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Month: August 2018

“Good Guy with a Gun Stops a Bad Guy with a Gun”

A “good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun” in Florida. Apparently, a shooter opened fire at a school event in Titusville, Florida, and a legally armed bystander shot the shooter. I think this happened yesterday. But have we heard anything about this from the mainstream news media, a.k.a. “fake news” media? Nope. The reason we haven’t heard anything about it is because such a story goes against the gun control narrative of many in the media. If there was no armed bystander there to take out the shooter and the shooter was thus able to shoot and kill many innocent people, THEN we would hear about it.

The social activists in the news media go along with the gun control agenda because many of them don’t actually think rationally. Like Donald Trump, their views and advocacies and agendas are emotion-driven, not rational. On the gun issue, for example, there was a nightclub shooting in Florida in which 49 people were murdered by a gunman. Florida has a law that bans firearms from establishments in which liquor is sold. But — and here is the argument that we never (or rarely if ever) hear on gun discussions on the Today Show, or on Face the Nation — if just one person there at that nightclub had been armed, he could have taken out the shooter early on and saved perhaps most of those 49 innocent people.

You see, the gun controllers don’t understand that gun control laws only disarm law-abiding people, not criminals or psychopaths. Criminals don’t obey laws against assault, rape or murder. Why would they then decide to obey gun laws? So, the gun banners end up disarming innocent people and making them defenseless. But many people, especially in the news media, don’t even want to consider the idea of an armed good guy taking out a bad guy who is shooting innocent people. Because many people are guided by emotion and not rational thought. The anti-gun marches and demonstrations especially since the February, 2018 Parkland, Florida school shooting have consisted of extremely hysterical people, mainly young people.

I have some more to say about gun control in a post I’m working on on authoritarianism and collectivism. That will probably be finished in the next few days.

The “Fake News” Enemy of the People

The news media are not the “enemy of the people.” I think Donald Trump has been specifically saying the “fake news” media are the “enemy of the people.” That is because when news “journalists” engage in propaganda to promote war and intrusions on civil liberties on behalf of the warmongers and the national security state in Washington, propagating lies and made-up “evidence” to convince the people to support the war crimes, that is “fake news.”

Justin Raimondo has this piece in which he writes about the “fake news” media as the “enemy of the people.”

Those who do real journalism and write the facts of the case and call out the liars when they need to be called out — are the real journalists.

Pedestrians, Motorists, and Bicyclists

I haven’t been driving for a number of years. So, I am a “pedestrian.” But not one of those obnoxious ones who starts crossing the street against the light when cars are speeding through and not even looking. Have you seen those people?

No, I am respectful of motorists (because I don’t want to get run over, quite frankly). But I have seen motorists who are at an intersection, at a stop sign or whatever and waiting for a person whose crossing that intersection is in progress. Sometimes it’s an elderly person crossing. And sometimes I see the motorist speeding up to the intersection like he’s intending to go past the stop sign and make the turn quickly, and suddenly he notices the pedestrian crossing and the motorist suddenly stops. I’ve seen that several times now. Can those people try to be a little more careful? Try to be a little patient. What, is the wife about to have a baby?

The text- and phone-obsessors also are problematic. Can you put the phone down for a few minutes? I think these people are extremely dependent, and obviously they are addicted to their little stupid gadgets that they seem to need like a baby needs his rattle.

And finally, the bikes. Bicyclists should have a little more respect for the motorists and stop riding so closely to the cars, alongside the cars. And a lot of times, the motorists can’t see the bike when it is in the blind spot. But also, the bicyclists should be a little more respectful of pedestrians. Stop riding on the sidewalks, that’s not for bikes.

People really need to cool it, as Grace, Queen of the Cockamamies used to say.

The Latest News and Commentary

Brian Balfour writes that you can’t “run the government like a business.” Government gets its funding through coercion and threats against the workers and producers, while businesses must get their income voluntarily, from the consumers’ voluntary transactions. In my view, there are plenty of things that government gets itself involved in, funded involuntarily by the people, that no one in his right mind would voluntarily pay for.

Bryan Caplan says it’s okay to be both pro-market and pro-business. “I love businesses because they treat me the way I like to be treated.   When businesses want me to buy their products, they almost never nag, shame, preach, condescend, or troll.  They make offers, politely say ‘If you have any questions, you can reach me here’ – and then leave me in peace.” Yup.

