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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,110
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Security theater: US regime to use Paris attacks as excuse for next police state ramp-up
2) NM: Two cops face murder charges in 2014 Albuquerque homeless man’s shooting
3) DC: One dead, dozens hurt after Metro car fills with smoke
4) US Senate moves on Keystone corporate welfare/land theft bill despite veto threat
5) Afghanistan: President Ashraf Ghani unveils “unity government”
6) Egypt: Mubarak fraud conviction overturned
7) Bureaucrats permit pet news network to test drones for reporting
8) California: Harris expected to announce US Senate bid
9) SD: Federal judge strikes down state ban on marriage
10) SC: Mistrial declared in trial of ex-police chief charged in killing of unarmed black man
11) Canada: Police make third terror arrest
12) Egypt: Court acquits 26 men in trial over police raid on bathhouse
13) VA: Jailed legislator seeks to regain seat
14) Ryan says he’s not running for president in 2016
15) Report: SSA won’t steal tax refunds to collect old debts
16) Cuba: Regime completes release of 53 political prisoners per US deal
17) Microsoft whines after Google gives them 90 days before disclosing bug to users
18) US military social media accounts apparently hacked by Islamic State sympathizers
19) SCOTUS rejects Louisiana marriage apartheid case, takes no action on four others
20) Easter ruined? Creme Egg recipe redo has chocolate lovers hopping mad

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Lessons from Paris
22) Free trade: The engine of revolution
23) Open letter to the Muslim world
24) Building a culture of liberty, part 4: Radical unschooling
25) Timothy Taylor: Terrorist?
26) When free doesn’t mean fair for community college
27) GOP forcing women to have abortions, and then says it’s too late
28) Freedom of speech in a free society
29) How reducing GDP increases economic growth
30) The corrupt, boozing philanderer who built the CIA’s black sites
31) Oil kings: The House of Saud’s uncertain future
32) The Freedom Report Podcast, 01/12/15
33) Revolutions eat their parents
34) Wanted: Armed satirists
35) Obamacare czar: Don’t get annual physical
36) Free community college another step in the march to socialism
37) The unmourned: Another mass killing by the peace prize prez
38) The importance of property rights for China’s future
39) Populism rises, as the “center” strikes back
40) Dr. Death: Ezekiel Emanuel
41) How Obama could end the Cuban embargo
42) Cock of the walk
43) The police threat is too high
44) Education beyond capitalism
45) Nationalizations in Cuba and the United States
46) The American president: A modern king
47) Charlie Hebdo: More security isn’t the solution
48) To catch a non-predator, try entrapment
49) How the web has changed journalism
50) Free Thoughts Podcast, 01/12/15

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

1) Security theater: US regime to use Paris attacks as excuse for next police state ramp-up
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Security is being ramped up at federal buildings and airports across the U.S. in response to last week’s attacks in Paris, the nation’s top homeland security official said Monday. … Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson called the measures precautionary, saying they weren’t in response to ‘specific, credible intelligence of an attack,’ but cited the mass shootings in Paris that killed 17 people, as well as attacks in recent months in Australia and Canada, as showing the need for ‘increased vigilance.'” [editor’s note: “Increased vigilance” is bureaucrat-speak for “more money and more power” – TLK] (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mt8kps2

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2) NM: Two cops face murder charges in 2014 Albuquerque homeless man’s shooting
Source: CNN

“Two Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officers will face first-degree murder charges in last year’s shooting of a homeless man in the hills above the city, a prosecutor announced Monday. Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez were ordered to appear at a preliminary hearing, the date of which has not yet been set, said District Attorney Kari Brandenburg of New Mexico’s Second Judicial Circuit. Sandy and Perez are accused of killing James Boyd in March.” (01/12/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/12/us/albuquerque-police-murder-charges/

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3) DC: One dead, dozens hurt after Metro car fills with smoke
Source: Washington Post

“A woman riding on a Metro train died Monday and 83 other passengers were taken to hospitals, at least two in critical condition, after the train abruptly stopped, went dark and filled with smoke in a tunnel in downtown Washington, authorities said. … At a late-night briefing, the NTSB said ‘an electrical arcing event’ occurred about 1,100 feet in front of the train. That filled the tunnel with smoke, the NTSB said. The agency said the arcing involved cables that power the third rail. Arcing is often connected with short circuits and may generate smoke.” (01/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m7zfla9

