Category Archives: Opinion

Does Washington want to start a new war in the Balkans?

Source: CounterPunch
by David Kowalski

"With Monday's procedural vote in the U.S. Senate to allow Montenegro into NATO, the Washington elite proved once more that heightening tensions with Russia might not just be inevitable, but actually desirable. With the exception of Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT), the entire 100-strong body of the Senate rallied behind the motion that would see the tiny Adriatic state admitted into the Atlantic alliance over the objections of many Montenegrins. The vote set off a 30-hour countdown, during which Senators will debate before putting the issue to a final vote. If you needed more proof that US foreign policy is misguided, just look to what happened to Rand Paul after his earlier decision to block Montenegro's accession." (03/29/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/29/does-washington-want-to-start-a-new-war-in-the-balkans/

The JFK brain mystery

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Notwithstanding all the controversy that continues to swirl around the assassination of President Kennedy more than 50 years ago, everyone agrees on at least one fact: There was a gunshot that hit President Kennedy in the head, one that blew out a large portion of his brain. There is no controversy or dispute about that fact. Yet, take a look at this rendition of an autopsy photograph of what is represented to be Kennedy's brain that is part of the official JFK autopsy records. … while the brain is split in two halves, it is fully intact. That is, it is not missing a quarter to one-third of its mass, which was the amount of the brain that was estimated to have been blown away by the shot that hit Kennedy in the head. … This brain mystery is reinforced by the official autopsy report …. There is only one conclusion that can be drawn from this set of circumstantial evidence: The U.S. military substituted someone's else's brain for that of President Kennedy." (03/29/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/03/29/jfk-brain-mystery/

The problem with paid parental leave

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Xiong Yue

"A Chinese fable called 'Three in the Morning and Four in the Evening,' relates this story: An old man in ancient China wanted to reduce his pet monkeys' food as he can't afford the previous amount any longer. He first told them that he would reduce the monkey's ration to three acorns in the morning and four acorns in the evening. Thereupon, his monkeys protested angrily. Then the old man said, 'How about four in the morning and three in the evening?' Knowing that he would get four acorns the next morning, the monkey became ecstatic. We may laugh at the monkey in this story, but when actress Anne Hathaway gave a speech at the United Nations this month arguing for paid parental leave for all parents — both mothers and fathers — she is no wiser than the monkey." (03/29/17)

https://mises.org/blog/problem-paid-parental-leave

Make the anti-war movement great again

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

"Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been at war, the longest continuous conflict in its history. Its citizens have witnessed a failed surge into Afghanistan, a catastrophe in Iraq that helped destabilize vast swaths of the Middle East, an unconstitutional war in Libya that created a power vacuum exploited by ISIS, and a drone war that has killed hundreds of innocents in a half-dozen countries. The last two presidents campaigned against dumb wars and won. The more interventionist candidate has lost every election since 2008. Yet the anti-war faction that mobilized against the Iraq War shrunk precipitously during the Obama years, and is less noisy as Trump takes office than anti-pipeline protesters. … The absence of significant protests in the face of this inhumane militarism is a major reason why it is neither emphasized in the press nor kept in check by the most effective brake on killing among those who lack a moral compass: political consequences. Trump and most Republicans won't worry about civilian deaths until they're affected by them. Neither will most Democrats."

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/make-the-anti-war-movement-great-again/520983/

Did the government spy on Trump? Of course. It spies on all of us!

