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Rand Paul: Federal government wasted $52 billion on things like welfare fraud and slot machine-playing pigeons

Liberty Unyielding - Thu, 12/23/2021 - 10:45am

Researchers at Oregon’s Reed College are teaching pigeons how to play slot machines. And U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill. “Thanks to a $465,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), those researchers plan to teach pigeons to use ‘a monetary-like currency’ to ‘decide whether to earn, accumulate, spend, or gamble tokens in a […]

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Judge’s ‘Consensual Affair’ With Prosecutor Overturns Murder Conviction

Liberty Unyielding - Thu, 12/23/2021 - 10:16am

By Andrew Jose An Oklahoma man had his murder conviction thrown out Monday after it was revealed that the judge who had presided over his jury trial was involved in a sexual relationship with the prosecutor. In a trial presided by Former Oklahoma County District Judge Tim Henderson, the jury convicted Robert Hashagen III on […]

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Democratic Congresswoman carjacked in Philadelphia after Democratic prosecutor denies ‘lawlessness’ crisis

Liberty Unyielding - Wed, 12/22/2021 - 6:39pm

Democratic Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon was carjacked in broad daylight in Philadelphia’s FDR Park on Wednesday.  The brazen attack came after progressive Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner claimed there is no “crisis of lawlessness” in Philadelphia, despite robberies skyrocketing by 27 per cent since 2020 and murders setting an all-time record this year. Congresswoman Scanlon […]

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Army creates vaccine against all coronavirus strains, researchers say

Liberty Unyielding - Wed, 12/22/2021 - 4:19pm

Walter Reed scientists are expected to announce they have come up with a vaccine that protects people from COVID-19 and all its variants, even Omicron. Defense One reports: Within weeks, scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research expect to announce that they have developed a vaccine that is effective against COVID-19 and all […]

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FDA Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Pill Which Reduces Death, Severe Disease

Liberty Unyielding - Wed, 12/22/2021 - 2:37pm

By Dylan Housman The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pfizer’s antiviral COVID-19 pill Wednesday, granting access to another highly effective therapeutic against the virus. The drug, Paxlovid, can be prescribed to those aged 12 and up with mild or worse COVID-19 cases and is designed to reduce the risk of severe disease and hospitalization. […]

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Teachers unions will get schools to close, despite Biden’s lip service to keeping them open

Liberty Unyielding - Wed, 12/22/2021 - 12:57pm

Schools are likely to close in many places, despite Joe Biden’s paying lip service to the goal of keeping them open, says Reason magazine editor Matt Welch. “The president rightly points out that the federal government has” devoted “billions of dollars to make K-12 schools even safer than they already were. Yet many are about […]

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(Reprehensible) Politician of the Year

Center for Freedom and Prosperity (CF&P) - Wed, 12/22/2021 - 12:42pm

I’ve written before that Connecticut should change its motto from the Nutmeg State to the Taxnut State.

And if you want an example, consider that Democrats in one town ran for reelection (successfully!) using the slogan “Lowest tax increase in 10 years.”

Maybe there’s something in the water that produces terrible politicians. Consider, for instance, this bit of state-worship from one of the state’s Senators, Chris Murphy.

That’s a despicable sentiment, but Sen. Murphy may actually be decent and rational compared to Connecticut’s other Senator.

Richard Blumenthal actually took part in an event with the Communist Party. I’m not joking. Click on Phil Kerpen’s tweet.

Some highlights of Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal and his introducer at the Connecticut People’s World Committee, an affiliate of Communist Party USA. pic.twitter.com/w5CvV7tGzy

— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) December 15, 2021

At the risk of understatement, this is disgusting. Communism is responsible for 100 million deaths and mass impoverishment of hundreds of millions more.

It spawned one of the world’s most evil nations, the Soviet Union, and it continues to produce misery today in barbaric regimes such as North Korea and Cuba.

