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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,281
Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Australia: Turnbull wins party ballot to become prime minister
2) Nepal: Protests, clashes after Assembly votes against reversion to “Hindu state”
3) Yemen: Emirati invaders push toward capital
4) Guatemala: Presidential candidate drops out of race
5) Bubonic plague reported in Michigan
6) NE: Gale expects return to premeditated state killings to make ballot
7) Russia: Regime finds Google “abusive”
8) MA: Healey announces policy to push teenage smokers toward real tobacco instead of safer vapor
9) American Airlines flies uncertified plane to Hawaii
10) KY: Davis fiasco makes legislators rethink county clerk position
11) FL: Man accidentally texts “wrong number” about drug deal
12) MS: Brady Campaign hits “victim of our ideas” milestone at Delta State University
13) Congress may give IRS authority to regulate tax preparers
14) OK: 85-year-old shoots intruder twice during home invasion
15) Dollar stalls as Fed rate hike expectations fade

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) If men were angels, we wouldn’t need the blockchain
17) Why critics of the “microaggressions” framework are skeptical
18) And then there were 16: Perry drops out
19) The real threat to America is not immigrants, but ourselves
20) Big Pharma’s “orange” threat level
21) Not just Uber: Why the taxi industry needs an overhaul
22) What kind of society do you want and how to you get it?
23) Snobs versus slobs: National Review’s war with its audience
24) Arctic ice mass has grown in size since 2013, falsifying hypothesis that polar caps are “melting”
25) A war on college men
26) Heightened trade secrets restrictions could chill global speech
27) Jeb Bush’s Florida education plan created corruption & chaos
28) The raging sins of the persecution industry: Unpacking the hypocrisy at the heart of the religious right
29) Losing to win: The newest trend in politics?
30) Why Joe Biden is more “likable” than Hillary
31) Bill Bennett: “Bring back the war on drugs”
32) Another dead man in a gun free zone
33) The curse of today’s Renaissance Man and why he can never be president
34) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/14/15
35) The Tom Woods Show, 09/14/15
36) Markets in adoption rights
37) The current state of American foreign policy
38) US has less economic freedom than Chile, Jordan, or Taiwan
39) Hillary reboot
40) The prohibition of evacuation
41) Is the European Union collapsing?
42) Congress fiddles while the economy burns
43) A propertarian speaks on the immigration crisis
44) Corbyn’s economic policy: A critique
45) Rise of the supernanny feminists
46) Citizen registration fee
47) The most invisible Christians in Washington
48) Obamaism, the new McCarthyism: Witch-hunt at the temple
49) Militarism: Our civic religion
50) Governments give migrants a disastrous mix of social welfare and bureaucracy

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

1) Australia: Turnbull wins party ballot to become prime minister
Source: Bloomberg

“Former Cabinet Minister Malcolm Turnbull will become Australia’s sixth prime minister in eight years after defeating Tony Abbott in a ballot of Liberal Party lawmakers on Monday Turnbull won by 54 votes to 44, hours after condemning Abbott’s economic management and challenging him for the leadership of the governing party.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/objbc8s

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2) Nepal: Protests, clashes after Assembly votes against reversion to “Hindu state”
Source: Washington Post

“Nepal’s Constituent Assembly rejected calls to revert the Himalayan nation to a Hindu state during voting Monday on a draft of the country’s long-delayed new constitution, sparking violent protests. Nepal was Hindu for centuries when kings ruled, but has been a secular state since the monarchy was abolished in 2006. … The proposal was pushed by the Rastirya Prajatantra Party Nepal, or National Democratic Party Nepal, which also wants the country to be a monarchy. Many people in Nepal, which has a Hindu majority, believe the kings were a reincarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. Following Monday’s vote, hundreds of Hindu protesters clashed outside the assembly hall with police, who fired water cannons and beat them with bamboo batons.” (09/14/15)

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3) Yemen: Emirati invaders push toward capital
Source: Beaumont Enterprise

