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Volume XIII, Issue #3,122
Thursday, January 29th, 2015
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In the News:

0) A note to our readers at Liberty.me
1) Lebanon: Israel, Hezbollah exchange attacks; two soldiers dead
2) In Senate hearings, Lynch proves she doesn’t understand that whole separation of powers thing
3) Greece, eurozone creditors gear up for clash over bailout
4) North Korea may be restarting nuke plant: US institute
5) Chile: Lawmakers approve same-sex civil unions
6) Extremists rampage in northeast Nigeria, no troops fighting
7) TX: Elementary students told to drop pants for “poop inspection” — parents outraged
8) MI: After two mistrials, cop who shot little girl dead in her sleep will walk
9) US House passes bill aimed at expediting natural gas exports
10) Greece: Tsipras freezes privatisations, markets tumble
11) CA: Health bureaucrats launch scare campaign on e-cigarettes
12) Study: Insurers may be using drug costs to discriminate
13) Ukraine: Russia boycotts Europe rights body PACE
14) DC: Paul re-introduces “Audit the Fed” bill
15) OK: SCOTUS temporarily forbids three state killings
16) Google apologizes, fixes homophobic slurs in translator
17) France: M’bala to stand trial over comment against Jewish journalist
18) TX: Perry loses bid to toss ethics charges on constitutional grounds
19) SC: Judge erases convictions of famed civil rights protesters
20) FCC gang says it will “act against” hotels that block wi-fi hotspot access

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Border surveillance follies
22) The petulant entitlement syndrome of journalists
23) Mind your own business, Bobby Jindal
24) The American Sniper was no hero
25) Are the Koch brothers the worst humans in America?
26) Why is day care scarce and unaffordable?
27) Blood sport justice?
28) If elections matter for Greece, why not for America?
29) Three myths about homeschooling
30) The beginning of the end for Venezuela’s Al Capone
31) Carceral feminism and the libertarian alternative
32) Perfect, the enemy of the goodA
33) Handcuffs, leg shackles and tasers: The new face of punishment in the public schools
34) For healthy middle class, bring back the long-term career
35) Drone crash
36) Moving money around won’t make us richer
37) Not lovin’ it
38) Calling all true believers: The welfare state will NOT set you free
39) Obama is wrong: We need more politics, not less
40) The wonderful evergreen clause
41) Governor Kasich: If you oppose ObamaCare you are a bad Christian
42) The terrifying political power of the upper middle class [sic] 43) Should we try to get more rape convictions?
44) Voltaire reconsidered
45) See me
46) Obama disses religious liberties in India
47) Without reeling in Wall Street, middle class doomed
48) Who worries about income inequality?
49) America’s fatal freedom apathy
50) Heartland Daily Podcast, 01/27/15
51) It’s hard to resist the urge to punch down
52) Not a very PC thing to say
53) Punch-drunk Jonathan Chait takes on the entire Internet
54) If you’re right, what do you care what I think?
55) Gareth Porter on The Scott Horton Show

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1) Lebanon: Israel, Hezbollah exchange attacks; two soldiers dead
Source: USA Today

“Israel fired a counterattack into Lebanon on Wednesday and promised more after a Hezbollah rocket strike killed two Israeli soldiers in the sharpest escalation between the two foes since their war in 2006. … Hezbollah, an Iran-backed militant group, said the attack was carried out by the ‘heroic martyrs of Quneitra’ in apparent retaliation for an Israeli airstrike on the Golan Heights that killed six Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian general Jan. 18. Israel said that strike targeted combatants plotting an attack on Israel.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lvqduo5

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2) In Senate hearings, Lynch proves she doesn’t understand that whole separation of powers thing
Source: Fox 31 Denver

“Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch promised a better relationship with Congress during her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, hoping to turn the page from her would-be predecessor, Eric Holder. … ‘I can tell you that not only do I not support the legalization of marijuana, it is not the position of the Department of Justice currently to support the legalization,’ she said. ‘Nor will it be the position, should I be confirmed as attorney general.’ … [US Senator Lindsey Graham, Taliban-SC] also asked Lynch whether she supports the death penalty, to which she responded: ‘I believe that the death penalty is an effective penalty.'” [editor’s note: The Department of Justice shouldn’t HAVE a position on marijuana legalization or capital punishment. It’s part of the executive branch, not part of the legislative branch – TLK] (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nw6qmw9

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3) Greece, eurozone creditors gear up for clash over bailout
Source: Fort Dodge Messenger

“Greece’s new radical left government has shot the first salvo in what is expected to be a tough clash with fellow eurozone countries over budget cuts that Athens says are choking the life out of its economy. The government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Wednesday it would ignore key budget commitments and reforms previous administrations had promised in exchange for rescue loans from fellow eurozone countries.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qg2kuh7

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4) North Korea may be restarting nuke plant: US institute
Source: Connecticut Post

“North Korea may be attempting to restart its main nuclear bomb fuel reactor after a five-month shutdown, a U.S. research institute said Thursday. If true, the finding, which is based on recent commercial satellite imagery, will be an added worry for the United States and the North’s neighbors at a time of increasing animosity over recent U.S. sanctions against the North and Pyongyang’s fury about a U.N. push to punish its alleged human rights abuses.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oqtydpw

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5) Chile: Lawmakers approve same-sex civil unions
Source: ABC News

“Chilean lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The legislation now goes to President Michelle Bachelet, who is expected to sign it. Government spokesman Alvaro Elizalde welcomed the bill’s passage as ‘a breakthrough that we are proud of as a government.'” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o6rpb2n

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6) Extremists rampage in northeast Nigeria, no troops fighting
Source: Wheeling News-Register

“Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing, burning and looting with no troops protecting civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday. More than 40 people have been killed in seven villages in Adamawa state this week, according to resident Emmanuel Kwache.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kmondnp

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7) TX: Elementary students told to drop pants for “poop inspection” — parents outraged
Source: Fox St. Louis

“Parents are looking for answers after about two dozen elementary school students in Texas were asked to lower their pants for a ‘poop inspection.’ WFAA-TV reports that the search was organized after administrators regularly found feces on the gym floor. Students were separated into groups of boys and girls on Monday and ordered to ‘pull down their pants.’ Parents say their children’s privacy was violated.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qjne3mb

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8) MI: After two mistrials, cop who shot little girl dead in her sleep will walk
Source: CBS Detroit

“There will be no third trial for Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley, who was charged in the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl during a chaotic raid in 2010. Following a second mistrial last October, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said the case will not move ahead. … Weekley, a member of an elite Detroit police unit, insists he accidentally pulled the trigger when Aiyana[ Stanley-Jones]’s grandmother grabbed his gun as officers burst through the door of her home looking for a murderer. The grandmother, who’s offered some very emotional testimony, denies any interference.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n9zfhfl

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9) US House passes bill aimed at expediting natural gas exports
Source: Fox News

“The Republican-controlled House has passed a bill aimed at expediting approvals of natural gas exports. In a 277-133 vote on Wednesday, the House approved a bill giving the Energy Department a 30-day deadline to authorize natural gas exports from facilities after they are reviewed and approved. It’s the third energy-related bill passed by the House this Congress. They’ve also approved bills authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and fast-tracking new natural gas pipelines.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ls3a34h

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10) Greece: Tsipras freezes privatisations, markets tumble
Source: Reuters

“Leftist Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras threw down an open challenge to international creditors on Wednesday by halting privatisation plans agreed under the country’s bailout deal, prompting a third day of heavy losses on financial markets. A swift series of announcements signalled the newly installed government would stand by its anti-austerity pledges, setting it on a collision course with European partners, led by Germany, which has said it will not renegotiate the aid package needed to help Greece pay its huge debts.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q7bpcfm

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11) CA: Health bureaucrats launch scare campaign on e-cigarettes
Source: NBC News

