POLITICAL: Ann McLane Kuster maybe “listening”, but I’m unimpressed

June 27, 2016
 
Dear Mr. Reinke,

Thank you for reaching out to me with your views regarding Selective Service, more commonly known as the military draft.  Listening to my constituents is a fundamental part of my job as it helps me to best represent you and New Hampshire’s priorities in Congress.

The men and women who serve our country deserve our utmost respect and recognition, regardless of their gender.  Today, women are taking on more responsibilities in our Armed Forces than ever before, from assuming new combat roles to reaching new heights in military leadership.  I support recent reforms allowing women to serve in new military combat roles, because all Americans should share in the responsibility of protecting our freedom and preserving our way of life. 

As you may know, Selective Service was originally enacted in 1917 as a response to World War I.  It has existed in various forms since that time, with today’s version, enacted in 1980, requiring all males to register for potential military service in the case of an emergency.  An amendment to the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act(NDAA), approved during House Armed Services Committee markup, would also require women to register.  As your Representative, please know that I will keep your thoughtful views in mind if I have the opportunity to vote on legislation concerning the Selective Service. 

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me.  I strive to maintain an open dialogue with the people of New Hampshire about issues important to our district.  If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my Concord office at (603) 226-1002 or my Washington, DC office at (202) 225-5206.  I also encourage you to sign up for my e-newsletter at http://Kuster.house.gov/contact/newsletter, visit my website at http://Kuster.house.gov, follow me on Twitter at @RepAnnieKuster, or check out my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CongresswomanAnnieKuster

 
Sincerely, 
 
Ann McLane Kuster
Member of Congress

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Argh!

So, the question is how will she vote. Or push for vote at all.

“Selective Service” is an idea whose time has past! Like NATO! Or all the other big Gooferment programs.

Argh!

Never will be ever to get rid of any of these programs.

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LIBERTARIAN: Don’t you wish we were “Free to Choose”

http://www.missliberty.com/free-to-choose-1980-1991/

Free to Choose (1980 & 1991)
THEMES » ECON 101, LIBERTARIAN HEROES, LIBERTARIANISM 101, PRO-CAPITALISM

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6. Free to Choose (1980)

Free to Choose (1980) Part 6: What’s Wrong With Our SchoolsFree to Choose brought the subject of free markets into America’s living rooms, and was seen by millions thanks to nationwide airing on PBS. In this series, Friedman guides the viewer through ten documentary-style lectures on the workings of the market and its relation to human liberty. The series made a case for economic freedom so lucid and persuasive that it may even have helped elect Ronald Reagan in 1980, and in any case certainly gave intellectual support and respectability to free market reforms put forward by both Reagan and Thatcher.

Free to Choose remains the single most comprehensive series on economic liberty ever produced, and although now decades old it’s still firing on all pistons and is available free online.  It’s a testament to the power of Friedman’s then-radical proposals — and perhaps this series itself — that some have already been implemented and others have become common subjects for discussion.

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We need more choices — free choices.

Hope everyone gets to see this video and take it to heart.

The truth will set us all free.

Finally!

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LIBERTARIAN: 23-Cent Gas Tax Hike is just more theft!

http://patch.com/new-jersey/southbrunswick/s/fsvdt/breaking-n-j-lawmakers-pass-christie-backed-23-cent-gas-tax-hike-set-to-go-in-effect-friday?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=politics%20%26%20government&utm_campaign=alert

N.J. Lawmakers Pass Christie-Backed 23-Cent Gas Tax Hike, Set To Take Effect Friday
State lawmakers passed a 23-cent gas tax hike overnight that Gov. Chris Christie is set to sign by Friday. Christie hailed the plan.
Shared from the Lacey, NJ Patch
By Tom Davis (Patch Staff) – June 28, 2016 11:05 am ET

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Argh!

The Pepuls Republic of Nu Jerzee just “stole” more money from the driving public.

And, where did the last “trust fund” go?

Same place the last one went.

A plague on all their houses.

If the voters don’t revolt, then they never will!

