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What’s With All These Cases of Sexual Misconduct Now?

I thought that I was the only one who hadn’t witnessed or heard about any kind of abusive, coercive or intimidating, degrading or sexually harassing treatment of women by male workers at any place that I had every worked. But yesterday I heard Mike Gallagher on the radio asking the same thing. “Am I the only one who hasn’t been aware of any of this where I have ever worked? So I’m not alone.

(Okay, there was this one time during the 1980s when I worked in an office environment and while I was in the photocopy room the head maintenance guy was going into a small storage room across the hallway with one of the housekeepers, but she clearly wasn’t being coerced or anything. I don’t think that counts as far as the “harassment” that we’ve been hearing about. But other than that situation, I hadn’t heard of anything going on at any of those places. I’m in my mid-50s now.)

So is all this we’re hearing about with Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Matt Lauer, Al Franken, Roy Moore et al. a new thing? Well, we heard about Bill Clinton from the very beginning of his 1992 presidential campaign with Gennifer Flowers, and then subsequently Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and 50 or 100 more, I can’t remember how many now.

So I have a feeling that this kind of behavior is nothing new. Given that so many males are being outed now as extreme pervs, sexual assaulters and violators, and if all this has been going on since time immemorial, who else in the past actually acted this way toward others or toward co-workers? Walter Cronkite? I hope not! And did Jimmy Carter really only “commit adultery in his heart”? (Probably.)

These issues are just being aired out and taken seriously now. However, given the high profile cases of false accusation such as with the Duke LaCrosse case and the Rolling Stone magazine article on the UVA campus rape case and other cases, it is fair to ask if any of the current allegations against politicians, show-biz celebrities and journalists are false. Most of the accused such as Matt Lauer have admitted to their predatory behaviors, but some such as Roy Moore continue to deny it. They all have a right to due process, in my view.

But with the exception of the rare female teacher who seduces her teenage boy student, I have yet to hear about any female movie director, journalist or politician who has been accused by a male co-worker or underling of sexual misconduct.

So then is this sexual misconduct just a male thing? What about the perv stuff? Just plain sicko stuff? Variety states that,

As the co-host of NBC’s “Today,” Matt Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy as a present. It included an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her, which left her mortified.

On another day, he summoned a different female employee to his office, and then dropped his pants, showing her his penis. After the employee declined to do anything, visibly shaken, he reprimanded her for not engaging in a sexual act.

He would sometimes quiz female producers about who they’d slept with, offering to trade names. And he loved to engage in a crass quiz game with men and women in the office: “f—, marry, or kill,” in which he would identify the female co-hosts that he’d most like to sleep with.

Huh? And Lauer admitted to all that? What’s with that guy? So this is beyond just a “sexual misconduct” thing. It shows someone who is a deeply disturbed individual (if the above accounts are true). Who the hell would say those kinds of things to anyone? But, it appears so far that Lauer has not denied any of these things.

And regarding Charlie Rose, the Washington Post asserts,

Most of the women said Rose alternated between fury and flattery in his interactions with them. Five described Rose putting his hand on their legs, sometimes their upper thigh, in what they perceived as a test to gauge their reactions. Two said that while they were working for Rose at his residences or were traveling with him on business, he emerged from the shower and walked naked in front of them. One said he groped her buttocks at a staff party.

To be fair, Charlie Rose responded to the allegations: “It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior. I am greatly embarrassed…I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.”

Now, I think that that statement — “I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings…” — is not atypical of the kinds of narcissists we see in these fields of TV news, show-biz and politics. In those fields we are plagued with extremely narcissistic people, those who crave attention, love being filmed, admired and watched by others. So is Charlie Rose one of those narcissists who is so in love with himself that he just projects his “feelings” onto someone else, assuming that she feels the same way about him? But, if the allegations of his touching and groping them and prancing around naked in front of them are true, there is that sexual pervness going on as well, that might be a part of the typical narcissist’s personality.

Besides the narcissism problem, it is also a power issue. The so-called men use their power or authority to coerce women into sexual relationships or else they will lose their jobs or a promotion.

And notice how most of the accused in these current cases align themselves with Big Government, with supporting candidates or policies promoting the expansion of government power over the lives of others? They align themselves with the armed police power of government. They are not “liberals”! Government is power and control. Most of these guys are definitely not advocates of freedom and individual liberty, that’s for sure.

Perhaps these power-lusting people are more examples which show that the government power and controls they support are really predatory in nature, and go against the freedom and security of the people.

What Should Happen to the “Consumer Financial Protection” Bureau?

Now that Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray has resigned, it is unclear as to who the new replacement director will be, either the one Cordray himself chose, Leandra English, or Donald Trump’s choice of Mick Mulvaney the current budget director. Both English and Mulvaney have emailed staff, with both of them signing the emails as “acting director,” according to the New York Times.

Why is there a “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau”?

In its hysterical reaction to the 2008 financial crisis and following its extremely dishonest bailout of Wall Street, Congress created the CFPB in 2010 to, according to the law as quoted in Wikipedia, “promote the financial stability of the United States by improving accountability and transparency in the financial system, to end ‘too big to fail,’ to protect the American taxpayer by ending bailouts, to protect consumers from abusive financial services practices, and for other purposes.”

The law is known as the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,” named after then-Sen. Chris “Countrywide” Dodd (D-Countrywide) and then-Rep. Barney Frank (D-OneUnited, “Hot Bottom,” Moonbat City), and the law created, among many other intrusions, the Financial Stability Oversight Council, a central planning replacement for something that was long ago much more efficient at stabilizing markets and finances, the free market.

You see, what caused the 2008 financial crisis in the first place, just as with the Great Depression, were government intrusions into the market, government programs such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and so on. Bureaucracies that should never have existed in the first place.

But it really should be called the Elizabeth Warren Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, or the Elizabeth Warren Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Warren is the one who met with Obama in 2009 and 2010 many times in the first year of the Obama administration to organize the central planning atrocity, because she, like other wiser do-gooders, was concerned about people getting suckered into mortgages or credit cards without reading the fine print.

Warren was not concerned with getting at the underlying causes of the 2008 financial crisis, such as those government intrusions (e.g. “Community Reinvestment” Act) into the home-loan business and other financial matters, intrusions that already shouldn’t have existed.

In order to attempt to prevent further “instability” following the 2008 financial crisis, professional meddlers and moonbats formed this huge unaccountable bureaucracy, the CFPB, in which instead of concentrating on serving the consumers the regulated firms must please the regulators, the bureaucrats.

The truth is, none of these bureaucracies should exist, whether it’s these new ones from Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama, or the old ones from FDR, Wilson and LBJ. All these governmental intrusions need to be repealed, dismantled and thrown into the dustbin of history.

In 2015 then-Congressman Mulvaney had co-sponsored a bill to completely abolish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Yay. Maybe he can try to do that again.

But, as long as the Bureau still exists, I’d like to see Elizabeth Warren and the CFPB prosecute one of the biggest financial fraudsters of our time, Barack Obama who knowingly lied when he told us “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.”

The truth is, most of the fraudsters of our time, including Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Barney Frank, Trump, Bush (as well as FDR and all the rest), have been government fraudsters!