“E-cigarettes represent a rising public-health risk that threaten[s] to unravel progress made on tobacco by ‘re-normalizing smoking behavior’ and luring a new generation into nicotine addiction, California health officials said Wednesday.” [editor’s note: Usual techniques (for example, name-checking epidemiology), usual suspects. The only real question is whether they’re idiots who don’t know better, power-mongers afraid of losing their sinecures, bought and paid for defenders of Big Tobacco’s market position, or some combination of the three – TLK] (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qajajx2

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12) Study: Insurers may be using drug costs to discriminate
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Insurance companies, perhaps more than previously thought, may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law, in an effort to discourage them from choosing certain plans, according to a study released Wednesday. One of the cornerstones of President Obama’s signature health law forbids insurance companies from turning away people with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or cancer. Yet hundreds of patient advocacy groups say insurance companies have found a way to discriminate against these people, who are more expensive to cover because they require life-long treatments.” [editor’s note: And this surprises anyone because…? – SAT] (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p2h9qat

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13) Ukraine: Russia boycotts Europe rights body PACE
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Russian delegation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has resumed its boycott in protest at Ukraine sanctions. The Strasbourg-based Council, the oldest Europe-wide political body, is tasked with upholding rights, democracy and rule of law across the continent. It suspended Russia’s voting rights last year after the Crimean crisis and renewed the ban on Wednesday. In response, Russia said it would boycott sessions until the year’s end.” (01/28/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31032034

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14) DC: Paul re-introduces “Audit the Fed” bill
Source: Raw Story

“Republican Senator Rand Paul, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, on Wednesday re-introduced a bill that would expose the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy discussions and decisions to a congressional audit. The Kentucky senator’s move to re-introduce the bill, along with 30 co-sponsors, comes as Republican lawmakers and some Democrats increase their efforts to rein in the U.S. central bank and make it more transparent. The Fed gained broad regulatory powers and implemented massive stimulus measures after the 2007-2009 financial crisis, expanding its balance sheet to $4.5 trillion.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mdmyzph

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15) OK: SCOTUS temporarily forbids three state killings
Source: MSNBC

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a stay of [pre-planned state killing] for three Oklahoma death row inmates until the justices rule on a separate challenge involving the controversial sedative midazolam, NBC News'[s] Pete Williams reported. The court’s order on Wednesday came just five days after the justices decided to take up the challenge this spring over the use of midazolam, which was used recently in problematic [state killings] in Arizona, Ohio, and Oklahoma. The justices’ decision marked the first time since 2008 that the high court has agreed to hear a challenge to the legality of lethal injection.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oe3wtwg

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16) Google apologizes, fixes homophobic slurs in translator
Source: Forbes

“Google’s apologized for a flaw in its Translate tool that’s seen the word ‘gay’ translated into a range of offensive terms. … The insulting translations were spotted by Andre Banks, executive director of LGBT campaign group All Out. The group launched a petition calling for Google to make changes, garnering over 52,000 signatures. And Google’s taken heed.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mcp8wx3

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17) France: M’bala to stand trial over comment against Jewish journalist
Source: New York Times

“The often-prosecuted French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala is to stand trial in criminal court on Wednesday over a comment he made lamenting that a prominent Jewish journalist did not die in ‘the gas chambers,’ prosecutors said. … Wednesday’s case against Mr. M’bala M’bala on charges of inciting racial hatred dates to 2013 when footage taken by a hidden camera was broadcast on France 2, including his comment about the journalist, Patrick Cohen. The comment helped prompt a police investigation and a government ban of his show. France has stringent laws restricting racist speech. If found guilty, he could face one year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros, or about $51,000.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mk7x3zw

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18) TX: Perry loses bid to toss ethics charges on constitutional grounds
Source: Bloomberg

“Rick Perry failed to persuade a Texas judge to throw out an ethics violation case on claims the state constitution protects a governor’s right to say whatever he wants about his official powers. Perry, a potential candidate for the 2016 Republican U.S. presidential nomination, may have to face a trial on two counts of abusing his authority. Perry allegedly threatened to veto funding for an ethics task force if the county prosecutor running it didn’t resign following a drunken-driving conviction.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q793k8t

