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Does Ethnic Heterogeneity Make Homicide Worse In The Americas?

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When gun-control advocates make international comparisons on homicide rates, they generally employ an assumption that places with more stringent gun control laws have lower homicide rates. Unfortunately for them, this only holds up when countries with both high levels of gun control and high homicide rates are excluded from the analysis. By recognizing the need to exclude most of the world’s nations from this analysis, the gun control advocates are of course implicitly admitting they recognize that gun control cannot explain low homicide rates in many areas. The case of Mexico, for example, illustrates quite well that simply imposing gun control…

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The Americans Targeted In Vegas Are What Make America GREAT

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A man, Sonny Melton, 29, died, shielding his wife from the bullets. Another commandeered a truck to drive victims of the Oct. 1 massacre in Las Vegas to the hospital. At first, Vanessa, a concert goer, fled the Vegas venue, which was being sprayed with bullets from high-velocity rifles. Then, she turned and ran back. She credits her professional sense of duty as a nurse. We all know it was Vanessa’s heart that enabled her to push past the fear and place herself in the crosshairs. From her hospital bed, Addison Short profusely thanked a stranger who had helped her…

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Big Brother Continues Targeting Conservative Pro-Trump Facebook Pages For Censorship

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The Liberty Conservative have done extensive coverage about the growing threat of Big Brother censorship, and we have even been threatened by these Orwellian forces. Anyone to the right of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is now under attack, and nobody is safe from the clutches of the surveillance state. The latest publisher to be subject to Big Brother censorship is ‘Other 98% Logic,’ a Facebook page known for lampooning liberals and correcting their fallacies. ‘Other 98% Logic’ had nearly 25 thousand likes and routinely posted conservative, libertarian, and pro-Trump political messages on a daily basis when it was targeted for…

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Five Reasons Libertarians Can Support Judge Roy Moore

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I worked as Roy Moore’s staff attorney for over three years and know him well. Depicted as a right-wing loon, he’s actually a pensive man who authored thoughtful opinions as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Five opinions written by Moore stand out as reasons libertarians could support him in the Alabama primary to fill the U.S. Senate seat once held by Jeff Sessions. Like most of his opinions, these received little fanfare or notice.

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DACA And The Dream Act, Part 2

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There are many different sides that need to be looked at in relation to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and questions that must be answered.  One question that has not been answered is: why are the beneficiaries of DACA called “Dreamers” by the media and progressive socialists pushing it forward? Could it be that the name was given to these illegal immigrants by Obama to tie them to the Dream Act? As mentioned in part one of my series, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have already declared that there would be another Dream…

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The Left Loves Mass Shootings

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Hayley Geftman-Gold, recently fired from her job as Vice President for CBS New York, wrote on Facebook that she has no sympathy for the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. This is the reason she was fired, and good for CBS to do the right thing in that regard. Since Geftman-Gold’s remarks, there have been a slew of similar statements posted by private citizens who seemingly have no fear of their candor causing any hiccups in their careers. The comments are a grab-bag of vapid hate speech, most of them are celebratory declarations and sanctimonious denunciations that have become…

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Is The US Stock Market Overvalued?

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Valuation is the method of determining what an asset is worth. The price, on any given day of a stock, is how the market is valuing that asset. Your ability to look at various metrics when coming up with a valuation will determine if you can do a better job than the market at determining what an asset is worth. If you can outwit the market, you make profits. If you can’t, you underperform the market or lose money. Some methods of stock valuation are the following: price to earnings (PE) multiple versus growth, earnings yield versus fixed income yields,…

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DACA And The Dream Act, Part 1

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There is much discussion that needs to be had over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). According to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), their discussion with President Donald Trump is a done deal and they will get everything they wanted. Conservatives are up in arms about what the progressive/socialist Democrats claim was an agreement, and fortunately, blaring it from the mountaintops to the media does not make it so. President Trump was elected in part to enforce the nation’s immigration laws and make the borders secure to protect the American people. Building the wall, enhancing border…

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Even After The Las Vegas Attack, Gun Control Remains An Irrational Response

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Upon hearing about the events in Las Vegas, I, like everyone else, was shocked and distraught. What happened was a horrible event beyond basic human comprehension. Additionally, Stephen Paddock, the gunman who took his own life, is an abhorrent human being who deserved death. Despite my anger, I applaud those who willingly donated blood and started campaigns to help the victims of this attack. Now, in an ideal society, we would all come together to voluntarily help those who have suffered and fight the very cause of these events. Unfortunately, in our society we have to deal with those who…

