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Weekend Special Edition, November 17th, 2018
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In the News:

0) A note from the publisher …
1) Trump says he’s finished answering Mueller’s questions, but hasn’t submitted them yet
2) Judge orders White House to reinstate Acosta’s press credentials
3) OR: Homeowner shoots, kills intruder
4) Cambodia: Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide in landmark ruling
5) US Navy SEAL charged with war crimes in Iraq

Everybody Has An Opinion:

6) Extremism in the defense of subsidized liberty is a (conservative) vice
7) Why do leftists settle for a $15 minimum wage?
8) Hers alone
9) Kanye West’s private firefighting is a force for good
10) Economic systems and the fate of civilization

The Sound and the Fury:

11) The Big L Podcast, episode 6
12) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 21
13) Felony Friday, episode 150
14) Free Talk Live, 11/15/18
15) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1285

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0) A note from the publisher …

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1) Trump says he’s finished answering Mueller’s questions, but hasn’t submitted them yet
Source: ABC News

“President Donald Trump said Friday he has finished his written answers to special counsel Robert Mueller for the investigation into [alleged] Russian interference in the 2016 election, but told reporters he has yet to submit the answers to Mueller’s office. ‘I write the answers. My lawyers don’t write answers,’ Trump said during a cybersecurity initiative bill signing in the Oval Office. ‘I was asked a series of questions, I answered them very easily.’” (11/16/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-finished-answering-muellers-questions-submitted/story?id=59248079

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2) Judge orders White House to reinstate Acosta’s press credentials
Source: The Hill

“A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to reinstate press credentials for Jim Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, who was appointed to the bench by President Trump, granted CNN’s request to restore the press pass for Acosta, giving him regular access to the White House grounds to cover events and press conferences. … He did not rule on whether the administration’s decision to revoke Acosta’s press pass violated the First Amendment rights of CNN and Acosta. Instead, Kelly said that Acosta and his employer have shown that they are likely to succeed in their argument that their Fifth Amendment rights to due process were violated by the White House. The White House revoked Acosta’s pass last week after a contentious exchange with Trump during a televised press conference the day after the midterm elections. The cable network argued that the Trump administration’s move violated the First Amendment rights of both CNN and Acosta.” (11/16/18)

https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/416935-judge-rules-against-white-house-in-cnn-dispute

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3) OR: Homeowner shoots, kills intruder
Source: KOIN 6 News

“An intruder was shot to death by the owner of a small townhouse in Tigard early Wednesday while 2 teenagers were at home. Tigard police said the homeowner called 911 around 7 a.m. to report the trespasser. When officers arrived at the home on SW Sage Terrace, the suspect, later identified as Jose Luis Gonzalez Jr., was dead. … Tigard police said Wednesday afternoon Gonzalez and the homeowner knew each other, but it’s not known why he tried to enter the townhouse. Officials also said the homeowner is fully cooperating.” (11/15/18)

https://www.koin.com/news/crime/tigard-police-respond-to-shooting-involving-home-intruder/1596774218

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4) Cambodia: Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide in landmark ruling
Source: CNN

“Almost four decades on from the collapse of Pol Pot’s tyrannical communist regime, an international tribunal has ruled that the Khmer Rouge committed genocide, a landmark verdict that is hoped will bring closure to millions of Cambodians. More than 1.7 million people, or approximately a fifth of Cambodia’s population, are believed to have died from forced labor, starvation and execution under the Khmer Rouge which ruled the country between 1975 and 1979. On Friday, the regime’s two most senior surviving members, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, now 92 and 87, were found by the court to be guilty of genocide of Vietnamese in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979. … Friday’s decision was delivered by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) which is based in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. The court is a special United Nations-backed tribunal that was formed in 2006 to prosecute senior Khmer Rouge leaders and other regime figures.” (11/16/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/16/asia/khmer-rouge-genocide-guilty-intl/index.html

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5) US Navy SEAL charged with war crimes in Iraq
Source: New York Times

“Edward Gallagher was something special, even by the punishing standards of the Navy SEALs. Both a lifesaving medic and a crack sniper, he was repeatedly decorated for valor and for coolheaded leadership during 19 years of combat deployments. After his latest tour, fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq, he was named the top platoon leader in SEAL Team 7 and nominated for the Silver Star, the military’s third-highest honor. But now, less than a year later, Special Operations Chief Gallagher, 39, is locked in the brig, facing charges that during that same deployment — his eighth — he shot indiscriminately at civilians, killed a teenage Islamic State fighter with a handmade custom blade, and then performed his re-enlistment ceremony posing with the teenager’s bloody corpse in front of an American flag. The Navy has charged Chief Gallagher with premeditated murder, attempted murder and nearly a dozen other offenses, including obstruction of justice and bringing ‘discredit upon the armed forces.’ If he is convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison. Chief Gallagher denies all the charges.” (11/15/18)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/15/us/navy-seal-edward-gallagher-isis.html

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

6) Extremism in the defense of subsidized liberty is a (conservative) vice
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Conservatives often talk about the problems with regulation, and the need for free choice. But the massive subsidization of risk in these two systems [financial and healthcare] means there is no free choice to begin with. Fans of free markets should never be put in the position of defending regimes that are so distorted by subsidy and other regulations. Our financial system is equivalent to a regime where every bank deposit is first lent to the Treasury, and then re-lent out to a commercial bank. How is that not socialism? Conservatives complain about proposals to allow private bank accounts at the Fed, but why isn’t the current system just as bad?” (11/16/18)

https://www.econlib.org/extremism-in-the-defense-of-subsidized-liberty-is-a-conservative-vice/

