Libertarian Commentary on the News, 02 SEP 2015, #15-35C: Bizarro World

By Nathan Barton

But… but… Bizarro World?  Funny, and strange. CNS News says that Miz Hillary “suggests” that Mexico might just be a tad hypocritical about illegal immigration.  What, is she going to do a Trump?  Where are the voices condemning her?  Doesn’t she want the Hispanic vote?

Mama’s Note: It’s really hard to imagine just why anyone in the world would take this hypocritical liar seriously about anything.

Funny, ha ha?  Should we be surprised, that cocaine production in Bolivia has DROPPED since the US DEA was tossed out?  Lack of markets?  Middlemen? Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, 01 SEP 2015, #15-35B: Stupidity

By Nathan Barton

This strikes me as a stupid and an insanely criminal act: the Verge tells us that a 17-year-old has been sentenced to more than 11 YEARS in jail for running a Twitter account supportive of the Caliphate.  No, the insanely criminal act is NOT what this kid did, it is what the Nazgul and the “justice” system did to him that is so evil and crazy.  Seventeen years old, filled with emotions and all those wonderful little body chemicals (hormones) and idealistic and just jammed full of propaganda about the wonders of Islam and the evils of America, and you wonder why he behaves rather foolishly? He does not need jail time, he needs education and counseling – and we know he isn’t going to get either in a prison.  How stupid can people be? Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, 31 AUG 2015, #15-35A: Government failures highlighted

By Nathan Barton

Last week’s crash of a classic jet fighter during an air show in England, killing a number of people on the A27, is far from the worst of problems for that highway, according to the Guardian.  Dozens of people are killed each year on the dangerous and heavily traveled highway, apparently in large part due to failure of the government agencies to properly maintain and operate it, much less build it to safe standards.  It is one more example of government failing to do a job that people claim HAS to be a government function.  Private roads would not be perfect – nothing human is.  But surely even a modicum of competition and fair pricing for demand would go a long way to ending problems like this.  I am reminded of dangerous stretches of highway in California (the infamous US-101 south of San Francisco Bay comes to mind) and how government for decades has been unable to properly operate those highways. Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, 29 August 2014, #15-34D: Shrinking government to the size of its brain

by Nathan Barton

Ben Carson, the MD turned candidate for Prez, has ticked off veterans groups who aren’t bothering to think very much. As reported in World Net Daily, Carson does not want to do away with medical care and other aid to veterans (as the headline mistakenly claims), he wants to get rid of the VA; merge its services and facilities into the Department of Defense: especially the medical care system.  Amen to that. It certainly does not solve the problem of letting government provide health care, but it DOES reduce costs and many problems, and more clearly establishes accountability – and as much as anything can, reduces the political mess and boondoggle the VA is. Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, 28 August 2014, #15-34C: Evil AND STUPID

By Nathan Barton

Evil seems to be a common theme for much of my recent commentary, both of government and of “private” organizations. The need to deal with evil, to address it and fight it, is more clear all the time. But sometimes, it is a forlorn hope. For example…

Last weekend I got all hyper when I saw this headline, but apparently the plan didn’t involve air attacks or even IEDs: Pro-Life Protesters Plan To Bombard Planned Parenthood Clinics Saturday, according to Freedom Force. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood is claiming that the videos are made up or edited to present a totally wrong picture of them and their operations. Sorry, but unless they can show these employees are actors, that doesn’t seem to hold water. The eighth video was published earlier this week Life News reports, and does seem to make it pretty clear that this isn’t just “abortion” but actual infanticide: causing babies to be born and then killing them (not even “letting them die”) so that the “samples” are in better condition: and the demand is “quantified.”   But Planned Pre-natal-killing is pushing back, and Politico is helping. The headline doesn’t match the content of the article, which seems to indicate that PP is stretching the truth about the “manipulation.”  I am left with the impression that if the publisher were NBC or CBS, not the CMP, these claims would be laughed off. Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, 26 August 2015, #15-34B: Crash

By Nathan Barton

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, 24 August 2015, #15-34A: Fearmongering

By Nathan Barton

Fearmongering or a victory for vaping? Even while some government agencies and studies, like the Student Science News claims that vaping leads to increased rates of smoking for teens, the Adam Smith Institute reports that Public Health England “concludes there is no evidence that e-cigarettes are a gateway to lead children or non-smokers into smoking. On the contrary, they find that almost all of the 2.6 million vapers in Britain are current or ex-smokers using e-cigarettes to help them quit or to keep them from reverting. They found that increasing numbers, now nearly half the population, believe that vaping is as harmful or more harmful than are cigarettes, even though it is estimated to be only up to 5% as harmful. This could be because the anti-vapers trying to have it banned indoors or in public places have persuaded them that it is harmful.” Time Magazine chimes in, claiming that vaping is 95% more healthy and 40% cheaper than tobacco cigarettes, saving ex-smokers $1200 per year (and twice that in New York City, no doubt). Is this just a difference between Her Majesty’s subjects and “free” American teens? Or is the Student Society for Science just publishing propaganda garbage? Continue reading

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Unemployed? Or Unemployable

By MamaLiberty

The role of the non-voluntary government, all of the insane rules and regulations that impede and destroy business, is well known. The cost of these job destroying regulations probably exceeds that of the taxes, fees, licenses and outright bribes disguised as “fines.” Together they are strangling the economy of the entire world and unemployment is a serious problem.

The “minimum wage,” affirmative action, racial quotas and the like are well known, though seriously misunderstood by so many, and the whole insanity of confusing the incestuous relationship between government and big business with the free market is disputed everywhere. The entire fabric of business and the market is being roiled by changes and stresses our ancestors never could have imagined. Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, 21 August 2015, #15-33e

By Nathan Barton

Whoops! Am I missing something?  Or just stupid?  How does this work?  The UN is to let Iran inspect alleged nuke work site, reports Yahoo News.  “Iran, in an unusual arrangement, will be allowed to use its own experts to inspect a site it allegedly used to develop nuclear arms under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press. The revelation is sure to roil American and Israeli critics of the main Iran deal signed by the U.S., Iran and five world powers in July.” No fooling?  This is more than the fox guarding the henhouse.  We should have let the Nazis investigate Auschwitz themselves, I guess.  Or have the Mafia do the criminal investigation of murder-for-hire and the numbers racket.  But, now that I think about it, this makes perfect sense.  After all, who investigates misconduct by cops?  Other cops!  Malpractice by lawyers and judges?  Other lawyers and judges!  This is just the total degradation of government to insanity. Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, 20 August 2015, #15-33d: civility and abuse and more

By Nathan Barton

Islamic wars, to start with:

Scott put me on to this one before it came up in the hourly news.  The Caliphate (ISIS), those wonderful followers of that old guy in Arabia from the 600s AD, have spent a month torturing an 82-year-old archeologist, apparently a Muslim himself, as they interrogated him to get him to reveal the location where ancient artifacts from Palmyra (an ancient Roman site in modern Syria) were stored.  They gave up, beheaded him, and put his body on display on a Roman pillar in the ancient city, as reported by the Guardian. Related to this, apparently Dr. Ron Paul has “confirmed” that the US Government supported the Caliphate, in a recording now on YouTube. What a wonderful way to promote peace and culture and education. And by the way, what a bunch of pedophiles in THAT organization! Continue reading

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