The Military Today

According to this article in USA Today, “People with a history of ‘self-mutilation,’ bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now seek waivers to join the Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.

“The decision to open Army recruiting to those with mental health conditions comes as the service faces the challenging goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September 2018. To meet last year’s goal of 69,000, the Army accepted more recruits who fared poorly on aptitude tests, increased the number of waivers granted for marijuana use and offered hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses.

If you read further into the article, it only gets worse. I’m sure all those frothing militarists out there such as the Salem Radio talk show personalities are thrilled to hear those kinds of things about their beloved U.S. military. (Hmm, I’m beginning to refer to the “Salem Radio talk hosts” in the same way that Hugh Hewitt refers to those “Steelers fans,” and Rush Limbaugh says, “for those of you in Rio Linda…” I better watch my manners.)

And that reminds me, I heard Dennis Prager, another one of those Salem Talk hosts, say that the people on the left are “anti-America,” when in reality he and his ilk the neocons, they are the “anti-America” ones, because they are militarists and warmongers, warvangelicals, collectivists.

Militarism is the opposite of liberty, which was what America was founded upon.

As Jacob Hornberger pointed out in this article, many of the Founders including James Madison and Patrick Henry, were skeptical of even having a standing army. They knew from experience that a standing army would be used by the rulers to inflict tyranny on the people.

And, given all the times U.S. Presidents have sent the military into foreign lands for no good reason except to provoke foreigners and cause blowback, as Laurence Vance wrote in this article, “A military not strictly for defense of U.S. borders, shores, coasts, and skies is nothing more than the president’s personal attack force staffed by mercenaries willing to obey his latest command to bomb, invade, occupy, and otherwise bring death and destruction to any country he deems necessary.”

So given how authoritarian and obediently loyal the Salem Radio talk show personalities are to the U.S. National State and its Flag, I think they have no idea as to the real damage the U.S. military has wrought in their violence overseas, especially in the Middle East. Being obedient sheeple, they believe what the government and its national security state tell them, via the government’s spokespeople of CBS News, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Review and Weakly Standard. (And Rush and his dittoheads as well, quite frankly.)

Many people really believe that U.S. military are invading and occupying foreign territories to “defend our freedoms.” But the truth is, as Jacob Hornberger has noted in this other article as well, the troops are not defending our freedom. When people are invaders on other peoples’ lands and criminally destroying their homes and businesses, their schools and markets, how can those U.S. military invaders be said to be “defending our freedom”?

And as I pointed out in this article on martial law in Amerika, given the militarist, police-statist mindset that many have now in the “land of the free and the home of the brave,” if economic collapse and civil unrest occur here there is a good chance that the U.S. President and his minions, military commanders and governors will order “martial law,” i.e. turn the apparatus of war against their own people, which is the Constitutional definition of Treason.

Add to that, as the USA Today article above notes regarding the military’s admittance of depression sufferers and drug abusers, the lowering of academic standards for recruits (including training how to fabricate high school diplomas for drop-outs), and those soldiers who were admitted with violent criminal records. And we get soldiers who “just want to kill people at any cost,” as Spc. Adam Winfield observed which mirrored the disillusionment that Bowe Bergdahl felt when he was sent over to Afghanistan for no good reason. Some people (such as the Salem Radio folks and the Rush dittoheads) think that those guys are “traitors” for not showing blind loyalty to a corrupt government in Washington and its militarist criminality, but it’s really the opposite of that. The ones who sent those troops over there and who started these wars are the real traitors, in my view.

Another Salem Radio talk host, Michael Medved, recently wrote a book about the “American Miracle,” in which he really seems to believe that the USA is divinely inspired. Sadly, some people just live in a fantasy land of propaganda that whitewashes the U.S. government’s crimes over two centuries. And they naively believe the myths surrounding the legacy of Honest Abe Lincoln, the lies told about the U.S. military’s slaughter of tens of thousands in Japan, and so on.

And now we have hard-core militarists and warmongers in Washington at the controls, the generals McMaster, Kelly and Mattis. From them all the way down to the lowest-ranking enlisted men (and women, and transgenders, etc., etc.), we’re going to have a bumpy ride if there really is civil unrest and martial law in our future, with weirdos, misfits, psychopaths, degenerates, murderers, rapists, sexual assaulters, and depressed and suicidal maniacs confiscating private firearms, unlawfully detaining and falsely imprisoning innocent people, and who knows what else.

Eventually, the Anti-Federalists will be proven right. (Wait. They already have been proven right!)

Authoritarianism in Amerika These Days

I’ll admit, my previous post was not the best written one I’ve ever done. It’s Thanksgiving. But a lot of issues in the news and on the radio talk shows are really frustrating now.

I’m glad that people are being critical of the college campus intolerance, the censorship, the Soviet-style conformity-impositions, and the Orwellian Two-Minute Hate orientations. And people are critical of the mainstream media, as they should be.

But as I wrote in my previous post, people are critical more because of the media’s leftist ideological agenda-driven “news,” (a.k.a. propaganda, a.k.a. “fake news”), but not as much because of mainstream media’s alliance with the State, which is the most important reason why people should criticize the media. That’s because a lot of the media’s critics are also True Believers in the State, particularly the centralized State, the U.S. government.

I really don’t understand why people especially conservatives and nationalists like those Salem radio personalities get so upset if someone such as those NFL players don’t want to stand for the national anthem, or recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The flag people get all emotional and even angry if someone doesn’t see the flag as they do. That’s because their allegiance, in my view, is mainly to the State which is represented by the flag.

So, I’m not someone who cares that much about a flag, and I’m certainly not an authoritarian as those nationalists are. I don’t care much about “making America great again,” as much as I want to see America free again, which I’ve written here before. I think that a lot of people, if given the choice, would rather have an America with less freedom and prosperity (as we have now) than freedom and prosperity without an America. For the authoritarians it’s Country First.

In other annoying news, this Breitbart article says that nearly half of “female” transgender inmates are sex offenders. At least in England. (It’s probably more than that in crazy US of A.) Does that mean that outside of the prisons those males who “identify” as females and who want to invade the ladies rooms and locker rooms and showers might really be sex offenders who just want to see the unclothed ladies (or worse)? I’m only asking, not accusing anyone of anything.

This Daily Caller article says that U.S. troops were told for years to ignore the sexual abuse of little boys in Afghanistan, because that’s a “part of their culture” there. Well, I’m not surprised that our corrupt military goes along with that crap, given that U.S. military have been excusing sexual assault within the military as well. What a sick culture. If you’re young and graduating high school and not sure what to do with your life, don’t join the military. No one should join the military, because the feds send you off to foreign places for no good reason except to invade, occupy, bomb and shoot and murder innocent people. (But you can now use the military as a means to surgically change your gender apparatus.) And also the military is not worth the permanent PTSD, being turned into a life-long cripple, not to mention crippling you emotionally so you can’t enjoy a relationship, a marriage, i.e. a normal life. (Oops, I’m not supposed to say “cripple,” but I don’t know what the PC-acceptable term is right now. Maybe James Watt knows.)

