First, They Came for the Bar Owners….

 Chris Penner, owner of the Twilight Room Annex club in Portland, Oregon, had bills to pay and a payroll to meet. He called up his business account only to find that it had been completely drained… The criminals who had siphoned away Penner’s earnings were employed by the Oregon State Department of Revenue, who were enforcing a $400,000 punitive damage award against the bar owner for a supposed act of discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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Mission Accomplished: The shuttered Twilight Room Annex, a casualty of Oregon’s anti-Business soviet

  Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute Chris Penner, owner of the Twilight Room Annex club in Portland, Oregon, had bills to pay and a payroll to meet. He called up his business account only to find that it had been completely drained.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits“All my money was gone,” Penner later related to the Oregonian newspaper. He was shocked, but not completely surprised, by this development: “I raced to the bank, kind of having an idea what had happened.”

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewThe criminals who had siphoned away Penner’s earnings were employed by the Oregon State Department of Revenue, who were enforcing a $400,000 punitive damage award against the bar owner for a supposed act of discrimination based on sexual orientation. His alleged victims were the “Rose City T-Girls,” a “diverse, informal social group” catering to males who “identify” as females. That award was imposed by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI), a Soviet-style administrative body whose self-appointed mission is appears to be the annihilation of small businesses.

In keeping with established procedures, Penner had informed the Bureau of Revenue that he was appealing the BOLI’s ruling.

When he rceived no response 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) The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)from the agency, Penner believed that the matter would be put on hold while his case worked its way through the state A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualCourt of Appeals. At the same time, he was tormented with persistent suspicions that his bureaucratic tormentors would act without giving him due notice. Those suspicions were fully validated.

“They don’t have to notify you,” Penner observed with of the state-licensed larcenists who plundered his bank accounts. “They just sweep in and take the money” – first, $13,000 from his business account, then more than $3,000 from his personal checking account on the following day. Penner was able to save enough of his personal funds to pay his employees in cash before putting up a sign announcing that the club would be closing on the following Saturday.

Penner’s business was destroyed because he had tried to save it.

On a typical Friday night, anywhere from eight to 54 “T-Girls” could be found at the Annex Club. Whatever their numbers on a given evening, they were often the only paying customers there. If the club didn’t do big business on Friday nights, it couldn’t survive. Between 2009 and 2012, annual Friday night sales had declined by more than thirty percent – a formula for extinction in a highly competitive market where profit margins are very small.

Unlike bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein, residents of Gresham, Oregon who face a similarly ruinous financial penalty for declining to create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, Penner was not a Christian entrepreneur. No religious scruples inhibited him from serving Portland’s famously “diverse” marketplace. It was because Penner stumbled over one point that he was deemed guilty of violating the whole “law” of diversity. In the eyes of Oregon’s Tolerance Commissariat, he was no better than “homophobes” and other unregenerate heathen.

Being “offended” for profit: Members of the “T-Girls” group.

Uncontested testimony before a “forum” convened by the BOLI documented that the Twilight Annex had “sponsored diverse events in the past such as `a reception for a lesbian marriage'; multiple `pride’ events, including events that involved cross-dressers; and `fame’ nights for gay, lesbian, and transgendered persons.”

Roxy Sugarrush, a member of the T-Girls, said that Penner’s club was particularly attractive “because it was a `non-gay’ club” and its clientele had included ladies “who played bunco and whom [Sugarrush] would not have met at a gay club.” Several other members of the T-Girls group described the club in similar terms. None of them had been treated with discourtesy by Penner or his employees who, after all, dealt with them as paying customers.

During the seven years that manager Cindy Benton had been employed at the club, acknowledges the BOLI, “no customer who has entered … has been refused service during their visit because of how they were dressed or because of their sexual orientation.”

From the club’s perspective, the problem wasn’t the presence of the T-Girls, but the absence of other customers.

Penner’s supposedly unlawful act did not consist of banishing the cross-dressing customers from his club, but of asking them, politely, not to monopolize it on what had previously been the busiest night of the week. In doing so, he hurt the feelings of people identified as part of a “specially protected class” in a state where monetizing such trivial moments of social awkwardness is one of the few surviving industries.

The Twilight Room was once a thriving venue.

Amid a severe and worsening downturn in his Friday night sales receipts, Penner left two telephone messages with T-Girl “administrator” Cassandra Lynn, described in legal filings as “a male who refers to himself as a `girl’ and is married to a female.”

“Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control I am going to have to ask for you … and your group not to come back on Friday nights,” Penner explained in a voice mail left for Cassandra Lynn, organizer of the T City Girls. “I really don’t like having to do that but unfortunately it’s the area we’re in and it’s hurting business a lot.”

Acting on Penner’s invitation to call him with any questions, Lynn left a message demanding to know what the “real reason” was for the club owner’s request – assuming, of course, that it was the product of an unstated, invidious motive.

“There is no underlying reason for asking you folks not to come back other than money,” Penner replied. “Sales on Friday nights have been declining at the bar for the last 18 months. I’ve done some investigating as to why my sales are declining and there’s two things I keep hearing: People think that a) we’re a tranny bar or b) that we’re a gay bar. We are neither. People are not coming in because they just don’t want to be there on a Friday night now.”

Penner had bought the facility, known at the time as the P-Club, from an owner and former business partner who had nearly bankrupted it through mismanagement (leaving a financial mess for which Penner bore the costs).

Within a year it became clear that the T-Girls had made the bar their de facto private club on Friday nights.

Club manager Cindy Benton testified that female customers “complained … about having to share the women’s restroom with the T-Girls,” who despite “identifying” as females were biological males. When the T-Girls were in the club, Benton recalled, it was common to see “customers come in the front door, look around, then leave and not come back.”

Penner wasn’t running a church bingo parlor, and he was willing to meet the market as he found it – but he knew the club couldn’t survive as a niche establishment. The T City Girls were essentially driving away young females, which meant that young males weren’t visiting the club, either.

Practitioners of free market capitalism understand that the purpose of a business is to earn a profit by satisfying the largest population of customers. The Portland SSR, however, is ruled by people who believe that businesses exist to serve the social and political priorities of central planners – and to generate the tax revenue necessary to fund social engineering schemes.

Commissar Avakian.

BOLI Commissioner Brad Avakian is a chromosome-level collectivist and notorious tax “deadbeat,” the latter being the least offensive of his traits. Through his position he exercises plenary power on behalf of “eliminating discrimination” from the marketplace. In practice this requires the destruction of the marketplace and the principle of private property ownership on which it depends.

Nothing in Oregon’s anti-discrimination statutes authorizes the Labor Commissioner to award punitive or compensatory damages to a would-be customer who files a discrimination claim against a business owner.

Without statutory authority or judicial precedent, Avakian has devised a novel theory of “law” under which hurt feelings create a cause of action for “damages.” This is supported by a recombinant legal doctrine in which terms and provisions found in the anti-discrimination statutes are fused with the BOLI’s previous rulings to provide the Commissioner with whatever “authority” he and his subordinates require to carry out their mission.

