Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Murder of Julian Assange



By Kurt Nimmo

It was a fool’s errand.

On the day Donald Trump was elected his supporters asked him to pardon the founder and frontman of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. They flooded social media demanding Assange be allowed to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London without arrest and extradition to the United States.

Stone silence from Trump and his administration.

A few months before the election, WikiLeaks released a searchable archive of over 30,000 emails and attachments taken from Hillary Clinton’s not-so private email server.

Trump held no aversion to exploiting the emails. He called them the Crooked Hillary emails and said they endangered the national security of the United States.

Democrats called foul, said Assange had colluded with Putin and the Russians.

In April, they filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Russian government, the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks. They argue there was a widespread conspiracy to swing the 2016 election.

They have zero evidence of this. Evidence is no longer required. Accusations alone now serve to take down leaders and destroy careers.

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are no longer of use to Donald Trump.

He dished out pardons to ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and neocon leaker Scooter Libby. Trump mulled other pardons, including a posthumous one for Muhammad Ali to wipe out his draft dodging conviction. It was reported in June Trump insiders are pushing to pardon the junk bond king Michael Milken and reverse his conviction on securities fraud. The Milken pardon is being pushed by Goldman Sachs alumnus and current Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Meanwhile, Julian Assange is left to twist in the wind.

Read the rest here.

ICE is Sick (Canadian Border Edition)


By Jon Hernandez

A visitor from France says she was jogging along the beach south of White Rock, B.C., when she crossed the U.S. border without realizing it. So began a two-week nightmare that landed her in a prison jumpsuit.

Cedella Roman, 19, didn't know it at the time, but as she ran southeast along the beach on the evening of May 21, she crossed a municipal boundary — and, shortly after, an international border.

As the tide started to come in, she veered up and onto a dirt path before stopping to take a photo of the picturesque setting.

She turned around to head back — and that's when

A Small Step in the Direction of Liberty



Emphasis on small and no thanks to "conservative" justices.

Police must get a search warrant before obtaining data showing the location of cellphone users, the Supreme Court ruled Friday.

“When the government tracks the location of a cell phone it achieves near perfect surveillance, as if it had attached an ankle monitor to the phone’s user,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the 5-4 opinion.

“Unlike the nosy neighbor who keeps an eye on comings and goings,” he wrote, the signal towers and processing centers that track cellphone users “are ever alert, and their memory is nearly infallible,” making analog-era precedents prosecutors cited to justify such warrantless searches all but obsolete.

Just to be clear, the "conservatives" on the bench were not the defenders against government surveillance.

"Conservative" justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch filed four separate dissents, sometimes joining each other.

-RW  

Lil Wayne on Black Lives Matter

This interview was apparently conducted a couple of years ago but I just became aware of it now.

 Lil Wayne's comments on Black Lives Matter make sense to me.

 


  -RW  

Friday, June 22, 2018

In Defense of Time Magazine

So the Trumpistas are going nuts over this cover:


Including this from head Trumpista Sarah Sanders:
But what the hell does this cover have to do with the 2,300 kids that were actually taken from their parents?

The Trumpistas are getting upset over a cover but we are not allowed to consider the upset of thousands of kids separated from their parents?

You see, the child crying was "only" crying because, according to the photographer who took the picture, ICE agents ordered the mother to put the child down and then patted the mother down for a full 2 minutes.

Wouldn't Trumpistas be blasting such a picture far and wide if it was a TSA agent doing it?

Further, magazine covers are pretty much artwork. President Trump was not actually standing over the girl. The cover was designed to convey an impression of what was really going on: Traumatized kids being taken from their parents because of Trump's orders.

TIME didn't have any other pictures to work with because Trump goons won't allow pictures to be taken of the kids being separated. And further, the goons lied to the parents saying the kids were only being taken for a bath.

But I can't emphasize how often creative photos are made to present a real theme. It's been done that way across all media for a very long time. It's legitimate if the theme being conveyed is accurate rather than necessarily the specifics of the artwork. Indeed, there is even an iconic basketball card featuring the legendary Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach smoking a cigar in front of the Celtics bench where if you look close enough you realize a football crowd is in the background and not a basketball crowd. Figure that one out. Artwork conveying the crowds Auerbach worked in front of.

Let's get back on focus to where it should be 2,300 kids seperated from thier parents.

-RW  

(Note: I hasten to add that TIME writers, like Trumpisats, don't get this concept. Apparently, they claimed the kid was being separated from her mother, But I have never ranked TIME writers above Trumpistas anyway.)

