Libertarian Commentary on the News, #12-45E

Politics 2012
Texas AG Tells Int’l Election Monitors to Butt Out
(CNSNews.com)  Now, if he’d only tell the Washington DC “national” monitors to butt out, too.  But perhaps we should ALL remember, “Do unto others as you wish them to do unto you,” the next time someone gets the bright idea of sending election monitors to Belarus or Zimbabwe or Gaza.  The best election monitors are informed and powerful, armed and vigilant citizens.

Islamic wars: African front
Sudan: Regime claims Israeli airstrike to blame for arms factory fire
(UPI.com) “Four military planes attacked an arms factory in Khartoum where there was a huge fire overnight, a Sudanese minister said on Wednesday, blaming Israel for the air strike.” (10/24/12)

Nathan:  This reminds me of stories from WW2 in which both Soviet and Nazi functionaries sometimes blamed enemy action for their own stupidity in doing things like letting factories burn down.  Although it would surprise none of us if Israel DID launch the raid to take out a plant which was apparently making weapons for some Iranian operation (shows how hard up Iran is, if they are resorting to getting Sudan to manufacture things for them), it could very well be that microminiature- stealth-invisible Israeli warplanes (no doubt using Starfleet teleportation technology) started a fire in a trashcan where everyone put their cigarettes out – or whatever it is that Sudanese smoke during breaks.

Hoploclasts – Politics 2012
Gun Control Advocates Recommend New and Stronger Regulations
(CNSNews.com)  Of course they are.  That is why they are “gun control advocates.” Bloomberg with his new Super-PAC is upset that gun control laws are at their lowest ebb since the infamous Act of 1968 (but have a LONG way to go to come close to “liberty” anytime soon.

Stupid government nanny tricks – Politics 2012
Food Activists Name Only Dems As ‘Champions’ in ‘Non-Partisan’ Congressional Scorecard
(CNSNews.com)  The joke is on us: I’ve seen nothing to indicate that the Democrats (or at least those who are Tranzis) care about essentials of “food security.”  The bills used to rate the Congressmen and Senators and the position these “food activists” take on each bill are clearly based on the idea that more government control is better, that the US must dictate to the world in matters of food, that welfare is good and more welfare is better, and that ordinary people are too stupid and/or uneducated to choose for themselves what is good to grow or raise and eat.

The Tattletale State
Secret Service Asks Americans to Report Tweets That ‘Concern You’
(CNSNews.com)  Ah, yes, stoolies ALWAYS wanted.  Anything you say CAN and WILL be used against you.  Another hammer for someone who doesn’t like you (or your sons or daughters or parents or cousins) to use to create problems for you.  Once again I see the irony of the initials of the Secret Service being “SS.”

Islamic wars: Arab Street Revolt
Oil-Rich Gulf States Worry About Muslim Brotherhood Agenda
(CNSNews.com)  “And it’s up against the wall, all you oilmen,” or so goes that old redneck song, and I guess that is what they are worried about.  See, in the Arab world (with or without Islam), no matter how much they hate and fight and kill the ferengi or infidels or pagans or whatever, their real efforts are spent on killing each other.  One reason that Mohammed (peanut butter und honig) tried to get them all interested in jihad against the unbelievers.  Well, it only works some of the time.

Government-run, tax-funded schools
Indiana school: no more preachers in lunchroom

(Onenewsnow.com)Thanks to a potential lawsuit against an Indiana school district, a youth pastor will no longer be allowed to speak with students in the lunchroom.

Officials for Southwest Allen County Schools say the district no longer allows a local youth pastor [sic] to interact with students because of the legal threat. But Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel asserts that this kneejerk reaction is wrong.

Nathan:  Does anyone else remember “release time” when schools let children out of “regular classes” one or two times a week for Bible classes taught by local preachers?  And when ANYone in town was welcome to come visit the kids at lunch?  How we have changed.  That, of course, was a long ways back in the devolution of public schools into modern prison institutions.  Get your children OUT of these places, people!

Nanny-state tyranny
Government Targets The Animal Breeders

(Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance via Laissez Faire) APHIS proposes to revise the definition of “retail pet store” to bring more pet animals sold at retail under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) licensing and regulations. APHIS will narrow the definition of retail pet store so that it means a place of business or residence that each buyer physically enters in order to personally observe the animals available for sale prior to purchase and/or to take custody of the animals after purchase. Under the proposed rule, no dog or other pet animal will be sold at retail without either public or APHIS oversight.

WHO WILL BE AFFECTED?
Anyone who sells the following animals to the public for use as pets: Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, mice, gophers, chinchilla, domestic ferrets, domestic farm animals, birds, and cold-blooded species.

APHIS plans to license and regulate these retail sellers unless they can meet the exemption requirements in the revised definition of retail pet store. A breeder may gain an exemption by selling only to buyers who physically enter the premises to observe the animals available for sale prior to purchasing them. A breeder can be exempt from regulation if income from sales (for listed species) is less than $500 a year; this does not include wild or exotic animals, dogs, or cats. Finally, a breeder may be exempt if he/she maintains a total of four (4) or fewer breeding female dogs, cats, and/or small exotic or wild mammals, such as hedgehogs, degus, spiny mice, prairie dogs, flying squirrels, and jerboas,and who sells only the offspring of these dogs, cats, or small exotic or wild mammals, which were born and raised on his/her premises and sold for pets.

