Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-17A: Satire or Truth?

By Nathan Barton

It is getting harder and harder to see the truth for the satire.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s newest anti-gun initiative Everytown For Gun Safety was recently parodied in a public service announcement that was designed to look like it was created by a person with very little understanding of how firearms operate.  I first saw this ad featured in a number of on-line publications stating that this was a REAL ad, but now the claim that it is bogus is popping up.  I don’t know, yet, whom to believe.  We really know that some hoplophobes and hoploclasts are indeed too stupid to understand how weapons work, but…

Another example of trying to figure out what to believe is THIS story (Oklahoma Militia pledges 50,000 Troops to support Bundy) by Freedom Outpost.  As is so often the case with the mainstream media, the headline doesn’t really match the story’s content, and other stories about this announcement are also muddled.  Apparently, a “constitutional Oklahoma militia” which claims to have 50,000 members has announced that they will send some unspecified number of troops to Nevada if BLM or other agencies try to again seize the Bundy cattle and land, or arrest them.  I could not find any information about the actual number, or even if the spokesperson or organization were real.  That said, there is no way ANY organization, including the US Army, could mobilize and deploy 50,000 troops to Bunkerville, or even Las Vegas, in time to respond to a sudden resumption of operations.  I hope that sites like Freedom Outpost are not getting “more professional” and therefore imitating the MSM.

Speaking of troops, the Pentagon says that sending US Troops to Europe is ‘More than symbology’, indicating that even Pentagon press writers’ writing skills has significantly deteriorated, since “symbology” is NOT the correct word.  But if deploying troops to Poland is NOT just a token, a symbol, then it means that the FedGov (read, the Fuehrer) is seriously considering starting a war over Crimea and Russian anger about Ukraine treating ethnic Russians like garbage.  How far is the Fuehrer willing to push Putin?  Putin doesn’t seem to take well to pushing, whereas the Fuehrer’s five years squatting in the White House seem to be one big shoving match: like on a ghetto basketball court.

Mama’s Note: I’d love to see Obummer shoved into a deep hole, or maybe back into the closet where he came from. The very idea that this cretin could take all 310 million of us back into a world war is just too maddening.

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of a voter-approved Michigan law banning affirmative action in college admissions, overturning a lower court decision that invalidated the ban. In the five days since, we’ve seen the usual Tranzis and Liberals freak out over it (Pelosi, Sharpton Respond…)  and call for a plethora of new laws to force “equal treatment.” Shocking though this ruling is (it is almost as if the Constitution still was in force), it appears to be very limited, and affirmative action still pretty much rules.

While we are on the Supreme Court, Justice Scalia, speaking to a high school class, pointed out that while the federal government has the right to tax the citizens, “if it reaches a certain point perhaps you should revolt.” The Supreme Court Justice explained to the students: “You’re entitled to criticize the government, and you can use words, you can use symbols, you can use telegraph, you can use Morse code, you can burn a flag.”  Like the Michigan case, these are unusual, if welcome, words coming from a Nazgul, but you can be sure that both conservatives and liberals will express anger over some or all of this.  It certainly runs counter to what that retired Nazgul has been writing and babbling.  And honestly?  We are WAY past that “certain point,” Mr. Justice.

Mama’s Note: If theft is always wrong, and we know it is, that “certain point” is the very first time the theft occurs, be it a penny or anything else. Tax is theft and is wrong, always. Coercion, aggression is wrong, always… and the only rational “point” at which to stop it is when it begins.

Cops getting bolder in their abuse of citizens. A Santa Clara County (California) woman is suing the Sheriff, a dozen deputies, and others for illegally searching her home, planting drugs in the home, and spiking her blood tests to “prove” she was taking meth,: almost all with evidence provided by the recordings from the sheriff’s radio system and dash cams on patrol vehicles. It apparently stemmed from the sheriff’s officers arresting her husband several blocks away.  I suppose they were desperate to get a good case against him, and figured she’d roll over.

Mama’s Note: The arrogance and stupidity of these “cops” seems to grow by leaps and bounds. They are either too stupid to turn off the cameras, or they think that none of their employers will hold them to account. Most won’t, of course, but the body of evidence against them is growing fast. Maybe soon the people will reach that “certain point” where they simply will not tolerate it anymore.

One of the latest efforts by the believers in manmade global warming (what I consider one of the “new religions” of the modern era) to convert others to their beliefs is the claim that Western American wildfires are more frequent and bigger in the past decade or so, as a direct result of global climate change.  This bogus claim runs contrary to the facts.  I will admit that the cause of MANY Western wildfires is human, but NOT increases in “greenhouse gases” raising average global temperatures.  No, we are still seeing the results of 140 years of wildfire suppression, allowing natural fuels (doghair, forest litter, etc.) to build up, and preventing natural systems, WHICH NEED FIRE, from functioning properly.  Indeed, as I am writing this, riding from Sturgis to Deadwood in the Black Hills, I look out my window at the thick stands of doghair and the heavy layer of fallen trees, brush, fallen needles and branches of Ponderosa, just waiting for some idiot to throw out a smoldering cigarette or let a campfire get out of control.   Secondly, as there is more and more urban build-up in the fringes and even inside forests, especially in mountainous areas, there is more potential for both accidental and intentional wildfires to start up.

Mama’s Note: Dog hair? Visible from the roads? I’ve never seen any… well, except on my carpets. 🙂 I empty the vacuum cannister outside so the birds can have the dog hair for their nests. Who knew?

The “facts” (like those about gun violence) are pretty much wrong, as well.  As more and more scientific and logical forest management is allowed (at least on private and state property, and sometimes, despite the best efforts of environists, on federal property), the amount of wildfire is decreasing: the risks are reduced.  As with the overall justification for harsh government regulations to control greenhouse gases, the motive behind screaming about increasing danger of wildfire in the West seems to be in order to justify more restrictions on ANY human activity in the mountains and plains.  Which brings us back to the Bundy standoff and others in the West.

About tpolnathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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