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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Libertarian Solutions: How Congress Makes Hurricanes Worse and How to Keep Americans Safe From The Next Big Hurricane


The appropriations fight over federal relief funds for Hurricane Harvey is a big show of support and compassion, but it's really just another wealth transfer to the government that doesn't do anything to solve the problem at all.

If Congress really cared about solving problems, they would pay out as much as they need to from the federal flood insurance program for Harvey, raise the program's budgets, whatever they need to do to fulfill promises they've made....

And in the same bill they would start to phase out the federal flood insurance program and make people pay actual market rates to private insurance companies for flood insurance by a certain target date.

Then people will have to consider the real costs of building in a flood plain by a coast.

Which was graciously published
at Everything Voluntary

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

We Need Leadership: 7 NYPD Crisis Negotiations Techniques That Trump Should Use with North Korea


As tensions between the U.S. and North Korea rise, Donald Trump could show some real and effective leadership by consulting with some of his home city’s finest and most talented police officers: the NYPD Crisis Negotiations Team.

By employing their professional negotiation techniques, used to neutralize volatile situations with hostage takers, people trying to commit suicide, and other people who pose an immediate danger to themselves and others, Donald Trump could go down in history as a brilliant negotiator and a good president that made the world a safer place to live...

has been graciously published
at The Jack News.

And someone tweet this at the POTUS.

Let's see if we can't save the world from a nuclear war with some New York know-how.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Donald Trump Has Crossed The Line From Entertaining to Dangerously Out of Touch for Someone in His Position




I'm going to say Donald Trump has officially crossed the line from entertaining to dangerously out of touch for someone in his position.

"They will be met with fire and fury
like the world has never seen ... "

Is it possible he had no idea what he was saying when he tweeted that earlier this month?

An elderly North Korean woman and her grandchild
wander among the debris of their home after being
bombed by the U.S. Photo: Keystone/Getty Images

No idea that he was talking to a country that the U.S. actually did unleash fire and fury on like the world had never seen?

Like the world had never seen even after WWII and the two atomic bombs on Japan?


Briefly, here's what happened...

U.S. Backed South Korean Dictator, Syngman Rhee
shaking hands with U.S. Rear Admiral Ralph A. Ofstie (1952)

In the 1950s, North Korea sent their army south to stop the southern U.S. backed dictator Syngman Rhee, who was murdering tens of thousands of Democrats.

The U.S. military actually helped oversee the mass slaughter of Korean Democrats.

So the U.S. responded by dropping 635K TONS of bombs on North Korean cities and neighborhoods!

More than the U.S. dropped in the entire Pacific theater during WWII, including the atomic bombs!

This War Crime left One out of every Five North Koreans dead in just three years.


And you think Rosa Parks had a hard time in the 50s.



So after Donald Trump moves his military (with the useless UN's blessing) to blockade North Korean businesses earlier this month...

(Remember that historically "sanctions" are an act of war and a precursor to active hostilities.)

And his military practices invading North Korea from the military bases he has right on their border...



Monday's successful missile test over Japan gives the world a good reason to think twice about attacking North Korea.

And you can see why North Korea would want to give the world notice that they can fight back...

Especially after Donald Trump goes and talks about:
"fire and fury like the world has never seen"
To the one country on Earth that the U.S. actually did this to once already!

This is the worst possible way for the U.S. president to talk to a country that is understandably afraid of a U.S. attack.

And that also happens to be the latest country to develop nuclear weapons!

They have nukes and they're already afraid, Donald! What the hell are you doing!?



Does he think he's still playing a character on TV?


And reports say he "improvised" the tweet.

Donald Trump could start a war with a nuclear power on a whim because he's a God damned fool.

Twitter, you gotta cut this guy's mic.

Please suspend his account right away!

The stakes are too high.

You don't have any legal or moral obligation to let anybody use your platform.

You do have a moral obligation to police your platform for irresponsible speech that stirs up human violence.

Donald Trump is very good at creating drama and dominating head lines.

But he's clearly not taking reality seriously enough.

He probably thinks he's still on TV.