More Coffee for ICE Agents!





Three bungling ICE agents let a routine deportation turn into Three Stooges-style farce when they allowed an un-handcuffed detainee give them the slip during a layover at JFK in March — while they were off getting coffee, reports The New York Post.

The ICE agents admitted that they agreed to let Senegalese felon Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke wander 20 yards away to chat with a “cousin” — and then two of them headed off to grab a cup of Joe.

“He said he saw someone he

HOT BREAKING Tom Arnold Says He's Teaming Up With Michael Cohen and 'Taking Trump Down'


Comedian Tom Arnold said Friday that he and President Trump’s former longtime personal lawyer are teaming up to “take down” the president.

Arnold tweeted a photo with Michael Cohen on Thursday with the caption "I Love New York," which Cohen retweeted without comment.

Arnold then told NBC News that he met with Cohen as part of a show he is working on for Vice, in which he searches for incriminating videos of the president.

"This dude has all the tapes — this dude has everything,” Arnold told NBC News. "I say to Michael, 'Guess what? We’re taking Trump down together,’ and he’s so tired he’s like, 'OK,' and his wife is like, 'OK, f--- Trump.’

  -RW  

 (via The Hill)

Noam Chomsky on Democrats’ Hypocrisy in the Trump Era and Trump's “We are America, bitch” Foreign Policy



Noam Chomsky is as dumb as your average Trump supporter when it comes to economics but he is very good on the overall political scene. Below a snippet from his interview with Truth Out:


Truth Out: Noam, I want to start by asking for your reading of what took place at the Singapore summit, and the way this event was covered in the US media.
Noam Chomsky: It’s reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes and the dog that didn’t bark. What was important was what didn’t happen. Unlike his predecessors, Trump did not undermine the prospects for moving forward. Specifically, he did not disrupt the process initiated by the two Koreas in their historic April 27 [Panmunjom] Declaration, in which they “affirmed the principle of determining the destiny of the Korean nation on their own accord” (repeat: on their own accord), and for the first time presented a detailed program as to how to proceed. It is to Trump’s credit that he did not undermine these efforts, and in fact made a move toward facilitating them by cancelling the US-South Korean war games, which, as he correctly said, are “very provocative.” We would certainly not tolerate anything of the sort on our borders – or anywhere on the planet – even if they were not run by a superpower which not long before had utterly devastated our country with the flimsiest of pretexts after the war was effectively over, glorying in the major war crimes it had committed, like bombing major dams, after there was nothing else to bomb.
Beyond the achievement of letting matters proceed, which was not slight, no “diplomatic skills” were involved in Trump’s triumph.
The coverage has been quite instructive, in part because of the efforts of the Democrats to

Tulsi Gabbard Calls to Keep Families Together



In a statement, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said, “The Trump Administration’s use of children as pawns in the immigration debate is despicable and must end now. While the President signed an Executive Order today intended to end the policy of separating children from their parents, this will not solve the serious challenges we face and could create new ones. The fact is we need comprehensive immigration reform now. I joined my colleagues today in introducing the Keep Families Together Act to prevent migrant children from being taken from their parents, and to begin to fix our highly broken immigration system. We must put politics aside, and come together to address this important issue.” -RW  

The Kids May Never See Their Parents Again


-RW  

UPDATE

The Descent of America



Paul Krugman is a pretty bad economist, but he understands what is going on in Trump America

He writes:
The speed of America’s moral descent under Donald Trump is breathtaking. In a matter of months we’ve gone from a nation that stood for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to a nation that tears children from their parents and puts them in cages.
What’s almost equally remarkable about this plunge into barbarism is that it’s not a response to any actual problem. The mass influx of murderers and rapists that Trump talks about, the wave of crime committed by immigrants here (and, in his mind, refugees in Germany), are things that simply aren’t happening. They’re just sick fantasies being used to justify real atrocities.
And you know what this reminds me of? The history of anti-Semitism, a tale of prejudice fueled by myths and hoaxes that ended in genocide.
First, let’s talk about modern U.S. immigration and how it compares to those sick fantasies...

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Oh, The Hard Left is Clever and Calculating...

...but it is only because the Stable Genius has given them a big juicy recruitment issue on a golden platter.
-RW  

Do the Progressives and the Hard Left really think they have something going here?


Stuffed Pimento at the post, How to Discuss the Government Child Separation Issue From a Libertarian Perspective,  quotes Ron Paul who said on one of his broadcasts "Politically speaking, I think the Progressives and the Hard Left really think they have something going here."

