Libertarian Commentary on the News, #15-06A: Overcoming! (This and That)

By Nathan Barton

[Mama’s Note: So glad to see Nathan posting again! He’s been quite ill, and is not 100% yet, but I’m sure he’ll be well soon. Welcome back, my friend. ]

Well, we are half through the winter, but some common sense has somehow gotten into the most dense of heads, and the New Great War may not be upon us… yet.  The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine have agreed a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine, participants at the summit talks said on Thursday. The deal reached after all-night negotiations.

Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) has died following complications from brain surgery, his family confirmed last Friday.”Congressman Alan Nunnelee has gone home to be with Jesus. He was well loved and will be greatly missed,” his family said in a statement issued by his office. I know that it is a tragedy that he died, and with my own family facing many similar problems, please understand that the following is not meant to be negative or hateful to the Nunnelee family.  But the opportunity is too good to miss:  First, we have to remember, always, that these kinds of experimental and radical surgeries, like brain transplants, are so often disappointing and failures, and the hope of even ONE success, much less finding and succeeding with 535 such operations, is infinitesimally small.  Second, such operations are very risky: we should not be surprised, that a congressman’s brain would be so small that once the pressure of hot air inside the skull is released by the first incision, it might not be possible to fix everything necessary.

The WaPo shows more signs of madness, or at least an inability to comprehend much of reality.  It writes about “The little recovery that could just get a whole lot bigger.” Yes, it points out that the economy added 257,000 jobs in January, added a “whopping” (their word: what a joke) 147,000 more in revisions to previous months, saw average hourly wages creep up 2.2 percent the past year (more whoopie! with inflation running at between 8 and 10%), and, best of all, the unemployment rate ticked up from 5.6 to 5.7 percent. (This last part was the only part of the WaPo’s that made sense and is really good news. That is because it wasn’t about people losing their jobs, but rather about more people looking for them.) Indeed, the labor force grew by 703,000—yes, that’s not a misprint—after you include annual population adjustments. That is, people are “rejoining the workforce.”  Good, BUT they claim that “joblessness went up because the economy is creating so many jobs that people have stopped giving up.”  Right. They can claim this because of the various bogus government statistics used to track such things, but the truth is, the economy is NOT really doing well, or much better, especially as compared to 2008.

The Oneida Tribe, fighting Redskins name plans ‘Oz’ casino in New York State despite author L. Frank Baum’s racist past The tribe leading the movement to change the name of the Washington Redskins plans to open a $20 million casino that pays homage to the work of L. Frank Baum, who was born in a village to be home of the new casino, outside Syracuse and later wrote “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”  In a negative sense, we can point out that the greed for money trumps outrageous indignation over cultural issues.  In a positive sense: make lemonade out of lemons, people!  But since I believe that much of the outrage over the Redskins is a pure ploy for publicity and related to generating profit, there isn’t really much to complain about.  The Oneida, like many of the Iroquois, have imbibed much of the crass commercial spirit of their New Amsterdam neighbors.

Speaking of a crass commercial spirit, the town of Sommerset, Kentucky opened its own city-owned, operated and publicized gas station last year, because its people claimed that the tourist-economy town was being abused by the free market.  Now a Kentucky legislator wants to make sure that the government competition is fair and honest. Assuming (BIG assumption) that it is possible for ANY government enterprise, at least one competing with true private enterprise, to be fair and honest, it is a lot to expect that the state can control one of the towns, and that business, consumers, and taxpayers ALL won’t be taken to the cleaners.

Thousands of civilians fled their homes in the southeastern Niger town of Diffa this week, officials said on Thursday, following waves of cross-border raids and suicide bombings by Nigerian militant group Boko Haram.  It amazes me that tens of thousands can be made refugees and thousands can be killed by this MUSLIM, Islamist group in central Africa while a few are killed in the US or a few dozen by the Caliphate and those get the headlines.  And action in Congress.

The Fuehrer has sent his pitiful excuse (not that GOP types would do any better) for a “declaration of war” to Congress, months after American planes and troops started supposedly attacking the Caliphate. The squatter at 1600 PA on Wednesday sent Congress his long-awaited formal request to authorize military force against the Islamic State, meeting swift resistance from Republicans as well as his fellow Democrats wary of another war in the Middle East.  Although both Dems and GOP types condemned the proposal over various excuses, I fully expect the Reps to give him more than he asked for, furthering plans to kill and control more and more.

Of course, the killing of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by an atheist, in an apparent dispute over a parking space, is being condemned as a “hate crime.”  Are not ALL intentional murders hate crimes, except for those rare few motivated totally by greed? But maybe this will give the Fuehrer the excuse he needs to clean up the cesspool of North Carolina, a permanently racist, hate filled state (according to the Dems and Tranzis) which should have been treated like Carthage by the Union forces in 1865.  100 years later is not too late, right?  Maybe that is why the request to Congress about the Caliphate is so vague about geographical restrictions and “extremists” – atheist North Carolineans with guns can be counted as such, right? (Oh, do I need to point out that all three of the young people killed by the gun-toting atheist, self-described “liberal,” were unarmed even though they knew that he had threatened them?  I think that they were all American, although one of them was only 19 and therefore PROHIBITED by the FedGov from owning an effective weapon of self-defense.  So though the murderer is obvious, we need to ask who facilitated these unjustified killings.)

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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