It's great when television's exciting.

But real life should not be this exciting!

Not with maybe millions of people's lives at stake.

Twitter, you have got to cut this guy's mic and put the first big crack in the foundation of this dangerous farce.

Your moral courage will deal a major blow to Donald Trump's aura of legitimacy, and others will follow.

You don't have to make a big deal out of it.

He violated your Terms of Service:
Any accounts and related accounts engaging in the activities specified below may be temporarily locked and/or subject to permanent suspension.

Violent threats (direct or indirect): You may not make threats of violence or promote violence...
But it will be a big deal.

You may save the world this way. We could not more desperately need your leadership now.

And we need Congress to remove this president from office before he gets people killed.

He is a danger to the entire world in this position.

He is clearly unfit for this role. He lacks the temperament and experience for this.

It's not funny anymore.

People's lives are at stake.



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2. People checking their FB or Twitter feed might see anything I post, including spoilers about the episode.

3. The other fans want to enjoy every bit of the suspense that I got to enjoy when I watched the episode.

4. Even if a plot development may not be a total surprise, spoilers still KILL ALL suspense about that plot point.

4a. Even if you know something's probably going to happen, you don't know which episode you're going to get it in.

5. Game of Thrones is one of the most popular TV shows ever, with so many really devoted fans like me...

6. So when I'm excited about something that happened in a new episode, I discuss it in private conversations on social media or in person with other people who I know have already seen the episode.

7. Not on a public feed that someone casually scrolling through might have their experience ruined a little.

8. If you're a good fan and really love the show, you should care about the other fans' experience too.

9. That small consideration for other people is a matter of basic decency.

It's the kind of world I want to live in.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Reason Why

The Reason Why
Is GOD
Made The Ground and The Sky


The World
Was Messy
and Empty

It Was Dark
Over The Face
of The

DEEP


And The Ghost
Of GOD Was Flying
Over The Waters

And GOD Said
LET THERE
BE LIGHT


And there was Light


GOD Saw that
The Light
Was Good

And He Built
A Wall
Between

The Light
and
The Darkness



GOD Called
The Light
"DAY"

The Darkness
He Called
"NIGHT"

And The Sun
Went Down
And The Sun
Came Up

That Was The
First Day


And GOD said
LET THERE BE SKY
BETWEEN THE WATERS
TO PART THE WATERS


So GOD Made
The Sky
And Parted
The Water
On Top of It
From The Water
Under It


And The Sun
Went Down
And The Sun
Came Up

That Was The
Second Day



And GOD Said
LET THE WATER
UNDER THE SKY
GO TO ONE PLACE

AND LET THERE BE
DRY GROUND


And There Was


GOD Called
Dry Ground
"LAND"

And The Waters
Under The Sky
He Called "SEAS"