Speaking of the wonderful U.S. military, this article on Activist Post says that coinciding with Donald Trump’s escalation of hostilities in Afghanistan, the opium poppy cultivation has expanded. So, if your son or daughter, husband or wife or brother or sister has become addicted to heroin or prescription opiates, thank the U.S. military and CIA and their boss, same as the old boss, Donald Trump.

Also, another terrific article by Laurence Vance on whether to repeal the 2nd Amendment. Laurence Vance points out that the Constitution and its 2nd Amendment are irrelevant, because the right of the people to keep and bear arms is a natural right that all people have inherently, which preexists the formation of any government. Repeal the 2nd Amendment? Well, I’d take out the words “militia” and “regulated,” because those are too vague, and I think they were put in there by the centralists to be deliberately confusing. It should just say, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be violated.” Period. (And there’s another recent article by Scott McPherson who says that gun control is elitist and wrong. Yup.)

You see, the authoritarians on the right (mentioned above) if given the choice would prefer to have a society with a heavily armed government and a disarmed civilian population, rather than a disarmed government and an armed civilian population as it should be.

So, there’s a lot of authoritarianism in Amerika now, from the moonbats on the Left and the flag-worshiping military-worshiping nationalists on the right. I really don’t know what to make of all this.

Thanksgiving Day in Amerika

Today is Thanksgiving. And tomorrow is “Black Friday.” What, only black people are allowed to do holiday shopping the day after Thanksgiving?

I really don’t have much time this week to write stuff, but here is my Thanksgiving day post.

Yesterday I heard Who Knewitt Hugh Hewitt on Salem Radio interviewing Hillary Rotten Clinton, and frankly it was like listening to Air America and Rachel Maddow. Talk about one softball after another. But Hugh Hewitt is very ambitious and I understand. (What? There’s no more Air America?) Did he ask her about the Clinton Foundation’s relationship with the Russians and the Saudis? What about Bill Clinton’s meeting with Loretta Lynch on the tarmac? God forbid. So is Hewitt really one of the media swamp creatures whose loyalty is to the State and all its apparatchiks? The Salem network is described online as a “Christian” radio network, not particularly “conservative.” (But should they have moonbats hosting?)

Dennis Prager is also on Salem radio. He’s extremely authoritarian in his mentality. You’ve probably seen some of his “Prager University” videos. I recently saw some of Sharyl Attkisson’s video on why no one trusts the mainstream media, and I was a bit disappointed. It seemed like maybe someone else wrote her lines, it didn’t seem like what I was used to from her writing or interviews I’ve heard. Maybe it wasn’t “anti-State” enough, which is what I think people need to be in their skepticism of the mainstream media, because the media are mainly propagandists for the State (especially the national security state), unfortunately. The talk radio personalities on Salem Radio are as well, in my view.

But regarding Dennis Prager, he’s been promoting his new book that will be released in a few months on the Bible. His commentary on the Bible that he says is his most important work in his lifetime. Well, given how authoritarian he is, I think we can expect an authoritarian interpretation of the Bible. Some people think the Bible already is authoritarian, but not entirely.

In contrast, Laurence Vance, a libertarian author and speaker who has degrees in history, theology, accounting and economics, is an expert on the Bible and who has written books on the Bible, most recently King James, His Bible and Its Translators, and other books, including several books on Christianity and war. Laurence Vance is clearly an antiwar Bible-believing Christian. (And here is  Laurence Vance’s great recent article on feeling helpless against the IRS. Yes, it should be abolished.)

Sadly, many people who claim to be Christians (or believers in “Judeo-Christian values”) are warmongers and “warvangelicals” who defend the U.S. government’s many wars it has inflicted on other parts of the world especially the Middle East in these past 25 years. If you want to get a good sample of the “warvangelicals,” just listen to the Salem Radio personalities.

Hmm, what else have I been hearing on the radio, besides the show-biz celebrities, politicians, and media personalities who have been accused or admitted to sexual harassment or worse? Well, Mrs. Rand Paul, Kelley Paul has written an article on CNN stating that Sen. Paul is in a lot of pain even just to breathe. Rand Paul is the one who was attacked by a neighbor while mowing the lawn, and the vicious neighbor gave Sen. Paul several broken ribs and fluid in the lungs, and now pneumonia. Mrs. Paul scolded the biased mainstream media in their spreading false stories that the attack on Sen. Paul was because of a lawn care dispute, which she says it clearly was not.

I think our society is quite crazy now, with social and political activists resorting to physical violence, and with neanderthal males in positions of authority intimidating young females at the workplace to do illicit sexual things with them. Or now we have people who just physically attack people or shoot them like at the Republican baseball practice.

By the way, why do people have to have “sensitivity training“? They need to be trained to not act indecently, intrusively, or criminally toward others? Like apes and monkeys have to be “trained”? (Don’t call me a “racist” with my reference to “apes and monkeys,” most of the people recently in the news accused of sexual harassment are white people.)

It’s really a United States of Sodom and Gomorrica now. Like, what is going on with Judge Roy Moore who at 30 years old wants to date teenage girls, Harvey Weinstein who seems like a power-lusting psycho, Al Franken whom nobody really liked anyway, Kevin Spacey nutso, Mark Halperin and Glenn the “Hack” Thrush, and yes, even George H.W. Bush. Should we be surprised about the elder President Bush? After all, he starts a war on Iraq in the early 1990s, imposes sanctions and no-fly zones that results in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians which led to 9/11 and our beloved police state, and he’s now 93 and living a good life.

Happy Thanksgiving. Don’t drink and drive. And don’t argue with your mother.

Why Do You Still Vote?

Well, this post is going to have to be another sarcastic rant, because I can’t believe how many suckers and dupes there are in America. Do you really believe the scam tax “reform” plan and “cuts” being proposed?

On those alleged “tax cuts” that Donald Trump and the U.S. CONgress want to impose, it appears now that they will raise taxes on lower- and middle-income taxpayers, according to Robert Wenzel. And you’ve probably already heard that while the corporate tax cuts will be permanent, the individual tax cuts will only be “temporary.” Huh? What are they doing over there in Washington? (A lot of snorting, grunting, and oinking, that’s for sure.)

For the actual workers of society, their tax cuts will expire at some point, and then their taxes will go up again. So how the hell will the commoners be able to really plan their financial futures when they know that at any time the government is going to suddenly start stealing more away from them?

And that’s in addition to moving some workers up into higher tax brackets, known as bracket “creep,” named after each and every member of CONgress who votes for this crap. Those “creeps.” Moving 10% up to 12%, and others from a current lower tax bracket up to a new higher tax bracket. (I may have heard that reported by the AP correspondent Soggy Megonner, but I’m not sure.)

And this is all going to happen as the thieves and robbers on Crapitol Hill take away many people’s deductions, which in and of itself raises their taxes. It makes them have more of their earnings stolen from them so that the Merchants of Death such as Boeing, Northrup Grumman and Raytheon are happy, along with all the other parasites who enrich themselves off the labor of the commoners.

These tax proposals in the U.S. Senate and the House are all central-planning fantasies. Well, they whine, we have to raise these people’s taxes while we cut those people’s taxes, based on our predictions of growth over 10 years, blah, blah, blah. No, bureaucrats, the truth is, your tax system is a theft system. You’re just stealing from the people.

