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Volume XIII, Issue #3,124
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
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In the News:

1) Obama to propose $3.99 trillion budget
2) Thailand: Small blasts rattle Bangkok mall shoppers
3) Donetsk People’s Republic: 23 dead in 24 hours as local troops fight Ukrainian invasion forces
4) Hong Kong: Thousands march for democracy
5) Syria: Bomb on bus in central Damascus kills seven
6) South Sudan: Warring factions sign another peace deal
7) Morocco: Hundreds of immigrants storm Spanish enclave
8) Nigeria: Extremists attack biggest city in northeast
9) Hungary: Protest against premier’s dealings with Putin
10) Greece: New regime asks ECB to keep banks afloat as deal sought on old politicians’ debts
11) Bahrain: Regime revokes citizenship of 72
12) Security theater: Secret Service gang abducts man for climbing over bike rack
13) Workers strike for new pact at nine US oil, chemical plants
14) Researchers: Peanut allergy curable with probiotics?
15) Study: Smokers trying to quit prefer e-cig method
16) Two million cars re-recalled over faulty air bags
17) OH: State delays all scheduled state killings for 2015
18) CO: State considers ban on welfare cards at pot shops
19) Chile: Bachelet proposes end to abortion ban
20) Reddit’s first transparency report reveals government “requests” for user data
21) US regulators prepare rules to keep poor people from getting loans
22) Low-life scumbag John McCain defends “low-life scum” remark about critics of low-life scumbag Henry Kissinger
23) Egypt: Regime frees, deports Al Jazeera journalist
24) Islamic State thugs murder Japanese hostage Kenji goto
25) Romney bows out of 2016 presidential race

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Capital punishment means unlimited government
27) Hillary’s war
28) Americans have obeyed their last gun law
29) The consequences of liberty
30) “Radical” not bad if rooted in good
31) Stop the Paul-Boxer tax holiday
32) Not everyone is “lovin” the newest McDonald’s ad campaign
33) Super Bowl violence is America’s violence
34) “An offender for a word”: Predation and purgatory in Beaumont
35) Against the criminal justice system, part 3: For actual justice
36) Social Security isn’t going away — but it is going to get worse
37) The best defense (for the welfare state) is an expensive offense
38) Flag on the word play
39) Anarcho-lobbyists confront Concord
40) Our Armed forces should defend Britain, not promote Liberal neo-colonial interventionism
41) “Sons of Liberty”: A review
42) American corruption is exceptional, too
43) The fall of liberty and human dignity in American Sniper
44) The other American revolution: Cops as armed Leninists
45) The reason for hyperinflation-phobia
46) The zeitgeist of no zeitgeist
47) NYPD launches plan to deal with protests — arm police with long rifles, machine guns and extra protective gear
48) Book Review: Saving Congress from Itself
49) The minimum wage ravages inner-city Chicago
50) Katherine Hawkins on The Scott Horton Show
51) Does domestic violence really increase on Super Bowl Sunday?
52) Liberal media suddenly very interested in Scott Walker
53) Everything Voluntary Podcast, 01/30/15
54) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 01/31/15
55) Astonishing life, astonishing performance
56) Observations Podcast, 01/30/15
57) US escalation in Ukraine is illegitimate and will make matters worse
58) California’s “cruel and unusal” prisons
59) Weeding out the rational basis of criminal law
60) Cliches of Progressivism #42 — “Jesus Christ was a progressive because he advocated income redistribution to help the poor”
61) The future of the American coal industry
62) Licensing laws place braiders in a hairy situation
63) Never had it so good
64) Are you ready for some equality?
65) Everyday kit
66) It’s Groundhog Day for Saint Louis and NFL stadiums
67) Freethought and freedom: Introduction
68) Blizzards of blather
69) The devolution of the US military
70) Jeb Bush’s Common Core hedging undermines reform efforts

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

1) Obama to propose $3.99 trillion budget
Source: USA Today

“President Obama is unveiling a $3.99 trillion budget that is ‘designed to bring middle class economics into the 21st Century,’ the White House announced Monday. … Monday’s proposed budget also calls for ending the automatic spending limits known as sequestration, the result of the 2011 stand-off over the debt limit. The plan calls for 7% increases over sequestration limits for national defense [sic] and domestic programs, according to the White House. … The projected deficit for Obama’s proposed budget is $474 billion, which officials said is only [sic] 2.5% of the gross domestic product.” (02/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nc4ge4d

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2) Thailand: Small blasts rattle Bangkok mall shoppers
Source: Washington Post

“Police in Thailand on Monday were investigating a pair of bombings outside a luxury shopping mall in the heart of Bangkok, the first such violence reported in the capital since last year’s army coup. One person was slightly injured in the blasts Sunday night, and police said the small homemade bombs were designed to sow panic, not kill. … The incident came at a time of slightly raised political temperatures in Thailand, as the country’s ruling junta has tightened its clampdown on critics of its rule.” (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pcjbprv

