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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST
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Volume XIII, Issue #3,331
Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
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In the News:

1) Turkish forces down Russian military aircraft near Syrian border
2) MN: Gunmen sought after five are shot at police violence protest
3) Suicide attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon kill 12 plus five bombers
4) Burundi: Regime suspends 10 civic groups amid unrest
5) South Korea: US military helicopter crashes killing two
6) Canada: Trudeau to announce plan to bring 25,000 refugees
7) France: Hollande opens diplomatic push in anti-IS fight in Syria
8) DC: Pot arrests at near zero after legalization
9) WI: Appeals court rules against abortion doctor law
10) US State Department issues “worldwide” travel alert
11) DARPA’s latest project? A brain implant capable of restoring lost memories
12) Vatican puts two journalists on trial for leaks
13) Teen arrested for homemade clock demands $15 million and an apology from city, school district
14) CA: $4.9 million settlement for police murder of homeless man
15) Texas woman sues US for return of JFK film her grandfather shot
16) TX: Planned Parenthood sues regime over blocked corporate welfare dollars
17) Japan: Yasukuni war shrine explosion leaves public toilets damaged
18) Russia: Putin signs decree lifting barriers to enriched uranium imports from Iran
19) LA: New Orleans park shooting rattles city amid record-low homicides
20) Pfizer, Allergan merge in $160 billion “tax inversion” deal

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Protecting ourselves to death
22) A sober look at the west’s Kurdish allies
23) Who should pay for the Syrian refugees?
24) Microaggression theory: An assault on everyday life
25) Donald Trump’s presidential “heel turn”
26) It’s beginning to feel like 2002 all over again
27) Fear is the name of the game
28) Donald Trump is your dad
29) Overhaul TSA bureacracy
30) Myths of empire
31) Christian nationalism vs. the Syrian refugees
32) Using economics to make judgment calls
33) How a Democrat can win in the south
34) Equitable stealing?
35) The problem with comparing Syrian and Jewish refugees
36) Should refugees be surveilled, refused or interned?
37) The Tom Woods Show, 11/23/15
38) Henry Kissinger’s neverending psychological warfare
39) Dear conservatives
40) Rethinking intellectual property: A Reformed-Libertarian perspective
41) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/22/15
42) Property cannot exist under statism
43) Has Hillary learned nothing from Iraq?
44) Not your monkey
45) The tyranny of the sensitive
46) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 11/22/15
47) Sin taxes harm public health, pocketbooks
48) Why bored people and volunteers must be free to work for low wages
49) Compassion for Syrian refugees AND taxpayers
50) The doctrine of 9/11 anti-immigration
51) The drunk is more or less innocent
52) Why Obama is standing by the Syrian refugees
53) States of terror
54) Free Talk Live, 11/22/15
55) Federalist #15: More power

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

1) Turkish forces down Russian military aircraft near Syrian border
Source: Washington Post

“Turkish military aircraft shot down a Russian jet Tuesday after Turkey says it violated its airspace near the border with Syria, a major escalation in the Syrian conflict that could further strain relations between Russia and the West since Turkey is a NATO member. Russian officials confirmed that a Russian Su-24 warplane, one of more than three dozen fixed-wing aircraft flying sorties in Syria as part of Russia’s two-month old bombing campaign there, had been shot down but insisted it had not violated Turkish airspace. … Video footage of the incident showed a warplane on fire before crashing on a hill and two crew members apparently parachuting safely.” (11/24/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/turkey-shoots-down-russian-military-aircraft-after-border-breach/2015/11/24/9e8e0c42-9288-11e5-8aa0-5d0946560a97_story.html

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2) MN: Gunmen sought after five are shot at police violence protest
Source: New York Times

“Five people were shot and wounded Monday night near a police precinct in Minneapolis where demonstrators have been protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man, the police said. … Miski Noor, an organizer at the Minneapolis arm of Black Lives Matter, said the shooting happened as demonstrators were escorting three masked men who had been behaving suspiciously away from the site of the rally, where people have gathered for more than a week to protest the Nov. 15 shooting of Jamar Clark, 24. When they reached a dark area, the men turned around and opened fire on the demonstrators before fleeing, Ms. Noor said.” (11/24/15)

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/25/us/minneapolis-shooting-protest-police-jamar-clark.html

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3) Suicide attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon kill 12 plus five bombers
Source: New York Times

“Officials say five girl suicide bombers have killed at least 12 people in Nigeria and Cameroon in weekend attacks. The bombers also died. Police who blamed Boko Haram say one girl detonated explosives strapped to her body Sunday evening at a military checkpoint guarding an entry to the northeastern city of Maiduguri. … Cameroon said Monday that four teenage suicide bombers killed themselves and a family of five when they were stopped by self-defense fighters in that country’s Fotokol town, near Nigeria’s border.” (11/23/15)

