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Law enforcement agency conceals Trayvon Martin criminal records

July 14, 2013

Sanford Police Department publicly stated, after Martin’s death on February 26, 2012, that the youngster had no criminal record whatsoever; that he was a good kid, a mild mannered kid. This was a flat-out lie, albeit one swallowed eagerly by a media desperate to find yet another white on black murder.

What really happened was that Martin had the singular good affirmative action fortune to attend school in the Miami-Dade School District, the fourth largest district in the country, and one of a very few that has its own police department.As part of its mission – egged on by President Obama and leading black activists – M-DSPD introduced a policy of diverting offending students,especially black males, from the criminal justice system.

To this end they suspended black male criminals for varying periods from school, while falsely registering their crimes as school infringements. Trayvon Martin was suspended from school in this manner on two occasions. On the first occasion, he was apprehended with a box of burglary tools in his possession together a large collection of stolen women’s jewels. On the second occasion, he was apprehended with marijuana and drug equipment in his possession.

If this information had been presented in court, during the Zimmerman trial, it would have imposed an entirely different perspective on the criminal background of Trayvon Martin. However the six white women jury was never granted the respect of accessing that information.

So all credit to the jury for seeing through the lies of the black activists howling for Zimmerman’s conviction. Sadly, the story is yet far from over. Media pressure is building across the country to ignore double-jeopardy protection for acquitted defendants, to use civil rights litigation to place Zimmerman on trial again, no doubt on this occasion with an all-black jury selected by Al Sharpton.

More on Edward Snowden

July 12, 2013

Today, Edward Snowden has accepted all three offers of political asylum – from Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela. He has applied for asylum in Russia until such time as his safe passage to Latin America can be secured. It is difficult to reach any of the three destinations from Russia without flying through United States or European territories

What a sorry situation this has become. A patriot who has alerted all countries including his own of massive surveillance by the United states government, is stranded until some method can be developed to get him out of Obama’s flight interceptions.

One method springs immediately to my mind. Vladimir Putin may decide to make a state visit to one of those countries, flying in his own Air Force One. Because of what happened recently to the President of Bolivia, Putin might let it be known that Russian advanced fighter planes will protect his flight from interference of any kind.

Then see how quickly President Obama and his international cronies will climb down and allow the flight to proceed.

English history offers a parallel for Egyptian political reform (2)

July 6, 2013

In 1689, an unconstitutional English Parliament (unconstitutional because it was not called by the King) met and wrote a new constitution (the original constitution was unwritten). The Bill of Rights narrowed the discretionary power of the monarch, increased the independence of the judiciary, in all but name eliminated any notion of the divine right of kings, and significantly increased the powers of parliament. Most importantly, the suffrage was strictly limited to some 5 per cent of the male population (women had no suffrage until the early 20th century). A high property requirement was set in place for any person to vote. Members of Parliament served without pay, unless appointed as members of the Cabinet. King William III and Queen Mary II were required to sign this Bill of Rights before they could jointly access the throne.

This new constitution significantly reduced the arbitrary discretion of the monarch. Equally important, it set in place a parliament that would firmly establish and enforce property rights, thus paving the way for the Industrial Revolution. Britain became the richest and most powerful nation on the planet, building an Empire on which the sun would never set. Slowly, over time, the suffrage was allowed to expand, until in 1884, individuals without property were allowed to vote. This opened the gates to socialism and to the decline and fall of the British Empire.

Egypt is not yet ready for such a transition. Poorly educated as much of its population is, and subject to Islamic religious fanaticism as one-third of its population, surely is, there is no immediate prospect of establishing and maintaining an effective secular parliamentary system.

