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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,117
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
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In the News:

1) Source: DoJ to recommend no civil rights charges in Ferguson shooting
2) Russia, Ukraine agree on pullback line for heavy arms
3) NY: Silver to be arrested on corruption charges
4) Argentina: New questions about death of prosecutor
5) UK: Chilcot inquiry “will not be published until after the election”
6) Mexico: Meth-toting drone crashes near US border
7) VA: Pol who won election from jail faces new charges
8) International court urged for Central African Republic
9) US, Cuba spar over migration policy at historic Havana talks
10) TX: State employees kill prisoner
11) Germany: Pegida leader steps down over Adolf Hitler photo
12) Jamaica: Official says marijuana reform bill ready
13) House GOP aims at Roe v. Wade anniversary on abortion bill
14) CO: Potential jurors want out of theater shooting case
15) TX: SCOTUS hears case testing civil rights act
16) CT: Once again, teen proves she’s a better person than her abductors/poisoners
17) BP boss predicts: Oil prices “low for up to 3 years”
18) DE: Police steal $150k worth of free market pharmaceuticals, abduct delivery driver in speeding stop
19) Israel: Arab man stabs Tel Aviv bus driver, passengers
20) Boehner invites Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) If Social Security was really about funding your retirement …
22) The FBI is great at disrupting (its own) “terror plots”
23) America’s fading love of freedom
24) Background checks: Inside the mind of Alan Gottlieb
25) The persistence of policing for profit
26) Oxfam, capitalism, and poverty
27) Just because the government says so, doesn’t make it so
28) Let’s secede from the American monetary union
29) What Obama got wrong in SOTU remarks on trade
30) This is your brain on propaganda
31) The unquestioned, ignored, heroic military
32) It’s not color; it’s culture
33) The pretense of the State of the Union
34) Dan Sanchez on The Scott Horton Show
35) Another open letter to President Obama
36) GOP response: The breadbags of empathy
37) Four and counting: States consider bills to turn off resources to NSA
38) Exonerating the CIA
39) Sniping and “fair fights”
40) I’m really not sure they like us
41) When civics isn’t civil
42) The sheepskin nightmare
43) The unbearable bridge
44) Heartland Daily Podcast, 01/20/15
45) How to sell off a city
46) Where’s the “je suis Page 3″ movement?
47) Thankfully, Obama’s dumb capital gains plan is going nowhere
48) Puerto Rico: A transportation privatization example for Missouri
49) The LAVA Flow Podcast, 01/20/15
50) Statism of the union
51) This is how the US government convinces a newspaper to kill a story
52) The Pope is a dope
53) The US cannot afford to be the world’s police
54) Obama’s cyber proposals sound good, but erode information security
55) Why should the government deliver mail?

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1) Source: DoJ to recommend no civil rights charges in Ferguson shooting
Source: New York Times

“The Justice Department has begun work on a legal memo recommending no civil rights charges against a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., who killed an unarmed black teenager in August, law enforcement officials said. That would close the politically charged case in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The investigation by the F.B.I., which is complete, found no evidence to support civil rights charges against the officer, Darren Wilson, the officials said.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mgwx64m

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2) Russia, Ukraine agree on pullback line for heavy arms
Source: Boston Herald

“Diplomats from Russia and Ukraine agreed Wednesday on a dividing line from where both sides should pull back their heavy weapons, just hours after [Donetsk People’s Republic] forces deployed more arms and manpower to an emerging flashpoint [the seceded state]. Germany’s Foreign Minister, who hosted a meeting of his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and France, said the four parties had agreed that the demarcation line defined in the Minsk agreement of last year should form the basis for the withdrawal.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nw7om9h

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3) NY: Silver to be arrested on corruption charges
Source: New York Post

“Sheldon Silver, the longtime speaker of the New York state Assembly, is expected to be arrested on corruption charges by federal authorities on Thursday after prosecutors subpoenaed records in a probe of undocumented payments he received from a law firm, according to a report. Silver, a Manhattan Democrat who has served as speaker for more than 20 years, is expected to be charged following an investigation sparked when Gov. Cuomo abruptly shut down an anticorruption commission he had created in 2013, The New York Times said.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m3o4qwn

