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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Three Reasons We Should Not Be Fighting ISIS In The Middle East

From Reason TV:

President Obama has effectively declared war on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, announcing that "we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIS through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy."

But here are three reasons we should not be fighting ISIS in the Middle East.

1. ISIS isn’t that powerful.

War hawks such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) claim that "the threat ISIS poses cannot be overstated." That is itself an overstatement. The FBI and Homeland Security both say ISIS isn’t a credible threat to the American homeland. The group may be great at using social media to exaggerate its power, but estimates of its troop strength range between 10,000 and 30,000 and most analysts talk about a core group of a few thousand fighters.

2. It’s a regional conflict.

ISIS controls territory inside Iraq and Syria. But even President Obama concedes that ISIS does not currently pose a threat "beyond that region."

Iraq and Syria—and their neighbors, including Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the Kurds—are the ones that must deal with this problem. Iraq’s army has more than one-quarter of a million U.S.-trained troops, the Peshmerga almost as many. Iran’s active forces number over half a million.

3. What counts as victory?

In announcing bombing runs and sending more American soliders to the Middle East, President Obama not only failed to call for congressional authorization, he neglected to discuss any sort of exit strategy. That’s a prerequisite for any responsible war plan. As important, his definition of success—we will "ultimately destroy" ISIS—is a goal nobody has ever achieved against any terrorist group.

Let’s be clear: The U.S. should do everything it can to defend its citizens and its interests.

But if the past dozen years have taught us anything—in Iraq and elsehwere—it’s that war is more complicated than our leaders ever want to admit. And it’s a lot easier to start wars than to win them—or even know when they’re over.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Another Attempt to Explain Why There is No Global Warming

Even though it is "settled science", the "Global Warming" models are not working. The models say the earth should be warming, but the earth hasn't been warming for the last 15 years. But "Global Warming" is "settled science" and we must take action based on the models. So the advocates of "Global Warming" keep on coming up with theories why the models are not working. Yet we must make massive changes based on these not working models. Yeah right.

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/atlantic-holds-key-to-global-warming-hiatus-17930

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Heather Johnson: Libertarian Mom Running for US Senate in Minnesota

Heather Johnson may not have much experience as a government official. But as the mother of two daughters and the Secretary of the Minnesota Libertarian Party, she has plenty of experience battling government officials. Johnson declared her candidacy for US Senate and she’s already showing what an energized and active campaign looks like. She’ll need to work extra hard, as the odds are always against honest, sincere citizen-candidates. But don’t forget - it’s Minnesota, where anything can happen on Election Day.

If you think it’s difficult being a mother of two young girls, working, volunteering, and going back to college all at the same time, try adding a run for US Senate to the list. While that massive burden might cripple most people, the Libertarian Party’s Heather Johnson only seems to get more energized from the challenge.

Read rest of article here:

Libertarian Mom running for US Senate in Minnesota

Monday, July 21, 2014

What Happened to the Malaysian Airlines Flight?

From the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity:


What the Media Won’t Report About Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17

Written by Ron Paul

Sunday July 20, 2014


Just days after the tragic crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said. President Obama held a press conference to claim – even before an investigation – that it was pro-Russian rebels in the region who were responsible. His ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, did the same at the UN Security Council – just one day after the crash!

While western media outlets rush to repeat government propaganda on the event, there are a few things they will not report.

They will not report that the crisis in Ukraine started late last year, when EU and US-supported protesters plotted the overthrow of the elected Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych. Without US-sponsored “regime change,” it is unlikely that hundreds would have been killed in the unrest that followed. Nor would the Malaysian Airlines crash have happened.

The media has reported that the plane must have been shot down by Russian forces or Russian-backed separatists, because the missile that reportedly brought down the plane was Russian made. But they will not report that the Ukrainian government also uses the exact same Russian-made weapons.

