Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-52D: Boxing Day!

By Nathan Barton

Good evening!  Another work day today, and with little to write about on Christmas, it is a short week.  Listened to Christmas Music some, and mostly to weather news, and not much else.

But there is still news, and some of it is good! I honestly cannot see spoiling the holidays with holiday-oriented attacks on anyone, can you? So here are a few good stories to share!

A home invasion “specialist” bit off more than he could chew when he met the young woman at the door by putting the muzzle of his pistol to her neck. But she had come to the door with her own pistol in hand, and fired three times into his body. His accomplice ran away as he died; the young woman was unharmed, because she was NOT unarmed.

Another homeowner faced a similar danger in Rhome, Texas, a rural community northwest of the Dalworthington Metroplex, when a stranger tried to get into his house at 4 AM.  After several verbal warnings and a brief scuffle, the homeowner shot and killed the man.  The Sheriff is fine with it.  Once more: good news: self-defense is a God-given right.

In Toronto, a robber attempted to steal the cashbox and its contents out of a restaurant owners hand in a broad daylight mugging.  The guy fought back, but dropped the money and his cell phone in the scuffle: a woman collected the money and returned it to him, but stole his cell phone! Of course, muggers like this don’t have to fear that their victims will be armed, not in today’s Canada.

Mama’s Note: I think the person who returned the money was someone different from the woman who took the cell phone. But I fear it wouldn’t have mattered if this person was armed. Not enough information to know, of course, but I suspect he was not paying strict attention to his surroundings for starters. Seems it would be wise not to carry valuables in a box that would open so easily either. Having someone along to watch his back would be a good idea too. But yes, if people were generally armed there, it is doubtful he would be attacked on the street in the daytime.

There are always threats to our privacy and data and work from our computers: we need to be on-line to do the work we do, but the risk is there.  Another firm has come up with at least a partial solution, and John Bush with The Liberty Beat tells us about it: “Ghostery.” Definitely worth looking into.

Mama’s Note: This is not actually new. I’ve been using it for years. It simply prevents websites from doing things that will be used to track you, that’s all. Some elements, such as videos and widgets, won’t function properly, but you can choose to over ride the block.

American Airlines did the right thing, when a man boarding one of their aircraft blew up into a screaming rage-fit when he was told “Merry Christmas” and escorted him off the aircraft after he refused to calm down.  The rest of the passengers on the plane cheered as he left.

It is a very short commentary, but have a wonderful holiday weekend: stay warm and safe, and have a Happy New Year.

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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