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4) Argentina: New questions about death of prosecutor
Source: Altoona Mirror

“Mystery deepened in the gunshot death of a prosecutor who had accused Argentina’s president of covering up a terror attack with Wednesday’s revelation that a door to his apartment barely locked and the discovery of a previously unknown entry. The locksmith who opened the back door to give investigators access to the home where Alberto Nisman was found dead said it was barely closed, raising questions about whether a killer might have entered or exited what was earlier described as a 13th-story apartment locked from the inside.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n7ma4pb

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5) UK: Chilcot inquiry “will not be published until after the election”
Source: The Telegraph [UK]

“The long-awaited Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war will not be published until after the general election in May, it has emerged. The inquiry chairman, Sir John Chilcot, will set out his reasons for the further delay in an exchange of letters with Prime Minister David Cameron, according to Government sources. … The Chilcot inquiry, which was originally set up by the then prime minister Gordon Brown in 2009, took public evidence from its last witness in 2011. However publication of the report has been held back by negotiations over the publication of private communications between Tony Blair, prime minister at the time of the 2003 conflict, and then US president George Bush.” (01/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m5xutzu

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6) Mexico: Meth-toting drone crashes near US border
Source: Washington Post

“A drug-toting drone has crashed into a supermarket parking lot in Mexico, a couple of miles from the U.S. border. Authorities said the remote-controlled drone was toting more than six pounds of methamphetamine when it crashed Tuesday night in Tijuana, near the San Ysidro Border Crossing and about 15 miles from San Diego. Six meth packets were strapped to the aircraft with plastic webbing and black tape, police said. … Traffickers have used drones to do their dirty work for several years, according to the Latin Times. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency reported that, in 2012, about 150 passes were made across the U.S.-Mexico border.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qj2o5us

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7) VA: Pol who won election from jail faces new charges
Source: Raw Story

“A Virginia state legislator who was re-elected last week while serving a jail sentence for a sex scandal was indicted on Wednesday on felony charges stemming from the case. In a fresh political embarrassment for Virginia, Joseph Morrissey was charged by a Henrico County grand jury with four counts of allegedly lying under oath and submitting a forged document to the court. Morrissey, a member of the House of Delegates, is serving a six-month jail term for a misdemeanor conviction of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The case involves a former receptionist who was 17 when she worked in his law office. The receptionist is now 18 and pregnant. She has denied having sex with Morrissey, 57.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odbwx7f

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8) International court urged for Central African Republic
Source: ABC News

“The United Nations commission that has accused both sides in the conflict in Central African Republic of crimes against humanity is urging the U.N. to establish an international court to prosecute perpetrators. Law professor Philippe Alston, a commission member, warned against a proposal being considered to set up a special criminal court in the country.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/puovetd

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9) US, Cuba spar over migration policy at historic Havana talks
Source: Fort Dodge Messenger

“The United States said Wednesday it dispatched additional ships to the Florida Straits to halt Cuban rafters but rebuffed demands for broader changes to U.S. migration rules that dominated the first day of talks between Cuban officials and the highest-ranking U.S. delegation to the island in more than three decades. Cuba urged the U.S. to end immigration privileges that grant virtually automatic legal residency to any Cuban who touches U.S. soil. Its government blames the Cold War policy for luring tens of thousands of Cubans a year to make perilous journeys by sea and land to try to reach the United States.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mzxfq5g

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10) TX: State employees kill prisoner
Source: NBC News

“A 41-year-old Texas prisoner was put to death Wednesday evening for the slayings of three people during a robbery at their San Antonio home more than 21 years ago. Arnold Prieto became the first prisoner to receive a lethal injection this year in Texas, which carried out 10 executions in 2014.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pvxmjar

