Hey Grimes, what’s up dude?

Andy Rooney once said, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.” And this last year proves it. It seems just like yesterday that I last carried out this traditional annual tribute to my brothers.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsAlmost since day 1, it has been a tradition at FlyoverPress to republish “Hey Grimes” each Memorial Day. Gary Lynn Grimes was a pure and honorable man. His story is tragic but, more than that, it is representative of a generation betrayed.

Notice that the original was written in 2002—during the Slick Willie days. In the next to the last paragraph, I lament the (then) current condition in America. Can it possibly deteriorate in the next as many years as much as it has deteriorated in the last? Is this what Grimes died for?

Y’all have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend and, if you speak with the Supreme Commandant, don’t forget to put in a word for me and old Grimes. – jtl, 419

by Dr Jimmy T (Gunny) LaBaume

19 Nov 02

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he today that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother. Shakespeare, Henry IV, Act IV, Scene 3

Hey Grimes, what’s up? How are things going for you up there in Valhalla? With Memorial Day coming, I thought I’d drop you a line. I don’t talk about it much, but there has not been a single day in over 32 years that I haven’t thought about you.

I remember the first time we met. It was in Staging Battalion at Camp Pendleton. At the ripe old age of 24, I was a good deal older than average. You’ve heard of the generation gap? Well, I was the gap. I had little in common with the guys of my rank, with whom I was allowed to socialize. But, although you were still very young, you were different–an enthusiastic, bubbling, peached faced kid from Amarillo, TX. Remember our big plans for me to teach you to ride bulls and bareback horses when we got back to the world?

Boy, what a couple of dreamers!

When we got in country, you went to 5th Marines and I went to 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines. Since my Battalion and your Regimental Headquarters were both at An Hoa, we had several chances to see each other and renew our friendship. Any time that you were there, you always made a point of finding me, as I did you when I would pass through.

I’ll never forget the last time I saw you. It was about a month before we were due to rotate. You had been out with a CAP unit and showed up at my hooch wearing a flight suit and sporting a 45 in a shoulder holster. I didn’t ask where you got the flight suit and shoulder holster–just figured that you had traded some air-winger an AK (or something) for them. I’ll never forget the last conversation we had.

“Hey Grimes, what’s up dude?”

“Man, I’m being MedEvaced to Japan!”

I checked you out. You seemed to have all your appendages and didn’t seem to have any extra holes. “MedEvaced? What for?”

“Man, I’m eat up with parasites.”

“Parasites! Man that’s great!!! By the time they get you to Japan and get you cleaned up, it’ll be time to rotate.”

We knew that you had it made so we celebrated. As I recall, we snuck out into Duc Duc and captured a couple of liters of Gook banana rum. What a night! The next morning I sent you off. “See ya back in the world dude!”

When rotation day came and I got on the freedom bird, I was fully expecting to see you in a few days. The first morning back on Okinawa, I ran into Piasaki. Remember him? He was a mutual friend that had gone through Staging Battalion with us. That’s another conversation I’ll never forget.

“Hey man, did you know that Grimes is dead?”

“Naw, bullshit, Grimes ain’t dead.”

“Yea, he is too.”

“No he ain’t. I saw him less than a month ago and he was being MedEvaced to Japan.”

“I’m telling you he’s dead. I kicked his body the next morning. I was part of the relief force that got too them right after daylight. The VC overran his CAP unit and killed them all. It looked like Grimes had been one of the last left fighting. He had about 30 AK rounds point blank in his chest.”

I refused to believe it. I just came home and tried to bury it. I never made any attempt to contact you or your family–guess I didn’t want to believe it. Then finally, in 1983, I went to the wall and there you were—Panel 09W, Line 52, Gary Lynn Grimes. Born 01 June 1949 in Amarillo, Texas. Died 13 June 1970 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam. I cried.

It has only been just recently that I located your family. They are still in Amarillo and, from what little I know, seem to be doing well. Although I have your parents’ and brother’s addresses and phone numbers, I have still made no attempt to contact any of them. That is a wrong that terribly needs to be righted and, I promise, I will…someday…

As far as what’s going on in the world, you wouldn’t believe what they’ve done to our country. Remember all those greasy headed hippies that we used to hate so much? Well, they’re all grown up now and are in control of all our major institutions and all levels of government—everything from Congress to law enforcement to the public schools. Hell, one of them even became President. They are stealing our property, murdering our citizens, and generally making a mockery out of the Constitution—all under the color of law. What a mess! Oh well, hopefully, there’ll be plenty of time to fill you in on the details of all that later.

