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Category: Commentary - Browse by Category - News - Analysis - Highlights - Multimedia - Latest Comments Thursday March 5th, 2015
Striking at the Root of Foreign Crises posted 03/05/2015, 9:10 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
As the United States jumps from foreign crisis to foreign crisis, it's important that we recognize that there is a root cause of all these crises. The reason it's important is that if Americans ever want to get off the crisis merry-go-around, there is a way to do it -- by striking at the root of the crises.... (more)


Wednesday March 4th, 2015

Would a Bigger Police State Win the Drug War? posted 03/04/2015, 8:38 PM ( Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Most everyone would agree that China is not a free society. It is ruled by a brutal communist regime, one that has absolutely no regard for civil liberties and such criminal-justice principles as due process of law, trial by jury, right to counsel, and habeas corpus. When the state wants to go after someone, there are no institutional barriers that stand in its way.

China has something else: the war on drugs, the same war that the U.S. government has been waging for decades.
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United States of Fear posted 03/04/2015, 8:37 PM (The Beacon)
[Category: Commentary]
"[F]irst of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory."

Many people will recognize these as the words of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt. After taking t
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America Must Reject Netanyahu's War Cry on Iran posted 03/04/2015, 8:37 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington this week to prepare the American people for war against Iran. Backed by American neoconservatives, the Israel lobby, and assorted other war hawks, Netanyahu insists that Iran intends to build a nuclear weapon and thus is an "existential threat" to Israel. He has no confidence that President Obama will negotiate an agreement that once and for all will end Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions.

Thus the prime minister's object
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Monday March 2nd, 2015

The Absurdity of "Reform" in DC posted 03/02/2015, 7:11 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
In the 1930s, peasants who were starving because of the Soviet regime’s brutal farm collectivization policy lamented, “If only Stalin knew!” Nowadays, American social scientists look at floundering federal programs and lament: “If only Congress knew!” And the solution is the “evidence-based” reform movement which will magically beget a new era of good governance.

Show Me the Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Results in Social Policy is the title of a new book written by Ron Ha
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Friday February 27th, 2015



Net Neutrality: Triumph of the Ruling Class posted 02/27/2015, 3:56 PM (Jeffrey Tucker)
[Category: Commentary]
A triumph of "free expression and democratic principles"? How stupid do they think we are?

It's been painful to watch the gradual tightening of government control in the name of net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission's decision to rewrite the rules and declare the Internet as a public utility seals the deal. It cartelizes the industry and turns a "Wild West" into a planned system of public management — or at least intends to.

All the rest is a veneer
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Why Does the FBI Have to Manufacture its Own Plots if Terrorism and ISIS Are Such Grave Threats? posted 02/27/2015, 3:52 PM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
The FBI and major media outlets yesterday trumpeted the agency’s latest counterterrorism triumph: the arrest of three Brooklyn men, ages 19 to 30,... (more)


Thursday February 26th, 2015

If You're Not "Sovereign," You're Servile posted 02/26/2015, 7:02 PM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Like most epithets of its kind, the expression “sovereign citizen” is more frequently used than defined. One of the many luxuries the Regime provides for itself is the option of defining criminal categories so vaguely that no organizational alignments are necessary. In this way, one... (more)


Domestic Fear Is the Price of Empire posted 02/26/2015, 7:02 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
If you find no other argument against American intervention abroad persuasive, how about this one? When the U.S. government invades and occupies other countries, or when it underwrites other governments’ invasions or oppression, the people in the victimized societies become angry enough to want and even to exact revenge — against Americans.

Is the American empire worth that price?

We should ask ourselves this question in the wake of the weekend news that al-Shabaab,
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The Net Neutrality Scam posted 02/26/2015, 1:39 PM (Mises Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
Yet again, the government wants to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. According to the Obama administration and the FCC, it is necessary to regulate internet service providers so that they don’t interfere with people’s access to the web. The claim immediately prompts one to ask: Who is being denied access to the web?

