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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,300
Monday, October 12th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Syria: Regime troops advance with help of intensified Russian air strikes
2) Iraq: Islamic State figures killed in air strike; Baghdadi not believed among them
3) Afghanistan: Taliban car bomb targets British military convoy, wounds three civilians
4) Belarus: Lukashenko set to win fifth presidential term
5) North Korea “ready to defend itself against US”
6) Iran’s parliament approves outline of bill on nuclear deal
7) Randy Quaid detained in Vermont trying to cross border
8) South Africa: Ruling party wants to leave International Criminal Court
9) Obama backs away from law to access encrypted information
10) Sanders stresses gun control, calls for ban on aesthetically offensive weapons
11) IN: Woman uses medieval combat training, sword to stop intruder
12) Obama says US knew Russian military planned to intervene in Syria
13) Vienna: Socialists hold off right-wing party to win vote
14) Weekend suicide bombings in Chad, Cameroon blamed on Boko Haram
15) Nvidia dealt blow in bid to block Samsung shipments into US
16) Nigeria: Militants attack Shell flow station, kill guard, company says
17) Turkey: Thousands gather in Ankara in aftermath of deadly blasts that killed scores
18) OH: “Outside” reports find Cleveland cop “justified” in murdering 12-year-old
19) Army officer recommends no jail time for Bowe Bergdahl
20) Report: EPA spending millions to militarize enforcement agents

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Stupid is as stupid does
22) Come and take them. Start here.
23) Score one for Fiorina: A clarion call to budgeting sanity
24) Presidential contenders leave peace and freedom lovers adrift
25) Freedom Caucus wishlist won’t end partisan powerplays
26) GOP dysfunction an embarrassment to us all
27) No justice, no peace
28) The importance of praxelogy
29) Dr. Strange Ben
30) Out with the old, in with the new
31) Who even wants to be House Speaker?
32) Why Theresa May be wrong
33) Well … bye!
34) Gun control: Fashionable prohibition for modern lawmakers
35) American insurgency: Another glimpse at the near future
36) What is this “Cadillac tax” health insurance thingy?
37) Ben Bernanke and the art of central banking
38) Monetary central planning and the state
39) “I can’t think of a more damaging policy”
40) If you tax it too much, they will go
41) The slave trade was not my fault
42) Should there be a Nobel in sociology?
43) In The Tank Podcast, 10/09/15
44) How CNN shapes political debate
45) How the DEA uses “parallel construction” to hide unconstitutional investigations
46) If we can’t ban guns, can we make them safer?
47) The final leaked TPP text is all that we feared
48) Mouths wide shut: Obama’s war on whistleblowers
49) Dialogue on democracy, part 3
50) Boehner and McCarthy reaping what they sowed
51) Free Thoughts Podcast, 10/09/15
52) The constitutional case for gridlock
53) Combating vulgar libertarianism
54) The case for getting rid of borders — completely
55) Nixon is the norm
56) Against the tide
57) Europe’s migrant crisis: Culture matters
58) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 10/10/15
59) The Tom Woods Show, 10/09/15
60) “The winner always has a program”

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

1) Syria: Regime troops advance with help of intensified Russian air strikes
Source: swissinfo [Switzerland]

“Russian warplanes pounded Syrian rebels [allegedly] unaffiliated with Islamic State on Sunday, insurgents said, helping Moscow’s ally Bashar al-Assad reclaim territory and dealing a fresh setback to the strategy of Washington and its allies. … The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a [propaganda] group that [flaks for the rebels in] the 4-year-old conflict, said the Syrian military and its Lebanese Hezbollah militia allies had taken control of Tal Skik, a highland area in Idlib province, after fierce Russian bombing. That brings Syrian government forces closer to insurgent-held positions along the main highway that links Syria’s principal cities. The area is held by a rebel alliance that [allegedly] excludes Islamic State fighters.” [editor’s note: Hard to tell the players with a scorecard, but the main Syrian rebel factions SEEM to be split in alignment between the Islamic State and al Qaeda; the “Observatory” is a rebel propaganda outfit headquartered in London – TLK] (10/11/15)

http://bit.ly/1LIbx1C

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2) Iraq: Islamic State figures killed in air strike; Baghdadi not believed among them
Source: Reuters

“Eight senior figures from Islamic State were killed in an air strike while meeting in a town in western Iraq, but the group’s reclusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not appear to be among them, residents of the town and hospital sources said. Iraq said on Sunday its air force had hit the meeting and had also struck a convoy that was carrying Baghdadi to attend it. It said Baghdadi had been driven away from the convoy in an unknown condition.” (10/11/15)

http://reut.rs/1K2omwr

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3) Afghanistan: Taliban car bomb targets British military convoy, wounds three civilians
Source: Telegraph [UK]

