Trump Declares Jerusalem the Capital of Israel

Lookout fam… The internet is about to be filled with foreign policy experts.

The truth is that no one knows how the Arab street will react in the short-term. The long-term? There will never be peace as long as Israel exists and the governments of the U.S., Russia, and China are willing to ship weapons to Israel and Muslim nations by the billions. America will have a vastly diminished role in the Mid-East peace process, but so what? We are only involved in it so President’s can be the “one” that solves this problem. It is a vanity project. The sky is not falling and the world is not coming to an end.

This is Trump delivering on promises to his base. Trump is the first President to not pretend that he is everyone’s President. He is the President of his base. He is just not faking that he cares about the opinions of his opposition

Digital Lynchings Aren’t New – Fatty Arbuckle

No, none of what we are experiencing is new.

“At a raucous, three-day party in September 1921, a young starlet became severely ill and died four days later. Newspapers went wild with the story: popular silent-screen comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle had killed Virginia Rappe with his weight while savagely raping her.” – It wasn’t true.

Dr. Mike Munger (Professor, Political Science & Economics) joins Dave Rubin to discuss political science, the importance of state’s rights, Trump, Gary Johnson’s candidacy for President, libertarian politics, the mob mentality of people and media, safe spaces, and much more.

Author Kay Hymowitz talks about her book Manning Up: The Rise of Women has Turned Men Into Boys with comments by St. Francis College Professors Michele Hirsch and Eric Platt in a forum sponsored by St. Francis and the Manhattan Institute on April 4, 2011.

“Liberty 101 is an online course produced together by Students For Liberty and Learn Liberty in which you will learn about the principles of a free society from a libertarian perspective. This course introduces the concepts of the principles of libertarianism and why liberty is essential for human flourishing.”

If You Refuse to Condemn Predators because of Politics, You’re Disgusting

November 10, 2017

Now, I’ve had far too many people shouting, “Guilty until proven innocent!” at me over my comments on this issue, as if they’re too dumb to know that the second half of that phrase is “in a court of law.” Not to blow your mind here, but I’m actually not a court of law, and I’m allowed to believe whatever I want — and personally, I believe that Roy Moore was a predator with a penchant for teenage girls. No, not because I’m some p***y-hat-wearing snowflake (as eloquent as that argument is) but because of logic. As my colleague David French notes, there are a lot of reasons to believe these allegations: There are multiple accusers. These women didn’t come to the press seeking attention, they simply answered the questions when the press came to them. They have witnesses corroborating their stories. Finally, the woman with the most serious allegations, Leigh Corfman, voted for Donald Trump in 2016 — making the political-hit-job storyline laughable at best.

Former progressive podcaster Jamie Kilstein of Citizen Radio was on Joe Rogan. He presents the prison that is living according to the rules of a progressive society. He also shows that a political commentator must always say what their audience needs to hear and not what they want to hear, or else they end up in a lonely and dangerous place. – Chris Spangle

This Week In Hypocrisy 3/6 – 3/12/17

The Telegraph – Student Union Bans Conservative Society From Speaking Out – Because They Challenged Its Position On Free Speech

Lincoln University’s Conservative Society has been censored by its student union after it posted an image online showing that the university had been ranked “very intolerant” on free speech in a recent survey.

In response, the Students’ Union swiftly suspended the society’s social media accounts, on the grounds that highlighting the university’s ranking had brought it into disrepute.

If you think we’re intolerant now, just wait to see how intolerant we get when you point out our intolerance!

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The Guardian – Jeff Sessions Urges Prosecutors to Target Drugs in Push Against Violent Crime

The attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is advising the federal prosecutors under his authority across the US to re-intensify the nation’s drug war as part of a Department of Justice initiative to target violent crime. Citing a 10.8% increase in the number of murders nationwide, and a decline in federal prosecution for violent crime, Sessions has issued a memo advising US attorneys “to employ the full complement of federal laws to address the problem of violent crime in your district”, including the use of prosecutions under the Controlled Substances Act.

