Flags and Honor, Part II

By Nathan Barton

Racism in the Southern Cross?  Personal Liberty reports on a national poll. The CNN/ORC poll claims that 57 percent of Americans say that the Southern Cross flag is a symbol of Southern pride. That’s compared to just 33 percent who feel the flag is a symbol of racism. When broken down along racial lines, however, it’s apparent that black and white Americans have very different views about the flag. Among whites, just 28 percent feel that the flag has racial undertones. Seventy-two percent of black Americans, meanwhile, say the flag is racist.  Funny, huh?  In their bigoted little minds, Tranzis (and pandering politicians of both the old parties) would rather run roughshod over the liberties of 2 of 3 Americans when it comes to the flag (just as they want to run over the liberties of millions concerning ramming “same sex marriage” (SSM) down our throats), than stand up for free speech. Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, 17 July 2015, #15-28F

By Nathan Barton

A short column, due to some lengthy rants starting HERE.  Have a great weekend!

Another mass killing, and this time with some suspicion of Islamist terrorism on American soil, although CNN and other news sources are being coy. According to reports right now (2 PM on Thursday the 16th), four MARINES are dead at a reserve center and a recruiting office in Memphis, all supposedly killed by a now-dead perp, who may have been killed by cops or killed himself.  The facilities, incredibly, were GUN-FREE ZONES so we can directly blame Congress and the White House and Pentagon for these dead Marines, who were not allowed to adequately defend themselves, right in the heart of a major American (and Southern) city.  When will we learn?  Enough is enough! Continue reading

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Flags and honor, Part I

By Nathan Barton

The Southern Cross Flag is (according to millions of people) a symbol of hate and racism.  (This is NOT the “Stars and Bars” which was the original national flag of the Confederate States of America, nor any of the other national flags of the Southron Confederacy, but was used as one of the Naval Ensigns and (in the standard heraldic square form) as the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia (which is what was flown by the South Carolina statehouse.)  What was painted on the top of the General Lee (Dukes of Hazard) and waved at NASCAR and Country music concerts is the Confederate States Navy’s Naval Ensign.  Whatever it really is, the rectangular flag is inevitably called the CSA Flag or Confederate Flag.  In this essay, I shall call it the “Southern Cross.” Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, 16 July 2015, #15-28E: War and blood

By Nathan Barton

WAR?  The US DoD said that they are ready to exercise the “military option” against Iran, despite the “agreement” (the bad deal, better than no deal) reached on Tuesday.  Israel’s PM emphasized that the State of Israel is “not bound” by any agreement.

Of course, this actually isn’t a “new war” but just an expansion of the continuous war that may indeed be the “Long War” talked about a decade or so ago (but it still has a ways to go to rival that war that started in August 1914 and ended (maybe) in 1991.  (Actually, some people have told me that we are still IN that same war, as shown by events in Ukraine and the Balkans.) But things do move faster today than a century ago:  the mapmakers did overtime work for decades trying to keep up with the changes, and the blood almost literally could have coated the planet. Continue reading

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Might Does Not Make Right

By Bradley Harrington

If men have grasped some glimmer of respect for individual rights in their private dealings with one another, that glimmer vanishes when they turn to public issues – and what leaps into the political arena is a caveman who can’t conceive of any reason why the tribe may not bash in the skull of any individual if it so desires.” – Ayn Rand, “Collectivized Ethics,” 1963 -

Concrete events often serve as mirrors of abstract ideas, and it would be difficult to find a better example than last Monday’s Cheyenne City Council meeting regarding the issue of sanitation tax increases. Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, 15 July 2015, #15-28D: This and that

By Nathan Barton

As I had a lot to discuss on the most recent bloodshed in the Islamic world and wars, here are comments on other news stories for the middle of the week.

Gee, political scientists (not political science, but “scientists” who are really politicians or similar parasites): the Christian Science Monitor (CSM) has a Report: Psychologists authorized CIA, DOD torture:  “A 542-page report released today found that the American Psychological Association collaborated with the Department of Defense by establishing an ethics policy that enabled torture. APA officials ‘had strong reasons to suspect abusive interrogations occurred,’ says the report, but they ‘intentionally and strategically avoided taking steps to learn information to confirm those suspicions … effectively hiding its head in the sand.’ The report also noted that APA Board member Diane Halpern urged that ‘we add data showing that torture is ineffective in obtaining good information,’ but her recommendation was ignored.”  I find certain people’s comments about this news to be hypocritical at best, as the APA is one of the major sources they cite for their claim that people are “born” homosexual and that homosexuality is not a perversion or a mental illness.  If we can’t trust the APA on torture, then WHY do we trust them on ANYthing? Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, 15 July 2015, #15-28C: Bloody Islamic Wars

By Nathan Barton

Bloody Islamic Wars:

I haven’t commented much on things in the Ummah (the Muslim “Dar Al Islam” or “Lands of Submission”) recently, but in the last couple of days, a whole raft of stories about killings have appeared, especially in Freedom Net Daily.  Muslims are busy killing off Muslims and others (and even being killed), as usual.

Mesopotamia (“Iraq”): Regime forces launch operation to dislodge Islamic State from Anbar according to CBS News “A military spokesman says a large-scale military operation to dislodge Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants from Iraq’s western Anbar province has begun. The spokesman … announced in a televised statement that the operations started at dawn Monday. [and]… didn’t clarify whether the U.S.-led international coalition is taking part, mentioning only government forces and allied Shiite and Sunni paramilitary troops.” Oh, I have to figure that other forces ARE in the engagement, as otherwise, the “Iraqi” troops would not be willing or able to do anything.  Not that they be expected to succeed anyway. Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, 14 July 2015, #15-28B: Religious government or government religions?

By Nathan Barton

Happy Bastille Day: anniversary of replacing the tyranny of a monarch and church-state establishment with the worse tyranny of the mob and “democracy.”

Suck-up… CNS News tell us that First [Consort Moochelle] said on Thursday at a tribal youth gathering at the White House that the United States is “finally” embracing the wisdom of Native Americans [sic – AmerInd] on conservation and climate change, and claimed that America’s founders modeled the U.S. government partly on the “Iroquois Confederacy.” “Today, on issues like conservation and climate change, we are finally beginning to embrace the wisdom of your ancestors,” [she] said at the event where youth from 230 tribes from 42 states participated. This is, of course, what we should expect from her: lies and more lies.  Not the bit about the Iroquois, although she ignores the recorded documents that they looked to from Greece, Rome, and Britain itself as well as the Confederacy. Continue reading

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Income tax solutions?

By Nathan Barton

As I pointed out in a recent commentary, the FedGov (and ALL governments) have many ways to steal money.  A major one is, of course, the personal and corporate income tax.

This story was recently featured in Daily Policy Digest, taken from the Cato Institute. “In Texas, taxes on income are against the state constitution. However, Texans still pay the federal income tax. For achieving a genuine transition away from federal income taxation, state governments could change the way federal taxes are collected, says Ryan Murphy of the Cato Institute. Continue reading

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Lying And Thievery In The City

By Bradley Harrington

Never was a government that was not composed of liars, malefactors and thieves.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, “In Catilinam I,” 63 B.C. -

As I contemplate the ever-shifting, ever-evolving “facts” put forth by Cheyenne city officials in their never-ending push to raise sanitation fee rates, the words of Cicero pop into my mind.

Now, the last thing I ever would want to be accused of is misusing terms. For journalists, that ranks right up there with butchers who carelessly lop off their own fingers while slicing up your steaks. Continue reading

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