Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-02A

Stupid government
IRS Seeks to Shut Down Free Speech Again

(One News Now)

Nathan: Fully in the spirit of the immoral and unconstitutional Johnson Amendment against churches. Once more we have to point out, the purpose of the IRS (like MOST government agencies) is NOT, say again, NOT to provide services, such as getting revenue – the primary purpose is CONTROL and POWER.  This proposal is unlikely to get issued in this form.

Mama’s Note: Of course, neither revenue NOR control are valid reasons for their existence.

Self-defense NOT
DC: Tow Truck Driver Kills Hold-up Artist

(Washington Post)

Nathan: This was NOT self-defense, people, say again after me, THIS WAS NOT SELF DEFENSE.  This was revenge.  The tow truck driver was no longer in danger, and killing the robber was STUPID.  If people cannot learn the difference, they will find themselves given the same lack of mercy, sooner or later.

Panic and Stupid People
36 Signs the Media is lying to you about Fukushima radiation and West Coast US

(TheTruthWins.com)

Nathan: Actually Godzilla is sign #37, but no one has spotted him yet.

Seriously, we know the media lies, but in this case the people that are telling you that the media is lying are lying just as much or more.  I found this story by Michael Snyder reprinted on several websites, including those which have been pretty good in the past about vetting stories.  And they clearly failed on this one, although there were comments (some, but not many) that pointed out that the 36 signs did NOT and do NOT make sense; that much of the information reported is exaggerated or is making claims that the data used to make claims are NOT supported.  This is scaremongering, and even a basic understanding of health physics and general physics, with careful reading and comparison, will help you see it for what it is: panic.  For example, the claim is that 300 tons of radioactive water per day is being dumped into the Pacific.  That sounds like a LOT, but that amounts to a grand total of 0.93 cubic feet per second – significantly less than needed to water a 60-acre field.  The Pacific Ocean is estimated at 714 million cubic kilometers, or 714,000,000,000 cubic meters, and a cubic meter is about 35 cubic feet, so 24,990,000,000,000 cubic feet.  So even almost three years of spilling water (1,000 days) means that 80,352,000 cubic feet of water in that time, which is 0.00000322 or less than one part per million.  The claims by sailors (now mysteriously up to 71 from 51 reported just two weeks ago) just don’t match the facts.  Other more supportable explanations of sealife and avian die-offs make much more sense.  In short, these people are countering the lies from government and government-supported big business (and what else is new) with more lies, and NOT the truth.  Let us not exchange one set of lying power-mad scumbags for another set of lying fanatic power-mad scumbags.

Mama’s Note: Amen, and the bold emphasis above is mine.

DHS Thuggery
‘JFK Customs destroyed 11 of my instruments’

December 31, 2013 by Norman Lebrecht 206 Comments
A Canadian citizen, based in New York and with a green card employment permit, Boujemaa was flying home from Marrakech, Morocco, when his baggage was opened by Customs at JFK. ‘I told them I had these instruments for many years and flew with them in and out,’ he said. ‘There were 11 instruments in all. They told me they were agricultural products and they had to be destroyed. There was nothing I could do. The ney flute can be made with bamboo. Is that agricultural?’

Nathan: Well, this guy may be a good musician, but a biologist he ain’t.  Sorry, Mr. Boujemaa, but bamboo IS an agricultural product.  Millions of tons of which are imported into the US each year. And NOT something that justifies this kind of insane, psychotic, power-mad behavior.  No doubt this is one reason that they are so hyped about keeping  air travelers unarmed.  These people are (literally, sometimes) the kind who pull milk out of babies’ mouths, steal their toys and their candy, and grope old women and underage children.  They are the kind of people who belong in “halfway” houses permanently, where they can’t molest good people.  The kind that give NAMBLA a “good name.”

Nazgul – Theft by government
Budget Cuts Imperil Federal Court System, Roberts Says

(New York Times) By ADAM LIPTAK
Budget cuts have imperiled the ability of the federal court system to deliver prompt justice and to protect the public, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote on Tuesday in his annual report on the state of the federal judiciary.

Nathan: Brings a laugh, huh?  Prompt justice?  Maybe for sequoias and turtles.  Protect the public?  From the benefits and pleasures of liberty, maybe.  Budget cuts?  Now I really am rolling around laughing:  they are only getting an increase in their budget of 8% instead of 10% (That is a “2%” cut for them), only getting a payroll increase of 2% instead of 4%?  Only getting 20 new, luxurious, marble-floored courthouses instead of 40?  Gee, they might have to buy robes that only cost $1000 instead of $1200?  And we let this man make legal decisions?

A couple of stories from last week, to comment on:

Home front
Chicago teen kills and beheads, mutilates boyfriend as “Christmas present” to aunt

(CBS Chicago)

Nathan: I know his crime: killing his victim with a hammer, cutting off the head, cutting off the nose and ears and gouging out the eyes, then calling 911 to boast about it, sounds like a standard Islamic honor killing or jihad against enemies of Islam.  But no, he apparently is NOT Muslim.  He is, after all, celebrating Christmas, and that is verboten in Islam.  And his victim/intended victim was not his daughter, his sister, or his mother.  And apparently he did not scream Allahuakbar!  No, this was apparently a normal, run-of-the-mill psychotic wannabe mass murderer, who is likely to always be a menace to others, and has the morals and point of view of a rabid pit bull who has been totally ruined.   This being Chicago, he had to obey the law and didn’t use a gun: he had to use a hammer. (I am sure the City Council will close that loophole in murder weapons soon enough.)  If there were a Coventry into which he could be dropped to swim or die, it would be a blessing.  But his public defender wanted to get him released on bond…

Mama’s Note: The most fitting and moral outcome for any lethal attack is the death or mortal injury of the perpetrator at the hands of his/her intended victim. The real tragedy in cases like this is that the victims are so incredibly helpless, both physically and otherwise.

Culture wars: Killing babies
Record 87 Surgical Abortion Clinics Close in 2013 – Total Drops 73% from 1991 High

(CNSNews.com)

Nathan: But the ones that remain are bigger and “better” and RU-248 and other drugs are being used (and pushed) more and more for killing babies.

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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