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East Ghouta: Obama’s Last Stand In Syria?

1:43 pm on March 21, 2018

Breaking News: Homeschoolers are “Different”

Hooray for Tim Tebow. He says “it’s good to be different,” except that being “different” doesn’t count unless it falls within the set of specific guidelines as defined in the government’s equality-diversity handbook.

It’s a shame how hard homeschoolers have to work to convince the rest of the clueless, bewildered masses (who shove their kid into the collective pipeline of dumbed-down public schools) that their decision to homeschool is the right one, as opposed to the government indoctrination farms that are funded by robbing taxpayers. I like the hardcore homeschoolers – the ones who just resort to telling the skeptics to piss off.

8:45 am on March 21, 2018

The Pit Bull Crisis

Congress is acting quickly to ban pit bulls in schools, or within a half-mile of a school. This threat must be dealt with in order to save the children, even if pit bull freedoms are infringed upon in the process. I wonder if pit bull control can be better achieved through addressing their mental health issues that have gone untreated?

8:38 am on March 21, 2018

The Mental Health Racket

The author is exactly correct in stating that “the weaponization of psychiatry and other medical venues against gun owners could be a reality in America if the gun control crowd has their way.”

Criminal, totalitarian states (what other kind is there?) have always used mental illness as a means to empowerment. And by that I mean to suggest that so many people who commit acts of violence are deliberately tagged with “mental illness” as the underlying cause. This is how the state and its institutions use the power of propaganda to create yet another crisis that requires more government resources and taxpayer funding, further growing state power, especially as it applies to the mental health of individuals.

However, what is often ignored is how this utilization of power and propaganda so easily grips the passions of the masses who rely on the advisement of so-called “experts” in the public sphere; sound bites in the mainstream media and on social media; and emotional arguments that confirm their own biases. The uninformed, hyper-emoting, non-reasoning masses of asses around us are as much of a threat to our freedom as state power in the hands of miscreants.

8:34 am on March 21, 2018

Californians Fleeing Their State in Droves

for Arizona, Oregon, Texas, and Nevada. Unaffordable housing and taxes are the main reasons.

“There’s nowhere in the United States that you can find better weather than here,” said Dave Senser, who lives on a fixed income near San Luis Obispo…and now plans to move to Las Vegas. “Rents here are crazy, if you can find a place, and they’re going to tax [you] to death.

Earlier this month, U.S. News and World Report ranked California dead last in quality of life in the U.S.:

5:08 pm on March 20, 2018

The “Deep State” is Nothing New

Many commentators on the “deep state” that has been working tooth and nail to sabotage Trump and his administration act as though it is a new phenomenon.  It is not.  As long as there has been a federal bureaucracy there has been a deep state.  This is because every government bureaucrat is always and everywhere a conniver/manipulator/propagandist/lobbyist for the growth of government, especially his or her part of it, and a fight-to-the-death opponent of even any talk of tax cuts, spending restraint, constitutionalism, or anything else that would slow the growth of the Leviathan state.  We’re not just talking about the CIA and he FIB, but ALL federal bureaucracies. They have ALL been doing everything imaginable to sabotage Trump since, although he has greatly expanded government in general, he has also reduced regulations and cut a few taxes.  That is to the federal bureaucracy what sunlight is to a vampire.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s famous 1961 warning about the “military/industrial complex” was a warning against the machinations of the deep state of his day.  The “deep state” was also on display during the Reagan administration.  That motivated Milton Friedman to write a book entitled The Tyranny of the Status Quo.  The theme of the book by the Republican Party economist was that Reagan had only 6-9 months to achieve what he wanted to achieve during his second term because the deep state of his day (Friedman did not actually use that phrase) would quickly coalesce to sabotage him and his administration, and indeed it did.

I recommend Bureaucracy by Ludwig von Mises; The Politics of Bureaucracy by Gordon Tullock; Inside Bureaucracy by Anthony Downs; A Disquisition on Government by John C. Calhoun; and Murray Rothbard’s online essay, “Anatomy of the State,” for a little light reading on the subject.


4:52 pm on March 20, 2018

Trigger-Happy Cop Who Killed Justine Damond Finally Charged With Murder

Charges are third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Damond, a 40-year-old [Australian] expat…called 911 [last July 15] to report a possible sexual assault in the alley behind her home.  Damond’s deadly encounter with [Officer Mohamed] Noor happened on July 15 when she approached the SUV that Noor and his partner, Officer Matthew Harrity, were driving in.

Both officers were wearing body cameras, but they were turned off, as were the headlights of their vehicle.

Body cameras on both officers turned off.  Imagine that.  Calling the cops can indeed be hazardous to your health.