And central planners can’t project growth or crashes because they can’t predict the future. (Although those with the Austrian school mindset are better at understanding cause and effect, that’s for sure.) But worse than all that is they refuse to cut spending! They’re snorting, grunting and oinking pigs feeding at the trough, worse than ever, worse than I’ve ever seen in my 50+ years.

However, those who know the history of freedom and free markets know that the more freedom there has been the more prosperity there has been. And that’s just a fact of history. As Ron Paul has said, get rid of the income tax and the IRS, and replace them with NOTHING!

And all this sexual harassment stuff in the news now. I am not at all surprised to hear someone with sexual assault or harassment complaints against Al Franken, the one from Minnesota who “won” his election probably thanks to felons voting illegally.

And Roy Moore, the judge from Alabama who has been accused of dating or sexually harassing or molesting minors while he was already into his 30s.

So, there has been his obsession with the Ten Commandments (Moore’s obsession, not Stuart Smalley), which he wants to place on public property. I say that’s fine with me, but you have to accept ALL other religious documents or excerpts to be displayed if someone wants to do that, including from the Qoran or even from a “devil-worshiping” religious group. Yes, a devil-worshiping religion. A lot of people scoff at that, but if we say that the government may not “establish” (according to the First Amendment), then the government may not have the power to decide which religions are valid and which are not. (No, I am not a devil-worshiper, I’m not an anything-worshiper. But a lot of ignorant, subservient sheeple are government-worshipers, oh well.)

Other than that issue with Roy Moore, there was this article by one of his staff attorneys who presented specific cases decided by Moore or from which he dissented, cases that show, supposedly, that Moore is actually good for liberty. Who knows. So what if he wants to date teenage girls while he’s 20 or 30 years older. At least they aren’t teenage boys, for crying out loud. (Sorry, that was a botched joke.)

Are We Doomed?

The first president of Facebook Sean Parker admitted that the original cast and crew at Facebook consciously and deliberately formed applications with “likes” and other “validations” for a “little dopamine hit every once in a while” for Facebook dupes and chumps. Tucker Carlson asks if Congress will call social media honchos in to discuss the “addictive” nature of such platforms in the same way they had the tobacco company executives testify about the harmful effects of smoking.

Well, I think that’s a bit hysterical. But, Dr. Delaney Ruston explained on the PBS NewsHour just how the screen time affects people’s thinking and behavior: She said that “dopamine (is) secreted in the brain’s pleasure center when we get new bits of information and we look at the screens …” And Dr. Ruston noted that there have been studies which looked at “MRI scans of the brain of kids who play a lot of video games, 20 hours or more of video games a week. And when they compare them to people who are addicted to, say, drugs or alcohol, their brains scans are similar…” In the PBS feature it was also noted that multitasking behaviors (such as “switching rapidly back and forth between digital devices”) studied on mice showed that such behaviors compromised the test subjects’ learning capabilities.

Hmm, perhaps this is why young cashiers don’t know how to make change unless their computer/cash register tells them how much to give back? Have you noticed this? They can’t subtract. But then, their math retardation could also be because the schools aren’t teaching adding and subtracting, multiplying and dividing, as well as reading and writing. Do they even use books anymore in schools? Is it all electronic devices? Hypnotizing the kids who are already zombiefied enough by all the Xanax, Zoloft, Adderall, and poisonous processed foods and food dyes. So they’re growing up using those electronic devices they shouldn’t be using, just as they’re being given terrible poisonous drugs they shouldn’t be getting.

And this trend in dumbing down is especially the case here in the good ol’ US of A.

The U.S. last year ranked 31st out of 35 developed nations in math, as well as 25th in reading. It will probably be worse for 2017, given these trends. And it’s not just because of “Common Core.” The schools have been infiltrated with social activists whose main concerns are indoctrinating the kids with nonsense human-hating ideologies like global warming and “climate change,” and the LGBT agenda with its irrational and abusive, made-up “transgender” stuff. A lot people believe all that stuff now. We have people on the left in mainstream media outlets nonchalantly calling critics “deniers” in an intentional and insulting reference to Holocaust deniers, and legislatures or city councils attempting to outlaw referring to a male as “he” if said male prefers to be referred to as “she.”

I know, there are some people who like my writing and my views on government totalitarianism, but they then feel offended by my realism when it comes to the transgender issue or the “climate change” fanaticism. Well, if you’re brainwashed by years of TV-hypnotizing and government school indoctrination, I think you should get yourself deprogrammed, quite frankly.

Related to the USA’s terrible educational ranking, its economic freedom also went down in 2017, since just 2016. The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom for 2017 shows that the U.S. is #17, with the U.K. and the UAE being ahead of us. Now, why is that?

The “tax cuts” (sic) they’re currently attempting in Washington will be the usual scam, and that’s part of the problem. They will not make any actual necessary cuts in spending in the government budget, because the criminal parasites just can’t let go of all their agencies and bureaus, their little fiefdoms, and all their higher-than-private-sector salaries, perks and pensions. Washington is filled with very ignorant, selfish, covetous parasites, thieves and psychopaths. (I wonder what prescription drugs many of them are taking? But I digress…)

So, the U.S. will go back to being #1 in economic freedom like it used to be, if the criminal vultures in Washington (and in the states and cities, etc.) repeal their income tax-thefts and other intrusive prosperity-killing regulations. Just repeal the 1913 income tax. Dismantle the bureaucracies in Washington and close down the blowback-inflicting military bases abroad, and we’ll get our prosperity back along with our economic freedom.

But sadly, the brainwashed and screen-staring zombies of the next generation of “leaders” don’t understand those things. They believe in impossible things like “income equality” and they are told that “diversity” matters more than freedom. We live in a cult of cognitive degeneracy now.

And as far as the freedom of the Press is concerned, the Reporters Without Borders/Freedom House rankings show that America’s Press freedom has declined dramatically from 2006 to 2016. And it’s not just because of Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump. There are fascists on the right and on the left who want to censor the truth, especially when it comes to telling the truth about the government criminals in Washington, as Daniel Ellsberg, Bradley Manning, Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks, James Risen and James Bamford and others have tried to do.

And now we have young college-aged snowflakes and 20-and 30-something millennials wanting to shut down the always subjective “Hate Speech.” If these trends continue, not only will we have no more Internet alternatives to inform us on what government is doing to us, but I’m sure CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox News, and others will also be shut down, and, as some U.S. Senators seem to want, the only available “news” outlet will be Government-Approved News.

No wonder so many young people are so depressed these days. A recent study by researchers at Columbia University and City University of New York showed that kids age 12 to 17 diagnosed with clinical depression increased significantly in the past 10 years, from 8.7 to 12.7, according to CBS News.

You see, a lot of people feel “depressed,” and then they are given those powerful antidepressants (which they shouldn’t be getting!) which then cause them to become even more depressed. The schools and pediatricians are giving the young people all these prescription drugs, and the drugs make the kids’ problems worse. Dr. Peter Breggin explains the studies which have shown this.

And Dr. Paul Andrews of McMaster University, whose research also shows that antidepressants cause or worsen depression, has shown in his latest research that antidepressants can increase the risk of death by 33% because of their interference with serotonin which is crucial for vital organ functioning.