So, how’s it going for you? I suspect that promotions come pretty slow up there–after all, you are amongst the cream of the cream. But, knowing you, I’d bet that you are at least a Battalion Sergeant Major by now. When the Supreme Commandant decides to cut me a new set of orders, I’m hoping He’ll consider me worthy of joining you. Maybe you’ll have room for a good Company First Sergeant in your outfit.

Hope to see you up there dude!

Semper Fi

LaBaume, Jimmy T, Cpl USMC

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The federal Forest Service strikes a stewardship deal with Utah. Here’s what it will do.

I can’t possibly guess how many times I heard similar words during my career as a range-livestock economist. I’ll leave it to you to guess how many of those times ever amounted to a hill of shit.
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“This is an ongoing discussion for what are the options out there to make the forests more healthy,” Herbert said. “We don’t have all the answers. We certainly have questions. We’re going to work together to find those answers.”
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Song for Today: Faron Young – No Painless Way

Had to dig pretty deep to find this one. — jtl, 419

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Tariffs Are Attacks on Property Rights and Freedom

The issue of free trade illustrates this clearly. Libertarians used to be universally and uninhibitedly for free trade. Whether domestically or across borders, voluntary exchange serves individuals best—and any restriction thereof is a violation of their rights. Thus, any restrictions should always be abolished, and the sooner the better.
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In times of peace, we do to ourselves with tariffs what our enemies seek to do to us in times of war. — jtl, 419 

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A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual   Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewRothbard wrote in the Libertarian Forum (v. 1, p. 184) that “… libertarians, if they have any personal philosophy beyond freedom from coercion, are supposed to be at the very least individualists.” Indeed, libertarianism holds high the rights and responsibilities of the sovereign individual: the right to self and to justly acquired property and thus the right not to be coerced or arbitrarily restricted; the responsibility for one’s own actions and the moral duty to respect and honor other individuals’ rights.

Yet libertarianism, or at least a relatively large subset of proponents of libertarianism, has taken a strange collectivist turn in the recent years. This is evident in a number of issues, such as free trade, where libertarians used to be in agreement in principle, albeit not necessarily in all the details or the applications of those principles. In contrast, this new turn argues from a different starting point. Rather than the individual’s rights, the starting point for this group is instead a notion of the individual’s collective belonging and identity (such as one’s country or ethnicity).

There has of course never been a problem for libertarians to recognize individuals for who they are, or choose to be, and thus within their preferred social and cultural context. No man is an island, and as social beings we are embedded in a context of community, culture, and tradition. The distinction between individualist and collectivist is not either-or, but which is primary: for collectivists, the individual is subjected to the will of the collective (or, in reality, the will of its leadership); for individualists, the collective has no right of its own but is subject to the individual’s choice to associate. For obvious reasons, the analysis of any state of affairs from a collectivist point of view is different than that from an individualist point of view.

The issue of free trade illustrates this clearly. Libertarians used to be universally and uninhibitedly for free trade. Whether domestically or across borders, voluntary exchange serves individuals best—and any restriction thereof is a violation of their rights. Thus, any restrictions should always be abolished, and the sooner the better.

Granted, reality is somewhat more complex. As I discuss in The Seen, the Unseen, and the Unrealized: How Regulations Affect Our Everyday Lives, whenever the state regulates economic action, there are severe and oftentimes far-reaching distortions of both structure and outcome of market exchange. As libertarians have long recognized, regulations create winners and losers. Also, rolling back individual regulations, while it potentially causes a “freer” market, it will cause a different set of winners and losers. The only truly fair and just economy is one completely devoid of the state’s manipulations, whether those are actively pursued or passively effected.

These complex implications of trade policy were never seen as an argument against deregulation, however. Rather, it is an argument for letting people and businesses exchange without interventions. Less intervention means less distortion, and this is always preferable. This should be preferred even by interventionists, because, as Mises famously recognized in Bureaucracy,

Economic interventionism is a self-defeating policy. The individual measures that it applies do not achieve the results sought. They bring about a state of affairs, which—from the viewpoint of its advocates themselves—is much more undesirable than the previous state they intended to alter.