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3) Donetsk People’s Republic: 23 dead in 24 hours as local troops fight Ukrainian invasion forces
Source: February 2, 2015
euronews [EU]

“Authorities in Kyiv say 13 Ukrainian soldiers and ten civilians were killed in 24 hours between January 31 and February 1, in [neighboring Donetsk People’s Republic]. Hopes of a ceasefire in the region evaporated on Saturday (January 31) when peace talks between Ukrainian and Russian authorities and [delegates from the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics] collapsed. … The United Nations estimates more than 5,100 people have been killed since conflict in the region started in April 2014. Over 900,000 are thought to have been displaced across the [three countries].” (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lwhbee9

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4) Hong Kong: Thousands march for democracy
Source: Myrtle Beach Sun News

“Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched through Hong Kong’s streets Sunday in the first major rally since mass protests last year. Chanting ‘No fake universal suffrage. I want genuine universal suffrage,’ the demonstrators held yellow umbrellas, which became a symbol of the earlier protests when the activists wielded them as a defense against police using pepper spray.” (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k69vmak

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5) Syria: Bomb on bus in central Damascus kills seven
Source: Fox News

“A bomb exploded on a bus near Damascus’ medieval city center on Sunday, killing at least seven people, including Lebanese Shiite pilgrims, according to Syrian activists and Lebanese media. Another 20 people were wounded in the blast, which occurred near the Damascus citadel and the centuries-old Hamidiyeh bazaar, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists inside Syria. Rocket fire from nearby rebel-held towns routinely strikes Damascus, but bombings are rare in the heavily policed city center.” (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m447827

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6) South Sudan: Warring factions sign another peace deal
Source: Providence Journal

“South Sudan’s warring factions early Monday signed another peace deal in the latest effort to end hostilities that have raged for more than a year. The government and rebels have previously signed at least three peace deals which were broken quickly.” (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pxbnv8k

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7) Morocco: Hundreds of immigrants storm Spanish enclave
Source: Tucson Post

“The Spanish government says 400 African migrants tried to storm border fences dividing its North African enclave Melilla from Morocco and has warned that there is an unsustainable buildup in numbers on the frontier. The Spanish interior ministry said the migrants charged past Moroccan border forces on Sunday by throwing rocks, but were repelled by Spanish guards as they tried to make their way into the enclave proper.” (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o54pw9j

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8) Nigeria: Extremists attack biggest city in northeast
Source: Tuscaloosa News

“Witnesses say Islamic extremists are attacking the biggest city in northeast Nigeria from four fronts. The third attack in a week on Maiduguri comes as Nigeria’s worried neighbors are forming a multinational force to confront Boko Haram’s growing uprising.” (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pfw35pd

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9) Hungary: Protest against premier’s dealings with Putin
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Thousands of protesters demanded the ouster of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government Sunday, a day before a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Around 3,000 people attended the ‘Spring Comes, Orban Goes’ rally outside parliament. Orban’s Fidesz party easily won three elections last year but its popularity has nosedived since an aborted attempt in October to introduce a tax on Internet use.” (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o5o2e3e

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10) Greece: New regime asks ECB to keep banks afloat as deal sought on old politicians’ debts
Source: Bloomberg

“Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras began the hunt for allies against German demands for austerity [sic] as his week-old government appealed to the European Central Bank not to shut off the money tap. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said his country[‘s politicians] won’t take any more aid under [their] existing bailout agreement and wants a new deal with its[‘ previous politicians’] official creditors by the end of May. While Greece tries to wring concessions on its [politicians’] debt and spending plans, it needs the ECB’s help to keep its banks afloat, Varoufakis said at a briefing in Paris late Sunday.” (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l4vdo8h

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11) Bahrain: Regime revokes citizenship of 72
Source: Cincinnati Sun

“The nationalities of 72 Bahrainis have been revoked by the government of Bahrain on grounds of damaging national security, the state BNA news agency has reported. BNA reports that the measures have been implemented in part to ‘preserve security and stability and fight the danger of terrorist threats’.” (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nsu23jd

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12) Security theater: Secret Service gang abducts man for climbing over bike rack
Source: WDAZ News

“The Secret Service arrested a man this afternoon who climbed a temporary bicycle rack outside the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue. The attempt, which occurred at around 2:15 p.m., was unsuccessful, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said. The man, whose identity has not yet been released, was transported to the District of Columbia Police and taken into custody. He is being charged with unlawful entry.” (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kft273a

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13) Workers strike for new pact at nine US oil, chemical plants
Source: Reuters

“Union workers took to picket lines on Sunday after strikes were called at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants in a bid to pressure oil companies to agree to a new national contract covering workers at 63 plants. The walkouts, the first held in support of a nationwide pact since 1980, target plants that together account for about 10 percent of U.S. refining capacity. The discord comes as plunging crude prices force oil companies to slash spending.” (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n8lsyhk

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14) Researchers: Peanut allergy curable with probiotics?
Source: Raw Story