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/11/23/world/africa/ap-af-boko-haram.html

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4) Burundi: Regime suspends 10 civic groups amid unrest
Source: Altoona Mirror

“Burundi’s government on Monday suspended the licenses of 10 non-governmental organizations over allegations they have been involved in anti-government activities. The Ministry of Home Affairs said the suspended groups played a role in a failed coup attempt in May against President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose decision to seek a third term sparked violent street protests in the capital, Bujumbura.” (11/23/15)

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/988736/Burundi-s-government-suspends-10-civic-groups-amid-unrest.html?isap=1&nav=760

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5) South Korea: US military helicopter crashes killing two
Source: Greenfield Daily Reporter

“A U.S. military helicopter crashed in South Korea during a routine training mission Monday, killing both pilots on board, the U.S. Army and South Korean police said. The AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed on a road in Wonju, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) east of Seoul, a Wonju police officer said on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media about the accident.” (11/23/15)

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/e0c1f581506845ed98bce3c4ed60ec8f/AS–SKorea-US-Helicopter-Crash

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6) Canada: Trudeau to announce plan to bring 25,000 refugees
Source: ABC News

“Canada’s new Liberal government will announce details of how it intends to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees on Tuesday. New Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hasn’t backed down from a pledge to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by Dec. 31 despite pushback by some following the deadly attacks in Paris.” (11/23/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/canada-announce-plan-bring-25000-refugees-tuesday-35380809

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7) France: Hollande opens diplomatic push in anti-IS fight in Syria
Source: Sacramento Bee

“French President Francois Hollande is launching an intense diplomatic offensive this week in hopes of coordinating efforts by France, the U.S. and Russia in the military fight against the Islamic State group in Syria in response to the Paris attacks that killed 130 people and jolted the West. Hollande will have no easy task trying to coordinate the strategies of Washington and Moscow.” (11/23/15)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/article46080340.html

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8) DC: Pot arrests at near zero after legalization
Source: Smell the Truth

“After one full year of legalizing cannabis in the nation’s capital, arrests for marijuana possession have dropped to single digits. Data provided by the Metropolitan Police Department shows that they have conducted only seven arrests for marijuana possession this year, dropping a staggering 99.2 percent from 895 in 2014, the Washington City Paper reports. ‘I’m not policing the city as a mom, I’m policing it as the police chief—and 70 percent of the public supported [Initiative 71],’ Police Chief Cathy Lanier said in February, according to the Daily Beast. ‘All those arrests do is make people hate us.’ Despite the uncommonly small number of pot arrests in D.C., public consumption of marijuana is still considered illegal.” [editor’s note: So toking, like drinking, in public is still illegal; seems fairer than most places – SAT] (11/23/15)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2015/11/23/washington-d-c-pot-arrests-at-near-zero-after-legalization

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9) WI: Appeals court rules against abortion doctor law
Source: Reuters

“A Wisconsin law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital is unconstitutional, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday, addressing a topic the U.S. Supreme Court is considering during its current term. Abortion providers in Wisconsin had challenged the state law, which requires doctors to have privileges at a hospital within 30 miles (50 km). The law’s supporters said the measure ensures continuity of care while opponents say it serves almost no public health value and is intended to shut clinics. A federal judge in March permanently blocked the Wisconsin law, ruling that the health benefits, if any, were outweighed by the burden on women’s health caused by restricted access to abortion.” (11/23/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/24/us-wisconsin-abortion-idUSKBN0TD00220151124#g126l7kQ8mWWX0mY.97

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10) US State Department issues “worldwide” travel alert
Source: USA Today

“The U.S. State Department issued a rare worldwide travel alert on Monday, warning American travelers about the widespread threats posed by members of the Islamic State or copycat bombers. The alert said that there were increased terror threats from al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and ISIL, the term used by the federal government for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, which has claimed responsibility for the Paris terrorist attacks. The alert also said people unaffiliated with the groups may be inspired by recent terrorist attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey and Mali. The alert comes as millions of Americans prepare to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, and organizers of major events like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade bolster their security preparations.” (11/23/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/11/23/state-department-worldwide-travel-alert-terrorism-islamic-state-/76281856

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11) DARPA’s latest project? A brain implant capable of restoring lost memories
Source: Fox News