“As fighting rages on in Yemen, troops from the United Arab Emirates that are part of a Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels [sic] are pushing toward the country’s rebel [sic]-held capital, Sanaa, after securing a strategic provincial city, the commander of an Emirati contingent said Monday. They hope their campaign will push the rebels [sic] out and help restore Yemen’s legitimate [sic] government.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/otzcb9a

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4) Guatemala: Presidential candidate drops out of race
Source: ABC News

“Guatemalan presidential candidate Manuel Baldizon quit his political party and dropped out of the race on Monday, leaving a television comedian and former first lady to vie in the runoff to be the country’s next president. Baldizon, of the Renewed Democratic Liberty party, told a local radio station that he couldn’t endorse the results of the Sept. 6 vote that put him in third place, but also in a statistical tie with former first lady Sandra Torres, though she garnered about 6,000 votes more than he did.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pepybjz

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5) Bubonic plague reported in Michigan
Source: CNN

“Another American has come down with the plague — and this time, they’re not out West. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that a person in that state had the bubonic plague, one of what is now 14 such cases reported nationwide in 2015. The affected resident is from Marquette County, which is in northern Michigan along Lake Superior. But the resident didn’t necessarily contract the disease in Michigan. The state agency noted he or she ‘recently returned from Colorado in an area with reported plague activity.'”
(09/14/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/14/health/michigan-plague/

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6) NE: Gale expects return to premeditated state killings to make ballot
Source: Nebraska Radio Network

“Secretary of State John Gale says he’s confident the group, Nebraskans for the Death Penalty, has met the threshold to force a vote on capital punishment. He isn’t comfortable predicting whether the group can block the legislature’s repeal of the death penalty from taking effect. Gale says his office has received more than 65,000 verified signatures from county election authorities, more than enough to place the issue on the November 2016 ballot.” [editor’s note: Normal Nebraskans must be mortified to learn that they have more than 65,000 would-be vicarious serial killers living in their midst! – TLK] (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o7wytrp

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7) Russia: Regime finds Google “abusive”
Source: CNet News

“Google may have to change the way it does business in Russia, if a local watchdog has its way. Russia’s antimonopoly agency said Monday the search giant violated federal law — specifically, it called out what it sees as an ‘abuse of dominant position’ — in the country, according to a Google Translate translation of the agency’s statement.” [editor’s note: From what I hear, the Russian regime itself has similar habits, as bad or maybe even worse than the Republicans and Democrats in US elections – TLK] (09/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o5om3r8

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8) MA: Healey announces policy to push teenage smokers toward real tobacco instead of safer vapor
Source: Worcester Telegram

“Attorney General Maura Healey has established regulations prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes and other smoking devices to anyone under the age of 18. The long-awaited ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors takes effect Sept. 25. ‘The growth of the e-cigarette market has posed a serious public health risk to Massachusetts residents and calls for strict oversight to protect our young people,’ Ms. Healey said in a prepared statement.” [editor’s note: Of course no public health risk has been anywhere close to proven and so far every indication is that e-cigarettes are far safer than tobacco cigarettes. But apparently Healey wants to be governor and doesn’t care about the truth as long as she gets her mug on camera – TLK] (09/15/15)

http://www.telegram.com/article/20150914/NEWS/150919539

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9) American Airlines flies uncertified plane to Hawaii
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A plane not certified to travel for long distances over water was used to fly from Los Angeles to Hawaii last month, American Airlines has confirmed. Passengers arrived safely to their destination after the 31 August incident, in which an A321S plane was used instead of a A321H. The A321S has less safety and medical equipment on board than the A321H. American Airlines is investigating the plane mix-up with the Federal Aviation Administration. ‘Whether the plane was going to make it there was never a question,’ company spokesman Casey Norton told the BBC.” (09/14/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34248758

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10) KY: Davis fiasco makes legislators rethink county clerk position
Source: Raw Story

