Libertarianism Is Real Conservatism Reply

The American Conservative

During a question and answer session at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, one man opined “One thing I’ve learned here at CPAC is that the ‘C’ actually doesn’t stand for ‘Libertarianism,’ it’s not ‘L’PAC.” When Congressman Ron Paul won the annual straw poll at CPAC, talk host Rush Limbaugh made a point to tell his listeners that CPAC wasn’t conservative this year because a libertarian had won.

Both men are worse than just wrong. They’re on crack.


Spanish Military Threatens Treason As Catalonia Seeks Secession Referendum Reply


“Do not play with the feelings of the Catalans” is the totally unveiled threat after Catalonia’s beggars-can-be-choosers demand for an unconditional bailout fell on deaf ears. The traditionally separatist-minded province has decided, according to ANSAmed, has decided to pull a Greece – and escalate with a move to secession. A resolution, on the right of the Catalan people to cut off ties with the Spanish state, will be voted on Thursday by the regional parliament.


NATO releases details of brazen raid on base in Afghanistan Reply


(CNN) — Afghan insurgents who staged a daring, well-planned raid on Camp Bastion, the military base where Britain’s Prince Harry is deployed, were wearing U.S. Army uniforms, NATO said a day after the attack.

It’s extremely rare for Afghan insurgents to use U.S. uniforms in their attacks. The last time CNN can identify was more than two years ago, when NATO repelled attacks on two bases in Khost province in August 2010.

No coalition troops were killed in that attack, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force said at the time.

At least two U.S. Marines were killed in the brazen strike late on Friday, and six jets were destroyed, ISAF said as it released more details about the raid.

Well-trained, well-rehearsed fighters carried out the sustained assault in Helmand province, ISAF said.


Houston police shoot wheelchair-bound amputee threatening people with pen Reply


(CNN) — A Houston police officer shot and killed a schizophrenic, wheelchair-bound double amputee threatening people with a pen at a group home for the mentally ill after authorities said the man advanced on the officer’s partner.

The shooting occurred early Saturday morning after police responded to a call that resident Brian Claunch was acting aggressively after his caretaker refused to give him a cigarette and a soda, the owner of the home and police said.

“The officers made verbal commands for the suspect to drop whatever he had in his hand, to stay still and to speak with the officers, but the suspect continued to make threats,” Jodi Silva, a police spokeswoman, told CNN affiliate KTRK in Houston.

Claunch, who lost an arm and a leg in a train accident, trapped one of the officers with his wheelchair in the corner of a room and attempted to stab the officer with an object that turned out to be a pen.


The Montpelier Manifesto: Barack Obama and the Temple of Doom Reply

By Thomas Naylor

The defining image of the Obama White House is a culture of so-called smart power and death – F-35 fighter jets, unmanned killer drones, Navy Seals, Delta Force death squads, and more recently, the White House kill list.  In an act of unprecedented arrogance, President Obama has granted himself the authority to order the assassination of anyone, anywhere, anytime, with no questions asked, no trial, no due process – just pure law of the jungle.

And what has been the response of the political Left in Vermont to this egregious behavior?  Stony silence.  Neither Bernie Sanders, Patrick Leahy, Peter Welch, Peter Shumlin, nor Bill McKibben has uttered a whimper.  The political Left in Vermont is morally and intellectually bankrupt, but so too is the political Right.

The November election is much ado about absolutely nothing.  It will make not one whit of difference whether Obama or Romney wins.  Regardless of the outcome the real winners will be the big banks, the big oil companies, the big pharmaceutical companies, big military contractors, and the tiny state of Israel.

There is only one fundamental question which really matters and it will not appear on the ballot anywhere.  “Is there any justification whatsoever for the continued existence of the largest, wealthiest, most powerful, most materialistic, most environmentally toxic, most racist, most militaristic, most violent empire of all-time – an empire which has lost its moral authority and is unsustainable, ungovernable, and unfixable?”


Pol Pot Revisited 1

By Israel Shamir

Now, in the monsoon season, Cambodia is verdant, cool and relaxed. The rice paddies on the low hill slopes are flooded, forests that hide old temples are almost impassable, rough seas deter swimmers. It’s a pleasant time to re-visit this modest country: Cambodia is not crowded, and Cambodians are not greedy, but rather peaceful and relaxed. They fish for shrimp, calamari and sea brim. They grow rice, unspoiled by herbicides, manually planted, cultivated and gathered. They produce enough for themselves and for export, too — definitely no paradise, but the country soldiers on.

