Titanic Hillary

By Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D.

The headlines of two articles appearing simultaneously and fortuitously in today’s issue of The Wall Street Journal say it all: “Brazilian President Rousseff’s Downfall Was Years in the Making” (5/12/16) and “Emails Are Likely to Keep Complicating Hillary Clinton’s Campaign” (5/11/16).

Every Democratic primary voter today and later every general election voter should note the parallels between the recent ouster of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (“Brazilian President Rousseff’s Downfall Was Years in the Making,” 5/12/16) and current U.S. presidential candidate Secretary Hillary Clinton (“Emails Are Likely to Keep Complicating Hillary Clinton’s Campaign,” 5/11/16). Continue reading

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False religions, new and old

Libertarian Commentary #16-19C, By Nathan Barton

False religions are, of course, a dime a dozen and have been since not all that long after Adam and Eve got kicked out of the garden. Today, more than ever, we see the world infested with them.

New Religions: As Western Civilization (Euro-American Civilization) continues to rapidly deteriorate, there are many bizarre features. One of these is the development of new, alternative religions – or at least their rapid growth and domination of the lives and actions and pocketbooks of many people. Of course, many of these have been around for decades or even a century, but not in the form and with the preeminence which they have in 2016. Continue reading

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They just don’t get it: Lack of understanding, Lack of knowledge

Libertarian Commentary #16-19C, by Nathan Barton

American “society” and “civilization” are changing before our eyes, and the changes are not pretty. Part of this is the increasing urbanization and “uber-urbanization” (pun intended) of the Fifty States. Those who live in the upper-class areas and the suburban zones of the great conurbations just do not care about, and do not understand, the rest of the nation; not the small cities and towns, not the rural areas, and especially not the frontier areas where the population is less than 5 per square mile (people, not cows) – and indeed in many areas in which I live, work, and travel, less than 1 person per mile. In addition, what many people call a post-christian civilization (and which many others call an amoral or immoral society), means that more and more, the actions of small numbers of people in our society (not just in private but in public) are not just distasteful to a significant number of people, but are disgusting, sickening, and seen as threatening to themselves and their families, and indeed, harbingers of the rapid collapse of society. These small numbers of people include the 1/10 of 1% of humans who are “transgender” and the 1-2% who are homosexual, the 1/10th of 1% who are thuggish and brutal “law enforcement officers” and the 1/100th of 1% who are “celebrities” because of their looks or musical or other “talents.” But in a society built around groupthink and the state, it is these tiny minorities who drive the train: who dictate “acceptable” cultural “norms” and who corrupt and coarsen society.

Mama’s Note: Only aggressive acts, by anyone, are the problem. It is the aggression of some homosexuals (or whatever they call themselves) and policemen and celebrities that are the problem, not what people choose to do with their own lives and property – regardless of who is offended or “disgusted.” None of their business. Continue reading

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Libertarian Commentary #16-19B, By Nathan Barton

Our British cousins live in fear. Or so it seems from some recent news items. The Commentator reports on a poll in the Daily Telegraph regarding “private bills” voters want to get members of Parliament to introduce, with a very strong showing for the repeal of the handgun ban enacted after the Dunblaine killings in 1997, nearly 20 years ago, which attempted to disarm Her Majesty’s subjects in the British Isles. I wouldn’t hold my breath on Commons doing the smart thing, no matter how many Brits die because they cannot defend themselves against those who ignore the law. (I could not actually find the Daily Telegraph article, but assume that the Commentator is accurately reporting this.) Britons long ago took the wrong path, away from liberty and freedom to dependence and socialism and a herd mentality. This isn’t going to change because of a poll and a “private bill.” Continue reading

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Disasters and the Response of Lovers of Liberty

Libertarian Commentary #16-19A  by Nathan Barton

This incident should be of great interest and closely watched by a whole raft of folks. A massive wildfire has forced evacuation of Fort McMurray, Alberta, as reported by CBS News. “The entire population of the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, has been ordered to evacuate as a wildfire whipped by winds engulfed homes and sent ash raining down on residents. More than 80,000 residents have been ordered to flee after an earlier order that had applied to almost 30,000 people, mostly on the city’s south side, was extended to tens of thousands more as flames continued to make their way into the city Tuesday. Residents were panicked. Highway 63 is the only road out of the city and flames jumped the road.” I attended a Homeland Security conference (read, Emergency Management) and this was a topic of interest during the conference this week. Continue reading

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Inventions and government

Libertarian commentary #16-18D By Nathan Barton

We live in an era in which the great age of invention, which lasted 300 years, may be slowing to a stop, largely due to government controls and regulations and a pathetic desire to be free of risk and to control everything.