“Any time a new technology is either backed by President Obama or developed by DARPA, you know it’s serious business. But if something is backed by Obama and developed by DARPA, that’s when you know to really take notice — and the government’s new Restoring Active Memory (RAM) program is just that. Freshly announced by DARPA, the project’s goal is to create an implantable neural-interface designed to restore lost memories in those suffering traumatic brain injuries. As stated by DARPA in its recent press release, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) affect roughly 1.7 million civilians each year and an astounding 270,000 military service-members since 2000. … In other words, TBI sufferers may not have to worry about lost memories if DARPA has its way.” (11/23/15)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/11/23/darpas-latest-project-brain-implant-capable-restoring-lost-memories.html

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12) Vatican puts two journalists on trial for leaks
Source: Greenfield Daily Reporter

“Two Italian journalists who wrote books detailing Vatican mismanagement go on trial Tuesday in a Vatican courtroom along with three people accused of leaking them the information in a case that has drawn scorn from media watchdogs around the world. The Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and the OSCE, among others, have all called on the Vatican to drop the charges against Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi.” (11/23/15)

http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/7bdccab02c0c4278bb1f690e883d7e19/EU–REL–Vatican-Scandal

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13) Teen arrested for homemade clock demands $15 million and an apology from city, school district
Source: New York Daily News

“Attorneys for the Texas teen who was arrested for having a clock that was thought to be a bomb are demanding $15 million for his unjust treatment. Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was arrested and suspended in September after educators mistook his homemade clock for a bomb. Mohamed’s attorneys are now demanding $10 million from the city of Irving and $5 million from the Irving Independent School District, as well as written apologies. If not received in 60 days, attorneys will file a formal lawsuit, the letters say.” [editor’s note: As mentioned in another story in today’s digest, a California city’s taxpayers only had to pay $4.9 million when two of its cops beat a man to death. $15 million seems a little excessive for this; I’d just say fine all of the major figures involved a year’s salary and hand it over – TLK] (11/23/15)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/texas-teen-arrested-homemade-clock-demands-15-million-article-1.2444435

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14) CA: $4.9 million settlement for police murder of homeless man
Source: Yahoo! News

“The city of Fullerton, California agreed on Monday to pay $4.9 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the father of a homeless man beaten to death by two then-policemen, an incident that sparked protests in the Los Angeles suburb, the plaintiff’s attorney said. The settlement was reached on the same day that trial was scheduled to begin in the wrongful death action filed by Ron Thomas against the city, police department and two ex-officers over the beating of his 37-year-old son, Kelly Thomas, in July 2011. … In January of last year, an Orange County jury acquitted the two former officers, Jay Cicinelli and Manuel Ramos, of all criminal charges in the high profile case.” [editor’s note: It’s a shame the taxpayers have to pick up the tab for these thugs … and that they’re still walking the street – TLK] (11/23/15)

http://news.yahoo.com/california-city-pay-4-9-million-over-fatal-212524887.html

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15) Texas woman sues US for return of JFK film her grandfather shot
Source: Houston Chronicle

“The granddaughter of a man whose home-movie footage captured the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is suing the federal government for return of the film or compensation of $10 million. Gayle Nix Jackson, granddaughter of the late Dallas resident Orville Nix, filed the suit Saturday …. The public is largely unaware of the Nix film, but the Warren Commission, which investigated the assassination, considered it to be ‘nearly as important’ as the famous footage shot by Abraham Zapruder, according to the complaint. … Nix gave his original film to the Dallas office of the FBI, which made a copy. On Dec. 6, 1963, the original film was sold to United Press International, which agreed, by handshake, to return the film to Nix’s family in 25 years. … the complaint states that in 1978, the House Select Committee on Assassinations obtained the Nix film. When the committee finished its work, all its material was to be accounted for and stored by the National Archives and Records Administration, but there is no record of what happened to it, the complaint states.” (11/23/15)

http://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/nation/article/Texas-woman-sues-U-S-government-for-return-of-6652411.php

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16) TX: Planned Parenthood sues regime over blocked corporate welfare dollars
Source: ABC News

“Planned Parenthood sued again Monday over efforts by Republican governors to block Medicaid funding to the nation’s largest abortion provider, this time against Texas …. Planned Parenthood has also sued over similar efforts in Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama. Federal courts have so far blocked those states from cutting off the funding.” (11/23/15)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/planned-parenthood-sues-texas-blocked-medicaid-dollars-35374909

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17) Japan: Yasukuni war shrine explosion leaves public toilets damaged
Source: Independent [UK]

“An explosion has damaged the public toilets at Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni shrine, which honours Japanese war dead. Yasukuni, which enshrines 2.5 million war dead, including executed war criminals, has been the target of criticism from China and South Korea, who suffered from Japan’s Second World War atrocities and aggression. … It was unclear what caused the explosion, in which no one was injured.” (11/23/15)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/japan-yasukuni-war-shrine-explosion-leaves-public-toilets-damaged-at-tokyo-site-a6744691.html