“A Taliban suicide car bomber struck a British forces convoy in central Kabul on Sunday, triggering a powerful explosion in an attack that comes two weeks after the resurgent militant group overran a key northern city. The rush-hour bombing, which sent a plume of smoke into the sky, wounded at least three civilians including a child, as the Taliban ramp up attacks on government and foreign targets.” (10/11/15)

http://bit.ly/1VMGvoK

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4) Belarus: Lukashenko set to win fifth presidential term
Source: ABC News

“President Alexander Lukashenko was set to win a fifth term in Sunday’s election with ease, but he said anything less than 80 percent of the vote would be a sign that his support was slipping. Both the official exit polls and the chief election official later predicted he would get even more. The authoritarian leader faced no serious competition in the election, which was boycotted by the opposition.” (10/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nsxz3cl

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5) North Korea “ready to defend itself against US”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, has said his country could defend itself in any war started by the US. He was making a rare public speech as part of mass celebrations involving troops, and military vehicles in Pyongyang to mark the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party. Thousands of soldiers, many with red banners, marched past him through the city’s main square in tight formation. An aircraft flypast forming the number 70 flew over the square. Tanks and missile carriers rolled past the podium where Mr Kim spoke.” (10/10/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34493672

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6) Iran’s parliament approves outline of bill on nuclear deal
Source: Fort Dodge Messenger

“Iran’s parliament on Sunday approved an outline of a bill that would allow the government to implement a historic nuclear deal reached with world powers, the official IRNA news agency said. The bill allows the government to withdraw from implementing the agreement if world powers do not lift sanctions, IRNA said.” (10/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/njmy4zz

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7) Randy Quaid detained in Vermont trying to cross border
Source: USA Today

“Actor Randy Quaid is expected to be arraigned Monday in Vermont on a charge of being a fugitive from justice after police say he was taken into custody while trying to cross into the country from Canada. The Independence Day actor was detained by troopers at the Highgate Springs port of entry days after Canadian officials said he would be deported. Quaid is wanted in Santa Barbara, Calif., to face felony vandalism charges filed in 2010 after he and his wife, Evi, were found squatting in a guesthouse of a home they previously owned. The pair skipped several court appearances and went to Canada, where Evi Quaid was granted citizenship. Randy Quaid’s bid to gain permanent residency was denied.” (10/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o4egemb

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8) South Africa: Ruling party wants to leave International Criminal Court
Source: Bloomberg

“South Africa should leave the International Criminal Court because it no longer serves its purpose, the nation’s ruling party said. ‘The ICC has lost its direction,’ Obed Bapela, the head of the international relations committee for the African National Congress, told reporters at a conference near Johannesburg where the party announced new policy. The Hague-based court needs to be restructured because some nations are using it to further their own agendas, he said. South Africa’s government refused to arrest Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir, who has been indicted twice for war crimes and genocide by the ICC, when he visited Johannesburg on June 15 for an African Union summit. The government also defied an order from South Africa’s High Court that al-Bashir couldn’t leave the country while it reviewed the case.” (10/11/15)

http://bloom.bg/1MqGeqX

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9) Obama backs away from law to access encrypted information
Source: Reuters

“President Barack Obama’s administration has backed away from seeking legislation that would give U.S. law enforcement agencies access to individuals’ encrypted messages, the White House said on Saturday. ‘We are actively engaged with private companies to ensure they understand the public safety and national security risks that result from malicious actors’ use of their encrypted products and services,’ said White House spokesman Mark Stroh. ‘However, the administration is not seeking legislation at this time.’ Stroh reiterated comments by Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey, who in testifying before a Senate committee on Thursday said the administration would not seek a bill allowing it to crack into encrypted information.” (10/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oaufzzm

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10) Sanders stresses gun control, calls for ban on aesthetically offensive weapons
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday called for an assault [sic] weapons ban in his second straight day of talking about an issue, guns, where he has sometimes deviated from the Democratic Party’s consensus. In a campaign appearance ahead of next week’s Democratic presidential debate, Sanders cited two shootings Friday at universities in Arizona and Texas as well as last week’s slayings at an Oregon community college.” [editor’s note: Disappointing that Sanders is falling to pieces on one of a few issues he wasn’t that bad on – TLK] (10/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/outktcp

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11) IN: Woman uses medieval combat training, sword to stop intruder
Source: Indianapolis Star

“When a man broke into Karen Dolley’s home on Thursday night, her training in medieval combat came in handy. So did her sword. The 43-year-old woman said she awoke around midnight to the voice of a man in her house near 10th Street and Emerson Avenue on Indianapolis’ Eastside. She leapt out of bed, turned on the lights and saw him standing in her living room, she said. Then her instincts kicked in. Dolley, standing 5-foot-6, said she immediately attacked, punching him about 10 times and cornering him in her bedroom. She reached for her gun in a nearby drawer, but she accidentally opened the wrong drawer during the chaos of the moment, so her gun wasn’t there. She reached for her backup weapon, a Japanese-styled sword called ninjato, which she keeps near her bed. Her intruder crouched in the bedroom as she held him at sword-point until police arrived, she said.” (10/10/15)

http://indy.st/1FZAFyL

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12) Obama says US knew Russian military planned to intervene in Syria
Source: NBC News

