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In the news, Friday, August 25, 2017


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from Columbia Basin Herald (Moses Lake)

A fundraiser is planned to raise funds for the family of a Grant County Sheriff’s Office deputy who shot his wife in Moses Lake earlier this month. The shooting is believed to be accidental. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to helping pay for Sydney Rivera’s medical expenses. Sydney was struck by a bullet Aug. 9 at her Moses Lake home. Initial information indicates Jose Rivera, her husband, who has been a patrol deputy since January 2016, was handling a firearm when it discharged and a bullet struck Sydney in the arm and chest. She was transported to Samaritan Hospital after the shooting and transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for further treatment and surgeries.


from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education)
RIGHT-CENTER BIAS, HIGH, non-profit organization

Twelve Economic Concepts Everyone Should Know
We at FEE have thought about this quite a lot for our articles, courses, seminars, and videos. We have distilled “economic thinking” into 12 key concepts. The following list has guided us internally for a few years, and I figure it’s now time to share it with the world.

Millennials Are in a Love Triangle with Capitalism and Socialism
There's a disconnect between Millennial economic attitudes and behavior.


from The Heritage Foundation
RIGHT BIAS, MIXED, think tank in Washington, D.C

Keep the Federal Government Out of School Choice
School choice has many benefits. It frees people to select the type of education that will best serve their families. It makes educators accountable to the people they are supposed to work for. And study after study proves it typically leads to improved academic outcomes. But despite these advantages, that does not mean the federal government should push choice in a nationwide program. The dangers may be too great. The Trump administration has made clear that it wants to support school choice.

Russian Actions in Belarus Are Cause for Concern
Russian actions in Belarus, an Eastern European country slightly smaller than the state of Kansas, are causing concern among neighboring countries. Russia is planning massive joint military exercises next month in both Belarus and Russia, and is even constructing a nuclear reactor in the country, close to the Belarus-Lithuania border. A former Soviet nation, Belarus has been ruled by autocratic President Alexander Lukashenko since 1994. Lukashenko, who has been called the “last dictator of Europe,” maintains tightfisted rule over the country.


from The Liberty Review
[Information from this site may be unreliable.]

5 Ways To Tell If You’re A Libertarian
We’re the “black sheep” of the political realm, folks who fit in with neither the left nor the right and are poorly understood by just about everyone else. While we think our views are perfectly reasonable (and correct, thank you very much), we often find ourselves having to explain over and over again just what it is that we believe. While more people are coming to identify as libertarians as they move away from the traditional left-right paradigm, others are not so sure where on the political spectrum they belong.


from The Living Church
Magazine of The Living Church Foundation (Anglican)

Drowned Out by Outrage
The legacy of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is at the center of many debates since violent protests erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 11-12. A priest in Virginia who has studied Lee’s legacy for many years finds that puzzling. “I’ve been very concerned — as a historian, a priest, an American, an alumnus of the University of Virginia — about perception,” said the Rev. R. David Cox, author of The Religious Life of Robert E. Lee, published in April by Eerdmans. When members of the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis marched through Charlottesville in a torchlit parade and chanted “Jews will not replace us,” Cox said, “that had nothing to do with Lee.” “In that sense, I think nobody is paying attention to him and who he was,” Cox said. “We are dealing with a human being, and we’re not treating him as such. “Yes, he was a Confederate general, who opposed slavery and secession, even though he fought for what would perpetuate both. And after the war, he dedicated himself to reunifying the nation and restoring its prosperity.”


from NBC News (& affiliates)

Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis apologizes for making Charlottesville remarks
Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis apologized for comments he made after the deadly Charlottesville rally. "The mistake I made in the last week was not being clear," Lemonis wrote in a letter. "As the CEO of a business, I am responsible to take care of the people that work there." In the aftermath of a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Lemonis said, "There's no doubt that there is probably not many consumers in this country today that are in favor of what has been said in the last couple days, and if they are, quite frankly, don't shop at my business."


from New Statesman
"The leading voice of the British left, since 1913."

If you want to get rid of a British statue, start with William Gladstone
There are few statues in the United Kingdom with as fraught a history as those in the United States. But Gladstone's is one.

