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ABC World News Tonight Just Took on Trump’s Stunning Tweet about Due Process—and His Fans Are Furious

February 11, 2018 in Blogs

By Eric W. Dolan, Raw Story

Trump supporters exploded on Twitter.

ABC World News Tonight host Tom Llamas on Saturday night confronted President Donald Trump’s “stunning” statement about due process rights.

Trump on Saturday morning complained that people’s lives were being “destroyed” over “mere” allegations after two former White House staffers, Rob Porter and David Sorensen, resigned over claims they beat their ex-wives.

“Both accused of domestic abuse, now the scandal rippling through the Oval Office with chief of staff John Kelly indicating his willingness to resign,” Llamas explained.

But that was too much for some supporters of President Donald Trump, who took to Twitter to express their discontent with the segment.


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Remembering Burt Blumert

February 11, 2018 in Economics

By David Gordon


By: David Gordon

Today would have been the 89th birthday of Burt Blumert, one of the greatest personalities of the modern libertarian movement. Burt was the indispensable man behind the scenes and was a key figure in the Mises Institute, the Center for Libertarian Studies, and He was one of Murray Rothbard’s closest friends; and when you met him, it was easy to see why Murray liked him. He was a genial and kind person and a source of wise counsel to all those fortunate to know him. Burt was the founder of Camino Coins and a principal figure in the hard money community. If you want to get a sense of what Burt was like, you have only to read his collection of humorous essays, Bagels, Barry Bonds, and Rotten Politicians (2008). It was a source of great pride and comfort to Burt in his final illness that he was able to see this book in print. Burt helped me with good advice when I most needed it, and I will always be grateful to him for his counsel and friendship

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No, There’s No Evidence of a Murder Wave Targeting Gay Americans

February 11, 2018 in Economics

By Walter Olson

Walter Olson

“Why Are Murders Of Gay And Bi Men Up A Staggering 400
Percent?” asks the headline atop Michelangelo
Signorile’s new
HuffPost column
, shared at least 13,000 times so far
“Hint: This Alarming Surge Has Taken Place Since Donald Trump
Became President,” adds HuffPost unsubtly in a tweet
promoting the column.

If your response was to wonder first whether such murders are in
fact skyrocketing, yours is the right instinct.

With the FBI reporting 11,821 male homicide victims in the U.S.
in 2016, even a conservative estimate of how many are gay or
bisexual yields a number of annual victims well into the hundreds,
and perhaps significantly above that.

Were such a number to jump by 400 percent, it would generate a
noticeable blip of 1,000 or more extra gay male murder victims in a
single year. Terrifying, right?

One large gay nonprofit,
Victory Fund, has already been citing the study in fundraising

But Signorile, it seems, is working with a different data set.
Citing a report by an advocacy group called the National
Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
, he says the number rose
“from four in 2016 to 20 in 2017.”

Wait a minute. Only four gay men were murdered in all of 2016?
And then 20 the next year?

Maybe these figures are meant to count only those murders of gay
or bi men in which the motive is anti-gay hatred. Signorile notes
darkly that hateful groups and persons “may feel
emboldened” by current political trends, perhaps explaining a
murder spree. And he leads off his piece with the story of one
murder last month, the Blaze Bernstein case in California, in which
hateful ideology does appear to have played a key role.

But Signorile also mentions in passing that the NCAVP stats
include murders following social media hookups. That seemed
curious: when do those get counted as hate-related crimes, and when
not? So I went and looked at the underlying report, entitled
Crisis of Hate

The first problem with the data is one that the advocates at
NCAVP make no effort to hide, which is that the recently launched
database consists only of killings reported to them. Among
its sources are “media reports, police reports, or … our
member programs.” If more killings are being brought to
NCAVP’s attention, it’s hard to know whether that
reflects an actual increase, or just that the group has been more
successful in receiving reports.

The report also relegates to a footnote a fact that might seem
significant: the database includes only “individually
reported” murders of LGBT persons. It thus excludes the 2016
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Source: OP-EDS