Federal Subsidies Spur Massive Fraud | Cato @ Liberty

One of the problems with federal hand-out programs is that individuals take advantage of them and scam artists outright loot them. You see this in programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, school lunches, earned income tax credits, housing aid, student loans, and farm subsidies.Daily Beast writer Evan Wright has an appalling story of Christopher Bathum, who looted addiction-treatment funds made available by the Obamacare law. The law required addiction-treatment funding by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance companies.

Source: Federal Subsidies Spur Massive Fraud | Cato @ Liberty

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Sorry but all Gooferment “handouts” have “Unintended Consequences”.

The Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. As well as untrustworthy.

Argh!

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North Korea executes a special envoy to the United States | Daily Mail Online

Kim Jong-un is believed to be carrying out a massive purge following the failed U.S.-North Korea summit earlier this year after a special envoy to the U.S., Kim Hyok Chol (pictured), was executed.

Source: North Korea executes a special envoy to the United States | Daily Mail Online

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Sounds like Kim would be prefect for a Wall Street job.  Maybe a Wall Street regulator?

In his first day on the job training manual should have a chapter on “You can’t call the secret police to execute a Wall Streeter who fails to follow your regulation or anyoneelse who displease you.”   (Hmmm, I guess that’s true if your name isn’t Clinton.)

Wow.  Wonder who want this guy’s job next?

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Killing Assange? – May 30th Update

RPI Board Member Judge Andrew Napolitano hits the nail squarely on the head:

Why was Assange indicted? Government killers are a mob, and mobs love anonymity. Assange assaulted their love by ending that anonymity. When the government kills and rejoices and lies about it in our names, we have a right to know of its behavior. Democracies spy on us all, yet they persist in punishing, to the ends of the earth, those who dare to shine a light upon them. Tyrannies do the same.

Source: Killing Assange? – May 30th Update

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Don’t expose the politicians and bureaucrats for what they are!

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Alan Dershowitz: ‘Shame on Mueller,’ He ‘Revealed His Partisan Bias’

No prosecutor should ever say or do anything for the purpose of helping one party or the other. I cannot imagine a plausible reason why Mueller went beyond his report and gratuitously suggested that President Trump might be guilty, except to help Democrats in Congress and to encourage impeachment talk and action. Shame on Mueller for abusing his position of trust and for allowing himself to be used for such partisan advantage.

Source: Alan Dershowitz: ‘Shame on Mueller,’ He ‘Revealed His Partisan Bias’

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Like most things coming out of the “District of Corruption”, it’s always “partisan”.

Interesting the AD took so long to come to this conclusion.

Remember the three “laws” of political motivation: (1) reward your friends; (2) punish your enemies; and (3) feather your own nest.

In this case, Mueller has done all three to the detriment of a polite civil society here in the USA.

Why should any politician or bureaucrat be taken at face value ever?  At least, used car salesmen are “honest” — they want your money.

Argh!

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Silver – Eight Years Later | The Deviant Investor

CONCLUSIONS:The dollar devalues and stocks, gold and silver rise exponentially in nominal prices.Prices for silver and gold are inexpensive in 2019 compared to the S&P 500 Index. That will change.Prices for silver are inexpensive compared to gold. That will change.Timing is unclear, but 2019 appears to be a transition year for many markets.Central banks, the banking cartel and governments prefer rising stocks and bonds, lower interest rates, and weak metals prices. That will change as central banks lose control of debt creation, inflation and the economy.

Source: Silver – Eight Years Later | The Deviant Investor

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Hard not to see some very ugly chickens coming home to roost.

“Get small in your hole” — Infantry advice with incoming

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These 30 Responses To U.S. Army Asking ‘How Has Serving Impacted You?’ Was Not What They Were Expecting To Hear

Memorial Day weekend is meant to be a time of reflection to honor the Americans who have served, so two days before the weekend the U.S. Army reached out to veterans via Twitter to ask them to share how their service had impacted their lives – and it’s easy to say it backfired.

Source: These 30 Responses To U.S. Army Asking ‘How Has Serving Impacted You?’ Was Not What They Were Expecting To Hear

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Read this and then tell me about how much America reveres its vets.

Best way to honor them is to bring all the girls and boys home now.