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19) SC: Judge erases convictions of famed civil rights protesters
Source: ABC News

“The convictions of nine South Carolina black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement were tossed out Wednesday during an emotional hearing before a packed courtroom. … Fifty-four-years ago, the eight college students and one civil rights organizer were convicted of trespassing and protesting at McCrory variety store in Rock Hill. The men’s refusal to pay bail money into the segregationist town’s city coffers served as a catalyst for other civil disobedience. Inspired by their courage, demonstrators across the South adopted their ‘jail not bail’ tactic and filled jail cells. The media attention helped turn scattered protests into a nationwide movement.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qh2wv4m

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20) FCC gang says it will “act against” hotels that block wi-fi hotspot access
Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal

“The Federal Communications Commission issued an enforcement advisory on Tuesday informing hotels that blocking personal Wi-Fi hotspots is prohibited. The move comes as major hospitality chains attempted to block guests’ personal Wi-Fi networks, claiming they posed a security threat. Travelers fought back, complaining that hotels simply wanted to charge them outrageous fees to use in-house Wi-Fi networks.” [editor’s note: If you don’t want to stay in a hotel that only allows its own wi-fi signals within its own walls, inquire as to the policy when reserving a room, then if necessary pick a different hotel. There, see how simple that was and how no bureaucratic involvement was required? Neat, huh? – TLK] (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ldk24xa

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21) Border surveillance follies
Source: Cato Institute
by Patrick G Eddington

“For more than a decade, the Department of Homeland Security has employed some of the same kinds of drones used by our military. The ostensible purpose of having unarmed Predator drones was to give U.S. Customs and Border Protection additional aerial surveillance capabilities along the Southern border. Homeland Security officials argued the drones were cost-effective and needed. As a cost-savings measure, the Obama administration proposed major cuts to the DHS drone program in 2010, but House Appropriations Committee leaders, who supported the program and felt the expansion should continue, shot that proposal down. They should’ve thought through that decision far more carefully.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p6g8492

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22) The petulant entitlement syndrome of journalists
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“When political blogs first emerged as a force in the early post-9/11 era, one of their primary targets was celebrity journalists. A whole slew of famous, multi-millionaire, prize-decorated TV hosts and newspaper reporters and columnists — Tom Friedman, Tim Russert, Maureen Dowd, John Burns, Chris Matthews — were frequently the subject of vocal and vituperative criticisms, read by tens of thousands of people. It is hard to overstate what a major (and desperately needed) change this was for how journalists like them functioned. Prior to the advent of blogs, establishment journalists were largely immunized even from hearing criticisms. … What made the indignity so much worse was that the attacks came from people these journalists regard as nobodies: just average people, non-journalists, sometimes even anonymous ones. What right did they have even to form an opinion, let alone express one?” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qepaldp

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23) Mind your own business, Bobby Jindal
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“The ‘melting pot’is just another example of the ethnic essentialism and state-constituted monolithic national identity that has spread throughout most of the world since Napoleonic times. The model of international law Europe adopted with the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 assumed as a norm that every individual must be the subject of a single, unitary, sovereign nation-state. Coupled with the rise of nationalism during the Napoleonic Wars, this norm was extended to include the requirement that every nation-state, ideally, have a single official ethnic identity.” (01/28/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/35317

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24) The American Sniper was no hero
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman

“Despite what some people think, hero is not a synonym for competent government-hired killer. If Clint Eastwood’s record-breaking movie, American Sniper, launches a frank public conversation about war and heroism, the great director will have performed a badly needed service for the country and the world. This is neither a movie review nor a review of the late Chris Kyle’s autobiographical book on which the movie is based. My interest is in the popular evaluation of Kyle, America’s most prolific sniper, a title he earned through four tours in Iraq.” (01/28/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/american-sniper-no-hero/

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25) Are the Koch brothers the worst humans in America?
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
by Mark Morford