“The United States had ‘pretty good intelligence’ that Russia intended to intervene militarily in Syria before President Barack Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday. Critics have accused Obama of having ceded American leadership to Putin by having failed to prevent Russia from launching airstrikes there on Sept. 30. Russia says the airstrikes are part of a campaign to wipe out ISIS, but U.S. officials have accused Putin of using them to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom the United States is seeking to oust.” (10/11/15)

http://nbcnews.to/1GDCOea

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13) Vienna: Socialists hold off right-wing party to win vote
Source: ABC News

“The Socialist party held on to Vienna city hall in a municipal election on Sunday, fighting off a challenge from a right-wing populist party campaigning on Austrian concerns over mass migration. But the win was coupled with a loss in support. With all votes except absentee ballots counted, the Socialists received 39.44 percent of the ballot, down nearly five percentage points.” (10/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qcfdbdf

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14) Weekend suicide bombings in Chad, Cameroon blamed on Boko Haram
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Nigeria’s Islamic extremist insurgents Boko Haram are blamed for using teens and women to carry out suicide bombings in neighboring Chad and Cameroon this weekend, killing more than 45 …. Two girls between the ages of 13 and 17 carried out suicide bombings in the northern Cameroon village of Kangeleri near Mora town on Sunday, killing at least nine and wounding 29 others …. five coordinated suicide bombings in neighboring Chad on Saturday killed at least 36 people and wounded some 50 others in a village near Lake Chad that is home to thousands of Nigerians who have fled the extremists’ violence. The government said a man, two women, and two children carried out the attacks.” (10/11/15)

http://bit.ly/1PooInV

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15) Nvidia dealt blow in bid to block Samsung shipments into US
Source: CNet News

“Nvidia was handed a major setback Friday in its lawsuit with Samsung over the improper use of its graphics technology. Thomas B. Pender, an administrative law judge for the US International Trade Commission, wrote that Samsung didn’t infringe on Nvidia’s graphics patents. He also determined one of Nvidia’s three patents is invalid because the technology had already been covered in previously known patents. The decision deals a blow to Nvidia’s efforts to prove that Samsung illegally used its technology.” (10/09/15)

http://cnet.co/1Ovnoio

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16) Nigeria: Militants attack Shell flow station, kill guard, company says
Source: Fox News

“Shell Nigeria says armed militants attacked an oil flow station in the southern Delta and killed a guard, amid fears of a renewed crisis as the country grapples with halved petroleum prices. Militant demands have been increasing and range from regional autonomy to a bigger share of the oil wealth that has polluted the Niger Delta region and destroyed the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of farmers and fishermen.” (10/11/15)

http://fxn.ws/1VMlf7T

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17) Turkey: Thousands gather in Ankara in aftermath of deadly blasts that killed scores
Source: CNN

“Thousands of people gathered in the streets of Ankara on Sunday near the site of two deadly bomb blasts that tore through crowds taking part in a peace rally in the capital a day earlier. The attack, for which no group has so far claimed responsibility, killed at least 95 people, wounded nearly 250 others and threatened to deepen divisions and distrust in Turkey’s polarized society.” (10/11/15)

http://cnn.it/1G7iE17

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18) OH: “Outside” reports find Cleveland cop “justified” in murdering 12-year-old
Source: USA Today

“A white police officer was justified in fatally shooting Tamir Rice, a black 12-year-old boy who was holding a pellet gun, according to two outside reviews conducted at the request of the prosecutor investigating the death. A retired FBI agent and a Denver prosecutor both found Timothy Loehmann, the rookie patrolman who shot Tamir, exercised a reasonable use of force because he had reason to perceive him as a serious threat.” [editor’s note: I’m shocked — shocked! — that a former cop and a guy who works every day with cops would side with a cop – TLK] (10/11/15)

http://usat.ly/1P8WoGZ

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19) Army officer recommends no jail time for Bowe Bergdahl
Source: Fox News

“An Army officer is recommending that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl face a lower-level court martial and be spared the possibility of jail time for leaving his post in Afghanistan, his lawyer said Saturday. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban after leaving his post on June 30, 2009, and held until last year, when he was exchanged for five Taliban commanders. His commanding officers in Afghanistan say a 45-day search for Bergdahl put soldiers in danger. Military prosecutors charged Bergdahl in March with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, a charge that could carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. But defense attorney Eugene Fidell said Lt. Col. Mark Visger has recommended that Sgt. Bergdahl’s case be referred to a special court martial, which is a misdemeanor-level forum. It limits the maximum punishment to reduction in rank, a bad-conduct discharge and a term of up to a year in prison.” (10/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oz9kzgx

