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Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Liberty ViewsLetter for 05/30/2009

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Must Read This Week Exploding debt threatens America 05/27/09by John Taylor Financial Times

"Standard and Poor's decision to downgrade its outlook for British sovereign debt from 'stable' to 'negative' should be a wake-up call for the US Congress and administration. Let us hope they wake up. Under President Barack Obama's budget plan, the federal debt is exploding. To be precise, it is rising -- and will continue to rise -- much faster than gross domestic product, a measure of America's ability to service it. The federal debt was equivalent to 41 per cent of GDP at the end of 2008; the Congressional Budget Office projects it will increase to 82 per cent of GDP in 10 years. With no change in policy, it could hit 100 per cent of GDP in just another five years."

I would invite, encourage, entice, influence, pressure, persuade, cajole, coax, plead, request can I demand? Or would a threat of bodily harm move you to read the FULL ARTICLE at This is important basic INFORNATION, making it a MUST READ. GET THE FACTS CONTAINED IMPRINTED ON YOUR MIND. THEN YOU WILL UNDERSTAND AND BE READY TO PRESENT COGENT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PENDING DOLLAR CHRISES, and then FORWARD IT TO EVERYONE ON YOUR E-MAILLIST.
We agree if you are also opposed to government hospitals paying for ANY baby deliveries. In fact, I am opposed to all government hospitals, especially Veterans Hospitals. Our servicemen put their lives on the line for US, (however misguided) and they deserve better, MUCH BETTER, than is served up in those mid-fifties death traps called Veterans Hospitals.
We agree If you believe Federal taxes are ok if they are used exclusively to carry out Federal Government's singular purpose, that being to “Protect Life Liberty and Property”.
We need to stop giving away our tax dollars to every nation in the world that asks for it. Money that is not earmarked to see above should stay in the pockets of taxpayers. If THEY CHOOSE TO AID A FOREIGN COUNTRY it's OK, it’s their money.
The only freedom, which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. — John Stuart Mill

The Rule of Lore By Sheldon Richman 05/29/09
“This is a nation of laws not of men (and women).”
We will be hearing a lot about that in the coming weeks. The nomination of a Supreme Court justice occasions much public debate over exactly what judges are supposed to do—and not do. Thus we will hear that it’s Congress’s job to make the laws and the Supreme Court’s job to interpret them, along with the Constitution. Or, to put it in the shorthand: judges should not make the law.
It seems like a tidy division of labor, but there is a certain problem—namely, that the line between making and interpreting law is exceedingly fine—if it exists at all. Read the FULL STORY at

What's the worst thing a wife can get on her 25th wedding anniversary?Morning Sickness.

Promise only what you can deliver. Then deliver more than you promise

The Socialist Bailout of Wall Street, Part 1 by Jacob G. Hornberger 5/1/09 While most politicians and mainstream pundits are viewing the bailout as a necessary “reform,” it is imperative that we place this “reform” in a much wider and deeper context. In doing so, we need to return to first principles. Our nation was founded on the most unusual set of economic principles in history. Imagine: No income tax, no capital-gains tax, and no estate tax. For the first time in history, people were free to accumulate unlimited amounts of wealth, and there was nothing the federal government could do to prevent it. People were free to pursue occupations and trades and enter into mutually beneficial economic transactions without any government supervision. Charity was voluntary. If people wanted to help others, they were free to do so. Imagine: No immigration controls. People from all over the world were free to come to the United States. Education was left to the free choices of families and individuals.
Let’s examine the economic system under which Americans live today.
Extremely burdensome progressive income taxes, capital-gains taxes, and estate taxes. An enormous regulatory scheme in which government bureaucrats have the power to supervise, monitor, and control people’s financial and economic activities. A massive welfare system. An enormous and complex plan for immigration. Plus -- Plus -- Plus Read the FULL ARTICLE at

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.

If a man is bald at the front, he's a GREAT thinker. If he's bald at the back, he's a GREAT lover If he is bald in the back and the front then heTHINKS he's a great lover.

Sotomayor Pick Not Based on Merit by Ilya Shapiro May 27, 2009.
In picking Sonia Sotomayor, Obama has shown that identity politics matter to him more than merit. While Judge Sotomayor exemplifies the American Dream, she would not have even been on the short list if she were not Hispanic. She is not one of the leading lights of the federal judiciary, and far less qualified for a seat on the Supreme Court than others on the list. Partly because Sotomayor isa daughter of working-class Puerto Ricans raised in Bronx public housing projects, diagnosed with diabetes at 8, losing her father at 9, accolades at Princeton and Yale Law, ending up on the federal bench. At several writers covering this nomination from as many perspectives. Start at

My next house will have no kitchen --- just vending machines.

