May Day! May Day!
The Impeachable Offenses of Barack Hussein Obama
by Terence James Mason
In 7 parts.
Letters to the Editor
from Sean Gabb, William Alan Ritch, Brad Linaweaver, J. Neil Schulman, and The Editor
The Royal Age of Gotcha
by L. Neil Smith
I have always been extremely interested in 16th century England, a
period when Europe was engaged in a great bloody struggle to become Western Civilization,
the era of William Shakespeare and Elizabeth I, a time when praying from the wrong book
(the one with the semicolon on Page 87, instead of a comma) could provide your
enemies -- who didn't really give a rodent's rear about the theology involved -- with all
the excuse they needed to have you shortened or incinerated at the stake. It was the Royal Age of Gotcha.
The Establishment's Trump Card
by J. Neil Schulman
Talking today with fellow libertarian author/filmmaker/publisher,
Brad Linaweaver, the seeming unstoppability of Donald J. Trump's march to the Republican
presidential nomination came up for discussion. We tended to agree that the problems the
Republican National Committee and future of the GOP in blocking Trump would be costly -- with
blowback that might be prohibitively costly to the party.
To Repeat My Self
by A.X. Perez
One of the greatest victories for gay rights, and women's rights for
that matter, was Heller et alia v. District of Columbia. For those of you who don't
want to bother to look this up or remem the case, one of the original plaintiffs was a
homosexual who wished to go heeled to defend himself from "gay bashers" (as in bash in
gay people's heads with baseball bats). Homosexuals have the absolute right to defend
themselves from assault and forcible oppression, which requires that they have the
right to arm themselves in self-defense.
Neither Brussels nor Washington: Arguments for a British Foreign Policy
by Sean Gabb
The first version of this book appeared in 2004, as War and the
National Interest: Arguments for a British Foreign Policy, and was focussed almost
entirely on the debate over the Iraq War. Though published in a small print run, and in
the days before the rise of the e-book, it achieved a modest notoriety. It was followed
by a CD of readings from the book. I did prepare a second edition in 2005. By now, though,
Chris Tame was dying from bone cancer, and I set every project aside that was not obviously
urgent. He died in 2006, and my time was at once claimed by writing the first of a series
of historical novels. In 2011, I finally released the book on Kindle. But this was the
unrevised 2005 edition. Its formatting was defective. I put no effort into marketing it.
I had even mislaid the audio files I made in 2004. Looking now at the work again, I feel
that it deserves a second chance, though not in its first or second edition. I have
continued to write, since 2004, about British foreign policy. I had written occasionally
about it before we became involved in the War on Terror. I therefore republish in a new
and expanded edition, under a new title that better reflects its wider focus.
One Week in Greater Appalachia: The Perils of Using one Monster to Destroy Another
by Jeff Fullerton
It began last Sunday when it went from a frosty morning to a pleasant
summer eve. Hard to think it would get so nice after scraping my car when I took a spin to
gas up and deliver meds and breakfast from Mickey Dee's. The chill even lingered while
visiting Bruce on the way back. By late afternoon it probably hit 80 at least. Spent the
afternoon working around the ponds after weighing the CBTs and the two adult Euro Ponds.
All are gaining weight. After weeding the path between the double pen and Rosyside Pool I
put the half grown CBT trio out and it looks like they can stay out a few days until it
gets chilly again. They seem to be really enjoying the the warmth and fresh air. Comparing
the tails of "Little Yin" with Yang and the little yang there is almost no doubt who the
male and females are. Now if I dont have anymore mishaps and get luck on the the younger
set plus a few more and I might have a really great breeding colony someday.
When my computer said I should restart to install an
update, it didn't tell me that update would take over
an hour! Ah well. I was already running late due to
the power outage which lasted for about 2 hours. Just
one thing after another.
Social Commentator and Gadfly Fred Reed has a couple of
illuminating articles/rants you probably will be glad you
The Mask Comes Off: Putrefaction Most Foul
Capitalism and the Minimum Wage: "I Got Mine, Screw You."
I love it: Donald Trump's campaign reveals the
establishment for what it is, a swamp of corruption as
fetid as those of Latin America. It is better
entertainment than Vaudeville. The frantic scramble to
rig the primaries, change the rules, and thwart the
voters -- anything to defend their cozy entanglement of
political tapeworms -- makes absurd any pretense of
* * *
... as every sentient being has by now noticed, the
Republicans and Democrats are members of the same
corrupt club of blood-sucking parasites, the action arm
of the corporations, Wall Street, the Israeli lobby,
and those who want the US to control the world at any
cost -- except, of course, to them. They are panicked at
the rise of someone who might put first the interests
of America. Better Hillary, a fellow parasite, than
Trump, who isn't.
A woman of my acquaintance once said, "In Washington,
you assume that everybody is in the 99th percentile."
Decompressed from the apothegmatic, it is true.
Cognitive stratification is very real, though seldom
noticed and never mentioned. The city attracts the
highly bright. They hang out together. They date. They
marry. They don't know anybody who is not like them.
The same holds in many places, and on the web, but
Washington is where policy comes from.
By and large they are neither arrogant nor snobs. Since
they are all in the same bracket, snobbery would be
difficult. They include a great many journalists. It is
fun to speak of the press as imbeciles, but, apart
perhaps from babble-blonde anchors chosen for their
looks, they are not. The duller probably clock an IQ
of 120. Even at dismal publications like Army Times and
Federal Computer Week, with both of which I was once
familiar, you find very smart people.
What has this to do with the minimum wage? A fair
amount. People of IQ 130 and up tend to assume
unconsciously -- important word: "unconsciously" -- that you
can do anything just by doing it. If they wanted to
learn Sanskrit, they would get a textbook and go for
it. It would take time and effort but the outcome would
never be in doubt. Yes, of course they understand that
some people are smarter than others, but they often
seem not to grasp how much smarter, or what the
consequences are. A large part of the population can't
learn-much of anything. Not won't. Can't. Displaced
auto workers cannot be retrained as IT professionals.
Few of the very bright have have ever had to make the
unhappy calculation: Forty times a low minimum wage
minus bus fare to work, rent, food, medical care, and
cable. They have never had to choose between a winter
coat and cable, their only entertainment. They don't
really know that many people do. Out of sight, out of
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