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“Wikipedia is…broken,” controlled by special interests and bad actors, says co-founder | Sharyl Attkisson

What’s worse is that agenda editors related to pharmaceutical interests and the partisan blog Media Matters control my Wikipedia biographical page, making sure that slanted or false information stays on it. For example, they falsely refer to my reporting as “anti-vaccine,” and imply my reporting on the topic has been discredited. In fact, my vaccine and medical reporting has been recognized by top national journalism awards organizations, and has even been cited as a source in a peer reviewed scientific publication. However, anyone who tries to edit this factual context and footnotes onto my page finds it is quickly removed.

Source: “Wikipedia is…broken,” controlled by special interests and bad actors, says co-founder | Sharyl Attkisson

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Maybe the academics were correct in not allowing Wikipedia citations in academic papers?

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VETERANS: Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall

2019-May-27

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle998-20181111-03.html

History most people will never know.
Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall
by Unknown Person on the ’Net
Special to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

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There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.

The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 62 years since the first casualty.

The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth, Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps LCpl Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.

There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.

39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.

8,283 were just 19 years old.

The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.

12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.

5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.

One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.

997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam.

1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam.

31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.

Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.

54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia. I wonder why so many from one school.

8 Women are on the Wall, Nursing the wounded.

244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.

Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.

West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.

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For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, brothers and sisters of our friends, neighbors, classmates, fathers, husbands, wives, uncles, aunts, fellow workers, fellow students, sons and daughters There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.

Please pass this on to those who served during this time, and those who DO Care.

I’ve also sent this to those that I hope care very much, and I thank you for caring as you do.

[Tip o’ the Hat to to Jim Woosley, who sent this along.

And I must ask, what did all those mostly young people die for? Not for their country, there was no benefit to their country from that “war” (since it was not declared by Congress it couldn’t be a war). Did they die so American tire manufacturers could continue to get cheap rubber from the plantations? Or what? Nobody knows, and those who know—if any—aren’t telling. — Editor, (who has a number of guys he grew up with listed on that wall.) ]

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What can one say?

Not all the “casualties” are on the Wall.  There are many, who were “collateral damage”, like my best friend from high school who went underground as did a ⅓ of the eligible draftees and died in an MVA while “hiding”.

Sad to say, it was a national disaster and a national disgrace. 

Argh!

“Happy” Memorial Day.

Can we all tell the politicians and bureaucrats to stop wasting lives like these?

Argh!

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In This Case, Our Government Was Indeed to Blame

(Don Boudreaux) Tweet Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal : Editor: Worried that Americans today are “overly complacent” about volatile world oil markets, Spencer Jakab reminds Americans of the 1970s’ gasoline shortages – shortages that were, according to Mr.

Source: In This Case, Our Government Was Indeed to Blame

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Uncle Sam’s ceilings on energy prices discouraged domestic suppliers from bringing to market the full quantities of fuel that buyers sought at those artificially low prices.

It’s usually always the Gooferment’s fault.

“The government is good at one thing. It knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say, ‘See if it weren’t for the government, you wouldn’t be able to walk.” ― Harry Browne

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Image of ‘dedicated’ soldier seen placing flag at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier goes viral  | Daily Mail Online

An image showing a solider placing an American flag at the tomb of the Unknown Solider during a severe thunderstorm at Arlington National Cemetery has gone viral.

Source: Image of ‘dedicated’ soldier seen placing flag at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier goes viral  | Daily Mail Online

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This is what Memorial Day is all about.

Bring the girls and boys home NOW!

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Do You Learn Anything Useful in Survival School? | GearJunkie

A fixed-blade knife, like those offered by Morakniv, is mandatory. I always carry a multitool-style of knife, but this class made me realize how ineffective these knives can be when it matters the most.

Source: Do You Learn Anything Useful in Survival School? | GearJunkie

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My takeaway is that my swiss army knife needs to have a big brother available in my various “bags” — car survival, bug out, bug in, edc.

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The Big Bang Theory ends, but Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler lives on – CNET

“As a woman, the decisions you make about when to have children is going to largely be determined by what kind of career you have and how the government has established you to have support while you’re in your child-bearing years,” Bialik says.

Source: The Big Bang Theory ends, but Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler lives on – CNET

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The Gooferment shouldn’t be depriving civilization of every person’s God-given ability — boy or girl.

Argh!

We need every one to be “pulling the wagon”!

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Man Gets 33 Months For Stealing 55 Firearms – Bearing Arms

If there’s one legitimate gun problem in this country, it’s stolen firearms.Regardless of who they stole them from, gun thieves turn around and sell firearms to some of the worst people imaginable. They don’t care about what comes next, unlike legitimate gun dealers who will refuse a sale to anyone who appears suspicious. They’re arming other criminals, and they know it.

