Libertarian Commentary on the News #13-11E: Taste-testing, other stupid tricks

The “messiah” – Congress in action
President Obama invites Senate Republicans to dinner again

(Washington Post)  President Obama apparently liked the company of Senate Republicans so much after dining them earlier this month that he will do so again in April. Or at least he seems to believes the intimate sessions are his best hope of finding a way to forge agreement on a series of contentious issues, including the budget, immigration and guns.

Nathan: Wonder if he will actually eat the food this time, or will his taste-tester again not be present?  His paranoia is as great as any Roman emperor – together with his arrogance, his disdain for liberty, and his hatred of freedom.

Mexican civil war
Mexico: Vigilantes seize town, arrest police

(Myrtle Beach Sun News) “Hundreds of armed vigilantes have taken control of a town on a major highway in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, arresting local police officers and searching homes after a vigilante leader was killed. Several opened fire on a car of Mexican tourists headed to the beach for Easter week. Members of the area’s self-described ‘community police’ say more than 1,500 members of the force were stopping traffic Wednesday at improvised checkpoints in the town of Tierra Colorado, which sits the highway connecting Mexico City to Acapulco.” (03/27/13)

Nathan: These people have grown more than tired of the tyranny and incompetence of the police, and have shown (again) that even people as downtrodden as the Mexican people – who vote with their feet by the millions – are willing to fight against tyranny.  Note that the vigilantes, simply by having weapons, are violating Mexican law.

Mama’s Note: These folks don’t sound like “sons of liberty” by any means, but they are at least taking charge of their own lives and territory, perhaps.

Nathan: When you and ten or so generations of your family have lived in the kind of cage that Mexico is, this is amazing and much more rational than it could be expected.  Remember that once upon a time (late 1400s) Spain was a more free nation than England:  a spark might be left.  This next little bit of history shows that what is happening today in Tierra Colorado is not the first time people have resisted government and the “usual” revolutionaries in Mexico.

25,000 women or more? In the 1920s, in response to the Mexican federal government in effect outlawing religion, hundreds of thousands of Cristeros resisted to protect priests and others and to defend against the tyranny of Ciudad Mexico.  They ultimately did not win all the objectives that they sought, but they did retain at least some of their lost liberty.  These women (and their men) should be an example to us.

Politics 2013
Nevada: Politican puts chips on election betting bill

(Politico)”If a Nevada state Senator gets his way, gamblers could have a new kind of horse race to bet on. A top Las Vegas lawmaker introduced a bill Monday to legalize betting on federal elections. … The law would allow betting on Senate, congressional and presidential campaigns. [Democratic state senator Tick] Segerblom said he would be open to allow bets on state elections as well, and said the law could also allow bets on the Academy Awards and other cultural events. He dismissed concerns of corruption, pointing out international bettors already have millions of reasons to try and swing an American election.” (03/25/13)

Nathan: This idea that merely gambling on the results of elections will make our election process MORE corrupt is quite funny.  The idea that government should prevent this any more than it should prevent betting on NCAA or NFL games is even more stupid.

Mama’s Note: Just a thought here… but the “odds” and other comments by the bookies would be at least – and maybe far more – accurate as the “polls” most people use to gauge the course of the campaigns. At worst, it would illustrate just how insane the entire electoral process truly is now.

Culture wars: Government war on religion
University Apologizes for ‘Stomp on Jesus’ Lesson

Michael Gryboski, Christian Post

(CNSNews.com)

Nathan: Not the concept, mind you, just the way it was done.

Government-run, tax-funded schools – Educational liberty
Texas-Size Educational Choice

(Acton Institute) Over 100,000 students in Texas are on the charter school wait list—and with the number of charter schools capped at 215, they have a long wait ahead of them.

Nathan: Amazing.  Most of those will be graduated from high school (or dropped out) before they get a chance.  They need to look at private schools, of course – or homeschooling.  But this shows the anger and frustration with government-ruined, theft-funded schools, and the fact that we are destroying ANOTHER generation.

Crash of 2009
The Hidden Welfare Program for the Low-Skilled and Uneducated

(Acton Institute) There are 14 million Americans who are out of work yet don’t show up in the monthly unemployment statistics.

Nathan: Once more I hear claims that the “recession” ended in 2009!  Incredible: people, look around.  There are millions who are out of work and hidden, who struggle along on little or nothing: supported by families and friends and sometimes a food bank or church, and businesses who write off things and usually can’t even get a tax break for it.

Politics 2013 – Self-defense
Arizona: Ex-Tucson mayoral hopeful McClusky plans free shotguns for high-crime areas

(Arizona Daily Star) “Tucson residents living in crime-ridden areas could soon receive free shotguns. Operating on the premise an armed neighborhood is a safer
neighborhood, a group led by former mayoral candidate Shaun McClusky is
raising money to purchase shotguns and provide training for anyone who
lives in a mid- to high-crime neighborhood and can pass a background
check. The project is part of a developing nationwide movement to see if
more guns really do translate into less crime.” (03/27/13)

Mama’s Note: Avoiding the whole rifle/handgun dispute, of course, but far better than nothing!

Nathan: Private welfare?  A crooked politico creating his own private, loyal army of clients? Perhaps preparing to become one of the post-Collapse warlords?  I realize that the comment about “to see if more guns really do translate into less crime” is the mainstream media’s jab and propaganda, since I think that any objective observer accepts that we have more than enough data on that score.

Mama’s Note: Who knows? One to watch… but I suspect we’ll never hear another word about it either way.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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