4:44 pm on March 20, 2018

Unhappy Anniversary: Iraq War At 15

1:14 pm on March 20, 2018

The Automaton Age

The hubris of the techie types.

An Uber self-driving car hit and killed a woman in Tempe, Ariz., a tragic milestone that could lead to a major setback in the otherwise feverish development of driverless transportation.

The death of Elaine Herzberg, 49, who was crossing a street outside the marked crosswalk, appears to be the first time a self-driving car has been involved in the fatality of a person not inside the vehicle.

Seen in the comments on Yahoo: “Just wait until one of those driverless 18 wheelers flattens a few kids on their way to school.”

6:47 am on March 20, 2018

One of the Worst Days in History

The beginning of the Iraq War on March, 19, 2003. See my many articles on the Iraq War here.

9:16 pm on March 19, 2018

“Hollywood rewards a mass murderer”

The Washington Post on the new Churchill movie.

8:42 pm on March 19, 2018

Is Trump’s World Dysfunctional as CNN Writes?

CNN publishes so-called “analysis” by an editor-at-large with the headline “1 sentence that explains the wacky and super dysfunctional world of Donald Trump”.

The article is about White House personnel turnover and non-estrangement even when there is turnover.

Why look at inputs? Why not look at outputs of Trump’s administration? That’s a polite way of saying that CNN and the Washington Post habitually go out of their way to focus on anything superficial having to do with Trump that provides them a negative headline. They never let up, even 15 months into his administration. One effect has been to sideline Trump’s desire to cooperate with Putin. The resulting danger of stoking hostility with Russia is monumental.

How about the substantial reduction in federal regulations? How about this? “Trump Regulations: Federal Register Page Count Is Lowest In Quarter Century”.

“A year ago, Obama set the all-time Federal Register page record with 95,894 pages.

“Trump’s Federal Register is a 35 percent drop from Obama’s record, set last year.”

Recognizing that the numbers are iffy, the 2016 federal outlays came to $3.54 trillion. The 2017 outlays are said to be 3.65 trillion. This increase is 3.1 percent.

The two ruling parties view libertarians as from another planet, if not galaxy, and these numbers show it. However, that is not my point, which is that a 3.1 percent change is no wackier or dysfunctional than what the last two presidents brought us. Outlays were $2.2T in 2000 and $3.02T in 2008. Bush 2 hiked outlays by 37.3 percent in 8 years. Obama went from $3.02T to $3.54T in 2016, an increase of 17.2 percent in his 8 years.

5:58 pm on March 19, 2018

Russian Double Agent Poisoned: Who Did It…And Why?

12:38 pm on March 19, 2018

Worthless Notes: Comey, Rice and McCabe

Comey writes up notes of meetings with Trump. It’s a blatant attempt to get Trump on a charge of obstructing justice. Comey’s behavior has been despicable during the entire election and afterward, start to finish. James Comey is a worm. His notes of meetings have no value.

Susan Rice sends herself an e-mail about a meeting with Obama and others. One reason for the meeting appears to be to keep information out of the hands of the Trump team. “The meeting, which also included then Vice President Joe Biden as well as former FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, reportedly covered the topic of what information about the Russia investigation could be shared with Trump’s transition team.”

9:28 am on March 18, 2018


A nonprofit organization in Detroit, Detroit Hives, is succeeding where government could not succeed. Detroit Hives is taking over some blighted property on Detroit’s east side and transforming it into honeybee farms while teaching minority children the art of beekeeping. Unfortunately, even with Detroit’s helpful Land Bank, the process for obtaining ownership of abandoned land can, at times, be frustrating and time-consuming.

7:22 am on March 18, 2018

When Diversity and Corporatocracy Kills

With the Florida bridge collapse, there are the usual suspects: (1) government contracts and the role “diversity” plays in the doling out of those contracts, and (2) rent-seeking interests that continually profit from government intervention in markets in order to “level the playing field.” Based on the various links in this story, there’s some good evidence that, once again, government policy is responsible for the death of innocent citizens.

Senator Bill Nelson of Florida has tweeted: “Just asked USDOT to turn over records related to the engineering, design, construction, safety and inspection of the bridge that collapsed yesterday at @FIU. We need a clear understanding of who had what role in this tragedy and hold them accountable.”

What will they do when they find that government policy and ‘politics as usual’ is directly responsible for the deaths of these individuals? They may find a scapegoat to throw into the pit to make the lawyers happy, but the real cause – government – will never be held accountable.