Source: Man Gets 33 Months For Stealing 55 Firearms – Bearing Arms

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Like my rant about the Gooferment that fails to prosecute and punish harshly the “felon in possession” FEDERAL law with a mandatory 5 year sentence, here too, when they have a real chance to send a message, they wimp out.

Argh!

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Behind the Movement to Kick Chicago Out of Illinois

So far, she has 26 county chapters that want to split the rest of Illinois from Chicago. When forming her organization, Merritt sought advice from other state separation organizations, like New California. The group, which is run by a conservative radio talk show host, advocates for the creation of a new state split from the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas “to throw off the bonds of tyranny.”

Source: Behind the Movement to Kick Chicago Out of Illinois

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Interesting?

What do you tag it as: ChicagoExit or IllinoisFree?

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Which Is a Better Breakfast: Cereal or Oatmeal? | NutritionFacts.org

The remarkable impact of the structure of food beyond nutritional content or composition.

Source: Which Is a Better Breakfast: Cereal or Oatmeal? | NutritionFacts.org

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Eat your non-instant oatmeal.

(I throw some ground flaxseed in mine for added benefit.)

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Google Gmail tracks purchase history — how to delete it

Google tracks a lot of what you buy, even if you purchased it elsewhere, like in a store or from Amazon.Last week, CEO Sundar Pichai wrote a New York Times op-ed that said “privacy cannot be a luxury good.” But behind the scenes, Google is still collecting a lot of personal information from the services you use, such as Gmail, and some of it can’t be easily deleted.A page called “Purchases ” shows an accurate list of many — though not all — of the things I’ve bought dating back to at least 2012. I made these purchases using online services or apps such as Amazon, DoorDash or Seamless, or in stores such as Macy’s, but never directly through Google.

Source: Google Gmail tracks purchase history — how to delete it

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Aren’t they “helpful”?

Laugh!

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The Evil Income Tax – LewRockwell

It is imperative that we MUST eliminate the income tax. It is a purely a Marxist development that is destroying the world economy. The income tax has become such a tyranny that our liberty, freedom of movement, and world economic growth are all at great risk. Never before in the history of human civilization do we find an income tax.

Source: The Evil Income Tax – LewRockwell

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I completely agree.

“We, The Sheeple”, in that day and age, must have been out of their minds to allow this to happen.

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ADMINISTRIVIA: Testing textexpander on Chromebook

“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

Works!

But not in the Chrome Address Bar.

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Senator Wyden Leads on Securing Elections Before 2020

Sen. Ron Wyden’s new proposal to protect the integrity of U.S. elections, the Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act of 2019, takes a much needed step forward by requiring a return to paper ballots. The bill forcefully addresses a grave threat to American democracy—outdated election technologies used in polling places all over the country that run the risk of recording inaccurate votes or even allowing outside actors to maliciously interfere with the votes that individuals cast.

Source: Senator Wyden Leads on Securing Elections Before 2020

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  • It bans voting machines from connecting to the Internet.

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Seems Obvious!

Captain Obvious

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Ten Years Later—Did QE Work? – The Big Picture

Altogether, the empirical studies of recent years suggest that large-scale asset purchases can affect real economic outcomes via a bank lending channel. Like an interest rate cut in a conventional monetary policy setting, QE can lead to additional bank lending, which in turn translates into additional economic activity.

Source: Ten Years Later—Did QE Work? – The Big Picture

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It overlooks: (1) increased moral hazard; (2) bailed out Wall Street at the expense of Main Street; and (3) kills the retirement savings of retirees and soon to be retirees.

The only answer is to END THE FED!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: “Political Capitalism” is the death of “Market Capitalism”

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1403-the-origins-and-evils-of-crony-capitalism/

I heard a great podcast episode that really cleared away some fog in my understanding of “what’s wrong with the USA”!

The guest, Randall Holcombe, made the point that we no longer live under the system of “Market Capitalism”, but under a NEW system of “Political Capitalism”.

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Political capitalism is an economic and political system in which the economic and political elite cooperate for their mutual benefit. The economic elite influence the government’s economic policies to use regulation, government spending, and the design of the tax system to maintain their elite status in the economy. The political elite are then supported by the economic elite which helps the political elite maintain their status; an exchange relationship that benefits both the political and economic elite.

