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On Shooting Down Airliners

Tom: The statists are so desperate to rehabilitate their dead horse that they will exploit every disaster. The AlGorythmic at NASA who suggested, a few years back, that aliens from another solar system might attack and seek to destroy Earth for failing to abide by Gore’s “climate change” directives, might be offering today’s downing of the Malaysian airliner as evidence the attack is underway. The NASA seer might even explain the missing Malaysian Flight 370 mystery as a warning shot taken against us Earthlings.

The erstwhile CIA official who was so quick to blame the loss of today’s Malaysian airliner on Ukranian separatists might inform us how – and by whom – he was so quickly able to get his theory on air at CBS News. Will we next be told that these separatists have “weapons of mass destruction” with which to carry out their murderous deeds? For those who, like the late George Carlin, prefer to engage in that “moronic thing” called “thinking,” the possibilities that the plane crashed due to weather, mechanical functions, etc., should be examined. So, too, should intelligent minds consider this to be a possible “false flag” operation. For anyone unfamiliar with how the U.S. government might – the word is “might” – script out such an occurrence, resort might be had to a plan generated by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the early 1960s to fake the shooting down of an American passenger jet by fake Cuban fighter-planes. Google “Operation Northwoods” and see what lengthy documented details appear!

5:15 pm on July 17, 2014

Mark Crovelli opines:

It’s amazing to me how resistant some people are to libertarian ideas at the national level, even though they would agree wholeheartedly that the student body president and faculty in their high schools were petty, brown-nosing morons and sycophants.  Well, guess who is running the congress, presidency, and Fed? Duh.  A distillation of the brownest noses, and uber sycophants in America.  Trust them at your own peril.

3:09 pm on July 17, 2014

We Need More War Spending

Says conservative Roger Zakheim, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a conservative think tank (with emphasis on the word “tank”). At AEI, Zakheim “will study and write about defense issues.” He is “a former deputy staff director and general counsel of the House Armed Services Committee.” He was “the deputy assistant secretary of defense for coalitions from 2008 to 2009.” He “helped secure the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act.”

I have said it before and will now say it again: The very heart and soul of conservatism is war. Patriotism, Americanism, and being a real conservative are now equated with support for war, torture, and militarism.

1:54 pm on July 17, 2014

The State’s Concern-O-Meter

CBS News proudly announced this afternoon that the Obama administration “strengthened sanctions against Russia to promote peace in the region,” referring to Ukraine.  “Sanctions” are of course an act of war, not peace.

CBS then dutifully repeated the administration talking point that the administration has “increasing concern” about Russia’s foreign policy.  This got me to thinking:  How would anyone know if there is increased, decreased or the same concern about Russia or anything else?  Is there a giant Concern-O-Meter in the White House press briefing room connected directly to Obama’s brain?

1:01 pm on July 17, 2014

A Reliable Source?

CBS News has been “reporting” all afternoon on the crash of the Malaysian 777 airliner in Ukraine.  They just interviewed one of their “experts” who said that the plane was almost certainly shot down by a missile, and that the culprits are the Ukrainian separatists who want to secede and become part of Russia.  The “expert” was then identified as “the former Number Two man at the CIA, now with CBS news.”

A little later the news anchor admitted, “we have no hard facts about what actually happened.”

UPDATE:  John M. writes:  “Is this attack on the plane an attempt to divert the media away from the war crimes in Gaza?”

Chris C. writes to point out that the “hawks of the War Party” say “there will be hell to pay” if it turns out that Ukrainian secessionists are behind this.  However, no similar outrage is being promised by The Hawks of the War Party if it turns out that the Ukrainian military was responsible.


12:53 pm on July 17, 2014

Understandable Confusion

Once again, we find that a serf who preys upon women exactly as Our Rulers do lands in the pokey though the pattern he followed supposedly protects aviation and the ol’ Homeland.

No doubt Travis Holte, who sent me this story, would agree that these are tough times for those seeking to differentiate criminal from official conduct.

10:59 am on July 17, 2014

Today’s Quote

“It is blasphemy to call tyrants and oppressors God’s ministers,” said Jonathan Mayhew in 1749. “They are more properly ‘The Messengers of Satan to buffet us.’ No rulers are properly God’s ministers, but such as are ‘just, ruling in the fear of God.’ When once magistrates act contrary to their office, and the end of their institution when they rob and ruin the public, instead of being guardians of its peace … they immediately cease to be the ordinance and ministers of God, and no more deserve that glorious character than common pirates and highwaymen.”

