May 232015
 

William Grigg discusses the U.S. stormtroopers who blame Baby Bou-Bou for ambushing them.

Jacob Hornberger says that America was once exceptional.

Lew Rockwell reviews James Grant’s book, The Forgotten Depression – 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself .

And Lew interviews Ron Paul on cash, TPP, and war.

John Walsh on Obama beckoning us to the graveyard with TPP.

Ilana Mercer on Iraq liars and deniers: We knew then what we know now.

Sheldon Richman comments on Marco Rubio, the reactionary Big Government man.

Maggie Ybarra with an article on the FBI admitting that no major cases were cracked with Patriot Act snooping.

Conor Friedersdorf on how the DEA harasses Amtrak passengers.

Butler Shaffer writes about the evolution of children.

Greg Palast discusses Osama bin Laden’s reading list and the U.S. government’s war on journalists and whistleblowers.

Robert Murphy on the UN climate change agreement, a gravy train bonanza.

Ryan McMaken says the British election strikes another blow against the EU.

Robert Wenzel is skeptical of Charles Murray’s call for civil disobedience, and has a further elaboration.

Laurence Vance on the real problem with local governments adding fluoride to public water supplies and also discusses everything you need to know about the Republican budget.

Aaron Tao says your government-approved diet may kill you.

Justin Raimondo says that whether Patriot Act spying continues tells us who we are as a people.

Steve Watson on the “conspiracy theorists” who are causing militants to desert Isis.

Adan Salazar with an article on the government schools locking little kids in solitary confinement.

Glenn Greenwald on the U.S. and the U.K. hiding their war crimes by invoking “national security.”

And Louis Rouanet discusses railway socialism and safety.

May 182015
 

I stopped watching TV over 20 years ago, thank God, so I’ve been mainly a radio listener and Internet user. And I’ve been listening to talk radio since the 1970s, but even that had gone downhill since the days of Jerry Williams, Gene Burns, Larry Glick and David Brudnoy. But now in my area there are a couple more radio stations to add to the insufferable WRKO, and the two FM NPR news/talk stations.

One of the new stations is Bloomberg 1200 which carries just about the same programming as Bloomberg’s 1130 in New York, which I’ve heard since the mid-1990s. So, while I don’t watch TV, now I do get to hear Fox News Sunday on this new radio station. Yesterday I heard Chris Wallace interview Sen. Marco Rubio, who is running for U.S. President.

Now, while I have plenty of criticism for Rubio for being a chickenhawk warmonger and an ignoramus promoter of repealing due process, my criticism here is for Chris Wallace. At one point in the interview, Wallace asked Rubio if it was a mistake to go to war against Iraq in 2003, “given what we know now.” Rubio was trying to answer that it was not a mistake, given the information at the time, because he didn’t seem to want to admit that given the information now, it was a mistake.

So, even though I disagree with Rubio’s defense of supporting the war in Iraq, I understand his stubborn reluctance to admit that it was a mistake, and I can understand his frustration with Wallace’s tactics. But Wallace was letting it go on and on, as though he was playing with Rubio’s reluctance to admit the war was a mistake. So, with Wallace’s manipulating and obvious teasing (obvious to me, anyway), it seemed as though Wallace was acting as a political strategist for the Democrats. (Wait a minute, they’re ALL political strategists for the Democrats, including George Snuffleupagus!) But the argument and confusion seemed to go on for hours, which should have been better controlled had Wallace been a more “objective” news journalist as these network news people supposedly are, in my view. I don’t think he would be questioning Hillary Clinton in this way. Here’s the dialogue on that part of the discussion from the transcript:

WALLACE: This brings us back to Iraq and the question of the week, which is, given what we know now, would you have invaded Iraq back in 2003?

As we all know, Jeb Bush had a tough time answering that this week.

Here’s what you’ve had to say.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS)

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Was it a mistake to go to war in Iraq?

(CROSSTALK)

RUBIO: Oh, I don’t believe it was — the world is a better place because Saddam Hussein doesn’t run Iraq.

MODERATOR: After finding that there were no weapons of mass destruction, would you, if you knew that, have been in favor of the Iraqi invasion?