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20) Report: EPA spending millions to militarize enforcement agents
Source: Raw Story

“The Environmental Protection Agency has spent millions of dollars over the last decade on military-style weapons to arm its 200 ‘special agents’ to fight environmental crime. Among the weapons purchased are guns, body armor, camouflage equipment, unmanned aircraft, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear and other military-style weaponry and surveillance activities, according to a new report by the watchdog group Open the Books. The agency spends nearly $75 million each year for criminal enforcement, including money for a small militia of 200 ‘special agents’ charged with fighting environmental crime. Congress granted police powers to the EPA in 1988, during the Reagan administration.” [editor’s note: If this doesn’t disturb you a bit, it should – SAT] (10/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/otvjuaq

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

21) Stupid is as stupid does
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“As anyone familiar with my work can tell you, I am not fond of laws in general or gun laws in particular. The former are an embarrassing exercise in futility, the latter a threat to my liberty (yours, too). I have been a professional gunsmith and am now a novelist and essayist by trade, So if I write comparing guns to books, what I am saying is that they have something in common. They actually have many things in common, but what’s important is that human beings like them and want them. Humans have many things we like and want, and the only one right: to remain unmolested in our pursuit of them. So if in your view, I wrote stupidly in my defense of human rights, at least I was trying.” (10/11/15)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2015/tle842-20151011-02.html

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22) Come and take them. Start here.
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“Mass murders, whether by bomb or knife or vehicle or poison, are horrific individual tragedies. But mass murders by firearm result in a dreary sameness. Except this time. This time, instead of merely hissing about ‘common sense gun control,’ instead of the bad old lie that ‘nobody wants to take your guns, you paranoid crazy,’ the media elite now openly call for repeal of the Second Amendment and/or confiscation of firearms. … I have a suggestion for those who want the guns gone. This is for you, elitist scribblers. Here’s an invitation. Shut the hell up and come and take them. You can start at my house.” (10/09/15)

http://bit.ly/1ZscfnB

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23) Score one for Fiorina: A clarion call to budgeting sanity
Source: WIlliam Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“In every presidential election cycle, candidates find themselves called upon to present plans for balancing the federal budget. And, for the most part, their plans call for doing so — in the sweet bye and bye. Never next year, seldom even next decade. The plan is for the current crop of politicians to kick the can down the road some more, leaving it to future Congresses and administrations to exercise the fiscal restraint that these politicians won’t. Not Carly Fiorina.” (10/09/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/3258

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24) Presidential contenders leave peace and freedom lovers adrift
Source: Free Association
by Sheldon Richman

“These are hard times for us advocates of peace and free markets. As the 2016 presidential campaign heats up, where can we turn — assuming we must turn somewhere? Neither Republicans nor Democrats have much to offer voters who both favor free markets and agree with James Madison (not someone I’m usually fond of quoting) that ‘of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.'” (10/09/15)

http://bit.ly/1Qj8L0F

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25) Freedom Caucus wishlist won’t end partisan powerplays
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Rules changes and regular order don’t seem to be a top priority for some of the more senior members of Congress. Pete Session (Texas) says that Congress could not get anything done if the rules were changed to allow more amendments from rank-and-file members. There are also claims that Democrats could keep a bill on the House floor for days at a time by raising parliamentary points of order, and proposing amendments aimed at embarrassing Republicans. These objections to regular order would be for naught if Congress would adopt the DownsizeDC Agenda which among other things requires that legislation before Congress deal with only one subject at a time, and prevents amendments that are unrelated to the subject of the legislation.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (10/11/15)

http://fpp.cc/freedom-caucus-wishlist-wont-end-partisan-powerplays/

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26) GOP dysfunction an embarrassment to us all
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“The movement within the House Republican conference to make Paul Ryan the next speaker has evolved into a desperate clamor, with members from almost every faction practically begging him to enter the race. Ryan remains reluctant, if not quite Shermanesque in his reluctance, and for obvious reasons. Ryan has political ambitions beyond the House, but knows that the speakership is an office built to destroy a Republican leader’s partisan bona fides. Ryan is a great theoretical fit for the speakership, because he shares the right’s ideological extremism and the party establishment’s pragmatism, but stands to lose his good will with conservatives the instant he applies that pragmatism to funding the government or increasing the debt limit.” (10/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/op8vfld

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27) No justice, no peace
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Hillary Clinton and Petraeus were among those who agitated for regime-change in Syria: the latter is now openly advocating an alliance with al-Qaeda in order to accomplish that goal, as he was no doubt doing during his time in office. When President Obama balked at allying with the perpetrators of 9/11, Hillary abruptly left the administration. This crazy idea that there is a ‘liberal’ wing of al-Qaeda really takes the cake — and it’s even more unbelievable that some Very Serious People hold to it. Yet it makes perfect Bizarro World ‘sense’ if you understand that Russia, and not ‘terrorism,’ is now Washington’s main target.” (10/12/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/10/11/no-justice-no-peace