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POLITICAL: One of the TARP-sters endorses HRC

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/06/thomas-dilorenzo/toss-off-gop-goldman-elite/

Most Corrupt Bankster in U.S. Endorses Hillary Clinton
By Thomas DiLorenzo
June 27, 2016

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It’s hard to imagine a better endorsement of Donald Trump’s economic policies – whatever they may be, whenever he finds the time to explain them – than the recent endorsement of Hillary Clinton by former Goldman Sachs CEO and U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.  As the man in charge of the biggest explosion of corporate welfare in world history – the “TARP” bailouts, he defined himself as a sworn enemy of capitalism and a socialist when it comes to the capital markets.  Socializing billions of dollars in investment bank, insurance company, and automobile industry losses with taxpayer dollars qualifies Paulson as deserving of the S-word label.  As such, Hillary Clinton may well have found a new political and financial soulmate.

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The fellow who gave us TARP wants to keep the “music” going in this game of musical chairs.

Remember that TARP was originally passed as buying HOMEOWNER’S underwater mortgages and having them repay the Federal Gooferment in accordance with the original or relate terms. At least, that made some sense to keep folks in their homes. Somehow that morphed into a hand out all the Crony Capitalists. 

Argh!

Sorry, but I’m rooting for the rejection of HRC.

Picking Trump is like  choosing the prettiest horse in the glue factory coral.

But, if that’s what it takes to disrupt “the system”, then so be it.

A wise Persian king asked his advisers to bring him something that would make him happy when he was sad and vice versa. They eventually brought the king a ring on which is inscribed “This too shall pass.”

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GOVERNACIDE: Agent Orange and multi-generational effects

https://psmag.com/a-fathers-war-a-son-s-toxic-inheritance-2eb6f511cef0#.sq0mcbynn

Recommended by Medium Staff and 118 others
Pacific Standard
A Father’s War, a Son’s Toxic InheritanceStephen Katz’s estranged father was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Now the photographer wonders if that caused his own health problems.
By Stephen M. Katz

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The package also delivered a warning: A handwritten note attached to a stack of Veterans Affairs medical records. During the war, before I was born, Al had sprayed Agent Orange along riverbanks in Vietnam, often soaking his uniform in the herbicide. The exposure, he wrote, had caused him serious health problems, including a neurological disorder, and he believed it also might have harmed me.

My mind raced as I thought of my own troubled medical history. A heart defect diagnosed at birth. An underactive thyroid. Problems with my nervous and immune systems. More recently, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and a nerve disorder that severely limits the use of my right hand.

I’m now 46. A lean 6-foot–2 and 190 pounds. I don’t smoke. I try to eat healthy. But the number of pills I swallow every day would make you think I’m twice that age. As a teenager, I was sick so often, I joked that my healthy brother and I couldn’t be related. He’d been born before the war, before Agent Orange.“There really is nothing that can be done now, as far as I know,” Al had written in 2009, “except be aware of the ravages of A.O.”

What my father didn’t know was that I’d already become familiar with Agent Orange and its consequences.

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When I read this I shudder at the human casualties caused by this “weapon”.

Talk about “friendly fire” and “collateral damage”.

At the very least, the damage should be assessed.

Argh!

So sad.

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GUNS: Prohibitions versus people’s unwillingness to obey

https://reason.com/archives/2016/06/21/what-will-gun-controllers-do-when-americ

What Will Gun Controllers Do When Americans Ignore an ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban?
Prohibitions have a long history of stumbling over people’s unwillingness to obey. This time won’t be any different.
J.D. Tuccille | June 21, 2016 

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Prohibition was kneecapped by Americans’ widespread refusal to stop producing, selling, and drinking booze. Millions of Americans smoked marijuana decades before majority sentiment creeped toward legalizing the stuff. Gays and lesbians not only surreptitiously lived and loved when they were targeted by the law—they also famously (and righteously) stomped cops who raided the Stonewall Inn, ultimately precipitating liberalization. And restrictions on exporting encryption were eased only after cryptographers illegally exported code—even printing it on T-shirts as an act of civil disobedience.

