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Edward Snowden patriot or traitor? How about 'Hero?'

June 5 was the one year anniversary of Edward Snowden's public outing of the NSA spying into every minute particle of our personal lives.

Yet a year later people are still debating whether Snowden should be regarded as a patriot or a traitor.

So let's make the issue as starkly clear as possible.

If a friend tells you that your lying, backstabbing, hypocritical, deceitful spouse is cheating on you do you call your friend a traitor and then go crawling back to your unfaithful spouse?

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Reset The Net: Say 'Nay' to the NSA

June 5, 2014, is the one year anniversary of the first NSA surveillance leak revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. It's also the day a worldwide coalition of tens of thousands of Internet users, companies and organizations pledge to "Reset The Net."

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Defending Alec Baldwin, a rare libertarian experience

The mercurial-mouthed actor Alec Baldwin was arrested recently for something that only libertarians would defend him for.

Cops handcuffed and took him into custody for committing the clearly victimless crimes of bicycling in the wrong direction on a New York City street and for failing to have identification on his person.

In a free society – which Baldwin apparently doesn't believe in as evidenced by his outspoken loudmouthing for government-imposed Obamacare and his heavy-handed denial of photog's right to film him in public – nobody would be handcuffed or arrested for improper peddling unless the cyclist was physically coercing or intimidating or clearly placing the lives and limbs of innocent people in imminent danger. The media reports report no such claims.

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Judge makes it official: America is a Police State

In April the Tenth US Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled that the police have a legal right to stop, search and arrest anyone anywhere anytime for committing or not committing a crime or doing or not doing anything right or wrong.

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One-Percenter Pope demands violent wealth redistribution

The Pope revealed himself for the ruthlessly violent collectivist elitist that he is when, according to an AP article, "Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth tothe poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the 'economy of exclusion' that is taking hold today."

Pope Francis is explicitly demanding that governments initiate violence against the most productive members of their own populations and turn the mass of their peoples into dependent serfs.

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Expect ObamaCare to become VeteranCare for poor Americans

CNN reported that 40 US military vets died on the waiting list of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system "where wait times can last more than a year."

But there is nothing new or surprising here for educated people who pay attention.

An ABC News article dated April 8, 2004 began by reporting the deplorable conditions it found 14 years earlier throughout the VA hospital system. It went on to catalog their then most recent findings, describing filthy conditions, cavalier treatment, incompetent care, patients left in hallways on gurneys, unsterilized surgical instruments, disastrous management and other atrocities reaching as far back as 1999.

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LP wants in on 2016 presidential debates

The good news for political libertarians is that Our America Initiative and its honorary chairman Governor Gary Johnson, the 2012 Libertarian Party presidential candidate, has launched a campaign to open the 2016 presidential debates to all legitimate candidates.

The problem, of course, is that the presidential debates have been run since 1987 by a private organization called the Commission on Presidential Debates whichwas founded by a cadre of Republicans and Democrats, is run by a cadre of Republicans and Democrats, and is funded by special interests who buy, manipulate, control and own Republicans and Democrats.

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Voluntaryist comic book heroes take on living dead statists

Mind-controlled zombies staggering through the streets while reeking with rot and wreaking havoc and perpetually moaning "whoooo will buiiiild the rooooads?" A trio of Voluntaryist Vixens named Voluntaria, AnCat, and Agora attemptingto fend them off without violating their libertarian Zero Aggression Principle? What's going on here?

It's Voluntaryist comic book #3 as envisioned by Boy Wonder Jaime Sherman and his band of masked superhero creators and artists, now in the midst of their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds to produce a Special Issue comic with "action, liberty, & STATIST ZOMBIES!"

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Stephen Colbert: Libertarian or conservative-baiter?

Stephen Colbert, the current comedic occupant of "The Colbert Report," has officially been anointed by CBS as the Chosen One to sit upon the "Late Night" throne once Sir David Letterman relinquishes the reins of his reign next year.

While somehave described the move as "replacing one liberal with another" libertarians are renewing their quest for an answer to the question, "Is Stephen Colbert a libertarian?" To find out, one could simply ask Colbert himself:

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The police state isn't coming – it's here

Since 9/11 more innocent Americans have been killed by police than terrorists.

The Kelly Thomas case, in which a jury awarded two cops 007 License to Kill passes after hearing witnesses and watching a video of them brutally beating him to death, has awakened people to the reality of the police state.

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Outing the NSA's perverted peepers

Edward Snowden recently leaked proof that the National Security Agency is spying on people's online porn habits.

NSA's reason/justification/rationalization/excuse is to discredit Muslims who attempt to "radicalize" others into committing terrorist attacks by catching them visiting online porn sites and exposing them to the world.

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Sheriff fired for enforcing rights rather than 'The Law'

We've all heard the old bromide that America has "a government of laws and not of men." John Adams even enshrined that phrase in the Massachusetts Constitution in 1780.

There are reasons why libertarians don't find this concept to be the lofty ideal that so many other Americans do.

Liars and Thieves?, Thieves and Liars?, Do I really have to pick one?

“Reform politicians not only tend to be dishonest but stupidly dishonest—whereas the business politician is honest.

“I don’t see that Lazarus. History seems to show—”.

“Use your head, Ira. I don’t mean that a business politician won’t steal; stealing is his business. But all politicians are nonproductive. The only commodity any politician has to offer is jawbone.

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New Hampshire becomes New Hateshire

Yesterday members of the Free State Project sent New Hampshire State Rep. Cynthia Chase a "thank you" card and flowers for the free media coverage generated by her anti-freedom comments because they expect it will boost their recruiting efforts.