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18) Russia: Putin signs decree lifting barriers to enriched uranium imports from Iran
Source: TASS [Russian state media]

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree harmonizing the restrictions imposed earlier on cooperation between Russia and Iran with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Tehran’s nuclear program. The text of the document has been posted on the official web portal of legal information. This document effectively cancels all previous restrictions imposed on cooperation with Iran in nuclear energy and gives a go-ahead to the development of cooperation with Iran in the nuclear field, in particular, in the area of enriched uranium imports from Iran, including equipment supplies.” (11/23/15)

http://tass.ru/en/economy/838503

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19) LA: New Orleans park shooting rattles city amid record-low homicides
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“A gun battle at a New Orleans block party over the weekend has marred what could be another year of record-low homicides in the city. No one was killed in the shooting — 16 people were wounded — when the two groups opened fire on each other in a crowd of hundreds gathered in a park for a block party and music video shoot. New Orleans police have responded quickly using many of the same strategies they have employed to oversee [sic] almost four consecutive years of a decline in murders in the city. … Police were only about a block away from the scene at Bunny Friend Playground as they had been helping with a parade, said New Orleans police chief Michael Harrison.” (11/23/15)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2015/1123/New-Orleans-park-shooting-rattles-city-amid-record-low-homicides

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20) Pfizer, Allergan merge in $160 billion “tax inversion” deal
Source: USA Today

“U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer(PFE) and Irish rival Allergan(AGN) Monday announced a record-breaking $160-billion merger, the largest in health-care industry history and the biggest yet using a controversial tax-saving strategy. … The deal comes four days after the Obama administration stepped up its attack on corporate tax inversions — transactions in which a U.S. company reincorporates in a lower tax jurisdiction overseas in a bid to cut future tax bills. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said the restrictions, the second aimed at inversions in two years, were aimed at shoring up the nation’s tax base. However, the new rules are not expected to have any immediate impact on the deal because the transaction is technically structured to have Dublin-based Allergan, with a market cap of roughly $122 billion, acquire New York-headquartered Pfizer, which has a market cap of approximately $200 billion.” [editor’s note: Somehow the politicians don’t seem to understand that the way to prevent these “tax inversions” is to make US taxes lower, or better yet non-existent, not to try to forbid companies to move – TLK] (11/23/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2015/11/23/pfizer-allergan-merger/76248478/

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

21) Protecting ourselves to death
Source: Ruwart.com
by Mary J. Ruwart

“Cancer patients took the FDA to court to legalize their ability to use drugs that had undergone human safety testing but had not yet been shown to be effective. The courts ruled that US citizens did not have the right to try to save their lives with drugs not yet approved by the FDA. Consequently, some patients are now going to the black market or overseas to get drugs that might help them survive.” (11/22/15)

http://www.ruwart.com/blog/protecting-ourselves-to-death.html

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22) A sober look at the west’s Kurdish allies
Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“Kurdistan has acquired a growing roster of advocates in the United States. Indeed, some opinion leaders have urged Washington to downgrade its support of the Baghdad government and place greater reliance on relations with Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. A few outspoken supporters even regard Kurdistan as second only to Israel as a reliable, democratic US ally in the Middle East — a view encouraged by influential Israelis. A more sober view is needed. The Kurds are indeed capable fighters, and they are vehement opponents of ISIS and other manifestations of Islamic extremism. However, both the Iraqi Kurds and their Syrian counterparts have their own political agendas. And those agendas inevitably cause problems for the Baghdad government and for Turkey, a key member of NATO.” (11/23/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/sober-look-wests-kurdish-allies

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23) Who should pay for the Syrian refugees?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Last week the US House dealt a blow to President Obama’s plan to resettle 10,000 Syrians fleeing their war-torn homeland. On a vote of 289-137, including 47 Democrats, the House voted to require the FBI to closely vet any applicant from Syria and to guarantee that none of them pose a threat to the US. Effectively this will shut down the program. … I agree that we must be very careful about who is permitted to enter the United States, but I object to the president’s plan for a very different reason. I think it is a sign of Washington’s moral and intellectual bankruptcy that US citizens are being forced to pay for those fleeing Washington’s foreign policy.” (11/23/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/pay-syrian-refugees

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24) Microaggression theory: An assault on everyday life
Source: spiked
by Frank Furedi