“A new study from Murdoch Children’s Research Institute outlines a new treatment that could possibly cure children of their peanut allergies. The researchers gave 60 peanut-allergic children a dose of a probiotic known as Lactobacillus rhamnosus (around 20 kilograms of yogurt) mixed with a peanut protein, and gradually increased the daily amount over the course of 18 months in order to test whether their tolerance would gradually increase. Over 80 percent of the children who received the treatment were no longer severely allergic to peanuts by the end of the 18 months, when compared to four percent of the placebo group.” (01/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ksp7ptg

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15) Study: Smokers trying to quit prefer e-cig method
Source: Reuters

“When Marty Weinstein decided to quit smoking, he took a friend’s advice and tried electronic cigarettes rather than government-approved nicotine replacement products. Weinstein, 58, has gone from a pack a day nine months ago to the equivalent in nicotine of four or five cigarettes. The e-cigs have a familiar look and feel, and quench his desire to hold on to a cigarette and puff.” (01/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/jweymka

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16) Two million cars re-recalled over faulty air bags
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running. The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Avalon models made from 2002 to 2004. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says all of the vehicles covered in Saturday’s announcement had already been under a recall for the faulty air bags, but the carmakers’ original attempts to fix the defects only worked about 85 percent of the time.” (01/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m845e7q

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17) OH: State delays all scheduled state killings for 2015
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“The decision by Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday to postpone all seven scheduled 2015 executions in the state is part of growing evidence suggesting that courts (and American society) are coming to a fresh showdown over the humanity of how states administer the ultimate sanction. Governor Kasich’s decision comes as Ohio and other death penalty states struggle to finesse a lethal drug cocktail that would consistently end an inmate’s life humanely. The postponement was announced three weeks after the state said it would no longer use a controversial drug, midazolam, which was employed in a series of executions that went awry last year.” (01/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mdys73c

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18) CO: State considers ban on welfare cards at pot shops
Source: AOL News

“Welfare money or food stamps for marijuana? It’s an urban legend that won’t go away in Colorado, and state lawmakers this year are poised to pass a law clarifying that public benefit cards can’t be used at dispensary ATMs. A bill facing its first hearing next week in the state Senate would add marijuana businesses and strip clubs to the list of Colorado businesses where electronic benefits cards (EBTs) can’t be used to withdraw cash. Liquor stores, casinos and gun shops already have such limitations. Republican Sen. Vicki Marble said marijuana dispensaries need to be added to avoid possible federal intervention if there’s evidence of public benefits being spent on pot.” [editor’s note: This rearguard defensive effort by the prohobitionists reminds me of how “Deflategate” ended up in claims about too few fumbles! – SAT] (01/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lqve5sp

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19) Chile: Bachelet proposes end to abortion ban
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has announced plans to end a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. Ms Bachelet has tabled a bill in Congress to legalise abortion in cases of rape or when there mother’s life to the mother’s or the baby’s life. Abortion is punishable in Chile by up to five years in jail. The absolute ban of abortion puts the lives of thousands of Chilean women at risk every year, said Ms Bachelet.” (01/31/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-31076838

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20) Reddit’s first transparency report reveals government “requests” for user data
Source: CNet News

“Reddit has joined the likes of Google and Facebook in releasing its first transparency report that details requests for user data and for the removal of content. … Facing the 55 requests for user information last year, Reddit said it provided some information in 32 of them and that 78 users accounts were named in the requests. The company also said it successfully challenged two civil subpoenas that were seeking data on more than a dozen anonymous users. The company also attempts to inform users when their data is requested. ‘Many government requests we receive contain demands to withhold notice from users that carry no legal weight,’ Reddit said in its blog. ‘We actively disregard these non-binding demands.'” (01/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kz53t56

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21) US regulators prepare rules to keep poor people from getting loans
Source: ABC News

“Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, federal regulators are putting together the first-ever rules on payday loans aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers avoid falling into a cycle of high-rate debt. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says state laws governing the $46 billion payday lending industry often fall short, and that fuller disclosures of the interest and fees — often an annual percentage rate of 300 percent or more — may be needed. … The CFPB isn’t allowed under the law to cap interest rates, but it can deem industry practices unfair, deceptive or abusive to consumers.” (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m7pu24s

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22) Low-life scumbag John McCain defends “low-life scum” remark about critics of low-life scumbag Henry Kissinger
Source: CNN

“Sen. John McCain says the Code Pink protesters he called ‘low-life scum’ at a hearing last week deserved it. The Arizona Republican made the remark after protesters rushed a Senate Armed Services Committee witness table where 91-year-old Henry Kissinger, the [war criminal and] secretary of state under President Richard Nixon, was testifying. McCain, the committee’s chairman, ordered them escorted from the room by Capitol police. He said the protesters — one of whom held handcuffs above Kissinger’s head — put him ‘in danger of being harmed.'” (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qz3r5gn

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23) Egypt: Regime frees, deports Al Jazeera journalist
Source: The Age [Australia]