Robert Higgs says that a win-win trade war is a delusion. I think that if conservatives really support “free markets” and free trade, they need to drop this nationalism stuff. This whole trade war stuff is collectivist claptrap. In my view, this collectivism trend is what is ruining this society, from the group identity politics on the left to the same kind of nationalistic group identity politics on the “conservative” side, both culturally and economically.

Charles Burris comments on Dinesh D’Souza’s new film, Death of a Nation, and says it is flawed in several ways, including deifying Lincoln.

And The Daily Caller notes that Cliven Bundy is going to fight the Sessions DOJ’s appeal of a judge’s dismissal of charges against him. The judge criticized the prosecution for misconduct and violating Bundy’s rights to due process. Roger Roots detailed the events. The DOJ is as rotten as they come. Its appeal of the dismissal is really now a persecution against innocent people by criminal bureaucrats (sorry for the redundancy).

Totalitarianism? In 2018?

James Bovard comments on the TSA’s latest totalitarian criminality, tracking innocent non-suspect travelers, following them from flight to flight, etc., and noting their behaviors, their changes in behaviors, etc. Real sickos. (Is the FedGov training its employees to be nazis?)

Richard Ebeling discusses the dangers of totalitarian planning, past and present.

Laurence Vance asks, Who owns your body? He brings up a lady who is looking for someone to donate a kidney for her son. It could be easier for the lady to find someone if she offered to pay someone for a kidney to donate. But she is not allowed by law to do that. i.e., a de facto government ownership of our bodies.

Matt Agorist on why 3D printing guns are a win for world peace and a potential death blow to tyranny. What are the rulers afraid of? They don’t want an honest, peaceful, law-abiding citizen to have a gun that isn’t registered, detectable, traceable, i.e. more easily confiscatable by the “authorities”? Afraid of shooting rampages? But most (or all?) of the mass shootings (aside form the fact that the shooters had been taking psychiatric drugs) took place with traditional, legally purchased, traceable firearms. The rulers are very afraid of the people.

Ramzey Baroud comments on Israel’s new Jewish Nation-State law. They’re clueless. They need to read the Declaration of Independence. (If they’ve even heard of it…)

And Mike Masnick writes about Senate Democrats’ plans for regulating the Internet. (Democrats’ typical authoritarian solutions in search of a problem.)

The Real “Fake News” from Government Media

Here is my latest article on Activist Post, The Real “Fake News” from Government Media

July 31, 2018

Facebook has announced its campaign against “fake news.” But, according to some workers’ own admission, conservatives are being censored.

And Google also wants to censor “fake news.” But Google also was shown to treat conservative websites, but not liberal ones, as “fake news.”

The same thing seems to be going on with Twitter. And again, conservatives are complaining.

But who is to decide what is “fake news”? Who will be Facebook and Google’s sources for real news?

In 2013 the U.S. Senate considered a new a shield law to protect journalists. In the lawmakers’ attempts to narrow the definition of a journalist, some Senators including Sen. Dianne Feinstein only wanted to include reporters with “professional qualifications.”

“Professional” publications such as the New York Times, the “Paper of Record,” would apparently be protected.

So one can conclude that the New York Times can be a source of “real” news for Facebook or Google, despite all the Timeserrors, screw-ups, and corrections, right?

According to one NYT former reporter, the Times has been a “propaganda megaphone” for war. Also a partner with the CIA to promote Obama’s reelection bid.

Or CNN, “The Most Trusted Name in News” which wins its own “fake news” awards with its errors, screw-ups and corrections.

During the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign, there were collusions between then-CNN contributor and DNC operative Donna Brazile, who was outed by WikiLeaks in her giving candidate Hillary Clinton questions in advance for a CNN Town Hall.

Other emails that were leaked to WikiLeaks informed us that reporters obediently followed instructions from the Hillary Clinton campaign on how to cover the campaign. These include reporters from the New York Times such as Maggie Haberman who said the campaign would “tee up stories for us,” and Mark Leibovich, who would email Clinton flunky Jennifer Palmieri for editing recommendations.

And Politico reporter Glenn Thrush asked Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta for approval of stories on Clinton. Thrush was then hired by the New York Times. After Thrush was then suspended from NYT over allegations of sexual misconduct, the Times ended the suspension, stating that while Thrush had “acted offensively,” he would be trained to behave himself. Hmm.

But all this from the 2016 campaign reminded me of the “JournoLists,” the group of news journalists who participated in a private forum online from 2007-2010. The forum was to enable news reporters to discuss news reporting and political issues in private and with candor, but also, it was revealed, to discuss ways to suppress negative news on then-2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama.