“Kim Davis wants Kentucky lawmakers to change the way county clerks issue marriage licenses, but she might not like how that plays out. … After arriving at her office for the first time since her release last week, Davis read from a statement that indicated she would not violate a court order and interfere with her deputies, but she repeated her call for changes to state laws regarding her duties. … There doesn’t appear to be much objection to granting her accommodations, but one lawmaker said the authorities that take over issuance of marriage licenses would likely claim the $35 filing fee for themselves.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p47ftxy

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11) FL: Man accidentally texts “wrong number” about drug deal
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Boy, did he have the wrong number! Florida police busted a man who accidentally texted a police narcotics captain while trying to arrange a drug deal. William Lamberson, of Port St. Lucie, sent messages seeking a “hook up” to the captain of the Martin County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit last month, thinking the cop was a drug dealer. ‘Its will remember we met at 7-11,’ the criminal mastermind wrote. The captain, at first confused by the message, played along, and sure enough, his new phone friend texted some thoughts that he probably regrets sharing with a narc.” [editor’s note: The headline just says “narc;” in reality it was a police captain! Nominee for stupid crook of the year? – SAT] (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/noae2kk

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12) MS: Brady Campaign hits “victim of our ideas” milestone at Delta State University
Source: USA Today

“Tragedy struck a Mississippi university poised to celebrate its 90th anniversary when a history teacher was fatally shot in his office, authorities said Monday. Police were looking for another school employee in the shooting. Delta State University was placed on lockdown Monday amid reports of an active shooter on the Cleveland campus.” [editor’s note — see Christopher Cantwell’s column on this in our commentary section. Per the Brady Campaign’s philosophy, Delta State unconstitutionally and illegally bans its faculty, staff and students from bearing arms for self-defense. Naturally, instead of taking responsibility for the bad policy and fixing it, they’ll whine that it was the mean ol’ nasty gun’s fault – TLK] (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pnfbjvl

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13) Congress may give IRS authority to regulate tax preparers
Source: Forbes

“On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee, led by Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Committee Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), will mark up an original bipartisan bill that will, among other things ‘help root out the bad actors who pose as law-abiding return preparers’ as a step towards protecting taxpayers from identity theft and fraud. The proposal, as written, would provide the Department of the Treasury and the IRS the authority to regulate ‘all aspects of Federal tax practice, including paid tax return preparers.'” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q6hxts7

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14) OK: 85-year-old shoots intruder twice during home invasion
Source: Tulsa World

“A scuffle with an 85-year-old Tulsa homeowner left an intruder in critical condition at a local hospital Saturday night, police said. Officers responded to a 911 call around 11 p.m. to the 1700 block of West Marshall Street from a homeowner who said he was stuck under a chair and a burglary suspect was still in his home, police said. Police arrived at the scene and found the suspect had been shot twice in the torso; he was transported from the scene in critical condition.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nq87zfg

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15) Dollar stalls as Fed rate hike expectations fade
Source: GlobalPost

“The dollar stalled near an almost three-week low against a basket of major currencies on Monday ahead of this week’s Federal Reserve meeting, as investors bet interest rates would be kept at their record lows until at least December. The greenback has struggled since hitting 12-year highs in March, as rate hike expectations have been pushed back. Though some in the market still think the Fed could act this week, the view that faltering global growth could push that back to the end of the year — or even into 2016 — is gathering steam.”

http://tinyurl.com/o8q5zyv

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

16) If men were angels, we wouldn’t need the blockchain
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by BK Marcus

“‘Don’t you think replacing humans is a bad idea?’ an audience member asked Andrew Wagner after his talk on the future of blockchain technologies. Wagner’s reply: ‘God, no. People suck.’ Do we hear a crude echo of James Madison in Federalist No. 51? … Wagner was giving a talk on replacing human bureaucracies with what he calls decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). His focus was not on government bureaucracies specifically, but at least one of his arguments in favor of automation is quite Madisonian.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ovemls5

