All the things you need to know for the second time this month…
- For the first, I will direct you to another website, where there is yet more proof that the media is doing a very poor job picking up large stories. Here are 12 important stories you should be hearing about. Meanwhile, nearly half of the country thinks that another Great Depression is on the way, and it seems those thoughts are well-warranted.
- Those background checks that private employers and apartment complexes can do on you? Yeah, now the FTC says that included in those things can be all of your Facebook data from the past 7 years. 7 years. Hope you haven’t been in college in the last 7 years, lest there is any booze in your pics…
- Goodbye 5th Amendment! The cops can now use your blood in a DUI stop to incriminate you at trial. Is anyone really surprised that another of our Constitutional rights are being eroded away?
- The military-industrial complex is something we don’t often hear about, and the media’s neglect of it means accountability is almost guaranteed to be a big zero. Here’s a little bit on the top 10 military contractors and their lobbying schema. Here is Tom Woods to explain some basic military-industrial complex terms to those of you that are unfamiliar with the concept:
- Don’t know if you saw it yet, but Nancy Pelosi’s wealth grew 62% in the midst of the recession that she used to rouse sympathy for the governmental redistribution of wealth to the middle and poor classes. She doesn’t seem to be spreading her wealth around to me, but I guess that sentiment just applies to OTHER people, right?
- Mark Steyn notes with some pretty great lines that “Hope” and “Change” seem to have been the opposite of what everyone was expecting from the 2008 election. Want some fries with that hope or change?
- Implicit in the disgusting idea that Iraq should repay the U.S. for its rebuilding is a big “f*ck you!”to the concept that two wrongs don’t make a right. Maybe the thought is “well, we plunder each other, why not plunder the world?”Here is why: because it is immoral. No sane person with a sense of right and wrong and understanding of what happened over there would say that we should further plunder a nation whose people have suffered millions of deaths at our hands. That type of coercion, the one that demands the death of even more people for the sake of western wealth, is… disgusting…
- The P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act is unadulterated power in the hands of those who should not have it. How can you fight the courts on things like this, that are top secret and our voices can never criticize because we can never see the wrongs committed because of it? It is downright scary, and it is subject to blatant abuses.
- If you don’t think Obama is narcissistic, get real: he is now ignoring his own legal team about the unconstitutional actions in Libya. Lord Acton was right, eh?
- Speaking of The One, I would like to ask you a question. How do you define corruption when you look around the world and see world leaders? One of the main criteria for me is cronyism and nepotism. Aside from the fact that we have legalized these forms of corruption via lobbying, it’s interesting to see that Obama has appointed 80% of his top contributors to government posts. To me, it confirms the ideas in this video, about the legalized plunder we call lobbying:
- On a closely-related note to the immediately above, Walter Williams recently wrote about the morality of taxes, the redistribution of wealth, and the crossroads that every man must come to when deciding how to cast his vote for how the government should be run.
- Eugenics is an incredibly ugly thing. Sadly, state-enforced sterilization has occurred in that spirit as recent as 1979. Now, eugenics is disguised as women’s rights in the form of abortion. It has happened for the goal of eliminating women in China. It is happening to blacks here.
- And finally, for something a little more lighthearted than all of the above, if the Titanic sank today, how it would be spun by all of the various voices in our society.
Ron Paul won a straw poll a few days back, and the media is having a hissy-fit about it, because it is clear he does have sway with the voting public. Democrats and Republicans can’t handle a threat to the usual way of thinking, and accordingly are losing their minds. Here is Tom Woods on one side’s take:
Woods is a funny guy. I know his banter bothers some people, but c’mon, you gotta make some of these issues fun or it just gets depressing. Ha.
Remember the other day when I told you that the FBI expanded it’s power by deciding it could disregard the Constitution? Judge Napolitano heard about it too, and he is pretty miffed. You should be too:
And now we are moving into pre-crime as a method of law enforcement? This is getting ridiculous…
They did it before with grades. Now, let’s ask the lefty college students if they think affirmative action should be applied to the basketball team:
I don’t want you to get sick of Tom Woods, so I have two more jewels for you later this week…