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Volume XIII, Issue #3,284
Friday, September 18th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Japan: Ruling party pushes bills for return to militarism through committee
2) Brazil: Top court bans corporate political financing
3) Croatia: Leaders put army on alert as it reels from migrant influx
4) Yemen: Saudi-led invaders pound Houthi positions near central city
5) Iraq: Suicide blasts kill 21; Islamic State claims responsibility
6) Burkina Faso: Military in confirms coup
7) VA: Educrats suspend 20 students for clothing hinting at unapproved beliefs
8) Bergdahl faces Article 32 hearing on desertion, misbehavior charges
9) TX: Whataburger employee fired for not serving cops
10) US court approves Apple’s patent troll injunction request versus Samsung
11) MO: House overrides veto of minimum wage restrictions, but “right to work” fails
12) Feds investigate friend of Charleston shooting suspect
13) Security theater, UK edition: Intel chief seeks more powers
14) NM: Homeowner shoots, kills intruder
15) OK: Court orders state employees not to kill prisoner yet

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) The GOP debate: Outsiders versus warmongers
17) To become even more prosperous we should open our borders
18) iGaming ban a bad bet
19) What about peak liberty?
20) Pope Francis misses the sizable moral dimensions to capitalism
21) The Hillary Chronicles
22) Who cares about the Constitution?
23) Free Talk Live, 09/17/15
24) Don’t smash the state
25) It’s free speech that will defeat Islamist preachers in universities
26) Vote with your feet: Free states [sic] are happier and richer
27) The debates and Republican foreign policy
28) We do what we damn well please: The demented American exceptionalism behind the neo-con foreign policy con
29) Constitution Day: A day of deceit
30) Polis apologizes for “gaffe,” but doubles down on failed campus sexual assault policies
31) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/17/15
32) Who should pay for prison beds?
33) Putin’s line in the sand: No regime change in Syria
34) The EPA steals $40,000 a day from one man. Who will be next?
35) The FCC built its Net Neutrality house on legal sand
36) Of course we should allow kidney sales
37) spiked podcast, 09/17/15
38) Capitalism and the future of liberty
39) A perspective from the left on libertarians’ supposed monopoly on liberty
40) Case closed … but ticking
41) The idea of open borders goes mainstream
42) Offended by the truth
43) On marijuana, Chris Christie remains the Republican outlier
44) The Constitution: The god that failed (to liberate us from big government)
45) Whacky US foreign policy

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

1) Japan: Ruling party pushes bills for return to militarism through committee
Source: Washington Post

“Japan’s ruling party pushed contentious security [sic] bills through a legislative committee Thursday, catching the opposition by surprise and causing chaos in the chamber. Opposition lawmakers surged toward the chairman’s seat as they realized something was up after ruling party legislators had gathered at the podium to protect him. As the scrum intensified, ruling party lawmakers still in their seats stood up to signal their support for the legislation, though there didn’t appear to be an audible announcement of what they were voting on. … The bills would ease restrictions on what the military can do, a highly sensitive issue in a country where many take pride in the postwar pacifist constitution. A senior opposition member later said his party would not accept the vote because the ruling bloc had cheated.” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ofuv6vw

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2) Brazil: Top court bans corporate political financing
Source: ABC

“Brazil’s Supreme Court on Thursday banned corporate contributions to political campaigns and parties, a hot issue as investigators in the nation’s biggest corruption scandal say such financing was used by businesses to win lucrative contracts with state-run oil company Petrobras. The court ruled 8-3 to block such campaign financing — which in the most recent presidential elections represented well over 90 percent of the funding for leading candidates and eventual presidents.” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nrrjdcg

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3) Croatia: Leaders put army on alert as it reels from migrant influx
Source: Beloit Daily News

“Croatian leaders put the army on alert after chaos erupted Thursday on the border with Serbia, where thousands of asylum-seekers poured into the country, some trampling each other in a rush to get on the few available buses and trains. Dozens were injured in the mayhem. The masses descended on Croatia after Hungary erected a barbed wire-fence and took other tough measures to stop them from using it as a gateway into Western Europe.” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oakf5kb