I’m not the only one to be nauseated. Writing for the Washington Examiner, Quin Hillyer explains why Blumenthal’s participation should be viewed as unacceptable.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut spoke at a Dec. 11 awards ceremony for the Connecticut affiliate of Communist Party USA. …Blumenthal pronounced himself “really excited and honored to be with you today” while presenting the group’s chosen award winners with special certificates of recognition… Throughout the event, including in the introduction of Blumenthal himself just 60 seconds before the senator took the microphone, the two co-hosts repeatedly celebrated their Communist Party affiliation and urged listeners to join the Communist Party. …In any rational, morally decent media world, this would be a big scandal. …This is not some warm-and-fuzzy, well-intentioned (even if slightly impractical) affiliation. The Communist Party USA repeatedly tried to subvert constitutional democracy and spy on the U.S. government while deliberately and regularly colluding with the Soviet Union. …There is absolutely no moral difference between consorting with a Communist Party affiliate and consorting with a white supremacist or neo-Nazi one. The record of international communist cruelty is indisputable, with its 100 million deaths far exceeding (in number) the genocidal effects of Nazism. …There is nothing remotely defensible in Blumenthal’s enthusiastic participation in the event. His actions were morally depraved.

Amen.

In the past, my “Politician of the Year” award has been somewhat satirical. I’ve highlighted politicians who are mostly guilty of stereotypical sins.

Senator Blumenthal belongs in a special category, one that merits disgust and disdain.

P.S. It’s quite likely that the Senator was a victim of bad staff work. Some aide or campaign flunky probably booked the event and didn’t conduct the 5 minutes of background work that would have been needed to find the red flags (no pun intended). That being said, he should have walked out of the event when the women who preceded him (and introduced him!) was pimping for the Communist Party.

He gave aid and comfort to an evilrepugnant, and despicable ideology.

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Image credit: US Coast Guard Academy | Public Domain.

Despite Evidence, CDC Director Refuses To Call Omicron ‘Mild’ In Interview With Fox’s Bret Baier

Liberty Unyielding - Wed, 12/22/2021 - 9:24am

By Dylan Housman Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Rochelle Walensky refused to describe the Omicron variant of COVID-19 as “mild” in a Tuesday interview despite mounting evidence that the strain is less severe than prior versions of the virus. Walensky took questions from Fox News host Bret Baier and his viewers […]

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Father Of Slain 6-Year-Old Accuses DA Chesa Boudin Of Making ‘Justice System A Complete Joke’ In San Francisco

Liberty Unyielding - Wed, 12/22/2021 - 9:19am

By Chris Bertman A San Francisco father whose 6-year-old son was shot to death in 2020 slammed Democratic District Attorney Chesa Boudin over his stance on the criminal justice system, Fox News reported Tuesday. “I am so angry with Chesa Boudin right now. He makes San Francisco’s criminal justice system a complete joke,” Jason Young […]

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People who catch Omicron are 80% less likely to be hospitalized than people with Delta, study says

Liberty Unyielding - Tue, 12/21/2021 - 9:44pm

A South African study says that people who catch the Omicron variant of the coronavirus are 80% less likely to be hospitalized than people who caught the Delta variant. But is this because Omicron is less severe than Delta? Or because people have more immunity now than they did back when the Delta wave hit? […]

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Youngkin’s Education Secretary Pick Founded Organization That Raked In Nearly $26 Million From Bill Gates

Liberty Unyielding - Tue, 12/21/2021 - 7:36pm

By Chrissy Clark Republican Virginia Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin’s secretary of education pick founded an organization that advocates for the collection of children’s data. It also raked in nearly $26 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, according to records from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reviewed by the Daily Caller. Youngkin […]

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Biden says the nation is not going back into lockdown over COVID-19’s omicron strain

Liberty Unyielding - Tue, 12/21/2021 - 7:31pm

Joe Biden addressed the omicron strain of the coronavirus in a speech to the nation this afternoon, in which he indicated the country as a whole was not going into a lockdown. “We should all be concerned about omicron, but not panicked. If you’re not fully vaccinated you are right to be concerned,” he said. […]

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Canadian Court Declares Math Test For New Teachers ‘Unconstitutional’ Because Of Racial Disparities In Passage Rates

Liberty Unyielding - Tue, 12/21/2021 - 7:12pm

By Laurel Duggan Ontario public schools will no longer require incoming teachers to pass a basic math proficiency test after finding racial disparities in passage rates. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled Friday the Maths Proficiency Test (MPT) requirement “unconstitutional” after finding that it impaired non-white teacher candidates and that government schools did not […]

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Chile Election Week, Part VI: Wrecking the Constitution?