The BOLI is not a judicial body, nor an adversarial one. The Commissioner himself files a complaint against a targeted business, which is heard by a “forum” supervised by an administrative law judge. The prosecutor is employed by the agency, as is the official who issues “findings of fact” and imposes awards.

Business owners summoned before the body are unable to know the “law” that will be applied against them: The agency’s rules of evidence and procedure are based almost entirely on its own previous rulings, adapted to the needs of the current case. If the complaints against Penner had been filed before an actual court, the accusations would probably have been dismissed on the basis of impermissible vagueness.

One typical example of the BOLI’s protean standards of “law” is found on page 38 of the Final Ruling in Penner’s case, where Deputy Commissioner Christie Hammond, referring to a 1985 employment discrimination ruling, blithely writes that “The forum adopts the above definition, deleting the word `employment’” – thereby applying previous precedents dealing with workplace discrimination to a case involving alleged denial of service to a customer.

Where the expresion “rule of law” refers to a limitation on government behavior, rather than being used as a phrase to codify whimsical exercise of government power, alterations of that kind are made through legislation, rather than through self-serving pronouncements by an unaccountable functionary.

Elsewhere in the ruling, Sub-commissar Hammond notes that six key terms dealing with discrimination are not defined in the statute, and that “To date, no such rules have been adopted” by the BOLI. In addition, there is “no prior case law interpreting these words in the context [of Oregon anti-discrimination statutes] and neither side offered any legislative history to assist the forum in interpreting them.” For the BOLI, however, “law” is whatever they claim the right to do.

John Locke famously described tyranny as a “the exercise of power beyond right,” a condition that exists when an official “makes not the law, but his will, the rule.”

Penner didn’t break the “law,” because no statute or existing guidelines forbade him to make his polite request of the T-Girls. That “law” was summoned into existence by Commissar Avakian and his comrades in order to make Penner “an offender for a word.” In this case, Penner was made an offender for few sentences spoken in the desperate hope of saving a business that his supposed victims considered valuable until they were offered a way to profit from its destruction.

Cassandra Lynn, who “felt disgraced and extremely humiliated” by Penner’s polite voice mail messages, was awarded $50,000 “for the emotional, mental, and physical suffering she experienced as a result of [Penner’s] unlawful practices,” decreed the BOLI. Ten other members of the T-Girls group received awards of at least $35,000 each as compensation for similarly disabling contact with words that would have been quickly forgotten by any practicing adult.

“Expert witness” Minter.

To understand the “physical and emotional damages” supposedly inflicted on the T-Girls, the BOLI consulted the “expert” testimony of Shannon Minter, Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (who would go on to be appointed by Barack Obama to the Commission on White House Fellowships).

Minter’s oracular insights illuminated matters that defied the understanding of the uninitiated – for example, why Amy Lynn (who identifies as “60% Amy and 40% male”), a fragile individual who claims to have lost 15 pounds after exposure to Penner’s “hurtful” words, is entitled to $35,000, while Susan Miller (“non-gay male who cross-dresses as a female but is `not transitioning’”) should receive $40,000 after gaining ten pounds for the same reason.

In the proceedings of the BOLI “forum,” the claims made by an “aggrieved person” who belongs to a “specially protected” class are entirely self-ratifying: “An aggrieved person’s testimony, if believed, is sufficient to support a claim for mental suffering damages.”

Since the prime directive in proceedings of this kind is to “believe the victim,” every pathos-drenched syllable uttered by the complainants is taken as unassailable evidence. Penner’s attorney was denied an opportunity to depose the “victims” under oath, and most of his motions to compel them to answer written interrogatories were denied. Permitting the accused to confront or cross-examine his accusers might interfere with the BOLI’s mission to “eliminate discrimination” – and businesses accused of that offense.

Not surprisingly, the BOLI found all eleven “aggrieved persons” to “credible witnesses and the forum has credited their testimony in its entirety.” That testimony consisted entirely of impassioned assertions of subjective “injury.” Penner’s testimony was deemed “not credible,” “exaggerated,” and “disingenuous,” and credited “only … when it was undisputed or corroborated by other creditable evidence.”

Unlike the conga line of sobbing pseudo-victims, Penner documented real, quantifiable injury in the form of steadily declining sales receipts. He also produced testimony from witnesses confirming that his business was suffering as a result of the growing perception that it had become a limited-interest establishment catering to sexual minorities. If the victim hierarchy had been arranged differently, a sufficiently inventive attorney might have said that by taking control of the club on Friday nights the T-Girls had created a “hostile environment” for the “cis-gendered.”

The testimony of another witness that Penner had been supportive of “diversity” was disallowed as impermissible “character evidence” on his behalf. Acknowledging that Penner’s business policies were non-discriminatory would clutter the straightforward narrative in which he was presented as an incorrigible bigot, and the T-Girls as traumatized victims whose souls had been shattered by his pitiless prejudices.

Predictably, the BOLI’s extravagant awards for “emotional damages” are apparently illegal. An analysis produced by the Center for American Progress – which previously employed Shannon Minter, the BOLI’s “expert witness” in this case – points out that “A successful complainant in an administrative hearing under the Oregon Equality Act is limited to recovery of actual damages and equitable relief. But a successful plaintiff in a civil action can receive compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees. There are no caps on damages under the Oregon Equality Act.” (Emphasis added.)

The BOLI, once again, is an administrative entity, not a judicial one. It cannot rule on civil actions. Litigants who complain about discrimination “may only receive punitive damages if they have filed their complaint in court instead of the corresponding administrative agency,” points out the CAP’s analysis.

Acting propio motu, Avakian has, in effect, created a new class of tort in which hurt feelings can justify damage awards in any amount the BOLI considers suitable. The pre-emptive seizure of Penner’s accounts created a precedent for extra-judicial enforcement of the BOLI’s spurious damage awards.

The BOLI’s definition of “law” is as fluid as the sexual identity claimed by Penner’s supposed victims. The convergence of ala carte sexuality and self-defined administrative power has produced an uncommonly pure variety of despotism – backed, at least in Portland, by one of the most violent and reform-resistant police departments in the American soyuz.

“From the start of this,” Penner ruefully recalls, “three different lawyers from three different law firms said that no one ever wins against BOLI.”

Chris Penner and the Kleins have little in common apart from being small business owners targeted by Avakian and his comrades. They and other Oregon entrepreneurs confront the prospect of exile or annihilation unless they can destroy the BOLI root and branch.

Last February, I did a Freedom Zealot Podcast examining the Chris Penner story. Click here to download or listen to that program.

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Immigrants Aren’t the Only Ones Who Shouldn’t Be Voting

…property rights…should not be confused with political “rights” that are quite distinct from the right to self-ownership. … political rights such as voting are often used to justify coercion against others in the form of expanding government spending, and government control over every aspect of daily life.

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) Notice that when the author writes of political “rights,” he uses quotation marks to distinguish them. That is because all human rights are property rights. There are no human rights that are not property rights.