In the past twenty years, access to the internet has only beco... (more)

Regulators OK 'net neutrality' rules for Internet providers...




The National-Security State's ISIS Racket posted 02/26/2015, 1:40 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The official enemy de jour that has everyone all riled up and scared is ISIS. If U.S. forces don't bomb ISIS, the argument goes, ISIS will take over Iraq, and Syria, and Lebanon, and Europe, and Asia, and Latin America, and then the United States. If the bombs don't fall on ISIS, before long Americans will be speaking Arabic and their children will be studying the Koran in America's government schools.

It's all just one great big racket -- a racket based on "national security," a
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"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." - H. L. Mencken


Tuesday February 24th, 2015

Gun Control, Death, and the Drug War posted 02/24/2015, 2:31 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Twenty-five year old Terry Gillenwater will not be holding up any more pharmacies. That's because he was shot dead while committing an armed robbery at the Good Family Pharmacy in Pinch, West Virginia.

Gillenwater entered the pharmacy wearing a mask, pulled out a gun, and aimed it at the people behind the counter. What he didn't know was one of those people, pharmacist Don Radcliff, had a concealed-carry permit and was armed. Radcliff immediately took out his pistol, aimed it at G
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Against Forced Vaccination posted 02/24/2015, 2:28 PM (Gary Chartier)
[Category: Commentary]
The prospect of compulsory vaccination should trouble people even if they think the practice can be defended in principle as a kind of self-defense.

The burgeoning women's liberation movement of the 1960s emphasized a theme with a prominent American pedigree, powerfully expressed by John Locke, who helped to inspire the Declaration of Independence: the right to own your own body is the most basic of all rights. Proponents of voluntary vaccination stress this right.

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Monday February 23rd, 2015

A Modest Proposal: Mandatory Military Service for Congress posted 02/23/2015, 1:57 PM (Chad Nelson)
[Category: Commentary]
If it seems like only months ago that America’s warmongers were claiming there would be no need for US boots on the ground in the fight against the Islamic State (IS), that's because it was. When the politicians initially decided to promote IS to the position of threat du jour, they promised that threat could be eliminated without sacrifice of American lives. Defeating IS would require only indirect measures, such as "support" for "our partners" in the region like "Jordan, Lebanon and the Syrian... (more)


Regulate the Dating Market posted 02/23/2015, 1:57 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
This year’s Valentine’s Day was disastrous — not just for me, but for many ex-couples. But as I sat there on Sunday nursing my broken heart, I realized what’s wrong with romance today: not enough regulation.

The United States government has wisely chosen to regulate most other aspects of life, from what wage y
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Friday February 20th, 2015

Operation Iraqi "Freedom" posted 02/20/2015, 1:55 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The most important thing about Operation Iraqi Freedom is how it demonstrates how U.S. national-security state officials view the concept of freedom. In their minds, the 11 years of brutal occupation on the part of the U.S. military brought freedom to the Iraqi people. In fact, that mindset also pervades many Americans in the private sector, including veterans, who are absolutely convinced that the U.S. invasion, war of aggression, and occupation of Iraq brought freedom to Iraq.... (more)


Three Myths of Rape That Need Sunlight posted 02/20/2015, 1:52 PM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
A pivot point occurred within feminism on the issue of rape in 1975 when the book Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape by Susan Brownmiller appeared. In its pages, Brownmiller attempted to chart the history of rape from the Neanderthal through to modern man, placing great emphasis on periods of war and crisis. Against Our Will reportedly gave rape its history. It became a founding document of the "rape culture," which further propelled the feminist movement from liberalism to political correctn... (more)


Thursday February 19th, 2015

Is a War of Aggression a War Crime or Not? posted 02/19/2015, 1:15 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Many people believe that during war American soldiers are required to obey any orders they are issued to them and that the citizenry should honor the troops for serving their country by loyally carrying out such orders.

Actually, however, every soldier is taught that, as a matter of law, he must disobey orders that are unlawful. If he obeys such orders, he is subject to being criminally prosecuted.