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4) Yemen: Saudi-led invaders pound Houthi positions near central city
Source: Redding Record Searchlight

“The Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen’s Shiite rebels [sic] pounded the insurgents’ [sic] positions Thursday with heavy artillery fire on the outskirts of the central city of Marib, part of their push to retake the capital, Sanaa. The heavy bombardment came hours after the rebels [sic], known as Houthis, aired footage on their satellite television channel purporting to show a Saudi soldier held as a prisoner of war.” [editor’s note: The characterization of the Houthis as “rebels,” of course, is Saudi (and US) propaganda. The Saudi invasion is in support of a rebellion fomented by an exiled former regime – TLK] (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pdvmex5

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5) Iraq: Suicide blasts kill 21; Islamic State claims responsibility
Source: Dawn [Pakistan]

“Two suicide bombers targeted Iraqi police checkpoints in commercial areas in central Baghdad during rush hour Thursday, killing at least 21 people, officials said. The self-styled Islamic State (IS) group swiftly claimed responsibility for the blasts. Both attacks were carried out by bombers on foot, wearing explosives-laden vests, two police officers said.” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o4dax8e

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6) Burkina Faso: Military in confirms coup
Source: Greenfield Daily Reporter

“Burkina Faso’s military seized the airwaves and installed a general loyal to the ex-president Thursday as the new head of state, carrying out a coup weeks before national elections. The developments capped a dramatic year in this West African country where President Blaise Compaore was ousted in a popular uprising last October after he tried to prolong his 27-year rule.” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nwzgtxj

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7) VA: Educrats suspend 20 students for clothing hinting at unapproved beliefs
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

“About 20 students at a Virginia high school were suspended Thursday for wearing clothing displaying the Confederate flag that violated dress code, according to the district. The students arrived at Christiansburg High School in the clothes and refused to comply with the dress code, so they were given one-day in-school suspensions, Montgomery County Public Schools spokeswoman Brenda Drake told WSLS-TV. But, she said, a majority of the students didn’t follow in-school suspension rules and were given out of-school suspensions.” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o4hatsp

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8) Bergdahl faces Article 32 hearing on desertion, misbehavior charges
Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“A hearing has begun to determine if Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should face a military trial for leaving his post in Afghanistan in June 2009 The Article 32 hearing at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where Bergdahl is based, will determine if the Idaho native will face a court-martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. … The Taliban held Bergdahl captive for five years until exchanging him for five Taliban commanders being held at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ogcbvdu

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9) TX: Whataburger employee fired for not serving cops
Source: Time

“A Whataburger employee who refused to serve two police officers in Lewisville, Texas has been fired. According to WFAA8, a Dallas ABC affiliate, Officers Michael Magovern and Cameron Beckham were in uniform when an employee claiming to be a manager said ‘We don’t serve police officers.’ … The former employee told WFAA8 that his refusal to serve the officers was a joke.” [editor’s note: If the customers’ gang colors didn’t represent a name ending in “PD,” nobody would think twice about it – TLK] (09/17/15)

http://time.com/4038278/whataburger-police-fired/

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10) US court approves Apple’s patent troll injunction request versus Samsung
Source: San Jose Mercury

“In what may be a symbolic legal win, a federal appeals court on Thursday blocked the sale of an older line of Samsung smartphones found by a San Jose jury last year to have copied key technology in Apple’s iPhones. The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, in a divided 2-1 ruling, backed a permanent injunction sought by Apple that would force Samsung to remove the copied features from the devices or take them off the shelves. Samsung has indicated that it could do such a ‘design around,’ but had urged the Washington, D.C.-based appeals court to reject the bid for an injunction in the ongoing patent war between the two tech giants.” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qax25xu

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11) MO: House overrides veto of minimum wage restrictions, but “right to work” fails
Source: Kansas City Star