It is erroneously, but widely, believed that Anarcho-capitalists advocate for “open borders.” We do not! We advocate for “no borders”– a totally different animal which eliminates the “political rights” that the author describes below.  — jtl, 419

by Ryan McMaken via Mises Daily

The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) Much of the current immigration debate in the United States centers around the issue of “amnesty,” which is a vague term that may mean anything from “we won’t deport you” to “let’s fast-track you to citizenship and voting rights.”

From a laissez-faire perspective, the deportation aspect of amnesty — an increase in federal inaction — is one thing. The extension of voting privileges, though, is something else entirely.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)Indeed, the amnesty debate has helped to illustrate the difference between real, concrete property rights, and the much different political “rights” such as voting. Limiting property rights is always illegitimate. Limiting political rights, on the other hand, may sometimes be essential.

Property Rights vs. Political “Rights”

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsFor example, everyone everywhere has property rights regardless of the type of regime they live under and whether or not the government recognizes the existence of those rights. These rights include the right to own one’s own body, to own property peacefully acquired, and to enter into peaceful contracts with other people, including contracts involving employment and housing. The foreign nationals known as “illegal immigrants” also have these rights.

Combat Shooter's Handbook But property rights such as these should not be confused with political “rights” that are quite distinct from the right to self-ownership. In fact, in practice, political rights such as voting are often used to justify coercion against others in the form of expanding government spending, and government control over every aspect of daily life.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteCritics of amnesty who wish to further restrict the free use of property by employers, landlords, and laborers make a mistake when they try to limit immigration by restricting property rights. On the other hand, they are on more solid ground when they attempt to restrict the further expansion of government power by restricting the franchise and the number of people eligible (via citizenship) for government checks.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewThe assumption behind this position on immigrants is that new arrivals tend to seek an expansion of government benefits, and that they are net tax receivers who get more in tax benefits than they pay in. This is an empirical claim that may or may not be true. But, it is no doubt true that some immigrants are in fact net tax receivers, and it is in that direction that we should direct our attention.

Limiting Government Size by Limiting the Vote

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualIn making their arguments against expanding the vote to immigrants, the activists who hold this position place themselves among the few who are actually confronting the problem of widespread voting rights in a society where large numbers of net tax receivers also have the ability to vote further benefits for themselves.

However, when we really start to examine the sheer number of voters who benefit from expansions in government spending, immigrants begin to look insignificant by comparison. The legions of government employees, government contractors, and Social Security recipients all know that any significant cuts in government spending would hurt them personally. And they vote.

So, if we’re going to take the position that those who benefit from tax funds should not vote, why limit ourselves to looking at immigrants?

The Net Taxpayers vs. the Net Tax Receivers

In his short book Bureaucracy, Ludwig von Mises examined this problem in the context of government employees. In a section titled “The Bureaucrat as a Voter” Mises explains:

The bureaucrat is not only a government employee. He is, under a democratic constitution, at the same time a voter and as such a part of the sovereign, his employer. He is in a peculiar position: he is both employer and employee. And his pecuniary interest as employee towers above his interest as employer, as he gets much more from the public funds than he contributes to them.

This double relationship becomes more important as the people on the government’s pay roll increase. The bureaucrat as voter is more eager to get a raise than to keep the budget balanced. His main concern is to swell the pay roll.

Mises went on to examine the rise of powerful interest groups in France and Germany in the years before “the fall of their democratic constitutions.” He explained:

There were not only the hosts of public employees, and those employed in the nationalized branches of business (e.g., railroad, post, telegraph, and telephone), there were the receivers of the unemployment dole and of social security benefits, as well as the farmers and some other groups which the government directly or indirectly subsidized. Their main concern was to get more out of the public funds. They did not care for “ideal” issues like liberty, justice, the supremacy of the law, and good government. They asked for more money, that was all. No candidate for parliament, provincial diets, or town councils could risk opposing the appetite of the public employees for a raise. The various political parties were eager to outdo one another in munificence.

Mises concluded:

Representative democracy cannot subsist if a great part of the voters are on the government pay roll. If the members of parliament no longer consider themselves mandatories of the taxpayers but deputies of those receiving salaries, wages, subsidies, doles, and other benefits from the treasury, democracy is done for.

The logic of this position is simple. If the voting taxpayers (specifically, the net tax contributors) are outnumbered or outcompeted by the net tax receivers, then, inevitably, the economic system will tend more and more toward economic profligacy, leading eventually to bankruptcy.

Not surprisingly, many commentators who rightly point out the problem of government largesse and voting rights for immigrants also fail to mention all those more politically powerful and popular groups (i.e., builders of roads and weapons, and pensioners) whose incomes also depend on government spending. And of course, the “official” government employees all depend directly on a government check for their incomes, and in much larger numbers than any group of immigrants.

Although federal law and the decisions of the federal courts mandate that all citizens be given a one-man, one-vote status, it remains abundantly clear that it is imprudent in the extreme to allow a person who depends primarily on government funds for his or her income to exercise a vote in any election that may have an impact on his or her paycheck.

In any other context, this would be considered an enormous conflict of interest. Naturally, we would not approve of a city council member who votes on whether or not the city should hire his own firm to pave the city’s streets (although this surely happens anyway). And yet, we blithely accept that voters should be allowed to do something extremely similar.

And while it may be correct, it is nevertheless politically easy to oppose voting rights and welfare checks for immigrants, because they vote in relatively small numbers. But such action will amount to little in the long run unless the net taxpayers begin to confront the reality that the voters who vote to keep the government money flowing will be well represented among those longtime citizens cheering the loudest at next year’s suburban Fourth of July fireworks show.

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Done Been Girled: The Price of Matriarchy

 Differences so profound will affect political choices profoundly, as witness the conversion of the schools into misandrist hives for the promotion of appropriate thought or, more correctly, appropriate feelings. The desire to protect anyone but white men from any offense, however mild, is both totalitarian and mildly lunatic. It now dominates national life.

Yep, there are no longer any real men, only women. Thanks only to the mathematical machinations of the X and Y chromosomes, half of us have a penis.

Radical feminism has been one of the most destructive forces in this Culture War we are fighting. — jtl, 419

by Fred Reed via Fred on Everything

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) The United States has embarked, or been embarked, on a headlong rush into matriarchy, something never before attempted in a major country. Men remain numerically dominant in positions of power, yes, but their behavior and freedom are ever more constrained by the wishes of hostile women. The effects have been disastrous. They are likely to be more so.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The control, or near control, extends all through society. Politicians are terrified of women. The president of an Ivy university is fired, and replaced by a woman, if he makes the obvious observation that women are not much good at mathematics. Women dominate the schools and universities. A Nobelist in biology has to apologize profusely for having said that in laboratories women cry when criticized. Women have forced the lowering The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)of standards for hiring police and firemen, for the military. They have made life miserable for small boys. The beat goes on.

The pathological egalitarianism of the age makes it career-ending to mention that women in fact are neither equal nor identical to men. The differences are many and most of them are obvious:

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewWomen are less curious than men. They will learn to drive or use a computer, but will have no idea how either machine works.

They are totalitarian. A man is willing to let girls be girls and boys be boys. Women want all to be girls or, more accurately, to behave according to female standards.

