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More Articles with More Reasons to Distrust the Gubmint

Brandon Smith on Red Flag laws: once the Pandora’s box of pre-crime and hearsay evidence is opened, the sky is truly the limit.

Bretigne Shaffer discusses civil disobedience in the forced-vaccine issue.

Pepe Escobar says we are all hostages of 9/11.

Jon Rappoport discusses some earlier questions about the gold stored at the NY Federal Reserve Bank just blocks away from the WTC on 9/11, and possible witness intimidation during the 9/11 Commission hearings.

Washington’s Blog asks, Why would Iran attack the Saudis NOW?

William Astore on the F-35: A wasteful weapon for America’s forever wars.

Barbara Boland on the tell-all book James Mattis didn’t want published.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation on the courts protecting the people’s right to force government to purge records of their First Amendment activities.

Chris Hedges on the CIA and our invisible government.

Laurence Vance asks, What is it that libertarians don’t get about the military?

Patrick Cockburn on Saudi Arabia’s plans for us to forget about the murder of Khashoggi.

And Daniel McAdams points out the healthcare advantages our rulers have over We the Sheeple.

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John Whitehead asks, The Bill of Rights turns 230, what do we have to show for it?

Jacob Hornberger discusses the folly of the Democrats’ debate on healthcare.

Daniel John Sobieski asks, Will McCabe bring the FBI down with him?

Stephen Walt says, We lost the war in Afghanistan. Get over it.

Whitney Webb on how the CIA, Mossad, and “the Epstein Network” are exploiting mass shootings to create an Orwellian nightmare.

Aaron Kesel with the latest on the Orwellian police state: ICE “hyper-realistic” urban warfare training facility at Army base.

Tom Woods and Lew Rockwell discuss the recent Democrat debate.

Kelley Vlahos discusses the recent appeals court decision ordering FBI to destroy memos calling Antiwar.com a threat.

Charles Burris on Constitution Day, 2019.

Karen Kwiatkowski on Julian Assange, and the trustworthiness and believability of government power teetering everywhere.

Laurence Vance in defense of price gouging.

Robert Wenzel says that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants “universal rent control.”

Mary Lucia Darst says that Anti-trust hurts the little guy.

Eric Margolis on bin Laden and 9/11.

B.N. Frank on the possible dangers of 5G cell towers nearby.

Richard Ebeling discusses the secret history of the monopolization of welfare by the State.

Gary Barnett on fictitious markets, fake economics and the reality of fraud.

And Edward Curtin on why he doesn’t speak of the fake news of “9/11” anymore.

Orwellian: Washington, DC Will Determine Who Has “Mental Illness”

Jon Rappoport has this excellent analysis of calls for a new agency to determine who is mentally ill or mentally unstable and thus may not have a gun. Once diagnosed with “mental illness,” psychiatrists will give these newly diagnosed “mentally ill” people psychiatric drugs, so that they probably WILL become violent! Doh! (Is there anyone more “mentally ill” than our typical Washington bureaucrat? Just askin’.)

A Deranged Society in Amerika Has a “Straight Pride” Parade

There was a “Straight Pride” parade, with 36 arrested and 4 police officers injured, in Boston. Many police officers had to act as shields between the “Straight Pride” people and the demonstrators, some of whom were saying that they needed to have a presence there to shout down the “Straight” morons and also accuse the “Straight” people of advocating hate and discrimination against gays and lesbians, and other LGBTQZZZZZ activists.

So, can someone please tell me why heterosexual people must go to this public event to say unequivocally that they are “Straight” Pride? What exactly does “Straight” mean, anyway? And I thought that “gay” meant “happy” or “joyous.” (Apparently not.)

I think that all this is going on, as idiotic as it is, because the LGBT activists have gone way off the deep end, in such an extreme, far removed from advocating “gay rights” or protecting themselves from the violence of anti-homosexual thugs. In the old days in America gays were victims of such violence, just because of being gay. But that doesn’t really happen that much now. It does happen in Saudi Arabia, Iran and other more repressive areas, in which those places’ governments are inflicting such harm against people just for being homosexual.

