May 30, 2014
Homeowner Byron Smith was convicted of premeditated murder and given two life sentences without chance of parole for shooting and killing two thieves who had repeatedly burgled his residence over the course of a summer.
Smith was convicted after a jury listened to an audio recording of the incident that the man had captured which revealed him laying a trap for the burglars and shooting them both after they broke into his basement where he had been hiding. Smith's rants after the shootings appear to paint him in a bad light due to the manner in which he first shot one burglar, then hid their body in a tarp, and then shot the other, finishing them off with extra shots and stating openly that he did it to make sure they would never come back to hurt him later.
So was his shooting of the burglars justified? And if not, what should have been the sentence? Surely not premeditated murder? All that and more on this episode of the Freedom Report podcast.
May 29, 2014
President Obama gave a speech at West Point recently where he discussed his administration's foreign policy agenda. The Washington Post wrote that the President's speech was a 'takedown' of Senator Rand Paul, claiming that the veiled messages were pointed jabs at 'isolationists' and 'realists.'
Although he never mentioned Paul by name, Obama chastised those who claim that it's not our business what happens in places like Libya and Syria. The president acknowledged that the American public was war-weary, but cautioned that it should not stop us from continuing to engage in foreign entanglements.
So is the job of the United States to forever play Team America: World Police? Or can the growing libertarian trend in America reign in the beast of the ever-growing federal government?
All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast!
May 27, 2014
Was mass murderer Elliot Rodger a "kissless virgin" because he believed his "white male privilege" as a "nice guy" made him entitled to sex with a beautiful blonde girlfriend? Or was it because of his introverted, misanthropic life spent wasting away in video games and online forums that perpetuated his anti-social personality?
The Freedom Report podcast today takes on the case in California where a disturbed 22-year-old man murdered his roommates before driving to the University of California Santa Barbara to kill three more people. The media reaction has proven predictably insane on the level of the killer himself, with leftist rags proclaiming that the killer was motivated by his "white guy rage," while conveniently ignoring the fact that Rodger was half-Asian, and identified himself as more Asian than white.
Meanwhile, the usual suspects of the feminazi community are engaging in their regularly appointed rounds of blood libel, aimed at Mens Rights activists in order to paint their activism as somehow responsible for the misogynistic hatred that Rodger displayed for blonde white women. Ignore the fact that the killer murdered more men than women and hated sexually active men just as much. You can always count on the feminist community to ignore the facts in order to confirm their irrational biases.
So what caused Elliot Rodger to go postal in California? Listen to the Freedom Report and subscribe to us on iTunes for a fascinating discussion about Misogny, Men's Rights and Mass Murder.
Editor's Note: In the podcast we speculate about reports that claimed that Rodger was seeing a therapist and was a high-functioning aspergers sufferer. The Libertarian Republic has learned that Rodger was never officially diagnosed with Aspergers, but his parents believed that he was.
May 21, 2014
Chipotle announced that it would be disallowing the carrying of firearms on their premises, reversing their earlier trend of allowing peaceful gun owners to exercise their right to bear arms. The Bloomberg-backed Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense reacted to a photo of a fat neckbearded dude and a shorter hispanic guy bearing assault rifles on private property. The public relations disaster was a perfect storm for gun grabbers to paint the caricature of gun nuts, shoving their weapons in everyone's faces.
Marxist radical Saul Alinsky and his progressive followers successfully infiltrated the system by crafting a strategy aimed at bringing the middle class onboard. He argued against crude language, a defiant demeanor or a menacing appearance that suggested radicalism. That's why he disliked hippies and the counterculture of the 1960's.
Author Richard Poe wrote: “Alinsky scolded the Sixties Left for scaring off potential converts in Middle America. True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism, Alinsky taught. They cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within.”
Alinsky wrote that successful “Tactics must begin with the experience of the middle class, accepting their aversion to rudeness, vulgarity, and conflict. Start them easy, don’t scare them off.”
Are fat, neckbearded activists scaring off the middle class from those principles of liberty that so many others have fought and died for? All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast!
May 20, 2014
The Libertarian Republic hosted a poll yesterday asking our readers what their position on abortion would be if you could kill the baby on the basis of their sexual orientation. The results might surprise you.
From the question, "Should a mother be able to abort a gay baby?", our readers responded overwhelmingly, "no."
Out of 473 votes, 112 people (23.7%) voted yes, that a mother can abort a child for any reason. The majority voted, "No, abortion is always wrong for whatever reason." While a very small minority of very confused people voted, "No, aborting babies over sexual preference is wrong," but they believed that "All other reasons are OK."
The intent of the poll was to expose the hypocrisy amongst liberal democrats who believe that abortion is OK for any reason. A bill was proposed in California that would have banned abortion on the basis of gender. Democrats killed it in the crib. But would they still feel the same way if Christian conservatives were aborting babies because we could find out that they were gay?
