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  • Duane Lester 8:40 am on September 6, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: , Natural Rights   

    Leftist Paper Says the Constitution Gives Us “The Right to Protest” (w Video) 

    I was just over on Reddit, looking at the headlines, when I saw one that made me choke on my coffee. Clicking through to the site, this is what I saw:


    From the article:

    The military doesn’t “give” us the right to protest. The Constitution does that. Two hundred years of struggle for civil liberties does that.

    Wrong. So wrong.

    Let’s ignore the idea that the military gives us the right to protest. They may protect it, but they don’t “give” it to us. Let’s focus on the fallacious idea that the Constitution gives us the right.

    That’s progressive nonsense.

    We don’t have the right to protest because of the Constitution, the same document leftists decry as something written by rich, white, slaveowners only for their own benefit. (Which is ludicrous, considering how many of them were part of the new government. If it were just for them, they’d restrict the rights of the people and increase their own power.)

    The right to protest comes from our humanity or from our Creator, whichever you prefer. They don’t exist because some men wrote them down centuries ago.

    The right to protest is a natural right. That means the government can’t take it away.

    They can only violate it.


    Judge Andrew Napolitano explains more:


  • Duane Lester 6:48 am on September 6, 2016 Permalink  

    VIDEO: Ten Things Millennials Should Know About Socialism 

    I recently listened to this via the Mises podcast and was glad to see a video version of it on the YouTube. If you have children, you could find worse ways to spend an hour with them than watching this:

  • Duane Lester 6:33 am on September 6, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: Donald Trump   

    Trump Says Donation to Florida AG Came With No Strings, Unlike Donations to Democrats 


    All you have to do is bring up Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s donations to career liberals and you’ll get the same, tired response from his sycophants:

    He’s a businessman and he was making donations so he could do business. It wasn’t about politics. It was just business.

    Trump himself has made this claim:

    “I support politicians,” Donald J. Trump explained at last Thursday’s Republican debate in Detroit, after being challenged on his campaign checks to Democrats. “In 2008, I supported Hillary Clinton. I supported many other people, by the way. And that was because of the fact that I’m in business.”


    Trump has found time to shrug off criticisms of his past donations, defending them as a business necessity: “I am a businessman,” Trump told conservative talk radio host Howie Carr recently, as reported by Buzzfeed. “And when, you know, a speaker of the House or head of the Senate or, you know, people call, you know, I generally speak. As a businessman, you wanna be friendly with everybody.”

    In other words, he was paying to play. Those donations were so he could get special treatment, so he could be left alone or get through bureaucratic hoops quicker, perhaps get his licenses approved faster. Who knows? We are assured, however, it wasn’t politics. It was business.

    Meanwhile, in Ohio:

    Donald Trump on Monday dismissed questions about his failure to disclose an improper $25,000 contribution to a political group connected to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was at the time considering whether to open a fraud investigation against Trump University.

    “I never spoke to her, first of all; she’s a fine person beyond reproach. I never even spoke to her about it at all. She’s a fine person. Never spoken to her about it. Never,” Trump said Monday while speaking to reporters in Ohio. “Many of the attorney generals turned that case down because I’ll win that case in court. Many turned that down. I never spoke to her.”

    The $25,000 gift, paid by the Donald J. Trump Foundation, violated federal rules that prohibit charities from making donations to political candidates. Trump and his team also failed to disclose the large gift to the Internal Revenue Service, instead reporting that the donation was given to an unrelated group with a similar name – effectively obscuring the contribution.

    Bondi ultimately decided not to open an investigation against Trump’s embattled for-profit education business.

    Just so I have it right, when it comes to Democrats, his donations are strictly for cronyism based reasons. It’s because “you wanna be friendly with everybody.” But when it comes to the Attorney General who is deciding whether to investigate him, Trump’s donation had nothing to do with being friendly with her.

    Is that about right? Do you believe that?

    Photo Credit: Fox News Screen Capture
  • Duane Lester 6:09 am on September 6, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: , Hunting, Piers Morgan   

    Piers Morgan Now Bullying 12-Year-Old Girls, Still Losing Debates 


    You may have seen the brouhaha surrounding 12-year-old Aryanna Gourdin, who posts photos of her and the animals she harvests on trophy hunts. I know the producers at Piers Morgan’s latest miserable television show saw them, because they invited the huntress and her dad on the show.