RUBIO: Well, not only would I have not been in favor of it, President Bush would not have been in favor of it. And he said so.

(END VIDEO CLIPS)

WALLACE: Senator, isn’t that a flip?

Six weeks ago, it made sense to invade Iraq in 2003. Now you say it was a mistake.

RUBIO: No, they’re two different questions. It was not a mistake. The president, based on — this is the way the real world works. The president, based on the information that was provided to him —

WALLACE: But she was saying based on the information —

(CROSSTALK)

RUBIO: No, no, but, look, there’s two different —

WALLACE: She was saying based on the — what we know now.

RUBIO: Well, based on what we know now, a lot of things — based on what we know now, I wouldn’t have, you know, thought Manny Pacquiao was going to beat in — in that fight a couple of weeks ago.

(CROSSTALK)

WALLACE: — you got asked the same question and you said since.

RUBIO: No, that was not the same — no, that was not the same question. The question was whether it was a mistake. And my answer was it’s not a mistake. I still say it was not a mistake, because the president was presented with intelligence that said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, it was governed by a man who had committed atrocities in the past with weapons of mass destruction —

WALLACE: But, what she asked you was, was it a mistake to go to war with Iraq?

RUBIO: It was not a mistake given the fact that what the president knew at the time.

WALLACE: No, she didn’t say that. She just said, was it a mistake?

RUBIO: Well, that’s not the same question. The question I was asked is, what you know now? Well, based on what we know now, I think everyone agrees that we still —

WALLACE: Was it a mistake — was it a mistake to go to war with Iraq?

RUBIO: It’s two different — it wasn’t — I —

WALLACE: I’m asking you to —

RUBIO: Yes, I understand, but that’s not the same question.

WALLACE: But I’m asking — but that’s the question I’m asking you, was it a mistake to go to war?

RUBIO: It was not a mistake for the president to decide to go into Iraq, because at the time, he was told —

WALLACE: I’m not asking you that. I’m asking you —

RUBIO: In hindsight.

WALLACE: Yes.

RUBIO: Well, the world is a better place because Saddam Hussein is not there.

WALLACE: So, was it a mistake or not?

RUBIO: But I wouldn’t characterize it — but I don’t understand the question you’re asking, because the president —

WALLACE: I’m asking you, knowing — as we sit here in 2015 —

RUBIO: No, but that’s not the way presidents — a president cannot make decision on what someone might know in the future.

WALLACE: I understand. But that’s what I’m asking you. Was it a mistake?

RUBIO: It was not a mistake for the president to go into Iraq based on the information he was provided as president.

Today, we know of their — if we — if the president had known that there were no weapons of mass destruction at the time, you still would have had to deal with Saddam Hussein. But the process would have been different. I doubt very seriously that the president would have gotten, for example, congressional approval to move forward with an invasion had they known there were no weapons of mass destruction.

That doesn’t mean he made the wrong decision, because at the time he was presented with intelligence —

WALLACE: I understand that, but —

RUBIO: — that said there are weapons of mass destruction. He wasn’t dealing with a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He was dealing with Saddam Hussein. And he made the right decision based on the information he had at that time.

We’ve learned subsequently that that information was wrong and my answer was — well, if at the time it would have been apparent that the intelligence was wrong, I don’t think George Bush would have moved forward on the invasion and he certainly wouldn’t have had Congressional approval.

But presidents don’t have the benefit of hindsight. You have to make difficult decisions based on the information that’s before you at that moment.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

WALLACE: When we come back, more of our exclusive interview with 2016 Republican candidate Marco Rubio.

Now, had Wallace been interviewing Hillary Clinton, would he have let it go on and on like that? Or would he have just let her give the typical pol answer and let that be the end of it? Am I way off on this?

May 172015
 

Besides this year being the 70th year of the end of World War II as well as the 70th year of the death of Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, and the 150th year of the end of Honest Abe Lincoln’s war of aggression against seceding states, this year is also the 150th year of the birth of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. You’ve probably heard his famous composition, Finlandia.