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17) Why critics of the “microaggressions” framework are skeptical
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Last week, I noted an effort by two sociologists to explain the rise of what they call ‘victimhood culture.’ They focused their paper on ‘a new species of social control that is increasingly common at American colleges: the publicizing of microaggressions.’ The scores of emails I’ve received in response to the article include people on both sides of the larger debate on whether ‘microaggressions’ are a sound or unsound framework. Its defenders often fail to realize how many of its critics share their desired ends, if not their preferred means.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nv62qst

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18) And then there were 16: Perry drops out
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Frankly, Perry was a dream candidate for Republicans who cared about executive ability, plausible policy proposals, and ‘getting things done.’ No, I wouldn’t have voted for him. I’m a political libertarian and a partisan Libertarian; he’s neither of those things. But it boggles the mind that out of 17 ‘serious’ candidates, Republicans chose to cut Perry from the pack first, panning him in polls and not funding his campaign. What’s going on here?” (09/14/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2901

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19) The real threat to America is not immigrants, but ourselves
Source: Cato Institute
by Marian L. Tupy and Alex Nowrasteh

“True, parts of Europe have failed to assimilate some of their immigrants. And failed government policies, such as onerous labor regulations that kept immigrants from working and created welfare dependency, are largely to blame. But are Trump and Buchanan right about an immigrant threat to the United States? America has managed to assimilate tens of millions of immigrants and their descendants in the past and will surely do so again. But reviving some of its core values will make that process smoother.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pmlctlf

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20) Big Pharma’s “orange” threat level
Source: The American Spectator
by Mytheos Holt

“With patent reform about to return to the legislative docket, lobbyists and advocacy groups are scrambling either to try to cram in their various pet ideas, or to kill the project altogether. I hate to say it, but the reform-killers are almost preferable, since their strategy doesn’t usually require messing with the content of the bills. Those trying to alter what is being debated, on the other hand, are almost never doing so with anything but naked crony capitalism in mind.” (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/noj2jz8

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21) Not just Uber: Why the taxi industry needs an overhaul
Source: The American Prospect
by Caroline Frederickson

“… [P]ractices like these aren’t as unique to Uber as many people think. Like Uber employees, cab drivers have few workplace protections and are often expected to shoulder large financial burdens. Taxi drivers, just like Uber drivers, are independent contractors and are similarly denied minimum wage, overtime pay, protection from discrimination, are not covered by health and safety laws, can’t bargain collectively and don’t get workers compensation or unemployment insurance. … We talk a lot these days about the ‘gig’ or so-called ‘sharing’ economy and its impact on workers but why aren’t we talking about the taxi industry and its workforce?” [editor’s note: A cartel is a cartel is a cartel; as long as “medallions” are a function of city quotas, the mess will continue – SAT] (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p2qm4q8

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22) What kind of society do you want and how to you get it?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Ask yourself: What kind of society do you want? I would think that most people would answer: I want to live in a free society and one that is prosperous, peaceful, and harmonious. Obviously, those of us Americans living today do not live in that type of society. Yes, I know that there are multitudes of Americans who are convinced that they live in a free society. They sing glorious praises to the troops for defending our ‘freedom’ and proudly sing ‘Thank God I am an American because at least I know I’m free.’ But believing you’re free when you’re not doesn’t make you free.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pknhf58

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23) Snobs versus slobs: National Review’s war with its audience
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“The American conservative movement … has long been an uneasy coalition of snobs and slobs, of wannabe aristocrats and intellectuals like the late William F. Buckley and Norman Podhoretz joining forces with such avatars of plebian rage as Joseph McCarthy and Sarah Palin, respectively. Yet this fusion of pretend-gentry with pseudo-populism has always been a shaky one, with the more respectable faces of the right occasionally having to distance themselves from their uncouth cousins. Buckley’s magazine, National Review, has constantly tried to define a respectable conservatism that excludes lurid conspiracy theorists as well as the more overt manifestations of anti-Semitism and racism. … But National Review’s undeniable influence on conservatism has been waning, and its latest attempt to act as the right wing’s bouncer has backfired.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nad3xkc