“What’s significant about the concept of microaggression is that it targets not just words, but the imputed meaning behind words. The question ‘where are you from?’ is denounced not because the words are offensive in themselves, but because the words’ implication is offensive. Microaggressors are being denounced for what they allegedly think, not necessarily for what they say. This is an open invitation to police our thoughts. In the end, what matters is not the significance of the words exchanged but whether the individual claims to be offended by them.” (11/23/15)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/microagression-theory-an-assault-on-everyday-life/17658

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25) Donald Trump’s presidential “heel turn”
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg
g a ‘reality TV’ star in his own right, Trump was cast by World Wrestling Entertainment for a major role in an extended storyline that culminated in Wrestlemania 23. The climax of that pay-per-view event was a proxy battle between wrestlers representing Trump and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. The victor would shave the loser’s head in the center ring. … Although he was clearly the fan favorite, Trump didn’t choose to be a ‘face’ — that is, a good guy — because ‘heels’ are always more popular. Eight years later, Trump has resurrected his WWE character for use in the Republican presidential primaries, which are every bit as farcical as — albeit immeasurably more harmful than — the steroid-saturated soap opera called pro ‘wrestling.'” (11/22/15)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2015/11/donald-trumps-presidential-heel-turn.html

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26) It’s beginning to feel like 2002 all over again
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“At the end of last week, the liberal group Media Matters noted that in the wake of the Madrid bombings in March 2004, Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly asserted that ‘If al-Qaeda attacks here, President Bush is re-elected in a heartbeat,’ since ‘unlike the Spanish,’ who are passive sheep (or something), the strong American public “won’t surrender, they’ll get angry.’ But after the recent attacks in Paris, O’Reilly sang a different tune: ‘We get hit, [Obama] goes down as the worst president in U.S. history. No doubt.’ While Media Matters’s purpose in juxtaposing these two quotes was surely to mock O’Reilly for his partisan hypocrisy, you can look at it another, much more depressing way: O’Reilly was probably right both times.” (11/23/15)

http://prospect.org/article/its-beginning-feel-2002-all-over-again

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27) Fear is the name of the game
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“President Obama announced, ‘We do not succumb to fear.’ What did he mean with his use of the pronoun ‘we?’ He’s got to be talking about the military and the CIA — i.e., the national-security establishment — which undoubtedly will not be afraid to drop more bombs in the Middle East and kill more people in that part of the world. He certainly can’t be talking about the American people. They are among the most frightened people in the world! They succumbed to fear a long time ago, on a permanent, ongoing basis.” (11/23/15)

http://fff.org/2015/11/23/fear-is-the-name-of-the-game/

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28) Donald Trump is your dad
Source: Reason
by Matt Welch

“Do you know how your Dad (or your uncle, or whatever beloved-if-occasionally-cringe-inducing family member best fits this description) is always sending around forwarded emails that don’t sound remotely true, having to do with stuff like crime and patriotism and refugees and Muslims and kids-nowadays? Do you know how a couple of times of year the mild amount of frustration this produces will overwhelm your otherwise good humor about it and you’ll snap ‘Dad, in the amount of time you wrote that email, you could have seen that it wasn’t true over at Snopes.com!?’ Well, Donald Trump is your Dad.” (11/23/15)

https://reason.com/blog/2015/11/23/donald-trump-is-your-dad

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29) Overhaul TSA bureacracy
Source: USA Today
by Anthony C. Roman

“Last week, the Islamic State promised to attack the U.S. The terrorist group’s coveted goals include bombing a U.S. airliner. Recently, the hand of terror touched France, Belgium, Egypt, Mali and other countries. In the midst of this evolution of terror, resilient Americans will crowd into airports during the Thanksgiving holiday to reunite with loved ones. The concern they carry is: Are we safe? The public has been frightened by news of a Transportation Security Administration 95% screening failure rate on a test. Government auditors smuggled mock bombs and weapons past screeners in June. Nor was a repeat audit reassuring: TSA failed again.” (11/23/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/11/23/tsa-thanksgiving-christmas-airports-editorials-debates/76277622

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30) Myths of empire
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The release of The Man in the High Castle, a streaming film series produced by Amazon and based very loosely on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel of the same name, is an occasion for us to examine the myths of empire — that is, the narratives that are woven around actual historical events, which are rarely accurate, and which are designed to buttress the prevailing political order. We can do this by examining, first, the differences between Dick’s version, as presented in the original novel, and the Amazon film version, which deviates considerably from Dick’s vision.” (11/23/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/11/22/myths-of-empire/

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31) Christian nationalism vs. the Syrian refugees
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Ryan Calhoun

