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If We’re Going to Trust Governments to Enforce Law, then Governments Should Obey Law (and Limit Law)

One of the big challenges for libertarians is that we understand “public choice theory.” In other words, we know that people attracted to government will have both the incentive and the power to do bad things, so our quandary is how to give government the authority to provide so-called public goods without sowing the seeds […]

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A Comet’s Cosmic Song: Evidence of Plato’s Justice as Harmony of the Spheres?

On September 30, 2016, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft ended its mission orbiting Comet 67P. The mission added knowledge on how planets came together and how life arrived on Earth. “One of Rosetta’s key findings is that comets are probably not the source of Earth’s water.”[1] I submit that of even greater importance is a finding that can be indexed as philosophical in nature.


The full essay is at “A Comet’s Cosmic Song.”


[1] Kenneth Chang, “Rosetta Mission Ends With Spacecraft’s Dive Into Comet,” The New York Times, September 30, 2016.

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The Reactionaries Speak Radio Program 09-30-2016

This Week On The Reactionaries Speak Radio Program: What Is InfraGuard? Has The Stage Been Set For Financial Collapse? Adult Themes Will Be Discussed. Adult Language May/ Will Be Used. You have been warned!!!!! Join The Panel: @reactionariez @PatriciaforUSA @noway90 … Continue reading

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Experts?

The other day, over on The Conservative Woman UK, Cresta Norris wrote about our growing distrust of experts. Here’s a bit of it, but you should read it all. ‘People in this country’, said Michael Gove, ‘have had enough of experts’. During the run up to the referendum, geeky Gove was ridiculed for his views. Brexiteers who […]

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Trump’s attacks on Bill Clinton will win Hillary the White House

Following his failure to clear the lowest bar in presidential debate history—a fact now supported by the polls—Donald Trump spent this week regrouping after losing the first presidential debate to Hillary. Did he spend the week working on his speaking…

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Trump’s blueprint for victory

Donald Trump wasted a valuable commodity this week — time. The week started right, with him winning the first third of the debate. Then he forgot his purpose and started chasing ghosts. The lesson that his advisors need to teach him is that he needs to focus on things that will help him connect with […]

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Sing Sing Sing – Wonders of New York

Here’s 12+ minutes of good old fashioned fun. Great song, accompanied by a lovely old film showing off New York City. Good stuff! Benny Goodman: clarinet Harry James, Ziggy Elman, and Chris Griffin: trumpets Red Ballard and Vernon Brown: trombones Hymie Schertzer and George Koenig; alto saxophones Art Rollini and Babe Russin: tenor saxophones Jess … Continue reading “Sing Sing Sing – Wonders of New York”

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Notwithstanding the New Left-Wing Rhetorical Strategy, Higher Taxes and Bigger Government Is Not a Recipe for Growth and Development

I must be perversely masochistic because I have the strange habit of reading reports issued by international bureaucracies such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, United Nations, and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. But one tiny silver lining to this dark cloud is that it’s given me an opportunity to notice how these […]

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What’s Less Trustworthy than the Candidates? The Media

Now that the first presidential debate is behind us, many American voters have a clearer sense of their choices on November 8. The cacophony of criticisms and commentary that followed the debate, however, has reminded voters of how little they…

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Fraud in Selling Sub-Prime Mortgage-Based Bonds: Beyond Accountability

“In December 2011, the S.E.C. publicized its civil securities fraud charges against top executives from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for understating their exposure to subprime mortgages, which resulted in the government taking them over.”[1]Robert Khuzami, then the head of the S.E.C.’s enforcement division, said at the time that “all individuals, regardless of their rank or position, will be held accountable for perpetuating half-truths or misrepresentations about matters materially important to the interest of our country’s investors.”[2]Pursuing even senior ranks has the air of fairness economically as well as in terms of the dictum, no one is above the law. So much for words; how about the accompanying deeds?


The full essay is at “Fraud in Selling Sub-Prime Bonds.”
1. Peter Henning, “Prosecution of Financial Crisis Fraud Ends With a Whimper,” The New York Times, August 29, 2016.