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28) The importance of praxelogy
Source: Strike The Root
by Batu Caliskan

“Those admitted to modern institutions of ‘higher education’ can invariably be ordered into two distinct categories: the professional and the ideological. The former is constituted by students of the natural sciences, whereas the latter includes those involved in the study of the subjective. Unfortunately, when the discipline is intractably subjective, authority tends to triumph over alternative heuristics and methodologies. The modern universities, by virtue of their ideological capital, can and do crowd out praxeological studies of political economy, substituting in place unfalsifiable notions of nebulous ‘social forces’ in an effort to modalize economic and social interactions.” (10/09/15)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/importance-of-praxeology

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29) Dr. Strange Ben
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, is also a man of God, a fervent believer in Christianity and the Holy Bible. Of course there is nothing wrong with that. It’s his fundamental constitutional First Amendment right. As long as he and other religionist believers rely upon their faith to direct and control their own lives for the benefit of their personal goals, e.g., salvation, while refraining from imposing it upon others, I have no problems with it. But when this nice, likable, quiet, humble and unassuming Dr. seeks the Presidency of the United States of America, as he now does, I have a big problem with it, and so should my fellow Americans. Carson’s convictions are incompatible with that office because he admittedly does not rely primarily upon reason. He would make decisions affecting all Americans strictly upon faith.” (10/11/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/10/dr-strange-ben.html

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30) Out with the old, in with the new
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“I see autumn as necessary for the renewal and rebirth to come. Nature must sweep away the worn out to make way for the fresh. Old bug-scarred, weather-worn leaves fall off so the trees can grow fresh leaves next spring. Without fall you won’t have spring. Fall signals hope for the future. This doesn’t only apply to nature. Most of the time, in order to make way for something new and better, the old and the worn have to be discarded. You must scrape away the old paint before you slather on a new coat. Nor can newly discovered knowledge take hold until the old superstitions are tossed aside. It doesn’t mean you have to pretend the old never existed, or didn’t have some value once upon a time. You can reminisce, but knowledge is superior to superstition; reality over wishful thinking. The good news is the Age of Authority is drawing to a close.” (10/08/15)

http://bit.ly/1OuTmLN

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31) Who even wants to be House Speaker?
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Rep. Tom McClintock of California is about as conservative a Republican as you can find in Congress. As a state legislator in Sacramento, he was a well-known budget hawk. In the House, writes The Almanac of American Politics, he has been ‘a faithful conservative vote, though an occasionally nettlesome one to GOP leaders seeking to limit internal dissent.’ Former California Gov. Pete Wilson has such marked antipathy for McClintock that he took the unusual step of supporting a GOP challenger in McClintock’s latest re-election bid. It says everything about how dysfunctional the GOP House has become that such a solo flier as McClintock has taken a stand against the GOP insurgency that torpedoed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s bid to become speaker of the House.” (10/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nsnmvaw

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32) Why Theresa May be wrong
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Theo Clifford

“Theresa May’s Conference speech on Tuesday made some… strong claims about the harms of immigration, and attracted an array of excellent critiques in the media. I want to highlight one flaw that these reactions didn’t discuss in detail. Her argument relied on a constant blurring of the difference between the volume of immigration and the size of net migration flows.” (10/09/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/international/why-theresa-may-be-wrong/

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33) Well … bye!
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Nicki Kenyon

“A university economics professor has apparently soiled himself at the thought that students at the University of Texas-Austin (UT) will be allowed to exercise their right to keep and bear arms by carrying concealed weapons on campus, so he has huffily submitted his resignation to the school. … What I find instructive about this sniveling missive is the fear for his own safety. He’s afraid his students would shoot him. Why is that? Is he that horrible of a teacher? Is he cruel? Is he unfair? Why would any student want to shoot him? And more importantly, if a student did want to shoot him, would a law banning concealed carry on campus stop him or her?” (10/11/15)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=2284

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34) Gun control: Fashionable prohibition for modern lawmakers
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“With the latest school shooting, all humane people are expected to jump up and do something to stop the next shooting. The most popular response among media pundits and national policymakers right now is an expansion of the various prohibitions now in place against guns. For anyone familiar with the history of prohibitions on inanimate objects, however, these appeals to prohibition as a ‘common sense’ solution are rather less convincing.” (10/09/15)

http://bit.ly/1G730Tm

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35) American insurgency: Another glimpse at the near future
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“Want a barometer of political delivery of freedom? Pay attention to the real practice of politics on the streets of America by the enforcers of armed bureaucratic will, the badged thuggery. That’s the true measure of liberty, not your ability to elect yet another feedlot owner in the next quadrennial serial killer beauty contest. Nation-states are nothing more than rather sophisticated plantation combines scattered around the planet. These Orcs string razor wire over their storm fencing at their police compounds for a reason and hunker down behind bullet-proof glass for the same reason they are so quick to maim and kill; they are frightened and invested with the license to kill, a particularly bad combination for citizen safety. The future implications are obvious.” (10/09/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4518