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11) Germany: Pegida leader steps down over Adolf Hitler photo
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The head of the German anti-Islamisation movement Pegida has stepped down after a picture of him posing as Adolf Hitler went viral. Lutz Bachmann, 41, a butcher’s son from Dresden and co-founder of the organisation, was seen as Pegida’s figurehead and his resignation throws the future of the group into doubt. The picture of Bachmann posing as Hitler after a session at his hairdresser, complete with a Hitler hairstyle dyed black and parted on the right and a toothbrush moustache, went viral on Wednesday after it was published by , a local newspaper, the Dresden Morgenpost.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pfzzg55

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12) Jamaica: Official says marijuana reform bill ready
Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal

“Jamaica’s Cabinet has approved a much-anticipated bill of drug law amendments that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot and pave the way for a legal medical marijuana industry on the Caribbean island, the justice minister said Wednesday. Following the Cabinet’s authorization, Justice Minister Mark Golding said he expects to introduce the legislation in the Senate by the end of this week. Debate could start before the end of the month in the pot-steeped country where the drug, known popularly as ‘ganja,’ has long been culturally entrenched but illegal.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k5j65c3

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13) House GOP aims at Roe v. Wade anniversary on abortion bill
Source: Fox News

“House Republicans searched for a way Wednesday to advance the new Congress’ first abortion legislation, hoping to avoid an inter-party implosion over a bill that at one point seemed all but certain of passage. Legislation that was intended to be voted on Thursday — the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision — would criminalize virtually all abortions for pregnancies of 20 weeks or longer. It would offer some exceptions, including for victims of rape that have already been reported to authorities. Some Republicans, including female members of Congress, objected to that requirement, saying that many women feel too distressed to report rapes and should not be penalized.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pjft4jn

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14) CO: Potential jurors want out of theater shooting case
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Prospective jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial presented a judge with a number of excuses on Wednesday for why they shouldn’t be on the panel that decides if defendant James Holmes was insane at the time of the deadly attack. By the end of the second day of what promises to be a long slog to picking a jury, Judge Carlos Samour had excused at least 20 people who had doctors’ notes, didn’t speak English, or weren’t residents of Arapahoe County, where the 2012 attack occurred. However, in a sign of how difficult it might be to get excused, a summons for a woman who reported being ‘violently ill’ and requested an ambulance was only delayed but not canceled.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qxuf5py

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15) TX: SCOTUS hears case testing civil rights act
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“A sharply divided US Supreme Court on Wednesday took up a challenge to the Fair Housing Act (FHA) in an action that liberal critics say could gut the major civil rights provision. At issue in a case from Dallas, Texas, is whether the housing law authorizes lawsuits over racially neutral measures that nonetheless disproportionately impact minority residents. Liberals support the so-called disparate impact theory of civil rights enforcement, while conservatives warn that such an approach could lead to racial quotas in housing and other areas.” [editor’s note: That last sentence might be the best objective analysis of the two “sides” (on this and other issues) I’ve seen in years? – SAT] (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ntgqutd

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16) CT: Once again, teen proves she’s a better person than her abductors/poisoners
Source: NBC Connecticut

“In a plea via Facebook, 17-year-old Cassandra C. said Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and the Department of Children and families have received threats after last week’s Supreme Court decision, which ruled the teen was not mature enough to make her own medical decisions. Cassandra, who has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, is required to undergo chemotherapy treatments until she turns 18 in September. ‘Recently there have been a lot of threatening phone calls made to the hospital and to DCF,’ Cassandra wrote in a message to NBC Connecticut. ‘I understand there are people outraged by my situation, I am certainly not happy about it myself, but making threats is not and will not help me in any way at all.'” [editor’s note: The subtext seems to indicate these thugs are using the threats as an excuse to keep her “in custody” for longer “for her safety” – TLK] (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mzhgn42