Warning: Housework done properly can kill.

Audio/Video Views Indefinite detention? Shame on you... Obama
Rachel Maddow MSNBC At the risk of promoting this out spoken leftist, watch her U-Tube excerpt, and then pass it along to friends. [A small disclaimer about Rachael Maddow: “Even a broken clock is right twice each day. Rachael Maddow was swept into this “Top Job” position at MSNBC from a radio talk host position on the failed Air America Network on the coat tails of Obama. After it was clear that Obama would get the Dem. Nomination, he could do or say no wrong in her eyes. Maddow defended his every word, his every proposal. She was on the radio every day spinning his many “egg on the face” situations into a palpable omelet for listener consumption.]
We agree if you believe Bill Gates has every right to keep every penny he made and continue to make more. If that ticks you off, go out and invent the next operating system that's better and put your name on the building.

More LibertyViews: We limited ourselves to around four or five LibertyViews, there are more, many more, here are just a few.
Where have all the millionaires gone? by JD Tuccille 05/27/09Disloyal Opposition
Intimidation won't further non-proliferation by Thomas Gale MooreAntiWar.Com "Do threats, bullying, sanctions, and threats work to rein in a rogue state? (05/29/09)
Cannabis tax and deregulation -- cutting out the middle man 05/28/09 by Brock Lorber Freedom's Phoenix"For decades illicit drug producers and suppliers have enjoyedgovernment protection from competition.
Flags of caution over Sotomayor by John C. Eastman 05/27/09Christian Science Monitor But there are red flags in Sotomayor's record
A victory for marriage and democracy by Thomas Messne 05/27/09Hawaii Reporter [editor's note: The court's ruling was a "victory" for marriage apartheid in the same sense that Pearl Harbor was a "victory" for Dai Nippon. Yes, it produced a lot of casualties, but I predict that less than four years from now there'll be a signing ceremony marking the bad guys' final defeat - TLK]

The sign said "breakfast at any time."So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.

Mike Tyson cries during sex, mace will do that to you.

CA: Couple ordered to stop holding Bible study without permit
Fox News "Pastor David Jones and his wife Mary have been told that they cannot invite friends to their San Diego, Calif. home for a bible study -- unless they are willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars to San Diego County. ... the couple received a written warning that cited 'unlawful use of land,' ordering them to either "stop religious assembly or apply for a major use permit," the couple's attorney Dean Broyles told San Diego news station 10News. But the major use permit could cost the Jones' thousands of dollars just to have a few friends over. ... The couple is planning to dispute the county's order thisweek." (05/28/09),2933,522637,00.html

You can't always get what you want. But if you try, sometimes you'll find what you need

Stupidity got us into this mess - why can't it get us out?
Foreclosures, mortgage delinquencies climb at record rate (05/28/09)McClatchy News "A record 12 percent of all U.S. mortgages were at least one payment behind or in the foreclosure process during the first three months of this year, a report said Thursday. The nation's economic problems aren't going away anytime soon, the report also found that the foreclosure rate on prime fixed-rate loans to financially healthy borrowers has doubled in the past 12 months."

Late one night in DC a mugger wearing a ski mask jumped into the path of a well-dressed man and stuck a gun in his ribs. "Give me your money," he demanded.
Indignant, the affluent man replied in a huff, "Why you can't do this to me, I am a United States Congressman!"
"In that case," replied the robber, "give me my money!"
Why Democrats relent [sic] on gun issues Christian Science Monitor"Democrats are looking down the barrel of a gun as they vie to keep their power in Washington. Poised after last year's election to push back against the National Rifle Association's heavy firepower, the Democrats have in rapid order conceded ground on the gun issue. They've allowed concealed-carry weapons in national parks, considered easing gun restrictions in the District of Columbia, and turned back a campaign pledge on gun-record transparency. The moves, which tended to be riders to other bills, have given Republicans a rare sense of success as a minority. ... For Democrats, reluctance to take on the gun lobby is tied to a desire to hold onto their majority in Washington as they pursue a progressive agenda on issues ranging from the economy to healthcare." [editor's note: The absurdity is how oblivious this "reporter" is to how ineffectual the NRA and its cronies have been in preserving any part of the 2nd Amendment in all this! - SAT] (05/28/09)

Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.

