Libertarian Leanings is a column by by Peter Burrows, who blogs at silvercityburro.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Grant County Beat.
By Peter Burrows, email@example.com - silvercityburro.com 4/1/20
“He who does not work, neither shall he eat.” I bet some of you progressives are thinking, “Old Burro is showing his Evangelical roots, quoting some Biblical parable to justify Trump’s latest effort to take food stamps away from millions of able-bodied Democrats who can’t find dignified, living wage jobs with the government.”
No, I didn’t find that little cautionary aphorism in the Bible. Take another guess.
By Peter Burrows 3/13/20 firstname.lastname@example.org and silvercityburro.com
You may be unaware that the Koran, the eternal word of Allah, permits men to beat their wives under certain circumstances. The question is, when those circumstances arise, are Muslim men required to beat their wives or risk apostasy if they don’t beat them?
This is important because apostasy gets the wayward Muslim the death penalty, so we’re not talking some trivial nonsense here, and willful failure to obey the Koran constitutes an apostasy. (There are a great many other apostasies.)
Let’s read the relevant verse in the Koran, Verse 4:34. This is from the Sayyid Mawdudi translation, pages 113-114:
By Peter Burrows, 2/24/20. email@example.com - silvercityburro.comAnti-Semitic incidents are on the rise all over the country, not just in New York City, which was the subject of Parts 1 and 2. As far as the media is concerned, this is page two news unless committed by “white supremacists,” then it’s front page in the New York Times and the lead story on CNN.
By Peter Burrows, 2/4/20. firstname.lastname@example.org - silvercityburro.com
In Part 1, I wrote that the media has been widely criticized BY LIBERALS for not reporting that the big spike in attacks on Jews in New York City has been caused by black assailants. As Abe Greenwald, senior editor of Commentary, wrote, “Throughout 2019, African-Americans attacked Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn on a more-or-less weekly basis, and it barely ever made the mainstream news.”
Actually, Abe, it was on a more-or-less DAILY basis, and it’s no surprise that such attacks didn’t make the mainstream news. As columnist Ben Shapiro explained, “White supremacists attacking left-leaning Jews fits a desired narrative. Black teenagers beating up Hasidic Jews in Williamsburg doesn’t. And so the left ignores the WRONG TYPE of anti-Semitism.”
By Peter Burrows, 2/3/20. email@example.com - silvercityburro.com
Over the past two years, there has been an appalling increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York City. By one estimate, such crimes increased by more than twenty percent last year to over 1850 incidents, and that’s just the reported ones. This means that on average, at least five times a day a Jew in New York was verbally or physically abused.
You haven’t heard much about these hate-crimes because almost all of the attacks against Jews have been committed by black people, and the liberal media follows an unwritten rule to avoid mention of the criminal’s race if the criminal is black. That unwritten rule is finally being challenged.
“This diagram puts to rest the idea that CO2 is a threat to mankind.” By Peter Burrows, 1/13/20 firstname.lastname@example.org - silvercityburro.com
The Heartland Institute is a well-known free-market think tank based in Arlington Heights, Illinois, covering everything from school reform to public spending. Since 2008, Heartland has hosted 12 International conferences on climate change, the latest in Madrid, Spain, as counterpoint to the UN’s annual COP conference which was held in Madrid this year.
The Heartland shadow conference didn’t get much, if any, press. Not surprising given that they are there to take the punch bowl away from the 27,000 attendees who travel the world to attend COP conferences every year, where they pass unenforceable laws curbing carbon dioxide, CO2, emissions. (See my blog of 12/20/19: Cop25: Another reason to get out of the UN.)
By Peter Burrows email@example.com - silvercityburro.com 1/8/20
Over 56 years ago, Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and famously said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
If his children have grown up to be Democrats, I’m afraid they’re still dreaming. If anything, racism is stronger today than when MLK made that speech, but it’s not anti-black racism anymore, it’s anti-white racism.
By Peter Burrows 12/24/19 firstname.lastname@example.org - silvercityburro.com
One of the things I enjoy most about this time of year is the music. The religion of Christianity has inspired some of the most beautiful music ever written. Of course, that’s a subjective opinion but one shared by many people of all religions, with one exception: Islam. Muhammad disapproved of music.
Muhammad disapproved of a lot of things: infidels, hypocrites, apostates, alcohol, pictures of living things and even dogs, to name a few. Since the Holy Koran tells us in verse 4:80 that to obey Muhammad is to obey Allah, what Muhammad said about music is therefore Allah’s eternal law.