Libertarian Commentary on the News, #13-36D: Welfare and war, corruption and stupidity

Stupid government
California Lawmakers Want $10 Minimum Wage
(Fox News) “The bill, which would raise the state’s minimum wage to $9 in July of 2014, and then to $10 in January 2016, would mark California’s first minimum wage hike in six years… But while Democrats say the bill will help workers hurt by the recession, Republican lawmakers argue that it will encourage businesses to cut jobs, leaving many of those workers unemployed instead. The California Chamber of Commerce also opposed the bill calling it a ‘job killer.’”

See a good commentary here

Nathan: More commentary than news, although the bill introduced in the California People’s Legislature will do all that:  raising minimum wage to $10/hour will destroy jobs and deny the least-skilled jobs, because they are NOT economical to hire: they cost more than they can or will produce.

Local tyranny – Hoploclasts
Missouri:  Cop attitude towards young people is disgusting

(Freedom Outpost)

Nathan: I have not heard of this small band of young people: an extended family and very close friends, who seek to make the same point that Mama Liberty and I and many others do:  I’ve had these kinds of encounters more than once over the past few years, but do not ever recall having them back in the ’70s – just in the last decade.  This cop is arrogant, disrespectful, fails to be observant, and has massive backup.  And he should know, but does not (or pretends not to) know, that Wal-Mart does NOT ban guns.  The kids did a fine job: kept their temper better than I or my sons would, I think.

Starbucks CEO:  No guns, please

(Freedom Outpost) Schultz’s letter says it all; “… today we are respectfully requesting that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas—even in states where “open carry” is permitted—unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.”

Nathan: I am not a customer of Starbucks very often (I don’t drink coffee and so hot cocoa is the limit) but I do patronize Safeway and Kroger and Albertson’s stores with the chain present, so I intend to ignore this silly little Potemkin Village type letter.  But I’ll go ahead and buy the premix and heat my own water, rather than “enjoy” their beverages.  And sometimes tell their “associates” WHY I’m not buying.  Notice, even military personnel are not welcome, armed.  After reading this, I DID speak with the barrista at the local Safeway outlet of Starbucks, in Rapid City, who had NOT heard of the letter and was as shocked by it as I was.  She reassured me that HER Starbucks in the Safeway didn’t mind how I was armed and weren’t going to ask customers not to carry…  And promised to pass a message up the Starbucks chain.

Mama’s Note: While I totally support anyone who chooses to go armed, obviously, I think that it is important that we conduct ourselves with dignity and respect for private property. Starbucks is a private company, and their property should be as sacrosanct as our own. Activists from both sides have pressured them, and some gun owners did very foolish and dangerous things on their property. I wouldn’t allow THOSE gun owners on MY property.

A boycott of Starbucks won’t help anything at all. They have not bowed to the pressure of the anti-gunners, and are only asking not to be made the focal point of the war. It is up to rational, responsible gun owners to respect that, and enjoy their continued neutral position. If you enjoy their products, and don’t mind paying the mind bending price to do so, continue to patronize them as respectful and rational people and do your activism on the county court house lawn or somewhere else.

I very much suspect that a big show of hostility, or worse, continued vagrant disrespect for everyone with unsafe gun handling and “in your face” spite by foolish gun owners, may well result in the total ban the gun grabbers insist on. And that would be a real shame.

Islamic wars: Canaanite front – Israel haters in colleges
College professor removes Israel from Middle Eastern Map

(Freedom Outpost)

Nathan: Supposedly this instructor tells his students that his class is about language (Arabic) and not about politics and religion, yet he has a doctored map?  Of course, I have a problem understanding how you can teach a language like Arabic WITHOUT involving both politics and religion: like teaching Hebrew, Greek, or Latin…

Mama’s Note: And I have a hard time understanding just why anyone would want to study such things in such a vacuum anyway. The history, politics, religion and so forth are integral and are essentially what formed the language in the first place. Sort of like studying biology while ignoring cell structure, or insisting that it wasn’t relevant.

Government-run, tax-funded schools – Hoplophobes and Hoploclasts
South Carolina Teacher:  Cops Confiscating Guns is “Constitutional”

(Freedom Outpost)

Nathan: What should we expect?  Lies and more lies.  Teachers wish to teach their own fantasies and not the truth.  Finally, other Americans are finding out what it is like and has been like for decades for people who (a) did NOT celebrate Christmas, (b) do not believe in macro-evolutionary theory, (c) were in military families, and (d) did NOT salute the flag or say the Pledge of Allegiance.  The Christmas business was common in the 1950s and 1960s, when it was assumed and demanded that Christmas be a religious holiday in the schools (the opposite of modern times).  The willingness to accept people who refuse to accept evolutionary theory and the old earth of uniformitarian geology has actually somewhat improved in schools, as compared to the sixties and seventies, but not in National Parks and museums.  Military families were attacked directly and indirectly during the late Vietnam War era (1968-1975 especially) especially by teachers and even in rural and conservative areas.  And of course, once upon a time, refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance was limited to Seventh-day Adventists and Jehovah’s Witnesses and a few other groups, who were strongly condemned for being unAmerican.

Home Front
Two news stories from a friend, and my comments…

The FBI tells us that the city of Chicago has become the nation’s murder capital, surpassing even New York City… even though Chicago has less than 1/3rd of the population that New York does.

Nathan: Liberal as New York is, and as corrupt, Chicago excels in those areas as well.  Disarmament, stupid nanny laws, unbelievably corrupt officials from tiny little special districts through neighborhood and city offices and right to state and federal offices, an attitude that permeates the entire stinking city and its metro area, and smells ALMOST as bad as DC, as the next story relates.

The government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics has released its 2013 list of the most corrupt members of Congress and some of the names may surprise you. (And some of them you’ll totally expect.)

Nathan: I don’t expect ANYthing good in Congress: anyone able to get elected in ANY district is 99% certain to be corrupt just to get elected, and if not, to be corrupted within DAYS of arriving in DC.  Anyone who assumes otherwise is naive and sure to be disappointed.  It is, after all, according to Mark Twain, our only native criminal class.

Mama’s Note: Of course it’s not limited to Washington D. C. Politicians and bureaucrats are pretty much the same no matter where they come from, or where they operate. The goals and methods are pretty much interchangeable. The thing far too few people seem to realize is that the politicians and bureaucrats in the local city hall or county commission can and does impact their lives far, far more than the thieves and liars in D. C. These good folks nurture the illusion that they have any real control over the local criminal class… and most don’t even wake up after a major problem. They are content that all they need to do is elect the “right people” next time.

Stupid government – Theft by government
Aircraft Carrier USS Gerald Ford Plagued With Glitches, Cost Overruns


Nathan: Can I throw up?  A carrier named for Ford?  Give me a break – Henry Ford, maybe, but Gerald?  Any surprises that it is a disaster?  Even the new Littoral Warfare ships are viewed as jokes.  These aren’t defense programs, they are welfare programs that go on and on and on.

Europe’s collapse – War on teaching children
Germany: State-Sponsored Kidnapping, Jail for Homeschoolers

(HSLDA’s Weekly Update) A crucial hearing this Thursday could determine whether Dirk and Petra Wunderlich’s children come home. Desperate to be reunited with their children and seeing no other legal options, they have agreed to send their children to a state-approved school. Read more >>

Nathan: So close to its National Socialist past!

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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