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Molon labe, remember?

So, a United States the morning after, or a year after, or a decade after a successful effort to ban “assault weapons” will not be the scene of the “domestic disarmament” favored by prominent communitarian sociology professor Amitai Etzioni. It will be more like Prohibition-era America, but with hidden rifles substituting for stockpiled hooch and 3D printers standing in for moonshiners’ stills. And probably a bit more tense.

Those defiant gun owners will also be included in the jury pools chosen to sit in judgement of unlucky violators scooped up by law enforcement. That situation will likely replicate the difficulty prosecutors had in getting convictions of Prohibition scofflaws in the 1920s and marijuana law resisters today. “[I]f juries consistently nullify certain types of criminal charges (charges for possession of a small amount of marijuana, for example), this can render an unpopular law ineffective,” wrote John Richards at the LegalMatch blog after a jury couldn’t even be seated in Montana.

“If you pass laws that people have no respect for and they don’t follow them, then you have a real problem,” Connecticut Sen. Tony Guglielmo (R-District 35), told the Hartford Courant when large numbers of state residents flipped the bird to lawmakers and defied the new gun law.

Well… yes, you do. And like their restriction-inclined predecessors, gun controllers will have quite a mess on their hands.

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Sorry, but it’s going to be very ugly very quickly.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Just review the “great” genocides that occur after the people are disarmed.

It doesn’t end well.

So if you’re going to be killed, then you might as well go down swinging.

Way too many guns in the hands of ordinary people for them to be disarmed without their cooperation.

Sometimes Hollywood gets things correct. “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.” — apocryphal unsourced quote attributed to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto

That goes for collecting all those guns!

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TECHNOLOGY: Thinking about car technology?

The other day, we were stopped behind a fairly new truck and my passenger noted that their right rear brake light was out. Because she was with me, and the conditions were fortuitous, we were able to pull up alongside and tell the woman driver her light was out.

That got me to thinking.

(1) If it was just the woman alone, would I have talked to her. (Not very likely. I don’t like people.)

(2) How can one check one’s own break lights? (It’s not a one person job. Well maybe one person and large mirror hung on your back garage wall.)

(3) The current trend is automating the car (i.e., parks itself; stops itself; blind spots itself). What about the lights. (We need an idiot light for the lights?)

(4) I’m not sure I like the idea of the car stopping automagically. (I envision a bad guy stopping a woman alone on a dark road and the car won’t the bastard over!)

Guess I won’t be buying a new car soon. (But I do like my Prius’ adaptive cruise control; sweet!)

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TINFOILHAT: Doesn’t TWS800 deserve scrutiny?

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/06/jack_cashills_emtwa_800em_time_to_reopen_the_investigation.html

June 22, 2016
Jack Cashill’s TWA 800: Time to Reopen the Investigation
By Roger Aronoff

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/06/jack_cashills_emtwa_800em_time_to_reopen_the_investigation.html#ixzz4CQP8hMPj Follow us: @AmericanThinker on Twitter | AmericanThinker on Facebook

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This July marks the 20th anniversary of the crash. Yet the media continue their virtual blackout, failing to ask questions as to whether this was a terrorist incident or a naval exercise gone wrong. Last year the anniversary of the flight’s demise was greeted, at most, with local media reports. It remains to be seen whether this year the mainstream media will take seriously the deaths of the 230 people on board that flight.

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One has to ask some serious questions about the Gooferment version. Like why did they have to “cook the books” on the various witness statements?

If that is suspect, then there are only two logical explanations:

   (1) the Navy did it; OR

   (2) the terrorists did it.

I’d almost that the Navy did it by accident. At least, that would NOT have the implications that terrorists did it.

So, if it was terrorism, then why not repeat it?

Maybe they can’t. Maybe the Gooferment has taken steps to protect against it. Maybe they are just saving it as part of a larger plan.

Argh!

