West Edge ‘Blight’ Brainlessness

By Bradley Harrington

For people to rule themselves in a Republic, they must have virtue; for a tyrant to rule in a tyranny, he must use fear.” – William J. Federer, “Change to Chains: The 6,000 Year Quest For Control,” 2011

As seems to be the case when Cheyenne gets involved in property development, a strong controversy is brewing over the city’s plans for the “West Edge” project:

“The city is moving forward with a plan to revitalize a portion of downtown Cheyenne, but some people worry that aspects of the West Edge project could infringe on personal property rights.” (“West Edge moves ahead,” WTE, Sept. 9.) Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-37D: Weekend news good and bad

Good morning.  Despite the Road-E-O, had to hit a few stories today!

The National Institutes of Health study released states that more physical ailments are reported by people who live near natural gas wells (and therefore, fracking operations) in Washington County, Pennsylvania.  This study is already being used to reinforce claims that fracking is a public health hazard.  I did NOT read this entire study, but Debby and I recognize the phenomenon.  People who live near such places as landfills, industrial sites, waste transfer stations, and other “polluters” ARE more likely to report problems such as gastrointestinal ailments, respiratory problems, and other conditions, BECAUSE they are near these sites and well aware of the claims made.  It does NOT mean that they are more likely to HAVE these problems, but just that they are more likely to follow up, complain, and assume that their physical condition is due to the nasty thing next door or down the road. Continue reading

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Scotland wins, UK loses. (was: Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-37D: Trash is fun!)

by Nathan Barton

Guid mornin.  Scotland wins, UK loses.  The 4+ million Scots voted an estimated 54 tae 46% tae NAY leave the United Kingdom, thereby forcing almost 55 million Englishmen, Welshmen and Northern Irish tae hae tae continue tae put up wi near bout 6 million nasty Gaels, or sae tis reported three hours after the polls close. Tis a sad, sad day for secession movements round the world.  Just think, the United Kingdom really had a chance to become a civilized, peaceful nation without nearly so much Gaelic/Celtic influence and troublemakers to put up with.  And they blew their chance.

Mama’s Note: Indeed. No matter which way the vote went, the people would not have come any closer to actual independence, just rearrange the chairs a bit on the sinking ship. Until they are willing to accept self government and individual responsibility, instead of everyone trying to live at someone else’s expense, they might as well forget it.

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-37C: Stupid(ity) rules!

By Nathan Barton

Good morning.  As always, lots of stupid actions by lots of stupid people, and today there is a bumper crop of them.

Stupid city slickers? In a New York “gun-free” restaurant, the staff got held up by a three-man team armed with a machete.  As Mama Liberty reminded me, naked steel IS a very frightening object to be threatened with, but the fact is, if the restaurant had any indication of armed staff or patrons, these idiots would not have used a machete.  Of course, the restaurant is going to solve the problem by putting up more security cameras.  That way, (assuming the attackers are not masked, of course), the cops can identify the thugs who butcher the staff and/or patrons in the next armed robbery.  Seriously, how do these people even know how to breed? Continue reading

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Lipstick Can’t Hide This Pig

By Bradley Harrington

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” – Henry David Thoreau, “Walden,” 1854

In an interesting move to “promote” city business development, Cheyenne’s governing body just took a relatively bold step:

The Cheyenne City Council passed a resolution Monday that will separate the city’s development office from the Planning Department … The resolution, which was supported by a host of business and development organizations, aims to improve the efficiency of the development process in the city.” (“Planning Dept. split by council,” WTE, Sept. 9.) Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-37B: Governments and religion and stupidity

by Nathan Barton

Good morning.  Got a bit of this and that to discuss this morning.  Especially as relates to the intersection of religion and politics.  And then a few more things.

Those loving and peaceful and oh, so supportive Muslims in Arabia have once again shown how loving and tolerant and peaceful they are.  “Saudi Arabia, one of the United States’ key Arab allies [sic], rounded up 28 [c]hristians on Friday after receiving a tip about a home-based church. The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice arrested the worshipers at a prayer meeting in the home of an Indian national in the city of Khafji. Their current whereabouts are unknown.”  Presumably they have not yet been tortured to death or executed, but it is surely only a matter of time. Continue reading

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Death Penalty in America and Elsewhere

By Nathan Barton

Death Penalty?

Tranzis, liberals, and even a few libertarians constantly harp on how barbaric the Fifty States are as we still have the death penalty, and still allow people to defend themselves with lethal force – that is, sometimes a felon is killed by his (or her) intended victim in the act of committing the felony. It is often claimed that the US is the most evil society on the planet because we execute so many people for crimes. Really? Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-37A: World wars, Islamic and other

By Nathan Barton

Good morning.  World war?

The Pope declared last week that the various conflicts around the globe are effectively a “piecemeal” Third World War, as he condemned both the arms trade and ‘plotters of terrorism.’  What?  The amount of violence and wars around the world is little changed in the nearly seventy years since the end of WW2.  If we just lump them into decades, surely we must be up to World War Eleven by now, right?  Wars WILL continue as long as we have governments and bogus religions and anyone else who thinks that THEY can and should have power over OTHER people.  The Pope seems to be slowly realizing the truth of things, doesn’t he?  The problem is, he (and his organization) will NOT see the real cause and the real solutions to this violence. Continue reading

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United No More?

The New Union Jack?

The New Union Jack?

by Susan Callaway and Nathan Barton

This week, on Thursday the 18th, up to 4.3 of 5.3 million Scots subjects of Her Majesty will vote on whether or not to secede from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  This could end one of the longest federations in modern world history.  The news is full of the changes in pre-election polls, as witness this story. Continue reading

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Politics and Engineering, Part 2

By Nathan Barton

In the first installment, I compared politicians and engineers, explaining why I believe that few engineers are involved in politics – at least in elective politics.

To help non-engineers understand engineers better, and how we view politics, consider testing.  Let me explain why so many engineering qualification exams and general tests for selecting and instructing (training) engineers are written the way they are. Continue reading

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