So the military, for the time being will have to govern. Since senior members of the military are at this time the primary holders of property in Egypt, this should ensure that an effective system of property rights will be established. If the military is far-sighted, I recommend that tit follows the example set by General Augusto Pinochet in Chile when he seized power from an incompetent and socialist President Allende. The General called in free-market Chilean economists trained at the University of Chicago by Milton Friedman, George Stigler, Gary Becker and Arnold Harberger to reform the economic institutions of Chile. Remarkable success followed. When the General voluntarily stepped down from power and returned Chile to democracy, the country was the richest in Latin America, and remains so to this day. This time around, it may not be so exclusively the Chicago-boys that are called to service – Chicago unfortunately is no longer an uncontaminated citadel of free-market economics. Other universities – such as UCLA, George Mason University, New York University, and Clemson University – may have to supplement Chicago supply.

While so ruling, the Egyptian military should ensure that all young Egyptians, females as well as males, receive a secular education. They should ensure that the job market is open equally to females as well as to males. They should offer stability of rule for a time-period sufficient for wealth-enhancing institutions to emerge. This may take five to ten years of transition governance.

The military should then write a new constitution for Egypt, modeled closely on the United States Constitution. A strict separation between Mosque, Church and Temple on the one side and the State on the other side, should be imposed. As in 1787, the suffrage should be strictly limited by a property requirement, albeit allowing females equal access with males to the ballot box. The secret ballot should be required. The initial suffrage should be restricted to no more than ten per cent of the adult population. Voters should satisfy both the requisite property requirement and (possibly) should be limited to individuals with university degrees and equivalent professional qualifications.The judiciary should be completely independent from the executive and legislative branches of government.

Then the world would truly marvel at the high rate of economic growth and economic freedom achieved by an Egypt unfettered from the bonds of autocracy and backward-Muslim religious fanaticism.

The courage of Edward Snowden

July 3, 2013

First they came for the Tea Party
and I didn’t speak out because I was not a member of the Tea Party

Then they came for the rich
and I didn’t speak out because I was not rich

Then they came for private market entrepreneurs
and I didn’t speak out because I was not an entrepreneur

Then they came for the advocates of freedom
and there were insufficient numbers left in America to speak out for me.

Thank you Edward Snowden for speaking out for me and my fellow patriots!

Edward Snowden runs for freedom from Obama’s hounds from Hell

June 23, 2013

Earlier this week, the Obama administration filed a charge of espionage against Edward Snowden for revealing details of its secret extensive spying on American citizens. The net looked like closing tightly around Snowden’s neck, as Obama’s snoops sought vengeance for the shame that the freedom-lover has heaped upon them.

Fortunately, there are still some islands of freedom left as Obama attempts to blanket the planet with his coercive surveillance. Hong Kong provided a vital two-day window of opportunity by finding clauses in the U.S. indictment that failed to comply with their laws. Given that the indictment had not been properly filed, the Hong Kong government allowed Snowden access to commercial flights out of the still freedom-loving former British colony.

Wikileaks then assumed responsibility for spiriting Snowden to freedom. Using their international network and their legal support staff, Wikileaks arranged for Snowden to board a commercial flight to Russia, where he will be welcomed and assisted by President Putin. From Moscow, Snowden will fly to Havana, where he will be welcomed with open arms by a communist government that openly despises the Obama administration. From Havana he will fly to Caracas, where he will finally settle down, supported by a Venezuelan government that will never extradite him to the hated Yankees.

Well done Wikileaks and the several governments that have conspired with them to prevent a ruthless, coercive government from imprisoning, if not executing, a good man who dared to expose a debauched and corrupt U.S. administration.

The Unites States should not meddle in Syria

June 14, 2013

In a world grounded on the concept of sovereign nation states – and that is essentially the world since the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 – nation states should consider circumspectly before deciding to intervene in the affairs of another nation. Specifically, they should consider only the interests of their own citizens. And by interest, I mean narrow interest, revolving around the lives, liberties and properties of their people. They should also reflect carefully as to whether any form of intervention feasibly can affect those interests in a favorable direction, with the benefits outweighing the costs of such intervention.