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17) BP boss predicts: Oil prices “low for up to 3 years”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The boss of oil giant BP’s boss Bob Dudley has said that oil prices could remain low for up to three years. He added that could send UK petrol prices below £1 per litre. He told BBC Business editor Kamal Ahmed in Davos BP was planning for low oil prices for years to come. That is expected to lead to job losses and falling investment in the North Sea oil industry and elsewhere, curbing supply and eventually forcing the price back up.” (01/21/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30913321

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18) DE: Police steal $150k worth of free market pharmaceuticals, abduct delivery driver in speeding stop
Source: WIlmington News Journal

“A traffic stop for speeding in Sussex County ended in the arrest of a New Jersey man with nearly 15,000 bags of heroin worth about $150,000, state police said Wednesday. Davon Tucker, 32, of Paterson, initially admitted to having marijuana, which he gave to police, who then found the cache of heroin in his trunk, Master Cpl. Gary E. Fournier said. Tucker is being held at Sussex Correctional Institution near Georgetown after failing to post $122,601 cash bail.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kmqctn2

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19) Israel: Arab man stabs Tel Aviv bus driver, passengers
Source: CNN

“The 911 caller in Tel Aviv sounded panicked, his voice loud and urgent. ‘She was stabbed in the head!’ Go to Hamasger Street, the caller shouted. A man stabbed nine people, including the driver of a bus and passengers on Wednesday, in what police are calling a terror attack. … The attacker was a 23-year-old [Arab] Palestinian from the West Bank city of Tulkarem, authorities said. Police shot him in the leg after he got off the bus. He was arrested and is being questioned, they said.” (01/21/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/21/middleeast/israel-attack/

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20) Boehner invites Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Rebuffing President Barack Obama on Iran, House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday he had invited Israel’s prime minister to address a joint meeting of Congress next month about the threats from Tehran and radical Islam. The Republican leader released a letter extending the invitation to Benjamin Netanyahu for Feb. 11. Boehner also told a private meeting of GOP lawmakers that Congress would move ahead on new penalties against Ira[n] despite Obama’s warning that any legislation would scuttle diplomatic negotiations over the country’s nuclear program.” [editor’s note: Apparently Obama doesn’t get it. The goal of US and Israeli policy vis a vis Iran is to keep the mullahs in power for as long as humanly possible. See “hobgoblins, Mencken’s” – TLK] (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oy85bba

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

21) If Social Security was really about funding your retirement …
Source: The Inter-Rationale
by Steve Trinward

“A lot of folks try to make the point that the amount taken out for Social Security (then, since the mid-’60s, FICA) has always been a relative pittance, and that even when you double the figures (by including the so-called ’employer share’), the grand total is far less than any of us might withdraw during our senior years. Some talk about how they ‘already got back what I paid in, even what my boss did,’ and pat themselves on the back for beating the system. Unfortunately, this misses an important point: Had that ‘pittance’ taken out over all those years been diverted into a simple 5% savings account, it could now have been worth six figures (seven, in many cases)!” (01/21/15)

http://rationalreview.news-digests.com/archives/179760

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22) The FBI is great at disrupting (its own) “terror plots”
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“On January 14 the US Department of Justice announced that the Joint Terrorism Task Force had disrupted the latest ‘domestic terrorism plot’ — this time by ‘a Cincinnati-area man … to attack the U.S. Capital and kill government officials.’ House Speaker John Boehner immediately cited the disrupted plot as evidence that Congress should think carefully before refusing to renew the NSA’s bulk data collection powers. Only it turns out the feds had at least as much to do with hatching the plot as did the alleged plotter, Christopher Cornell.” (01/21/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/35190

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23) America’s fading love of freedom
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“Tea Party protesters, some Republicans, and many libertarians perceive the federal government as a vast engine of oppression. But are anti-Obama activists mistaken in presuming that most Americans still care about freedom?” (01/21/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/americans-fading-love-freedom/

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24) Background checks: Inside the mind of Alan Gottlieb
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