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Nathan:  Thanks to the good folks at Laissez Faire for this one – but guys and gals, we missed the boat: the comment period closed on 15 AUG and the rules apparently will go into effect at any time. Is there NOTHING that this administration, that the federal government will not seek to regulate, tax, and mess with in the name of some higher power or justification? The answer is a resounding “NO.” The government is incredibly stupid, with a track record of failure in every endeavor, and dead broke, borrowing or printing money to the tune of more than a TRILLION a year, and yet they create more and more work for themselves. It doesn’t matter WHICH “massa” or “messiah” is elected in two weeks, we will NOT see this sort of garbage stop.

LF has it right in their commentary: Meanwhile, the market moves underground, same as with so many other sectors. Less transparency, less quality control, less information. In the future, you will be buying your puppies off a park bench, exchanging money for the content of a brown paper bag. It is the result of an invisible process of restriction that has been going on one hundred years and it is strangling the life out of society itself. Every step matters. Every step is evil. But this evil flies under the cover of night.

TSA Thugerry – Nazgul – Stupid juries
Mom Found Guilty of Disorderly Conduct After Refusing TSA Pat Down
(Freedom Outpost) Andrea Abbott, 42, of Clarksville, Tennessee was convicted of disorderly conduct in Nashville for berating Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers who attempted to pat down her teenage daughter and then refused to submit to the procedure herself at a Tennessee airport back in July 2011. Note for Breitbart writer Dana Loesch: This is what standing up against the tyranny of the TSA looks like, not going along with it. The jurors deliberated four house before reaching the verdict. The sentence could have resulted in Abbot facing thirty days in jail and a $50 fine. However, the judge placed her on a one year probation due to the fact that she has no criminal record.

Nathan: There is so much incredibly wrong with this, including a complacent and compliant jury that failed to do its job to preserve liberty, and as for the murderous rapist thugs at TSA, what do we expect?  IS there any other answer than violent self-defense?

Mama’s Note: Of course there is another answer, at least for the short term. Stay away from the airports! That’s simple enough. If you would not walk down the streets of S. Central Los Angeles alone, unarmed, in the dark… why would you deliberately enter the den of these thugs, thieves and rapists? You actually might have a better chance of coming out of LA unharmed. And yes, I know that is inconvenient and disruptive to business, but at the very least one would think people would keep their children out of such a place.

The “messiah’s” minions – Murder most foul – Islamic wars: Arab street front
Former Obama Press Sec poohpoohs US killing of 16-year-old American

(Freedom Outpost)  Former Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about a 16-year-old American boy, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was killed by an American drone attack, authorized by Barack Obama, callously said that he “should have (had) a far more responsible father.”

Nathan:  This is something that didn’t come out months ago, when al-Awlaki, the “American citizen” born in New Mexico to Islamist parents, was killed and then a few months later, the 16-year-old was killed. He probably WAS an enemy of the US, given who raised him, but the casual attitude of Gibbs is just reflecting that of the entire administration: they don’t care WHO they kill.  The next story reports that they intend to keep on doing it.

Murder most foul – The “messiah’s” minions – World wars
Administration plans to continue kill lists indefinitely

(Washington Post)  Over the past two years, the Obama administration has been secretly developing a new blueprint for pursuing terrorists, a next-generation targeting list called the “disposition matrix.” The matrix contains the names of terrorism suspects arrayed against an accounting of the resources being marshaled to track them down, including sealed indictments and clandestine operations. U.S. officials said the database is designed to go beyond existing kill lists, mapping plans for the “disposition” of suspects beyond the reach of American drones. Although the matrix is a work in progress, the effort to create it reflects a reality setting in among the nation’s counterterrorism ranks: The United States’ conventional wars are winding down, but the government expects to continue adding names to kill or capture lists for years.

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Nathan: The killings will continue, and NOT just by the FedGov and NOT just overseas, as the next story (from Mama Liberty) shows

Murder most foul – Home front – Local tyranny
2 dead after flying trooper fires at vehicle

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) – Three people were found wounded, two fatally, in a vehicle that was fired upon by a Texas state trooper in a helicopter. The incident happened Thursday afternoon near the South Texas border with Mexico near the town of La Joya (HOY’-yah), about 70 miles northwest of Brownsville. Katherine Cesinger (SEHS’-ihn-jur) of the Texas Department of Public Safety says a DPS aircraft was helping a state game warden in a high-speed pursuit when the DPS officer on the aircraft opened fire. She says two people from the vehicle died, one was injured and six others were arrested. She called the shooting “an enforcement action” but declined to say whether police caused the deaths and injuries. She says the Texas Rangers are investigating and no other information was available.

Mama’s Note: It would seem the stakes are getting higher all the time… especially in border states. How many helicopters do police departments operate these days? This is starting to sound like Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Nathan:  Texas DPS thugs are rapidly getting the same reputation as their Federal counterparts – or NYPD officers (did you see about the one arrested because he was plotting with several other NYPD officers to rape, kill, and eat several women?)  Many states have helicopters, but how many have ARMED their helicopters to be able to do this?  And what are their rules of engagement (other than “secret”)?  And exactly when did driving on a Texas highway justify a death penalty, even with a high-speed chase?  I know of at least two other high-speed chases this week, one in the Black Hills that lasted about 30 miles, and one in Greeley, Colorado that caused $100,000 in damage or more: both of those perps are in hospital waiting to be moved to jail – no gunships YET in those states.  If Texas needs gunships, it is on the border against the drug lords and the Border Patrol and Mexican forces, NOT against unknown persons in a civilian sedan.  I pray that this DPS trooper is tried and convicted of murder.

About TPOL-Nathan

Nathan Barton is a christian, self-governor (free-market anarchist), husband, father, professional engineer, Engineer army officer, private businessman, and writer, teacher, and preacher. He works and lives mostly in four western states, and is Southern by heritage and Westerner by birth, upbringing, and choice.
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