Libertarian Commentary on the News, #13-17B: Quick perviews of the news

Environists – Stupid government – War on the West
Cedar City, Utah: Prairie Dogs Destroying Town with Govt Help

(Godfather Politics) …One local businessman, Bruce Hughes, purchased 3.4 acres of land that he was going to develop into some type of rental property to help provide income for his retirement.  Before he could do anything with the land, prairie dogs moved in and now he is not allowed to do anything with his land except let it sit there.

Mark Bradshaw bought a piece land to build a car dealership on, but like Hughes, the prairie dogs moved in and now the land is useless and worthless. …The same thing has happened to real estate developers and new subdivisions that now have empty lots that were worth $100,000, but are now worthless plots full of prairie dog burrows.  They have taken over the local cemeteries leaving grieving family members upset about what they’ll do the graves of their loved ones that paid dearly for.

Nathan: Every day in the West, we see this happening.  Sometimes it is “just” a single farmer or rancher or landowner: other times it is a whole city (Cedar City) or a whole county (Dolores County, Colorado – where the sage grouse is the “victim” that the FWS is “protecting.”  How long will we allow this to continue?

Mama’s Note: Prairie dogs are about as “endangered” as house flies, for starters. And, if anyone is truly worried about prairie dogs, or sage grouse, or any other animal, all they have to do is collect some and start to breed them – or let them roam at will – on their own property, and with their own money. Just wonder how they’d fence them in.

Here in Wyoming we shoot the darn things. They are a pest and a danger to both humans and livestock.

War on religion
Army: No more preaching by anyone to anyone in uniform

(Godfather Politics) Ken Klukowski writes: …“[Weinstein] says Christians — including chaplains — sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military are guilty of ‘treason,’ and of committing an act of ‘spiritual rape’ as serious a crime as ‘sexual assault.’ He also asserted that Christians sharing their faith in the military are ‘enemies of the Constitution.’”

Nathan: The military forces have had protections in place to keep a senior officer or enlisted personnel from pressuring junior personal, but that is NOT what Weinstein is after: he wants to and is continuing to degrade the quality, morale, and moral foundations of American military forces.  Weinstein’s defense? He doesn’t do it just to christians: all religions must follow these rules.

Europe’s collapse
Why have the Spanish people not revolted?

(Infolibre via Europress) Five years of crisis, 6 million unemployed and thousands driven from their homes: Despite the heavy social toll, Spaniards suffer their fate without rebelling against the government or against the EU because they fear losing what little they have left, argues a sociologist.

Nathan: Why indeed?  But we have to ask the same of Americans – for forty-plus years I’ve heard people say “if this happens…” or “if this goes on any longer…” that they would revolt or that SOMEone would revolt.  But it doesn’t happen, and the reason is probably the same as in Spain: we are too afraid of losing what we have left… possessions, money, liberty, health, family, etc.

Home front – Stupid government and stupid people
Maryland: Baltimore Jail a corrupt culture

(Washington Post)

Nathan: Read this and throw up.  Multiple prison guards knocked up by the same prisoner, and arguing over who the inmate likes most and what they shall name the children.  Trading of drugs, liquor, cell phones, sexual favors, and anything else.  Sounds like medieval Europe or some banana republic, but it happens in Maryland.  Just like murdering tens of thousands of babies happens in Pennsylvania and enslaving women for a decade happens in Ohio.

Mama’s Note: The really telling thing is that this story was no particular surprise. The American INJustice system has been horribly corrupt for a very, very long time.

Home front – Stupid government
Northern Virginia: 83-year woman who disappeared is found: dead.

(Washington Post)

Nathan: She’d dead, Jim.  Who killed her?  The story says the family is blaming American Airlines, the Airlines blames Washington National Airport.  As you can imagine, I blame the government.  Why?  Because our worthless security system does not allow families to meet their loved ones at the ramp or gate any more, because the security thugs (TSA) are more interested in abusing and groping elders (and children) than they are in helping them, and because more and more people “leave it to government” instead of caring for and looking out for each other, because that is what government is teaching them.

Mama’s Note: I wonder why the family didn’t have someone travel with her. That would certainly have been a better plan. Sad… but with the rapid onset of dementia, she may have had a fatal condition and died in any case. God rest her soul.

Our right to self-defense
JFPO/GOA:  New Executive Orders Steal Liberty

Nathan: This is a GOA/JPFO advocacy article but has reportable news:  once more the “messiah” is shoving large rude objects into our bodies.

Home front – Slavery
Ohio:  Three slaves get freedom

( Three women who went missing separately about a decade ago, when they were in their teens or early 20s, had been tied up but were found alive Monday in a residential area just south of downtown, and three brothers were arrested, police said. … One of those arrested is a 52-year-old man, police say. The women were being treated at the hospital. A 6-year-old also was found in the home.  One of the women, Amanda Berry, was last heard from in 2003, when she called her sister to say she was getting a ride home from the Burger King restaurant where she worked, reported the Cleveland TV station WEWS. She was to turn 17 the day after she disappeared. Another of the women, Gina DeJesus, was 14 when she went missing on April 2, 2004. She was walking home from school. The third woman, Michelle Knight, 32, had been missing since 2002.

Nathan: Imagine: slaves for a decade and more.  And a child raised in slavery.  Not in Saudi Arabia, not in Afghanistan, not in Serbia.  The Castro brothers are, of course, innocent and anyone who thought something was fishy was a nut case, or so the cops said.  Talk about a long response time for a 9-1-1 call!  But the real issue is how many more people are like this?  Held in slavery (no, this is NOT kidnapping: these men are SLAVERS), abused and having their money and labor stolen, fearful that their friends or family are hostage to their abusers for their good behavior.  Actually, this kind of sounds like the way people are treated in the Fifty States, doesn’t it?  Not by three brothers, but by the combined forces of local and state and federal government.

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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