“Republicans fell short Wednesday in their high-profile push to make Missouri the nation’s 26th ‘right-to-work’ [sic] state, failing to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of legislation despised by labor unions [and libertarians]. But legislative leaders did succeed in enacting another Republican priority — with first the House and then the Senate overturning Nixon’s veto of a bill banning cities from raising the minimum wage above the state’s level. … the Republican-dominated Missouri House voted 96-63 to override the veto of legislation that would have made it a misdemeanor for anyone to be required to become a union member or pay fees to a labor organization as a condition of employment. That was 13 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for an override, with 20 Republicans joining with nearly every Democrat to oppose the measure.” (09/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oz27jgj

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12) Feds investigate friend of Charleston shooting suspect
Source: USA Today

“Federal authorities have told a friend of the man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners in a Charleston church that he’s under investigation, a step one legal expert says often serves as a warning that charges are imminent and legal counsel is advised. Joey Meek, 21, of Lexington, South Carolina, was notified by a so-called target letter earlier this month that he is under investigation for lying to police and for knowing about a crime before or after it was committed but failing to report it, a federal law enforcement official told The Associated Press.” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nczwprw

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13) Security theater, UK edition: Intel chief seeks more powers
Source: Tulsa World

“[MI5 director-general] Andrew Parker on Thursday used a BBC Radio interview to call for new powers to monitor communications to track terror plots. He said the proliferation of new Internet technologies poses a difficult challenge. It was the first live broadcast interview given by any British intelligence chief. Parker says ‘they are using secure apps and Internet communication to try to broadcast their message and incite and direct terrorism amongst people who live here who are prepared to listen.'” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhse6nq

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14) NM: Homeowner shoots, kills intruder
Source: Albuquerque Journal

“A 59-year-old Plactias homeowner shot and killed a suspected intruder early Wednesday morning, according to the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office. Lt. Keith Elder said that between 6 and 6:30 a.m., the male intruder entered a home located on N.M. 165 in Placitas. As the two men struggled over a handgun, the homeowner ‘overpowered’ and shot the intruder. Elder said investigators believe that the gun involved in the shooting belonged to the intruder. … The suspect, who died at the scene, has not been identified.” (09/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q6lvtny

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15) OK: Court orders state employees not to kill prisoner yet
Source: Barre Montpelier Times Argus

“An appeals court halted the execution of an Oklahoma man with just hours to spare Wednesday after his attorneys said they had uncovered new evidence, including a fellow inmate’s claim that he overheard another man convicted in the case admit he acted alone. Richard Eugene Glossip was twice convicted of ordering the killing of Barry Van Treese, who owned the Oklahoma City motel where Glossip worked. Motel handyman Justin Sneed admitted robbing and beating Van Treese with a baseball bat, but said he did so only after Glossip promised to pay him $10,000. … the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals agreed to a delay just before noon. Glossip’s lawyers said they obtained a signed affidavit from another inmate, Michael Scott, who claims he heard Sneed say ‘he set Richard Glossip up, and that Richard Glossip didn’t do anything.'” (09/17/15)

http://www.timesargus.com/article/20150917/NEWS04/709179965

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

16) The GOP debate: Outsiders versus warmongers
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Trump is constantly saying ‘I’m the most militaristic person in this room,’ and yet this debate revealed that when it comes down to specifics he’s actually one of the least militaristic. On Russia, on the Middle East, and on the question of talking to our alleged adversaries, he’s miles away from the Rubio-Fiorina-Cruz et al warmongering of the crazypants Republican ‘mainstream.’ So what it comes down to is this: the two frontrunners, Trump and Carson — in spite of their occasional blustering — are the ones most willing to throw neocon foreign policy orthodoxy under the bus. On the other hand, the candidates the media seems to be rooting for — Fiorina and Rubio — are most explicit in their warmongering, and are also way behind in the polls. What does that tell us?” (09/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o2pma9d

