Libertarian commentary on the news, #15-01C: New Year doesn’t change stupid government.

By Nathan Barton

Good morning!

Did you know? Who Is Paying Federal Income Taxes? The top 50 percent of taxpayers paid almost all of the nation’s income taxes — 96.7 percent… Incredibly, eh?  And that isn’t 50% of the POPULATION or the ADULT population or people with jobs.  That doesn’t count millions of people who don’t make enough to pay income taxes.  Government theft continues unabated.  The FedGov collected more taxes last year than ever before, but they also spent like the combined fleets of world history all being drunken sailors at the same time.

I suppose that is one reason to continue to distract us with stupidity like this next story. U.S. imposes sanctions on N. Korea following attack on Sony. The Administration imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday, the first known U.S. response since authorities concluded the repressive government was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Read full article » Never mind that it has now been demonstrated that it was NOT the “Norks” that did this, but disgruntled Sony employees and ex-employees RIGHT HERE IN THE Fifty States!  The FedGov MUST find something, anything, to keep reminding us of the big bad boogymen out there that only THEY can protect us from. Such hypocrites.

What gives? Hinckley won’t face murder charge in death of James Brady, prosecutors say. Federal prosecutors said they will not charge John W. Hinckley Jr. with murder in the shooting of President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary in a 1981 assassination attempt, even though a medical examiner concluded his August death was caused by the old wounds.  Read full article » Now, mind you, this is despite the fact that Brady was 72 or 73, despite the fact that he had OTHER contributing conditions that led to his death a few years ahead of “average.”  But let us say that Hinkley SHOULD have been charged?  That day (that Reagan and Brady were shot) I was on a military base, and saw the TV reports almost immediately: the shock and the sorrow was clear and expressed in many ways.  But I understand from people who were elsewhere, like on liberal university campuses (Columbia comes to mind), the reaction was more like that in Gaza or Damascus on Bloody Tuesday (9-11) two decades later: people were GLAD that Reagan had been shot, and disappointed when he survived.  Is THAT why the DOJ won’t prosecute?  Because that would disappoint so many of the Fuehrer’s staff, who consider Reagan to be an evil monster?  Explain again why we are prosecuting German concentration camp guards 70 years later, but not Hinkley?

On to more successful killers.  Maybe these things just didn’t make it into the news as much in the past, but this week we have FOUR infant deaths due to what appears to be inexcusable, hideous neglect by their parents.  The parents of one infant, who reportedly died of starvation (weighing only four pounds at two months of age) were filing up at an all-you-can-eat buffet place while their child expired in the car.  In Indianapolis, the dead body of a newborn (estimated less than 24 hours) was found in a park.  The only clue is the college sweatshirt wrapped around the child.  In San Diego County, California, the bodies of two twin “fetuses” (estimated at five months gestation) were found near a church building, abandoned. As Mama Liberty pointed out, this is nothing new, and is a kind of evil known for millennia.  Recall that Solomon once famously judged between two prostitutes over the fate of a surviving child, and one was willing to “share” the baby by cutting the child in half.  Mothers devoid of natural affection, and sometimes driven to madness, have killed, and sometimes eaten, their own children.  We may hear about these sorts of things more today than in the past because of both the mainstream media news-cycle (always looking for “if it bleeds, it leads” stories) and 21st Century technology that makes it easy for a local story to splash around the world.  Two of these stories were in Brit papers sooner than in major American news outlets.  These are despite a whole series of laws allowing people to dump babies at hospitals, church buildings, police stations, or government buildings with no questions asked.  But this is also happening in a land where 300,000+ children were killed in (or immediately outside of) the womb by just one organization here in the Fifty States, in 2014: a continuation of a holocaust that makes Uncle Adolf’s from 1933-1945 look pathetic.  Evil, sick, and getting worse.

Speaking of holocausts and the Third Reich, another relic of history has reappeared.  It appears that an infamous but little known munitions factory in Austria may have used and killed hundreds of thousands of slave laborers in producing material for a German atomic bomb that was (apparently) never completed.  The plant, which has signs of radioactive contamination now seventy years later, is to be explored in detail, and probably cleaned up.  Amazing: at this one place, the National Socialists killed almost as many people as Planned Parenthood did in just one year.

New York Cops are still at it:  In the latest case of gun rage, New York State Police seized four guns from a veteran and retired cop because he sought medical help for his insomnia:  they lied about the information they received (as mandated) from his medical provider and claimed that he was mentally unstable and therefore fell under the new, evil SAFE Act passed in secret last year by the thugs (the ones in suits, not blue uniforms) in Albany. Under the imperial decrees by the Fuehrer, don’t be surprised if this same Gestapo style tactic doesn’t come to YOUR state sooner than later.

In both Colorado and Washington States, it appears that despite the ready availability of marijuana on the economy, troops at Fort Carson (near Colorado Springs) and Joint Base Lewis McCord are using LESS pot.  MJ use is, of course, illegal for serving troops for many reasons, and one argument used by opponents to legalization in both states was the expected increase in use by military personnel.  This appears, at least for now, to be wrong: thanks in large part to the improved discipline as compared to the insane policies of the draftee army in the 1970s.

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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2 Responses to Libertarian commentary on the news, #15-01C: New Year doesn’t change stupid government.

  1. “Federal prosecutors said they will not charge John W. Hinckley Jr. with murder in the shooting of President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary in a 1981 assassination attempt, even though a medical examiner concluded his August death was caused by the old wounds.”

    It didn’t have to be political; it would have been a waste of money. Hinckley had already been found innocent of Brady’s shooting “by reason of insanity”. Any defense lawyer just out of law school and having barely passed the bar would point that out, along with the fact that Hinckley has also been consistently found mentally incompetent for decades since. I.E.- still mentally incompetent to stand trial.

    Ideally, Hinckley should have died while trying to assassinate Reagan. But since he didn’t, the best possible outcome for a new trial now would be… “Not guilty by reason of insanity, and you can go back to your hospital room now, Mr. Hinckley.” Status quo. Again, waste of money.

    The German guards you compare to Hinckley were not previously charged/tried/found incompetent. Hinckley’s status has been determined; theirs wasn’t.

    “MJ use is, of course, illegal for serving troops for many reasons, and one argument used by opponents to legalization in both states was the expected increase in use by military personnel. “

    Of course, you commanders wouldn’t want marijuana to ameliorate the heightened paranoia/aggression effects of the amphetamines the troops get issued.

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    • MamaLiberty says:

      Personally, I don’t buy “insanity” as an excuse for aggression. Seems to me that anyone who actually wants to commit aggression, for any reason or no reason, is insane to start with. The best outcome is their death at the hands of their intended victim or his/her guardian. It gets really messy after that. And prosecuting 70 – 80 year olds who played a role in Nazi Germany? How about those who were involved inflicting the torture around the globe in the last 30 years? Somehow they all get a pass.

      As for the cannabis and soldiers… seems to me they all need to be sent home so they can buy their own – whatever it is they consume.

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