Thu, 22 March 2018
You might read that headline and think I'm stretching a bit with the "trade war" talk but trust me; this is not going to end well for America.
Trump announced today that he is imposing 50 billion in tariffs on the Chinese for supposed intellectual property violations.
This comes on the heels of his legal counsel quitting over the Presidents unwillingness to take advice.
The DOW lost more than 700 points on the news. This should not come as a shock considering there isn't an economist alive who would suggest tariffs are a net benefit to an economy.
Hold on to your butts. It's going to get ugly.
Wed, 21 March 2018
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Nickolas Wildstar today and listen to him share his thoughts on how to improve the great state of California.
Nickolas is running for Governor of California as a Libertarian. If you're interested in learning more about him or following him on social media here are all of his details.
Enjoy the show,
Tue, 20 March 2018
Facebook is a data mining company. That's their real business. I've been saying it for years. As a marketer, I think its great. I can access all kinds of information to help me target potential prospects who would be interested in my products and services.
But I can't see names or personal information until someone signs up for my stuff.
This is not the case for some political groups like Cambridge Analytica and the 2012 Obama Campaign.
Both groups used special relationships with Facebook to access a smorgasbord of your personal information so they could custom tailor political ads try and get your vote.
But what nobody is talking about is that both the UK and US governments were also buying the data Facebook offered to these political groups.
Now we know what Obama and Trump were using the intel for but why was the government buying it and why isn't the media asking more questions?
Simple, another Trump/Bannon controversy is sexier than another government data mining operation.
Bottom line...if you don't want your personal information harvested and sold to the highest bidder don't be on facebook. If you want to use the social site for all of the positive benefits then just shut up and recognize everything you give them is being resold to someone else.
Mon, 19 March 2018
Ignoring the philosophical inconsistencies associated with "giving" shotguns away my first thought is "what the $^#%?)
I first saw the article posted in the private Facebook group, and after reading the headline, I thought, "This seems like a bad idea."
But I wanted to give the Libertarian candidate from Michigan the benefit of the doubt before passing judgment. So I read the article. I have now concluded with certainty that Brian Ellison is a moron.
Brian is the aforementioned Libertarian running against incumbent Debbie Stabenow for a US Senate seat. Clearly, Mr. Ellison hasn't spent a lot of time with the homeless, or he would have realized that most of them suffer from mental or drug addiction and giving them firearms is probably not the best solution to solving the violent crime problem the homeless face.
In fact, Ellison seems more concerned with police being armed with rifles than he is handing a depressed alcoholic a loaded shotgun.
Why does the LP keep fielding these types of candidates? I'll tell you why. It's all they can get. Anyone of substance who stands a chance of winning either leaves the party or seeks to distance themselves from it. I cite Austin Petersen and Larry Sharpe as two recent examples.
It breaks my heart to see our ideas promoted by the worst possible people. Just one more reason this show is so important.
Fri, 16 March 2018
Well, today's my birthday. I've decided I'm taking the day off and enjoying a beautiful southern California day.
But I don't want to leave you without a show...
So I decided I'd let you hear a recent interview I gave to the boys over at Motor Madhouse. It's a great podcast about cars hosted by a couple of guys who love liberty.
If you want to check out their show here's the link:
Enjoy your weekend!
Thu, 15 March 2018
I had a lot of questions on Twitter after our short conversation about rights. I've been doing this so long that sometimes I forget we have people who are new to the idea of positive and negative rights, and so I thought it would be a good idea to discuss them using a few simple examples.
Libertarians believe in and support Negative Rights since they do not conflict. Positive rights on the other hand often conflict with someone's Negative Rights. Because of this most libertarians reject the idea of Postive Rights outside of those imposed by contract.
This will be more clear after you listen to today's show but I wanted to give you a taste of what you're going to hear.
For most of these kids, the opportunity to teach was squandered. Sad.
Wed, 14 March 2018
More than 3000 schools are expected to see kids from grade school to college walk out of class to protest gun violence in our schools.
If you're politically inclined to agree with the idea of more gun laws, increased background checks and raising the age to purchase then you likely welcome the protests.
If however, you oppose those ideas you likely think the kids should be punished or prevented from protesting. I've even heard someone people suggest that kids can't understand the issues well enough to have an opinion.
That last one cracks me up since I spend WAY to much time on social media reading comments from adults who clearly have zero understanding of the issue on which they're commenting.
I see these protest as an opportunity to help teach our kids several things.
2. Teach Civil Disobedience
3. Problem Solving
Don't dismiss the potential value of what's happening today. We as a society will screw it up, we always do. But there is potential here to mold the next generation and teach them valuable life skills that will serve them into adulthood.
Tue, 13 March 2018
Today Trump announced he has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replaced him with CIA director Mike Pompeo. This should not shock you.
Tillerson and Trump have been at odds practically from day one. Tilleson even went so far as to call the president a moron.
It was silly to think you could put two power brokers like this together and not have problems.
Tillerson is the former CEO of Exxon Mobile. And he didn't start at the top. He began his carrier as a civil engineer and worked his way up. The guy is a winner and a leader with a massive amount of experience dealing with countries all over the world. He was the perfect fit to fill the role of Secretary of State.
There's just one problem.
Trump isn't used to having a peer as a subordinate and Tillerson isn't used to taking orders. A conflict of opinion was bound to happen. Frankly, I'm surprised it took this long for things to come to a head.
So let me just say this...As a man who is completely comfortable with his sexuality and apparently cannot call himself "straight" anymore let me tell you where I fall on the scale of not-gayness.
On a scale of not-gay from 0-100, I am 100% not gay. You throw as many flags symbols and gay porn you want at me (this is how the study was conducted apparently), and you won't move me off the 100% not-gay mark.
I just don't understand why some people can be gay, but there can't be some of us who aren't. We could have framed the study to say there's no such thing as gay. Why didn't we frame the study that way? If it's all a sliding scale why can't we say there's no such thing as gay?
I'll tell you why. It's because the goal is not to conduct scientific research it's to seek evidence to reinforce a predetermined opinion.
Well, that's it. See you tomorrow
Mon, 12 March 2018
A few days ago I talked about the Justice Departments decision to sue the state of California over its decision to protect illegal immigrants from deportation by passing a law preventing companies from voluntarily helping ICE.
Now, setting aside my distaste for a law which prevents voluntary association California does have some authority.
The Constitution does not give the federal government the authority to deal in this matter. It is left to the States or to the people.
Well, I got a little backlash on social media so I thought I'd go a little deeper today in a full breakdown.
Fri, 9 March 2018
Yeah, it's just me in the studio today, and I was running late from the jump this morning trying to get things squared away for my business. I ended up running into a little snafu with my bank. I'll explain on the show today.
From there we'll move over to talk about Donald Trump's decision to meet with Kim Jong Un. It looks like they're discussing denuclearization. We'll see. That's all I can say.
Finally, American kids are getting fatter. If you're shocked, have the person standing next to you punch you in the face for being so out of touch. It turns out the Marine Corps is having trouble finding recruits.
Short show notes today. Enjoy your weekend!