But sadly in Amerika, in which “social justice” warriors are being brainwashed in the schools from their earliest days to believe in a lot of crap they believe now, the violence is going in the reverse. Whether it’s gays and lesbians or other members of the LGBTQ+++ community, Black Lives Matter or other black or minority activist groups, abortion groups or other leftist organizations, the violence is being perpetrated against conservatives, anyone with a “MAGA” hat, and even police now, regardless of any particular police officer’s record or himself respecting the rights of protesters, etc.

And all over on the college campuses we have speech codes, lists of the many words or phrases that one may not speak, or else, and professors getting fired for using the “n-word” merely in historical context such as describing a ’60s Civil Rights march dialogue, and so on.

During the 1980s a common phrase, including being written as graffiti on buildings and street posts, was “Silence = Death.” This was in reference to the AIDS crisis that was mainly hitting the male homosexual community (if that is a “community”). In the old days if someone was homosexual that meant he had to be hush-hush about it, or risk getting some sort of abuse or even evicted or fired from work. But the AIDS crisis brought about silence that included being silent about ways to protect themselves from getting the HIV and then possibly AIDS, that at the time was a death sentence.

But now, silence is what the people on the left want, not only from those with whom they disagree on political and social issues, but from EVERYONE! Anyone caught uttering certain, specific phrases or words (example) will be disciplined, like it’s the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany.

People are getting censored from Google, Facebook and Twitter. And they are getting “de-platformed,” which in some cases can threaten people’s livelihoods.

Speaking of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, unfortunately many of today’s young people are not educated in the history of those 20th Century, socialist, totalitarian societies. They have NO idea that they are being brainwashed to believe the same kinds of statist ideologies and myths of things that don’t exist in reality. They have no idea that they are acting like little fascists now. I don’t like being around the young people now, quite frankly, because I’m afraid some little innocent thing I might say could elicit the brainwashed twerp to then call the police on me!

And speaking of people to fear, we now have “Antifa,” which stands for “Anti-First Amendment,” gang thugs who actually start fights with, beat up on, put in the hospital those whose views they don’t like or even journalists like Andy Ngo who are merely covering a public event.

And the word “hate” is thrown around like it no longer means anything, because the ones who are accusing others of “hate” are themselves the ones spewing hate, foul language and inflicting violence on others. They do it in public, on Twitter, in restaurants, everywhere.

Now, are you parents out there? In your 30s, 40s or 50s? Are any of those young people your kids? What the hell did my generation (mid-50s) do to the next generation? What the hell is wrong with MY generation?

So, it is those people on the left who are driving a bunch of schmucks to have a moronic “Straight Pride” parade and wasting the very nice holiday weekend weather when they could have done something more worthwhile.

How Will Authoritarians (e.g. Donald Trump) Use “Red Flag” Laws?

Pastor Chuck Baldwin has some commentary on the calls for “Red Flag” laws, in which people are urged to report to the police someone they think might be “dangerous,” and the police will then confiscate that person’s guns, if he or she has guns. Chuck Baldwin writes:

If law-abiding gun owners don’t call their U.S. senators en masse, and I mean posthaste, you are very likely to wake up one morning around 4am to the sound of a SWAT team breaking down your door to confiscate your guns, prepared to kill you or any member of your family who resists. Why? Perhaps because a gun-hating neighbor hates you having guns or a relative doesn’t like you and is looking for any way to “teach you a lesson” or your ex-spouse is looking for any way to “get even” with you or an anti-gun cop with a grudge wants to send a political message or a family doctor or school teacher overheard one of your children talk about how many guns daddy has and became alarmed, etc., ad infinitum.

Plus, the FBI has just recently stated that if you believe in “conspiracy theories,” you are a “domestic terrorist threat.” That statement is from an FBI intelligence bulletin from the bureau’s Phoenix field office, dated May 30, 2019. That FBI designation alone could very easily precipitate a “red flag” gun confiscation order being rendered against you.