Government at its finest.  Violent crime is a problem, so in order to combat it they’re focusing on non-violent drug offenders!?  A bigger crackdown on drugs will only lead to higher drug prices, which will lead to higher profits for drug dealers.  This inevitably leads to more violent people getting into the drug trade in search of massive, quick profits.  Couldn’t we just focus on prosecuting the individuals who are actually committing violent crimes?

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The Blaze – Democrat Who Blasted Betsy DeVos Over School Vouchers is a Big Fan of School Choice For His Own Kids

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) was one of Education Secretary  Betsy DeVos’ biggest critics during her confirmation hearing. One major point of contention Franken had with DeVos was her support for a voucher system for middle-class families. This, in part, led him to claim that DeVos was “fundamentally unqualified to lead the Education Department.”

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However, information has surfaced that shows Franken isn’t opposed to school choice at all — at least not when it comes to his own family. According to the Daily Caller, Franken sends his own children to one of the most prestigious schools in New York, where tuition is more than the yearly salary of those Franken claims he’s looking out for.

I’ve got no problem with Franken sending his kids to a prestigious school, no matter the cost.  It’s his money after all.  But to blast someone who advocates for a path to get kids out of the failing, and often times dangerous, public school system while at the same time refusing to send his own kids there, is abhorrent.

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The Daily Caller – Pelosi on Obamacare Replacement:  We Have To Find Out What’s In It Before We Pass It

The American people and Members have a right to know the full impact of this legislation before any vote in Committee or by the whole House.

That was Pelosi last week.  Of course we all know what she said in 2010 about Obamacare:  “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.” Amazing how much difference that little “R” or “D” next to someone’s name makes.

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Inside Higher Ed – U of California, Berkeley, to Delete Publicly Available Educational Content

Today, the content is available to the public on YouTube, iTunes U and the university’s webcast.berkeley site. On March 15, the university will begin removing the more than 20,000 audio and video files from those platforms — a process that will take three to five months — and require users sign in with University of California credentials to view or listen to them.

 

The Justice Department, following an investigation, in August determined that the university was violating the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. The department reached that conclusion after receiving complaints from two employees of Gallaudet University, saying Berkeley’s free online educational content was inaccessible to blind and deaf people because of a lack of captions, screen reader compatibility and other issues.

 

“In many cases the requirements proposed by the department would require the university to implement extremely expensive measures to continue to make these resources available to the public for free,” Koshland wrote in a Sept. 20 statement. “We believe that in a time of substantial budget deficits and shrinking state financial support, our first obligation is to use our limited resources to support our enrolled students. Therefore, we must strongly consider the unenviable option of whether to remove content from public access.”

Now the university has settled on that option.

I truly wish for a world where everyone has equal access to everything.  But today we live in a world of limited resources.  It’s unbelievable to me that Berkeley was providing this free service but because they don’t have the extra money and time to subtitle thousands of video and audio files, they have to deny everyone free access to it.  So now blind and deaf people still don’t have access to the content, but neither does anyone else.  Are we really better off?

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Another day, another drone bombing as strikes triple under Trump

Many Americans remain oblivious to the drones strikes that continue to rain down weekly around the middle east at an alarming rate. Just yesterday, another drone strike allegedly killed two children in Yemen. In early March, the Pentagon conducted over 30 airstrikes in Yemen over the course of just two days. This is a continuation of the bombing of Yemen which started sometime in Oct. 2016 in support of the Saudi’s war on the Iranian backed Houtis.

This involvement plunged America deeper into it’s involvement in the Yemen civil war beyond material support. Due to America’s involvement in Yemen’s civil war and other operations overseas, America is undergoing a massive escalation of the drone war under the Trump administration. Trump’s drone strikes have been estimated to be triple that of his predecessor.  Beyond the strikes themselves,  the U.S. has pledged to continue to it’s controversial massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia to wage war in Yemen. These sales have been criticized for their ties to civilian deaths.

Too often, civilian casualties have been underreported in the drone campaigns of the past 12 or so years. These civilian casualties could certainly radicalize more people towards hostility towards the United States. How careful of a cost/benefit analysis being conducted before these strikes occur? It is uncertain on account of  very limited oversight of these strikes by the legislative and judicial branch.

