NFL: No punishment for players who were not present on sideline for national anthem

Source: USA Today

"An NFL spokesman said Monday that players from the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers would not be punished for violating a league rule that requires players to be present on the sidelines during the playing of the national anthem. 'There will be no discipline handed down this week for anyone who was not there,' NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said. Those three teams skipped the pregame ritual on Sunday. The Seahawks and Titans stayed in the locker room as a form of protest, while the Steelers did not take the field as a team so players would not have to choose between making a protest statement or displaying patriotism, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said. One Steelers player, offensive lineman and Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva, stood at the end of the tunnel during the playing of the anthem before the game in Chicago." (09/25/17)

End government borrowing

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

"Because the sky is apparently the limit to its debt, the government actually has a debt sky. Trump reportedly favors eliminating the debt ceiling. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) agrees with Trump, and the two are said to have a 'gentlemen’s agreement' on this issue. Presidents dislike debt-ceiling legislation because members of Congress often include unrelated budget items that would otherwise be vetoed. While we might appreciate an end to the charade, this nevertheless seems to be 'progress' in the wrong direction. The right direction would be toward eliminating government borrowing by requiring a balanced budget — at a far lower level than the current $4.147 trillion." (09/25/17)

Target to increase its minimum hourly wage to $15 by the end of 2020

Source: Chicago Tribune

"Target Corp. said Monday it is raising the minimum hourly wage for its workers to $11 starting next month and then increasing it to $15 by the end of 2020. The company said the move will help it better recruit and retain top-quality staff and provide a better shopping experience for its customers. The initiative is part of the discounter's overall strategy, announced earlier this year, to reinvent its business, including remodeling stores, expanding its online services and opening up smaller urban locations." (09/25/17)

Who is wise?

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Samantha Harris

"One of my favorite ethical teachings, attributed to the second-century Jewish sage Ben Zoma, asks 'Who is wise? The one who learns from every person.' Humility is at the core of this teaching: One cannot be wise unless one is also humble enough to listen with an open mind. In the editorial pages of The New York Times yesterday, columnist Bret Stephens shared the text of a powerful lecture he delivered over the weekend in Australia, entitled 'The Dying Art of Disagreement.' Stephens'[s] lecture is a must-read for anyone who cares about the health of our democracy, and is a sobering reminder of how absent humility has become from the way in which we interact with one another." (09/25/17)

How can we fix the CFPB? Shut it down

Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

"The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's very name suggests its job is protecting you, the American consumer. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Now, a new study documents the agency's many problems and makes a modest proposal: Shut the CFPB down. We agree. The CFPB arose from the 2010 Dodd-Frank reforms as a kind of super-regulator for all consumer finance. The Democrats who passed that bill used it to bludgeon Wall Street for its "greed" and to blame the banking industry for the 2007-08 financial crisis. But the CFPB has failed miserably at its job." (09/22/17)

The new electronic police state

Source: Cato Institute
by Matthew Feeney

"According to the government, your privacy protections evaporate the moment you set foot in an airport. Although the Fourth Amendment protects us and our 'effects' from 'unreasonable searches and seizures,' Customs and Border Protection agents can take advantage of an exception to this constitutional protection and search our electronic devices at airports without first establishing reasonable suspicion or securing a warrant. It’s a problem that’s only getting worse." (09/25/17)

When “progressives” make Palestinian rights taboo, they're coddling the far right

Source: In These Times
by Rahul Saksena

"Earlier this month, Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss removed Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa as his running mate in the Illinois gubernatorial race due to Ramirez-Rosa’s refusal to oppose the 2005 Palestinian-led call to use boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) tactics to pressure Israel to respect Palestinian rights and to comply with international law. BDS campaigns, inspired by the South African anti-Apartheid struggle, are vigorously opposed by Israel’s fiercest defenders, who prefer to perpetuate a status quo that favors discrimination and apartheid over justice, freedom and equality. Biss’ decision is the latest sign that, even among self-described progressive politicians, support for Palestinian rights remains taboo." (09/22/17)

The Soviets intervened in Afghanistan knowing it was stupid

Source: Libertarian Institute
by Marko Marjanovic

"In March 1979 Afghanistan’s new Communist government begged the Soviet Union to come to its aid in crushing a rebellion in its Herat province. The Soviet politburo sat down in Moscow, and in a four-day debate, listed all the reasons why this was an extremely bad idea, and roundly rejected it. Then in December the very same politburo which in early 1979 explained so well why a direct military intervention in Afghanistan was such a stupid idea now approved it. In March the Soviet leadership felt an intervention in Afghanistan would mean they would become involved in fighting the Afghan people, they wouldn’t be able to explain the intervention to Soviet citizens, and it would cause greater tension with the US and the western world. In December 1979 they still believed all these things but now they intervened anyway." (09/25/17)

In first, woman becomes US Marine Corps infantry officer

Source: Raw Story

"A female Marine became the first woman on Monday to complete the notoriously rigorous training course for US infantry officers. Many women serve as officers in the Marines and other branches of America's armed forces but the woman, who has not been identified publicly at her own request, is the first to finish the 13-week infantry officer training course. 'I am proud of this officer and those in her class,' Marine Corps commandant General Robert Neller said in a statement. 'Marines expect and rightfully deserve competent and capable leaders, and these (Infantry Officer Course) graduates met every training requirement as they prepare for the next challenge of leading infantry Marines; ultimately, in combat,' Neller added." (09/25/17)

The omnipotent power to kill us

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Ask yourself: What is the worst power that any government can possess insofar as the freedom and well-being of the citizenry are concerned? The power to tax incomes? The power to debauch the currency? The power to censor speech? The power to compel church attendance? No. As bad as all those powers are, they are still not the worst. The worst power is the power to kill people, including the government’s own citizenry. That’s the power that the federal government acquired with the conversion of the federal government to a national-security state after World War II — the power to kill Americans (and others) without risk of any criminal or civil liability. It’s also the power held by all totalitarian regimes in history, including Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Red China, Vietnam, Cuba, and North Korea." (09/25/17)