FBI: Violent crime increased in 2016 for a second consecutive year

Source: Washington Post

"Violent crime increased in the United States for a second consecutive year in 2016, remaining near historically low levels but pushed upward in part by an uptick in killings in some major cities, according to FBI statistics made public Monday. The FBI's release of the figures comes as the Trump administration has warned ominously of a dangerous crime wave. In his inaugural address, President Trump described 'American carnage' in U.S. cities, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions said earlier this year he worried the crime uptick was 'the beginning of a trend.' Some experts and analysts have disputed that suggestion, noting that crime levels were much higher a quarter-century ago." (09/25/17)


Freedom Feens Radio, 09/25/17

Source: Freedom Feens Radio

"Shane Buell, Jeremy Heisenberg, and Michael W. Dean (1st hour) yak about Trumpykins and his tantrum aimed at the NFL, MWD learning the piano, Godwin’s Law, being internet famous as the crying nazi, Uber being banned in London, and veterans siding with the #TakeAKnee crowd." [various formats] (09/25/17)


Further thoughts on NFL players' protests

Source: EconLog
by Don Boudreaux

"I agree that Donald Trump has as much of a right as do others to peacefully express his opinions. But this fact does not render invalid or hypocritical any criticisms of the substance of Trump’s expressed opinions. Specifically here, it is both correct and appropriate to criticize Trump for asserting (as he did in his now-infamous tweet) that individuals who earn millions of dollars in private employment 'should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem.' Put differently, it is perfectly correct and appropriate to criticize Trump for suggesting that a condition for holding a high-paying private-sector job in America is that those who hold such jobs show what is widely held to be minimum proper deference to symbols of the state." (09/25/17)


DC: Man abducted near White House had constitutionally protected items in car

Source: CNN

"A man who was arrested near the White House Sunday morning was found to have nine guns and three knives in his car, according to a police report. The man was initially stopped by law enforcement for allegedly urinating in public. Secret Service Uniform Division officers approached the man outside an art gallery in the area of 17th street and Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, according to law enforcement sources and arrest records. The suspect told Secret Service officers and agents that he was going to the White House to speak with National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers and Defense Secretary James Mattis 'for advice on missing paychecks and how to get the chip out of my head,' according to the incident report obtained by CNN." (09/24/17)


The libertarian unknown: What people don't know about the movement

Source: Students For Liberty
by Satchel Park

"The Libertarian Movement is beginning to pick up steam the US after the devastating election of 2016 that left most of America shocked. While most Americans voted for the lesser of two evils, the majority were unaware that there were other alternatives for President. This gave the Libertarian Movement the opportunity to begin recruiting members from both sides. SFL, YAL, College Libertarians, etc began to take shape and people took notice. In the most liberal of colleges, Libertarian ideals began thriving and challenging the status quo. However, there’s a lot of people that are unfamiliar with the liberty movement and its associated groups. The entire purpose of this post is to enlighten individuals who are unclear on the principles of Libertarianism and the Movement itself." (09/24/17)


Spending other people's money

Source: Town Hall
by Tom Purcell

"I can't blame them, really. It's human nature to want something for nothing. I speak of two tenants who recently moved into a rental unit I own. I made the mistake of renting the unit for one flat rate that included 'free' utilities. Since the tenants didn't have to pay directly for their electricity usage, they cranked the air conditioner day and night. There was no incentive for them to turn it off when they were at work during the day or away for the weekend. Whereas the electric bill for that unit averages about $50 per month this time of the year, their electric bill came in just under $200 per month, for the simple reason that someone else (that would be me) was footing the bill. I got to thinking about this concept recently. It is the reason our government is so bloated and our deficit and debt (we just exceeded $20 trillion in debt a few weeks ago) are so high." (09/25/17)


No protests in NASCAR after Childress, Petty announce that supporting American values is a firing offense

Source: KATU 2 News

"It appeared no drivers, crew or other team members protested during the national anthem Sunday prior to a race at New Hampshire Motorspeedway. Several team owners and executives had said they wouldn't want anyone in their organizations to protest. Richard Childress, who was Dale Earnhardt's longtime team owner, said of protesting: 'It'll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus.' … Hall of Fame driver Richard Petty's sentiments took it a step further, saying: 'Anybody that don't stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period. What got 'em where they're at? The United States.' When asked if a protester at Richard Petty Motorsports would be fired, he said, 'You're right.'" (09/25/17)


The Anarchist Experience, episode 131

Source: The Anarchist Experience

"We discuss more on Crypto, and whether or not day-trading is a good idea, another startup 'move here' project, and how best to effectively secede land from the State." [Flash audio or MP3] (09/25/17)


Uberphobia: When anti-capitalism turns ugly

Source: spiked
by Brendan O'Neill

"The satire writes itself these days. For the past 16 months, ever since voters said No to the EU, the supposed liberal set has been signalling its virtue over migrant workers. These Remainer types have filled newspaper columns and dinner-party chatter with sad talk about foreigners losing the right to travel to and work in Britain. Yet now these same people have chortled as London mayor Sadiq Khan and his pen-pushers at Transport for London (TfL) have refused to renew Uber’s licence in the capital. Which means 30,000 people will lose work. Many of them migrants. They cry over migrant workers one day, and laugh as they lose their livelihoods the next. Anyone would think their overriding concern is less with migrants’ right to work than with their own insatiable need to engage in political posturing." (09/25/17)


UK: Labour divisions exposed as conference vote on Brexit ruled out

Source: Daily Mail [UK]

"Labour divisions over Europe erupted after conference delegates agreed not to push the issue of Brexit to a vote. The decision meant Jeremy Corbyn avoided a divisive clash over Labour’s Brexit policy on the conference floor at the gathering in Brighton. But anger boiled over among pro-EU MPs, with one branding the decision 'f***ing ridiculous' while a member of Mr Corbyn’s frontbench team said the decision was 'strange.' The pro-Corbyn Momentum movement had used its special conference mobile app to suggest that supporters should back other topics for a vote rather than a Brexit motion." (09/24/17)