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4) US Senate moves on Keystone corporate welfare/land theft bill despite veto threat
Source: Dubuque Telegraph Herald

“Senate Republicans steered legislation to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline toward an initial test vote on Monday, intent on forcing a quick veto showdown with President Barack Obama over the long-stalled project. The measure has sparked intense debate over the Canada-to-Texas pipeline’s potential impact on employment and the environment, yet there was little or no doubt that it would overcome Monday’s hurdle. Republicans said they hoped it could win final approval and be sent to the White House by the end of next week.” (01/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pcvjsg3

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5) Afghanistan: President Ashraf Ghani unveils “unity government”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has unveiled his unity cabinet more than three months after he was sworn in. The names of 25 ministers were read out at a ceremony in Kabul presided over by Mr Ghani and government chief executive Abdullah Abdullah. The announcement comes after tortuous negotiations between the two former rivals who agreed to work together following disputed elections last year. The cabinet still needs to be approved by parliament.” (01/12/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30778368

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6) Egypt: Mubarak fraud conviction overturned
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A court in Egypt has overturned the convictions for embezzlement of former President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons and ordered a retrial. Mr Mubarak was jailed for three years in May after being found guilty of fraudulently billing the government for $14m (£9.3m) of personal expenses. But the Court of Cassation found legal procedures were not followed properly.” (01/13/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30792001

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7) Bureaucrats permit pet news network to test drones for reporting
Source: CNN Money

“CNN will explore the use of drones for reporting, after receiving special permission from the U.S. government. In the first program of its kind, the FAA will allow CNN to test camera-equipped drones for news gathering and reporting purposes. … The FAA has restricted drone use in the United States out of fear that they could come in contact with airplanes. Drones could also cause damage or injury by falling out of the sky.” (01/13/15)

http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/12/technology/cnn-drone/

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8) California: Harris expected to announce US Senate bid
Source: KDAL News

“California Attorney General Kamala Harris is expected to announce on Tuesday that she will run to replace retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in 2016, local media reported. The Los Angeles Times, citing an anonymous Harris adviser, reported on its website on Monday that she would announce her campaign to run for Democrat Boxer’s seat on Tuesday.” (01/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nplbdpg

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9) SD: Federal judge strikes down state ban on marriage
Source: Raw Story

“South Dakota’s ban on same-sex marriage violates the right to due process and equal protection guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution, a federal judge ruled on Monday. Judge Karen Schreier ruled in favor of six same-sex couples who challenged the South Dakota ban on gay marriage and put her decision on hold pending appeals. ‘Plaintiffs have a fundamental right to marry. South Dakota law deprives them of that right solely because they are same-sex couples and without sufficient justification,’ Schreier said in a 28-page decision.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pbxe983

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10) SC: Mistrial declared in trial of ex-police chief charged in killing of unarmed black man
Source: The State

“A mistrial was declared nearly 12 hours after the jury of nine women and three men started deliberating in the murder trial of a white former police chief charged in the killing of an unarmed black man. Around 2:05 a.m., the jury deliberating murder and voluntary manslaughter charges came back into the courtroom and announced it was hopelessly deadlocked. … Charges in the case, which attracted national attention, stemmed from the fatal shooting of [Bernard] Bailey, 54, under controversial circumstances. … Defense attorney Wally Fayssoux said Combs only fired at Bailey as a last resort, in fear for his life …. But 1st Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe told the jury that Combs was a ‘rogue cop’ who, nursing a grudge against Bailey, had plotted for five weeks to create a situation whereby Bailey, an assistant Wal-Mart manager and former prison guard, likely would become flustered and try to leave Town Hall.” (01/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ou965az

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11) Canada: Police make third terror arrest
Source: ABC News

“Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday that 21-year-old Suliman Mohamed has been charged with participating in the activity of a terrorist group. On Friday, twin brothers linked to Mohamed, Ashton Carleton Larmond and Carlos Larmond, were charged with terrorism-related offences. Carlos Larmond was arrested Friday at Montreal’s airport on charges of intending to travel overseas for terrorist purposes.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kgpcu3s