“After enduring 400 days in an Egyptian jail, journalist Peter Greste has been released from Tora Prison and is understood to be on a plane bound for Cyprus and, ultimately, Australia. There was no word on the fate of his two Al-Jazeera colleagues — Canadian-Egyptian bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and producer Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian — who along with Mr Greste were jailed following a trial that was widely criticised as a farce by legal experts and human rights commentators alike. … The three Al-Jazeera journalists were among at least 16 journalists imprisoned in Egypt, along with at least 16,000 political prisoners including activists, students, unionists, academics and lawyers, although human rights groups warn that figure could be as high as 40,000.” (02/02/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mwl3feb

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24) Islamic State thugs murder Japanese hostage Kenji goto
Source: Telegraph [UK]

“Isil militants have murdered Kenji Goto, the second Japanese hostage to be killed in a week. The death of Mr Goto, a journalist, came within days of the slaughter of Haruna Yukawa …. The confirmation that Mr Goto had been killed came several hours after the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant posted a one minute video purporting to show his execution.” (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kn2uacl

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25) Romney bows out of 2016 presidential race
Source: The Hill

“2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016. In a call with supporters early on Friday, the former Massachusetts governor said it’s time to ‘give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee.’ The Romney team sent an email out to supporters late on Thursday night informing them of a conference call, kicking off speculation that Romney was set to formally announce his candidacy. But a source on the call said Romney announced he will not be running.” (01/30/15)

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/231258-mitt-romney-is-out-for-2016

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

26) Capital punishment means unlimited government
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Capital punishment is incompatible with ‘limited government’ in any meaningful sense of the word. If the state may kill its subjects — not in the heat of the moment when life and death decisions must be made instantly, nor in actual defense of life, liberty or property, but merely in leisurely pursuit of revenge and ‘deterrence’ — what may the state NOT do to those subjects? How can we plausibly dispute lesser state impositions like gun control schemes or the ‘individual mandate’ requiring us to buy health insurance, having already cheerfully ceded power over life and death to the same authorities?” (01/31/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/17

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27) Hillary’s war
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“What’s happening in Libya today is a crime: murder, rape, looting, chaos, a war of all against all. The perpetrator, the one key person who made all this possible, is a well known personage in American politics, a former Secretary of State and the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. What Hillary Clinton did to Libya is a crime on a scale rivaled only by the crimes of the Bush administration in Iraq — and there is a definite parallel in the methodology of the criminals.” (02/02/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/02/01/hillarys-war/

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28) Americans have obeyed their last gun law
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“If you remember nothing else … remember this: the one and only reason politicians, bureaucrats, and policemen want to take your weapons away from you is so that they can do things to you that they couldn’t do if you still had your weapons.” (02/01/15)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle807-20150201-02.html

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29) The consequences of liberty
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman

“It’s no surprise that consequentialists would embrace free markets on grounds that they will produce general prosperity. In their view, they would be touting the (supposed) maximization of a good, which is what interests them. And we can understand a deontologist’s joy at the prospect of high general prosperity. Why not rejoice that one’s moral duties yield good consequences even if yielding good consequences is not their objective? But this raises a question: what if we suspended disbelief and supposed that free markets could reasonably be expected to impoverish most people while benefiting only the few? What then? I would still favor freedom, but I don’t mind confessing I’d have decidedly less enthusiasm for it.” (01/30/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/tgif-consequences-liberty/

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30) “Radical” not bad if rooted in good
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“Being radical has gotten a bad name due to horrible acts committed by evil radicals. The fault doesn’t lie in being radical; it comes from being radical about bad things, or beliefs, which convince people it’s acceptable to use aggression, coercion, and theft to advance their cause. ‘Radical’ is from the Latin word radix, meaning root. Most of the definitions of the word I have seen make the point that radicals ‘go down to the root’ — to the very foundation of their beliefs. Another term for radical is ‘fundamentalist.’ I think there’s another facet to the word. Being radical also means you are rooted; grounded.” (01/29/15)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2015/01/29/radical-not-bad-if-rooted-in-good/

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31) Stop the Paul-Boxer tax holiday
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Senators Rand Paul [R-KY] and Barbara Boxer [D-CA] have teamed up and introduced a bill to let multinational corporations hiding profits in tax shelters off from paying most of the taxes they owe on those profits. In other words, they are offering companies a big, fat reward for coming up with tax schemes that cheat We the People out of a way to pay for the roads, schools, ports, military and the rest of the things (democracy) we provide these corporations to enable them to prosper. And here’s a big question right now: Doesn’t this bill promising a ‘repatriation tax holiday’ encourage even more companies to move jobs out of the country as fast as they can, so they can take advantage of the proposed tax holiday, too?” [editor’s note: Of course, Johnson goes off the rails as soon as he suggests that anyone “owes” him roads, schools, etc. The only thing bad about these “tax shelters” is that they’re not accessible to most of the Americans getting mugged to cover his “I want” tab – TLK] (01/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n5uhof4