Foreign aid is money taken from poor people in a rich nation and given to rich people in a poor nation.

UK: Farmer kills himself after legal battle with bureaucrats (05/29/09)Independent [UK] "A farmer who bankrupted himself in a legal battle with the National Trust committed suicide yesterday by inhaling rat poison. Bob Dearnley took his own life after being told that he was facing imminent eviction from the rare breeds centre into which he had sunk his life savings. ... Mr Dearnley, who had moved into Burpham Court in 1992 as a tenant of Guildford Borough Council, was due to attend a court hearing in two weeks' time to learn whether he would be evicted by the local authority. He had previously vowed never to leave because repossession would result in the slaughter of the animals on the farm, including 50 rare breeds of sheep and a collection of llamas. The farmer declared himself bankrupt in 2006 after he lost a bitter court battle involving the National Trust, Guildford council and the Environment Agency over claims that the Trust was responsible for flooding his land and spreading disease because of repair work to a weir on an adjacent river."

We agree if you believe the children of parents that are here in this country illegally should not be ENTITLED to an educated in government schools.

I further believe that children of parents that are here legally should not be ENTITLED to an education in government schools.

More NewsViews We limited ourselves to around five NewsViews each week but there are many many more, here are just a few.
IL: State Senate approves medical marijuana bill The Illinois Senate voted 30 to 28, and the bill now goesto the Illinois House. 05/28/09
Report: Iraq prisoner abuse photos depict torture, rape USA Today Iraqi prisoner abuse graphic photos of rape and torture that Obama does not want released. 05/28/09
Gates to press for Far East unity on North Korea threat Dallas Morning News (05/28/09)
Taxpayers could lose billions from General Motors revamp ABC NewsTaxpayers could end up providing an additional $30 billion with no guarantee of repayment. 05/28/09

Just think of it, the mayfly lives only one day. And sometimes it rains that day.

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
WordViews Walter Clark
public opinion noun: the aggregate of individual attitudes or beliefs held by the adult population of some culturally unifying area, as in “A man must know how to fly in the face of public opinion; a woman to submit to it.” Madame de Staël
· belief would have exactly those words to define it, but is much more personal and specific. Public opinion has more to do with what involves other people.
· consensus is a collective opinion that may not be the most popular but one that has the least objections to it.
· bipartisan consists of, or supported by members of the two dominant parties, and considered as universal truth as if there were only those two ways of thinking.
· culture is public opinion plus the arts, beliefs, and the institutions; the totality of socially transmitted behavior. It is everything that is us that we were not born with.
Wordwise:It is public opinion that maintains the value of the dollar. Even when it was backed by gold, it was public opinion that gave gold its value. The free market is the mechanism whereby public opinion shapes our world; not just establish value of the currency. Geology may make mountains, but look around you. Your world is manmade. The “man” is in this case not an individual, but an infinitely complex web of human interaction. The body of rules of this interaction is our culture, our public opinion. The fact that some cultures have more stuff than others is proof that some cultures are superior to others if “stuff” is the measure of superiority. Most people acknowledge that self-interest is the primary force in that interaction, but libertarians are unique in recognizing it as good and not something to control, let alone be ashamed of. Most libertarians, certainly the anarcho-capitalists among us find stability when nobody’s in charge; when public opinion dominates loyalty to the law. The big fear most liberals have is that without control, superior cultures will exploit the inferior cultures. The conservatives fear that without control our superior culture will be diluted with the weaker ones. Notice in this carefully worded aphorism by Walter Lippmann how much he fears anarchy: “Where mass opinion dominates the government, there is a morbid derangement of the true functions of power. The derangement brings about the enfeeblement, verging on paralysis, of the capacity to govern. This breakdown in the constitutional order is the cause of the precipitate and catastrophic decline of Western society.” Notice that his entire world is the power of the state. If public opinion dominates, the state won’t be able invent new laws. The conservative’s fear of public opinion is that whether a rich person is to be executed and his money distributed or not, may be a matter of majority vote. But the miracle of the free market is that it is a larger part of our world than government. Another miracle of the free market is that the only voting has to do with goods and services and the only people voting are those that know the most about any particular transaction.

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