“Washington state gun owners are being smashed between a rock and a hard place. The disaster — which is bound to be bloody — will likely shape the gun-rights fight in states across the nation. And the outcome for people far beyond Washington state may depend on Alan Gottlieb. Which terrifies me. And should terrify you.” (01/21/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=603

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25) The persistence of policing for profit
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Money-hungry cops are angry about the forfeiture reform that Attorney General Eric Holder announced last Friday, which suggests it’s a move in the right direction. But contrary to initial press reports, the new policy represents a modest change to the rules governing civil forfeiture, which allows the government to take people’s assets without accusing them of a crime. … the new DOJ policy leaves the Equitable Sharing Program mostly untouched. It explicitly exempts seizures arising from state or local investigations that are assisted by or coordinated with federal agencies, which include seizures by hundreds of federally subsidized multijurisdictional task forces. … That does not mean Holder’s move accomplishes nothing. Greedy grumbling by cops suggests it will make legalized theft harder for some of them.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nc2cpxs

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26) Oxfam, capitalism, and poverty
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Ben Southwood

“After Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century told us about rising inequality, it’s perhaps unsurprising that a new report from Oxfam tells us the global 1% will soon own half of all the world’s wealth. But things are not quite as they seem. Oxfam’s figures look at net wealth, implying that Societe Generale rogue investment banker Jerome Kerviel is the world’s poorest person, and Michael Jackson was afflicted by the direst poverty before he died.” (01/21/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/economics/oxfam-capitalism-and-poverty/

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27) Just because the government says so, doesn’t make it so
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“Just because someone with power declares an item of commerce contraband does not make it harmful or illegal. Recently the EPA, based on the mega-fraud that the natural plant-breathing gas carbon dioxide is harmful, outlawed the manufacture of wood-burning stoves. A blacksmith who made wood-burning stoves and sold them through a Silk Road-type of marketplace would be exercising rights the American Revolution was fought to establish but that the government violates.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ph9s9ug

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28) Let’s secede from the American monetary union
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“The European monetary experiment illustrates anew for us how a monetary monopoly is an indispensable component of an effort to achieve political unity and more powerful government. As Philipp Bagus has noted, the currency known as the euro is just as much a political instrument as it is an economic one. It greatly enhances the monopoly power enjoyed by the nascent state known as the European Union without having to first achieve true de jure political union. The central bankers of a unified Europe are far more powerful than the central bankers of any one European state could ever hope to be. Although much further down the road in this respect, the United States is subject to a monetary union similar in many ways to that of the European Union.” (01/21/15)

http://mises.org/library/let%E2%80%99s-secede-american-monetary-union

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29) What Obama got wrong in SOTU remarks on trade
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“The President briefly spoke about trade in his State of the Union speech. He admitted that ‘past trade deals haven’t always lived up to the hype’ but then he called for doing more of the same. He called for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) — ‘Fast Track’ — to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).” (01/21/15)

http://ourfuture.org/20150121/obama-on-trade-in-sotu

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30) This is your brain on propaganda
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“I realize there is a very large contingent who desperately want to give cops and ‘troops’ a pass they are not willing to give other State tools. Why? I don’t know. Fine. I see it as blatant inconsistency, but you do whatever makes you happy and accept the consequences. I think truth is better, and that inconsistency shows you are wrong about something, but if you are comfortable with it … Go ahead and go further. Insist that ‘taxation’ can’t be theft because government employees are committing it as part of their job. This is basically what I am running up against.” (01/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pu4lrz9

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31) The unquestioned, ignored, heroic military
Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

“No good will come of calling all veterans monsters. And they’re not. Of course they’re not. They get ruined by wars that we all vaguely tolerate for want of a longer attention span. They get told that joining up is a noble, brave thing to do. Then they are left by an indifferent public, and an incompetent bureaucracy that can barely provide them with medical care. Yet there’s something paint by numbers about the mournful, gray war movie. Even if Eastwood is as nuanced in American Sniper as he’s proved himself capable of being in previous films, that is still a formula we’ve seen before.” (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/puhtore

