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 August 17, 2009

Libertarian Commentary on The News 09 - 15 August
By Nathan A. Barton © 2009

Medical Panic of 2009 - Business Traitors
Pharma to run ads favoring ObamaCare
New York Times

"The drug industry has authorized its lobbyists to spend as much as $150 million on television commercials supporting President Obama's healthcare overhaul, beginning over the August Congressional recess, people briefed on the plans said Saturday. The unusually large scale of the industry's commitment to the cause helps explain some of a contentious back-and-forth playing out in recent days between the odd-couple allies over a deal that the White House struck with the industry in June to secure its support. The terms of the deal were not fully disclosed. Both sides had announced that the drug industry would contribute $80 billion over 10 years to the cost of the health care overhaul without spelling out the details." (08/08/09)

So Big Pharma joins Wal-Mart and a number of other traitorous business entities (Google and Microsoft and Warren Buffet's business, to name a few) in joining the Ride to Greater Tranzi Society led by the Triumvirate.  Does the $80B include the $150M or is that just gravy?

More Necessary Noise
by The Hunter

There has been a lot of "necessary noise" made since President Obama was elected. The "Tea Parties" are a great example, and the open carry movement that is gaining strength throughout the nation are another. The Free State Project here in New Hampshire is quite possibly one of the most effective so far, in ways that may not be apparent to those living elsewhere. You got a pretty graphic example of that success the other day at the President's town hall meeting on health care, when William Kostric openly carried his handgun while holding a sign proclaiming "It is time to water the tree of liberty". The pistol and the sign attracted the attention of MSNBC, and Kostric ended up being interviewed (badgered, really) by Chris Matthews on Hardball - and I thought handed Matthews his head.

David Codrea has already collected a lot of very good information on this, so I'll just point you there if you want to see it for yourself. I want to concentrate on the idea of "making necessary noise", and probably more importantly on the "Men Who Would be Kings" reaction to that "noise". (Read the rest here)

External Article
Memorandum on Arms and Freedom
By Brian Puckett

WE WILL NOT DISARM. The right to self-protection--the internal directive of every living creature, be it mouse or man--is the most fundamental right of all. It is a right that must be exercised against all predators of the streets, against the predators hidden within agencies of law enforcement, and against the most dangerous predators of all--those to be found in government, whose insidious grasping for power is relentless and never-ending.

WE WILL NOT DISARM. Not in the face of robbers, rapists, and murderers who prey upon our families and friends. Nor in the face of police and bureau agents who would turn a blind eye to the Constitution, who would betray the birthright of their countrymen; nor in the face of politicians of the lowest order--those who pander to the ignorant, the weak, the fearful, the naive; those indebted to a virulent strain of the rich who insulate themselves from the dangers imposed upon other Americans and then preach disarmament. (Read the rest here) (Read the entire article at the source website. Use the back button to return.)

What a masterstroke it was for the state to get Boobus to admit the only rights he has are those subject to the "reasonable" restrictions of his masters. The precedent has been set and we have agreed; you must submit yourself before the god called government, pass their background checks, take their approved qualification course, submit the required monies and wait for your ID card certifying you have permission from the state to exercise at least one of your former inalienable rights!

If you, and/or a member of your family, are assaulted by a madman with a weapon while in a restaurant, on a school campus, in church, at the mall, in a bank, in the parking lot where you shop or work, in a carjacking or a mugging, or visiting Obama’s home town, you must remember, the only people allowed to defend their lives and those of their loved ones are those who have been sanctioned by the state to do so. That is freedom in America today, granted by the state, bought and paid for. (Read the rest here) (Read the entire article at the source website. Use the back button to return)

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National Gun Rights Examiner
SPLC report smears Oath Keepers, militias
by David Codrea

The well-paid exploiters at the misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center are at it again. At what?

Lumping patriots and Constitutionalists with haters. "Return of the Militias" points a trembling finger at, among others, the principled members of Oath Keepers. I guess the fund raising efforts require that some threats be fabricated by accusation. (Read the rest here) (Read the entire article at the source website. Use the back button to return.)

Check out the latest from other Gun Rights Examiners

  • Atlanta: Ed Stone
  • Austin: Howard Nemerov
  • Boston: Ron Bokleman
  • Charlotte: Paul Valone
  • Chicago: Don Gwinn
  • Cleveland: Daniel White
  • DC: Mike Stollenwerk
  • Denver: Dan Bidstrup
  • Los Angeles: John Longenecker
  • Minneapolis: John Pierce
  • National: David Codrea
  • Seattle: Dave Workman
  • St. Louis: Kurt Hofmann
  • Wisconsin: Gene German

  • National Self Defense Examiner
    NY business owner defends self against 4 armed robbers
    By Eric Puryear

    A 72 year old Harlem business owner defended himself and his employee against 4 armed young men who tried to rob the store.