Apparently Stuffed thinks this is some kind of support for taking kids from their parents.

Principled Libertarian chimes in with "Amazing pull, Pimento."

But Dr. Paul is just pointing out a fact. The Progressives and the Hard Left are using the child-parent separation for political gain.

You have to be pretty obtuse not to understand that. To support the separation of a child from a parent who is seeking a better life is not going to get you many fans. It is morally reprehensible and the Left is using it to its advantage.

As I said from the time of Trump's presidential election victory, the socialists are going to be the big winners during the Trump presidency. This is proof positive. And I also said, Trump supporters will follow him anywhere, as they are doing on this crazed parent-child separation issue.

This is a big win for the left. We are losing even more kids to the socialists.

The separation of parents from children is evil and all libertarians should stand strong against this so kids just forming political views can become aware that there is objection to evil statists that does not include socialism.

-RW  

BREAKING Lawsuit Claims Detained Migrant Children Have Been Forcibly Injected With Powerful Psychiatric Drugs



Democracy Now reports:
Shocking reports have revealed that immigrant children were subdued and incapacitated with powerful psychiatric drugs at a detention center in South Texas. Legal filings show that children held at Shiloh Treatment Center in southern Houston have been “forcibly injected with medications that make them dizzy, listless, obese and even incapacitated,” according to reports by Reveal. Meanwhile, according to another Reveal investigation, taxpayers have paid more than $1.5 billion over the past four years to companies operating immigration youth facilities despite facing accusations of rampant sexual and physical abuse.

Why should this be a surprise when you would only have statist bastards willing to pull kids from parents?

-RW  

(ht Liberty Fight)

 UPDATE

 

BREAKING Trump Administration Says It Will Suspend Prosecuting Parents Who Illegally Cross Borders With Children


This is a developing story. Return to this post for updates.

UPDATE 1

Via Aaron Blake of the Washington Post:

“We’re suspending prosecutions of adults who are members of family units until ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) can accelerate resource capability to allow us to maintain custody,” the official said.

UPDATE 2

DOJ denies:

UPDATE 3

Greyhound Has Turned Into NaziHound



The bus carrier Greyhound has apparently been allowing U.S. Border Patrol agents to board its buses,  well within the country's borders, and ask: "Papers please."

From My San Antonio:
He was a 12-year Miami resident originally from Trinidad, taken off a Greyhound bus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, by U.S. Border Patrol agents in January.

She was a 60-something Jamaican national who had just met her granddaughter for the first time, whose Greyhound was stopped by Border Patrol. She was arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

And on the other side of the country, they were an undocumented father and son riding a Greyhound from Seattle to Montana when agents came aboard and asked, "Are you illegal?" "Do you have your documents?" The son, a DACA recipient traveling without his papers, was held for a few hours. The father was sent to a detention center.

It is here - between the rows of seats on Greyhound buses and at stations across the country - that America's policies and fraught divisions over immigration are also playing out. The private bus line says it is caught in the middle of an ugly issue beyond its control.

But legislators and justice groups argue that by allowing Border Patrol to conduct the immigration checks, Greyhound exposes its passengers to

Trump Gets Another Time Cover.


-RW  

Benjamin Netanyahu's Wife Charged With Fraud; The Great Gourmet Food Caper


Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been indicted for allegedly systematic fraud involving hundreds of thousands of shekels in connection with meal expenses incurred at the Prime Minister's Residence, reports Haaretz.

According to a draft of the indictment, Sara Netanyahu instructed staff at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem to order meals consumed at the residence worth a total of 360,000 shekels ($99,000) from gourmet restaurants between 2010 and 2013 in violation of rules barring the residence from ordering meals from the outside during periods when the residence had a cook on its staff.

Investigators in the case gathered evidence that purportedly shows that the prime minister's wife ordered that the employment of cook at the residence be concealed and that she was aware that ordering meals from the outside for the residence when it employed a cook was a violation of the rules.

-RW  

Protester Yells ‘Fascist’ at Stephen Miller Dining in Mexican Restaurant


Members of Trump's Nazi brigade are sure hearing it for their advocacy of a separation of children from parents immigration policy.

White House adviser Stephen Miller was accosted at a Mexican restaurant on Sunday by a patron calling him a “fascist,” reports the New York Post.

Two nights before Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was hounded out of another Mexican eatery.

The Miller incident took place at Espita Mezcaleria in the DC neighborhood of Shaw.

