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REMARKS: National Religious Broadcasters Presidents Council

October 2, 2013 in Politics & Elections

From Boston to Zanzibar, Christians are under attack. The President tries to gloss over who is attacking and killing Christians. The media describes the killings as ‘sectarian.’ But the truth is the truth, there is a worldwide war on Christians by a fanatical element of Islam.
Ever since 9/11, commentators have tried to avoid pointing fingers at Islam. Rightly, pointing out that most Muslims are not committed to violence against Christians. But this is not the whole truth. True, a minority of Muslims condone killing of Christians, but that minority numbers in the tens of millions.
Pew Research did a poll which indicated that 21 percent of Egyptians, 15 percent of Jordanians, 13 percent of Pakistani, six percent of Turkish and two percent of Lebanese Muslims find terrorism acceptable if not laudable. A minority to be sure but if you add up the population you find that the percentages in just five countries add up to over 47 million Muslims!
Maalula, Syria is an ancient Christian city where they still speak Aramaic the language that Jesus spoke. They have been Christian since the time of Christ. They are a small final outpost of Christians in the Middle East. In August, the town was over-run by the Islamic rebels. Rebels, who at the very least are allies of the rebels we are arming and the very worst may be armed by the Obama administration.
As the Islamic jihadists swarmed into town they demanded everyone convert to Islam or die. Sarkis el Zakhm stood up and answered them, ‘I am a Christian and if you want to kill me because I am a Christian, do it.’ Those were Sarkis last words. Sister Carmel of Damascus said of Sarkis: ‘His death is true martyrdom, a death in odium fidei (the hatred of faith).
Elsewhere in Syria, Islamic rebels have filmed beheadings of their captives and celebrated by eating the heart of an enemy soldier. Two Christian bishops have been kidnapped and one priest recently killed.
In Zanzibar, a priest was shot in the head on his way to church by two Muslim youths. A message by the Muslim Renewal said, ‘We thank our young men, trained in Somalia, for killing an infidel. Many more will die. We will burn homes and churches. We have not finished: …read more

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How Republican Idiocy Backfired — And Is Helping Obamacare

October 2, 2013 in Blogs

By Brian Beutler, Salon

GOP's shutdown lunacy diverted attention from Obamacare's rough debut—giving a chance for a 2nd first impression.


Tuesday could have been a great day for Republicans.

Oct. 1 marked the launch of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges, and sure enough — as they predicted, and the administration acknowledged — there were glitches. Plenty of glitches.

Since glitches could undermine public confidence in Obamacare and Republicans hate the idea of providing coverage to the uninsured and fear nothing more than the eventual success of the law, this was “good news” on the right.

Too bad for them the government shutdown they’re responsible for deprived almost all other national news of oxygen. While most government agencies are shuttered for the time being, the Affordable Care Act is humming along on autopilot, its implementation scarcely impacted by the shutdown. Under cover of the media’s obsession with GOP infighting and attendant dysfunction, the administration will have a second chance to make a first impression.

But that means no taking anything for granted. ACA supporters everywhere, including the president, attributed first day snafus to an unexpected traffic tsunami. It was all good news, they claimed. The demand for Obamacare is greater than expected.

They need to be careful not to let their counter-spin become sanguinity.

Eventually — actually, very soon — these websites will need to work reliably for every eligible person who wants to access benefits. That means fixing real internal problems as well as being on guard for inevitable mischief on the part of Obamacare’s myriad political foes.

Matthew Prince is CEO and cofounder of CloudFlare, a company that helps clients improve their services and protects them from bad actors online.

He told me via phone on Tuesday that the early stories about problems with healthcare.gov and other exchange sites around the country don’t suggest sabotage… yet. For now it looks like a mix of technical hiccups and unexpected traffic driven by organic interest in the launch of the program.

But he believes the attacks will come.

“There are three reasons people launch these attacks: extortion … competition … and the third, which is almost certainly going to be the case …read more

Source: ALTERNET

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10 Remarkably Stupid, Right-Wing Statements About the Shutdown and Obamacare

October 2, 2013 in Blogs

By Janet Allon, AlterNet

And the idiocy keeps mounting!


 

1. Tex. Gov. Rick Perry: Implementing Affordable Healthcare is a Criminal Act

“If this heath care law is forced upon this country, the young men and women in this audience are the ones who are really going to pay the price. And that, I suggest to you, reaches the point of being a felony toward them and their future. That is a criminal act, from my perspective.”