Now, as I have written before, for those who are taking any of those drugs and want to get off them, to prevent a possible dangerous reaction to withdrawal, see Dr. Breggin’s book on psychiatric drug withdrawal, Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal: A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and Their Families.

So in the future, will we have a population of drug-damaged, screen-staring brain-damaged ignorant zombies ruling over us? (It appears they already are, quite frankly.)

Can we reverse this whole trend? I hope so.

Government Interventionism Causes Further Problems: More Examples

12-year-old Texan Alexis Bortell is being treated for what were severe epileptic seizures with Haleigh’s Hope, a kind of medical marijuana that does not have the psychoactive properties of “regular” marijuana, and says that she has been without seizures for three years. But, she and her family had to move to Colorado where marijuana has been legalized to get the Haleigh’s Hope, because it is still illegal in her home state of Texas. The other alternative that some doctors wanted to do to her was brain surgery.

So now Alexis is joining a lawsuit against U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions who wants to viciously enforce federal drug prohibitions, disregarding the will of the voters in the states who legalized marijuana. Sessions stated in an interview, according to the Washington Examiner, “I do not believe there’s any argument [that] because a state legalizes marijuana, that the federal law against marijuana is no longer in existence … I do believe that the federal laws clearly are in effect in all 50 states and we will do our best to enforce the laws as we are required to do so.”

Apparently, Sessions has not read the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Or he has read it, but has contempt for it in letter and in spirit.

And I’ve heard some defenders of prohibition and other fascist policies on the radio speak of the “supremacy clause.” So it seems that these people don’t understand that it is the states who are supreme over the federal government. The people of the various states, the states that existed at the time of America’s founding, wrote a Constitution which then created a 3rd-party agency known as the federal government.

The people of the states are the government’s boss, not the other way around! Many people still don’t understand that. As Tom Woods, author of Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, wrote on his blog regarding the relationship between the states and the federal regime in Washington,

If you and I give a third person (call him Person C) a limited power of attorney to help govern our affairs, and that person oversteps the boundaries outlined in the contract we signed, who gets to decide if Person C is in violation of the contract? Is it Person C himself? Or is it you and I, the people who wrote and signed the limited power of attorney in the first place? Likewise, the states, as the principals to the constitutional compact, have a far better logical claim to be the judges of constitutionality than their agent, the federal government.

Meanwhile, to remind us of the absurdity of the drug war in and of itself, in Detroit one precinct of government police went undercover as drug dealers to arrest buyers, while police from another precinct were undercover in the same location as drug buyers to arrest the drug dealers. And when the two groups met they got into a big brawl. Heh. As Jacob Sullum of Reason observed,

What went wrong, aside from the obvious lack of coordination and professionalism, is that the government decided to violently insert itself into peaceful transactions between consenting adults, which led police officers to pose as such so they could lock people in cages for actions that violate no one’s rights. In this case, each side to the transaction wanted to lock up the other side, and each side understandably resented the other’s intention. But at least the collateral damage was kept to a minimum. Maybe this is how the war on drugs should be waged from now on.

It’s amazing how modern neanderthals government bureaucrats still haven’t learned from Prohibition of the 1920s.

Judge Roy Moore Being Given the Harvey Weinstein Treatment

By now, most readers are probably sick of hearing about Judge Roy Moore, the Alabama U.S. Senate candidate who is now being accused by several women of making unwanted sexual advances toward them or outright raping them.

I heard Moore’s interview on the Sean Hannity radio show. Hannity asked Moore if he had dated teenage girls of 16, 17 or 18 while he was already into his 30s, and Moore’s answers included, according to NPR’s review of the conversation, “Not generally, no.”

“Not generally“? So sometimes? Yech. Sorry, Judge. The correct answer to that is “NO!” Or even, “No. Way.” And so on. (Who in his 20s or 30s would even consider dating teenage girls? What the hell is wrong with some guy who can’t find someone his own age — or someone who isn’t a child — to date?)

I don’t even think it matters that some accusers are lacking in credibility at this point.

And Moore did admit to dating a teenage high school girl after speaking at her school. And now a new accuser has come forward and showed her yearbook that Moore allegedly signed. Huh? Since when do people sign the yearbooks of students or graduates, other than the other students or teachers at the school (except for perhaps family members)? Unless the signature is forged, of course.

Anyway, the Republicans and talk radio dittoheads are battling it out, with some sticking with Moore because they are afraid of seeing another Democrat get elected to the Senate, and others wanting him out. But what difference does it make? Those “Republican Revolutionaries” from 1994, the Republican majority under George W. Bush, the 2010 Tea Party victors and the 2014 conservatives who were in the Congress have done nothing but give us more socialism, including Medicare Part D, voting against repealing ObamaCare, and giving us the Patriot Act, TSA, DHS and NSA police state. In other words, they might talk a good game when it comes to promoting freedom and repealing the welfare/warfare socialist state, but once they get to Washington they become addicted to the power and join the one party in Washington, the Government Party.

So I think that, just as Ted Kennedy continued to get elected by the sheeple of Massachusetts knowing that he killed Mary-Jo Kopechne (which is quite worse than what Roy Moore has been accused of doing) and given what a loathsome degenerate Kennedy was, then I’ll bet that the sheeple of Alabama will elect Roy Moore, regardless of his being a loathsome degenerate as well.

Why Did Someone Unexpectedly and Violently Attack Sen. Rand Paul?

There are two narratives going on now regarding why a neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul viciously attacked him while Dr. Paul was mowing his lawn. The alleged criminal assailant is also a doctor, retired, one Rene Boucher.

One claim is that there has been an ongoing lawn care dispute between the two neighbors, something to do with Dr. Paul growing pumpkins and composting. The other claim is that Boucher’s alleged attack was politically motivated, because Dr. Paul is a conservative, and Republican (and alleged to be a libertarian), and Boucher supposedly is a Democrat leftist who hates Donald Trump.

First, though, why is Rand Paul mowing his own lawn? Sure some of those HOAs such as the one he belongs to have property maintenance as a part of their contracts, and others don’t. But doesn’t he have kids? And aren’t some of them still teenagers? Shouldn’t they be mowing the lawn? But I digress.

Now, apparently siding with the assertion that the alleged violent assault on Rand Paul was to do with a lawn care dispute, Bloomberg columnist Virginia Postrel seems to believe the statements made by the developer of the neighborhood in question, when she writes:

The libertarian-leaning Paul, son of populist-libertarian icon Ron Paul, doesn’t think much of his gated community’s rules and regulations. He “was probably the hardest person to encourage to follow the [homeowners association rules] of anyone out here, because he has a strong belief in property rights,” Jim Skaggs, the community’s developer and a former leader of the county Republican Party, told the Louisville Courier-Journal. Paul originally fought with the association over his house plans. “He wanted to actually own the property rights and build any kind of house he wanted,” said Skaggs. “He didn’t end up doing that, but it was a struggle.”

And Postrel writes that Rand Paul’s “get-out-of-my-face version of libertarianism doesn’t seem to respect the crucially important freedom to make, and responsibility to respect, contracts.”