I stumbled across this magnificent condemnation of Satan’s citadel, the State, in an article entitled “Authority From the Governed — Nowhere Else!” by Rev. David Whitney. The piece offers further ammo against the “Romans-13-requires-unlimited-obedience-to-the-government” heresy among Christians. I highly recommend this quick read if you’re trying to convince our siblings in the Lord that disobedience to tyrants is obedience to God.

10:46 am on July 17, 2014

What Distinguishes States?

A partial answer: They can get away with murder that individuals cannot. Their status as “states” gives them a discretionary, albeit evil, position of broad scope in murdering innocent people, thereby overcoming and overriding a wide range of moral teachings and conscience. In the minds of many, this position of power is invested with the idea of being right; but only when the murders are committed by a state they support. Recent examples of murdering states are Ukraine and Israel. IS, a budding or recently-declared state, has shown its murderous capacity already. The U.S., a number of NATO states, the Russian Federation and Syria provide further recent examples in their wars. A number of Gulf states are reportedly arming murderous factions in Syria. These examples are not exhaustive, but they are sufficient to underscore the point that states distinguish themselves by murder.

Murder is routinely defined as “the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another”. I take the word “unlawful” not to mean going against the state’s rules and laws, but as going against canons and processes of justice that exist and have evolved regardless of what states declare.

9:40 am on July 17, 2014

Re: Second-Best Approaches

Michael: The next time someone tries this argument on you, ask them if they would prefer having lung cancer or emphysema. What about good health as an option?

6:58 pm on July 16, 2014

Avoid the Temptation of Second-Best Solutions

The theory of the second best in economics is explained here. It’s basically that two government interventions, each wrong, may produce a better situation than one of them. In any situation, the second best theory will typically be used as an argument in favor of more regulation. This can be done in the internet case by pointing to various non-competitive elements within the industry.

I am strongly against second-best solutions, and I think that position accurately reflects the core Austrian and Rothbardian stance. More regulation in the name of a supposed second-best improvement surely perpetuates a bad regulatory situation, namely the reliance on free-market destroying regulation, and obscures the option of creating a better situation, one of greater free entry and competition. If there is in fact a monopolist or oligopolist who charges high rates or governments that prevent entry, that’s the incentive for entry. That’s the source of pressure from potential competitors and current users to get freer entry. If instead this pressure is vented in more regulation and controls, the result will be to freeze the “market”, really compromise it entirely.

There’s little hope of ever getting a free market by endorsing more control by a government agency.

5:45 pm on July 16, 2014

Common Carrier Idea Is More Internet Nonsense

ISPs (internet service providers) shouldn’t be classified as anything, including “common carriers”. That kind of classification is a rationale for government controlling aspects of their businesses. The idea of common carrier is archaic and bad economics. Trucks were deregulated in the 70s. It’s ridiculous to treat ISPs like trucks used to be before they were deregulated when we know that the effects of such classifications and controls are to create a cartel and stifle innovations of all kinds, including basic innovations that involve re-organizations within an industry and alterations in a firm’s product mix. Freezing an industry’s structure does nothing but harm. Such a classification will invariably lead to more rules and regulations as companies seek change and face competition from new sources.

Did I say that the FCC is archaic? It harks back to the 20th century regulation of radio in 1934, the time of the New Deal. That was a time of massive economic ignorance, and it’s still around because it provides a smokescreen that allows interest groups to plead a government-control case and make it sound halfway sensible by a felicitous choice of words. Failing serious analysis, anything New Deal should, as a rule of thumb, be rejected out of hand.

4:07 pm on July 16, 2014

Other Nations Where LRC Is Best Read

1) Canada
2) Argentina
3) Portugal
4) Thailand
5) Britain
6) Croatia
7) Australia

9:47 am on July 16, 2014

Why Most Catholic Bishops Are Statolaters?

Writes Steve Bartin:

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) received $69,377,785 (a little over 31% of total revenues) from government contracts and grants in 2010, up from $58,327,207 (40% of revenues) in 2009, per their latest financial statement.

