Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-02C: Theft BY/THROUGH Government

Theft by government
New York: More Than 100 Cops and Firefighters Rounded up in Connection to Massive, $400M Scam

(The Blaze) Prosecutors say the group worked at the scheme for more than two decades. The suspects rounded up Tuesday are accused of scamming millions in disability benefits by falsely claiming to suffer from stress-relates illnesses.

Mama’s Note: The politicians and bureaucrats certainly don’t tolerate much competition. Their scams come FIRST!

Nathan: This is creme dela creme: NYPD, NYFD, City Attorneys, doctors, and more.  The “elite” of municipal government from not just the three states (NY, CT, NJ) have been bilking the taxpayers for DECADES. Was it Will Rogers who once said, “Don’t steal – government doesn’t like the competition?”  I know I refer to ALL taxes as theft by government (because they are here in the United States and all free nations).  But then that money gets stolen over and over again: by elected officials and appointed ones, who get paid for doing little or nothing, by corruption and cons like this one, by welfare queens (whether they are living in a housing project or driving to their corporate offices in a limo) and many other ways.

Culture wars: homosexual “marriage” – Nazgul
The Supreme Court just hit the pause button on homosexual marriages [sic] in Utah

(Los Angeles Times, via Last Resistance)) A federal district judge had overruled Utah’s state constitutional ban on homosexual marriage, stating that Utah’s citizens had a federally-protected constitutional right to homosexual marriage if they wanted it. The Supreme Court, in so many words, said “Nuh-uh.” This decision has left many people puzzled. It had seemed that the Supreme Court was positive about homosexual marriage. Just last year, the Supreme Court decided (in a 5-4 decision) that homosexual marriages sanctioned by states could receive federal tax benefits.

Nathan: Thanks to Last Resistance for this; see their whole discussion here.

This makes little sense, given what I understand of the Court and its recent decisions, but it still amounts to Judicial tyranny.  Frankly, this just raises people’s hope for logic in the court, while there is no chance at all of that.  I am reminded of a story I saw posted on USA Today about how political considerations (votes and campaign contributions override basic scientific knowledge and training of politicians, who will lie about ANYTHING to get those votes and dollars (or D-Marks, or Euros) that they are so greedy for.  Even in non-elected positions, (like monarchs), this trend is clearly seen throughout history.  Utah has always been a sore, sticking point in the federal craw, which was a major reason for the FEDERAL ban on polygamy which was shoved down Utah’s throat 120 years ago and now apparently overturned.  But THIS action shows that the Federal government (including its courts) are STILL unwilling to cede back the sovereignty to the Fifty States.  Another form of government theft: not allowing people to decide what is right and wrong, responsible to God for their own actions.

Congress in action – Economics
Murkowski urges end to US ban on crude oil exports

(Business Week) “The top Republican on the Senate Energy Committee urged President Barack Obama to end a 39-year ban on exports of U.S. crude oil, joining what is shaping up as an election-year debate over energy policy. … Most exports of U.S. crude oil are prohibited under a 1975 law meant to counter surging gasoline prices after an Arab oil embargo. Advances in drilling techniques have led to increased production, and the Paris-based International Energy Agency projects that the U.S. will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer by 2015.” (01/07/14)

Nathan: No doubt this would be a BIG boost in the fortunes of Alaskan oil patch companies and workers, and it is one more stupid law that has been around for far too long.  But anything SHE has her fingers in will have to be checked very carefully.  She is slimy and a politician and conniver through and through.  Be very careful with anything she touches.

New religions: Global warming – The “messiah”
White House: Global Warming Probably Responsible for Polar Vortez

(The Blaze) The White House on Wednesday released a video suggesting that the “Polar Vortex” responsible for record lows throughout the U.S. was actually caused by global warming. “If you’ve been hearing that extreme cold spells, like the one we’re having in the United States now, disproves global warming, don’t believe it,” President Barack Obama’s science adviser, Dr. John Holdren says in the video posted to the official White House YouTube channel. … “A growing body of evidence suggests that the extreme cold being experienced by much of the United States as we speak is a pattern that we can expect to see with increasing frequency as global warming continues,” he adds. …

Nathan: Once more, I am reminded of this quote by Douglas Adams: “Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as the final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God.
The argument goes something like this: “I refuse to prove that I exist,'” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.”
“But,” says Man, “The Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn’t it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don’t. QED.”
“Oh dear,” says God, “I hadn’t thought of that,” and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
“Oh, that was easy,” says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.”

Nathan: HE and his advisors are clearly running scared on this (and why not).  The pitiful appeals to esoteric logic and mystery science and hidden wisdom is worse than what people claim for the Kabbalah and Illuminati.

Mama’s Note: Anyone who wants the straight answers to the “climate” thing would do well to visit this website.  Watts Up With That? explores the real science behind a great number of things, climate being a specialty. Informative, and very often quite humorous besides.

Islamic wars: Afghan front
Ten Year Old Girl Caught With Suicide Vest – Not Saddest Part of Her Story

(The Blaze)  The sister of a prominent Taliban leader was beaten by her father after she failed to cross a river to kill a group of Police with her bomb, and fled her home (still with the bomb) to surrender herself and ask for protection from her family.

Nathan: Of course, here in America we do worse: we sacrifice our unborn daughters and sons on the altar of feminism, “choice” and a better standard of living.  Doesn’t make this right, of course: she could have been better used as an incidental casualty of the next NATO-US drone strike.  (Like the Syrian or “Palestinian” family who was attacked by Israeli monsters in the Gaza Strip and then a few months later attacked by Syrian government monsters in the fighting east of Damascus.  Is there really that big a difference between being a “victim” of war and a weapon of war?

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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