The Lone-Star Gov. may need a wee bit of schooling in criminal law.  

2. Betsy McCaughey, conservative “thinker”: Obama Wants Your Sexual History

The so-called Liberty Belle wrote in a column for the New York Post: “Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?’ Be ready to answer those questions and more next time you go to the doctor.”

Someone needs to tell her that that is what doctors do. Already. And that, yeah, sexual history is part of health care.

3. Sen. Mitch McConnell, Kentucky: “The president is more than willing to negotiate with the Iranians. I don’t know why he isn’t willing to negotiate with us.”

Are you sure that you want to compare Congressional Republicans to hardline mullahs? I think we’re beginning to understand which group is the more reasonable.

4. Laura Ingraham:  “Sob stories” from injured vets unable to get care because of the government shutdown, will make the GOP cave.

Oh God, yeah. Either that or kids with cancer who can’t get treatment at the NIH. What a bunch of whiners.

5. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: There’s a lot of blame to go around in Washington.

Well, Wolf, the blame doesn’t really go all the way around. It pretty much stops with the right-wing fringe of the Republican party.

6. Rep. David Schweikert (Arizona Republican): Government shutdown is “my idea of fun.”

What other hobbies do you enjoy? Robbing old ladies and pushing wheelchair-bound people down the stairs?

7. Rep. William O’Brien (Republican, New Hampshire) : Obamacare is Like the Fugitive Slave Act.

How so, exactly? And gee, do you think the racial connotations here are a coincidence?

8. Sen. Rand Paul: We haven’t had a big debate about Obamacare.

Dear Mr. …read more

Source: ALTERNET

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Paper Money Collapse Closes

October 2, 2013 in Economics

By Mark Thornton

The website Paper Money Collapse written by Detlev Schlichter is closing down as the author is embarking on new adventures. The author is an Austrian economist with perceptive commentary on economy. Here is a good example of his writings where he discusses the Free Banking vs. 100% Reserve Banking. We all wish Detlev good fortune in his new adventures.

Here is a new paper by Philipp Bagus and David Howden on the subject of Free Banking vs. 100% Reserve Banking.

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September’s ‘The Free Market’: Mises on The Drug War, Murphy on Mises Academy, and More.

October 2, 2013 in Economics

By Mises Updates

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Already in mailboxes is September’s edition of The Free Market [PDF], the Mises Institute’s monthly.

This month features Laurence Vance on Mises and the Drug War, Economist Robert Murphy on teaching at MisesAcademy, and an analysis of Rothbard’s influence among modern anarchists.

Laurence Vance examines Ludwig von Mises’s views on the prohibition of drugs:

“As soon as we surrender the principle that the state should not interfere in any ques­tions touching on the individual’s mode of life,” Mises goes on, “we end by regulating and restricting the latter down to the smallest detail.”

Robert Murphy reflects on his ability to now reach a worldwide audience

The Free Market: Forbes magazine recently suggested that institutions like the Mises Institute might become the universities of the 21st century. Do you see the MisesAcademy as breaking down some of these barriers between legacy higher education and new programs like MisesAcademy?

Robert Murphy: Oh definitely. I don’t think there’s any doubt that people can get a much better education through online routes, as opposed to brick-and-mortar institutions. The reason is one of simple logistics: You can be anywhere in the world and watch a top-flight instructor teach a course in exactly what you want. In contrast, if you’re at a cer­tain college, you have relatively limited choices about the instructor and the material. In a sense, the internet has to be better, because even the most engaging professors at MIT and so forth can put their physics lectures online.

And Rothbard is analyzed in the pages of The New Yorker:

Sanneh goes on to explain that “Rothbard was an anar­chist, but also a capitalist. ‘True anarchism will be capitalism, and true capitalism will be anarchism,’ he once said, and he sometimes referred to himself by means of a seven-syllable honorific: ‘anarcho-capitalist.’”

Also in this month’s issue, a thank you to our Donors for making Mises Academy possible, Mises in The Huffington Post, and more.

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Source: MISES INSTITUTE

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Scruton Gets Mises and Free-Market Ideologies Wrong

October 2, 2013 in Economics

By Ryan McMaken

At The American Conservative today, philosopher Roger Scruton correctly notes that “[t]he free market is a necessary part of any stable community, and the arguments for maintaining it as the core of economic life were unanswerably set out by Ludwig von Mises.”