Also controlled by the bishops, Catholic Charities USA, the umbrella organization for all the diocesan Catholic Charities, received $2.90 billion (62% of revenues) from the government in 2010 and $2.64 billion (69%) in 2009; Catholic Relief Services received $517 million (56%) in 2010 from the government and $361 million (61%) in 2009, according to Forbes list of the 200 largest U.S. charities.

9:04 am on July 16, 2014

Jury Declines to Imprison Man Who Survived a Cop’s Murder Attempt

As the deadlocked jury was dismissed in the trial of Delaware resident Michael W. Rogers, at least half of them favored the defendant with a smile. Perhaps the prosecution hadn’t been sufficiently diligent in their efforts to purge the jury pool of decent and conscientious people. Another possibility is that half or more of the panel rebelled against the indecency of trying to imprison a 53-year-old man for the supposed offense of surviving a police officer’s attempt to murder him.

Last August, Rogers was asleep in the home he shares with his then-87-year-old mother, Lorraine, when Delaware State Trooper Matthew Morgan materialized on their doorstep. Morgan said that he wanted to question Rogers about a non-injury traffic accident that had occurred earlier that evening. Unfortunately, Lorraine – whose family includes law enforcement officers – let the 28-year-old stranger into the home, rather than ordering him away.

When Michael was told that a police officer wanted to speak with him, he replied that he needed to put his clothes on. In short order Morgan invited himself into Michael’s bedroom and assaulted him. When he failed to subdue the much older man, Morgan attempted to shoot him with a Taser, but the reliably lethal device had no effect.

Apparently frustrated over losing a fight, the costumed aggressor pulled his gun and pointed it at Michael and Lorraine.

“Don’t you shoot my mother!” exclaimed Michael. In reply Morgan emptied his clip, hitting Michael with six of nine rounds.

The victim was admitted to a local hospital in critical condition. While he was recovering from surgery, and his would-be murderer enjoyed a paid vacation, Michael was charged with second-degree “assault on a police officer” and “resisting arrest with violence” – both of which are felonies. Eventually the first charge was reduced to the third degree, making it a misdemeanor.

Morgan had initially said that his purpose in inflicting himself on the Rogers home was to write an $89 extortion note (more commonly called a “traffic citation”) for “inattentive driving.” The incident that gave rise to the visit involved a trivial fender-bender that resulted in minor damage to the ornamental filigree on a license plate frame. In any case, the traffic citation was never filed – which means that the only reason Michael Rogers was hauled into court was to face punishment for repelling Morgan’s initial aggression, and surviving the trooper’s unwarranted use of lethal force.

During the trial, Morgan maintained – perhaps we can say it together – that he “feared for his life,” and claimed that his victim had threatened him with a coffee table. No, really.

“I felt like I did what I had to do to save my life,” Morgan simpered on the witness stand, reciting from the police officer’s familiar catechism of self-justification — and ignoring the fact that if he truly felt threatened, leaving was always an option.

Lorraine Rogers, the only non-involved witness to the incident, told independent reporter Donald Ayotte that at one point Michael “flipped up” the coffee table out of frustration, but never made a MacGyver-esque attempt to weaponize the harmless piece of furniture.

In addition to living under the shadow of a second trial, Michael Rogers still carries one of Morgan’s bullets in his body. His assailant continues to collect a plunder-derived paycheck, and at some point may well receive a commendation for his actions in the Rogers household.

9:25 pm on July 15, 2014

More Invasive Internet Fascism

The heroic Glenn Greenwald catalogs more invasive tactics and practices by fascistic authorities. They include:

• “Change outcome of online polls” (UNDERPASS)

• “Mass delivery of email messaging to support an Information Operations campaign” (BADGER) and “mass delivery of SMS messages to support an Information Operations campaign” (WARPARTH)

• “Disruption of video-based websites hosting extremist content through concerted target discovery and content removal.” (SILVERLORD)

• “Active skype capability. Provision of real time call records (SkypeOut and SkypetoSkype) and bidirectional instant messaging. Also contact lists.” (MINIATURE HERO)

• “Find private photographs of targets on Facebook” (SPRING BISHOP)

• “A tool that will permanently disable a target’s account on their computer” (ANGRY PIRATE)

• “Ability to artificially increase traffic to a website” (GATEWAY) and “ability to inflate page views on websites” (SLIPSTREAM)

• “Amplification of a given message, normally video, on popular multimedia websites (Youtube)” (GESTATOR)

• “Targeted Denial Of Service against Web Servers” (PREDATORS FACE) and “Distributed denial of service using P2P. Built by ICTR, deployed by JTRIG” (ROLLING THUNDER)

• “A suite of tools for monitoring target use of the UK auction site eBay (” (ELATE)

• “Ability to spoof any email address and send email under that identity” (CHANGELING)

• “For connecting two target phone together in a call” (IMPERIAL BARGE).