In total contrast to all the destruction caused by Honest Abe and all the other politicians and bureaucrats in their aforementioned wars, Sibelius’s productivity in music was creative and phenomenal, and provided for millions and millions of symphony musicians and concert-goers for over a century now. His Symphony No. 1 was premiered in 1899 and revised in 1900.

Sibelius lived from 1865 to 1957 and was Finland’s most famous composer and one of Europe’s most well-known early 20th century composers. Sadly, while he had composed many works including 7 symphonies, he did not compose during the last 30 years of his life. However, he supposedly attempted to compose an 8th symphony but had never felt approving of his ideas in that work and was therefore never able to complete it.

Here is a performance of the Sibelius Symphony No. 1 with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Apparently this is from the DVD for which these artists made the recordings between 1986 and 1990. They recorded Sibelius’s Symphonies Nos. 1,2,5, and 7, but were not able to finish the complete set, as Bernstein had died in October, 1990.

May 172015
 

Tom Woods and Richard Ebeling make the case for actual free trade and against the Trans-Pacific Partnership wheeling-dealing. (Audio)

Robert Wenzel says that Rand Paul’s “Yes” vote to push TPP forward was a sellout.

Joseph Salerno tells the story of the government’s war on cash destroying a small entrepreneur.

Kelley Vlahos comments on Pamela Geller’s free speech hypocrisy.

David Stockman says that Amtrak is a national hazard at any speed.

William Grigg says that the Prohibitionist song remains the same after all these years.

Sheldon Richman writes about Nakba Day.

And Mondoweiss also comments on Nakba Day.

May 162015
 

Apparently the newly reelected British Prime Minister David Cameroon wants to have a Nazi revival in the U.K. He proposes to ban “extremism” and “hate speech” and prevent “radicals” from infiltrating the public sphere and influencing the young with “threatening” ideas. The Guardian states:

The measures would give the police powers to apply to the high court for an order to limit the “harmful activities” of an extremist individual. The definition of harmful is to include a risk of public disorder, a risk of harassment, alarm or distress or creating a “threat to the functioning of democracy”.

The aim is to catch not just those who spread or incite hatred on the grounds of gender, race or religion but also those who undertake harmful activities for the “purpose of overthrowing democracy”.

They would include a ban on broadcasting and a requirement to submit to the police in advance any proposed publication on the web and social media or in print. The bill will also contain plans for banning orders for extremist organisations which seek to undermine democracy or use hate speech in public places, but it will fall short of banning on the grounds of provoking hatred.

“Submit to police in advance” my writing? I Don’t. Think. So.

Well, given that “democracy” is mob rule, where the majority has the power to rule over the minority at the expense of individual liberty and private property, I HOPE that more and more people are a “threat to the functioning of democracy.” In fact, it was democracy itself that brought on the fascist political correctness that we have today, in which lesbian couples can take a private businessperson to court to punish her for not accepting the lesbians’ lifestyle and in which some countries are by law criminalizing so-called “hate speech.” But “hate” and “extreme” are subjective terms.

Frankly, I think that David Cameroon’s wanting to criminalize free speech or criticism of imbecilic and buffoonish government bureaucrats (such as himself), which is what “undermining democracy” could be defined as to these fascists, is itself “extreme,” and therefore Cameroon himself should be the first to be jailed if this proposal becomes law.

David Cameroon is taking the U.K. down the path of Nazi Germany, and that’s no exaggeration, with “anti-terrorism” really becoming anti-criticism of government morons mixed with political correctness and intolerance of “hate speech.” According to the History Learning Site,

The prime mover in censorship was the Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels. It was his responsibility to see that the German people were fed with material acceptable to the Nazi state. Newspapers, radio and all forms of media were put under the control of the Nazis. Even the film industry became controlled by the Nazis where the leading light was Leni Riefenstahl – who, though favoured by Hitler, did not enjoy a good relationship with Goebbels. Music was controlled by the Nazis. Music by Gustav Mahler and Felix Mendelssohn was banned as they were both Jews. Jazz was also banned. Even telling jokes about Hitler became a serious offence – one to send you to the concentration camps and potentially death.
. . .

people in general were expected to report anything unacceptable to their local party chief. Those who knew something but did not report it were deemed as guilty as those who went against the system. Censorship ensured that the Nazis had the German public in their grip as they bombarded them on a daily basis on how their lives had been improved from the day Hitler became Germany’s leader.

