Libertarian Commentary on the News #13-08A: TSA, Guns, and G-d

Work and family demands are cutting my writing this week, as they did last week.  Still I am accommodating demands by my faithful readers (BOTH of them) to continue to comment on things.

Due to some technical glitches, the denizens of Ursa Minor Five seem to be reading #13-07D and #13-07A.  BUT none of the rest of us can.  So moving right along, and getting the Powers That Be (PTB) mad at us, right now, I’m in Denver which seems to be one of the dens of the Evil Ones committed to stealing more and more liberty from us.

Home front – TSA Thuggery
Man Sues TSA over Arrest for Natural Peanut Butter

(Political Outcast) [The man carrying a jar of natural peanut butter where the oil had risen to the surface was questioned by a TSA agent about the strange heavy, dark liquid, and after explaining what it was, the man teased about the TSA not letting him transport his ‘explosive’ substance.] The TSA agent reacted by calling the police, and Hannibal was detained for about 25 hours, during which time he was ironically fed a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, probably not made with peanut butter of the “natural” variety, but rather the partially-hydrogenated soybean oil variety and jelly infused with high-fructose corn syrup and sodium benzoate. He was being charged with “falsely reporting an incident,” which is a felony.

Nathan: So the guy is suing the TSA!  Good for him!  For many of us, excess peanut oil from peanut butter (Army-issue peanut butter in C-rations years ago was also not homogenized) does cause “explosive” results from the body.  So it was an innocent “funny” – about equal to remarking that the new stage play “bombed” on opening night.  Those of us who have had to travel by air under the watchful, all-controlling eye of the Thousands Standing Around – or who read news from other than the mainstream – know that TSA agents have their humor gland removed at the same time they have their lobotomies, but this guy didn’t get the word.  Of course, during that 25 hours the TSA detained him (habeas corpus, anyone?), according to tests, the TSA let 2-5 REAL guns, REAL explosive devices, and REAL knives and nail clippers with sharp files get aboard aircraft.  But we were safe from peanut oil and natural peanut butter.

Mama’s Note: If it didn’t happen so often, it would seem impossible. Actually, if I was going to fly again, I’d much rather do it with everyone (or at least me) well armed. Someone with peanut butter oil gas would be annoying, for sure, but bearable. Those making long transcontinental flights might wish to make a deal with such a person… so they’d sit under a vent of some sort, perhaps – near the lavatory.

Politics 2012 – Hoploclasts and Hoplophobes
Gun background-check nightmare in Colorado

(  Four anti-gun measures moved through the Colorado General Assembly lower house on Monday and moved to the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Thanks to Darryl for this one.

Nathan: The various bills introduced will make Colorado as bad as New York or California.  A LOT of people are upset and many, including some sheriffs, have already vowed to disobey the law.  One manufacturer has already stated they will move out of state if the magazine law is passed – and more may follow.  As you can imagine, the General Assembly have condemned Magpul strongly.  The background check fee (starting at $10) will lead to lost sales, especially in the Front Range (close to Wyoming and not that far from the Black Hills) and border regions.  Some of the more extreme bills (which could pass, given the hysteria) could make criminals of many brethren and many relatives in Colorado.

Evil days indeed are upon us. The State wants to become or replace God; too many people want to trade their liberty for a false sense of security.

The “messiah” – Home front
Obama using new political freedom to tackle domestic agenda

(Washington Post) PALM CITY, Fla. — In a gym usually home to the Hyde Park Academy Thunderbirds, President Obama spoke about his own home late last week — and the trouble it faces.  He warned students and teachers that the fragility of families, the easy violence of guns, and a threatened education system are failing Chicago’s South Side, where he once worked as a community organizer and began his family.

Nathan: Although I still read the WaPo’s daily political summary, most of the stories aren’t worth commenting on:  you can only spend so much time finding things to say about the dotty and rather fatuous statements by an old, gray-headed bag lady with Alzheimers.  But this one is worth noting for the “messiah’s” wording:  “the easy violence of guns.”   This may herald a new meme he and his minions and handlers are trying to embed:  Fist violence and knife violence and kick-em-in-the-head violence is HARD work – and today’s lazy society isn’t as likely to spend their energy if they have to do more than lift a 10-ounce handgun and exert 5-10 foot-pounds of force on the trigger.  Right.  Of course, that IS the point of handguns:  they are easier to use, so the 90-pound beauty (or grandmother) being assaulted by the 250-pound, six-five would-be rapist has a better chance of NOT getting raped.  Brilliant.  But obviously NOT something at least one Democratic congress-thug cares about:

Congress in action – Hoploclasts
Dem Congressman: Women Should Use Whistle Instead of Gun to Defend Against Rape

(Vision to America)

Nathan: Is it possible for someone to really be this clueless?  Or does he know better but lies to push their agenda?  How many women, facing a rapist, and having both a whistle and a gun will use the whistle?  How long will we allow stupid people like this (or lying powermongers) say this sort of thing?

Mama’s Note: All criminals, official and otherwise, want their violence to be “easy.” And it is easy for them all when the victims are unarmed, helpless and frightened.

Politics 2012 – Our right of self defense
Feds Admit: Gun Laws Won’t Slow Crime

(Vision to America)

Nathan: This has been known for some time, but too few people are aware of it.  Those who support the restrictions on government to dictate weapons spend far too much time “defending” gun rights because they automatically and unthinkingly buy into the concept that some gun control does prevent crime.  Instead, history and data shows that in those very rare cases where new gun control laws passed and there was a drop in crime, there were OTHER, more relevant factors which caused the decline.

Mama’s Note: The whole argument itself is immaterial in the long run. Where does legitimate authority over people’s lives and property originate?

And it’s the most important question we can ask ourselves. Do we own our lives, or have we given our sovereign and natural authority over ourselves to the rulers and politicians?

Those who have freely consented to be controlled by the constitution and the layers of ruling class and bureaucracy it created do not need my permission or my blessing. They are free to do so. The problem is that they feel equally or even especially free to impose that on me, even though I have NOT consented to be so ruled. By their own words, they must have the “consent of the governed,” but not one of them is willing to entertain the fact that not consenting -simply opting out – is possible.

Theft by government
Feds Paid Average of $4,000 in ‘Means-Tested’ Benefits to Households Earning $35,500


Nathan: Meanwhile, I know personally of households with earnings of LESS than $10,000 per year who get nada from the Feds (or state);  If you don’t form part of a bloc which is being courted, you stand a good chance of getting ignored.

World wars
No End in Sight for the Long Struggle to Define Terrorism


Nathan: The major problem for the statists – even the minarchists – is that any rational definition of terrorism will include many if not all activities of the governments that they love so much.  Like people who claim to be “Christians” yet accept that governments (masses of people, or people who have “power”) do not have to be judged by the same moral standards as individuals, their attitude and position are illogical and contradictory.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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