Socialism is being dismantled fast:  Chinese-owned factories keep churning tee-shirts for the European and American market employing tens of thousands of young Cambodian girls earning $80 per month. They are being sacked at the first sign of unionising. Nouveau-riches live in palaces; there are plenty of Lexus cars, and an occasional Rolls-Royce. Huge black and red, hard and precious tree trunks are constantly ferried to the harbour for timber export, destroying forests but enriching traders. There are many new French restaurateurs in the capital; NGO reps earn in one minute the equivalent of a worker’s monthly salary.

Not much remains from the turbulent period when the Cambodians tried to radically change the order of things in the course of their unique traditionalist conservative peasant revolution under communist banner. That was the glorious time of Jean Luc Godard and his La Chinoise, of the Cultural Revolution in China sending party bonzes for re-education to remote farms, of Khmer Rouge marching on the corrupt capital. Socialist movement reached a bifurcation point: whether to advance to more socialism Mao-style, or retreat to less socialism the Moscow way. The Khmer Rouge experiment lasted only three years, from 1975 to 1978.


Ignorance on Parade: Islamophobia, Left and Right Reply

By Jeff Sparrow

‘Koran discovered with coffee cup stain on the front cover, US marines deployed to all Starbucks franchises.’


The quip, retweeted by celebrity atheist Richard Dawkins, exemplifies the belligerent incomprehension with which so many, including self-proclaimed liberals, have responded to protests against the film The Innocence of Muslims.

Rioting over a YouTube clip that offends the Muslim sky fairy? How tremendously foolish! How childish; how superstitious; how very, very silly!

Well, we’ve certainly seen ignorance paraded over the last few days but it’s as much by smug progressives as anyone else.

Consider a historical analogy.

In 1857, Bengali soldiers (known as ‘sepoys’) shot their British officers and marched upon Delhi. The Great Indian Rebellion became very violent, very quickly. The rebels massacred prisoners, including women and children; the British put down the revolt with a slaughter of unprecedented proportions.


Blasphemy and Empire Reply

By Justin Raimondo

The rage over Innocence: why our secular elites just don’t get it

Americans are baffled: why oh why are Muslims up in arms over a YouTube video, one which no one in America even knew about prior to the attack on our Libyan consulate and the murderof Ambassador Chris Stevens? Having abandoned their own religion sometime in the last century or so, they just don’t understand why someone would get all hopped up over a little thing like blasphemy — after all, all one has to do is turn on the TV or view the latest Madonna music video and you’ll get a full dose of it.

Of course, this isn’t true for everyone: in Flyover Country, the rubes still persist in the faith of their fathers, and our elites pander to that whenever they must. However, the Georgetown cocktail party circuit and the world of the Washington power brokers isn’t a notably devout milieu: it is instead decidedly secular, and tinged with more than a little contempt for those Flyover Folks who must be pandered to around election time.


The SPLC’s Multicultural Hate List Reply

By Andrew Hamilton

Thirty politicals (“haters”) the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and government authorities are watching, that is.

The anti-civil libertarian organization has published “30 New Activists Heading Up the Radical Right” (The Intelligence Report, Summer 2012). Many names on the list are actually not new.

The racist, Alabama-based SPLC is a tax exempt organization. Its CEO and president is attorney J. Richard Cohen, who was part of the Countering Violent Extremism Working Group of the Department of Homeland Security in 2010.

The SPLC operates a covert spy network targeting primarily politically- and religiously-oriented white citizens, organizations, and publications; institutes civil lawsuits to destroy organizations and individuals by sullying their reputations and bankrupting them—an end run around the First Amendment’s guarantees of freedom of speech and association; and cooperates on a large scale behind closed doors with government agencies to achieve the same objective.

The SPLC works with, instructs, and sets racial and ideological agendas for local, state, and federal police agencies, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, supplying data on private citizens and groups that it is illegal for the government to collect.


