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The Royal Age of Gotcha
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The Impeachable Offenses of Barack Hussein Obama
by Terence James Mason
In 7 parts.
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Letters to the Editor
from Sean Gabb, William Alan Ritch, Brad Linaweaver, J. Neil Schulman, and The Editor
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The Royal Age of Gotcha
by L. Neil Smith
I have always been extremely interested in 16th century England, a period when Europe was engaged in a great bloody struggle to become Western Civilization, the era of William Shakespeare and Elizabeth I, a time when praying from the wrong book (the one with the semicolon on Page 87, instead of a comma) could provide your enemies -- who didn't really give a rodent's rear about the theology involved -- with all the excuse they needed to have you shortened or incinerated at the stake. It was the Royal Age of Gotcha.
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The Establishment's Trump Card
by J. Neil Schulman
Talking today with fellow libertarian author/filmmaker/publisher, Brad Linaweaver, the seeming unstoppability of Donald J. Trump's march to the Republican presidential nomination came up for discussion. We tended to agree that the problems the Republican National Committee and future of the GOP in blocking Trump would be costly -- with blowback that might be prohibitively costly to the party.
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To Repeat My Self
by A.X. Perez
One of the greatest victories for gay rights, and women's rights for that matter, was Heller et alia v. District of Columbia. For those of you who don't want to bother to look this up or remem the case, one of the original plaintiffs was a homosexual who wished to go heeled to defend himself from "gay bashers" (as in bash in gay people's heads with baseball bats). Homosexuals have the absolute right to defend themselves from assault and forcible oppression, which requires that they have the right to arm themselves in self-defense.
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Neither Brussels nor Washington: Arguments for a British Foreign Policy
by Sean Gabb
The first version of this book appeared in 2004, as War and the National Interest: Arguments for a British Foreign Policy, and was focussed almost entirely on the debate over the Iraq War. Though published in a small print run, and in the days before the rise of the e-book, it achieved a modest notoriety. It was followed by a CD of readings from the book. I did prepare a second edition in 2005. By now, though, Chris Tame was dying from bone cancer, and I set every project aside that was not obviously urgent. He died in 2006, and my time was at once claimed by writing the first of a series of historical novels. In 2011, I finally released the book on Kindle. But this was the unrevised 2005 edition. Its formatting was defective. I put no effort into marketing it. I had even mislaid the audio files I made in 2004. Looking now at the work again, I feel that it deserves a second chance, though not in its first or second edition. I have continued to write, since 2004, about British foreign policy. I had written occasionally about it before we became involved in the War on Terror. I therefore republish in a new and expanded edition, under a new title that better reflects its wider focus.
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One Week in Greater Appalachia: The Perils of Using one Monster to Destroy Another
by Jeff Fullerton
It began last Sunday when it went from a frosty morning to a pleasant summer eve. Hard to think it would get so nice after scraping my car when I took a spin to gas up and deliver meds and breakfast from Mickey Dee's. The chill even lingered while visiting Bruce on the way back. By late afternoon it probably hit 80 at least. Spent the afternoon working around the ponds after weighing the CBTs and the two adult Euro Ponds. All are gaining weight. After weeding the path between the double pen and Rosyside Pool I put the half grown CBT trio out and it looks like they can stay out a few days until it gets chilly again. They seem to be really enjoying the the warmth and fresh air. Comparing the tails of "Little Yin" with Yang and the little yang there is almost no doubt who the male and females are. Now if I dont have anymore mishaps and get luck on the the younger set plus a few more and I might have a really great breeding colony someday.
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EDITORIAL MATTERS

When my computer said I should restart to install an update, it didn't tell me that update would take over an hour! Ah well. I was already running late due to the power outage which lasted for about 2 hours. Just one thing after another.

Social Commentator and Gadfly Fred Reed has a couple of illuminating articles/rants you probably will be glad you read:

The Mask Comes Off: Putrefaction Most Foul

and

Capitalism and the Minimum Wage: "I Got Mine, Screw You."

Some excerpts:

I love it: Donald Trump's campaign reveals the establishment for what it is, a swamp of corruption as fetid as those of Latin America. It is better entertainment than Vaudeville. The frantic scramble to rig the primaries, change the rules, and thwart the voters -- anything to defend their cozy entanglement of political tapeworms -- makes absurd any pretense of democracy.

* * *

... as every sentient being has by now noticed, the Republicans and Democrats are members of the same corrupt club of blood-sucking parasites, the action arm of the corporations, Wall Street, the Israeli lobby, and those who want the US to control the world at any cost -- except, of course, to them. They are panicked at the rise of someone who might put first the interests of America. Better Hillary, a fellow parasite, than Trump, who isn't.

and

A woman of my acquaintance once said, "In Washington, you assume that everybody is in the 99th percentile." Decompressed from the apothegmatic, it is true. Cognitive stratification is very real, though seldom noticed and never mentioned. The city attracts the highly bright. They hang out together. They date. They marry. They don't know anybody who is not like them. The same holds in many places, and on the web, but Washington is where policy comes from.

By and large they are neither arrogant nor snobs. Since they are all in the same bracket, snobbery would be difficult. They include a great many journalists. It is fun to speak of the press as imbeciles, but, apart perhaps from babble-blonde anchors chosen for their looks, they are not. The duller probably clock an IQ of 120. Even at dismal publications like Army Times and Federal Computer Week, with both of which I was once familiar, you find very smart people.

What has this to do with the minimum wage? A fair amount. People of IQ 130 and up tend to assume unconsciously -- important word: "unconsciously" -- that you can do anything just by doing it. If they wanted to learn Sanskrit, they would get a textbook and go for it. It would take time and effort but the outcome would never be in doubt. Yes, of course they understand that some people are smarter than others, but they often seem not to grasp how much smarter, or what the consequences are. A large part of the population can't learn-much of anything. Not won't. Can't. Displaced auto workers cannot be retrained as IT professionals.

Few of the very bright have have ever had to make the unhappy calculation: Forty times a low minimum wage minus bus fare to work, rent, food, medical care, and cable. They have never had to choose between a winter coat and cable, their only entertainment. They don't really know that many people do. Out of sight, out of mind.

Yep, and Yep-indeed!


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