7:01 am on March 18, 2018

Pygmy Pedestrian Bridge

Two videos, here and here, show Pygmy construction of a pedestrian bridge across a river. Video 1 shows how the first cross-river suspension rope is accomplished. Video 2 shows weaving and other construction.

All right, so the Pgymy bridge methods are too “primitive” for snooty American engineering and require too much upkeep (or do they?). Then why not go aluminum?

Prefabricated aluminum bridges are made and sold in America. Check out the photo. It looks safe and effective.

What unholy alliance of state, university and construction company resulted in the Florida design and construction? Is it really necessary to make a bridge for pedestrians that uses 950 tons of concrete?

7:32 pm on March 17, 2018

re: “Give Me a Break”

Karen, John Stossel explains how he went from a pro Ralph Nader “consumer reporter” to a libertarian-ish critic at 16:48 to 19:53 of this video.

11:14 am on March 17, 2018

Why Is the West Antagonistic Toward Russia?

The UK expels 23 Russian diplomats after hastily accusing and condemning Russia and even Putin himself of poisoning “Sergei Skripal, a former double agent, and his daughter, Yulia, on March 4 in Salisbury, UK.”

This is another in a long-running set of actions by the West’s governments that show deep antagonism, fear and even hatred of Russia. Why does this exist?

Weapons industries batten on the presence of enemies. This is one powerful reason behind the hatred. Attitudes of hatred and antagonism conform to an ideology that economically rewards influential backers and beneficiaries of the national security state. They sponsor elected politicians who receive campaign contributions and are lobbying targets. Government defense bureaucrats rotate through industry positions, think tanks and government posts. Lately, intelligence bureaucrats and agents are attempting to rotate into political positions. In a word, the system is corrupt. Personal payoffs take precedence over the security of the voters.

Voters are bombarded by media that propagate symbols that strike fear into their hearts. Almost everything associated with Russia has been turned into a symbol of strangeness and largeness that generates fear, suspicion and antagonism. Russia is seen as strange and large and to be feared. The list of symbols generating fear is very long. I am not saying these are accurate. I am saying that they’ve been hung around Russia’s neck as negative symbols.

It begins with Russia being the largest country on Earth. Their Christian religion differs from the West’s. Their language is inaccessible and strange. Their communist system rivaled capitalism. The Kremlin and its walls symbolize secrecy. Their intent was to subvert the world. They are masters at chess and strategy, sneaky. They are masters at bigness: big satellites, big rockets, big nuclear devices, big tanks, intense rocket batteries. They were first into space and first to make an unmanned landing on the moon. Their army rapes and plunders. Their cold in Siberia is great and terrifying. The bear is an animal symbol that’s scary, surely more scary than the eagle. Their cruelty is noted even by Dostoevsky and emphasized by the gulag. Something as harmless as matryoshka dolls is turned into a symbol of layers of secrecy and deception. Their drinking is large: high-proof vodka in large quantities. They are against LGBT rights. Even their novels are huge, such as “War and Peace”. They defeat the West’s invasions, both Napoleon’s and Hitler’s, partly by size alone and partly by extreme climate. Their May Day parades are huge and imposing, with huge missiles on display and marching soldiers who resemble Hitler’s regiments. They are an energy giant. Their system is seen as run by oligarchs with huge empires of businesses. Their Mafia and criminal gangs are constantly the bad guys in the West’s movies. Their secret services succeed one after another and reach into the West. Communist agents infiltrated the State Department. They stole our atomic secrets. Now they are poisoning ex-spies with dangerous toxins. The color “Red” and the hammer and sickle became symbols to hate and fear.

We could go on. It is always the same as in the preceding cliches and exaggerations. The West turns anything Russia into a caricature and cartoon symbol to be feared and hated. It would not be hard to find activities carried out in the West and demonize them in the same way, and that is surely being done by those who wish to build up hatred of the West. The West’s politicians and media have built up suspicion of Russia among voters and themselves, interrupted only briefly by the war years when Stalin became an ally and then only for public consumption. Once enough Americans have been stirred up, they formed their own anti-communist and now anti-Russian organizations that deepened the process of creating antagonism.

Russia needs to counteract a wall of negative symbols that identify it in the minds of people in the West. Ballet dancers are not enough. It needs to find some positive symbols to represent itself. It has been trying. It has been acting in level-headed ways. It hasn’t been anywhere near as aggressive as the West has been in the past 28 years since the USSR failed. Yet being a reasonable actor on the world stage has not defused the West’s antagonism, which is strongly rooted in the economic and political gains of making Russia into an enemy.