And, as historian Robert Gellately, author of Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany noted on his Florida State University bio page:

“There were relatively few secret police, and most were just processing the information coming in. I had found a shocking fact. It wasn’t the secret police who were doing this wide-scale surveillance and hiding on every street corner. It was the ordinary German people who were informing on their neighbors.”

. . .

As he was uncovering who was acting as the Gestapo’s unsolicited agents, (Gellately) also began to discern what motivated neighbor to inform on neighbor. The surviving myth told the story of informers who were motivated either by a commitment to the Third Reich or by a fear of authority.

But the motives Gellately found were banal—greed, jealousy, and petty differences.

He found cases of partners in business turning in associates to gain full ownership; jealous boyfriends informing on rival suitors; neighbors betraying entire families who chronically left shared bathrooms unclean or who occupied desirable apartments.

And then there were those who informed because for the first time in their lives someone in authority would listen to them and value what they said.

In his recent article on the U.K. Prime Minister’s latest threat to freedom of speech, Glenn Greenwald observed,

Threats to free speech can come from lots of places. But right now, the greatest threat by far in the West to ideals of free expression is coming not from radical Muslims, but from the very Western governments claiming to fight them. The increasingly unhinged, Cheney-sounding governments of the U.K., Australia, France, New Zealand and Canada — joining the U.S. — have a seemingly insatiable desire to curb freedoms in the name of protecting them: prosecuting people for Facebook postings critical of Western militarism or selling “radical” cable channels, imprisoning people for “radical” tweets, banning websites containing ideas they dislike, seeking (and obtainingnew powers of surveillance and detention for those people (usually though not exclusively Muslim citizens) who hold and espouse views deemed by these governments to be “radical.”

Sadly, so many people in the “West” (if we can still call it that now, given that much of the West has become so Third World), have become so thin-skinned that much of what people say or write now is “offensive” or considered “hateful” that people just can’t stand to even hear certain things as though such utterings are perceived as actual physical assaults.

But regarding the relationship between the people and our governments in these “Western” societies, the dumb cluck people-sheeple are giving their ruling bureaucrats so much power that such power is going to the bureaucrats’ heads and they then start waging wars on their critics, wars on journalists (and whistleblowers especially), and now these hacks want to use the legal powers of their regimes to criminalize criticism of them, the Rulers. That’s mainly what this is about.

So, freedom of speech means that I have the right to compare David Cameroon with Nazis, you bet it does (especially when I am making a legitimate point and that his actions are something that the people should be concerned about). And I have the right to spell his name “Cameroon” when it should be “Cameron” just to kid around which I like to do.

And freedom of speech means that I can criticize selfish lesbian couples who extort private businesspeople by taking them to court rather than just finding someone else to do business with. Freedom of speech means that I can say or write anything I want that isn’t an explicit threat to someone, anything at all even if it might “offend” someone. Freedom of Speech means that I can write in defense of Pamela Geller’s right to offend Muslims, and it also means that I have a right to criticize Israel (and say that the Canadian regime is wrong to criminalize that, too!). And of course, just as I have a right to criticize evil government bureaucrats, their minions and their enforcers, I also have a right to criticize the fools who vote for them, in America, the U.K., and everywhere else.

Some Misc. Items

 Posted by at 12:55 pm
May 142015
 

Well, after voting to oppose Obama’s support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Crony-Totalitarian “free trade” deal-shmeal, that really doesn’t promote free trade, it seems that the Senate is going to go ahead with more votes on the matter to eventually have a final vote on the TPP which they will not even be able to amend. And even though a few Senators were allowed into the special secret room where the secret information on the secret deal is being kept, and they were allowed to read the 800 page treaty that isn’t classified information but that the wheeler-dealers don’t want the people to know what’s in it, Sen. Rand Paul who was in there and did read it says he’s still not allowed to tell anyone what’s in it. So, the Senators who represent the American people are asked to vote to support this major international “trade” (i.e. crony capitalism/totalitarian) treaty, but the American people whose lives and livelihoods it would greatly affect are not allowed to know the details? It isn’t classified material, so what are these schmucks hiding?