What are examples of unlawful orders?

The recent Worl
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Wednesday February 18th, 2015

Obama Destroyed Libya posted 02/18/2015, 10:56 AM (Ted Rall)
[Category: Commentary]
Barack Obama destroyed Libya.

What he did to Libya is as bad as what Bush did to Iraq and Afghanistan. He doesn’t deserve a historical pass.
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Tuesday February 17th, 2015

How To Think Your Way Out Of The Police State In 7 Minutes posted 02/17/2015, 10:25 AM (Adam Kokesh)
[Category: Commentary]


Do you support the police? What do they do to keep you safe? These are harder questions for the average statist than you might imagine!


Obama's Dangerous Call for Collaboration posted 02/17/2015, 10:25 AM (The Beacon)
[Category: Commentary]
President Obama held a much-publicized White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford last Friday, culminating with his signing onstage a new executive order calling for “collaboration” between government and technology companies to fight cyber crime.

Tech executives from Google, Yahoo, and Facebook
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Friday February 13th, 2015

Ron Paul: Obama's Force Authorization is a Blank Check for War Worldwide posted 02/13/2015, 10:01 AM (Ron Paul)
[Category: Commentary]
The president is requesting Congress to pass an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) resolution against ISIS. Congress has not issued a similar resolution since 2002, when President Bush was given the authority to wage war against Iraq. The purpose of this resolution is to give official authority to the president to do the things that he has already been doing for the past six years. Seems strange but this is typical for Washington. President Obama's claim is that he does not need ... (more)


Thursday February 12th, 2015

Why I'm Not Breaking Up with America This Valentine's Day posted 02/12/2015, 9:19 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
“I love America and I hate it. I’m torn between the two. I have two conflicting visions of America. One is a kind of dream landscape and the other is a kind of black comedy.”― Bono

Almost every week I get an email from an American expatriate living outside the country who commiserates about the deplorable state of our freedoms in the United States, expounds on his great fortune in living outside the continental U.S., and urges me to leave the country before all hell
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Wednesday February 11th, 2015

Brian Williams Helped Pave the Way to War posted 02/11/2015, 7:46 AM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
The scandal of the week is NBC anchor Brian Williams's shabby bid for self-glorification by falsely claiming he was in a U.S. military helicopter forced to land in the Iraqi desert after being hit by ground fire in 2003. Of course so-called news people shouldn't make up stuff to look good, but there's something much worse: uncritically passing along official lies intended to prepare the American people for war.

Williams, like nearly all of his mainstream media colleagues (with pre
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Tuesday February 10th, 2015

ISIS Fears posted 02/10/2015, 7:09 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
ISIS madness is what I call it. ISIS has become the newest fear that has taken over the lives of the American people. People are convinced that ISIS proses a grave threat to "national security." Unless it is stopped, the American people might have to start learning how to speak Arabic or terrorist.

The phenomenon is really no different from Saddam madness. People tend to forget that this same sort of thing occurred for 12 long years -- from 1991 to 2003, during the time that Sadda
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Ron Paul: Vaccine Controversy Shows Why We Need Markets, Not Mandates posted 02/10/2015, 7:07 AM (Ron Paul)
[Category: Commentary]
If I were still a practicing ob-gyn and one of my patients said she was not going to vaccinate her child, I might try to persuade her to change her mind. But, if I were unsuccessful, I would respect her decision. I certainly would not lobby the government to pass a law mandating that children be vaccinated even if the children’s parents object. Sadly, the recent panic over the outbreak of measles has led many Americans, including some self-styled libertarians, to call for giving government new p... (more)


What a Free-Market in Vaccination Preferences Would Look Like posted 02/10/2015, 7:07 AM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
I’ve been asked if it’s possible to “let the market sort it out” on vaccines. I generally dislike that phrase because of it implies that markets are instigating agents, when in fact, markets respond to human desires and goals. Additionally, the phrase is also often followed by an irritating lack of detail as to how markets would actually “sort it out.” So let’s try to provide some detail.