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12) Egypt: Court acquits 26 men in trial over police raid on bathhouse
Source: Myrtle Beach Sun News

“An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted 26 men arrested in a televised raid last month by police looking for gays at a Cairo public bathhouse, a ruling that set off deafening cheers and jubilation inside the courtroom as some of the defendants uncovered their faces and wept openly in relief. Others, however, kept their faces hidden behind jacket hoods and scarves, still traumatized by the humiliation they and their families had endured during the highly publicized case, which caught the public’s attention after a pro-government TV network aired scenes of half-naked men being pulled from the bathhouse by police during the Dec. 7 raid.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nqvgq39

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13) VA: Jailed legislator seeks to regain seat
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“An election to fill the seat of a lawmaker who resigned after being accused of having sex with his teenage secretary is special in more ways than one: First, the legislator who quit is running to get the seat back. And then there is the likelihood that if he succeeds, his colleagues in the House will try to kick him back out again. Disgraced Virginia lawmaker Joe Morrissey has said that voters should have a chance to decide in Tuesday’s special election whether he deserves to continue holding office after he was accused of (but vehemently denied) having sex multiple times at his law office with a 17-year-old girl he hired as a receptionist.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/keq97yp

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14) Ryan says he’s not running for president in 2016
Source: Reuters

“Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan, the party’s vice presidential nominee in 2012, said on Monday he will not run for president in 2016 in order to focus on his new role in Congress as chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee. ‘After giving it a lot of thought, I’ve decided not to run for president,’ Ryan said in a statement provided by an aide. The Wisconsin native, a stalwart budget conservative, had been considered a potential White House candidate since serving as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate in 2012.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l4lg6ek

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15) Report: SSA won’t steal tax refunds to collect old debts
Source: Fox News

“People who owe old debts to the Social Security Administration are getting a reprieve this tax season: The federal government won’t be seizing their tax refunds. Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin suspended a debt collection program last spring in which thousands of people had tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Members of Congress complained that some people were being forced to repay benefits they received decades ago as children. Following a review, the agency said Monday it will continue suspending the program this tax season while officials explore possible changes.” [editor’s note: The concept of an “overpayment” of money stolen (FICA payments), then returned (without any interest) years later … just boggles the sane mind! – SAT] (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k6y4vcs

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16) Cuba: Regime completes release of 53 political prisoners per US deal
Source: CBS Miami

“As part of December’s history-making deal between the United States and Cuba, 53 political prisoners were released, the Obama administration said Monday. The move clears a major hurdle for the normalization of its ties between the two countries after more than five decades of estrangement. The prisoners had been on a list of opposition figures whose release was sought as part of the U.S. agreement last month with the Cuban government.” (01/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ndbl8qx

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17) Microsoft whines after Google gives them 90 days before disclosing bug to users
Source: ZDNet

“Microsoft has heavily criticized Google and the company’s security disclosure policy after the firm publicly revealed a Windows 8.1 security flaw just days before Microsoft planned to issue a patch to kill the bug. … The disclosure was made by Google as part of the Mountain View, CA-based firm’s Project Zero. The project discloses vulnerabilities publicly — as well as code required to exploit bugs — but only after issuing affected companies with a 90-day deadline to fix problems. Microsoft was notified on October 13th 2014. The 90-day deadline passed by, no fix was issued, and the vulnerability was disclosed.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q8nj6qq

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18) US military social media accounts apparently hacked by Islamic State sympathizers
Source: Washington Post

“Hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State took control of the social media accounts of the U.S. military’s Central Command on Monday, posting threatening messages and propaganda videos, along with some military documents. The command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts were eventually taken offline, but not before a string of tweets and the release of military documents, some of which listed contact information for senior military personnel. A Centcom spokesman confirmed their accounts were ‘compromised,’ and that the military was investigating.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q8fbc7n