Robert Parry says he’s worried about the dangerous precedent set by the NFL’s sanctioning Tom Brady based on circumstantial evidence which shows that Brady probably knew about the deflated footballs. Parry is critical of the NFL’s lack of presumption of innocence and actual evidence toward concluding that harsh punishments for Brady were in order, as though it were a legal case in a court of law. But it wasn’t a legal case in a court of law, it is a matter between an employer and its employee. Here, if the employee doesn’t like the rules or the harsh treatments based on lack of evidence, he has the freedom to find some other place of employment. In contrast, if it were a case within the actual legal system, the accused does not have that freedom and must do what the government’s stacked deck court system orders him to do based on the legal and Constitutional requirements on how the court must act. In my view, if the NFL wants to punish Tom Brady based on no evidence to conclude his guilt or “awareness of others’ guilt,” that is their right, as it is their enterprise and it’s their rules. [ADDENDUM: Actually, I think that Brady’s employer is the N.E. Patriots (not the NFL), and the NFL is a larger association to which they belong. But Brady and the Patriots still have to follow the NFL’s rules, and if they don’t like it they can leave the association.]

The U.S. House of Representatives of Wall Street and the Pentagon have voted to extend the Patriot Act. They are including a watered down section on the unconstitutional NSA spying-on-Americans which the NSA itself supports, according to Judge Andrew Napolitano. But, as Ron Paul has stated, the entire Patriot Act should be completely repealed.

And finally, Laurence Vance says that Thomas Jefferson’s plan is better than Marco Rubio’s plan for Europe.

May 132015
 

The U.S. Senate voted down, for now, the unconstitutional Obama-McConnell Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP treaty that supposedly was to promote “free trade.” No, it wouldn’t promote free trade. The first thing people must know is that these kinds of “partnerships” are partnerships between or among governments, and government bureaucrats, first and foremost, that also includes special partnerships among the world’s wealthiest and influential corporate executives in collusion with government bureaucrats.

If you really want to promote free trade for Americans, then remove and repeal any and all governmental restrictions on Americans’ (and others’) right to trade with anyone else they want in any way they want, anywhere in the world, as long as they are peaceful and don’t use fraud, coercion or aggression. No more regulations from any government agency, no wage or price controls, no licensing, no fees, nothing. You see, that’s what “free trade” is, the absence of legal and enforceable restrictions imposed by bureaucrats. Those restrictions are intrusions, and are criminal intrusions in fact, because if any non-government individual imposed by force such intrusive and coercive demands, mandates, or otherwise controls on the trades, commerce and movements of their neighbors, those intrusions would be considered criminal. Regardless of whatever rationalizations that government bureaucrats and their minions have for their criminal intrusions, they are still criminal intrusions. I hope that some day the brainwashed masses who obediently believe what politicians and activists say about the importance of this regulation or that tax, will wake up to the truth of what these schemes and scams really are.

And also, regarding the TPP specifically, we already know on the face of it that it is a scam, because why do the details of this have to be kept in secret? You want your representatives in Washington to vote on new regulations and mandates without knowing the details? Are the details considered classified national security secrets? Of course not. So obviously when these corporate executives and lobbyists and politicians don’t want the people to know exactly what’s being forced on them, then that means they are hiding something very smelly and stinky. They are hiding their crony public-trough-snorting and establishment-profits-protecting schemes, and they are also hiding a good dose of totalitarianism as well. Plenty of intrusions on the people’s First Amendment-protected rights and Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights as well, especially their rights to use and express themselves on the Internet. The Internet and especially political dissent is exactly what the police statists and bureaucratic control freaks want to stifle and censor. IP and Copyright are ruses. Don’t fall for it.