The ideology of being anti-Russia has now taken over the minds of many of those within the West’s political system and its national security and military-industrial complex. Anti-Russianism is now habitual and near-automatic. Many in the West believe in the anti-Russia symbols and exaggerations to the point that they wish to alter Russia fundamentally. Beneath anti-Russianism has grown a desire to tame and control Russia, somehow causing a regime change that will replace the existing leadership with Western toadies and puppets.

10:01 am on March 17, 2018

“Give Me a Break”

John Stossel is a good example of a guy who recognizes the totalitarian impulse of the masses. His Give Me a Break segments not only made a mockery of government oppression, but also, much of his fault-finding was with the people themselves — regular citizens who commence tirades over the details of others’ lives. Be reminded of what happened when Stossel started to focus on government and institutions as being at the root of evil and indoctrination. To quote him:

My colleagues liked it when I offended people. They called my reporting “hard-hitting,” “a public service.” I won 18 Emmys, and lots of other journalism awards. One year I got so many Emmys, another winner thanked me in his acceptance speech “for not having an entry in this category.”

Then I did a terrible thing. Instead of just applying my skepticism to business, I applied it to government and “public interest” groups. This apparently violated a religious tenet of journalism. Suddenly I was no longer “objective.”

Ralph Nader said I “used to be on the cutting edge,” but had become “lazy and dishonest.” According to Brill’s Content, “Nader was a fan during Stossel’s consumer advocate days,” but “now talks about him as if he’d been afflicted with a mysterious disease.”

7:16 am on March 17, 2018

Tyranny of the Masses: the Female Brigade

Watching a bunch of screeching, emoting, Oprahfied women argue for gun control on Facebook and take on dissenters is like watching a 16-year-old driver’s training student drive the wrong way on a freeway and take on oncoming traffic. The predictability of their uninformed, meaningless arguments (“no one needs an assault weapon to defend their home!”; “we have to make guns harder to get!”; “the 2nd Amendment needs to evolve!”; “it’s for the children!”) is frightening because we know that such behavior serves to advance that mentality amongst the ignorant female collective as they infiltrate and inspire the minds of other women with their factless fluff and emotional outpourings.

A collective circle of ignorance regurgitating and spreading folly in a shared pool leads to a tyranny of the masses.

The individual tyrant mindsets that make up the collective mass are necessarily the result of democracy. Weaned on the teats of the State, these individuals are imbued with the “democratic” philosophy that government is there to provide for their endeavors, even if it means having the State aggress against others to relieve them of life’s little uncertainties and risks. Democracy gives them a say-so in the political process, a process where coercive powers are exercised at will via majority rule. Once the nipples of democracy have been exposed to the piglets gathering round the hub of majority rule, we engender a perpetual breeding process of decadent usurpation by the masses over the few.

7:54 am on March 16, 2018

Most Businesses Want More Business

But not the U.S. Post Office. Postal workers are complaining about all the packages from Amazon that they have to deliver.

9:09 pm on March 15, 2018

Why Are More and More White People Going to Prison?

The war on drugs. Whites have “accounted for nearly 90 percent of new opioid users between 2000 and 2010, and suffered 82 percent of all opioid-related overdoses in 2015.” No one, black or white, should ever go to prison for possessing a substance the government doesn’t approve of unless he commits an actual crime in connection with his drug acquisition or use. The war on drugs is a war on freedom.

9:07 pm on March 15, 2018

This Married White Woman Objects

“[Democrats] do not do well with white men, and we don’t do well with married white women. Part of that is ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should. All of a sudden, you know, white women who were gonna vote for me and frankly standing up to the men in their lives and the men in their workplaces were being told, she’s going to jail, you know, you don’t want to vote for her, you know, it’s terrible, you can’t vote for that.” — Hillary Clinton

I’ve been waiting for a Social Justice Warrior to defend married white women since last weekend, when that married white woman, Hillary Clinton, smeared us as brainless patsies kowtowing to men.

But five news-cycles have passed, and no one’s stepped forward. Indeed, the Washington Post, that bastion of Social Justice, actually dignified Hitlary’s hate-speech with studies and statistics and all the other indices they ignore when Donald Trump’s in the pillory. And so, as a married white woman, I sally forth into the breach. I do so freely, without any ongoing pressure from my husband, boss, son, whoever. But I’m also reluctant: I hate to accord anything that shrew says even the slightest attention, let alone a rebuttal.

Granny’s outburst both scares and encourages. It scares because aren’t women as a class immune from criticism, even Clinton’s silly, ineffective version? Whether we’re applying for admission to college or a contract with the Feds, we receive special protection and consideration. And that includes all women, even married white ones: we’re as incapable of competing on our merits as all the other colors out there.