In other words, libertarians were free traders and favored any step in the direction of free trade. But this is no longer obvious. Trump’s trade war with China appears to have caused a rift within libertarianism, or at least among those libertarians who eagerly discuss policy online, alongside the individualist/collectivist fault line.

Libertarian-individualists are true to the traditional” libertarian view that the state should get out of trade altogether and that Trump’s trade war is only harming consumers and the economy. The collectivists instead focus on international trade as a matter of collectivist justice, and, as a result, raise other issues. Among those are the recognition that China (the ‘other’ collective) is engaged in ‘unfair business practices’ by subsidizing and in other ways supporting Chinese (their ‘own’) business and, as part of this, neglecting to enforce international treaties. (A similar argument can, of course, also be made for the US and any other state.)

This is itself no news, as libertarians have always recognized the destructiveness of realpolitik, nation-statism, and the overall distortive nature of interventionism. But the solution from a libertarian-individualist perspective has always been to call for deregulation and free markets—even unilaterally—with the obvious goal to get the state out of trade. That China, for example, subsidizes production so that American and European consumers can buy goods and services at a very low, and possibly below-cost, price is not a problem for anyone but the Chinese. They are, after all, picking up the tab for the low prices we enjoy.

From the collectivist libertarian perspective, the suggested solution is very different—and may even be contrary to traditional libertarian views. In their take, Chinese domestic and international trade policy is not an issue primarily for the Chinese, but threatens ‘our’ businesses and therefore ‘our’ ability to produce goods and services, which can make “us” dependent on Chinese production.

The issue of trade is no longer a matter of the free exchange between private parties, whether individuals or businesses, but a matter of the collective to which these parties ‘belong’. International trade then becomes an issue of ‘national security’ and, the argument goes, it is therefore justified to call on the state to act on “our” behalf. Consequently, Trump’s trade war is seen by this group as a means for “us” to pressure the Chinese to adopt “fair” business practices so that “our” (American and perhaps Western) businesses can compete on the same terms as Chinese companies.

While there are certainly problems involved with an expansionary Chinese state, a Keynesian monster with grand international ambitions made clear in, among other things, the Belt and Road initiative, it should be fundamentally problematic for libertarians to identify with, and even support, one state against another. Even more so to support a state setting out to restrict and tax trade, whether or not it is intended as a means to pressure (or punish) “them.”

The trade war issue appears to cause confusion among the new collectivist breed of libertarians regarding the non-aggression principle. This core principle is what underlies the free trade issue: it is fundamentally a question of voluntary market exchange. Trade is a matter of the parties involved in each exchange, not a conflict between the parties or their ‘teams’. In fact, the state is antithetical to this freedom, whether or not it is exercised alone or in voluntary association. Thus, a libertarian cannot see the state as a mechanism for good, or as a means to an end, no matter how legitimate the end.

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Idaho Just Wiped State Regulation Books Clean, But Not For Long

Sounds like behavior that needs to be encouraged until it spreads throughout the state and feral (not a typo) governments so vigorously as to cause them all to cease to exist. And that, friends and neighbors out there in radio land, is the definition of “freedom.” — jtl, 419

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Song for Today: Willie Nelson & Faron Young – Life Turned Her That Way(1985)

Quite a team. — jtl, 419

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So Help Me God – The Battle For The Heart And Soul Of America

Natural law is a precept embraced by our founders based on the thinking and writings of ancient Roman lawyer Cicero.  Cicero defined natural law as true law.
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This is what I mean when I say: There is absolutely nothing that government does that a private property – natural law based, for profit society can not do better. There is no need for government. Spontaneity will ensure order. — jtl, 419
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The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)“A fundamental presupposition of Natural Law is that man’s reasoning power is a special dispensation of the Creator and is closely akin to the rational or reasoning power of the Creator himself.  In other words, man shares with his creator this quality of utilizing a rational approach to solving problems, and the reasoning of the mind will generally lead to common-sense conclusions based on what Jefferson calledthe laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.’“  The 5000 Year Leap, A Miracle that Changed the World

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“True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and ever-lasting; it summons to  A Handbook for Ranch Managers  Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian Viewduty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions…. It is a sin to try to alter this law, nor is it allowable to repeal any part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely.  We cannot be freed from its obligations by senate or people, and we need not look outside ourselves for an expounder or interpreter of it.  And there will not be different laws at Rome and at Athens, or different laws now and in the future, but one eternal and unchangeable law will be valid for all nations and all times, and there will be one master and ruler, that is God, over us all, for he is the author of this law, its promulgator, and its enforcing judge.  Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature, and by reason of this very fact he will suffer the worst punishment.” Cicero, taken from Great Political Thinkers and quoted in The 5000 Year Leap.

