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Libertarian Commentary on The News
By Nathan A. Barton 2012

FL: Female store owner kills teen robber
(Tampa Bay Online)

"Moore entered Baker's Mini Mart, 2504 Armenia Ave., about 10:45 a.m. and asked the owner to make change for a bill. He returned to the store 30 minutes later armed with a handgun, police said. Moore pointed the gun at the store's owner, Taquanda Shanti Baker, who was behind the counter, police said. Baker told investigators she pulled out her handgun and accidentally shot one round into the ground. She fired again, hitting Moore, police said." (03/27/12)

Mama's Note: Needs range time and some instruction. Probably pulled the trigger as she drew. Glad she got the job done.

Nathan: Yes, I am also. But I notice something else: based on her name, it is about a 95% probability that she is black, which makes her another indicator that many Black Americans are rejecting the Tranzi idea that self-defense using guns is evil (like the bar owner in Chicago in Friday's news).

Mama's Note: Yes! I noticed that too. I talk to quite a few women shooters on various fora these days, and they are coming from many different ethnic and national origins now. Some of them were card carrying hoplophobes before they or a member of their family became a victim. Amazing what a large dose of reality will do sometimes.
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I Love My Guns
By Susan Callaway, Editor

Some recent comments on various message boards frequented by shooters indicate that a few people are either changing their minds or are bowing to the politically correct pressure of the day. They have begun to assert that they do NOT "love their guns" and only view them as necessary tools.

While I couldn't agree more that guns are simply tools, pretty much like any others, I don't know why that would make them unlovable. Most men love their tools, all different kinds, and men have always loved their guns. I'm certainly not ashamed to join those men.

But, you might ask, just what is it that we (who still profess it anyway) actually love about guns? Aren't they killing machines, good only for harming others? We hear that a lot.

So, why do I love my guns? Let me count the ways.
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The Apolitical Economic Superpower
By The Tireless Agorist
Christiane Amanpour of ABC News is the latest to grasp the significance of the world's off-the-books, untaxed, unregulated marketplace. This surprising economic superpower was featured in her Around the World segment on February 1st.

This market is most often referred to by government spokesmen everywhere as the "black market," in the hopes that people will equate dodging the taxman and bureaucratic busybodies with slavery, child trafficing for pornography, murder for hire, heroin sales, and other, such unsavory pursuits. But people are waking up to the reality behind the hype. When a market is the second-largest in the world, topping 10 trillion dollars, second only to the United States $14.26 trillion, and currently provides approximately half the world's jobs, it becomes increasingly hard to conceive of it as fundamentally evil.
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April Fools: The editorial board at the Denver Post
By Dave Workman

 Once the principle of federal mandates is embraced, it is rather difficult to creep back under cover of some concern about a state’s right to regulate anything within its borders, much less the right to keep and bear arms; a right affirmed in the text of the Second Amendment. Evidently, the Post is just fine with laws that clamp down on gun rights, but the newspaper has an aversion to laws that expand gun rights. Wonder how the Post would react to a law expanding First Amendment rights, as opposed to one that imposes restrictions.
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Greece Surrenders to the Underground Economy
By Agorist Don

Greece has officially blessed "off-the-books" economic transactions conducted using an alternative currency. From what I can ascertain, there is no established exchange rate between tems and euros; collecting government revenues based on economic activity conducted in tems is certain to prove problematic, although the terms of service state "Network members have the sole responsibility of the possible obligations to the Internal Revenue arising from transactions between other network members." (Google's translation from Greek) Even if tems and euros are assumed to exchange at parity, the actual exchange rate appears to be considerably different as the following story illustrates.
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Castle Doctrine is 'not guilty'
By Paul Valone

Castle Doctrine comprises three parts: The first establishes legal presumption that if somebody “unlawfully and forcefully” enters your home, workplace or vehicle, you have a “reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm” and may use up to deadly force in self-defense. You may not, as some suggest, shoot door-to-door salesmen; invasive entries must be both unlawful and forceful.

Second, anywhere you may lawfully be, if you face “reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm,” you have no duty to retreat before using deadly force.5 Media misstatements notwithstanding, this provision, like Florida’s, does not change centuries-old standards for deadly force. It merely reinforces existing doctrine that you need not risk attempting escape before responding.
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Senate approves Breuer supporter as head of OIG at Justice
by David Codrea

So who is Michael E. Horowitz? Most recently he’s been a partner at a law firm. He’s been a commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, a deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff at the Justice Department, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, a law firm associate, and a U.S. District Court clerk.  He got his law degree from Harvard.

It would seem if anyone is qualified, the administration has picked the right guy—if his CV is all that matters. But there is one relatively obscure piece of background information that is nonetheless extremely relevant to this particular nomination, and one that has received virtually no media coverage, with only a few notable exceptions.
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Visit David Codrea’s online journal, “The War on Guns”, read his Gun Rights column at DavidCodrea.com 

Tatiana Moroz: Singer, movement activist, libertarian
By Garry Reed

While her father, "a fantastic singer who even sang at Carnegie Hall" Moroz told the Libertarian News Examiner in an exclusive interview, may have influenced her musically, it was her mother, "who is from Warsaw, Poland and moved here in the late 70's," who taught her an early political lesson.

At age 5 or 6 Moroz told her, "Mom, why don't we make a society where everyone works and they share what they make? This way everyone can have stuff equally and everyone will be happy and have enough." Her Mother's reply was, "Sorry Taniusz, but that's Communism, and it doesn't work."
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