“The Paris attacks on 11/13 were hardly concluded before the first cries for excluding refugees from Europe and the U.S were shouted. The tragedy is clear to those who know the politics and goals of the Islamic State, the fascist organization responsible for the attack. Like so many western chauvinists and nationalistic goons in this country and throughout Europe, ISIS have an antipathy to the Syrians fleeing their homelands. Why? Because these are the people the Islamic State intends to rule, once it’s finished decimating their homes and communities. The interests of western nationalists are neatly aligned with those of ISIS: IS wishes to keep their prisoners hostage and the U.S is glad to keep its own borders sealed off to those fleeing.” (11/23/15)

https://c4ss.org/content/41773

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32) Using economics to make judgment calls
Source: EconLog
by David Henderson

“There are few student species more nakedly ambitious, focused, and future-oriented than the average Harvard law student. Having likely spent his undergraduate years planning admissions maximization strategies, he now has the Holy Grail almost within his grasp. Let him but graduate with a Harvard J.D. and he will face a wealth of job offers from prestigious law firms, government agencies, judicial clerkships, and businesses. This is the opening paragraph of Heather MacDonald’s ‘Don’t Bet on the Harvard Law School ‘Hate Crime.” Ms. MacDonald is thinking like an economist–using reasoning about incentives to make a judgement [sic] call.” (11/23/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/11/using_incentive.html

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33) How a Democrat can win in the south
Source: The Nation
by John Nichols

“The last time Louisiana backed a Democrat for president was not in some Democratic landslide year like 1964 or 1936. nor even in some particularly good Democratic year in the South like 1976. It was in 1996, when Bill Clinton won the state with an outright majority of 52 percent to just 39 percent for Republican Bob Dole. Even in 2012, when Democrats were writing off the Deep South, the 2012 Obama-Biden ticket secured more than 40 percent of the vote statewide, carried ten counties and finished with more than 45 percent in a half dozen others. The Obama-Biden ticket actually ran better in Louisiana in 2012 than it did in 2008 — despite the fact that Republicans ran better nationally then.” (11/23/15)

http://www.thenation.com/article/how-a-democrat-can-win-in-the-south

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34) Equitable stealing?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Is freedom a simple matter of drafting a lofty document about respecting the rights of citizens? Alas, no. Our Constitution does that, as does Turkey’s and, for that matter, so did the now-defunct Soviet Constitution. Obviously, vigilance is also required. Keeping powerful government agencies respectful of the law — our liberties — and, when not, fully accountable for transgressions, is crucial. That necessary vigilance is lacking here in America, today.” (11/23/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/11/23/equitable-stealing/

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35) The problem with comparing Syrian and Jewish refugees
Source: The New Republic
by Phoebe Maltz Bovy

“The heated anti-immigrant talk from many European and American politicians in the aftermath of the Paris attacks has led those of us who find that response abhorrent to seek out strategies of our own. Things like, for example, reminding that the attackers were European. But the pro-refugee argument that seems to have stuck is the Holocaust analogy, which goes as follows: On the eve of the Holocaust, Americans held unfavorable opinions about Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany and elsewhere in Europe, which, as the punditry goes, is like Republican rhetoric on immigration.” (11/20/15)

https://newrepublic.com/article/124298/problem-comparing-syrian-jewish-refugees

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36) Should refugees be surveilled, refused or interned?
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“While no one knows what will happen to any refugees who are turned away, either immediately or sent back at a later date; one thing is clear: it is a civil rights violation to subject anyone to government surveillance or internment because of ethnicity or religious beliefs.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (11/22/15)

http://fpp.cc/should-refugees-be-surveilled-refused-or-interned/

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37) The Tom Woods Show, 11/23/15
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Three foreign-policy experts join me today to discuss the Paris attacks, what they mean, and what they may portend for the world. Can nonintervention still be the answer?” [various formats] (11/23/15)

http://tomwoodsshow.libsyn.com/ep-539-roundtable-on-the-paris-attacks-is-there-a-libertarian-response

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38) Henry Kissinger’s neverending psychological warfare
Source: In These Times
by Joseph Fronczak

“Before Richard Nixon appointed Henry Kissinger as his National Security Advisor and then Secretary of State, before Kissinger oversaw massive bombing campaigns in Cambodia and Laos, and well before Christopher Hitchens imagined putting him on trial for war crimes everywhere from East Timor to Chile, Henry Kissinger was an academic for two decades at Harvard University. An undergraduate in Harvard College in the Truman years, he received his Ph.D. from Harvard during the Eisenhower administration, and was a faculty member there through the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.” (11/23/15)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18630/Henry-Kissinger-Greg-Grandin-Niall-Ferguson-kissingers-shadow-idealist