Needlessly divisive, or an important question to test people's principles? Listen to the Freedom Report podcast and leave your thoughts below.
May 19, 2014
Have you checked your white male privilege today?
In a new column by cis-gendered white male lawyer Kurt Schlichter, the white male says that he's checked his privilege, and it's doing just fine. Schlichter argues that liberals have a new word for what normal people call "success." They call it "privilege." He believes that liberals have concocted a fantasy wherein people are successful, not because of merit, but because of where their great-great-grandfather was born.
The Freedom Report podcast today features two cis-gendered white males with opinions discussing the tactics of the cultural Marxists of the left, and how libertarians and conservatives can use specific issues of congruence to take the moral high ground away from the social democrats.
May 16, 2014
The Freedom Report podcast delves into the issue of a court in Ohio that demanded a man stop having kids because he isn't paying child support. Asim Taylor owes $100,000 for his four children and an appeals court upheld the sentence which some are calling a violation of his right to happiness.
TLR contributor Sarah Miller and Associate Editor Ian Huyett debate the issue of "deadbeat dads," and question whether or not a man really should be required to pay child support at all, considering that men have no right to decide whether a woman will have the child or not.
Also, is circumcision ethical, or even medically necessary? A three year old boy is on the chopping block in Florida after a mother decided she changed her mind about having the procedure performed on him. The father is demanding that doctors snip the tip allegedly not for religious reasons.
Associate editor Huyett argues it's a medically necessary procedure that parents should have the final say over, but male genital expert Miller decries it as a form of child abuse. What does editor Austin Petersen think? You'll have to listen to all that and more on this very special "Battle Royale" episode of the Freedom Report podcast!
Associate Editor's Note: The empirical study cited by Huyett about the purported benefits of male circumcision is here. Also, in reference to the debate over whether Jesus was circumcised, Huyett would ask interested parties to consult the Bible, specifically Luke 2:21.
Editor's Note: Arguments for the defense of female circumcision are here, here, and here.
May 15, 2014
The entire world is talking about the video released by TMZ showing rapper Jay Z being assaulted by his wife Beyonce's sister named Solange. Jay Z was attacked in an elevator at the Standard Hotel, while his wife Beyonce stood by and watched. Luckily, the bouncer was able to subdue the psycho sister-in-law, holding her back while she launched flurries of punches and kicks at the superstar. So why didn't Jay Z strike her back? Is there a sexist double standard between the genders over who can commit violent assault?
- Sarah Miller, TLR contributor
Newly minted Libertarian Republic contributor Sarah Miller joins the Freedom Report podcast today to talk about the dustup and the issues of gender violence. Miller debates whether or not there's a double standard, comparing the fight to when Rihanna was beaten by her boyfriend Chris Brown and the ensuing media hullaballoo. If Jay Z had beaten Solange like Brown had beaten Rihanna, would this have been a totally different story?
Also, what are the privacy implications of having every single life event of ours recorded on camera? Is there no privacy anymore? How should people behave knowing that there is a good chance that anything we do could be seen by millions of people overnight? Miller takes this on, as well as delves into the issue of revenge porn and her own dirty indiscretions on the Freedom Report podcast.
May 14, 2014
Today's episode of The Freedom Report podcast discusses the recent Supreme Court decision that ruled it constitutional for townships to hold public prayers as an opening to their government meetings. The Town of Greece, New York v. Galloway upheld the constitutionality of non-coercive sectarian invocations at city council meetings.
The majority opinion by the court read: The town made reasonable efforts to identify all of the congregations located within its borders and represented that it would welcome a prayer by any minister or layman who wished to give one. That nearly all of the congregations in town turned out to be Christian does not reflect an aversion or bias on the part of town leaders against minority faiths. So long as the town maintains a policy of nondiscrimination, the Constitution does not require it to search beyond its borders for non-Christian prayer givers in an effort to achieve religious balancing....
In today's show we discuss the issue of whether the constitution forbids the individual states from establishing a state religion, and what the First Amendment to the Constitution really means.
May 13, 2014
The Satanic Temple announced that they cancelled their planned black mass ceremony that was scheduled for Monday, May 12th on Harvard's campus. Word came in late that they ended up meeting at a Chinese restaurant to carry out the event, but there's no word on whether or not they actually went through with it.
The publicity stunt did exactly what was intended though, stirring up the religious community and rallying thousands of devoted Catholics to write angry letters, giving the Temple more publicity than they've seen since they decided to put a statue of Satan at the Oklahoma Courthouse. The placing of the statue is a response to the Ten Commandments being promoted at the government building, but was it a necessary act of free speech?
All that and more on this especially offensive episode of The Freedom Report podcast!