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32) Not everyone is “lovin” the newest McDonald’s ad campaign
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“For many years, McDonald’s has used the slogan ‘I’m lovin’ it.” Now they’re running an ad campaign titled ‘Choose Lovin’ in which they will randomly select customers to ‘pay with lovin.’ The idea is supposed to be a light-hearted gimmick to get people to do something that spreads joy or love, this could be as simple as dancing, calling a family member, or saying something a person loves about himself. However, not everyone is feeling the lovin’.” [Flash audio, MP3 and text transcript – TLK] (02/01/15)

http://fpp.cc/not-everyone-is-lovin-the-newest-mcdonalds-ad-campaign/

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33) Super Bowl violence is America’s violence
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson & Joshua Salzmann

“When our unofficial national holiday, Super Bowl Sunday, comes and goes, it will mark the end of one the most remarkable NFL seasons in many years—a season dominated by uproars over deflated footballs, brain injuries and graphic evidence of Ray Rice cold cocking his fiancé and Adrian Peterson beating his son. The focus on fair play and brutality in football has been paralleled by broader discussions about fairness, violence and the behavior of law enforcement in poor communities over the past few months. Yet those discussions have rarely intersected. And for many Americans, there is good reason for keeping the violence of the gridiron separate from the violence of the streets: Connecting the dots might tell us more than we care to know about ourselves.” (01/30/15)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/17585/super_bowl_violence

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34) “An offender for a word”: Predation and purgatory in Beaumont
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Matthew Cherry was twenty-one years old when he found himself in a police interrogation room. At the time, he had the psychological maturity of a bright 12-year-old boy. Thus it isn’t surprising that Matthew was much too trusting when Beaumont Police Detective Mark Hogge assured the young man that they just needed to clear things up about a reported off-color remark Matthew made to a member of his church youth group after swimming at the local YMCA. Nor should we be surprised that the June 2004 interrogation, conducted without the benefit of counsel, extracted a confession that would lead to Matthew’s conviction as a sexual offender — and a decade of unalloyed misery for his family.” (01/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p6xz4s5

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35) Against the criminal justice system, part 3: For actual justice
Source: Students For Liberty
by Jason Byas

“In the previous couple of posts of this series, I argued that the practice of punishment and the institution of criminal law are inherently unjust. As an alternative, I proposed that we replaced them with a purely civil system, with no law but tort law. All cases would then be cases of dispute resolution, where aggressors are not punished, but instead forced to pay restitution to their victims. Here, I’ll provide some brief responses to some of the most common criticisms of this idea.” (01/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nrbk4cl

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36) Social Security isn’t going away — but it is going to get worse
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“Seventy-five years ago, Ida Mae Fuller of Ludlow, Vermont received the first American Social Security check. Ida, who lived to be 100, ultimately collected $22,888 in benefits. Because she had paid only $24.75 in Social Security taxes, the national retirement program turned out to be a very good deal for her. Unfortunately, it’s not such a good deal for today’s young workers. Thirty year olds now will be lucky to receive a 1.5 percent return on what they pay into the system, far below what they could earn from investing that money privately. In fact, many will die before they get back what they paid in, let alone collect any extra return.” (01/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nfyur4z

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37) The best defense (for the welfare state) is an expensive offense
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L Knapp

“Anyone who doesn’t live under a rock (or whose rock gets bombed periodically) knows that the US government spends more on its military than any other nation-state. A useful way of understanding how MUCH more: If the US ‘defense’ budget was cut by 90%, it would remain the first or second largest military spender in the world (depending on fluctuations in China’s military expenditures). That 90% — and then some — is the single largest welfare entitlement program in the US government’s budget, even omitting ’emergency supplementals’ for the military misadventure of the week and military spending snuck into other budget lines.” (01/31/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/35430

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38) Flag on the word play
Source: The Cagle Post
by John Cole

Cartoon. (01/30/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/01/flag-on-the-word-play/

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39) Anarcho-lobbyists confront Concord
Source: ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell

“For quite some time, Keene activists have been visiting the legislative office building in Concord, NH to attend committee hearings and testify before them. I never much cared for this form of activism. I saw it as begging the State for permission. A deed no dignified anarchist should lower himself to. Then I found out that I could open carry my revolver there.” (01/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/plq8bo3

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40) Our Armed forces should defend Britain, not promote Liberal neo-colonial interventionism
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Robert Henderson

“The shaping of our armed forces to implement the Blair Doctrine rather than British needs is already well under way. This is exemplified by recent equipment proposals which, at massive cost, lumber Britain with weapons which are not needed. Two giant aircraft carriers have already been ordered at a current estimated cost of £13 billion and a new ‘mini-tank’ which can be lifted to foreign fields by air is proposed at another £6 billion (Sunday Telegraph London 5 Oct 2003). In addition to these vast equipment projects, Britain is committed to providing a rapid-response force for ‘international emergencies’ and is being gradually and secretly lured into an EU defence force. The effect of this reshaping of our armed forces is to starve them of the means to defend Britain.” (01/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ns6573e