Presumably, many human beings like to live and do business in places where people feel they a
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On Vaccination posted 02/10/2015, 7:07 AM (Christopher Cantwell)
[Category: Commentary]
Vaccines are in the news again, and as usual, the debate is less than productive. On one side we see people saying vaccines are ineffective and or dangerous. Perhaps a government plot to enrich crony capitalists, or even reduce the population. On the other side sits the witless oblivious masses, who accept whatever they are told by government and the medical establishment. They propose solutions ranging from forcing everyone to be vaccinated as the State deems fit, to “nudging” and providing bar... (more)


Monday February 9th, 2015

The Disastrous Marriage of Public Schooling and the National-Security State posted 02/09/2015, 5:37 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger )
[Category: Commentary]
Among the biggest disasters in U.S history has been the adoption of public (i.e., government) schooling and the national-security state and the subsequent marriage of these two governmental apparatuses.

Public schooling has inculcated a mindset of conformity, regimentation, and deference to authority within the American people. That was its purpose. That's why governments throughout the world, including those in communist regimes, take control over the education of children and in
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Who Will Decide Who Must Be Vaccinated? posted 02/09/2015, 5:37 AM (Ryan McMaken)
[Category: Commentary]
Last week’s USA Today article demanding that people who don’t use vaccines should all be jailed, pretty much tells you the end game for the compulsory-vaccine crowd. A central tenet of the article’s claims is that there are some people (i.e. cancer patients) for whom the risks associated with receiving vaccines is very high, and thus, the government s... (more)


Private Property the Only Solution to Vaccine Controversy posted 02/09/2015, 5:37 AM (Robert P. Murphy)
[Category: Commentary]
A measles outbreak in the U.S. has prompted a national debate over vaccinations, a debate that quickly turned ugly because both sides think they are protecting their children from harm. Some parents say that they should have the right to refuse vaccines if they think it is in their children’s best interest, while oth... (more)


Friday February 6th, 2015

American Sniper: A Model American posted 02/06/2015, 7:17 AM (Gerald Celente)
[Category: Commentary]
The votes are in and the decision is overwhelmingly clear. Chris Kyle--the Navy SEAL portrayed in the blockbuster movie purported killer of some 200 Iraqis during four tours of duty--is the people's choice.

From record ticket sales to major media accolades, from the halls of Congress to the White House, the nation has spoken: "American Sniper" is all-American. Chris Kyle--the most lethal killer in U.S. military history, a true hero, a brave warrior--has been anointed as a role mod
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Burning Victims to Death: Still a Common Practice posted 02/06/2015, 7:16 AM (Glenn Greenwald)
[Category: Commentary]
Unlike ISIS, the U.S. usually (though not always) tries to suppress (rather than gleefully publish) evidence showing the victims of its violence. ... (more)


Thursday February 5th, 2015

States, United States: America's James Bond Complex posted 02/05/2015, 5:53 AM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
Today, American politicians of both major parties -- conservatives, "moderates," and so-called liberals alike -- insist that the United States is an "exceptional," even "indispensable" nation. In practice, this means that for the United States alone the rules are different. Particularly in international affairs, it -- the government and its personnel -- can do whatever deemed necessary to carry out its objectives, including things that would get any other government or person branded a criminal.... (more)


I Pledge Allegiance to Blind Nationalism posted 02/05/2015, 5:52 AM (The Beacon)
[Category: Commentary]
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Many of us will recognize these words as the "Pledge of Allegiance." As a child in elementary and middle school, I remember saying the Pledge--every single day--mumbling the words, hand over my heart, facing the flag placed at the front of the classroom. As a twelve year old, there was no greater ho
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How Markets Tell the Truth and Politics Tells Lies posted 02/05/2015, 5:50 AM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Have you ever tried to work with people you couldn’t depend on to tell you the truth? It isn’t pretty. Without the ability to rely on what you’ve been told (or the assurance that you’ve been told everything relevant), effective cooperation at almost every margin of choice is reduced. That’s because the foundation on which cooperation is built has been undermined.