And Donald Trump himself recently demonstrated how dangerous “red flag” laws are. In a tweet on August 13, President Trump said,

“Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant? Filthy language and a total loss of control. He shouldn’t be allowed to have any weapon. He’s nuts!”

Are you paying attention? Donald Trump was threatening to use a “red flag” law to authorize police agencies to take away an American citizen’s Natural God-given right of self-defense simply because Trump didn’t like what the citizen said—about him.

Folks, don’t you see? Those in authority can use “red flag” gun confiscation laws against ANYONE they want and for ANY REASON they want.

In other words, there doesn’t have to be a reason. Under “red flag” laws, all it takes for police to come and seize your guns is for someone to make a “red flag” accusation against you. That’s it. And, yes, it really IS that easy.

“Red flag” laws not only eviscerate the 2nd Amendment, but the 1st Amendment, 4th Amendment, 5th Amendment, 6th Amendment, 7th Amendment and 8th Amendment.

All this most recent hysteria is in response to two mass shootings, in El Paso and in Dayton. The hysterical masses are calling for “common sense gun laws,” yet their proposals are not common sense. They are irrational, knee-jerk responses.

We do not seem to be hearing the non-hysterical, rational responses to those shootings. Why aren’t people bringing up the points that actually are “common sense” points?

Such as, if someone at the El Paso Walmart had been armed, that person could have disabled the shooter early on and saved many lives. Why do we never or rarely hear that point being made? I don’t even hear the “conservative” talk radio ditto-heads say that, quite frankly.

Speaking of the talk radio ditto-heads, Daniel McAdams (of the Ron Paul Institute) stated that he has been banned from Twitter permanently, because he called Sean Hannity “retarded,” even though it is actually the truth. Searching Twitter for “retarded” will find many results by other people using that term. But I digress.

Back to the gun rights issue. Another point that we don’t hear being made is that most of these mass shootings, I think it’s about 98%, occur at “gun-free zones.” The psychopaths prefer gun-free zones because they know that there is little to no chance that someone might shoot back at him.

But no, let’s continue to be irrational and play little games with people’s lives, because the people on the left love power and control. And they want to disarm others and make them defenseless because it’s easier for communists, fascists, and other totalitarians to impose their orders and diktats onto others who can’t defend themselves.

And further compromise people’s security by making “Red Flag” laws so that disgruntled neighbors and ex-wives can take revenge.

Time for Voluntary Decentralization

Jacob Hornberger asks, Should libertarians support Trump’s immigration raids?

Laurence Vance says we should eliminate the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). And when we’re finished doing that, eliminate CIA, FBI, NSA, TSA, DHS, ICE, FTC, Dept. of Education, Dept. of Energy, and all the other crap in Warshington.

WND with an article on Nellie Ohr serving anti-Trump to DOJ.

Robert Wenzel on Trump’s hypocrisy with Israel/BDS movement, yet Trump imposes sanctions on Iran, Venezuela, and Russia.

And Michael Rozeff comments on university sources of gender and other sexual madness in our schools.

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Donald Boudreaux on Trump’s trade destruction.

Richard Ebeling asks, How much damage will come from this trade war?

Jacob Hornberger on Maduro brutality and U.S. government brutality.

John Whitehead asks, Who inflicts the most gun violence in America?

Matt Agorist says, In a single tweet, Trump unwittingly showed how “red flag” laws will be abused.

Judge Napolitano on government gun-grabbing and “red flag” laws.

B.N. Frank says that whistleblowers report new cars vulnerable to hacking.

Aaron Kesel on intelligence (sic) agencies recruiting high school students.

Ray McGovern says that Seth Rich’s ghost haunts the courts.

Martin Armstrong discusses Jeffrey Epstein’s connections to “The Club” of manipulators.

Charles Hugh Smith asks, Who protected Epstein for decades, and why?

And William Astore says that military strength is Amerika’s national religion.