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41) “Sons of Liberty”: A review
Source: The Daily Bell
by Nelson Hultberg

“The History channel’s new miniseries, ‘Sons of Liberty,’ will anger the purists and the prudes. But it will delight the swashbuckler in the rest of us. It is a big, bodacious screening with superb production values that covers the lead-up years to the American Revolution, 1765-1775. Yes, certain liberties are taken with some of the facts and events. The main characters are glamorized. But the essential theme of America’s birth is kept intact: we as a nation were spawned by a band of rebels made up of assorted firebrands, smugglers, and philosophers all coalescing together under the rubric of Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man.” [editor’s note: Paine’s Rights of Man wasn’t published until eight years after the American revolution ended and was far more influential in France and England than in the US. Even his Common Sense wasn’t published until six months into the revolution; it made the case for independence, but it didn’t spark the fight – TLK] (01/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n5oaz8u

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42) American corruption is exceptional, too
Source: Reuters
by Terry Golway

“He was hardly a household name, and he owed his authority to the votes of a few thousand people on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. But for more than two decades, Sheldon Silver was one of the most powerful people in New York politics. He held up budgets, cut deals, blocked projects he didn’t like and doled out public dollars with little accountability. Governors came and went, but Silver seemingly was speaker of the New York State Assembly for life — beyond the reach of good-government critics, investigative journalists and ethics watchdogs. Until last week. On Jan. 22, Silver was arrested, handcuffed, fingerprinted and brought before a judge, accused of an array of corruption charges.” (01/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kgratwg

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43) The fall of liberty and human dignity in American Sniper
Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

“Given the buzz from conservatives touting the film American Sniper’s homage to Christopher Kyle as a war hero, Libertarians may be tempted to sit this movie out. I think they should resist that temptation. This is not a typical ‘war movie.’ In fact, I would argue it’s not a war movie at all: it’s a character study of the corrupting influence of systemic violence on idealism, especially when that violence is socially and politically justified, and even when those ideals are noble by most conventional measures. Herein lies the lesson (and threat) to liberty, and I believe this theme is told masterfully through the story of Chris Kyle under the direction of Clint Eastwood.” (01/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mebunf3

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44) The other American revolution: Cops as armed Leninists
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“Here and now, the police authorities in the US pose a similar threat to individual liberty that the British military regulars did in North America before 1775. The ‘redcoats’ are now bluecoats. These are the Jacobin vanguard and the Communard revolutionaries in new garb. When some of the National Socialists held their heads in shame at the conclusion of the War to Save Josef Stalin to proclaim that ‘orders were orders’ did not necessarily absolve the dishonor of what they had visited on their countrymen; this same notion is the instant response by any serving cop in America.” (01/29/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=3802

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45) The reason for hyperinflation-phobia
Source: Mises Canada
by Doug French

“The New York Times can be forgiven for blaming the empty shelves in Caracas to the plunge in oil. However, a raging hyperinflation cleared the cupboards before the price of oil was cut in half. William Neuman’s front page story illustrates what the NYT does best, making economic tragedies personal.” (01/01/15)

http://mises.ca/posts/blog/the-reason-for-hyperinflation-phobia/

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46) The zeitgeist of no zeitgeist
Source: The Nation
by Barry Schwabsky

“From the 1940s through the early ’60s, the Museum of Modern Art mounted a series of group shows that offered many viewers their first glimpse of some of the most vital new American painting and sculpture of the day. Curated by Dorothy C. Miller, the exhibitions never claimed to capture the zeitgeist, but rather to do nothing more than display new art worth considering. Even the titles of the shows were modest: ‘Sixteen Americans,’ ‘Twelve Americans’ and so on. As Miller explained in 1959, ‘Differences rather than similarities in point of view, as well as in age, experience and fame, have been emphasized in these exhibitions at the Museum…bringing together distinct and widely varying personalities.'” (01/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pk8atqw

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47) NYPD launches plan to deal with protests — arm police with long rifles, machine guns and extra protective gear
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“The morphing of ‘terrorism’ and ‘domestic dissent’ into an all encompassing and convenient category known as ‘domestic terrorists’ or ‘domestic extremists’ has been a long time coming. It has always been my contention, and continues to be, that the oligarchs who have funneled all of the wealth to themselves since the 2008 banker bailouts know exactly what they are doing. They also know that it will eventually result in severe domestic unrest during the next cyclical downturn. As such, the agenda has been to utilize the entirety of the intelligence-industrial-military complex created by the ‘war on terror’ against the domestic population once it recognizes how badly it has been looted.” (01/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mlxujvr

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48) Book Review: Saving Congress from Itself
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

“When it comes to solutions on how to fix the current political dilemmas in America, there are plenty out there to choose. The trouble with them starts when assessing their practicality and realistic outlook on the situation. In his book Saving Congress from Itself: Emancipating the States and Empowering the People, former U.S. Senator James L. Buckley offers his own remedy: The elimination of federal grants.” (01/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lamw6p2

