12/29/10

Communists Campaign for Accused WikiLeaks Leaker Private Bradley Manning

By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

A front for the Communist Party USA, the Greater New Haven Peace Council, is campaigning in support of jailed, accused, WikiLeaks official document thief and “leaker,” private Bradley Manning.

The Greater New Haven Peace Council is an affiliate of the U.S. Peace Council, which is in turn affiliated with the planet’s most active international communist front, the World Peace Council.

From the U.S. Peace Council website:

The man in the photo below, holding the “Defend Private Bradley Manning sign,” is Al Marder, a long time leader of the Greater New Haven Peace Council.

Comrade Marder has been a member of the Communist Party USA since at least 1952 and in recent years has been a member of the Party’s “Peace and Solidarity Commission.”

Note the mention above of Democratic Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, a very close friend of Al Marder’s Connecticut Communist Party.

In June 2010, Alfred Marder addressed the Disarm Now! Conference in Riverside Church, New York, as president of the International Association of Peace Messenger Cities, vice president of the World Peace Council and president of the U.S. Peace Council.

12/29/10

A Discussion on “Libertarian Socialists”

By: Garry Hamilton

The following email thread occurred yesterday:

Email #1:

D:

“also, everyone with half a brain knows that the term ‘libertarian socialist’ is both valid and not contradictory.”

Just as I thought. You have half a brain. Thanks for the confirmation.

We’ll be taking up a collection to buy you a shift key and a set of instructions for its use.

Email #2:

M: They are not contradictory. One deals with economics, the other with freedoms.

Look at Dictatorships for an example – they exist in countries with every economic model. Same with Democracies. Libertarianism is about personal freedom. It is NOT about the right to shit on thy neighbor. It is NOT about Corporate Freedoms, because Corporations, despite the SCOTUS ruling, ARE NOT people.

Email #3 from Garry Hamilton:

Not contradictory?

Let us understand what socialism actually is. Socialism is a system where resources are centrally managed and centrally redistributed according to arbitrary rules of “fairness” as adjudicated by a central authority. There is nothing voluntary about socialism.

The idea that there can be a principled libertarian who subscribes to the notion of involuntary redistribution of his production seems absurd to me on its face.

Socialism may seem like an economic system, but it’s more properly a system of enforced moralities with direct economic aspects. In order to subscribe to socialism, one must first subscribe to the idea that there is such a thing as enforcible fairness and that such fairness can be arbitrarily dictated.

The central authority decides who shall be taxed and to what degree, and who shall benefit from the distribution of those tax revenues. If a voting system (elections) is in place, the central authority may well be swayed in its distribution decisions by a desire to remain in power and thus tend to fund the “needs” of various strategic voting blocs. This template is, of course, corrupt. Likewise, the sitting central authority may favor a wealthy benefactor (say, a large corporation or some random billionaire) in order to secure campaign funding and related support. This template is also corrupt. If there is no voting/election system in place, then a defacto dictatorship — benevolent or not — exists and I’m pretty sure I don’t have to argue that this won’t fly with principled libertarians.

The idea then that there can be a “libertarian socialist” is — at least to me — a nonsense assertion. Libertarian principles lie along a vector toward minimal government, while socialist principles lie along a vector of maximum government. That’s pretty much an unsustainable dichotomy.

The “people-ness or not” of corporations is irrelevant to the oxymoron.

Freedom of choice is relevant. Socialism, through the mechanism of enforced morality, erodes freedom of choice and, eventually, eliminates it. The “common good” becomes the universal overriding principle and all else — especially individual aspirations — is subordinated to that cause. That this has economic consequences is only the most externally visible effect. The “economy” of socialism isn’t the mechanizing principle, central control and dictated fairness is.

12/29/10

Financial News Update – 12/29/10

FCC Net Neutrality Rules Released (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

New ‘Medicare’ Taxes To Hit Middle Class (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Crops absorb pharmaceuticals from sewage sludge spread on farmlands (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Rep. Peter King to Ramp Up Immigration Crackdown (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Global Food Prices in 2011 Face Perilous Rise (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Food safety bill invokes Codex harmonization and grants FDA authority to police food safety of foreign nations (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Feed Me, Obama, Feed Me: The Plan for Food Dependency (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Double-Dip In Housing Almost Here, According To Case-Shiller Index (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

WSJ: Almost 100 bailed-out banks on verge of collapse (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

White House Plans to Push Global Warming Policy, GOP Vows Fight (Defund the EPA) (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

‘Green’ Fail in the Outback: Police Can’t Fit Gear in Hybrids They’re Required to Drive (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

The U.S. Dollar Will Collapse Within 24 Months! Got Gold (or Silver)? (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Pelosi Fundraising to ‘Protect the Progress We Have Made’ (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Promises and Riots (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Krauthammer To GOP: Do Not Bail Out State Pensions (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Paris on the Brink: Muslim Prayers Shut Down the City (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

South Africa throws open the door to Cold War days (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Obama’s New ‘Unreasonable’ Standard (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Lawmakers Weigh Banning Required Union Dues [Indiana State Legislature] (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

EPA Messes With Perry’s Texas (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Christian Leaders Say Green Movement is False Religion (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Feds To Require Gun Sale Notification (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Gold Is a Relic?