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17) To become even more prosperous we should open our borders
Source: Newsweek
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“[F]or the first 100 years of this country’s existence we had zero national immigration restrictions. The whole world was invited in — and this invitation led to the most prosperous society the world has ever known. In these times, there were no passports. For the most part, everyone was free to move around the earth — and this was thought to be the very essence of liberty. Today, we have an effective ban on immigration. You can’t come to the U.S. to live and work legally unless you are family, highly educated or get in as a refugee. Other than that, the barriers to legal immigration are impossibly high. The wait lines for employment visas are impossibly long, and people from the world’s largest population centers aren’t even eligible. Meanwhile, the government spends $18 billion on stopping immigration — more than all other federal criminal enforcement agencies combined. This is money spent to stop people from freely exchanging labor for money.” (09/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ngo4bwr

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18) iGaming ban a bad bet
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Proponents of the iGaming ban claim a nationwide ban on internet gambling is necessary to protect against widespread online gambling by citizens in states where gambling is outlawed. This argument ignores the existence of technology allowing online casinos to ensure their customers are legally allowed to gamble online. A national ban would not be justified even if state laws allowing online gambling led to widespread violations of other state laws prohibiting Internet gambling. The 10th Amendment is supposed to restrain federal power, not justify creating new federal crimes. Passage of the ban will give the federal government a new excuse to spy on all of our online activities.” (09/16/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ron-paul-igaming-ban-bad-bet

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19) What about peak liberty?
Source: Strike the Root
by Alex R Knight III

“In a prior column published some time ago, I outlined the sociologically necessary pre-requisite for the transition to a voluntary society: a full 10% minimum of the population dedicated to that ultra-libertarian goal, and nothing less. In short, at current estimated American population levels, roughly 33 million persons ready, willing, and able to do away with government altogether. But what if we never get there? What if, at day’s end, the vast majority of humanity would rather just live ‘comfortably’ (with a host of impediments and inconveniences imposed upon them under threat and duress, but ‘protected’ by a guaranteed violence-enforced handout social-safety net), instead of living free and responsibly based on high principle?” (09/17/15)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/what-about-peak-liberty

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20) Pope Francis misses the sizable moral dimensions to capitalism
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Donald J Boudreaux

“Prior to the Industrial Revolution, the average person lived on about $3 per day (reckoned in 2015 dollars), and each denizen of today’s developing countries — those places touched least by capitalism — scrapes by on $7 per day.
In contrast, the average person in today’s market-oriented industrialized world lives on $110 per day, and the average American lives on $150. Now, thanks to capitalism, billions of us … live lives that not even the most powerful Byzantine or European potentate dared dream of just a few hundred years ago. These facts alone should suffice to give capitalism the benefit of the doubt whenever questions of its morality arise. Yet as Pope Francis’ numerous broadsides against capitalism reveal, many thoughtful people believe capitalism to be morally deficient.” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pb5z6qe

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21) The Hillary Chronicles
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“The bad news has continued to cascade onto the Hillary Clinton for President campaign, and none of it has anything to do with Clinton’s opinions on issues. It all is about her fitness for office. Since Labor Day, we have learned that the folks into whose hands Clinton reposed her computer server for safe keeping do not believe it has been wiped clean of all emails, as her lawyer told a federal judge it was. That means the 33,000 emails she thought she destroyed probably still could be recovered. What will they reveal?” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/orc3ors

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22) Who cares about the Constitution?
Source: Students For Liberty
by Cory Massimino

“Today is Constitution Day, a Federal holiday to observe the adoption of the United States Constitution. Should people who value individual liberty celebrate today? No. If you support individual liberty, supporting the US Constitution and promoting it as part of your ideals is counterproductive for three reasons …” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nwf5plg

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23) Free Talk Live, 09/17/15
Source: Free Talk Live

“Constitution Day :: Move to Denmark :: Steve Jobs :: One World Govt :: Jeremy Corbyn’s buttons :: British Monarch :: Cryonics :: Mark’s frozen Head :: The Future.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/17/15)

[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/224383171″]

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24) Don’t smash the state
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Steven Horwitz

“In an essay published in 1981, and apparently not available online, Sheldon Richman argued that if the state is like an onion, the proper strategy for liberty was not to peel back intervention layer by layer, but instead to, in the words of the article’s title, ‘Smash the Onion.’ I remember reading and loving that piece as a radical young libertarian, as did many of my radical young libertarians friends at the time. Even today, I still am sympathetic to the impulse behind that argument …. However, like most political slogans, the rhetorical appeal and simplicity of ‘smash the onion’ can easily divert us from thinking about the reality of rolling back the state.” (09/17/15)

https://fee.org/freeman/don-t-smash-the-state/

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25) It’s free speech that will defeat Islamist preachers in universities
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Sam Bowman

