Category Archives: Opinion

How the UN covers for US aggression

by JP Sottile

"[T]he UN has basically been the complete opposite of what its angriest critics claim. It is not out to get the US Rather, it has largely been America’s tool since its inception and, in particular, it has repeatedly covered Uncle Sam’s overly-exposed butt as he (a.k.a. 'the royal we') has gone around the world on a three decade-long military bender since the end of the Cold War." (09/20/17)

Now Hillary wants to challenge the election? Someone please strike the gong

Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

"Have you noticed that even the most ardent Trump haters haven't been pining for a Hillary Clinton presidency? In case anyone had any doubts as to why, her post-loss antics have cleared it up. In a lengthy interview with National Public Radio (one of countless she's given to promote her 512-page finger-pointing new book) the host asked Clinton if she would 'completely rule out questioning the legitimacy of this election.' Her answer: 'No, I would not.' She lamented that 'I just don't think we have a mechanism' to do so. But then she went on to spin a rather bizarre conspiracy theory that attracted little attention." (09/20/17)

Could legalizing all drugs solve America's opioid epidemic?

Source: Cato Institute
by Jeffrey Miron

"Drug policy in the U.S. is at a crossroads. On one hand, at least 22 states have decriminalized recreational marijuana, eight of which have gone a step further by legalizing it altogether. At least 29 states permit medical marijuana for qualifying patients. … On the other hand, the opioid epidemic creates pressure in the other direction. Many proposals for taming the epidemic involve further constraining access (for example, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines restricting prescriptions or state laws limiting access to painkillers). In addition, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions seems intent on reversing marijuana liberalizations, calling marijuana 'only slightly less awful' than heroin." (09/19/17)

Detoured by government

Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

"Michelle Freenor's business almost failed before it began. That would have been a loss, since her Savannah, Georgia, walking tour gets only good reviews from customers. 'Top notch tour guide giving us a lot of history of Savannah's Historic District,' said one five-star Yelp review. 'Great, informative,' said another. But that didn't matter to Savannah politicians. They said she had to get a government license if she wanted to charge people for tours. And getting the license was difficult. She had to pay $100 and then "pass a college-level history exam with tons of obscure gotcha questions,' Freenor told us. Passing required 'three to five months of studying because it was about 120 pages. I had to map out where I was standing, what I was saying.'" (09/20/17)

Banning "hate speech" in America will only make it more popular

Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

"Free speech defenders such as myself tend to focus most heavily on the idea that if we allow free speech to be whittled away, before long, government will be able to stifle dissent by placing increasingly expansive swaths of speech into the banned category. As such, the more narrowly we define the First Amendment, the more susceptible our society becomes to a totalitarian state down the road. While I completely agree with this argument and think it’s central to why free speech is so important, there’s another less discussed threat. Specifically, I believing banning certain types of speech will actually make them more powerful and subversive. Hateful thought which is pushed underground can fester and strengthen without the light of day and public debate exposing it for the demented ideology it is." (09/19/17)

Title IX: The sexual inquisition on campus

Source: spiked
by Ella Whelan

"When it was first passed, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 stated that every educational programme which receives federal funding must give men and women equal opportunities. It was most effective in making sure women were not discriminated against when it came to sports scholarships. In its infancy, it was a mere 37 words. But since 1972, it has been continually interpreted and stretched so that it now covers far more than making a legal defence against discrimination. It now serves to police students’ private lives on campus, covering everything from misplaced jokes or comments to allegations of rape and physical assault." (09/20/17)

Despair is not an option

Source: The American Prospect
by Randall Kennedy

"Devotees of racial justice continue to be appalled by the Trump administration. Heather Heyer, the anti-racist demonstrator murdered in Charlottesville, was right: 'If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.' A great many Americans, especially African Americans, are in a mood of despair upon witnessing a president of the United States winking at neo-Confederates, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klansmen, and doing everything in his power to expunge the achievements of his predecessor, a man who came to be known less for his race than for his decency, dignity, and honor. Yet despair is not an option. And in fact, good people of all races are putting their anger to good use through activism on the ground. Sometimes, though, their efforts are taken for granted and receive too little praise even within their own camp." (09/20/17)

Quantum Vibe, 09/20/17

Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (09/20/17)

Afghanistan again? The American military’s repetition-compulsion complex

Source: TomDispatch
by Ann Jones

"Here we go again! Years after most Americans forgot about the longest war this country ever fought, American soldiers are again being deployed to Afghanistan. For almost 16 years now, at the command of three presidents and a sadly forgettable succession of generals, they have gone round and round like so many motorists trapped on a rotary with no exit. This time their numbers are officially secret, although variously reported to be 3,500 or 4,000, with another 6,000-plus to follow, and unknown numbers after that. But who can trust such figures? After all, we just found out that the U.S. troops left behind in Afghanistan after President Obama tried to end the war there in 2014, repeatedly reported to number 8,400, actually have been 'closer to 12,000' all this time. The conflict, we’re told, is at present a 'stalemate.' We need more American troops to break it, in part by 'training' the Afghan National Army so its soldiers can best their Taliban countrymen plus miscellaneous 'terrorist' groups. In that way, the U.S. military — after only a few more years of 'the foreseeable future' in the field — can claim victory. But is any of this necessary? Or smart? Or even true?" (09/19/17)

Wabbit season — or duck responsibility season?

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Venezuelans are starving. The country’s children are malnourished and — if something is not done soon — 'it will be very difficult for these children ever to get back onto their nutritional growth curve.' That is the testimony of the director of Caritas Venezuela. Clearly, 'Bolivarian' socialism has failed. And yet, dictator Nicolas Maduro blames American 'sanctions' for 'exacerbating' the situation." (09/20/17)