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49) The minimum wage ravages inner-city Chicago
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Although your reporter seems unaware of the fact, your report ‘Weak hiring rate persists for teens’ (Feb. 1) offers strong and direct evidence for three of the worst consequences that economists have long warned result from minimum-wage legislation.” (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l27s6ac

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50) Katherine Hawkins on The Scott Horton Show
Source: The Scott Horton Show

“Katherine Hawkins, the National Security Fellow at OpenTheGovernment.org, discusses the lies hidden inside the Senate report on CIA torture; the Office of Legal Council’s memos authorizing the program; and the CIA’s lies to the credulous Department of Justice.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/30/15)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2015/01/30/13015-katherine-hawkins/

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51) Does domestic violence really increase on Super Bowl Sunday?
Source: The New Republic
by Alice Robb

“In the 1990s, reporters began circulating a chilling statistic: Super Bowl Sunday was the most dangerous day of the year for women in abusive relationships. Riled up watching the violence onscreen and often under the influence of alcohol, male football fans were said to unleash their aggression on their partners, leading to a spike in women’s calls to crisis hotlines and visits to the ER. … Recent events have done little to dispel the idea that there’s a link between football and domestic violence, but this particular stat isn’t substantiated. In fact, the idea that Super Bowl Sunday has the highest rate of domestic violence of all the days in the year was debunked long ago.” (02/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ox7clk2

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52) Liberal media suddenly very interested in Scott Walker
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“Can the media make Scott Walker the Next Big Thing in Republican presidential politics? With Mitt Romney announcing today that he’s breaking my heart by not running, the race is in need of a new storyline. And in the wake of a good performance at the Iowa Freedom Summit — which I submit is the excuse for, but not the cause of, the sudden interest in Walker — he’s everywhere in the political media.” (01/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p3om4ua

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53) Everything Voluntary Podcast, 01/30/15
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Episode 048 is a conversation on the recent blockbuster ‘Interstellar’ and its allegorical value. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and the Grimm’s Fairy Tales are also briefly touched on. And Skyler encourages Phil to start a podcast on the allegories found in popular media.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mnr9bpy

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54) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 01/31/15
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: AMA answers on professional wrestling, my reading/writing influences, my historical interests, where I’d like to eat, and Nietzsche. Also, muh $$$.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/keaszfd

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55) Astonishing life, astonishing performance
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“If you, too, are looking for clues to Hawking’s elusive equation, The Theory of Everything isn’t the place to look. Although it does contain a few brief and basic conversations about Hawking’s research along the lines of ‘quantum theory governs subatomic particles; relativity governs the planets,’ the film decidedly is not about physics. Instead, it is an intensely personal film about how a family copes with the day-to-day emotional and physical trauma caused by a debilitating disease. And yet, it’s not about that either.” (01/30/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1366

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56) Observations Podcast, 01/30/15
Source: QandO

“Social justice warriors. How damaged are they as human beings?” [MP3] (01/30/15)

Audio Player

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57) US escalation in Ukraine is illegitimate and will make matters worse
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Michael S Rozeff

“Steven Pifer, a senior fellow at Brookings, writes ‘The West, including the United States, needs to get serious about assisting Ukraine if it does not wish to see the situation deteriorate further. That means committing real money now to aid Ukraine’s defense.’ He’s dead wrong. No matter who is in the right or wrong in Ukraine, the U.S. shouldn’t intervene further. It shouldn’t have intervened in the first place.” (01/31/15)

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/01/michael-s-rozeff/us-escalation/

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58) California’s “cruel and unusal” prisons
Source: Reason
by Zach Weismueller

“In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California’s treatment of its state prison population violated the Eighth Amendment’s ban on ‘cruel and unusual punishment,’ and ordered the state to reduce prison overcrowding. But even with liberal Democrats running the state, it has taken court orders and direct voter referendums to ameliorate the problem. Why? Part of the blame lies with the close ties between the party and organized labor.” (02/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/01/31/californias-cruel-and-unusual

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59) Weeding out the rational basis of criminal law
Source: spiked
by Josie Appleton

“In Ancient Greece or Ancient Rome, a cart or horse could be prosecuted for killing a man. In the Middle Ages, insects were put on trial for their destruction of crops. With the development of notions of legal responsibility, however, dumb objects and animals ceased to be held responsible for harm they unwittingly inflicted. But now the UK government has rolled back the wisdom of centuries and has started using criminal powers for the punishing of invasive vegetation.” (01/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/klk6z6r

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60) Cliches of Progressivism #42 — “Jesus Christ was a progressive because he advocated income redistribution to help the poor”
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“You don’t have to be a Christian to appreciate the deceit in this canard. You can be a person of any faith or no faith at all. You just have to appreciate facts.” (01/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/puc4fn9

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61) The future of the American coal industry
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Jacopo Zenti