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19) SCOTUS rejects Louisiana marriage apartheid case, takes no action on four others
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Supreme Court, which is in the midst of deciding whether to take up the issue of gay marriage, on Monday declined to take an early look at a challenge to Louisiana’s state ban. The court took no action on four other pending cases concerning gay marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, but could act on those cases as soon as later this week. The decision not to hear the Louisiana case was not unexpected as gay rights advocates had sought to skip the regular judicial process by seeking Supreme Court review before the case had been decided by an appeals court.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pya369g

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20) Easter ruined? Creme Egg recipe redo has chocolate lovers hopping mad
Source: Fox News

“Chocolate lovers in the U.K. are hopping mad after one of the country’s favorite Easter confections is getting an overhaul by its U.S.-based producer. Kraft Foods — which now owns chocolate maker Cadbury — has stunned consumers by no longer using Cadbury’s Dairy Milk in the recipe for its Creme Eggs. And, there’s more: the company also is reducing a package from six eggs to five, without reducing the price.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m8u79l5

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

21) Lessons from Paris
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Beginning with Afghanistan in the 1980s, the US and its allies have deliberately radicalized Muslim fighters in the hopes they would strictly fight those they are told to fight. We learned on 9/11 that sometimes they come back to fight us. The French learned the same thing last week. Will they make better decisions knowing the blowback from such risky foreign policy? It is unlikely because they refuse to consider blowback. They prefer to believe the fantasy that they attack us because they hate our freedoms, or that they cannot stand our free speech.” (01/12/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/lessons-paris

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22) Free trade: The engine of revolution
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Wendy McElroy

“Louis Bromfield (1896–1956) may be the most underrated voice of the ‘Old Right,’ especially in connection with its opposition to the Cold War. The Old Right was a loose coalition of anti-statists and anti-interventionists in the early-to-mid20th century who opposed the New Deal programs of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and spoke against American entry into both World War I and World War II as well as against subsequent Cold War policies. As a generalization, and with notable exceptions, the Old Right was a libertarian-leaning branch of the Republican Party, which included the prominent Senator Robert Taft and Representative Howard Buffet. The anti-imperialist and free-market stands of the Old Right were a beacon that drew young activists such as Murray Rothbard.” (01/12/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/free-trade-engine-revolution/

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23) Open letter to the Muslim world
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Abdennour Bidar

“Dear Muslim world: I am one of your estranged sons, who views you from without and from afar — from France, where so many of your children live today. I look at you with the harsh eyes of a philosopher, nourished from infancy on tasawwuf (Sufism) and Western thought. I therefore look at you from my position of barzakh, from an isthmus between the two seas of the East and the West. And what do I see? What do I see better than others, precisely because I see you from afar, from a distance? I see you in a state of misery and suffering that saddens me to no end, but which makes my philosopher’s judgment even harsher, because I see you in the process of birthing a monster that presumes to call itself the Islamic State, and which some prefer to call by a demon’s name — Da’esh. But worst of all is that I see that you are losing yourself and your dignity, and wasting your time, in your refusal to recognize that this monster is born of you: of your irresoluteness, your contradictions, your being torn between past and present, and your perpetual inability to find your place in human civilization.” (01/11/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle804-20150111-04.html

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24) Building a culture of liberty, part 4: Radical unschooling
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“As shown in the previous installment, schooling is an extremely poor practice for building a culture of liberty. Parents who’ve begun building that culture at home through attachment and positive discipline will find schooling to be a major counter-productive step in the socialization and enculturation of their children toward liberty. Instead, such parents should educate themselves on the philosophy known as radical unschooling. Not only does it meet the psychological and intellectual needs of children better than schooling, but it’s also the best way to continue building a culture of liberty.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n7mhec7

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25) Timothy Taylor: Terrorist?
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“I’ve made it no secret from the beginning on these pages that I am a lifelong atheist, a non-believer through and through. … Does that make me a terrorist? Absolutely, according to the many statist governments in this world that embrace religion because religion is the foundation for statism and any expression of outright rejection of religion is perceived a threat to statist governments. Atheism is a threat to Authority!” (01/13/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/01/timothy-taylor-terrorist.html

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26) When free doesn’t mean fair for community college
Source: The Nation
by Michelle Chen

