Libertarian Commentary on the News, #13-13A: This and that

East Asian front – Tranzis and Communists
Chen Guangcheng: China Can’t Expect a ‘Savior,’ Reform Must Come From Grassroots


Nathan: The “people” led by the cadre of the Communist Party, no doubt.

Home front – Crash of 2009
3.6 Percent Unemployment–for Government Workers


Nathan: I don’t know why they keep separate stats for government workers, but I am glad that they do.  Frankly, I would LOVE to see unemployment for them in double-digit numbers: 25%, 50%, 75% percent.  It would show that we are throwing off the shackles of this evil institution.

Home front – Crash of 2009
Black, Latino Unemployment Falls as Thousands of Minorities Leave Labor Force


Nathan: In other words (as the next story also relates), the unemployment is dropping because people are GIVING UP.  Or going underground to find work.

Home front – Crash of 2009
Record 89,967,000 Not in Labor Force; 663,000 Drop Out In March


Nathan: Some people do just give up:  they cannot find work in their own area of expertise or living, and they cannot or will not accept working in a lower-paying or less prestigious field:  they have too much (or not enough) pride.  And no understanding of personal responsibility.  For many of these people, why would they bother to keep looking for work?  Or at least, work that they have to pay social security or income taxes on?  They obviously have lots to do, and get enough grants and subsidies and freebies to keep on doing whatever it is that they are doing.  And that situation is certainly to the advantage of government, as the social services offices gain new clients by the basketful, and need higher budgets to pay out all the services, and promotions and more hires.  (You see why government employees have so low a jobless rate – you can ALWAYS find a new government job working in the welfare office.)

Stupid government tricks – Bogus rights
HUD Launches ‘Fair Housing’ Ads, Cites ‘Religious Discrimination,’ ‘Neighborhoods With Mosques’


Nathan: From what I’ve seen, neighborhoods with mosques are about as fun to live in as neighborhoods with crack and whore houses.  It certainly is a way to keep property values low, and then to promote gun sales from people who can’t move out.  Seems to me like the religious discrimination is mostly against the landlords too: you cannot practice your religion if you believe it is wrong for unmarried people to cohabit, or for people to cut up chickens and look at their entrails, or to have peace and quiet instead of calls to prayer five times a day.

Guess I’m getting old, but once upon a time people tried to have government stop this sort of thing, not promote it.  “Fair housing” laws with their bogus “rights” are a violation of REAL human rights, like the right to associate and assemble, and the right to control your own property.  The insult added to injury is the advertising campaigns to tell people about “their rights.”

Mama’s Note: There is no such thing as a “right” to do or have something at someone else’s expense. The universal obligation is not to initiate force. Therefore, if my neighbor wants to sacrifice chickens or pray five times a day, I must negotiate with him about the things that actually affect my property, or even my peace (like disturbed sleep), but I have no more right to prevent his non aggressive actions than he does to prevent mine.

Theft by government – Tyranny and thuggery (EPA)
New EPA Rules Won’t Help Environment, May Raise Gas Prices, Industry Says


Nathan: So what else is new after almost 40 years of EPA tyranny?  EPA survives and grows in power by NOT getting the environment cleaned up, and by terrorizing everyone about how horrible things are getting, and then rape the productive class with new taxes, direct and indirect, that steal money from everyone and drive prices up.

Government-run, theft-funded schools – Responsibility
Parents outraged that Mass. kids were denied lunch

(Yahoo) As many as 25 students at a Massachusetts school were denied lunch this week — with at least some forced to dump their food in the garbage — because they couldn’t pay, school officials and parents said.