“Current signs point to a difficult future for the American coal industry, at least domestically. Natural gas is increasingly replacing coal in new power plants. Indeed, technological advancements in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have greatly lowered natural gas prices by accessing huge reserves of previously unreachable natural gas. Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strictly regulates coal-fired electricity, and has recently unveiled plans for even more regulation through the ‘Clean Power Plan,’ which will limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.” (01/30/15)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ba806

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62) Licensing laws place braiders in a hairy situation
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Josh Guckert

“Isis Brantley has been braiding hair since 1979 and has taught others how to do so since 1984. All was well until 1997, when she was arrested in her Dallas salon for braiding hair without a cosmetology license. In 2007, Texas changed its law to allow Ms. Brantley to return to braiding hair for a living. However, this reform did not fix the problems concerning her teaching of braiding, thus requiring that Ms. Brantley spend about $25,000 to comply with the law if she wished to pass on her skills in the field.” (01/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/md29pjs

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63) Never had it so good
Source: Liberale et Libertaire
by dL

“I count Milton Friedman’s classic book ‘Capitalism and Freedom’ as influential shaper of my early libertarianism. The book begins with the seminal definition of ‘classical liberal’ in the modern sense and then proceeds to argue the logical necessity of economic liberalism as a precondition for political liberalism. That is, there can be political liberalism if and only if there is economic liberalism. Today, I am struck by the extent that argument has simply vanished. Whereas Friedman’s argument treated the market as a means to an end, today’s argument more or less treats the market itself as the end.” (01/31/15)

https://rulingclass.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/never-had-it-so-good/

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64) Are you ready for some equality?
Source: Strict Lilberalism
by Rocco

“The outing of the Patriots for letting the air out of footballs has led to an outpouring of outrage from media outlets. And with good reason: games were played where the balls were not equal. Some balls were more inflated than others which is unfair, especially to the fans expecting to see a game where all the balls were inflated an equal amount. Hard questions need to be asked and much-needed lessons need to be learned before we can draw a line under this. Are the Patriots just the tip of the iceberg? Just how many games are taking place where balls are unequally pumped up? What does this psi inequality say about football, the men who play it, and the men who watch it?” (01/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/proxjad

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65) Everyday kit
Source: Idaho Liberty
by Ted Dunlap

“What we have on us at any given time is occasionally quite important — that is when you aren’t just hanging around the house in your jammies. I stopped liking anything bulkier than a handkerchief in my pockets and have carried fanny packs from the time I had to make my own because they simply did not exist commercially … that is a long, long time ago. I refined its contents down to a list of items that I use regularly enough to drag them along whenever I leave home …” (01/30/15)

http://www.idaholiberty.com/2015/01/30/everyday-kit/

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66) It’s Groundhog Day for Saint Louis and NFL stadiums
Source: Show-Me Daily
by Joseph Miller

“If Saint Louis'[s] position is analogous to the one it experienced in 1988, there is much reason for caution. Back then the conventional wisdom was that domed stadiums were the future and open-air venues were a thing of the past. As one Post-Dispatch writer put it, ‘A domed multi-purpose building, involving an enlarged convention center, would not be the white elephant of an isolated, open-air athletic stadium.’ Despite the last-ditch stadium proposal, the Cardinals moved anyway. But that did not stop plans for a dome. Then, as today, regional leaders claimed that having an NFL team was a boon for the local economy and city pride.” (01/29/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qesycw5

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67) Freethought and freedom: Introduction
Source: Libertarianism.org
by George H Smith

“When I became active in the libertarian movement during the late 1960s, Ayn Rand was a dominant influence, so many libertarians identified themselves as atheists. The other major influence, Murray Rothbard, also called himself an atheist, though he was sympathetic to the Catholic tradition of scholasticism. As the movement grew, however, so did the mix of religious beliefs, and today Christian libertarians are quite common. I regard this as a positive development.” (01/30/15)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/freethought-freedom-introduction

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68) Blizzards of blather
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“If you’re living in New England and you’ve recently been buried under snow, you probably don’t want to hear how it’s somewhat the fault of (man-exacerbated) global warming. Nor that we can, maybe, tweak the weather to perfection if only we drastically curtail the carbon-emission needed to make boots, gloves and roofs, and to operate snow plows. Perhaps you’re saying, ‘Warming? The snow is cold.’ But half-baked conclusions that the concluder is frigidly determined to reach regardless of evidence may be ‘based on’ any set of facts under the sun.” (01/30/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/01/30/blizzards-of-blather/

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69) The devolution of the US military
Source: CounterPunch
by David Rosen

“Are we witnessing a crisis of the U.S. military? Since World War II, the American government has proclaimed the grand mission and capabilities of the U.S. military to guarantee the stability of the world. Has it lived up to its reputed superpower status or has it become a bloated global enforcer?” (01/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nf9czct

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70) Jeb Bush’s Common Core hedging undermines reform efforts
Source: Heartland Institute
by Heather Kays

“Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor and prospective GOP presidential contender, was wrong to support Common Core. Now, on the campaign trail, he appears to be backtracking a bit. He should go all the way and admit he was wrong in the first place.” (01/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qh9eaqg

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