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24) Arctic ice mass has grown in size since 2013, falsifying hypothesis that polar caps are “melting”
Source: Heartland Institute
by Gene Koprowski

“Former Vice President Al Gore has been proven wrong by reality, once again, on the environmental front. Blogger Steven Goddard at Real Science is citing information from the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, demonstrating that the Arctic ice mass, as of last week, is much larger than it was three years ago this month.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q5quss2

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25) A war on college men
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Is Congress waging a war on college men? It’s starting to look like it. Last week, Rep. Jared Polis, a Colorado Democrat, suggested that even innocent students should be booted from campus if they were accused of sexual assault. According to Polis: ‘If there are 10 people who have been accused, and under a reasonable likelihood standard maybe one or two did it, it seems better to get rid of all 10 people.’ So one of the longstanding traditions of American law (that it is better to let 10 guilty men go free than to imprison one innocent) has now been turned on its head. Under the Polis standard, it’s basically the other way around.” [editor’s note: Sounds like the same principle Goodell uses in the NFL – SAT] (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/np6r8cc

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26) Heightened trade secrets restrictions could chill global speech
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jeremy Malcolm

“Trade secrets are seeing a resurgence of attention by policymakers at home and around the world. While there can be legitimate reasons to keep commercially valuable information secret, particularly amongst those with whom it has been shared in confidence, the latest trade secrets push goes further, potentially entangling whistleblowers and journalists.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o6xwqaf

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27) Jeb Bush’s Florida education plan created corruption & chaos
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“‘We’re making decisions just based on the money.’ That’s Rosemarie Jensen talking, a tone of exasperation creeping into her voice as she describes the influence of money on education policy in South Florida. ‘Some things should be run like a business,’ she tells me in a coffee shop near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. ‘Education isn’t one of those things.’ Jensen lives in Broward County, just to the north of Miami-Dade. Broward is home to a diverse population of students, drawn from the state’s most exclusive gated communities as well as neighborhoods wracked by generational poverty. A former K-12 school teacher and current public school parent, Jensen is part of a growing movement of parents who believe they are being shut out of important decisions about public school governance, while those making the decisions too often have something monetary to gain.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o8waq2b

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28) The raging sins of the persecution industry: Unpacking the hypocrisy at the heart of the religious right
Source: Salon
by Edwin Lyngar

“The supporters of Kim Davis continue to ignore her own colorful life, as she proclaims herself the highest judge of morality, a final arbiter of who is entitled to public accommodation at a government office and to marry the person they love. I’m most struck not by her hypocrisy but rather by her authenticity. She wept when released from jail in a cry out to her god and her own humanity, at the same moment she denied the fundamental dignity and humanity of others. Yet, I don’t hold that against her. She’s an obvious rube, a useful and backward hick who is being exploited by others for cash and votes. As a rehabilitated rube myself, I feel sorry for her. Despite her hypocrisy and foundational ignorance, she’s far too useful to be cast aside.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o7h98b5

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29) Losing to win: The newest trend in politics?
Source: Reuters
by Paul Ingrassia

“Americans who deem their presidential primary politics a bit wacky this year have a point. The leading candidates include a loud-mouthed mogul who excels at the insult, two would-be heirs to modern political dynasties and an avowed socialist from one of America’s smallest states. But America has nothing on its ‘mother country,’ the United Kingdom. In the UK, over the past year, rejection at the polls has become, it seems, a necessary prelude to victory.” (09/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pjjc9tx

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30) Why Joe Biden is more “likable” than Hillary
Source: The Nation
by Michelle Goldberg

“Introducing the vice president on The Late Show [Thursday] night, Stephen Colbert said, ‘Everybody likes Joe Biden, right? … I think it’s because when we see you, we think that we’re actually seeing the real Joe Biden. You’re not a politician who’s created some sort of fa├žade to get something out of us.’ The remarkable and deeply moving dialogue that followed demonstrated exactly what Colbert meant. There is probably no one in American public life who has suffered more searing losses than Biden has: first the death of his wife and infant daughter in a car crash in 1972; then the death of his son, Beau, from brain cancer this spring. Instead of being embittered by grief, he seems ennobled by it; he’s full of empathy rather than entitlement.” (09/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nbdyuw3