The story of disappearing islanders exposes the Brexit myth of “we're full up”
In the Western Isles, the question is not deterring immigrants but attracting them in the first place


from PanAm Post
Media/News Company in Miami, Florida

What the Philosopher David Hume Can Teach Us About Punching Nazis
Some can’t imagine a downside to punching Nazis, or otherwise obstructing their spewing of hate, but David Hume offers an argument for restraint.


from Reason Magazine
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Germany Raids, Shuts Down Far Left Website. Will You Stop Praising European Censorship Now?
This is about punishing people the government says are disruptive, not fighting bigotry. First they came for the Nazis, and everybody cheered, because to hell with Nazis! We hate Nazis! But today the German authorities came for a far-left website, shutting it down and raiding organizers' homes. Let's stop pretending that laws against "extreme" speech in European countries are a sign of enlightenment.

New Study Finds Heroin Users Less Likely to Overdose If They Know What Drugs They're Actually Taking
Heroin user take smaller doses if they know they're also taking fentanyl. In the short term, America needs harm reduction strategies like supervised injection sites. In the long term, we need to surrender to reality by letting people buy the drugs they want in a legal market where drug producers have an incentive to create safe products.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Review Proposes Shrinking 4 of 27 National Monuments
Environmental activists go ballistic. The federal government owns about one-third of the land area of the country.

7 Things Donald Trump Shouldn't Do After Hurricane Harvey
The federal government is awful at handling disasters. Can we try not to screw it up this time? Hurricane Harvey is headed for the Texas coast, and residents are running out of time to minimize the damage from natural forces. But the bulk of the man-made damage hasn't yet been inflicted. Here are a few things President Trump and his pals absolutely shouldn't do in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, but probably will.

Trump Pardons America's Worst Lawman, Sheriff Joe Arpaio
The notorious former Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff was held in contempt by a federal judge. Donald Trump pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday, using the first official pardon of his presidency to clear the record of one of America's most abusive, racist, and divisive lawmen. In pardoning Arpaio, Trump has given a free pass to an unrepentant and habitual abuser of power, a man with insufficient regard for the Constitution he swore to uphold or the separation of powers it enshrines. The move should come as no surprise. The two are kindred spirits.

Racially Motivated School-Secession Case Shows Need for Expanded School Choice
The NAACP has filed an appeal to stop the secession, on the grounds that race was an underlying factor in creating the new school district.

Local NAACP Leader Defies Own Group, Supports New Florida Charter School
It's not racist to want access to school choice. It's racist to deny it. The NAACP's position is fundamentally at odds with the experiences of many, many minority families in their own communities.

The Minority Leader Who Cried Wolf in a Crowded Theater
Nancy Pelosi doesn't understand free speech. Nancy Pelosi mixed her metaphors this week while trying to argue for free speech restrictions: "The Constitution does not say that a person can yell 'wolf' in a crowded theater."

Huge Pension Fund Makes Example of Tiny California City
CalPERS strikes back against small towns and agencies trying to leave its system. California state government observers have wondered in recent months why the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), the nation's largest state pension fund and one of Wall Street's most muscular financial players, has taken such a hamfisted approach toward one of California's tiniest and least-powerful cities. There's a rational, albeit troubling, reason for its approach.


from The Spokesman-Review

Judge tosses ‘sanctuary city’ proposition from Spokane’s November ballot
A Spokane County judge tossed from the November ballot an initiative attempting to repeal a city law that opponents argue makes Spokane a sanctuary city. Superior Court Judge Julie McKay made the ruling Friday morning. Six Spokane nonprofits challenged the initiative’s inclusion on the ballot.


from Zero Hedge
CONSPIRACY-PSEUDOSCIENCE,  MIXED,  financial blog with aggregated news and opinion

Trump Pardons Sheriff Joe Arpaio
After weeks of speculation whether Trump would pardon sheriff Joe Arpaio - who on July 31 was found guilty of defying a court order barring officers from stopping Latino drivers on suspicion they were in US illegally, bringing his tenure as a crusader against illegal immigration to an end - as he hinted at the recent Phoenix rally, or if he would, as the NYT claimed, not interfere in the legal process, moments ago - in what is now a record-setting Friday night for the sheer barrage of news - the White House announced that Donald Trump would pardon sheriff Joe Arpaio.


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