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

"There was high drama last week when Rep. Devin Nunes announced at the White House that he had seen evidence that the communications of the Donald Trump campaign people, and perhaps even Trump himself, had been 'incidentally collected' by the US government. If true, this means that someone authorized the monitoring of Trump campaign communications using Section 702 of the FISA Act. Could it have been then-President Obama? We don't know. Could it have been other political enemies looking for something to harm the Trump campaign or presidency? It is possible. There is much we do not yet know about what happened and there is probably quite a bit we will never know. But we do know several very important things about the government spying on Americans." (03/28/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/government-spy-trump-course-spies-us

Death at your door: Knock-and-talk police tactics rip a hole in the Constitution

Source: OpEdNews
by John Whitehead

"It was late on a Saturday night — so late that it was technically Sunday morning — and 26-year-old Scott was at home with his girlfriend playing video games when police, in pursuit of a speeding motorcyclist, arrived at Scott's apartment complex, assumed tactical positions with guns drawn and ready to shoot, and began pounding on his apartment door (because it had a light on and there was a motorcycle parked nearby). Understandably alarmed by the aggressive pounding on his door at such a late hour, Scott retrieved his handgun before opening the door. Upon opening the door, Scott saw a shadowy figure holding a gun outside his door. Police failed to identify themselves. Unnerved by the sight of the gunman, Scott retreated into his apartment only to have police immediately open fire on him. Of the six shots fired, three hit and killed Scott, who had no connection to the motorcycle or any illegal activity." (03/28/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Death-at-Your-Door-Knock-by-John-Whitehead-Police_Police-Abuse-Of-Power_Police-Shooting_Police-State-170327-108.html

Conservative and libertarian Georgians should oppose the death penalty

Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Jennifer Maffessanti

"Thus far, over 156 people nationally and 6 in Georgia have been released from death row because they were wrongly convicted. That's 156+ individuals who easily could have been wrongly executed had the mistakes that led to their convictions not been discovered. Others have indeed been executed even though plenty of questions about their guilt remained. This is a heartbreaking fact, but it shouldn't surprise anyone. The staggering number of exonerations indicates that we have some fundamental problems in our criminal justice system. The human element in our judicial process makes the whole idea of a functioning, efficient, and efficacious death penalty absurd. It requires a level of knowledge and insight that is just not possible. There are no greater stakes than life and death, and so long as the death penalty remains an option, innocent lives are endangered." (03/28/17)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/conservative-libertarian-georgians-oppose-death-penalty/

The disgrace of war

Source: Freeman's Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

Here's a simple question. Give me the first answer that pops into your mind: What’s the purpose of the state? Most people would probably answer, to keep us safe. I can argue that this isn't the state's true purpose (and I will, below), but it's clearly its primary selling point. And so, every war — and there are generally at least 20 of them under way at any point in time — is a screaming condemnation of the state. War is people dying; it is property being destroyed; it is market processes being torn apart. It's the precise opposite of keeping people safe." (03/28/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/the-disgrace-of-war/

Stop the Meals on Wheels funding freakout

Source: USA Today
by Katrina Trinko

"Here’s the truth the Meals on Wheels funding freakout missed: We don’t need the government to help each other. When President Trump announced his budget this month, there was an uproar over the proposal to end the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program, which states use for a variety of services including (in some cases) Meals on Wheels for seniors. … First, let’s straighten out the facts about Meals on Wheels and Trump’s budget. While Trump wants to eliminate the community development grant and a Community Services Block Grant that also helps the program in some states, the impact of his proposal is not clear. The primary source of federal support for the 5,000 local Meals on Wheels programs, accounting for 35% of their funding, is the Older Americans Act administered by the Department of Health and Human Services." [editor's note: I am loving this demonstration of the generosity and volunteerism that categorizes most people I know, including many who claim only govt can do these things (because of greedy rich people) – SAT] (03/28/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/03/28/meals-wheels-funding-freakout-katrina-trinko-column/99703360

Universal healthcare access is coming. Stop fighting it and start figuring out how to make it work

Source: Niskanen Center
by Ed Dolan

"Many observers are describing the dramatic failure of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as a debacle, but perhaps it will prove to be a step forward. As everyone knows by now, the United States is alone among advanced economies in not having universal access to health care, but it is already much closer to such a system than most people realize. The defeat of the ACHA may be a tipping point in which the forces trying to figure out how to make universal access health care work gain the upper hand over those that are fighting it." (03/28/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/universal-healthcare-access/