Nathan: How HORRIBLE.  How GHASTLY.  How EVIL.  How stupid the people whining about this are, and how incredibly stupid the parents are.  I know, I must be a cruel and evil man to say that children should not be allowed to eat just because they have no money.  Strange, when I was in elementary school back in the 1960s, if MY parents did not pay for a lunch and if I did not bring a lunch with me to school – I DID NOT GET TO EAT.  Same for everyone else – even those whose parents were surely well under the “poverty line” – in those days before the Great Society and Compassionate Conservatism and all the rest of the garbage provided free lunch programs and free breakfast programs, and all the rest.  But MY parents accepted the responsibility and made sure that I ate – I was, after all, THEIR child.  These parents are incredibly stupid and greedy and without ANY responsibility for their own actions.

Mama’s Note: True, but I’m wondering why the payment thing wasn’t settled before the lunch was served. Dumping it AFTER the fact seems unnecessary. Of course, just being sent to that government school was child abuse, so it is obvious the parents don’t have a clue.

Hoplophobes and Hoploclasts – Politics (3 stories)
Gun legislation’s prospects improve
(Washington Post) Prospects for a bipartisan deal to expand federal background checks for gun purchases are improving with the emergence of fresh Republican support, according to top Senate aides.The possibility that after weeks of stalled negotiations senators might be on the cusp of a breakthrough comes as President Obama and his top surrogates will begin on Monday their most aggressive push yet to rally Americans around his gun-control agenda.

Nathan: The GOP is betraying its constituency, as usual; the WaPo crows about one backstabbing piece of GOP work.  The WaPo is right about the aggressiveness, also:  the White House is screaming more and more.

Toomey possible GOP partner for Democrats in background check bill
(Washington Post) A Democratic senator seeking to expand the national gun background check system has found a new Republican partner, likely boosting the prospects for a new bipartisan agreement that senators could vote on in the coming weeks, according to several senior Senate aides familiar with the talks.

Nathan: The media is supporting the “messiah” of course:  I’ve noticed an increase in stories about accidental deaths and other odd-ball situations. Meanwhile, others are using the “messiah’s” tactics and being idiots.

Mama’s Note: Indeed… so much for Toomey as a friend of liberty. Just another traitor.
Toomey bucks gun owners in background check deal
(Gun Rights Examiner) Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania joined today at a U.S. Capitol press conference with Democrat Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia to announce their agreement to extend background checks to end private sales at gun shows and via private transfers arranged online, an announcement posted on Toomey’s website revealed.

Conn. Gov. Dan Malloy: NRA’s LaPierre like ‘clowns at the circus’
(Washington Post) Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) on Sunday compared National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre to “clowns at the circus.”  “Wayne reminds me of the clowns at the circus. They get the most attention, and that’s what he’s paid to do,” said Malloy on CNN’s “State of The Union.”

Nathan: The clowns I see are Malloy and the other progressives trying to disarm Americans and still claim they are “constitutional.”  CNN and WaPo and the rest make it clear who is showcasing the circus.

Mama’s Note: Unfortunately, the NRA is not friend of liberty either. They are working hard to sell everyone down the river in the name of “mental health.” That is every bit as much a danger to our lives and liberty as any sort of “background checks.” And for the same reasons.

East Asian front – Congress in action
Senators call on China to step up pressure on North Korea
(Washington Post) A trio of senators on Sunday called for China to apply more pressure on North Korea, which has recently adopted an increasingly hostile posture toward the United States. “China does hold the key to this problem,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on CBS News’s “Face The Nation.”

Nathan: I don’t trust McCain farther than he can run or I can spit, and his idea that China will do anything except watch is a joke for everyone.  The problem is, North Korea is like a two-year-old; if you want them to stop having tantrums, a good tactic is usually to just ignore them.  YES, be prepared in case they DO do something stupid (just like the two-year-old who gets the matches from the fireplace) but don’t egg them on or try to get someone else to intervene.