Commenters on this story raised an interesting question: (more…)

5:14 pm on July 15, 2014

Free Germany

Moving to typewriters, or even handwriting, is not proof against American spying. But if you want to strike a blow for freedom, and help German (and American) taxpayers, kick the US occupation forces out of your country. Close the gigantic US military bases, and sell off the buildings and land for productive, private uses. You can hold the airplanes and other weapons until the US returns your gold. Isn’t 69 years of domination by arrogant foreigners enough? Oh, and get out of imperial Nato, too.  (Thanks to Robert Hiett)

5:03 pm on July 15, 2014

Against Net Neutrality

I’m getting junk e-mail urging me to overload the FCC web site with a statement in favor of net neutrality. Fat chance! Yesterday a slew of large companies (like Google and Twitter) shamelessly sent their document to the FCC begging for net neutrality. That document is here. It contains the biggest bunch of rhetorical baloney I’ve seen in quite awhile. It has smokescreens galore. Eventually, around p. 16, after all the hand-waving, the document gets around to telling the FCC that it wants “rules [that] should prohibit broadband Internet access providers from charging a content, application, or service provider for enhanced or prioritized access to the subscribers of the broadband Internet access providers.” Price controls. The dishonor roll of shame of the companies making this plea that they should be able to buy what they want at a fixed price includes: Airbnb, Amazon, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Gilt, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Lyft, Monster Worldwide, Netflix, Practice Fusion, Rackspace, reddit,, SurveyMonkey, TripAdvisor, Twitter, Uber Technologies, Inc., Yelp, Yahoo!, and Zynga.

What they’re lobbying for is price controls and product controls. Net neutrality means price and product controls. The libertarian position on this matter is to be for a free market in all things related to the production of internet investment and services, and that means freedom of entry into any and all lines of business relating to internet services. This translates into being against net neutrality.

4:11 pm on July 15, 2014

Maryanne Godboldo Triumphant: Another Victory for the Right to Resist

Four years ago, Maryanne Godboldo held off an attempt by police and “child protection” bureaucrats to abduct her teenage daughter, Ariana, so that she could be forcibly drugged with a powerful anti-psychotic drug called Risperidone.

Godboldo, a college dance instructor, had attempted to school her daughter at home, but eventually decided to place the youngster in a local government school. As a result, the girl underwent the government-dictated suite of vaccinations.Shortly after receiving the injections, the girl experienced severe side-effects, including behavioral problems she hadn’t previously experienced. Following the standard government approach — summarized by Bastiat as creating the poison and antidote in the same laboratory — government functionaries prescribed Risperidone as a “remedy” for the vaccinations they had inflicted on the victim. This led to a new set of symptoms, including suicidal impulses.

Maryanne did the sensible thing: She emancipated her child from the school and took care of her at home. The CPS, decreeing that this capable and concerned mother was “in denial,” authorized itself to kidnap the child and finish the job of destroying her mind. When the child snatchers came for her daughter, Maryanne — exercising the natural and plenary authority of a mother defending her child — denied them entrance to their home. Rather than obeying her lawful order to leave, the CPS contacted a SWAT team — complete with automatic weapons, armored personnel carriers, and helicopters — that laid siege to her home for ten hours.

Maryanne, who took up arms against the invaders, eventually surrendered and was charged with several felonies. All of those charges were dismissed a few months later when the Wayne County District Court ruled that the search of her home was illegal.

Driven by the frustration of its unconsummated desire to make an example of Godboldo, the DA tried to revive those charges earlier this year. Last Friday they were finally, and definitively, dismissed.

“In the end, it is a basic human right for parents to choose if they want to medicate their children,” observes Godboldo’s attorney, Allison Folmar. “When the state steps in and says `hey, mom and dad, we know what’s better for your child,’ that’s wrong.”