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39) Dear conservatives
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Bill Wirtz

“We sometimes discuss the flawed proposals of progressives when it comes to the economy: that their investment programs don’t work and that higher taxes will lead us to the same bankrupt position that France is in these days. But that’s not entirely what I wanted to address in this piece. We do have considerable disagreements, and it pains me to see that all too often, the principles you apply to advocate a free market economy abandon your mind when you make a moral argument on social change.” (11/23/15)

http://fee.org/freeman/dear-conservatives/

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40) Rethinking intellectual property: A Reformed-Libertarian perspective
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by Brian Jacobson

“A consistently applied natural rights theory of intellectual property is impossible and contradicts property rights of real and tangible goods, and thus all IP advocates adopt spurious distinctions, arbitrary terms, limits, and restrictions. It is not so much that I think Reformed Libertarians should be against intellectual property rights but that intellectual property is not a thing. To whatever degree intellectual property rights are embraced it will always mean that actual property rights are diminished.” (11/23/15)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/articles/philosophy/rethinking-intellectual-property-a-reformed-libertarian-perspective/

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41) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/22/15
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Hugo Gonzalez and Diana Davison talk about freedom of speech and how it now means the right to not be offended and how universities went from places of adventure and exploration to so-called safe places. Then, they explore ‘the muscle’ that people could be tempted to use against others fr the sake of order.” [various formats] (11/22/15)

http://www.freedomfeens.com/2015/11/22/no-freedom-of-speech-in-government-controlled-space/

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42) Property cannot exist under statism
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Although there are a lot of disagreements between libertarian anarchists and libertarian statists one of the biggest is their views on property. Libertarian anarchists generally believe property rights are absolute whereas libertarian statists don’t believe in the concept of property rights. I imagine there are several libertarian statists screaming at their computer as though it was actually me. One of the things they’re probably screaming about is their belief that the state is necessary to protect property rights. But libertarian statists believe there should be a state and wherever a state exists property rights cannot.” (11/23/15)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2015/11/23/property-cannot-exist-under-statism/

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43) Has Hillary learned nothing from Iraq?
Source: The American Conservative
by Scott McConnell

“[N]ot six days after ISIS slaughtered 130 people in Paris; a few more after it brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt and blew up a Hezbollah neighborhood in Beirut, Hillary Clinton is calling for tougher measures against … wait for it … ISIS’s enemies in the Mideast. Is it time to ask, with Hillary Clinton leading the Democratic field, who needs Doug Feith and Paul Wolfowitz?” (11/23/15)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/hillary-a-hawk-who-has-learned-nothing-from-iraq/

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44) Not your monkey
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“This blog is currently composed of almost two thousand posts and almost a hundred pages. It’s exhaustively indexed and tagged, and can be searched either by WordPress’s own search function or by Google (via the simple expedient of putting ‘Maggie McNeill’ before or behind any topic you wish to look at, like this). There are also numerous other subtle functionalities designed to tie the blog together, plus a resources page, and the aforementioned Google will bring up beaucoup other sources to support just about anything I assert as fact. I write this blog in order to advance the cause of individual rights in general and sex workers’ rights in particular, and to have a personal creative outlet. None of those goals are advanced by wasting even a minute of my increasingly-precious time in spoon-feeding negative, narcissistic nobodies who have neither money nor influence nor anything else to contribute.” [editor’s note: What a glorious rant! – TLK] (11/23/15)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/not-your-monkey/

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45) The tyranny of the sensitive
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“It has been a tough month for free speech on campus. A Yale professor was ostracized for her reasoned response to the campus'[s] censorship of Hallowe’en costumes. A University of Missouri professor called for ‘muscle’ to oust a student journalist trying to cover a campus protest. And over a hundred Dartmouth students swarmed the campus library to curse and bully other students who chose not to wear black clothing and join their protest. Several professors and administrators have been forced to apologize or resign, while others express nervousness over how to continue challenging their students to think critically and learn well in an environment of increasing intimidation. This unrest roiling on campuses provided an appropriate backdrop for the documentary Can We Take a Joke? when it premiered at the prestigious DOC NY film festival in mid-November. Apparently, no — we can’t. Not any more.” (11/22/15)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1485

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46) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, 11/22/15
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (What if Hitler …”; Tom is a Wobbly; Bernie WTF); Garrison Center update (50 pickups this month already, three top-50 US newspaper pickups in the last month!).” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/22/15)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-knpp-stir-podcast-112215.html

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47) Sin taxes harm public health, pocketbooks
Source: Heartland Institute
by Jesse Hathaway