“When President Obama announced last week that he wanted to make community college free, many were instantly skeptical. Does free really mean free? If students aren’t paying, who is? It’s true that the current proposal is incomplete. Obama’s initiative would use federal [sic] funds to cover a large portion of the ‘average’ cost of attendance but generally leaves states to cover the rest, and it’s not clear exactly how this will be financed or whether it can even get through Congress. But yes, in theory, the government can make two-year community college tuition-free for all.” [editor’s note: She ends up answering her own question, and correctly; score one for the “progressive pundits” – SAT] (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kwbsgn4

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27) GOP forcing women to have abortions, and then says it’s too late
Source: Raw Story
by Jessica Valenti

“It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Republicans kicked off their first day in control of the US Congress this week by moving to ban all abortions after 20 weeks, first in the House and very soon in the Senate. The House already passed this back in 2013 — with exactly zero exceptions for women’s health, or rape or incest that hadn’t been reported to police. But I must admit to being slightly confused: Why is the GOP trying to ban later abortions when they’re doing such a stellar job forcing women to get them? After all, Republicans are the ones who want to spend millions on abstinence-only ‘education’ — as in those medically inaccurate, ideology-driven classes on sexuality, telling students that condoms cause cancer and birth control pills cause sterility . I mean, why go through all the trouble of making up such fantastical lies if not to make sure that sexually active teens are more likely to have unwanted pregnancies?” (01/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kky4zy6

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28) Freedom of speech in a free society
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Dr Eamonn Butler

“Some people might be deeply shocked by the words, images, arguments and ideas that are sometimes put forward in a free society. But in a free society, we have no right to prevent free speech and block other people’s opinions, even if we all disagree with what is said or find it offensive or immoral.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k2ltqu6

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29) How reducing GDP increases economic growth
Source: Mises Canada
by Joseph Salerno

“Now it is certainly true that a reduction in real government spending causes a reduction in real GDP, as it is officially calculated. But contrary to Mr. Klein, the reduction in government spending does not retard the growth of production of goods that satisfy consumer demands and, in fact, most likely accelerates it. In addition, real incomes and living standards of producers/consumers in the private sector rise as a direct result of the decline in government spending. The reason for this seeming paradox lies in the conventional method used to calculate real output in the economy. Let me explain with a simple example.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qfzesej

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30) The corrupt, boozing philanderer who built the CIA’s black sites
Source: The Intercept
by Dan Froomkin

“Robbed of critical perspective, the duller, less efficient, more corrupt members of the bureaucracy steadily climb to the top of the bureaucratic pyramid. You could climb to the top by being brilliant and successful, of course. But it is much easier to ascend the bureaucratic peaks by being secretive. Thieves and charlatans naturally thrive and prosper in this matrix of secrecy. One example of the validity of this thesis about the degenerative effects of secrecy on bureaucratic institutions involves the aptly named Dusty Foggo, who concluded a twenty-four-year career in the CIA as executive director.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l79dkck

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31) Oil kings: The House of Saud’s uncertain future
Source: Reuters
by Mohamad Bazzi

“In his annual ‘state-of-the-kingdom’ address on Jan. 6, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah hoped to reassure the world that his country is prepared to absorb the economic shock of plummeting oil prices and to deal with the worsening conflict in its two neighbors, Iraq and Yemen. The message might have been more effective had the 90 year-old king delivered it personally, but Abdullah has been hospitalized since Dec. 31 for pneumonia. Instead, Crown Prince Salman delivered the speech on the king’s behalf. That image … did little to address concerns about whether Abdullah is still fit to lead.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kh8kjwz

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32) The Freedom Report Podcast, 01/12/15
Source: The Libertarian Republic

“Officers of the NYPD have been ordered to write summonses, with the government of NYC now denying all vacation or sick days until the police get back to their revenue collection schemes.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kv8796l

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33) Revolutions eat their parents
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Peter St Onge

