BFP Select Nightly News & Editorials

Halliburton Whistleblower Wins in Court: $970K, Obama: Bin Laden Death Ups Terror Risk for Americans, The Most Dangerous Word in the World, US in ‘”Denial” Over China’s Pacific Plans, The Political Theater & the Debt Ceiling Crisis & More! 

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International Newsworthy

US in 'Denial' Over China's Pacific Plans 

Britain Expels Diplomats & Officially Recognizes Libyan Opposition

Former Russian Foreign Minister: "What will Happen after Gadhafi?"

US 'Threatens' Reaction to Iran over Rising Violence in Iraq  

Iran Courts Post-Mubarak Egypt, Worrying Allies

NATO Bargaining Hard on Turkish Air Defense

Jordan Receives $1 Billion Grant from Saudi Arabia

Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs Behind Docu-Reality Series 'Is.Real 2011'

Israeli President: Syrian Leaders Assad Must Go

Afghanistan: Long-Term Deal with US Conditional

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BFP Select Nightly News & Editorials

US Envoy: NO Rush to Leave Afghanistan, A Saudi Beacon for Iraq's Sunni Militias, The Cyber-Security Industrial Complex, UK Farmers Find Promise in a Crop Illegal in Afghanistan, Goldman Sachs: US Credit Risk if Wars Counted as 'Cuts', How America Became an Empire & More!

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 International Newsworthy

A Saudi Beacon for Iraq's Sunni Militias

Amnesty International Website Blocked in Saudi Arabia

The Cause of the Latest Russian-Kyrgyz Energy Row 

New US Envoy: NO Rush to Leave Afghanistan

NATO Admits: 5 Children Wounded in Afghanistan Air Strike

Afghan Lawmakers Tackle Karzai on US Deal 

Britain Farmers Find Promise in a Crop Illegal in Afghanistan

Iraq “Ignores” US-Imposed Sanctions Against Iran 

NATO Strikes Kills 7 in Libya Hospital

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BFP Select Nightly News & Editorials

Obama: Transnational Organized Crime is A National Emergency!, Who Rules America, 9/11: Who Really Benefited?, Foreign Powers Behind "Cambodia Killing Fields?", Pentagon: You Hack- We Shoot, Murdoch's Misery- China's Delight, The lesser Evil, & More!

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Foreign Powers behind "Cambodia Killing Fields?" 

US Turns Heat on ISI: Says it Spies on Pakistani-Americans

Iran Draws the Line with Turkey on Syria

More Predator Drones for Libya

As Central Asia Dries Up, States Spar Over Shrinking Resources

Murdoch's Misery, China's Delight

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Reaching the Keynesian Long Run, and Yet Not Dead

John Maynard Keynes: From Social Fascism to Economic Fascism?

keynesLast Thursday morning, while driving my daughter to her play group, as I was listening to NPR’s usual circle of experts dissecting and interpreting Bernanke’s press conference, it all came back to me: numerous economic courses taken during my bachelors’ and graduate studies, the Bible of academics in the field of economics - Keynesian economics - the absolutism minus common sense, unquestioning conformity as a prerequisite to acceptance by one’s elite peers, and in the middle of all these convoluted ingredients the questioning  little ‘me.’ I assure you, not the kind of memories you want to come rushing back during a hectic drive. But ‘they’ started it: the Keynesians.

Please don’t be tempted to stop reading further only because you haven’t taken those mandatory courses in economics or because you don’t consider yourself an economic expert. In fact, you may have been saved and still in possession of ‘common sense’ easily erased by systematic academic indoctrination in economic fascism. The following general description of the Keynesian model, if read with sufficient common sense and a bit of critical thinking, should give anyone a pretty good idea of what I mean by economic fascism or an economic model enabling government fascism: [Read more...]

The Anatomy of a Viable Candidate

Getting past the ‘Viability’ Marketing Scam & ‘Wasting Vote’ Misconception

candDuring the last two years I have been engaging in a certain ritual each time I get together with friends or acquaintances. Usually this is how it goes: we chat about how much ‘worse’ things have gotten since Obama became president, on issues from expansion of our imperialistic wars to illegal domestic spying to fiasco-ridden bailouts to the continuation of torture and assassination programs… At some point during these intense discussions I lean over the table, look directly in my companion’s eyes and say the following: ‘Come on, admit it, and admit it loud and clear, with no ifs or buts. Say it; say I wasted my vote.’ The reaction is usually something like this: ‘I really had hopes for this guy,’ or ‘considering the other evil I didn’t have much of a choice,’ or something along these lines. But as you may know I don’t give up that easily, so I press harder: ‘whatever the reason, do you now see your vote as completely misplaced and wasted?! If so, just say it.’ To make a long story short, I usually succeed. I get them to admit, loud and clear, with each syllable emphasized: Yes! I wasted my vote.

Let me explain my intentions before you take me as someone who gets some sort of a perverse pleasure in being proved right, or, rubbing people’s noses in their mistakes. Because I don’t take any pleasure whatsoever from this particular ritual, neither do I consider myself some sort of winner in a competition. I engage in this ritual because I truly believe in ‘admitting to our fallacies’ as the first step in getting over them and or not repeating our past mistakes. It is one thing to be objective enough to criticize one’s chosen candidate, but it is a totally different ball game when we take responsibility and own up to our own role in creating or putting in place the wrong candidate. And I believe three major mistakes we as a nation repeatedly commit are the following:

1-     Buying into our Media’s Marketing Scam in Creating a ‘Viability’ Illusion

2-     Believing in & Repeating the Myth of Wasting One’s Vote

3-     The Lesser of Two Evils Mentality

Two years ago I wrote the following on the self-defeating lesser of two evils mentality, and I still stand by it: [Read more...]

Podcast Show #39

The Boiling Frogs Presents Dr. Tom Woods

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Tom Woods joins us to discuss his latest article on the Phony Arguments for Presidential War Powers which has triggered intriguing reactions from the media on both sides of the isle. He provides us with historical background and a ‘real’ constitutional view of war making powers vested in US presidents, and tells us why the mainstream, left and right, usually proclaims the congressional power to declare war  “obsolete.” Dr. Woods defines ‘State Nullification,’ provides us with examples and an historical context for this power vested in the states, and counters uninformed arguments and generalizations spread by the mainstream on this topic. He talks about the Federal Reserve and the disastrous government bailout, the polarized and sound-bite oriented media, the labeling of critics of the status quo,  the case of the states and medical marijuana, the man most responsible for the beginning of the  imperial presidency in the US, and more!

 

Tom WoodsThomas E. Woods, Jr., is a senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of eleven books, most recently Rollback: Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse and Nullification: How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century. His other books include The New York Times bestsellers Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, as well as Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush (with Kevin R.C. Gutzman). Dr. Woods’ writing has appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals, including the American Historical Review, the Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, Modern Age, American Studies, New Oxford Review, Catholic World Report, and Journal of Libertarian Studies. He is presently a contributing editor of The American Conservative magazine, and a contributor to six encyclopedias. He publishes regularly at his website http://tomwoods.com.

Here is our guest Tom Woods unplugged!

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