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Stephen Paddock: The Most Plausible Theory Of His Motivation

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As I write this, there is only a small handful of facts, or alleged facts, that all of the talking heads in Big Media seem to agree upon regarding “the largest mass shooting in American history.” First, 64 year-old Stephen Paddock, a white man and resident of Nevada, appears to have acted alone when he opened fire upon over 22,000 country music concert attendees in Las Vegas. Second, Paddock had a lot of weaponry, guns of various sorts, in the hotel room that he used as a sniper’s nest. Third, Paddock is a relatively wealthy man who enjoyed gambling and…

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After Vegas Shooting, It’s Time To Take Private Security Seriously

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In the wake of the Aurora Theater shooting, I suggested that private sector establishments ought to be expected to be more concerned about the safety of their customers. In the case of the Aurora Theater, this was magnified by the fact that the theater was a “gun free zone” and did not allow patrons to carry their own firearms as self defense. At the same time, the theater owners themselves couldn’t be bothered with taking even the most rudimentary steps against allowing a gunman to casually carry multiple weapons from his car into one of the theater’s back doors.  The issue came up…

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What I Like About Edward Gibbon

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Edward Gibbon (1737-94) was born into an old and moderately wealthy family that had its origins in Kent. Sickly as a child, he was educated at home, and sent while still a boy to Oxford. There, an illegal conversion to Roman Catholicism ruined his prospects of a career in the professions or the City. His father sent him off to Lausanne to be reconverted to the Protestant Faith. He came back an atheist and with the beginnings of what would become a stock of immense erudition. He served part of the Seven Years War in the Hampshire Militia. He sat…

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Terror In Antioch, Tennessee: A Politically Inconvenient Crime

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While media talking heads and representatives of the NFL are busy prattling on about the “oppression” that blacks supposedly face on a daily basis in America 2017, there has scarcely been a peep about something that occurred just days ago in a little town in Tennessee called Antioch. When Dylan Roof, a young white man, shot up black congregants in a South Carolina church a few years back, there was not only wall-to-wall media coverage, but politicians at the state and federal levels, including the President and then-Governor Nikki Haley, who were quick to weigh in. Because photographs emerged that…

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“Taking The Knee” Rhymes With “Taking A Pee”

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Taking a knee stands for the specter of beefy, pampered athletes—they’re not sportsmen—wealthy beyond belief, striking a political pose on the football field, during the playing of the national anthem. First to kneel when he was meant to stand was Colin Kaepernick. The reason the San Francisco 49er knelt, in 2016: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Like Kaepernick, current kneelers are not Copernicus. It’s hard to fathom what they actually want. A non-player activist has since narrowed the kneeling to “ending…

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Why Is Public Opinion Shifting On Athletes Kneeling During National Anthem?

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The country has become engulfed in the National Anthem debate once again. Last year, National Football Player Colin Kaepernick ignited a firestorm of public opinion and debate by refusing to honor the National Anthem. In the months since, it has spread to other players and across numerous sports. Kaepernick’s reason for doing so was to protest racial inequality, a reason many others have adopted. In the beginning, many in the general public stood by Kaepernick. While there is an argument regarding respect, they understand the importance of standing up for what is right. There are legitimate issues nationally regarding racial…

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Fed Chair Yellen: The Economy May Be Weaker Than We Thought

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen this week cast doubt on the Fed’s announced plan to continue Fed rate hikes and reverse its years of “unconventional” monetary policy. “My colleagues and I may have misjudged the strength of the labor market,” Yellen announced on Tuesday, adding that they’d also misjudged “the degree to which longer-run inflation expectations are consistent with our inflation objective, or even the fundamental forces driving inflation.” Yellen also “noted that the labor market, which historically has been closely linked to inflation, may not be as tight as the low unemployment rate suggests.” In other words, Fed economists are…

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More People Need A Punch In The Head

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It is often complained about that civil society just isn’t very civil anymore. And those who argue certainly have a very good point. A cursory glance around the world at the moment would show a smattering of politically based riots and terrorism going on at any given time. Much more prevalent (albeit not as singularly harmful) are the many tiny, venal ways that individuals make other people’s lives worse. Undoubtedly, you’ve seen these in your daily life: Those in the workforce have to deal with the inane regulations of their bosses (that seemingly exist just to prove you can follow…

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Should 3D Printing Real Or Airsoft Guns Be Legal?