“What would you get if you crossed a ruthless drug kingpin, a mafia crime lord, the willful blindness of the NRA, the combined CEOs of Monsanto, Exxon and RJ Reynolds and a couple scared old wolverines with God complex and a penchant for contaminating the world? Why, you’d get the brothers Koch, of course, David and Charles, easily the most unsavory, power-mad libertarian mega-capitalists in modern American history.” [editor’s note: This guy is sometimes a satirist first, columnnist second; this vitriolic collection of half-truths is not one of those times (as you can tell from the rhetoric in that last sentence) – SAT] (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/la9p6zt

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26) Why is day care scarce and unaffordable?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Social democrats want to nationalize childhood by having government fund and manage universal day care. Social conservatives want the family to be the day care, which is a lovely idea when it’s affordable. Libertarians don’t seem much interested in the subject at all. That leaves virtually no one to tell the truth about the only solution to the shortage and high price of day care: complete deregulation.” (01/28/15)

http://fee.org/blog/detail/why-is-day-care-scarce-and-unaffordable

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27) Blood sport justice?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Putting Annette Bosworth, a caring doctor, a loving mother and a good, decent person, in prison — or ruining her medical career — serves only one purpose: to intimidate those people, like the doctor, who might dare step into the political arena against entrenched officials. Politics in America isn’t supposed to be like this.” (01/28/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/01/28/blood-sport-justice/

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28) If elections matter for Greece, why not for America?
Source: The Nation Blog
by John Nichols

“Elections are supposed to have consequences. When countries establish electoral processes that are sufficiently free and functional to ascertain the clear will of the people and — when those votes are cast and counted in an election that draws a solid majority of eligible voters to the polls — that will should be expressed as something more than a New York Times headline or a Fox News alert. It should be expressed in leadership, law and governance. That governance should be sufficient to address poverty, tame inequality and conquer injustice.” [editor’s note: I applaud the use of “governance” here, which is the true societal venue; however, part of this article conflates that with “government” – SAT] (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kt3q6ek

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29) Three myths about homeschooling
Source: Students For Liberty
by Anne Butcher

“Having someone ask you ‘but if you’re homeschooled, how do you make friends?’ is like the unofficial initiation into the homeschooling community. In many places, homeschooling networks develop in order to make more social and academic opportunities available. I attended a homeschool prom, a homeschool graduation ceremony, sang in a homeschool chorus and attended various other events for homeschooled students. I’ve had people talk to me at other social functions who said they were surprised to find out I was homeschooled because I was outgoing and talkative. I’ve met homeschooled students who were socially awkward, but I’ve met plenty of public school students who were too. I’ve never heard anyone say ‘they’re so antisocial, I guess you can blame their public school.'” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m4tj4go

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30) The beginning of the end for Venezuela’s Al Capone
Source: The Canal
by Joseph Humire

“An economy crippled by inefficiency and streets flooded with crime have long marred Caracas and the rest of Venezuela. Over the years, corruption has paved the way for organized crime to overrun the Bolivarian Republic, and as the rule by law became the rule by men, one man has stood atop the racket: Diosdado Cabello Rondon. Cabello is best known as the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly, but has also earned his reputation as the ‘Al Capone’ of Venezuela and one of the top kingpins in Latin America. On Tuesday morning, Venezuelans awoke to a silver lining when US authorities announced they had secured a high-value informant to testify against Cabello: his bodyguard, Lieutenant Commander Leamsy Salazar.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kwpfpvz

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31) Carceral feminism and the libertarian alternative
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

“Libertarian feminism is ‘part of an honorable individualist tradition in America,’ as Sharon Presley wrote here recently. But to many in 2015, it seems either an oxymoron or a lost cause. In part, this stems from the path popular feminism has taken through the latter part of the 20th century and on into this one; many now see feminism as an ideology demanding state action (an association that may have been true in recent practice but is far from natural or necessary). And, in part, this stems from a lack of awareness, promotion, or concern around gender issues in the modern libertarian tradition.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mdq7fro

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32) Perfect, the enemy of the good
Source: The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