“Hey look guys, whoever thought we’d be in a restaurant with a real-life fascist begging [for] money for new cages?” another customer at the Mezcal said toMiller, reports NyPo.

Miller didn’t respond and scurried away, the witness said, but he didn’t leave the restaurant.

-RW  

Stossel: Jordan Peterson vs. “Social Justice Warriors”

I think this may be the best report on Jordan Peterson.

 

  -RW  

How to Discuss the Government Child Separation Issue From a Libertarian Perspective

When it comes to my perspective on government and its actions, I take my guidance from Murray Rothbard. In Do You Hate The State?, he wrote:
Perhaps the word that best defines our distinction is "radical." Radical in the sense of being in total, root-and-branch opposition to the existing political system and to the State itself. Radical in the sense of having integrated intellectual opposition to the State with a gut hatred of its pervasive and organized system of crime and injustice. Radical in the sense of a deep commitment to the spirit of liberty and antistatism that integrates reason and emotion, heart and soul...

[T]he radical libertarian is not only an abolitionist, but also refuses to think in such terms as a Four Year Plan for some sort of stately and measured procedure for reducing the State...

[T]he radical regards the State as our mortal enemy, which must be hacked away at wherever and whenever we can. To the radical libertarian, we must take any and every opportunity to chop away at the State, whether it's to reduce or abolish a tax, a budget appropriation, or a regulatory power. And the radical libertarian is insatiable in this appetite until the State has been abolished...
Thus, with this as guidance, I am suspicious of all government actions, rules and laws. My default position on all of them is that I am against them unless I can be shown how such an action rule or law will advance liberty

When it comes to immigration, my view is that

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Melania Drama: Informs Secret Service Over Call For Removal of Barron From Her

While President Trump was still in his "take the kids from parents" phase, Melania Trump called for Secret Service help after actor Peter Fonda, did not come close to separating Barron from Melania, but just tweeted the notion:


It is confirmed that the Office of the First Lady has notified the Secret Service after actor Peter Fonda called for kidnapping Melania and Donald Trump’s son, Barron, reports The Daily Caller.

-RW  

The 'Born in The USA' Man Doesn't Like Separation in the USA

Springsteen is generally too much of a government lover for me but at least it shows he has some limits to love of the state. -RW  

Cohen Takes Swipe at Trump


Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime confidant and former personal attorney, has resigned from his post as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee's Finance Committee, sources close to the RNC reports ABC News.

In his resignation letter to Ronna McDaniel, the RNC chair, Cohen cited the ongoing special counsel investigation as one reason for his departure. ABC News has reviewed the email.

“This important role requires the full time attention and dedication of each member. Given the ongoing Mueller and SDNY investigations, that simply is impossible for me to do,” he wrote.

Cohen also criticized the administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the southern border, the first time he’s distanced himself from the president.

"As the son of a Polish holocaust survivor, the images and sounds of this family separation policy is heart wrenching,” Cohen wrote. “While I strongly support measures that will secure our porous borders, children should never be used as bargaining chips."

-RW  

TRUMP CAVES: Signs Executive Order Requiring That Children and Adults Be Kept Together


Oh yeah, the great negotiator, who can get his way on everything, caves.

Just days after saying, it was a problem that Democrats would have to fix.

Trump Administration Goes Totally Insane: Transports Kids With Blankets Over Their Heads in the Middle of the Night

-RW  

I Have Lost a Reader


I just received this email:
Unprincipled liar -- not even a true bleeding heart

Wenzel,

You have lost a daily reader and advocate for your site. The way you sound like a leftist child calling people Nazis and " immigrant-hating fellow travelers" is disgusting and, frankly, shockingly disappointing. Do you even read the arguments, or do you just close your eyes and say "racist"? You sound like an ignorant SJW. You are giving thoughtful libertarians a bad name. Leave Murray's name out of it.

But then, you don't care, because you're just another greedy hack in it for himself, not a libertarian. "Muh traffic is more important than principles! I might get some Marxists to click on an ad by accident!"

Now I know where your true loyalties lie. And that's a worse insult than you calling me a Nazi. So, good riddance.
RW response:  

If I was just seeking traffic, I wouldn't be taking an anti-Trump stance.

My anti-Trump stance has cost me heavily in terms of traffic and revenue. To attempt to gain traffic and continue to espouse a hate of the state is not bending principles. I hate the state even when they are "only" taking children from their parents.

There is no role for the state in immigration, none.

BREAKING Trump to Sign Order Ending Separation of Children From Parents



This is a developing story. Return to this post for updates.