From this perspective, a case can be made ex ante that military intervention by the United States in Iraq was justified. There was a reasonable expectation that Saddam Hussein had stockpiled weapons of mass destruction and that he was prepared to use such weapons against direct United States interests. There was the certainty that Iraq sat on large reserves of oil and that Saddam Hussein may have been willing to manipulate such reserves against United States interests, or simply shut them down. So a short-term strike, designed to eliminate Saddam Hussein and his regime, and then to withdraw surely should have been on the U.S. policy-table. Under no circumstances,should a long-term attempt at nation-building have followed. That was a major error on the part of the Bush Junior administration – an error that his father had not made.

No such case for intervention exists as a consequence of the so-called Arab Spring. Libya is blessed, or cursed, with oil reserves, but there was no clear threat to the U.S. from the Gadaffi dictatorship. Surely the Gadaffi regime could be and was taken down by U.S. intervention. But U.S. interests are worsened by that outcome. A reluctant ally has been replaced by a Muslim fundamentalist government that is ill-disposed to the West.

Egypt, again offered no U.S. interest that justified toppling the Mubarak dictatorship. Egypt has no worthwhile natural resources that could have been directed against the U.S. Mubarak was a long-term loyal supporter of U.S. policy including the protection of Israel. The outcome of meddling is that a hostile Muslim fundamentalist majority now poses a significant threat to Israel, a threat that would force the U.S. into a major war, should it be implemented.

The U.S. has no national interest in meddling in Syria. Syria has no natural resources and a sequence of drone strikes could put their nuclear program back into the stone age. Bashar al-Assad is a repellent chinless-wonder dictator, willing to turn weapons of mass destruction onto hos own people. But there is no indication that the rebels would not follow suit if such weapons fell into their hands. The country is a shambles and from the perspective of the U.S that may be the safest condition, given the malevolence to the West displayed by almost all segments of the population, not least the Muslim majority. If the U.S. desired to help itself, it could open its own borders to the best trained scientists and scholars from Syria, further depleting the country’s chances of ever pulling out of abject poverty.

Real-politik strongly indicates that the Obama administration should stand on the sidelines and let Syria sort out its own internal divisions. Only if a direct threat to the U.S should arise once the desert dust has settled, should the U.S. make strategic strikes to eliminate the facilities and the individuals that constitute the threat.

Put your trust in Barack Obama and Erich Schmidt?

June 11, 2013

President Obama and Google CEO, Erich Schmidt, potentially can access almost every email message transmitted across the United States and well beyond. Barack Obama is a left-leaning Democrat. Erich Schmidt, in 2012, maxed out his political contributions in support of Barack Obama. So he also must be presumed to be a left-leaning Democrat (or a wealth-seeking hypocrite, take your pick).

So do you trust Obama/Schmidt to refrain from utilizing this available information for left-wing political purposes? Do you think that they might do so, if such data were likely to swing votes in favor of the Democratic Party? Do bears defecate in the woods?

We know for sure that President Obama did not come clean with respect to the data mining that his administration has established, under the guise of monitoring terrorism. In itself, this demonstrates utter contempt for the people, who have hired him as their lackey to represent their interests. We know that Erich Schmidt did not voluntarily disclose the extent of Google’s monitoring of internet activity, even though Google supposedly is in a contractual relationship with its clients.So basically, they already have reputations somewhat inferior to second-hand car salesmen.

How comfortable are you when dealing with a second-hand salesman at some backstreet big city garage? Would you leave your wallet or your handbag on the table when visiting the washroom in such an establishment?

Bravo, Edward Snowden for whistle-blowing on Obama! Bravo, Putin’s Russia, for offering Edward Snowden political asylum as he runs for his life, hotly pursued by vengeance-seeking U.S. snoops.

Remember Jason Bourne, anyone?

Turkey: one Sharia step away from a secular military coup

June 4, 2013

I met the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan in January 2004 in Istanbul. He and his entire cabinet attended a conference on Conservatism and Democracy largely funded by the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) which he had led to a minority electoral victory in 2002.