Jeffrey Epstein and the Dishonest Media Labeling Others “Conspiracy Theorists”

Now that Jeffrey Epstein is either dead from murder or suicide, or been taken off to escape justice or be interrogated by goons, we are getting the usual “conspiracy theorist” label by those who are either very dishonest or just plain dumb, naive or ignorant.

Especially with those in the media as well as apparatchiks, we get a good view as to who someone really is when they immediately label someone as “conspiracy theorist” when that person isn’t obediently and gullibly believing every word that “officials” and their media stenographers tell us.

Perhaps there are those who immediately call someone a “conspiracy theorist” for merely questioning the official narrative, because the alternative explanations (with facts or circumstantial evidence given) cause the labelers anguish. For example, we’d rather not hear about someone such as allegedly Epstein sexually exploiting or abusing teenage girls. But further, it is more distressing when it turns out to be an elaborate scheme that involves many, many people, well-known or not, and that a lot of innocent young girls are being abused by all those scum.

I have a feeling that some of the high-profile people who have been involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s escapades include people in the news media, as well as politicians, Wall Street cronies and other very well-known personalities not involved in finance or politics. Craig Murray analyzes whether some events in the past involving Bill Clinton and Epstein are mere coincidences.

And Caitlin Johnstone writes about the labeling of people as “conspiracy theorist,” and about an NBC reporter Ken Dilanian who warns of “conspiracy theorists” who aren’t buying the official narrative. Apparently Dilanian is also a known CIA asset. So who is the real “conspiracy theorist” here?

There are many obedient sheeple in the news media now, either just out of authoritarian devotion to their rulers in Washington, or just out of a naive and gullible simpleton mentality. Some of them will literally repeat word for word whatever government officials tell them in their “news” reports.

As I wrote in this post last December,

For example, Glenn Greenwald pointed to court historian Douglas Brinkley’s fawning interview of Barack Obama, and that “journalists joyously dance with top officials, swing on their tires, are creepily grateful when they’re sprayed in the face by their squirt guns, and play fun beach games with the very campaign officials they’re ostensibly covering.”

…some examples provided by Greenwald have included Bob Schieffer kissing up to former NSA directer Michael Hayden, and Bob Shieffer hatchet-jobbing Ron Paul on foreign policy. And Scott Pelley’s “13 uninterrupted minutes of drooling propaganda” interview of Obama defense secretary Leon Panetta, how Wired manipulated chat logs to aid and abet the government’s persecution of Army whistleblower Bradley Manning, and Diane Sawyer and Brian Ross’s anti-Iran fear-mongering (things haven’t changed much).

We have just gone through more than two years of “Trump-Russia collusions” conspiracy theory, and it was all theory because not only was there never any evidence for such collusion or Trump-Russia conspiracy, and the Mueller Report says just that, but there has been no evidence that the DNC computers or emails were actually hacked.

But the “Trump-Russia collusions” and “Russian election meddling” false narratives i.e. “fake news” propaganda were being disseminated by the news media over and over and over, so many Americans really believed it all. Now, not so much.

So we don’t really have a “news media” now, we have a government media, the propaganda wing of the U.S. government. And it’s not just the national media, but many or most local news media outlets throughout the U.S. That’s because a lot of people are just easily propagandized.

But also a lot of people in the media are too damn lazy to do actual fact-checking, actual investigative research, and instead they tend to take information that a government official gives them as the word of God.

So this “conspiracy theorist” label being thrown around and directed toward those who question the official narrative is distressing, especially, as Johnstone pointed out in her article, when our beloved yet decrepit FBI tells us that “conspiracy theorists” are the new “domestic terrorism” threat.

And that is distressing because we now live in an age false accusation, an era of ignorance and hysteria regarding many issues, including the paranoid and triggered college snowflakes, and the climate fanatics who call people “deniers” and who want to jail or kill the “deniers.” And an era of false accusation now being the norm, such as with Title IX abuse. The accusations against Brett Kavanaugh were false accusations with NO evidence to back them up. And I detest Kavanaugh, if you didn’t know, but I still think the truth is important.