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31) Bill Bennett: “Bring back the war on drugs”
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Two former drug czars, William J. Bennett and John P. Walters, want to ‘bring back the war on drugs,’ as the headline of their recent op-ed piece in The Boston Globe puts it. If you follow drug policy (and even if you don’t), you may be puzzled by that recommendation, since neither the federal government nor the states have stopped using violence to suppress the production, distribution, and consumption of arbitrarily proscribed intoxicants. Even marijuana, although legalized by four states, is still a pretext for appalling invasions of privacy, draconian prison sentences, and the occasional senseless death.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q77k5c4

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32) Another dead man in a gun free zone
Source: ChristopherCantwell.com
by Christopher Cantwell

“If I were to be made aware that a murderer was on the loose in my neighborhood, I might unholster my weapon and make sure the doors were locked. If I were a student at Delta State University in Mississippi right now, the best advice I could get for staying alive would be to ‘stay away from the windows.’ That’s because Delta State ‘prohibits the possession of pistols, firearms or other weapons in any form by any person other than duly authorized law enforcement officials on its institutions’ premises or at any of its institutions or student functions off campus, regardless of whether such person possesses a valid permit to carry such pistols, firearms, or weapons.’ Unfortunately for Professor Ethan Schmidt, it would seem somebody didn’t get the memo.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pvfw6zz

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33) The curse of today’s Renaissance Man and why he can never be president
Source: OpEdNews
by Rev. Dan Vojir

“Let’s face it: if any person would have all the traits of today’s Renaissance Man, he would be looked at suspiciously, frustrated pundits trying to pick out any flaw. John Quincy Adams (I.Q. 160 and could write classical Latin and Greek fluently) would instill fear in today’s American plebiscite. Update to Adlai Stevenson who was thought too much of an ‘egghead’ to be President. FOX News would have a field day, with instances like Sean Hannity’s ‘Dijongate’ too common to tally. Trump addicts certainly don’t want to know that Trump knows how to fix a carburetor, paints, or reads Baudelaire (he doesn’t). They’re content with thinking that he can affix an enormous fence around the country.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p7vkyys

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34) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/14/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“MWD, Derrickj, and Brett Veinotte talk over the miles over Feenphone. Things to ask your landlord, things to ask your date. If your cult has apts for rent contact Derrickj today!” [various formats] (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oo6z2qd

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35) The Tom Woods Show, 09/14/15
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“I’ve written and spoken quite a bit about nullification, but my guest today, Sheriff Richard Mack, says it’s also up to the local sheriff to prevent federal officials from harassing citizens. This one’s a must-listen for sure!” [various formats] (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ohe8jhe

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36) Markets in adoption rights
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan

“We think the interesting moral questions about markets in adoption rights aren’t really about the markets per se. Instead, we see two major moral questions. 1. When, if ever, is it permissible for a person to relinquish, voluntarily and without compensation, his or her parental rights over her child? 2. What conditions and factors, independent of the willingness and ability to buy adoption rights, make a potential parent fit to adopt a child. In our view, the ethics of adoption markets just reduces to the answers to these questions. Markets themselves play no explanatory role in explaining when it is wrong to buy and sell adoption rights.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qgk9q97

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37) The current state of American foreign policy
Source: Students For Liberty
by Conor McGarry

“Just 15 years into the 21st century, the United States has already become involved in two majors wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and at the same time has set further defined itself as a power more likely to resort to aggressive measures than to negotiate. This policy’s prevalence under the Administration of President George W. Bush resulted In President Barack Obama winning the 2008 election on a promise to change US foreign policy. But President Obama’s foreign policy has been no different then that of President Bush. His actions have shown the same antagonistic, expansionist outlook as his predecessors.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pjkl4xo