Aware that earlier Islamist governments had been overturned by a military dedicated to Ataturk’s vision of a secular polity, Prime Minister Erdogan committed his government to conservative principles. I was invited as one of three plenary speakers to address these issues before a major conference. Although I lean more to classical liberalism than to conservatism, the latter is a broad tent. So I read up on Edmund Burke, Milton Friedman and Friedrich von Hayek and laid out a program compatible with the Muslim leanings of 98 per cent of the population. As the world knows, Islam is also a broad tent, so I focused attention on the philosophy of one of the greatest Islamic philosophers,Ibn Khaldoun, a thinker whose ideas on conservatism and democracy, even though enunciated many centuries ago, were close enough to my own. Recep Erdogan publicly expressed his support for my recommendations*, and to his credit, he pursued the key reforms assiduously until fairly recently, securing increasing electoral support, while winning three elections since 2002.

So it is with great sadness today that I must acknowledge once again the truth in Lord Acton’s statement that ‘all power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely’. The Recep Erdogan that I met in 2004 no longer exists. A decade of increasing power has corrupted the man and has turned him away from common-sense towards extreme Islamic religious fervor. The man has become a monster, imposing Sharia law on an increasingly rebellious public, enriching himself and his cronies through corruption, introducing near-Prohibition in a country that is accustomed to alcohol consumption, and turning tear gas and water cannon onto unarmed gatherings in Istanbul, Ankara and other Turkish cities.

The road that Recep Erdogan now follows is the road to a military coup d’etat. Undoubtedly, the Prime Minister has tamed, even humiliated, the military as power has gone to his head. But the military has the weapons. And the military, for almost a century has the proud heritage of preserving Mehmet Ataturk’s secular governance for Turkey. Step back, Recep Erdogan, before it is too late to do so! You have achieved a great deal of good for your Islamic country. Do not throw everything away on a dictator’s whim to move from moderate to fanatical Islamic philosophy.

* Rowley, C.K. ‘Conservatism and economics: a sweet Turkish delight’, Public Choice, Volume 119, Nos. 1-2, April 2004, 1-12.

President Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Memorial Day Proclamation

May 27, 2013

“Over one hundred years ago, Memorial Day was established to commemorate those who died in the defense of our national ideals. Our ideals of freedom, justice, and equal rights for all have been challenged many times since then, and thousands of Americans have given their lives in many parts of the world to secure those same ideals and insure their children a lasting peace. Their sacrifice demands that we, the living, continue to promote the cause of peace and the ideals for which they so valiantly gave of themselves.

Today, the United States stands as a beacon of liberty and democratic strength before the community of nations. We are resolved to stand firm against those who would destroy the freedoms we cherish. We are determined to achieve an enduring peace = a peace with liberty and with honor. This determination, this resolve, is the highest tribute we can pay to the many who have fallen in the service of our Nation.

God bless our veterans and their families.

Peace Through Strength forever.”

Hat Tip: Lou Cordia

Affirmative action should be terminated

May 4, 2013

Above the entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court four words are carved: Equal justice under law. The message is perfect for a people that pursues inalienable rights to life and liberty and an imprescriptible right to property – even a society that once pursued such objectives very unevenly across the races.

It is tempting for some to request unequal treatment under law designed to benefit those treated badly in the past. Such indeed is a current occurrence in the United States with respect to certain ‘minority groups’. But what may be popular and widespread is fundamentally wrong.

Once equal justice under law has been established, it should never be violated again. For to violate the rule is to suggest that there is a better rule, which is untrue. No society can pursue the goals of life, liberty and property effectively in the absence of the rule of law. And those four words carved above the entrance to the U.S Supreme Court perfectly express the essence of the rule of law.

Hat Tip: Time to scrap affirmative action’, The Economist, May 4, 2013