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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Nick Saban, Brett Kavanaugh, and the Maine boycott

My latest at Medium. Excerpt:
Alabama as a “brand” would have been tarnished with a Moore victory and there would have been calls to boycott the State and anything or anyone associated with it. I do believe the legendary football coach Nick Saban would have been questioned about being the most famous ambassador of a state that endorsed Moore. 
That is all a “what-if” now, but I believe I called it correctly. After all, there are now calls to boycott Maine because one of its Senators, Susan Collins, voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
3-minute read.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Elizabeth Warren, the low bar for truth, and diversity fraud

My second post at Medium today. Excerpt:

Warren lied, has convinced herself the DNA test proved she didn’t lie, and isn’t embarrassed about any of it. These days, that’s Presidential material.

Facebook and the corruption of power

My latest at Medium. Excerpt:
If Facebook, Twitter, and Google curried favor with the federal government in order to gain influence in Capitol corridors, they were already corrupt. If, however, they were bullied or blackmailed by the Deep State into censoring anti-Establishment views, then they’ve been “corrupted” in the sense of being compromised by government authority.
Would you be surprised if Facebook’s security breach of a couple of weeks ago was committed by hackers paid by your tax dollars?

3-minute read.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Militarism is bigotry

My latest at Medium. Excerpt:
The American people are robbed to fund the murdering of foreign people. And I’ve been wondering since at least the invasion of Iraq in 2003: why are people okay with this? How is this “just one issue?” How is it that “reasonable people can disagree?”
It’s the cultural heritage of militarism.
3 minute read.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Kavanaugh, abortion, and using the law as a weapon

My latest at Medium. Excerpt:
That is what most laws and regulations are. They’re not about protecting workers or consumers, they’re weapons against peaceful activities that offend the sensibilities of the white middle class, which was and still is the largest voting bloc in the country.
3 minute read.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Censorship as a cure for child obesity

My latest at Medium. Excerpt:
A menu is published information. No restaurant puts beer, wine, or liquor in the children’s menu, because children aren’t allowed by law to have alcoholic drinks. They’re still allowed to have pop, however. So what this law does is prohibit restaurants from providing factual information in certain locations of their own menus. This requirement may even be misleading if it persuades children or their parents that they’re not allowed to order pop.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

I am so over the Constitution

My latest at Medium. Excerpt:
Imagine a world of nation-states, like ours. One country is almost always at war and has military bases all over the world. Its large neighbors never invaded it, but it has invaded them, and has occupied and overthrown the governments of smaller nearby countries. The one war it fought that appeared “just” involved defending ill-gotten colonies from an aspiring power, but its mainland and way of life were never threatened. For much of its history it sanctioned, blockaded, bombed, and invaded countless countries, and engineered coup d’etats in many others. And it violated treaties with and stole land from several “stateless” nations. 
What would you think of such a country? Of its laws? Of its constitution?
A 3-minute read.

Monday, October 08, 2018

The two parties of The War Party

My latest at Medium. Excerpt:
If rank-and-file Democrats and Republicans continue to be complacent about war, they don’t realize the #1 problem facing United States and the world. They’re like a man who constantly gets into arguments at work, is rude to waitresses, insults the homeless, starts bar fights, and then comes home and complains that his family doesn’t get along with each other. Bullies shouldn’t expect to be happy.
Read the whole thing.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Kavanaugh vote shows polls matter more than parties

My latest at Medium:

"It appears to me that the Senate vote, while perhaps not the will of the people of the United States as a whole, did reflect the will of the people in each state. Senators voted to please their constituents."

Read the whole thing here.

Friday, October 05, 2018

Trump and the Death Tax

My latest at Medium. Excerpt:
I don’t believe Trump felt he was taking legal risks. His sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, was a federal judge at the time and involved in the schemes. Would she have done anything to risk impeachment? 
Also, Trump was too well-connected. This was during Bill Clinton’s presidency,  and Trump was a generous supporter of Democrats at the time. If a President could use the I.R.S. to go after his enemies, couldn’t he also tell the I.R.S. to back off from his friends?
What I found interesting in the report, however, has nothing to do with the Trump name. It is about the absurdity of the Estate Tax (also called the Death Tax.
Read the whole thing.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Kavanaugh is the safe bet of the Deep State

My latest at Medium. Excerpt:
If President Trump is the worst person in the world, as Democrats often imply, then for a substantial number of them to give him the power to spy on you without a search warrant is, well, curious. Had some of them been coerced through blackmail? Did the NSA gather scandalous information on certain members of Congress and let them know through Deep State channels that they’d risk exposure if they didn’t vote a certain way?
Read the whole thing here.

Can you fix a warfare state?

My latest is at The Libertarian Institute.

The “federal government,” does what nation-states do. It taxes us to prepare for and wage war. Any other thing it provides – roads, old-age pensions, etc. – keeps the population loyal or the tax revenues flowing. 
Even if it’s at peace a long time, war is at the heart of any nation-state.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

If Kavanaugh and Trump had my values

"The only thing worse than giving politicians power, is to give them YOUR power. The power to think for yourself. The power to spend your energy and time in constructive or pleasurable activities. The power to smile and laugh with others." My latest at Medium

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Are you for Due Process, or merely against cruelty?

Some people who would never threaten physical violence against another will shoplift. They may think they're entitled. They may think the store or parent corporation is greedy. They may think it's harmless fun, or even funny. 

The shoplifters would point at the bank robbers and shout "Cruel! Unacceptable!"

After all, bank robbers point guns at people. Victims could suffer PTSD.

The shoplifters will find the moral high ground on the violence, although the shoplifters and bank robbers are both stealing. And stealing is unacceptable.

Is it surprising that some who justify shoplifting will justify bigger, riskier forms of stealing? Aren't those who failed to condemn shoplifting from the beginning partly complicit when some shoplifters become bank robbers?

It is all well and good to be against the violence or threats of violence in bank robberies. But why were you okay with the stealing?

This is what I've been thinking about through this border crisis in which foreign-born children have been separated from their parents and caged.

It made me think of the broad expansion of the "No-Fly List" shortly after the 9/11 attacks nearly 17 years ago.

The No-Fly List forced airlines to refuse to board American citizens who were on the list. The federal government infringed on the human right to travel without due process of law.

Innocent people were ensnared, as is inevitable when due process is ignored. I know of one, then a high schooler, with a very common name. He was delayed on his class trip. The late Sen. Ted Kennedy was on the list. People thought that was funny.

So we go from the No-Fly List to the victimization of these foreign children. Who knows what emotional scars won't be healed. Who knows how many children will be "lost" in the system. It's worse in many ways than the No-Fly list, just as bank robbery is worse than shoplifting. But the violation of Due Process was the same.

And people who had no complaints against the No Fly List or other travel restrictions without due process, are now advocates of human rights and Constitutional rights. They're suddenly for Due Process.

I hope they really are. I hope defending the rights of these children will inspire more people to fight for due process in other situations. I hope it's not just an emotional reaction against the cruelty. I certainly hope there aren't partisan motives.

To really oppose bank robbery, you must also oppose shoplifting because stealing is unacceptable. To oppose what's happening on the border, you must also oppose the No-Fly List, because violating Due Process is unacceptable. If we respected due process years ago, there would be no children in cages.