“How easy is it to oppose Islamism on university campuses? Being anti-abortion is unpopular, but Islamophobia is so forbidden that Ed Miliband proposed to make it a hate crime. Last year Plymouth University’s Islamic Society tried to have a speaker from the anti-Islamist Quilliam banned from speaking there. The year before that, a mob of students blocked Israel’s deputy Ambassador to Britain from giving a lecture at the University of Essex. There is no shortage of other examples either. So perhaps institutionalised political correctness is allowing Islamists to get a free pass at universities without being challenged, as it has arguably contributed to child abuse in Rotherham and elsewhere.” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ow5pdjj

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26) Vote with your feet: Free states [sic] are happier and richer
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gabriel Openshaw

“The greater the economic freedom, the wealthier and happier the people. From minimum-wage laws to higher progressive taxation to greater unionization to larger welfare programs to more regulation, left liberals demand a stronger and more economically active central government. Advocates of laissez-faire, on the other hand, favor smaller government, less regulation, lower taxes, and greater individual opportunity and property rights. But which economic policy approach actually yields the best results?” [editor’s note: “Free state” is an oxymoron. There’s no such thing. – TLK] (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nbhobpq

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27) The debates and Republican foreign policy
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Last night’s Republican debates took five hours to reconfirm most of what we already knew about the candidates. Trump demonstrated how much of a substance-free blowhard he could be, Bush secured his reputation as a wonkish nebbish, Fiorina proved that she could recite a laundry list of questionable hawkish ideas, and Paul showed a few times during the debate what it would be like to have a candidate who offered coherent dissents from party orthodoxy on foreign policy. Overall, most of the candidates showed that they were not well-prepared on foreign policy issues, and while they may have talked a lot about them they ended up saying very little.” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ouur37g

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28) We do what we damn well please: The demented American exceptionalism behind the neo-con foreign policy con
Source: Salon
by Patrick L Smith

“Ask yourself: Why are the other members of P5 + 1 not tearing themselves apart over this accord? Why are there no Michael Gersons writing in the German, French or British dailies? (Clue: Same reason there are no Kim Davises in any of these countries.) A thread of evangelical belief has been laced through American political culture since the 17th century. The American identity has never been resolved on this point. In the nation that professes its trust in God on its money, this thread now reappears in the weave with a prominence that jeopardizes our ability to find our way in the 21st century. As a manifestation of sheer reaction, we are amid a radical reassertion religion, specifically Protestant, in the affairs of a nominally secular republic.” [editor’s note: This piece is kind of a mess, conflating neoconservatism (a specific ideology) with hawkishness and anti-Iran sentiment in general. But still interesting – TLK] (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/put4vzx

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29) Constitution Day: A day of deceit
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin

“The Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787. Once ratified, it made law that the powers of government would be limited to those which had been delegated to it — and nothing more. The founders felt so strongly about this principle that a few years later, in order to ‘prevent misconstruction or abuse’ of federal power, they added ‘further declaratory and restrictive clauses,’ including the Tenth Amendment: ‘The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.’ While that Constitution exists on paper, in practice and effect, it has been completely obliterated. What we live under today is not even close.” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzl4hmw

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30) Polis apologizes for “gaffe,” but doubles down on failed campus sexual assault policies
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Susan Kruth

“Colorado Congressman Jared Polis earned heavy criticism from the media last week for his shocking suggestion that college students accused of sexual assault should be expelled even if they are innocent. … Yesterday, Polis sought the forgiveness of his constituents for his contempt for fundamental fairness. Writing in Boulder’s Daily Camera, Polis apologized and explained that he ‘misspoke’ when he said at the hearing that ‘[i]f 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.’ … But despite the mea culpa, Polis’ statement nevertheless reaffirmed other misguided arguments about colleges’ adjudication of sexual assault allegations.” (09/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ona2orr