And the whole “Russia collusions” matter was a false accusation against a political candidate and then sitting President.

Charles Burris posted two posts on eugenics on the LRC blog. I’m not sure if it was because of the Epstein case now in the news, because we have heard that Jeffrey Epstein was into eugenics. The Burris posts are The Eugenics Crusade and Selling Murder: The Killing Films of the Third Reich.

In the 2nd Burris post, he writes about the “documentary Selling Murder: The Killing Films of the Third Reich, the single most important film about the Nazi’s Aktion T-4 euthanasia program.” He says “It shows exactly how the Nazis marginalized people with disabilities and mental illnesses by making them less and less until it became acceptable to exterminate them.”

That reminded me of the climate fanatics calling people “deniers” and wanting to jail them or have the “deniers” killed. Have you heard that?

But, speaking of references to the “mentally ill,” we are hearing of the importance of gun-buying background checks, using FBI or otherwise government databases, of course. And people want to take guns away from those labeled “mentally ill,” because the gun-grabbers want to disarm already more vulnerable people and make them even more defenseless.

However, the problem here is how “mentally ill” will be defined, and by whom. Given that the U.S. is becoming more like a USSA, an American Soviet Union, it seems to me that civilians or “any non-government employee” who owns an illegal gun will eventually be determined to be a “danger” or a “terrorist” by the “authorities.” Or determined to be “mentally ill” by our whacked out Xanaxized society and by the gubmint in Washington. But not just gun owners, also people who don’t share the “transgender” ideology, people who support the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence, people who live “off the grid,” etc., etc. Yeah, those “mentally ill” people.

And, oh yes, “conspiracy theorists.”

Immigration and the Anti-Capitalistic Socialists on Conservative Talk Radio

I was listening to “Pat and Stu” filling in for Glenn Beck the other day, and they seemed to be glad that the Trump administration has cracked down on “illegal immigrants” by raiding places of employment. The talk radio Beck flunkies were even sounding like liberals in their show of concern for the “below-minimum wage” work the illegal people were being made to do.

I thought I was going to toss my cookies. These conservatives are pathetic. They’ll say anything and make anything up to justify their irrational anti-free market, anti-capitalistic mentality, and their anti-foreigner tribalism and collectivism.

As Jacob Hornberger and Robert Wenzel point out, the immigrants who were raided and arrested were not the “rapists and murderers” that Donald Trump was complaining about throughout the campaign in 2016. These people were arrested at their jobs, in places of employment, not the welfare office to get on the dole. They aren’t out on the streets selling drugs or engaged in sex trafficking like the now late Jeffrey Epstein allegedly. They are working and honestly providing for themselves and their families.

These immigrants are not criminals. But the people who are criminals are those government goons who are harassing them, violently seizing and detaining them and throwing them in a cage, just because the workers didn’t get the permission of the government to work where they wanted to work and attempting to make a better life for themselves and their families.

Socialism includes having to get government authorization to do what you want to do or go to where you want to go. So, like Rush Limbaugh and Howie Carr and the rest of the ignorant ditto-heads on the radio, “Pat and Stu” on the Beck show certainly qualify as socialists.

In contrast, a true capitalist believes in the free market, in which people sell their labor, goods or services to others and it’s between these traders as long as they are peaceful. They don’t get a government bureaucrat’s authorization or permission, like in the old Soviet Union, Cuba or New York City.

Neanderthal Flag Worshiper Beats Up Little Kid

As usual, Jacob Hornberger gets to the heart of the matter in his post on the 39-year-old “patriotic” American person who slammed a 13-year-old boy to the ground giving him a concussion and skull fracture, because the kid refused to take off his hat when the National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner,” was being played at a rodeo event in Montana.

Hornberger notes how the “patriotic” Americans (including Donald Trump, I would add) say they are against socialism yet support all the un-American socialist programs including “Social Security, Medicare, welfare, public housing, foreign aid, public schooling, the Federal Reserve, immigration controls” and so on.