Several American citizens have been assassinated under the drone program without the  due process of the judicial branch. These include children such as 8 year old Nawar al-Awlaki. No matter one’s opinion on the war on terror itself, the state sanctioned killing of American children is certainly worthy of public scrutiny and debate. While some may call the deaths of civilians “collateral damage”, one person’s collateral damage is another person’s daughter, mother , or sister. Merely attacking the terrorists themselves fails to address the root ideology which causes anti-American sentiments and violence.

 

Wikileaks drops massive new bombshell about CIA hacking

News dropped this morning about another new Wikileaks dump, this time regarding the CIA and its massive cyber spying and warfare operations. The over 8000 pages released contain intimate details of things like cyber warfare locations, tools, and agency structure.  Vault 7 as it’s called paints a picture of an agency with a near boundless capacity to listen in on and monitor the communications of others, both in the U.S. and abroad.

The documents discuss things such as the CIA’s ability to intercept and read messages on apps that many in the information technology community once considered secure such as Signal and WhatsApp. Another alarming aspect is the acknowledgement that phones, smart TVs, and other internet devices are easily tapped into and used as microphones. This confirms what some have long suspected, and paints a disturbing picture of a state with the ability to spy on most anyone at anytime.

Included in the trove are the details of scores of weaponized “cyberweapons” which include any number of different computer viruses, malware, and exploits. While these weapons may have uses in the battlefields of today, one of the pages admits these tools have been compromised and are “in the wild” outside the agency. Could these tools now be used by foreign powers against American citizens due to a lack of oversight and carelessness?

While an executive order forbids the CIA to spy on American citizens, the CIA can ask another agency to do the spying and provide the necessary tools. Page 4 of the order states that “The CIA is, however, permitted to ask another federal agency to perform special collection techniques in the United States under that agency’s legal authorities. The CIA may also provide technical equipment or knowledge to another federal agency…”

The parallels between George Orwell’s 1984 and modern day America are even more undeniable today than before on account of this new information. The U.S. is engaging in endless war with robots, with the potential for the state’s ears and eyes to be everywhere at anytime. Serious questions about, as the leaker himself is said to have stated, the “security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons.” are unanswered.  The leaker went further to question “whether the CIA’s hacking capabilities exceed its mandated powers and the problem of public oversight of the agency”. In addition to these questions, why is the CIA replicating capacity and work already assigned to the NSA? These are important questions for the republic to ponder as we the people consider the role of electronic privacy and personal civil liberties in our lives.

White House: The Powers of the President Will Not Be Questioned

Was it Pinochet or a senior White House advisor that said “the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned”?

If you guessed Pinochet, sorry, you’re wrong.

The questionable statement was not made by an authoritarian dictator but by Senior White House Adviser Stephen Miller, raising troubling questions about the administration’s views on the power of the executive branch.

This attitude of not questioning authority and power lies in stark contrast to the views of the writer of the constitution, James Madison, who knew

The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.

 

But wait, that’s not all… The full exchange with “Face the Nation’s” John Dickerson tells us more:

“Dickerson: When I talked to Republicans on the Hill, they wonder, what in the White House — what have you all learned from this experience with the executive order?

Miller: Well, I think that it’s been an important reminder to all Americans that we have a judiciary that has taken far too much power and become, in many cases, a supreme branch of government. One unelected judge in Seattle cannot remake laws for the entire country. I mean this is just crazy, John, the idea that you have a judge in Seattle say that a foreign national living in Libya has an effective right to enter the United States is — is — is beyond anything we’ve ever seen before.

The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”

So not only are Americans not to question presidential power, the judicial branch has now somehow become the “supreme branch of government”. Miller raises more questions about the administration’s view of constitutional government and the separation of power that is the basis of our republic.

What do you think, has the judiciary “taken far too much power… (to) become a supreme branch of government”?

Will Russia Gift Edward Snowden to Donald Trump?

In a continuation of the ongoing war between President Trump and the US intelligence community, NBC News is reporting:

That’s according to a senior U.S. official who has analyzed a series of highly sensitive intelligence reports detailing Russian deliberations and who says a Snowden handover is one of various ploys to “curry favor” with Trump. A second source in the intelligence community confirms the intelligence about the Russian conversations and notes it has been gathered since the inauguration.

