Sweden: ‘No Apartments, No Jobs, No Shopping Without a Gun’ (Pay attention newly minted American “socialists”)

Though we give Sweden a hard time often we do like the country. Volvos, Saabs, Ikea, Swedish meatballs, Abba, all things to be proud of. But the socialist Utopia is seeing a real threat now with the current crush of “refugees” entering the country.

It should be noted that Sweden has a population of only 9.6 million people, which is slightly less than the population of North Carolina. The cozy socialist system, a closed system in many regards,

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Museum of corruption to open in NY, Focus on kickbacks and cronyism, Albany’s “renewable resource”

I like the way this professor thinks. Why not create a tourist destination which makes use of New York State’s seemingly unending corruption? There’ll always be something new to explore, and New Yorkers and other folks from all around will be able to come and learn in detail about the underbelly of the Empire State.

Seriously, it’s a great idea. In fact someone ought to do one in Downtown Washington DC. I’d bet it would be a solid draw.

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VA will let officials keep taxpayer money they stole

The VA system is single payer healthcare. Now imagine the fraud and abuse we see here magnified exponentially and you have what some people want in this country. In the name of “justice.”

The below is truly disgusting. This is the sort of thing which makes people completely distrustful of government. Remember, these alleged fraudsters get to keep hundreds of thousands of dollars allegedly taken from the taxpayer, but some of our veterans can’t even get in to see a doctor so they can be treated for sickness.

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Statists gonna state, Argentina’s soon to be former crony president says she’s going to remain in the spotlight

Christina Fernandez de Kirchner apparently has no interest in bowing out of politics gracefully. Ala Nancy Pelosi she will remain in the political wings, waiting for an opportunity to reassert herself, keeping rivals from rising, and making sure her presence informs the political decisions of allies and enemies alike.

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Washington Post: Inside the Clinton Donor Network

OK future Washington hacks – Dem, GOP and otherwise, this is how you do it. Actually, it’s probably best that you skip this article now that I think about it.

The rest of our readers however, the ones who are actually sane, who would never willingly spend their lives in a blind quest for power, should read this article. Bill and Hillary have raised $3 billion in their careers. That’s a hell of a lot of money and it all came from people who wanted something.

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Statist Brookings Institution is afraid that people actually want a simplified tax code

I love this. The old fashioned 20th Century statism just drips from the attached piece. Vanessa Williamson, fellow at Brookings, arguably the most prestigious statist think tank in Washington, is afraid that people will actually like the idea of closing loop holes in the tax code. She recognizes correctly that if the tax code is simplified, if things are made more simple and more efficient, the government won’t be able to take as much from the citizenry. That is precisely  of course why we need to simplify the tax code.

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Unease, But Little Opposition as France Curbs Basic Freedoms

She is from France.

We in the West made it through the whole Cold War without tossing aside our freedoms for the most part. In the face of nuclear annihilation we remained relatively free. Indeed it was these freedoms which helped us define ourselves relative to our totalitarian communist rivals. Our freedoms were what made us, us.

But this sentiment, this general reverence for freedom, has been on the wane since September 11th 2001. The attacks in France seem to have spurred an even greater move toward a soft totalitarianism in the West.

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Poll: 1 in 3 Independent and Republican voters see the government as an “enemy”

Many people see the federal government as not reflecting their views at all. Some see the unending expansion of the state into every nook and cranny of life, and the gaming of the government by powerful corporate and political interests, as a real threat. Indeed that our massive government is encroaching on the things many Americans hold particularly dear, independence, for some – faith, economic liberty, liberty generally, privacy, and so on.

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Billionaire Paul Singer on Chinese downturn, could cause “Global central bank panic.”

Are we too pessimistic with regard to China? Perhaps, but who really knows. Seriously, who really knows. The data out of the Ultimate Crony Capitalist State is poor. It is politically manipulated. No one really has a hard sense of what’s actually going on, including probably the Chinese government to a large extent.

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The cronies lose in Argentina, Peronistas defeated

Electorally anyway. There remains support among a significant part of the Argentine population for a large welfare state. (Which can be a challenge in a country which occupies a space somewhere between developed and developing.) But this is progress. The soft-fascists (sometimes not so soft), the Peronistas, have been beaten, though they still control the Argentine congress.

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Blowback: The Washington War Party’s Folly Comes Home to Roost

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Some of the folks in the Military Industrial Complex would be wise to revisit the lessons in this book. Of course much of the Art of War is about being frugal with resources. The contractors aren’t too keen on that.

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United Nations to open lobby shop in DC with Obama’s blessing

“Nothing says ‘human rights’ more than bureaucrats sitting in a new office,”

The last thing we need is a UN “embassy” in Washington DC. Particularly one which will be driven by the deeply corrupt Human Rights Council. The council is believe it or not currently chaired by Saudi Arabia. That’s right, that Saudi Arabia.

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