But Hellary’s words may signal an end to that status. I’d assumed our gender was powerful enough yet sufficiently beaten down to overrule our race—but perhaps whiteness now outweighs femininity. If so, what will Nancy Pelosi, Fauxcahontas (who, minus her Indian blood, becomes irredeemably white), Ruth Bader Ginsburg and, yes, even Madame Not-President do? Anyway, ladies, brace yourselves: if race now trumps sex in the ever-changing Marxist hierarchy, we’re heading for the same abuse those dead white males—and all those white males who wish they were dead—have long suffered.

On the other hand, Cankles implies that husbands, bosses, sons, whoever rule the roost, at least when it comes to elections. And that’s heartening. Surveying the beta males, metrosexuals, homosexuals, and trannies that dominate TV, the bath- and fitting rooms at Target, movies, advertising, New York City’s Council, the armed forces, and hair salons, I often fear no real men remain. What gal hunting a husband hasn’t despaired that feminism has pretty much triumphed over Hominem Americanum? Now Shrillary confesses that not only have she and her fellow harpies failed at their mission to emasculate, they’ve failed big-time: more than half of white American male voters, 52% to be exact, dare think their own thoughts and form their own opinions without first asking, “Mother, may I?” So inspiring!

And not only are the 52% thinking for themselves, they’re strong and confident enough to influence the folks around them—half of whom are generally women, or at least so assigned at birth. This sits ill with the feminists, of course: any influencing will be done by them and them alone. But it’s refreshing for those who prefer rationality, freedom and prosperity to a subjective dystopia.

Alas, I admit that Cankles got it right as far as my household, for I am firmly and irrevocably under my husband’s thumb. Last night, for example, when I suggested oh-so-nutritious bean sprouts and bone broth for dinner, Hubby insisted on Chinese food instead. Out we sashayed to Ming’s Palace, where we feasted on shrimp in lobster sauce and pork lo mein. Oh, the gall of the guy.

Given Hubby’s propensity for personal dictatorship, you can imagine our discussions of the election:

Me: Can you believe that moron called half the electorate “deplorable”? I mean, I’m no politician, thank God, but even I know–

Hubby [head and shoulders well inside fridge]: Hon, where’s the ice cream?

Me [frankly standing up to the man in my life]: Look, this is important. That witch called us “deplorable”!

Hubby: It’s not more important than ice cream. Come on, get your priorities straight.

He then twisted my arm until I helped him devour half the carton of Cookies ‘N’ Cream. And when I demurred that pouring chocolate syrup over it gilds the lily, he absolutely refused to listen. Talk about your “ongoing pressure”!

Meanwhile, is it me, or is there something nauseatingly hypocritical about Nanny Clinton’s bashing anyone else’s husband for any reason whatever?

5:17 pm on March 15, 2018

‘Skin In The Game’ – With Special Guest Nassim Nicholas Taleb

12:45 pm on March 15, 2018

Two New Books Now Available

Or at least they are supposed to be. Today is the official publication date of my two new books: Free Trade or Protectionism? and The Free Society. I have plenty of books to sell, but Amazon has been lax in reordering. I assure you that Amazon will have the books back in stock soon.

7:54 am on March 15, 2018

Not Only Can You Get Sexually Assaulted in the Military

Your kids can get sexually assaulted in the military’s school system — the Department of Defense Education Activity, or DoDEA. Just don’t expect much to be done about it. But note that the article begins with a sentence that is only half true: “Tens of thousands of children and teenagers live and attend school on U.S. military bases while their parents serve the country.” No U.S. soldier stationed overseas is serving the country.

Thanks to James.

7:40 am on March 15, 2018

Stop Blaming Mexican Violence on American Guns

Mexico is a land of strict gun control and high homicide. In order to explain this away, many advocates for gun control attempt to blame Mexican homicides on American guns. These claims, however, fail to explain why the same guns that are legal in Texas somehow become far more deadly once they cross to the southern side of the border. I explain more in this episode of Radio Rothbard:

7:30 pm on March 14, 2018

Go Ahead, Dress Like a Woman

Even if you are a man. And even if your employer is a funeral home that has a dress code “tailored to serve those mourning the loss of a loved one.” The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes “had discriminated against funeral director Anthony Stephens”—who is in the process of transitioning into a woman and now goes by the name Aimee—when it fired him in 2013. “The decision by the three-judge panel returns the case to a federal judge who earlier dismissed a discrimination lawsuit against the funeral business filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).”

This is a simple case of workplace dress codes. In a free society, you either dress as your employer says or you go to work elsewhere, as I have written about here. But, of course, Americans don’t live in a free society, as I make clear in my new book The Free Society, which officially releases tomorrow.

5:29 pm on March 14, 2018