They will not report that the post-coup government in Kiev has, according to OSCE monitors, killed 250 people in the breakaway Lugansk region since June, including 20 killed as government forces bombed the city center the day after the plane crash! Most of these are civilians and together they roughly equal the number killed in the plane crash. By contrast, Russia has killed no one in Ukraine, and the separatists have struck largely military, not civilian, targets.

They will not report that the US has strongly backed the Ukrainian government in these attacks on civilians, which a State Department spokeswoman called “measured and moderate.”

They will not report that neither Russia nor the separatists in eastern Ukraine have anything to gain but everything to lose by shooting down a passenger liner full of civilians.

They will not report that the Ukrainian government has much to gain by pinning the attack on Russia, and that the Ukrainian prime minister has already expressed his pleasure that Russia is being blamed for the attack.

They will not report that the missile that apparently shot down the plane was from a sophisticated surface-to-air missile system that requires a good deal of training that the separatists do not have.

They will not report that the separatists in eastern Ukraine have inflicted considerable losses on the Ukrainian government in the week before the plane was downed.

They will not report how similar this is to last summer’s US claim that the Assad government in Syria had used poison gas against civilians in Ghouta. Assad was also gaining the upper hand in his struggle with US-backed rebels and the US claimed that the attack came from Syrian government positions. Then, US claims led us to the brink of another war in the Middle East. At the last minute public opposition forced Obama to back down – and we have learned since then that US claims about the gas attack were false.

Of course it is entirely possible that the Obama administration and the US media has it right this time, and Russia or the separatists in eastern Ukraine either purposely or inadvertently shot down this aircraft. The real point is, it's very difficult to get accurate information so everybody engages in propaganda. At this point it would be unwise to say the Russians did it, the Ukrainian government did it, or the rebels did it. Is it so hard to simply demand a real investigation?

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

How the Global Warming Scare Began

From KUSITV9:

A great scientist named Roger Revelle had Al Gore in his class at Harvard and the Global Warming campaign was born. Revelle tried to calm things down years later, but Gore said Revelle was Senile and refused to debate. John Coleman documents the entire story and shows how our tax dollars are perpetuating the Global Warming alarmist campaign even though temperatures have not risen in years and years.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hardy Macia - Samuel Adams Award

The late Hardy Macia, whose soft whisper boldly asked New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan to allow cancer patients in need of relief to grow their own marijuana plants, was awarded the Samuel Adams Award for Activism at the Libertarian Party 2014 National Convention.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Harry Browne - Hall of Liberty

From the Libertarian Party:
Congratulations to the late Harry Browne, two-time LP presidential candidate, who was inducted into the Hall of Liberty at the 2014 Libertarian Party National Convention.
The “Hall of Liberty” program is to honor lifetime or significant achievement that has made a lasting affect on the Libertarian Party and/or libertarian movement.
Those honored will be featured on the LP web site and on a “Wall of Liberty” in the LP national office.


Richard Winger - Hall of Liberty

From the Libertarian Party:
Congratulations to Richard Winger, longtime editor of Ballot Access News, who was inducted into the Hall of Liberty at the 2014 Libertarian Party National Convention. Richard is a walking encyclopedia of ballot access laws.
The “Hall of Liberty” program is to honor lifetime or significant achievement that has made a lasting affect on the Libertarian Party and/or libertarian movement.

Those honored will be featured on the LP web site and on a “Wall of Liberty” in the LP national office.


Surf Without Surveillance?

From Reason TV:

"People are under the impression that the Internet is sort of anonymous by default," says Karen Reilly, development director of the Tor Project. "They don't know how many digital trails they're leaving behind."

As the latest NSA scandal has alerted the public to the threat of widespread government surveillance, Reilly shows us how to restore our privacy in the digital world. Reason TV editor Nick Gillespie spoke with Riley about Tor, a set of software encryption tools that empowers people to use email and surf the web anonymously.

"There's a lot of everyday reasons why people would use Tor," Reilly says. "You don't necessarily have to be somebody who's under a particular threat to want privacy." Among the half million people who use Tor include victims of violence, people with medical conditions, people who don't trust their Internet service provider, and those who object to government surveillance on principle.