Combat Shooter's HandbookMen enjoy competition; women deplore it. “Lel’s have a cooperative game led by a caring adult.”

Men prefer freedom to security; women, security to freedom. Wear your helmet on your bike. Use sunscreen. Dodge ball is violent and dangerous. Don’t swim without a lifeguard.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute Women prefer emotion to substance. College is now more about feeling good and social arrangements than about academics. Note that if a man suggests that women are not terribly good at math, they do not respond with counterevidence, which would be substance. They become furious, and get their way by what amount s to a vast hissy-fit.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsWomen hate each other; men do not. In any office, for example, ninety percent of the interpersonal problems will be between women.

Men are more intellectually engaged than women. Note that in think-sites of the web, such as The Unz Review, both the writers and the commenters are overwhelmingly male.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualWomen have more emotional range than men, being both kinder and meaner. A woman is more likely to care for a hurt puppy. In a divorce, she will be much more vicious than the man. He wants to get out, she wants to get even.

Women have less intellectual range than men. Fewer women than men are extremely stupid, and fewer women than men extremely smart; the disproportion increases with IQ, there being almost no women at the highest levels. This is the glass ceiling.

Women are subject to hysterias; men are not. (For readers under fifty, “hysteria” comes from the Greek for “womb.” The ancient Greeks thought the condition was caused by a disorder in this organ. It isn’t, but they had they knew in which sex it occurred.)

A pertinent example is the current fascination with imaginary rape. Further, they are more obsessed by far than men with political correctness, which is also a form of totalitarianism and a search for security.

Women now hate men; men just wish women would shut up.

It is the nature of women to complain, endlessly, of everything. This has been a staple of comedy from Xantippe to the present. The meddlesome, complaining mother-in-law is a stock figure, not the father-in-law. The language reflects this. It is not called “bitching” because men do it. Likewise we have shrew, nag, scold, harridan, virago, vixen, fishwife, termagant, and henpecked.

Women want to intrude on men, to leave them nowhere to be exclusively among other men. Men do not reciprocate this.  If men try to open, say, a bar only for men, women explode. If women wanted to open a bar exclusively for women, men would not care.

Women have a poor sense of social boundaries or, in plain English, of knowing what is and what isn’t their concern. It amounts to generalized mother-in-lawing. In Mexico, where I live, it is invariably American women who want to tell Mexicans how to manage their society. A man cringes at the thought. Mexico isn’t his to run, and he knows it.

It is worth noting that women have little understanding of men.  They may say, resignedly or ruefully, “Boys will be boys.” They have no idea of why boys are boys. They know how to manipulate men, yes: Flash a leg, stick their chests out, cry, or act helpless. They don’t understand men any more than a bear trap understands bears.

Women, puzzlingly to a man, do not seem concerned with performance or effectiveness. They must know that a woman who cannot carry her end of a stretcher should not be half of an ambulance crew. Yet if barred from the job, they resort to political pressure and have the standards lowered.

Certainly it is not from lack of concern with the patient. Women are more compassionate than men. Rather they seem not to make the connection between hiring standards and carrying an unconscious victim from a burning building. Similarly they do not want men to be killed in combat. Somehow, and this is a mystery to me, they cannot see the downstream consequences of having soldiers who cannot handle the physical demands. Short time horizons? Inability to imagine anything so alien to them as combat?

In reading the news, note that almost invariably it is the females of the species who complain of microaggressions, of “triggering” words that make the feel unsafe, of uncomfortable environments and the like.

In the past, when men were in control of women and directed them, women were of great value to society. They were fine teachers, having absorbed the masculine idea that school was about learning things. An admixture of male teachers and principal insured discipline, which women on their own could not—being controlled is not the default mode for boys—and so there was no need for the police to drag boys from school. Today women make good doctors, dentists, and shock-trauma nurses. It is only when they begin to make policy instead of effecting it that disaster befalls.

Differences so profound will affect political choices profoundly, as witness the conversion of the schools into misandrist hives for the promotion of appropriate thought or, more correctly, appropriate feelings. The desire to protect anyone but white men from any offense, however mild, is both totalitarian and mildly lunatic. It now dominates national life.

Where will this lead? Stay tuned.We are going to find out.

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DONALD TRUMP IS RIGHT ABOUT JOHN McCAIN

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)  It is obvious to anyone with an IQ of anywhere close to a rock that Donald Trump is a Bozo. But…I do love the way he is making the republicrats self-flagelate. Great entertainment!

He was also spot on when he said that “John McCain is a “hero” because he was shot down.” Absolutely true as stated. Had McCain flown all his The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) It imissions and returned safely to his aircraft carrier, like thousands of young Naval Aviators did, no one would have ever heard of him. He rode his “shoot down” right into the uS congress and I feel confident that he told a great number of lies in the process. — jtl,419

By Chuck Baldwin, NewsWithViews.com

The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)Maverick Republican, Donald Trump, has been under intense pressure from the GOP establishment for his off-the-cuff remark about Senator John McCain (R-Arizona). In a televised interview, Trump said, “[John McCain] is a hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

Predictably, establishment Republicans immediately called Trump just Combat Shooter's Handbook about every dirty name in the book. Lindsey Graham called him a “jackass.” Rick Perry said the comment made him “unfit” to be President. Mitt Romney said Trump “shot himself down.” (Not hardly! Trump is the clear front runner of all the GOP presidential candidates in most polls.) But, clearly, the Republican establishment is frustrated with Trump’s popularity–and for good reason.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute Donald Trump is scorching the GOP for its support of illegal immigration, and he is scorching it for its support of incessant foreign wars. Trump said, “We spent $2 trillion in Iraq, $2 trillion. We lost thousands of lives, thousands in Iraq. We have wounded soldiers all over the place, thousands and thousands of wounded soldiers. And we have nothing. We can’t even go there. We have nothing. And every time we give Iraq equipment, the first time a bullet goes off in the air, they leave it.” Amen!

See the report here.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsAnd he is scorching them BIG TIME by calling into question the GOP’s 2008 standard bearer. Specifically, he has dared to tell the truth about the miserable record of John McCain’s treatment of America’s veterans.

See this report here.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewIn refusing to apologize for his remarks about Senator McCain, Trump righty said, “The reality is that John McCain the politician has made America less safe, sent our brave soldiers into wrong-headed foreign adventures, covered up for President Obama with the VA scandal and has spent most of his time in the Senate pushing amnesty. He would rather protect the Iraqi border than Arizona’s.”

See the report here.

While most everyone has criticized the second part of Trump’s statement (“I like people who weren’t captured”), hardly anyone has dared to broach the first part of the statement: “[John McCain] is a hero because he was captured.” That statement is an absolute fact.

John McCain rose to become one of America’s most powerful senators and became the Republican Party’s nominee for President in 2008 mostly on his Prisoner of War (POW) status. Absent his POW history, McCain would no doubt have lived his entire life in relative obscurity. It usually takes more than simply being a veteran or being the son of a Navy admiral or even being a POW to make one obtain famous hero status. How many other POWs do you know that have achieved McCain’s political power and influence?

