Gun Control: Hawglegs and Hawgwash

 If a woman tells me that she favors gun control, I can with confidence predict that she favors unchecked immigration, sanctuary cities, affirmative action, banning the Confederate flag, suppressing Christianity, homosexual marriage, abortion, feminism, and the dumbing down–she will call it something else–of schools to avoid wounding the self-esteem of the usual suspects.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)Yep, it pretty much comes as a packaged deal–packaged for, by and in the form of what Friedrich Engels used to call “useful idiots.” — jtl, 419

by Fred Reed via Fred on Everything

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On the range. Interesting photo: The flash of a cheap camera caught the slide back, and what appears to be a smoke disk.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2)   Since Hillary has presumably gone to a home for used basilisks, we will  perhaps hear less about gun control for a bit. As in, maybe, eight years.

The unending drive to outlaw firearms remains  fascinating in various ways, first…

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Former Intelligence Officer: 15% of Refugees are ISIS

Socialism is not the Answer



The shockingly high figure comes from one of LTC(R) Shaffer’s sources involved with the refugee flows.

Last week we saw CIA head John Brennan testify that ISIS has “a large cadre” of foreign fighters to serve in attacking the West, and also that ISIS was probably using refugee flows as a means of vectoring its agents into the West.  Now a former high-level intelligence officer claims that he has a source that gives a more specific figure.  At least fifteen percent of refugees are ISIS, according to LTC(R) Anthony Shaffer of the London Center for Policy Research.  The claim came in an interview Shaffer gave to a radio show hosted by Larry O’Connor and Brian Wilson on WMAL.  (You can listen to the interview here.)

“I got the percentage from one of my sources. We’re talking about, right now, in the refugee stream, between 15-17% of individuals…

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Five Stages

Indyfromaz's Blog: The Thoughts of An Independent Arizonan

Ever since the elections, our media, schools, workplaces and houses of worship have presented a steady stream of stories showcasing the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. 

Liberal-progressive snowflakes are wallowing in denial, anger and depression. They cannot work, attend class or take exams. They need safe “healing” spaces, Play-Do, comfort critters and counseling. Too many throw tirades equating Donald Trump with Adolph Hitler, while too few are actually moving to Canada, New Zealand or Jupiter, after solemnly promising they would. 

Nouveau grief is also characterized by the elimination of bargaining and acceptance – and their replacement by two new stages: intolerance for other views and defiance or even riots. Sadly, it appears these new stages have become a dominant, permanent, shameful feature of liberal policies and politics. 

The Left has long been intolerant to alternative viewpoints. Refusing to engage or debate, banning or forcibly removing books…

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The War Against Cash, India, and a Lesson about Big Government

International Liberty

The War against Cash is a battle that shouldn’t even exist. But politicians don’t like cash because it’s hard to control something that people can freely trade back and forth. So folks on the left are arguing that governments should ban or restrict paper money.

  • In Part I, we looked at the argument that cash should be banned or restricted so governments could more easily collect additional tax revenue.
  • In Part II, we reviewed the argument that cash should be curtailed so that governments could more easily impose Keynesian-style monetary policy.
  • In Part III, written back in March, we examined additional arguments by people on both sides of the issue and considered the risks of expanded government power.
  • In Part IV, a few months ago, there was additional discussion of the dangers that would be unleashed if politicians banned cash.

Now let’s add a fifth installment in this series, and…

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Trump “Protests” Manufactured by Leftist Elites and Manned by Professional Protesters

…there is evidence that leftist elites are behind the protests and riots across the nation.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View This is a technique (tactic, if you will) as old as the communist party itself. There is a reason Martin Luther King had direct ties to the Communist Party USA. — jtl, 419

Written by  C. Mitchell Shaw via The New American

Trump "Protests" Manufactured by Leftist Elites and Manned by Professional Protesters

Combat Shooter's HandbookThe radical resistance against Trump — funded and manned by the Left throughout his campaign — has shifted into high gear in the wake of his electoral victory. The “protests” against candidate Trump have turned into riots against president elect Trump. In cities all across America, large crowds — many violent — have taken to the streets since the election results came in. In city after city, they are all carrying the same signs and shouting the same slogans. Who is behind these “spontaneous” protests?

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteWithin a day of Donald Trump’s election, protests

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Mitchell’s Law and the Lather-Rinse-Repeat Cycle of Government Failure

International Liberty

One of the many frustrations of working in Washington is that politicians, when dealing with a problem created by government intervention, routinely propose that the solution is to give even more power to government. And since they are either unwilling or unable to connect the dots, they don’t care that their “solutions” will make matters worse. I’ve referred to this unfortunate pattern as “Mitchell’s Law.”

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The Wreckage of Barack Obama

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John Podhoretz and Noah C. Rothman have an interesting article in Commentary, titled: Bare, Ruined Choirs: How Barack Obama Wrecked the Democratic Party.  For those that don’t yet appreciate the disaster—for Democrats politically, and for Americans generally—that is Barack Obama, it’s a solid recitation of the wreckage. They end thus:

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Squealing Lefties

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Once more those who have had their desires annulled by the more astute middle America are now having a hissy fit. The self described important ones wish to make a statement, one that THEY think holds some meaning.
Back when Fool #44 had any power, they were demanding that people violate their beliefs abetted by bad law. With the change at the top, these gilded lilies are worrying that they may be forced to bend in likewise fashion. Pardon the pun.


Designer Announces She Won’t Work With Melania Trump

Sophie Theallet, a designer who has dressed Michelle Obama during her time as First Lady, published an open letter on Twitter announcing that she will refuse to work with Melania Trump. Theallet said that she will not associate with her due to Donald Trump’s “rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia” throughout the campaign. Theallet urged other designers to refuse to work…

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Trump Won Fair and Square. Get a life.


Democrats, the lamebrain media (but I repeat myself), academics (Opps!  I repeated myself again) and others who should know better are protesting — often violently — against Trump’s victory. Trump Derangement Syndrome is upon us.

Trump won fair and square. He did not rely on non-citizens or others who are barred from voting. As President, he intends, with the help of Congress, to make changes in U.S. policy. Horrors!


Reflections via Gilbert and Sullivan

Thank Zeus that Hillary won’t be the Monarch of the Sea President of the United States. The Monarch of the Seas, as depicted by G&S, certainly behaves and sounds like Hillary.

Here is Hillary on the day after her defeat.

Here’s how less-than-normally-judgmental Hillary supporters and Never Trumpers see Trump:

So much for Gilbert and Sullivan.

Here are Hillary’s supporters:

Here’s another meltdown. The linked article had a video, but YouTube says “This video is…

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Unpleasant Truths

Indyfromaz's Blog: The Thoughts of An Independent Arizonan

On the One Week Anniversary of the Miracle on 11/8/16.


Why are liberals so unpleasant to be around?

1) They’re unhappy: Study after study shows that conservatives are happier people than liberals. The difference can be staggering.

In 2004, people who said they were conservative or very conservative were nearly twice as likely to say they were very happy as people who called themselves liberal or very liberal (44 percent versus 25 percent). Conservatives were only half as likely to say they were not too happy (9 versus 18 percent).

Unhappy people are generally disagreeable because when you’re miserable, you tend to become very selfish. If you want an example of how that works, go hit yourself on the hand with a hammer and while you’re writhing in agony, see how much time you spend thinking about helping other people as opposed to wishing you hadn’t smashed your own…

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