We can’t stop mass murder

So what can we do? Shikha Dalmia:

How about focusing less on preemptively thwarting prospective attackers and instead boosting the defensive capacities of prospective victims.

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Employ modest firearm restrictions that can be enforced, sure. But also, encourage private entities to step up their own lines of defense.

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As I have written previously, that kind of thing would never happen in my home country of India, where after the 2011 Mumbai attack, every hotel runs every car, every piece of luggage, and every hand bag through a metal detector. Ditto for movie theaters and malls. Neighborhoods have installed their own private guards.

One reason Indians are taking security into their own hands is that their government is so inept that Indians have no illusions that it will protect them. But even where the government is more functional, it can’t be omnipresent — and protect everyone from every single threat.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association declared after the Las Vegas shooting that it will re-evaluate the industry’s security protocols. That’s good. Other industries should follow suit.

Yep, inept government. Government can’t be all things to all people. Governments at all level need to stick to its core constitutional responsibilities and leave the rest to the people.


Vice President Mike Pence Walks Out on His Home-state Indianapolis Colts

Fox News:

Vice President Mike Pence walked out on his home-state Indianapolis Colts Sunday when members of the opposing team kneeled for the national anthem, but a report that Colin Kaepernick, the player who started it all, will stand if given another shot in the NFL was quickly dialed back.

“I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence tweeted.

Mike, you didn’t dignify the event by being there. Why do citizens shows excessive deference to politicians? Come on people, they are not our daddy or mommy, and we don’t do royalty in the U.S.

“While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem,” he continued.

So what is it that we must show respect for? The flag itself, the National Anthem, or what they represent? And what do they represent anyway? The omnipotence of government and superiority of the political class? Or the principles on which the country was founded? If the principles, remember all levels of government are bound by the Constitution, and government’s primary job is to ensure the security of private property and personal liberty, with each level of government being responsible for their assigned activity.


Sen. Warren (D, MA) Grills Wells Fargo CEO

Senator Warren grilled Wells Fargo & Co. CEO Timothy Sloan during Senate hearings on the firm’s account creation scheme.

She tried to argue that the CEO personally profited from the scheme by making the stock go up. A large company like Wells Fargo, the CEO cannot make the stock up. Institutional investors, pension funds, index funds, traders, government sovereign wealth funds, and other large institutions are the main movers in the financial markets. They have to agree with the story the company is telling in order to buy the shares, or if they use technical analysis, see a pattern that’s bullish.

As for Sloan, he was not prepared for this partisan attack.

She wants him fired. That’s not her responsibility to hire and fire company executives. And, more importantly, its unconstitutional under Article 1, Section 9. The US Constitutions forbids Bill of Attainder. See here and here for explanations. Among other infringements of our rights, it could eliminate Due Process.

And it appears she wants to install a puppet regime so she can control the banking industry. Fascism 101, folks.

There was always something totalitarian about progressivism. The followers of this movement have no problem bossing anybody around if they don’t behave the way progressives want.

Politicians crave control, certainty, and stability. You hear them talk about stability of financial markets, of job markets, of domestic social and global situations.

With that in mind, imagine viewing issues from the perspective of politicians. If some issue gets out of control, they get criticized. We seek comfort in their supposed competence to handle various situations. But that comes with a price in the form of more laws, more regulations, more controls, and less freedom of choice. You may not even know it because politicians have mastered the art of concealing their intentions.

They pass a law that controls corporations in an industry, for example, and that law manifests itself in many ways such as the products and services it offers. And you wonder why a firm acts the way it does — well that’s why. The firm acts as an agent of the government and the politicians escape responsibility.


No, the U.S. President is NOT the CEO of the Country


U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley defended President Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey, saying that he can “fire anyone he wants.”

“The president is the CEO of the country,” Haley told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday. “He can hire and fire anyone he wants.”

Wrong! The president may be considered the CEO of the federal government, but not of the country. He can fire people in his administration, not anyone he wants.

More evidence of the grabbing for control by the political class.



NFL Players’ Protests

Yes, I admit, it bothers me that athletes show disrespect for the values of the U.S by kneeling or doing something other than the rite before a sporting event.

There are two problems, though, that also bother me. 1) The National Anthem can be interpreted to pay homage to the state, as if it were a god.  To some people it is, but not to me. And, 2) as expressed by Don Boudreaux. How about the politicians:

who regularly disrespect the Constitution by ignoring and violating it.  Where’s the criticism of members of Congress who mock the Constitution by pretending to find in that document the authority to do what that document does not authorize them to do, such as (to pick only a few examples) subsidizing farmers, using tax dollars to fund a government-run pension scheme, preventing workers from agreeing to work at hourly wages below a government-set minimum, and restricting the amount of resources that private individuals may contribute to political campaigns?  In this light it’s fair to ask: Do professional athletes who refuse to stand for the playing of the national anthem undermine and ‘disrespect’ America’s core values anywhere nearly as much as these values are undermined and disrespected by the countless government officials, elected and appointed, who daily act in disregard for the Constitution that each of them took a solemn oath to uphold?


Federal employees step up defiance of [President] Trump

Government employees are growing increasingly willing to criticize or defy the White House and President Trump’s top appointees. . . .

The growing opposition in the executive branch comes as the White House’s legislative agenda has stalled in Congress and Trump turns to his Cabinet agencies to change course in several policy areas. It also is emanating from career staffers or political holdovers whose resistance to Trump has, at times, been rooted in deep opposition to the president’s agenda.



Note: I had to put the word President in brackets because the person who wrote the title didn’t.

Happy Independence Day America!

On this day 241 years ago the Founders declared their independence from Great Britain.

The document, penned by Thomas Jefferson, is the Declaration of Independence. It states the moral touchstone of the country:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

The rest of the documents lays out the reasons for declaring independence, the long train of abuses and usurpations, using the Founder’s words.