Political activists and bureaucracy power-grabbers thrive in secrecy, with their criminal obstructions of the people’s Freedom of Information Act rights and with their prosecuting political opponents and journalists and whistleblowers. At the same time, these fascists want to spy on the people, and search and peek and pry into the people’s private lives and daily activities. The Rulers, politicians, activists, trespassers, coveters of other people’s wealth and property, they all want access into your life, your home, your personal effects, your wallet and your bank account. They are criminals, and the people who are behind this TPP who are against actual free trade, they are criminals, and I hope that more and more people are waking up to that fact.

More News and Commentary

 Posted by at 10:29 am
May 132015
 

Richard Ebeling says that spending and redistribution are not the answers to slow growth.

Jacob Hornberger writes about immigration checkpoint tyranny.

Laurence Vance asks, What should we be saying to veterans?

John Whitehead believes that the government is on the warpath and that “We the People” need to circle the wagons.

William Grigg on the day police firebombed West Philadelphia.

Ron Paul asks, NSA spying ruled illegal, but will Congress save the program anyway?

James Bovard on the Boy Scouts’ reforming themselves into oblivion.

Robert Wenzel says, If Rand Paul would only do these three things, I would support his campaign.

Robert Murphy asks, Was it Carly Fiorina’s job to create jobs at HP?

Kurt Nimmo discusses Marco Rubio who supports NSA spying on Americans.

And Jerry Cianciolo says, I’m healthy, please leave me alone.

May 112015
 

Here are the announced candidates so far in Election 2016:

Hillary Clinton. Despite the State Department email scandal, the Clinton Foundation “charity” scandal, and all the previous scandals from her earlier years and all the suspicious deaths associated with the Clintons that nobody remembers (or cares about) anymore, she still has a rather high favorability rating, including among Democrats in New Hampshire. Some people are saying that they will vote for Clinton because she is a woman, regardless of her corruption or her policies. But I have yet to hear about her having any fainting spells in recent months, as supposedly she has been having for several years because of her alleged brain related illness. I now don’t believe any such stuff that this Robert Morrow person has asserted about Hillary.

Bernie Sanders. I really don’t know what to say about him except that he is entertaining, especially with that accent. But in 2011 Sanders voted with 99 other U.S. Senators to impose sanctions on Iran. Sanctions against the civilian population of a foreign country are immoral, and as Ron Paul has pointed out, when a government imposes sanctions on another country, that is an act of war. More recently, in January Sanders voted with 99 others in the Senate for an amendment to be able to reimpose sanctions on Iran if Iran violates a nuclear deal. Therefore Bernie Sanders is a warmonger, in my view. He agrees with the tactic of targeting civilian populations as a means to certain desired ends. He also introduced the “Global Warming Pollution Reduction” Act of 2007. No need to comment on that, of course.

Ted Cruz. Cruz supports the Keystone XL Pipeline. If you believe in decentralization and private property rights, you probably don’t support that proposal. But if you believe in corporate cronyism, central planning and eminent domain, then Cruz is the guy for you.

When Cruz announced his campaign for President at the world’s largest Evangelical Christian university, Liberty University in Virginia (not his home state), and said “it is a time for liberty,” obviously he meant liberty for heterosexuals but not gays and lesbians. While Cruz criticized the “liberal fascism” targeting Christians, he himself is a fascist in his seeming to want to impose his own personal belief about marriage onto others, in my view. So his workaround that is his supporting “states’ rights” on the same-sex marriage issue. And also, while he talks about religious freedom, his views on marriage are mainly based on his religious beliefs. It seems to me that Cruz’s social views are in line with the Moral Majority, a group founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, Sr.

