US Congress puts off fake government shutdown for a week

Source: US News & World Report

"Congress took the easy way out to keep the government open on the eve of Donald Trump's 100th day in office, passing a weeklong stop-gap spending bill Friday that amounted to more of a defeat for the president than a victory. Lawmakers cleared the measure easily with just hours to spare before the shutdown deadline at midnight. But with Trump marking his presidency's milestone Saturday, he did not wring any major legislation out of Congress, despite a renewed White House push to revive the House GOP's health care bill in time for a vote that could give him bragging rights." (04/28/17)

Phony hysterics over North Korea

by Justin Raimondo

"A lot of my job as editorial director of is cutting through the veil of obfuscation with which the War Party masks its ill intentions. But sometimes you don’t even have to read between the lines to see what our conniving rulers are up to. Such is the case with the current war scare around North Korea. President Trump is playing this for all it’s worth, summoning the Senate to a special conclave at the White House to inform them of the supposedly dire threat. This ostentatious display was preceded by a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee at which Admiral Harry Harris, in charge of the US Pacific Command, sounded the alarm: 'Kim Jong-Un is clearly in a position to threaten Hawaii today, in my opinion. I have suggested that we consider putting interceptors in Hawaii that … defend (it) directly, and that we look at a defensive Hawaii radar.' The idea that the North Korean despot is going to pull off another Pearl Harbor is so off the wall that one has to wonder what the Admiral is smoking." (04/28/17)

The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 60

Source: The LAVA Flow

"Arkansas rushes to murder potentially innocent men using the death penalty, What's in the News with stories on Saudia Arabia women's rights, the TSA, IRS, strippers and Backwordz, and a Statists Gonna State on CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Julian Assange." [various formats] (04/28/17)

UK: Police shoot one, arrest six in "counterterror" raids

Source: Washington Post

"British police said Friday they had disrupted an active terror plot with raids in London and southeastern England. One woman was shot and seriously wounded as heavily armed counterterrorism officers stormed a house in a residential London street. Six suspects were arrested on terrorism-related charges, police said. The injured woman, who is in her 20s, was in serious but stable condition in a hospital. The woman, whose name hasn’t been released, was under police guard but had not been arrested because of her condition, police said. Armed officers fired CS gas into the house in the Willesden area of northwest London, which had been under observation as part of an anti-terrorism investigation, Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said. He didn’t give details of how the woman was shot." (04/28/27)

A matter of steel industry security

Source: Reason
by Daniel Griswold

"President Trump activated a seldom-used provision in U.S. trade law last week that could result in sweeping tariffs on imported steel, all in the name of U.S. 'national security.' The initiative only proves that the argument for industry protection has become as bankrupt as an abandoned steel mill. … the entire exercise is a waste of resources and a sop to the relatively small domestic steel industry and its unions. If patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, then national security is the last refuge of domestic producers that want to hobble their foreign competitors. Steel imports are no more a threat to U.S. national security than imported sugar or lumber or tulips." (04/28/17)

Trump openly threatens military war on North Korea, trade war on South Korea

Source: Reuters

"U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute. 'There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,' Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview ahead of his 100th day in office on Saturday. … He also said he wants South Korea to pay the cost of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile defense system, which he estimated at $1 billion, and intends to renegotiate or terminate a U.S. free trade pact with South Korea because of a deep trade deficit with Seoul." (04/28/17)

Death and …

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"It’s a sure thing — that most folks will like President Trump’s tax cuts. Though we don’t yet know all the details. When it comes to taxes, less is more. That is, if you’re paying taxes. It is no great mystery that people like it when their own taxes are reduced. But what about reducing other people’s taxes?" (04/28/17)

Free Talk Live, 04/27/17

Source: Free Talk Live

"Oregon man fined $500 for using the word 'engineer' in an email :: Caller says 'God is returning in September' :: Occuptional licensing :: War with North Korea :: SCOTUS to rule on whether or not citizenship can be revoked for telling a lie about your weight :: Have liberals embraced liberty? :: Donor states vs Reciever states :: Dozens arrested in cannabis crackdown in Philly :: Liberty role models :: States vs Territories :: Philly Smoke Session :: Young people unwilling to work high-paying jobs :: HOSTS: Darryl, Chris & Heather." [Flash audio or MP3] (04/27/17)

Pentagon probes Afghanistan occupation troop deaths as possible "friendly fire" incident

Source: The Hill

"The Defense Department is looking into whether two U.S. Army Rangers who died Wednesday may have been killed by friendly fire, according to a Pentagon spokesman. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters Friday that the deaths of Sgts. Joshua Rodgers, 22, of Bloomington, Ill., and Cameron Thomas, 23, of Kettering, Ohio, occurred during a raid on ISIS militants in Afghanistan. He said that 'some of the initial indications' suggest friendly fire is to blame for the casualties. Davis added that there is 'no indication' of any intentional attacks by Afghanistan soldiers on American troops." (04/28/17)

100 days in, Trump has already learned the seductions of foreign war

Source: Cato Institute
by Gene Healy

"With his major initiatives stymied by Congress and the courts, President Trump has begun griping about the media holding him to 'the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days.' The good news for Trump is he can argue for an extension: according to some of America’s preeminent 'thought leaders,' he wasn’t really president until he hit Syria with 59 Tomahawk missiles on April 6. 'The Trump administration can truly be said to have started only now,' exulted neoconservative foreign policy guru Elliot Abrams the day after the airstrikes. 'Donald Trump became the president of the United States [last night],' echoed CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. It was 'a big moment,' 'a kind of education of Donald Trump,' Zakaria gushed: Trump 'realized [that] presidents don’t need to go to a pesky Congress every time they want military force.' As a practical matter, Zakaria is right: perversely, it’s in the use of military force — the area where presidents are most dangerous — where they now have the freest hand. The president can’t unilaterally pass a tax cut or a new health-care plan, but say the word, and the missiles will fly. When he’s showered in media accolades for doing so, it can make the resort to force particularly seductive." (04/28/17)