UPDATE 1

Trump couldn't take the well-deserved massive pressure against this beastly policy.

The Fear of Immigrants Syndrome



A commenter at the post, A Comment on Strategies and Tactics Toward Advancing Liberty, has left this cute comment:
 In a PPS, if a pregnant immigrant mom and her toddlers wandered off and stole some apples to eat from a private farm, the property owner could shoot them in the head on the spot. Or chop them up for the garbage disposal on live TV. Or turn them into sex slaves for life. Meanwhile, until that glorious day arrives, all 7 billion people in the world can set up makeshift plastic tents on the government street where my little driveway ends. A public relations dream for libertarians.
It should be noted that this commenter is generally sound in his comments here at Target Liberty, but a fear of immigrants has apparently been triggered by Donald Trump.

Freidrich Hayek in Chapter 10: "Why The Worst Get On Top" of The Road to Serfdom warned us that the worst leaders trigger this type of fear (my bold):
It is in connection with the deliberate effort of the skillful demagogue to weld together a closely coherent and homogeneous body of supporters that the third and perhaps most important negative element of selection enters. It seems to be almost a law of human nature that it is easier for people to agree on a negative program-on the hatred of an enemy, on the envy of those better off than on any positive task. The contrast between the “we” and the "they, the common fight against those outside the group, seems to be an essential  ingredient in any creed which will solidly knit together a group for common action It is consequently always employed by those who seek, not merely support of a policy, but the unreserved allegiance of huge masses. From their point of view it has the great advantage of leaving them greater freedom of action than most any positive program. The enemy, whether he be internal, like the "Jew or the “kulak,” or external, seems to be an indispensable requisite in the armory of a totalitarian leader.
And thus Hayek explains how this type of leader can twist the morals of the masses:
While we are likely to think that, since the desire for a collectivist system springs from high moral motives, such a system must be the breeding-ground for the highest virtues, there is, in fact, no reason why any system should necessarily enhance those attitudes which serve the purpose for which it was designed. The ruling moral views will depend partly on the qualities that will lead individuals to success in a collectivist or totalitarian system and partly on the requirements of the totalitarian machinery.
And thus we see how the supporters of pulling children from their parents believe this is somehow high moral ground.

It is Trump triggering fears about immigrants in the deep recesses of the emotional mind in a large mass of a civilized society, fears that would only make sense when a small number of homo sapiens roamed the land and the civilized respect for neighbors was non-existent.

To present an argument in the fashion as the commenter does that "all 7 billion people in the world can set up makeshift plastic tents on the government street where my little driveway ends," is an indication of enormous overflows of emotion rather than deep thinking about the civilized world.

Seven billion people are not going to flow onto his government street. This is bizarre hyperbole. None are.

In San Francisco, which is a sanctuary city and has an enormous illegal population, there are none living on the streets. Further, there are sections of the city where no illegals can be found (e.g. Nob Hill, North Beach). It is just very poor understanding of how immigrant population flows occur, and where immigrants relocate, to think they are going to move into his neighborhood. Indeed, he is doing nothing other than supporting national central planning as if that was needed to keep immigrants out of his neighborhood.

And if 7 billion people flowed to the United States then land values in the rest of the world would be bargains and those who fear immigrants could buy up property there and live like a king. Of course, this is all imaginary nonsense that ignores the basic economics of supply and demand that tells us that the entire planet is not going to move to a side street on Malibu Beach.

As for the commenter's representation of a PPS, he is simply dishonest. In my book, Foundations of Private Property Society Theory: Anarchism for the Civilized Person, I make clear that the killing of a child is a horrific act and there are simple ways to avoid this outcome and the central planning alternative of overarching rules has led to hundreds of millions dead. It is the central planning which is the real threat and the great danger.

Meanwhile, while I am discussing how to limit deaths and consider alternatives, this "high virtue" commenter supports the taking of children from their parents.

-RW  

Stephen Miller’s America: Trump’s Aide Behind Splitting Families

MSNBC is often flaky in its reporting as they attempt to march toward lefty control of central power, but the facts in this report are sound.

 

  -RW  

Protesters Chase Homeland Security Secretary from Mexican Restaurant

The New York Post reports:
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to leave a trendy Mexican restaurant in Washington, DC, Tuesday night when protesters descended on the eatery shouting “Shame!”

Demonstrators occupied DXDC Cocina Mexicana at around 8 p.m. as Nielsen was attempting to have a meal with an unidentified man, according to a video posted on Facebook.