Anarchists Are Bad People?

Morning Bell: Obama Will Make You Pay More at the Pump

The World Powers Up While America Powers Down

Don’t Buy Politico’s False Choice on Nuclear Power

Shiller: Second Recession Possible, Triggered by Weak Housing

New Social Security Strategy Unveiled on MSNBC

Charles Goyette On The Currency Crisis, 12.28.2010 (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

ObamaCare Shocker! It Costs More & Helps Less (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Actually, Bush VETOED the 2008 bill slipping in the end-of-life provision (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Job Market Booming Overseas For Many American Companies (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Illinois governor floats $15B debt recovery plan (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Allstate sues BofA, Mozilo over Countrywide losses (Hat Tip: Brian B.)

Nobel Prize Economist Mundell Says Forget All These Bullish Forecasts, 2011 Growth Is Going To Be Weak

Roubini: The Housing Double Dip Is Now Accelerating

China Just Slashed Its Rare Earth Metals Exports By 11%

S&P: Corporate Profit Margins To Be Squeezed In 2011

Deflation Grips Japan As Consumer Prices Tumble For 21st Month In A Row

Crushing Fuel And Food Inflation Could Create A Crash Scenario For India

Beijing’s New Car Restrictions Are Going To Devastate The Auto Industry In 2011

Understanding The Hegelian Dialect Is To Understand Our Slow Road Towards Tyranny (Hat Tip: Jean Stoner)

Out: Earmarking In: Lettermarking (Hat Tip: The Radio Patriot)

U.S. Files New Insider Charges, Says Hedge Funds Got Data

Population Changes Accelerate Global Economic Shift to Asia, Census Shows

Why NASA Is Spending Half a Billion Dollars on a Canceled Rocket

Price Vows to Lead Health Care Law Fight

U.N. Group Using Obama’s Family to Make Claims About Anti-Hunger Algae

BP’s Cleanup Costs to Exceed $40 Billion

White House Plans to Push ‘Global Warming’ Policy, GOP Vows Fight

Australia leads world in house price rises

Companies Avoid Taxes With Repatriation Strategies

2010 worst year for bank failures since 1992

Pope to publish decree against money laundering

CNN Poll: Americans Trust GOP Over Obama to Handle Nation’s Problems – More Believe Obama’s Radical Agenda Will Fail

GREEN DISASTER: New Condensing Boilers Can’t Take the Cold – Thousands Freeze Up in UK

Unreal. White House Plans to Push Job-Killing Global Warming Energy Policy

Disgusting. White House Says Bush Supported Death Panels Too — NOT True (Video)

Big Nannies of the Year

The ‘We’re Gonna Freeze to Death Because of Global Warming’ Headline of the Day

$5 a Gallon? Brace Yourselves for High Gas Prices Says Ex-Shell CEO

SurvivalBlog:

And Now, Here’s The First 11 State Pension Funds That Will Run Out Of Money.

Outraged Yet? What if Fed Buys Munis? (I suspect that the MOAB will end only at the point of national bankruptcy and collapse of the U.S. Dollar.)

Stocks Flat as Wall Street Shrugs Off China Rate Move

Oil Holds at $91 Per Barrel

East Coast Blizzard Chills End of US Holiday Shopping Season

Second Crisis Feared if Interest Rates Kept Low

US Changes How It Measures Long-Term Unemployment

Consumer Confidence Shows Surprise Drop In December

Oil Prices Climb On US, European Weather Woes

12/29/10

The Five Best Arguments Against Sharia in the United States

By: Zombie
Pajamas Media

I shouldn’t have to write this essay. But a judge in Oklahoma forced me into it.

Last month, 70% of the voters in Oklahoma approved State Question 755, which bans Sharia law (and international law) from being used in the state’s legal system. Almost immediately afterward, CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) sued to have the vote overturned, based on the bizarre claim that the measure is “unconstitutional.” U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange then sided with CAIR and issued an injunction preventing the measure from taking effect until all lawsuits against it are resolved. Since the suits will likely take years to play out, the new measure (and the will of the voters) will be stymied for the foreseeable future.

Those who oppose Sharia in the United States often argue their point by highlighting how misogynistic, backward, cruel and discriminatory Islamic law can be under most interpretations. And while all that may be true, it is the wrong argument to make. I get so frustrated watching pundits, politicians and bloggers making the weakest argument in what should be a slam-dunk debate that I’ve decided to write this brief outline of what I think should be the prioritized hierarchy of arguments against the use of Sharia in the United States.

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