And Tom Mullen has this libertarian response to accusations that Dr. Paul was violating the HOA agreement with his allegedly improper lawn care. Mullen responds to an ignorant leftist writer Elie Mystal on the “above the law” website, who belittles the Non-Aggression Principle and confuses contracts with regulations. Mullen writes:

Neither Mystal nor I know the terms of Rand Paul’s HOA contract, but if they prohibit either pumpkin patches or compost heaps, then Rand Paul appears to be in violation of that contract. Libertarians would side with the HOA, not Rand Paul. However, the HOA contract also provides penalties for violation of the terms, which I’m fairly certain don’t include bum-rushing him and breaking his ribs.

And in a refutation of the “above the law” website writer’s slamming the Non-Aggression Principle, Tom Mullen writes,

In fact, Jefferson reiterated the NAP as the basis for law and governance many times over the course of his life. Examples include thisthis and this.

Rather than a “cute theory of social interaction,” the NAP was the guiding principle of American liberty for well over a century until Woodrow Wilson specifically called it out as no longer adequate for what he considered too complex a society for the NAP to govern. Libertarians disagree with Wilson.

However, we are now learning more about the alleged “landscaping dispute,” according to the Washington Examiner, and that the Pauls’ and Boucher’s neighbors do not believe that the yard controversy is the cause.

According to the Examiner, one neighbor stated, “The Pauls are and always have been great neighbors and friends. They take pride in their property and maintain it accordingly. Rand has enjoyed working on and maintaining his lawn for as long as I have known him.” And other neighbors interviewed also reiterated those sentiments.

It’s really hard for me to believe that a retired anesthesiologist and pain specialist, a medical doctor with no apparent prior record of violence would so aggressively attack his neighbor like this. And I find it hard to believe that, while Boucher’s online information indicates that he is a “Never Trumper” and registered Democrat, that those would be reasons for him to viciously attack his neighbor.

Several articles I’ve seen state that Boucher lives alone, although one website cited a 2005 Bowling Green Daily News article in which the 59-year-old Boucher said his “wife Lisa” helped him prepare his pain-relieving vest invention for marketing. So, that he now supposedly lives alone implies that he is either divorced, separated or widowed. It could be that his being alone is affecting his behavior, if he is alone after being married for many years.

Another theory I have is that, given that Boucher is an “anesthesiologist,” perhaps he has been “self-medicating”? Now, I’m only asking, not accusing or anything like that. Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist and expert on psychiatric drugs, has suggested that he has known doctors who were getting into their drugs and “self-medicating.” That’s why I’m asking.

Dr. Breggin wrote about the Army psychiatrist known as the “Fort Hood Shooter,” who murdered 13 people on that military base, Dr. Nidal Hasan. And I’m not comparing Boucher here with a convicted mass murderer religious fanatic, I’m not. But Dr. Breggin wrote, “Psychiatrists are notorious for treating themselves with psychiatric drugs. They have them freely available and they simply don’t know anything different. The odds are that Dr. Hasan was self-medicating with antidepressants and tranquilizers that were causing his increasing disinhibition, at least in his pronouncements…”

So, is it just psychiatrists who would or could be doing this? Or other medical doctors?

And again, because I don’t want to deal with any defamation lawsuits, I’m not comparing Boucher with a terrorist mass murderer. Boucher hasn’t even been convicted of anything. But it is fair to ask, if Boucher did violently attack Dr. Paul, if it is possible that Boucher may have been self-medicating, that’s all. The drug companies give doctors so many free samples now, in addition to the free coffee mugs and clipboards with the names of drug brands on them, as I mentioned recently.

And no, I am not suggesting that those psychiatric drugs are an excuse (like the “Twinkie Defense”) for people who have committed acts of violence, like the recent Texas church shooter and the Las Vegas shooter, both of whom had been taking psychiatric drugs (as were the South Carolina church shooter, Dylan Storm Roof, the Germanwings Airlines co-pilot Andreas Lubitz who took down his plane and mass-murdered 144 people, the Aurora Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, the Sandy Hook school shooter Adam Lanza, the Santa Barbara college shooter Elliot Rodger, and Columbine High School shooter Eric Harris).

But we have to have some kind of explanation for the unexpected violent attack on some guy mowing his lawn, and I don’t think it’s politics, and I don’t think it’s a lawn care argument.

Some Misc. Items on What’s Going on in Amerika

After many Faux News personalities are accused of sexual harassment, especially Bill O’Reilly who had to pay some accuser $32 million to settle, and alleged sexual harassers Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey get dropped by their show-biz studios, now we have Judge Roy Moore being accused of some sort of thing with a teenager, and Louis C.K. being accused of “sexually inappropriate” behavior. (Who does he think he is, Pee Wee Herman?)

This reminds me of the 2002 all-year Boston archdiocese priests-molesting-and-raping-little-boys scandal. It’s like one after another now. Unlike those vultures, sickos and pervs, I was brought up to have a sense of decency and respect for others especially ladies. So I don’t know, I just don’t know.

But the fake news crowd wants to compare those pervs and neanderthals with Donald Trump, on a bus citing his bragging about “grabbing them by the pu**y” and so on, which he probably didn’t do, like most guys who brag. Melania is a very nice lady, and Trump’s two ex-wives have said they didn’t see him in the way his own false accusers have asserted. (But he is an economic ignoramus, that’s for sure.)

Speaking of The Donald, he was just in Japan and China, and now he’s in Vietnam. Please stay there, Mr. Trump. We’re better off here without you. His “tax-cut” proposals are turning out to be a total scam, as he is adding a fourth tax bracket after promising to bring it down to just three, and Speaker Ryan is now considering delaying cutting the corporate tax cut. No surprise there, given these envy-ridden covetous Rethuglicans.

The added tax bracket will be the highest one, the “soak-the-rich” tax, that our socialist President with the anti-capitalistic mentality couldn’t resist having. And I’m hearing Hugh Hewitt in the morning approving of that envy tax, as Hewitt is also calling for raising the federal gas tax, and imposing a tax on deliveries for Amazon etc. purchases.

Quite the Marxist there. If you can afford to get things delivered, then you can afford an extra tribute to the regime in Washington. It doesn’t seem to occur to these “conservatives” on talk radio in their Washington worship to suggest that the regime and CONgress cut spending. Whole departments, bureaus, agencies, commissions need to be thoroughly abolished. Most of what the federal government does now is not authorized by the U.S. Constitution. (They don’t care. The Donald certainly doesn’t.)

Another one of Trump’s scams is “import duties” or tariffs. Instead of letting American consumers have the freedom to buy whatever they want at the prices they feel are best for them, and from anyone anywhere in the world, the Trump “economic nationalists” prefer to punish and bankrupt Americans for trying to save money when they make their purchases, in the name of “protectionism.” And even with that kind of policy the regime isn’t even protecting American businesses because the gubmint is forcing them to have to buy their capital goods at higher prices rather than having the freedom to buy better quality capital goods at lower prices from foreign producers. Central planners just don’t get this. In a brief article, Mark Perry says that import duties are taxes imposed on and paid for by Americans, not foreign producers. (i.e. more tax hikes from The Donald.)