Staff members try to contain the situation as members of the Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists flood the restaurant, the video shows.

“In a Mexican restaurant of all places,” one protester yells. “The fu–ing gall.”

At another point, a second member of the group plays recent audio of children crying at a detention center in Texas.

“How does it make you feel?” a protester yells.

In another video taken from outside the restaurant at around 8:20 p.m., Nielsen can be seen leaving the eatery and entering an SUV.
As I have said before, Trump has sucked the life out of libertarianism and the big gainers are the socialists and will continue to be. They are the activists that are attracting the attention of the youth. Meanwhile, libertarians, for the most part, cheer the beast Trump or stay silent.

  -RW  

Protesters are Outside a Trump Fundraiser Blasting Leaked Audio of Children Crying at a Detention Center

The masses are angry at central power---at least when it comes to child separation from parents--but no focus on the dead kids of Yemen killed by U.S. ally Saudi Arabia and with the silent support of the Empire.

Protesters were outside a fundraiser on Tuesday at the Trump Hotel in Washington D.C,. where President Trump was scheduled to be in attendance, blasting leaked audio of children crying at a detention center
-RW  

A Comment on Strategies and Tactics Toward Advancing Liberty


There have been a number of comments here at Target Liberty that I want to address.

One commenter left themed comments at these posts:
The themed comments:
  • Yeah, we all know the political establishment wants open borders. The fact that the worst cronyist organizations are all opposing Trump's immigration policy is a surprise to nobody.
  • And it should surprise nobody that most libertarians are just passive weak cheerleaders for the status quo.
  • Wenzel has joined the neoliberal consensus. True colors shown.
This has nothing to do with joining the "neoliberal consensus" or being "passive weak cheerleaders."

It is about understanding proper strategy and tactics when you are a minority.

When you are a minority, and libertarians surely fit in this camp all too well, Murray Rothbard taught that alliances were required to reach a larger audience, to gain a far reaching megaphone. 

Identifying groups that one can side with on specific issues is one method of alliance. You don't support their non-libertarian ideas but you can work with them on the issues you have in common.

As it happens to be, the state taking children away from parents is a big issue. It is an ideal topic for a libertarian blogger that may capture the ears beyond the tiny libertarian crowd.

One of my first jumps in traffic at EPJ was when I featured an analysis of Obamacare by a conservative that I had very little in common with. But that post resulted in over 750,000 views.

When you can drive that kind of readership to a blog page some small percentage is going to stick, perhaps .1%. But that is still an important amount.

Notice: The coverage I gave the Obamacare analysis was in line with my views on Obamacare. I did not go beyond that coverage with the writer of the analysis.

It is rare that mainstream media and political leaders agree with anything I write, when that happens, I am going to jump on it. Not because I am trying to show that Blowhard X is supporting my position but because there is a chance that some combination of keywords on the topic from my perspective with that of Blowhard X is going to hit the Google search engine jackpot.

You never will know the combination in advance but well-known names always help.

In 2008 at EPJ, I reported that a rumor was circulating that Senator John McCain was dating the granddaughter of Lena Horne.

Two years later in 2010, when Lena Horne died, the post exploded with over 500,000 views. 

So with my coverage of mainstream media and political types, I am planting seeds for future traffic. But I am also doing something else and of more immediate value. Almost always at these posts, I am hinting that I am coming from a different direction than the mainstream blowhard.

At the post BREAKING Ted Cruz Introducing Emergency Legislation to Keep Illegal Immigrant Families Together, I write, suggesting Cruz is blowing with the political winds: "Cruz is up for reelection, in a tight race against upstart Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke, and wouldn't be doing this if the emergency legislation wasn't polling well."

At the post, Laura Bush: Separating Children From Their Parents at the Border ‘Breaks My Heart,' I write:"Even the generally silent wife of an evil one objects."

The curious will poke around.

I am also alerting those of my readers, who are second-hand dealers in ideas, that the topic of child separation is a hot one that will surely be of interest to almost everyone, across the political board, and that it can be discussed from a libertarian perspective. It is a good topic to help people think in libertarian terms. (My post tomorrow: How to Discuss the Government Child Separation Issue From a Libertarian Perspective).

Finally, I am also reaching out to the few very curious who are trying to understand the child separation issue and who will dig deep into Google searches and perhaps come across a Target Liberty post on the topic.

We can blog to the choir and get nowhere or we can strategically reach out, provided we don't break with principle. This should be our aim.

-RW