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He translated Karl Marx’s “oppression of classes” into “those with political influence oppress those without it”.  Occupy Wall Street’s “the 1% oppress the 99%”.

It makes perfect sense as an explanation of how things are now working.

  • Argue against smoking but then giving tax subsidies to tobacco farmers.
  • Decry obesity but give “parity payments” to sugar producers.
  • Ethanol in gas means a payoff to farmers and raises food prices.
  • Bailouts of the “fat cat Wall Streeters” as opposed to the people being foreclosed on.

And on, and on, and on!

I didn’t hear a lot of solutions except for: (1) strongly objecting to anyone seeking “transfers from the public to the privileged individuals; and (2) opposition to every extension of Gooferment into every day life.

Argh!

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Eight Questions for Russia Hoaxers to Answer After End of Mueller Probe | Breitbart

2 – Were Obama administration officials involved in passing dossier charges of questionable political origin to the FBI or bolstering Steele’s credibility to the bureau?David Kramer, a long-time adviser to late Senator John McCain, revealed in testimony that he met with two Obama administration officials to inquire about whether the anti-Trump dossier authored by former British spy Christopher Steele was being taken seriously.In a deposition on Dec. 13, 2017 that was recently posted online, Kramer said that McCain specifically asked him in early December 2016 to meet about the dossier with Victoria Nuland, a senior official in John Kerry’s State Department, as well as an official from the National Security Council.Nuland’s specific role in the dossier episode has been the subject of some controversy for her.

Source: Eight Questions for Russia Hoaxers to Answer After End of Mueller Probe | Breitbart

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Another great question?

What was McCain’s role in getting even with DJT45?

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Ajit Pai proposes new rule that would allow carriers to block robocalls – The Verge

The new rule would make it easier for carriers, like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, to automatically register their customers for call-blocking technology. As of right now, customers have to opt-in on their own. It would also allow customers to block calls coming from phone numbers that are not on their contacts list. Commissioners are expected to vote on the measure at their June 6th meeting.

Source: Ajit Pai proposes new rule that would allow carriers to block robocalls – The Verge

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Sounds like “it’s about time”.

I love how Gooferment always arrive late to the party and then claims to lead!

I’d like an option that non-contact calls get route to voice mail automagically.

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Eight Questions for Russia Hoaxers to Answer After End of Mueller Probe | Breitbart

1 – Was a false crime deliberately reported to the FBI?Former British spy Christopher Steele reportedly met on July 5, 2016 with a Rome-based special agent, where he turned over the unsubstantiated, largely-discredited anti-Trump charges listed in his infamous dossier alleging collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.The controversial Fusion GPS firm hired Steele to do the anti-Trump work that resulted in the compilation of the dossier. Fusion GPS was paid for its anti-Trump work by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee via the Perkins Coie law firm.The dossier contents were so unverified that numerous major media outlets briefed on the document refused to publish stories on the salacious material.The BBC reported that Steele’s information served as a “road map” for the FBI’s investigation into claims of coordination between Moscow and members of Trump’s presidential campaign.

Source: Eight Questions for Russia Hoaxers to Answer After End of Mueller Probe | Breitbart

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That’s a good question!

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Will political correctness kill classic movies? | TheHill

One highly controversial film, and its collective shunning, predates the current PC mania. The 1915 drama “Birth of a Nation” glorified the KKK and dehumanized black slaves, among other revolting elements. Cultural critics marvel at some of its artistic achievements, given the technical constraints of the era, but its content makes any public display cultural dynamite.

Source: Will political correctness kill classic movies? | TheHill

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If we forget our “history” — both good and bad — aren’t we doomed to repeat it?

Every mature person should see the horrors of slavery, the Holocaust, the “War of Northern Aggression”, the Japanese internment, the Tuskegee experiments, the Trail of Tears, the bombing of Dresden, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.

Sorry if it “hurts”, but it’s “history”.

We need it to remember.

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Why Did it Have to be … Guns?, by L. Neil Smith

Sure, these are all leading questions. They’re the questions that led me to the issue of guns and gun ownership as the clearest and most unmistakable demonstration of what any given politician—or political philosophy—is really made of.

Source: Why Did it Have to be … Guns?, by L. Neil Smith

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Gun Ownership is the palladium of liberty.

The ability to defend yourself is the essence of the non-aggression principle and self-ownership.

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