Alabama’s Jeremiah Denton was a POW who truly endured intense torture at the hands of the enemy and who became one of our finest U.S. senators. And there was never the first hint of dishonorable conduct or scandal or accusations that Denton used his war record for personal profit. I had the privilege of meeting Senator Denton a couple of times, and the thing that struck me most about the man was his deep and genuine humility. The same cannot be said of John McCain.

John McCain’s POW record has been shrouded in controversy from the very beginning. Many independent journalists and military veterans have accused McCain of being America’s version of “Tokyo Rose.” They offer convincing evidence (or at least credible postulations) that McCain was NEVER tortured, that he received special treatment by his captors, and that he actually willingly participated in anti-America propaganda, in much the same way that Tokyo Rose did in the Pacific during World War II.

One Vietnam veteran who was publicly critical of John McCain was my friend Jack McLamb. McLamb served nine years in secret operations in Cambodia and other nations before going on to become one of the most highly decorated police officers in Phoenix, Arizona history, winning Police Officer of the Year twice before taking a role as a hostage negotiator for the FBI.

McLamb said of McCain, “I know a lot of Vietnam veterans and a few POW’s and all the POW’s that I’ve talked to over the years say that John McCain is a lying skunk.

“He never was tortured–they were there in the camp with him and then when he came in….he immediately started spilling his guts about everything because he didn’t want to get tortured,” said McLamb, contradicting the official story that McCain only offered his name, rank, serial number, and date of birth.

“The Vietnamese Communists called him the Songbird, that’s his code name, Songbird McCain, because he just came into the camp singing and telling them everything they wanted to know.”

McLamb also said, “The POW’s said that McCain made 32 propaganda videos for the communist North Vietnamese in which he denounced America for what they were doing in Vietnam.

“They have these sealed now, our government has these sealed, we can’t get to it, they have it classified. In truth the POW’s hate John McCain.”

See the report here.

There are many similar reports about John McCain. I suspect that Donald Trump is familiar with these reports. Here are a few of them:

1 – Report one.
2 – Report two.
3 – Report three.

Reports note that former American POWs such as Col. Ted Guy and Gordon “Swede” Larson, who were held in the same communist prison as McCain, have gone on record saying that they are very skeptical about McCain’s claims of torture.

See this report.

Another former POW, Philip Butler, a man who was also imprisoned with McCain, is more sympathetic to the man, saying that he had probably been tortured early on in his captivity and made no reference to McCain’s alleged anti-America propaganda charges–but was emphatic that McCain was unqualified to be President. Butler firmly said that he would NOT vote for McCain because McCain was a hot-tempered man who had become a Bush-like warmonger and who had used his POW status for personal and political gain. Remember, this is from a fellow POW who actually likes McCain.

See the report here.

Regardless of McCain’s real war record (the U.S. government has sealed the record, so we will likely never know the truth about the matter), it is a fact that, as one of the most powerful senators in Washington, D.C., John McCain has done little to assist America’s veterans. In fact, McCain is commonly regarded as being one of the strongest opponents to the investigation and rescue of POWs left behind in Indochina following the Vietnam War.

While a member of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs (1991-1993), McCain referred to POW/MIA family members and activists as “whiners,” “vultures,” and “the lunatic fringe.” Although the committee concluded that there were indeed American POWs left behind in Indochina, McCain voted to normalize relations with Vietnam without any accountability for America’s missing servicemen. In so doing, McCain ignored a letter written by fellow POW Captain Eugene “Red” McDaniel and co-signed by 50 former POWs which asked him to not support normalized relations with Vietnam until the POW issue had been resolved.

In 1996, McCain opposed the Missing Service Personnel Act (MSPA) as being “unnecessary” and “burdensome.” He also helped to amend the MSPA to remove criminal liability, which POW/MIA families knew was a serious blow to obtaining meaningful accountability on behalf their loved ones still languishing in Southeast Asia.

See the report here.

And this report here.

John McCain has spent most of his senatorial career promoting an open border with Mexico, a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, and incessant foreign wars; facilitating the miserable performance of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA); and covering up evidence of Americans left behind in Indochina. No wonder so many people have referred to McCain as “The Manchurian Candidate.”

Read this report here.

By telling the truth about John McCain, Donald Trump has hit the rawest of nerves within the Washington establishment (and New World Order globalist elite). Without a doubt, John McCain is one of the globalist elite’s political darlings. A favored son of globalist puppet-masters such as Henry Kissinger, John McCain has been a water boy for the New World Order from the time he entered politics. Guilty of corruption as one of the infamous “Keating Five,” John McCain was given a mere “slap-on-the-wrist” and allowed to continue his pernicious ways.

See the report here.

And McCain’s “war hero” status has made him virtually untouchable–until now.

My mind is far from made up in regards to supporting Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. But, so far, Donald Trump has been willing to courageously confront the Washington establishment in an in-your-face, no-holds-barred manner that we have not seen in a long, long time. And if Trump accomplishes nothing else in his presidential bid except exposing establishment sycophants like John McCain, I, for one, am excited that he has entered the race.

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Overwhelmed with black on white crime and violence on video

Believe it or not, there are still people out there who deny this is happening. And then there is the crowd that make excuses for it or blame it on “white privilege.” But the most disturbing thing is how many that don’t even know it is happening–due to mainstream media’s refusing to acknowledge it. — jtl, 419

Yesterday I received 6 ridiculously bad examples of black mob violence and black on white crime  — and denials.

So I did something I don’t normally do: I made videos for all of them.

Here is a link to a playlist from Friday — six videos in 30 minutes.

You will be surprised at the worst one. Just click on the picture:

And watch for a new podcast in the next 24 hours. Some crazy stuff happening at NPR you won’t want to miss.

Colin Flaherty

Don’t Make the Black Kids Angry

p.s. I was talking to a reader of Don’t Make the Black Kids Angry, and he had gone through many of my book recommendations.  Except this one: DIRTY WHITE BOYS, by Steven Hunter.  TERRIFIC.

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Why is the war on the Confederacy still going on today?

This is no coincidence. It is part of the long-term war on liberty, independent thought and rural America and the attempted destruction of the predominantly white, productive American middle class…

The middle class — particularly the Middle and Southern American middle class (flyover country, so called) — is the globalist’s chief nemesis. For as they are the world’s greatest producers, middle-class Americans by and large are more independent, self-reliant and also demand equitable reward for their labor and product, placing them in competition for resources and goods with the global elite. And they stand in the way of the march toward a socialist/Marxist “utopia” in the minds of the globalists and collectivists…

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsAnd note the name of this blog–FlyoverPress–do you recon they might be watching us?

Close your eyes and try to imagine what the world would be like today had Dishonest Abe not unlawfully invaded the South. In the first place, there would not Combat Shooter's Handbook have been a War of Yankee aggression which would have saved the lives of the modern day equivalent of 5.5 million Americans.

There would have been no World War I (a few more million) which begat World War II, which Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institutebegat Korea (“police” action), which begat Vitenam (domino theory), etc. And who is always the first over the top of the trench–the strong and the brave. There is no way to know how many cures for cancer or trips to the moon fell face down in that French mud.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewRead the Constitution of the Confederate States of America. There would have been no Federal Income Tax nor would there have been a Federal Reserve. The states would still have rights over their own management thereby providing an opportunity to “vote with one’s feet” — a stiff deterrent to tyranny.