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MONEY: “Helicopter Money” is used to rob us

http://freebeacon.com/issues/federal-reserve-may-consider-using-helicopter-money/

Federal Reserve May Consider Using Helicopter Money
Fed Chair Janet Yellen said it would only be used in an abnormal, extreme situation
BY: Ali Meyer  June 16, 2016 4:40 pm

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Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said that the central bank might consider using helicopter money in an extreme economic downturn, at a press conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting on Wednesday.

Helicopter money is a phrase used to describe the idea in which the government prints large sums of money in order to stimulate the economy.

Critics of helicopter money believe that the policy may lead to high inflation while proponents of the idea, such as Former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke believe that it is a valuable tool when conventional monetary policies are ineffective and when government debt is high.

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“Money is a matter of functions four, a medium, a measure, a standard, a store.” He repeated that four times like poetry. “Six Characters in Money: Portable – Durable – Divisible – Uniformity – Limited Supply – Acceptability.” — CHURCH 10●19●62 (Vol 1) 978-0-557-08387-9 page 110

The “helicopter money” defies the “limited supply” characteristics.

The deliberate inflation of the money supply, that FED pursues as a policy, is violation of the trust that people place in the “money”. 

We can’t allow the Gooferment — with the aid and comfort of the FED, various bureaucrats, and the politicians — to “steal” from “We, The Sheeple”.  What little wealth that the poor and those on fixed incomes have gets silently “stolen” in the form of reduced purchasing power. The wages of workers buy less and less — I don’t see anyone getting “raises” to offset inflation. And, the rich elite can always protect themselves by buying stuff as opposed to holding “cash”.

Argh!

Wake up, Sheeple.

It’s a silent conspiracy to bankrupt the USA.

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TINFOILHAT: “Secret” reasons for the lack of trust in Gooferment

https://www.lewrockwell.com/podcast/hidden-crimes-us-government/

Hidden Crimes of the US Government
Was 9-11 one of them?

John Denson talks to Lew Rockwell.
June 17, 2016 

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String together Stennet’s book on Pearl Harbor plus Operation Northwoods plus questions about 9/11 and you come to the conclusion that the United States Government aka the Deep Secret State is not to be trusted or believed.

Argh!

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TINFOILHAT: CIA connection to Boston Bombing and … … possibly … … Orlando

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/06/no_author/wasnt-just-orlando-killer/

The Boston Bombings and the CIA Connection. Graham Fuller and Uncle Ruslan Tsarnaev
By F. William Engdahl GlobalResearch.ca
June 17, 2016

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One of the many unexplained (at least not officially) anomalies of the persons claimed to have carried out the Boston Marathon bombings is the presence of  key CIA figure in the direct family of the accused brothers.

Ruslan Tsarnaev, the outspoken uncle of the brothers was married to Samantha A. Fuller until 2004. Samantha’s father is Graham Fuller, the senior CIA person who was the architect the Afghan Islamic fundamentalist Mujahideen war against the Soviets. He is also involved in creating a global jihad network, presumably acting on behalf of CIA interests.

Ruslan Tsarnaev, who changed his name to Ruslan Tsarni, lives in a posh Washington DC suburb of Bethesda Maryland. He has worked in the past for companies tied to Dick Cheney’s Halliburton as well as a “consultant” in Kazakhstan with the State Department’s USAID which has been identified as a CIA front.

Take it all in The two brothers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, accused though never proven in a court of law to have been responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings, had an uncle, the same uncle who agreed to bury the remains of the one dead brother. This uncle was married to the daughter of Graham Fuller, one of the most important CIA architects of using Islamic Jihadists/terrorists against the USSR during the Cold War and after, throughout Central Asia, including Chechnya and Kazakhstan.

Coincidence?

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It’s the unexplained connection to the CIA over and over that makes one think “false flag”.

Are we being manipulated?

In Orlando or Boston, how do we know the real “truth”?

Argh!