Scruton then goes off course when he claims that ”[t]he free-market ideologues take one instance of spontaneous order, and erect it into a prescription for all the others. They ask us to believe that the free exchange of commodities is the model for all social interaction.”

Scruton is of course restating one of the six myths of libertarianism addressed by Murray Rothbard here.

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Sen. Paul Appears on Fox's Hannity- October 1, 2013

October 2, 2013 in Politics & Elections

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Shutdown Problems: Brought to You by Big Government

October 2, 2013 in Economics

By Michael D. Tanner

Michael D. Tanner

The federal government has shut down. And, as of this writing, no one knows exactly when it will reopen.

As we approached the fateful moment, fear gripped the Capitol in a way unseen since … well, the dreaded sequester back in March. Cable news networks solemnly counted down the hours until midnight. Newscasters spoke in sepulchral tones about the coming “crisis,” “disaster,” and “catastrophe.” Senate majority leader Harry Reid warned that “the fate of our country” was at stake. Really? The fate of the country?

I will leave it to others to debate the legislative tactics involved. Republican insistence on changes to Obamacare in the face of Democratic intransigence provides plenty of opportunity to play the blame game. A much bigger question — and one more important to the future of this country in the long run — is how we got to the point where a temporary suspension of some government services is seen as the end of civilization as we know it.

A nation of Jeffersons wouldn’t face this problem; a nation of Julias does.”

Bear in mind that most essential government services (and many that are not) will continue to function as usual. This includes not only the primary responsibilities of government, such as defense and homeland security, but things like air-traffic control, health care at Veterans Affairs hospitals, law enforcement, food-safety inspections, nuclear security, and so on. Medicare and Social Security checks will still go out, and most other government welfare benefits will continue as well. Roughly 80 percent of federal workers will continue to go to work.

Moreover, it’s not as if this hasn’t happened before. In fact, between 1977 and 1996, there were 17 government shutdowns, ranging from 1 to 21 days. Yet somehow the Republic survived.

Still, there is no doubt that a government shutdown will cause widespread pain and could even harm the economy. Why?

The Founding Fathers intended the federal government to have a minimal impact on our lives. As Thomas Jefferson said in his inaugural address, “a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement … This is the sum of good government.” One has trouble imagining Jefferson quivering in terror at the prospect that the federal government might cut back for a few days.

Today, however, the federal government has grown into a leviathan that …read more

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Unpunished for Genocide, Dictator Tries to Come to U.N.

October 2, 2013 in Economics

By Nat Hentoff

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Over the years, I have reported often on President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan, against whom the International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. The last offense recognizes his murders of more than 300,000 of his subjects in Darfur. Many thousands more Sudanese have been hurled into wretched refugee camps, suffering further killings and rapes committed by his troops.

Despite these arrest warrants, al-Bashir has yet to be tried. He has been welcomed, without fear of arrest, in Nigeria, Egypt, Kenya and China. His avoidance of punishment has been received with indifference by most American media for years. However, London-based Reuters reported last month that he was going to the “U.N. General Assembly and had already booked a hotel in New York” (“Sudan’s Bashir, wanted by the ICC, says he will travel to U.N.,” Ulf Laessing and Khalid Abdelaziz, Reuters, Sept. 22).

I was sickened, but not surprised. I knew that all members of the International Criminal Court must detain any visitor against whom it had issued an arrest warrant. But the United States, where a hotel suite was waiting for him, is not a member of the International Criminal Court. Of course, al-Bashir knew this.

Reuters quoted the monster: “Nobody in the U.S. can question me or hold me.”

At first, our media expressed hardly any shocked indignation at his intended visit. This, even though al-Bashir has continued killing his people and his allies, in, for example, the Nuba Mountains, with little notice, except by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who’s often on the perilous scene.

But human rights organizations began urging action by President Barack Obama, whose administration at first didn’t have much to say about this multidimensional war criminal’s arrival. A particularly incisive and forceful confronter of Obama was Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service, which not only orates against human rights abuses but also keeps working against them.

I’ve known Ruth since she was involved in real-life educational reform here in New York. She does not give up. Last month, she and numerous other human rights activists signed a letter addressed to President Obama, asking him to take a stand against al-Bashir’s planned visit:

“Our immigration laws prohibit admitting perpetrators of genocide and extrajudicial killings into our country and it is unprecedented for someone wanted by the International Criminal Court for the crime of genocide to travel to the …read more

Source: OP-EDS