In a civil society, absent written laws, natural law is observed by humankind.  At least by those who choose not to live in breach of humankind’s enduring principles and “the laws of Nature and Nature’s God.”

“(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)”  Romans 2:14-15

I stand in good company proclaiming that we arrived in this world knowing right from wrong.  Like freedom, it was written on our hearts.  People argue against that.  Especially if they do not accept the natural order or a Supreme moral authority.  The moral authority that defines right and wrong.  It’s the reason we do not need written laws to know that lying, stealing, and murdering are wrong.  Going against what we inherently know, puts us in a place where people and nations lose their way.  Life without contentment is frustrating.  During our brief time in this world, contentment is impossible if there exists a nagging feeling that what we’re doing is wrong.  Unnaturally wrong.  When our man written laws make the unacceptable acceptable or turn evil to good then, as we say over here in the hills, we are on the rocky road to perdition.

It’s an age-old internal struggle. Spiritual warfare some call it.  We choose to follow a Supreme moral authority or we cast it off and decide for ourselves what’s right and wrong.  We become our moral authority with ever expanding boundaries. When boundaries expand to encompass others, others who may not hold to what we embrace as moral and natural, we see fits of rage and demands that they not be allowed to have a business or even exist in the public square.  Observe today’s America.  People cast off the concept of a Supreme moral authority, what is or is not natural, and then insist that others not only accept their behavior, but also endorse it.  That is where the battle for the heart and soul of not just people, but for a nation ensues.

In the latest effort to rid ourselves of divine influence, Democrat led committees no longer require witnesses to end their sworn oaths with “So Help Me God.” They’ve removed the Supreme authority from the oath.  So, who is it that’s holding them ultimately responsible for truthfulness?  Go read Kelleigh Nelson’s excellent article on the subject.

If you’ve read this far without moving on, maybe your asking what exactly is it I’m babbling on about.  It’s not hard, you know.  I need not provide a list, but I will.  Go read Romans 1.  The letter from the Apostle Paul to the Romans may as well have been addressed to America and for that matter the entirety of Western Civilization.  America cannot exist as America living in the gloomy gray between black and white, light and dark, good and evil.

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Song for Today:FARON YOUNG ALMOST PERSUADED

A legend in his own time. — jtl, 419

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Call for a pizza, a cop, and an ambulance and see which one arrives first.

In Warren v. District of Columbia the court ruled, and the Supreme Court upheld, that “(T)he desire for condemnation cannot satisfy the need for a special relationship out of which a duty to specify persons arises.” Because the complaint did not allege a relationship “beyond that found in general police responses to crimes,” the court affirmed the dismissal of the complaint for failure to state a claim.

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Five Years in Prison for Offending Someone Online (And Other News From The Twilight Zone)

Fortunately, for a while anyway, the title to this post is in reference to Australian law. Australia has been bloody socialistic for a long time. Back in the early 70s I got an urge to emigrate to Australia. That only lasted a few milli-seconds after I found out that you only had to have $14,000 in taxable income in order to be in a 50% tax bracket. No thanks. — jtl, 419

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Fortunately, for a while anyway, the title to this post is in reference to Australian law. Australia has been bloody socialistic for a long time. Back in the early 70s I got an urge to emigrate to Australia. That only lasted a few milli-seconds after I found out that you only had to have $14,000 in taxable income in order to be in a 50% tax bracket. No thanks. — jtl, 419

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New SAT scoring will combat Asian privilege

The infamous SAT has been used since 1926 as a sort of university entrance exam to objectively test high school students’ scholastic aptitude. Until now.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsTest administrators announced plans this week to include an ‘adversity score’ for every student taking the SAT.

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Five Years in Prison for Offending Someone Online (And Other News From The Twilight Zone)

Fortunately, for a while anyway, the title to this post is in reference to Australian law. Australia has been bloody socialistic for a long time. Back in the early 70s I got an urge to emigrate to Australia. That only lasted a few milli-seconds after I found out that you only had to have $14,000 in taxable income in order to be in a 50% tax bracket. No thanks. — jtl, 419

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New SAT scoring will combat Asian privilege

The infamous SAT has been used since 1926 as a sort of university entrance exam to objectively test high school students’ scholastic aptitude. Until now.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsTest administrators announced plans this week to include an ‘adversity score’ for every student taking the SAT.