For instance, according to the Daily Caller, some members of the group discussed their criticism of a 2008 debate in which Obama was questioned on his association with the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The Nation‘s Richard Kim wrote that George Stephanopoulos was “being a disgusting little rat snake.” The Guardian‘s Michael Tomasky wrote that “we all have to do what we can to kill ABC and this idiocy.”

Spencer Ackerman, then with the Washington Independent and now of the Daily Beast, wrote, “If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them — Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

The Nation‘s Chris Hayes wrote, “Our country disappears people. It tortures people. It has the blood of as many as one million Iraqi civilians — men, women, children, the infirmed — on its hands. You’ll forgive me if I just can’t quite dredge up the requisite amount of outrage over Barack Obama’s pastor.”

(But has Hayes criticized Obama’s assassination program, or Obama’s bombings or the blood on Obama’s hands? Just askin’)

In an open letter, according to the Daily Caller, several of the JournoList members called the ABC debate a “revolting descent into tabloid journalism,” because of the moderators’ legitimate questions on Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

So, in today’s Bizarro World, objectively questioning a candidate on a controversial issue is now “tabloid journalism,” but making things up like “Trump-Russia collusions” and repeating the propaganda over and over – that’s not “tabloid journalism.”

The JournoLists also included reporters from Time, the Baltimore Sun, the New Republic, Politico, and Huffington Post.

Now, are those the sources of “real news” that Facebook, Google and Twitter want to rely upon to combat “fake news”?

And who exactly were the “JournoLists” promoting? Obama?

Regarding Obama’s own crackdown on actual journalism, Fox News reporter James Rosen was accused by the feds of being a “co-conspirator” with State Department leaker Stephen Jin-Woo Kim in violating the Espionage Act.  Rosen’s correspondences with Kim were seized by Obama’s FBI, along with Rosen’s personal email and phone records. The FBI also used records to track Rosen’s visits to the State Department.

Apparently, then-attorney general Eric Holder went “judge-shopping” to find a judge who would approve subpoenaing Rosen’s private records, after two judges rejected the request.

Commenting on James Rosen and the FBI’s abuse of powers, Judge Andrew Napolitano observed that “this is the first time that the federal government has moved to this level of taking ordinary, reasonable, traditional, lawful reporter skills and claiming they constitute criminal behavior.”

And there was the Obama administration’s going after then-CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, possibly for her reporting on Benghazi and Fast and Furious. Attkisson finally resigned from CBS news out of frustration with the company’s alleged pro-Obama bias and with CBS’s apparently not airing her subsequent reports.

In 2013 CBS News confirmed that Attkisson’s computers had been “accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions.” In 2015 Attkisson sued the Obama administration, claiming to have evidence which proves the computer intrusions were connected to the Obama DOJ.

In Attkisson’s latest lawsuit update, after her computer was returned to her following the DOJ Inspector General’s investigation, her forensics team now believes her computer’s hard drive was replaced by a different one.

Now back to “fake news.”

After Donald Trump locked up the Republican Presidential nomination in May, 2016, there were significant events in the next two months. Fusion GPS and former British spy Christopher Steele colluded to get opposition research on behalf of Hillary Clinton, the FBI applied for FISA warrant to spy on Trump campaign associates, and Donald Trump, Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner had a possibly set-up meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.

Also within that same period, the DNC claimed that its computers were hacked but the DNC wouldn’t let FBI investigate. The Washington Post published an article claiming, with no evidence presented, that “Russian government hackers” took DNC opposition research on Trump.

It was very shortly after the November, 2016 Presidential election that the Washington Post published an article on a “Russian propaganda effort to spread ‘fake news’ during the election.” To escalate the media’s censorship campaign perhaps?

The campaign against “fake news” coincided with Obama minions at FBI, DOJ and CIA apparently panicking over a possible Trump presidency and their allegedly abusing their powers to attempt to take down Trump.

So the news media seem to be on a crusade to fabricate “Trump-Russia collusions” and repeat it over and over, and to vilify, ignore and squash actual investigative research and reporting on what exactly the FBI and DOJ bureaucrats have been doing. Call such real investigative reporting “fake news,” “conspiracy theory,” and so forth.

In the end, Facebook, Twitter and Google might want to reconsider relying on the mainstream news media led by the New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN, and instead include citizen journalists and non-government-sycophant media to provide news and information.

UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh has noted that the Founders generally viewed the freedom of the Press to apply to every citizen to print, publish or express accounts of events. We really need to highlight that kind of old-fashioned, honest journalism.

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