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7) Why do leftists settle for a $15 minimum wage?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“If economic ignorance among leftists (i.e., liberals and progressives) had no adverse impacts, we could consign it to the ranks of the humorous. Unfortunately, however, such ignorance has very serious adverse consequences, especially on poor people. The classic example of this phenomenon is the minimum wage. This week a liberal website named In These Times published an article about the minimum wage by a liberal named Marc Daalder. The title of the article is ‘Why Every Democrat in Congress Should Support Bernie Sanders'[s] $15 Minimum Wage Bill.’ In his article, Daalder sets forth the standard progressive justification for the minimum wage — to help the poor, needy, and disadvantaged. There’s one big problem, however, with that justification: It’s false and faulty. In fact, if Daalder and Sanders succeed in getting the minimum wage increased, their success will only make things worse for those at the bottom of the economic ladder. The first question that should be posed to Daalder and Sanders is this: Why settle for $15 an hour? Why not make the minimum wage equal to what Sanders receives for being a member of Congress?” (11/16/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/11/16/why-do-leftists-settle-for-a-15-minimum-wage/

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8) Hers alone
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“[W]hile a pregnant woman has the right to ‘opt out’ of the burden of unwanted motherhood by choosing abortion, the man who got her pregnant has no similar right; if she chooses to have the baby he’s on the hook financially for over two decades, even if she told him she was using contraception and he strenuously objects to fatherhood. Some MRAs, anti-abortion nuts and politicians have proposed that a man should have veto power over a woman he has impregnated, but this is obviously an abomination; every person owns their own body, and absolutely nobody else (and certainly not the state) has the right to control what that person does with their body. At the same time, it seems reasonable for a man to have some recourse against consent violation, so some have proposed that a man could legally sever all ties during the pregnancy, dodging his financial responsibilities by voluntarily surrendering his parental rights.” (11/16/18)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2018/11/16/hers-alone/

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9) Kanye West’s private firefighting is a force for good
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“Due to the location of the Wests’ home, which sits at the end of a cul-de-sac and in front of an open field, had it caught fire it is highly likely that the houses next to it would have followed suit. Instead, the insurance provider AIG’s rapid response to the residence was able to prevent this catastrophe from happening altogether. The team of private firefighters took preventative measures hosing down the area surrounding the home and creating a fire break around the property. According to one source, the West’s neighbors were filled with gratitude for the couple’s decision to call in a private team of firefighters before the entire neighborhood was consumed. The rest of the public, however, doesn’t seem to share this sentiment.” (11/15/18)

https://fee.org/articles/kanye-wests-private-firefighting-is-a-force-for-good/

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10) Economic systems and the fate of civilization
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Antony Mueller

“Not only in Europe and recently in Brazil but also in the United States, political elections have become ideological clashes. The campaigns are not only about the next government but also about a choice between different political cultures. Although the great debate concerns no longer the choice between communism and capitalism, the key question remains: whether society should move to more state intervention or to a market economy. This way, the traditional question of socialism or capitalism is still on the table.” (11/15/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/economic-systems-and-fate-civilization

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

11) The Big L Podcast, episode 6
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“We continue from Ep 5 talking about the evolution of the platform of the Libertarian Party, including its high and low points. Particular attention is given to the 2002 and 2004 platform and as it relates to the ‘Portland Massacre’ of 2006 engineered by the Reform Caucus leading to the birth of the Radical Caucus.” [Flash audio] (11/16/18)

http://biglpodcast.com/re-platforming-of-the-libertarian-party-part-2-bl006/

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12) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 21
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Zama Rripa talks to Johnny and Raylene about ‘American Soul,’ his passion project inspiring others to live free and reject the shackles of the State, hoping to change the culture and plant the seeds of self-ownership.” [various formats] (11/16/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode-21-american-soul-w-zama-rripa/

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13) Felony Friday, episode 150
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Felony Friday Kevin Matthews join John to discuss the movement in Denver to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. Kevin is the campaign director of Decriminalize Denver, which is collecting signatures with the intention of getting the decriminalization of psilocybin mushrooms on the ballot in Denver in 2019.” [various formats] (11/16/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/11/16/how-psilocybin-could-be-decriminalized-in-denver/

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14) Free Talk Live, 11/15/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Crypto-Nerd Wars :: Motivation to lose weight & dietary practices :: There were no borders — as we know them — during the Middle Ages :: Banning flavoured tobacco products :: Borders :: Elections and redistricting :: Homeless NJ man and couple who raised $400,000 for him, are being charged with conspiracy & theft by deception :: Gun control legislation :: Frivolous GoFundMe campaigns :: DC bureaucrats trying to make parents get permits for children to play together :: Potlucks are illegal? :: HOSTS — Darryl, Chris R, Michael.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/15/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-11-15

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15) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1285
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Ever since it became known that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has spoken favorably about the right of the states to nullify unconstitutional federal laws, we’ve been treated to a barrage of the usual third-grade arguments from people we are supposed to consider our intellectual superiors. We’ll have some fun with those in this episode.” [various formats] (11/15/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1285-the-establishment-is-ignorant-nullification-edition/

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