And GOD Saw
That It Was Good

Then GOD Said
LET THE LAND
GROW PLANTS
WITH SEEDS


AND TREES
WITH FRUITS
AND SEEDS
INSIDE

LET THERE BE MANY
DIFFERENT KINDS


And It Was So
And GOD Saw That
It Was Good

And The Sun
Went Down
And The Sun
Came Up

That Was The
Third Day



And GOD said
LET THERE BE
LIGHTS IN THE SKY

TO SEPARATE THE
DAY FROM THE NIGHT

AND TO GIVE LIGHT
TO THE EARTH

LET THEM BE SIGNS
OF SPECIAL TIMES
AND DAYS AND YEARS


And It Was So

GOD Made
Two Great Lights

The Sun
To Rule the Day



The Moon
To Rule the Night



He Also Made
The Stars


And GOD Saw That
It Was Good

And The Sun
Went Down
And The Sun
Came Up

That Was The
Fourth Day


And GOD Said
LET THE WATER
BE FULL OF
LIVING ANIMALS

AND LET BIRDS FLY
ABOVE THE GROUND
THROUGH THE SKY


So GOD Made
The Great Animals
Of The Sea

And Every Living
Thing That Fills
The Water And
Moves In It

Many Different Kinds


And Every Bird
With Wings

Many Different Kinds

And GOD Saw
That It Was Good


And Said Good
Words About Them

And Sprinkled
Their Blood
Over The Earth

He Said:
BE FRUITFUL
AND INCREASE
IN NUMBER

AND FILL THE WATER
IN THE SEAS

AND LET THE BIRDS
INCREASE ON
THE EARTH


And The Sun
Went Down
And The Sun
Came Up

That Was The
Fifth Day


And GOD Said
LET THE LAND BE
FILLED WITH MANY
DIFFERENT KINDS OF
BREATHING ANIMALS

THE FARM ANIMALS

THE ANIMALS THAT
CREEP ALONG
THE GROUND AND

THE WILD ANIMALS
OF DIFFERENT KINDS


And It Was So

GOD Made

Many Different Kinds
of Wild Animals

Many Different Kinds
of Farm Animals

And All The
Different Kinds
of Creeping Animals

And GOD Saw
That It Was Good

Then GOD Said
LET US MAKE
MANKIND

IN OUR IMAGE
IN OUR LIKENESS


SO THAT THEY MAY
RULE OVER THE
FISH IN THE SEA

AND THE BIRDS
IN THE SKY

OVER THE
FARM ANIMALS

OVER THE
WILD ANIMALS

AND THE
CREEPING ANIMALS


So GOD Made
Mankind
In His Own Image

In The Image
Of GOD Did
He Make Them

Male and Female
He Made Them


GOD Said
Good Words
About Them

And Told Them
BE FRUITFUL
AND INCREASE
IN NUMBER

FILL THE
WHOLE EARTH AND
OUTSMART IT

CARRY AWAY
THE FISH
OF THE SEA

AND THE BIRDS
OF THE SKY

AND EVERY
ANIMAL
THAT MOVES
OVER LAND


Then GOD Said
I GIVE YOU EVERY
SEED GIVING PLANT
ON THE FACE OF
THE WHOLE EARTH

AND EVERY TREE
THAT HAS FRUIT
WITH SEEDS IN IT

THEY WILL BE YOURS
TO EAT FOR FOOD

AND TO ALL
THE ANIMALS THAT
WALK THE OVER LAND

AND THE BIRDS
IN THE SKY AND

ALL THE ANIMALS
THAT CREEP
OVER THE GROUND

EVERYTHING
THAT HAS THE
BREATH OF LIFE
IN IT...

I GIVE EVERY
GREEN PLANT
TO EAT FOR FOOD


And It Was So

GOD Saw All That
He Had Made

And That It Was
Very Good

And The Sun
Went Down
And The Sun
Came Up

That Was The
Sixth Day


That Is How
The Sky
And Ground
Were Made
So Big
And With
So Much
In Them


On The Seventh Day
GOD Had Finished
The Work He Was Doing

So On The
Seventh Day
He Rested
From All His Work

And He Said Good Words
About The Seventh Day
And Gave It To The Sky

Because That Day
He Rested From All
The Work He Had Done




Friday, August 25, 2017

Libertarianism, The Alt Right, and The Real Racists in Politics


So this conservative blogger, Matt Lewis, just wrote:

"The Insidious Libertarian-to-Alt-Right Pipeline

Is it just a phase they go through—or is there something about libertarianism that attracts, well, uh, you know, racist kooks?

Libertarianism has an alt-right problem. Many prominent leaders of the alt-right have, at some point, identified as libertarian. I am curious as to... why?"

...Say what?

No.

Conservatism has an Alt Right problem.

The Republican Party has an Alt Right problem.

You won the presidency off that shit. That's yours.

Don't try to blame the Alt Right on libertarians.

Because I've got the answer for you right here...



You know how often times a "racist" is really just a conservative winning the argument with a liberal?

Yeah, well sometimes a "racist" is also just a libertarian winning the argument with a conservative.

Which shows you just how little difference there is between some so-called conservatives and liberals.

They both love their big government and they use the same cynical smear tactics in their shameless propaganda.


Never trust a "conservative" who argues like a liberal


Anyway I'm sure this guy is just "curious" and doesn't already have an agenda to smear some racism on my face.