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) The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)And best of all, slavery would have died a natural, peaceful death just like it did in all the other parts of the Western Hemisphere.

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualA Handbook for Ranch ManagersAs an an-cap, I’ll say, sure, even very limited government is too much. But as a practical, reasonable man, there is no doubt in my mind but what the world would be an infinitely better place had Lincoln minded his own business and kept his blue bellied murders at home. — jtl, 419  

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America and Americans are saturated with propaganda about everything. You can’t find the truth in the media and political system with a search warrant.

Is the big lie serious? Yes, indeed! Propaganda alters brain chemistry, controls parameters of thought and triggers controlled response mechanisms.

You will never get the truth from the controlled media. The inner elite who rule the world control all major sources of the media, as I told you in “The battle for your mind.” (For the record, conservatives, this includes Fox News.)

The media use very carefully and deliberately prescribed organized propaganda to build a thought system which subverts the population to think and act in perfect harmony with the system. People literally do not think their own thoughts. This allows cover for the ruling class and their nefarious activities. Evidence of this can be seen in the widespread dogpiling on the removal of all vestiges of Southern culture and heritage and the images of the Confederacy and the old South.

Attempts to whitewash Southern culture from existence and distort the true nature of the Confederate cause, fueled by Northern progressive elites (in and out of both major political parties) white apologists and race hucksters and agitators, have been ongoing since Appomattox. In fact, assaults on Southern culture began long before Fort Sumter and, as I will describe, was a major precipitator of the Southern secession.

But the whitewashing has reached a fever pitch of late, touching the absurd heights of calls to remove Confederate emblems from Civil War battlefield museums, the iconic carvings of President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson from Stone Mountain, and even extending to exhuming the remains of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife from their graves in Memphis.

One wonders how future historians will tell the tale of the so-called “Civil War” and “Great Emancipator” when all vestiges of the Confederacy have been shoved down the memory hole and there is no longer a “traitorous and rebellious” enemy for the North to vanquish in order to “preserve the union.”

This is no coincidence. It is part of the long-term war on liberty, independent thought and rural America and the attempted destruction of the predominantly white, productive American middle class.

In the United States, the dismantling of the middle class has become the appointed, full-time task of the largest government alphabet soup agencies. Wall Street has been enrolled in the effort as well, to assure the success of globalism. Their logic is that if those big middle-class producers and consumers can be decimated once and for all, then they can join the ranks of low-wage workers, as in Asia and Central America. When the stock market blows this time, that will certainly be the effect.

Globalism is the ultimate form of collectivism. Globalism as a permanent aspect of American government was enshrined in the 20th century, beginning with the Woodrow Wilson administration and World War I and culminating in an irrevocable, imperialistic, military presence all over the world.

The middle class — particularly the Middle and Southern American middle class (flyover country, so called) — is the globalist’s chief nemesis. For as they are the world’s greatest producers, middle-class Americans by and large are more independent, self-reliant and also demand equitable reward for their labor and product, placing them in competition for resources and goods with the global elite. And they stand in the way of the march toward a socialist/Marxist “utopia” in the minds of the globalists and collectivists.

It is for this reason that there is a growing cadre of Northern progressives advocating for the South — in fact, all “Red States” — to leave because it is “holding America back.”

A solid block of Southern states continues to refuse to expand Medicaid, thus squashing one of the linchpins of the president’s health-care reform. The South will likely be the last and most stubborn battleground in the fight for gay marriage. Gun control? The more the two sides seem to get cozier with each other, the faster gun-control legislation gets watered down — and more and more red states are passing laws making it legal to carry a concealed weapon. As for immigration, the red states seem to be relaxing their anti-immigrant fervor, but nothing approaching new legislation is even on the horizon.

The sad truth is that “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” can only be achieved at this point if the nation is split in half. Far from being fanciful or fanatical, the proponents of secession have a stronger grasp of political reality than just about anyone else. In fact, there are serious reasons why the North itself should take the lead in a secessionist movement.

This is a growing movement among liberal policymakers at Gamechanger Salon, a secretive closed echo chamber forum of progressive leaders, activists and journalists.

The greatest blows to the middle class were the income tax and so-called “free trade” deals like NAFTA and GATT, because socialist economic warfare is the most reliable way to transfer the wealth of middle-class Americans to the elite without awakening their complaint. Indeed, because of the altruistic propaganda attached to socialism, Americans often believe that their wealth (and, thus, their own destruction) is necessary to “save the world.”

The Confederacy and the Confederate Battle Flag are symbols of rebellion against an overreaching, socialistic, highly centralized and authoritarian government; so it’s no wonder the elite power brokers want it erased from memory. While it was waved by racists during the Civil Rights movement, so was the American flag in at least equal numbers. In fact, the American flag flew over a “racist America” far longer than the Confederacy stood as a nation. These facts demonstrate the abject hypocrisy and vapid thought processes of the elites, the race hucksters and their MSM propaganda machine.

But as it was truly a symbol of standing against tyranny, the Confederate Battle Flag was also waved by protesters demonstrating against Soviet oppression in the 1980s and is seen as a symbol against oppressive government today.

Contrary to what you were taught in school and the propagandists continue to convey ad nauseam, the secession of the Southern states was neither an act of rebellion nor an act of hostility against the union. It was a separation from a voluntary contract that joined states in a common bond. But that bond was developing — in the minds of many — into an increasingly repressive institution.

The victory of the Republican Abraham Lincoln cemented in the minds of Southerners that their culture was doomed, as Michael F. Holt writes in his book, “The Political Crisis of the 1850s”:

Since the 1840s, Southerners had insisted that slavery restriction was a denial of Southern equality in the nation; in the 1850s Democrats echoed that theme when vilifying Republicans’ free-soil principles. Thus, Southern Rights, and not positive desires for expansion, remained central in the territorial issue of the 1850s. Just as with the Republicans, however, the slavery extension issue was often but a pretext for secessionists. The essence of their message was that Republicanism was antirepublican… Because the Republicans organized exclusively as a Northern party, government by the Republicans could not possibly be government of, by, or for the Southern people. By insisting that the Northern majority rule, moreover, the Republicans persistently identified the South as a minority that was inherently unequal and inferior. Southerners, insisted the secessionists, could not and would not tolerate that degradation… Without question the most persistent theme in secessionist rhetoric was not the danger of the abolition or restriction of black slavery, but the infamy and degradation of submitting to the rule of a Republican majority. To acquiesce in Lincoln’s election, to allow his inauguration, was to legitimize and accept the Republican doctrine that Southerners were inferior to Northerners and should not have an equal voice in the government.

Prior to the bombardment of Fort Sumter — an incident instigated by Lincoln, who went back on his word regarding resupplying the fort while negotiations were underway over returning it to South Carolina’s control — there was widespread sentiment in the North in favor of allowing the South to peacefully secede, writes Thomas J. DiLorenzo in “The Real Lincoln.”