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32) It’s not color; it’s culture
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Let me make myself perfectly clear: Al Sharpton is a racist. He makes his considerable living and derives his undeserved social status by going around the country and causing trouble complaining about white people being racists when it is he and his ilk who are the racists. He’s a relic of the past who judges human character and prejudges people solely upon the color of their skin. Well I have some breaking news for Brother Al: It’s not about color; it’s about culture.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qx5zvvn

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33) The pretense of the State of the Union
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Some people hated it. Some people loved it. Just about everyone seems to miss the real point. The most disturbing part of the annual ‘State of the Union’ address by the US president does not concern the specifics of the content, or the policies — as wonderful or objectionable as they may be. The core problem is the very strange presumption that one man comprehends an entire nation and its meaning, embodies something like a guiding spirit of a people, and thereby earns the right to manage the entire collective from the top down through the judicious use of power.” (01/21/15)

http://fee.org/blog/detail/the-pretense-of-the-state-of-the-union

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34) Dan Sanchez on The Scott Horton Show
Source: The Scott Horton Show

“Dan Sanchez, director of the Mises Academy, discusses Ludwig von Mises’s lectures on how capitalism empowers people to rise above poverty and servitude through private ownership of the means of production.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/19/15)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2015/01/19/11915-dan-sanchez/

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35) Another open letter to President Obama
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“In last-night’s State of the Union address you said ‘And to everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.’ The premise of your plea is mistaken: raises aren’t given by votes, by you, or by Congress: they’re given only by employers. And employers must fund these higher payments out of the revenues they earn by competing successfully in markets.” (01/21/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/01/another-open-letter-to-pres-obama.html

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36) GOP response: The breadbags of empathy
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“Imagine going to the doctor and saying, ‘My back is killing me. I can barely move. What can you do to help me? Should we do an X-ray? Physical therapy? Medication?’ And the doctor responds, ‘Yeah, I hurt my back once. It was awful. So I know exactly what you’re feeling. Anyway, thanks for coming in—just see the receptionist on the way out to pay your bill.’ That’s not too far off from what we heard from Senator Joni Ernst in the GOP response to the State of the Union address last night.” [editor’s note: Well, Bill Clinton said he could “feel your pain”? What’s different now? – SAT] (01/21/15)

http://prospect.org/article/gop-response-breadbags-empathy

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37) Four and counting: States consider bills to turn off resources to NSA
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin

“State efforts to stop warrantless NSA spying are off to a fast start in the 2015 legislative session. Just two weeks into this year’s legislative season, and with many legislatures not even in session yet, legislators in four states have already introduced bills to ban material support or resources to any federal agency engaged in warrantless spying. These bills not only support efforts to turn off NSA’s water in Utah, but would also have practical effects on federal surveillance programs if passed.” (01/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lhadhxo

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38) Exonerating the CIA
Source: CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark

“Exonerating spooks for improper conduct is a regular feature of the establishment. After all, you don’t convict your own, turning your nose at activities pursued under the grand, catch-all term of national security. From the start, the CIA review, established to investigate its own activities into spying on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, was always predictably constituted, with predictable outcomes.” (01/21/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/21/exonerating-the-cia/

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39) Sniping and “fair fights”
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan

“There remains a widespread belief in the ‘moral equality of combatants,’ which treats the ethics of war as if it were a sport governed by norms of equality and fair play. But this view is not defensible.” (01/21/15)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2015/01/sniping-and-fair-fights/

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40) I’m really not sure they like us
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
by Jon Carroll

“The Fox News channel continues to thrive, but it’s not really selling news; it’s selling attitude. Real news (the kind you get on, say, Al Jazeera) seems not to interest people very much. Yes, you can get an outrage of the day trending on Twitter, but the outrage is usually without context, and it usually dissipates before the problem can be solved. Lynch them all and now, here’s an epic snowboard fail. The question in newsrooms has always been: How do we package the news in the new environment? How can we make our stories and our skills accessible in the digital age?” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n9dma3m