Let's find out...

"Milo Yiannopoulos has billed himself (and has been billed by others) as libertarian. About a year ago, he came clean about that."

Exhibit A: Milo Yiannopoulos!

Except the two links Lewis provides to connect Milo Yiannopoulos to libertarianism completely undermine his own point!

The first one is to a Reason Magazine article, a very popular libertarian magazine.

It's titled: "CPAC Organizer Tries To Pawn Off Milo Yiannopoulos as 'Libertarian'"

And subtitled: "Yeah, not so much."

Y'all act like you never seen a white person before...
Jaws all on the floor like Pam and Tommy just burst in the door...

So Matt Lewis claims that Alt Right darling Milo Yiannopoulos is connected to libertarianism.

And the best he can come up with to prove that is a link to a libertarian magazine article that says:

1. Milo is not a libertarian.

2. He was slated to be the keynote speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference 2017.

3. And when a podcast went viral of Milo condoning sexual relationships between 13 year olds and adults...

CPAC's organizer, Matt Schlapp, withdrew the speaking invitation and tried to pawn Milo off as a libertarian.

4. Schlapp's exact quote on BSNBC's Morning Joe was:

"He doesn't call himself conservative. He calls himself more of a libertarian.... Some libertarians would deny that he's a libertarian."

Yeah I'm confused too

Does this guy Lewis know how to read?

Lewis says "billed by others as a libertarian" and links to an article about how friendly conservatives were with Milo right up until he supported sexual relationships between 13 year olds and adults.

And how a conservative then labeled him a libertarian to try to fling that hot potato into the libertarians' hands. (Nice try.)

Could Lewis have linked to a more idiotic source for his point?

Looks to me more like there's an Insidious Conservative-to-Alt-Right Pipeline already!

Tell us who you voted for, Lewis.

And this incident with Milo and CPAC actually perfectly exemplifies what Lewis himself is trying to do!

Trying to pawn the Alt Right off on libertarianism.

Which is why it's so weird to me that Lewis linked to it.

Maybe it's a Freudian slip kind of situation and his subconscious just couldn't resist blurting out what he's really up to.

Or maybe he doesn't know how to read.

Or most likely, he's a shoddy journalist and a state propagandist, and he knows most of his readers aren't going to dig very deep.

So they'll hear what he wants them to:

Insidious. Libertarianism. Alt Right. Keystone Pipeline. Got it.




But get a look at the second link Lewis provides as he tries to connect Milo Yiannopoulos to libertarianism.

It's to an article about... Milo harshly criticizing libertarianism!

Milo's words, from the article:

"Libertarians are children. Libertarians are people who have given up looking for an answer. This whole ‘everybody do what they want’ is code for ‘leave me to do what I want.’ It’s selfish and childish... That’s why they’re so obsessed with weed, Bitcoin, and hacking."

So much for a libertarian-Milo connection.

You've got some real solid journalists working for you, Daily Beast!

And a word of warning to all libertarians out there:

Milo Yiannopoulos thinks you're all children!

That's the worst thing for Milo Yiannopoulos to think you are.

The real mystery is how long he's
managed to resist growing a mustache

Anyway, Lewis offers several more examples as flawed as this:

1. A known Internet troller named "Baked Alaska" who supported Trump after supporting Rand Paul. So what?

He also supported Black Lives Matter and worked at BuzzFeed. Does BLM or BuzzFeed have an Alt Right problem, Lewis?

2. Gavin McInnes, who does call himself a libertarian on his Twitter profile... where he also says he's anti-Alt Right.

So what good is his word for making your case, Lewis?

3. Some white nationalist creep who legally changed his name to Augustus Sol Invictus and ran in a Libertarian Party primary, and was widely and vocally opposed by the Libertarian Party.

The LP Chairman in his state resigned over Invictus even running in the primary, and rebuked him as a fascist and neo-Nazi.



4. Lewis also links to an article about white nationalist Richard Spencer crashing a libertarian conference uninvited, and getting kicked out by the libertarians!