This score will excuse poor test results if the student lives in a high crime neighborhood, went to a poor high school, is living in a single parent or low income household, and so on.

And this should really put a dent in Asian privilege. Yes you read that right. With an average SAT score of 1223, Asians achieve the highest marks among all the ethnic groups tracked by SAT administrators.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteBut these same Asian test takers also typically come from dual-parent, higher-income households. So they’ll be penalized because of their parents’ success.

This is truly amazing thing to be teaching young people.

Universities and the SAT administrators don’t want high school students to identify as strong, self-reliant, independent individuals who seek to solve problems and overcome adversity.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewInstead they’re encouraging young people to make their socioeconomic circumstances the strongest part of their identities. And, based on those socioeconomic circumstances, cultivate a guilt or victim mentality, and expect penalties or handouts for the rest of their lives.

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Harvard lynch-mob runs professor off campus

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual Harvard Professor Ronald Sullivan has spent his career as a lawyer defending some of the poorest people in the country.

He was previously the public defender in Washington DC and personally overturned dozens of wrongful convictions.

Professor Sullivan also represented Michael Brown’s family after the teen was shot to death by police. Huffington Post even called him the “man who dealt the biggest blow to mass incarceration.”

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His crime: joining Harvey Weinstein’s defense team.

Sullivan believes in justice for ALL, and that even a man like Weinstein who has already been convicted by the Twittering classes in the court of public opinion, is entitled to competent legal defense.

It is particularly important for this category of unpopular defendant to receive the same process as everyone else — perhaps even more important…

To the degree we deny unpopular defendants basic due process rights we cease to be the country we imagine ourselves to be.

Powerful words that absolutely ring true. But now all these whiny students at Harvard claim they no longer feel safe with Sullivan on campus, and they’ve demanded the university do something.

Sadly, Harvard has buckled under the pressure, and they announced earlier this week that they would not renew his appointment as Faculty Dean at Harvard College’s Winthrop House.

These Social Justice Warriors are starting to feed on their own.

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Online trolls could soon face up to five years in prison, if the Prime Minister of Australia gets his way.

It’s already illegal to “menace, harass or cause offence” online in Australia. That’s right. It’s illegal to offend someone in Australia.

And that cybercrime carries up to three years in prison if “reasonable persons” would consider the online behavior offensive or menacing.

But the Prime Minister wants a stiffer penalty of up to five years for offending someone else’s delicate feelings.

As usual, the government keeps their laws nice and obscure so that they can make the case that practically anyone has broken them.

Click here for the full story.

Charges dropped against Florida Man with “I Eat Ass” bumper sticker

Speaking of offending people, last week a sheriff’s deputy in Florida arrested a man because he had a bumper sticker which eloquently read “I Eat Ass.”

I almost have to admire the transparency. This man leaves no question about where he stands on the issue.

The officer pulled the man over because of the obscene sticker, and insisted he removes all or part of it. But the man refused, citing his First Amendment free speech right to display potentially offensive bumper stickers.

So the officer charged him with violating obscenity laws, as well as resisting arrest without violence.

The prosecutors determined bringing a case against him would be met with a valid First Amendment defense, so the charges were dropped.

Read the full story here.

San Francisco chasing away tech companies with IPO tax hike

San Francisco has long had what they refer to as an “IPO tax”; this is a tax on the value of shares that companies give to their employees.

And the tax is on the value of the shares itself. So when a big company goes public and all those employee shares are worth hundreds of millions of dollars, the city of San Francisco rakes in the tax revenue.

Ten years ago during the last recession, San Francisco cut its IPO tax. There was a bit of revolt by some local tech firms who threatened to leave the city over the tax, and San Francisco wanted to prevent this exodus at all costs.

But not anymore.

Now the local government intends to raise the tax from 0.38% to 1.5%, an almost 4x increase.

This is pretty hilarious given that they slashed the tax a decade ago to tempt companies to stay.

But now that it’s cool and trendy to chase productive businesses away, San Francisco wants to jack up the IPO tax.

This is in addition to new taxes passed in November on large corporations to support the homeless population.

Click here for the full story.

This article was sourced from The Daily Bell.

Image credit: TFTP

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