This sentiment was so pervasive, in fact, that there were individual secession movements in what at the time were called “middle states” — New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. The states, which accounted for more than 40 percent of the country’s gross national product, contained three types of secessionists: those who wanted to join the Southern Confederacy, those who wished to form their own “Central Confederacy,” and those who simply preferred to allow the South to go in peace rather than essentially destroying the Union by holding it together by military force.

The separation by the Confederate states held true to the words in the Declaration of Independence written less than 100 years prior that pronounced it was the right of the people to alter or abolish any government that became destructive of the ends of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

So we see that secession was not a wholly Southern construct, nor was 1860 the first time it was discussed. On Dec. 15, 1814, delegates from the Northeastern states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire convened at the Hartford Convention Center. They met in secret for three weeks to draft a protest against the U.S. involvement in the War of 1812 and to seek concessions for its battered economy. Separation, the word of the day for secession, was discussed as a possible remedy. But the moderates, fearing such a move would spark a civil war, quelled the effort.

Upon learning of the movement, Thomas Jefferson said, “If any state in the Union will declare that it prefers separation … to a continuance in the union …. I have no hesitation in saying, ‘Let us separate.’”

That seemed to mirror his thoughts expressed in his first inaugural address when said, “If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union, or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left to combat it.”

As economist and George Mason professor Walter E. Williams writes:

Secession is not protection against establishing a government to prevent the abolishment of slavery. The key issue in the right to secession is not separating oneself from a government that prevents the “self-determination” of “peoples,” but separating oneself from a government that fails in its purpose: the protection of individual rights. (Emphasis his.)

There is a growing secession movement in the country fueled mainly by Middle-American and Southern middle-class people fed up with 1) the failed American system of representative government that no longer represents the people but instead does the bidding of the crony capitalists and banksters; and 2) government promotion of cultural decadence, humanism and universalism and of the destruction of long-held morality and the Christian faith, as championed by the undocumented alien occupying the Rainbow House and his LGBT agitators.

The ramped-up efforts to destroy the last vestiges of the independent spirit and middle-class culture are part of the ongoing struggle of the globalists, collectivists and cultural Marxists to maintain their grip on power until One World Governance is cemented.

But the Obama regime’s war on the middle class and Middle and Southern America does not end there. In fact, it is just getting started with the Obama Housing and Urban Development Department’s new Affirmatively Further Fair Housing Rule, finalized and announced on July 8, which is a direct assault through social re-engineering, on every American neighborhood, and which has been hidden or papered over by the mainstream propaganda media for some two years.

I will write more on this next week.

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The Marine Corps Institute (MCI) develops correspondence courses for Marines with all kinds of Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) on all manner of subjects. This is one of those courses.

The print is relatively small because that is the way it was in the original and this is an exact reproduction. Also, as a tribute to the individual (and a touch of reality), you will notice that the editorial pencil marks and underlined passages that were put there by the Marine that took this course. They were intentionally left in the reproduction.

This version of the course was authorized in September of 1984. With the exception the development of Infrared technology, it contains information and techniques that have changed very little since the Vietnam war. These battle proven tactics are as valid today as they were in Quang Nam province in 1968.

They will maintain their validity during the upcoming inevitable event of total economic, political and social collapse. Yours for freedom in our lifetimes. jtl, 419

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Obama pushes to extend gun background checks to Social Security

If Social Security, which has never participated in the background check system, uses the same standard as the VA, millions of its beneficiaries would be affected…

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Trying yet another avenue to inflict damage to The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfitscitizen’s Second Amendment rights. This time, considering labeling those on Social security who may have difficulties managing their finances, as mentally unsafe to own firearms. Struggling with finances can have nothing at all to do with competence for owning a gun. As Dr Marc Rosen, Yale Psychiatrist Combat Shooter's Handbook  comments – “Someone can be incapable of managing their funds but not be dangerous, violent or unsafe. They are very different determinations.”

Seeking tighter controls over firearm purchases, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, a move that could Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others.

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This book applies the principles of this “unified moral science” to environmental and natural resource management issues.

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The Intellectual Intolerance Behind “Check Your Privilege”

“Check your privilege” is about shutting down discussion when the user is making the assertion that you are hopelessly confused in your understanding, and that your opinions amount to aggression…”

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsIf anyone should ever tell me to “check my privilege,” it wouldn’t take me very long to prepare a response.

I suspect that the majority of the most worthless generation ever in the history of the world has no idea what a  Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Instituteshare-cropper is (was), so I would probably need to begin by explaining that.

I was born in a sharecropper’s shack on a worn out dry land cotton farm in Erath county Texas. The house had not seen paint in at least 50 years. It had  Combat Shooter's Handbook cracks in the walls and around the windows and doors where the frigid north wind would furl the blankets that my momma put up in an attempt to keep the wind out.

There was no indoor plumbing. There was a little Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian Viewbrown shack out back and water was carried by hand to be heated on a wood burning cook stove for baths and dish washing. Heat was provided in the winter by a wood burning stove. There was no electricity. I read “Dick and Jane” by the light of a kerosene lamp. 

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) The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)I got one pair of shoes per year–when the cotton crop was brought in. Most of my clothes were made by my mother on a foot pedaled sewing machine and fashioned from flour sacks.

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference ManualThey don’t get any poorer than we were. We were almost as poor as LBJ once claimed to have been as a young man: “We were so poor we didn’t know what was to be for breakfast in the morning until the old man went down to the highway to see what had been road killed the night before.” lol

Out of that came Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees–all funded by my own back breaking labor in the oilfields of West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico. There was no such thing as “financial aid” in those days. I have been a teacher, researcher and business man (currently on the board of directors of 8 different Texas corporations).

So Mr. Checker, if you think I might be where I am because of “white privilege” then just go fuck yourself.

To like minded folks, read this carefully. There are a lot of insights here relative to the handling of neo-cons, libtards, and all flavor of statist. — jtl, 419

by Gary Galles via Mises Daily

A decade ago, no one had ever been told to “check your privilege.” Now it commands an appreciable “market share” in academia and social justice rhetoric. But it does so despite sharply opposed interpretations of its meaning. In fact, its expanded footprint is partly because of its ambiguity.

It Could Be an Invitation to Debate

In a sense, “check your privilege” largely amounts to “check your premises” behind your views, and many are willing to recognize that such a reminder can be useful in advancing conversations about social issues.

However, I question whether people are so bereft of concern for, or understanding of, one another that they need repetitive “check your privileges” reminders that imply they would believe more accurately and act more effectively if only they were more empathetic. I tend to agree with Adam Smith, in The Theory of Moral Sentiments, that:

How selfish soever man may be supposed, there are evidently some principles in his nature, which interest him in the fortunes of others, and render their happiness necessary to him, though he derives nothing from it, except the pleasure of seeing it … we often derive sorrow from the sorrows of others.

Further, repeatedly sermonizing to fix people as a way of “uplifting” them becomes little more than nagging, and any insight it may add gets crowded out. In the same way, repeatedly invoking “check your privilege” tends to destroy its usefulness leaving increased irritation and disharmony.