Significantly, an appeals court that heard Godboldo’s case acknowledged that citizens in “imminent danger” as a result of illegal police action have the right to use lethal force in protection of their homes. For some reason, most likely one rooted in collectivist politics, this heroic black single mother was not vilified by the Southern Poverty Law Center and similar groups as a dangerous “anti-government extremist.”

2:16 pm on July 15, 2014

Imperial Stormtroopers of the Internet

Writes Zero Hedge:

Perhaps the only thing more surprising that someone actually needed a poll to “discover” how the world feels regarding the NSA constant snooping of every form of electronic communication, is that a majority of the respondents in India, Nigeria and the Phillippines actually approve of having zero privacy. Oh, and the United States too.

See the chart.

9:06 am on July 15, 2014

The Man Who Reclaimed His Head

Please watch this exceedingly rare and prophetic film which is more timely than ever.

2:35 am on July 15, 2014

Today’s Quote

Det. Sgt. Patrick Ryder, head of the Nassau [County, New York State] police asset forfeiture and intelligence section, which ended 2013 with $28 million in forfeiture funds, the highest of any agency outside New York City” dismisses his department’s legalized theft by sneering, “”These are ill-gotten gains … The objective of what we do is to remove the profit from the crime. I’m your modern-day Robin Hood. I steal from the rich, the drug dealers, to give to the poor, the police,’ Ryder said.”

Hmmm. I don’t know about you, but where I come from, $28 million not only qualifies one as rich but super-rich. Maybe Ryder’s suffering a bout of Hillary Syndrome.

Meanwhile, our ”modern-day Robin Hood’s” victims disagree with his blithe assessment. “‘The police found some marijuana in the house, and so they took all the money — more than $1,000 — that was in the next room,’ said a Roosevelt [a poor town in Nassau County] woman who spoke on condition of anonymity because she feared retaliation for speaking out. ‘That right there was my life savings.” The weed belonged to her boyfriend, not her — but the porcine Robbing Hood ignores such fine distinctions. ”‘It was my money that I saved up, but the police said it was his money, so that was that,’ the woman said.”

Yet again, Leviathan steals from the poorest of the poor to give to the one percent. Is anyone surprised?

8:13 pm on July 14, 2014

Free Shaneen Allen!

Philadelphia resident Shaneen Allen is a 27-year-old single mother who works two jobs to provide for her two children. Acting on the wise advice of a relative she bought a gun, took a gun safety course, and obtained official permission to exercise her innate right to self-defense. However, she made the mistake of crossing from Pennsylvania into a different tax jurisdiction called New Jersey, which is ruled by a different criminal clique through a different set of arbitrary edicts.

After being stopped by a costumed revenue farmer for violating one of New Jersey’s manifold official restrictions on the right to travel, Shaneen made the tragic mistake of being entirely candid when asked if she had any weapons in her possession. As a result she has been charged with the second-degree felony of “unlawful possession” of the means of self-defense. She faces the prospect of three years in a cage and the loss of her children.

The officer who abducted Shaneen actually admitted that she was being punished for her honesty. The same admission was made by the judge at her arraignment. Despite the fact that Shaneen has no criminal record, and clearly displayed no criminal intent, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain is refusing to offer her entry into a diversionary program that would allow her to avoid prison.

“When law and morality contradict each other,” wrote Frederic Bastiat, “the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.” Shaneen Allen has never broken the law in any sense; the edict that she ignorantly violated has no moral validity. Her case offers infuriating, albeit redundant, proof of the maxim that the only thing governments “make” are criminals out of innocent people, and corpses out of living human beings.

4:41 pm on July 14, 2014

Vitamin C Beats Death Care in New Zealand

Related to today’s lead article, it is always interesting to revisit the now five-year-old case of Allan Smith, who doctors said could not survive pneumonia and leukemia while he was in an Auckland ICU. At one point an American ECMO specialist weighed in and, of course, wanted to pull the plug as well. Lucky for Allan, he had a family who fought tooth and nail the attempts to kill him.

1:26 pm on July 14, 2014

Crazed Drug Addicts in Seattle

I’m visiting Seattle for business, and am sad to report that the legalization of marijuana has had the serious negative impact on the city that the anti-drug zealots have long warned. I’m sitting in a Starbucks quaffing my methylxanthine infused morning beverage, and observing the carnage outside as the drug addled pile up on the sidewalks. </sarcasm> Nothing noticeable has changed since I last visited this wonderful city.