    And then Morgan went all Morgan-y on her:

    “How would you feel if I came to your house one day and I hunted down your pet cat and I killed it and I then posted pictures of me celebrating the slaughter of your pet cat?’ Mr. Morgan asked.

    This is what passes for logic to the anti-gun, anti-hunting left.

    A pet cat is equal to a giraffe, or something.

    Gourdin’s father was quick to jump in, calling it a trick question. It’s not a trick question. It’s a stupid question.

    Who owns a wild animal? No one. It’s wild.


    Furthermore, the caretakers of the area singled out the giraffe she harvested because he was a problem:

    “This giraffe was an old bull unable to reproduce and a danger to the other giraffes. In Africa they’re in a 30 year drought and food and water are scarce. By removing this giraffe it will ensure survival of the species by making sure there are enough resources to sustain the rest of the healthy herd. This bull was a danger to the others and will provide food for several orphanages and villages in the area.”

    But even if that wasn’t true, even if the giraffe had just been born, it wasn’t anyone’s property, which makes the comparison to the cat asinine.

    The correct response wasn’t, “That’s a trick question.”

    The correct response was, “Well, Piers, there’s a difference. The cat is my property. It’s mine. So you can’t destroy what is mine. But even if it wasn’t, PETA kills thousands of cats and dogs every year. Are you condemning them? I killed one giraffe. They kill thousands of animals. Where’s your moral indignation over that? Furthermore, all the meat harvested from this giraffe fed 800 orphans in the area, so apparently you prefer that the problem giraffe lived and the orphans went hungry. Why do you hate orphans, Piers? Why do you hate orphans?”

    At least, that’s where I would have gone.

    Photo Credit: Facebook
  • Duane Lester 5:34 am on September 6, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: China, Hillary Clinton   

    Clinton, Obama Chose to Appease China Rather Than Accept High-Level Defector 


    This story makes you wonder who Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is really concerned with helping – America, or the communist Chinese. When a high-level Chinese defector, bearing case and documents, told an American consulate he feared for his life, it didn’t take long for Clinton and Obama to make a decision to turn him over to the Chinese government:

    Critics say Clinton’s handling of the defection of Wang Lijun, a close aide to a regional Communist Party leader, was a blunder and lost opportunity for U.S. intelligence to gain secrets about the leaders of America’s emerging Asian adversary.

    Instead of sheltering Wang and granting him political asylum, Clinton agreed to turn him over to Chinese authorities in Beijing, and claimed he was not qualified for American sanctuary because of his past role as a police chief accused of corruption.

    However, the defector’s case highlights Clinton’s policy of seeking to preserve U.S. ties with China’s communist leadership instead of pursuing much-needed intelligence gathering on China at a time when Beijing is emerging as an increasingly threatening power.

    According to Bill Gertz, writing at The Washington Free Beacon, Clinton wrote about the event in her book Hard Choices, but, this may come as a shock, wasn’t exactly truthful about how it went down:

    Details of the mishandling of the Wang defection have been kept secret by the Obama administration, and Clinton’s version of events were contradicted by U.S. officials and the official Chinese account. Instead of gaining long-term access to a valuable defector with inside knowledge of Chinese strategy and policies, Clinton contacted the Chinese government in Beijing and allowed security officials to take Wang into custody outside the U.S. consulate some 30 hours after he entered the property in a daring bid to flee China for the United States.

    Clinton wrote about how appreciative the communists were about her playing ball with them:

    The former secretary of state also stated she did not realize the significance of Wang’s offer to defect or the impact it would have. Additionally, she ordered complete secrecy surrounding the case to help Chinese leaders avoid a scandal during a major leadership transition in the coming weeks.

    “We had no idea how explosive his story would prove or how seriously Beijing would take it,” she wrote. “We agreed to say nothing about the matter and the Chinese were grateful for our discretion.”

    So grateful they showed contempt and disrespect to President Obama when he visited recently.