“Think back on the early days in your experience, with guns or much of anything else. What was the best influence, the worst? Did you find a mentor who would both encourage and challenge you? Or did you have to discover what was best for you on your own? Did someone’s sneering, patronizing bad attitude almost cause you to turn away? And how did that influence your attitude toward new people later on? Some food for thought, maybe.” (01/28/15)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=6883

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33) Handcuffs, leg shackles and tasers: The new face of punishment in the public schools
Source: The Daily Bell
by John W Whitehead

“At least 500 students are locked up in some form of solitary confinement every day, whether it be a padded room, a closet or a duffel bag. In many cases, parents are rarely notified when such methods are used. On any given day when school is in session, kids who ‘act up’ in class are pinned facedown on the floor, locked in dark closets, tied up with straps, bungee cords and duct tape, handcuffed, leg shackled, tasered or otherwise restrained, immobilized or placed in solitary confinement in order to bring them under ‘control.’ In almost every case, these undeniably harsh methods are used to punish kids for simply failing to follow directions or throwing tantrums. Very rarely do the kids pose any credible danger to themselves or others. Unbelievably, these tactics are all legal, at least when employed by school officials or school resource officers (a.k.a. police officers) in the nation’s public schools.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k77ob7q

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34) For healthy middle class, bring back the long-term career
Source: Reuters
by Lynn Stuart Parramore

“It’s time to start thinking about revitalizing the long-term career if we don’t want its partner, the middle class, to vanish into thin air. In an age of galloping inequality, it’s worth remembering that middle-class people, rather than the rich, lead the way to growth and prosperity. … To achieve this, people need stable sources of income and a hope for the future. They require a sense of trust that smooths the transactions in both business and life. They must have an understanding that when they invest their hard-won skills and knowledge, there is a long-term payoff.” [editor’s note: Meet part of the problem! Actually, the move toward entrepreneurship and autonomy (instead of wage-slave reliance on corporati) is the real hope for liberation, for those who want it – SAT] (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kc28y92

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35) Drone crash
Source: The Cagle Post
by Nate Beeler

Cartoon. (01/27/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/01/drone-crash/

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36) Moving money around won’t make us richer
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Peter St Onge

“One of the great debates today between left and right is whether government stimulus is worth it. The left says ‘yes, early and often.’ And the right says ‘only in the right circumstances.’ Unsurprisingly, both left and right are completely off — stimulus is the quickest way to impoverish an economy. To see why, we’ll start with America’s most famous burglar, Richard Nixon.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kr6tmyt

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37) Not lovin’ it
Source: Our Future
by Jim Hightower

“McDonald’s is scrambling, and I’m not talking about eggs. Your know your business has what image consultants call ‘quality perception issues’ when your public relations team is fielding such questions as: ‘Does McDonald’s beef contain worms?’ Thornier yet for the world’s largest burger machine is its boneheaded response to the remarkable, ongoing rebellion by fast food workers demanding a $15-an-hour wage and the freedom to unionize without corporate retaliation. McDonald’s responded by — guess what? — retaliating.” (01/28/15)

http://ourfuture.org/20150128/not-lovin-it

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38) Calling all true believers: The welfare state will NOT set you free
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jeff Fullerton

“In the real world the Welfare State is not a check against our servility to the rich. It just institutionalizes it. Like one scholar said: the government protects old fortunes and makes new ones more difficult if not impossible.” (01/25/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle806-20150125-05.html

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39) Obama is wrong: We need more politics, not less
Source: spiked
by Neil Ross

“The aversion to ‘politics’ and resulting lack of leadership among America’s elite was startlingly laid bare by Obama in the SOTU. ‘So the verdict is clear,’ he said. ‘Middle-class economics works. Expanding opportunity works. And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics do not get in the way.’ As long as politics do not get in the way: this is a remarkable thing for a president, or any other career politician or leader, to say. Obama is telling us not to engage in a battle of ideas, and urging us instead to work together to move to the middle ground, the safe space where we can all just get along and not question decisions.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q73cdjm

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40) The wonderful evergreen clause
Source: Show-Me Institute
by John Wright