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36) What is this “Cadillac tax” health insurance thingy?
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“You may have heard about the ‘Cadillac tax’ health insurance thing. As with so much else involved with the health care/insurance discussion, policymakers have chosen wording that causes most people to tune out. … When policymakers talk about a ‘Cadillac tax’ on health insurance plans, what they are referring to is an upcoming tax on employers who provide really good health insurance plans that cover lots of things without requiring employees to pay large co-pays and deductibles when they get medical care. These plans cost more, so they are compared to luxury cars that cost more, hence ‘Cadillac.’ The tax was written into the Affordable Care Act with the consent of the Obama administration, which saw it as a way to limit federal government spending on health care reform. There are people who thing this tax is a good idea, and people who want the tax repealed.” (10/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ph8mdmu

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37) Ben Bernanke and the art of central banking
Source: Cato Institute
by George Selgin

“Like any experienced Fed chairman, Ben Bernanke knows how to choose his words carefully. So the triumphalist headline, ‘How the Fed Saved the Economy,’ assigned to his Oct. 4 Wall Street Journal column, probably wasn’t his doing. Still the question remains: did the Fed really save us? Bernanke suggests that it did. But the evidence he musters leaves plenty of room for doubt.” (10/09/15)

http://bit.ly/1hy833y

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38) Monetary central planning and the state
Source: The Daily Bell
by Anthony Wile

Interview with Richard Ebeling. Ebeling: “Throughout the last hundred years the core issue that has confronted the world has been freedom versus tyranny. Shall governments be servants who protect and secure the rights of individuals to their life, liberty, and honestly acquired property, or shall governments be masters extending their controls, commands and prohibitions over more of human society with the individual an obedient sacrificial lamb meant to serve the interests of some political, social or economic collective?” (10/11/15)

http://bit.ly/1LpiliF

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39) “I can’t think of a more damaging policy”
Source: The Libertarian Alliance
by Dick Puddlecote

“Tobacco control and Public Health England — who collectively sponge close to £1 billion per annum in taxpayer funding — have ticked a box and been paid for it. Why should they give a shit what happens once their lobbying bandwagon moves onto the ‘next logical step’ in justifying their hefty salaries at the public’s teat? In every measurable sense, we are at the stage where anti-smoking organisations do nothing but cause net harm with every dingbat policy they promote. And they do so for one reason and one reason only … to enrich themselves.” (10/10/15)

http://bit.ly/1G6GMkp

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40) If you tax it too much, they will go
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“The world is in the grip of a vast migration. Seeking a better life for themselves and their families, people are abandoning their benighted homelands and moving to places that offer them more opportunity. But are they bringing their homelands’ problems with them? No, I’m not talking about Mexicans coming to the United States, or Middle Easterners and Africans flooding into Europe. I’m talking about Americans moving from blue states to red states. IRS data show that taxpayers are migrating from high-tax states like New York, Illinois, and California to low-tax states like Texas and Florida.” (10/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q7mxz3t

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41) The slave trade was not my fault
Source: spiked
by Patrick West

“Should you apologise for the crimes of your ancestors? And should the state make financial reparations to atone for such crimes? These two questions have arisen after Jamaica’s National Reparations Commission called upon the British prime minister, David Cameron, to ‘apologise personally’ because ‘his forefathers were slave owners.’ Jamaica’s president, Portia Simpson Miller, has also raised the issue of Britain paying financial reparations to Jamaica, as recompense for Britain’s role in the slave trade. The two answers here are — obviously — no, and no.” (10/09/15)

http://bit.ly/1G6GB8D

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42) Should there be a Nobel in sociology?
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Michelangelo Landgrave

“The general argument is that economics is not a real science, in the same manner that physics and other natural sciences are ‘real’ sciences capable of prediction and measurement. The other social sciences, such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, on the other hand are undervalued and should have greater say in the policy realm.” (10/11/15)

http://bit.ly/1GDzRKt

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43) In The Tank Podcast, 10/09/15
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s episode of In The Tank, Donny and John debate about the how responsible the government is for the towering amounts of student loan debt. They also talk about why beer is so expensive and the truth behind the ‘Jimmy Carter freed up the beer market’ stories. They also dive into the myths of recycling before discussing frequently used presidential campaign songs.” [various formats] (10/09/15)

http://bit.ly/1Oup6AJ

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44) How CNN shapes political debate
Source: OpEdNews
by Ray McGovern