“Left-wing revolution is one of history’s biggest bait-and-switches. Both for the intellectuals who hanker for the grapeshot, and for the marginalized peoples who get concentration camps instead of the anti-capitalist utopia they were promised. ‘Revolutions eat their children.’ This observation, by a journalist during the French Revolution, was only partly true. In reality, revolutions eat their parents. In particular, history’s left-wing revolutions eat the left-wing intellectuals who made them happen.” (01/12/15)

http://mises.org/library/revolutions-eat-their-parents

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34) Wanted: Armed satirists
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“I have a suggestion. Bear arms. Commenting on the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, a Reason.com reader points to a profile of Henry Jarvis Raymond (1820-1869) at the website of Green-Wood cemetery. At the moment, the most urgently relevant detail of Green-Wood’s profile is not Raymond’s co-founding of The New York Times, his politics or his friendship with Abraham Lincoln, but how he defended his paper against threat of assault.” (01/12/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/01/12/satirists/

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35) Obamacare czar: Don’t get annual physical
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders

“Ezekiel J. Emanuel, brother of Rahm, is a former senior healthcare adviser to President Obama. Now he writes a piece telling people to skip their annual physicals. … Remember the 2008 sales pitch about how universal healthcare would mean regular doctor visits that would keep people healthier, and hence out of the pricey emergency room? That’s how Obamacare would cover more people without driving up costs — that was the con-job argument anyway. In that spirit, the Affordable Care Act considers the annual physical to be an ‘essential benefit’ for which there is no co-payment.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/opgf5c5

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36) Free community college another step in the march to socialism
Source: The Canal
by Frank Worley-Lopez

“President Bara[c]k Obama announced has proposed tuition-free community college for all students who ‘work for it.’ The idea of ‘free’ college education is not new and has its roots in modern socialism. The plan would require students to maintain a 2.5 GPA, and community colleges would have to improve their standards. Sounds good, but as we have seen in the past, what sounds good isn’t always a good thing. So far, Obama has left out the most important detail: how to pay for it.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/le3ynx8

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37) The unmourned: Another mass killing by the peace prize prez
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“In other words, the unilateral, illegal bombing campaign of the Peace Prize Laureate killed dozens of victims of Islamic extremism. But unlike the Charlie Hebdo case, there is no worldwide mourning for these nobodies, these brown nobodies from the back of beyond. Islamic State denied their ‘free speech’ by imprisoning them; then Barack Obama ended it entirely, by killing them. An excellent example of bipartisanship in action, where both sides find common ground and work together! Then again, we see a lot of that in the Terror War.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ktq2tee

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38) The importance of property rights for China’s future
Source: Cato Institute
by James A Dorn

“President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have called for rebalancing the economy and structural reforms, with the recognition that slower, more sustainable high-quality growth is consistent with the ‘China Dream’ of all-round development. But that dream could turn into a nightmare if political factors prevent fundamental reform, especially a just rule of law that protects and expands private property rights, including freedom of expression.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kaql55f

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39) Populism rises, as the “center” strikes back
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“’Americans don’t want angry, defensive figures running for president,’ Democratic operative Will Marshall told McClatchy’s David Lightman this week. But who, precisely, is angry and defensive? As the pushback to Wall Street’s influence on government grows stronger, it is the banking industry’s supporters who sound enraged. And as economic populism gains traction in Democratic circles, it is corporate Democrats like Marshall who find themselves increasingly on the defensive. Marshall and his organization (the misleadingly named ‘Progressive Policy Institute’) are part of a corporate-financed movement that has tacked the Democratic Party sharply rightward in recent decades.” [editor’s note: At least he recognizes there are even some D’s who are not his allies – SAT] (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kpznrmv

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40) Dr. Death: Ezekiel Emanuel
Source: Heartland Institute
by David Applegate

“Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel is the brother of the current mayor of Chicago and, like MIT’s Johnathan Gruber, an architect of Obamacare, which proponents prefer to call ‘the Affordable Care Act.’ It turns out one of the ways the good Dr. Emanuel wants to help make health care affordable is to dissuade patients from using it.” (01/12/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/01/dr-death-ezekiel-emanuel/

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41) How Obama could end the Cuban embargo
Source: CounterPunch
by Matt Peppe

“When President Obama announced he would direct his administration to start normalizing relations with Cuba several weeks ago, there was one giant catch: the embargo against Cuba would still remain in place. As Obama noted, the embargo has been codified in legislation. He announced his intention to engage with Congress about lifting the embargo. But with both chambers of Congress now in the hands of a party whose entire platform for the last six years has been opposing Obama, it doesn’t appear likely. But the reality is that Obama doesn’t need Congress’s permission.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/luhf4zt