Congress in action – Border jumpers
Schumer: ‘Gang of Eight’ on track for immigration agreement by week’s end

(Washington Post) The Senate’s third-ranking Democrat expressed hope Sunday that a bipartisan group he belongs to will come to an agreement on a proposal to revamp the nation’s immigration laws by the end of the week. “I think we’re doing very well. I think that we hope that we can have a bipartisan agreement among the eight of us on comprehensive immigration reform by the end of this week,” New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said on CBS News’s “Face The Nation.”

Nathan: Once more, the GOP betrays its constituents and its “principles” – they are so worthless. Schumer’s idiocy is as sure as the sun rising; the man is a menace to free people.

Texas: Serial robber shot by victim

(Gun Watch)  “Police say Willis, along with the help of 22-year-old Malik Washington and 21-year-old Ariel Malveaux, first abducted a woman in the 200 block of Village Creek Parkway. They drove her to an ATM and made her withdraw money before releasing her. Then they attempted to rob two women at their home in the 100 block of Dennis Drive. However, one of the women had the chance to grab a handgun from inside the home and shoot Willis in the abdomen.” (04/08/13)

Nathan: Would-be victim, I think.  If the first woman had been armed, she would not have been a victim either – but at least someone took this thug out.  Would we could do this to all of those who are robbing us.

Mama’s Note: Indeed… I don’t ever anticipate being attacked again, but I’m ready if it happens. I refuse to be any sort of victim – at least not because of free lance criminals.

Home front – Not-so-stupid people
Growing worry over “zero TV” homes

(Bennington Banner) “Some people have had it with TV. They’ve had enough of the 100-plus channel universe. They don’t like timing their lives around network
show schedules. They’re tired of $100-plus monthly bills. A growing number of them have stopped paying for cable and satellite TV service, and don’t even use an antenna to get free signals over the air. These people are watching shows and movies on the Internet, sometimes via cellphone connections.” (04/08/13)

Nathan: Duh.  My family and I have NEVER had cable television, and haven’t had broadcast television since the new standard came in, so I could not resist commenting on this.  The MSM are dead, just haven’t stopped moving yet.  The cable companies are bloated government-loving parasites (who finance a LOT of local government with franchise fees).  The waste of time for television – something I grew up with – may be nearing an end.  Yes, that “united culture” that TV gave America supposedly had some good points, but frankly, as a human culture of any value, it was (and is) worthless: good riddance.

Mama’s Note: I’ve never watched much TV, simply because I’m so deaf I can’t make out what they are saying (and no, I don’t like the “captions” either) – so I really have no idea what the programming has been at least since my boys left home. They used to watch it a little, but we had far too much work and too many other things to do to make it much of a habit. Sadly, the young people I see around me have replaced TV with things just as mindless. Facebook and nonstop “texting” is no improvement that I can see.

Self-defense – Hoplophobes and hoploclasts
DC: Man arrested, charged with exercising inalienable rights on Capitol grounds

(Uniontown Herald-Standard)”A Florida man is under arrest after police say he brought unregistered guns and ammunition onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol Building. U.S. Capitol Police say 59-year-old Ty Carroll Mitchum of Clearwater, Fla., was arrested after officers encountered him outside the building Sunday afternoon and searched his car.” (04/08/13)

Nathan: The headline is from the folks at Freedom News Daily.  DC law, of course, STILL (all these years after the SCOTUS decision) requires registering of guns, but I still don’t see how his car was “on Capitol grounds” – as far as I know, there are no longer any parking places on the streets around the Capitol and the massive office buildings that are monuments to our filthy, corrupt, and permanently-criminal members of Congress.  In the past, tourists used to be able to park nearby – but in the past, tourists could be clothed properly in public (that is, armed).  No more, of course.  If he is like me, he might remember the good old days, though: when a young man, dressed nicely and properly armed, was able to walk in any of several dozen entrances to the Capitol and those other buildings and go visit his Congressman and Senators, ride the little subways, and listen to the past and present of what he still thought was mostly a free nation.

Mama’s Note: My question, as always, is why he’d want to go there at all, let alone armed. Doesn’t he read the news?

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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