As John Donne succinctly put it, “No man is an island.” In a modern economy, all of us are dependent on multitudes of s
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Wednesday February 4th, 2015

Adam Kokesh Interviews American Sniper Moviegoers posted 02/04/2015, 2:17 AM (InformationLiberation)
[Category: Commentary]


Anti-war Iraq war veteran Adam Kokesh just released an new 'Man on the Street' video where he interviews a wide range of Americans to get their take on the movie American Sniper. What we learn is your average American has put no thought into determining their beliefs, but merely act as autonomous robots, choosing to believe what they were programmed to believe. The US invasion of Iraq wa
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The Chris Kyle Question posted 02/04/2015, 2:17 AM (Jack Kerwick)
[Category: Commentary]
I confess to having been more than a bit shocked, and even mystified, to have recently found myself on the receiving end of some wildly baseless attacks by people, Iraq War devotees, who accused me of "tearing down" the late Chris Kyle, the subject of Clint Eastwood's latest blockbuster film, American Sniper.

I have written three articles on Kyle.  Unlike those who have derided him, I at no time and in no way uttered a single syllable to slander the man.  In fact, I have conceded
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How Reality TV Is Teaching Us to Accept the American Police State posted 02/04/2015, 2:16 AM (The Rutherford Institute)
[Category: Commentary]
"Plays, farces, spectacles, gladiators, strange beasts, medals, pictures, and other such opiates, these were for ancient peoples the bait toward slavery, the price of their liberty, the instruments of tyranny. By these practices and enticements the ancient dictators so successfully lulled their subjects under the yoke, that the stupefied peoples, fascinated by the pastimes and vain pleasures flashed before their eyes, learned subservience as naively, but not so creditably, as little children lea... (more)


Thursday January 29th, 2015

Former Marine on Chris Kyle, American Sniper, and Social Implications posted 01/29/2015, 6:05 PM (Washington's Blog)
[Category: Commentary]
Ross Caputi, a former marine who participated in the US’s second siege of Fallujah, writes that the reason the American Sniper book and film have been so successful is that they “tell us exactly what we want to hear”: that US America is “benevolent” and “righteous”.  That, he says, is why the book and film are so popular; their popularity speaks volumes about US society, and signals more dan... (more)


Break Up the US: The Libertarian Principle of Secession posted 01/29/2015, 6:04 PM (Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.)
[Category: Commentary]
For a century and a half, the idea of secession has been systematically demonized among the American public. The government schools spin fairy tales about the “indivisible Union” and the wise statesmen who fought to preserve it. Decentralization is portrayed as unsophisticated and backward, while nationalism and centralization are made to seem progressive and inevitable. When a smaller political unit wishes to withdraw from a larger one, its motives must be disreputable and base, while the motiv... (more)


Wednesday January 28th, 2015

The American Sniper Was No Hero posted 01/28/2015, 6:41 PM (Sheldon Richman)
[Category: Commentary]
Despite what some people think, hero is not a synonym for competent government-hired killer.

If Clint Eastwood's record-breaking movie, American Sniper, launches a frank public conversation about war and heroism, the great director will have performed a badly needed service for the country and the world.

This is neither a movie review nor a review of the late Chris Kyle's autobiographical book on which the movie is based. My interest is in the popular evaluation of
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Tuesday January 27th, 2015

Why I Don't Need To Call A Crackhead Instead Of A Cop: A False Dichotomy Dismantled posted 01/27/2015, 8:21 PM (Seeing Through The Fog)
[Category: Commentary]
A couple of weeks ago, cops and their supporters started circulating sarcastic little memes about “The next time you need help, call a crackhead.” They thought they were really clever and putting anyone who dared to question police for any reason in their place. Really that’s an irrational emotional response worthy of a 12 year old. Let me lay some real logic and reasoning on you.