“CNN, the sponsor of Tuesday’s debate among Democratic presidential candidates, has gone to extraordinary lengths to avoid being sullied with the stigma of ‘liberal bias.’ The four CNN journalists handpicked to do the questioning have carefully protected themselves from such a charge. As Jeff Cohen noted Friday in ‘CNN’s Double Standards on Debates,’ CNN made a point of including a bona fide right-winger in the Republican debate but ‘is not planning to include a single progressive advocate among its panel of four questioners’ …. The significance is that while a person from the Right or Left might break out of the usual frame of these debates, ‘mainstream’ panelists can be counted on to ask predictable queries with maybe a ‘gotcha’ question or two tossed in to show how ‘tough’ the reporter can be. CNN’s line-up fits that description to a tee.” (10/11/15)

http://bit.ly/1hyQ5hm

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45) How the DEA uses “parallel construction” to hide unconstitutional investigations
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“[I]t should surprise no one that the DEA continues to use unconstitutional, ‘classified’ methods when targeting suspects. Since the collection of this evidence would be questioned in a courtroom, the DEA suggests using a procedure known as ‘parallel construction’ to avoid any controversy in the public record. This is how it works.” (10/09/15)

http://bit.ly/1P8qomr

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46) If we can’t ban guns, can we make them safer?
Source: In These Times
by Marc Daalder

“Gun-violence prevention group Do Not Stand Idly By (DNSIB) has come up with a plan to bypass Congress altogether. Part of the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation (Metro-IAF), a nationwide multi-faith network of community organizations, DNSIB seeks to use the government’s massive purchasing power to encourage the gun industry to join the campaign against gun violence. … DNSIB sees two main ways that the gun industry can improve gun safety. The first is to make the firearms themselves more secure. Smart gun technology can ensure that weapons are fired only by their legal owners. … The second goal focuses on the infrastructure through which criminals obtain their guns. Almost 60 percent of guns used in crime in the United States are sold by the same 1.2 percent of dealers, according to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives report from 2000.” [editor’s note: Making guns “safer” means better “safety modes” and maybe the smart gun will save some kids from shooting themselves with daddy’s pistol; this group’s efforts sound suspiciously more energetic – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Not sure who the “we” is in the title; I don’t want to ban guns, and I understand that they’re pretty “safe” already – TLK] (10/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nwsvsde

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47) The final leaked TPP text is all that we feared
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jeremy Malcolm

“Today’s release by Wikileaks of what is believed to be the current and essentially final version of the intellectual property (IP) chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) confirms our worst fears about the agreement, and dashes the few hopes that we held out that its most onerous provisions wouldn’t survive to the end of the negotiations. … Perhaps the biggest overall defeat for users is the extension of the copyright term to life plus 70 years (QQ.G.6), despite a broad consensus that this makes no economic sense, and simply amounts to a transfer of wealth from users to large, rights-holding corporations.” (10/09/15)

http://bit.ly/1hy6GSz

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48) Mouths wide shut: Obama’s war on whistleblowers
Source: CounterPunch
by John Feffer

“[O]ne of the most perplexing paradoxes of the administration has been its attitude toward whistleblowers. Surely if Obama the candidate was willing to take these moral positions on torture and secrecy, he would embrace all the people in government who risked their livelihoods to do the right thing. And yet the Obama administration has been ruthless in its prosecution of whistleblowers. I recently had an opportunity to ask a trio of America’s bravest whistleblowers — John Kiriakou, Jesselyn Radack, and Tom Drake — to explain why the president came into office like a civil liberties lion and has behaved instead like a national security sheep (albeit one with very sharp teeth). Their responses were both revealing and depressing.” (10/09/15)

http://bit.ly/1Lph8HZ

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49) Dialogue on democracy, part 3
Source: The American Conservative
by Alan Jacobs

“There’s nothing to be afraid of — but yes (since you’re wondering) my conviction that democracy is a failed experiment does stem, in part, from my reading of the neoreactionaries, especially Moldbug. But I’m not with him all the way — for instance, as you can tell from my earlier comments, I have a good deal more respect for the U. S. Constitution than does Moldbug, who has commented, ‘The basic nature of constitutional government is the formalization of power, and democracy is the formalization of mob violence.’ Nah. But in many other respects his diagnosis of where we’ve gone awry is spot on.” (10/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/prxhza8

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50) Boehner and McCarthy reaping what they sowed
Source: The Nation
by Joan Walsh

“The chaotic House GOP leadership battle — if it can be called a battle, when virtually no one wants to be leader — is normally blamed on fractious right-wing extremists in the so-called ‘Freedom Caucus.’ But when House Speaker John Boehner and his would-have-been successor Kevin McCarthy wonder who’s to blame for their troubles, they should start by looking in the mirror. Since Boehner came to power in 2011, his leadership team has encouraged the far right in its crusade against government, governing, and compromise. They’ve fostered the extremists’ delusions that they can do things they simply can’t, with a Democrat in the White House: repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood, and hold the debt ceiling hostage to force huge budget cuts.” [editor’s note: As if “budget cuts” was really their actual intention – SAT] (10/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ptsmojm