SPLC Attacks Anarchists Reply

The SPLC is a vanguard organization for totalitarian humanism and something of a weather vane as to where left-liberal opinion is heading. It appears that the SPLC is expanding its agenda away from its focus on traditional hate groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis towards attacking any form of non-leftism specifically and any enemies of the state generally. This is consistent with my predictions concerning the future of the left-wing establishment.

By Bill Morlin

Four of five self-proclaimed anarchists – calling themselves the Revolutionary People’s Party – have now confessed to involvement in a conspiracy in late April to use C-4 explosives to blow up an interstate highway bridge near Cleveland.

After their arrests, most of the suspects quickly agreed to discuss their plans with FBI agents during middle-of-the-night interviews. One of the would-be bombers said he just wanted to go to sleep and forget everything, court documents disclose.

Douglas L. Wright, 26, of Indianapolis; Brandon L. Baxter, 20, of Lakewood, Ohio; and Connor C. Stevens, 20, of Berea, Ohio, all pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. district court in Cleveland. Each admitted conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, and attempted use of an explosive device to destroy property used in interstate commerce.


Protesters torch KFC in Tripoli, Lebanon Reply

Russia Today

Protestors torch KFC in Tripoli, Lebanon (Image from Twitter/@Racha93halabi)

Protestors torch KFC in Tripoli, Lebanon (Image from Twitter/@Racha93halabi)

Demonstrators in Tripoli, Lebanon, burned down a restaurant belonging to US-based chain KFC in protest against an anti-Islamic film mocking the Prophet Muhammad. At least one person was killed and 24 were wounded in the clashes with police.

Following Friday prayers, hundreds of demonstrators massed in protest against the Pope’s three-day visit to Lebanon and shouted anti-American slogans.

The chants included “We don’t want the Pope,” and “No more insults [to Islam],” witnesses reported.


The Right & the Drug War Reply

By Anthony Gregory

Detail from a poster for Reefer Madness

Pat Robertson began publicly criticizing the drug war in December 2010, and he has become more vocal since. Unlike the vague critiques often heard from prominent figures—even Barack Obama has called the drug war a failure—Robertson’s insights have been precise, and consistent, and deeply-rooted. “We here in America make up 5 percent of the world’s population, but we make up 25 percent of jailed prisoners,” he noted in March, appearing genuinely moved by the issue. “I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat … alcohol,” he told the New York Times. Beyond the practical argument, Robertson sees the moral dimension: “I believe in working with the hearts of people, and not locking them up.”


When The Music Stops – How America’s Cities May Explode In Violence 7

Western Rifle Shooters Association

In response to recent articles in mainstream military journals discussing the use of the U.S. Army to quell insurrections on American soil, I offer an alternate vision of the future. Instead of a small town in the South as the flash point, picture instead a score of U.S. cities in the thrall of riots greater than those experienced in Los Angeles in 1965 (Watts), multiple cities in 1968 (MLK assassination), and Los Angeles again in 1992 (Rodney King). New Yorkers can imagine the 1977 blackout looting or the 1991 Crown Heights disturbance. In fact, the proximate spark of the next round of major riots in America could be any from a long list cribbed from our history.


Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwhiches are Racist Reply

The Blaze

Are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches racist? A bizarre question, to say the least, but one that at least one school administrator is asking out in Portland, Oregon. Verenice Gutierrez, principal at Harvey Scott K-8 School, seems to believe that there are racial connotations associated with the common lunch-time meal.

According to Gutierrez, using the example of a peanut butter sandwich in classroom lessons is technically a problematic and discriminatory move — one that was made by a teacher in her building last school year. While such a notion may bring out laughs among those who find it absurd, the principal explains her logic.


The Declining West: Tragedy or Comedy? 1

By Paul Craig Roberts

During the Vietnam War, Sweden was an independent country with a moral conscience, and Sweden gave sanctuary to US war protestors who refused the draft. Washington realized the cost to itself and purchased the Swedish government in order to prevent a reoccurrence of moral conscience on the part of any Western government.

In the aftermath of World War II and during the subsequent decades of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, the Western nations presented themselves as the moral conscience of the world. It turns out that this was largely a hoax. The “Western nations” are merely pawns complicit in Washington’s crimes as Washington attempts to shut down all information in its pursuit of world hegemony.