2. Ibid.

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Stewart Mills vs. Rick Nolan

The man that wrote this LTE, Brian Marsh, gives idiots a bad reputation. It’s stunning to think that Democrats think people are that stupid. Marsh started his LTE by saying “Stewart Mills III, in talking about the Second Amendment, was quoted in the Dispatch as proclaiming: ‘It is an inalienable right given to us by […]

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Donald Trump and the People’s Existential Threat

This is an update on a theme I raised in February 2016, “Donald Trump and the People” as I think the people see their existential threat …

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Myths,legends and facts

I don’t know about you guys, but one of the greatest pleasures of this site for me, is going into the archives and reading what we have written, especially for me what Jessica has written. She has a gift, of drawing lessons for us from many things, and making them stick. And mind, there is […]

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Marco Rubio On Jose Fernandez And Cuban Americans

Hat Tip: to my friend from Littleton, Colorado, Cathy York who posted the following on Facebook: “You don’t need to be a baseball fan or a political junkie for this tribute to pull at your heartstrings.  You only need to be an American.Senator Rub…

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Democrats and United Nations catch reparations fever

In Obama’s post-racial utopian America, racial tensions have reached levels not seen since the 1960s, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by Democrats and their globalist buddies at the United Nations. Earlier this week, the United Nations Working Group…

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Duluth News Tribune endorses Farnsworth

It’s amazing that the Duluth News Tribune, aka the DNT, endorsed Republican Rob Farnsworth to replace Carly Melin to represent the people of Nashwauk, Keewatin, Chisholm and Buhl in the Minnesota House of Representatives. DNT’s endorsement wasn’t tepid, either, stating “he’s also the best bet for effective, strong leadership in St. Paul. Far from an […]

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Government shutdown averted

Late this afternoon, Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the government, thereby avoiding a government shutdown. First, “lawmakers in the Senate passed the bill 72-26.” Next, the “House passed the bill 342-85 Wednesday night to keep the government funded through Dec. 9.” That allows Congress to get out of town to campaign. According to the […]

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The Late Shift – 9-28-16

By Liz Harrison Taylor Millard is determined to take up torture as a hobby! Yes, he will be bringing up Vikings (not the …read more Via:: The Late Shift – 9-28-16       

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Shimon Peres, 1923-2016

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 (By Elza Fiúza – Agência Brasil (Department of Press and Media).  Courtesy of WikiCommons)

Shimon Peres, one of the original founding fathers of Israel died yesterday at 93 after a massive stroke. For many Israelis, he was the final link between the founders who created the miracle of Israel and the present day.

There’s a lot that could be said about Shimon Peres. He was a key aide of Ben-Gurion’s and played a major part in wheeling and dealing to get the Haganah arms during Israel’s War of Independence in1948, when the world, after recognizing Israel as a state pretty much turned their back on the Jews in the face of Arab jihad less than three years after Auschwitz was liberated. While the Arabs received modern arms and in the case of Jordan, trained officers from Britain to lead to lead the Arabs in their planned annihilation of the Jews of Israel, most nations placed an arms embargo on the nascent Jewish State in the name of ‘neutrality’ including the United States.

Peres found enough ways around that (with the assistance of a number of sympathetic souls around the globe, some of whose names would surprise you) to get enough arms and ammo into Israel so that with G-d’s help Israel survived.

It’s never ceased to amuse me that the first major shipment of arms to Israel were Nazi arms manufactured in Czechoslovakia that Peres bought on the black market.

There is plenty more you can read elsewhere about his career. A socialist kibbutznik (he helped found Kibbutz Alumot) he remained a man of the left his entire life. He served time in Israel’s government as defense minister, where he was instrumental in establishing close relations with France that led to massive arms deals to help Israel keep its edge over the enemies that surrounded it. The French thought so highly of Peres that they awarded him the Legion D’ Honor.

He served as Prime Minister twice, but was never actually elected, leading to one of those wonderfully acerbic Israeli political jokes I needn’t mention here. Eventually, he served as Israel’s President, a largely ceremonial role that he performed with distinction.

Yes, there are other things that could be said about Shimon Peres that aren’t so complimentary, and I think a lot of Israelis know exactly what I’m talking about.

But this isn’t the time or place for that, not today. Today, we honor one of Israel’s pioneers, a man who helped create a nation for the Jewish People.

Rest in peace Shimon (Z”L). And may your memory be blessed for the good you accomplished.

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Shocker: Paul Krugman Makes a Sensible and Accurate Observation about Tax Policy

I’m not the biggest fan of Paul Krugman in his role as a doctrinaire advocate of leftist policy (he used to be within the mainstream and occasionally point out the risks of government intervention in his former role as an academic economist). It’s not just that he believes in big government. He also has an […]

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