Year-End Fundraiser Update

Thanks to supporter RWJr, whose $50 contribution yesterday brings our year-end fundraiser total to $1,022.50!

Our ultimate goal is to raise $5,150 by December 31. Because supporter GL is “matching funds” dollar for dollar, we only have to raise half that — $2,575 — from our other readers. Our “mini-goal” for this week is to hit the halfway point — $1,287.50 — by Friday. We’re $265 away from being where we want to be 48 hours from now.

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Yours in liberty,
Tom Knapp
Rational Review News Digest / Freedom News Daily

Dopesick Resurrects an Opioid Narrative That Is “Neat, Plausible, and Wrong”

Source: Cato Institute
by Jeffrey A Singer

“The two‐​and‐​a‐​half minute trailer for the new Hulu miniseries Dopesick might be all it takes to resurrect the false narrative behind America’s failing opioid policy. That policy drives non‐​medical drug users to dangerous and deadly black market drugs, and stigmatizes pain patients while plunging them into anguish, despair, and sometimes suicide.” (10/27/21)

The Renew America Movement: A Center-Right Third Party Taking Shape

Source: Niskanen Center
by Chris Vance

“Conservative pundit Jonah Goldberg recently revived the debate over the need for a new, conservative political party, arguing in The Dispatch (the conservative but Trump-skeptical online publication he co-founded) that it is a better alternative for Never Trump conservatives than voting for Democrats. Aroused, the anti-anti-Trumpers at National Review fired off three quick responses in opposition, while David French (The Dispatch’s senior editor) weighed in in support. However, Goldberg’s argument and the responses he provoked fail to reflect what is happening on the ground in real-time.The reality is that the center-right has already created a political movement, which very well may evolve into a third party.” (10/26/21)

Investing Lessons From Sin City

Source: American Consequences
by Laura Greaver

“This … Is … A …Bubble! Yesterday, I sat in the back of a hotel ballroom listening as my colleague, Extreme Value editor Dan Ferris, led 300 or so audience members in a chant. It was like he was leading a revival. This. Is. A. Bubble! Dan was one of the speakers who wrapped up the first day of Stansberry Research’s annual conference at the Encore at Wynn in Las Vegas. He spent a large chunk of his 30-minute talk laying out facts of the bubble environment we’re currently in. The evidence is clear, he said, whether you look at the most-expensive-ever stock prices, most-expensive-ever housing prices, a record-breaking number of IPOs in 2021 … and junk-rating companies being upgraded by the handful. Smaller bubbles are already popping within the overall market: cannabis, meme stocks, and SPACs are all down from their elevated levels this time last year.” (10/27/12)

Garland refuses to back away from DOJ “domestic terrorists” memo, even after school board turns tail

Source: Fox News

“Attorney General Merrick Garland doubled down on his memo to Department of Justice employees addressing a federal response to violence and intimidation of school board officials — despite the National School Boards Association apologizing for the letter that inspired the memo. Appearing on Capitol Hill for the second time in two weeks, Garland told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the NSBA’s second letter (which contained an apology for inflammatory language in the first one) had no bearing on the DOJ’s stance. … ‘the DOJ is not just concerned about school board officials, but a ‘rising tide’ of violence against judges, prosecutors, election administrators, and others.” [editor’s note: Show of hands, are you offering prayers of thanks that this thug was NOT put among the SCOTUS judges? – SAT] [additional editor’s note: I just wish he was as concerned about threats of violence against regular people as against bureaucrats – TLK] (10/27/21)

The Patriot Act: Twenty Years of Government Spying on YOU

Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“Twenty years ago today President George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act into law. The 52,000-word act sailed through Congress under the Orwellian title, ‘Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001.’ It passed the House of Representatives within 24 hours and was subsequently rubber stamped by the Senate the very next day with only one lone dissenting vote. … It’s unlikely that the public will ever know the full extent of rights violations perpetrated by the state under the auspices of the Patriot Act. What we do know is that, for the better part of two decades, both the old parties stood idly by as these abuses occurred.” (10/26/21)

DRC: Regime court swears in election chief after disputed nomination

Source: Metro

“Democratic Republic of Congo’s constitutional court on Tuesday swore in an electoral commission chief whose contested nomination threatens to weaken President Felix Tshisekedi’s ruling coalition. The country’s religious groups, who are seen as impartial, are supposed to nominate the head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) by unanimous vote. But after months of discussion the eight denominations failed to reach a consensus, and on Oct. 16 parliament approved Denis Kadima, an election expert with decades of experience. Tshisekedi argued Kadima’s nomination was legitimate because a majority of religious groups were in favour of it.” (10/26/21)

NBA’s Enes Kanter Takes on Chinese Tyranny

Source: Independent Institute
by K Lloyd Billingsley

“China invaded Tibet in the 1950s and has occupied the central Asian region ever since. Despite the occupation, and the imposition of Marxist-Leninist dictatorship, the United States supported World Trade Organization membership and granted China trade privileges. The cost of those moves is becoming evident. As a league, the NBA has been silent China’s human rights abuses. As we noted, last year NBA players wore jerseys emblazoned, ‘Group Economics,’ a clumsy euphemism for a command economy, a key feature of socialism. In a command economy a political elite makes the strategic economic decisions and the people get only what the government wants them to have. That’s the way it works in China, where freedom of speech does not exist. At this writing, the White House has yet to respond to Enes Kanter’s denunciation of China’s Communist dictatorship.” (10/26/21)

Mort Sahl, 1927-2021

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Legendary US comedian and political satirist Mort Sahl (who skewered US presidents from Dwight Eisenhower to Donald Trump) has died. He passed away on Tuesday in Mill Valley, California, at the age of 94 of old age, a friend told AP News. Sahl’s biting political commentary won him legions of fans starting in the 1950s and has been credited as the inspiration for modern stand-up comedy. His Cold War material is credited for setting the bar for political comedy. A host of comedians and comedy show producers have paid tribute, including Albert Brooks, Laraine Newman and Richard Lewis. This is Spinal Tap star and Simpsons stalwart Harry Shearer said Sahl had ‘invented modern American political satire’. Born in Montreal, Sahl moved with his family to Los Angeles as a child and got his start as a comedian at San Francisco’s beatnik hungry i club.” (10/27/21)