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38) US has less economic freedom than Chile, Jordan, or Taiwan
Source: Independent Institute
by Lawrence J McQuillan

“Today the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, Canada, released the 2015 Economic Freedom of the World report (pdf) and it’s bad news for the United States, where economic freedom is falling. The U.S. ranks only 16th in economic freedom trailing Chile, Jordan, and Taiwan. The EFW report measures the level of economic freedom in 157 countries by gathering country-specific data on 42 distinct variables in five broad categories: (1) size of government, i.e., taxes and spending; (2) legal structure and security of property rights; (3) access to sound money; (4) freedom to trade internationally; and (5) regulation of credit, labor, and business.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ocq6m2l

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39) Hillary reboot
Source: The Cagle Post
by John Darkow

Cartoon. (09/14/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/09/hillary-reboot/

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40) The prohibition of evacuation
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“When disaster looms, governments routinely evacuate their citizens. At minimum, they urge them to leave the danger zone. They normally supplement this cheap talk with stronger nudges like the Emergency Alert System and official door-to-door warnings. Governments occasionally even require their citizens to get out of Dodge. … On reflection, the moral and practical logic of evacuation doesn’t stop at national borders.” (09/14/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/09/the_prohibition.html

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41) Is the European Union collapsing?
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Edwin van de Haar

“Lately, the European Union (EU) stumbles from crisis to crisis. After a long hot spring dominated by the financial crisis in Greece, we now see the collapse of the system based on the Schengen Treaty, which secures the free movement of people within most countries of the EU. The upheaval is the result of the huge numbers of refugees entering the EU, mostly from Syria, Eritrea and Sudan. It is expected that Germany alone will offer asylum to approximately 1 million people this year. With no end of the refugee wave in sight more and more countries are either closing their borders, building fences, or reintroducing border patrols. ” (09/14/15)

http://notesonliberty.com/2015/09/14/is-the-european-union-collapsing/

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42) Congress fiddles while the economy burns
Source: The Daily Bell
by Ron Paul

“Disappointingly, but not surprisingly, few in Washington, DC acknowledge that America’s economic future is endangered by excessive spending, borrowing, taxing, and inflating. Instead, Congress continues to waste taxpayer money on futile attempts to run the economy, run our lives, and run the world. For example, Congress spent the majority of last week trying to void the Iranian nuclear agreement. This effort was spearheaded by those who think the US should waste trillions of dollars on another no-win Middle East war. Congressional war hawks ignore how America’s hyper-interventionist foreign policy feeds the growing rebellion against the dollar’s world reserve currency status.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p6hrpol

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43) A propertarian speaks on the immigration crisis
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by John Kersey

“Freedom and civilisation are based upon a simple premise: that land should be privately owned. If we build a society based on the private ownership of land then there is no limit to our endeavour. For centuries, this was the foundation of the West; land was owned and managed by landowners who had a direct interest in its prosperity and an equally direct interest in the welfare of those who worked that land. If we seek the roots of the England we know and love, we find it most clearly in the private ownership of land. In our time, this freedom has been challenged.” (09/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oqvpets

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44) Corbyn’s economic policy: A critique
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Eamonn Butler

“Among other things, Corbyn and his team have proposed not just a minimum wage but a ‘maximum wage’ as well. That means, presumably, that firms will not be allowed to pay any employees over a certain amount. Unless that amount is set at some extremely high level — so high that it would not be considered a ‘socialist’ measure at all — the result is obvious. Talented people will leave in order to get higher pay elsewhere, and talented people who might have come to the UK from other places (like high-tax France, for example) won’t.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q4z7mr9

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45) Rise of the supernanny feminists
Source: spiked
by Joanna Williams