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POLITICAL: State Militias as way to recapture lost State power

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/06/16/the-case-for-restoring-the-state-militia-system/

The Case for Restoring the State Militia System

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The state militias, which have largely been subsumed into the National Guard system since the First World War, were once the centerpiece of American defense. For most of the history of the republic, the federal army was small and concerned with the defense of borders and with providing a solid professional core of soldiers in the event of a major conflict. The majority of soldiers in such a war would be composed of members of the state militias.

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It’s a interesting perspective that caused me to realize that this “militia” power has been stolen by the Federal Government from the individual States.

I’ve often thought that the 17th Amendment — the direct election of Senators for those from Gooferment Skrules — allowed for the growth of the Federal Gooferment thru unfunded mandates unchecked by the various State legislatures. 

At least, that was done via an amendment. Unlike what was done with the state militias / national guard, “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”, and the many un-Constitutional “Departments” and “Agencies”.

Argh!

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POLITICAL: No US Money or Arms to Foreign States with Death Penalty for Gays

2016-Jun-19

Letter from J. Neil Schulman

Barack Obama: No US Money or Arms to Foreign States with Death Penalty for Gays

I just created the petition “Barack Obama: No US Money or Arms to Foreign States with Death Penalty for Gays” and wanted to see if you could help by publishing this in The Libertarian Enterprise. The petition also goes to Rand Paul and Justin Amash.

Full text of the petition: 

We demand an immediate end to any U.S. taxpayer funding, military aid, or provision of military-grade weapons to any foreign State that has laws providing a death penalty for being gay or being part of any LGBT community.

My goal is to reach 100 signatures and I need your support. You can read more and sign the petition here

Thanks!

J. Neil Schulman 
jneil@jesulu.com

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GUNS: It takes time to reload

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/06/andrew-p-napolitano/gun-free-zones-killing-zones/

In Defense of Self-Defense
By Andrew P. Napolitano
June 16, 2016

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In the Orlando tragedy, the man who killed 49 and wounded 53 used a handgun and a rifle. The handgun accepted magazines containing 17 bullets, and the rifle accepted magazines containing 30 bullets. The killer, using both weapons, fired more than 250 times last Sunday morning. That means he reloaded his weapons about a dozen times. Each time he reloaded, he stopped shooting, as it is impossible for any person to shoot and reload simultaneously.

We know from forensics that the killer was a poor shot. We can deduce from that knowledge that he was a slow reloader. One learns to shoot first and reload later. It is likely that it took between three and seven seconds each time he reloaded the handgun and longer with the rifle. In those time periods, any trained person carrying a handgun in that Orlando nightclub could have wounded or killed him — and stopped the slaughter.

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In all the angst and turmoil over all these “mass shootings”, the shooter has to reload. And, that takes time.

Even unarmed, the victims need to be courageous and take action.

Of course, it’s easier if armed. Even if that “arm” is just a swiss army knife, that MAY be enough to turn the tide of the battle. Even win the “war”. A knife to the neck can distract anyone.

Even though I’m not the example of the “trained shooter”, I can hit the center ring at 50 yards reliably. And, if I use the whole magazine, then I’m positively sure I can put one of them in the center ring. I hope that I can do as well “under fire”. If the killer is such a poor shooter, then it’s obvious he has practiced as much as the “average enthusiast”.

As the Judge points out that “gun free zones” ensures that it won’t be “free of guns”. Just guns in the possession of lawbreakers.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Senator Joe Manchin should resign

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/host-calls-for-senator-joe-manchin-to-resign-after-comments-over-due-process/

Host Calls For Senator Joe Manchin to Resign after Comments Over Due Process.
By Jason Stapleton –  Jun 17, 2016

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Yesterday I alluded to some comments by Senator Joe Manchin on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. The senator suggested that the problem with gun violence today has to do with due process. That pesky 5th amendment that requires the government to have evidence against you before charging you with a crime.

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https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/call-resignation-senator-joe-manchin 

When a Senator takes office he swears an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution of our country. Senator Joe Manchin has shown that he has not only failed to uphold the ideals of the Constitution, but is actively attempting to destroy the foundations of our country with his recent disregard and disapproval of the right to due process as outlined in the Fourteenth Amendment.