The War on Drugs is a War on Freedom

- Laurence Vance

10:02 am on July 14, 2014

Speaking With Ron Paul About Moving To Texas

I had the wonderful opportunity to appear on the Ron Paul Channel last week to discuss the first year of the Ron Paul Institute and also the Institute’s big move to Texas! Come see us!

11:58 pm on July 13, 2014

Eric Cantor’s Final Assault

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) may have lost his primary to a relatively unknown challenger, but that does not mean he is going quietly into that good night. His long track record of ramming through the House the most one-sided resolutions praising the actions of the Israeli government (as long as those actions involve attacks on Arabs and not attempts to make peace) continues apace even as his time in the House draws to a close.

As Israel’s American-made F-16s continue to deliver American-made bombs, paid for by the US taxpayer, on Gaza, where more than 150 Palestinians have been killed, Cantor takes time out to applaud the passage of yet another House Resolution praising Israel’s actions.

Never mind that the collective punishment tactics of the Israeli government have resulted in the deaths of mostly civilians (77 percent, according to the UN) and will only make the US and Israel more hated — and less secure. Cantor wants Americans to know how strongly he stands behind Israel.

Writes Cantor:

Israel is one of our nation’s strongest democratic allies and its security is directly tied to our own. Hamas’ outrageous and unprovoked war against Israel must end.

The firing of missiles from Hamas positions into Israeli territory — particularly where civilians may be injured — is certainly to be condemned in no uncertain terms. But thousands of Israeli missiles have killed 150 Palestinians and destroyed the infrastructure of Gaza. Hamas missiles have (thankfully) killed no one in this conflict. Talk about David and Goliath.

Cantor cannot let this crisis pass without mention of his favorite enemy, however: Iran.

Israeli attacks on Gaza are proof to Cantor that President Obama must end talks with Iran!

He writes:

We must also acknowledge Iran’s role in this conflict. Just as Iran has fueled sectarian violence and extremist terrorism in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, it has long provided Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad with lethal support to aid in their unrelenting war of terror against Israel. I call on the Obama Administration to dispense with the fantasy that Iranian President Rouhani is a reformer and acknowledge the Iranian regime for what it is: the world’s most active state sponsor of terrorism and a driver of regional instability.

Because Israel is bombing civilians in Gaza, the US must move to war on Iran. That is Cantor’s logic. One can only suspect that were he in Sderot recently, he would have joined in the popcorn and celebration as missiles fell on Gaza…

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11:47 pm on July 13, 2014

World Cup: Just Another Orgy of Statism

The “biggest sporting event in the world” has just concluded. Congratulations to the players from the tax jurisdiction of Germany. You truly were the best squad assembled from all the assorted teams representing their respective tax farms.

7:30 pm on July 13, 2014

Nice letter

This very nice letter was sent to me, and I thought I would share it with you all. My response is below.

July 10, 2014

Dr. Block,

My name is Ian Minielly and I became an avid reader of LRC back around 2004 or 2005. Over the years I became a huge fan of yours amongst the many contributors to the site and Mises. Thank you for doing what you do and standing in the breach against the rising tide of tyranny. It is men like you and the others at LRC and Mises that are doing the job of unveiling the eyes of the masses so handfuls continue waking from the dream/spell government has them under.

I started a book club at work three months ago and this month we are reading Defending the Undefendable. This is our third book as we are doing one book/month. I am using your book to expose my colleagues at work to a better reality. One that does not include government tyranny in the form of regulations and laws that are themselves indefensible in the harm they cause and their constant need of modification because they lack any semblance of truth. Only truth does not need constant revisions to get it right. Take the Bible as an example of truth that does not need constant revision.

I wanted to thank you for your efforts over the decades and to ask you to continue doing what you do. I am using our book club to counter prevailing opinion in America and thought you would enjoy hearing how your writing is being used. We will be discussing the book on the 28th, if there is anything in particular you would like me to mention, please feel free to email me your suggestions or thoughts.

Thank you for your time,

Dear Ian:

Thanks for your lovely letter. It certainly made my day. Best of luck in promoting liberty.