Center for Freedom and Prosperity (CF&P) - Tue, 12/21/2021 - 12:56pm

Now that a socialist has been elected (with open support from the Communist Party), what comes next for Chile?

Lots of bad policy, for sure, but Axel Kaiser warns that the left also wants to replace the country’s pro-liberty constitution.

Axel, who is President of Fundación para El Progreso and also a Senior Fellow for the Atlas Center for Latin America, just scratches the surface in this short video. He told me that there are many other desirable provisions, including school choice.

So it shouldn’t be surprising that the left in Chile is so determined to replace it with a document that empowers politicians.

wrote about this issue last year, citing experts (including folks on the left) who all agreed that giving politicians new powers over the economy was the clear purpose of a new constitution.

This is basically a fight about whether to replace rights with entitlements (or, in the language of philosophers, whether to replace “negative rights” with “positive rights”).

By the way, there’s research showing that a society based on liberties is the best way of generating the prosperity needed for higher living standards (i.e., the access to goods and service that proponents of positive rights claim to support).

And, earlier this year, I showed how that works conceptually.

But you don’t need empirical research or theoretical analysis. Just open your eyes and look around the world. The nations based on socialism and so-called positive rights have produced economic misery and deprivation.

By contrast, there’s a much better track record – especially for ordinary people – in countries where government plays a smaller role.

It’s tragic that Chilean voters chose the redistribution approach in Sunday’s election. If they opt for a new constitution next year, the nation will be doomed.

P.S. By the way, here are some excerpts from today’s Wall Street Journal‘s editorial about the election.

Latin America, or much of it, is moving to the populist left, and Chile became the latest example by electing socialist Gabriel Boric… He’s the most leftist politician to win in Chile since Salvador Allende in the 1970s. His major theme was reducing economic inequality, which he proposes to do through state power. Mr. Boric wants to raise taxes, eliminate the country’s highly successful private pension system and increase government spending and regulation. He supports the constituent assembly now rewriting the constitution, and his goal is to give government more control over just about everything. …Foreign investors and Chileans with money and property are nervous. From the end of 2019—when the left launched riots demanding a new social contract—until August 2021, Chile’s central bank says some $50 billion (15% of Chilean GDP) fled the country. About half was investment capital and half from businesses and households. …on Monday the Chilean peso fell 2% against the U.S. dollar while the broader stock market plunged 10%. …The world is watching closely to see if the new president will…take Chile in the direction of such failing Latin states as Argentina or Peru, or worse.

Amen.

The best case scenario is that Chile is copying Argentina. The worst case is that it is copying Venezuela.

P.P.S. There was a president in the United States who wanted to remake society on the basis of “positive rights.” Fortunately, he did not succeed.

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Image credit: Paulo Slachevsky | CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.

FDA to authorize COVID treatment pills this week from Pfizer and Merck

Liberty Unyielding - Tue, 12/21/2021 - 12:48pm

The FDA is about to authorize coronavirus treatment pills from both Pfizer and Merck, pills designed to help people who have already caught the disease. An announcement is expected this week. The pills will be important treatment options for severe cases of COVID-19. As Bloomberg News’ Josh Wingrove notes, “these pills are for if someone […]

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Biden wasting $7.5 billion on chargers car owners likely won’t use

Liberty Unyielding - Tue, 12/21/2021 - 11:22am

Reason magazine reports that the Biden administration will spend “$7.5 billion on chargers that electric car owners likely won’t use.” As part of its recently passed infrastructure bill, the Biden administration plans to spend $7.5 billion building 500,000 chargers for electric vehicles. But will drivers actually want to use those chargers? The two biggest impediments […]

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REPORT: Murder Suspect Thought Eating Victim Could ‘Cure His Brain’

Liberty Unyielding - Tue, 12/21/2021 - 9:16am

By Brianna Lyman An Idaho man accused of first-degree murder is also being accused of cannibalism after he allegedly told authorities he believed eating his victim would “cure his brain,” according to a local report. James David Russell, 39, is charged with the Sept. 10 murder of David Flaget, whose body was found in pieces […]

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