Altruism and Statism

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Classic libertarianism. Poverty as a natural state. Selfishness as a virtue.
 
From Libertarian Michael A. LaFerrara at Principled Perspectives:

Reverend Randy Van Doornik, pastor of the North Reformed Church in Newark, New Jersey eloquently confirms why a nation’s government is an extension of that society’s dominant ethical principles. In a New Jersey Star-Ledger letter titled Sanders breaks barriers at Liberty, but why the barrier?, Van Doornik provides an exclamation point to Bernie Sanders’s call in a September 2015 speech to an audience of Christian conservatives to put their Christian ethics where their political mouths are. Van Doornik writes, in part:

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Kasich Takes Credit for Clinton Economy He Opposed

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From Jon Perr at Perrspectives:

Running third in the race in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Ohio Governor John Kasich nevertheless insists he’s in it to win it. His refusal to yield is based on two equally bogus selling points. Compared to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the union-busting, abortion-ending Kasich portrays himself as a relative moderate. More important, the former GOP Congressman and Fox News host claims his supposed “Ohio miracle” and 1990’s leadership make him uniquely qualified to direct the American economy.

Sadly for Kasich, his resume on the economy is a transparent fraud. As the New York Times and Politico among others thoroughly documented, during Kasich’s tenure the Buckeye State has been outperformed on job creation by neighboring Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky. As the numbers show, it was President Obama’s rescue of the U.S. auto industry, and not John Kasich’s leadership, which saved the Ohio economy. More comical still, Governor Kasich now claims he and his Republican colleagues deserve the credit for the 1990’s Clinton boom which generated 22 million new jobs and balanced budgets despite Kasich’s own warnings of looming economic disaster.

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Phife Dawg Died On My Birthday

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From The Intersection of Madness and Reality:

Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor, the 5 Foot Freak) died on March 22, 2016. And yes, I am extremely saddened. A group that became a musical soundtrack for my youth lost one of its members. The impending trending topic and social media responses ensued. In fact, I saw so many different types of people worldwide give the exact same account: Phife Dawg helped them get through it.

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War on Drugs: War on Black People

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From Madness and Reality:

Many people, including yours truly when he was little and didn’t know any better, believed that the War on Drugs was actually about stopping and preventing the sale and usage of illegal drugs. I thought it was a righteous effort to send people who poisoned communities to prison. I thought those who use drugs deserved what they got. Overall, I thought drugs were bad.

That is until I started doing a wee bit of research, especially reading Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow and realized that the so-called ‘War on Drugs’ was not really about drugs. It was actually more like a war on black people. And recently, someone who has played an enormous role in that war just revealed that it was so.

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Will Terror Help Trump?

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From Michael Crowley at Politico:

In his victory speech after last week’s Florida primary, Donald Trump pinpointed the key moment in his meteoric political rise: “Paris happened.”

Trump said that after the November terrorist attacks that left 130 dead in the French capital, soon followed by a terrorist massacre in San Bernardino, California, his campaign “took on a whole new meaning. … And all of a sudden the poll numbers just shot up.”


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Hillary’s Shoutbursts

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From Steven Waldman at the Washington Monthly:

On Meet the Press this weekend, they debated whether Hillary Clinton is being held to a double standard when she’s criticized for shouting and not smiling enough. I agree about the irksome smile-more complaint , but it’s not sexist to say Hillary should shout less.

Truth is, most politicians in the television age – male or female — sound worse when they shout.


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So FBI Can Access iPhone After All?

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From Julian Sanchez at Cato Institute:

In a third-act twist worthy of M. Night Shyamalan, the FBI has announced that it has just discovered a method, provided by an unnamed “third party,” of breaking into deceased San Bernardino shooting suspect Syed Farook’s iPhone without help from Apple. As a result, the hearing at which Apple and DOJ lawyers were scheduled to square off today has been postponed for at least two weeks while the Bureau tests out this “new” approach, potentially rendering the legal battle with Cupertino moot.

The scare quotes in the previous sentence are there to signal my skepticism that there is a genuinely novel in play here—which matters because the FBI has been consistently representing to the courts that Apple’s assistance, and an order to compel that assistance, was “necessary” to access the data—which is to say, that the FBI had no viable alternative methods to decrypt the contents of the phone.


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Hauntings at Mudhouse

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From Michael John Scott at MadMikesAmerica:

Almost every detail about the Mudhouse Mansion is riddled with mystery, which is perhaps what made the building so attractive to ghost hunters and thrill-seekers.

It was built sometime in the late 1800s on a little hill in Lancaster, Ohio, and sold in the 1920s to the Hartman family, who are still the owners of the property—though the family name switched with Lulu Hartman-Mast’s inheritance. Sometime in the 1930s, the house slipped into abandonment, and in the ensuing years reportedly played host to transients and traveling hippies. Like any derelict home—especially one so ominous—the Mudhouse Mansion of Ohio soon gave way to numerous creepy tales.


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John Oliver and Trump’s Wall

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From Marc McDonald at BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com:

A lot of progressives despise and fear Donald Trump. I don’t. While Ted Cruz does creep me out (and frightens the hell out of me), there are actually some things I admire about Trump.

I mean, it took some big balls to stand on a GOP debate stage and repeatedly blast the decision to invade Iraq. We’ve been doing that at this blog for years. I’ve gotta tell ya, there’s a certain sense of vindication when the GOP frontrunner is basically saying the same thing about Iraq that we’ve been saying since 2003.

There’s a couple of other things that I’ll admit I like about Trump.


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