    Police say that 4 armed robbers entered the Kaplan Brother Blue Flame Corporation, a restaurant-supply business, and announced that they were going to commit a robbery.  One of the criminals then drew a handgun, and began to pistol whip an employee.  The owner of the business grabbed his shotgun and opened fire in self defense.  Two of the robber were killed, and the other two were injured. The two surviving robbers fled, but police quickly apprehended a pair of suspects with gunshot wounds. (Read the rest here) (Read the entire article at the source website. Use the back button to return.)

    Feminists Endowed with a Superiority Complex
    By Carey Roberts

    Taking the oath to “do equal right to the poor and to the rich,” Sonia Sotomayor was finally sworn in as the first Latina on the U.S. Supreme Court. No sooner had the kerfuffle surrounding her “wise Latina” remark subsided, when Carol Smith saw fit to pen this wise verdict in the New York Times: “In my experience, female bosses tend to be better managers, better advisers, mentors, rational thinkers.”

    Not to be outdone, last week NPR analyst Cokie Roberts opined in the Washington Post, “Women tend to be a lot more commonsensical than men are” and admitted to hectoring her husband that “Men are just lesser beings.”

    Call it whatever you want – female empowerment, turning the tables, girls letting off a little steam, whatever -- it’s time to blow the whistle on feminist-inspired misandry.(Read the rest here)

    Albuquerque Libertarian Examiner
    Test the waters of the real free-market
    By Kent McManigal

    If you have chosen to deal with those who, by the very nature of avoiding "imperial entanglements", must remain "outlaws" you can't go running to tattle to the state if they harm you.  This leaves private arbitration.  Since private arbitration hasn't really taken off yet, you might have a hard time finding someone to act as a go-between. 

     I don't see this as a flaw in the free markets themselves, but as a temporary danger due to government getting in the way of free trade and interfering with the natural tendency of bad-actors to suffer the consequences of their dishonesty.  No one is forcing you to deal with any particular un-sanctioned business.  Only government (or other mafia) forces people to do business with its agents and offices.  Find out who is trustworthy and who is not.  Buyer beware, always. (Read the rest here) (Read the entire article at the source website. Use the back button to return.)

    Anchorage Libertarian Examiner
    Obamacare: argue the details, never question the concept
    By Kevin Wilmeth

    What nobody seems to be doing--you know, outside of the membership of the DHS "domestic terrorist" watch-list (by which we mean a great number of ordinary Americans)--is questioning the legitimacy of the concept.  Asking questions like this:

    Where--exactly where--in Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution, is the enabling text that says the US government has any legitimate authority over the health care decisions of anyone, at any time, ever?

    If it's not in Article I, Section 8, the Congress can't do it.  Period.  And dang if I can find anything in there about health care.  It's not like it's never crossed the radar before. (Read the rest here) (Read the entire article at the source website. Use the back button to return.)


    Dallas Libertarian Examiner
      Libertarianism 101: What's the libertarian position on gay marriage?
    By Garry Reed

    Wanna get married? So get married already. Get any kind of married you want. Same sex, different sex, indeterminate sex. Marry early and marry often. Get married in a church, in a chapel, in a private ceremony of your own devising. Government has no legitimate place in the marriage of free and sovereign individuals. Get married by the powers inherently invested in yourselves.

    The question libertarians ask the gay community is the same they ask everyone else: why do you need a bureaucrat to sanction your marriage? (Read the rest here) (Read the entire article at the source website. Use the back button to return.)

    Features From The Last Issue

    Libertarian Commentary on The News (August 10/09)
    By Nathan A. Barton © 2009

    NYT Decrees, Women ‘Better Managers’ than Men
    Carey Roberts

    By Captain Eric H. May

    National Gun Rights Examiner
      Pro-gun foundations file lawsuits in Oregon and DC
    by David Codrea

    National Self Defense Examiner
    Texas store owner shoots armed robber in self defense 
    By Eric Puryear

    External Articles
      The Plague of Punitive Populism
    by William Norman Grigg

    Albuquerque Libertarian Examiner
    Finding freedom 
    By Kent McManigal

    Anchorage Libertarian Examiner
      Ninth Circus detects reason in its ranks...and moves to quash it
    By Kevin Wilmeth

    Dallas Libertarian Examiner
      Fewer Mexicans making the move to America
    By Garry Reed

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