Lewis thinks that establishes a libertarian-Alt Right connection. Reading comprehension, Lewis!

5. The only real example he gives of an actual libertarian who turned Alt Right and supported Trump, is Stefan Molyneux.

Just one real example in a sea of other "examples" that actually demolish his own argument.

And Molyneux has been disowned by many libertarians over his support for Donald Trump.

You're going to need a lot more than that to establish that libertarianism "is a gateway drug to the Alt Right."

We all already know that sometimes people are just sellouts.

The Real Racists in Politics


Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV),
Senior Democratic U.S. Senator
for decades until his death in 2010...
and former "Exalted Cyclops" in the KKK

Now if I seem annoyed, it's because I am.

Matt Lewis and The Daily Beast run a headline that there's an insidious connection between libertarianism and the Alt Right...

Accuses libertarianism of attracting racist kooks...

And then blathers on about nothing with no basis at all to back up his very serious and defamatory claims about libertarianism.

And who's calling him out on it?

Not even libertarians are calling him out for this!

Just me.

Hit the freakin' Like button!


I've been advocating for libertarianism for nearly ten years now.

It's annoying enough to be considered radical or odd in any way for advocating that people should be free!

Crazy, huh?

But during my time as a libertarian, it has not escaped my notice that opponents of liberty love to brand libertarians as racists.

We've got to fight back this vicious, underhanded attack on us from some useful idiot in the MSM at least once every other year.

And it's just plain bullshit.

Nick Gillespie, editor in chief of Reason.com,
on white supremacists: "...they are the antithesis
of everything that the libertarian project stands for
—which is cosmopolitanism versus parochialism,
individualism vs. group identity, and libertarianism
or autonomy versus authoritarianism."

Now does anybody remember any of this?

Remember how the Democratic Party won elections for decades with over a million Ku Klux Klan votes a century ago?

And remember how the Democratic Party put Asian Americans in internment camps under FDR during World War II?

What about the Tuskegee Experiment that the U.S. government carried out on black men without their knowledge or consent until 1972? Who's racist: libertarians or big government?


I already mentioned Senator Robert Byrd above. This guy was just sitting in a U.S. Senate seat, spending all your tax money, respected and admired by everyone until his death in 2010.

He was a former Ku Klux Klan member. Back in the days when they were murdering black people. The New York Times gushed over him when he died, and swept his racist past under the rug.


Hey anybody remember U.S. Senator George Allen (R-VA) saying "macaca" on the campaign trail in 2006? I do.

What about U.S. Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) who addressed the white supremacy group, the Council of Conservative Citizens no less than five times, as late as 1998, and still got to be a Senate Majority Leader in the 21st century?


Or Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) who also had a cozy relationship with the CCC? And his 2003 Democratic opponent, then-governor Ronnie Musgrove, did too!

Anyone remember this racist gem from U.S. Senator and Democratic Vice President Joe Biden?

"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man." -Joe Biden

Am I the only one who remembers the hate-filled and racist speeches of President Barack Obama's pastor, Jeremiah Wright? His outspoken, racist pastor at a church that he went to for years?


Mainstream, big government conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly, the king of cable news ratings, has said enough racist garbage to fill a book.

Hollywood filmmaker Spike Lee has said he opposes interracial marriage: "I give interracial couples a look. Daggers. They get uncomfortable when they see me on the street."

And I'm sure no one remembers what Matt Lewis' hero, U.S. Senator (R-AZ) and Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain said on the campaign trail back in 2000:

"I hate the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live."

It's understandable that John McCain has strong feelings about the Vietnam War, but going around decades later using a slur for Asian Americans, repeatedly, and unapologetically?

Don't go slinging mud at libertarians.

Mainstream Republicans and Democrats attract all kinds of racists, extremists, creeps, and weirdos to their ranks.

Let's get real. Politics is a total freak show.

And somehow these racists make it to the top levels of government and make policy for the rest of us.

We humble libertarians are not responsible for all the racism baked into the system.

That's all on big government, and big government's supporters.

So don't go slinging mud at libertarians.

Go hose your sacred cows off. They're filthy.