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VIDEO: Big Government won’t allow licensed dentists to provide low cost services to the poor
This is the kind of thing that makes my blood boil. A group of Arkansas Orthodontists (who are licensed to practice general dentistry) are under fire from the state government for providing low-cost dental care to poor people. Why? Because the dentists who aren’t also orthodontists don’t appreciate the orthos moving in on their turf. So, rather than join them in their philanthropy, they’ve decided to sic the state government on them, letting them know that they were illegally serving the poor.
here’s a video to explain:
So, if they were also putting on braces, the dental cleaning would be legal. But since they’re only doing the cleanings, the dental work is illegal. This is a perfect example of what happens when big business getting into bed with big government. It’s cronyism, it’s tyranny, and everybody loses.
Congratulations to Liberland, the world’s newest country!
This is a proud moment. The brand new country of Liberland, all of 2.7 square miles
(roughly 16 times larger than Vatican City), has been created. Nestled right in between the sovereign nations of Serbia and Croatia on the river Danube, the new micro-nation is proud to be completely committed to Liberty (Don’t believe it? Just read its Constitution).
From the Guardian:
Accessible only by car via miles of winding, dusty Croatian roads, Gornja Siga – current population zero – is an unlikely testing ground for a plan to shape the world’s political future. It is a secluded area where verdant forest meets white sand on a western bank of the river Danube. The only signs of life are a single dilapidated building with a curious flag flying outside, pheasants, deer, the occasional wild boar, and eagles and falcons overhead. Brazil activists to walk 600 miles for ‘free markets, lower taxes and privatisation’ Read more Yet last Monday the Eurosceptic Czech politician Vit Jedlicka and two other libertarians declared this 7 sq km (2.7 sq miles) of Serbo-Croat no-man’s-land the world’s newest sovereign state, naming it Liberland. Despite abstaining in Liberland’s first presidential election, Jedlicka emerged victorious, thanks to votes from his fellow founding father and Liberland’s founding mother (also his girlfriend, and now the nation’s first lady). Then things began to get weird. In the week since Liberland announced its creation and invited prospective residents to join the project, they have received about 200,000 citizenship applications – one every three seconds – from almost every country in the world. Prospective citizens are also offering Liberland their expertise in areas from solar power and telecoms to town planning and coin minting. “There is a spontaneous ordering taking place,” Jedlicka says. “People have planned the whole city in three days and others really want to move in and invest … what seemed like a dream now really looks possible.” Liberland’s only stipulations are that applicants respect individual rights, opinions and private property, and have no criminal record or Nazi or Communist party background. Jedlicka says: “The model citizen of Liberland would be [American founding father] Thomas Jefferson, which is why we established the country on his birthday. Citizens will be able to pursue happiness and this is the place where we can make this happen.”
This is both great and sad at the same time. The mere fact they have already had hundreds of thousands of people who would renounce their citizenship immediately to move to this tiny piece of land is evidence of just how little freedom there is left in the world.
Exit thought: While I am truly rooting for this experiment to succeed, I can’t help but think of this.
Armed Uber driver with concealed carry shoots gunman
That’s right. An armed Uber driver witnessed a crazy person shooting at a crowd of people. Did he hide and wait several minutes for the police to get there? Nope. He shot him with his concealed weapon. Oh, and all of this happened in Chicago, where, until recently, concealed carry was illegal.
From Chicago Tribune:
Authorities say no charges will be filed against an Uber driver who shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people in Logan Square over the weekend. The driver had a concealed-carry permit and acted in the defense of himself and others, Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn said in court Sunday. A group of people had been walking in front of the driver around 11:50 p.m. in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue when Everardo Custodio, 22, began firing into the crowd, Quinn said. The driver pulled out a handgun and fired six shots at Custodio, hitting him several times, according to court records. Responding officers found Custodio lying on the ground, bleeding, Quinn said. No other injuries were reported. Custodio was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic hospital, where he was treated for gunshot wounds to the shin, thigh and lower back, authorities said.
Peace. Justice. Liberty. Equality. Freedom. Solidarity and Human Rights.
Food. Clothing. Shelter. Education. Jobs. Health and Dental Care. For All. Transportation: Car,Bus,Train. / Communication: Phone & Internet. For All.
These are the basic necessities to live a happy, productive and prosperous life.
Economic Equality is the right foundation for a fair, free and honest United States.
We, The People Demand…
* Basic Human Rights:
Peace - freedom from fear. war, violence and crime.
Justice - fair and equal treatment under the law and judicial system.
Liberty - free from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority.
Equality - to be equal, in status, rights, and opportunities.
Freedom - right to act, speak, and think without hindrance or restraint.
Solidarity - right to common interest and mutual support within a group.
Human Rights - basic rights to life, liberty, freedom of expression and equality.
We, The People Demand…
* Essential Human Rights:
Food - nutritious substance to eat to prevent hunger and malnutrition.
Clothing - garment to cover the body for warmth, protection and adornment.
Shelter - a comfortable home in a safe neighborhood to live in and enjoy.
Education - acquiring the skills and knowledge to be smart and get a good job.
Job - a rewarding paid occupation to afford the basic necessities for a good life.
Health Care - comprehensive coverage that pays for medical, dental and surgical care.
Transportation - car, bus, train to travel to and from school, work and take care of things.
Communication - phone & internet to be able to talk and interact with everyone everywhere.
We, The People Demand…
Fundamental human rights every decent human being is entitled to enjoy in the U.S.A.