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42) Cock of the walk
Source: The Cagle Post
by Mark Streeter

Cartoon. (01/09/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/01/cock-of-the-walk/

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43) The police threat is too high
Source: The Daily Bell
by Paul Craig Roberts

“We are constantly reminded of how dangerous it is to be a police officer. A total of 50 police officers were reportedly killed last year in the “line of duty,” but the police themselves managed to kill 1,029 Americans during the same time period, most of whom were unarmed and innocent of wrongdoings. In other words, any encounter between the public and the police is more than 20 times more dangerous for the public than for the police. That should raise questions about the absence of restraint on the ability of police to use deadly force as a first resort.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mj37zo9

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44) Education beyond capitalism
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Grant A Mincy

“Liberated of state, and beyond capitalism, education will evolve. Our societies will evolve. We will have more time to invest in learning, community, family and friends. Obama’s proposal is progressive, but unimaginative — the burden of state capitalist power remains. We can imagine more. We can be free people, in a free society.” (01/11/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/34920

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45) Nationalizations in Cuba and the United States
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Proponents for continuing the Cold War-era U.S. embargo against Cuba, many of whom are Latin Americans, say that as a condition for lifting the embargo, the U.S. government should require the Cuban government to compensate, either with damages or restoration, U.S. companies and even Cuban citizens for the Castro regime’s nationalization of their properties more than 50 years ago. Really? … If the U.S. government is going to be the daddy for U.S. firms and the papasito for Cuban citizens who have had their properties nationalized, then about the same for American families whose ancestors had their gold nationalized by the U.S. government during the 1930s? Wouldn’t it be fair — indeed, much fairer — to compensate all those people before helping people who have had their properties nationalized by the Cuban government?” (01/12/15)

http://fff.org/2015/01/12/nationalizations-cuba-united-states/

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46) The American president: A modern king
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Dave Benner

“Citizens in the United States are usually proud of its constitutional system. After all, its conception of government was completely unique in the world, and Americans were responsible for creating written constitutions. Still, modern government largely throws the constitutional system to the wind, adopting a political atmosphere more consistent with a monarchy than a republic. The modern presidency has assumed a higher level of authority than was imagined during the construction of the Constitution and ratification debates. As a result, the modern executive has more power than an 18th century king.” (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kmn5tkf

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47) Charlie Hebdo: More security isn’t the solution
Source: spiked
by Bill Durodie

“Predictably, in the aftermath of the atrocities in Paris last week, many commentators have emphasised a presumed need for more security. The UK chancellor, George Osborne, was quick off the mark, asserting that tackling terrorism is now Britain’s ‘national priority.’ Really? The number-one focus for some 64million people is to handle the extreme actions of vexatious malcontents? What does that suggest about the malcontents’ presumed power? And what does it say about ours. The problem revealed here, and in the talk of fighting a ‘war’ against extremists, is a complete loss of proportionality and perspective. We are no less safe today than we were a week ago.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mnawhux

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48) To catch a non-predator, try entrapment
Source: Reason
by Lenore Skenazy

“How can you turn a lonely guy looking for a date into a predator looking for a victim? All you need is a computer and a cop. Thus we must hail Noah Pransky, an investigative reporter for WTSP in Tampa Bay, Florida, for exposing the way cops fish for men on adults-only dating sites and then arrest them for being child predators. When they’re not.” (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p94lotm

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49) How the web has changed journalism
Source: EconLog
by David Henderson

“It’s probably obvious to most readers just how much the web has changed journalism. But my recent debate with David Cay Johnston both on Econlog (here and here) and over at Cafe Hayek is a nice illustration. Think how the world changed between February 1995 and April 2008. Why those dates? Because it was during that time, according to Wikipedia, that Johnston was the tax reporter for the New York Times.” (01/11/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/01/how_the_web_has.html

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50) Free Thoughts Podcast, 01/12/15
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Peter Van Doren returns to Free Thoughts for a discussion on public choice economics and how it affects political decision making.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mnx8owp

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