“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

I am calling on Congress to demand his resignation for failing to uphold his duties as a Senator.

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I am pleased to sign this petition and urge everyone to do the same.

We don’t have to be “terrorized” into giving up our rights like “We, The Sheeple”!

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When a Senator takes office he swears an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution of our country. Senator Joe Manchin has shown that he has not only failed to uphold the ideals of the Constitution, but is actively attempting to destroy the foundations of our country with his recent disregard and disapproval of the right to due process as outlined in the Fourteenth Amendment.

“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

I am calling on Congress to demand his resignation for failing to uphold his duties as a Senator.

GOVEROTRAGEOUS: US foreign policy make terrorism

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/a-view-on-orlando-you-wont-hear-in-the-mainstream-media/

A View On Orlando You Won’t Hear in The Mainstream Media
By Jason Stapleton –  Jun 13, 2016

It’s a struggle to talk about an event like the Orlando massacre. I mean, it would be easy if I just followed one pre-approved philosophical line. I could blame radical Islam, and certainly there is plenty of room for that. I could blame guns since it’s such an easy target. What you can’t do though is suggest our own actions may have been a contributing factor to the events this weekend.

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Jason made some great points:

  • Guns are not the issue. Although the talking heads have demonstrated that they know nothing about firearms (e.g., “gunshot loophole”; 700 rounds per minutes; “assault weapon”).
     
  • It was a gun free zone!
  • It’s not about gay rights. 
  • The police waited 4 hours to assault the nightclub. It’s a miracle that even more people didn’t die when you gave the bad guy all that time.
     
  • The guy was an American citizen who was investigated twice. His coworkers at the SECURITY firm say he was radicalized. So what are the background checks checking?
     
  • The US foreign policy is provoking the angry response. 

We need to have a serious conversation about the intrusive Gooferment interference in our everyday lives.

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LIBERTARIAN: Voting is a waste of time — most of the time

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-679-voting-yes-or-no/

Ep. 679 Voting: Yes or No?
10th June 2016
Tom Woods

Michael Malice and I discuss the merits and demerits of voting — a contentious subject among libertarians. Although Michael is wrong as usual, it’s still fun to talk to him.

About the GuestMichael Malice is an author and celebrity ghostwriter. He is also a frequent guest on Kennedy on the FOX Business Network.

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Tom makes a good point that the R’s in general put up better Supreme Court Justice than the D’s general do.

But OTOH Michael points out that you are wasting your time and won’t change anything.

A hard question, but I don’t need a black and white answer. I’ll just pick and chose my battles. 

“Can’t spend yourself rich or vote yourself free.” — Michael Malice, 2016, celebrity ghostwriter

“If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.” ― often incorrectly attributed to American humorist Mark Twain ― but very very true imho!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Unconstitutional takings need to be stopped

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2016/06/12/an-important-legal-victory-for-property-rights-in-the-north-carolina-supreme-court/

The Volokh Conspiracy
Opinion
An important legal victory for property rights in the North Carolina Supreme Court
By Ilya Somin June 12 at 11:35 AM 

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The North Carolina Supreme Court recently issued an important unanimous decision blocking what would have been a major uncompensated expropriation of property rights by the state. 

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The decision has implications that go beyond the Map Act and the taking of property for road-building. Had the ruling gone the other way, it might well have opened the door to uncompensated takings in various other situations, as well. There are many situations where the state might want to lower the value of property by indefinitely banning development, so it can then take the property at a later date in order to use it for a public project, or even to transfer it to influential private interests under the guise of promoting “economic development” or alleviating blight. Such takings were ruled to be permissible “public uses” by the Supreme Court in the controversial Kelo case in 2005, and are still permitted in all too many states even in the aftermath of the massive political backlash against Kelo.

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Unfortunately, Kelo was a disaster. 

We strayed far from the Constitutional meaning of “taking”.