I think that’s the case with most Americans, conservative and liberal, Republican and Democrat, socialist and even libertarian. Most people support those policies.

Unfortunately, many Americans support punishing someone “disrespecting” a flag or a song with brutal violence.

According to a witness at the rodeo event, the guy said the kid “was disrespecting the national anthem so he had every right to do that.” And now it turns out that the barbaric savage is blaming Trump and his rhetoric! (I am not. Making. This. Up.) According to the Washington Times, Curt “Brockway is a U.S. Army veteran who believes he was acting on an order by the commander in chief.”

So according to CBS News, Brockway was charged with assault on a minor, and “prosecutors recommended his bail be set at $100,000, but a judge ruled that he can be released on his own recognizance.”

What? Previously, according to the article, Brockway was convicted of “assault with a weapon,” after threatening to kill a family in their parked car, and sentenced to 10 years, and it was a suspended sentence.

So, the “patriotic” American had a prior record of violence or threatening violence, and got away with it. I guess this current statist judge probably agrees with Brockway’s version of “patriotism.” As long as our poor little precious flag isn’t “disrespected.” God forbid.

And how is this incident different from leftists like the useful idiots of Antifa beating up some guy because he’s wearing a “MAGA” hat?

In his article, Hornberger explains the socialist history behind the Amerikan national anthem and the “Pledge of Allegiance” (a.k.a. Pledge of Obedience). The neanderthal coward who assaulted the little kid demands obedience to a militaristic song and a flag.

There are millions and millions of Americans who literally worship a flag as a sacred religious object or image. As Wendy McElroy wrote in her article on State heretics and State infidels, “Statolatry is more than patriotism or love of country. It is a merging of those sentiments with idolatry to produce a kind of hyper-patriotism that can be called chauvinism or jingoism…This, then, is the religion of the modern American state…Anyone who rejects the worship of states altogether is an infidel.”

I guess that little kid at the rodeo “disrespected” the sacred flag of State worship and was an alleged infidel. And a neanderthal didn’t like that.

But just a final item here: Many of these same “patriotic” Amerikans who worship a flag (and the gubmint in Washington for which it stands) also say they believe in self-defense, the right to keep and bear arms, and the 2nd Amendment. Do they support the right of that 13-year-old to keep and bear arms (which kids did back in the old days of common sense), and do they support the kid’s right to use it in self-defense, such as when being attacked by a brainwashed neanderthal brute?

More News and Commentary

Richard Ebeling discusses a coercive Green New Deal.

John Whitehead on draconian laws, precrime and the surveillance state.

Lew Rockwell points out the relationship between the mass shootings and America’s militaristic culture.

Dr. Mercola on how Google threatens your children.

Doug Bandow on mandatory national service: a bad idea that won’t die.

Arjun Walia with an extensive analysis of a report on the Rockefeller family’s covert “Climate Change” plan.

Jon Rappoport on the Normals vs. Conspiracy Theorists.

Dagney Taggart discusses the out of control grass gestapo: so much for private property rights.

Adam Dick on Tulsi Gabbard’s military nonsense.

David Gornoski says that gun laws create gun violence.

Ron Paul says that Congress’s spending surge is national suicide.

Laurence Vance on tax credits and loopholes, and the right to discriminate.

Antiwar.com posted a classic by the late Justin Raimondo: Antiwar.com vs. the decline of American journalism.

Dave DeCamp on the new cybersecurity non-profit that’s to help presidential campaigns to combat foreign influences: they are full of rabid Russiagaters.

Janet Phelan asks, Does Trump’s wall have a secondary purpose?

Barton Bernstein on the forgotten critics of the atomic bombing of Japan.

Gary Barnett says that evil killing by the United State relies on willful indifference.

Patrick Lawrence demands DNC email evidence.

Aaron Maté with 5 big holes in Mueller’s “work.”

Thomas Knapp on Afghanistan: in search of monsters to not destroy.

And B.N. Frank says that, despite warnings, kids still drowning because parents preoccupied with their phones.