    Photo Credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr
  • Duane Lester 8:11 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: QE, quantitative easing, Stock Market   

    Zero Hedge – Here’s What Might Happen When The Money Printing Ends 

    This sounds about right:


    My best set of guesses is we have another huge deflationary asset bubble collapse at some point, that prime minister Abe goes totally crazy in Japan, that the eurozone does not survive intact, that yen-hedged Japanese equities soar, and gold is a safe haven in this mess (especially when central banks respond with still more QE madness).

    The most painful scenario would likely be slow torture along the lines of a 10% correction this year, a 6% correction next year, then a 5% rally, followed by a 15% decline, a 7% rally and another 15% decline, etc., for a period of seven years or so.

    At the end of seven or 10 years, investors would be down 40-50% without a crash. It would destroy pension plans. Heck, given 7.5% assumptions, even a flat market for seven years would destroy them.

    There is one thing he left out. Everyone will be blaming capitalism, especially the people that caused this to happen.

    And then, they’ll start regulating themselves more control over the market.

  • Duane Lester 7:40 am on August 2, 2016 Permalink  

    The Difference Between Education and Schooling 


    “Education is a matter of self-mastery, first; then self-enlargement, even self-transcendance—as all possibilities of the human spirit open themselves into zones for exploration and understanding. There are points where the two conditions inform one another, but in schooling, somebody else’s agenda is always uppermost.”

    This is why more and more parents are choosing to homeschool, as noted at

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  • Duane Lester 8:19 pm on August 1, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: Glenn Beck, Liars   

    Quick Review of Glenn Beck’s New Book “Liars: How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control” 

    This was the first live video I did on Facebook, so I had the camera in the usual landscape position and didn’t realize I needed it upright. I fix the problem towards the middle of the video. Sorry about that.

  • Duane Lester 4:13 pm on July 25, 2016 Permalink  

    To all the pro-Trump people who want me to move from a position of principle and support a man I find vile and dangerous, I say, “No, you move.”13680301_10154292502006000_3111586753826621384_o

    • Charles 11:06 am on July 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yes you should keep your principles and stand your ground. After all, what America needs (?) is the Supreme Court to become more liberal for decades in the future. Somewhat of a slippery slope the ground upon which you stand.

      • Duane Lester 8:20 pm on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        What evidence do you have that Trump is going to appoint conservative, originalist judges?

  • Duane Lester 8:18 am on December 29, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: The Show-Me Report   

    The Show-Me Report: December 29, 2014 

    Post-Dispatch: Protester who advocates peace charged with setting fire at Berkeley QT

    LA Times: Well-known Ferguson activist charged with arson, burglary

    KMOV: Ferguson business owners take boards down, hopeful for future

    St. Joseph Post: Mo. police violence protest march ends, closes monument

    News-Tribune: Ferguson police spokesman suspended after remark

    Post-Dispatch: Missouri unlikely to join GOP-led states expanding Medicaid

    Jefferson County Penknife: JeffCo Court Stunt?

    Kansas City Star: Campaign pursues a Missouri tobacco tax increase for early childhood health and education

    Post-Dispatch: Campaign pursues a Missouri tobacco tax increase

    Lee’s Summit Journal: Rep. Grisamore’s son hurt in attack

    The Missouri Times: Rep. Grisamore’s son home from hospital

    Connect Tri-States: School transfers a priority for lawmakers

    Kansas City Star: Lawmakers: Missouri student transfer issue unresolved

    Ozark Area Network: Congressman Smith Praises Extension of Tax Code

    Ozark Area Network: Missouri Lawmakers Uncertain About Budget Powers

    Kansas City Star: New Hampshire senator to speak to MO Republicans in KC

    Kansas City Star: Missouri at center of highway guardrail safety debate

    News-Tribune: Republicans woo McCaskill, other moderates

    Post-Dispatch: Dooley reflects on 36 years of public service

    Kansas City Star: TheChat: John Diehl OKs campaign disclosure law

    Fox 2: Recount of the St. Louis County Executive race raises ballot integrity questions

    The Missourian: Legislators propose bills addressing law enforcement standards and community relations

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