Speaking of the Moral Majority, during the 1980s I recall several of those popular Christian televangelists expressing a yearning to “Christianize America,” including the Rev. Pat Robertson and the founder of that aforementioned Liberty University, Jerry Falwell, Sr. Those two especially were outspoken in their religious proselytism. However, it seems to me that the outspoken Christian activists of today, knowing that many more level-headed and liberal-minded people are very wary of such religious zealotry, are more cautious in their activism. For instance, Ted Cruz is very religious, obviously, in his Christianity but doesn’t actually say he wants to impose Biblical law into U.S. law as his father Rafael seems to advocate. So he is being more subtle than the Falwells and Robertsons of the 1980s, it seems to me. Thus far, I think that Ted Cruz probably agrees with Michele Bachmann, that Jesus is returning and all that. Bachmann stated recently, “We in our lifetimes potentially could see Jesus Christ returning to earth and the rapture of the church…” It’s that rapture thing, the End Times. She said that Americans are “embracing a pagan view,” which sounds a little like the kind of rhetoric we hear from Cruz. And Bachmann said, “Any nation that accepts God and (His) principles is blessed, and those who push away are cursed.” Now, I’m not saying that Ted Cruz believes in End Times (although he probably does) and that people are “pagans” whose private lives don’t jibe with how these Christians’ interpretations of the Bible say they ought to be. But I do think I’ve heard enough of Ted Cruz to believe that his thinking deep down probably is in agreement with Bachmann’s (and with millions of other Bible-believing Christians who agree with the philosophy of the late Jerry Falwell and “Christianizing America” — and it’s another good explanation of why Cruz is such a supporter of Israel, as Christian Zionists generally want to see Jews convert to Christianity in order to be “saved” when those End Times arrive). So, I don’t think I’ll be voting for Ted Cruz any time soon.

Mike Huckabee. Do we really have to deal with this goofball a second time around? That’s just as bad as Willard Romney for a second time.

Carly Fiorina. Another goofball. I think she’s really just a faux “private sector” businessperson. And she believes that the U.S. government should have a strong presence on other territories? So much for a devotion to free markets. And she’s a member of the “CIA External Advisory Board”? Yech.

Marco Rubio. On the subject of marijuana legalization, Rubio said, “I don’t believe we should be in the business of legalizing additional intoxicants in this country for the primary reason that when you legalize something, what you’re sending a message to young people is it can’t be that bad, because if it was that bad, it wouldn’t be legal.” Brilliant. (And he thinks that George W. Bush “did a fantastic job as President.” Great judgment! Perhaps “Marco Stupido” would be a better name…)

Rand Paul. I have written about him already. He is a disappointment, to say the least.

Ben Carson. Yesterday Chris Wallace interviewed retired neurotic surgeon Dr. Ben Carson. When Wallace asked Carson about his support for a flat tax, Carson answered, “Well, I like the idea of a proportional tax. That way you pay according to your ability.” Hmm, that sounds very Marxist, if you ask me. Of course the real answer is freedom, and abolishing the income tax and the IRS completely, and replacing it with nothing, as another medical doctor, Dr. Ron Paul has stated.

Carson also mentioned “making the government run more like a business,” which is impossible because government is not a business. Government is a system of monopolies of “services” including in the fields of security, health care, retirement schemes and other intrusions which the people are forced to have to use, participate in and fund involuntarily. No actual business forces its consumers to have to participate and fund involuntarily — if so, those “businesses” would be called rackets, and those who run them and enforce their orders on their “consumers” would be charged with racketeering, fraud, extortion, etc, etc. If you want to really “run government like a business,” then eliminate those bureaucracies completely, just close them all down immediately, and repeal any laws and regulations which interfere with any private individual or group’s endeavors in any field which they want to engage in production and labor to serve the consumers. That is the way it used to be before government bureaucrats and politicians seized control and usurped so many of what used to be private industries and fields.

For more on why you can’t run the government like a business, see Lew Rockwell, Murray Rothbard, Chris Rossini, and Robert P. Murphy.)

Well, that’s all for now. I hope there will be no more politicians announcing any run for President. I can only take so much of this.

May 092015
 

This post by Becky Akers really cracked me up, on “Public Servants Recognition Week,” in which We the Sheeple are obligated to show thanks to the criminals who enslave and threaten our lives and livelihoods. And she quotes the narcissistic gigolo of the State Department John Kerry as saying that “public servants aren’t thanked often enough.”

