If You Want Real “Social Justice,” Support Free Markets and Small Government

Originally posted on International Liberty:

Since almost everybody wants a society that is just, that presumably means we all favor “social justice.”

But in the American political system, the phrase has been adopted by those who favor bigger government and more intervention. Sort of the way “solidarity” and “social” are code words for statism in Europe.

Leftists think that this phrase gives them the moral high ground, but shouldn’t we judge “social justice” by outcomes rather than intentions?

Is statism really compassionate if it actually winds up lining the pockets of wealthy insiders?

Is statism really compassionate when it gives people an excuse to be stingy, as we see in Europe?

Is statism really compassionate when it means less long-run growth and lower living standards for ordinary people?

The answers to those questions probably depend on one’s definition of a just society.

For those fixated on equality, it appears that they are willing…

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TSA fails explosive screening tests

Originally posted on A Moral Outrage:

Not a big surprise…

An internal investigation by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has revealed some disturbing gaps in the security screening at some of the nation’s busiest airports.

Investigators with the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General (IG) went undercover and were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials. The IG’s report found that TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests.

The tests were conducted by what the department calls “Red Teams”. The team members pose as passengers who try to beat the system.

“Red Team testing of the aviation security network has been part of TSA’s mission advancement for 13 years,” explained a Department of Homeland Security spokesman. “The numbers in these reports never look good out of context, but they are a critical element in the continual evolution of our aviation security.”

Upon learning of the failures, the…

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Judge Orders Newspaper To Delete Article, Newspaper Reminds Judge That It’s In The US And The 1st Amendment Exists

Originally posted on A Moral Outrage:

TechDirt

This seems to happen all too often, but a local judge has forgotten about the whole 1st Amendment thing. Last week, Bergen County Superior Court Judge Jane Gallina-Mecca ordered the Bergen Dispatch to take down a news article. The article was about a specific family court case, involving custody of a child. It’s not surprising that there might be some concern over privacy rights in such cases, but even so, that does not allow a judge to flat out order a newspaper to take down an article — even more so when the order came out of a closed hearing where no one from the newspaper was even present. In response, the Bergen Dispatch posted a fairly snarky article that reiterates some of the details from the case, and concludes with this wonderful paragraph:

While the Bergen Dispatch reviews its options we have confirmed that Bergen County does…

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The Obamacare hell that awaits you

Originally posted on Socialism is not the Answer:

obamacare hell 1 Flopping Aces

Obamacare was sold to America on a set of false premises. The most famous of them?

 “no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”

And the fools believed him.

And he repeated that promise at least 36 times.

That promise was worth as much as any Obama assurance- absolutely nothing.

Here’s another:

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Jihadists Discover Texas is Not Paris

Originally posted on Flyover-Press.com:

Look, soldiers of Allah: Texas is not, I repeat, IS NOT, France. If you expected a similar situation as the Charlie Hebdo massacre, you were sorely mistaken. Texans love guns. Texans love shooting guns. Texans do not care for jihadists. THEY WILL KILL YOU.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsProud to be Tejano. — jtl, 419

via SOFREP

Jihadists Discover Texas is Not Paris:

Combat Shooter's Handbook(CNN)It wasn’t a fair fight.

On one side, you had two men in body armor, toting assault rifles and showing every willingness to open fire now and count their victims later. On the other, you had a security officer — a traffic officer by day — with a pistol.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteSomehow, the officer won.

Authorities have not released the name of the overmatched Garland, Texas, police officer who stopped a pair of gunmen Sunday night outside that city’s Curtis Culwell Center, where people had gathered at an event featuring controversial cartoons of…

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Bernie Sanders, the Faux Socialist, Government-Loving Statist

Originally posted on International Liberty:

It’s not often that I disagree with the folks who put together the Wall Street Journal editorial page. For instance, they just published a great editorial on that cesspool of cronyism and corruption that is otherwise known as the Export-Import Bank.

Isn’t it great that the voice of capitalism actually supports genuine free markets!

That being said, a recent editorial rubs me the wrong way.

It’s about the presumably quixotic presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders. These excerpts will give you a flavor of what the WSJ wrote.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, an avowed independent Socialist, has decided to run for the Democratic presidential nomination… He thinks the American economy is fundamentally unfair, and that government must tax and spend even more heavily… He thinks Social Security should increase benefits, no matter that it is heading toward insolvency. Higher taxes can make up the difference. …He wants single-payer…

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Donta Allen, The Guy Who Was Interviewed BY WMAL, Does Not Seem To Be Freddie Gray’s Paddy-Wagon Companion

Originally posted on Nice Deb:

Baltimore’s WMAL interviewed a man named Donta Allen a few days ago, claiming that he was the guy who shared the paddy wagon ride with Freddie Gray.

But Donta Allen does not seem to be the guy who was in the van with Freddie Gray. According to the Baltimore police, that man is still in jail.

This is significant because according to the Washington Post,the individual who shared the ride with Freddie Gray, told investigators that it sounded to him like Freddie was thrashing around, trying to hurt himself.

That was a game-changing bombshell because the narrative had been that the cops had given Freddie a “rough ride” – that is – cuffed his hands and feet, but left him unbuckled so he would…

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The Radiant future

Originally posted on Vermont Loon Watch:

Burning

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Hillary Is Not Happening, You guys

Originally posted on Nice Deb:

I’ve been saying it for months – I just don’t see Hillary Clinton being the Democrat nominee in 2016. Most people thought I was crazy (Oh, no – Hillary is inevitable) but look at these latest headlines:

GOP accused of ‘quiet attack’ on Hillary’s age…

MAG: She might not even survive primary! (Yup)

Socialist snapping at her heels…

Foundation raked in millions — of taxpayer dollars…

Larry Flynt Endorses Hillary…

AP POLL: Decisive majority of Americans view Clinton as dishonest…

Don’t forget that MSNBC poll from a few weeks back – which is still active! – with 100K+ votes showing 87% of voters do not plan to vote for HRC:

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I keep asking, where’s the big groundswell of of support for Hillary? She’s just stumbling along, hobbled each week by…

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Call for Baltimore Mayor to Resign Gains Steam on Social Media

Originally posted on Socialism is not the Answer:

Judicial Watch

The Baltimore riots are occurring in the face of failed political and police leadership and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake should resign, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton writes in a social media posting that is being echoed by dozens nationwide.

In the Twitter posting Fitton links a disturbing local newspaper report with graphic photos of a burning car, police clad in riot gear and masked looters. “Violence and looting overtook much of West Baltimore on Monday, injuring more than a dozen police officers and leaving buildings and vehicles in flames,” the article opens. “As night fell, looters took to Mondawmin Mall and a Save-A-Lot and Rite Aid in Bolton Hill, loading up cars with stolen goods. About 10 fire crews battled a three-alarm fire at a large senior center under construction at Chester and Gay streets, as police officers stood guard with long guns. About 10 p.m., police confirmed shots were fired at an…

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