“We, The Sheeple” need to push the politicians and bureaucrats harder for more legal protections. Every “taking” must be vigorously opposed.

Argh!

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GOVERNACIDE: TWA800 is a national disgrace

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/06/twa_800_what_the_cia_did_to_witness_571_mike_wire.html

June 9, 2016
TWA 800: What the CIA Did to Mike Wire, Witness 571
By Mike Wire

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I do not know who generated this false interview to fit their scenario, but I stand by my original approved statement made to agent Lash. No other statement exists as there were none. The CIA built its case-closing animation around an interview that never took place. I would learn later that the CIA manufactured interviews with several other key witnesses.

This whole experience has left me disillusioned with the FBI, disillusioned with the CIA, and totally disillusioned with the news media that bought this whole story without ever questioning it — even after the truth about the fake interviews had become impossible to deny.

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Some one decided that it would be best if “We, The Sheeple” remained asleep.

Imagine the uproar if (1) this was terrorist attack; or (2) a Gooferment blunder.

My money is on Gooferment blunder by the Navy. Based on other items that I’ve cited before.

But, a terrorist can’t be rolled out. 

If it was a terrorist, then why haven’t we seen more of these style accounts. I can’t imagine that terrorists wouldn’t brag or repeat.

So how do we distill the truth.

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LIBERTY: Can join the Army but can’t drink

http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20160104/NEWS/160109835

Bill would allow 18-year-olds to drink in N.H.
By Max Sullivan msullivan@seacoastonline.com  
Posted Jan. 4, 2016 at 12:14 PM Updated Jan 5, 2016 at 4:36 PM 

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SEABROOK — A Seabrook state representative is seeking to allow limited underage drinking in New Hampshire under the supervision of an adult who is at least 22 years old.

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Doesn’t this seem a little stupid?

No wonder there’s a Heroin epidemic.

They can’t keep drugs out of prisons or schools.

This is NOT a great concession to the cause of liberty. 

Have a long way to go to freedom and liberty in NH!

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LIBERTARIAN: Anarcho-Capitalism

https://www.lewrockwell.com/assets/2016/06/443_Dalley.mp3

Lew on Practically Everything

LewRockwell.com

Lew strives to present a diverse daily selection of interesting articles from our writers and other sites, but he does not necessarily endorse every view expressed. He does, however, believe that each piece will repay your reading.

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Lew has a great explanation of Anarcho-Capitalism.

“On the free market, everyone earns according to his productive value in satisfying consumer desires. Under statist distribution, everyone earns in proportion to the amount he can plunder from the producers.” — Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995) 

AND some great quotes: (from memory)

The difference between GM and the Government is that you get the car and GM can’t make you buy one.

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Mises.Org has Rothbard’s material downloadable for free.

https://mises.org/search/site/rothbard

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RANT: Big Medicine may be playing “We, The Sheeple”

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/06/bill-sardi/cant-afford-cure-cancer/

We Can’t Afford To Cure Cancer
By Bill Sardi
June 7, 2016

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Someone has said there are just too many jobs in the pursuit of a cancer cure to allow any therapy to be proven and put into practice.  Recognize the nation is dotted with cancer research centers that hold billions of dollars of debt.  For example, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington holds $176 million of debt.  [Moody’s Investor Service] Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the nation’s cancer research center, holds $1.9 billion of debt.  [Moody’s Investor Service]  A cancer cure would leave research centers like these on the hook for loans that could not possibly be paid back. 

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It’s a scary and cynical.

But one must be always suspect the monetary motives.

Unfortunately we can’t overlook the example of “March of Dimes”.

They set out to cure polio. And they did it. Or at least, Sabin and Salk did. 

Then they “retargeted” to “birth defects”.

Never have to worry about going out of business again.

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4045

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Compensation of Leaders     (FYE 12/2014)Compensation% of ExpensesPaid toTitle
$503,692 0.24% Jennifer Howse President

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And that ½ million dollar salary is safe!

Argh!