Yes, for decades “public service” has no longer been when entrepreneurs and volunteers actually serve the public, but, in line with our modern societal decay and degenerate culture — much to do with the State’s usurping and seizing of just about every aspect of daily living — government “public servants” serve themselves to the public trough (and just about everything else the kleptocrats can get their filthy hands on). Hence why such an apparatus so easily attracts narcissists of Kerry’s ilk.

Another aspect of the narcissism of today’s “public servants” is how they impose themselves onto others or trespass into others’ lives, and criminally so such as with that CPS gestapo taking the kids in Kentucky recently. And many of these “servants” are the ones who expect their victims to thank them for their intrusions and criminality.

Another example of the narcissism of public “servants” is how the U.S. government has been starting wars of aggression against other countries and occupying their lands (such as Iraq in 1991 and Iraq in 2003 and Afghanistan in 2001), and occupying with U.S. military bases those other territories they didn’t happen to attack (such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait). Early this morning on WMEX radio I got another reminder of the typical American Exceptionalist in a syndicated talk host, Rebecca Costa, who was referring to Benghazi and U.S. embassies abroad, and that they (the people on those foreign lands) should be thankful for the U.S. embassies there. In another recent edition, Costa interviewed former New Mexico Governor and UN Ambassador Bill Richardson and she not only thanked him for his service but pretty much begged him to run for President, like America needs you now, Mr. Richardson. I thought I was going to toss my cookies. (Although he did run in 2008 and dropped out in January before any primaries. Perhaps she forgot.) But speaking of how foreigners should be thankful for U.S. governmental intrusions onto their lands, I wonder if she thinks the people of Iraq should be thankful that our military bombed the hell out of their country and ultimately caused the chaos, sharia law theocracy and ISIS the Iraqis enjoy there today. Perhaps the people of Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia should thank our CIA for the drones murdering so many civilians on a daily basis as well.

And another example of Stockholm Syndrome-suffering sheeple was back in 2013 during the week after the Marathon bombing, in which hundreds and hundreds of police goons swarmed Watertown to look for a single teenage bomber, they pounded on residents’ doors, ordered residents at gunpoint to leave their homes while goons unconstitutionally searched their homes. The narcissistic government goons wouldn’t have acted so hysterically had the Marathon bombers not killed a fellow comrade-in-blue. But the Watertown sheeple were extremely thankful of their assailants and offenders’ trampling their rights and criminally trespassing in their homes.

May 092015
 

Ed Bugos on shaking the shackles of collectivism.

Paul Joseph Watson writes about the Amerikan gestapo seizing 10 kids from an “off-grid” family in Kentucky. (William Grigg has more.)

John Whitehead writes about the cop culture vs. the Bill of Rights.

William Grigg discusses the differences between government police and private police.

David D’Amato says that the Rev. Al Shrapnel’s Progressivism is authoritarian nationalism.

Jeff Berwick describes how to de-monopolize (privatize) the government police.

Ron Paul says that the misleadingly titled USA Freedom Act ultimately amounts to lost liberty.

Michael Rozeff details the impossibility of narrowly targeted or pinpoint drone attacks.

Richard Ebeling discusses free trade benefits vs. fear of foreign goods.

Alex Newman believes that the establishment Press discredits itself with Jade Helm deceit.

Brendan Bordelon describes how five Republicans let Congress keep its fraudulent ObamaCare subsidies.

Tony Cartalucci says the Mohammad drawing contest and subsequent shooting was an “Operation Gladio,” Texas style.

Andrew Napolitano says, Restore the Fourth Amendment.

Michael Boldin on nullification.

Philip Giraldi on Obama’s unaccountable drone war.

Robert Wenzel shows how Bitcoin is going crony capitalist.

Laurence Vance on employment and a free society.

Mark Nestmann says, Get prepared for the government’s war on cash and possible $50 and $100 bill “recalls.”

Brandon Smith describes how the elites will wage war on America.

Robert Murphy asks, Is it okay to sell babies?

Eric Margolis on nothing learned from Vietnam War.

Ryan McMaken writes about the high cost of centrally planning the global climate.

Jacob Hornberger on Operation Jade Helm.

Eugene Volokh discusses “hate speech.”

And Chris Rossini on the dazed and confused Left.