And Laurence Vance asks, What is the optimal top marginal income tax rate? After an important discussion in his article, he states: “Libertarians see things quite differently. From a libertarian perspective, the optimal top marginal income tax rate is zero. Libertarians would argue that not only should there not be progressive tax brackets that punish “the rich” and favor “the poor,” but also that there should be no tax on any American’s income in the first place. Libertarians maintain that taxation is government theft because acquiring someone’s property by force is wrong, whether it is done by individuals or by governments.” You betcha.

You see, “conservatives” like those Salem radio people Hewitt and Medved don’t get it when it comes to free markets and private property rights. Alas, neither does Donald Trump. The “conservatives” in Washington and on talk radio are socialists just as those on the left, but the difference is what particular agenda the ignoramuses on both sides want to use stolen loot from workers and producers to pay for.

Speaking of wacko socialists, one of the government-worshipers apparently decided to attack Rand Paul, giving him 6 broken ribs and a fluid in the lungs problem. Supposedly the reason for the violent unprovoked attack was a neighbor dispute, in which Rand Paul’s pumpkin growing and composting was not liked by his wacky neighbor. But because the FBI now believes the attack was politically motivated, because the alleged attacker had posted anti-Trump views, they are now considering upgrading the charges. Okay, now we can implement Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s remedy for the “bad neighbor problem.” This is a case where the “bad neighbor,” one who has become physically violent against someone, can himself be “physically removed” from the neighborhood. Okay.

That Rand Paul episode reminds me of the recent attack of a female bystander in Pittsburgh, in which passersby just ignored her on the ground and one took a selfie with her there. People are sick now.

More Articles on Why You Shouldn’t Believe What the Gubmint Tells You

Jim Davies discusses market deniers.

Ryan McMaken explains why a small state is more voluntary than a big one.

Wendy McElroy explains the history behind how and why government outlawed private money.

Jacob Hornberger has had many good posts recently on the National Archives’ legally mandated release (or refusal to release) of documents related to the JFK assassination. Circumstantial evidence in the JFK assassinationNo “smoking guns” in the JFK records? The JFK cover-up continues. The Cunningness of the CIA’s JFK assassination cover-up. On Martin Luther King and Lee Harvey Oswald. And the National Archives as a lawbreaker and cover-upper.

Ray McGovern discusses the Deep State’s JFK triumph over Trump.

Zero Hedge with an article on WikiLeaks publishing the CIA hacking tool designed to “impersonate” Russia’s Kaspersky Lab.

Muckrock with an article on NSA wanting to use the “Espionage” Act to prosecute a journalist for making a FOIA request. (See how the cockroaches scamper when you turn the lights on them.)

The Intercept with an article on CIA Director Mike Pompeo meeting with NSA whistleblower William Binney.

Justin Raimondo comments on the “Trump Effect” of the mainstream media referring to the CIA interviewing an expert NSA veteran and whistleblower as “conspiracy theorist.”

Zero Hedge with an article on House Intelligence (sic) Committee demanding Fusion GPS bank records and suspecting that news journalists were paid by Fusion and the DNC to spread “Russian collusion” fake news. And an article on an FBI informant being threatened for showing details linking Clinton Foundation to Russian bribery case.

J.D. Tuccille on cynical politicians turning fake news into rallying cries for censorship (including Dianne Feinstein). And James Bovard has commentary on that as well.

The Daily Caller with an article on Hillary being targeted by Russian spies before she was secretary of state.

Karin McQuillan says that Obama stole the 2008 Democrat nomination with the help of the DNC.

Alex Newman says, on the Deep State, follow the Rothschild, Soros, and Rockefeller money.

Jay Syrmopoulos discusses declassified docs showing that the CIA poisoned an entire town with LSD in massive mind control experiment.

William Anderson on the New York Times and the “lost cause” of Bolshevism.

Zero Hedge on the U.S. Navy’s incompetence, being sabotaged or hacked, or all of the above.

Barbara Loe Fisher on why informed consent on vaccines is important.

Kalee Brown on HPV vaccines killing people.

James Bovard on Facebook censoring him for criticizing the regime.

Sheldon Richman says that dying for the empire is not heroic.

Erik Edstrom comments on George W. Bush being given an “outstanding character” award by the U.S. military academy.

Eric Margolis discusses the corruption in Saudi Arabia.

Michael Rozeff discusses the largest “enterprise,” the largest taking without just compensation, and the Fifth Amendment.

Walter Block says that capitalism, not government, will protect us from storms.

Richard Ebeling discusses capitalism and the free society. Part 1 and Part 2.

John Whitehead warns, Don’t call the cops if you’re autistic, deaf, mentally ill, disabled, or old.

Ilya Somin on why the rule of law suffers when we have too many laws.

Life Site News with an article on over 60 scholars correcting Pope Francis for “propagating heresies.”

Mac Slavo says that your bitcoin is not anonymous, as the IRS is moving to track bitcoin users with chain analysis tools.

D.C. McAlister writes about the hysterical anti-male agenda.

And Tom Knapp on movie makers’ decision to replace Kevin Spacey in movie after filming completed.

Another Mass Shooting, This Time in a Texas Church (Updated)

Well, I was just writing about the warmongeritis in Washington, and now we hear of another mass shooting, this time in a small Texas church. And this time allegedly by a U.S. military-trained psychopath (who is now dead), someone who was court-martialed in 2012, sentenced to a year in confinement, and given a “bad conduct” discharge in 2014.

As usual, the frantic hystericals on the left such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Shady Pines) will escalate their gun-grabbing agenda, as though government restrictions of civilian gun ownership or purchases will prevent these tragedies. You see, criminals or those who are intent on assault or killing people don’t obey the law, they don’t obey the laws against assault, murder, rape, and so on, so duh, they aren’t going to obey laws regarding guns. Gun control laws do nothing but disarm law-abiding citizens, and gun-free zones such as churches and schools make the people in those places more vulnerable to attacks.

So far, I have not read anything about the alleged killer’s possibly being given any psychiatric drugs, pain killers or combos (UPDATE: see below). As I wrote in this post on psychiatric drugs and in this post on the recent Las Vegas alleged mass murderer, some factors which may have contributed to Devin Kelley’s violent rampage (if in fact it was he who did it) include the aforementioned psychiatric drugs, such as anti-anxiety, antidepressant and ant-psychotic drugs and pain killers (all of which are known to potentially have terrible side effects including exacerbating depressed feelings and suicidal thoughts or behaviors, aggression and delusions), and excessive video game playing or otherwise computer/phone screen time.

Now, we haven’t had these kinds of mass shootings, or mass truck-driving massacres like the recent one in New York City until the past decade or two. At least, not really. Why are they happening now? In the days when I was growing up during the 1960s and ’70s, there were no kids on Xanax, Zoloft, Vicodin, Valium, Ritalin, or Adderall (or combinations of them, as the military “doctors” give some desperate troops now). At least, I was never aware of that while growing up. There were violent shootings and bombings, such as by the Weather Underground domestically and the U.S. military in Vietnam. (A lot of mass killings there by the invading U.S. military, but it was not in the reverse — were there Vietnamese people here in the U.S. bombing and shooting people? But I digress.) But whatever happened during the 1960s and ’70s doesn’t seem to compare with the 2000s and 2010s now.