Mark Weisbrot writing in Aljazeera has this to say about Washington’s use of its puppet government in Sweden to pursue Julian Assange for publishing leaked documents that reveal Washington’s mendacity and deception of other countries:


Thomas Szasz, Relentless Freedom Fighter, Dead at 92 Reply

By Jacob Sullum

I am sorry to report that Thomas Szasz, the great libertarian critic of coercive psychiatry, the “therapeutic state,” and the war on drugs, died over the weekend at his home in Manlius, New York. He was 92.

Szasz, a Reason contributing editor and professor emeritus at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, was driven throughout his long and remarkably productive career by what he called his “passion against coercion,” especially the medicalized versions that recast repression as treatment. His radical critique of psychiatry, laid out in the 1960 American Psychologist essay “The Myth of Mental Illness” and then in a book of the same name the following year, may be more relevant today than ever, as the field grows to encompass every sin and foible despite its shaky empirical foundation.


Debt Collectors Cash In as Students Struggle to Repay Loans Reply


At a protest last year at New York University, students called attention to their mounting debt by wearing T-shirts with the amount they owed scribbled across the front — $90,000, $75,000, $20,000.


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On the sidelines was a business consultant for the debt collection industry with a different take.

“I couldn’t believe the accumulated wealth they represent — for our industry,” the consultant, Jerry Ashton, wrote in a column for a trade publication, “It was lip-smacking.”

Though Mr. Ashton says his column was meant to be ironic, it nonetheless highlighted undeniable truths: many borrowers are struggling to pay off their student loans, and the debt collection industry is cashing in.


Lap Dances a Tax-Exempt Art? NY Court to Decide Reply


They may never be confused with “Swan Lake,” but an upstate New York strip club says its nude lap dances are every bit as much an art form and should be exempt from state taxes.


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So far, the state tax department and an appeals court disagree and want the Nite Moves club in Albany to pay up $124,000 it says it owes in taxes.

New York’s highest court gets a shot at the arguments Wednesday when the two sides face off at the Court of Appeals.

Tax officials say sales taxes were paid on the club’s non-alcoholic drinks, but are also owed on admission and so-called “couch sales,” where patrons pay for private or lap dances.

Nite Moves claims the dances are exempt under state tax law as “live dramatic or musical arts performances.” The exemption also applies to theater or ballet. The club is relying on testimony from a cultural anthropologist who has studied exotic dance and visited Nite Moves.


So Much for Anarcho-Syndicalism: Union Membership at an All-Time Low Reply

USA Today

In 2011, 11.8% of employed workers were union members, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s most recent figures. A look at union membership by state:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

CHARLOTTE – What a difference four years make.

  • President Obama delivers a statement at the White House on Aug. 31, 2011, as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka looks on. The AFL-CIO is refusing to financially support this year's Democratic National Convention.By Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images

    President Obama delivers a statement at the White House on Aug. 31, 2011, as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka looks on. The AFL-CIO is refusing to financially support this year’s Democratic National Convention.


Racial and Ethnic Diversity Spreads to Rural Areas, Small Towns in U.S. 1

Science Blog

Increasing racial and ethnic diversity has long been apparent at the national level and in our nation’s largest metropolitan gateways. Since 1980 over nine-tenths of all cities, suburbs and small towns have become more diverse. And rural communities are following the lead of their urban counterparts, according to a U.S. 2010 policy brief.

“What really stands out is the near-universal nature of the trend toward greater racial and ethnic diversity at the local level,” said Barry Lee, professor of sociology and demography, Penn State, and co-author of the brief.

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Widow turns tragedy into a cause for gun rights Reply

USA Today

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Clutching a .38-caliber revolver stashed in her sparkly blue purse makes 36-year-old Nikki Goeser feel more secure when walking to her car at night.

  • Nikki Goeser shows a card that she hands to restaurant and bar owners asking them not to post signs prohibiting guns on their premises.By Jae S. Lee, Gannett

Nikki Goeser shows a card that she hands to restaurant and bar owners asking them not to post signs prohibiting guns on their premises.

Goeser, who says she feared guns as a child growing up in Western Kentucky, does not take safety for granted.

“I thought they’d jump right up from the table and shoot me,” said Goeser, whose father collected guns.

But her life changed after watching a man walk into a bar in April 2009 on a rain-soaked night here and shoot her husband in the head with a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol. The shooter then stood over him and continued to fire rounds into his body.