That statement is a false dichotomy. It suggests that the two options it puts forward are the only t
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Monday January 26th, 2015

The National Security Establishment vs. Defense posted 01/26/2015, 12:42 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
I have a simple proposal: Why not bring all the troops home from Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and elsewhere in the Middle East. I mean all of them. Bring them all home and let them defend the United States. After all, it’s called the Department of Defense, right? Well, what would be wrong with applying the principle of defense to our country by bringing all the troops home and having them defend the United States?

U.S. officials say that that would be horrible idea because the troops
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Friday January 23rd, 2015

The Truth About American Sniper From An Iraq Combat Vet Marine posted 01/23/2015, 2:56 PM (Adam Kokesh)
[Category: Commentary]


What does the movie American Sniper reveal about this country? What lessons can we learn about how to better keep America safe?


Indefinite Detention: A Hallmark of Tyranny posted 01/23/2015, 2:56 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Khaled al-Qazzaz wants to know why U.S. officials were silent during the time he was incarcerated by the military dictatorship that rules Egypt. An engineer and educator, he had joined the government of democratically elected Mohamed Morsi as foreign relations secretary. According to ... (more)


Thursday January 22nd, 2015

The Troops Are Destroying Our Country posted 01/22/2015, 3:27 PM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
The mindset that is common to U.S. troops serving overseas is that they are all doing it for America, for us, for our rights and  freedoms, for our safety and security. They'll all tell you that they are doing it because they love their country.

There's one big problem with that mindset, however. The truth is that the troops, through what they're doing over there, are indirectly destroying our country, our rights and freedoms, our safety and security, and our economic well-being.<
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American's Fading Love of Freedom posted 01/22/2015, 3:26 PM (James Bovard)
[Category: Commentary]
Tea Party protesters, some Republicans, and many libertarians perceive the federal government as a vast engine of oppression. But are anti-Obama activists mistaken in presuming that most Americans still care about freedom?

A Gallup poll released in July asked a thousand Americans, "Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with your freedom to choose what to do with your life?" Admittedly, only 21 percent said they were dissatisfied. But that percentage had more than doubled since the pre
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Casey vs. Kyle: On Bloodlust, Loss, and Wars of Choice posted 01/22/2015, 3:26 PM (Cindy Sheehan)
[Category: Commentary]
"I only wish I had killed more." –Navy Seal and "American Sniper", Chris Kyle

“I can’t kill anyone.” –US working-class soldier before his short deployment to Iraq, Casey Sheehan

This is something that I don’t want to revisit—I never want to relive the worst experience of my life. However, with the 11th anniversary of my son’s death in Iraq on 04/04/04 approaching and the new “blockbuster” infecting movie screens around the world, I really must get this off of my ch
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Wednesday January 21st, 2015

The Pretense of the State of the Union posted 01/21/2015, 1:01 PM (The Freeman)
[Category: Commentary]
Some people hated it. Some people loved it. Just about everyone seems to miss the real point.

The most disturbing part of the annual “State of the Union” address by the US president does not concern the specifics of the content, or the policies – as wonderful or objectionable as they may be. The core problem is the very strange presumption that one man comprehends an entire nation and its meaning, embodies something like a guiding spirit of a people, and thereby earns the right t
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Tuesday January 20th, 2015

Jacob G. Hornberger on 'American Sniper' posted 01/20/2015, 11:35 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
Last evening I went to see the new movie American Sniper because I wanted to see how they portrayed American soldiers killing people in Iraq, especially Chris Kyle, the man whose life the movie revolved around.

As Nazi official Herman Goering pointed out, it is easy for any regime to get people to back a war. All that it has to do, Goering said, was to tell people that they've been attacked and then denounce opponents for lacking patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
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Monday January 19th, 2015

Charlie Hebdo: Report from Europe posted 01/19/2015, 11:11 AM (Paul Craig Roberts)
[Category: Commentary]
Note: The second video in the URL below has been taken down, but it is the first video which is just prior to the second one, that has the most visual information.