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31) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/17/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Davi Barker, Diana Davison, Michael W. Dean.” [various formats] (09/17/15)

http://www.freedomfeens.com/2015/09/17/dont-nudge-me-bro/

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32) Who should pay for prison beds?
Source: The Atlantic
by Alana Semuels

“There’s an inherent flaw in efforts to reduce prison populations: The professionals responsible for putting people behind bars — prosecutors and judges — have little reason to curb prison use. They work for counties and cities, which don’t pay for prisons. (Instead, states foot the bill through taxpayer dollars.) And their positions are political, which means that prosecutors and judges benefit from a reputation of being ‘tough on crime’ when elections near (or when it’s time to be appointed to a higher bench in the case of judges who aren’t elected).” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q9spjzc

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33) Putin’s line in the sand: No regime change in Syria
Source: CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney

“The Obama administration now believes that regime change is within its reach. Yes, they know it will require some back-up from US Special Forces and Turkish combat troops, but it’s all doable. This is why Obama has shrugged off Russia’s plan for a transitional government or for forming a coalition to defeat ISIS. … All Obama needs to do is intensify the war effort, put a little more pressure on Assad, and wait for the regime to collapse. This is why we should expect a dramatic escalation as we begin Phase 2 of the conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin knows this, which is why he’s sending more weapons, supplies and advisors to Syria. He’s signaling to Washington that he knows what they’re up to and that he’ll respond if they carry things too far.” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q4tjzre

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34) The EPA steals $40,000 a day from one man. Who will be next?
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis and Jim Babka

“Crime-fighting should be government’s job one. But what can be done when government itself commits crimes? This conundrum is perhaps the key flaw in all statist thinking. If government regulation is so freaking important, then how come government itself is UNregulated? Some people claim the Constitution controls government. But how often does the government punish itself for violating its own rules? In truth, the Constitution regulates very little, because there is no enforcement mechanism. So the problem remains — government is unregulated and often commits crimes that go unpunished. The EPA provides us with two recent examples.” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q6a7no9

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35) The FCC built its Net Neutrality house on legal sand
Source: Heartland Institute
by Scott Cleland

“The FCC’s latest legal brief defending its Open Internet Order, will represent the FCC’s ‘strongest possible’ legal arguments for its Title II net neutrality case — a vainglorious legal fortress. In reality, the FCC’s legal case is closer to a magnificent beach sandcastle. Its downfall will be that its case is sand, on top of a sand foundation — that won’t be able to weather the elements intact.” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oatwrfw

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36) Of course we should allow kidney sales
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan

“Now, I myself prefer a free market in organ sales rather than a heavily regulated one. But that’s a secondary point. The question of whether we should have markets in kidneys is not the same as whether we should have unregulated free markets without governmental social insurance. You can be a social democrat and love kidney markets, or a libertarian and hate them.” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pm7spm8

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37) spiked podcast, 09/17/15
Source: spiked

“In the run up to our First Amendment conference in Washington, DC, law professor and blogger Eugene Volokh talks to Tom Slater about why we must remain vigilant to the attempts to curtail our rights.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/px85q54

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38) Capitalism and the future of liberty
Source: The Daily Bell
by Shane Smith

“Capitalism is the engine of a society’s prosperity. It remains mostly hidden, unnoticed, but attacked and reviled when attention is focused on it as a result of some scandal. But what drives this hostility toward capitalism? To clarify: What drives the hostility toward the operation of markets that are relatively free of government interference? I don’t mean those whose hostility derives from the uneven outcomes that are due to the interference of the political class, but those whose resentment is directed at the process of profit, loss and competition itself.”

http://tinyurl.com/ojwpnjr

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39) A perspective from the left on libertarians’ supposed monopoly on liberty
Source: Students For Liberty
by Daniel Miles