“Imagine you had a contract with your employer that could never be altered unless both you and your employer agreed to the changes. Imagine this contract was a windfall for you, giving you a four-day weekend, up to three months paid vacation each year, and the ability to retire early with a great pension. That might be great for you, but would it be fair? If you live in the Saint Louis Metropolitan Area, as a taxpayer you might be the employer bound to such an agreement. The beneficiary of this arrangement? Your local firefighters union.” (01/28/15)

http://www.showmedaily.org/2015/01/wonderful-evergreen-clause.html

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41) Governor Kasich: If you oppose ObamaCare you are a bad Christian
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“Ohio Governor John Kasich is traveling around the country stumping for a balanced budget amendment. On one of his stops, he was asked how he could square his support for fiscal responsibility with his support for bringing Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion into Ohio. Kasichs first explanation was that Ohio gets free money from DC to pay for the expansion. Of course, the money is not really free, since it comes from the taxpayers. …So the free money argument is flawed but that is OK because Kasich has another excuse … God supports Obamacare …” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nc3t67m

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42) The terrifying political power of the upper middle class [sic] Source: Washington Post
by Paul Waldman

“The Obama administration has given up on its plan to remove the tax benefits of 529 college investment accounts, which under current law allow parents to put money away, then withdraw it to pay for their children’s education without paying any taxes on the profits. Republicans not only basked in what looked like a White House defeat, but were emphatic in their defense of the 529 tax break: John Boehner called the proposal ‘a tax hike on middle-class families.’ If you want to know whether an idea like this has any chance of getting support in Congress, the first question to ask is, who is going to be harmed? The 529 proposal was targeted at what may be the single most dangerous constituency to anger: the upper middle class.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ngublxh

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43) Should we try to get more rape convictions?
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by DJ Webb

“It is easy to think that England is not so bad — we are basically free, even if we pay too much in tax. The counter-examples normally raised in libertarian circles usually include the way children can be taken away on a whim. Yet the real relationship of the state to the individual is much worse than this. We are sliding into a full-scale overturning of the Common Law, which the Queen swore to uphold, as did each judge in his judicial oath of office. Today we read that new guidance will require a man to prove in court that a woman said ‘yes’ to sexual intercourse. This entirely overturns the legal basis of crime, which is that you are innocent until proven guilty.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p8rrwyu

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44) Voltaire reconsidered
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Voltaire never actually said, ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’ But Voltaire would probably embrace this line — just like legions of other smart, well-meaning people. Interpreted poetically, it’s a sublime human rights slogan. But interpreted literally, the Voltairean maxim is rather silly. Let’s walk through its flaws step by step.” (01/28/15)

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

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45) See me
Source: Taste It Twice
by Avens O’Brien

“I like to think many of us have numerous skills and assets to support the causes that we do. From writing, to charm, to good speaking skills. Having talent with photography or art, to a brilliant mind to think about complex issues and bring new light to them. Maybe you have some of these skills, naturally or with work, maybe you don’t. Physical attractiveness can be one of these things.” (01/27/15)

http://tasteittwice.com/2015/01/27/see/

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46) Obama disses religious liberties in India
Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

“President Barack Obama handed Narendra Modi a personal triumph by accepting the Indian prime minister’s invitation to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations last Monday, January 26. The holiday commemorates India adopting its constitution, and affirms the nation’s commitment to religious liberties. That’s why it was critical for President Obama to ensure that Modi and his Hindu triumphalist cronies didn’t regard his visit as a clean chit for their recent attacks on religious liberties. But he didn’t.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mabp39m

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47) Without reeling in Wall Street, middle class doomed
Source: In These Times
by Robert Reich

“Presidential aspirants in both parties are talking about saving the middle class. But the middle class can’t be saved unless Wall Street is tamed. The Street’s excesses pose a continuing danger to average Americans. And its ongoing use of confidential corporate information is defrauding millions of middle-class investors. Yet most presidential aspirants don’t want to talk about taming the Street because Wall Street is one of their largest sources of campaign money.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o4743cw