6:35 pm on July 13, 2014

Au Contraire

Paul writes–

I read your blog post on the TSA allowing illegal immigrants to fly without ID.  I know a little about this.  I own a taxi company in Phoenix, and one of my drivers was tasked with going to an ICE detention facility, picking up a man who was released on bail, and taking him to the airport.  Per request of the lawyer who was paying for this, my driver escorted the poor Ecuadorian national up to security.  To say that he got on his flight without harassment is a complete and utter fabrication.  Every inch of the man’s personal belongings were hand searched, his pockets were rifled through, he even had his hands swabbed down with some magic chemical concoction that is supposed to tell if you have been touching explosives.  In short, his preboarding search was just shy of a complete strip search with finger probes.  So, I would not recommend going the “no-ID because I have a court date instead” route of boarding a plane if your goal is to avoid hassles by the TSA thugs.

However, if your goal is to watch the Reich wing hyperventilate because “illegals are getting away with stuff”, I highly recommend doing everything you can with no ID at all.

4:38 pm on July 13, 2014

“What a Rush!”: Idaho’s Anti-Drug Ayatollah Gets High

Airborne Ayatollah

“What a rush!” exulted Idaho resident Monte Stiles after completing his first tandem skydive on July 10. That description was not metaphorical: The chemical reactions involved in skydiving and similar high-risk activities have a consciousness-altering effect – and addictive properties — far stronger than narcotics use. In fact, this is a selling point for those who promote, and profit from, this high-risk behavior.

“Fear is an incredibly strong emotion,” explains Dr. Michael Davis, a neuroscientist at Emory University. “If something scares us, the body immediately releases endorphins, dopamine and norepinephrine. Endorphins mitigate pain, dopamine and norepinephrine are performance enhancers…. [The] general scientific thinking is that the more fearful a certain sport makes you, the greater the release of these chemicals. The greater the release of these chemicals, the greater the addiction-like symptoms.”

Psychology Today points out that “cocaine—long considered the most addictive substance on earth—does nothing more than flood the brain with dopamine. Norepinephrine, on the other hand, mimics the second most addictive drug on earth: speed. Nor are our neurochemicals one to one matches for these illicit drugs. In fact, they’re significantly more powerful. The most common endorphin produces by the body is 100 times more powerful (thus more addictive) than morphine. Which is to say, the particular neurochemicals produced by action sports are far more potent than any drug single drug around and—since one cannot cocktail massive amounts of speed, cocaine, and heroin without ending up dead—adrenaline sports are really the only way to get this kind of taste.” (Emphasis added.)

Monte Stiles is a mature adult. Like every other human being, he is – or at least should be – recognized as the owner of his life, and free to seek out the services of those who are willing to provide him with the consciousness-altering “rush” he can only get through such risky behavior. Servicing that appetite is an expensive proposition, but this isn’t an obstacle to Stiles: The former federal prosecutor, who spent roughly a quarter-century imprisoning people who pursued a “rush” through the less potent means of narcotics consumption, enjoys a lavish pension and steady income as a full-time anti-drug agitator.


For all I know, July 10 was an ordinary day for nine-year-old Idaho resident Alexis Carey, who suffers from an intractable form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome. If this is the case, it’s likely that while Stiles was enjoying the narcotic-grade “high” he experienced through high-risk behavior, little Alexis endured one or more of the frequent and irrepressible seizures that have stunted her growth, impeded her development, and left her with a dramatically abbreviated life expectancy.

Conventional FDA-approved drugs have done nothing to mitigate Alexis’s suffering. The most promising treatment protocol is the administration of cannabidiol, a marijuana derivative that is illegal in Idaho despite the fact that it has a very low concentration of THC, marijuana’s psychoactive component. Her parents, both of whom are medical professionals, have tried, without success, to persuade the state legislature to modify the law. In desperation, they have considered the possibility of smuggling cannabidiol into Idaho from Colorado – thereby risking prison terms, dispossession, and perhaps even the loss of their child at the hands of the Gem State’s anti-drug gestapo.

Stiles, who has no formal office but acts as Idaho’s unofficial anti-drug Ayatollah, insists that marijuana has no legitimate medical use and that efforts to modify state law to accommodate Alexis and others in similar straits are part of an insidious plan to decriminalize the use of narcotics that have a far milder psychoactive impact than his preferred way of feeling a “rush.”

So it is that while Stiles was soaring, Alexis – who seeks nothing more than relief from her tragic and life-threatening illness – continued to suffer needlessly because of policies promoted by Stiles to punish those who pursue a “rush” in a fashion he considers objectionable.

4:15 pm on July 13, 2014
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