Read the entire article here.

The US intelligence community is so concerned with the Trump administration’s ties to Russia, especially National Security Council chief Michael Flynn, that they are reportedly withholding security briefings from Trump to keep them out of Russia’s hands. Interestingly, this information comes from the Observer, a publication owned by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Snowden reacted with joy that he’d been vindicated.

Why would Russia consider this a gift? Trump expressed the following opinion of Snowden before the election:

More to follow…

Libertarian Party Vice Chair Throws Cato Institute Under Bus, Outrage Ensues

Libertarian Party Vice Chair Arvin Vohra got into some hot water over the weekend with some Libertarian Party members after comments he made on social media bashing the Cato Institute. The Cato Institute is perhaps the most widely known, respected, and trusted source of libertarian policy analysis.

Arvin stated that “Groups like The Cato Institute have condoned welfare increases through their support of the DREAM act, which expanded educational welfare… Instead of fighting the libertarian fight, they chose to seek a pat on the head from Democrat culture.” Here is the full post:

The DREAM Act is a legislative proposal that has evolved over the years that provides a path for undocumented immigrants to attain citizenship. Included within this framework is the ability for these immigrant children to access in-state education rates.

Some of the Libertarian Party’s most successful candidates this past cycle fired back at Vohra, including Thomas Simmons and Andy Craig.

Simmons, who ran one of the more high-profile campaigns of the year, netted interviews from national media and got nearly 9 percent in his race. When asked about what made him so outraged at Mr. Vohra’s attack on Cato Institute and immigration, Simmons stated:

“We are a massive and diverse nation, and there is room within libertarianism to craft nuanced approaches that resonate in with our constituents. Libertarians must work together to move us towards less regulation and increased liberty – and that happens from the ground-up, not by following an infallible catechism as viewed by a single spokesperson. Such an approach is both destructive and arrogant.”

Andy Craig got an incredible over 11% in his congressional race this year while at the same time working with the Gary Johnson Campaign. This writer asked him what rubbed him the wrong way about Vohra’s comment?

“My objection is simple: the existence of the welfare state does not justify mass deportation, bans on immigration, or all the expenses incurred and human misery inflicted by those things. It isn’t even true that immigrants are a net drain on the welfare state, and it wouldn’t justify banning immigration even if it were true. If your problem is the welfare state, take on the welfare state, not immigrants. “

The Cato Institute itself and David Boaz also responded to Vohra’s bash with comments that simply referenced an article titled “Building a Wall around the Welfare State, Instead of the Country”. The premise of the article is that the welfare state is the imminent issue, not immigration. Increasing immigration can help the economy if the welfare state is brought to heel.

Immigration is a hot-button topic right now, even in libertarian circles. Is this the growth of libertarians crying “false news” on their own outlets?

Did Justin Amash Hint at a Presidential Run?

Did Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, one of America’s leading libertarian-leaning Republicans, hint again at a Presidential run in 2020?

The twitter post from February 9th, posted that was retweeted by Rep. Amash stated:

This newest revelation further fuels speculation that the former lawyer and Austrian economics enthusiast will run. An interview in Feb. 2016 with rare.us revealed his willingness when he answered yes when asked about running for president.

Another tweet in April of 2016 has Rep. Amash responding about when the full 9/11 report would be declassified with a simple “when I’m President”.

If he isn’t running right now, it sure looks like he is. He has been packing auditoriums as of late. A recent event was so popular, people had to be turned away.

Rep. Amash has been establishing a record of resisting some of President’s Trump’s key policy areas. If Amash is contemplating a primary battle against the President, he is in for a fight. Trump has already begun to fundraise for his run in 2020, with nearly 10 million already stashed away.

It is also possible that Rep. Amash is planning something different. He could be stealthily preparing for a run with the Libertarian Party which seems to be more consistent with many of his views on things like trade and immigration. His ideas seem to align closely with many planks of the national party platform. Regardless of if Justin Amash will really run for President, people want him to. Do you?

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