“Describing the words someone uses as ‘unacceptable’ can appear politically neutral, unemotive and simply commonsense. It allows the speaker to take the moral highground by suggesting there are ways of speaking and behaving that all right-thinking people agree upon. Those whose words are labelled ‘unacceptable’ are deemed to have crossed a line and committed a transgression against such normal codes of decency and politeness. As we have seen with Charlotte Proudman’s calling-out of the supposedly sexist barrister, and all those who rushed to decry Tim Hunt’s joke, the biggest infringement against the acceptable is to commit speech crimes against feminism.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qzgn4h9

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46) Citizen registration fee
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“It’s true that [Ron] Calzone lobbies every time he speaks to a legislator. But hey: he’s not a lobbyist under the legal definition. Why? Because he earns not a penny. Missouri First doesn’t even have a bank account. And Calzone doesn’t represent various clients as a professional lobbyist would; he represents himself — and those citizens who agree with him. Despite the letter of the law, last week the Missouri Ethics Commission fined Mr. Calzone $1,000 for not registering as a lobbyist. It also ordered him not to speak to any state legislator until he registers.” (09/14/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/09/14/citizen-registration-fee/

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47) The most invisible Christians in Washington
Source: The American Conservative
by Kelley Vlahos

“An Assyrian Christian activist, Anweya says she has family living under persecution by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. She had taken the microphone at a press conference held in Washington by In Defense of Christians (IDC), which brings together scholars, elected officials, advocates, and clergy to discuss urgent threats to their faith in the Middle East. They come together once a year to lobby Congress, and include the most ancient of Christians — the ethnic Assyrians, who still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus — along with the Syriacs, Chaldean Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, Copts, Maronites, Melkite Greek Catholic, Protestants and more. Beyond the ongoing conflict in Iraq, which has driven tens of thousands of Christians out of the region since 2003, the issue has taken on a particular urgency as the Islamic State has accelerated brutal attacks and kidnappings of minority Christians in Iraq and Syria.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/phdocly

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48) Obamaism, the new McCarthyism: Witch-hunt at the temple
Source: CounterPunch
by Norman Pollack

“The country is so used to the tightening of opinion, marking an ever-moving Rightward shift of the political spectrum, so that today’s Democrats, a party of war and haute financial-industrial capitalism worthy of the Republicans of yesteryear, themselves now considerably worse than before, is illustrated by the National Security Agency’s program of massive surveillance under Obama’s tutelage and orders. The buck stops here; he cannot exempt himself from responsibility for the most widespread violation of civil liberties in US history, less dramatic than the Alien and Sedition Acts, the Palmer Raids, HUAC, but more lethal in its technological advancement and, of course, its very presence cautioning one to stop, think, and check oneself for fear of Big Brother listening in.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o4yksoc

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49) Militarism: Our civic religion
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Michael Swanson

“Today the United States is engaged in seemingly winless wars without end in Iraq and Afghanistan and has been engaging in interventions in places such as Libya, which seem to result in nothing but chaos. Libya has descended into civil war and the rise of ISIS is a fallout of the Iraq war. U.S. foreign policy has created a mess, but there seems to be very little debate over the wisdom of engaging in further interventions and wars in the world when it comes to the leaders of the two main political parties or on the television news and commentary channels, where the need for more interventions seems to be taken for granted. It is as if nothing has been learned from the past thirteen years. But this pattern of intervention goes back for decades and much can be learned from studying the past.” (09/14/15)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/militarism-our-civic-religion/

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50) Governments give migrants a disastrous mix of social welfare and bureaucracy
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Justin Murray

“Much has already been written by the degree of instability caused by foreign war policy and the distorting effects of foreign aid that usually props up corrupt military dictatorships. The more interesting observation of the latest migration crisis is not that it is happening, but where the migrants are headed. In the past, refugees usually trekked the minimal distance necessary to escape fighting with a few politically popular groups receiving airfare to further distant nations, like the Somali refugees relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The rest find their way to the closest safety zone away from the fighting. However, this latest wave of refugees and migrants are passing through numerous safe nations, purchasing airfare across oceans and braving a travel path that is far more dangerous than remaining at home.” (09/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q8q768x

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R. Lee Wrights
Steve Trinward

Editor Emeritus:
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