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Libertarian Leanings

Libertarian Leanings is a column by by Peter Burrows, who blogs at silvercityburro.com and can be reached at elburropete@gmail.com.

It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Grant County Beat.

By Peter Burrows elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com 8/10/20

With Silver City's new ordinance mandating facemasks, many concerned citizens are worried that the local police force will not be able to handle the increased responsibilities. In addition, some are concerned that facemasks alone may not be enough.

"The facemask law is a good start, but people should also be required to carry yardsticks. Social distancing is just as important," declared George Julien. "Hell, three feet may not be enough," he added.

Julien was one of three senior citizens interviewed yesterday while they were having lunch at a picnic table at the El Viejo burrito stand on Broadway and Hwy. 90.

By Peter Burrows 8/3/20 elburropete@gmail.com silvercityburro.com

"There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them." George Orwell

The world is full of intellectuals these days. Who else would think that letting prisoners go free to save them from Covid-19 was a good idea? Only people who bear absolutely no responsibility for the consequences. One of the hallmarks of intellectuals is that they hardly ever pay for the damages their ideas cause.

By Peter Burrows 7/23/20 elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com 

For over thirty years, one of the most popular shows on NPR was "A Prairie Home Companion," broadcast Sundays from St. Paul, Minnesota, and hosted by creator Garrison Keillor. He always had a skit or two, some folk music, and a little home-spun wisdom embodied in his weekly News from Lake Wobegon:

"The latest news and views from the little town where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average."

By Peter Burrows 6/29/20 elburropete@gmail.com - slivercityburro.com

From The Daily Wire, June 23, 2020: 'Tear Them Down': BLM Activist Shaun King Calls for Destruction of Jesus Christ Statues, Churches: 'White Supremacy,' 'Oppression,' 'Racist Propaganda' - Shaun King, the controversial Black Lives Matter activist known for pushing false claims, called for the destruction of Jesus Christ statues and Christian churches for their depiction of the "white" holy family, which King argued are forms of "white supremacy" and "racist propaganda" that promote "oppression."

"Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down," the activist posted via Twitter on Monday. "They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been."

By Peter Burrows elburropete@gmail.com 6/26/20

I was surprised to learn that the population of Israel is over 17 percent Muslim. Any other Judeo-Christian nation with that many Muslims would be in a civil war. I wonder if Israel's Muslim citizens are tacitly grateful to live in an oasis of civilization, free from the smothering requirements of sharia law.

On the other hand, it could be the Muslims know their Jewish brethren have a low tolerance for sharia nonsense. I prefer that latter explanation, but what else would you expect from an old Islamophobe?

By Peter Burrows 6/12/20 elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com

The charge that America is systemically racist is, unfortunately, all too true. I know some of you are thinking, "But Burro, whenever someone who says that is asked to prove it, they can't."

You're right, they can't. No mathematical analysis of racial disparities shows that there is any meaningful racism in America, but those analyses are looking at what racism used to be. The old racism was the majority discriminating against minorities. That's dead. The new racism is the majority discriminating FOR minorities. In addition, and this is a biggie, the new racism has the majority discriminating against ITSELF.

By Peter Burrows 6/06/20 elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com

Some years ago, on Meet the Press, famed New York Times columnist Tom Friedman said that he had often fantasized about America being China for a day so that we could "authorize the right solutions" for "everything from the economy to environment."

Since China is a dictatorship, what Friedman really fantasizes about is Tom Friedman being a Mao Zedong for a day. Like most liberals, Friedman possesses invincible moral and intellectual certitude. That's why his solutions would be the" right" solutions.

By Peter Burrows, 5/25/20 elburropete@gmail.com - silvercityburro.com

Is Islam a 'race'? Most people I know would think that is a really, really dumb question, but most people I know aren't liberals. The liberals I know have to think about that question, proving that all you have to do to turn a liberal's brains to mush is to mention the word 'race.'

For proof, see the following, from a liberal, one who even has a Ph.D.:

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