of privileged soldiers is today’s generation. According to a recent Pentagon Inspector General report, “Across the Defense Department, government credit card holders improperly spent more than $1 million at casinos and adult entertainment clubs in a single year.” Navy SEALs are really special: “A Navy SEAL traveling to El Paso on official duty recently visited several strip clubs, laid down his official government credit card and spent a total of more than $1,000 at adult entertainment establishment during his 17 days of travel.” He was “subsequently sent before a disciplinary review board and received written counseling for misuse of a government credit card.”
VD Hanson knows a lot about the impact of illegal immigration, because his family has farmed the central California hills for generations.
He knows very little about war, because, like Thomas Hobbes, Hanson the classicist is a Thucydides scholar. All he knows about politics and war is power.
That’s fine with the neocons, latter-day Trotskyites who reject metaphysics (that is, truth) and thus morality.
So today, gasping for breath as he drowns in the tears of National Review, which now admits that W’s invasion of Iraq was a “catastrophe,” and Jeb Bush, whose heretical disavowal of his big brother’s war is vexing even Lindsey Graham — today Good Ole Trotskyite Boy VD shouts (as he falls into the abyss) the war was the right thing to do.
It’s a shame that, like W, VD doesn’t listen to Pope Saint John Paul II, who warned W that the war would cause “chaos.” Of course, VD plays his hole card – a Joker – and blames everything on Obama – these days the neocons love to pin the tail on the Democrat Donkey, even though Bill Kristol once baptized Obama as a “Born-Again Neocon.”
Neocons invent new truths for old, every day – or better, new lies for old (the name of a very good book, by Anatoly Golitsyin, as I recall).
But while they strut, cash in, and seize what power they can by lying through their teeth again, and again, and again, of two things we can be sure:
They are always wrong.
And they never, ever apologize.
Bahar Mustafa, a University of London diversity officer, uses as her hashtag: “kill all white men.”
Even more interesting than what the state’s media promote, is what they stop talking about. Such as the Amtrak deaths and injuries. A psychologist friend, when she first saw the engineer’s photo, said, “This is another Germanwings situation.”
Today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report takes on the war on cash. Restrictions are increasing on cash transactions, as we have seen in the recent Louisiana law barring cash for secondhand goods sales. The war on cash is also a war on privacy and liberty, whether or not one uses cash or cards for transactions.
A group of senior citizens in my town has homesteaded what they call “the peace corner,” as seen in the picture.
Writes Ralph Raico:
Lew, I was interested to see the article by Eric Peters, on the allegedly super-scientific metric system. That was, of course, another of the brainstorms of the French revolutionaries, who aimed to extirpate all of the inherited traditions and ways of life of the people they came (briefly) to rule over. Peters’s article brought to mind the critique by the “reactionary anarchist,” Gustave de Molinari, who founded the doctrine of anarcho-capitalism, horrifying even famous liberals like Bastiat. Rejecting the French Revolution root and branch, Molinari attacked “the system of weights and measures, invented by professors of mathematics, in contempt of the experience and needs of those engaging in exchange.” Throughout his very long life, he was tireless in condemning imperialism and war, including Lincoln’s war. That conflict, Molinari held, “ruined the conquered provinces,” but permitted the Northern industrialists to impose the protectionism that led to “the regime of trusts and produced the billionaires.” No wonder Murray loved this guy.
Porter’s confirmation of the 2011 death accompanies his significant correction or replacement of one part of Hersh’s account. Porter discounts the walk-in theory of how information about bin Laden’s whereabouts reached Obama, and that in turn discounts the theory that ISI harbored bin Laden under house arrest. He replaces this story with hard evidence obtained by “Retired Pakistani Brigadier General Shaukat Qadir, who spent months investigating the bin Laden raid and the bin Ladens’ relocation to Abbottabad…”
Porter’s account says that the al Qaeda leadership exiled bin Laden to Abbottabad. Furthermore, “Qadir also learned from interviewing ISI officials that, by mid-2010, they had become suspicious about the owner of the Abbottabad compound, of a possible terrorism connection, as a result of what began as a routine investigation, although they did not know that bin Laden was there. Five different junior and mid-level ISI officers told Qadir they understood Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism Wing (CTW) had decided to forward a request to the CIA for surveillance of the Abbottabad compound in July 2010.”
According to Porter, no walk-in to the CIA and no ISI house arrest of bin Laden occurred, while he provides a new account of how bin Laden came to be in Abbottabad based on Qadir’s extensive interviews.
The weight of the evidence, specifically the details provided by Porter, switch me into his camp. But no matter how you slice it, Hersh or Porter both provide evidence and accounts against the Obama story and against the theory that bin Laden died in 2001.
The Bionic Mosquito has been a persistent critic of Bleeding Heart Libertarians. The Mosquito believes in a simple principle: libertarians cannot support violations of libertarian rights. Libertarians, then, cannot support a basic income guarantee, since this violates property rights. Matt Zwolinski, a philosopher at the University of San Diego, has written favorably about the basic income guarantee; and, as you might suspect, the Mosquito has sharply attacked him.
In a post that appeared yesterday, though, the Mosquito wonders whether there are grounds for hope. Zwolinski now says that there are problems with the basic income guarantee. Has he seen the light and embraced correct libertarian principles? Unfortunately, he has not. Zwolinski’s doubts about the guarantee concern how the measure would be implemented: How would we know the correct amount of the guarantee? Which programs should it replace? Would it be likely to lead to increased opposition to immigration? Zwolinski still does not reject violations of property rights as wrong in principle, and The Mosquito has no use for him.
Since 1994, the U.S. government has spent more than $2 billion so that Colombian police planes can spray fields of coca leaves to destroy them so they can’t be used to make cocaine. The equally-evil Colombian government will phase out the program because of health concerns about the herbicide used to kill the coca leaves, not because it is destroying private property. “The program is dear to the hearts of U.S. officials because they helped invent it.” Truly, the war on drugs is a war on health, property, and freedom.