Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-50F: Stormy weather, natural and political

By Nathan Barton

Good morning. Hope you have a great weekend.  Stormy weather swept the Pacific Coast for the past several days, possibly ending the “worst drought in 1200 years.” Of course, the Californians are never happy: now they are complaining about the 70-mile-ah-hour winds and more mudslides and the fact that the school children of San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley are running loose for an unplanned three-day weekend. (Got news, guys, those “schoolchildren” in Berkeley have been running wild for the last several weeks protesting police violence against blacks.)  By Monday, it will be the parents screaming, “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” Anyway, the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains (our stomping grounds) will get a new taste of winter weather this weekend as remnants of that storm pass through and mess up airflow. Continue reading

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RIP: Bill of Rights Day – Mourning

By Nathan Barton

Monday is “Bill of Rights Day” and I think it is appropriate to use the opportunity to remember the late and great document which once helped us keep some hard-won liberties.

Therefore, I’d like to suggest that you wear black armbands, or a black ribbon, in memory of the United States Bill of Rights, which once meant so much and was such an important part of that other dead document, the United States Constitution.

I realize that there are many more Bills of Rights (or “Right”) in this world, including at least Fifty, one each for the Fifty States, and of course, the first known Bill of Rights, that of the English and later the English and Scots and Welsh and Irish peoples, dating to 1688.  (It, too, died long ago.)  Sadly, the Fifty States’ Bills of Right are as dead in this post-republic era of the Pax Americana and American Empire as the one, of ten articles, which amended that poor document, the Constitution of 1787. Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-50E: Tyranny at the state level

By Nathan Barton

Good morning.

People constantly seek ways to place the Fifty States in various orders of “liberty” and “tyranny” and best and worst place to have a business, own a home, or retire.  But it seems impossible to track everything that makes life miserable for residents and everyone else who has to do business in or travel through the state.  Consider Michigan: I’ve been fortunate to only have to be in that stinking, politically-polluted cesspool twice in my life, but there are millions of people trapped in the place.  Today, as pro-government, pro-state a magazine as American Legislator features an article about How Michigan’s Absurd Laws Criminalize the Entire Population.” The stats are mind-boggling, including how many more crimes they create each year, that 27% of the state budget pays for incarceration of convicts, and that its penal code has more provisions and sections than Carter’s Little Liver Pills.  As Lady Susan pointed out in a recent commentary, what does it matter if it is the FedGov or one of the Fifty States that owns the land, steals the money, and trashes liberty?  At least it is easier to escape Michigan to a more free state (relatively) like Wyoming or South Dakota, than it is to escape from the Fifty States to Mexico or Canada. Just don’t think going to Illinois is an escape… Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-50D: This and that

By Nathan Barton

Good morning. Just a little of this and that on the Home Front today, for our midweek review.

First, some home front news, showing how the police forces have continued to get even MORE corrupt (if that is possible).  Because a cop refused to taze a man armed with a knife and threatening self-harm, and instead talked him down and got him to surrender peacefully (so that another, freshly-arrived cop could needlessly taze him), he was fired because he did NOT use violence to resolve the situation. So here we have a case of a “good cop” (assuming such exists anymore) who is punished for keeping the peace instead of resorting to violence.  Soon no doubt to be followed by similar examples across the nation. Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-50C: Historical changes in the Middle East; dead letters

By Nathan Barton

Whether we want to admit it or not, history is constantly being rewritten, and what we see in the world today is much different in many ways that what was seen a quarter- or half-century behind us, or the same time in the future.  We just don’t realize the huge changes, most of the time, because they are incremental.

It is kind of interesting, historically, when you think about it.  For almost 2500 years, from the time of the “Babylonian Captivity” after the destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem, there have been Jews scattered throughout the lands of Mesopotamia and Persia and Arabia.  For more than nineteen hundred years, since the preaching of Peter and Andrew and Thomas in those lands, there have been followers of the Christ in those same regions. Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-50B: Government wars on religions

By Nathan Barton

This morning (oh! Good morning!) let us talk about the wars on religions. There are definitely religious wars by government: although it is claimed that Western governments, including the United States, have been waging a “crusade” against Islam, it appears more accurate to say that the FedGov, Her Majesty’s governments (UK, Canada, elsewhere), and various European countries have been waging war against the various types of “christianity” while Islam is “protected.” They attack in a variety of ways, some blatant and some very subtle.  Here are some examples. Continue reading

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Biden In The Window

Let’s have a caption contest! Use your imagination and tell us what you think Biden is thinking. No prizes except belly laughs.

“It’s no fun being second banana…”

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-50A: Follow the money

By Nathan Barton

When in doubt, follow the money.  And the power.  Don’t know who said that first, but it is generally a wise piece of advice when dealing with politics and government and crime in general.  Let us look at a few examples.

Once more, Americans are being stolen from in perhaps the biggest fraud scheme in history.  People are asking, How do 2015 ObummerCare premiums compare to 2014? The White House contended that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObummerCare, the Abominable Act) would send health insurance costs down, but premiums initially increased up to 50 percent for some insurance plans last year…  Continue reading

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An Invitation to The Mental Militia

Have you ever thought that America, indeed the whole world, is going the wrong direction and that there truly ought to be a better way to live than the rapidly deteriorating economy in a police state? Do you long for a truly free country, a free market, and life without “big brother” trying to control every move you make?

Do you believe people can live together in peace and prosperity, in spite of their differences, or maybe even because of them… How do you think that could work out, and wouldn’t it be worth a lot of time and effort to make it happen?

Do you think people have to be pushed into violent revolution, or can we outlive, out talk and out think those who would control and destroy us? Continue reading

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Home Invasion

By MamaLiberty

You wake in the night, hearing glass breaking, or maybe someone pounding on the front door hard enough to rattle the walls. INTRUDERS! ALERT! Condition RED! Check. You jump out of bed, grab your gun and charge down the stairs…

OOPS! WAIT a minute. Not so fast.

Do you have a plan to deal with something like this? If not, why not? Continue reading

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