Video Podcast – Masks Represent a New Control Baseline

by: Brent Smith

Fans or no, the NFL was on full display this past Sunday. What was also on display was the sheer duplicity when it came to mask wearing.

There was no greater display of just how ridiculous the wearing of masks is than what I witnessed on the sidelines of various football games. It was a complete joke.

And that display is further proof that the mask is the face of a political pandemic. Now governments, from local to federal, know just how far they can push their limit of control before there’s push back.

And this limit is now the new control baseline. With every emergency or disaster that follows, what we are experiencing now, this current loss of freedom and liberty, will become the government’s new starting point from which to push it further. read more

Leftists Ruin Everything they Touch – Ayn Rand Institute is no Exception

from the American Thinker:

The Ayn Rand Institute Does Not Speak for Ayn Rand

The Ayn Rand Institute (ARI) was founded in 1985, three years after Ayn Rand’s death, by Ed Snider and Leonard Peikoff, Rand’s legal heir.  The stated purpose of the Institute was “to introduce young people to Ayn Rand’s novels, to support scholarship and research based on her ideas, and to promote the principles of reason, rational self-interest, individual rights and laissez-faire capitalism to the widest possible audience.”

The current website states: “ARI also engages in research and advocacy efforts, applying Rand’s ideas to current issues and seeking to promote her philosophical principles of reason, rational self-interest and laissez-faire.” read more

Video Podcast – Kavanaugh Circus a Microcosm of Both Dysfunctional Political Parties

By: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

Today I discuss seemingly a number of topics, from the Ford – Kavanaugh debacle, to her specifically, to the Republicans and the democrats, to elections, to who controls government, Trump and Pence and that they’re really all the intertwined

Watching this Senate hearing and the soap opera surrounding it is indeed a microcosm of both dysfunctional political parties and our government as a whole. read more

Is Bitcoin Un-Islamic due to Faith or Control

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

On Monday, it was reported that the Grand Mufti of Egypt has issued a fatwa, or ruling, on cryptocurrency, and specifically Bitcoin. He has banned it as being “un-Islamic.” Grand Mufti, Shawki Allam decreed that the virtual currency is “forbidden” by Sharia law “due to its direct responsibility in financial ruin for individuals.” He added that it “was not permissible as it is not considered by legitimate bodies an “acceptable interface of exchange.’”

In other words, he likens it to gambling, which is forbidden under Sharia.

Now, the old Mufti may say that Bitcoin is un-Islamic and forbidden by Sharia, but is his fatwa really based on firmly held religious belief, or does it come down to a matter of government control.

Obviously, I don’t know what is in Shawki Allam’s heart. I can only attempt to interpret what else he says about it. read more

Regarding Marriage – One State Has it Right

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Broaching the topic of same-sex marriage seems to render most on both the right and left apoplectic.

There’s of course the radical LGBT groups who won’t be satisfied until every church and religious institution (save for Islam) bows to their desires andmarriage is forced to bless the union of anyone and anything they feel fit to join in unholy matrimony.

There are the religious, steadfast in the belief that God only intended for marriage to between one man and one woman. No matter what the radical groups (or the courts) try to foist upon them, they will not back down, nor surrender their faith.

Then there are those, like me, in the middle who believe that one should be able to marry whomever you wish. If two women want to marry, go ahead – two guys, knock yourself out. I don’t care so long as you don’t infringe on my religious belief that it’s improper. Just as I don’t care if you marry, why should anyone care if I think it’s improper? read more