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The demand for guns in the United States is at or near an all-time high, and as the urgency increases so too does the number of FBI background checks that are carried out on new gun purchases. Firearm legislation is a hotly contested topic these days, which is causing those in the pro-gun camp to clutch their weapons tighter and scramble to purchase more. The next big question on everyone’s mind seems to be whether or not the public should have the right to print their own guns, and let’s just say the debate so far has been pretty polarized.…

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Will President Trump Allow Release Of The Final JFK Assassination Documents?

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The assassination of former President John F. Kennedy is known as one of the most tragic moments in United States history. A popular, young President was riding along in a motorcade in Dallas when he was shot dead sitting next to his wife, Jackie. The assassin would later be caught and then killed before he could tell his side of the story. Since, many questions have lingered. Was Lee Harvey Oswald indeed the shooter, or was he just a lowly patsy? If he was indeed the assassin, did he act alone? The basic premise of the story is known through…

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Steve Bannon Scores First Major Victory In His War Against The Republican Establishment

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The storyline was established for the Alabama Republican primary. Another election between two opposing foes became a critical battleground between opposing factions. While the conservative grassroots has long butted heads with the Republican establishment, tensions were never higher. With both sides pulling out the big guns and piling on an avalanche of money, the race was the center of national intrigue. Through out the primary, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was on the ground in Alabama making sure that the conservative grassroots comes out on top. When Bannon originally joined the White House, he was widely criticized within…

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Roy Moore: A Victory For The Hard Right

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A seismic earthquake hit Alabama’s elections on Tuesday. Former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore primary challenged incumbent Senator Luther Strange, and in doing so he took on the entire Republican establishment – from Mitch McConnell, to Mike Pence, Donald Trump, and even the NRA – and won. Judge Moore accomplished this despite being outspent by a more than 10-to-1 margin. Roy Moore’s victory is proof that big money and national endorsements don’t matter, what matters are the issues and the record that a candidate runs on. And there’s no doubt that Judge Moore’s hard right bona…

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Move Over Traitorous NFL: It’s Lingerie Football’s Time To Shine

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Thanks to the actions of entitled, sub-80 IQ, roided-up millionaire athletes we are witnessing the slow death of America’s national pastime of the past four decades, the NFL. What once was an exciting and mindless escape for millions of Americans has turned into a national embarrassment. Americans are not interested in watching whiny, ungrateful SJWs in shoulder pads showcase their hatred for the country that was generous enough to provide them the opportunity to make millions of dollars throwing a ball around. The NFL is going to virtue signal itself into insolvency, evidenced by the already sizable drop in ratings…

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Buzzfeed’s Privilege Checklist Is Pointless Exercise In Stupidity

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I’ve visited Buzzfeed three times. The first time was to take a silly little test to find out which Batman villain I am (turned out to be Bane, no surprises there) and the second was to read a piece called “43 Inconceivable Facts About “The Princess Bride” You Probably Never Knew.” These first two encounters were innocent and banal but they were also intended to amuse me, which they did to a slight degree. My third visit to Buzzfeed, however, was amusing but not deliberately so. The banality of this content wasn’t premeditated, it wasn’t part of the act. No,…

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Harvard Shames Women With Endorsement Of Sexist Austin Petersen’s US Senate Campaign

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Any young woman who has organized conservatives or libertarians on campus can tell you first hand that sexism is a lingering problem. Dealing with young males emboldened by this toxic culture is hard enough, but leadership figures exhibiting blatant misogyny is over the line. And it is what I experienced first hand from perpetual candidate Austin Petersen. Petersen is running a Republican campaign for the U.S. Senate in Missouri right now, and I was never expecting him to gain much traction. That is what was so shocking about seeing the Harvard Political Review, of all places, essentially endorsing Austin Petersen’s…

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Ackman’s Quest To Ruin Herbalife Is Cronyism At Its Worst

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For five years, billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has attempted to bring Herbalife, a global nutrition and weight management company, to the brink of financial ruin—all for his personal financial gain. Fortune reported that, back in 2012, Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management took a $1 billion short position in Herbalife’s stock, expressing his belief that Herbalife was a “pyramid scheme.” He claimed that he would give proof the very next day. In an apparent victory for Ackman’s short position, Herbalife’s stock lowered 10 percent within six seconds, causing the company to issue a temporary trading halt. Ackman offered a…

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