Sadly, with all the cases I have mentioned in past posts of mass killers who had been on those psychiatric drugs, the mainstream media do not report on that aspect of those cases, because the pharmaceutical companies are some of the news outlets’ biggest sponsors. It’s sick.

UPDATE: According to WND and other sources, a former classmate of Kelley’s stated, “I know his parents had him on heavy doses of meds in middle school … A lot of friends that knew him said he was too sick in the head to deal with by senior year of high school.” Now, this may not be true. But it does reinforce the possibility that he’s been taking psychiatric drugs since at least 10 years ago.

UPDATE II: According to the Daily Mail, Devin Kelley’s best friend from age 12 to 19 Ralph Martinez “said he had a lot in common, both of them were super-hyper active. Martinez says he took prescription medicine for his ADHD until he was 19 and Devin took prescription pills for the same thing for as long as he can remember.”

Like antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs, anti-ADHD drugs such as Ritalin have also been associated with school shootings and violent outbursts.

Against “National Service”

Once again there seem to be suggestions to bring back the military draft, and mandatory registration for females as well. There should be no mandatory registration for government military service, or forced service in government military or any kind of forced service. Involuntary servitude is slavery, and if you are in the military you are a slave. Even more so if you are not there voluntarily. Currently, they are there voluntarily. But it is quite Orwellian, how members of the U.S. military lose their constitutionally-protected unalienable rights, such as freedom of speech, the right to keep and bear arms (ironically), due process, and so on, as they belong to this most authoritarian group of murderers of innocents and destroyers of entire cities and countries.

I wrote this post in September 2013 on calls for “national service,” and I am reposting it now.

More Calls for “National Service” as Americans Are Already Increasingly Enslaved by Government

September 18, 2013

Jacob Hornberger and Sheldon Richman of the Future of Freedom Foundation had this discussion on the “Libertarian Angle,” regarding calls for “national service.” In this edition, they also discussed Syria and monetary policy.

As part of their discussion on “national service,” Sheldon Richman pointed out that many of those calls for “national service” are not particularly for people to serve other people or their neighbors or the community, but to serve the nation. The implication is that the inhabitants of the territory here owe something to the nation.

The truth is, many amongst the “national service” crowd really believe in the idea of sacrifice. They say you must sacrifice some of your time and labor to “serve” others. But, as Ayn Rand noted, they really mean sacrifice for the sake of sacrifice.

But really, to the nationalists we owe a sacrifice to the State. We have something, such as freedom and opportunity, for which we must show gratitude by being compelled to “serve,” something that the State has given to us or provides for us, and that we owe something in return. That is the underlying premise of the “national service” crowd.

Why there would be a resurgence in calls for “national service” at this time, after 12 long years of Afghanistan and Iraq, and now the tyrannical ObamaCare, is beyond me. You want us to serve THAT? That monstrous Leviathan?

I was very disappointed to read just recently from war and Big Government critic Andrew Bacevich that he supports some sort of “national service” program, or a “citizen soldiers” program. He was interviewed on NPR and stated:

My proposal, to be clear, is not to restore the draft, but to enact a program of national service. National service means all able-bodied young people owe a couple of years of service to the country. Some of them may choose to serve in the military. All the rest will serve in other capacities, you know, whether it’s a renewed equivalent of the Civilian Conservation Corps, or whatever.

And I was also reminded of the extreme disappointment I felt in the early ’90s when William F. Buckley, Jr. came out with his book, Gratitude.

Oh, we should be grateful that the government or the State provides for us our freedom and opportunities, even though it is those damn bureaucrats who are employed by the State who have done everything they can to demolish our opportunities and trample on our freedom!

“Grateful”? Sorry, I would be grateful if Americans decided to shut down the criminal institution that is the U.S. government and unshackle the chains and release its hold on our enslaved lives.

In 1990 the New York Times provided this quote from Buckley’s book:

The objective should be to enroll, by the turn of the century, more than 80 percent of Americans born in 1973 or later. . . . Yes, there needs to be a National Service Franchise Administration. Its primary function should be to gather information for use by the states and indeed by individuals seeking (for instance) a locality that sustains an NSFA program most congenial to their inclination. . . . But the NSFA, observing its mandate, should also recommend appropriate legislation to Congress, legislation having primarily to do with federal sanctions.

These are “freedom-loving conservatives”? (Humph. With “conservatives” like this, who needs communists?)

So the “national service” crowd seem to believe that we should be grateful for our enslavement. That is why so many of the nationalists, collectivists and statists are so resentful toward libertarians. We libertarians actually appreciate the idea of freedom of choice, freedom of movement, self-ownership, voluntary association and voluntary contract. You see, when you let people have their freedom, then the State has less control over your life, and the nationalists, collectivists and statists whose self-identity is closely linked to their love for the State also feel a loss of control.

But  in regards to this call that others serve the nation, to most people the “nation” or the State is really an abstract concept which is based on myths and a religious worship of this god the State.

Sheldon Richman and Jacob Hornberger in their discussion mentioned James Bovard who has written extensively on the sham that is AmeriCorps (a.k.a. ObamaCorps). Here is Bovard’s most recent piece on that.

The truth is, human beings own their own lives, they are not owned by the State, the “nation,” their neighbors, the community. It is not the State or the nation that provides your freedom. Your freedom is a natural thing that you have inherently.

But the only people to whom you “owe” anything are those with whom you have established actual contracts that would involve agreed-to transactions or trades.

In my 2009 response to Barack Obama and Ted Kennedy’s calls to revive Bill Clinton’s “AmeriCorps,” I wrote,

Here are some examples of how people serve others: steel workers and carpenters in the manufacturing sector serve the companies they work for, but are really serving the actual consumers who need the items they produce, such as computers, trucks and office buildings. There are people in the service sector who serve people who need groceries, get coffee at the local diner and clothes at the department store. And of course there are charities who serve the needs of those who can’t afford the daily necessities. And there are professionals such as doctors, lawyers and accountants who serve many people’s needs.The people in the “social services” sector such as nurses and nurses’ aides serve the needs of medical patients and teachers serve the needs  of children and young adults who need to be educated.

Now, the people in all these groups are not forced nor coerced to serve others; they do it voluntarily, and yes, most of them are paid for their work. They receive a financial compensation which is in their self-interest and they do a service to others, and their work is not planned or mandated by state authority with the armed force of legal compulsion. At the same time, there are many, many people throughout the population who do volunteer work, also in absence of government mandates or coercion–they do it out of their own genuine concern for others. People who lack that concern will probably not do volunteer work even if it’s mandated by government. You would have to have state-imposed conscription to force them to do such “involuntary servitude.” However, their sacrifice is not needed.

In fact, the “national service” people really don’t like that kind of voluntary trade and association. They seem to need some kind of sense of control over others in which “service” is valid when it is compelled and controlled by bureaucrats, based on some belief that we as individuals are owned by the State (or by the collective of the community). This has been the philosophy behind AmeriCorps, and other kinds of “national service,” as well as being the same kind of philosophy behind many government regulations and bureaucratic intrusions in our personal and economic lives.