“Being a part of Students For Liberty and being a statist are, seemingly, mutually exclusive. As they should be, right? SFL’s activists are, after all, libertarians of some stripe: an-caps, anarchists, or just plain ol’ libertarian if you want to be boring. They are passionate and outspoken about the government’s operating far out of the individual’s sphere of influence and adhere fervently to a belief in the importance of self-reliance and self-governance. Statists, on the other hand, represent quite the opposite. Statists, as it has seemed to me, are viewed by the libertarians as the sort of people who you wouldn’t want to bring home to your gun-toting parents. They are reliant on others, they are oppressive; thieves of both time and hard earned money and gosh darnit, they are just wrong. As someone a little further to left, I have trouble with this dichotomy.” (09/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nzrqd4q

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40) Case closed … but ticking
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Irving, Texas, authorities — I use that term loosely — announced yesterday that the case has been closed. Over. Finito. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for. What case? That of the 14-year-old clock-maker assumed to be a potential bomb-making/let’s-err-on-the-side-of-panic terrorist. Perhaps it didn’t help that the youngster had the wrong last name: Mohamed. Or that his family had immigrated from Sudan.” (09/17/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/09/17/case-closed-but-ticking/

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41) The idea of open borders goes mainstream
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Amidst a decades-long immigration uproar that revolves almost entirely around the hope that immigration controls can finally be made to work, I consider it astonishing that a mainstream publication like Newsweek suddenly decides to publish a piece calling for open borders. Why would they do that? I think the most likely reason is the practical one. Freedom and free markets work while immigration controls don’t.” (09/17/15)

http://fff.org/2015/09/17/the-idea-of-open-borders-goes-mainstream/

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42) Offended by the truth
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Joe Szymanski

“It’s high time people stop being offended by comments which expose the American war machine. The Right’s intolerance of anything remotely critical of the American military is the most insidious form of political correctness. Yes, the 9/11 attacks were terrible — they killed many innocent people. But the story does not have to stop there. Invading and bombing Iraq and Afghanistan was nothing more than terrorism in response to terrorism. Those wars killed so many more innocent people than died on 9/11. If Grenier’s critics have a problem with the acknowledgment of this fact, they should explain why.” (09/17/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/40420

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43) On marijuana, Chris Christie remains the Republican outlier
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“During last night’s Republican presidential debate, three of four candidates who addressed marijuana legalization — Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, and Carly Fiorina — agreed that the issue should be left for the states to decide. The outlier, as usual, was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has promised that if he is elected president he will vigorously enforce the federal ban on marijuana in states that have legalized the drug. Perhaps cognizant of the fact that most Americans support legalization and that most Republicans support a federalist approach to the issue, Christie tried to soften his hardline stance by claiming ‘I’m not against medical marijuana.’ But as Scott Shackford noted last night, Christie opposed his state’s medical marijuana law (which was signed by his predecessor), dragged his feet in implementing it, and vetoed legislation designed to ease access for patients younger than 18. As recently as June 2014, Christie called medical marijuana programs ‘a front for legalization.'” (09/17/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pw5nyc7

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44) The Constitution: The god that failed (to liberate us from big government)
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“Today, 17 September 2014, is Constitution Day. There will be paeans, abundant commentary and church-like observances of the glories of this document in making us the most blessed nation on planet earth. This essay suggests a contrarian thesis. The Constitution is an enabling document for big government. Much like the Wizard of Oz, the man behind the curtain is a fraud. In this case, for all the sanctimonious hand-wringing and the obsequious idolatry of the parchment, it sealed the fate of our liberties and freedoms and has operated for more than 200 years as a cover for massive expansion of the tools and infrastructure of statist expansion and oppression.” (09/17/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4469

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45) Whacky US foreign policy
Source: Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

“The United States has by far the greatest military dominance in world history — both absolutely and relative to other great powers at its time — to back up its foreign policy. Such a potent, offensively-oriented force is hardly needed for the defense of what the nation’s founders realized was perhaps the most intrinsically-secure great power in world history, because of its remoteness from the centers of world conflict. Instead, what is really needed is simply more common sense in dealing with other countries. The U.S. government, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, has operated a foreign policy that is akin to the stereotype of a musclebound bodybuilder with very little upstairs.” (09/16/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8521

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