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LIBERTARIAN: What Tom Woods Told the Libertarian Party’s National Convention

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-671-what-i-told-the-libertarian-partys-national-convention/

Ep. 671 What I Told the Libertarian Party’s National Convention
31st May 2016
Tom Woods

What’s the best way forward for the Libertarian Party? There’s some pretty strong medicine in this one, especially toward the end. Key point: product differentiation. We’re not 30% different from Republicans and Democrats. We’re certainly not “fiscally conservative and socially liberal.” So what are we? And how should we spread the message? Juicy stuff here, I promise.

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Economic progress eliminated child labor; not Gooferment “laws”.

As usual, the Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats see the parade passing them by and then run to get to the front and pretend to be “leading”.

The leftist do gooders signed petitions to eliminate “child labor” in Bangladesh. The result documented by a latter study was that children starved to death or they were force into child prostitution. 

Great result!

Listen to Tom illustrate why “libertarians” are uniquely qualified to lead the way.

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POLITICAL: How should Libertarians vote in the upcoming Presidential election

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/06/walter-e-block/hillary-bernie-donald-gary/

Hillary, Bernie, Donald, Gary: A Libertarian Perspective
By Walter E. Block
June 4, 2016

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I am glad you asked. Here is the plan. In states where either Clinton or Trump is leading by a wide margin, vote for, support Johnson. Trump either does not need our backing there or, it will do him little or no good in any case if he gets it. However, in purple states such as Florida or Ohio, in which the polls indicate a virtual tie between Mr. Pretty Good and Mrs. Evil, then and only then pile on in behalf of Donald. He will need every bit of sustenance we can give him on such occasions. Who to support financially? Both. Let us hedge our bets.

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Sounds like a plan!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: End the National Flood Insurance Program!

http://www.emergencymgmt.com/emergency-blogs/disaster-zone/end-the-national-flood-insurance-program.html

End the National Flood Insurance Program?
The media spotlighted the issues!
Eric Holdeman | June 4, 2016

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In the Frontline program, the question was asked about how much profit the insurance companies make on the program with no good answer from FEMA. And I personally was amazed that FEMA paid for the litigation costs for the insurance companies, leaving the poor claimants to fight the insurance companies on their own dime. Clearly, reforms are needed — big reforms, not just tweaking the program.

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Here’s yet another Gooferment program that is Crony Capitalism (i.e., handouts for Big Insurance) and a subsidy program for the rich.

After Sandy, folks like myself who paid for “flood insurance” for 30 years found out they got no benefit because it wasn’t their primary residence. When I asked what I paid for, I was told: “I guess you made a mistake.” Argh!

Yet, “rich people” get their houses rebuilt time after time. 

In places in NJ where the Gooferment has rebuilt the same communities over and over under the guise of “flood insurance” and “helping devastated families”.

Argh!

In a real free market insurance, an insurance company would NOT insure a repeated loss for a house in a river valley time after time. Unless the premium was astronomical.

The Gooferment subsidizes poor decisions at the expense of the Taxpayers.

Sounds like this program should be killed immediately!

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LIBERTARIAN: Nuke the the IRS, the TSA, the VA!

2016-Jun-08

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/06/03/get-rid-of-the-irs-the-tsa-the-va/

Get Rid of the IRS, the TSA, the VA
by Ron Paul, via The Ron Paul Institute

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Three recent stories regarding three government agencies — the IRS, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) — show why we should oppose big government for practical, as well as philosophical, reasons.

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The TSA, VA, and IRS are just three examples of how government cannot effectively provide any good or service except authoritarianism. Individuals acting in the free market are more than capable of providing for their own needs, including the need to protect themselves, their families, and their property if the government gets out of the way.

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When the “homeland security” reaction to 9/11 was to create a whole new bunch of Federal bureaucrats, I was appalled. As result, I, and a lot of folks, just stopped using Air Travel unless it was completely unavoidable.

The VA has been a failure.

And, the IRS is just a political tool for who ever is in power.

Time to nuke all three.

Then, there are many more organizations to go into the shredder!

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