“In cities and states across the nation, lawmakers are using excise taxes on popular consumer products to raise funds to pay for their pet spending projects. Instead of using them as ‘health taxes,’ lawmakers are exploiting sin taxes as ‘stealth taxes’ to boost government revenue through a divide-and-conquer strategy, hitting small groups of people who cannot effectively fight back.” (11/23/15)

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/11/sin-taxes-harm-public-health-pocketbooks/

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48) Why bored people and volunteers must be free to work for low wages
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jonathan Newman

“Despite exponential growth in computing power and capabilities over the past few decades, computers still struggle with simple tasks like identifying objects in a picture, making qualitative judgments, and confirming the accuracy of language translations. Amazon embraced this fact and connected those that need these Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) performed with the humans willing to do them. … The most common hourly rate for working on HITs is about $1. As such, minimum wage proponents have railed against Amazon Mechanical Turk, calling it modern day slavery. They see people having fun and voluntarily exchanging pennies for simple tasks and want it abolished. Bored people should just stay bored.” (11/23/15)

http://mises.org/library/why-bored-people-and-volunteers-must-be-free-work-low-wages

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49) Compassion for Syrian refugees AND taxpayers
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka and Perry Willis

“The Syrian refugees are fleeing three things… 1. ISIS 2. Bombs dropped to fight ISIS 3. Bombs dropped to fight Syria’s dictator, Assad … The United States government shares responsibility for all three things …” (11/23/15)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/compassion-for-syrian-refugees-and-taxpayers

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50) The doctrine of 9/11 anti-immigration
Source: CounterPunch
by Vijay Prashad

“Congressman Michael McCaul of Texas sponsored a bill (HR4038) to block Iraqi and Syrian refugees from entering into the United States. The bill is known as the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act, which passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives. ‘We are a nation at war,’ said Congressman McCaul. Given the name of the bill and the bellicose attitude of the Republicans and Democrats who voted for it, the enemies in that war are the refugees. Who are these refugees, these families who have been uprooted from their homes in Iraq and Syria? They are victims of war and chaos. They are regime change refugees.” (11/23/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/11/23/the-doctrine-of-911-anti-immigration/

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51) The drunk is more or less innocent
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Jason Kuznicki

“A Review of William Irwin’s The Free Market Existentialist.” (11/23/15)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/drunk-is-more-or-less-innocent-review-william-irwins-free-market-existentialist

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52) Why Obama is standing by the Syrian refugees
Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“Why is Obama picking a fight on an issue that, according to The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, is a ‘political winner’ for the GOP? Because of the way he interprets American history. Every president tells the story of America’s past to justify the policies he’s pursuing in the present.” (11/23/15)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/11/obama-syrian-refugees/417222/

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53) States of terror
Source: OpEdNews
by Chris Hedges

“All the major candidates for president, including Bernie Sanders, along with a media that is a shameless echo chamber for the elites, embrace endless war. Lost are the art of diplomacy, the ability to read the cultural, political, linguistic and religious landscape of those we dominate by force, the effort to dissect the roots of jihadi rage and violence, and the simple understanding that Muslims do not want to be occupied any more than we would want to be occupied. Another jihadi terrorist attack in the United States will extinguish what remains of our anemic and largely dysfunctional democracy. Fear will be even more fervently stoked and manipulated by the state. The remnants of our civil liberties will be abolished. Groups that defy the corporate state — Black Lives Matter, climate change activists and anti-capitalists — will be ruthlessly targeted for elimination as the nation is swept into the Manichean world of us-and-them, traitors versus patriots. Culture will be reduced to sentimental doggerel and patriotic kitsch.” (11/23/15)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/States-of-Terror-by-Chris-Hedges-Masters_Occupation_Syria_Terrorism-151122-575.html

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54) Free Talk Live, 11/22/15
Source: Free Talk Live

“How Christians Should Treat Refugees :: Loving Others as Yourself :: Lies About Refugee Demographics :: France Police State :: China and Islands :: Showing Love :: Government Force and Immigrant Blaming :: Poor House Analogy :: Chaos :: School Prisons :: Fear and Love :: More Bible Verses on Immigration :: :: Will Coley from Muslims for Liberty Weighs In :: Christian False Idol.” [Flash audio or MP3] [soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/234292557″ params=”visual=true&show_artwork=true&maxwidth=576&maxheight=864″ width=”100%” height=’400′ iframe=”true” /]

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55) Federalist #15: More power
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The following is the 15th in a series of articles giving an introduction to the Federalist Papers, a collection of 85 articles and essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay promoting the ratification of the United States Constitution.” (11/23/15)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2015/11/23/federalist-15-more-power/

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R. Lee Wrights
Steve Trinward

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