But the Phrase Could Simply Mean “Shut Up”

And when does “check your privilege” become code for “be quiet” rather than “evaluate your premises”? “Check your privilege” is about shutting down discussion when the user is making the assertion that you are hopelessly confused in your understanding, and that your opinions amount to aggression (whether “micro-” or “macro-”). This position was well articulated decades ago by Robert Heinlein, in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress:

Where do you start explaining when a man’s words show there isn’t anything he understands about [a] subject, [but] instead is loaded with preconceptions that don’t fit facts and [he] doesn’t even know …?

The assertion of your hopeless confusion then becomes the basis for claims that, unless you are a member of some accepted victimized class, you must be part of the oppressor class. Therefore, as Max Borders put it,

Your rights and opinions are invalid and you have no real complaints or suffering because you belong to X group. Or, more to the point, you are obligated to pay because people who look like you in some ways did bad things at some point.

In other words, others assert that they don’t need to listen to you, much less respect your arguments.

The Ad Hominen Attack

That leap involves several logical failings. Included in that list is the idea that any guilt for what was true of some members of an arbitrarily defined class or group (rather than treating people as the individuals they are) at some point in time passes on to every current and future member of that class or group. In addition, it incorporates the ad hominem fallacy that because you are judged as bad or part of an oppressor class, your argument is false, while conversely, their self-defined goodness and non-oppression means theirs must be true, both of which are unrelated to the logical validity of an argument.

Given that “check your privileges” could mean either “remember to be empathetic, so we can better understand and help” or “we can disregard your beliefs and violate your rights,” how can we tell which one is intended?

Where confusion reigns, to better understand and help requires the confusion to be replaced with clear, accurate understanding. That, in turn, requires a serious, ongoing “give and take” conversation.

However, when “check your privilege” is used to preemptively cut off conversation by stopping those who disagree from any chance to be heard, much less to rebut their demonization and targeting, no improvement in either empathy or results can result. So the key to evaluating “check your privilege” is to ask what would be entailed if it was intended to advance such a serious conversation.

How Real Dialogue Happens

Importantly, any conversation would not stop at “watch your privileges.” It would only begin there. By itself, the phrase says you are wrong in your understanding or views, but it leaves how completely unspecified, beyond having something to do with membership in some allegedly dominant or privileged group. Stopping the conversation there leaves “check your privileges” as an insult, without any ability to clarify understanding or reduce disagreements or disharmony.

Progress toward better understanding and results would require several more steps.

It would start by precisely specifying what faulty premises, assumptions, or arguments someone supposedly holds, either included or excluded inappropriately. Then it would explain why it is inappropriate for the issue being considered. It would lay out the correct or appropriate premise that would take its place and articulate the reasons why.

Building on that foundation, it would show how the “new and improved” premises would change one’s conclusions. Consequently, it would lay out the appropriate remedy based on the alternative analysis. In the process, it would have to explain how the proposed remedy cannot be explained solely on a narrowly self-interested “more for me” basis, completely apart from the argument offered, as part of laying out the new special privileges that would be created for those put forward as victims. It would also have to explain how others will be affected in order to address the asserted problem, including whether there would be coercive impositions on members of the supposedly dominant or victimizer class who had nothing to do with the “sins of the fathers.”

When “check your privilege” means think more carefully about others circumstances, which may be far different than yours, and to be empathetic, it can be useful in advancing our potential for mutual understanding. But it has to be only the beginning of a much farther-reaching discussion to bear fruit — a discussion which, carefully and earnestly pursued, would lead us back to the self-ownership and voluntary arrangements of liberty.

In contrast, when “check your privilege” is used as a magic phrase to peremptorily end “social justice” discussions, it is the assertion of a special privilege for some to be allowed to define themselves as white hats and those who disagree as black hats, without ever having to make a real argument. It also allows users to turn it into an epithet of social demonization to try to impose their “solutions,” always at the expense of the supposed black hats. In the process, it undermines social cooperation by undermining the rights upon which it is built.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteAll unclassified Army and Marine Cops manuals and correspondence courses are products of the US Federal Government. They are NOT subject to copyright and can be freely copied and redistributed.

The Marine Corps Institute (MCI) develops correspondence courses for Marines with all kinds of Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) on all manner of subjects. This is one of those courses.

The print is relatively small because that is the way it was in the original and this is an exact reproduction. Also, as a tribute to the individual (and a touch of reality), you will notice that the editorial pencil marks and underlined passages that were put there by the Marine that took this course. They were intentionally left in the reproduction.

This version of the course was authorized in September of 1984. With the exception the development of Infrared technology, it contains information and techniques that have changed very little since the Vietnam war. These battle proven tactics are as valid today as they were in Quang Nam province in 1968.

They will maintain their validity during the upcoming inevitable event of total economic, political and social collapse. Yours for freedom in our lifetimes. jtl, 419

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Officers Showed Up as She Was Getting Out of Shower—What Happened Next Is Being Called ‘Barbaric’

“Don’t take the attitude with cops, because we don’t play. When a cop shows up, you’re not the one in charge. I don’t care if this is your house.

Officer Rose has since resigned and is receiving his pension.

  Combat Shooter's HandbookWell ain’t that just lovely. Lecherous, blood sucking parasites–all of them. — jtl, 419

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute Arizona resident Esmeralda Rossi had a disturbing run-in with the Chandler Police Department after an officer entered her home illegally and arrested her.

The worst part? She was completely naked.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsHer daughter caught the whole incident on a cell phone camera. Doug Rose and another officer, whose identity has not been released, arrived at Rossi’s house after someone reported an earlier domestic issue with her ex-husband.

Image Credit: ABC 7

Image Credit: ABC 7

Rossi had just gotten out of the shower when the officers arrived, so she answered the door in her towel. That’s when her daughter began filming.

Rossi described the scene, which can be seen in the news report above:

“So I closed the door. I turn to go into my living room, and I probably get about five steps in; and all of a sudden, I just hear boots running in after me, telling me stop or I’ll arrest you.”

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewOfficer Rose was very aggressive with Rossi, who didn’t understand why the police were in her house in the first place.

She gave him some attitude, and then he began to handcuff her:

“I felt helpless. I felt violated, and honestly, I felt molested.”

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual In the video you can see her towel fall, and Officer Rose handcuffing her naked while her daughter cries in the background.

Marc Victor, Rossi’s attorney, stated:

“This was disgusting. This was barbaric.”

Later in the video, Officer Rose lectures Rossi:

“Don’t take the attitude with cops, because we don’t play. When a cop shows up, you’re not the one in charge. I don’t care if this is your house.

Image Credit: Fox 7

Image Credit: ABC 7

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) The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)After the ordeal, the other officer in the video contacted his supervisor to question Rose’s actions. The second officer was later cleared of wrongdoing, as was Rossi.

An internal investigation was launched, which quickly stated that Rose had entered the home illegally. He made a number of additional illegal moves, including not using his body camera and falsifying reports.

Officer Rose has since resigned and is receiving his pension.

Rossi was never charged with a crime, but may file a lawsuit against the department.