is an uneasy exercise in bullet-biting pragmatism, premised on the idea that we ought to support the most libertarian individual in the race — even if that person is really not very libertarian. The author has, as it happens, spent years arguing against this view, suggesting that abstaining from the voting booth is a perfectly acceptable choice for the liberty contingent; and many non-voting libertarians do just that, despite the fact that a Libertarian Party has existed and run candidates since the early 70s (the Party’s first ticket featured the philosopher John Hospers and Tonie Nathan, the first woman and the first Jew to receive an electoral vote in a presidential election). For a large segment of the liberty movement, a libertarian political party has always seemed to be a contradiction in terms.” (07/01/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/trump-libertarians-political-arena/

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12) Why does Kathy Gilroy hate the victims of the Orlando nightclub attack?
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“The story in brief: A suburban Chicago gun shop decided to raffle off an AR-15 rifle to raise money for the OneOrlando Fund, which is helping victims of Omar Mateen’s attack on patrons of the Pulse nightclub. They shut down the raffle after ‘legal questions’ were ‘raised.’ By which I mean: ‘Kathy Gilroy, an anti-gambling crusader from Villa Park, said she had complained to the McHenry Police Department about the gun raffle. She said she has gotten various local law enforcement agencies to shut down numerous raffles previously but that it’s often an uphill battle. ‘Who is enforcing these laws?’ Gilroy asked. ‘No one.’ So apparently she really doesn’t hate the shooting victims per se. She just hates the idea of anyone being free to do anything without her approval.” (07/02/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/07/why-does-kathy-gilroy-hate-victims-of.html

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13) A self-governor’s reflections on the Somme a century later
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“One century ago, today, 01 July 1916, the Battle of the Somme opened with British Imperial troops (with French Republican support) crossed the lines between trenches, following days of bombardment, to push the German Imperial invaders out of their trenches and out of France. The first day alone, of 100,000 attackers, just under 20,000 died and another 30,000+ were wounded. By the end of the battle, 4-1/2 months later (141 days), the British casualties alone were over 400,000. Total on all sides, dead, wounded, and missing in action were 1.3 million. The British gained six miles of territory. Land today worth very little, except for the lessons it can teach us. Lessons NOT being taught, or learned.” (07/02/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9256

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14) Only intelligent choice is no vote
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“For those who are upset with the Republican wing of the Boot-On-Your-Neck Party for nominating non-Republican Donald Trump, you could always vote for the actual Republicans who are running. This year, the Libertarian Party leaders did something the Republicans failed to do: they nominated Republicans for the presidency and vice-presidency: Gary Johnson and William Weld, respectively. It’s a disaster for the Libertarians, but a gift to the Republicans who are paying attention. Or, you could finally realize voting for the lesser evil, whoever you believe that to be, is still voting for evil and stop playing a rigged game. At some point, rational people realize the only winning move is to not play at all.” (06/30/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/06/30/mcmanigal-only-intelligent-choice-is-no-vote/

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15) Rock music, censorship, and Zimbabwe’s war of independence
Source: Independent Institute
by Lawrence J McQuillan

“Independence Day in the United States is a good time to reflect on independence movements elsewhere. Before there was Zimbabwe, there was Rhodesia, where a white minority government oppressed blacks and ‘colored’ (mixed race) people using force and apartheid-style policies. In the 1970s, the last decade of the country’s War of Independence, rock music blasted from the black townships in Rhodesia, and one band, Wells Fargo, became a leading voice for music and revolution in the face of an oppressive regime. Here’s the forgotten story, a lesson in courage, perseverance, and entrepreneurship.” (07/01/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/01/rock-music-censorship-and-zimbabwes-war-of-independence/

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16) Supply and demand: Handle with care
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“I recently did a post that discussed a ‘shortage’ of skilled labor in Spain, despite 20% unemployment. Companies were having trouble filling positions such as nurses, computer programmers, etc. Several commenters suggested this made no sense; if there was a shortage then firms could simply raise wages until equilibrium was restored. I don’t think it’s quite that simple. If the supply and demand model applies to individual labor markets, then my critics are certainly correct. But does it?” (07/02/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/07/supply_and_dema_1.html

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17) Gray Lady casts shadow
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Earlier in the week, I noted how media manipulation of presidential poll results by not considering the Johnson and Stein campaigns distorting the race. … By ignoring the competition, they narrow the terms of this year’s presidential campaign, allowing their inexplicable favorite, Hillary Clinton, an advantage going to the polls. But poll taking and reporting is not the half of it. Tim Graham, writing at Newsbusters, notes how the Gray Lady rigs the intellectual field.” (07/01/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/01/gray-lady-casts-shadow/

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18) America: Mourn … er, born … on the 4th of July
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“I’m sure every generation agonizingly reappraises what we mean by the word ‘America,’ whether or not our present is worthy of our history, how well or poorly we’ve maintained the society our founding fathers envisioned. The 4th of July — ‘Independence Day’ to commemorate the date on the 13 colonies’ Declaration of Independence — seems like an appropriate occasion for such reflection. By way of not being a Debbie Downer, let’s look at some areas in which we’ve actually improved on 1776: These days a woman can own property and vote, an American of African descent is no longer someone ELSE’s property (or 3/5th of a person for purposes of stuffing Congress with ‘representation’ for his or her owners), and we’re much less likely on average to be killed by bears, smallpox or angry Native Americans. All to the good, I’d say.” (07/01/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6566

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19) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 96
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“Who was ‘that guy’ who got revenge on his ex-girlfriend on CSPAN2? The eccentric and brilliant Todd Seavey! Mr. Seavey is one of the most entertaining guys in the liberty movement, and recently ‘somewhat’ controversial. Todd discusses his viewpoints on Libertariansim, his experiences with main-stream media, and why he hates Trump. Todd is also the author of the new illustrated book: ‘Libertarianism For Beginners.’ His new book Libertarianism For Beginners lays out the history and principles of libertarianism in a easy to swallow approach, to understanding the philosophy.”[various formats]

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-97-todd-seavey/

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20) Who we’ve slaughtered with drones is your holiday weekend news dump
Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“Today President Barack Obama’s administration is publicly releasing some information about the collateral damage caused by using armed drones to try to strike down terrorists in foreign countries. Whether anybody believe the figures being provided is another matter entirely.” (07/01/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/07/01/who-weve-slaughtered-with-drones-is-your

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