Libertarian commentary on the news, #15-01F: Warped senses of reality

By Nathan Barton

Good morning!  Irrational and warped senses of reality are around us everywhere, especially in government circles.  Today, there are several examples of that in recent news.

How long will this continue?  France has suffered its worst terrorist attack in decades, as Islamists attacked a magazine office.  At least 12 are dead in a shooting at the office of a satirical French publication.  Masked gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar!” stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaperWednesday, killing 12 people, including the paper’s editor and a cartoonist, before escaping in a getaway car. “Three policemen arrived by push bike, but they left naturally as the attackers were armed.” Mama Liberty: And absolutely nobody prepared in any way to defend themselves, even the police, it would seem. And what the heck is a “push bike?” “France raised its alert to the highest level, and reinforced security at houses of worship, stores, media offices and transportation. Top government officials were holding an emergency meeting.” Mama Liberty: A MEETING! Of course. That ought to take care of it. I wonder what they plan to do… issue signs for the police and population saying: “Stop! Or I’ll yell STOP again!!!” They could show their signs to the nasty terrorists. That ought to take make them think twice. Nathan: I suspect this will not be the last attack: these Muslim terrorists are smarter than the usual run, and did NOT commit suicide: they also used standard getaway tactics.  And the French police have definitely demonstrated that they are unable to cope with this.  France has (for France) taken a reasonably hard stand against Islamists, but now we will see if they buckle under the way Spain did after the terror attacks there. Will the French people OR the French government wake up to reality?  Stay tuned.

When I saw this picture, I thought that maybe the French people, at least HAD woken up to the need for self defense against attackers like these murderous Islamists:

Then I realized that the picture was of French Resistance Partisans in 1944, fighting against National Socialist (German) occupation troops.  The cute girl in the middle was only 18, and today, the men with her would be arrested for allowing an underage girl to even have a weapon, much less a full-auto “assault weapon.”  Of course in 1944, there were still some French men and women with guts and a love of liberty: remember that 18 year old was born in 1926, possibly to a father who had survived the bloody mayhem of the Great War, which destroyed the best and bravest of France, United Kingdom and Germany.

Meanwhile, in our own warped piece of reality, nobody seems to be waking up.  Consider three separate incidents.

White House claims Fuehrer’s veto threat is an example of GOP obstructionism, which is similar to the idea of “Oh, because you threatened my sister, I was forced to kill her and blame you for it.”  And the mainstream media continues to report this sort of nonsense with a straight face.

In two Federal courts, two men have been indicted for attempting to overthown the government of Gambia in the last several weeks, in a bizarre conspiracy which eerily mimics the events of 1981 as recorded by one of the two men.  The article on Freedom’s Outpost looks at the many odd things about these arrests and prosecution, the men, and of course points out that the FedGov apparently doesn’t like competition: they’re willing to overthrow governments everywhere, but heaven forbid that a regular American citizen do so.  Someone is a few eggs short in their carton.

The police unions (FOP, at least) are so upset about cops getting killed that they are pulling a card from the likes of Al Sharpton and other race-baiters, just like homosexual activists do. Except instead of basing the accusations and crimes on learned behavior (homosexuality) or skin color, they want to do it based on the color of GANG clothing (uniforms). They want cop killing to be a “hate crime.” Now, mind you, except in their warped version of reality, I can’t think of ANY jurisdiction that does not prosecute someone for killing a cop, even when the cop is busy raping the person who kills them.  That supposedly is the “logic” behind hate crime laws passed by Congress: that local jurisdictions won’t prosecute, so the “hate crime” is a nice way to tap dance around such stupid ideas as “no double jeopardy.”  But look at the definition of “hate crime:” It is “motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.” I am trying to figure out which one cops fit in.  My best guess is “disability,” except in certain parts of the Northeast where if you ain’t Irish, you ain’t a cop.

Mama’s Note: And I’m still trying to figure out why “hate,” by any criteria, makes aggression worse or different. The crime is the aggression, actually harming other people. This is simply more of the nonsense about (some) people having a “right” not to be offended or their feelings hurt.

Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist lashed out Tuesday against what he warns is a coming “gusher of new taxes” if Washington bureaucrats enact regulations reclassifying broadband Internet as a public utility. This is FAR from the only impact that would have, of course.  This baffles me because we know, with many proofs over decades if not centuries, that the things which are taxed are harmed: that there are less of them.  Tax the internet, and all you do is drive more and more of it (and us) underground.

As happens with other things.  Homeschooling faces significant problems in Europe, where several families have gotten in serious trouble over homeschooling in Germany.  The latest problem is in Sweden where a family has appealled to the Supreme Court.  Home School Legal Defense Association is helping Swedish parents who want their children to receive education outside of school, which has so far been denied by officials and courts. The family has appealed to the Swedish Supreme Court, arguing their human rights have been violated by local officials who denied their application to homeschool.  Again, although there are constant battles to defend the right to homeschool in the Fifty States, we can count our blessings that we CAN do it with as little persecution and prosecution as we do.

Reports illustrate failures of U.S. occupation in Middle East. Dual reports from Iraq and Afghanistan shed new light on just how much of a resounding failure the U.S.’s long-running occupation of the Middle East has been as the nation enters another year of efforts to combat new terror threats in the region.  We can’t seem to understand how stupid (and insane) it is to do the same thing over and over again.  Propping up Muslim governments and societies with US dollars and blood just makes it easier for Islamists and other extremists (such as Ba’athists) to gain influence and control and power.

How long can this go on?  Too long already.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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