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51) Free Thoughts Podcast, 10/09/15
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Jonah Goldberg joins us for a discussion on what unites intellectual conservatives and libertarians and the history of the political left.” [various formats] (10/09/15)

http://bit.ly/1LHULQ8

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52) The constitutional case for gridlock
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Dave Benner

“These days, it is common to hear people criticize government on the basis that it ‘can’t get anything done.’ Partisan gridlock is often raised as a culprit, and it is almost universally condemned by all sides. But the founders valued partisan gridlock as a roadblock to the destruction of human liberty and the consolidation of centralized power.” (10/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/olsm4as

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53) Combating vulgar libertarianism
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“Steven [Horowitz] accuses me of ‘overstating … the distortions created by the state’ and, while acknowledging that a freed market would differ in many ways from the existing economy, goes on to say that ‘[w]hat I am much more skeptical about is the degree of those differences.’ In this regard I can only say that, in my own research on the effects of various general categories of state intervention — perhaps most important among them the large-scale expropriation of land from the peasantries of industrializing Western countries (as well as both land and natural resources from the colonized countries of the Global South), and so-called ‘intellectual property’) — I found it hard to mentally encompass the sheer magnitude of the effect of each one of these categories of intervention taken severally, let alone their cumulative effect.” (10/11/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/40638

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54) The case for getting rid of borders — completely
Source: The Atlantic
by Alex Tbarrok

“To paraphrase Rousseau, man is born free, yet everywhere he is caged. Barbed-wire, concrete walls, and gun-toting guards confine people to the nation-state of their birth. But why? The argument for open borders is both economic and moral. All people should be free to move about the earth, uncaged by the arbitrary lines known as borders.”

http://theatln.tc/1ZrkDnq

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55) Nixon is the norm
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“To my friends who believe that the U.S. government is to be trusted to deploy its military might across the globe, I ask: How do you square the reality of such an action by a U.S. Commander-in-Chief with your trust that American politicians in positions of high power will generally use their military power wisely and in the best interest of the public? Do you think that Nixon was an outlier? Do you think that this instance in which Nixon made military decisions based exclusively on political considerations was an outlier for Nixon? Do you, instead, think that this report is false?” (10/11/15)

http://cafehayek.com/2015/10/nixon-is-the-norm.html

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56) Against the tide
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“I’ve stated several times recently that I think the sex worker rights movement has finally passed our watershed moment; Amnesty International’s affirmation of decriminalization as the only moral way for governments to relate to sex workers, followed closely by the incredibly tone-deaf fiasco that was the Rentboy raid, has resulted in a dramatic shift in the way the American public views the topic of sex worker rights. The tide has turned at last, and now the current is flowing away from eroding the human rights of sex workers instead of toward it. … But this tide is just beginning to turn, and its outward current isn’t very powerful yet; there are still plenty of vile, nauseating little creatures struggling against it to spread as much shit as possible on the beach.” (10/09/15)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2015/10/09/against-the-tide/

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57) Europe’s migrant crisis: Culture matters
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jayant Bhandari

“It was in my early teens that I finally realized the cultural milieu that I was growing up in was utterly corrupt and irrational. Thirty-five years later — a span that includes a couple of decades spent in the West — I still feel envy when I see Western kids not suffering from habits and patterns that I still cannot shake off, after huge amount of work. Even a passionate person who realized his problems early on has found it almost impossible to surmount the problem of releasing himself from the shackles of his culture and indoctrination. When it is so difficult for someone keenly interested in changing himself to change, how difficult it must be to change those who don’t feel the need to change themselves! How doubly difficult it must be to change those who exist in a society, or ghetto, that won’t let them change even if they want to.” (10/09/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1469

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58) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 10/10/15
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Liberty Hangout. Herein we discussed my introduction to voluntaryism, the implications of marxist policies, Bernie Sanders, Austrian economics, self-education, the value of a college education, the power of technology, as well as the imperative value of the individual and more!” [MP3] (10/10/15)

http://bit.ly/1G6CcCE

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59) The Tom Woods Show, 10/09/15
Source: The Tom Wood Show

“The politically correct crowd believes differences in income and job placement among racial and ethnic groups must be accounted for by ‘discrimination.’ This claim is left in shreds after today’s episode. I also discuss the so-called gender wage gap, and show it doesn’t really exist. And quite a bit more.” [various formats] (10/09/15)

http://bit.ly/1P8nWfO

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60) “The winner always has a program”
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“Baseless prejudice sooner or later meets its match when it runs into raw talent and indomitable willpower. Jackie Robinson proved it in baseball, as did Joe Louis in boxing and Jesse Owens in track. In the world of tennis, the biggest winner of note was a black woman named Althea Gibson. Life’s victories don’t always go to the stronger or faster woman, to paraphrase an old adage, but Gibson demonstrated that sooner or later, the woman who wins is the one who thinks she can.” (10/09/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/the-winner-always-has-a-program/

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R. Lee Wrights
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