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41) When civics isn’t civil
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Arizona and North Dakota just passed laws requiring that candidates for high school diplomas pass a ‘civics’ examination based on the citizenship test required of immigrants seeking to become US citizens. These laws are being pushed in at least fifteen other states, mostly by an affiliate of the Joe Foss Institute, called the Civics Education Initiative, which has the citizenship test (or some version of it) on its website. The purpose of the test is ‘to ensure all students are taught basic civics about how our government works, and who we are as a nation … things every student must learn to be ready for active, engaged citizenship.’ It is a noble purpose, if you assume that despite its failures, government is necessary or at least inevitable. Sadly, the contents of the test do NOT match this stated purpose.” (01/20/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6797

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42) The sheepskin nightmare
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Have you ever dreamed that you’re suddenly one class, credit, final exam, or semester short of graduation? Many people, myself included, have this recurring nightmare. There a whole reddit on it. … In contrast, I’ve never ever heard of someone dreaming about suddenly forgetting whatever job skills they learned in school.” (01/21/15)

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

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43) The unbearable bridge
Source: Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau

“The more grumpy I become, the more disenchanted I become with progressive reform schemes and warm-and-fuzzy types and lefty bullshit in the academy, the more I hate Ronald Reagan. Yes, you heard me right, Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan told people that the government can spend more money, taken in less money, and still balance its budget. He made ludicrous delusion and magical fixes mainstream. We’re supposed to believe that everything is wonderful and everything will be great and each and every kid is above average and earned that little league trophy for showing up some of the time and if you just follow best practices then students will learn more in less time with less effort and it will all be great. Screw that guy.” (01/21/15)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2015/01/21/18374

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44) Heartland Daily Podcast, 01/20/15
Source: Heartland Institute

“Competitive Enterprise Institute senior fellow John Berlau joins The Heartland Institute’s Budget & Tax News managing editor Jesse Hathaway to talk about the U.S. Treasury Department’s recent announcement that the ‘auto bailout’ portion of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) had officially ended with the final repayment of taxpayer-funded loans to Ally Financial, formerly known as GMAC.” [Flash video] (01/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ou6nogb

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45) How to sell off a city
Source: In These Times
by Rick Perlstein

“In June of 2013, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a new appointment to the city’s seven-member school board. … Deborah H. Quazzo is a founder of an investment firm called GSV Advisors, a business whose goal is … drumming up venture capital for ‘an education revolution in which public schools outsource to private vendors such critical tasks as teaching math, educating disabled students, even writing report cards.’ GSV Advisors has a sister firm, GSV Capital, that holds ownership stakes in education technology companies like ‘Knewton,’ which sells software that replaces the functions of flesh-and-blood teachers. … In other words, a key decision-maker for Chicago’s public schools makes money when school boards decide to sell off the functions of public schools.” [editor’s note: This would seem to qualify as “crony corporatism” not just “privatization” – SAT] (01/21/15)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17533/how_to_sell_off_a_city

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46) Where’s the “je suis Page 3″ movement?
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Well, there you have it, an answer to the question: ‘How long will it take for Britain’s political and media classes to go from saying ‘Je suis Charlie’ to being their old censorious selves, celebrating the crushing of words and images they don’t like?’ The answer is 13 days. Not even two weeks. They couldn’t keep up the pretence of being in favour of press freedom for one measly fortnight. For yesterday, just shy of the second-week anniversary of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, the right bunch of Charlies who make up Britain’s illiberal liberal set were hollering ‘Victory!’ following reports that Page 3, the Sun’s daily serving of a scantily-clad woman, has apparently been put to bed.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/olmz2on

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47) Thankfully, Obama’s dumb capital gains plan is going nowhere
Source: Cato Institute
by Chris Edwards

“President Obama’s new tax proposals show that he is not interested in bipartisan tax reform. The plan to be outlined in his State of the Union address is anti-growth, anti-savings, and pro-complexity. Left-wing political consultants might like the plan, but not serious tax reformers. Obama himself has called for simplifying the tax code, but his proposals — including the expansion of tax credits — would make the code more complicated.” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5lwvro