Here is a video of the execution of Amedy Coulibaly. It is a German website with the actual live French video of the police assault on the deli. There are three videos. The first one repeatedly shows Coulibaly with tied hands containing no weapons shot down and killed when he could easily have been captured. It
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5 Things Chris Kyle And The 'Full Metal Jacket' Gunner Share In Common posted 01/19/2015, 11:10 AM (Ingenious Press)
[Category: Commentary]
‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle and the fictional Helicopter Door Gunner from ‘Full Metal Jacket’ share several disturbing similarities.

This past weekend, millions of Americans shelled out a tenner (or more) to see ‘American Sniper’, the Clint Eastwood directed bio-pic of the deceased military sharpshooter Chris Kyle. Blue Pill Americans, or those who continue to espouse the illusary belief that the United States is the “greatest country in the world”, and that military service memb
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The Passing of a Freedom Fighter posted 01/19/2015, 11:10 AM (William Norman Grigg)
[Category: Commentary]
Robert Foster was in the company of his family during the early morning hours of January 16 when his depleted body surrendered his indomitable spirit into eternity. At his bedside were found his Bible and the pocket-sized copy of the US Constitution he always carried with him.... (more)


Saturday January 17th, 2015

How to Lose Friends on Social Media: Question Authority posted 01/17/2015, 9:09 AM (James Holbrooks)
[Category: Commentary]
I’m gonna lose friends. I realize now it’s inevitable.

Not real friends. The real stuff is forged from memories and adamantium. I’m not worried about that. No, the friends I’m destined to lose are the type that can simply click a button and disappear me from their timeline.
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Friday January 16th, 2015

Deja Vu In France posted 01/16/2015, 9:48 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
I'm getting a big déjà vu feeling in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo killings in France.

The French government is declaring war on terrorism. It's militarizing French society. It's proposing a Patriot Act. It's supporting a mass surveillance scheme. It's advocating killing more people in the Middle East. There is even talk of using military tribunals to try terrorism cases.

Hey, those were all things that U.S. officials did after the 9/11 attacks. No wonder I'm
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Individual Liberties and the Right to Die posted 01/16/2015, 9:47 AM (The Beacon)
[Category: Commentary]
About three months ago, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard ended her life. Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, her prognosis was less than grim, with the average life expectancy of similar patients about 14 months.

Upon receiving her diagnosis, Maynard and her husband moved to Oregon, where the state's "Death with Dignity" law
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The Proofiness of the Politically Correct Rape posted 01/16/2015, 9:46 AM (Wendy McElroy)
[Category: Commentary]
A legion of the politically correct who make a living from the alleged oppression of women were gleeful and almost goofy with proofiness this week. The incident is a window into how statistical myths are created.

Charles Seife, a journalist and a professor at New York University, coined the term proofiness as a corollary to an earlier term coined by comedian Stephen Colbert: truthiness. Truthiness was defined as "the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, r
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Thursday January 15th, 2015

The Charlie Hebdo Story Simply Doesn't Wash posted 01/15/2015, 9:41 AM (Paul Craig Roberts)
[Category: Commentary]
The Charlie Hebdo affair has many of the characteristics of a false flag operation. The attack on the cartoonists’ office was a disciplined professional attack of the kind associated with highly trained special forces; yet the suspects who were later corralled and killed seemed bumbling and unprofessional. It is like two different sets of people.

Usually Muslim terrorists are prepared to die in the attack; yet the two professionals who hit Charlie Hebdo were determined to escape a
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Free Speech in America? What About Lynne Stewart? posted 01/15/2015, 9:36 AM (Jacob G. Hornberger)
[Category: Commentary]
In the aftermath of the terrorist attack in France on Charlie Hebdo, U.S. officials are telling the world how committed they are to the principles of freedom of speech.

Really?

How about Lynne Stewart, the New York lawyer who was convicted and sentenced to serve time in a federal penitentiary for doing nothing more than speaking the following words to the press:
I am not withdrawing my support of the cease-fire, I am merely questioning it and I a... (more)

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