Start with this latest: Freedom Net Daily headlined this “US FDA announces plan to expropriate vaping industry on Big Tobacco’s behalf”  The Orange County Register reports, “The federal government on Thursday announced sweeping new regulations for electronic cigarettes that could upend the multibillion-dollar industry and for the first time require e-cigarette makers to submit their products for a safety review. Before brands are allowed to stay in the market, regulators would have to check the ingredients, design and flavor of the fast-growing devices, which have found a foothold with teenagers. [and MANY adults]… The rules issued by the Food and Drug Administration would also extend long-standing restrictions on traditional cigarettes to a host of other products, including e-cigarettes, hookah, pipe tobacco and nicotine gels. Minors would be banned from buying the products.” Continue reading

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Watershed moment: Politics 2016

Libertarian Commentary #16-18C by Nathan Barton

The race to select a new Massa for the next 8 years had a major development, as we all know.

Now that Cruz and Kasich have bailed out, after getting drubbed YET AGAIN by The Donald, the GOP is panicking, certain that the Mainstream Media is right and Clinton will do to Trump what Nixon did to McGovern in 1972 (McGovern only took one state, and it wasn’t even his HOME state).  So they are going to either (a) HELP Clinton by voting for her, (b) HELP Clinton by staying home, (c) HELP Clinton by encouraging everyone else to stay home or vote for her, or (d) HELP Clinton by fielding a third-party candidate and voting and getting everyone they can to vote for it.  You notice, I am sure, the common factor in all of these.  Now, this strikes me as incredibly stupid: they BELIEVE the MSM?  Or is it that they WANT to believe because they are afraid that Trump is going to tear down their meat house if he gets into office? At least for now, he is trashing the NeoCons AND the RINOs AND the so-called religious right (or at least its leadership).  And they are stupid in that they believe that the GOP could really survive ANY of these alternatives? Continue reading

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Thanks for government – not

Libertarian Commentary #16-18B, By Nathan Barton

It has been a while since I commented on a whole raft of news items of interest to lovers of liberty. So here are a few, reminding us of government’s faults.

The Nazgul are getting bolder, and the worst is yet to come. In Las Angles, a Federal Judge has ordered woman to unlock iPhone with her fingerprint, according to Engadget. “It’s still not perfectly clear whether or not law enforcement can force you to unlock your phone with your fingerprint, but an LA court isn’t waiting to find out: for the first time in a federal case, a judge has ordered a person to unlock her smartphone using her digits. The FBI obtained a warrant requiring that identity theft suspect Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan unlock her iPhone through Touch ID just 45 minutes after her arrest. While it’s not certain what the FBI was looking for, Bkhchadzhyan eventually pleaded no contest to the charge.” Next up, will cops and courts OFFICIALLY allow torture or even mutiliation: cut the thumb off to use the fingerprint? Or generate an artificial fingerprint from that fingerprint machine when they arrest you? (Ink? Nope, not any more: digital in more and more places. Be prepared.)

Mama’s Note: Each new technology can be unlocked by the next… there is no such thing as 100% security. Locking a phone in hopes of privacy is not going to be effective. If you have things you want to remain private, put them on a thumb drive, encrypted. Then hide the little devices creatively. But there is still no 100% guarantee of anything. Continue reading

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The true scope of taking by the State

Libertarian Commentary #16-18A By Nathan Barton

When we hear about the state “taking something,” most people do NOT put together the reality: it is stealing. Let’s talk about that a bit.

I don’t particularly care for most of Timothy J. Taylor’s writing.  No it is NOT because he is an attorney (although that does give me pause), nor because of that neat beard of his, nor his excellent command of English.  It is because all too often he goes to extremes and he jumps to conclusions regarding the motives of people, and puts people into pigeonholes: makes us into “groups” instead of the individuals we are, and which most libertarians understand.  But in his most recent posting in Authority!, Statists Take and Don’t Compensate, besides his usual lumping together of people in groups, he has another error.  He doesn’t take the matter FAR enough. (But I do give him credit for taking up the matter at all (pun intended).) Continue reading

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Oozing Sleaze — Secretary Clinton Surges Onward and Upward

By Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D.

The left-of-center main stream media — which believes that it is entitled to foist the next president of the United States on a gullible public — has been bullying Senator Sanders and his supporters to get out of the race and let Secretary Clinton’s “barrier” coalition of African-Americans, other non-whites, and radical feminists take the Democratic Party nomination.

Even though yet another of Secretary Clinton’s Big Lies was exposed on the morning of the most recent primaries — “Women’s Soccer Plays a Phony Pay Game” (4/26/16) — it had no impact.  Despite the best efforts of The Wall Street Journal, that evening Secretary Clinton prevailed in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, and Delaware losing only Rhode Island to The Old White Man from Vermont. Continue reading

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