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48) Who worries about income inequality?
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
by Donald J Boudreaux

“I’ve never worried about income inequality. It’s not that I’ve not worried much about it; I’ve not worried about it at all. Income inequality — like the color of my neighbor’s car or the question of the number of pigeons in Central Park — just never dawns on me as an issue worthy of a moment’s attention. More importantly, I’ve never encountered many people who worry about inequality.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lgdneon

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49) America’s fatal freedom apathy
Source: CounterPunch
by James Bovard

“According to our civic folklore, Americans are more devoted to freedom than any other nationality on earth. But it is increasingly appears that this dogma is a relic of bygone times. A Gallup poll last July asked a thousand Americans: ‘Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with your freedom to choose what to do with your life?’ Only twenty-one percent of respondents said they were dissatisfied. Admittedly, the percentage of Americans who say they don’t have sufficient freedom has doubled since the previous Gallup poll on this question in 2006, when only 9% complained.” (01/28/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/28/americas-fatal-freedom-apathy/

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50) Heartland Daily Podcast, 01/27/15
Source: Heartland Institute

“Research Fellow H. Sterling Burnett interviews Jim Steele, ecologist, director emeritus of the Sierra Nevada field campus of San Francisco State University, in today’s podcast. Steele is the author of Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist’s Journey to Climate Skepticism.” [Flash video] (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l73o4vc

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51) It’s hard to resist the urge to punch down
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“In one of his typical diatribes — this one on what I’m sure will in the future occasionally be recalled as ‘the Brad Spangler affair’ and referring to a statement published by the victim in said matter — Christopher Cantwell writes that he doesn’t ‘for a second think it below [George] Donnelly or Knapp, much less any of the other liberal propagandists Spangler allied himself with, to fake such a thing.’ … in looking for anything accurate in Cantwell’s post, the only thing I find credible in it is his admission that he doesn’t, even for a second, think. Perhaps he should give it a try some time.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mmh2u45

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52) Not a very PC thing to say
Source: New York
by Jonathan Chait

“Political correctness is a term whose meaning has been gradually diluted since it became a flashpoint 25 years ago. People use the phrase to describe politeness (perhaps to excess), or evasion of hard truths, or (as a term of abuse by conservatives) liberalism in general. The confusion has made it more attractive to liberals, who share the goal of combating race and gender bias. But political correctness is not a rigorous commitment to social equality so much as a system of left-wing ideological repression. Not only is it not a form of liberalism; it is antithetical to liberalism. Indeed, its most frequent victims turn out to be liberals themselves.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/olp4m6w

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53) Punch-drunk Jonathan Chait takes on the entire Internet
Source: Gawker
by Alex Pareene

So, here is sad white man Jonathan Chait’s essay about the difficulty of being a white man in the second age of ‘political correctness.’ In a neat bit of editorial trolling, New York teased the column with following question: ‘Can a white, liberal man critique a culture of political correctness?’ The answer, as anyone with internet access or a television or the ability to see a newsrack could tell you, is a resounding yes, they can and pretty much constantly do. But the second half of the question, and the real point of the column, was left unwritten: Can a straight, white man do this without having to deal with people criticizing him for doing so? The answer, in 2015, is no, and that is what has Chait’s dander up.” (01/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pm48k8f

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54) If you’re right, what do you care what I think?
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“[B]asically, all the anger over my opinions is silly. People are getting upset over what I think of them, or of people and practices they like. If I’m wrong, what do you care what I think of you? Not enough people read this blog for it to have much impact in how others think of you or those things you support.” (01/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mxae4um

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55) Gareth Porter on The Scott Horton Show
Source: The Scott Horton Show

“Gareth Porter, an award-winning independent journalist and historian, discusses the Obama administration’s change of heart on Syria policy, where they are no longer entertaining the fantasy that ‘moderates’ will depose President Assad and defeat the radical Islamists also.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/27/15)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2015/01/27/12715-gareth-porter/

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Editors:
Thomas L. Knapp
R. Lee Wrights
Mary Lou Seymour
Steve Trinward
Brad Spangler
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