The Sum of All Fears

Dec 30th, 2015 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Liberty Robert May 1 min read

 Cal Thomas writes: President Obama and members of his administration assure us we have nothing to fear when it comes to terrorism. Whether you accept this, or not — and opinion polls show a majority do not — there is another fear that in large part is behind the phenomenon known as Donald Trump. It is the fear we are in danger of losing America.

Principles Count, Even In War?


 by Bill B. May We posted an article today by Larry Diamond, associated with the conservative Hoover Institution, that says we must not give up our principles in fighting ISIS.  Largely the article was a slam at Donald Trump.   But let’s think about his comments a bit. Basically, he is saying that even in war, we should uphold our basic principles which is fine…

“Back Doors for Good Guys Means Back Doors for Bad Guys”–Unpacking Another Claim

Dec 26th, 2015 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Government, Liberty, Social Issues, Technology Robert May 1 min read

 Herb Lin writes:   Tim Cook deserves huge amounts of credit for saying in plain language what the opponents of back doors are saying.  In another article, this time in Computerworld, Cook is quoted as saying that “But the reality is if you put a back door in, that back door’s for everybody, for good guys and bad guys.”

The Selfishness of the Open-Borders Crowd


 by Bill B. May Many Libertarians subscribe to a policy of open-borders:  The freedom of people anywhere in the world to move freely where they wish.  For example, this article, What We May Not Give: A New Life, in a Free Country laments that an individual cannot give a charitable contribution to help bring a refugee into the United States. I’m all for allowing the individual to…

So What If ISIS Is Using Trump?

Dec 22nd, 2015 Islamic Extremists, Liberty, Politics, War (Terrorism & Violence) Bill B. May 2 min read

 The Democrats think that if Trump would shut up about radical Muslims, they would crawl back into their holes and leave us alone.  The touchy-feely party has it all wrong, as usual.  You seldom gain the upper hand with a bully by being nice; you win by being stronger than the bully or getting some help or carrying a bigger stick.  With the Islamic extremists, it…

Is There Hope For A Peaceful Islam?

Dec 21st, 2015 Islamic Extremists, Liberty Bill B. May 1 min read

 by Bill B. May I’ve been pretty negative about the Muslim religion.  Not that I don’t believe there are peaceful Muslims, but their basic document is the Koran.  It is the material from which their teachings come and it spews violence in many ways.  It also gives little in the way of importance to the concepts of liberty and freedom.   Thou must obey the Koran…

Politicians and The Economy

Dec 20th, 2015 Business, Economics, Free Enterprise, Government, Politics, Regulation Bill B. May 2 min read

 by Bill B. May I only caught snippets of the Democratic debate last evening.  When it comes to progressives, there isn’t much new under the sun, so I didn’t waste a couple hours.  I did listen to the opening statements and a bit more.  What was clear, especially from Hillary, was that they would fix the economy; they would lead the economy out of the…

The New Budget Bill

Dec 19th, 2015 Budget, Business, National Debt, Taxes Bill B. May 1 min read

 by Bill B. May Here we go again.  And with a supposedly conservative leader in the House.  On the surface, there are few cuts in government expenses in the bill but there are a number of tax cuts.  That should warm the hearts of conservatives who believe that taxes (and government) are weighing down the economy.   But it won’t.   These tax “cuts” are special interest reductions…

Technology, Not Politics, Is the Future of Progress

Dec 17th, 2015 * RECOMMENDED READINGS, Liberty, Regulation, Technology Bill B. May 1 min read

 Nima Sanandaji says:  The bright future of innovation lies in private tech A branch of Google has recently partnered with medical devices manufacturer Ethicon to form Verb Surgical Inc. The new company aims to develop robotic technology for operating rooms. Robot-assisted surgery is at the cutting edge of technical development, an idea from science fiction that is coming to life.

Drones vs. Liberty

Dec 17th, 2015 Government, Liberty, Regulation Bill B. May 3 min read

 by Bill B. May To take away more liberty, the big scare tactic currently  is the “threat” posed by drones.  Indeed, thousands (maybe millions) of drones will appear under the Christmas tree this year.  Government is jumping at the chance to regulate this activity.  And of course, many do-gooders will jump on the wagon to support more regulation. But is it a problem and is it…