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48) Puerto Rico: A transportation privatization example for Missouri
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Joseph Miller

“Missourians should take two major lessons from Puerto Rico’s experience. First, the private sector is capable of maintaining transportation infrastructure. The commonwealth’s largest airport, toll roads, and public transportation system are privately operated. Second, the private sector can provide significant capital for improvements.” (01/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pmtp8g9

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49) The LAVA Flow Podcast, 01/20/15
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“This is Episode Three, The Je ne suis pas Charlie Edition, and on this fortnight’s episode: What’s in the News; Ancap Apps; Muh Roads — The Timber Edition, and How to Live LAVA in a Statist Society using Uber and Lyft … But first, What’s Rustling My Jimmies today.” [Transcript and Flash audio] (01/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qbl9bcc

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50) Statism of the union
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“The centerpiece of President Obama’s State of the Union was something he called ‘middle-class’ economics. Not surprisingly, Obama’s definition of a ‘pro-middle class’ economic policy is a laundry lists of new spending programs and mandates. Obama also promised new spending on scientific research, infrastructure, and (of course) continued intervention in the affairs of other nations. Other than raising a few taxes on the ‘rich’ he did not spend a whole lot of time on how to pay for his version of ever-expanding government.” (01/20/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/statism-union

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51) This is how the US government convinces a newspaper to kill a story
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“The timidness with which mainstream media in the U.S. approaches news has been well documented. In fact, the inability of traditional media to do a reasonable job of holding powerful interests accountable has been one of the primary drivers behind the ascendency of alternative news. Despite this reality, one thing we know less about is specifically how the power structure goes about suppressing news it doesn’t want reaching the plebs. Until now.” (01/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/osfzuor

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52) The Pope is a dope
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“The Roman Catholic Church apparently, has gotten itself stuck with another lemon. Judging from his recent public pronouncements, Pope Francis couldn’t pour the traditional liquid out of a boot if the instructions were enscribed on the heel in Latin. I’m extremely sorry if saying that offends any of my Catholic friends, but you’ve gotta do something about this guy. He’s an embarrassment, the Joseph Biden of religion.” (01/18/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle805-20150118-07.html

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53) The US cannot afford to be the world’s police
Source: Mises Canada
by James E Miller

“While some lawmakers — mostly Republicans — propose measures to strengthen America’s security complex, the Pentagon recently announced the closure of 15 military bases in Europe. The plan is expected to save up to $500 million a year. The bases will be returned to the countries they inhabit. Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel assures there won’t be any job losses however. Republican critics argue the move is premature in the face of escalating terror threats and an emboldened Russia run by its power-hungry leader Vladimir Putin. At the same time, these detractors correctly point out that the U.S. must start tightening its belt. An $18 trillion debt is a national embarrassment. The question for these conservative lawmakers is: If not now, when will fiscal responsibility actually be practiced?” (01/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n6o5ugu

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54) Obama’s cyber proposals sound good, but erode information security
Source: The Intercept
by Dan Froomkin

“The State of the Union address President Obama delivers tonight will include a slate of cyber proposals crafted to sound like timely government protections in an era beset by villainous hackers. They would in theory help the government and private sector share hack data more effectively; increase penalties for the most troubling forms of hacking; and require better notification of people when their personal data has been stolen. But if you cut through the spin, it turns out that the steps Obama is proposing would likely erode, rather than strengthen, information security for citizens and computer experts trying to protect them.” (01/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ptf9eax

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55) Why should the government deliver mail?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In a country where people extol the virtues of free enterprise, why is the U.S. government involved in the delivery of mail? After all, it would be difficult to find a better example of a violation of the principles of free enterprise than the U.S. Postal Service.” (01/21/15)

http://fff.org/2015/01/21/government-deliver-mail/

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R. Lee Wrights
Mary Lou Seymour
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